* Posts by CrackedNoggin

384 posts • joined 14 Aug 2020


Arm founder says the UK has no chance of tech sovereignty


Re: It's not clear..

Exactly! Winners US and UK both produce about 8-10% of their GDP from each of financial services and manufacturing. In contrast those losers Germany and Japan produce about 4% from financial services and 18-20% from manufacturing.

The finance money was easy but depends on a rising bubble and/or dirty rubles.

In contrast, the yen has fallen about the same amount as the pound (rel to $, 40% since Jan), and while it is painful for consumers, it's also a huge boost for manufacturing exporters, because Japan adds a lot of value to their exports.


Re: If only there were some nearby union of democratic nations...

Dig a tunnel under the channel and you might bump into one. Oh, already did?

Uncle Sam to unmask anonymous writers using AI



California to phase out gas furnaces, water heaters by 2030


Re: Wishful thinking

An electric blanket using 50-100W?

Japan taps industry to build safer, more secure nuclear energy future


Re: Over-reaction much?

Are you talking about earthquakes? Relatively low "high-rises" and the most advanced earthquake proofing construction for modern buildings (post 80's).

The secret to Sparrow, DeepMind's latest Q&A chatbot: Human feedback


So much human output is simply cut'n'paste having nothing nothing remotely to do with anything but transparent pattern matching - yet it is "human intelligence". The bar is pretty low.

Cambodian authorities crack down on cyber slavery amid international pressure


Re: Got to love the police

The Eagles "Hotel CA" says otherwise - but - "first world problems", I guess.

Tesla Megapack battery ignites at substation after less than 6 months


Re: Look to Dinorwig

How much water is required? Could that be impacted by drought conditions?

White House puts $50m into floating wind turbine projects


Re: Energy, not power

Accoding to the Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Electricity consumption in the United States was about 3.9 trillion kilowatthours (kWh) in 2021

So it's by year, and putting an "h" on the end would be welcome disambiguation.

Chinese researchers make car glide 35mm above ground in maglev test


I rode the Shanghai maglev once - it isn't the quickest way to get to the airport because of connection issues (it's fastest just to stay on the subway that you need to take to get to the maglev station anyway), and there was nobody else in the front car on the train. I was surprised it was so old, the seats and curtains faded unevenly from sunlight. Max speed limited to 300 km/h, although a web search is packed with results claiming the full 480 km/h. It's kinda cool that they are actually running it though it feels more like a quaint working relic than bleeding edge tech.

Ex-Googler Eric Schmidt's think tank warns China could win global tech race


Re: "the US is in poor shape to catch up"

It's all very nice to have prestigious universities, but if half of the students come from China, what do you think will happen ?

I think many of will say they like it in the US and their children will grow up in the US. China's loss, US' gain.

Musk seeks yet another excuse to get out of Twitter buyout: This time it's Mudge's severance check


Twitter, however, is trying to force the billionaire to complete the deal or pay around $1 billion in penalties for wasting everyone's time.

If Twitter wins, won't they be able to pass legal costs on to Musk as well? I wonder how much this is costing in both sides legal fees.

Seems like Musk could have just paid the one billion and then make another offer ~$33 billion.

Scientists pull hydrogen from thin air in promising clean energy move


Convert hydrogen to methane and the infrastructure is already there, along with with several months worth of energy storage (e.g., in Germany, 6 months worth of gas storage).

Judge tells Elon Musk he can't stall Twitter trial


Be an optimist, Musk

"it won't make sense to buy Twitter if we're heading into World War 3,"

What a golden business chance. What else is there to do in a nuclear bunker than tweet?

Google CEO Pichai: We need to up productivity by a fifth


I don't think that was a very inspirational roadmap. I don't think the ad business has more room for expansion, it is extremely sensitive to (overdue) market contraction, privacy battles loom, cell phone app market is close to saturated (Maps cannot be improved much further), cloud is nearing saturation and is highly competitive.

On the other hand, AI and AI/robotics in factory automation is probably ripe for growth.

NASA sees our space future as both government and privately run


"We do Artemis for three reasons," said Zurbuchen. "... and the third one is to show national and international leadership."

Because China put that lander on the dark side, resulting in great embarrassment in the US. A very human response and non-destructive competitiveness can be a force for good - but IMO the implementation is wrong. The new frontier should be putting robots in space to do science and leveraging AI to make the most of them.

Convicted felon busted for 3D printing gun parts


Re: Guns on November 5th

"... light the banger and drop it down the pipe with a marble on top of it ... my parents just thought I was smart inventing a way to play with fireworks ..."

What use is the marble other then increasing risk of injury?

Intel's Gelsinger talks up 'systems foundry' era of trillion-transistor chips


The drivers behind this are that customers don't just want more chips, they want more powerful chips, because AI models are getting larger and data volumes are getting bigger

AI models aren't being computed purely on digital silicon because that is the best way - it's just because that's currently the only only option. It's hugely inefficient - we know human brains can develop a language model using a fraction of that energy.

Real breakthroughs do happen too.

Mozilla finds 18 of 25 popular reproductive health apps share your data


Re: Women as breeder cattle, rights

You make an unfounded logical leap from "The view of the US Supreme Court is ..." to "If you wish there to be a Constitutional right to abortion ...".

The constitution does say: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

If we assume the sanctity of life, then it boils down to when does life begin? That is a judgement, not a "fact", but in practice it is often (but not always) a judgement that is dictated by religion. If we subtract the religiously motivated opinions of the supreme court justices, the SC decision to allow states to remove the right to abortion would not have passed.

General Motors charges mandatory $1,500 fee for three years of optional car features


Re: Other car manufacturers are available.

Oh - clever that! So it's actually NON-optional.

However, I think in that case it should be "discretionarily optional"

GitLab versus The Zombie Repos: An old plot needs a new twist


29 million non-active users, $1.3 million a year. (Should that be "accounts?")

That works out to 4 cents a year per user.

If they charged 1 dollar a year for a 5GB account, they could make a profit,

and there would be less chance of Gitlab going belly up.

If Gitlab goes belly up, all the code gets lost.

There is no way to escape a free tier with 5GB being targeted for use as backup storage.

Bloke robbed of $800,000 in cryptocurrency by fake wallet app wants payback from Google


Re: Pearlman

I think this is more like a free tasting table, where the "victim" brought and added his own arsenic seasoning.

If somebody downloads an app that causes a their legitimate bank account to be drained, I'd have more sympathy.


Re: Pearlman

Was this a free app or a paid app?

I this a was paid app and Google took a cut of a $5 fee (or whatever), there is at least a toehold for your argument. However, if it was a free app then I don't see even that.

Priority - honest default privacy.

US warns losing access to Taiwanese chips could break the economy


Re: Suppose China just Blows up TSMC and never tries to take Taiwan

The FAB stooges are focused on just 5% of the semiconductor global market.

Not every 5% is the same, obviously.

China is altering that equation with 5g and 6g... They are looking to build supercomputer backbones into the network capacity so the smartphone can be a lot less smart and a lot cheaper if the network does the heavy lifting.

What a waste of a supercomputer, unless your goal is to watch the movements, listen to the words, and pick apart the minds of every one of 1.1 billion people in some kind of mother of all AIs.

I agree TSMC is at risk - and that general is a blowhard who I hope got a spanking. But I don't think the equipment there NOW at TSCM is the be all and end all. It goes out of date pretty quick. In the long run it is the people involved who have the potential, if allowed and offered resources and motivation, that make the magic.

Russia fines Google $374 million for letting the truth about Ukraine be told


Re: google's response

Change is coming - but what comes next could get worse.

Big Tech bosses call for computer science to be taught in all US schools


What about Billy Elliot?

No one should be denied the opportunity learn at least a passing knowledge of sewing and cooking basics in their early years. I'll admit to rarely sewing, but basic cooking is essential to consistently nourishing your body and brain with healthy food throughout life. Kids need to know their is an alternative to fast food / junk food.

Sure time is limited, but kids can be offered a chance to "taste" the alternatives and choose what they want to go into more deeply. I can't see any justification to tell a girl (or a boy) they can't this or that thing that other other kids are allowed (or forced) to do. I more girls or boys choose to do XX than XY, that's not an issue - just no need to force it on them.

Moreover, nowadays woodworking or metal working would be taught in tandem with CAD, instead of drawing by hand. (Maybe a lesson or two about drawing by hand should be included just to understand the history - I could see that.)

Probably the bigger problem nowadays is that neither sewing cooking woodworking metalworking nor computers are offered in most schools.

I liked that film Billy Elliot - despite having zero dancing talent myself.

Has Intel gone too far with its Ohio fab 'delay' stunt?


But after Germany invaded Poland, with whom France had a mutual defense treaty.

US expands efforts to hamstring China’s chipmaking mojo


Hate to break it to you but once China gets your machines they will use them speed up the process of making their own and pushing you out of business. The Dutch and many others are already aware of this phenomena, so even without the US pressure its a factor they consider.

China also knows how to pay insider Westerners to argue it cases - there is virtually no risk to those receiving payment for such service. Unlike Chinese representing Western companies who disappear into the penal system regularly.


Re: 46% of the population of Taiwan identify as Mainlanders

Taiwan Independence vs. Unification with the Mainland(1994/12~2021/12)

Seems that ~80% choose one of the following:

Maintain status quo indefinitely

Maintain status quo, move towards independence

Independence as soon as possible

Google location tracking to forget you were ever at that medical clinic


I occasionally read about phone data being used in solving crimes - especially murder. But it is always cell phone tower data that is mentioned. That old Nokia still uses cell phone towers.

Linus Torvalds says Rust is coming to the Linux kernel 'real soon now'


Re: Seriously, are programmers that bad?

Uh ... Boeing decided to use two attitude sensors. The algorithm should be simple, right? If either one goes bad, then issue an alert so that the pilots would take manual control. Oh, can't do that because then it would be necessary to add the procedure for "taking manual control" to the manual and training - which was not allowed because it require extra training and thus the plane could not be certified as "identical to the existing 737 in terms of operation and training", and would a longer and more detailed re-evaluation to make sure there were no introduced safety safety safety safety safety issues.

So the software company was instructed to use both two sensors, for extra safety, but also to never report an errors. So if the sensors differ, how to know which one was correct? No way to know, so the software company asked to use just one.

I'd like to see what was written on that paper you mention. I think it was some nonsense written by the a financial dept employee, because most of the competent engineers were already laid off, because they talk back more than outsourcing companies do.

Most organizations hit by ransomware would pay up if hit again


Re: Cost of doing business

It's easier to live life reacting than planning ahead. That's why quarterly results take precedence over long term planning. I see little evidence that way of life is actually cost effective in the long run.

Disconnecting crypto from the financial system would put a huge damper on ransomware. Banning, and enforcing that ban, of ransomware payments would also be very effective. But you know such legislation could never get through without enormous loopholes.


Re: Surely there's an economic tipping point here?

I don't think that always works - See the recent "More charged in UK Lapsus$ investigation" (The Register).

British police have charged two teenagers as part of an international investigation into the Lapsus$ cyber extortion gang. The boys, aged 16 and 17, are set to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Friday, according to the City of London Police, the force responsible for the capital's financial district.

And from bankinfo dot security dot com

Chats, Attacks Continue After Arrest

It is too early to say if this will be the end of Lapsus$, as the arrests may still be a false flag, bad attribution, or even a framing job, Westin tells ISMG.

This may well be true. A Lapsus$ Telegram chat group - whose members have previously leaked data of compromised companies - continues to be active despite the arrests. Days after the police began a crackdown on Lapsus$ members, the group said it has returned from a "vacation" to leak more critical data.

On Thursday, nearly a week after the first set of reported arrests linked to the group, Lapsus$ leaked what appeared to be 70GB of data associated with the Luxembourg-based software development company Globant. It also appears to have leaked credentials of several DevOps platforms belonging to the company, including Jira, Confluence, Crucible and GitHub.

AI helps scientists design novel plastic-eating enzyme


Re: End of the Polymeriferous Period

Initially discovered in the wild in Japan - "Scientists collected plastic bottles outside a recycling facility, and discovered that a species of bacteria was "eating" its way through them. Normally, bacteria spend their time absorbing dead organic matter, but Ideonella sakaiensis has developed a taste for a certain type of plastic called polyethylene terephthalate (PET). "

Lots more about related research in "Plastic-eating bacteria: Genetic engineering and environmental impact", Live Science, 2022.

JavaScript library updated to wipe files from Russian computers


Re: botnet

Every Linux distribution depends on third party packages. How is that different? So go with Windows then - but actually Windows is not better than Linux as far as exposure to malware goes and it's not a pleasant environment in which to develop (imo).

While I agree that the current promiscuity is excessive - where do you draw the line and what is "live"? A mechanism already exists for locking versions - the reasoning for not using that is to allow automatic security updates - and that is not totally unreasonable.

Ultimately we will see less layers of dependency, and better judgement about when to introduce a dependency.

US DoD staffer with top-secret clearance stole identities from work systems to apply for loans


Re: "He faces up to 20 years behind bars"

Or more than one of his marks - perhaps 3 or 4 - who knew each other from work. He was probably already desperately in debt from a lot of other bad choices.

It's more than 20 years since Steps topped the charts. It could be less than that for STEP's first fusion energy


"The first phase of the programme is to produce a concept design by 2024. It will be a spherical tokamak, connected to the National Grid and producing net energy, although it is not expected to be a commercially operating plant at this stage."

"Will" and not "might"? I didn't know it was that far along.

£42k for a top-class software engineer? It's no wonder uni research teams can't recruit


I hate to be pedantic, but - remember, the person quoted was speaking to MPs - so the correct term would be "dumb up".

T-Mobile US figuring out international roaming on 5G


I half expect to see tethering and hotspot function downgrades as a necessary step to making a 5G interface a must-have for every laptop.

China's Yutu rover spots 'mysterious hut' on far side of the Moon


If it is a hut ... it's also on the far side so your boss can not peek at you through a telescope.

American diplomats' iPhones reportedly compromised by NSO Group intrusion software


Re: Now *that* is a marketing campaign!

Said the man in the middle.

What will life in orbit look like after the ISS? NASA hands out new space station contracts


The grass is greener on Mars.

Could we use an LLVM-based cross-compiler to build apps for quantum computers? This alliance says yes


Re: It would get interesting if

Optical Spectrum Calculation Final Examination, Fall Term, December, 2121.

You may NOT use your personal QC to help you in the exam. Cheaters will be deterministically collapsed.

What a cluster fsck: New scheduling code plus Intel's Alder Lake CPU mix equals a slower Linux kernel 5.16


Drawing the line.

On the design level, is this hardware architecture something that Intel and other hardware providers should provide a kernel module for and which offers knobs which can be twiddled at the compiler, interpreter, or application level, or is it something that intrinsically changes the design of the Kernel? Given the infinite number of ways that hardware can be optimized, I would hope it is more of the former and less of the latter.

Indian government warns locals not to use Starlink's internet services


Re: @MajDom - Wait for the draconian measures by China and Russia...

Until recently, CGTN could broadcast freely in the US and UK.

Then ... "In November 2018, amid growing international criticism of China's imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs in internment camps, CGTN America aired a piece portraying the camps as successful vocational training and antiterrorism centers and Uyghurs as grateful. In addition, CGTN America has broadcast "exclusive" forced confessions of people accused of a wide variety of crimes in China, most notably the example of a Briton, Peter Humphrey."

and things began to change after that.

Warning: China planning to swipe a bunch of data soon so quantum computers can decrypt it later


Why would they bother?

All they have to do is put on embargo on exports to Amazon and the West will be brought to it's knees.

If they did it today it would be like murdering Santa - goodby Christmas!

The rocky road to better Linux software installation: Containers, containers, containers


Maybe just a few major apps - a couple of browsers and an IDE, is about the limit. Anything less important just can't pay for itself in terms of the memory it takes.

Theranos' Holmes admits she slapped Big Pharma logos on lab reports to boost her biz


Re: Hung Jury!

A couple of days ago the WSJ ran a article titled

Prosecutors in Elizabeth Holmes Trial Revealed Untruths, but Did They Prove Intent?

Government’s contention of deception at Theranos will be tested by Ms. Holmes’s testimony: ‘These are hard cases to bring’

I spit the coffee across the room when I saw that.



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