* Posts by Ragequit

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RAM, bam, thank you Ma'am! Samsung fires up fastest-ever memory

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Cool but...

Until they start producing the 8Gb parts it's future is questionable in GPU's. Insomuch that VR and 4k gaming are going to increase demand for texture space. 4Gb is fine today but I dunno about 6-12 months from now. Also while 256 GBps is impressive as memory goes it's actually slower than the rated bandwidth of some of the higher end GDDR5 cards out there (Usually achieved with a 512 bit bus). That said the power requirements and the clock freq needed are presumably much less so mid range graphics cards and APU's does sound like the likely fit.

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PostgreSQL learns to walk and chew gum

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"he would also like more improvement's to the scheme's scalability."

I'm assuming this is referring to the 4 worker threads under the node? I suppose it's rather inefficient if your rig has a lot of cores. But the devil is in the details when it comes to DB's. I imagine there are only so many tasks that can be made parallel.

That said it's nice to see improvements to PostgreSQL. I've never used it myself but always heard it wasn't as performant as some of it's less feature rich cousins.

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Nvidia unveils credit card-sized 'supercomputer' for portable AI

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FAIL

Nothing new?

Other than how it's packaged this hardware already exists in mobile devices. So it's just the software stack that is new then? And Nvidia is just hoping (begging) would be developers decide to use it for their RoTM nanny came drones? Doesn't sound like this idea is totally baked. The last thing we need is a swarm of UAV's around the playground supposedly doing the job the parents should be doing themselves. What's the nanny going to do? Film it? Worse case try to hit any would be kidnapper with a stun gun and instead hit your kid with it? About the best you could hope for is that the thing could get a license plate but I'm assuming criminals will get wise and bring a baseball bat to knock the pests out of the air.

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California enormo-quake prediction: Cracks form between US boffins

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Devil

15 percent...

While 15% is significant from a scientific perspective I'm going to go out on a limb here and say the bottom line - California will have earthquakes in the near future. Hmmm.. that's never happened before...

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Double blow for AMD as CPU brainiac jumps ship to rival Nvidia

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Non compete

Article says he was at ATI since 1994. Odds are he wasn't forced to sign one back then and the more integral a person becomes to a company the harder it is to get them to sign one. If it's even legally possible without rehiring (or possibly during the merger). They'd likely have to try to force everyone in his department to sign it. Generally speaking HR policies have to be equally applied w/o running afoul of at least discrimination laws.

It's also a bit like trying to get the old ball and chain to sign a pre-nup after years of marriage just in case they decide to leave you to shack up with your enemy. Which is where the analogy fails because at that point you would probably wish them on your enemies.

Joking aside here's hoping AMD can make some sort of comeback but I feel like they're betting everything on one last strategy. If this Zen processor refresh fails to at least get them out of the red then they're not going to be in a position to entice/rehire experienced engineers for another try. At which point I wouldn't be surprised to see further company grooming/pruning to make themselves an attractive acquisition.

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Microsoft, Tesla, build battery that knows how much (energy) you suck

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Re: Putting Windows in control of the energy equivalent of a small bomb

Well at the very least the current approach must be largely hardware agnostic at the OS level? Using very basic profiles/parameters that apply to any battery type I would assume. Also, this new approach does seem to allow indirect control of current/load as there will be multiple batteries in the system with the ability to switch between them. So without some hardware based safety thresholds a completely software driven solution could in theory overtax a single battery past it's specifications could it not?

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Re: Putting Windows in control of the energy equivalent of a small bomb

That was my first thought as well. If it's truly software defined then you run the risk of "thermal" issues. Granted this isn't really a windows only issue and it might be mitigated with some safety thresholds in the hardware. If this really is a patent laden solution that MS is trying to use for competitive advantage in the mobile arena it's going to have to overcome several hurdles (and offer some real world results of course).

Here's hoping someone is sane enough to start a patent/fee free industry standard/software stack. The later should really be open source to decrease the chance of thermal runaway, etc.

Though they say this will be cheap to implement I'm thinking you'll need to offload this to something other than the main CPU. Perhaps a FPGA? Otherwise power use will spike every time you power cycle a device and you have to wait for the OS to boot.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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What would really be ironic...

Is if the site/app launches and makes a profit just because of all the bad press. Since when did any of the information have to be true? If it generates ad revenue then does it matter that it's a steaming pile of an idea with a lifespan of a meme?

Still it's a horrible idea. I can't tell if they're really that stupid or if they're just trolling everyone with feigned naivety.

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

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Devil

They've...

Grown some potatoes in some mildly moist dirt.

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NASA rover coders at Intel's Wind River biz axed – sources

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Working @ home...

Maybe the senior staff had such large salaries they decided to subcontract their work overseas? It's happened before with people in an office. It'd be even easier to pull off the scheme from home. Joking aside, if uncle sam really does have projects that need their expertise it wouldn't be surprising if they found themselves being recruited by the defense contractors (or NASA). Or for that matter coming back to work for Wind River as contractors. Maybe Intel is looking to sell it off and wants to gut employee benefits to make it look more appealing on paper. /shrug who knows.

Long story short I bet the guys who lost their jobs won't have too much trouble finding work.

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Thanks for the memory: XPoint put under the analyst microscope

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Maybe I missed it...

But I don't recall seeing the article mention how this report got it's information? I'm assuming it was either design docs or an engineering sample straight from Intel? I can understand them not commenting on the actual materials used (probably under NDA), but it doesn't seem like we've learned all that much? Well I guess it's too early days to expect any real benchmarks or use cases (and even if there were they wouldn't be indicative of the final product). Still the 1000x this and 10x that speak makes me skeptical of how trumped up they are. Especially in light of the paper launch so far in advance of it shipping.

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AMD chief architect Jim Keller quits chipmaker – again

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Unhappy

Well that blows..

I can only hope that means the design for the Zen is effectively finished and the only thing holding back a shipping product is getting their 14nm Fab ramped.

@AC - AMD already announced it has abandoned the ARM play in favor of going all in with the Zen core for desktop, mobile, and potentially server as well.

That said I hope him leaving isn't premature and in reaction to that project being scuttled.

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LTO issues mighty seventh-generation 15TB tape format

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Devil

Ah.. tape..

How I hate thee. Seriously can they just stop advancing tape tech already? I know it might be a bit of a inconvenience to some people's data recovery plans but what happened to all the promised optical/holographic storage tech? I much prefer the idea of storing data on non-magnetic media with much more reasonable lifespans. But then humans are always living in the present and rarely plan (effectively) for the future.

We produce and consume all this data these days but I wonder if we really have the means to preserve it? Or perhaps the better question is do we want to? Who gets to decide what stays and what goes in the bit bucket? Cat Videos? Bin.

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Wi-Gig signals are bouncing off the walls, can't settle on the sofa

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Pint

Sounds like they're desperate...

To get more low margin Wifi kit to market and don't care if it's actually usable. I have to wonder where this market for multi-gigabit Wifi is? What's going to drive the demand for it on mobile devices were battery life is far more important than how many times faster your Wifi is than your internet connection?

At any rate solutions would seem to include some sort of negotiated triangulation of directional antennas on another band or as the article suggests more transmitters to expand the range of the WLAN. Which all leads back to selling more low margin kit.

Although in the end it seems silly considering it has many of the same limitations as LiFi.

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Disney's light-bulb moment: build TCP into LEDs for IoT comms

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IoCTIOCB

Internet of creepy things invading our children's bedroom.

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DARPA adds 'sense of touch' to robot hand

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Devil

Double edged sword...

It certainly has great promise for spinal injuries and amputees but if DARPA is involved their already wondering if this can be used for torture without "physical" harm. I hope someone involved with the design of these neural interfaces has the sense to release an easy hack for them that would install something of a limiter on data coming from various sensors.

Either that or one can hope that a mental training regiment will be developed to help soldiers tune out the sensory data coming from these interfaces making it all but useless for the would be malicious side of such tech.

Speaking of which I got the impression these interfaces were hard wired. So I suppose it'll be some time before we have to worry overly much about big brother. :P

Of course on the vein of cybersex there will undoubtedly be some who are excited over the prospect of other side of the coin.

How long until a company patents the 5 senses? :P

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Apple downgrades iPhone 6S with wimpy 1715mAh battery

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Devil

I remember...

The good old days when a cell phones battery and back cover were one in the same. If you wanted more battery life you slapped on a larger pack that added a few pounds, got worryingly hot during extended use, and really didn't solve the issue... unless you bought a second pack and an external charging station to do a proper complete drain / charge cycle.

/sarcasm off

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Re: Bit of soft shoe-ing here

Can't really make a prediction if the SoC shrink + Added hardware features = Less battery drain. The most I'd hope for is a net zero sum. In which case the reduced battery capacity would mean less battery life. But it's all speculation at this point.

All manufacturer battery life calculations are rubbish anyway.

Lets just hope Apple doesn't get the crazy idea to use the kinetic energy from people fondling their i-devices harder to charge their batteries. So many dead devices in the heat of the moment. So many lost loves in the hands of fanboi's. Truly heartbreaking. Cough.

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ARM wants you to jump into mbed with it – IoT open-source OS in beta

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Re: Hmm...

I didn't mean ARM specifically. As you say they are just providing a *paid* service to the would be IoT vendors of the world. Attempting to capitalize on a new market? Kudos to them in that regard. It's the market's business model and ultimately the vendors selling kit to consumers I don't agree with. Not only do we not own the software or the content, but if they could have their way they'd own all our content/data as well. Oh, right most EULA's for online services sign our rights to those away. In the end the only thing we own is some hardware that is completely bricked if we don't want to use their services.

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Re: Hmm...

@AC - I'd feel a whole lot more confident that was the case if you had the option of *not* sending it to their cloud or at least had consumer centric EULA's. In my mind if they are not charging you for a service they either have planned obsolescence in store or are somehow monetizing your data. Otherwise they have a fubar'd business model that will not sustain itself.

Follow the money.

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Joke

You mean mBad?

"ARM has told us it is trying to open source as much as it can – using the Apache 2.0 license – but commercial realities cannot be ignored."

The commercial reality being that every IoT vendor wants to slurp up your personal data to their "private cloud" and sell it off to the highest bidder, etc.

Joking aside, at least they have the client that is completely open source. So here's hoping you really can write your own backend. Of course that's after the inevitable cat and mouse game of vendors trying to lock down all their devices in the name of trust! and security! while people find a way around it so they can install truly trustworthy software stacks and actually apply security updates.

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Ship-swallowing GREEN BIO-STORM spotted FROM SPAAACE

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Joke

Quickly!

Like the Australians/Americans/humans are oft to do! Introduce a new algae eating species to the Baltic to "solve" the problem. Nothing will go wrong!

We're seriously bad at meddling with nature.

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America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

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Unhappy

So it is true...

I remember catching wind of this a while back but when I didn't see the expected coverage hit the major sites I figured it was a bit of FUD. I don't envy the FCC on this topic. I can understand their need to enforce certification, etc but at the expense of BYOF (bring your own firmware).

If only the radio firmware/stack/driver could be abstracted and reside on another piece of flash. Easier said then done on the software side I imagine. That and it would increase the cost of the devices. At any rate perhaps a middle ground could be found where the layers further up the stack were user modifiable without having direct access to the radio itself? Sorry, tired probably not making sense.

Now what are the odd's that companies will start updating their firmware due to these proposed rules? LOL. Let's enforce who can update the firmware! No one ever does....

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Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper

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Moore's Law and gaming...

While some would argue that console gaming and multi-platform game releases (targeting the lowest common) have slowed the march of graphics fidelity I think it's also due to the stalling of chip processes. How long have Nvidia and AMD been on 28nm process for their GPU's? 4+ years? Until they can drop down to 20 to 14nm we're not going to see a vast improvement (10nm is unlikely considering Intel has even delayed theirs). 4k gaming on mainstream hardware will probably be a pipe dream until then.

In the near term we need faster RAM, better I/O, less latency.. I wonder if hybrid memory tech like Intel's Xpoint will allow for some optimization of the rendering pipeline? With lots of non-volatile Ram I wonder if certain things could be preprocessed? Hmm.. maybe not. /Shrug.

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Work has started on VMware's secret security disruptor

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Devil

Strange...

I can only think this is a "solution" to increase VMWare buy-in as creating an OS and Application agnoistic Encrypt-all-the-things special sauce would probably just entail creating VPN tunnels between VM's managed by VMware? Unless it isn't agnostic and that would be a bloody mess.

Nothing can go wrong...

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Leak-shamed Intel finally bares nifty Skylake details to world+dog

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Re: Meh...

I'd figure the atom based C2000 series of SoC's would be a better fit for NAS boxes? And those have yet to see a refresh (denverton was the next name iirc).

Too bad we won't see anything like the new Xeon Phi's at the lower end for quite some time. Though if you were to believe the rumors the high end of the upcoming AMD Zen refresh will have HBM memory on die. Time will tell. AMD has put HBM on their GPU's.

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Meh

Meh...

It's really hard to get excited about processors these days. Especially not fond of being forced into solutions just because it runs counter with Intel's goals (read keeping all their product lines relevant). Give me more PCIe lanes and more cores rather than higher clock rates.

I still have a little bit of hope that AMD isn't completely blowing smoke with their Zen processors. If for no other reason that it will but some pricing pressure on Intel. Course they need to start shipping some volume too and despite what they might hope I don't think that will be coming from Win10.

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Groin-melting Fujitsu LifeBook batteries recalled in conflag alert

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Devil

Just how many...

Groins will they melt before they're satisfied?! Is Fujitsu's CEO perhaps a widow?

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Farewell to Borland C++: Embarcadero releases Delphi and C++ Builder 10

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Joke

Ah.. Borland..

I guess in a way we're still hearing the muffled screams of their demise. Do people still use Delphi? To be fair I liked Borland's little SQL server back in the day. Well as much as one can like a product that is stuffed down their throat. Still, it was a viable alternative to MS, etc for a small shop. Iirc MS SQL couldn't even do record level locking at the time without padding out your table schema to whatever pagesize. Take away the datatypes and you'd think MS wrote the first NoSQL database decades ago.

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All pixels go: World's biggest sky-gazing camera gets final sign-off

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RE: ...phones will have better resolution.

Except being able to zoom in on selfies on facebook to the point where you can see every nose hair, black head, and blood vessel is only interesting for a, as yet unnamed, special breed of stalker. Dark matter indeed.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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I welcome...

Our holographic overlords freshly escaped from a super massive.. err microscopic black hole.

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Blueprints revealed: Oracle crams Sparc M7 and InfiniBand into cheaper 'Sonoma' chips

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Just don't...

backward engineer their crypto instructions looking for vulnerabilities. That's against their EULA. oO

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Wakes up and crawls out from beneath his rock...

I guess I haven't been paying much attention to news about genetics. I had no idea we were anywhere near this. It has so many potential applications. Though some of them are quite the nightmare sci-fi scenario. But for once I'll focus on the good. Medical research and the further research of Neuro Nets in computing? Yes, please.

*Does his best not to think about brains in jars connected to supercomputers..*

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A magic bracelet that unlocks PCs, dancing robot spiders, and more in Intel's circus

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Joke

I think...

Intel misunderstood IoT. Their chips didn't actually need to be in "things". As in mechanical critters ready to steal/disarm our ID bracelets that grant access to WMDs and bring about the worlds destruction.

Joking aside, besides xpoint which is as much of a paper launch as everything else I'm wondering if Intel is suffering from tick-tock withdrawal due to their 10nm delays.

Also, please put a heat sensor and heart monitor on the ID bracelets. I'm rather attached to my extremities.

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Windows 10 PC sales boost? Don't hold your breath, say analysts

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Meh

Good times...Not

The requirements for Win10 didn't change much but in light of the Eula clause that allows MS to deny "unauthorized hardware" might allow them to force hardware upgrades during the long lifecycle of Win10 in the name of security!

-_-

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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I will never...

ever use a MS upgrade or "migration" path. On the face of it you might be able to use w/e "new" software MS is flogging faster but at the end of the day you avoid so many potential headaches by installing fresh every time. Though I can sympathize that this might not be practical for the poor souls that have huge MS installs on the back end.

Of course this problem might not be upgrade related but the potential for untested use cases goes up dramatically when doing so. Ofc to be fair this isn't an MS specific issue. Just irritates me that they haven't learned their lesson in all this time.

That said I won't even touch win10 until at least the first service pack style rollup is available. Though that's perhaps contrary to the model they're advocating atm. I just don't see that being practical over a lifespan of 10+ years.

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Starbucks denies mobile app hack, blames careless customers

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Devil

Starbucks could have taken a different tone with that statement. Better to say they're looking into it and offer security best practices than flat out deny anything is happening on their end. Just because they didn't detect it doesn't mean there wasn't a vector they didn't consider...

@yoganmahew - Two bit dongle? Sir, I'm not sure if you should be waving that around in public.

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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Re: It would be great...

Sadly you're probably right. That a small country with crowded cities like Japan could manage to do so while the US... /sigh. Two words come to mind. First word circle. Hah, but I don't want to be a jerk.

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Verizon FLICKS FINGER at Netflix with skinny à la carte-style TV package for fibre munchers

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Business as usual then...

It's hard to say for sure without knowing the specifics of their FiOS service (don't know the slowest speed on offer) but it seems to me they are offering pretty much the same price point cable networks always have for "basic" cable. The devil is in the details (no mention of HD, number of devices, streaming to PC, etc). But it's certainly not what I'd call a la carte when they are doing channel packs more or less like they've always done. The only change is probably from a cablebox to an IP based streamer. I know, I know. That's the point of the article. Just never ceases to amaze me that these cable companies believe their own tripe.

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In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

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Devil

Hololens isn't VR...it's AR..

But rather than quibble over semantics I'm rather underwhelmed at all the hardware announcements. I agree that VR/AR both have great potential but am disheartened that nobody really seems to be talking about truly harnessing that potential. I roll my eyes at video watching (at least the 2D projected into 3D affair). Everyone's very quick to adapt current content into VR/AR, but very few are considering how to make something from the ground up tailored to it. At least in the near term. I would argue that these tailored experiences need to be available at launch for success. But I suppose that's a bit of a chicken and the egg thing. Content types don't want to invest in unproven (and low marketshare) kit and the kit needs content to drive marketshare.

That all said I'm really wondering if this so called partnership with Valve is much like the clumsy (non) launch of the Steamboxes. Piston? claimed they were Valve partners too. But in the end it seems valve likes to court hardware manufacturers with little care for real commitment. Unless Valve themselves announce this partnership I'm a little dubious.

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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I'm guessing...

they are inserting the ads via the video codec itself. It would make sense that third party apps would be effected then. So basically the "error" is a design flaw in which they didn't consider that more than just their internal apps are dependent on the codec. Either that or they really were stupid enough to think people would accept it.

(Oh, I guess this article doesn't mention the 3rd party angle. I read that elsewhere.)

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Air gaps: Happy gas for infosec or a noble but inert idea?

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A layered approach...

"It isn't all physical, however. Organisations should implement security controls on air gap machines as if it were connected to the internet, a move Sokorski and Dudu say could help knock-out some of the laboratory attacks."

The above was the first thing to come to mind when I started reading this article. I mean even without air gaps per say you can have any number of devices attached to your PCs or network. No one security technique is the end all be all. Even when it comes to physical security. Therefore you need a layered approach and some vigilance.

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Linux kernel set to get live patching in release 3.20

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Just because it's in the main line kernel doesn't mean that it will be turned on by default in all distro's. More than likely it will be tunable via one or many kernel options during compile. So if there are security concerns in some use cases you can just turn it off.

At any rate it sounds good to me in theory. We'll have to see how it does in practice.

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Boffins turn nano-wires into their OWN thermometers

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Joke

Good news everyone!

I've invented a way to create a processor that runs so hot it will melt through the earths mantle and kill us all!

(I know it's just the opposite. I remember when they claimed moore's law predicted processors that ran hotter than the inside of a nuclear reactor...)

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US plots to KILL hackers – with bureaucracy!

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Facepalm

Right, so...

Sea-Stick will be about as useful against zero-days as a windows internet security package. Meanwhile they'll have legal grounds to slurp up all sorts of consumer data for the greater wood... err good.

"CTIIC will also hook up different arms of the government, pulling in intelligence from everyone and then act as a source of information for all."

Ah, so a prime target for any and all hackers then. 50 cents says there will be at least phishing attacks within the first 6 months of operation. If communication isn't done via email then it will be watering hole attacks against any related websites. Or some intern will send off a copy of a few million consumer database records.

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Fraudsters make bank as exec wires $17 MEELLION to China

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Facepalm

It never ceases to amaze me...

Just how quick people are to trust and not question communication. If a stranger walks up to you and tries to convince you of something most often you have *some* level incredulity until they identify themselves in some way. But when it comes to phone calls, mail, and email people are largely defenseless. Even then one simple bit of information is usually enough to disarm those who are leery. Oh, they know my bosses name, what equipment we use in the office, or they used an official looking letterhead/graphic.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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!

What a value!! At first I thought for sure this was merely a 1-3m cable. But 12m?! That's less than a grand a meter!

An audiophile would want uncompressed audio and would probably rather spend the money on a really nice DAC.

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Forget robo-butlers – ROBO-MAIDS! New hotel staffed by slave-droids

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Re: Why just butlers?

So long as the don't have ghosts we should be safe. Lets start with construction drones before we start putting so called cyberbrains in them shall we? I don't like the idea of bots that can bend girders deciding they'd rather bend humans.

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UK boffins DOUBLE distance of fiber data: London to New York WITHOUT a repeater

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Cool

Cool. Now if they could only do the reverse. That is reduce the effective range but increase the bandwidth/channels. Then maybe cable companies would offer higher speeds... oh wait.. no they'd probably just put twice as many households on a single fiber run. Nvm.

Seriously though I understand how having to use repeaters for anything can be a pain for a number of reasons. I imagine especially so for underwater cables.

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