* Posts by Sil

345 posts • joined 2 Jun 2010

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

Sil

The PC industry sure needed Surface to remind them how innovation looked like

Microsoft needed Surface because PC makers were not innovating, still focused on selling crap with horrible hard drives and HD screens at the same time smartphones took off and tablets were introduced.

Then they tried to sell horrible tablets too. with crappy hardware, horrible design, no autonomy.

Surface showed them that touch could be interesting, that pen could be interesting, that 2 in 1 could be interesting and that good build quality and design could sell.

The only problem with Surface is that they went from premium pricing to extortion pricing, and customers did not follow.

I hope Microsoft will come down to earth and offer more realistic pricing, because while PC makers did tremendous progress, I fear they'll get complacent again.

I was very satisfied with the RT, the SP3 & the Surface Book. Like any products, the Surface products can't be everything to all people. However, they are damn fine and unique products if you have a need for it. I absolutely could use a Surface Studio if the pricing wasn't that elitist.

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

Sil

Male dolls

The women are the first buyers of sex toys, most popular category being the 'intimate massagers'.

The potential for male doll sales to females customers seems high.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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The market is big enough

The iPhone X is unremarkable for its price, but Apple can count on enough fanboys & girls as well as people purchasing a status symbol first, and a phone second, just like the 1k5 Hermes Apple Watch.

I would worry more about the iPhone 8 and 8+, which don't seem to generate a lot of buzz, even among Apple's customers, as far as I can see.

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Microsoft says it won't fix kernel flaw: It's not a security issue. Suuuure

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In the article

Update 9/9 4:50 PM ET:

Given the recent attention to this post, we’ll release the 2nd part very soon. It details a workaround for this bug, again, NOT A VULNERABILITY.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Same in France

I've checked for France: the delta is 37 % between Facebook's promised reach and INSEE's population numbers.

One would need 2 millions non resident 18-24 tourists in France, at any time, for Facebook numbers to sound right.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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It wasn't a procurement disaster, an error at most. Pricewise, a 640XL costs at least 6 times less than an iPhone. So One year of 640XL = 2 months of iPhones, and that's with undiscounted public prices.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

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Re: Big egos make bad code.

No one is blaming the checker for finding real faults in others' code.

The question is, can you check code and hold people responsible for their bad code, while being decent and not unnecessarily virulent, foul mouthed or offensive about it.

The question is, how many good devs did Linux loose, or will never have, based on Linus' insistence on behaving like a non-educated three years old.

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Azure security boss tells sysadmins to harden up and properly harden Windows Server

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Do you really think admins for other OSes are magically better and do less security-related mistakes ?

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Microsoft won't patch SMB flaw that only an idiot would expose

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If boxes on the internal network are compromised and there are insider threats, a SMB v1 bug is the least of your worries.

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Inside the ongoing fight to stamp out govt-grade Android spyware

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Re: "to target older versions of Android that are no longer being patched "

Don't forget that Google refuses to cater to the security of N-2 & older versions of Android.

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Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

Sil

No sure why you repeat IBM infotisement as is.

Clearly as sentence on encryption such as

"This is 18x faster than compared x86 systems (that today only focus on limited slices of data) and at just five percent of the cost of compared x86-based solutions "

is absolutely retarded, with zero indication of what is compared to what, nor of methodology: just a paid-for study that isn't even available through hyperlinks.

The rest of the press release is of the same caliber.

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Guess who doesn't have to pay $1.3bn in back taxes? Of course it's fscking Google

Sil

A shame

As a French citizen, I am ashamed and disgusted by this decision.

It is high time France, EU & OECD put their fiscal house into order and bar multinationals from gaming the system and defrauding countries of their rightful share of taxes.

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Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

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SOHO needs these capacities + replacement for RAID

If the price is right, these could be very interesting for SOHO.

Then one needs to forget about RAID and enter in the modern age of erasure coding and object storage: any one of you aware of an affordable solution ?

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

Sil

You conveniently forgot to convey that Intel discovered the bogue a long time ago, and began pushing its microcode fix to OEMs and system builders in April 2017.

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Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

Sil

Not aware of any Office 365 email scanning, save for viruses and such.

Any sources to confirm it?

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Re: They won't scan for ads personalization...

I agree.

It clearly stops short of promising not to scan the emails.

They simply won't be scanned for advertising purposes.

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Facebook gives itself mission to 'bring the world closer' by getting people off Facebook

Sil

Zuck says <> Zuck does

Zuck Says: Gift humanity with the power of building communities

Zuck does: embed as many fake news and as many adverts as possible

Zuck Says: Facebook is the best place for devs with a vision

Zuck Does: our vision is to steal any Snap feauture within 24 hours on all our properties: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, ...

Zuck Says: We'll cure all illnesses within 100 years

Zuck Does: dream on

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OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset

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Re: 5%

You don't find 5 % substantial, but seeing a chart with a name on top, won't you get influenced by the ranking ?

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Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

Sil

Intel's Problem in Chief = CEO

The problem was not ARM.

It was too little too late too expensive and no big push.

Brian Krzanic will be remembered as the man who single handedly destroyed Intel, diversifying beyond reason, always looking for the glitzy press conference, and never standing by its offerings for more than a minute or two.

Why would you trust Intel for anything new ? Program after program gets deleted after 2-5 years: mobile processors, Edison, Joule, Galileo.

Have you ever tried to order an Edison or an IoT kit from Intel and its partners ?

There is no support whatsoever behind technologies that could have become something, such as RealSense - just look at how many new laptops use Windows Hello's camera recognition.

What's happening to Knights Landing? Where is the big push? Where is Intel fiercely battling NVIDIA and soon AMD for a piece of the cake ?

Even SSDs, can you remember years ago when Intel had a very strong position in the enterprise with the G2 ?

Instead, we get crap gadgets, from wearable computers to dancing drone shows, where Intel's added value is highly questionable, musicians as ambassadors or whatever, decimated marketing personnel.

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

Sil

Not sure there is a problem, most systems at least predefine the original weights, which may change dynamically, since you can spare a lot of time this way.

Also I was under the impression that the overwhelming majority of such systems were given the rules of the game they were trying to beat, not discover them. Wasn't it the case with Deep Blue and Alpha Go ?

Or did they really learn everything the way you describe Space Invader learning ?

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

Sil

Re: Apple vs Google vs Microsoft

Apple is a hardware company ? What's the most profitable, most growing source of income for Apple ?

Please stop with the old stories about MSFT, do you think that the ~~ 400 millions Windows 10 users, not counting the hundreds of millions of Windows 7 users have nothing else to do than bear ill will ?

Then Windows 10 has been a free upgrade for years, way to go to sell expensive licences, and Microsoft does not want you to buy software, they want you to purchase a subscription, just like the whole industry.

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IBM warns itself of possible outages in lab shift screw-up

Sil

Re: And yet IBM are selling their expertise in Cloud

Yep, isn't the cloud supposed to almost completely mitigate downtime in this kind of situation? Perhaps the IBM Cloud is too expensive for IBMers.

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The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

Sil

Why is it bad news for Microsoft?

Azure runs lots of Linux, and this doesn't impact its linux servers in the cloud business.

For corporates who prefer Windows Server 2016, Microsoft offers two types of containerization with two types of isolation tradeoffs.

And everything is Docker friendly.

Last but not least, cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure (& AWS: Lambda) have been hyping serverless apps for quite some time. If successful, this would limit the need for both VMs and containers.

Indeed, at least from a conceptual point of view, serverless apps do seem the logical next step in cloud computing:

Why bother managing physical servers -> Why bother managing virtual servers -> Why bother managing containers

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

Sil

There's a life outside of mobile

So basically everything is lost because it's not mobile ?

I disagree.

It may take time, but people will come back to (or most of them discover and embrace) the personal computer, because

A. nowadays it's cheaper than a smartphone and

B. It is the better form factor for many use cases.

The video editing software is a good example. Perhaps you took most of your videos with your phones, but it sure is easier/better to edit it on a bigger screen with a mouse, a keyboard and perhaps a stylus.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

Sil

MQA is a joke

MQA is a joke, insofar as Meridian refuses to explain anything about it, providing us instead with ample marketing bs. Not asking for the patented details/industry secrets but a few scientific hints.

Kind of reminds me of devialet in this sense, the two companies should merge.

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Apple leaks new thinner, lighter iPad ... revenues

Sil

Great title

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Controlled remote access reviews of Optane SSD give qualified yes

Sil

Seems very slow. A reboot of Windows on my Samsung 950 Pro SSD takes a few seconds. Granted, the price point isn't the same.

I've never seen the appeal of hybrid storage since nowadays SSDs are cheap enough that you can purchase a whole SSD for boot/system/main apps and a traditional HD for data, a much more satisfying choice.

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PC sales are up across Europe. You read that right. PC sales are up

Sil

If memory servers, the PC sales in Europe were down 6,9 % in Q1 2017.

Who are we supposed to believe.

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Intel loses its Lustre – Chipzilla bins own-brand HPC file system

Sil

Re: Intel bailing on programs

Not so sure about that.

It could be argued that young people will end up yearning for bigger screens and more practical form factors than smartphones and tiny tablets, and that a huge part of the world population never had a chance to use a PC so they don't know what they are missing yet.

If they want to give VR or augmented reality a try, this will happen on PCs, not on mobile devices that don't have the processing power.

On the business side, many people will still need computers - or have you ever tried to write a presentation or a document longer than a page on a phone ?

Finally, while it's true you can perfectly use 10 years old computers, should you want to spare energy and heat, you'll purchase something newer, and very cheap at that.

What's true is that if Intel can't increase the performance of its desktop/notebook processors fast enough, people will keep their computers much longer, and the era of replacing a computer every 2-3 years is gone.

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

Sil

Re: Edge

To be fair, CSS Grid is still a candidate recommendation, not an approved standard.

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Malware infecting Androids somewhere in the supply chain

Sil

Re: Flake

That's the theory.

In practice, do you have the time and the know how to check hundreds of thousand of files for integrity and hidden malevolent code?

Even being a formidable programmer doesn't mean you can spot highly technical security fails and/or devious code written by people with time and means to not appear as suspect.

Assuming you do, can you spare the time, each and every time a file has been changed in the Android repository ?

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Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold

Sil

Like it

I like Vivaldi very much, use it often, but I went back to Edge, mostly for 2 reasons:

- it does not support touch well;

- it does not play well with many sites when using an ad blocker: it becomes unresponsive, on generally has to select another tab or make the windows small then expand it, to be able to scroll again, click on a link, ... Somehow, I don't have the same problems with Google Chrome & the same ad blocker.

In the mean time, Edge has improved a lot, and while its still missing features, it's highly useable.

Vivaldi is still my goto browser for viewing 4K videos, since I assume Google is making it so that Edge is limited to 1440p.

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Dear Microsoft – a sysadmin's wishlist

Sil

"Never again should we submit to the tyranny of WinSXS's exponential growth, nor some remnant application interfering with a new one."

Yes please.

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Oracle effectively doubles licence fees to run its stuff in AWS

Sil

Re: Acquiring customers for Oracle's cloud?

Yes but contrary to removing an audio port, it will take real courage for executives to switch to another SGBD, even if it makes sense, as corporate sharks will use any issue occurring during the transition to torpedo the careers of the executives in charge.

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IBM's SoftLayer is having a meltdown – and customers aren't happy

Sil

Re: Thank you for calling IBM technical support.

Well done!

Are you an ex IBM employee by any chance ;-)

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Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

Sil

Is it an OS ?

Am I mistaken or is Pixel OS nothing more than yet another unix distro ? What's so exciting about another debian distro on the PC or the Mac, two environments where hundreds of distro are already available ?

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

Sil

Not an assertion by the US intelligence agencies

This isn't an assertion by the US intelligence agencies.

This is only an assertion by the CIA.

The FBI does not agree, for lack of proof. Same for the ODNI.

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Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

Sil

Admittedly a small sample, but no problem in France with 1 fibre isp, 1 cable 1 isp & 1 satellite ISP with about 50 Windows 10 machines.

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Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

Sil

Only when I must

I'm using Linus on the desktop only when I must, such as when a piece of software isn't available on Windows yet.

What puts me off is - and I understand that other people will have an opposite view - is that nothing is standard, and you can't assume what works on a distri will work on another, from package manager to UI and so forth.

So when testing some open source software, you basically have to install a specific distro, a specific hypervisor, a specific container and on and on, unless you're willing to spend hours and hours adapting it, just for the fun of utilizing the distro you already installed.

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Google drops a zero-day on Microsoft: Web giant goes public with bug exploited by hackers

Sil

Re: Google is as much nice with Microsoft...

Edge isn't affected on Windows 10 anniversary (more than 77% of Win10 installs)

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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

Sil

Intel isn't responsible for the years of underwhelming -in spite of recurring hyperbolic marketing - AMD processors and GPU offerings.

Once again, it disappoints with high end GPUs, although it's successful in the medium category.

Let's hope the Zen processors are as good as AMD say they are, and let's hope the contract change with Global Foundries is positive for AMD.

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

Sil

Re: Wonder if they are any better at butchering stats?

I read it like this:

Of the people that fall for the tricks:

50 % are millenials

34 % are 35-54

17 % are 55+

Total: 101 %

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

Sil

Re: Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Leaving the EU and reneging on the ECHR are two very distinct things.

The ECHR involves 47 countries, including Russia.

I don't think the UK will find many countries willing to even trade with it, or negociate with it on any matter of importance, should it not respect this fundamental international treaty.

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Facebook Yarn's for your JavaScript package

Sil

Re: and.

'How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016' is so funny - or sad depending on your perspective.

I was wondering what all these Web engineers did, whereas we still have the same horrible web pages as 10 years ago, perhaps even worse with badly implemented infinite scrollling.

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Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

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Re: Linux has facilitated the cituation he is lamenting about

I'm really not sure why Microsoft sometimes only go half the way.

Windows RT did work really well, and the experience on Office on a Surface 2 is pretty impressive for an ARM-based 2 Gb RAM tablet.

If Microsoft did not lock RT and enabled devs to recompile their apps easily, or offered some kind of x86 emulation or on the fly translation (like the Windows Ubuntu subsystem), maybe Windows on ARM would be a reality.

The same happened with Windows NT which used to be truly multiplatform. After having invested so much in hardware abstraction, why throw it away so fast ? I understand that the user base was much smaller than x86, but sometimes you just need to give it a little time. And Microsoft has/had the financial means to be patient.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

Sil

When you're incapable of finding the cause of a FalconX explosion with any level of certainty, planning to go to mars in 2022 seems such a joke. Just like thinking you can eradicate all illnesses with 3 bn by 2100.

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

Sil

And the value of products that are exhibited in stores is much less than the value of new unopened ones.

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iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

Sil

Re: It isn't enough for the ARM to match i5 perofrmance

The PPC transition was not smooth at all and took years and all the loyalty of Apple's customers.

I highly doubt switching ARM for Intel is as easy as changing a compiler flag or offering a fat binary in the App Store, even if opting for very limited legacy support.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Sil

Re: What's the problem really?

Yes it matters a lot, don't think for a moment that location information is only useful to law enforcement agencies. There are so many ways in which location information can be abused and exploited to cause real damage.

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Re: Does the app...

In many countries MacDonald's is the fastest free Wi-Fi you can get on average.

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