* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past

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Irradiation in the early solar system

There might have been something energetic in the area at the time, like a supernova or neutron star. Having something energetic in the area (along with all the gravity it brings) might be what is needed to cause the gases to begin to accrete to form a new star and solar system in the first place.

Australians almost immune from ransomware, topping lists for data safety

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Maybe they just ignore ransomware threats

If you live with the daily reality that putting on your shoes without checking them can kill you, are you really going to be scared of an emailed threat by some internet loser?

The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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Re: DNS Terror

As I posted above, you'll never get everyone to agree on a new gTLD system and who runs it. You'd end up with a balkanized system but since they'd still need to point to ICANN roots for .com, .net., .org, and CC TLDs for obvious reasons so everyone would go on using those and nothing is really changed.

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Re: Playing with fire

Nothing, except for the fact that you could never get "engineers around the world" to agree on one single new gTLD system and who runs it. ICANN is a terrible solution, but it may be the least worse of the possible alternatives.

If engineers around the world bypassed ICANN, we'd have a dozen different gTLD systems within a year and since they'd all still have to point to ICANN roots for .com, .net, .org and country specific TLDs they'd be the lowest common denominator so that's all anyone would use. Which defeats the purpose of this hypothetical engineer led revolt against ICANN...

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shia.islam

If you're going to relegate them to a subdomain, why have .islam at all? They can be shia.com or shia.org or shia.ir already.

They would want .islam (as would the Sunnis) because they think they are the true Muslims, and the others are heretics, or at least misguided.

Imagine if someone wanted to create a .christianity TLD. Who gets control of it, the born agains, the Presbyterians, the Lutherans? I guess the Catholics are out of the running for .christianity since they already have their own - but at least since they all recognize the Pope there's a central authority they'd agree is justified in controlling stuff like a .catholic TLD. There's no central authority over Islam any more than there's a central authority over Christianity.

So I think ICANN is justified here - better to keep it "on hold" indefinitely since there's no right decision about who gets .islam.

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Re: Dear ICANN,

Why would Disney corporation be entitled to .disney? There are people with that last name who might have a stake in that, I would think. I suppose if it comes down to "who is willing to pay" then the six digit fees for creating a new TLD would tend to guarantee it is the mouse house that gets it but is that how we want to do things?

A TLD is effectively a worldwide trademark for a name covering EVERY line of business. Apple had to pay Apple Records to get involved in the music business, but there are enough other businesses named Apple so they truly never get "clean title" to a .apple domain. Heck even NYC might have wished to be https://big.apple!

Only companies with totally made up names that were trademarked early on, like say Facebook, would be eligible for TLDs. The only way the rest could get involved would be if you simply make it an auction, but did we want the company with the deepest pockets (at the time, because Apple may be huge now but 20 years ago many thought they wouldn't survive to see Y2K) to get the TLD?

Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

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Re: Suspicous

Common sense reform proposals never pass congress. Either you have lobbyists getting involved and watering it down so much it is meaningless, or wanna-be do gooders who don't think it goes far enough insert amendments so extreme they doom its passage.

Pentagon 'do not buy' list says нет to Russia, 不要 to Chinese code

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Re: Protectionism vs. security

If it was protectionism, they would ban all non-US sources rather than just two countries. It isn't as if Russia is a big exporter anyway - their economy is the size of Italy's, so it won't cause any real change in behavior other than no more Kaspersky.

It is the ban on China that will have a big impact, especially since a lot of companies based in other countries are selling stuff with their logo and a few tweaks to firmware to claim it as their own that's just white label Chinese. Try and find IP CCTV cameras that aren't made by Chinese companies like Hikvision and running their firmware, for instance. Even if you "buy American" you still get Chinese.

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Re: Cameras are a trade off

Well phones have two cameras, that's hardly enough to be a jack of all trades. Maybe it will be like razors and we'll see phones with three, four, five and more cameras someday (I await the SNL parody this fall of a new phone that's covered in so many cameras you have to hold it by the edges to take a picture)

I'm sure Sony would love a future where flagship phones have a half dozen cameras...

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Cameras are a trade off

That's why you see "best X" from one phone, "best Y" from another and so on. You aren't going to get the best low light, best contrast, best portraits, best zoom, best macro, etc. all from one phone.

Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Apparently the button is behind a flap in the overhead console

So it would be trivial to trigger if you were in the passenger seat while the owner was driving it - they probably wouldn't notice you doing that, and if they did you could say you were trying to open the sunroof or seeing if it had a built in garage door opener transmitter.

Not only could you use that to activate the system, you could deactivate it - i.e. if a parking lot attendant wanted to take it for a joyride it wouldn't be trackable. Seems like it would also be the first thing a thief would do before driving off with it - if you push it in for 10 seconds you deactivate the tracking. If the tracking isn't enabled, pushing the button won't do anything because you have to do the online setup first for that work.

Kind of defeats the purpose of being able to track a stolen car if the thief can override the tracking with such a simple method!

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This capability is fraught with danger

Getting into someone's car to push a button for 10 seconds isn't a high bar at all if you know the person. Ever ride in someone's car and they leave their car for a moment to go inside their house for something they forgot, run to a restroom at a gas station, etc.? You can press that button then. Ever visit someone's house and they leave you alone for a few minutes while they are in the bathroom, taking an important call, dealing with a crying child? If they keep their car in a garage, it is almost certainly unlocked and you can press the button and return before they're done and none the wiser. Most stalkers are known to their victims, not strangers...

There needs to be some security around this process greater than physical access that allows you to press a button. At the very least they need to provide a method where the owner can disable this capability permanently, and not have it be trivially re-enabled without their knowledge because someone pressed a button. If I owned one of these cars, I'd be googling right now trying to figure out who to talk to about a class action lawsuit.

Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports

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Re: Makes no sense

I thought cooperating with Trump and/or Russia by timing the release of stolen emails to hurt Clinton's campaign is what brought it into disrepute, except amongst Trump and his supporters.

Not saying it shouldn't have leaked those emails once it had them - Wikileaks wasn't responsible for the hacking. But in the past they leaked what they had without regard to political effect - they'd just dump what they had and the political chips would fall where they may. That went away in 2016, it was repeatedly timed to damage Hillary and distract from bad news about Trump.

Either they hated Hillary that much (which is understandable given that she wanted to prosecute them for the state department cables leak, but still no excuse for them to go political) or they have been effectively taken over by Russians or right wingers.

'Prodigy' chip moonshot gets hand from Arm CPU guru Prof Steve Furber

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Normally I would discount such a thing out of hand

But they have a pretty impressive lineup of people involved, so while I'm still skeptical of such grand claims at least it isn't simply a scam.

Boffins: Mixed-signal silicon can SCREAM your secrets to all

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Seems unlikely CE products will ever secure against this

They'd have to either add shielding, which adds cost/weight, or add some extraneous computation (the "execute both sides of a branch and throw away what you don't need" type of strategy) which has its own set of problems.

Unfortunately a lot of key computation is in dedicated circuits, so unless you design your own you are reliant on what others sell. Good luck getting cutthroat vendors to spend extra money to defend against something like this. At least not until there is a high profile case of it being exploited in the wild.

Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

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Devil

Only 28?

Surely that's the number of innocent members of congress. Maybe there's a signed/unsigned error in Amazon's recognition system?

NXP becomes N-nixed-P, Apple snubs Qualcomm modems for Intel chips

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Re: Yes but...

Apple acquired a lot of LTE patents from Nortel's bankruptcy sale, so they aren't without cellular IP but they haven't (as far as I know) actively doing any research into that area so they wouldn't have anything for 5G.

They've been trying to get software SIMs approved by the 3GPP for years with no luck - it is basically owned by the wireless carriers who have strong incentives to not make it any easier for people to switch carriers or save money by having a phone choose a "SIM" with the lowest cost for a particular location. Without that approval, carriers don't have to support it so they'd sitll have to support physical SIMs (though virtual + one physical SIM might be a good way to support dual SIM without two physical slots)

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Re: Yes but...

The security holes come from the software, not the hardware which is basically just a DSP on steroids, so if they had control of the software they could make it secure (well, they could try, but no software that complex will ever be bug free...)

The choice of Intel wouldn't have been "oh Qualcomm leaves in backdoors, let's go with Intel because they don't" it was more "Qualcomm used to be our only option for a standalone baseband, now Intel is in the game too".

There have been rumors they've been talking to HiSilicon, who doesn't have a standalone baseband today, but would presumably be willing to offer one if sold at Apple's purchase volumes (even if only for the Chinese market, and their special TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA flavors) HiSilicon also might be willing to license the IP, giving them another alternative if Intel proves unwilling to do so at a price Apple considers reasonable.

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Re: Yes but...

There are rumors that Apple is working on its own modems, but that would take them a few years. At least if they wait it will be a bit less difficult because they'd only need to support LTE & 5G, and they could ignore 2G/3G stuff.

I'm not sure it makes sense for Apple to design the chips themselves, what they really want is to license the IP. That would allow them to build the modem into their SoC to reduce cost / power draw, and allow them to control the software so they can remove any backdoors that Qualcomm may have set aside for spooks to do bad things to phones over the air (I say "may have" because it is known there are some serious security shortcomings in Qualcomm's baseband, but whether that's accidental or deliberate isn't known...)

Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

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Re: That conclusion seems a bit fast to me

Its easy to be definite because by the time we actually dig 1.5 km under the Martian pole the guys who said "its definite" will quite likely be dead.

Quantum, Linux and Dynamics: That's the week at Microsoft, not a '70s prog rock band

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Powershell on Linux

Is as dumb as bash on Windows. I know bash and don't know Powershell, but if I had to write scripts that would be long lived and supported for Windows machines, I'd either learn enough Powershell to get the job done or (this would be my first option) hand it to a Windows guy who already knows it. I'd only use bash on Windows if I was writing some quick and dirty scripts for my use alone.

Using bash on Windows or Powershell on Linux just leaves a future support headache as you reduce the audience of people who are able to understand/modify the scripts, and you have a special environment that needs special handling rather than being a native part of the OS like bash on Linux or Powershell on Windows.

In fact I had this dilemma years ago when I was writing scripts to extract/massage data off DMX arrays all over the world. The tools were installed on Windows boxes at some sites, and the path of least resistance was to install an SSH server on them with certificate login allowed from a single host (approved by security after countless meetings I was billing a lot for :)) and created a VM as a Linux scripting host. It used ssh to grab the data it needed from Linux & Windows hosts, and scripts were processed in Linux.

On Android, US antitrust can go where nervous EU fears to tread

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Would separating the ads business really work?

Let's say Google was broken up between Google Search/Ads and Google Everything Else.

So Google Everything Else has Android and wants to monetize it. Who is going to have the deep pockets to pay them to put in their search? There's only one real competitor left, and it is owned by another monopoly. Who has the biggest ad business that's got the best targeting? Google has already grown so dominant it is hard to see how it could be feasibly broken up in a way that would create new competition that doesn't exist today.

It would be like breaking up Amazon, do you force it to separate along product lines, thereby creating multiple monopolies in various product families? Do you break out AWS, and if you do what exactly does that accomplish that makes it easier for others to compete in selling books, streaming music or auto parts online? How does it improve the competitive position of Google or Microsoft's cloud (and is weakening one monopoly only to strength another even worth the effort?)

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Re: Breaking up AT&T worked so well

But no longer has a nationwide monopoly on telephone service (or cellular telephone service, or internet service, or TV)

The only remaining monopoly it has is on landline telephone service for a good chunk of the US, but a monopoly on landline service isn't exactly a valuable asset in 2018. So even though some of the former Baby Bells ended up coming back together under AT&T and Verizon, the breakup did what it was intended to do. It created competition in the telephone market.

Had that breakup not happened, it wouldn't have been until the rise of reasonably priced nationwide cellular service that could widely replace landline service - a decade ago at best - that consumers would have a way out from under their thumb. And that assumes they wouldn't have set up roadblocks preventing cellular operators from connecting to the PSTN. Ditto for businesses trying to escape via VOIP.

The breakup of Baby Bells was probably pointless, the big one was unbundling long distance service.

No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

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Re: What are they waiting for

I'll bet some of these "air gapped" systems have a modem or possibly a leased line connected to a private network (the beancounter says "air gapped from the internet is good enough, right?")

Air gapped systems still need to be supported, which implies something gets access to them at some point. You could say "fine, everything that touches them has to be air gapped" but that's reductio ad absurdum.

A vendor creates a software update, intending to deliver it to the air gapped customer systems. How do they get that software update off their non-gapped developer machines onto an air gapped system in a 100% secure manner. Answer: you can't. They'd have to have 100% air gapped developer machines, which is totally infeasible.

Another issue is that too many will assume that because systems are air gapped, they're secure by default and thus don't need to be locked down, don't need good passwords, don't need patching, etc.

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Re: More detail please

With enough resources you can compromise the USB key itself to attack the system

Don't you need to modify hardware to do that? If it is even theoretically possible for software to remotely hack a USB flash storage device connected to a standard PC to make it act like a keyboard when connected to a different standard PC, color me shocked (and I'd like a link, please)

If you can leave USB keys laying around the parking lot and they're dumb enough to use that in the air gapped system, then they probably have so many other security failures you don't need this attack. If you're able to do a black bag job and break in to swap out the USB keys they use on the air gapped systems with one that's been modified, then you might as well just go directly to the air gapped system and do what you please.

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Re: More detail please

Probably the same way those attacks always seem to go. Either the system is only air gapped 99% of the time (i.e. they have to temporarily connect it for vendor service/diagnosis) or they use USB devices as their sneakernet medium. Yes, it would be stupid to have autorun enabled on those air gapped machines, but often you see TERRIBLE security settings on air gapped machines because "they're safe from hackers, so why bother?"

Google's Alphabet hit by Europe's other GDPR: Global Domination = Profit Reduction

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To the extent people have control over sharing their data but choose to do so, it is a tax on stupid. To the extent people know they are sharing their data but don't care because "free", it is a tax on greed (or more like a tax on being cheap)

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"We've always been focused on user privacy"

They have - focused on ways to eliminate all remaining user privacy since it gets in the way of their advertising business!

If Brussels wants Android forks, phone makers aren't helping

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Re: Why I'm abandoning commercial smartphones

The lack of 3G is kind of a big problem. Verizon will be LTE (and 5G, presumably) only by the end of next year. AT&T will take longer because of the number of 3G IOT devices out there, but I'd bet they'll follow by the end of 2021.

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Re: Why they would fork Android

I thought Fuchsia is to replace the actual OSS bit (the Linux kernel), the rest is Google fluffer tools.

Maybe so, but I thought part of the reason was to eliminate Java and the potential for Oracle to win a huge judgment against Android. If they do that, they lose Android compatibility and will have to use their marketing muscle to push devs to develop for to the new model - effectively creating a third mobile ecosystem.

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Re: Why I'm abandoning commercial smartphones

What exactly are "non commercial smartphones"? Or do you mean you are going back to a feature phone?

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Why they would fork Android

If Google stops developing Android at some point and tries pushing Fuchsia, which would no doubt leave far less room for OEMs to customize. I could see a bunch of OEMs getting together and committing resources to further develop/support Android, and someone like Lineage picking up the ball and running the open source side of things.

There's no way all OEMs will follow Google if they want to switch everyone to Fuchsia.

Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections

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Paper ballots are used in most of the US

The computer readable bubble kind. I get a ballot with a front and a back that has a bunch of stuff on a legal sized piece of paper.

I don't know the rate of spoiled ballots, but a ballot that is spoiled because there were two votes for city council won't stop it from being counted for Senate if there is only one vote as there should be. The pencils they give you have erasers, or I assume you could ask them for a replacement ballot if you don't want trust the eraser.

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Re: Paper ballots only solve a tiny part of the problem

What good is encryption if the result is stored on a computer that is almost certainly not very secure and easy for a state-level actor to break into? There are a lot of steps from paper ballots to the results reported by a state, and you'd need robust audit procedures at each one (which must include mandatory recounts of a statistically significant number of paper ballots) to identify all possible attempts to changing the result. If you look at the procedures actually being used in the US, most states are woefully short of this mark - there are still far too many voters who aren't leaving a paper trail so election manipulation would be impossible to detect. The precincts where voters leave no paper trail are obviously the ones you'd want to look towards if you wanted to manipulate results (hint, these are almost exclusively low income areas that don't have the budget for new voting machines without federal help)

That's why I'm always calling for elections that leave a paper trail (electronic voting machines are fine if they spit out a piece of paper that the voter can see/verify that's kept for recounts) and mandatory recounts of a statistically significant portion of the ballots to insure that the results reported were correct.

Sticking your head in the sand and claiming "paper ballots and encryption" will solve everything just makes it possible for someone to someday compromise an election.

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Re: Russia and Who else? Talk to the NSA, FBI, et al.

If you want to claim they're lying, what's the reason for it? Why make such a specific allegation, that apparently has a lot of very specific evidence that Trump and those in congress etc. have seen? If the goal was to make up a lie to denigrate Russia, there are many far less politically controversial lies that could have been made than "election interference to help Trump".

If you want to take the "it is the deep state fighting against Trump" claim, then why are Trump's own picks like Sessions and Coats in full agreement with this assessment? When they became AG and DNI were they initiated into the Deep State(tm) in some sort of secret ritual involving goat's blood and the bones of J. Edgar Hoover?

It should be pretty obvious to anyone but those who believe 100% of what Trump says what is going on, especially after last week. He cowtows to Putin like no other, and can't speak ill of him or Russia. He couldn't even stay on script in the "hostage video" carefully crafted for him by his advisors after he was shocked (and I can't believe he was shocked!) that even his own party was outraged by letting Putin and Russia off the hook because of his "strong and powerful denial" and stating that he believes him over his own national security people. There is no longer any question that Putin has something over him, the only question that remains now is what that is, and how damaging it will be to Trump when it is finally revealed.

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Paper ballots only solve a tiny part of the problem

Once the paper ballots are counted in the local precinct, how are the results forwarded to the county HQ, and from the county HQ to the state HQ? If they are emailing them, texting them, uploading them into a web site, etc. you are still ripe for attack despite paper ballots.

Even if you do all that part correctly, if you have a voter roll on an computer and that's taken, one could do a lot of mischief. Call up people registered for the other party and tell them their voting location has changed, or tell them to show up when polls open at 6am because huge lines with waits of 5-6 hours are expected later in the day, or any number of ways to suppress their turnout.

You don't need to change the actual VOTES to affect an election.

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India?

Why do you think they'd have an interest in trying to compromise US elections? Trump has pretty much ignored them during his term, they should want to keep things that way!

UK.gov commits to rip-and-replacing Blighty's wheezing internet pipes

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15 years from now?

That's a pretty long timeline, and easy to add further delays and blame previous governments for them.

The US went to the Moon is less time than that...

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Why would Ireland shut down cables and ban UK overflight? The UK is withdrawing from the EU, not declaring war on it.

I think Brexit is stupid and the people supporting it are going to damage the UK, but the people against it are going too far with the doom and gloom and what if scenarios which will only deepen the divide with the Brexiteers. Things will be bad enough the pro side will see the error of their ways in a few years (even if they will never admit it, or claim they didn't do Brexit "the right way")

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Like I said before

I really hope all 10.x.x.x and 192.168.x.x addresses are exempted by default, so you don't get spurious warnings talking to local devices that have no need for HTTPS.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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@Tim99

Have yourself a beer for one of the most informative posts I've read on the Reg in a while. I never knew why the English had such a goofy system with pennies, shillings and farthings of seemingly arbitrary numbers, nor why buying stuff by the dozen had ever become a thing.

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter make it easier to download your info and upload to, er, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter etc...

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Re: How can you transfer anything to Twitter?

They have my number - every few months it asks me "is this your number" with my mobile number, but it was taken off SOMEONE ELSE'S phone who allowed it to download contacts. The thing you linked affects Android users, not iOS.

However, the fact they have my number but I haven't confirmed it is my number should effectively opt me out of this. They can't know if I've got a new number based on contacts probably downloaded several years ago off someone else's phone.

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Re: How can you transfer anything to Twitter?

They're talking more about stuff like metadata - you could transfer your friends list out of Facebook and automatically follow the same people on Twitter even if they have different usernames you don't know.

I'm sure some people will like this, but others will hate it - just because you're Facebook friends with me doesn't mean you want me to find you on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Or worse, phone if you've given your phone number to Facebook (yet another reason I'm glad Facebook doesn't have my phone number)

It is questionable whether any of these companies really want to do this however, except to another company that feel is a 'peer'. If I started a new social networking service to compete with Facebook, people able to download their friends lists into my service would allow switching from Facebook in a matter if months if mine was popular (i.e. if it did something crazy like putting user privacy ahead of revenue)

Surely Facebook would put plenty of roadblocks in the way of someone trying to export their crown jewels, the connections between their billion users, into a startup that's trying to eat their lunch.

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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Re: Thanks!

I'm sure the A11 could be pushed a little if you gave it more voltage in a form factor that allowed for more heat dissipation, but maybe not quite as far as 3.5 GHz since it would haven't been designed with such relatively high clocks in mind. If Apple plans to use their A* SoCs for Macs they might they might design a separate core for the Mac line or they might share it between Macs & iDevices and take a small hit on iDevice performance. If we see a new A* SoC that looks no faster or even a bit slower clock for clock, that will be a big hint that Apple is closing to putting it (probably not that exact SoC, but the big core from it) in a laptop/desktop Mac.

Of course Apple has the budget to design tweak their design for higher clocks so as not to compromise iDevice performance. Especially if they decide to use that same core in the mountains of servers they are filling their datacenters with. We might not see a server version of iOS running on ARM64 as a product, but that doesn't mean Apple won't use such a thing internally. That would help justify the cost of doing a separate core designed for higher clocks for the Mac.

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Re: Wait... huh?

The A11 is faster on pretty much ALL types of integer code. Not because it is somehow better designed than Intel's CPUs or due to an advantage of ARM over x86. Its because it is designed for a clock rate of around 2.5 GHz or so, while Intel's CPUs are designed for a clock rate of around 5 GHz (because they use the same cores across their product line and want to be able to reach 5 GHz at least in turbo)

That implies caches that have more wait states, more pipeline stages etc. which leads to lower IPC. That's the compromise of targeting higher frequencies for max speed, if it runs at half that speed it has unnecessary delays in loads from cache, pipeline stages that don't get as much work done as they could, etc. If Intel designed a CPU targeted with a ceiling of 2.5 GHz instead of 5 GHz it would likely match or exceed the A11's performance at equal clocks.

The reason I said it isn't going to be faster on floating point is because a lot of floating point code is limited by memory bandwidth. Though an A11 used in a laptop would match x86 in FP, given the same memory speed.

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Re: Tempted to downvote...

Because the A11 is faster at equal clocks as Intel's CPUs. OK not in stuff that's heavily dependent on memory bandwidth like Linpack, so the GFLOPS won't remotely compare, but who runs Linpack on their phone? For the type of integer code dominated tasks that are common on both phones and PCs, Apple beats Intel clock for clock.

They aren't faster of course because Intel CPUs can hit double the A11's clock, as it should given its significantly higher power budget which allows the use of transistors optimized for high frequency rather than low power.

Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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Re: Or turn a woman in a bikini into a beach ball

Yes, that's why they wear the long suits in competition, apparently they are faster even in a clean shaven body. It isn't going to matter much for kids, but that's what they see higher level competitors wearing. Just like they imitate the heroes of any other sport.

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Or turn a woman in a bikini into a beach ball

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/krishrach/a-woman-in-this-ad-was-censored-by-being-photoshopped-into

Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court

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Re: Ok, put it another way...

Building codes only govern the structure, they can't dictate what furniture you put in. Are you going to have an inspection every time you buy a new couch?? There are laws that prevent selling overly flammable furniture, because they caused deaths. But it sounds like you'd want laws preventing the sale of pink couches with yellow stripes and green polka dots, because it is in bad taste and buyers should be protected from having it on the market!

If I built a house that had only one outlet per room, had a single 20 watt light fixture in a 30'x30' room, had shag carpeting in the bathrooms and other terrible ideas, no one would buy it. Or I'd be forced to accept an offer far lower to reflect the cost for the buyer to remedy all my stupid decisions. Why should code step in and say "you can't put shag carpeting in a bathroom because it is gross"? Its my house, if I want to put shag carpeting in a bathroom it should be my right, even if no one else in the world would want a buy a house that had it.

Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me

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Re: password 88888888

The world has advanced a lot since Donald Trump Dark Helmet used 12345 for his luggage combination.

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