* Posts by sw guy

38 posts • joined 9 May 2018

Ah yes, Sony, that major player in the smartphone space, has a new flagship inbound: The Xperia 5 II

sw guy

Re: How long?

Given the size of image captor on a phone, I assume even plain 16mm focal could be called super-tele.

Also, even if 35mm format totally disappears one day (sigh), I assume it will stay used as reference, so as to allow comparison whatever the year of models. BTW, I also assume there is no point trying to get size of captor on a phone as a reference, as this size is prone to change at high pace.

Google Chrome calculates your autoplay settings so you don't have to - others disagree

sw guy

Re: Google, you suck donkey balls

Oh, I remember times where there was an browser option to load images on demand only

While you lounged about all weekend Samsung fired up its biggest-ever chip factory and started cranking out 16Gb LPDDR5 DRAM

sw guy

Re: Always registered → Clearing RAM

In fact, every sensible OS takes care of clearing any page upon allocation to a process.

Otherwise, fighting against spectre and al. would be useless, because randomly reading old data from RAM by running a bunch of processes massively allocating stack and/or heap would be enough to get all sorts of /interesting/ informations.

Well, what are we waiting for? Three weeks later, Windows Embedded Standard 7 still didn't have the answer

sw guy

Update, really ?

I wonder if Embedded versions of Windows try to update automatically.

Does somebody here know ?

AMD is now following More's Law: More chips, more money, more pressure on Intel, more competition in the x86 space

sw guy

Re: Again seems history repeating itself

Sorry for misunderstanding

From the post I answered to, I assumed you meant Sun participated in designing the chip(s).

Anyway, Sun was not alone to have a compiler and an OS port for Itanium (hint: company I worked for had, too). But CPU not able to reach announced performances, or too late, had a big influence to bad reception by potential customer. Plus price. Plus abysmal performance on legacy binaries. Plus need to recompile when CPU version changed if you wanted maximum performance...

sw guy

Re: Again seems history repeating itself

Trying to replace history by fantasy does not help Intel, you know.

Sun, as a competitor was not involved in Itanium.

Some others competitors believed the Itanium tide would sweep their own CPUs and gave up even before fight. In the end, they no longer had their own CPU, and not a good enough one as a replacement.

BTW, amongst these competitors, there was Alpha, whose demise was a big boost for AMD as some design team went there after there boot was sunk by management.

Nvidia may be mulling lopping Arm off Softbank: GPU goliath said to have shown interest in acquiring CPU design house

sw guy


ARM also has à GPU line.

I stop here, up to you to think of what could happen there...

SoftBank: Oi, we paid $32bn for you, when are you going to strong-Arm some more money out of your customers?

sw guy


Running a PC is not the sole purpose CPUs, you know it.

I have participated in setting specifications of several SoC with various CPUs on they, and then writing firmware while other engineers actually created the chip. In every case, the development platform was a x86 PC either on Windows or Linux.

We've paused Sigfox roof aerial payments, says WND-UK, but we'll make you whole after COVID

sw guy

Re: I don't get it £840k a year for something you could do over LTE

You know, there is low power and low power.

Or, so-called low-power and really low power.

Thus, it all depends what kind of energy source is available the thing (as in IoT).

If juice come from a battery nobody will change during the life span of captor, you need really low power (for which Sigfox is not the only existing option, but it is one, while LTE is not then).

Fujitsu, Japan strong-Arm their way to the top with world's fastest-known super: 415-PFLOPS Fugaku

sw guy

Re: Obligatory

Answer depends on availability of Rosetta2 on it :-)

When open source isn't enough: Fancy a de-Googled Chromium? How about some Microsoft-free VS Code?

sw guy

Re: "Replace many web domains in the source code with non-existent alternatives ending in qjz9zk"


And is there any reason for not using localhost instead ?

Devuan Beowulf 3.0 release continues to resist the Debian fork's Grendel – systemd

sw guy

Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

Thus I understand that what is needed is a new shell.

OK, I will take my coat and look for that beast outside.

The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30

sw guy

Another unknown feature...

was the magic key-combo which allowed drawing a single card when in 3 cards at a time mode

I tested it, to confirm what I was told, but I soon forget it, because I much preferred free cell as a time sucking click machine

Stuck at home? Need something to keep busy with? Microsoft has 115 ideas – including an awful SMBv3 security hole to worry about

sw guy

Re: Imagine a user...

You are lucky if your user have no idea.

For what I saw, there are indeed such users. But among others, one can find:

- Those who assume it is magic ("Oh, you need time to think before acting ?")

- Those who believe they know. <= ALERT Call for troubles

Note this is not specific to computer science, BTW

Microsoft uses its expertise in malware to help with fileless attack detection on Linux

sw guy

Re: detection feature scans the memory of all processes

I cannot, but I do not want any not controlled by me program to perform such a scan

sw guy

detection feature scans the memory of all processes

Once that said, I have enough for my answer.

Which is : «No» (or, «No, thanks», let us be polite after all)

How the US-China trade war is felt stateside: Xilinx trims workforce after lucrative Huawei sales pipe blocked

sw guy

Re: Isn't It Ironic?

I propose a vote for best comment of month

The BlackBerry in your junk drawer is now a collectors' item: TCL says no more new keyboard-clad phones

sw guy

No comment...

...from neither TCL nor BB, thus I will propose mine as a question.

Regarding decision, how much weighted price of license itself ?

Microsoft boffin inadvertently highlights .NET image woes by running C# on Windows 3.11

sw guy

Re: 32 bit processors were common from 1985

What about using RAMdisk(s) ?

Leaks point to Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with mammoth 108MP camera and ... what? 16GB of RAM

sw guy

Re: Problem with too much RAM

Maybe you just gave hints to secret plan at Samsung:

1. Have developers assume plenty-full RAM is available on phones

2. People start complaining other phone vendors are too slow

Either 3A More Samsung phones sold

Or 3B Phone vendor buy lots of (Samsung) RAM

In both cases: 3. Win!


RISC-V Xmas gifts: SiFive emits vector-enabled cores, Western Digital teases new SweRVs, VxWorks hugs ISA, Samsung rolls it into 5G...

sw guy

Re: WD State-machine replacement?

Yes, but certified ≠ proved

Why can't you be a nice little computer maker and just GET IN THE TRUNK, Xerox tells HP in hostile takeover alert

sw guy

Re: "legendary technology biz"

Thanks for remembering the truth

Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020

sw guy


Under my understanding, updates of Linux *kernel* made for Android (mostly in the IPC area) are now available in mainstream kernel. Anyway, sources already were available because GPL applies.

Even important part of Android user-level stuff is available as sources, hence AOSP

(I once compiled an AOSP, possibly augmented with hardware-specific drivers and was able to flash some Samsung phone and give a call).

Not that important chunks of Android stay beside closed doors, though, and more and more chunks, BTW: the (in)famous Google apps are just that: Google. And I reckon one of them is the PlayStore. But we are far from *kernel* there

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future

sw guy

Solving not existing problem

When at work, using workstation set by IT team, I have a user-name and a home-directory, but no grep command on well known files will be able to link both, because IT team knows its job. Thus, while I remember that yellow pages were invented years ago, I do not even bother to know whether it is still in use or something newer is in use.

Of course, when network is not reachable, I cannot connect. But it does not matter as I cannot work either.

Security gone in 600 seconds: Make-me-admin hole found in Lenovo Windows laptop crapware. Delete it now

sw guy

What hardlink ?

With the description done in story, I would have call that thing a softlink

Microsoft Notepad: If it ain't broke, shove it in the Store, then break it?

sw guy

Re: My couple of missing features from Notepad:

I may add some details regarding ttys:

As physical CR takes some times, some (most?) of them needed some padding characters to be inserted in flow to create a delay (usual padding character was NULL, ASCII 0).

As soon OS decides to take action of padding insertion for itself (with description set somewhere in a printer database), there was no longer a need for end-of-line sequence to be more than one "well-known" character.

Here you are.

Checkmate, Qualcomm: Apple in billion-dollar bid to gobble Intel’s 5G modem blueprints, staff – new claim

sw guy

Re: As long as they don't use their CPUs..

Off course there are CPUs involved, though rather of the DSP family.

Very hidden, very specific, but a modem (whatever kind) needs lots of computational stuff.

Dear chip designers: It will no longer cost you an Arm and a leg to use these CPU cores (well, not at first, anyway...)

sw guy

Hard macros ?

If you just want to add some CPU of well-known architecture into the chip with your splendid stuff, may be having a look to hard macros of your founder could be worth the time, no ?

Big Purple Hat is on as IBM closes acquisition of enterprise Linux firm

sw guy

Re: Abandon Ship...

Do you mean systemd is doomed ?

Not too bad eventually.

Plus, you forgot BSD family

The in and outs of Microsoft's new Windows Terminal

sw guy

Re: But...

Congratulations, 20 years in a cave and you survived.

Me, happy Linux and Windows users, I may have encountered drivers glitches on both sides, but they really tend to fade in the past.

And they mostly originate with some failure from hardware provider.

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand

sw guy

Re: Mac houses wont care but...

Usual confusion regarding Android world: OS upgrades and security updates are decorrelated.

I still get the latter for my current, old, androphone, with Android 5, which, BTW, never encountered an application failing to install due to too old system version (though this may be because, for instance, so called social networks are not my things, except WhatsApp).

You can safely say Android world has an issue with security updates, but it all depends on vendors policy for that matter.

Microsoft doles out PowerShell 7 preview. It works. People like it. We can't find a reason to be sarcastic about it

sw guy

Re: "Linux doesn't play nicely with it at all"

But it does not matter to user if computer continues running well when attached printer no longer does, because manufacturer did not update driver to follow windows version, which happens more often than expected.

Dedicated techie risks life and limb to locate office conference phone hiding under newspaper

sw guy

Re: Shouty men...

And in case it happens too much, think of adding the >/dev/null

Microsoft debuts Bosque – a new programming language with no loops, inspired by TypeScript

sw guy

Re: What's Wrong With a Loop?

I did not remember the multiple entry in a subroutine, by I remember there was a feature allowing multiple return points *outside* subroutine:

- Define a parameter as a label using ad'hoc syntax

- Use a variant of return to say combine return + goto Nth label within parameter list

British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages

sw guy

Re: how they may be fixed in a satisfactory manner

At least the baker at the corner of my street

Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

sw guy

Re: "Et tu Bruté"

Yes, this was a attempt to write Latin, though a failed one:

No accent (no diacritic at all) in Latin.

Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

sw guy

Re: "From which it follows that the docs were unclear. "

Linux code copied from Windows ?

Non-GPL copied from Linux code ?

I wonder which one is the less probable.

However, OS developers sharing a common way of thinking, and reading the same (obfuscated) manual, this is something already seen elsewhere.

In the past, an experiment was done by providing the same high level specification of a radar system to several teams, and they made comparable errors in same areas, that is where specifications where not clear enough.

Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

sw guy

Good reason for a single EOL character

For people talking of CR/LF sequence on a TTY, just take note that even that sequence may need transformation for actual device working properly. In fact, physical carriage return takes time, and it happen this is not managed internally by device, forcing driver to create a delay with a limited count of NUL characters.

And as soon as a driver has to inspect and slightly transform characters stream, there is no longer need for EOL character to be tied to TTY.


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