Wow - I wouldn't have expected Ohio to stand up for privacy in opposition to surveillance. It's a fairly conservative midwestern state, overall.
176 posts • joined 27 Sep 2007
Ohio state's top legal eagle just made it harder for the FBI, ICE, cops to snoop around its DMV DB for people's faces
Anyone for unintended ChatRoulette? Zoom installs hidden Mac web server to allow auto-join video conferencing
Go fourth and multi-Pi: Raspberry Pi 4 lands today with quad 1.5GHz Arm Cortex-A72 CPU cores, up to 4GB RAM...
True GigE will be a boon for beowulf clusters running MPI or whatever over Ethernet, as the node interconnect is a bottleneck.
I just built up a 4-node RPi 3B+ cluster for class use, now i need to justify getting 4 new RPi 4's. Also glad to hear that the boards can run on 2.5A, since the cluster doesn't have any peripherals and the current generation of multiport USB P.S.'s max out at 2.5A per port.
Next step - find out whether 64-bit Devuan will run on the new board.
The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows
What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse
Thank you, Lenovo?
Their list of laptops includes the T440s - "not affected", and the T460s - "affected". So where does that leave my T450s??? "Sort of affected"? "Deeply moved"? "Concerned, but not really bothered"?
Fortunately, Lenovo also listed the relevant firmware numbers, and a reboot and BIOS check suggests that I have an older, unaffected version of the ME firmware. Sure wish they'd included my machine in the list though, makes me feel somewhat abandoned.
Re: "It has a mass of about eight Earths and radius of about two so it's no golf ball."
Poul Anderson had a short story as well... its point being that high-gravity inhabitants would be smaller than humans, not larger as other authors at the time had imagined.
Much too long ago for me to remember the title, alas.
Re: "What was wrong with ECC in older RAM?"
In a lot of personal computers post-IBM-PC, the RAM didn't use ECC or even parity bits, because it was cheaper not to (and "it's only a personal computer").
I had a Zenith system (Z-150) with a jumper on the motherboard, that you could set if you wanted to buy and install the additional memory chips to support parity. The default was "no parity memory", though.
Re: "an Ohio Scientific Instruments Challenger 8P"
Wow, someone else actually bought Ohio Scientific! My first personal computer was an OSI C4MP --- 6502 processor, something like 16KB of memory, and a 5.25" floppy.
Sort of an Apple II alternative, but OSI's attitude was that they built the hardware, the OS was your problem. As in, create a disk file by first loading the monitor routines from the system floppy, using it to manually allocate as many sectors on the target floppy as you expected the file to need, then load the editor from the system floppy, edit the file (typically in BASIC), swap the target floppy back in and save the file to the disk. If you got
cheapthrifty and allocated too few sectors, nothing for it but to discard all your work, de-allocate the file and start over with more sectors.
Double-sided floppies? Cut a read/write notch on the other side, and put the floppy in the drive upside-down.
Old phart icon, 'cuz that was in the 1970s.
Of course there's a right answer!
Mine! Spaces are the ONLY way to go!
Do you KNOW what happens when you press the TAB key on an IBM 029 card punch? Do You?? DO YOU?????????
NOTHING, if you're good! Card punches don't have TAB keys --- the 029 has an Error Reset key there, like the Good Lord Watson intended! You tryin' to put spaces in your FORTRAN source, you're living in a state of SIN! Repent! Space out!
There's a reason it's called "whitespace", not "whitetab".
Re: Can you hold down the power button
> You've told people not to use jargon, but I have no idea whatsoever what 'top-up the jets' means*.
> I'd hazard a guess he's American and means topping up the screenwash, but it is only a guess.
As an American (pity me), I've never heard of "top-up the jets", and I refer to "washer fluid" when I think of the windshield washer. In fact, "top up" sounds like a British-ism to me.
...as I look forward to restructuring an undergraduate "Computer Organization" course for the spring...
Should I de-emphasize the CPU organization? Is it time to pay more attention to how various elements are interconnected, than to what the elements are?
Even the processor? After all, what is a processor? A CPU? A GPU? Some application-specific FPGA? Does it matter, if the system has all three, or is their mutual interconnect more important?
Maybe I'll cop out, and just hide behind discussions of "Moore's Law".
"Stem cell-derived hart tissue was sent into orbit and will not be assessed to give data on the health risks of a Mars mission. "
I don't understand (a) why they wanted to send deer tissue into orbit, nor (b) why the won't assess it once it came back. Although maybe they realized they sent the wrong tissue sample and just don't care anymore?