* Posts by JohnSheeran

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Forget feet and inches, latest UK units of measurement are thinking bigger

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Re: What the hell is a meter?

If that bugs you then wait to hear what they've done to "decimation".

AWS customer faces staggering charges over S3 bucket misfire

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"To demonstrate the security implications of this, Pocwierz said that he opened up his S3 bucket for public writes, and in less than 30 seconds it amassed over 10 GB of data from numerous sources."

So, you open your bucket to the public and you expected what exactly? You use unnamed open source tools and they rack up writes? While I might agree with the injustice of AWS charges, the incompetence of their users is also a significant point of concern.

If Britain is so bothered by China, why do these .gov.uk sites use Chinese ad brokers?

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"If Britain is so bothered by China, why do these .gov.uk sites use Chinese ad brokers?"

Because they have no idea how any of this stuff actually works and therefore had no idea they were even using said ad brokers.

Microsoft is a national security threat, says ex-White House cyber policy director

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You didn't get downvoted on that first comment. Obviously you're going to get downvoted on this most recent comment. It appears that a lot of people that comment here at El Reg (or the internet for that matter) are complete a-holes. Most downvote with no comment to defend their downvote. It's just the internet.

That being said, I would blame you for withdrawing from commenting going forward. I generally feel the same way.

Open source versus Microsoft: The new rebellion begins

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Meh

Re: Really?

Agreed but since when have these companies cared about my/your bottom line?

JohnSheeran

Re: Really?

It's not just M$'s bottom line we're talking about here. This is just general economics and evolution at play. If the demands of hardware don't increase then there is no reason to build bigger/better. If people don't have a need to upgrade then we're talking about stretching out the lifecycle of this stuff and that harms everyone's bottom line.

It all sucks.

AI models show racial bias based on written dialect, researchers find

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Re: Reasoning

"Every decision that we make, as intelligent or stupid beings, will exhibit a bias based on the data we've trained on. The only question is whether we, morally, accept any given bias."

Replying to you since you continued the thought that caught my eye. The conditional is one of the biggest reasons that LLMs will struggle in the near term. While I'm no expert on human intelligence, I do think that the conditionals are what often catches us up when we try to articulate ideas. Using the sentence above, it uses decision as the main object with immediate conditional of intelligence (that's a big one) then a conditional of data training. After that, it adds a conditional of bias acceptance and then an overarching measure of morality which has an entirely different set of rules that may be based on either the same questionable foundation or an entirely different foundation and both or either may be based on a compounding and looping set of conditionals.

Seems like this intelligence thing is very difficult to figure out. I'm sure something artificial can figure it out pretty easily.

'We had to educate Oracle about our contract,' CIO says after Big Red audit

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Trollface

Re: Advice in dealing with Oracle audits

One does not simply get off Oracle.

JohnSheeran

Re: Advice in dealing with Oracle audits

That's great advice if you don't already have Oracle. If you do, not helpful.

The self-created risk in Broadcom's big VMware kiss-off

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What's the thumbs down for this? If you're going to give it, at least defend it.

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It's not really a single thing that Broadcom has planned/is doing that's the problem. It's the laundry list of bad things they are doing/planning that is pissing off corporate customers. That coupled with the fact that these same corporate customers have already been through a similar problem with Broadcom on the mainframe side is what will really be their demise. I work at a Fortune 100 company and we're in the process of moving to something else. It's not a question of "if", it's a question of "when".

Starting over: Rebooting the OS stack for fun and profit

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Isn't this really the whole foundation of the move to something like memristor?

After injecting cancer hospital with ransomware, crims threaten to swat patients

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Trollface

Sounds like terrorism.

What's the golden age of online services? Well, now doesn't suck

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Re: Not an angry place .

It's always great to see a thumbs down without a retort.

Perfect example of what this has become.

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Re: Not an angry place .

I generally agree with most of what you're saying except to say that anonymity or lack of it is now somewhat meaningless. If you had a guy called "Luke Skywalker" back in the day then you didn't believe that was a real person and therefore you believed it was a nickname that made that user anonymous. Now, you see a name like "John Sheeran" and you may or may not believe that's a real name belonging to a real person. It would seem that everyone has basically realized that anonymous/real is meaningless now and that people can just behave however they want to behave without the fear of consequences or retribution since there has been nothing that would indicate otherwise.

What a sad place this has become.

Fears China could trash Broadcom's VMware nuptials as revenge for sanctions

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My best guess is that those markets may make it difficult/impossible to do business in for the combined companies if they don't accept it. Just a guess though.

FTC: Please stop falling for social media scams, you've given crooks at least $650M so far this year

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Trollface

You mean that Trumpism can be blamed on the Brits? WOOHOO!!!!

What's next for VMware? Long-term Virtzilla-watchers predict Broadcom's moves

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The entire idea of "cross-cloud" business growth just doesn't make sense. The cloud is already expensive for people trying to do things the way they do them in their traditional data centers (or more expensive for everything depending on your viewpoint). VMware being used in this space is just adding more cost. Sure, you can try to use it to reduce your consumption cost in the cloud provider but even that means that you have to get a ton of efficiency in order to find any kind of value. Even if you feel more comfortable managing your compute and/or containers with VMware, the cost/benefit just doesn't seem to be there.

You shouldn't be able to buy devices that tamper with diesel truck emissions on eBay, says DoJ

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Trollface

Re: Not since 1968

Polls are the best. Double digit sample sizes really tell the story for sure.

JohnSheeran

Re: Not since 1968

Ah, statistics. My favorite.

~37,000 firearms deaths (not accidents?) annually in the USA.

~393,000,000 firearms in the USA as of 2017.

in contrast

~43,000 deaths attributed to automobiles (accidents?) in the USA (2022).

~291,000,000 automobiles in the USA as of 2022.

According to most, firearms are intended to kill. Also, according to most, automobiles are not. Seems like we may need to consider putting significant restrictions on automobiles as well.

You made great points though.

JohnSheeran

Re: This from a country

Care to provide evidence of this?

Do you mean that you can order a firearm through a dealer? Are you an American and have you ever actually looked at what is required for this? To do this requires a Federal Firearm License and that means that you have to have a FFL (generally this is a licensed dealer) and, if you are in different states, that means the person selling/shipping has to do it via a FFL dealer and to get it in your state you have to get it from a local FFL dealer.

Stop spouting disinformation.

Why can't datacenter operators stop thinking about atomic power?

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No downvotes/upvotes here. It's a learning experience.

Nuclear investment; the average person has no insight nor influence on this. It's on our governments/corporations to do this. As an individual, all I can do is pontificate on these things and that does nothing to solve the problem. We can throw words out on a computer screen all we want but it won't change anything.

Resource "greediness"; the average person is just a consumer in our modern society. Their ability to influence these things is directly driven by their consumption in our society. Our entire society appears to be driven to either sustain or increase our consumption. If those things are generally true, how do we expect the consumers to change their behaviors?

Limiting AI; the relatively small group of people that we allow to lead us do not seem interested in this approach. The apparent limits of the consumer model we have in place seem to need to be supplemented and apparently AI is the way to do that. (I'm really stretching on this one but I can't think of a better comment).

In the end, there is apparently no free lunch for energy. I guess we'll keep trying like we always do.

Israel and Italy have cheapest mobile data out of 237 countries

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Articles like this are always so much fun. As if the information listed even remotely reflects accuracy at all. At this point, I know of absolutely no one in the US that has a per GB phone plan (or even internet plan for that matter) so coming up with a usage-based cost model is misinformation. Right or wrong, phone companies in the US sell plans. Those plans contain not only the cost of usage (pretty much unlimited at this point at the big carriers) but also the base service access, taxes and oftentimes the cost of the devices themselves (because a lot of Americans really are that stupid). The mathematical gymnastics you have to do to come up with a per GB rate from any data you could possibly obtain is going to be garbage. Obviously, the other weakness in measuring the usage-based cost model against a plan-based actual cost model is that there are very widely varying consumption rates. For every internet junkie that lives on their phone, there are 1000 boomers and gen X'ers that use their phone to check email and take phone calls. There are also a lot of rural residents that use their mobile service as their primary internet provider because they can't get adequate internet service otherwise. Those people are not insignificant either and would skew things in various directions.

My point isn't that I have a better number but that I suspect that any cost analysis is going to be skewed. Without having a good idea of the reality in a given location, I wouldn't really take any reports like this as fact.

Taiwan's titans bullish on challengers to x86 in the datacenter and beyond

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It is very interesting for sure. The two questions that always seem to come to mind are if the support for ARM is going to continue to build for the mainstream and if the architecture is actually better than x86. The former is looking promising. The latter not so much from what I've seen but I would be very happy to be educated. My personal experience is that ARM (even 64 bit) is really slow but I'm hopeful that it gets better and actually challenges Intel/AMD.

Rackspace datacenter infrastructure took 12-hour nap in London, Sydney, Hong Kong

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DWDM is basically the WAN fiber connection between sites. Yeah, a very long/complicated way of saying that they had a WAN problem.

Intel says AI is overwhelming CPUs, GPUs, even clouds – so all Meteor Lakes get a VPU

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Devil

Hopefully that picture means they'll be bringing the cartridge style CPUs back (said no one ever).

Intel mulls cutting ties to 16 and 32-bit support

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Pint

Fantastic article. Thank you.

Remember those millions of fake net neutrality comments? Fallout continues

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Re: That'll show them!

To whomever gave me the thumbs down; it's a serious set of questions. It sure seems like the law for this stuff is flawed.

JohnSheeran

Re: That'll show them!

That sounds like a good start but how do you determine exactly which person(s) are culpable? Is the owners of the agency? The account team? The engineers? Exactly who is on the hook for this punishment?

JohnSheeran

Re: That'll show them!

I agree that $615K is ridiculously low but what do you think is appropriate? Are there any specific laws that set guidelines for this kind of scenario? Would you recommend a sliding scale of punishment?

I'm uninformed on this kind of thing so anyone that has insight on both why it was like this and what the alternatives are or could be would be appreciated.

Gartner: Stop worrying and love the cloud, with all its outages and lock-in

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Re: why does ANYONE listen to these morons?!

Gartner is a completely worthless source of information. You have to remember that they get a part of their funding from the people that pay for the service from them, but they get the rest from the people that pay them to write these articles.

My company has recently undergone a "benchmark" exercise with them, and they didn't even know how to benchmark our cloud usage.

Over the years I've always heard from friends and acquaintances that work for large tech companies that they pay Gartner to say what Gartner says.

Tesla wins key court battle over Autopilot crash blame

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Trollface

Fine print and owner's manuals really work against the common idiot.

Where are we now – Microsoft 363? Cloud suite suffers another outage

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Re: Single points

Are you my secret "brother from another mother".....in another country? LOL

I feel almost exactly the same way as you.

LockBit crew cooks up half-baked Mac ransomware

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Re: Attack of the nonexistent Mac ransomware

Unless Time Machine is somehow decrypting the data* before it backs it up then it's at risk if they are patient enough to wait until enough backups are infected.

Not a Mac user generally so I don't know the ins and outs of Time Machine.

Russian snoops just love invading unpatched Cisco gear, America and UK warn

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Re: Security!

Simply Not My Problem?

Amazon CEO says AWS staff now spending ‘much of their time’ optimizing customers’ clouds

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Pint

Re: Chicken, welcome to the roost...

Basic economic concepts. You nailed it.

What if someone mixed The Sims with ChatGPT bots? It would look like this

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Re: Overriding limitation

A few questions Dave. :D

1. Who is "you" that will program artificial need?

2. How do you determine "need"?

3. What does "need" actually mean?

I could go on and on.

One last gem regarding "need". To quote a humorous movie: "Is it necessary to drink my own urine? No. But I do it anyway because it's sterile and I like the taste."

JohnSheeran

Re: Overriding limitation

....improved to fool many people a lot of the time.

I think they have accomplished that quite well already. :D

JohnSheeran

Re: Overriding limitation

Wouldn't it be fair to say that many of the "problems" society is facing these days comes from the varied mixture of ideas, meanings, responses and perceptions? Humans very often vary their behaviors based on so many factors that may include environmental, other human presence, other animal presence, situations and a potential myriad of other scenarios.

These LLMs (much more preferable than AI) are interesting but they, as well as the concept of AI, seem to lack the ability to consider the many things that the layers of meaning create in their models. In all fairness, human beings seem to generally lack the ability to consider these things as well unless they are directly presented with a situational need to consider them.

In the battle between Microsoft and Google, LLM is the weapon too deadly to use

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Trollface

Botttle --------------------------------------------------------->Genie (bye)

The Shakespearian question of our age: To cloud or not to cloud

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Re: Shakespearian question?

I noticed too late that I should have said "they don't need to state a reason for their downvote...."

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Re: Shakespearian question?

In principle your response is agreeable. However, where I disagree is that having the upvote to add weight to your disagreement has value because it limits the need for everyone post the same disagreement. However, the downvote just allows the "torches & pitchforks" type model where people just gang up and do so because it's just too easy to do that. They need to state a reason for their downvote nor do they need to have a post that states their reason they can upvote. They just downvote because they either disagree or they just want to pile on.

I've seen that all of this appears to lead to things like karma farmers on Reddit (both up and down) and generally stifles conversation. If every time someone posts a dissenting opinion, and they get downvoted to the extreme we don't gain anything good. The foundation of free speech is based on hearing not only what you want but also those things you may not agree with. The voting system in these forums harms that in my opinion.

JohnSheeran

Re: Shakespearian question?

All I'm saying is that, as it appears, they are divisive. As hollow and vapid as the Facebook "Like" function is, they haven't implemented the complimentary negative aspect of it. If you don't like what was posted and disagree, then you have to post something yourself.

Reddit suffers from this same flaw.

Again, I view it as divisive, and it serves very little value. So, in turn, it also makes the thumbs up also be somewhat questionable. It all starts to feel too much like an echo chamber one way or the other.

We're not being charged by the character here.

JohnSheeran

Re: The whole premise of this article is bullshit

I disagree. Apparently, I'm not alone.

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Pint

Re: Shakespearian question?

Good one.

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Flame

Re: Shakespearian question?

The thumbs down people are the problem with this world at this point. At least have the guts to thumbs down and follow up with a reason why you're giving it.

Bogus ChatGPT extension steals Facebook cookies

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Holmes

Color me surprised.

HPE picks up OpsRamp to sprinkle some AIOps on Greenlake multi-cloud

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Buyer (you) beware. We bought into Cloud Services Automation and Operations orchestration to go along with Server Automation back in the day only to have HP/HPE split and throw all of that stuff to Micro Focus where software goes to die. I tend to like HPE servers, but they have made me very distrusting of any software they offer.

AWS delivers a – rather late – major release of its homebrew Linux distribution

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Trollface

Re: Why so hard?

I think you're looking for "two pizza teams" here. At least that's the idea they sold my company.

Windows 11 puts 'disgusting' Remote Mailslots protocol out of its misery

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Trollface

I completely misread the article's title....

When you put disgusting in quotes you may leave those of us with failing vision to potentially misread the rest of the title and get the impression of other parts of the internet that are "not so nice".

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