Re: "This means Linus Torvalds has definitely won, doesn't it?"
They may well be. Hadn't really considered their religious views, up til now.
50 posts • joined 22 Aug 2016
Rest assured, the other bits, including both humps, will soon be squarely in the tent.
I won't be surprised when this is SOP for all cars, and in fact I expect it will eventually be illegal to disconnect or tamper with the government mandated spy system(s).
They'll need to replace fuel tax when all cars go electric, for one thing. No doubt the powers that be can come up with as many other excuses as needed. Joe Public won't care so long as the car's got plenty of USB outlets and multiple cup holders.
Those are all good- I just want to know what to call those cunts in airports who talk loudly on their phone set to speakerphone, held a good 2 feet from their face, thereby forcing us to hear both sides of their conversation, instead of holding it up to their ear so we only have to hear from one of the participants.
Admittedly that twat would still be bellowing his side of the conversation. Why is it that some folk can't just talk at a normal level and trust that their device's microphone actually works? And why can't they get a set of earbuds, a headset, or something else that doesn't subject all and sundry to their inane drivel? Hanging's too good, &c.
I'd be interested in knowing which model of Sony Blu-Ray player has Windows 7 embedded in it. I've got a Sony Blu-Ray player myself but the "smart" network dependent features, I never use. So far it seems to play DVDs OK (I don't think I actually own any Blu-Ray disks).
As it happens, I *just* unpacked a 4TB WD Red drive that I ordered three days ago. And thanks to Chris Mellor's article, I specified the old 64MB cache version (model WD40EFRX, CMR) rather than the new 256MB cache (SMR) drive.
The model number is identical to the 4TB drive I intend to pair it with in my NAS... but there is no external indication on the label that it is the 64MB cache version, unlike the older drive that explicitly says "64 MB". I suppose hooking it up to a Linux box and running hdparm is in order.
Every time I encounter such unwarranted precision, I am reminded of this exchange:
KIRK: Mister Spock, can we get those two guards? What would you say the odds on our getting out of here?
SPOCK: Difficult to be precise, Captain. I should say approximately 7,824.7 to 1.
KIRK: Difficult to be precise? 7,824 to 1?
SPOCK: 7,824.7 to 1.
KIRK: That's a pretty close approximation.
SPOCK: I endeavour to be accurate.
KIRK: You do quite well.
A former cow-orker accidentally skittled a tame Canada goose in the company car park with his pickup truck. Roast roadkill goose was an integral part of the next office pot luck lunch. Tasted a bit different than the wild harvested one he also cooked (typically mostly corn-fed), not bad, but different.
My instructor at an HP training school in the early 90s out in Fort Collins, CO was a Scotsman named Angus who had lived in the Netherlands for some time.
The only thing I can now remember him teaching me was the saying "Dutch cows drink Grolsch and piss Heineken".
Odd fellow, but he took the entire class out for beers at Coopersmith's.
"All storage is vulnerable to physical decay, fire or other calamity, or mis-configured systems that mean the data stored is not what you hoped it was. ®"
By law, that wording should be engraved in the largest font size that will fit, on every single data storage device sold.
And hopefully burned into the forehead of anyone who places critical data in a single place, such as a laptop drive, and who then whinges about the consequences when it inevitably gets destroyed due to any one of a number of foreseeable causes.
"I really struggle to see the business sense in this..."
They got your money, and having decided to exit the Internet of Tat business, obviously figure letting folk down gently is just a waste of money, simple as that.
It's exactly like the revolving door model of executive leadership in today's short term profit driven companies. Get while the getting is good and get out, leaving the mess behind for someone else to deal with.
"If the avatar is still in your email client, an Outlook account reset (Inbox >> Gear icon >> Email Account >> Reset) will remove it, we're told. "
Umm, just out of curiosity, is there any way to not remove this avatar from my email client?
Asking for a friend, naturally.
> the bigger concern is unintended consequences of "minor" deviations from the original design, even if the new part has "better" specs.
Which is why any engineering based company worth two shits have for-real component engineers on staff. I can't count the number of times I've seen stuff break because folks think pretty much any IC with the same generic part number will perform the same, because "I checked, and all the specs are the same or better!".
Not all characteristics of the parts you buy are captured by the spec sheet. Sometimes there's a lot of qualification work that doesn't show up on the purchased part drawing, and the approved vendor list isn't just there as a helpful pointer of where to buy the part...
"error rates increase rapidly with rising altitude; for example, compared to sea level, the rate of neutron flux is 3.5 times higher at 1.5 km and 300 times higher at 10–12 km (the cruising altitude of commercial airplanes). As a result, systems operating at high altitudes require special provision for reliability."
Which is why avionics invariably use EDAC memory.
Believe it or not, one of the ARINC 429 dataloader boxes in my lab loads flight software for some of the avionics that my company supplies to Airbus and Boeing using... wait for it...
3-1/2" 1.44 MB floppies.
At least it uses "modern" floppies, not the 5-1/4" or 8" floppies used by some of the older (but still operational) equipment that's sitting on the next shelf.
Actually I think Abe said he gets 40 rods / hogshead which is a fairly spectacular rate of consumption... (not that 80 rods/hogshead could be considered economical) considering that 40 rods is an eighth of a mile and a hogshead is either 52.5 or 64 gallons depending on whether you want to use the wine or beer measure.
'Not even examination of the silicon would make it immediately apparent, because the bogus silicon could be marked with the correct chip ID and a bogus "new revision" number.'
Many moons ago I worked for the Semiconductor Control Facility of Sperry Univac. Our incoming inspection/failure analysis lab routinely de-lidded integrated circuits and looked at them under an electron microscope, and also subjected them to scanning by a secondary ion mass spectrometer (SIMS). Any such undisclosed modification would have been flagged and a full and frank discussion with the supplier would shortly ensue. It did happen on occasion that there was a die shrink or a design change that was not communicated to us beforehand, and such behavior was explicitly against the purchase agreements we made with our suppliers. Violations could and did result in suppliers being struck off the approved vendor list of the part control drawing.
Since that time, the state of the art in quality assurance has shifted, with more trust placed in suppliers, and incoming inspection has been mostly replaced by supplier audits, sending component engineers out to the fabs or simply reviewing data provided by the manufacturer. So I would not be surprised if a counterfeit IC could be inserted into the supply chain by a nation-state spy agency.
Another comment about this paragraph from the story:
'It claims that its system is "designed so that no single Supermicro employee, single team, or contractor has unrestricted access to the complete motherboard design."'
As someone who does this for a living: I'm almost certain that the engineers who develop the functional and in-circuit tests for these motherboards do in fact have unfettered access to the complete motherboard design at the IC interconnect level, since they need the netlist, the bill of materials, FPGA programming images, firmware images, boundary scan vectors, physical board layout (Gerber files), schematics, etc.
"Garmin is humorously wrong in northern Spain".
Not just Spain. I've run into some places in the US that have been unchanged for at least 2 or 3 years, yet Garmin still have not updated their maps, despite the fact that they release new maps at least once a year.
Open Streetmaps are a viable alternative to Garmin, which I've been happy to use on trips to Iceland, Norway, Italy, etc. on my North America maps only equipped mapped Garmin units. I've been loathe to spend $100 for a set of maps that I will be using only for a short time, and have low confidence in their accuracy. And because the data are crowdsourced, I'm fairly confident in its accuracy, at least the POIs aren't going to be years out of date (and if they are, I can do an instant edit).
Also worked at Burger King. Can advise that laying down a ring of mustard approximately 100cm diameter on the side of a burger wrapper and popping it in the microwave, produced an entertaining display of sparks. Apparently mustard, or what passed for it at BK, is sufficiently conductive to function as a loop antenna.
"MGB batteries - two of them, 6v each, were under the rear seat, either side of the transmission tunnel."
So right. And they were hung from a sort of open metal basket arrangement, which was particularly prone to rust. I discovered both of them hanging from their cables, dragging on the road, after driving over a surprisingly large speed hump at a rate of knots. After that, they were replaced by a single 12V battery living in the boot, where I reckoned it was less likely to make a bid for freedom.
"...the government says the only thing on the chip is the passport number. "
That's news to me, but I'm not saying you're wrong.
"So are they lying, or is this fake news?"
Install the "READID NFC Passport Reader" app from Google Play and find out for yourself. I did this just yesterday after reading about it in a comment here on El Reg.
Among other things, there's your date of birth, the issuing location, date of issuance, date of expiration, and so on.
Along with the crypto certs that the USA CBP agents can't verify.
>On the other hand, once upon a time a couple of decades ago I unexpectedly had the great pleasure of listening to an Apollo astronaut (Aldrin? Armstrong? sorry guys, it was a long time ago) address a sales conference for a techy company.
>*That* was inspirational.
Years ago I had the good fortune to meet Buzz Aldrin on board the USS Sequoia, as a guest of Textronix, who had engaged him as a speaker. It was a works jolly for test engineers attending ITC in Washington DC. Everyone was given a signed copy of his book "Men from Earth".
It's not something I am liable to forget. But I probably stopped after only a couple of glasses of champers...
Mr Sage, on the other hand, sounds eminently forgettable, with or without the aid of alcohol.
"The US does not issue chip'n'PIN *credit* cards, only *debit* cards."
Umm, yes they do.
My Andrews Federal Credit Union VISA credit card (most emphatically not a debit card) was specifically applied for before my last trip to Italy because it is a Chip & PIN, not Chip and signature.
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