* Posts by UrethralAnts

22 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Mar 2020

Python Package Index found stuffed with AWS keys and malware



Publishing to Github to let their doodad take care of notifying the vendors is a great idea, why waste time telling the user or PyPi when you can just let GitHub do it.

I love little shortcuts like that.

$69b Activision deal totally helps gamers and saves them money, says Microsoft


Re: "$69B Activision deal totally helps " . . . Microsoft

You haven't played the new COD, have you...

The latest iteration released with severe bugs and crashes, and getting Microsoft's UI designers, especially for Windows 10, anywhere near it will be an IMPROVEMENT to its current interface. That's how bad Activision and its dev houses are right now.

Want an example? If you're in a party with someone, and the party leader changes game modes, it will boot you, the party member, out of whatever menu you're in.

International cops arrest hundreds of fraudsters, money launderers and cocaine kingpins


Its a Luxembourgish bank, there's more than a third of a Luxembourg per 1000km2...

Twitter engineer calls out Elon Musk for technical BS in unusual career move


Re: Experts are always Experts of legacy systems

The disruptive engineer told him what he would change and Elon fired him because he didnt like the disruptive nature of his calling him out.

Elon Musk shows what being Chief Twit is all about across weird weekend


Re: Quality Review

I can imagine Tesla's Python and C++ engineers looking at 100k lines of Javascript and weeping.

Linus Torvalds suggests the 80486 architecture belongs in a museum, not the Linux kernel


Re: But there's a 486 in the Hubble telescope.......

Planning on popping out there and updating the kernel were you?

Team Interpol: Metaverse Police


Ho Ho Ho Virtual Murder

Commentards are having fun with that joke, but the relative obscurity of metaverse interactions leads to interesting criminal opportunities for virtual meetings and planning.

Here's an article from a decade or so ago about the potential for terrorist suspects meeting in MMOs to discuss and plan incidents, it was part of the Snowden leaks:


They even managed to achieve some limited success in stopping a credit card ring.

> By the end of 2008, according to one document, the British spy agency, known as GCHQ, had set up its “first operational deployment into Second Life” and had helped the police in London in cracking down on a crime ring that had moved into virtual worlds to sell stolen credit card information

The new GPU world order is beginning to take shape


In a high energy price world...

Why pay £1500 for a card thats sucking down 700w anyway.

Raw power is no longer all people look for in a card anymore, where is the efficiency gain? Nvidia are barking up the wrong tree if they think that the world and their dog can not only afford the up front price and but also stomach the ongoing price of their kit at the 4xxx level.

Russian military uses Chinese drones and bots in combat, over manufacturers' protests


The Australian Youtuber I Did A Thing recently strapped an MP5 to one of these exact dogs and it had a lot of trouble a) staying upright on anything but paved or flat surfaces due to the altered COG, b) was overly complex to aim and c) crucially fell over from the recoil.

Robot dogs with freakin' guns strapped to them make for a great press piece at an expo, but I don't see them replacing us meatbags quite yet.

Homes in London under threat as datacenters pull in all the power


Unclear from article and FT is paywall

Is the issue that there is not enough power, or is the problem that we cannot get enough power to where its needed using the available infrastructure.

These are two distinct issues... Capacity of the generation or capacity of the grid? Speed or bandwidth, but with leccy..?

Leaked Uber docs reveal frequent use of 'kill switch' to deactivate tech, thwart investigators


Re: "Dawn Raid Manual"

Not really, that kind of response is quite normal. Competition authorities in a retail setting, for example, do "Dawn Raids" - but they're only called that - they rock up during business hours...

Contacting legal teams and permanently shadowing the inspectors until they are done is a reasonable response.

The rest of Ubers stuff isn't normal though that's definitely illegal...

New York Times outlays seven-figure sum for 1,900 lines of JavaScript – yes, we mean Wordle


> your correspondent confesses to having tried a couple of versions that limited their vocabulary to swearing

To be fair, one of those (Lewdle), was created by the esteemed Gary Whitta, of Rogue One, Book of Eli and PC Gamer fame...

Microsoft seems intent on buying the gaming industry with $68.7bn purchase of troubled Activision Blizzard


Are you saying Activision Blizzard is *not* a huge corporation?


People are acting like Activision Blizzard is a little indie game studio being taken over by an evil corporation. Activision Blizzard *is* an evil corporation - it went down the pan years ago.

Activision Blizzard is bad, there is no talent left because they keep firing them to keep costs down to maximise profit and at the same time have apparently fostered one of the most toxic workplaces around.

I hope they boot Kotick out the door and install one of their MS Game Studios heavy hitters, and start investing in dev talent. Look at Rare, they're doing well and still have their own voice. I hope that this turns the Blizzard studios around a bit, because they've been mediocre at best for years.

Battlefield 2042: Please don't be the death knell of the franchise, please don't be the death knell of the franchise


Re: BF4

I wasn't sure about the multi-specialist thing. And am still not 100% sold, but I found that each one does have its own label that fits different things.

The lack of the engineer is the big one though - nobody takes the repair tool - its almost useless unless you know you're taking the gunner seat on a vehicle with a mate. I agree, that sucks.

With the thread thing, its weird - my friend has an old cpu (4970k, overclocked) but a relatively modern GPU (10 series), and he is CPU locked, all cores maxxed out - so it is using multithreading and it is killing him only having 4 threads.

Optimisation is not amazing, but I've seen worse. Look, Im not saying that the game is great, but it also isnt bad - it has a good basis to grow the next amazing BF on top of it - just like BF4 did at launch (which was really, REALLY bad if you remember... )


"While an Nvidia GTX 970 could run Battlefield 4 on ultra settings, it looks like the days of pristine optimisation are behind us."

That's a bit disingenuous, the 970 was released in September 2014 and BF4 was released in October 2013... And BF4 was absolutely terribly optimised at launch. Turning off all the stupid raytracing shite that just doesn't work properly yet lets my 2070 run BF2042 at 60+fps at 1440p, with most settings on high/ultra, which is what I expect from a 2 year old card and brand new game.

2042 has issues, but its issues are balance based, like you said. Netcode is running fine (for the amount of stuff happening), which is more than could be said for BF4 at launch and for 3 months after launch. Balance can be fixed, netcode is much harder to fix.

BF2042 has good bones, and is ready to be built upon. Do I agree about the price tag and the service based games? No, its dumb and you feel dumb for buying on day 1. Do I have fun on BF2042? Hell yes. Its chaotic, ridiculous and a blast.

Max Schrems hits Irish Data Protection Commissioner with corruption complaint


"I'm not sure I have a problem with that. The justice system ought to be public."

mmmm careful with that one, presumption of innocence vs publishing details of alleged rapists, murders etc - one protects the innocent, one can lead to vigilantism.

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more


Re: VPN Always Essential - Now Compulsory

Just a raspberry pi that happy wanders around a list of sites all day. Hell, you could probably just do it with a python script and curl...

Reg readers have not one, but TWO teams in Folding@home top 1,000 as virus-bothering network hits 2.4 exa-FLOPS


Re: disable CPU boost

You can downclock the GPU if you needed to.

For new Ryzen machines, if you alter your power profile for Ryzen Balanced to only use 99% of max processor power it will never boost. This stops the jet engine cpu cooler issue with those chips. Just remember to switch it back to Best Performance if you're gaming.

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure


Re: Completed

I changed my windows power settings on the "Balanced" mode max processor state to 99%, as this disables turbo boosting (at least on a Ryzen), so doesn't put as much heat onto the CPU. That might work for you?


Re: Correction

Hows it going :)

I haven't had a WU for a while unfortunately...


Re: Very worthy

Lending my 3700x and 2070 super to the mix. Let's get folding!