* Posts by StrangerHereMyself

414 posts • joined 9 Jul 2020


NASA circles August in its diary to put Artemis I capsule in Moon orbit

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So in 2024 we'll attempt to redo what Apollo 8 did 56 years ago (in 1968)?!! This sounds pathetic to me and a clear indication of the risk-averse space exploration strategy NASA is pursuing.

At this pace we'll probably land on Mars in 2100 or so.

Mega's unbreakable encryption proves to be anything but

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Re: Still better than others

I wholeheartedly agree. Wuala was the last standout and they were probably clobbered into stopping their service because it was *to* secure and LEA were accusing them of harboring child abusers (oh, the horror!)

These revelations will lead to improvements which will make the service eventually secure.

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Re: Simpler solution

The Five Eyes already have legislation to enable them to do just that. But so far the threats of many service providers (such as WhatsApp) to pull the rug from under the service has refrained them from enacting this draconian measure.

I hope Mega threatens to do the same if the authorities knock on their door with a software patch for their client.

EV battery can reach full charge in 'less than 10 minutes'

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Re: Full charge in 10 minutes?

I already suggested that future charging stations will need either a small nuclear reactor or gas/coal power plant next door to provide the needed energy. We're quickly heading towards 1MW per charging port and a station will need at least 20MW or more.

Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date

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No way

I would never consider buying a hardware device which has a fixed lifetime with me not being able to upgrade it with Linux or some other operating system. After the Chromebooks expire they're basically worthless pieces of plastic and are destined for the recycle bin.

Boeing's Starliner CST-100 on its way to the ISS 2 years late

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Re: Just the two failures then..

There have been quite a few, actually. Including one that almost killed Neil Armstrong (the first man to set foot on the Moon) during a Gemini flight where the thrusters kept spinning the capsule faster and faster.

Most people would've panicked and died, but Armstrong kept his calm and forced a reentry back to Earth.

RISC-V CEO seeks 'world domination' by winning over the likes of Intel

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Re: Problem

To be truly inventive your mind needs to be free and that can only happen in a free society, which China (and Russia, and North Korea) isn't.

This is why truly groundbreaking inventions are (mostly) done in the West. Authoritarian societies can only come up with small variations or improvements on something that was invented elsewhere.

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Re: That RISC-V TRS-80 M100....

I'm merely suggesting they could make the world a better place by not wasting their talents on obsolete stuff nobody cares about.

If they want to do if anyway, I have no quarrel with that, I merely think it's a shame. There's still so much that can be improved.

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Re: Problem

I'm suggesting that ISA that's open could benefit nations that don't have our interests at heart, to put it mildly.

Whether it's a tie is something that's very much in the air right now. If the tech belongs to private companies situated in the West or friendly nations we can at least pressure them into denying this tech to unfriendly nations.

A good example is the export ban of EUV lithography machines from ASML (Dutch) to mainland China. Had their tech been open-source the Chinese would simply have rolled their own.

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Re: Problem

In the end only politics matter.

If anyone can produce their own ISA why haven't China and Russia done so? Well, they have, but they haven't been very successful with it because they don't have the industrial and technological capacity of the West. They can only copy and mimic, at best, not produce something that's truly innovative or substantial.

By banning them they'll start to look like the old Soviet Union in two decades or so, where they only produced backwards stuff that the West had long since abandoned, like vacuum tubes (valves in British English).

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Re: Problem

I don't see a CPU ISA as free speech.

By allowing them to use our tech we're enabling them to compete with us, both economically and militarily. Preventing them from doing so has no impact on free speech.

Besides, free speech or true democracy isn't a given in those aforementioned countries. Why should we allow them the benefit our our independent justice system when our companies on their markets are beholden to the fickleness of their kleptocracy?

As far as I see it they have no rights here and we can do with them as we please or what benefits us the most. Only true and equal democracies can have the benefit of fair treatment here.

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Re: re: Redmond tells us they are looking at RISC-V to diversify their risk.

The WinTel monopoly is based on x86 and that will never, ever change.

They've tried switching to ARM several years ago. If failed miserably. They tried switching to Itanium too with even worse results.

I don't see them switching to RISC-V having a different outcome. The duopoly is simply based on the enormous amounts of software written for the ISA and the unwillingness of ISV's to port it to another.

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Re: That RISC-V TRS-80 M100....

The Model 100 was great in its heyday, but it's obsolete today and there's no real need for it.

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The one problem I see with RISC-V is, ironically, its openness. It allows unfriendly nations which are on the sanctions list to keep up with Western technology simply by implementing homegrown RISC-V parts. If the West moves towards RISC-V nations like China, Russia and even North Korea will benefit and this may not be something that's in our interest.

Maybe I'm corresponding a weird angle, but has anyone even thought about this?

Arm China CEO refuses to go despite SoftBank taking control

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Re: B b b Boris

Yeah, but Boris is still running the country. So all your lamenting doesn't mean sh*te.

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Black Hand

So basically the Black Hand of the CCP is behind all this.

In any civilized Western nation they'd have simply have called the police to apprehend the CEO for trespassing. Him refusing to go means he's either being guided by the CCP or knows he has the backing of the authorities.

Critical vulnerabilities found in 'millions of Aruba and Avaya switches'

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Re: Sjeesh

The support consists of a patch whilst you have millions of routers and switches in the field you need to update? Most of those switches have been out of support for years.

Software this critical simply needs to be bug-free. You cannot afford to have to update it many years later. Worst case the company that supplied the software folded or moved on into other fields and isn't interested in supporting it anymore.

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Sjeesh, you pay good money to license a SSL software stack and they screw it up just the same.

It makes you wonder, why are we paying for software anyway? There are open-source and free alternatives for almost everything, yet companies insist on paying people money so they can get "support" which consists of nothing more than someone answering the phone and listening to their lamenting the poor quality of the software.

Fedora backs down on removing BIOS support… for now

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Bad idea

I already suggested this was a bad idea since there are loads of old servers still using BIOS and this would effectively require them to uninstall Debian and move towards another Linux distro. The only thing that would happen is Debian losing market share and many distro's based on it (Ubuntu and Linux Mint) jumping ship.

They'd save themselves a few pennies in maintenance at the cost of becoming irrelevant.

China plans to toss foreign-made PCs from government agencies 'in two years'

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The problem with authoritarian regimes is that they're unpredictable in their ways. They may, for once, actually ENFORCE a ban on foreign PC's. I, for one, see no problem in them doing this since Lenovo PC's are just as functional as their American counterparts (although arguably not as well-designed and made).

That, however, still leaves the software being American. And that isn't going to change overnight since it would require substantial investment by the Chinese government over many years to build up a home-grown market for Linux-based software (entirely feasible). But it would also risk them losing touch with Western technology since many tools (say a CT scanner or lithography machine) made in the West require Windows-based computers to operate.

RAD Basic – the Visual Basic 7 that never was – releases third alpha

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Why are people wasting their time and talent on projects that the world basically isn't interested in? If people wanted to use VB, they use VB.NET from Microsoft itself, not some clone written by a one person team.

Why not put your effort in an open-source Visual Studio alternative, for example? Or an SSL stack written in Rust?

SoftBank aims to keep control of Arm after IPO – report

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ARM is merely a plaything of the financial markets now. After the "Golden Rule" of them being an independent IP licensing entity was broken the game was afoot. The ridiculous valuation could only be justified by the buyer abusing ARM's market dominance to cripple their competitors. Softbank didn't do that (it was merely interested in fetching tens of billions in profit) but it's almost certain NVidia would have, had it been allowed to.

The seeds of doom were planted many years ago when they took ARM to the stock market. Henceforth it was only a matter of time before greedy investors demanded ARM be sold off with a huge premium.

Google tests battery backups, aims to ditch emergency datacenter diesel

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Re: Nuke

Nuclear subs use very highly enriched Uranium fuel. I sincerely hope they don't use that in their SMR.

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How about a small nuclear reactor (SMR - small modular reactor) as envisioned by the folks at Rolls-Royce? It's carbon-free you know and can power the data-center for an indefinite period of time. A battery will only last you two days at the most.

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop

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Linux Mint

I use Linux Mint on a daily basis (as we type,so to speak) and hardly ever miss Windows while using it. The only reason I still use Windows is because people pay me handsomely to write software for it.

But considering that Microsoft is prodding consumers and businesses more and more to pay them indefinitely whatever they want, whilst intruding on their privacy, makes me think that most people will eventually have no choice but to switch to Linux.

RISC-V takes steps to minimize fragmentation

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Re: Difference with OpenRISC & OpenPOWER

The idea is to standardize on often-used extensions such as matrix, floating point and vector operations. To me this sounds entirely logical and supportive of the community. Even companies working on building their own extensions will benefit over time since having non-standardized instructions will hurt their uptake.

Mind you that this doesn't limit companies' right to innovate and extend RISC-V, but it will make them think twice before doing so.

Windows 11 growth at a standstill amid stringent hardware requirements

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No matter

Eventually all PC's will be running the OS anyway, since you don't have a say in what operating your PC comes installed with.

The wild world of non-C operating systems

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I'm somewhat irked by the fact you guys forgot SerenityOS, a highly usable and advanced operating system written in C++. Its web browser recently passed the Acid3 web compatibility tests, which is quite a feat.

Mind you that it Firefox is still building on code written more than 25 years ago whilst SerenityOS's web browser was written in just a few years.

Another Rust-y OS: Theseus joins Redox in pursuit of safer, more resilient systems

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Re: Security is a word

It sounds to me you're talking about something entirely different, namely that governments can always mandate access no matter how secure your code is. That's something beyond the scope of most operating systems, however.

Using a secure language makes it, save for logical errors, virtually impossible for any three-letter-agency or anyone else to hack the operating system or its applications (providing these are written in secure languages as well).

China's chip-making ambitions face setbacks

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Re: Exit plan

An M2 maybe, but certainly not an M16.

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Exit plan

I hope someone in the U.S. has thought of an Exit Plan to transport the advanced ASML machines present in Taiwan back to safety if there's a hint China may invade the island.

Or to at least line them with explosives and blow them up if need be.

Ukraine invasion: We should consider internet sanctions, says ICANN ex-CEO

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Just no

Don't make the internet a plaything of politicians to punish and penalize nations' actions. Once you start doing this there will be no end to the political debate on whom to punish and how.

For example, there are many Russian private companies that aren't directly linked to their military industrial complex but are linked to Putin and his cronies. It will become too tempting for politicians to legislate sanctions against these also.

Don't start on this road or we'll lose the internet and it'll become a political plaything.

Russia mulls making software piracy legal and patent licensing compulsory

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Bad move

This sounds like a very bad move to me as it would place Russia outside the civilized world and could result in them being completely isolated. It's also rancorous and ill thought through as software piracy is already rampant in Russia without such a law.

But formalizing it Russia is digging itself into a hole it cannot get out of.

New flashpoint: US may ask Chinese tech firms to bin Russia

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No way, José!

There's no way the Chinese will oblige the U.S. on this part. They'll limit some shipments but will continue others, clandestine or not.

Both nations feel pressured by the U.S. and will keep holding hands to strengthen their resolve.

ARPANET pioneer Jack Haverty says the internet was never finished

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The article only hits at what features the internet is still missing in the eyes of its creators.

As far as I can see, the internet is one of man's greatest creations, with billions of people viewing pages, applications and audio and video on it on a daily basis. It's simply amazing that it will works as well as it does. It makes you wonder: what could still be improved?

'Hundreds of computers' in Ukraine hit with wiper malware as conflict continues

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Shocked I am!

Hundreds of computers wiped on a total of 20 million or so? Shocked I am!

Let's not make this any bigger than it is. It's merely a pinprick.

20 years of .NET: Reflecting on Microsoft's not-Java

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Re: Mono

It's slow and buggy just like Xamarin.Forms that's descendent of it.

BTW Xamarin.Android is pretty fast and works just as well as the native Java stack.

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Re: Kerbal Space Program

I've been playing BZFlag for more than 20 years. So go figure.

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Re: Notably missing in action...

Just use Win32. That will always work on any version of Windows.

I mostly use the wxWidgets framework (there's also a Python based cousin: wxPython) for my UI development. It looks great, although somewhat archaic at times, but you could easily snazz it up with your own controls.

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AOT compiler

I consider C# one of the greatest computer languages ever made, although I'm more and more skeptical of the endless additions to the language which solve only edge-cases and detract from keeping the language clean and simple.

GC languages are the perfect solution for most programming problems since they allow a programmer to create objects left and right and let the computer figure out when to clean up the used memory. This is a natural way for a developer to work, although it does sometimes lead to inefficient or code which may exhibit memory-leaking type behavior (memory usage keeps increasing)..

The ony thing I'm missing is a good AOT compiler. I know there are several but they're not in general use by Microsoft or only used in limited circumstances. Solving this could propel C# to truly become a C++ replacement.

UK.gov threatens to make adults give credit card details for access to Facebook or TikTok

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Re: The truth is

I'm pretty confident many western nations like the UK are monitoring China's Social Credit System and may introduce it here under some daft acronym.

Obviously the western system would be slightly more gentle in its repercussions, but essentially the same. When some western politician proposes this I officially declare the Free Western World dead.

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Non-free nation

I'm hereby openly threatening to brand the UK a non-free nation, just like I did with Australia, if they continue on this deranged path of trying to save the childeren from pornography whilst thrashing citizens' privacy and anonymity online.

First of all, it has been proved that exposing children to pornography isn't harmful. In fact there was a BBC Panorama episode on this subject a few years ago.

Secondly, a massive surveillance system to check all online posts for pornography or "illegal activity" could result in an Orwellian control society where citizens will eventually revolt and turn the UK into a authoritarian state.

NASA taps Lockheed Martin to build Mars parcel pickup rocket

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Except the Chinese will be there first and beat both NASA and ESA with returning samples from Mars. Mostly because the latter's architecture is much too complex and has to many moving parts and single-points-of-failures.

The Chinese are basically using a Martian version of their Chang'e lunar sample return architecture which consists of a lander with rover and ascend vehicle.

You're fabbing it wrong: Chip shortages due to lack of investment in the right factories, says IDC

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American and European semiconductor manufacturers are outsourcing most of their production to China, creating a dependence on the CCP for low-tech (relatively) yet critical components in cars, white goods etc. I attribute this to sheer laziness, nothing more.

If the Chinese can produce these semiconductors more cheaply, we should study why this is. And it can't be all put down to labor costs. Environmental laws and labor shortages also play a big role in the pricing of these parts.

First they came for Notepad. Now they're coming for Task Manager

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Windows is a mess

I'm aghast that even minor changes to completely unimportant applications such as Windows Notepad and Calculator are front-page headlines on ICT webzines. Come on, people, what ARE you thinking writing about such dribble?

Windows is completely schizophrenic with half the UI being "modern" and the other half stuck in the early '90's. Any other company producing such junk would've sunk within a year.

US-China chip cold war? It's only helping the Middle Kingdom, silicon makers warn

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Re: Sanctions

No, it's because knowledge in itself is useless if you lack the industrial infrastructure to make use of it.

Behind the West's scientific and technological superiority is an enormous industrial and financial might that is able to utilize these advances to stay two steps ahead of the Communist bloc (and we that holds with China too, apart from the fact that it's currently less than one step ahead because we allow Chinese students in our colleges and universities).

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Re: Sanctions

Sure, they can be self sufficient, they've got one of the biggest markets in the world. But their isolation will rob them of money and influence and turn them into a hermit kingdom.

The detente with China was great while it lasted, but we've come to the realization that China won't change in the way we'd like them to so it's time to turn off the tap.

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Re: Sanctions

I would claim that sanctions are extremely effective.The total economic and social isolation of the Soviet bloc hampered their ability to gain technological parity with the West and allowed us to maintain a military advantage big enough to dissuade them from embarking on military adventures.

Russia and China currently face no such embargoes and students and knowledge workers from those countries are still able to work and study here.

The US is finally realizing that this needs to end in order to maintain its hegemony. China is already banned from purchasing the advanced Dutch EUV machines and this could lead to them losing more and more ground in the electronics market if the sanctions are broadened to other Chinese companies.

Finally the West needs to stop allowing Russian and Chinese students to study here and exporting our technological know-how which could eventually be used against us.

In the case of Russia this could be straightforward.In the case of China it's more difficult due to the enormous dependency of the West on Chinese goods and products.

Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket deploys seven satellites with third successful mission

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I wonder

I seriously wonder how Branson is going to recuperate the $2billion development costs if each flight only nets him a couple $ in profit.

WebSpec, a formal framework for browser security analysis, reveals new cookie attack

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Re: Impossible to get right

It depends. With modern browsers there are a myriad of ways to track people, but if a limited subset of HTML/CSS/JS is used in a "Incognito Mode" browser mode it will be nigh impossible.

Also, mind you that the more people use HORNET the harder it will become to track people on it. The number of Tor users numbers in the millions at any one time and unless users make very serious mistakes their identity cannot be revealed, only guesstimated (which won't hold up in a court of law).

I do believe LEA are able to identify Tor servers, but not the people who visit them (unless they leave identifiable information on them).



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