* Posts by newspuppy

22 posts • joined 1 Nov 2012

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?


Re: 'None of the actors can be taken at face value

The embeding of active/passive components can be traced to the 1980's... and IBM published a paper

( https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jiepeng/2/1/2_1_134/_pdf/-char/en )


Embedding components inside a PCB motherboard or a substrate provides literally a new dimension to achieve the needs of today’s high end electronics manufacturing. Component embedding inside a substrate is not a completely new idea, and several technology approaches have been in development over the years – the first real attempt to commercialize an embedding technology was done by GE in mid 80’s.[1] But only now has the market evolved to accept component-embedding solutions and at the same time the infrastructure has matured to a level where component embedding becomes a commercially viable solution.


so there are no technical obstacles...

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack


Re: The best thing that can be said about IoT...


I prefer the acronym for the Incredibly Disruptive Internet of Things... IDIoT.

Web searching died the day they invented SEO


Looking in all the wrong places..

NASA should simply ask the Russians and Chinese for copies of the documentation......

Rogue PIs found guilty of illegally snagging personal financial info


Very interesting potential backstory... or incredible coincidence...

Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days


Re: "an automated vulnerability-checker that scours kernel code for issues."

Fixed your 'minor' error:

Microsoft uses an advanced, dynamic and slow rapid-learning neural net for this: its customers.

As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms


Re: This is the way to survive....

or better yet.. in a submarine as deep as you can go, as water is a wonderful absorber of gamma rays...

it is postulated that a burst of gamma rays may have caused a mass extinction event on Earth 440 million years ago ( Ordovician extinction event) , when combined, are the second-largest of the five major extinction events in Earth's history in terms of percentage of genera that became extinct—and a similar celestial catastrophe could happen again, according to a 2004 paper ( https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-journal-of-astrobiology/article/did-a-gammaray-burst-initiate-the-late-ordovician-mass-extinction/F37A58C811EB82496CEF6CF989159807 ) . A ten-second burst would have stripped the Earth's atmosphere of half of its ozone almost immediately, exposing surface-dwelling organisms, including those responsible for planetary photosynthesis, to high levels of ultraviolet radiation, killing most everything not deep in the water.

WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims


Re: " accept some responsibility" (guns)


Actually... in the United States... there was a law specifically passed in 2005 to insure gun makers: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, or PLCAA.

Lawmakers passed PLCAA in response to a spate of lawsuits that cities filed against the gun industry in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Those lawsuits often claimed gun-makers or sellers were engaging in "negligent marketing" or creating a "public nuisance."

In 2000, for example, New York City joined 30 counties and cities in suing gun manufacturers, saying manufacturers should have been making their products safer and also better tracking where their products were sold. Manufacturers, one argument at the time went, should stop supplying stores that sell a lot of guns that end up being used in crimes.

In response to these lawsuits, the NRA pushed for the law, which passed in 2005 with support from both Republicans and Democrats. Then-Sen. Clinton voted against it; her current Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders, voted for it.

The law, however, allows for specific cases in which dealers and manufacturers can be held responsible.

Adam Winkler, professor of law at UCLA and author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, in an email to NPR. "The 2005 law does not prevent gun makers from being held liable for defects in their design. Like car makers, gun makers can be sued for selling a defective product. The problem is that gun violence victims often want to hold gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of a properly functioning product."

In other words: If you aim and fire a gun at an attacker, it's doing what it was intended to do. If it explodes while you shoot and hurts you, though, then you can sue the manufacturer. Likewise, if you had told the gun-store owner you planned to commit a crime with that gun, your victim could potentially sue.

At the time that the law passed, the NRA argued that the industry needed the protection, because — unlike carmakers, for example — it did not have the "deep pockets" necessary to fight a slew of lawsuits, as the New York Times reported.

Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor


modem? luxury

a modem you say?

we had punch cards, and one had to reserve time on the card writer. as desperate students we quickly learnt to fix a bad run with razors.

Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'


I already have written software that drives like a human...

And that is the problem... a drunk human stumbling out of a bar, and falling into the seat..... incapable of knowing where they are..... crashing before navigating out of the parking spot....

The saying ... "for s/he is only human" is to imply inherent imperfection.

We need level X... Driving better then the average human. NO humans.... much safer (till it gets hacked, as MOST everyone focuses on solving the problem.. and bolting security as an add on at the end... instead of building in from start, yet that is a rant for another story...).

As to the commenter that said he needs a car.. as he may realize that 10 minutes before closing he is in need of transport to the local shop.... That is what AI is for.. and Event Driven Commerce... The system should know you have no food, you are always last minute... and ... you have not eaten today.. so.. PRESTO.. the goods you just realized you want at your door 10 seconds after you realize that you need to get some grub....

Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...


but.. not an immigration issue.. but drugs...

Thailand is no joke when it comes to drug offenses... Death is the penalty...

So, with assets frozen.. a high profile prisoner and death looming in his face... ?

He would not be able to 'mitigate' the punishment....

Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser


Re: Oregon Trail

5 1/4 floppy? You may be recalling the old apple II.... mac had 3 1/2 inch floppies (actually they were in a hard shell...... and Oregon trail was on both platforms.....

Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'


Who Knew...

that so many El Reg readers were WW II buffs....

thanks @JLV, @Mark 85, @Peter2

As to the concept of having everything centralized? Yea... Brilliantly Stupid... (BS)

The danger of security being an add on, rather then designed in from the start... is that the security can be bypassed.....

The danger is that we have all the brilliant people wanting to work for the "G" company... Not General Dynamics... but Google... so GD gets the people that couldn't get a job elsewhere... or... worse, if they get a smart dedicated guy, he is crushed by the bureaucratic incompetence that passes for infrastructure in GD.

Another issue, is that fresh kids these days are taught using frameworks and other high level concepts... and just miss the details of what is really going on... or... in the case of real life... what FAILS to work reliably.... and ... we have a cascading set of failures....

The good news is when they move to the new version of Windows X (Sorry Windows 10), there shall be no more blue screens... Rumor has it that a bonus depended on the number of blue screens in win X.... so now they are ..... GREEN...... and... BLUE SCREENS are now GONE!

Let me go sailing while the world falls apart..... :(

This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections


Re: I don't fully understand...

Does this logic imply that if I were to link to your story from my blog, (after saying the brilliant author has some interesting points in <THIS> article) I am guilty of copyright infringement?

Do I have to get permission from you to post a link to your story?

Or are some links bad, and liable for copyright infringement, but others that are good for the linkee's business (as they drive traffic) and are not good?

If in real life someone asks me what the sirens are, and I point down the street and say that I believe the Police are responding to a robbery, am I an accessory?

Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot


Loan? What a great deal... Interest free loan... no collateral no income verification.....

Where can I get one?

Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?


The Incredibly Disruptive Internet of Things.... or The I.D.I.o.T... Fridge.

The fridge as envisioned is a problem. Unless we have a cooking robot that can keep track of what we are doing with our inventory we shall simply have an Incredibly Disruptive Internet of Things Fridge.

or an I.D.I.o.T........ Fridge.....

Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium


I can recall one just last September (2013) in NY. A partial decapitation due to RC helicopter pilot error.

daily mail has picts: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2413231/Roman-Pirozek-Jr-Man-decapitates-remote-control-helicopter.html

Dropbox joins Linux patent protection hit squad


cost of fighting is B I L L I O N S of dollars?

Me thinks the finger slipped and hit B instead of M.

The quote "Financial terms of the Microsoft’s agreement with TomTom were not revealed, although the cost of fighting such cases can run into tens of billions of dollars."

I presume the fighting is what gets allocated to each sides attack dogs.....

(Not that Millions fighting such cases is well spent in my opinion.... but... better Millions then Billions.....)

Lone sysadmin fingered for $462m Wall Street crash


Re: Actually reading the findings, A to F on page 4 here the SEC report only blames management.

But as we all know from reading BOFH, while the sysadmin may be at fault, or should have understood the issue... he will always find a fall guy, and in a good anarchist style, insure that the fall guy is in management.

So the SEC sees only what the sysadmin wants them to see...

(and it always is management's fault.... anyway....)

Cold-blooded, INHUMAN visitor hitches ride on NASA moon rocket


But I want to know.. Did he croak?

it was Green, but not a Martian I saw on that rocket.....

WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module








Xerox copier flaw changes numbers in scanned docs



If you read the documentation from XEROX... it claims that on scanning it is a known problem that "Image quality is

acceptable but some quality degradation and character substitution errors may occur with some

originals." page 107 from http://www.cs.unc.edu/cms/help/help-articles/files/xerox-copier-user-guide.pdf

also on page 129 we have the following: "Quality / File Size

The Quality / File Size settings allow you to choose

between scan image quality and file size. These settings

allow you to deliver the highest quality or make smaller

files. A small file size delivers slightly reduced image quality

but is better when sharing the file over a network. A larger

file size delivers improved image quality but requires more

time when transmitting over the network. The options are:

Normal/Small produces small files by using advanced

compression techniques. Image quality is acceptable but some quality degradation and character

substitution errors may occur with some originals."

Of course, for NORMAL it will do substitution.. but what the hell...... It is in the manual.... you do read the manuals, no?

Felix Baumgartner sadly turns out to be blinkered FOOL

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Hear Hear!

+100.... His 'stunt' was more of a 'waste' then a trip to Mars....

Boycott Red Bull till they teach teach the fool....

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