* Posts by Snowy

338 posts • joined 29 May 2009

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NVMe? Well, quite. Now Intel, too, is pumping out consumer QLC SSDs

Snowy
Coat

Some things is not quite right.

It does not have 256GB of DRAM on board not at that price anyway, looking around I see it should be 256MB of DRAM.

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You've heard of Michael 'Air' Jordan – well, get ready for 'AI-R' Jordan

Snowy
FAIL

Sure

Looks realistic to me /sarcasm

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Coat

Re: Hard drives have had a good run, 62 years so far

True but in all your examples the newer technology was fast, cheaper and more reliable with a better life span, sadly at this point SSD over HDD is faster, more expensive and with a short life span.

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Snowy
Facepalm

A SSD on a Sata III...

makes about as much sense as driving a supercar around with the hand brake on.

While "The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs" it will not happen while you use such a slow interface!

The device uses 32 x 1Tbit (128GB) 64-layer V-NAND die and does 540MB/sec sequential reads and 520MB/sec sequential writes, looks like it is hitting the limit of Sata.

If we look at a HDD say the Seagate BarraCuda (1TB around £40 and 2TB for about £52) (https://hddmag.com/seagate-barracuda-review/) we see it has does 210.9MB/sec sequential reads and 205.2MB/sec sequential writes. Yes quite a lot slow but at a massively lower price, which in the mass market is key.

For speed you would want something like 970 EVO POLARIS 2TB M.2 2280 PCI-E 3.0 X4 NVME SOLID STATE DRIVE, (3500MB/sec sequential reads and 2500MB/sec sequential writes)

TLDR if your going to go and buy a still relatively expensive SSD over a HDD for increased performance atleast ditch the handbrake that is the SATA III interface.

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TSMC chip fab tools hit by virus, payment biz BGP hijacked, CCleaner gets weird – and more

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Facepalm

Off means I opt out

"Piriform said that even when its Active Monitoring tool is turned off, it will still collect, for its own internal analytics, some anonymized information, such as the installed version, which features have been used, and details useful for hunting bugs. The developer, though vague on exactly what is slurped, assured users that the snooping was nothing to be afraid of."

When you collect data you should always say what and why you are collecting and above all allow me to opt out of it!

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

Snowy
Facepalm

A free to play game

Sorry it looks way to expensive for me to play that.

I'm guessing even with them getting 100% of the money nothing is going to be any cheaper!

Maybe instead of not putting it on the play store they should do both, that way people would get a choice.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

Snowy
Joke

Stop or...

my mum will shoot!

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Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

Snowy
Facepalm

Junk

If you can not answer why doing something is good or bad for you it junk science!

Questionnaires Science can give an idea of where to look for answer it does not in of itself answer any. Remember the simple correlation is not causation!

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

Snowy
Mushroom

Utter garbage!

<quote>She argued that getting people off Facebook isn't a terribly good idea because not being able to volunteer a social media profile can make someone the subject of suspicion in countries such as the US.</quote>

Seeing that most people do not have a Facebook account, I find the idea of not being able to volunteer a social media profile can make someone the subject of suspicion in countries such as the US to be utter garbage.

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Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

Snowy

Re: Stupidity @TechnicalBen

Most likely because they where cheap

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Remember that $5,000 you spent on Tesla's Autopilot and then sued when it didn't deliver? We have good news...

Snowy
Mushroom

Semi-autonomously =fail

The scariest quote in the hold article and at the heart of what is wrong with"Autopilot"

<quote>Enhanced Autopilot feature – which was supposed to grant vehicles the ability to drive themselves semi-autonomously under human supervision.<quote>

People are bad at pastively supervising and then take with no notice when a critical decision has to be taken. It looks to me a large factor in the Uber crash.

The idea that the car can drive itself then when it has a problem seamlessly hand control to the uptil then car passenger is deeply flawed and it is a design that is going to kill people!

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Epyc fail? We can defeat AMD's virtual machine encryption, say boffins

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Facepalm

Re: Complete security is a MYTH there is ALWAYS the human element to bugger up the works.

Indeed if you have that level of access security become a fig leaf. Sure it seems to cover up the private stuff but with poke it the right place it is all laid bare.

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The world is becoming a computer, says CEO of worldwide computer company Microsoft

Snowy
Flame

That's Microsoft's way of saying we're not like Google or Facebook.

Or they could just cut back on the data collection. It should be up to me to turn it on what I want to share and not have hunt around to turn it off!

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'Computer algo' blamed for 450k UK women failing to receive breast screening invite

Snowy
Megaphone

Re: Important correction

Another correction but one of omission rather than error, you can still get a breast screening after you are 70 just you have to ask rather than being automatically invited. (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/faqs/)

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No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

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Facepalm

Re: They'll grow up

@1 hr LucreLout

The sums also do not account for putting money into a workplace pension.

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DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler

Snowy
Coat

Disc worthlless?

Surely the disc where worth nothing without a valid OEM CD key?

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When SecureRandom()... isn't: JavaScript fingered for poking cash-spilling holes in Bitcoin wallets

Snowy
Facepalm

Audit it all

If your going to write "Secure" code it would be a good idea to Audit all the code that includes any others people's code you are using (and libraries) is also secure?

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Geoboffins believe gigantic volcanoes kickstarted Mars' oceans

Snowy

Re: "the water would be at least 280 and 85 meters deep"

That would be feet as 280 feet is about 85 meters.

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Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

Snowy
FAIL

Re: Hey You! You with the phone without a Notch!

Nobody did that is why the article reads "A patent application published yesterday" rather than "A patent granted yesterday"

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We need baby Googles, say search specialists… and one surprising VC

Snowy
Megaphone

Next they could break up Facebook

Make it split the sharing stuff with your friends from the spying/data mining/advertising parts.

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Does my boom look big in this? New universe measurements bewilder boffins

Snowy
Coat

Looking at it differently

The Planck’s mission used leftover cosmic microwave background radiation to map the sky just after the big bang and got 67km per second per megaparsec. The second study improved on previous Hubble results by including more stars and peering 10 times farther into space and got 73km per second per megaparsec, differs from Planck’s by 9 per cent.

Considering if when you look further away it is further into the past then instead of speeding up it is slowing down?

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NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

Snowy

@Kaltern

Or they make their own ammo

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Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

Snowy
Megaphone

Re: So silly...

I agree something is fishy about this, just what that is time will tell. The problem is by the time people figurer what that is could be too late :/

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Former ICE top lawyer raided US govt database to steal aliens' identities

Snowy
Holmes

Re: Ok, but 'why' though?

Why you ask could be the greedy can never have enough!

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Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

Snowy
Facepalm

It is start.

It is a start but in of itself has little to no reals science or as you put it:

[quote]However, the study is better seen as preliminary work than a resounding smackdown, and there are a number of caveats that need to be considered before you ditch your lunchtime bag of crisps.[/quote]

There seems to be a lot more of these "questionnaire" style of study, they can identify an area that needs a lot more study but in of itself tells use nothing. Name any food and there is likely to have been a study of this type that has said either it is good or bad for you!

As for "ultra-processed foods " it is a bit like I could say salads are bad for you, but fail to tell you what is in the salad or what dressing was used.

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Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1

Snowy
Facepalm

Supported until January of 2020.

Sure it is, if it was truly supported then you would have added this ages ago and not with so much reluctance.

OKay so it is extended support which seems to translate to "We would rather not support it, but it would look bad to dump it"

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2017 tablet market trended towards torpor

Snowy
Joke

or maybe

@djstardust it was 25 half devices

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

Snowy
Joke

NASA does it mean...

Never Archive Scrap All?

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FYI: Processor bugs are everywhere – just ask Intel and AMD

Snowy
Facepalm

Ship it now...

patch it later, increasing a thing for both Hardware and software.

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Who's that at Ring's door? Why, it's Skybell with a begging cup, er, patent rip-off lawsuit

Snowy
Joke

Just add...

A smartphone element to an old existing patent and shazam as if by magic you have a new patent for the modern era!

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

Snowy
Facepalm

Hmmm

A film from a short story can work, but a series from it is a bit of a stretch?

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We have standards, says 3GPP as group starts to lay groundwork for 5G

Snowy
Joke

The first line should have said.

The first standards for 5G have been agreed, meaning industry can press ahead with hyping up 6G/

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No one saw it coming: Rubin's Essential phone considered anything but

Snowy
Coat

No other camera app available?

[quote]Google Play reports a mere 50,000 download of Essential's Camera app so far, the Android Police blog notes. This doesn't paint the full picture, but it can be assumed a fairly complete one, barring a few brush strokes*.[/quote]

An odd way to count sales, considering when you connect to the play store they knows what phone you are using!

So rather than count some app downloads they could say how many of the phone had been to the play store instead?

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US Section 702 spying rules get deadline extension until April

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Joke

Lincoln said it!

[quote]In the context of the Civil War, Lincoln also memorialized the sacrifices of those who gave their lives at Gettysburg and extolled virtues for the listeners (and the nation) to ensure the survival of America's representative democracy: that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from ...[/quote]

Sadly he lost the page on which he defined who or what the people was.

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No 2017 bonus for you, HPE tells employees

Snowy
Joke

Re: Dissapointing

The bonus is you do not have to work for them anymore.

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Huawei's Honor 9: The only mobe of its spec asking 'why blow £500?'

Snowy

Re: why blow £500?

Showing the same price on Amazon too.

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Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months

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Facepalm

@Martin Gregorie

That would a good but for the problem they do not have the 513,774.16 coins spare to give away.

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

Snowy
Facepalm

If only we had cycle lanes that were not a narrow strip on on the left hand side of the road where the drains hide, more commonly called the gutter.

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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

Snowy
Facepalm

[quote]"Various secure variables (cryptographic keys that allowed access to DXC procured Amazon Web Services resources) were hardcoded into a piece of work being shared between multiple teams and with the project architect."

Then on September 27, a member of the technical team created a personal space on the public Github, and the code was loaded to this unsecured repository that allowed individuals as yet unknown to access and use it.[quote]

Hard Coding cryptographic keys into anything sounds like a very stupid thing to do the unsecured repository just let it out into the wild.

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Manic miners, hideous hackers, frightful flaws, vibrating mock cock app shock – and more

Snowy
Go

Re: Bitcoins?

@Pen-y-gors

I believe not as it was the special "multi-signature Ethereum wallets " that had the problem and not all the wallets used to hold Ethereum

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Chrome update kills unwanted ad redir... WIN A FREE iPad!!

Snowy
Coat

Re: How is that different from NoScript?

That is not due to NoScript but the number of off site scripts some web sites seem to need to display content. Even the simple Google.co.uk as scripts from 5 different domains.

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

Snowy
Facepalm

Take a picure

Then write some text over (maybe in red), will this nice software still find a match?

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Jeff Bezos sells one million Amazon shares, makes one billion dollars

Snowy

Unless I'm missing something 16% is hardly a controlling interest.

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Picture this if you will: Facebook trousers $77,794. Every. Minute.

Snowy
Holmes

I do wonder

if this will mean they will pay more or less taxes.

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Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

Snowy
Holmes

Re: Are these clever people so thick?

Indeed if you have to be fully engaged and ready to take over at a moments notice you may aswell be driving it!

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Camera company, huh? Snap's nerd goggles look destined for landfill

Snowy
Coat

Re: Estimating that the number is 250,000, that's over $30m worth of stock.

Or less if you have to pay someone to take away and dispose of them.

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

Snowy
Coat

While the cake it not fix it

It did bring to highlight that too many people had access to the server room and they could do stupid things in there. It did in the end make someone fix the to easy access to the server room.

The end result was the cake did indeed fix it :)

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

Snowy
Holmes

Changed hands 3 times

and loaded up with debt each time to pay for it, hardly surprising they are getting in to trouble

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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

Snowy
Holmes

Sure

What one command disables another turns back on again.

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Ghost in Musk's machines: Software bugs' autonomous joy ride

Snowy

Re: Really??

@Jonathan Richards 1

As far as I can see they still call it "autopilot" when it should be considered more an advanced form of cruise control.

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