* Posts by well meaning but ultimately self defeating

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Apple sales slip, but investors offered bite of $110B stock buyback

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Yeah, that’s the type of response they should have a captcha to prevent

Web archive user's $14k BigQuery bill shock after running queries on 'free' dataset

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Idiot....

I don't know why kids today expect everything to be free and act all surprised when it's not..... Where do they think stuff comes from????

Elon Musk made 1 in 3 Trust and Safety staff ex-X employees, it emerges

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If he rehired any of them

They would be XXX employees

Hershey phishes! Crooks snarf chocolate lovers' creds

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Hershey’s tastes like warm vomit

Hershey’s chocolate has a distinctive taste due to the presence of butyric acid in the chocolate, which is the same chemical compound that can give vomit its characteristic rancid taste and smell. Butyric acid can occur naturally in chocolate as it comes from the milk fats during a process called lipolysis. The fatty acids in the milk decompose, resulting in a rancid taste similar to an obese ballerina’s nether regions after a particularly strenuous scent from swan lake followed by a marathon and a week without showering.

OpenAI makes it official: Sam Altman is back as CEO

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Re: They’re all white men”

As much as a supportive post of my undeniable genius is appreciated, I regret to say yours is flawed. Satya is not the board member for Microsoft, and Mira is not on the board either.

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They’re all white men”

I’m center left politically and mixed race, have many(not just the one) friends, worked with and hired the most diverse set of people imaginable over decades in tech, yet for some reason this sentence irks me. Choosing skin colour as the sole characteristic to represent the diversity of experience and thought necessary for this critical role feels ridiculous and having just running a thought experiment where the word white was replaced with any other skin colour/racial group/identity driven divisor and could not come up with an acceptable equivalent, made me question whether we have gone too far. El Reg was never a source of divisive identity politics in the past. People should be judged and accepted based on the entirety of what they have said and done, not what they look like.

FFmpeg 6.1 drops a Heaviside dose of codec magic

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Re: @Steve Davies 3 - Heaviside brought back memories

Ha, y think you had it tough, in my day we used to do double entry bookkeeping on cuneiform tablets.

AI chip outfit Graphcore's sales to China hit by US export rules

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Just a poor excuse

The company has consistently over promised and under delivered. I imagined they see this as another convenient excuse to cover up their continued failure. My suspicion is they are the walking dead, and we'll see some sort of face saving exit. Most likely suspect is pretty obvious. It looks like a real mess on this side of the pond.

WhatsApp AI happily added guns to chat stickers of Palestinians, but not Israelis

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Having seen both sides demonstrate in London this kind of matches up.

Web Summit CEO's comments on Israeli conflict 'war crimes' sparks boycott

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Re: Missing the point

So do I. An innocent life is an innocent life.

But there is a sharp moral distinction between a genocidal organisation that is sworn to destroy Israel - and has happily provided lots of video evidence of what that means in terms of brutally murdering civilians, and is ideologically supported in polls by more than 50% of Gaza; and a country defending itself and doing its best to avoid collateral damage in a military conflict, especially where the numbers of Palestinian casualties are reported in aggregate by a recognised terrorist organisation that has proven itself to lie on multiple occasions.

Sorry if that idea is too difficult for you to understand

And let's get a grip here - most Israeli's would give land for peace any day of the week. However as the Palestinian's have shown - the only option with them at this time is land for terrorism.

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Re: While Cosgrave is, of course, formally 'right'...

"Some Israelis want this because they want the land and to develop new beach front properties" - where do you make this stuff up from?

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Let us not forget that the reason there is a blockade is that from the moment that Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip they were firing rockets into Israel. Or are they supposed to just sit back and be bombarded.

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Re: Missing the point

No. He opened his big mouth on the 7th.

And the beheaded babies (not clear on exact number - does it really matter?), beheaded pregnant woman with fetus cut out and stabbed stories have been confirmed. Sorry if that does not fit in your world view. Does it change your opinion?

Guess they are only Jews so it doesn’t really matter to you.

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Re: While Cosgrave is, of course, formally 'right'...

Correct term is not ghetto. It’s a standalone region with borders.

The reason there is a blockade is because they keep bringing in weapons to stack Israeli. Hamas are not like this because they are trapped in Gaza, they are trapped in Gaza because they are like this.

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Missing the point

The reason for much anger over Paddy’s comments is on the day of the tragedy and for days afterwards - including before the response had even begun - he tweeted and liked multiple comments criticising Israel, not once acknowledging the horror of what has been done. One can support Palestinians and a two state solution and feel terrible for Gazans without implicitly condoning the cutting up of pregnant women, beheading and burning alive babies, killing children in front of their families etc. He chose not to do that.

If he had really wanted to open his well known big mouth he could have respected that.

Hacktivist attacks erupt in Middle East following Hamas assault on Israel

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Re: Unwanted fall out from Israel/Hamas conflict

What tripe.

Silicon Valley billionaires secretly buy up land for new California city

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Because giving money to SF to make it better works

You seem to have an implicit assumption that someone giving money to SF could improve if. Unfortunately this has been shown quite drastically to not be the case.

Experimental brain-spine computer interface helped a paralyzed man walk

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Re: Regenerative medicine

You’re welcome to develop medicine that can do this. Until then, maybe your beliefs are irrelevant compared to others actual work and achievements.

Open source AI makes modern PCs relevant, and subscriptions seem shabby

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Standards dropping

Historically I would have expected to see el Reg publish a much more detailed and considered version of this article about a month ago - this is late and derivative of about 100 similar commentaries. Do better guys!

AI models may not yet be safe, but at least we can make them affordable … ish

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Missing the point

We want to play with the Shoggoths

Will Arm make and sell its own processors? We're gonna go with no

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Plan B

They realise that their increasingly egregious rent extraction from their customers has accelerated RISC-V adoption and this is the first step to their post monopoly world. They used to be seen as Switzerland but are increasingly perceived as Russia, and not a reliable partner.

Hiding behind a demonstration chip is a thin veil that is easily seen through.

My bet is they end up becoming a fabless manufacturer over time.

EU lawmakers fear general purpose AI like ChatGPT has already outsmarted regulators

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Sounds like about half the people I know

How Arm aims to squeeze device makers for cash rather than pocket pennies for cores

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Re: I can see how this will work out...

Strongly disagree - I reckon ARM must understand they have alienated some of their largest customers who have begun deploying RISC-V in lower end designs and slowly pushing it up to higher complexity designs. The writing is on the wall and they know they have to maximise the value they extract before it's too late. ARM's strength historically was that it was always Switzerland - the neutral player in the middle that everyone could work with. Post the overpriced acquisition and the Softbank funded spending spree they needed to deliver more revenue; initially to justify the investment and now more desperately to recover MS's reputation with a successful IPO and subsequent growth before the mirage disappears and the world moves all in on RISC-V. As part of their response here they started getting greedy. They moved from emulating Switzerland as a strategy to emulating Russia with an increasing scorched earth policy on their customers and once partners. Clock's ticking and they need to earn as much money as possible before the capital being invested in RISC-V and the associated till chain materialises as an existential threat.

Arm has shot itself in the foot and it's beginning to look like gangrene had set in.

FTX inner circle helped itself to $3.2B, liquidators say

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More effective

Than altruistic

Euro bit barn biz has hot prospect: immersion cooling for colo customers

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Because you need a dielectric fluid

not a die of electric shock fluid

Chipmakers to spend $500b on 84 new fabs by 2024 despite shaky economy

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And my retirement plan is

Buying lots of ASML shares.

MotherDuck scores $47.5m to prove scale-up databases are not quackers

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Are the employees called Motherduckers?

Can confidential computing stop the next crypto heist?

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Re: What is Confidential Computing?

It’s code for encrypting data in memory so you can’t dump and extract those wonderful api keys and session tokens

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Re: Is "protection" actually needed? Private keys can be transient, random....and never

Whilst great for encrypting information between discrete systems, it doesn’t solve for securing information being processed on a machine.

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Re: Homomorphic encryption ?

Slower than a three legged geriatric tortoise with wagon wheel tied to its shell

Tesla has a lot of work to do on its Optimus robot

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This brings a whole new meaning

to Auto bots.

Arm sues Qualcomm over custom Nuvia CPU cores, wants designs destroyed

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Re: Did ARM Forget the American Axiom?** . . .

It's the whining that counts.....

Belgian defence ministry admits attackers accessed its computer network by exploiting Log4j vulnerability

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Belgian has a defence ministry?

This is the biggest piece of news in the article.

French integrator-cum-outsourcing biz Atos confirms bid for DXC Technology

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Two dodo's cannot give birth to an eagle

But I'm sure there will be money and careers be made on transaction fees so who cares.

Nvidia to acquire Arm for $40bn, promises to keep its licensing business alive

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I reckon he's betting big on graphcore in the way that only somebody with the smallest possible understanding of the dynamics of the semiconductor industry would.

If he was serious he would be bribing TSMC to set up a Fab in the UK and offering state-aid by the bucketload - just like a couple of small countries do to build broad yet world-class semiconductor ecosystems

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The thing you need to bear in mind is that NVIDIA are the leading source of deep-learning/ML-focused compute. With Jensen talking about making some of this IP available via ARM licensing, it opens a can of worms.

Oh sure, we'll just make a tiny little change in every source file without letting anyone know. What could go wrong?

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And Godzuki too

Yay email

If there's a lesson to be learned in these torrid times, it's that civilisation is fleeting – but Windows XP is eternal

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Re: Tell us the story

Sounds fake

VMware has a Pivotal moment in its quest to be 'leading enabler of Kubernetes'

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surely enablr

nuff said

DXC Technology exec: What should our brand be known for?

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The world's greatest content management solution

DXC should surely be known as the only company in the world with a direct feed from its internal staff communication system to El Reg, the real front page of the Internet

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware

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Re: How would I know if I've been compromised?

Is there any particular reason you think you would be compromised Rob?

Oracle takes its gripes about Pentagon's JEDI contract to federal court

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Not to mention the fake news

Not sure if the BBC is being a useful idiot here, or is sacrificing it's journalistic integrity on the altar of fast news, but somebody is obviously funding dirty tricks.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46489689

This is the type of trash that is most likely to come from a large corporate sponsor paying someone to create FUD

Personally I give the journalists the benefit of the doubt and assume they are useful idiots with a web browser.

PortSmash attack blasts hole in Intel's Hyper-Threading CPUs, leaves with secret crypto keys

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So much for trusted execution environments

Actually now wondering if I can ever rely on SGX given the constant drip-feed of side channel attacks.Is this systemic, or just a function of maturity....

Cache of the Titans: Let's take a closer look at Google's own two-factor security keys

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Re: Google?

I'lld rather trust Google than some unknown VC backed outfit with unknown incentives, opaque finances, and unknowable quality.

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Hmmm

Don't really notice that much difference. The overlays when you do a mouseover on the section titles at the top are pretty annoying as they cover the content.

Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

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Re: Repeat

That's because the connnection is down. Once it comes up they will start listening again. Those daemons.....

Got some fancy new flash in the works, huh Micron? Join the QLC

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$/GB

What range are people paying per GB for a high-end AFA these days?

South China waters are red, Brit warships are blue, HMS Sutherland's sailing there

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Commies are Red, Capitalists are Blue

But now that we are Brexiting

It's going to be easy for the Chinese to say F U

Bristol AI chip designer bags $50m from Valley VC

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Re: Bristol

So a few points:

When you say UK investors do you mean venture capital funds registered as UK partnerships, British partners at overseas funds, funds run by Brits, or something else? Bear in mind Atomico's HQ is in London, so not suer your statement is correct.

For any large scale silicon play it is critical to have serious valley based investors as that is will plug you into all the necessary customer and partner ecosystems at the right level and act as a social signal to other tech companies, and more importantly - experienced industry executives who you will need to poach to set up your OEM relationships, get your chips to tape, get your initial PoC's in place etc. you are to be taken seriously.

Silicon investments are highly capital intensive with almost binary outcomes. UK has long track record of companies not making it in this space (with a few successes). I confessed to being slightly impressed that Atomico made the investment in the first place - (suspect without a large US investor they would have eventually needed to write it off or had it snapped up as a small tuck in acquisition for IP now needs a $billion+ outcome for it to be meaningful to Sequoia), and obviously someone there has very big balls (or whatever the female equivalent of that expression is; though based on general VC statistics, less likely)

Selling to highest foreign bidder is not a bad strategy if price is right - look at Autonomy - what a result! What's important is that the money gets recycled into next generation of innovation - which seems to be happening.

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