* Posts by RM Myers

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Nvidia unveils RTX 4090 – but it's the 4080 to watch out for

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Headmaster

Re: Caps lock stuck?

Thank you! With all the depressing news about the pandemic over the last 2 years, it is good to see a return to the pedantic.

The secret to Sparrow, DeepMind's latest Q&A chatbot: Human feedback

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WTF?

"...relevant link from Google search ... about 78 per cent of the time."

So about 7 times the percentage of relevant links that I usually get from Google search (I'm being optimistic here). Then again, they may have a looser definition of relevant.

Anti-Metaverse package 'explosion' at college VR lab probed by investigators

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Alert

Or the plot of an El Reg article about Yahoo!

Bogus cryptocurrency apps steal millions in mere months

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Unhappy

Re: "legitimate cryptocurrency investments"

Is it possible for any Ponzi scheme to be legitimate?

You can liquid cool this Linux laptop to let the GPU soar

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Headmaster

Many laptops already use liquid cooling

I large number of laptops already use heat pipes, which contain small amounts of liquid which transfers heat from the CPU/GPU to other cooler areas by first turning the liquid into steam, and then the steam back into a liquid at the cooler areas (near the fans/vents). The quantity of liquid may be small, but it is still critical to cooling the laptop.

Canadian ISP Rogers falls over for hours, takes out broadband, cable, cellphones

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Coat

Re: BGP

Eh.

Indian tax authorities raid offices of Chinese smartphone maker Vivo

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Coat

Why does a smartphone maker have 2kg of gold bars in the office?

Because they couldn't afford 3kg?

Billion-record stolen Chinese database for sale on breach forum

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Weird Coincidence

I'm listening to some old musical and reading El Reg, and what is playing now? Of course, "I Heard It on the Grapevine" - the old fashion way to leak private information.

But the grapevine never leaked private information on a billion people at one shot. Finally, real progress courtesy of "The Cloud".

Large Hadron Collider experiment reveals three exotic particles

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Re: Ever get the sense...

Current models describe some of what we see (measure) very accurately; others not so accurately (dark matter and dark energies are basically placeholders for the unknown). Besides, infinity is a neat if somewhat mind blowing concept in math, but I doubt many physicists believe it really exists, despite showing up in relativity theory.

China-linked Twisted Panda caught spying on Russian defense R&D

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Happy

Re: the actual running process is valid and signed by Microsoft

You might want to look up an explanation of "DLL sideloading" to get a better understanding of how the malware is executing.

LIDAR in iPhones is not about better photos – it's about the future of low-cost augmented reality

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Joke

Sorry to disagree, but giving Apple credit for bringing another product to the consumer market seems only appropriate. After all, this was the company that invented the personal computer, the graphical user interface, the portable music player, the tablet computer, and the smart phone among many others products for individual comsumers.

Besides, their founder was rightly famous for augmenting reality from Apple's earliest days, so adding Augmented Reality to the list is only to be expected.

Critical bug allows attacker to remotely control medical robot

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Re: Worrying

Good news - the server was running Ubuntu and Apache. From a cursory review of the actual security report(sorry, sometimes I can't help myself), this seems to primarily be configuration errors and design issues, rather than coding issues. For example, they left open ports on the webserver and ran javascript on the client rather than the server, as the reg article mentioned.

IBM deliberately misclassified mainframe sales to enrich execs, lawsuit claims

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Re: Tell me

Ah yes, the old "you get what you measure, so you damn well better make sure that is what you really want". It doesn't just apply to senior executives either. Measure your programmers on lines of code produced, and you will get lots of code, whether needed or not. Measure your project managers on meeting schedules and budgets only, and your projects will meet schedules and be on time, customer requirements be damned.

Cyclops Blink malware sets up shop in ASUS routers

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Re: Eejit guide to detection...?

"...just like everything else that allows remote admin by defaul..."

At least for these routers, remote administration is turned off by default. The only legitimate reason I could see for turning it on would be the situation where someone tech savvy is maintaining the router for a less savvy owner who lives far away. It that case, hopefully they would know enough to reset the username and password to something very strong.

Apple, Google urge monopoly watchdog to leave them alone

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Unhappy

...and to keep gouging consumers because they have no alternatives.

I'm fairly sure both Apple and Google are willing to gouge consumers even when there are alternatives. The $999 Apple monitor stands come immediately to mind.

Ransomware puts New Mexico prison in lockdown: Cameras, doors go offline

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Feds charge two men with claiming ownership of others' songs to steal YouTube royalty payments

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Happy

Re: 20m, 5 years stir, 250k fine

This is from the United States Department of Justice website (https://www.justice.gov/criminal-vns/restitution-process)

"In federal court, a convicted offender may be ordered to reimburse victims for financial losses incurred due to the offender's crime. This reimbursement is called "restitution," and it may be ordered for lost income, property damage, counseling, medical expenses, funeral costs or other financial costs directly related to the crime."

This restitution to the legitimate copyright owners would be in addition to the $250K fines per offense.

Running on empty, out of battery, power draining... three things the UK government definitely isn't. Oh no

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Unhappy

"plentiful supply of sawdust and hot air available in Westminster."

And any place else with a high density of politicians.

BrakTooth vulnerabilities put Bluetooth users at risk – and some devices are going unpatched

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Unhappy

Great News - Not!

The AX200 is not just on laptops, it is also available on network adapters used in desktops, and is even built into some desktop motherboards.

Perl Foundation faces more departures after pausing Community Affairs Team

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Unhappy

Re: Social distancing…

The "idiots" in the far corner of the room probably are thinking the same thing about the "idiots"in the near corner. And thus the circle is completed...

The web was done right the first time. An ancient 3D banana shows Microsoft does a lot right, too

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Facepalm

Re: Web is already 30

And that is why I majored in math, not English.

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Pint

Re: Web is already 30

That was the best combination of accuracy, succinctness , and incitefulness I have seen in many a moon. Have one on me ===>

Remember Google Plus? Remember its privacy blunder? Remember applying for a slice of a settlement?

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WTF?

$1.875m for the plaintiff lawyers; $2.15 for the regular plaintiffs

That seems like a fair settlement. Evidently the judge was looking out for the class member interests. Otherwise the plaintiff lawyers might have sold their own clients down the river so they could get big fees without having to go to trial.

Remember folks, it is he best justice system money can buy. And guess who has the money.

'Prophetic' Steve Jobs autograph telling kid to 'go change the world!' among Apple memorabilia at auction

RM Myers

Re: Go change the world

Steve Jobs had Islet Cell pancreatic cancer, which is a rare and "milder" form that can be cured if caught early, which his was when he had a CAT scan for a kidney stone.However, he ignored his doctor's advise to have surgery immediately, and instead tried alternative treatments. By the time he agreed to have surgery, the cancer had progressed. Had he had surgery when initially advised, his survival chances would have been much better.

Customers warn Gartner of AWS's high-pressure sales tactics in latest verdict on public cloud providers

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FAIL

Re: Public?

Gartner had credibility in the past?

'Login infrastructure issue' blamed as sustained Xero outage threatens payrolls

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Unhappy

"The cloud" is just someone else's computer.

Someone else's computer, and someone else's priority to fix any issues, but it's still the customer's problem when it all goes south.

Uncle Sam sanctions Chinese AI outfits for links to Xinjiang Uyghur human-rights abuses

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Unhappy

Governing versus Angry Birds

Different games for different gamers? At least with angry birds, real people don't get hurt.

IBM President and former Red Hat boss Jim Whitehurst quits

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FAIL

Our hybrid cloud and AI strategy is strongly resonating with clients

Will the results of this resonation be similar to what happened to the Tacoma Narrows bridge in 1940?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-zczJXSxnw

NASA talks up Perseverance Mars rover's self-driving rock-avoiding abilities

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Unhappy

...global speed limit of "oh God I'd be better off walking"

Ah, just like driving in New York City during rush hour then. or the 405 in Southern California anytime.

Hubble Space Telescope may now depend on a computer that hasn't booted since 2009

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Happy

"Old does not equate to infirmed nor non-functional."

Thanks for that comment. The way things have gone this week, I was beginning to think maybe the opposite was true.

Really, who thought it was a good idea to use micro-mini screws to secure M.2 drives in a computer. Darn whippersnappers should be taken out back to the woodshed and have their behind tanned!

Pre-orders open for the Mini PET 40/80, the closest thing to Commodore's classic around

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Happy

Re: KIM-1

The KIM-1 takes me back also. I hand built an interface to a cassette drive (with a lot of help from a hobby magazine for KIM-1 owners) so I could store the finished programs. It worked after a fashion - about 1 out of every 3 times it would read correctly. This is also where I first learned the advantages of socketed IC's after my incompetence at soldering an IC directly to the board killed the IC.

Good memories.

It doesn't really matter how many of us gripe about Google, nothing can stop it printing billions of dollars

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Re: Narrative

Very impressively done. I'm not sure how anyone could keep a straight face while reading the "googly" quotes. Do these people really believe what they say?

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FAIL

"As we look ahead to the rest of 2021,

four big themes continue to guide us," said Pichai. "First, building and providing the most helpful products and services that allow us to scrape every morsel of private information we can get from users . Second, continuing to earn the trust of our users by investing in high quality information and keeping users' data safe and private so only we can sell it to the advertisers. Third, strong execution as a company, particularly as we start to reopen our offices and fire any employees who question are ethics. And forth, building sustainable value in our own business and for our partners , or at least the partners that our bots don't kick out of the play store or off Youtube without any explanation ."

There, I fixed that for Mr. Pichai.

Apple supplier Quanta Computer confirms it's fallen victim to ransomware attack

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Unhappy

Quanta Quality

I bought 2 old HP laptops (DV9000 series) which had Quanta branded motherboards, so I assume they built the computers. I wonder if any emails will be dumped online. It would be interesting to know who was at fault for the GPU and monitor cable issues which plagued this model - HP, Quanta, or Nvidia. And yes, I'm still bitter that I was never notified about a class action lawsuit settlement for the affected GPU's and an extension of the warranty period by HP until after both had expired. Ugh!

Fridges... in... Spaaaaaaace: Engineers book ride on the Vomit Comet to test astro-refrigerator

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Happy

Re: No student's at Perdue ?

I believe they would call them interns at Perdue* - I doubt they are called students. However, at Purdue** they definitely have students.- over 45 thousand from all over the world.

* A major food and agribusiness company

** A public university particularly known for their engineering department.

Jensen Huang's kitchen gets another viewing as Nvidia teases Arm-powered supercomputing chip Grace

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Unhappy

Also from GTC...

Eight more Ampere RTX GPUs for laptops, desktops and servers "that you won't actually be able to buy at MSRP". The sidebar left off the last, and most important, part.

South Africa's state-owned energy firm to appeal after court rules Oracle does not have to support its software

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FAIL

Re: Don't blame Larry

!@#$%^ proofreading fail. That should have been Department of Treasury.

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Happy

Re: Don't blame Larry

You might want to tell the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, US Department of Department. I would tend to believe them. Although this was never put into general circulation, it was and is still technically legal tender (if any still exist).

https://www.moneyfactory.gov/100000goldcertificate.html

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Joke

Don't blame Larry

Blame Covid-19. Larry needs a new island, and with the pandemic raging, the demand for islands is sky high. As anyone who has tried to buy a CPU or GPU lately can tell you, when the demand is high, the prices are even higher. Larry needs all the money he can steal earn. After all, he can't spend every penny on the island, he still needs to eat.

Pity the poor multi-billionaire - so many demands on your wallet, so few Wilsons* to spend.

* $100,000 USA paper bill only printed in 1934. It had a picture of Woodrow Wilson on the front.

What's this about a muon experiment potentially upending Standard Model of physics? We speak to one of the scientists involved

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Happy

Very Interesting

My flirtation with physics as a possible profession was very brief, math was much easier for me and IT paid better, but the incredible precision of these experiments is still amazing to me. Good stuff all around.

Apple's pending privacy clampdown drives desperate marketers to overwhelm domain database

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FAIL

"Apple created this issue in the first place"

No Benjamin Savage, it was companies like your employer, Facebook, tracking people across the web that caused the real problem - the attack on personal privacy. Apple is trying to fix that problem. That fact this causes an issue for companies trying to measure tracking clicks is unfortunate for those companies, but it is not Apple's fault.

Beloved pixel pusher Paint prepares to join Notepad for updates from Microsoft Store

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Re: I'm pissed off...

Actually, windows dedia player is still free, it just doesn't have a DVD playback feature. As others have mentioned, VLC media player is far better anyways and I would use it even if windows media player had DVD playback capabilities. I've been using VLC for many years - highly recommended..

Website maker Wix embarks on weird WordPress-trashing campaign, sends 'influencer' users headphones from 'WP'

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Re: wix commercials

Yes and no for me. I don't see the standalone ads, but any ads buried in the video still show up. Generally, these have not been intrusive, at least in the channels I watch. Actually, if they were intrusive, I probably wouldn't watch that channel.

W3C Technical Architecture Group slaps down Google's proposal to treat multiple domains as same origin

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Coat

the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG)

I don't understand. Is W3C a standard setting group for the internet? If so, why do we need another one? I thought that was Google's job. I'm fairly sure that Google agrees with me.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

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Happy

Serious misstake

Either that or a serious mstake.

Taiwan’s PC-fest COMPUTEX cancels real-world edition – three months after promising in-person gathering

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Unhappy

Everything is going virtual

COMPUTEX will now revert to a virtual format, and hopefully retain its status as the source of big PC-related pronouncements...

Pronouncements about products which you won't be able to find for sale at anything close to MSRP. The trade show format won't be the only thing that is virtual. 2021 - the year of the best computer hardware no one can actually buy (at least not at a reasonable price).

No, no, let's hear this out, says judge waving away Apple's attempt to kill MacBook Pro Flexgate lawsuit

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I assume your sarcasm detector is broken. You might want to take it in for repair. And Apple is a $2tn company largely due to planned obsolescence of their phones as well as Android phones.The whole phone market would shrink drastically if the average phone lasted as long as the average PC. Apple has a very limited number of products, and is extremely dependent on the phone replacement rate being high. If Google wasn't doing the same thing Apple would take a real hit to their market valuation.

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FAIL

That's not a problem - it's a feature (for Apple, not the consumer). Planned obsolescence has become a business model, and nothing promotes planned obsolescence like a very expensive repair which costs close to, or better yet, more than the value of the product. It's a win-win situation - either you make a new sale, or you rake in the money through your repair business. The key is getting the product to fail after the warranty period!

Yahoo! Answers! will! be! wiped! from! the! internet! next! month!

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Unhappy

Re: What a great loss.

Don't worry - there is still an endless supply of worthless knowledge left on the Internet. This won't even make a dent in the supply.

State of Maine orders review of $54.6m Workday project as it alleges delivery failure and threatens cancellation

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Unhappy

Presumably the majority do go smoothly

I would presume at least 2/3 rds go anything but smoothly. The number of failed ERP projects is extremely high, and that doesn't include the projects which are declared a success even though they are late, over budget, and don't deliver many of the benefits promised. Companies (and government agencies) often don't want to admit that a project was a failure, since it looks bad for everyone involved. Instead, the project is declared a success, the customers work around the deficiencies, and the attempts to fix the mess are buried in maintenance budgets or called enhancements.

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