* Posts by HamsterNet

206 posts • joined 4 Nov 2011


It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on


Re: Job security

Oh please.

You remove low paid, low skilled checkout workers. They are replaced by fewer, but much higher paid engineers, designers, installers and sellers of high tech automated till systems and the economy grows and fills the gap of employment left from the loss of low skilled jobs.

This is how industrialisation works and has done for a few hundred years. May surprise you but nobody is hand ploughing the fields any more.

PSA: Disable FaceTime. Miscreants can snoop on your iPhone, Mac mic before you pick up call


At least they patch

At least there will be a fix and rolled out to all.

The various android devices I have are all on different, old and with known vulnerablities versions without any way of updating beyond hope.

My i thinks are all up today and some of them are quite old for a consumer product.

Weak flash demand and disk sales leave Western Digital scrabbling to claw back $800m a year



WDs Consumer M.2 drives double failed. They where just not as fast as Samsung’s 2 year old drives & Samsung matched them on pricing at ever my drop.

If they wanted market share they needed to hit that 30% margin hard.

By gum(stick): Samsung speeds up 970 EVO Plus drive


£640 for a 6TB SSD on EBuyer and falling, but it is SATA.

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins


Re: It's not the biggest worry

A level biology is NEVER going to get you to the level of tinkering with Biology. Its WAY WAY harder than that, Just the concepts of how a multi-gene system work is hard at degree level and that's just the basics of genetics.

Anybody with the knowledge to make a superbug knows this doesn't work. It's possible to make a killer virus, you can't tailor it, Humans are Humans, we are all the same stock. there are no differences to separate out targets. Also, Evolution happens regardless if you like it or not, so any pathogen release today will not stay as you created it.

This is why is totally and utterly band and not violated. As its just DUMB. Nobody wants to wipe out all of humanity even if they do want to wipe out group X based upon some ideological reason.

As for Editing Humans, It would be nice if we could. Our Genome is a MESS, its riddled with errors, our biology has so many evolution hang-ups that no "designer" would ever accept its unbelievable. we are weak, slow healing, prone to lots of diseases, have poor eyesight, hearing, short-lived etc etc.

The issue is it's Ridiculously hard to even come up with what should be revised let alone what shoudl be coded in there and then finally doing it.

CRISPA allows a single gene to be edited, a few thousand bases out of 3 billion. What's needed is a full rewrite.


I call bullshit and utter misinformation.

1) In the EU, you are not allowed to grow and sow your own Seeds. This is a long-standing policy to stop inbreeding crops over and over again, as it leads to disaster (weak plants that get wiped out by a single disease). Or just idiots like yourself.

2) int the EU we don't have any GM crops growing outside of control trials, mostly due to idiots like yourself have just enough knowledge to be stupid but not enough to have any idea what's going on.

3) The first GM crops were for longer shelflife tomatoes, only later crops were for resistance to a natural herbicide (Roundup) and to produce a natural pesticide present in the soil. Yep the Genes for GM come from other natureal sources, we just dont have the tech to come up with noval proteints ourself and evolution does a way better job.

4) We don't eat anything "natural" anymore, Not by GM, but by thousands of years of Selective Breeding. - Wheat doesn't looks like grass any more, Pigs are far from the natural boar. A while Banana is hardly recognisable compared to the organic one in the shops.


Iran satellite fails: ICBM test drive or microsat test? Opinion is divided...


Come on IRAN

More sanctions! They already can't buy anything from the west as Western banks don't accept payment originating in Iran.

America used its stick for nothing in return, now Iran is free to pursue its own stick to trade for an even better deal, whilst also getting closer to the ultimate safety stick of being Nuke armed.

No Nuke armed country has ever been invaded.

Every time America sanctions Iran, Iran gets closer to ICBMs and gets a new and better deal.

Shame really as the Iranians I have spoken too are all really nice well-educated people.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!



Who with a modicum of IT expertise isn't blocking all MS slurping with a few firewall rules. Its only about 80 odd rules to add.

Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane


“teams across the UK "combing" the web for illicit activity”

They don’t comb very hard do they.

We definitely don't need more towers, says new Vodafone boss scraping around for €8bn savings



I wasn't aware that Vodaphone had a 3G network covering more than city centres, let alone 4G.

Seems the only people I meet who are on that network are old schoolers who miss (or still use) their black and white screened blackberries.

Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses


Re: No way ready!

Let's break this down.

A PC can know there is a school, it's on the map.

Visual sensors (just cameras) can detect the difference between a paper bag, a rock and a child. Way way quicker than your brain can (biological brains are vast parallel processors of unsurpassed efficiency, but they are very slow, its 0.2 seconds for a human to recognise anything and another .5 seconds to respond).

Radar/visual cameras can "see" further than a human, in great clarity and in a much wider range of conditions.

Inferring has been demonstrated in a wide range of tasks by computers.

What's lacking is DATA. This is why Tesla is so far ahead of anybody else in autonomous driving, they are gathering data from millions of driving hours every day to feed back into the models to "teach" the code how to drive. The roll out the new version and see if what they have from the data models works in real life. Rince and repeat.

Just on the data, the current Autopilot is already x2 as safe as a human on a highway., but that's a low bar as Humans are TERRIBLE drivers, all of us, especially those who think they are good drivers.

Fully autonomous needs to be an order of magnitude or two better than a humans in all conditions, once there we will be soon looking at banning us monkies from driving.

Flash price-drop pops Western Digital's wallet: Surprise revenue fall with worse to come



When a market demand falls you can do one of two things.

Drop prices to maintain or grow market share.

Drop production to attempt to increase the price, but at the cost of your market share.

WD seems to say they are going to do both!

WD drives, even their latest and greatest m.2s are outclassed by Samsung drives in terms of performance and warranty at exactly the same price. Wish they would actually compleat rather than the cartel anticompetitive behaviour they keep being caught doing. That way we could have replaced spinnign rust long ago and actully have much larger drives than the 2TB(first 4TB has just been anounced) we seem to have ben stuck at in flash since 2015

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange


Somebody pull the fire alarm

PLease can somebody, anybody just pull the fire alarm in that embassy.

Fire service is allowed to evacuate an embassy and once he's out this can all be over and done with.

For full irony, I suspect he will eventually be committed for jumping bail, be given a small fine and let loose. With the painful knowledge, he just spent 6+ years in voluntary prison.

At this point, he must have had time to think of what possible outcomes he has. the UK is never going to let him get away with skipping bail. no matter how long he spends in hiding.

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally


Should be doable. Maylar is light, the backed film is ~200 gm/m^2.

If you left a generous ton for reaction wheels and solar cells, give 15,000kg for the mirror on a Falcon Heavy (only side recovered config) to GTO.

At just under the weight of the mylar again for supports, folding mech per m2, that gives you an area approaching 2 MicroWales.

Being able to shape this mirror would certainly help any aspiring bond villan

In a race to 5G, Trump has stuck a ball-and-chain on America's leg


Re: standard stabilization?

You can have a 20-year phone that works today, it's an 8210, but will probably be down to just 2 bars of battery now.


Re: remind me why we need China for 5G...

I will remind you.

1) Economies of scale: China will use its government-owned and well-funded telecoms to roll out 5G, like they have 4G to Everywhere in China. This represents way more sales than the whole of the USA.

In responce to the rest of yoru rant.

2) Wages whilst may be way lower than the USA, poverty rates are way lower in China than the USA.

3) America complaining about another country not following international laws is the definitaion of hypocritical.

Facebook pulls 'snoopy' Onavo VPN from Apple's App Store after falling foul of rules



Seems Apple is starting to push privacy as their USP. Whilst themselves still slurp, seem apple maps, Siri etc, they do at least "seem" to keep it to themselves and not flog it off to anybody with a few $.

I'm expecting to see more and more of a push for privacy on Apple devices and app store as this becomes a more perceived issue to the plebs.

As for why anybody would use this, its a VPN that they are told helps keep them "Private" online and that they should use one. Its aimed right at those who are keen on security but not from the tech background.

Google responds to location-stalking outcry by… tweaking words on its BS support page


Re: Honest question:

Apples controlled have all been updated. Has a clear options for any aspect that uses location including operating systems. Even tells you what’s been active recently and within last 24h.

Biggest difference is Apple isn’t flogging my data to anybody and everybody who can pay for it l.

Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common


Re: Just need 1G acceleration.

Many ways around this have been proposed, Light sails + lasers/masers work, for longer distances one option is to relay them making interstellar highways, the only obstacle to that is local power generation.

Some promising hints of massless thrusters are appearing with the EM drive and alike. Then there is just a simple Photon drive which is already in existence (just shoot a laser out the back works, but you need a lot of light to make 1g on anything).

Relying on chucking stuff out the back is never going to get man much beyond mars


Re: Give it a couple of million years

Evolution can occur within a single generation, Its called epigenetics and turns out to be inheritable.



Re: So, why don't we still have dinosaurs?

Life is always in competition for resources. Hence the first to evolve easts the resources required for others to form.

The BIGGEST barrier was the change from Prokaryote (Bacteria) to Eukaryote (larger more complex cells made of bits from various Prokayotes.

Consider Prokaryote life was present the moment the Earth stopped being a ball of molten rock, but it took a Billion years to go to the next stage of Eukaryote. Maybe this stage is very unlikely and so there are billions of Earth-like worlds covered in slime.


Re: Give it a couple of million years

We have evolved and changed MASSIVELY in the last 10k years. Heres a nice intro to modern evolution of humans:



Re: Give it a couple of million years

Just need 1G acceleration.

At that everything becomes very travelable indeed with time dilation making the journey appear vastly shorter from the perspective of the traveller. With 1G you can get to other galaxies in a single lifetime of the traveller, even if millions of years pass back on earth. You never actually reach the speed of light, despite constantly accelerating at 1g for half the journey and decelerating for the other half. The energy requirements are staggering tho, even if you can find a way of pushing off without lobbing stuff out the back.

Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield


Re: Spot on sir.


Drove my rear wheel drive through the hills in the snow and only had to dig myself out once. Most modern SUV gets stuck on dam grass anyways.

Micron-Intel 3D XPoint split: It's not you, it's m... nah, it is totally you


Re: NAND tech is unreliable and it does matter a lot!

Joerg still thinks digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


Re: No it just proves there are a lot of idiots......

Don't worry, it only contains your daily routine, where your home is, when you are in and when you are not.

Most likely photos, giving vital information of how wealthy or not you are.

Just because you are not actively using your android phone, doesn't mean it's not keeping a tight eye on ou at all times.


Re: @AC It's had its day.

Maybe some people just value all the personal data a phone generates, staying private.

But if you happy paying Google to sell all your data then stay with your droid.

Apple emits iPhone cop-block update – plus iOS, macOS, Safari patches


Marketing are behind

Waiting for Apple to start using their privacy, updates and security more in their marketing.

With a fruity device it’s good for all updates for 5+ years, Apple don’t sell all your private date to advertisers, they even seem to be against your phone being hacked in seconds.

Compared to android which Rediculiouly easy to break into, no updates, unless your on a flagship and limited to a very little for a few years. All your data is slurped, packaged and sold. And you pay again for the phone.

No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging


Re: Don't you 'droid victims have to keep buying newer handsets...

Takes a lot of testing to make sure the droid update doesn’t break all the different data slurping spyware.

What’s funny is people pay for the droid, often as much as a fruity phone and then pay again with alll their private data as well.

An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE


Re: Is it legitimate to ask

Whilst only 75 million neurons in the mouse brain. Each neuron is connected to multiple others in a 3D space. The map of the neurons is 1.8 petabytes in size. Now you got that loaded into memory, just got to work out how many many neurons firing give rise to the emergence properties that case the mouse's behaviour.

Humans have 100 billion neurons that give rise to the emergent property we call conscious, in a power envelope of just 20W.

This is why the singularity is quite a way off yet, the computational power is far too weak and inefficient.

Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?


Re: Battery life ?

Two points, later phones use mostly Wi-fi map to reduced the power requirement significantly.

Secondly they can have chargers in the van.

Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc



DEA Budget was $2 BILLION. They stop less than 1% of the illegal drugs trade in the USA.


How do you suck that bad at finding drug dealers? They really are not hard to find at all. It would make more sense to spend the budget on just buying the drugs! they would get x3 the amount of the streets.

Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link


American Taxis are the reason Uber exists. So many of them are utterly appaling, bad drivers in dirty old knackered cars, often forgetting how to speak English, have "Broken" meters/card readers and will try to rip off any visitors.

London black cabs, whilst clean are totally up there own behinds. The number of times I have been told "not going there mate" is ridiculous - they seem to forget I decide the destination not them.

The invention of ride-sharing apps has been a lifeline for travellers like myself. I can now get a ride, knowing I'm not getting ripped off, the car will be clean, I know where and when and who is driving. I don't have to carry any cash (which if you are only in a city for a day is handy).

So far I've not had any bad experiences with Uber et al, but many many incidents with "licenced" taxis in lots of cities globally.

The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit


Re: Bring in someone more Linux friendly?

That will only work is they invest in a complete build of Linux that doesn’t suck on it’s easy of use.

Let me make it clear, if you need to open terminal, IT WILL NOT WORK FOR 99.999999% if humans.

See Android for the amount of effort needed to make a unix version people friendly.

Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32


Re: Meh

IO is the major strength of the Threadripper setup, giving 64pciE3 lanes on the gen1. Not seen how many gen2 will give but it could be 128, as you get 16 per Ryzen chip and gen2 has 4 of the beauties.


Depends upon your memeory

The clock speed of the infinity fabric is set to that of the memery it’s controlling. The fabric on VEGA will run to 1300 but haven’t tried higher yet as the HBM struggles to get must past 1250 stable, still looking at over 600GB/s at that speed.

More on IF here


SpaceX to pick up the space pace with yet another Falcon 9 launch


It’s a Geo orbit

Lobbing a big heavy coms sat into geo stationary orbit makes the stages none recoverable. They simply don’t have the fuel left in them to land. Thus they smash into the ocean

AI servers will need much more memory. And you know who's going to be there? Yep, big daddy Micron


Price fixing

Wonder if they will finally start ramping up production and help end the current volume fixing agreement the memory makers are engaged in to push up the prices to their current redicilous high levels.

Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time



So you don’t want algo between you and the breaks, so you drive a car pre ABS then? If not it’s already there.

On any electric car there isn’t a servo, it’s all drive by wire. So the breaking response can be changed. Difference is only Tesla can do that on the fly. Everybody else requires a trip to a dealer, if you have received the notification.

Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit


Re: Simpler solution.

Thy has not tried the likes of a fine pair of Sennheiser or Bose then.

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed


Re: Wot!

It's Innocent UNLESS proven guilty.

Using Until is a presumption of guilt.

Please get the fundamentals about your liberty correct. This one little word swap is how we are in this situation.

IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere


We did this

Then allowed exceptions for:

Software because they need to do new pc builds

Customer support and logistics as they need to send out legacy software on them

Trial managers as the old software sends data back by usb

Data management as they need to pull data from old systems.

Sales and science as they need to do presentation on customers systems when ours won’t connect (surprisingly often)

All in all it locked out only finances access.

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space


Its like that and that's the way it is.

Should have gone to school, should have learned a trade, but you spent all your time in the bum cafe, now your crying that your underpaid....

Newsworthy Brit bank TSB is looking for a head of infrastructure


Might apply

I've got no project management experience, a degree is something totally unrelated to IT. No idea about banking systems, but I've got some seriously sharp suits

Should be a perfect fit.

AMD CEO Su: We like GPU crypto-miners but gamers are first priority


Re: Can I see some b*** motherboards

What you on about,

Ryzen ITX has been out for ages, both b350 and X370 chipsets, I have the rather nice Asrock X370 gaming - to which I have been very nicely surprised at how far Asrock has come, certainly has the best bios I have ever seen on it, runs a 1600x at 4GHz 16gb 3200mhz RAM just dandy.

They are for sale on Overclockers, Scan, Ebuyer, CCLonline and lots more. Have you heard of Google, apparently you can find stuff with it?

2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations


Re: no mention of bitcoin mining

For Mining (not bitcoin as that's ASCI only now) but any Alt coins:

The Titan gets around 77MH on ETH at a cost of £3k and drawing over 230W.

A Vega 56 or 64 get 48MH on ETH at a cost of £500 (but really £600-900 now) but only draw 100W (you do need to do some serious optimisation on both to get these figures)

If its throwing memory errors then it will also cock up the mining. Memory errors result in incorrect shares which are not paid for at all.

Very surprised at how low the HBM memory bandwidth is, 8GB HBM2 on a Vega will overclock to over 600GBs, This Titan has 3x the bus but only 652GBs, which suggests they are not using the vastly superior Samsung chips but are using the Hynix pants.

Ofcom to probe Three and Vodafone over network throttling



Haven't seen that, using 60GB a month on an EE data only sim package. It's more likely to be the MiFi box, as they are pants, blew up two before I got a proper 4G router and its been constant speed for 6+ months, but those little boxes just can't handle 24/7 usage

Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases by credit card customers



This has absolutely nothing do to do with the value or risk of cyrptocoins.

The issue is the total lack of real security on credit card purchases. Usually, the card company simply reverses the payment on fraudulent transactions and Fs over the shop. As any form of purchasing security is clearly forbidden and doubly so in the USA, where a scribble (that nobody checkes) is all that's needed to buy in shops and just the number on the card work for online.

However with Bitcoins and other crypto coins are not reversible, being there is no central authority to authorise reversal of translations.

Thus you buy a boatload of stolen card details (Available on the dark web by the thousand), use a doggy exchange to buy your crypto coins, Go via XMR to anonymise your purchases, back to bitcoin and cash out at some other more reputable exchange.

A simple, quick, efficient and relatively safe way of using the utter lack of security with credit card payment systems.

Banks could have implemented 2FA using your phone for online purchases, but NO its easier to ban all crypto purchased with credit cards.

Elon Musk offered no salary, $55bn bonus to run Tesla for a decade


Re: Just a house of cards...

The thing is He has 500,000 of pre orders, each coughing up $1000 for a place on the queue. That's what 14 years worth of GMs electric car sales.

Just shows the market is really there, if the other car companies could just produce something with the performance and range to match an Tesla (also helps if it doesn't look appealing Heres looking at you Toyota and GM),. Problem is it's remarkably difficult to do that, more so when you just use off the shelf bits and Tesla has a DECADE headstart and isnt slowing down its R&D.

yes lots of marketing hype, but there is real product hitting the markets, late, but still hitting them.


Re: Will Tesla be independent for that long?

Guess you missed the Model 3. OK so it's struggling to get built, but still, its BMW 1M performance for less than a Golf.


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