* Posts by Daniel von Asmuth

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One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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What constitutes terrorist material ?

I suppose subversive websites like The Register would count as supporting beer drinking, free software, and other terrorst acts. Will the EU extradite its citizens to the UK for reading it after Brexit?

Yay, we got a B for maths. Literally, a bee: Little nosy nectar nerds smart enough to add, abstract numbers

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Apicial Mellificense

Swarm Computing is the wave of the future., just beware of the bugs.

Nearline disk drive demand dip dropkicks Seagate: How deep is the trough, how deep is the trough?

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Trump? Yes, we can!

Let's make Data Big again and pray Venezuela will pay for them.

Intel to finally scatter remaining ashes of Itanium to the wind in 2021: Final call for doomed server CPU line

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Is there life after Intel's death?

Has the 80x86 range been pulled off life support yet?

Iceland starts planning for new undersea internet cable to Europe

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Re: The Internet treats Brexit as damage and routes around it

A cable from Iceland through the UK to Ireland? May May put a backstop to that!

Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020

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Re: Good Riddance

As long as we get a free upgrade to IE6.

The Apple Mac is 35 years old. Behold the beige box of the future

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The Titanic of the computer industry

The worst day of my career was when I first set eyes on an Apple MacIntosh. It had a pointless video game called 'desktop' and no command prompt, so you had to write a program instead of typing a command. Ther hardware was mostly crap except for the powerful CISC processor.

Intel boss: Expect chip shortages into mid-2019, stumbling server processor sales this year

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Fishy chip shortage

So we are told that PC sales declined iin 2018 because the Krzanich factory could not crank out enough cores?

In the server segment there should be ample competetion from ARM, IBM, Fujitsu-Oracle, MIPS, etc.

World's favourite open-source PDF interpreter needs patching (again)

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I ain't afraid of no ghosts

It apears there are several forks of the Ghostscript interpreter now, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostscript

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

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Re: Workstations

I guess 10 K$ was really cheap, for not something for the rest of us. People at the time thought that windoews were the wave of the future. What was the MacIntosh but as Lisa Mini that was useful for nothing in particular, considering some bozo thourght it a good idea to integrate the tiny B/W screen into the case and provide no expansion slots (at leat Apple ][ had eight).

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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From Holland with herring

The other side of the Little Pond has announced the passing away of the premier ISP Xs4All, which was founded by a the people of Hack-Tic in Amsterdam.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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BRexit? EUthanasia!

These boys are quite unknown in the Low Countries.

The EU has been subject to two advisory national referenda in the Nehterlands. Twice did the majority vote against the EU. Twice did the government listen to the people and decide against them. Because of the resulting discontent, the government has abolished further referenda on the grounds that what the people want is undemocratic.

On the first day of Christmas, MIPS sent to me: An open-source-ish alternative to RISC-V

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Re: Interesting

Could we ask HPE to Open Source their AXP architecture?

An Instruction Set Arrchitecture is repaltively simple. It is de tailed design of processors like R10000 that is muh more omplex, so the argument that it has been proven in practice makes sense. So you're allowed to make your own 'implementattion' of their ISA. But then, their hardware design is protected by numerous patents....

Guess if you own a fab, you could just buy SGI.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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The PCI

Regheads will assume that I mean the Peripheral Component interconnect from Intel, when it could also be the Partita Communista Italiano.

I would say that the world seems to be going to hell, just like it usually does. Whose advice would you rather follow, Jesus Christ, the Dalai Lama, Bill & Melinda Gates, Marx or May?

Half of all the good guys and the bad guys are now online, just like we hoped hey would. That the Internet is a den of thieves, fake news, peddlers of religion and viagra should come as no suprise. Most of the threat to tthe net comes from politicians and do-gooders who would clean the webs.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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Re: Ban a system that works and is malware free*...

Some political decisions cost human lives.

And the next 7nm laptop processor will be designed by In, er, AM, um, Qualcomm: The 64-bit Arm Snapdragon 8CX

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Re: CX

Cellular eXtension?

Shall we have AI judging UK court cases? Top beak ponders the future

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Re: Artificial Intelligence?

The 17th Century was the apex of the modern era. The start date of the postmodern era is disputed; I wouuld suggest around 1970.

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Who needs justice anyway?

Court cases can be decided with Divine Intelligence, such as tossing a sterling coin. Heads up, the defendant hangs, tails, he is not guilty.

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Re: Let the comments begin...

How practical is nudity in the scorching Aussie summer sun?

US told to quit sharing data with human rights-violating surveillance regime. Which one, you ask? That'd be the UK

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Re: I couldn't help wondering...

Hear Hear. Today Albion stands accused of non-compliance with EU law, come April Fools Day it may have left the Contintental Communautarity altogether.

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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what the people want

What? No sequels to Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck cartoons?!

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Re: Got Linux?

OpenVMS or Multics, that's the question.

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Re: "There are plenty of good freeware email clients out there."

There are Elm and Mutt. How many more do you need.

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Re: WTF?

Isn't it time for the used to start a union and demand better pay?

France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that

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Re: Strange bedfellows here...

Russia, China and America are still the superpowers and more or less at war with each other, so some rules for cyberwarfare would come in handy, such as a rule not to damage routers in neutral countries and not to cause to blow up nuclear reactors.

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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What surprises me is that somewhere there's an installation of Windows ME that "works".

The Rovyal Navy sank the mighty German U-boot fleet and the Spanish Armada. Apparently they also conquered ME and MacIntosh.

"almost nobody has access to the ship’s CD/DVD-RW drives"

I wonder to how many knots those drives propel her forward.

Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way

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Re: Hydrogen is a *good* coolant

It makes a difference if those intergalactic gas clouds consist of atomic or molecular hydrogen. I suspect the former to make a poor coolant - lacking vibration and rotation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstellar_cloud

Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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Parma Chameleon - Penicillium Culture Club

Major Tomme (A Cheese Orgy) - David Browie

In the Rocquefort-free World - Neil Young

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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A lean, mean machine that nobody understands

That would do nothing useful, but people might vote it into the White House.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: Your non-Brits wouldn't qualify

Discrimination! Just because James Clerk Maxwell was born in Scotland! he still tops those britons (except Newton).

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Re: A logical choice...

Bertr& Russell \/ nobody.

Heart Internet stops beating, starts Monday with big portion of FAIL

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The blitz was worse

Parts of the Internet are still working - even the Register website is accessible from Europe.

In memoriam: See you in Valhalla, Skype Classic. Version 8 can never replace you

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Re: A new graveyard?

There have been rumuors of Microsoft embracing open Source and even GNU/Linux. Redmond might show its love by opening the source for Skype Classic.

PortSmash attack blasts hole in Intel's Hyper-Threading CPUs, leaves with secret crypto keys

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A hyped threat

One gets the impression that this problem can be avoided by modifying the OS scheduler such that if it allocates two threads to a core, those threads must belong to the same process. That would also be nicer for the cache.

Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

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£ 1 goes far enough

You can take a coin, toss it towards the heavens and if it falls back onto the earth with its head up, the refugee may enter the Euil Empire, tails tell (s)he will be taken to the throne of Trump.

Cray's pre-exascale Shasta supercomputer gets energy research boffins hot under collar

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Re: Super Cooled Rush

National Energy Research Department buys A.I. supercomputer that will research its own energy consumption.

Far Cray? Yes, we can make America great hot jungle again.

Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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Re: What's 2.7 lbs in real money?

£ 2.70 = $ 3.43 (at today's exchange rates)

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Re: Well it will look so stylish...

Apple MacBook FreshAir ProBlemo - sounds cool!

Yer a solicitor, 'arry! Indian uni takes cues from 'Potterverse' to teach students law

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Justice and law according to JKR

“Are you planning to follow a career in Magical Law, Miss Granger?” asked Scrimgeour.

“No, I’m not,” retorted Hermione. “I’m hoping to do some good in the world!”

Excuse me, but have you heard the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Chr-AI-st?

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Re: Accuracy

Holy Computer! We can only assume the inventors not only put their AI through not just rigorous Turing and IQ tests and university exams, but also ascertained that its soul was in a state of grace and if it could *accurately* communicate with the Lord of Hosts through prayer.

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Nobody expects the spanish inquisition!

" the governments also controlled the religion"

Actually, no. Many rulers of yore have controlled religions to increase their power, sometimes claiming divinity for themselves.

"There is only one religion that can be interpreted as calling for the takeover of all the Earth by whatever means necessary. "

Yes, that is the God of Moses, Abraham, Jesus & Mohammed. Popes were the only religious leaders to control governments, instead of the other way around.

UK.gov should spend more on AI, bleat VCs and consultants. Oh? Why's that then?

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The UK should spend more on higher education

There are millions of young smartphones who want to pursue their deep machine learning.

P.S. I apologise for the way our Majesty has chastised the British people and their elected government for their plans to exit the theatre called EU.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Im sure theres only one reason why a tourist would visit that town...

"What about the people who live in Sussex? or Essex or any of the US States that have a Sussex County or Middlesex County or Essex County?"

What about Sexbierum in Friesland?

Google's motto used to be "do no evil"; is "make money, not love'"an improvement?

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Same trick, new pony

The IBM 801 is supposed to have been the first RISC processor, back in 1980.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_801

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Re: Worth the RISC

Porcessor architecture stopped mattering around 1995. The future is in application-specific chip designs and coprocessors.

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Re: @AC...Stop Press!

"There are a lot of things that the Mac gets right."

Let's guess: CISC processors, lots of RAM, SCSI discs, Apple Desktop Bus, Ethertalk port, VGA display, Postscript Laserjet, NuBus. Apple got a few things right (including firing Jobs), but SUN did them better.

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Re: Stop Press!

I'm half expecting Apple to drop the MacIntosh family of microcomputers. Switching from Intel to ARM may be a good idea today,, but by 2020, Intel's new 7 nm EUV process will make Chipzilla great again.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: What about the stuff that the EU doesn't want?

Does this Windows still come with the mandatory screen where the luser can choose whether to install Opera, Firefox, Chrome, or Edge Explorer?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is worth 154 median minions

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1 Nadella = 154 µserfs

It was computed by Excel, therefore it must be true.

Microsoft reveals xlang: Cross-language, cross-compiler and coming to a platform near you

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Only Microsoft can kill Windows (Win32)

Once upon a time on the far shore of the ocean, there was PC-DOS and it was hand-crufted in glorious assembly language. Then came Win16, which supported C and Pascal, Followed by Win32 and Win64, which mostly supported C. Like Prince Charles, Windows .NET and C# are the designated successor in waiting (or was that Midori?), and now in the name of ESR, Redmond wants you to switch to C++ anda new OS API. (where is the documentation for the NT kernel?)

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