* Posts by diodesign

1488 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011

Little ARMs pump 2,048-bit muscles in training for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale mega-brain

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Re: 1000 Petaflops = 1 billion ?

Blah, typo, meant a quintillion - fixed. Was concentrating on the architecture. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot something wrong.

And yes, it's variable length.

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Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out

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Re: Mr. Orlowski seems to misunderstand fair use

"The Supreme Court’s decision in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., solidified the treatment of fair use as an affirmative defense. However, treating fair use as an affirmative defense shifts the burden to the defendant while in most fair use cases plaintiffs are able to easily prove a prima facie case of infringement."

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Re: channel extended

What the heck are you on about?

A. The only mention of awk and grep is from Snover in a direct quote, ie: it's what he said, not what we wrote.

B. He's saying you launch awk and grep from a shell.

Also, there's a link to the source code in the article - it's on GitHub.

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Light at the end of Intel's Silicon Photonics: 100Gbps network tech finally shipping, sorta

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Re: New technology???

Well, the new technology is building silicon that can drive and receive these lasers. The dream is to put this right into the chipsets but right now, we've got discrete transceivers, like the ones from Mellanox.

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Intel fabs to churn out 10nm ARM chips for LG smartphones next year

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Re: StrongARM?

I do - Intel used the StrongARM blueprints for its XScale line of chips for phones, networking and storage chips. They didn't go anywhere either.

From what I can tell, within Intel, if it's not x86, it's not welcome. That also exists within AMD. It's going to push Zen for servers, not ARM.

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Re: No love for servers?

Intel produces 99% of data center compute processors, which are x86. I don't think it's in any hurry to build ARM SoCs for servers. With smartphones and tablets, it lost so now it's going a level lower to ruin Samsung's day.

I'm planning a piece or two on the state of ARM server chips v soon, after IDF ends, in fact.

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Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband

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Re: Beachrider

"Reg said that States cannot be pushed around by a federal regulator..."

No, that's what the appeals court said, in this specific case, not us.

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Scam adverts served by The Register

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Re: Scam adverts served by The Register

I'll make sure the ads team sees this. Sometimes, we'll run ads via a network. We have some control over the ads placed.

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IP mapping hell couple sues

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Re: Eh?

Don't look at us - it was MaxMind's decision to do that.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has made a hash of the census

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Re: Re: Found in the press

Here (paywall). Basically, Philip Nye, an IBM security architect, tweeted: "Since Australia doesn’t have mandatory disclosure laws, will we ever find out when Census data is inevitably breached?"

Which ppl took to mean: "Census will be breached." He deleted the tweet, it seems.

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BlackBerry DTEK 50: How badly do you want a secure Android?

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Re: MicroSD slot

Yeah, it's in the article - in the specs.

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Forget security training, it's never going to solve Layer 8 (aka people)

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Re: Layer 8 is Financial

It's kinda unofficial, really. Up to layer 7 is officially defined, then it gets messy. Typically, layer 8 is the human layer.

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Intel's smartwatches are so hot right now – too hot: Basis Peak recalled for skin burns, blistering

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Re: CPU and power consumption?

Check it out - I added it to the story. Couple of ARM Cortex-Ms.

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VMware: We're gonna patent hot-swapping your VMs' host OS

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Re: What if a system call was changed

Never break user space.

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Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

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Re: Wow

Oops - yup, an editing error changed m to M. It's been fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk so we can sort out problems immediately rather than when we get round to reading article comments.

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Explo-Xen! Bunker buster bug breaks out guests from hypervisor

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Re: Patches are available from Xen 4.3 (not 4.5 as stated in the article)

Oh, oops - sorry, didn't see those numbers. I'll fix. Please email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong.

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Did the Russians really hack the DNC or is this another Sony Pictures moment? You decide

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Re: Really?

"each got a copy of that public key and is able therefore to interact securely with the owner of the private key."

Well, yeah. They're all managed by Elite VPN. They are probably all VM clones of the same machine.

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Twitter: $602m into -$107m

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Re: Re: The best thing about Twitter...

Twitter employs 3,900 staff and is based in San Francisco (a 10 min walk from our office). $700m divided by 3900 is $179,487 per head per quarter, which if you factor in server costs and other expenses isn't too crazy.

Sure, not everyone at Twitter works in SF, I appreciate that. Basically my point is, it employs 3,900 highly paid people who burn through cash like it doesn't really matter.

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Iraqi government finally bans debunked bomb-finding dowsing rods

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Re: Anyone read the full story....

Amazing how utter crap suddenly gets signed off as genuine when large amounts of money are accidentally left outside officials' houses in briefcases.

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Uber's dud private dick given a hard time by judge in stiff surge case

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Re: typo

OK OK – just like software has bugs, articles have typos from time to time. It's fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong, so we can fix it right away rather than after we've had a chance to catch up with comments.

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Re: Why is there no...

We do bad news, not good news.

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Snowden's anti-snoop tool

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Jailbreaking your iOS device is not recommended - it lowers security.

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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Re: Evidence?

"Do you have any evidence for your claims?"

Yeah, Fusion has a copy of the retweets as does the Internet Archive.

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CenturyLink punishes hogs

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Re: DougS

Fixed - made it clear the charges are for a trial in Washington. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot something wrong.

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Containers rated more secure than conventional apps

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Re: uqrxur

Well, that is half the point of the Reg comments section. People working in the field sharing their knowledge and experience. It's appreciated.

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Good gravy, Toshiba QLC flash chips are getting closer

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Re: Possible erratum

Thanks - we've tweaked the article. Please don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot any problems.

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Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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Re: Sir Runcible Spoon

"I've often wondered who determines the policy on the moderation of all comments in AO's articles."

It's a long standing editorial policy. It's basically to stop comment sections turning into "wow, Andrew sucks, you should fire him" because people disagree with him.

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Is Pure Storage a solid business or is skepticism justified?

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Re: Not a very unbiased report from El Reg

"I'm not sure what's going on here with the Register but there's a lot that has to be accounted for that's missed in this article"

Read our previous coverage then: we've written loads about Pure.

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Meet Riffle, the next-gen anonymity network that hopes to trounce Tor

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Re: Not sure i see how this works

You send out an initial message to start the process of mathematically proving that future messages aren't tampered with. You don't route all messages through all nodes.

Basically, you can't hide the fact you're using Tor or Riffle - a snooper can see you interacting with an entry node. However, the snooper isn't supposed to see where you're connecting to. Networks like Tor are supposed to disconnect you from your online activity.

So, for example, snoopers can see you using Tor to reach some kind of system but they don't know which system you're visiting - well, not without some sophisticated timing attacks.

With that in mind, you might as well ping all entry nodes so they can collectively ensure future messages from you aren't tampered with.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: More Eu funding to be renegotiated

All the money is coming from the UK government. The ESA is just on board to oversee the administration of part of it. Like a startup bringing in managers approved by investors. The UK gov bankrolls the project knowing that clever folks at ESA will be overseeing part of it as well as the UK Space Agency.

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Pokemon Go oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

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Yeah, it's just iOS affected. Still, a lot of people and a silly screw-up.

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Re: Are they testing the official apk or the known malware infected apk?

The privacy issue only affects iOS - Android phones running the official app do not grant full access.

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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Re: DriveByReason

Hi new reader – it's a Bootnotes story. We publish anything we want in here.

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: Flocke Kroes

Nailed it.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: Rejected? Then please fix the link then Reg team...

Click the link, watch the video. Iain was supposed to appear live on Twit.tv but couldn't due to a Windows 10 update.

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Internet takes another step away from US govt and into ICANN's hands

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Re: Excellent article, aside from inaccurate/misleading title

Hi John - thanks for the feedback. I wrote the headline, not Kieren as you suspected.

With honestly the greatest respect, judging from your suggestion, I think this is why journalists should write headlines and not CEOs :-)

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Encryption, wiretaps and the Feds: THE TRUTH

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Re: What a lie!

Thanks for the feedback. We've revised the article - take a look.

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InfiniBand-on-die MIA in Oracle's new 'Sonoma' Sparc S7 processor

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Re: Econonics

FWIW Oracle reckons the S7 is on a parity with commodity x86 in terms of price-performance, but then, it would say that.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: jzl

We haven't run a climate story in a long while.

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Intel's Knights Landing lands

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Yeah, it should be TFLOPS not GFLOPS - sorry.

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Docker taps unikernel brains to emit OS X, Windows public betas

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Thanks for the top tip!

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London Mayor election day bug forced staff to query vote DB by hand

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Re: steogede

We here in San Francisco published the news hours and hours before the BBC did by listening to the Assembly meeting. At the time we couldn't reach DRS for comment and went with what we had for the UK early breakfast time.

It looks as though the BBC got more info out of them during the day, and really the extra info is that they used a spreadsheet to count up the totals. The main problem, that their software was broken and they had to manually query the database, was broken by us hours ago.

So, OK I'll add in the bit about the spreadsheet. We strive to get all the techie details into stories, but sometimes we have to call time and publish what we've got.

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Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

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Re: Doctor Syntax

Can't you even email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong, so errors can be fixed up straight away, or do you like your comments sitting buried unread for hours?

Edit: Actually, I think it's OK. The article linked to says: "The name is said to derive from one Ned Ludd, an apprentice weaver, who some years earlier smashed a loom in a rage at his master who had beaten him."

So... they did smash looms. They may have smashed other devices, but they also smashed looms - so the article's right and you deserve the down votes.

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New periodic table names

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It's fixed - can you please email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong so we can fix things right away. Ta.

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Digital ad biz is fraudulent by design, complain big brands

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Re: Subscription needed..

"You get kickbacks for linking to that shit?"

No. We're not. Don't be such an idiot. It's just a link showing the source. Post less.

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MPs pass new UK spy law

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As the article says, it's off to the House of Lords next. When exactly isn't clear - that has to be scheduled.

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UCLA shooter: I killed my prof over code theft

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Re: anonymous crazy person

Can't you take this to a blog or something? I could do with less crazy around here.

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Cisco axes unloved M-Series modular servers two years after launch

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Re: The M-series aren't blades

Yeah sure - we know. Typo in the sub-head. It's fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot any problems.

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SWIFT threatens to give insecure banks a slap if they don't shape up

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Re: Any ueful info / links about this?

The link is in the very sentence you've quoted.

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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Re: anoco

"he is here to be the one writer pushing the balance to the right "

The Register is a broad church; Andrew's articles are not our only coverage of the Oracle-Google issue. It's good to air opinions that might otherwise be suppressed because they are unpopular.

FWIW, my personal opinion is that there are pros and cons to not extending fair use to APIs, I just don't want to live in a world in which software interfaces are not covered by fair use. If you want a world with strong control over API ownership, be my guest. I don't want to be on that planet.

For one thing, no fair use means discouraging common interfaces to databases, operating systems, web servers, networking devices - it'll be chaos with no sign of any interoperability.

Sure, you can potentially pay a royalty for using an interface, but then you're at the mercy of whoever is licensing the tech to you. If they play fair, perhaps it'll work out OK. If they play nasty, then you'll refuse to use their interface, come up with or use something similar, and get sued anyway for infringement.

Just make APIs fair use - make it OK to reuse function names and call/return definitions - and then may the best implementation win.

Having said that, I respect Andrew's opinion and I don't see why it should be squashed because it's unpopular in some quarters.

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