* Posts by Tom 64

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AMD shocks the world by only losing $16m

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Re: Grats

Indeed. Intel have been optimising their business for maximum shareholder value recently, screwing their customers and stalling innovation and investment.

I can't imagine Intel's share price going anywhere but down from here.

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Find your happy place: Fedora 26 has landed

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Been a user for a while

Yes it has systemd and yes, it's corporate sponsored, but fedora just works, and works well, especially for developer boxes.

You really can churn it out and f*#k off early for a pint with fedora.

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Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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I already consider diesel socially unacceptable

It stinks, its dirty, the fumes are toxic and the dust carcinogenic. The sooner we get this shit out of our cities, the better.

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Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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Re: Coming soon to the UK...

Prime Minister Corbyn will sort all this nonsense out. ;)

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Intel bolts bonus gubbins onto Skylake cores, bungs dozens into Purley Xeon chips

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The 'F' designated processors with a UPI socket on the processor package are particularly interesting.

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Former GCHQ boss backs end-to-end encryption

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Re: Identify the problem correctly first before embarking on any wrong course of solutions.

Amanfrommars, is that really you?

You're starting to make sense... Check those meds buddy.

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Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

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Re: Uninstall OneDrive

> "1. This is the most minor thing in the world, this only affects a very specific use-case and you can get around it by converting your drive to NTFS."

Making your SD card useless for anything other than Windows machines.

> "2. Some of us have 1Gbps bidirectional fibre."

Most people don't.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Orbital changes

> "I don't believe that a scientist can make such a high school physics mistake"

Perhaps he's a Trump appointee?

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

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Re: ugh

> "or it would have been identified a LONG time ago."

It may well have been found a long time ago. Trouble is, intel have a habit of sitting on information like this so as not to harm their channel partners (who would have to dump stock), and themselves who may have to issue a huge buyback.

Better to wait and bury the head in the sand while the engineers can figure out if it can be fixed in the field.

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FAIL

ugh

Anyone know how likely this is to occur?

My work system runs kaby lake, and I'd rather not disable SMT unless really necessary.

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

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Re: Epyc 7351P @ $700

Yes it is, since the dies are the same. The difference will be the security co-processor, which I doubt will make it into the HEDT package.

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Brazilian whacks Intel over 'exploding' Atom smartphone chips

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FAIL

Not the first time intel has put head in sand

Reminds me of what they did with the early death bug on the C2000 series.

'Nothing to see here, move along folks, oh and keep buying' was their response.

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Two leading ladies of Europe warn that internet regulation is coming

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And the difference between the two?

Merkel wants to crack down on the corporate balkanisation of the internet, and Theresa Palpatine just wants more power for her executive. Possibly so she can then sell it off to a corporate buddy later.

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

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Terminator

One big nope.

I would not get on a plane unless it had a qualified human crew on board.

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British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

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"hateful propaganda"

Mrs. May probably defines this as anti-tory general election campaigning.

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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

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Dirt digging

There must be so much Trump dirt piling up in the Kremlin these days. I imagine the pile has an orange or yellowish hue.

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Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

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Re: And Yet Again

> "Such campaigns are concocted in a marketing department and never ever go anywhere near security and engineering."

Yup. This is the sort of marketing tosh that gets outsourced to the lowest bidder, who couldn't give a monkeys about how it could be abused. Been there, done that.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: Wasn't Fukushima a "fail-safe" design?

> "Insufficient attention was paid to evidence of large tsunamis inundating the region surrounding the plant about once every thousand years."

Correct but to defend against such a large tsunami, the protective barrier would have needed to be at least 50ft high.

The biggest issue was the loss of backup power generation to cool the reactors. Since the diesels were in the flooded basement, nothing could be done to prevent meltdown. Had the diesel backup generators been on the roof, the plant could have been saved.

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Vigorous tiny vibrations help our universe swell, say particle boffins

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Re: OK, i'll ask the obvious.

> "What is it expanding into?"

The concept of 'size' may not apply outside the universe. 'outside' may also not apply =)

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Re: The Silastic Armorfiends...

I'm pretty sure that would make me feel seasick

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Openreach hints at fibre network strategy rethink

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Re: FTTP?

> "get rid of the last bit of copper."

That would require them to, you know... make investments in infrastructure rather than milk the old stuff for every penny, while wasting further time and money on 'consulting'.

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HP Inc ships laptops with sinister key-logger

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Re: WTF is this thing and why does it do what it does?

Indeed, I can think of ZERO reasons why a headphone driver needs to log keystrokes. Even for 'debugging' purposes, this makes no sense.

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Taiwan government to block Google's public DNS in favor of HiNet's

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Re: China (PRC) vs China (ROC)

ROC probably get hacked, spoofed, etc extremely frequently by PRC and this looks like a ROC.gov attempt to thwart a lot of that. Can't say I blame them. As far as I know PRC's China Telecom isn't allowed to operate in ROC.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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overseen by a "judge appointed by the prime minister."

Does anyone else think this is a horrible idea?

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Victory! The smell of skunkworks in your office in the morning

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IT Angle

> "management actually does their job of, well, managing."

Great punchline, kept me chuckling for a while.

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Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

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Color me surprised

Its an obscure fork of a fork of an OS that never had much market share to begin with.

Hardware support probably isn't near to what Linux has even for servers.

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

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Re: Introductory

> "most serious JavaScript stuff is now done using 3rd party frameworks as the language isn't up to scratch."

Wrong. Personally I avoid those 3rd party bloatware fests like the plague.

Its not the language that isn't up to scratch, its the quality of the developers.

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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nice reference

Will have to re-watch Idiocracy. If I remember rightly, it was somewhat prophetic.

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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Re: Sounds like the makings of a witch hunt to me.

> "The answer (or lack thereof) might be amusing"

Or it might make my blood boil and result in me yelling at the telly.

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what...

The implementation of an algorithm is usually just the automation of an existing process.

If the process is illegal, that's hardly the fault of the programmers is it?

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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WTF?

I don't get it...

By screwing people over like this, they are just going to push people to mac or linux.

Dick move Microsoft, dick move.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Re: And it's back up it seems.

I hope you liked the wham. I'm not a big fan myself. Too 80's.

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Cowardly Microsoft buries critical Hyper-V, WordPad, Office, Outlook, etc security patches in normal fixes

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Adobe Flash

7 remote execution flaws?!? 7?!

Glad I ditched that crap years ago in my regular browsers. For some reason however, I can't seem to remove the flash player version that came bundled with Windows 10...

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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Re: Just a matter of timing

> "Fuel makes up a huge part of airplane operating costs, so if a hybrid can improve consumption by even 10-20% that's a big win."

Indeed. Taking aviation kerosene out of the equation is also a plus. Refining the stuff is resource intensive.

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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Paris Hilton

Re: They walk amongst us

> LINK "Why Do Patients Stop Dying When Doctors Go on Strike?"

My bullshit-o-meter just hit 11. Congratulations, that's rare.

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I wonder

How quickly he will be thrown out of court, and if there will be associated laughter.

Break open that popcorn!

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

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WTF?

Re: They should have chosen Plasma

I do quite like the design of Plasma, but ... it's neither stable or fast.

In fact it's a massive resource hog.

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Re: Mir -> Wayland then?

I think its a good decision.

Gnome 3 is very slick these days, especially on wayland. Far better than the ghastly kludge that is KDE5.

I may even consider trying out 18.04 over Fedora, probably before running back to the warmth of DNF.

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Twitter sues US govt to protect 'Department of Immigration employee' who doesn't like Trump

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Re: About time

Probably annoyed about the illegal nature of the request, and quite rightly took it to court.

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It's not just Elon building bridges to the brain: The Internet of Things is coming to a head

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Re: initially for therapeutic purposes...

I for one look forward to the day when I have a 6.35mm socket in the back of my skull ...

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Pong, anyone? How about Pong on a vintage oscilloscope?

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Awesome

Big respect for all that solder work... I'd give up by joint 20.

I wonder what is the minimum amount of transistors you could get away with building a game of pong from.

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Core Blimey! Azure moving from physical to virtual cores

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What they actually mean is

They are going to start spawning more VM cores than their physical CPUs have.

Bit late to the party, AWS and google have been going it for a while.

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: Zombie! Help! It speaks!

( https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrocute )

Your going to cite merrian-webster?! really?!?

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Drive-by Wi-Fi i-Thing attack, oh my!

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"An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip"

Surely this can only bork the radio, right?

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WONTFIX: No patch for Windows Server 2003 IIS critical bug – Microsoft

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> "only direct exploit is to send it a specially crafted XML"

Even if the sent document doesn't match the schema, the xml parser can still be vulnerable and get owned. In fact xml parsers do not have a very good security history. Especially the microsoft ones.

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"not because of any technical reason"

That's not right though is it. There are good reasons not to use this OS, the least of which being that it's shit. Modern windows does have better protections than 2003.

I can't think of many good reasons why 2003 can't be migrated away from and you'd be nuts to expose it to the internet.

If budget is a concern, use Linux. If you rely on some archaic microsoft technology that is no longer in use, you are doing it wrong, and should re-write your app anyway.

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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Re: Edge

Well, no-one ever said they were at the bleeding err, edge.

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Re: Yay!

And more yay!

I will be happy to ditch those ugly media queries =)

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Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

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Re: a bare-bones web browser that has no JavaScript

try curl

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

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Re: Dual VPN?

Good luck streaming video over that link

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