* Posts by diodesign

2145 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011

The most annoying British export since Piers Morgan: 'Drones' halt US airport flights

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: 500g Drone vs 100 ton airliner

Of course a drone isn't going to immediately outright "destroy" a plane. No one's claiming that. But it will be bad news to an engine if ingested. Or a windshield. It'll be expensive, and the airport doesn't want to be on the hook for the potential repair bill, the airline doesn't want to deal with the insurance and downtime, and of course, there's the safety aspect.

Other posters are sharing scientific studies. Here's an unscientific one - a bird going into an engine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KhZwsYtNDE

Now imagine a metal and plastic drone, of unknown size, with a Li-on battery.

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Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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Re: FX, Opteron, etc

FWIW, the processors specifically covered by the class-action lawsuit are the FX-8120, FX-8150, FX-8320, FX8350, FX-8370, FX-9370, and FX-9590. No Opterons are named.

The mention of Opteron in the previous article was purely to indicate how widely used the designs were.

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Re: Ryzen

Ryzen CPU cores have their own FPU. AMD's Zen architecture is like Intel's in that the cores are fully featured and separate. AMD's approach with Bulldozer to pool some resources within a module has upset customers.

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DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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Re: anonymous coward

"This article just shows a total lack of understanding by the author and by the originating source."

You haven't read nor understood the article(s) - the sisters are identical twins. Their DNA profile is 99.6% the same. Each test should have returned the same percentages for them.

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Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

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"Sounds rather like the Microsoft concept of quality control."

I am overjoyed that you consider El Reg (staff: ~40) on a par with multibillion-dollar corporation Microsoft (staff: ~130,000) in terms of resources.

As such, an email letting us know where we've screwed up is always appreciated, never mandatory. We do edit articles before publication and strive to check everything, but sadly not every blunder can be caught when we're trying to get everything out on an hourly basis.

Cheers

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Ring mass

Yeah, yeah, OK. We screwed that wording up. Should be obvious we meant 20,000th of Mercury's mass, but didn't make it clear enough. Sometimes fingers type the opposite of what's meant.

It's fixed. Please don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com if you spot a problem so it can be fixed immediately, rather than having to read every comment to see where we typo'd.

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Top GP: Medical app Your.MD's data security wasn't my remit

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Indeed - anyone confused needs to understand that a) it's an ongoing hearing so all the pieces haven't been joined in the puzzle; and b) see the side-bar and linked-to article for why this is all happening.

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Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

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Email address

It's blurred - we didn't clock the address in the screenshot. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com if you spot anything wrong.

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'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim

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"Yet again you've let them get away with an anodyne statement"

We've just published a whole article accusing them of bungling a security patch. I think Reg readers are smart enough to see and appreciate the irony of a vendor claiming they take security seriously despite such findings. The juxtaposition is exquisite.

If you think the statement makes them look good, rather than uncaring and dismissive, then you need to dial up the cynicism just a little.

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Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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Re: AI?

Sssssssssh, man, don't blow this for me. It's going to be worth millions, rudimentary or not ;-)

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Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: "it's already started"

Great, then you don't need my tax dollars to build the bloody thing.

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Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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"a lot of them will age a bit and wise up a bit"

Winning an argument by insulting people... that's a bold strategy. Let's see if it pays off.

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What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

We were invited to take a look. We did so.

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Florida man stumbles on biggest prime number after working plucky i5 CPU for 12 days straight

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"when written out in full"

As in, the full prime number, equals (2^n)-1 where n is the exponent that generates the prime. There are two numbers at play here: the prime number, calculated by (2^n)-1, and n, the exponent. 82,589,933 is not the prime number, it is the exponent that produces the final prime, which is what we were trying to drive at.

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London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Re: War time innovation

FWIW - we've added a link to a Daily Mail article claiming the cops used an Israeli ground-based drone-finder to knock it out of the skies: a laser was used to find the thing, and then its signals were jammed, by the multimillion-pound equipment. Alleged, of course, because nothing's been confirmed yet.

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Google settles Right To Be Forgotten case on eve of appeal hearing

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Re: "Google settles"

FWIW either is right - a settlement means both sides withdraw from a case. We just think Google is the bigger name.

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A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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"the military involvement began 24 hours ago"

ICBW but the chief, speaking off-the-cuff to reporters badgering him for info, may mean that combined the police and military have been involved in the past 24 hours - the armed forces coming in the past four hours.

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Bullets and shotgun pellets

Forgive us, a number of us vultures are of that generation where we were taught metric but grew up around imperial. Thus, 120 metres means more to me than 390 feet, but 8000 ft means more to me than 2.4km. I weigh 76kg but i'm 6ft 2in. It's a mess.

And I'll sort out the units.

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Joy to the vendors, HCI's day has come. And converged ... becomes less... of a thing – IDC

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Re: Source Data guess

You've linked to IDC's Q2 analysis - which we also linked to. This latest article is about IDC's Q3 numbers. Aaron's seen them, analyzed them, and shared them with selected people.

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Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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"this is a Brit publication written for Brits"

We're a Brit publication written for everyone, in a Brit style. Eg, a third of our readers this year are in the US.

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"this ought to be labelled an editorial."

The very first word in the article, in bold and blue, and on the front page, is: Comment.

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On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

"MS have pulled the advisories"

Are you sure - the webpages are still up, and you can download the updates by hand if they're not in Microsoft Update.

Eg, for Windows 10 build 1809:

https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4483235

Windows 7 / 8:

https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4483187

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Microsoft: Come and play in our Windows SandBox

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Re: Erkk!!!

It's a technical term (see Steve Knox's comment)

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It's beginning to look a lot like multi-threaded CPUs, everywhere you go... Arm teases SMT Cortex-A65AE car brains

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Spazturtle

Um, the very next sentence is...

"As in, each core can run two separate threads simultaneously"

I'll move the words around so as not to somehow confuse you.

Merry Christmas,

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Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors

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Re: Not what Intel has been saying for the past several years

FWIW... 10nm v1 (Cannon Lake) is dead and buried. It was impossible to see it through to mass volume. The integrated GPU in the CL Core i3 was disabled because it didn't work.The metalization was not viable.

Sunny Cove is v2 of 10nm, after going back to the drawing board.

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Two thoughts

"it is largely Intel integrated GPU's that have sucked"

Yeah, fair point - I've made that distinction now. I pretty much meant that but didn't make it clear enough.

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: TSMC not at 7nm until 2019? Really?

See the comment by theblackhand and DougS. There's production, and then there's production.

We didn't say TSMC wasn't shipping 7nm in 2018 - the point was 2019 and 2020 are when it really kicks off for desktop and server-grade stuff, the things Intel makes and is the context of the piece.

I've tweaked the sentence to make it clearer, cheers.

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Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

It's millions - typo in headline :( (now fixed)

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HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Do the people at El Reg...

Yeah, fair enough. Maybe we over-snarked.

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Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Re: This is cyber warfare isn’t it?

Expired software certificate, apparently...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/06/ericsson_o2_telefonica_uk_outage/

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Qualcomm lifts lid on 7nm Arm-based octo-core Snapdragon 855 chip for next year's expensive 5G Androids

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: NE555?

855 reminded me of the old 555 [triv]

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DeepMind quits playing games with AI, ups the protein stakes with machine-learning code

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Re: It's good somebody's doing this

That doesn't, TTBOMK, use machine learning, and instead uses the spare processor cycles on a lot of computers. Completely different project.

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Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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"Sometimes I really appreciate local rag journalist"

Some of us used to be them. My favorite rejected crap headline was about a bunch of casino robbers...

'Aceholes'

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SEAL up your data just like Microsoft: Redmond open-sources 'simple' homomorphic encryption blueprints

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Benny

"Why would you want to use this if anyone could just come along and change your data (albeit without ever knowing what it was)?"

No one can "just come along" and change it - if you have unauthorized database access then if the DB is unencrypted t's completely game over, and if it's encrypted then at least they can't see the data. If someone breaks in and changes the database records, then roll back to a backup and seal up your network security.

The aim of this is to keep the data shielded and minimize risk.

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Customers baffled as Citrix forces password changes for document-slinging Sharefile outfit

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Re: Question about weak passwords

"I'm a bit confused about the reasoning behind forcing password changes leading to weaker passwords"

I imagine it goes something like this: you start out with D9xTMffgH!#82 then D9xTMff then DxCitrixAgain and then ihatecitrix and ihatecitrix! and ihatecitrix123

etc

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It's nearly 2019, and your network can get pwned through an oscilloscope

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Re: Credas

"the idea that someone could somehow gain anything useful from spying on a random oscilloscope"

Well, Target was pwned via its air-conditioning unit. I'm personally thinking you could use this to inject other systems - no one would suspect the scope - or infect it, wait for it to be transferred to another lab and then mess with stuff on that network.

Just use your imagination.

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See this, Google? Microsoft happy to take a half-billion in sweet, sweet US military money to 'increase lethality'

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Eh?

"Has the author failed to engage their brain before writing this?"

No - I think you're blaming us for the actions of tech workers? I mean, techies have been creating bad press and embarrassment for corps by kicking up a fuss over military contracts. It's a little surprising that MS has gone for it, in that context.

But as we say, Microsoft has shrugged off prev criticism.

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Re: How Many Times, El Reg?

Choo choo! Here comes the reality train:

"Bush and Obama did not have policies that resulted in the mass separation of parents and children like we’re seeing under the current administration"

https://www.factcheck.org/2018/06/did-the-obama-administration-separate-families/

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Gartner to wearables biz: Through failure comes success!

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Re: Oh come on, stop it.

"Whatever Gartner are paying you to run their stories you should shun the income and drop the crap they are peddling."

We're not paid to run any Gartner stories. Like with all analyst predictions, take with the required amount of salt.

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Forget DeepFakes. This robo-Rembrandt with AI for brains is not bad at knocking off paintings

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Re: The reality is ...meh.

Well, thing is, it's a) a research project b) it's one attempt at it. It's not a final project.

These things improve. I think people tend to forget that technology slowly comes together, building upon layers of work over time.

Bit like the ink from this printer AI.

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Re: robo-Rembrant [sic]

Blah, stupid late-night headline typo on my part. It's fixed - don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com if you spot anything wrong.

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WhamWham, bambam, no thank you, SamSam: Iranians accused by the Feds of orchestrating ransomware outbreak

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Re: Oh...?

From the linked-to Treasury page...

"...these digital currency addresses should assist those in the compliance and digital currency communities in identifying transactions and funds that must be blocked and investigating any connections to these addresses.

"As a result of today’s action, persons that engage in transactions with Khorashadizadeh and Ghorbaniyan could be subject to secondary sanctions. Regardless of whether a transaction is denominated in a digital currency or traditional fiat currency, OFAC compliance obligations are the same."

Read into that what you will.

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NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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Re: I Am Spartacus

Er, at the time of writing:

1. the only image beamed back was the crappy photograph *embedded* *in* *the* *story* so that's the one we went with. More have since arrived, we can link to them now.

2. mobile users don't see the article's top 'hero' picture so they wouldn't see the Mars image if it was used as the header picture. instead, we *embedded* *it* *in* *the* *story*.

3. the image was *embedded* *in* *the* *story*.

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

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Re: 'Today's films are made to be "woke"'

I take it you haven't seen Adam Sandler's 'Pixels'. That wasn't particularly PC or "woke". neither was Ready Player One.

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3 is the magic number (of bits): Flip 'em at once and your ECC protection can be Rowhammer'd

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

"I wouldn't lose sleep over it."

Yeah, as we said, it's difficult to exploit. As seen with Meltdown and Spectre, it's easier to get someone to click on a link or run a fake Flash installer.

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

"researchers can claim a repeatable demonstration"

Yes, that's exactly what's happened - confirmation. It's a demonstration of the attack. Just as it's one thing to say some software has a heap overflow, and quite another to develop an exploit to reliably and usefully exploit the flaw to achieve code execution.

To make everyone happy, I'll clarify it's a confirmation rather than a discovery.

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: They're not knocking ECC

No one's saying ECC is bad - not us, not the researchers, pretty much no one - it's just that if you thought ECC would stop Rowhammer, you're sadly mistaken.

As we wrote in the article:

"The boffins said that their findings should not be taken as a condemnation of ECC either. Rather, it should show admins and security professionals that ECC is just one of several protection layers they should use..."

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Bravo! *slow clap*

"It must be a really slow day if this is news."

Where's your published paper on this, then, egghead? The point is showing that ECC can't stop Rowhammer attacks on adjacent RAM cells.

Also: the Meltdown vuln was stunningly trivial to exploit, and was staring people in the face for years, and was rightly heralded as a major find. Sometimes the obvious has to be pointed out.

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Talk about a cache flow problem: This JavaScript can snoop on other browser tabs to work out what you're visiting

diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Ermmmm, been this way forever?

This is using the CPU cache to fingerprint pages from their memory accesses. It's a new technique to spy on browser tabs, which has been done in the past.

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diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Seems to suggest JavaScript has some kind of access to the CPU cache

It has access like all software - it runs from the CPU cache thus it can measure how other stuff sharing the same cache is operating, and fingerprint it.

This normally requires precise timing, and thus requires access to high-precision timers that are being locked off from developers for this reason.However, this technique gets around that.

Check out the linked-to paper, it's why we link to original materials wherever we can.

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