* Posts by Bronek Kozicki

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It's all downhill from here: Avalanche spins STT-RAM

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Re: Oh great...

There is much bigger problem since all current memory architectures make lots of distinctions between filesystems and RAM. Some of these distinctions will have to go (imagine filesystem optimized for low latency RAM) but some will remain (it is not convenient to have persistent memory only).

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"draws little power" - how much exactly? "enormous market opportunities due to its speed and endurance" - not specific enough, again!

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

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Re: Alternatives

I would say:

* make it like daylight changes only on Sat/Sun night (no less often than once a year, no more often than twice a year), e.g mid June and mid Dec

* also standardize very specific time window and slew procedure (say, one hour 00:00UTC - 01:00UTC) to be applied by all NTP servers and by all machines maintaining their own time

* anyone who really cares about precise time will apply TAI anyway

* from standarized slew procedure, accurate relation between TAI and UTC can be derived at any point during slew window (as well as after and before)

Weak point of my proposal that conversion between TAI and UTC will be more complex than it is now (due to slew), but it standarizes current practice and by virtue of this standarization it makes time between different sources comparable again. If exercised often enough, the kinks will be ironed out eventually.

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Re: All is not well, though

Interesting reading in this github thread.

Does anyone else understand NTP:

Open Source projects are of course particularly welcome to use the pool in their default setup, but we ask that you get a vendor zone when using the pool as a default configuration.

... to mean that they ask open source projects to register as a vendors, after which they are welcome to use their (vendor) pool? Or is it just my flawed understanding of the referred quote?

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Intel infosec folk TEE off open source app dev framework

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coming next ...

... new generation of viruses written for mobile devices with intel CPUs, self-installing in TEE

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Microsoft to release Visual Studio 2015 ahead of Windows 10

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Re: Subscription model for VS2015

Unless you are using it in mid-size or larger commercial deployment, community edition is all you will need.

It now comes with very liberal licensing (also allowing for small commercial deployments) and all the bells and whistles you previously had to buy MSDN for.

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Re: ASP on Linux?

I won't be using it any time soon because web application are not my cup of tea, but if I had to deploy, write or maintain one, then ASP .NET running on Linux would be much preferred over this junkyard called PHP

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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

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Re: The Culture

I think the opposite, now they can borrow this name.

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Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops

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Re: Tame hardware driver

@Stuart Exactly my point, taken to logical conclusion.

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Re: Tame hardware driver

In such case I'd say : Kudos to Microsoft. Fancy hardware should not require fancy drivers to work properly, or if it needs such a driver (think GPU) then it should be within framework provided by the OS - to ensure that it will continue to work when OS gets updated. If there is no such driver, and the vendor is unable to make your fancy hardware work properly with generic driver, then the vendor is being negligent and you should not have bought his hardware (and I am sorry for you, if you did).

Of course Linux has such a framework, it is called "kernel sources, drivers directory" and any vendor is free to contribute under GPL the drivers that your fancy hardware may require. Under different licensing terms, he could also provide Microsoft with the drivers to supply with the OS, but this is not really necessary if the binary driver is certified, signed and versioned properly.

It is hardware vendors who do not make proper drivers for their "special" hardware who are the problem. Which is good reason not to buy such hardware in the first place.

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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Re: I'm of two minds here

VoLTE is basically too far ahead of its time.

... and that is exactly why networks should focus on 4G, also extending it to lower frequencies and implementing all standard features.

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VMware builds a magic mirror for containers and a desktop cloud

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it seems

... that VMWare is aiming for the same piece of pie that Intel wants, with "Clear container"

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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I had similar problem with BIOS setup of Zotac CI321 (same category of machines) and I think the problem was not HDMI itself, but HDMI/DVI adapter (and an old monitor with only VGA and DVI inputs). Did you use adapter too?

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Re: Noise?

Some years ago I upgraded an old Toshiba Portege M300 with a Transcend PATA SSD, I can see they still make those (e.g. TS32GPSD330 , replace "32G" with larger capacities). If you do not want to keep your old PC, the one being reviewed will definitely run Windows but, as others noted, is rather expensive. FWIW I have just bought much cheaper Zotac CI321 to run small 24/7 Linux server at home; I can see on the box that Windows 7/8/8.1 are supported on this machine.

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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here is good explanation

I know some will disagree with this, but personally I find this post on ArsTechnica forums (not mine) to be the best explanation of what's going on:

This has nothing to do with Microsoft being unclear. If anything, this is the press (and I'm including you, Peter) shaping the discussion into something that was never explicitly stated.

Microsoft starts the discussion from the assumption that you are a legitimate, licensed user of Windows. In that context, they have been crystal clear: If you already upgraded as an Insider user, you will get the update and remain genuine. It's a continuation of your existing status. That's reasonable and consistent with what's gone before.

If you don't have a legitimate ("genuine") Windows license, Microsoft isn't talking to you. You are not their customer. You have no relationship, status, contract, or claim. You might find a work-around, or a nudge-wink activation process, but that does not mean you get "genuine" Windows for free. Technically being able to install it does not mean that contractually you are legitimately licensed. Also consistent with everything that's gone before.

The trick to understanding Microsoft's communications is simple enough: Listen carefully to what they say, and assume the narrowest possible definition. And what they don't say is just as important as what they do.

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Sun like it hot: Philae comet probe wakes up, phones home again

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Re: Botched Llanding?!?

Had the probe landed in direct sunlight, as planned, the sun's rays would have cooked it by now. Because the lander is partially in the shade, it's still well within operating temperatures and should be able to send back data as the comet heats up, offering clues as to how the heating process affects its chemistry.

It's turning out that this, executed not exactly as planned, landing will give Philae an opportunity to perform more research, which also was not previously planned and which otherwise would not have been possible. Hurray for botched landing!

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BIG RED BUTTON exploits Redis flaw to fix Redis flaw

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The answer is right there before you : his name is Murphy

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A testing time for storage – it's VMware from Nutanix, by a nose

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Someone smelled the coffee. Literally, in this case.

Which I think is accurate for this piece of non-newscomparison.

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Raspberry Pi guys want you to go topless in the heat

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perhaps because he wants this ITX system to be driven by an ARM CPU? Just guessing.

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It's about forking time: Node.js, io.js to mend differences, remerge

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let me get it straight

So we have Node.js Foundation overseeing development of re-united Node.js and io.js, of which Microsoft (among others) is a member, and it will be overseen by Linux Foundation? What's next, an ice rink in hell?

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Linus Torvalds asks kernel devs to take a break so he can too

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Carbon nanotube memory tech gets great big cash dollop

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I missed something

... what's the latency?

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A 16 Petaflop Cray: The key to fantastic summer barbecues

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2 million lines of FORTRAN code

... doing Monte Carlo simulation. Oh my, I feel 25 years younger now.

It's a bit of shame that they have no plans to rewrite this to work on massively parallel architecture such as GPGPU (with few thousand compute units on a single card) but, given this much investment and reliance on existing code, it's not a surprise. Hope they eventually make the step, though.

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Chips can kill: Official

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never mind acrylamide !

We need warnings on toxicity of dihydrogen monoxide (in excessive amounts), this stuff is literally everywhere!

Never mind, I need some water to calm down...

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Intellectual Ventures: Toshiba is violating our patent! Toshiba: What patent?

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Re: And assuming that troll Inc. was salivating over many million$

Unfortunately that wont happen, because American legal system is run by lawyers. It goes against their interest to discourage frivolous (and expensive) lawsuits ... :(

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Amazon reveals KiddieKindle and pocket money scheme

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Re: For free ...

mine too. The trouble is, there are just some 10 Discworld titles in the library at any one time, and my eldest needs about 3 days to complete a book. Oh and the book which are in the library are the ones he's already read. Clearly another source of books to read is needed.

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US plans to apply export controls to 0-days put out for comment

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This regulation will force many technology companies in security field out of US - only ones dealing with the gov directly would benefit from remaining in the country.

If US gov continues creating legislation out of fear of technology, I foresee exodus of technology companies in any field from the US, because otherwise they would be out competed on global stage due to regulations. Also, it is quite possible they will be no longer willing to sell technology to US consumers, either directly due to regulations or for lack of demand (indirectly caused by regulations) - and US consumers will not even know what they missed.

For example, see how long it took US cell networks to "invent" SIM cards which could be easily swapped between phones (thanks to telecom regulations), how long it took to "invent" chip & pin (thanks to banking regulations) etc.

It's not a good news for Americans, but you get what you voted for (sorry, couldn't resist sarcasm here). At least Amish will not complain.

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AMD promises 100 gigabyte/second memory

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Right, I also wonder what impact this might have on memory latency

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Wrestling with Microsoft's Nano Server preview

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Re: The why and what for

Exactly my thinking, seems like Microsoft reinvented something well known in other ecosystems and very useful. That is : headless server platform optimized for running open source server software (e.g. open source version of .NET, ngix, Python etc.) on top of minimal kernel. Since large number of Windows shops do not understand the idea of "headless machine" they will obviously complain, but that does not make the whole idea wrong at all.

Is it something I could put to use personally? Probably not ... but I could toy with it, especially if it ran bare metal on cheap-and-cheerful ARM box. Or on top of kvm hypervisor on regular PC.

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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Re: I saw plenty of those

For those who have not seen parakeets near bird feeder in winter - they come in groups and stick around for long hours, stuffing themselves as much as possible and not letting smaller birds anywhere close to the feeder.

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I saw plenty of those

They, quite literally, steal food (seeds mix) we put in the feeders out in winter for the smaller birds.

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

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I recommend RawTherapee if you like free.

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Corel ...

... is where old software goes to die; seriously, this company seems to have carved itself a niche buying long running titles and then ruining them. Actually, the part about "buying" is optional, they did the same to Corel Draw.

I understand why you started with PaintShop, it used to be a very good program. Before Corel bought it, of course.

BTW, thanks for the hint about Affinity, never heard about them but seems like the one to watch.

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Malfunctioning Russian supply podule EXPLODES above Pacific

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well at least you can enjoy burnt and broken pieces of Labour of Scottish origin. As you perhaps might have enjoyed watching fall Tory in the same place, some 5 years ago :)

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... until it's hit by a piece of flying debris and severed. Which could cause a really big trouble down on Earth.

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T-Mobile prods at corpse of BlackBerry, says 'me too!'

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Re: It was a leading brand in PDA space

Remember app is also in Classic (no surprise, it's the same BB10 OS) although I have not used it. I think this particular app lacks synchronization (to Exchange Gmail etc.)

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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Am I the only one who read it ...

... as "One day, I hope ... there will be an attack that's successful"? Of course I personally do not expect this to ever happen, but I also think that's what they want - because it would legitimize all this spying. Little, twisted people with much too much power than is healthy for anyone.

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Attackers target new XSS in millions of WordPress sites

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WordPress on my machines? Just say no.

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How Project Centennial brings potentially millions of desktop apps to the Windows 10 Store

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Re: Choices? Who needs choices?!

For one, I'd like to see submissions to Windows Store accepted free for free code. Given that you can also have current Visual C++ for free, allowing users to build the binary from the sources downloaded from Store, this could be even in the source form. This would make it more similar to code repository of a typical Linux distribution.

Well, one can only dream.

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Re: Choices? Who needs choices?!

Well it's not only that under Win32 you can do what you want with your computer. You can also do what you want with your users' computers, which is not so cool.

Windows Store puts some limits to that, and being able to package your application to Store means that your users will, well, have little less to worry about when installing your application.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Re: Back of an envelope calculations

You are onto something, but there is a limit of how many lead batteries you can have in a given area, due to their weight. If foundations (and floors) of your home are not designed to take the weight of lead batteries in little space, you will be risking structural integrity of the building by putting too many batteries in one place. In other words, unless the building has been designed specifically for this, you cannot really make much use of this great energy density of lead batteries. Although of course, you can put these to some use and 10kWh does not seem like unreasonable figure - assuming this is not hung on a wall or put in tall tower on the floor with small footprint.

As for charging cycles, in case of lithium based batteries it actually depends on how much a battery ever gets discharged. If the limit is at 50% (as opposed to standard over 80%) then you can virtually cycle the thing in perpetuity, with only little loss of efficiency (say, 20% as opposed to 50% after 1000 cycles). I do not know how charge cycles are limited in lead batteries though, perhaps someone will enlighten me.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Well, to me this seems like a step in right direction. A browser which supports http, https, hopefully all the current W3C standards and not much beyond it. Seems like an improvement to me!

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Building the world's biggest telescope array - with machines that don't yet exist

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... it's not new, but still very tricky thing to do!

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Intel raises memory deflector shields in Xeon E7 processor refresh

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Re: Where's my S/360?

No at all; TSX is transactional memory support in hardware (think temporal locking and shadow copies of cache pages) and the only protection it helps to achieve is against data races - if used correctly, which can be tricky. It will be mostly used in usermode applications (although kernel would benefit as well), by developers brave enough to try a different paradigm of parallel programming. Or, it could be used implicitly when hardware internally optimizes uses of locking primitives which is another mode of TSX operation.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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I would be more concerned about climate control than anything else. Aircraft spends most of the time on high altitude, where as a glider it would give pilots lots of time to recover, but with air pressure falling fast they might not be able to do much after short time.

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What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

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"if sales match the interest the Apple Watch has generated"

... does he mean that if all the journalists who slavishly follow the trend to write about, show and pontificate this one product, had actually bought one, then Apple would be much richer than it is now?

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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Re: Solwise

Just few days ago I received pre-ordered TP-Link TL-PA8010P

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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

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Re: systemd a copy of Solaris SMF

@MadMike thanks for that, but I think you will agree the problem is not as much with an OS but with system (hardware) architecture and applications which run on it? Basically there are limits when you can have cache coherency between all sockets and still expect sensible performance from traditional many-synchronized-threads-paradigm applications, and beyond that you have to make a move to network (real or virtual) or message passing interfaces such as OpenMP.

I do not quite see where is place for Linux in this discussion, to me it seems to be about discord between application(s) and hardware architecture limitations. Linux might (or might not) be a host hypervisor, guest VM or even entirely left out of picture - which would improve nothing.

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2016 might just be the year of Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Re: Why?!?

I don't know where "somewhere else" came from, as I understand both XenApp and XenDesktop are applicable for both "on premises" and "in the cloud" deployments, and actually the former one is more traditional model of doing VDIs. You do not outsource from your firm, you outsource from individual desks to your data centre.

Although what do I know, I am mere developer.

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Re: Why?!?

You are unnecessarily focused on "renting" part, the customers already paid for Citrix linceses and are presumably using these for Windows VDIs. If they also have users who need/prefer Linux desktops and do not want/cannot spend the time maintaning their own desktops, these machines can be now put on the same VDI and managed using familiar tools by corporate infrastructure team. This VDI is what Citrix is selling, and the actual machine OS is just an extra "flavour" to choose from. IMO adding Linux to the mix is a good thing.

The point is: do not confuse corporate deployments where you have hundreds of end-user machines per one person from infrastructure team (who are also maintaining network, phones, AV etc.), with your home where you can spend as much time as needed to keep much smaller number of machines (below 10, most likely) in good order.

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