* Posts by JoeCool

139 posts • joined 10 Mar 2015


In Rust We Trust: Microsoft Azure CTO shuns C and C++


C and C++ are different

C started as a "systems language" I guess, but that's a less than meaningful term if you want to discuss (dis)advantages of a language.

C++ is designed to design languages AND is a good choice for "system programming" also.

Creatives up in arms over claim that AI is killing human art



1 week to duplicate a specific style, starting with training in fundamental techniques.


You haven't looked very hard.

Start with the "Art is dead" dude.

Arm execs: We respect RISC-V but it's not a rival in the datacenter


Re: What goes around comes around

I think you're sort of trivializing the discussion.

I understood RISC to be about hardware efficiency - what is it optimized for, how much chip real-estate is devoted to rarely used instructions.

As a hardware goal, RISC was about optimized chip features, and more regular timings, to get higher frequencies. From that pov you could say "RISC won", but really it's "x86 evolved along the demands raised by RISC"

In terms of ISA, CISC has survived and been extended, aided by innovation like micro-ops and better memory controller designs.

Backblaze thinks SSDs are more reliable than hard drives


These guys deserve a Nobel for "Science you can use"

I've been reading their reports for years - such good discussion.


SSD is still a physical storage device

There certainly can be failures of the electronics circuits. As well as physical and mechanical stress caused by the environment.

Judge tells Elon Musk he can't stall Twitter trial


It's a specialised court

for commercial law. Basically a torts judgemeny factory. It's done to support Delaware as a preferred jurisdiction of incorporation.


Re: Buyer's Remorse


But how many of us are stupid enough to broadcast via twitter the *real* reason that we're bailing ?

AMD admits its Ryzen mobile naming scheme is a mess, promises to clean it up


"Saddled" ?

This sounds like hyperbole

"For example, AMD’s 5300U and Ryzen 5500U were saddled with a Zen 2 core ... "

Because the chip market is competititve, there is a truism : retail cost reflects performance, regardless of underlying tech. AMD is competing with Intel and themselves on Performance/$. When they intro new tech, it is priced to fit on that curve.

The technical details are interesting, even cool, and if you are bleeding edge, they may matter. But if you are just interested in running apps, price is a good proxy for *relative* ranking. Maybe performance / watt matters, but again, that's pretty competitive these days.

Dead people could be designated authors of Atlassian Confluence docs but that can't be changed


Re: If you ignore a problem long enough

Technical limitation or deliberate commentard policy ?

Go programming language arrives at security warnings that are useful


That fire is theoretical

Seems like they are simply looking to avoid false positives, so that devs don't need to chase those down.

This is a sound approach :

"Govulncheck analyzes your codebase and only surfaces vulnerabilities that actually affect you, based on which functions in your code are transitively calling vulnerable functions ... "

Braking news: Cops slammed for spamming Waze to slow drivers down


The obvoius solution is to stop criminalizing benign behavour.

Speeding is just a proxy for actually dangerous driving practices.

It's a cheap way out because the police do not have to exercise or prove judgement, they can just point to the radar numbe to claim they are managing driving safety.

If police want to make traffic safer, the have to enforce things like legal turns, lane discipline, paying attention, aggressive driving.

One man's battle to get patent rights for AI inventors in America may be over


I like his chances

Thaler has filed complaints against the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the UK's Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, and Australia's Commissioner of Patents, seeking to have his AI system's patents granted.

Cake walk !

Thaler's arguments don't make sense.

One, I don't think that corporations can be inventors, however their employees can be contractually required to assign patent rights.

Two, Any economic benefit is to the patent holder, not society in general (unless the patent device is able to be comoditized ).

Three, I don't understand why Thaler can't patent his AI's "invention" for himself.

Four, Is it possible that his AI was trained with Copyright or Patented inputs, and that in reality, his AI's invention is owned by those rights holders

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



Nope. This is just how Qualcomm negotiates IP contracts. Why pay for what you can take ? Arm is no less of an IP law firm, but Qulacomm is notorious.

Source: IBM disguised Watson Health layoffs as a 'redeployment initiative'


Re: IBM are dead

Go read an annual report. Mainframe is no where near dead. It is and always has been the engine of their growth.


Re: Constructive dismissal? That's exactly what it is.

You are inventing a story that doesn't exist. Your scenarios are wildly speculative, and in fact wrong - you're basically arguing that because the cow enjoys the "benefits" of being on the cow farm, it shouldn't complain about the consequences.



I'm surprised they directed you to an actual active manger ( not even necessarily one that was hiring ).

77% of security leaders fear we’re in perpetual cyberwar from now on


Peak WWW has been reached ?

If you accept that cyberspace allows widespread governement hacking, might that put a practical limit on the applications people will accept as using the internet ?

For example, these Medical devices would be a hard sell for me :


Not that corprations won't participate in malicous corporate hacking, but it's easier to cast governments as villans in this case.

Googlers demand abortion searches ‘never be saved or treated as a crime’

Big Brother

What ???

Did the supreme court recently claw back rights to do those things, leading conservative extremists to criminally prosecute innocent individuals suspected of planning such activities ?

If your posting is intended to be sarcastic, it went right over my head

AMD has a lot riding on its 5nm Ryzen 7000 CPUs. And so here begins the hype


That would be an interesting move

Because, then they'd sort of be competing with themselves, based on cost.

More likely AMD would come out with an AM4-7000 CPU after AM5 is established. And then I'm not sure how compelling the upgrade would be.

The current Ryzen 7000 might offer 10-15% performance increase at the same TDP. Maybe a later version would offer more capability.

And an AM4 would have to share fab capacity with the AM5.

More likey AM4 will continue on in lower-power lower-cost segments.

But I'm only guessing, AMD could see the business justifications differently. the 3D V-cache was a surprise release.

Nuclear power is the climate superhero too nervous to wear its cape


Two flaws with this opinion piece

First, it assumes that humanity NEEDS to continue consuming current levels of power, as a justification for Nuclear.

However, that's not a mitigation for the dangers. Whatever level of energy that we can produce, sustainably, that's what we should be limited to.

More concretely, about that danger, in the form of waste ...

This article and several of the comments below and even general sentiment doesn't seem to give this problem enough weight..

Below is a link to a technical discussion of the problem, and the amount of effort that needs to be put into a solution. But I'll quote from it's synopsis here:

" More than a quarter million metric tons of highly radioactive waste sits in storage near nuclear power plants and weapons production facilities worldwide ... Emitting radiation that can pose serious risks to human health and the environment, the waste, much of it decades old, awaits permanent disposal in geological repositories, but none are operational".

"All these wastes can remain dangerously radioactive for many thousands of years."


On a related point, the WIPP plans are pretty cool. This is a good, thought-provoking presentation of them.


How TSMC killed 450mm wafers for fear of Intel, Samsung


Re: Math, the tricky bit

I had exactly the same question !

Upping the area from 900 to 2025 seems like it should yield more than double, considering area and geometry.

And that's the statement offered as the benefit, not the more accurate

"going to 450 gives us diminishing returns"

Specs leak of 5.7GHz AMD Ryzen 7000 chips with double the L2 cache


What ?

are you referring to. Keep in mind this is a leak, and there is nothing about timeline

Are you talking about oveclocking ? Maybe there's a practical reason that has nothing to do with sku-binning. That's the case dor the 5800x3d.

On a side issue, what performance increase is typically available through overclocking ?

Why the end of Optane is bad news for all IT


Re: Amazing... But also a bit stupid

Sure, I can accept that Optane failed because it couldn't "find a use case" but that's not a given; that's the challenge of intoducing new technology. Some make it, some don't. Some make it then blink out after a few years.

Software issues cost Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess his job


What you're missing is

that these would be internal releases, needed during development of the car. No software = no operational testing.

Rocky Linux 9 and its new build service enter the ring


Re: I don't get it


I moved from Fedora to Centos 8 at home, so I already know what I lost when when RH aborted.

I am more wondering what segment Centos Stream actually caters to.


Re: I don't get it

Guarantee of what ?

Compatability of what ?

If this distro doesn't offer something desirable, it will likely go away.


Re: Red Hat/Oracle

Facts ?

Support *is* expensive, at least the good stuff is.

Are you claiming Oracle support is less expensive. I think there's a contradicting case study somewhere.

Systemd supremo Lennart Poettering leaves Red Hat for Microsoft


Let's hope so, otherwise

he might come back to Linux.

Get over it: Microsoft is a Linux and open source company these days


"Get over it"

Has zero rhetorical value. Which is about the amount of faith anyone should hold, that any large captialistic company will ever change it's profits generating spots.

If the past doesn't characterize the present, then neither can predict the future.

Twitter sues Musk: He can't just 'change his mind, trash the company, walk away'


Don't blame the reporters for the sins of the "news org"

It's the news org's policy and business plan that dictates if they hire real news reporters, or twitter screen scrapers. And I hate screen captures masquerading as news stories.

The huge irony is that this case will feature Elon's twitter feed as court evidence. Delightful.


It will be over with quickly

The delaware court is a purpose-built commercial law factory. The judges and lawyers specialize in contract law, etc. so that they can resolve these disputes within the time line of the agreement.

That's one of the reasons they are the jurisdiction of incorporation for large numbers of businesses.

Black Helicopters

Smokescreen ?

Seems like Elon got to cash out a chunk of his Tesla stock, without raising suspicions of dumping.

Arrogant, subtle, entitled: 'Toxic' open source GitHub discussions examined


Re: Eh?

Except that, the statement is an emotional observation. It is not a edict; it is a direct statement of auser problem. The idea "You want me to work in a box that I don't fit in" is a fine starting point. GO back at them and ask for details and specific examples.

It is not, in my vierw toxic. not even offensive. Annoying, a little immature.


Re: Eh?

"There are meds for that"

Big Tech silent on data privacy in post-Roe America


Re: Democracy

Google the following :


"joe mancin republican agenda"

IBM ordered to hand over ex-CEO emails plotting cuts in older workers


Re: I always wonder

There are many answers.

First, HR is not a profession in the sense that there are standards or accreditation, so the "talent" pool is wiiiide open. Ethics are not a key job point

Second, virtually every HR dept's job is to protect upper management from themselves. Full stop. Everything else they do is a front.

As a result, the key personal attribute of any one working in HR is to figure out what any given exec wants, and make sure that it happens. As safely as possible.

This is a "culture" item and probably anyone that can't buy into that self selects themselves out into another career path.


Re: Those aren't resource actions...

" the IBM legal team will be able to argue successfully that each of the programs listed include commercially sensitive client data and any redundancies that took place were done so as part of the quite legal TUPE legislation in place in each territory."

There are a lot of assumptions there.

IBM couldn't design a TUPE action that's also ageist ?

IBM couldn't use the action as cover for ageist firing of current employees as "redundant".

Commercially sensitive will give cover for something ?

IBM will be successfull ?

If that list leads to this, or more disclosure I am pretty sure it's not a gift that IBM wants to keep.

Broadcom's stated strategy ignores most VMware customers


Re: But it's a winning strategy.

"Revenue (or rather profit) per customer is."

aka leveraged buy out

aka pump and dump

aka dominating in our market niche

aka milking it.

The problem with entrench customers is that they are entrenched, until they're not.


Re: But it's a winning strategy.

I cannot think of one single product or comapny that has had long term success by abondoning customer base growth, which is what broadcomm seems to have planned.

Google to sell replacement Pixel phone parts via iFixit


Re: Designed for repair?

It's not a complaint about greenwashing. He's making the point that repairability has to be designed in. The modern practice of gluing everything together is the major roadblock to fixing consumer devices.

Day 7 of the great Atlassian outage: IT giant still struggling to restore access


Re: Could be 2 more weeks according to a Reddit comment

Just the vagueness of that "update" should raise alarms.

IBM deliberately misclassified mainframe sales to enrich execs, lawsuit claims


That's a meaningless phrase

meant to cover a surfeit of poor management. Which share holder - the day trader, the dividend buyer, the buy-and hold investor, the controlling shareholder, the leveraged buyout holder, the pump and dumper, the shorter, the hedge fund ?

DARPA says US hypersonic missile is ready for real world


Russina military equipment

often wins the spec war, but isn't commensurately effective in combat .

Microsoft brings Cloud PCs and local desktops together in Windows 365


Re: Scarey

I'm not a gamer. My need for windows is for productivity apps - running the Onenote desktop app, and the spider solitaire exe from Windows XP.


When MS say "its the beginning"

I'm trying to understand where they are on the product maturity curve.

Would this be closer to Windows 3.1, or Windows For Workgroups or maybe the revolutionary Win 95 ?

Web3 'contains the seeds of a dystopian nightmare' says analyst firm


Re: Is this an April Fool?

I started wondering when I read the report "summary" statement

"We should all trust unknown developers why, exactly?"

But, a good thoughtful article in any case. And shouldn't the question really be:

"We should trust an unknown individual / entitiy weilding a blockchain token as an identity shield why, exactly ?"

Windows 11 growth at a standstill amid stringent hardware requirements


Re: Why move to Windows 11 ?

Windows 2K was an excellent product. A big improvement over NT - especially the desktop and app management.

Microsoft Azure developers targeted by 200-plus data-stealing npm packages


Overly defensive ?

I don't read that quote as assigning blame to devops. It's simply stating how the repos are working.

A distinction without a difference ?

C: Everyone's favourite programming language isn't a programming language


Not a convincing argument

Seems more like people waving their arms shouting 'look at me I have evolutionary opinions'

"C isn't close to the metal " ??? let's ask the GCC manual what it thinks

6.47 How to Use Inline Assembly Language in C Code

Someone in commments provided a link the the article "your computer is not a PDP-11". It's more reasoned, BUT it's attribution of the problems to "C programmers" is flat out wrong. Specualtive execution is a hack on the part of the industry to wedge in parallelism without disrupting the skills required to keep on working.

For years as a C programmer I looked for something that made parallelism better than threads and processes and semaphors. I found some decent academic proposals, but nobody wanted to create a break in the language/libs/build env.



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