* Posts by Conor Stewart

11 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Dec 2021

Support contract required techie to lounge around in a $5,000/night hotel room

Conor Stewart

Re: So, a nice week-end then

Likely Frank was just there in case anything needed done physically, like swapping drives, hitting the power button, etc. it is likely that the problem was able to be solved remotely by people more experienced or at least Frank was able to get in contact with more experienced people.

The department of justice likely wanted to have somewhere else to place the blame, like their support provider, so the support provider needs to do absolutely everything whilst the department of justice IT staff just step back and do nothing, hence all responsibility and blame is on the support provider.

Loongson CPU that performs like 2020 Core i3 makes its way to Chinese mini PCs

Conor Stewart

Re: I wonder

I would think they probably manipulate the statistics to make themselves look better. I would not be surprised if they reduced the clock speed for the comparison but set it to maximum for the power consumption test.

Conor Stewart

Re: China will soon match the west

The west is not just the USA. Plenty of what would be considered western countries don't put their students in anywhere as much debt as the USA does. Some countries even pay their students.

We never agreed to only buy HP ink, say printer owners

Conor Stewart

Re: Instead of hiring lawyers

You don't know what you are on about. It is nowhere near as simple as you make it seem and likely think.

It isn't just using stepper motors to move paper around or communicating with the ink cartridge chip, those are the easy bits, what isn't as easy is using the print head, you know the main thing that makes it a printer. Also using the display if it has one likely isn't all that easy either and most of the printers other functions will be the same.

This also isn't an IoT product (at least as it's primary function) so your comments about that are total nonsense. If HP are going to the lengths of locking down ink cartridges then they have probably also taken steps to protect the other parts of the printer too.

If manufacturers of third party ink cartridges had it all figured out then why is any of this a problem? Why don't their ink cartridges work with the printer?

If people could so easily just use a pi pico or pi zero to make a printer then why hasn't that already been done?

Your comments really make it seem like you don't really know what you are talking about. Your condescending attitude whilst totally missing the point and talking nonsense doesn't help either, no one is saying it is difficult because of stepper motor timings.

Sandra Rivera’s next mission: Do for FPGAs what she did for Intel's Xeon

Conor Stewart

Re: Dead End

I don't think FPGAs are going anywhere, they have many advantages over CPUs. You mention multiple CPU cores being better but in most cases they just aren't. FPGAs for the most part have lower latency and since everything can be done separately and simultaneously that is a huge advantage too.

Also FPGAs are good for when you want a product that can be reconfigured later, you can update the hardware as well as the software.

Unless things change, first zettaflop systems will need nuclear power, AMD's Su says

Conor Stewart

Re: Drastic steps ?

Transistors absolutely are still counted, the exact number may not be made public because it doesn't matter but for the people designing it they can and most likely do still count the number of transistors. Knowing the number of transistors is very useful if not required for certain tasks, like manufacturing it, the machine manufacturing the chip and the software used to design the chip will know how many transistors it is using.

Conor Stewart

Re: Old solution

Look at all the equipment and infrastructure needed for quantum computers, which need very similar conditions to what you are describing. They are very expensive, very large and use quite a lot of power and all that is for a single processor, not for a whole data centre. Whilst it is a possible solution it is a long way off of being a practical one.

Should open source sniff the geopolitical wind and ban itself in China and Russia?

Conor Stewart

Ethical licenses? Really?

Do they really think ethics based licenses will make any kind of difference? You really think someone using the code to make weapons is going to look at the license, see it isn't allowed to be used for making weapons and then stop?

Anyone using open source code for purposes like that isn't going to care about what license it has, I doubt they even look at it anyway.

As for drone autopilot software, a lot of what is used is commercially available drones, DJI drones are used to drop bombs in Ukraine, they dont use open source software. Who knows what large military specific drones are running but it won't just be an open source project like betaflight or ardupilot.

Open source should stay as it is, any attempts to control it's use or who can access it will lead to the decline of open source in general and lower people's trust in it, like the open source project that caused damage to computers in Russia. That is not what open source is for or about, it is there for collaboration and to be available to everyone.

Heresy: Hare programming language an alternative to C

Conor Stewart

Especially since a lot of the potential "customers", i.e. big companies will be running Windows on the majority of their company computers, and programming languages tend to need a big push from industry to become even remotely relevant.

The other thing is, this just seems to be revamped C, like what does this actually really add other than maybe a little tidying up and not having so many imports? At least with rust they have valid benefits over C, like being safer with memory and suchlike. Hare just seem like cut down tidier C and that alone isn't going to give C programmers a reason to switch.

Arm rages against the insecure chip machine with new Morello architecture

Conor Stewart

Just writing good software doesn't provide much defence against malware or hackers so a hardware solution to stop unauthorized access is a good thing.

AWS power failure in US-EAST-1 region killed some hardware and instances

Conor Stewart

Re: Ever heard of a UPS?

There is a good chance that amazon does have more than 1 UPS in that datacentre, they probably also have it segmented up so that different UPSs power different sectors. That might explain how some hardware was damaged but a lot of it was fine. Could also be that they had issues with power for a few days and by that time their UPSs were empty, none of us will know unless amazon tells us. Could also be that one UPS failed in an unexpected way and ended up damaging their substation or triggering a failure or emergency shutoff in their other UPSs. Lots of things that could go wrong but none of us know.