* Posts by lnLog

109 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Nov 2012


Google's claims of super-human AI chip layout back under the microscope


Not just the reviewers, the majority of editors are also unpaid

MIT Press to trial open access journals, so long as someone else pays for it


Ditch the share holders

Hows about not handing out dividends.

Most editors are not paid positions (at least no more than beer money for those that are), reviewers don't get paid and authors pay 1000's per paper. So where is the money actually going?

Can gamers teach us anything about datacenter cooling? Lenovo seems to think so


peltier elements are horrendously inefficient for shifting heat, best use cases are for precision temperature control in lasers etc.

Data loss prevention emergency tactic: keep your finger on the power button for the foreseeable future


pedant says...

I like to point out the american tendency to use pre-revolutinary units does not match well with their image of themselves

Liz Truss ousted as UK prime minister, outlived by online lettuce


Re: At last, a benefit of Brexit

What this one....?

Delta Air Lines throws $60m at flying taxi startup Joby Aviation


Re: I18N

exactly this^ of course everyone wants to ride a flying turd

Rookie programmer's code goes up in flames ... kind of


Re: Vital detail missing

Just watch out for a case of plague if you have bad luck and it was not cooked well enough...

Twitter whistleblower summoned to Senate Judiciary Committee


To convenient

No fan of either twitter or musk, but the timing of this sounds far to convenient for musk

Scientists use supercritical carbon dioxide to power the grid


pre-revolutionary units

Whilst the use of per-revolutionary units does irk, I'm more confused by the grid connection and dynamo being a big thing.

Thermal power plants use turbines, and they have the power take off and grid connection part sorted.

If you have lower power requirements then you just use an inverter (with efficiencies of >98% so minimal losses), what's the big thing here? Other than replacing steam with CO2 which apparently provides some advantages in operational efficiencies. This is the second article discussing 'Sandia' does a relative work there? I've never come across the institution? before.

AI chip adds artificial neurons to resistive RAM for use in wearables, drones


Artificial neurons use analogue signals not digital, magnitude not value. Hence the comment about the line switches coping with both analogue and digital signalling.

NASA wants a hundredfold upgrade for space computers


Arduino -> Atmega -> Atmel -> Microchip

Microchip also now own Atmel, so have their line of SAM (arm) and AT (avr) chips. Did someone say Arduino in space....

Russian anti-satellite test added to a 'pressing threat to security' in space


pedant says...

-> Thank you for confirming my point. I wrote that scientists are not always right. What a pity that the first groups of scientists who said such and such was safe can't be force fed the excrement they created.

Thalidomide is safe to those taking it (people still take it to treat leprosy), however it is not safe for fetus at a certain developmental point. Now how many pregnant women do you think were in the initial drug trials? same number as are in pretty much all drug trials - zero.

There is never zero risk, and sometimes the consequences are horrendous, but new information comes to light and conclusions change.

Massive solar project in Tennessee is all about Google


This -> 100.5 tonnes is f-all.

Bank of Google? Not exactly. But fintech's future is in Big Tech's ecosystems


Yes, that is right...

'While you're probably not going to be depositing checks with the Bank of Google, Apple or Amazon anytime soon,'

Yes that is right, the USA still uses cheques extensively, although with minimal checks, so are quite weird about sharing direct deposit details.

Amazon fears it could run out of US warehouse workers by 2024


They just have to start using prisons and they can have all the slavery they want...

IT staffing, recruitment biz settles claims it discriminated against Americans

Big Brother

Slavery has not been completely abolished, it is still allowed for prisoners, hence the large numbers of such low cost workers.

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction"

ASUS recalls motherboards that flame out thanks to backwards capacitors


Re: In their defence

Those are polymer caps, tantalum are too expensive / bulky for that usage (voltage/capacity combination).

US distrust of Huawei linked in part to malicious software update in 2012


pedant says...

No, you provide your evidence and references, if you are an expert.

This is a standard method / trick used by various virulent political parties and conspiracy theorists. The argument goes that if you disagree with them, then you should be able to spout chapter and verse of references to support your view. But in their case they will not say, X and Y because of this and this reference, because in that way they can easily be refuted.

Their aim here is to get you to provide references to the negative and then pick and argue for you to provide more against a particular part that they identify as incorrect.

The second objective is to get the less credulous to search for 'bellingcat is bad' and then start digging through the latrine of conspiracy theories.

Amazon textbook rental service scammed for $1.5m


The one remaining place where slavery is still legal in the USA


US nuclear submarine bumps into unidentified underwater object in South China Sea


pedant says...

"When you ARE a magnetic anomaly, its hard to detect other ones that are nearby..."

Thats where the whole sub degausing system comes into its own.

Chocolate beer barred from sale after child mistakes it for chocolate milk



Also popular in africa and south/central america

Google killed desktop Drive and replaced it with two apps. Now it’s killing those, and Drive for desktop is returning


multiple logins?

That's nice, but will it support multiple logins / instances?

Origami... in spaaaaace: Inflatable folded objects discovery brings new meaning to blowing up buildings


not a patch on concrete canvas

Not a patch on the durability of concrete canvas shelters, They could team up and devise the geometry for a new product.


Ice Lake, Baby: Intel's 10nm 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable server processors to arrive at last


yes, flexible in your history

"Our 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable platform is the most flexible and performant in our history"

But not as flexible as AMD EPYC enabling all features for all versions...

Cherry on top: Dell shoves MX keyboard into its Alienware m15 R4 ultrabook



More interesing is when mouser will start selling the new low profile switches...

You only need pen and paper to fool this OpenAI computer vision code. Just write down what you want it to see



A good demonstration of naivete, they need to include a bastard network to come up with reasonable Skeptical options.

I'm fired: Google AI in meltdown as ethics unit co-lead forced out just weeks after coworker ousted


Re: If you want to find 'Ethics' in Google ...

Google Maps can't find google ethics

Make sure your search is spelled correctly. Try adding a city, state, or zip code.

Try Google Search instead

Should this place be on Google Maps?

Add a missing place

Quixotic Californian crusade to officially recognize the hellabyte and hellagram is going hella nowhere


Re: B, H

H is used for Henry - units of inductance

How to leak data via Wi-Fi when there's no Wi-Fi chip: Boffin turns memory bus into covert data transmitter


pedant says...

Read up on the derivation of the phrase - so and so must really have drunk the kool aid (there was a good BBC multi-part piece on it); And then reaslise quite how distasteful the phrase actualy is.

Humans are very 'special' mammals.

Boffins from China push quantum computing envelope for 'supremacy' in emerging photon field


physical test measurement

So [The Chinese team developed an apparatus, dubbed Jiuzhang, that consists of a laser, mirrors, prisms, and photon detectors. The group reported that they achieved a sampling rate that's "~1014 faster than using the state-of-the-art simulation strategy and supercomputers."]

They built an experiment and were able to take measurments 10^14 time faster than simulating the physics in a computer. It is unclear what is new about this state of affairs, this is why most groups use experiments for this type of reaserch, rather than simulations.

Android without Google – and yes it has apps: The Reg talks to founder about the /e/ smartphone


recently bought a pixel after essential phone went under. This would have been a prefered option.

Days before the US election, phishers net $2.3m from Wisconsin Republicans


Re: Trump money and mouth miles apart

Most americans think that slave labour was abolished by the 13th amendment. In actual fact by convicting someone you can then use them as slaves; "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

hmm, I wonder why there are so many people in jails? /sarcasm

Mystery cloud added 10,000 new AMD Epyc servers in under ten days to handle demand for you know what


7002 EPYC ATX boards?

So when is supermicro going to release an H12 ATX board?

Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges


Its referred to as a currency, that does not make it one. Does the bank charge cash advance for purchases of silver and gold?

1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run



^see above, can't say I have any sympathy for some 'members' of my gender. Come back when the ratios are 50/50 at work and home looking after their spawn.

UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration


literature review

Thre is enough information out there in research papers and company product documentation in combination with open source FEA tools to allow someone to make an engineering approximation of the mass, strength / stiffness and velocity required to breach any given structure. The redaction just weeds out the less competent.

Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked



If you're reading trumps then you need more fibre in your diet or a course of antibiotics.

Biochem boffins win the Nobel Prize for cryo-electron microscopy



"It’s particularly useful for seeing proteins, many of which are less the width of human hair"

Sorry?, what protien molecules are equal or larger than a human hair?

Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?


federation / republic of USA

No such thing as evil, nasty piece of work, yes. But as with all of us apes there is a large spectrum of behaviour, and this was a long way from what is deemed acceptable.

Evil implies inherent behaviour and so a lack of responsibility.

The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?


It's not the velociraptor you can see that kills you

Only if you are an infant, what with velociraptors having been the size of a large turkey... so possible quite appropriate analogy.

Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois


federation / republic of USA

'Steele will no longer be allowed to practice law in the state, although that does leave many other states'

A good example to highlight that the USA is not 'a country' and should be viewed equivalent to Europe, and something i wish was highlited more often, mainly to brexiters.

Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin


Re: Two words really

Interesting, not come accross that before. An interesting parallel with trumpism and devaluation in local influence with rise of 'big man' promissing a return to local power / potency.

"A serious problem with the name is its pejorative connotation of backwardness, since it imputes a goal (cargo) obtained through the wrong means (cult); the actual goal is not so much obtaining material goods as creating and renewing social relationships under threat. Martha Kaplan thus argues we should erase the term altogether."

Embarrassing! FreeNAS downgrades latest release to 'tech preview'


docker part was good

Just finishing up downgrade from corral, the Docker feature in corral was good, and made it easy to setup a plexpass instance in freenas. Hopefully this will get added into 9.10 without too much delay.

FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?



a lot of planes have/had been fitted with handsets, since the mid/late nineties if memory serves. If you swiped your card you could make phone calls. So this is hardly an issue about noisy conversations.

Kremlin-linked hacker crew's tactics exposed


Pandering much?

'APT 28 is variously known as Pawn Storm, Sofacy, Tsar Team, Strontium, Fancy Bear, and (now) Iron Twilight.'

Why not use unflattering nick names, rather than inflating egos, I recommend unpleasant diseases which would come up when searching for them. You never know may piss them off enough to reveal more info.

US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck



So next up is getting the drones to look big on radar and the real missiles with reduced radar profile?

Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved


Re: Robot manufacturer not integrator?

This, otherwise you could happily sue all of the sub component and component manufacturers

Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans


More from the land of the free...

to die from painful and debilitating easily curable diseases, free to die in poverty, free to discriminate based on appearance, melanin density, etc...

Could be a good version of 'what have the Romans ever done for us?'

Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off


As others have noted. Fine, show me ads, I have no issues with that, but trackers can G.T.F.

Déjà vu: Euro Patent Office prez ignores yet another formal rebuke


The host country may not be able to do anything directly, but as with anyone under diplomatic immunity they could say that he is no longer welcome, and ask him to leave. But unlikely to happen.