* Posts by confused and dazed

94 posts • joined 27 Nov 2012


Server errors plague app used by Tesla drivers to unlock their MuskMobiles

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Re: Thermostat

Thanks, yes I had my new thermostat for about a year when I was contacted by British Gas. For the paltry sum of £150 , I could upgrade my thermostat to the latest model.

Not once in my life previously have I thought ...."mmmmm - that dial needs an upgrade"

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Seems a bit like my fantastic British Gas wifi enabled thermostat. Instead of having a dial on my wall that was linked to my boiler I have a battery powered monstrosity that has to link to my router and then to the connected boiler controller..... Not once did the old thermostat give me an error code or complained about connectivity. Not once did I need to download an app ....

Warning: China planning to swipe a bunch of data soon, so quantum computers can decrypt it later

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Re: Encrypt data... errr quantumly

That's an interesting point - cheapness of quality science and engineering graduates links to technological leadership ..... maybe. I suppose it depends on whether there is a direct correlation between quantity of those graduates and your dominance.

As for losing the 21st century - we still have a long way to go

Intel claims first Alder Lake chip is the fastest desktop gaming silicon in the world

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Re: Point

Don't want to get all Greenpeace on you, but pouring power down the drain isn't good for anyone, desktop or laptop

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

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Re: The Apple isn’t green

photos and videos to photos app on your Mac

Apple responds to critics of CSAM scan plan with FAQs, says it'd block governments subverting its system

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Re: Think about it the next time you vote

The problem with our versions of democracy (or at least the UK version) is that we select parties. This means that get to choose between set of policies A or set of policies B every 5 years .... that's it. Even if the parties are different on the issue that your care about ....

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Re: No upside for Apple, so... draw your conclusions

You may be correct, but then why not say so ?

They look foolish, hypocritical and downright untrustworthy right now. Need I remind anyone that just a few short weeks ago they were shouting "what happens on your phone, stays on your phone".

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Re: Match existing hashes or try and understand hats depicted in the photo?

Why does the compare have to happen on the phone then ?

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns

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Re: Trust

Samsung and Sony have not created an entire marketing campaign about the protection of your privacy

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Re: How the hell...

My understanding is they're checking the hash of the photo against a known database of dodgy stuff. The issue is who defines what is dodgy ..... and who has the right to check on your device without a warrant ....

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Re: re: this seems like a sensible middle ground.

A thoughtful response. But I think Apple are big enough to just say not.

They will not scrutinise what it on your phone, (whatever the method). Have the debate with legislatures out in the open.

Today it's pedos and terrorists, tomorrow it's activists.

Please, no Moore: 'Law' that defined how chips have been made for decades has run itself into a cul-de-sac

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Re: Yes but...

Hence the massive growth in data centres and the likes of Graphcore to solve this by more elegant means than pure brute CPU numbers

Right to repair shouldn't exist – not because it's wrong but because it's so obviously right

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It's easy to agree that fixing a $2K Mac or a $20K car is worth-while , but when a gadget costs $100, fixes are going to have to be very quick and very simple before they're un-economic and become land-fill.

The issue is that we consume too much, me included. I'm just looking at my wireless phone charger. What was I thinking ? ... it's another totally unnecessary thing, consumes more power that it needs, but saves we the "onerous" task of plugging a cable in...I'm now looking at two 24 inch monitors that I am hoping will break so that I can order bigger ones .....

Anyone for a consumption tax ?

I've got a broken combine harvester – but the manufacturer won't give me the software key

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Re: two separate comments

I agree, but if you did hoze the engine - like running it without oil or I don't know without coolant ... is it fair to expect the supplier to fix it fo you ?

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Re: two separate comments

I understand your concern, but sometimes the software might be there to protect the device. Maybe over-riding the software should negate your warranty ? Dunno - you might be back on shore with a goosed engine.

While I appreciate the legitimate cynicism on corporate behaviour and motivations ....

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A contrarian view


lots of moaning here, but most stuff is dramatically cheaper than it was and dramatically ore reliable. My Dad used to carry s socket set and a bunch of spares wherever he drove. A lot of the extra stuff helps make things more reliable.

The real issue is that stuff is too cheap. 200 quid for a washing machine .... of course it's not going to last 20 years. Try making one that does, and nobody will buy it because it's just too expensive. and that's before feature creep.

Maybe we should have to pay more tax on new stuff ?

Royal Yacht Britannia's successor to cost about 1 North of England NHS IT consultancy framework

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hard to support

I just think that the days of us waltzing into a harbour and blowing peoples minds with a flash boat are in the past.

Would this really generate a pay-back ? Hard to believe.

Ransomware victim Colonial Pipeline paid $5m to get oil pumping again, restored from backups anyway – report

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Re: Criminal to pay Criminals?

I agree, but this isn't your kids .... it's an oil company. I'd have a lot more sympathy if it was someone's kids - that's a tougher call IMO

Guy who wrote women are 'soft, weak, cosseted, naive' lasted about a month at Apple until internal revolt

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Surely if we desire to live in a diverse and tolerant society, then we should tolerate people with diverse opinions.

He might be a git, but I'd rather work with a git, than live in a society where people are frightened to espouse views that don't meet today's norm.

South Korea creates $451bn semiconductor stimulus package

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it's always been an expensive game, but that is a LOT of money ... I love how big the Koreans think.

Philanthropist and ex-Microsoft manager Melinda Gates and her husband Bill split after 27 years of marriage

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Good Luck

Seems to me that they've left the world a better place than they found it.

In the end that's all anyone can hope for

all this OS vitriol get's on my wick

UK's Competition and Markets Authority sticks probe in SK Hynix's $9bn proposed buy of Intel's NAND and SSD units

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Does anyone care ?

I agree that this reduces competition, but why would Hynix and Intel care what the UK govt thinks ?

Scientists stumped by strange X-rays from Uranus

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A fine headline

Thank-you, that cheered by Friday morning .....

Samsung aims first 512GB DDR5 DRAM chip built on High-K/Metal Gate tech at HPC, AI markets

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Re: Fully Stacked

I don't think this will help much I'm afraid. As far as I understand the M1 memory is already TSV 4 Hi (8Gb or 16Gb) and this is then package-over-package onto the M1 itself. ie 2 packages of 4Hi stacks - albeit DDR4 interface.

I guess they could move it to 8-Hi 16Gb like this to give 32GB, but I suspect costs might become prohibitive in terms of 8 stack yields ?

Micron: We're pulling the plug on 3D XPoint. Anyone in the market for a Utah chip factory?

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started with a ta-dah and ended in a wimper ....

The jury is still out on what the first true SCM media will be. The direction is that there may be many - hiding on the CXL bus

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Re: Another fab for sale to China?

That won't be allowed

Iron in the kinks, say boffins: Wrinkly graphene could one day make computer chips 'smaller and faster'

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Re: How many circuits can dance on the head of a pin?

3D chips are well and truly here ...

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Re: "thousands of times faster"

I'm not sure that 7nm is a direct comparison. There is a lot of marketing involved in describing process nodes

Watch this space: Apple offers free repairs for the self-bricking Apple Watch SE and Series 5 wearables

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I like mine

I bought an Apple Watch about a year ago. I only bought the 200 quid one, but for me it more than paid for itself when my watch started ringing when I was putting the bins out with the phone in the house, and I ended chatting to my wrist, (not an euphemism) ! Just seemed silly and very space 1999

Maybe lock-down is getting to me ..

President Biden to issue executive order on chip shortages as under-pressure silicon world begs for help

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Re: Who is the 12%?

Micron, Infineon, TI, Global Foundries ....

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Too Late ?

Seems to me that the US have lost Si process leadership. 2nd place is a terrible place to be, as you need to spend almost as much on R&D and lose all the price gouging opportunities. Re-gaining #1 is going to be a hideously expensive proposition, and how long for ? ..... can we really go much beyond 3nm ?? I know we've said this for a long time but really there are fundamental limits nor far away now.

Maybe advanced packaging techniques and interconnect would generate more bang for buck .....

New year, new rant: Linus Torvalds rails at Intel for 'killing' the ECC industry

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Re: Recent AMD mobo

The move to other RAM is ongoing - look at the slew of storage class memories and PMEM coming. The reality is that as a first off-cpu memory where you have to balance latency, density, cost, bandwidth, power and reliability there is nothing superior yet. Not saying that won't change, but even the much trumpeted 3d x-point has not made a dent.

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Re: I don't see it that way

The cost is a x72 DIMM versus a x64 DIMM - ie an extra 1/9 DRAM this gives you single error correct, double error correct (SECDED).

The price is however driven by commodity pricing ...

Police warn of bad Apples that fell off the back of a truck after highway robbery

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Re: Inside Job, and not the sharpest whats it in the thingy

This assumes that individual phones are tracked by Apple , and that serial numbers A,B &C were on these pallets throughout the supply chain

Behold, the Ultimately Large Telescope: A revived proposal for a 100-metre liquid-mirror star scanner on the Moon

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Re: To scale, or not to scale?

perhaps he was born on the moon and is indeed much taller ....

SK Hynix slips past rivals Samsung and Micron to launch world's first DDR5 DRAM sticks

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Memory vendors are not doing this to improve reliability, more to keep it acceptable as geometries shrink and we see more "scaling effects"

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There is on-chip ECC. Servers will also have the option of having ECC R/LRDIMMs also. Remember this is a dual channel DIMM now - so it's no longer x72 wide, rather 2x40

Teracube whips out cheap, fixable phone with removable battery and four-year warranty

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Perhaps the outdoor folk also have water proof Patagonia Jackets (with pockets) ....

Who watches the watchers? Samsung does so it can fling ads at owners of its smart TVs

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Smart TV's are dumb

I just bought a 2020 Samsung SMART TV - forget model (£600 55" thing). The UI is dreadful. Gone are the days of just turning on the telly - instead you have to navigate rows of slow icons and avoid "Rakuten TV". I'd never had to give my telly my email address before, or reboot it.

I know all of these "apps" will stop being supported in a year or so, so really all I want is something to display my desktop box. Perhaps "Smart TV executives" may realise folk don't want this extra complexity in their lives. If I can avoid, then I'd pay more for a dumb one in future.

Huawei's supply chain squeeze tightens, as SK Hynix and Samsung set to stop selling chips to the Chinese bogeyman as of next week

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Re: Counterproductive

5 years maybe

Here's some words we never expected to write: Oracle said to offer $10bn cash, $10bn shares for TikTok US – plus profit share promise

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makes you wonder

Just wonder how much stuff would cost if we weren't all paying for so much vacuous marketing and advertising ...........

Can I get some service here? The new 27-inch iMac forgoes replaceable storage for soldered innards

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Having just replaced the fusion drive on my 2015 27 iMac - it's not exactly easy anyway. Why they can't figure a way of opening it without all that glue and spudgers is a mystery to me. This is a step too far for me - perhaps I'll go for a mini next time, or just wave a white flag and give up ....

Intel couldn't shrink to 7nm on time – but it was able to reduce one thing: Its chief engineer's employment

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Re: For now, it doesn't matter yet

I agree, it's mm2 of Silicon per versus performance, not there marketing fluff that is now "node bragging rights".

The real danger here is that the West appears to have lost leadership in process technology, and it's a hard thing to regain ..... It going to be grim when TSMC become a monopoly for CPU fab

Jeff Bezos bungs $10bn at climate change after chump change for Oz bush fires

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Re: Great news for the environment

I think the sour grapes are because of the way he has made his money. There is no doubt that Amazon provide a fine service. It would also appear that their workers are employed to local legal minimum standards.

However, this guys wealth has been made off the backs of his employees. Their fulfilment centres appear to be horrific places to work and are staffed by people with little other choice. Perhaps making their lives slightly more pleasant and only being worth 50 Billion would encourage people to see this generous gesture in a better light

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass

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Re: "The South Korean firm is also also offering some customers free screen protectors"

Maybe they look crap ?

An equivalent question is why Apple doesn't ship their phones in cases and with screen protectors ... they'd certainly be more robust ....

iFixit surgeons dissect Apple's pricey Mac Pro: Industry standard sockets? Repair diagrams? Who are you and what have you done to Apple?

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Re: How much did apple have to do with it?

I'm sure they'll make money on it. The volumes will be relatively low, but their margins are high when you look at the price they're charging for the base machine, and how much more they charge for upgrades.

On top of that they offer a much needed sop, to their "pro" customers

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256GB SSD?

You pay £5K and get a 256G SSD ... seems somewhat on the mean side of things

I know value for money isn't this things selling point, but even so ....

HPEeeeeek! Our sales have been decimated by worldwide slowdown, trade wars, say execs

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Re: Bingo

nope - I didn't see blockchain or autonomous

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro

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Re: Horses for arses

People with a lot of money may need those specs or may not. It could be that they just like their Apple devices and are prepared to pay for that. It's strange to me that nobody seems to bat an eyelid at someone who spends a lot on a car when a Dacia Duster or equivalent would also just get you there .... I spend more time on computers (PC's, Macs, Linux) than I do in the car ...

my 2p

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Stupid ... Moron .. etc etc

What is it with the IT community that there is a tendency to consider anyone who disagrees with you to be an idiot.

Could they not just have different priorities to you ?? .... don't want to seem like a big jessie , but all this Apple bashing gets on my wick.



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