* Posts by TechnicalBen

2724 posts • joined 23 Mar 2012

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Re: There must be a simpler fix...

AFAIK AMD is working on full encryption across the CPU. The problem is, that if the software has access at all, it's just a waiting game before you can decode the "key". As I don't think 256bit AES encryption is going ot be blazingly fast on the CPU for every bit execution. But some simple encryption in memory does mitigate it in part.

7*7 = a simple equation for taking total control of multiple VMware-powered clouds

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Joke

Test.

Dear Reg forum, what is [7*7]?

(PS, joke alert or troll icon?)

[Edit] Ah, the posts don't execute code then. And do you still have to be special to get html/bb code to even execute?

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'

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GIGO.

If you train an AI model on only perfect driving... your AI won't know what to do when it "sees" (it won't, as it's not trained on it, but it will get a feed from the cameras/lidar/sonar) an over turned truck.

"There is an over turned truck in front of you."

AI, blankly "OK, so I continue on into it?"

At least with the rocket science they have a scope/outline of all possible outcomes, even if unlikely, and try to cover all bases of failure modes. With self driving cars, I've yet to see anyone cover the basic failure modes, let alone an exhaustive one!

They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station

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Re: Awesome...

Almost definitely an inflatable rocket. Meanwhile the real ones are landing in Elon's volcanic lair ready to redeploy!!!

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays

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Re: WD Market Segmentation Blot

IS it worth the cost and time and effort to sort out? If not, just go for CMR.

If it's worth the effort, you can test, test and test again for this new type of drive behaviour (SMR that does not report as SMR and hopes you can trust it to do things right, and not do garbage collection at the worse time).

At least so far with SSDs they learnt their lesson, and most will be made to have decent garbage collection speeds and controllers that can cope with it (though I've had at least one SSD that died after 15 mins ever single time after a firmware level clearance of the entire drive, so good, it never worked!).

Sometimes you *can* do something and make new technology. But you need to ask if it's worth the hassle, and if there is a use case. Here SMR can be used in some types of NAS, and in others... it might chug.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: At least..

Is this purely an autopilot error? In general these are not are high risk, as the pilots are suppose to check up on it's behaviour. A bit like if your cruise control goes too fast/slow, but still allows you to override/turn it off at any point. A problem, but not as bad as breaks failing.

International space station testing Wi-Fi links with incoming craft, with an eye on autonomous docking

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Re: autonomous?

Probably just for tracking rotation of the other craft? Or diuble the sensors for double the accuracy.

NASA's Human Spaceflight boss hits eject a week before SpaceX crew launch

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Re: Federal Acquisition Regulation violation

I understand the requirements. If it's for saying "wow that's expensive, can ya not do anything about it." It would be a tad harsh. But if it's anything more in depth it could have broken lots of regs.

Podcast Addict Play Store ban: Android chief says soz for incorrect removal, developers aren't impressed

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I posted that in the other thread. Co vid 1-20 variable and pow you hit an automatic ai attack because you are the paperclip it wants at any cost.

It's, it's, a red-and-blue striped golfing umbrella... Facebook teaches its online tat bazaar to auto-identify stuff for sale

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Terminator

Hahahahahahahahha.

I see absolutely no way this is going to go horribly wrong for buyers, and wonderfully well for FB and scammers. Nope. None at all. FB certainly will not deny and fault in their least effort attempt with lowest overheads and supply of a service while taking the highest cut, and are in no way emulating Ebay with even less work (is that possible?).

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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Re: Consistency?

I suspect it could be even worse. AI learning knows no difference between "Covid19" and Co-Vid-19 the co-process for video encoding version 19 that you make for your App. :P

Icon, because all they wanted was all the paperclips, kitten pics and stamps in the world.

Swedish data centre offers rack-scale dielectric immersion cooling

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Re: In days of yore

In tests water cooling is not "better" as such. It has a larger heat sink (the water compared to a copper fin or two), so harder to saturate. Air cooling is still the simplest. And I assume even the noise benefit is still from not saturating it as quickly, thus the fans don't ramp up as quickly. Unless you have more fans on the water cooler sink, in which case, it's more fans and a big copper heatsink would also do the same and similar dB noise.

Is it more flexible in positioning in cases? Does it allow for larger radiators? Yes. Is it "better"? Results may vary. ;)

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Re: Interesting but .....

IIRC, only on the fire part, these fluids are not flamible. Might be toxic though. :(

These are not sub ambient, so no water condensation.

OK, so you've air-gapped that PC. Cut the speakers. Covered the LEDs. Disconnected the monitor. Now, about the data-leaking power supply unit...

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Or battery power. If you can average out the load spikes the possibility and power modulation is much less. You can have that bit of advice for free.

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Re: Yes we know they squeak

Even black hiles might be scuttled at some point as we figure out quantum gravity. So just like entropy you can never win.

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Oh. I see you have used Java too. 3% cpu use for the code 87% for the garbage collection. Garbage garbage in...

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Information theory.

I guess this is a practical application. But I'm certain some information theory certainly applies. So where do I apply to get paid to point out where security risks are and what possible mitigations are?

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Re: Not fine combed the article...

Wow. At least you gave an answer unlike the other 50 down votes just because I noted that in todays internet connected world, not everyone speaks english.

Amazing. Well, my point is proven. Nevermind.

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Not fine combed the article...

Are you sure it's due to reference of race? And not just to remove ambiguity in spec sheets, reference material, and those who prefer "red/green" or "orange/purple" etc etc.

I mean, "allow/deny" is less arguments in the new open plan, coffee free, avocado painted, electric scooter cluttered "office" designing the latest buzz word laden "app" than having to chose the specific colour of eggshell blue for the accept button. :P

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Alien

Depends.

Is the bank using it international?

As for software, it often is, and colour (though sometimes international) is a local and social, traditional option for reference.

So it can cause confusion, or be a buzzword. Where as "allow list" and "deny list" are easier to translate and implement.

Also see time, clocks, calendars and just about anything human being way way more complex once you decide to try and program it! :D

I'm doing this to stop humans ripping off brilliant ideas by computers and aliens, says guy unsuccessfully filing patents 'invented' by his AI

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Re: Its all binary

No but you can copyright them. See Sony and their DRM keys.

Also, all patents can be represented by a number, or all numbers could be represented by a patent. ;)

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Re: Its all binary

PS, yes I know pi is not proven to cover (or not to cover) all possible sequences. However, the beer reminded me that pie covers all possible fillings. As least the generic "meat pie" could be any possibility of filling.

That and I'd still leave the excercise to the reader "go on then, prove it does not, find me one sequence that is not in there" and I munch on another pasty (the things I miss in lockdown).

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Re: Its all binary

Nah they are safe. You could take them to court. But all they have to do is ask you to present the number pi or the number e to the courts as proof you *have* the copywrite.

As their numbers are transcendental, and your binary outputs (though infinite) are integer collections/finite listings (approaching infinity), you may have a long time, or require a lot of storage space, to present it to the court.

And thus they can just drag it through the court longer than Miky Mouse can hold onto anything, and literally wait for an eternity for it to be thrown out on a waste of time. ;)

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Re: Its all binary

I owned pi before you even considered your binary list. As pi covers all possible sequences, I win.

At least I remember eating pie, everything after that is all fuzzy.

Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and cloud-based IoT gear bricked by vendors. Looking at you, Belkin

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Re: Never buy IoT kit

Also note to self, never buy Belkin now.

Snapchat domain squatter loses comedy £1m URL sellback attempt

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Re: Trademarks

So that explains why whenever I call my plumber to ask why they have not turned up to finish the job they say they are on holiday on some tropical island?!

Where were you in drought season? Interstellar comet 2I/Borisov dumped 230 million litres of water as it whizzed through Solar System

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Re: 0.1 Bathtubs/second

Are you sure? I think you missed a zero or two. 2 whales are about 230 *thousand* liters. Here we are talking *million* liters.

I hope your not on you're way to Mars. We know the dangers of using a Martian meter (measured from its equator) vs a luna meter (measured for *its* equator) can cause "rapid unplanned disassembly events. Even worse if you use some sort of ancient non universal measuring device, like a body part...

Mine is the one with the guide in the pocket that notes the errors everyone else made in their journeys.

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Re: 230,000,000 litres!

It's just over one Hindenburg, or half a supertanker. Though neither are super accurate, so probably best to go with "Two fifths a supertanker plus one hundred and seventy four minke whales" designation.

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Re: So what's their position on Oxford commas?

How would you have coped back before punctuation?

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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Re: Can it do orange?

I do pixel perfect, but only cos it's quick and fast for me to.

I don't expect others to notice or care. But I *do* expect them to not put standard video content in widescreen... or video landscape only (unless portrait absolutely must be used or fits the subject matter).

When they ask why? "It does not matter, I don't care!!!" I ask them if they'd like me to work at Mcdonalds and serve them. Suddenly the little details "matter". :P

Wake up, Neo: Microsoft mulls using your brain waves or body heat to mine crypto-currency while viewing ads

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Re: MS Mining our body heat?

Worse. It only moves the chain of security from a app that fakes clicks, to an app that fakes mouse movement/people to a call center set up with lots of min wage slaves clicking things. :(

It's not a real, or even useful, solution.

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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Re: It didn't affect us

There is a tiny road off the main town through road (also small in comparison to most) snuck between the tiny co-ops car park and a bus stop in our town center. The road is one way, and hits 2 other roads in a 3 way junction, then another 20 foot and you get another 3 way T junction onto an off road that heads out of town down a country route (not main route).

Somehow. Impossibly. In the space of 20 foot, someone came off the main road at speed, around the corner *fine* but planted the car into the corner of someones house. Even weirder they went through a metal railing and a brick wall, and have near demolished an entire cornet of this house (rental, so thankfully those living there are now rehomed).

I can see they did it. They crashed at speed. But unless dive bombing from the air after jumping out a helicopter, I have no idea how they managed it. There is just not the space or cornering to get the car in that positions. They deserve a medal for just doing the impossible!

Somewhere, way out there, two black holes, one large and one small, merged. And here on Earth, we detected the gravitational wave blast

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Re: Another silly question...

Yeah, I'll have to go back and read some articles. Some large events happen, buy are often considered to be the accretion disk (stars blown out of the center of large galaxies, or large "eruptions" of matter from the surroundings of smaller mergers).

But two black holes larger than our solar system merging? The spacetime distortions to that are mind boggling! :D

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Re: Another silly question...

Iirc some black hole masses suggest galaxy mergers? And with thay one assumes the super massive black holes in the can merge? Or would speeds (due to distances as they always form far apart) cause them to fling past each other?

Either way galaxy mergers within detector range are astronomically less often than a few solar mass mergers. Lol

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Re: Stupid question

Either way, someone will take them to court for copyright infringement.

Not even a joke, but icon used for criticism and parody so I don't get taken to court!

Internet root keymasters must think they're cursed: First, a dodgy safe. Now, coronavirus upends IANA ceremony

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Drilling?

At 20 hours would the Lock Picking Lawyer not be a cheaper option?

Coronavirus lockdown forces UK retailers to shut 382 million square feet of floor space

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Not really. They were markets. We've had markets a long time. If we go back to before we had markets... well, we can. I'd love to live on a tropical island or up somewhere nice in a vally growing my own grapes...

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position

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Re: Satelite designers missed a trick

No. Just no.

Their actual proposals, with the math and fuel budgets calculated, do this exact thing. Multiple sat servicing and refuelling lines.

These things are fuels *on the ground* thus connectors are easy to design, they already have them.

The harder part is welding/sealing after and mating the connectors. They are currently considering an arm to send out the fuel lines/open the connectors. I suppose as this is safer/more multi-functional than a simple docking port, as the port may get in the way of some complex satellite designs.

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Re: Satelite designers missed a trick

If we wait for an eternity, we can just assume the universe hits a quantum blip and reorganises all the atoms into just the right perfect arrangement.

Mines the one with the bill for the probability drive in the pocket, I do accept paypal for my services. ;)

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Re: Makes me wonder...

The engines will eventually run out of propellant.

However, if you are really clever (for example, a rocket scientist... or satellite scientist in this case), you can use the magnetic field of earth, solar radiation, or other forces (atmospheric drag) to make some orientation adjustments. You just cannot really boost the orbit with this method. You need fuel for that, unless using a solar sail (which they have in the works) or a photon drive (which is any light source, but getting one bright/strong enough is the hard part!).

[edit] Fuel icon.

This hurts a ton-80: British darts champ knocked out of home tourney by lousy internet connection

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Home tournament?

A youtuber made an automated dart board that follows your throw/darts and gives you a bulls eye every time. With a little planning, gluing everything to the wall, and moving the entire room so the camera does not notice, you could win every home tournament!

https://youtu.be/MHTizZ_XcUM

It's official! Space travel increases the brain size of astronauts, even when they're back on Mother Earth

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I was gonna say

Water on the brain.

Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum

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Re: The social media companies don't help enough

Charge people. I get less (no?) fake scam post/mail as it's too expensive. Charge people instead of relying on advertising and data collection for funds. Then the scammers/nutters have to think really hard if they want to spend their cash spreading lies.

If someone tells me "I CAN make a perpetual motion machine" most stop when asked to spend their own money doing it... sadly not all do.

AMD takes another crack at Intel's server stronghold with more Epyc silicon

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Re: 240W 7F52 16 cores at 3.5-3.9GHz with 256MB of L3

TDP is not power draw. But usually you have to find testers who note the power draw per work load (idle, mixed/specific and full load/powervirus loads).

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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A redundant jack of all trades and master of none?

If I want cheap and low powered radio, I go FM.

If I want all the bells and whistles I use a mobile phone/smart device and stream off the internet (mobile or wifi).

Sooo.... what point is DAB now then?

Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change

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Re: When will they learn?

The days were more the versioning system. "day one" is like pre-alpha and "day six" release candidate. As with all programming, schedules are fluid. ;)

Samsung's Q1 forecast defies coronavirus downward trends but it's unlikely to continue

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This makes sense.

With nothing to spend my money on for 4 months, saving money on petrol, gym membership and visits to the parents, I've now got a spare 2.5k lying around that I could splash out on a Galaxy Fold!

Even better as the delicate thin won't get dropped on gravel or rained on because we are not allowed outside. And it's bigger than the phone for watching Netflix on bed.

Sales must be skyrocketing!

[We have to laugh else we would cry]

Just cough into here, please: Cambridge-developed app slurps the sounds of COVID-19

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Nuke to catch a fly?

These seems a much shotgun approach. I would assume it's far too unreliable to make it worth it vs just taking in any bad coughs (If its bad enough to be like coronavirus it's probably some life threatening chest infection). Right?

It could tell you "stop being a whiny child and get back to work" if the coughs are nothing. But as this covid virus mild for some, that seems a risky idea.

Bose shouts down claims that it borked noise cancellation firmware to sell more headphones

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Re: Audiophiles

Do not conflate imagination woth reality. Fairies are fake but duck billed platypus are real.

While wire colour and other non vital differences are played by scammers and snake oil sales people, software and firmware can be buggy and broken!

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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Re: No smoke without a burning mast

Wife. Both the "guinea pigs" and the "engineers" were the wife. Cos she wanted a shiny shiny?

[Or parents, they also do things like that :( ]

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