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It's worse than that. It's everyone. Read the linked-to article:
"An American telco that provides costly phone services to prisoners has been accused of harvesting location data on American phone users – and selling it to the police with no oversight.
"That's all citizens, by the way, not just prisoners. Securus sold details of where you have been in the States, based on your phone's location, to the cops."
Nah, they like to pretend half the time we don't exist, and we like to pretend they totally hate and ignore us. If it suits Apple, they'll respond. If it's us picking apart their tech or decisions, it's the silent treatment - which has never stopped us before.
Ach, the review is a wee bit bollocks. There's no smoking gun in the science of the model nor the math - just gripes about quality.
If someone who is an expert in modeling pandemics can point out a flaw, great, otherwise it's grousing about code smells.
Sigh. I knew if we didn't mention HTTPS and DNS-over-HTTPS, we'll get moaned at, and if we do include HTTPS and DoH, we'll get moaned at.
Sure, if you use Cloudflare or Google for DoH, the Feds can request it. That's obvious. But then someone will say they're using DoH through their custom VPS in Laos over Tor, so nerr-nerr. That's why the article said tunneling and DoH would work "to some degree."
There was a whole part at the end discussing the situation but it started to feel like an article within an article so I cut it. I've added a summary for those who need to know what "to some degree" means.
What the hell was he doing jumping out of a truck with a gun in his hand, armed buddy in tow, confronting an unarmed stranger? Riddle me that.
What was the jogger supposed to do, stand there and get shot? Run off?
This could have been avoided - by not getting out of a car armed.
"It doesn't look like a big deal for several reason"
Who said it was? We're saying the security stuff from the 2000s is still a thing now.
"One is that they essentially had to comprise the Windows PC being used"
Yeah, as the article says at the top. The point Trustwave's trying to make, and I guess we are, too, is that, no, this isn't acceptable. The industry should do better. I know all the excuses why not.
Or let me put it another way: you obviously know a lot about how SCADA works, which is cool. But next time a plant gets hacked, and people say, 'how could this happen?' they can be referred to this article and research. This is how it happens.
I totally appreciate that once you get into the Windows PC connected to the controller, it's virtually game over.
But sometimes the obvious has to be pointed out.
This is a constantly evolving story with more information emerging on a daily and hourly basis, and we've revised our analysis of it. The background mode on iOS is limited - and the NHS's use of it looks problematic.
The FT reports the NHS is considering switching to the Apple-Google API after tests show the iOS app falls into listen-only mode (as we first reported) after a while. A passing Android is needed to wake it up (as we first reported).
Of course, we want to be right first time, that's our number one goal. Bear in mind this is a complex technical and political hot potato that's shifting position all the time.
Hey I do - back when I bought one as a reader. It's attached to my keys and still glowing enough that I can see it in my bag or hanging on the wall in the dark, which is handy.
When I bought one I thought it was just glow-in-the-dark watch paint and the radioactive stuff was a tongue-in-cheek Reg gimmick. Turns out it's true. We're carrying a little bit of tritium, a nuclear weapon ingredient.
Flight risk is not literally a flight as in aircraft flight risk - it means going somewhere else when you've been told to stay in a certain place. The Cambridge dictionary defines it as:
"someone who has been accused of a crime and is considered likely to try to escape out of the country or area before their trial begins."
Julian was told to stay at his bail address in the English countryside, but took off to the embassy in London.
* It's Red Hat Summit (virtually) so RH makes its CEO available to journos, and here we are.
* If Canonical and Suse want to be interviewed, they know where to find us.
* If you don't see us interview someone, it's unlikely we don't care - it's more likely they don't want to be interviewed by us.
On more than occasion, a PR has asked me, "what do I need to do to get my client into The Reg?" And my response is: "You should be keeping your client out of The Reg."
Also, if you've been following Kieren's work, let alone the rest of the site, for a while, you'll know editorial doesn't really do the whole ass-kissing thing in tech.
The first guy presenting, Mike, is Mike Muller – co-founder and, up until very recently, chief technology officer of Arm. He collared me mid-pint at an event in Silicon Valley a couple of years back, and yes, it was about a flippant Register headline about Arm. At least he saw the funny side of it.
There aren't any management blobs I'm aware of for off-the-shelf implementations: all the bootloader stuff is open-source.
As for desktop Linux - I said it was capable of running the OS, not that it's perfected it. Here's a way to get a system running with PCIe. You can boot a terminal-level Linux on lots of available RV soft and hard cores.
If you think I'm ignorant of RV's issues, you're mistaken, sadly. I can list a few. The dev boards right now are relatively expensive for anything greater than a microcontroller, and your best bet is a soft core on an FPGA. The extension system is dangerously close to going down the route of MIPS with lots of wacky variants. There is no common ecosystem a la Arm Linux. The ISA isn't perfect: I've written RV32/64 assembly code, so I'm aware of the awkwardness at times. Swapping endianness in a 32-bit word, for example, requires a surprising number of instructions.
It's a young architecture that has various kinks to work out. However, it took Arm an age to get to desktop level, and with standards on the server side, so I'm willing to see how this specification and ecosystem grows.
Is RISC-V going to take over the world right now. No. Could it later? Possibly.
It's not going to kill x86, let's be honest nor is it going to outright kill Arm. It poses a threat to the latter's dominance, though.
We mention RISC-V because: Arm's CEO once said, in a meeting in which this hack was present, that RISC-V keeps Arm "on its toes." Arm has responded to RISC-V with various licensing programs that reduce the upfront cost, and also briefly tried to smear RV with a weird attack website. That, to us, signals it's a headache for Arm.
There are other open CPU architectures, sure, but look, OpenRISC for whatever reason didn't excite the industry nor did OpenPower.
RISC-V is backed by Google, Nvidia, Samsung, Western Digital, and more. They are all using it in chips where they could have used Arm. That's why we mention RISC-V. And I speak as someone who is fond of all open architectures, not just RV, and had a soft spot for Arm BITD.
"it's not currently a serious threat to all but the smallest ARM designs in reality."
The RISC-V implementations coming out of China, at least, are Cortex-5x or Cortex-A7x-grade, if the numbers are to be believed. SiFive's U and E-series RV implementations are not competing against "the smallest" Arm designs, either: the U-series features a quad-core 64-bit SoC (with a management CPU core) capable of running desktop Linux.
It's a flippant headline. The headline's there to make you click and read.
IBM Watson GPU cloud cluster Brexits from London to Frankfurt – because GDPR ---> An IBM Watson-hosted GPU cluster is Brexit'ing from London to Frankfurt due to GDPR.
Brexit'ing being a made-up verb for something happening to do with Brexit.
Xilinx (for one) sells a C compiler for FPGAs - you can absolutely write logic in C and compile into a design language using today's tools. Heck, you can even use Python these days (with nMigen).
I know of one UK startup that's made a toolchain that compiles Go down to Verilog for FPGAs in Azure.
NSO has a US presence, just about - it is a bit flimsy. From the original complaint, according to Facebook:
"NSO Group had a marketing and sales arm in the United States called WestBridge Technologies, Inc. "
"Between 2014 and February 2019, NSO Group obtained financing from a San Francisco–based private equity firm, which ultimately purchased a controlling stake in NSO Group."
Then there was some rearranging of ownership.
I edited that sentence in to throw a bone to those thinking, 'wtf is GCC 10'. Sometimes people need their memory jogged. Articles that are focused on specific tools, like Docker or Powershell, don't need reminders like this. Articles that have a potential wide appeal may have a line or two explaining the toolchains involved.
If I don't put these in, I get accused of alienating potential new readers. If I do put them in, I get accused of dumbing down the site.
We don't think you're dumb. But I don't want to assume everyone knows what GCC is.
They weigh a third of a milligram each, but can carry up to ten times their weight. So the payload would be more than a third of a milligram.
Also bear in mind, as usual, this is lab experiment / prototype stuff, not final production. The first transistor was pretty crap compared to what came after.
If you're just reading data with threads, the compiler realizes this, and you can share without a mutex. Rust has a concept of mutability. You declare a variable mutable (writable) or immutable (read only). Multiple threads can access an immutable variable without a lock.
If you want it to be mutable, you need a lock.
Rust is really cool.
I know, right?
As an idiot in his 20s, I quit electronic engineering, where projects were six months to two years away from design to manufacture, for newspaper journalism, where articles were 30 minutes to three hours away from filing to editing, layout, and printing, because it was more exciting.
A relative works for an automaker and she talks of one to three year lead times for minor design changes.
Also worth pointing out that Los Angeles has mandated essential business workers wear masks and customers must wear masks.
In the San Francisco Bay Area / Silicon Valley, masks are frequently worn now. It's even recommended by the federal government, which is saying something given the political side of all this.
This virus is no joke. California, population 40m, has got it under control through clear and well-defined early lockdowns, and cases may peak the middle of next week, well within hospital resources, depending on what model you follow. It may peak next month, but again, within resources. Which is more than you can say about the east coast.
I don't say this to gloat. I say it to mean there is value in locking down as early as possible and sitting tight. San Francisco closed all essential stores at 8pm, for instance. It sucks for everyone - I've donated cash to my local bartenders, via gofundme, to keep them going because they are among the tens or hundreds of thousands in the region screwed by this. I know most people are screwed by this thing. You really don't want to catch it, above all else.
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