Re: The room doll was removed
> the really good ones Silicon.
No, silicone. With an E on the end. Totally different stuff. You really wouln’t want to get frisky with a lump of silicon.
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> AWS has to assume there will be hostile software running on their machines
AWS has an option for “exclusive tenancy”, i.e. you are the only user on that physical multi-core CPU. Of course you have to pay for all the cores, but I don’t think it is otherwise more expensive than “shared tenancy”. If you’re dealing with sensitive information - for some definition of “sensitive” - then this is what you should be using and at least many of these problems go away.
I thought the idea of “hyperthreading” was that you could swap from one thread to the other much more quickly once there were two program counters etc. in hardware, rather than having to context switch via the kernel, so you can switch to the other thread when you have a branch misprediction or cache miss.
Now that we care about one thread snooping on another’s branch predictor and cache behaviour for security reasons, things get more complicated. On one hand, a snooping thread that’s hyperthreaded on the same core is in a better position to snoop than one that is more decoupled. On the other hand, having hyperthreading means that you can get away with a worse (and hence more secure) branch predictor, since the core will be kept busy after mispredictions by the other thread - assuming that there is work for another thread to do. I’m curious to know if Arm have any security motivation for announcing this now.
Meanwhile, AWS actually launched their ARM servers and anyone can use them.
I would really love to know what the uptake is like, but since the announcement there has been almost no news anywhere (good or bad). For example, searching the AWS developer forum for “ARM” finds nothing.
Yes, I’ve had “support” incidents where they send an email on Friday and if I’ve not replied to it by Monday they just close the case as “resolved”. Bastards.
The other end of the spectrum is a few open source projects where I get Bugzilla emails for things I filed 17 years ago.
I thought it would be cool to have a ‘scope with a network port so that I could print screenshots to a networked printer.
Then I actually tried to do it. It was a nightmare to set up, not least because the thing didn’t have a qwerty keyboard.
So I unplugged the network and took pictures of the screen with my phone.
> Perhaps you forgot to take a number?
Trouble is there are inevitably two buttons on the take-a-number machine.
I remember in somewhere Scandinavian the two buttons were labelled roughly “Homtyfomtybumfluff” and “Expedition”.
I asked the person behind me if she could possibly translate these for me and she said, “I’m sorry I don’t know the English for Homtyfomtybumfluff, but Expedition is Expedition”. Since I wasn’t going on an expedition, I pressed Homtyfumtybumfluff. Some sort of klaxon went off out the back and a new person with a different uniform appeared in a new window whose curtain was raised, and my number appeared above it. I walked up purposefully to ask for my “three stamps for postcards to Scotland please’” and found this was the counter for passport applications, driving licenses, gun permits and so on. I sheepishly returned to the back of the “expedition” queue.
> there is no reason why you couldn't write your own software
Well you need to register and get access permissions for your application.
This looks to be intended for commercial accounting software vendors, not for software developers who could write a 50-line shell script to do this for their own business, nor for open-source projects.
> What are you waiting for exactly?
Back in Feb 2017, Andrew Orlowski wrote: “Gemini will be dual platform with Linux and Android supported”. What seems to have actually been delivered is an Android device, with some second-rate unsupported Linux of the kind we get on “hacker board” devices, i.e. out-of-tree drivers that need old kernel versions, have bugs, and don’t support everything. As Dave559 wrote above, “the chipset in the Gemini isn't the most Linux-friendly”.
I thought J. J. Thompson discovered the electron. Didn’t Chadwick discover the neutron? But yes, all of them - Thompson, Rutherford, Chadwick - diserve a mention.
Thompson is also notable for his role as a teacher to the next generation of physicists (according to Wikipedia) including Rutherford, Neils Bohr, Max Born and William Bragg.
I think I’d still vote for Maxwell though. His unification of physics (i.e. light is an electromagnetic wave) was something really significant, and with lots of practical consequences. Also, unlike the three nuclear physicists above, his memory is not tainted by the use of his discoveries to kill people (see also Alfred Nobel).
Found by John Hempton, https://brontecapital.blogspot.com/2018/09/crypto-pot-stock.html :
“On Feb 1, the company announced the Acquisition of a 49% Stake in CannaNUMUS Blockchain Inc. - developers of a cryptocurrency which will represent the performance of a suite of portfolio cannabis companies.
“With a 49% equity stake in this blockchain platform, Abattis could see a significant upside from any CannaNUMUS liquidity event, including a reverse take-over of CannaNUMUS or an ICO,”
“Yes, there are already Marijuana-based CryptoCurrencies. And while none are especially noteworthy, it's worth mentioning that CANN(CannabisCoin) has seen 20,000%+ GAINS and now boasts a $5.5 MIL Market Cap, POT (PotCoin) has seen 3,300%+ GAINS and enjoys a $35 MIL Market Cap, and THC (HempCoin) has seen a monsterous 114,000%+ Gain with a $28 MIL Market Cap!
“Several prominent UK organisations ...
Hill and Dale Outdoors (hillanddaleoutdoors.co.uk),
Micro Scooters (micro-scooters.co.uk),
External Invoicing (externalinvoicing.co.uk),
new and used car dealer Marshall (marshall.co.uk)
HomeoVet Animal Care (homeovet.co.uk)”
I think I can stop worrying.
(The homeovet people are probably trying to make the warnings go away by diluting the certificate.)
“Barry Shteiman ... said ... If the downtime caused by data being unavailable, or by the backup restoration process, is more expensive than paying the ransom, then organisations should pay.”
Mr Shteiman is overlooking the wider effect on society of paying.
Perhaps, if he really believes in this selfish “only our bottom line matters” attitude, we need to tell him that we’ll boycot businesses that pay ransoms.
Does anyone have a list of businesses that have admitted to paying ransoms?
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