* Posts by Charles 9

14061 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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Unless you live in a time zone subject to periodic shifts due to Daylight Saving or whatever. Trying to reset a dial clock hung high up on a wall where the adjustment knob is normally concealed by the wall is no fun.

Incidentally, I actually decided to make my own GPS-disciplined NTP server (so while I still use networking, it's on the LAN so doesn't depend on the Internet to work) using a Raspberry Pi 3 and an Uputronics GPS HAT. It's been a fascinating exercise, and I'm right now working to add on one of those little OLED displays to display time and status.

Intel SGX 'safe' room easily trashed by white-hat hacking marauders: Enclave malware demo'd

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Re: Ironic

But what if the ROM has an exploit? Then you can't fix it.

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Re: Trusted code

How about this? How can you trust whoever makes the code trusted? And can you even trust yourself to get things right?

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Until someone finds a way to put it back in and turn it back on.

I'm waiting for a formal, Turing-like proof to this supposition: "Anything that can operate outside the context of a Turing machine can usurp said machine."

Crypto crash leads to inventory pile-up at Nvidia, sales slaughtered

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What about non-gaming products like 3D modeling? Are there products like maybe Daz Studio that support it yet?

Amazon triples profit to $11.2bn, pays ZERO DOLLARS in corp tax – instead we pay it $129m

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Re: "That makes me smart"

You mean TAX (full stop) is not fit for purpose. Hell, government may not be considered fit for purpose in a world of transnationals who can play countries against each other. It's like what you see in William Gibson's Sprawl books where companies became big enough to be sovereign unto themselves.

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Re: I could just shrug.

At some point, it becomes a useful asset, especially when governments start complaining about your loophole abuse. The thing with capitalism is that everyone has their price; that includes governments.

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Re: @Charles 9

"The US Government changed the laws making this unattractive.

At the same time... there are other things that also make it unattractive."

And now you see the countermove: change the government to make it friendlier to you, and that's ALWAYS an option in any "decent" country.

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So what do you do to keep transnational corporations from just pulling up stakes and moving to friendlier countries that are bound to exist due to competition?

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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Re: @ yank lurker ... Gun show

"Only an idiot doesn't do this because of the potential liability for either criminal charges or civil wrongful death lawsuit if the gun is used in a crime."

And if they simply reply, "Somebody stole it?" Sixth Amendment kicks in, and they'll have to prove he's lying.

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Re: And here's the kicker...

Usually, that requires getting the felony conviction expunged: not a sure or easy thing. Besides, breaking a court order represents a betrayal of trust; that's not going to look good should he try.

Samsung Galaxy's flagship leaks ... don't matter much. Here's why

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Start building your own. Phone OEMs know a Captive Market when they see it.

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Re: Taking the mick

I won't even go that far. I'm sticking with my Note 4 (which I've had to change the battery a couple times already) until someone comes along that actually forces the issue. Frankly, I wouldn't mind a law or declaration that a sealed battery is a fire risk.

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Re: Station idents become invisible to the TV viewer

You DO know the station idents appear over the air, too, meaning there's no escape even with an antenna? For them, they have you by the short-and-danglies. You want their programs from their networks, you put up with their watermarks (and that's what they really are: watermarks to identify recorded programs and so on). Unless you're willing to just cut all cords and go without television (including the news) forever.

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Re: No jack, Jack.

The S4 is getting a little long in the tooth for me. For me, it's the Note 4, probably the last serious phone they made with all the stuff you mentioned. Sadly, continually-climbing memory demands (plus a desire to NOT trip the Knox e-fuse) mean I may have to look for something new in the future, as it seems every time I switch apps, the one I just left gets put to sleep. Even the home screen takes forever to load these days.

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

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Re: The folly of not educating yourself in public/private keys

Trouble is, doing it right is HARD, and when you're busy doing other, non-IT things, you're kinda in a dilemma being that you can't trust yourself nor anyone else to do it right.

Rant launches Eric Raymond's next project: open-source the UPS

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"The problem I've encountered is that for most of the small-ish UPSs, that when the batteries go past their useful life, the UPS starts cycling the power, even if the wall power has been steady on. APC is particularly nasty about this for certain models."

Most UPS will cycle the batteries periodically to test them. They keep the mains ready on standby in case the test fails, but the idea is that the batteries need an occasional "stress test" to help cycle them and to make sure they still work. It's when this test fails that the UPS reports the problem.

My issue is that UPS management software sometimes acts funny. I had it completely drain out an UPS once for no apparent reason which is why I don't hook up an UPS's communication channel anymore and simply go by its built-in display.

Want a bit of privacy? Got a USB stick? Welcome to TAILS 3.12

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Re: An ARM version might be more useful...

Pi's can have screens built onto them. That's why they have special ribbon ports for display connectors. And I guess you haven't seen those micro keypads they sell all over the place. $10 each, fits in your pocket.

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Re: With Systemd? No thanks

Well, security is a dilemma. You can't trust yourself to do it right, nor can you trust anyone else.

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true

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Re: Adage

What? You're saying there can never be a young adage? Explain.

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And read MINE. There are basically two types of pain relievers, prescription or otherwise: NSAIDs and acetaminophen/paracetamol. The former (which include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen) is bad if you have a peptic ulcer as it can aggravate it and cause internal bleeding; the latter is bad if you have liver trouble because it makes a bad situation worse.

So what if you have BOTH problems AND a lot of pain? IOW, this was an honest question.

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Re: Beer and wine don't go together

Where does rum fit in, then, as it's made from sugarcane or molasses? Or tequila, made from a plant product that isn't a fruit? Or vodka, which can come from various ingredients both grain and non-grain?

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So what do doctors prescribe for pain to a severe hepatic with a bad peptic ulcer?

AI gets carded, China and US agree on robot wars, Amazon claims Rekognition is just fine

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Re: I love Hanabi

Still, it shows they're trying things not so obvious. You could probably try a similar approach with a 2-on-2 game of Mille Bournes. 2-on-2 because this requires cooperation in a situation where you don't know your partner's cards yet the partner needs to be able to react to your actions as you will to theirs, so it's another form of imperfect information situation.

Mozilla security policy cracks down on creepy web trackers, holds supercookies over fire

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Re: Expected reaction

Bad move. They'll end up using stuff that ONLY works with them, meaning the site breaks with you anyhow.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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Re: The core is not the whole apple

"One waits as a CPU does."

But it's still a false expectation. A single unisex toilet is one for men OR women. One for men AND women implies both can be accommodated at once, meaning you get sued because someone ends up peeing their pants.

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Re: The core is not the whole apple

"So 8 bit controller chips including the good old Z80 which is still available are 0 core?"

From my earlier post: "Earlier chips didn't expect an internal FPU so can be excused, but not anything since."

The Z80 is pre-80486 so falls under that exemption. Times change as do expectations. Thus my benchmark, the 80486 with its internal FPU.

Put it this way: I didn't consider the Cell CPU to be 8-core because it shared too much.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

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Re: Oh dear

Especially since, under most laws in the US, products of the State (or individual States) are ineligible for copyright and become public domain. The VDPS byline is also a legal declaration.

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Sure you can. Shame is nothing against the law. Just threaten to plant CP on them and watch them squirm.

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And if they're masochists, meaning they get off on it?

A picture tells a 1,000 words. Pixels pwn up to 5 million nerds: Crims use steganography to stash bad code in ads

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Re: Adblockers

By which time it's too late, that machine's been pwned and is now busy trying to pwn everyone that user knows, including the knowledgeable ones. IOW, if just one gets pwned, the rest of us can easily get taken along for the ride.

FTC gets back to work: Now, where were we? Break up Facebook and fine it $2bn, you say?

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Re: He Speaks!

You can't. It's like thermodynamics. You can't win. you can't break even, and you can't leave the game.

Defaulting to legacy Internet Explorer just to keep that one, weird app working? Knock it off

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Re: Count me in.

"The organisations who have avoided paying up to fix their cranky old crapware would squeal mightily (whilst many of us laughed), but they'd finally have to grasp the nettle, and put in a more sensible solution. And if their hand was forced, the companies concererned would find a fix real soon, IMHO."

Assuming they still exist...or don't just vanish like a ghost the moment anyone tries to force their hand.

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Re: boggles the mind

Problem becomes that it still costs less to keep the thing running as is than to try to build from scratch. That and it may be a bigger gamble than gambling on the old works staying together. Better the evil you know and all.

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Re: Umm... nope.

Nope. I wasn't kidding about the political suicide bit. ANYONE who discusses reducing the population or even instituting curbs to birth rates gets immediately denounced as a Neo-Nazi, a Commie, or both. That's why the O-word is treated as 4 letters rather than 14 and why you NEVER hear it in politics.

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?

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Re: Dunghill

They should just hang out by the local C-Store that sells individual cigars. All too often I see people buy a few individual cigars only to walk outside, slit them, and dump out the tobacco fill because they just want the leaf wrap to fill with weed.

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Re: Look out

Depends on the user. Some can't cut back by even a cup before hypertension hits, and like I said, the hypertension can easily hit crisis levels.

The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Re: Should there be a legal maximum size of company ?

Trouble is, how can you get someone out of the loop to investigate when the government holds the sovereignty trump card?

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Meaning if you had no choice but to go to Win10, you'd go, "Stop the computer! I wanna get off!" and give up computing altogether?

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Re: Why is Windows monolithic?

That may have to do with the fact SteamOS (the failed Steam Linux build Valve tried to promote with their Steam Machines) was Ubuntu-based.

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Re: My suggestion

"“Prevaricating" means "lying""

Not necessarily. Don't believe me? Check the sources:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/prevaricate : "Speak or act in an evasive way."

https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/prevaricate : "be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information"

To flat out lie means to intentionally speak something false. Prevarication still allows for speaking a truth: just one of no value. It also allows for saying things that are subject to a truth/lie evaluation because they are essentially meaningless. Think half-truths.

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Re: Why is Windows monolithic?

Especially since the Linux library on Steam is a pale shadow compared to the Windows library, with almost no headliners.

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Re: Happily

And let's not get started on serious gaming. Linux and mainstream PC gaming just don't mesh right now, not even with Valve trying to get developers to jump. Blizzard still uses Windows as the goto platform for its headliners WoW and Overwatch, and Epic's Fortnite is officially supported for Windows only if you stick to PCs.

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Re: "Prevaricating" means "lying"

Nope. Even in American English.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prevaricate

Though in the US, we tend to use idioms such as "dodging the question". The "lying" aspect perhaps comes because Americans get testy about prevarication and keep on until they get a straight answer, forcing the questioned to lie to create an out.

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it

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Re: Human Behavior

And what if, as they say, the cure is worse than the disease? A vulnerable machine may well be preferable to a brick.

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Re: Know thy enemy (bugs in this case)

In which case, that's like saying they already know your location in any event, in which case You Are Already Dead. A false sense of security (like Security Theater) still provides confidence, which can be useful when facing the inevitable bullets.

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Re: Know thy enemy (bugs in this case)

The problem with your last line is that, sometimes, camouflage is your only hope because your adversary has access to superior technology (like an attack craft) that can tear apart nigh anything on a mobile base. All he needs to know is where to attack and you're dead. So, as they say, you can't hit what you don't know about. So I'll counter your line with my own.

"Sometimes, the only defense you really have is to make the enemy think you're not there at all."

Grumble Pai: FCC boss told by House Dems to try the novel concept of putting US folks first, big biz second

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Re: There is another system

ANYTHING can be spoofed with the help of a friendly telephone exchange housed in a hostile country. Most robocallers are from hostile countries, protected by foreign sovereignty.

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Last I checked, filing Articles IS the House vote, as impeachment always begins in the House. Otherwise, talk about impeaching Trump would be a non-starter.

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Trouble is, amending an Act takes another Act, which means going through the Senate, which is still controlled by Trump-fearing Republicans.

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