* Posts by MonsieurTM

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Data-spewing Spectre chip flaws can't be killed by software alone, Google boffins conclude

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As noted before, the increase in performance by using a suoer-scalar processor model with multilayered caches has become a flawed model. In modern times the goalposts changed to permit ready access to many computers. That access has been exploited by untrusted code. That untrusted code is what has moved the goal posts on the superscalar model. Intel operated a de-facto monopoly since the late 90s (ref. cases of shareholders vs. Dell). That monopoly highly constrained competition, so alternative, non-super-scalar architectures were not widely developed. So to some extent this issue has been enhanced by Intel's monopolistic practices.

Pokemon No! Good news: You can now ban the virtual pests, er, pets to stop nerds wandering around your property

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Frankly pokemon go should be banned (consider criminal action, etc) from placing their tripe anywhere near residential areas. I'd legislate that the only suitable locations be near cliffs, toxic waste sites, football pitches (whilst a match is occurring), dangerous wildlife pens, high security jails, top secret bunkers and similar. Basically only places where these nerks would get a sharp wake-up call PDQ.

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Oh yes, and now if you complain you get your details, including GPS, held on a dubious data base (of unknown security) managed by coders and a business already noted as being utter cretins. Thanks, oh yes thanks so f.....ing much.

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Typical: the corporate gets to still plague people with their pokemon stuff and yet it takes innocent people at least 15 days of potential hell to get rid of gormless nerks. Oh and if you are in an apartment block you are utterly stuffed: no recourse at all. This is why, as a dev, I think fatwas against devs is far too lenient. Yes yes others will bleat it was the business. But if the selfish, ignorant, naive devs didn't code it then it would not happen.

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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Re: Just because you're paranoid...

Surely "frikkin'" laser???

Ivan to be left alone: Russia preps to turn its internet into an intranet if West opens cyber-fire

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Well look at it this way: if "the west" decides to cut links to Russia, they will naturally want their part of the internet to keep working. So that their business can still operate, albeit internally to Russia. Big deal. What us the ahick-horror value of this. No "naughty Ivan" here. Surely most states consider this as a disaster scenario. Given the current McCarthyite, anti-Russian hysterial this seems Luke a logical response for the Russian Parliament.

Do please recall that our own ISPs keep records of our own digital communications for 7 odd days as part of their legal obligations under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1914. (Which would include this post.) This permits the UK government to review all communication in time of national crisis. (Think war.) So are we, in the UK, not subject to governmental oversight too? Yet we are apparently happy to be subject to that oversight.

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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Re: Another design approach:

That made me laugh!

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Re: It's not much of an idea when thought through.

Agreed: I think (despite the poor spelling) that the sign is a great idea! Shame, even if we cannot name...

Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

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Yet the curse of the Metro UI lives on....

South Korea reckons mystery hackers cracked open advanced weapons servers

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Oh come on, surely it must be everyone's bogeyman-du-jour, Russia!

US midterms barely over when Russians came knocking on our servers (again), Democrats claim

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Yet again we Russia being blamed in a well-written article that on the face of it appears to be sound. Yet again no evidence is presented. Yet again we are asked to believe in "evil Russia". This is now a troll. Stop repeating the troll "Russia bad".

Russia does not gave the technical kniow-how to perform such influence on the most technologically advanced nation in the world! This is absurd.

Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'

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Given that it was the UK govt that claimed it was an act of wat, with very little intelligence to back it up. One might assume Zurich have consulted their extensive legal panel. Does this imply that relatively unfounded govt statements can now carry considerable legal weight? If found for the claimant, then that would put the UK govt"s claim of an act off war on very shaky legal basis...

Happy Christmas! Bloodhound SSC refuelled by Yorkshire business chap

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Brilliant news! Well done Mr. Warhurst! What a chap to step in at the last minute and rescue to project! Finally someone put their money where the mouth is! Hurrah!

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Come on, UK obviouy. Smoked back bacon is food of the Gods!

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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The collapse of this delightfully eccentric attempt makes me feel ashamed to be British (I donated about £1k over the years). For the want of £25million (+stuff). What is wrong with British society that the highly wealthy have lost the ideals of philanthropy?

NASA chief in Moscow: 'We will fly again on a Russian Soyuz rocket'

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Re: Scheduling...

Excatly. Everyone seems to forget that the crew in a Soyuz are spam-in-a-can until they open the hatch to the ISS. (Yes they give them stufff to do to make them feel busy: it is just psychological.) Everything else can be done automatically or as a backup remotely from the MKS in Moscow. Sending up an unmanned Soyuz would not even require the investigation to complete... Thus the time for the crew on board can be extended to at least 500 days. Yes they will get bored. Yes they will miss their families. But then that is space for you.

Cosmonauts they are tough as nails; I expect astronauts too. I'd imagine they'd have viewed that the unplanned decent was at most disappointing regarding not reaching the ISS. No "brown trousers" in the slightest.

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

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Apparently other restrictions:

"Visitors are also slapped with new restrictions. They must submit visit requests in writing to the embassy chief, giving their name, nationality, profession and place of work, reason for visiting, email and social media accounts, and even the serial numbers for phones and other devices they wish to bring inside. The new rules even mandate the collection of IMEIs, unique identification numbers specific to a phone handset.

While repeat visitors receive a less restrictive screening process, they can have their access revoked at any time without an explanation. All visitor data will be turned over to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other unspecified parties.

The restrictions include a threat to use UK police to arrest visitors or seize communications equipment should the journalist violate the lengthy list of rules. Adding insult to injury, the embassy threatened to remove Assange's cat to a shelter should they decide he is not cleaning up after the animal properly."

So if one wishes to visit Assange, one has to give over significantly intrusive details that may be passed on to "... other unspecified parties.". Wow. So potential total loss of "freedom" and welcome to no-fly lists, intrusive (TSA) customs searches, etc, etc.

It is disgusting that Assange is held, without trial in an effective jail for so long. Call ourselves civilised: 3rd world countries must be laughing at our hypocrisy.

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Re: Still mad about the Shuttle program...

Although your analysis of the use-case for the large wings on the shuttle is correct: it was *still* a bad idea: It turns out to be *MUCH* cheaper and more reliable to use ICBMs over the North (or South) Pole to do this, than launch the shuttle over a pole, nuke Russia, re-enter, turn through 90 degrees (what the big wings were for) then land.

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Thank you: well said. The last people to die in a Soyuz was on landing from Salyut 1. A total of 4 people have died, sadly. The first was Komarov. Those last 3: Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev in 1971. One must not forget Valentin Bondarenko.For a total of 1+1+3=5. So how many died in the US space program? 3+7+7. (Apologies for not naming them all.)

Read that again 5 vs. 17.

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Re: Station keeping

The Russian segment is designed to be run either automatically independently, under ground-control or via cosmonauts on board. The multiple redundancy was designed in on purpose. The Soviets & Russians have great experience with de-staffing and re-staffing space stations: e.g. Salyut (commonly unmanned), Mir. Mir did not suffer permanent issues with de-staffing. It did suffer from the collapse of the Russian economy after the break up of the Soviet Union meaning that the items that previously came from the Ukraine now cost a lot of money that Roscosmos (of the time) simply could not afford.

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Re: Station keeping

You are correct, the automated Progress resupply ships & the Zvezda module in the Russian segment are both designed (one as a back-up for the other) to keep the ISS at station. Either automatically or under control from the MKS is Moscow (again redundant backup).

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Uuum: wrong, again. The hypergolic propellants used mean that ignition in space is 100% reliable. This is vital. Hypergolic propellants have been used in all space-based chemical engines. The ones designed by Isaev's design bureau were the only ones to be 100% reliable. (The current hypergolic engines in the Soyuz, Progress and Russian-segment of the ISS are all direct descendants of that superb engine design.) The fact that they are corrosive is an issue. But one has to live with that with chemical engines in space. Space probes use hypergolic propellants. The Shuttle did. It is NOT a "nasty Russian rubbish design" thing.

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What a load of tripe: the Soviets & Russians have been far less cavalier about the survivability of their systems than the Americans. You need to read your history more carefully. The Soyuz has always been developed to be survivable in all stages of use, unlike the Shuttle or Apollo, etc. Moreover the ability of the Soyuz to operate fully automatically or under remote control, without crew intervention permits an incapacitated crew to potentially survive. Unlike the Shuttle.

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Incorrect: the Progress automated resupply ships can refuel the ISS. The Russian segment has the re-boost rockets on it that can be refuelled - this is the normal operation (NOT the international section). All of these can be remotely operated from the MKS in Moscow.

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The Russians & International crews have had people up there for well over a year: consider the Mars 500 series of long-stays. There will be health risks, but nothing irrecoverable.

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Ever heard of the Progress resupply ships that can dock automatically and refuel it, unlike the SpaceX junk.

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What about Roscosmos?

Why is it that NASA "has to be satisfied"? Surely Roscosmos has to satisfy itself. NASA are just passengers. Why such biassed reporting? The ISS is composed of the "International" segment and the Russian segment. Note that the Soyuz is hugely safe & unlike ANYTHING NASA launched has no periods during its operation which are unsurvivable unlike the Shuttle, etc. This is ridiculous, alarmist reporting. "Abandon the ISS"?! What about the Russian crew on the Russian segment? The International team may get windy, but the Russians will satisfy themselves over their vehicle and launch as they see fit. It is NOT up to NASA - they do NOT pull the shots on the Russian segment that could detach from the rest and fly perfectly happily, attended or otherwise. With automatic resupply from the Progress ships (and refuelling for re-boosting). Again NASA nor anyone else has such automatic ships. (The Europeans had, but only 4 or so flew years ago.)

On Kaspersky’s 'transparency tour' the truth was clear as mud

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Re: Can we see the original evidence first?

Ever heard of D-notices & the Official Secrets Act, mate? These are UK inventions. That make it dangerous in as far as going to jail is dangerous.

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Re: @DavCrav

And the US in Nicaragua, Columbia, Mexico, Lybia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Vietman, Camboldia, Laos, etc, etc? Exactly how many deaths?

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Really? What about the UK meddling in Afghanistan, Syrian, Libya, etc, etc. How many deaths have occurred there because of UK meddling?

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Re: But...

So, you prefer preven US lackies to unproven Russian lackies, eh? Damn glad you are not in power...

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Re: But...

*Evil* Kaspersky telling us about trojans! Bad Kaspersky, and thus evil Russians!

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I know, let's make up load of malicious, baseless accusations, then ignore requests to justify them, and repeatedly demand that the organisation in question must explain itself. And then that organisation on the occasion gets in knots, let's use that as substitute "evidence" to support those initial claims. Brilliant reporting, Simon. Glad I am too dumb to think for myself!

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Agreed: Kaspersky got into hot water initially over blowing the whistle on Stuksnet, government spyware. And would not shut up about it. All the rest remained silent....

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Stuksnet

IIRC a subsidiary of Kaspersky blew the whistle on Stuksnet. Which seriously pissed off the US & Israeli governments and permitted the Russian and other governments to become aware of such sophisticated cracks. Methinks that Kaspersky is a victim of over-zealous US government business practise.

US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some

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Well said. It is a shame that some think you are incorrect and misguidedly believe that this information release proves the claim that Russia attempted to influence the US election. Maybe it did: but less that 100 clicks and impressions combined? Come-on: *seriously* that is a fine example of *failed* to influence. The vote was not swung by ~100 voters but orders of magnitude more.

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There is a claim that Russia somehow significantly affected the outcome of the US election. This release of information further confirms how unlikely and ridiculous this idea is. It is a shame that the media-at-large will not follow this up so assiduously so that the population at large may still believe that unfounded claim.

LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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The oppression of the Code of Conduct.

It is an unpleasant fashion for volunteers to adopt said codes. Unfortunately these distract from the original purpose of the organisation and it becomes self-serving. Why because people bang on and on about the CoC and not about what was originally being done.

In the UK we have seen what happened with such thought policing: the surprise of Brexit. All that happens is people retain their original ideas, but practice double-think, lying or avoid the topics in wider groups. Thus they bubble themselves, cease engaging and the rest do not know because they do the same.

CoCs are a meme, a virus, corroding the very values they claim to promote by the very uninclusive, intolerant way they operate.

Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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A sad loss...

Especially to his family.

But also science and the population at large for his succinct, clear and involving popularisation of science. His influence shall be sorely missed.

We need more like him: studying hard & pure science of no immediate monetary value: for this is one of the endeavours that marks a civilisation so that it stands out long after its passing.... His corpus shall contribute to make our civilisation stand out: in the long eons after its passing.

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Re: That's a bummer of a way to start a Wednesday

Fortunately the wikipedia entry has been edited for "Pi Day" to include a non-US centric definition, so we may all celebrate Pi day! Huzzah!

"Note that for those counties in which 3/14 is not in US-centric MM/DD format, one may appeal to ISO8601 - "Date and time format" for a more internationally-inclusive definition: one may take the four least-significant-digits of a date in ISO8601-format: e.g. 2017-03-14 gives one 03-14."

RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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RIP Petrov.

You were a brave man. Congratulations & despite your reticence, the awards were well deserved.

systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Congrats Devuan!

I happen to use Gentoo/Linux and still use init, not systemd. There are other OS that allow the user to choose.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

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FAIL

Hmmmmm....

All from the man who cursed the world with HTML... A physicist...

Japan's terrifying techno-toilets will be made foreigner friendly, vow makers

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Unicode code page.

One does hope that these are also added to a suitable Unicode code-page. I can think of much mirth to be derived from the "sprinkle bum" emoji already.....

ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

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Slowly catching up with the Soviet/Russian gear...

Although the docking ports on the Russian Section are narrower they've had recharge, fuel & water transfer amongst other connection as standard for at least t20 years and perhaps since 1972ish (DOS-2).

IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

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Re: Don't prat about.

"Long service award" = find a better paid job elsewhere....

Lester Haines: RIP

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A tragic loss; before his time. My thoughts go to his family, for which nothing can comfort that loss.

I will miss his excellent articles on the military. His wit. His contribution to Great British Boffinry. It is a loss that he will never see LOHAN launched (and curses to the FAA).

I too shall raise a glass of the "Blue Vodka"* in his honour & hard work at the SPB.

* Alcohol-based rocket fuel during the Great Patriotic War was coloured blue in an attempt to identify those soldiers desperate enough to drink it, e.g. during the Siege of Stalingrad, amongst other less comfortable engagements on the Eastern Front.

ISS 'nauts to face Mark Zuckerberg grilling

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*cough* The chap is writing in *American* not *English*. Hence the spelling: it is perfectly correct American. I do hope the article is updated to correct this gross error.

Progress source replenishes international space station

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Ahem! The cargo was NOT delivered in a Soyuz at all. It was delivered in a Progress resupply ship. The two are VERY different. Specifically a Progress MS-02. TUT.

'Hot Tech Talent' IT job board ads caught up in sexism allegations

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Outraged & Disgusted from London!

This set of adverts is extremely pant-ist: I feel that boxers and briefs are hugely under-represented & why not have tangas and jock-straps for the trains running after the watershed? Surely in these enlightened times, women should be equally represented in suitably under-clad states too?!!! Mary Pankhurst chained herself to the Houses of Parliament for female equality, you know!

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