* Posts by Jared Vanderbilt

95 posts • joined 24 Sep 2007

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Languages don't breed bugs, PEOPLE breed bugs, say boffins

Jared Vanderbilt

Re: Still playing favourites

True, but we are short on quality programmers. Software development infrastructure has to support to the whole community, not just the top 10%.

IT would grind to a halt if 90% of our programmers went back to pushing brooms.

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Bitcoin is GREAT and SAFE, says, er, the Bitcoin Foundation

Jared Vanderbilt

Re: Bitcoin is not a currency.

"Cryptocurrencies cut down on transaction costs."

Look into DWOLLA.

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AVOID the Apple Watch. Buy a drone or robot instead, techies told

Jared Vanderbilt

Re: Sweat ....

Amen to that. My Shuffle 5g exploded. Turns out its hermetically sealed battery bag was assembled at sea level. I live at 5k feet above sea level so the hermit bag expanded and ruptured early on. 14 months after purchase the battery failed while charging and the hermit bag did not confine the nasty bits The inevitable happened.

Apple's response was "it's your fault". It was my fault, I made the mistake of buying an Apple product.

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

Jared Vanderbilt

NW Nevada

The Gigafactory will be located just outside Reno Nevada.

1) raw material mines and processing facilities are nearby

2) reliable solar and wind renewable energy sources to power the production facilities

3) amiable growth oriented legislative bodies, at the local and the state levels

4) relatively close to the vehicle production facility, yet outside the stifling California tax and regulatory environment.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

Jared Vanderbilt

Re: Far too expensive

Or buy a used netbook, disable sleep, and close the lid. Similar spec at 1/3 the price with battery backup.

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Intel teams with Micron on next-gen many-core Xeon Phi with 3D DRAM

Jared Vanderbilt

Back to the Pentium III ... err, the Pentium II

Kind of remindes me of the slot processor module first implemented in 1997 on the Pentium II. At least the 350 nm process has been updated.

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

Jared Vanderbilt

"xbox on, xbox compose tweet ... xbox tweet"

Twitter is brought to it's knees by millions of xbox telezombies.

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Elon Musk wants SpaceX to launch spy sats – and will sue US gov to do so

Jared Vanderbilt
Coat

Crap, more launches.

In DOD maths. Launching for 1/4 the cost means that 4 times as many launches can occur before expending the budget. Deploy your lead lined umbrellas on rainy ... and sunny days.

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

Jared Vanderbilt

Re: Serious question...

Also, Mint comes with a lot of useful packages preinstalled. A lot of people also don't like the default Unity desktop.

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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

Jared Vanderbilt

It's just a 4k screen

It'll cost 2x more than the competition and the iZombies will come out in droves to worship it.

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ARM swallows graphics software biz Geomerics to tart-up mobile games

Jared Vanderbilt

Think lower and faster

ARM will smear the Enlighten gubbins directly onto the processor microcode and hardware.

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Jobs biopic to focus on first Mac, NeXT, iPod

Jared Vanderbilt

Don't forget the part about the first iPod being a copy of a Creative's NOMAD player. Same H/W and same S/W, just a different form factor. Creative won a $100M lawsuit years later. By that time Apple had broken through to the consumers.

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Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

Jared Vanderbilt
FAIL

We Americans have been eating these flakes for generations

We just got fatter and so have our rats.

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Windows 8: An awful lot of change for a single release

Jared Vanderbilt

Security

Security was given a low priority, though it was not Cutler's decision. That was a management decision. Baking in a secure kernel and separate address spaces was strongly recommended by the development team. Ultimately the management rejected it due to the increased cost and time to market.

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Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

Jared Vanderbilt

Promotional gimmick for Apple's new iBall touch. A pointless device created solely for the purpose of patenting the circle.

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Liquefied-air silos touted as enormo green 'leccy batteries

Jared Vanderbilt

Re: Penny wise, pound foolish.

I agree, this reminds me of the TATA compressed air car. They were claiming ridiculous efficiencies when in fact the full cycle efficiency was in the single digits. Compressed air is a horrible energy storage medium. Pure gas is a little better, but in the end the thermal dynamic losses of the compression/decompression cycle render it useless for energy storage.

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Young alcoholic star 'covered in fluids needed for birth of alien life'

Jared Vanderbilt

And then when they sobered up ....

They discovered that one of the strippers had spilled a drink on the instrument cluster and some organic material had gotten mixed in from an unspecified reproductive act. They're still scratching their heads trying to explain the cloudy substance on the external mirror. Although the scratching may be due to microorganism left by the goat they were joyriding.

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Being a skinny is much more unhealthy than being fat – new study

Jared Vanderbilt

Most people get thinner before they die

The majority of people with chronic illness lose weight in the years before their death. Six years isn't a very long study. Go back 20 to 30 years, then write a report.

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1 in 6 Windows PCs naked as a jaybird online

Jared Vanderbilt

98% of users are "dumb" and 99.95% of corporate clones are "clueless", therefore ....

antivirus is a necessary evil.

Me - when I visit the dark side I pop my SATA cables and swing from a non-persistent Ubuntu live key with a second key for storage.

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Laptop display pixel counts to quadruple in 2012

Jared Vanderbilt

Why not hop to the digital film 4k format.

That way cinema, tv, projector, pc, mac, slab ... would all support the same f'n standard. I'm sick of paying for pixels that don't get used half the time.

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Hard disk famine shaping up as predicted after floods

Jared Vanderbilt

Newegg has already doubled the price of their HDD's

You might think this is price gouging on their part. Probably not. They have a substantial DIY gamer business. Once their HDD inventory is gone the rest of their DIY revenue will also tail off. The hard drive is an essential (yet inexpensive) part of a new build. Doubling or quadrupling the price of a HDD won't kill most builds. Not having any HDD's available from Newegg or any other component supplier probably will.

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PC games to outsell console software in 2014

Jared Vanderbilt

Simple math

A user can mod their PC for less than the cost of a console, and it will perform far better than a console. That mod will also improve other useful PC functions like editing video, ripping CDs, 3d modeling, and other content creation tasks.

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LightSquared to magic away GPS interference in 2 weeks

Jared Vanderbilt

No one cares about your cheap Garmin or iPlop

What Gen. Shelton is freaking out about is the degradation of his high end guidance systems used on military aircraft, autopiloted drones, guided ordinance, ...

LightSpeed's cheap transmitters are splattering all over the GPS frequencies. This significantly decreases the accuracy of GPS carrier phase correction processing. Centimeter accuracy suddenly becomes 10 meters or worse.

That might be ok for a nuke, but won't cut it when he's poking a small FAE into a cave entrance or through your bedroom window.

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Intel demos ultra low-juice chippery

Jared Vanderbilt

Nice - it's about time Intel got serious about power consumption

It's even better that they are talking about redesigning the Pentium core. It hasn't seen a lot of change since they dropped back to the PIII. Most of the silicon changes since have been dedicated to 64 bit, cache expansion, SSE extensions, memory controller, graphics, and visualization. The core is essentially the same.

IA reimplemented specifically for mips/watt would significantly change computing. A near static design where clock speed matches compute needs would kick arse. No mips demand = near zero power consumption. Instant on is irrelevant if always on consumes only a few milliwatts.

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Scientists discover Tatooine-style world 200 lightyears off

Jared Vanderbilt

It's not a planet it's a battlestar

Prepare to be conquered by amazon-like women with biological LTE transceivers.

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Microsoft: Our clouds are cheaper than VMware clouds

Jared Vanderbilt

A cloud made of vapor (ware).

Problem is System Center 2010 can't match VMware's current feature set. Microsoft's datasheet mentions functionality that will not be available until System Center 2012 is released. Oopsee.

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Space junk at 'tipping point', now getting worse on its own

Jared Vanderbilt
Pint

Self regulating problem.

Now that we've reached the point where that anything that gets sent into the LEO gets smashed to bits simple return-on-investment will limit the cost and number of new objects that get sent up. The problem solves itself.

This also remedies the manned space flight dilemma. A protective ring of death keeps humans on the ground (and aliens in space where they belong). And global warming will subside when all the shiny metallic spacecraft are pulverized into a dust cloud and reflect those pesky solar rays back into space.

Hey I have a new theory on Saturn's rings. Where's my Nobel? Barkeep, work that tap a little faster please.

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One last production run for TouchPad

Jared Vanderbilt

The Who promoters at it again?

Their farewell tour began about 29 years ago. I won't get fooled again.

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Phishing email used in serious RSA attack surfaces

Jared Vanderbilt

Shame on EMC

The bigger question is why is a computer with access to secure information being used to access the internet. We develop software. We have a desktop and laptop on every desk. Separate networks, MAC filtering. Desktops are secure, laptops are not. Signs all over the place. Little red stickers on every case, display, keyboard, and USB hub to mitigate any confusion. Anyone who transgresses gets fined or fired. It's in everyone's employment contract including mine. And yes, I have fired employees for exposing IP.

When security is given the correct priority within an organization IP mysteriously becomes secure.

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Boffins build powerful yet 'table-top size' atom-smasher

Jared Vanderbilt

Sweet .. I can spin up a black hole in my kitchen

Surfin' the wave of self destruction. Oh, and you're all invited too ... a microsecond later.

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Google Chrome beta turns on native code machine

Jared Vanderbilt

The point is Chromium

A much more secure OS bound to a much more secure browser. Native code simply opens the door to a larger developer community and a larger application base.

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Google claims 'bogus patent' conspiracy against Android

Jared Vanderbilt

"Vast right-wing conspiracy"

Hillary, the Uni-bomber, and now poor little Google. When will it all end?

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Intel reports (mostly) solid revenue growth

Jared Vanderbilt

There's no margin on the low end, so punt.

In order to compete with ARM on power consumption Intel would have to do a ground up redesign of x86. They'd never recover that investment at $5 per processor.

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Go ahead and spy on customers, says judge

Jared Vanderbilt

Ok by me if they fully disclose their monitoring policy.

Consumers have other options. Let the market determine which companies and monitoring activities survive.

Rental vehicle companies have been doing this for years with on-board GPS.

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Reddit programmer charged with massive data theft

Jared Vanderbilt

Imagine that, an Ivy League grad with an selective ethics.

He missed his calling. He should be pursuing a career on Wall Street, or as a US senator or presidential candidate.

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Microsoft rolls out One Big Windows strategy

Jared Vanderbilt

Been there, done that. October 2001

NT 5.1 was Microsoft's first attempt at a single OS. Windows XP replaced DOS, 16-bit Windows, and the NT 5.1 core was stubbed into Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded . Of course the strategy failed because the NT 5.1 core is fat and many of the mobile and embedded applications had scarce resources.

This go-round should succeed. The hardware necessary to run the NT core today is essentially free and resides on silicon the size of a finger nail. All that's missing is Balmer drawing a line around the kernel and saying no one steps inside this box.

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Italian and Swiss cops cuff 15 Anonymous suspects

Jared Vanderbilt
Paris Hilton

Sure, that'll work.

What's with the catch and release?

The fish will keep phishing until someone actually gets filleted.

Paris: She'll de-bone your phish.

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Canada buys Obama's reject Brit choppers for spare parts

Jared Vanderbilt

You scratch my back, I'll stroke your Merlin

Supposedly the deal to use the Merlin was inked because it had 3 engines in the Marine One configuration, the Sikorsky it competed against only had 2 engines.

Most likely the Merlin won because the "donations" from AgustaWestland's US collaborators to key congressional campaigns where better than those offered by Sikorsky. Here in the US budget overruns and Pentagon demand for cancellations take a back seat to political corruption.

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Drunken bust-up woman sprays cops with breast milk

Jared Vanderbilt
Paris Hilton

A real tragedy

Cops stuck in heaven with nary a doughnut in sight.

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Brit CompSci student faces extradition to US over link site

Jared Vanderbilt

Even if we convict him of murder he'll get probation.

Our federal pens are filled to capacity with sex offenders.

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The world wants cloud coders. Where are the cloud coders?

Jared Vanderbilt

Show me the money

We're all capable of transitioning to a new platform. We've done it many times in the past. Cloud developers will be seeping up through the floor boards when the preaching stops and the checkbooks are on the table.

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Ex-Google engineer dubs Goofrastructure 'truly obsolete'

Jared Vanderbilt

And these open source alternatives are how reliable?

You can piss on the Goo all you want, but their platforms work. I prefer "sluggish and over-engineered" to "sylphlike and provisional".

I'd rather have my engineers confined to the vacuum cleaner amalgamating a homogenous mesh

than wandering about the room spinning exquisite incidental perturbations.

Prasanna will see the light once he has to oversee the support of an ethereal code base.

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'I own half of Facebook', says New York fuel salesman

Jared Vanderbilt

The gift that keeps on giving.

Zuck should have cleaned this mess up years ago instead of buying that Acura. He could have bought out that contract for a fraction of what his lawyers will get paid cleaning it up now. Not to mention what will happen if they fail.

$27.5B Black Acura for sale anyone?

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Intel unveils itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny SSDs

Jared Vanderbilt

So when will a HDD manufacturer add a 8gb onboard SSD cache

Let the HDD controller decide what should reside on the SSD based on simple caching algorithms. That way the 2TB drive will perform exactly like an SSD 99% of the time. Worst case scenario is HDD speeds 1% of the time.

95% of an Win7 is never accessed in a week of use. Why dedicate a $100 drive to it.

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Man denies charges he hacked Fed Reserve network

Jared Vanderbilt

You've got Poo on your database.

He seems to be quite prolific at hacking into government/financial databases. Silly boy kept the data on his hard drive though. He of all people should have understood the importance of physical security. Kind of hard to crack the encryption if you don't have the file(s). And yes, the DOD will spare no expense on the decryption if they suspect their data might be in the file(s).

Nice job getting him to fly into NYC. No extradition paperwork. Poo must have Poo for brains.

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Intel's embedded security strategy faces tech obstacles

Jared Vanderbilt

Yea, lets just allow the plague to spread and only treat the survivors.

Anti-virus by its very nature is reactive. It only becomes effective after the outbreak has spread to the point where it has been detected, analyzed, then prescribed.

The answer is prevention. The answer is building hardware that supports and encourages the distribution of hardened operating systems and applications. Hardware enforced sandboxing is what the chip makers should be spending their (our) money on.

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Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones

Jared Vanderbilt

Opt out?

I have no problem with this if the owner of an i--- has the option of opting out of the program.

If Apple wants Stalinist control over their devices they should rent them to customers, not sell them to customers.

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Dell blames staff for malware infection

Jared Vanderbilt

The Dell factories are fine, this happened in a remanufacturing shop.

Dell contracts most of this work out. These contractors strip the good parts off of warranty returns. The motherboard bios is brought up to date if necessary. The virus found its way into a bios binary on one or more of the updater systems.

Still an unforgivable sin, but rest assured quality control is much tighter at Dell's factories.

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Dell 'in talks' with Google over Chrome OS netbooks

Jared Vanderbilt

Sweet

Chrome on commodity hardware.

I'll get one as an online banking and web retail terminal. No more f***'n malware.

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Michael Dell mulls taking PC colossus private

Jared Vanderbilt

HP and Acer passed Dell using acquisitions and mergers.

Dell's core PC business only added the insignificant revenue of Alienware. HP took on Compaq (with DEC) and Acer absorbed Gateway (with eMachines) to jump ahead of Dell in revenues.

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