* Posts by Mikel

2609 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

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Probably the Pi Compute Module

It's a Pi on a SoDIMM. This is what it's for.

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3441

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What employs half a million people, just did $44bn in sales, and rhymes with Azerbaijan?

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Analyst miss

$.03? Instead of $.52? Amazon beat by 17x?

That's an oops.

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Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

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Stabilized

>After far too many shifts in direction, it also feels as if Microsoft's overall strategy is now more settled, giving developers more confidence that what they build today will not be wasted.

Until next time. Like all the times before.

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What's HPE Next? Now it's unemployment for 'thousands' of staff

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Clinging to share in a shrinking no-margin market

Doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out what will happen here.

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HPE quits cloud servers, two weeks after telling El Reg it wouldn't do that

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>The Register has asked HPE to clarify its server plans and, if the company does so, we'll update this story or write a whole new one. ®

Probably the latter. If they say anything it will be a buzzword bingo flood again.

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Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI

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Pi 3 is fine

Microsoft is using it wrong, is all. Which isn't surprising.

For AI related chores we'll want to wait on Google's accelerator SOC.

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Never mind the WPA2 drama... Details emerge of TPM key cockup that hits tonnes of devices

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Besides state actors, who has the resources?

It's a kit. The kid next door is working on it between his online school assignments.

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All your base are belong to us.

>Any one who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin." - John Von Neumann

Current state of trust: not trusted. As it should have been all along.

Between the two it's an all-hours data buffet in hacker land. Now add in the Intel AMT hack, and various others. I assure you that state actors have had access to this stuff for years and now the kids get to play.

You need precisely one compromised device on the corporate network and you own the whole thing. Your medical records? For sale. Your ballot box too. It isn't a question of whether the data is hacked but who first, how many and how often.

So glad I got out of the biz. It's a mess.

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Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

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You could tell he was having fun

There was a lot of interesting information. Much of which will be obsoleted.

Down in the comments though... one girl Really wants to go to Venus.

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It's Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs

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Some customers may have experienced issues

This is an auto-announce message that goes out on Crash Wednesday.

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

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Osborne Maneuver

"Perhaps instead of reiterating that W10M is a dead end, Microsoft could show what follows? It clearly doesn't feel ready to do that just yet. "

Two things:

1)Non disparagement clauses in contracts are enforceable, and pretty much are mandatory when you're trying to sell a partner on sinking their own treasure into your platform.

2)After Elop's excellent job crushing Nokia's potential, the Osborne Maneuver is front of mind. This is where you tell your customer that he would be stupid to buy your product becquse it's obsolete, while standing in a warehouse full of said obsolete product that you desperately need to sell.

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Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

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Am I right?

No. You can simulate gravity using spinning just fine. Just like we do on Earth for high-g pilot training and, of course, centrifuge for various purposes.

As for sheltered habitat, the moon has capacious lava tubes available with ample space for a million inhabitants or more, and these likely have water ice in them.

Musk isn't interested in the moon because a) people have already been there and b) it's not far enough to be safe from various doomsday scenarios (comet, asteroid, plague, a Trump dynasty).

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Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

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If they cared about security at all

If they cared about security at all they wouldn't be using Windows.

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HP Inc exec: Yes, we'll put a bullet in the X3 device

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Re: For now it is way cheaper

The first hit is always free.

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Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

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Re: Destroying value

She has her detractors, but shareholders fared pretty well under her.

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

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Hindsight

It would be more helpful to point out this tendency on the service or product's introduction or acquisition rather that in its obituary.

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

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As was pointed out by Apple today

IPhones don't have FM radios in them. Haven't for years. Since the FCC certified the iPhones they should know this.

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Bless their hearts: Democrats want $40bn to spruce up America's bumpkin broadband

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Re: IT'S FRICKIN EASY

Easier than that: just expand the definition of "broadband" to include 9600 baud dialup. Done and done. That's the Pai plan, and costs nothing.

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Brit chip design company Imagination Tech sold to China-linked private equity

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No tears here.

They were a herd of jerks about IP, not at all Linux friendly. It was all secret sauce and no drivers for people who like to make their own stuff. Wouldn't touch a product with their IP in it with a barge pole, as it is guaranteed to not obey me.

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iPhone 8: Apple has CPU cycles to burn

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Re: Wasn't this fantastic GPU allegedly made...

@Dan 55

I hear there's an opening soon for White House Press Secretary. You should apply. You've got the right stuff.

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@fobobob

Everyone knows police can't see minivans. So naturally they can't find them to add them to the fleet.

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Re: Next step.

While rendering I have my wife put it in her pocket, and the frost proximity takes care of the rest.

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->big_D

Your phone doesn't go even one day without being on the charger? That's sad. Have you thought about getting one with more legs? I only charge my Moto G5 Plus every second day, and only while I'm sleeping.

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Fresh chips from Intel (yay?) at 14nm (awww)

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Re: 10nm is 45 atoms wide.

Any fool can tell you that's 44 too many.

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Re: AC

That's an old tale. The news today is that Ryzen and Epyc are legit.

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Bing fling sting: Apple dumps Microsoft search engine for Google

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It's about time.

Inferior search results were not improving the premium of the products.

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CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

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Fitness for purpose

>It's not possible to determine what that was simply by looking at the rogue CCleaner.

And yet cleaning all the cr*p out of your Windows is in the name of the product.

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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Re: Meanwhile ...

Android and iOS have app isolation. That means an app scanner app could not possibly work because it can't access the other apps, nor the system. At most it can scan downloads.

If you're habituated to Windows so badly that it's inconceivable to operate a non-Windows mobile device without third party protection from the Windows design flaws it doesn't have, the Android app you didn't need can use whatever permissions you gave it to not fullfil its advertised purpose. It would follow then that you gave it all of them.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Microsoft Browser

They can't even get it to run on all of their own operating systems, let alone the popular ones like Android and iOS. Total cross platform fail for an app developer, particularly for a freaking browser.

And of course like the rest of their stuff, total kludge.

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Another month, another malware outbreak in Google's Play Store

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Re: Amazing...

Remember that these are people who think a wallpaper might need to send text messages for some reason.

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Servers sales are up. Nope, you read that right

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Epyc disruption

AMD's Epyc will figure in a major server market disruption this winter. At least one of these top 5 will shake out by spring.

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

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Bluetooth?

MS still haven't figured out Bluetooth?

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PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

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Re: Astrology

Gartner and IDC have been OVER estimating future PC sales for a decade. You're right that they're always wrong, but they're uniformly wrong on the high side. That makes your prediction that this time they will reverse the polarity of their reality distortion field and err in the opposite direction quite hilarious. There is absolutely no reason to belive next year is any different from the ten before it in this regard.

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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

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It will be found

In the last place they look, or not at all.

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Largest ever losses fail to dent Tesla's bulging order book

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Not gunning for profit.

There will be a time for profit taking at Tesla, but for now they are about exponential growth.

Seeing more and more of their cars these days. And they're only just now shipping their "people's car".

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Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

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Re: cheap arse DIYs

>ARM don't sell any devices and cut-throat competition means making money isn't easy for their many licensees.

ARM commoditized their technology, which makes it more widely available cheaper and in greater variety.

Water is a commodity. I can buy 47 different kinds of it at the corner gas station - mostly paying more for water than the gasoline from the pump outside. This despite the fact that at home I buy it by the acre-foot. Neither the water vendors nor the retailer are in danger of going out of business.

Commoditization is not death.

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Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

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Re: Microsoft murdered netbooks

Looks like they just created a whole class of repurposed laptops that have Linux support but not Windows.

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My first guess

Intel included PowerVR GPUs and hardware codecs sourced from Imagination Technologies (IT) in these chips. Ever proprietary and secretive, Microsoft and Intel probably don't have either the IP nor the necessary code to provide the updates. IT is now on the rocks after Apple decided they don't want to deal with this BS any more and yanked it from the iPhone and iPad.

Linux drivers were always reverse engineered, don't have proprietary IP and so, will continue to work. The same criticism about these drivers originally (lack of mfr secrets limit performance) now becomes a strength.

Long story short: lack of foresight.

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Wikibon drops bomb, says Intel's Optane could be a flop...tane

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A terabyte of XPoint will be as big as a toaster and almost as hot. They've got about six generations of package shrinking to catch up on density with flash at the package level. Also that much will cost as much as a small house.

It's just not worth it yet for mainstream datacenter use. Maybe in a few years it will be worth checking on their progress. If it hasn't been cancelled yet.

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Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

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The horror. The shame.

It will be over soon my friends. Perhaps in a few years we can pretend it never happened.

In the meantime, before you get all hateful about our indiscretion in allowing this fool to be elected, let's not go there. You've had your share of losers (Cough, John, cough). Nobody's perfect.

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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Sir Tim is 62

A bit young to have reached his dotage, but it's a normal distribution curve and outliers happen.

On the question of DRM I have little to say except that no such scheme has been successful ever, and any attempt can be nought but snake oil sold to rights holders who demand the finest copperhead lube.

The analog hole still exists, and it cannot be closed. The chain of custody problem cannot be closed, and frankly - rightsholders don't want it to be: they count on it for word of mouth.

The whole evolution is sick now. I don't take my kids to the theater to watch the latest movies now. They've ruined it for us.

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Payroll glitch at DXC leaves former staff in employment limbo

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Correct image for this story

Darn it Reg, the canonical photo for this story involves a red Swingline stapler.

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SpaceX halts Intelsat 35e launch twice in a row

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Re: A small FH factoid. It's now within 8.86% of the baseline SLS payload to LEO.

Falcon Heavy should be well over then.

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Re: "it depends on whether the customer is willing to use a cheaper, second hand rocket. "

The preferred term is "flight proven".

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

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Sea of Japan takes another hit

What did the Sea of Japan do to offend him so?

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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Blame anybody. Anybody at all.

Except of course the purveyor of reliably vulnerable software.

Twice as many people use Android as Windows. Do you get alerts: "For Ned's sake, turn off your phone! They're all being ransomwared!" No.

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Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

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Please disconnect your Windows PC from the network

and leave it disconnected forever.

Sincerely,

The Internet

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

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Disable hyperthreading? Ouch.

Not a good time for this just as AMD launches Ryzen, Threadripper and EPYC.

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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Re: Hmmm ...

<quote>as if a lawyer wrote it</quote>

You may be on to something here. That might be why it took so long to come up with the carefully worded non-denial.

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In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

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Retail availability?

Any idea when these will be in the online retail outlets?

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