* Posts by TechnicalBen

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Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine

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Avoids data breach rules if you say it was "unauthorised access", and sweep the rest under the carpet?

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Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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Re: Cheesy.

These all deal with chemicals, heat and exposure to the air. These are not going to be nice to the human body. Use air filtration, circulation etc. While perhaps an FDM is about as safe as a BBQ, I'd probably not risk my life on the new one turning up soon.

So this article is a nice reminder that some fan, or using it in a seperate room to me, is due. That and a proper solder station so I don't get gassed by that stuff either (flux more than the solder).

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Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

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Re: Forced updates

Or worse "forced uninstalls". I've only had it via Steam DLC/mods so far, but I shy away from it because "closing down/unsupported" mods/DLC get removed automatically. No thanks!

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Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Re: Alternative

I think this kind of thing has been tried. Folding projector screen (A4 page, lol) and/or a projector in the phone. However, daytime reading is still not as good as even a dim oled/lcd/eink.

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Re: folding batteries.

Folding batteries, or as in the Apple X thing, two or more cells, could be done in the future.

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Watch closely as NASA deploys the world's biggest parachute at supersonic speeds

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Re: Astounding

"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades

or loose the cords of Orion?"

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With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships

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Re: Notch...

"Most of the objections to the notch concept are based on an individual's sense of aesthetics" NO!

It is because, instead of increasing real estate above the screen, to notifications, and allowing full screen content below that (say video without letterboxing, but not encroching into the notch), 90% of OS/manufacturers put the video INTO the notch. So it cuts out content, and you have a hole in your film all the way through.

Nothing to do with aesthetics and all to do with implement. IIRC LG and a few do offer an option to work the phone with only notifications in the notch, or turning that part of the panel off entirely. However, this messes up the video player scaling. So just as broken.

It's not impossible to make it work properly, it's just no one is staying on a design choice/platform long enough to get past "does it boot? Then ship it!" and bugs/GUI bad decisions be damned!

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Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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Re: "unique screw head types and gluing or soldering components"

You jest about the valves... but some science and engineering bods are looking at valves on silicone chips!

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Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Neither. Choose the 3rd option.

The "train tracks" problem is that, someone decided to make a train that hurdles along a track at speeds that can kill, and puts no barriers up to stop a child on one track and a grandma on the other. THEN offers control to a clueless philosophy student to ponder over. ;)

The actual answer is don't let the AI get in a situation like that. OR put enough explosives on the car that it instantly evaporates and everyone is safe... oh, perhaps enough LO2 to neutralize the explosion? They are tech people, they must have a solution... right?

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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You can get...

$4 phones (Not sure the UK price, not risked looking on Ebay/Amazon/Ali Express).

You could easily do disposable* Pub phones for that price.

*Please return address with a postage stamp on the back (it's small enough ;) ), to the local recycling centre if we want to be green.

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In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: "Win 8 was stupid"

But my Win 8.1 has never given me any trouble. It may have been stupid... but unlike 10, it worked. XD

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Re: Not that it, or Microsoft, helps.

Thanks for the personal experience example there Shadow Systems. Though not requirements, I do have personal preferences. I have also worked with individuals who have visual or hearing impairments.

So, not that it helps, but we all know how you feel to some extent. Microsoft also ruin the entire boot drive, my documents folder, or graphics driver. So we all get a complete computer crash, blue screen of death, of failure to boot.

Somehow, I think if Windows 10 even turns on these days it is a miracle!

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Let's try that one again

How about no?

I've not got the strength to make an analogy of the actions of MS on users via the OS that they are applying.

Let's just say, if MS was a decorator, or utility supplier, at this point most of us would have no house standing... on the request they "try that one again", most of us would ask them to either go get proper training, safety and materials, and come back with their tail between their legs... or go get lost!

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: By design

"I just hated having "My[whitespace]Documents" as a directory name, I always rebelled and used "C:\documents" (or similar), a _directory_ name of my own choice, to store things."

Oh, they probably got a gold plated clue bat. OS dependant file structure/directory name = customer lock in = sales paycheck. :/

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Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins

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Re: Planetes

Anime based on this concept calle Planetes. Basically they are the orbital bin collectors. :)

Not too bad a story, with the exception of the last 2 or so episodes that goes all out crazy space battles/conspiracy/sci-fi.

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Re: "Blow the moon out of orbit"

While I understand the reference. The problem is, as a human, we can construct sentences that seem reasonable, but are entirely impossible.

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Wait, what?!

" it would have spotted that it was too dark to see anything and therefore not try to lead me to walk across a wooded park in the middle of the night."

Now normally you have sense Mr Lister... but you're totally going at this problem the wrong way. Why use a server farm of NVidia Teslas, eating a countries Wattage of power, sending 7 camera (you seen the next phone release ;) ) 4D VR, omni direction video tracking with IR and UV ray tracing...

...when the app can just check what time of day it is! (And possibly the location of streetlamps XD )

[Icon for when you walk into said lamppost]

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That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought

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rounded interface

This alone has me migrating away.

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You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Re: easy

I'm very much in the mood to do a Windows 10 Bonfire come this autumn/Winter. I may even have some spare sacrificial rigs, so I don't have to burn up my Laptop! (While it did come with 10, Linux (Mint) works flawlessly on it!)

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Almost...

"Surely she understands that a percentage of what she charges for a coffee would immediately be sucked away in transaction fees"

Banks also charge for cash transactions. As a business, you'll probably be charged for just about anything you do at a bank.

Though which one they will gouge you for the most, is debatable!

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Re: Full URL

No one even checks if it matches. Google search in URL bar is atrocious from a security standpoint. Already had the "why can't we login to site XYZ" when in fact they had mistyped, Google had searched, they clicked "first/sponsored" result. Thankfully they were sent to a hotel site or review forums instead of the specific booking company/location. However they still were not sent to the correct place. (IIRC a hyphen or a .org/.com got swapped somewhere when typing)

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No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

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You have worked under the same "IT" department as me I see.

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AI image recognition systems can be tricked by copying and pasting random objects

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Re: AI Hype

You can ask with AI too... it would just take extraordinarily longer time, or a lot more work into getting the right type of software analyses (which we don't have yet IIRC).

For example in the above article "The API could be struggling to correctly recognize the objects because it’s uncommon to see an elephant lumped in together with common items often seen in living rooms" Well, no. The API could be doing anything because of any reason. Because until it is checked, it could be counting pixels, checking contrast, checking shape, or just checking correlations.

Trying to guess "why" at this point is a massive, massive error in the thought process of the programmers, trainers and reporters. :(

It's a bit like watching a bridge supplied with poor quality concrete crumble to the ground and going "oh, it happened on a Thursday so must be cause of the moonshine off venus". Could we hit a new world of myths and magic based on imagined reasons for "AI" to act? ;)

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Some people feel threatened just by you/us existing. Their solution?

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IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits

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Re: a_yank_lurker

We do to some extent understand neurons. These systems replicate neurons. So they have very basic "learning" systems.

But would you trust your data set, and decisions on a slug?

For those systems with more power/neurons, we do not know how to teach them (or the "correct/best" maths/weighting/logic for connecting them) correctly. Proof of this, a 3 year old has much more power than these systems, yet would you trust even an educated 3 year old to make medical decisions?

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ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream

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Re: Def

Design can be good and bad. GUI gravitates from the good to the bad, because a LOT of it was correct first time... so what do the "marketing" or "design" staff or "managers" do to prove their worth? Twiddle, twiddle twiddle until it falls apart:

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/18/2a/65/182a65f5821b19f1be45eeea1c524a53--gag-funny-funny-jokes.jpg

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Re: "Last century called. They want their UI back, please"

Hammers never went "last millenium" let alone century. I don't see anyone trying to change their "interface". Handle, and a lump. Done.

So many thumbs up for the GUI too!

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BBC websites down tools and head outside into the sun for a while

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Re: 60 Million people...

Yeah. I'm no longer anywhere near London. But even around here, it's still some times of year or day that we get the rain. Not constantly. :P

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60 Million people...

60 million people searching bbc weather for "do I need a coat today?"

I know, it rarely does not rain here. No, I don't want my coat... I just noticed the smoke from my phone as it hit critical temp!

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Core blimey! Apple macOS update lifts boot from MacBook Pro neck

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They missed that one bit of code...

That turns on the reality distortion field.

/jokes

But may have just been the actual clock/turbo/voltage profiles or something?

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Google Translate spews doomsday messages, Facebook snatches boffins, and more in AI

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Simple?

" it highly possible the model was fed passages from bibles and similar material."

The phrase is not lifted from a "bible", as it's too modern in references (doomsday clock an invention from 1947). But possibly other fiction/opinion writing off Google books? Else just off webpages/Youtube captions... In fact, based on they prose and type of content in the above picture from the article, I'd say it was from a Youtube video!

Actually, that makes sense. So, in pseudo[drunk](armchair) code: Auto transcription;thislanguage ++ crowdsourced transcription /*Either cachpa or community supplied*/ [YoutubeVideo]: Compare to -[sameVideo;otherlanguage]

> Returns "Garbage"

(I really don't know how to code! XD )

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♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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Re: Thanks!

No idea if you get this reply (does Reg do notifications?), but still, thanks so much for that extra info.

So, if I've understood, it's down to the chip silicone budget? The A11 is putting all the work at 2.5GHz to use. Where as, only the i9s running at 5GGHz would outperform it? Due to the i9's extra budget/code/transistors/cache (and wait times of all these systems).

I never knew that the A11 was actually a quicker compute too because of this. I can see where/why Intel is panicking even with the likes of AMD creeping up on "lots of slow" in their multicore systems. They don't need to be the fastest, if power and scale can still overcome the lead Intel has on pure silicone speed... which they are possibly about to also lose!

I knew some of the Apple and other chip makers had the low power chips outperforming Intel on everything (power use and compute power), but it's interesting to see they are now losing out in mid range, and possibly high end too!

PS, and all of which is partially rendered mute, if Apple (and by extension Intel) had the cooling to even run this at the expected 3.5GHz+. I also remember the stage 5GHZ they "showcased"! LOL!

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Re: The solution is simple.

Sounds good. But kind of defeats the real problem. It's not the throttling down when not being used. This extends battery life, or lowers power use when actually idle. This also generally works fine on older models, unless... the software/hardware is buggy! So it is the over throttling up, of the failure to detect use that messes things up. :(

Glad you got KSP going though!

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Good intentions, but you are just like me...

... prone to putting mouth before brain when it comes to ideas.

Think about it. Below ambient temperature = condensation.

Current form factor = limited thermal dissipation to even couple your customer option too (external air pumped in or external coupling of a heatsink)

There are already at least one water cooled docking station laptop on the market. But it requires the watercooling loop inside the case to begin with (then is docked to the res+pump+fans+radiator).

PS, I know I've probably also spoken before thinking long enough on this reply too! ;)

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Re: Wait... huh?

[disengage the cloaking device, it is not hostile captain]

I'm still confused on the definition of "faster". You are comparing different workloads and different platforms. Comparing mobile to laptop. Which is fine, a compute is a compute. Except you then say we cannot take a general compute, because on mobile we don't often do that (we do web page and mobile apps, if I'm on the right page). But then compare it to a laptop made for "pro" and not "pro webpage surfing", but what people expect to be productivity. Thus general compute.

So either we need to say the A11 is not the same as the i9, and we cannot compare clocks or workloads. As my casio watch could overclock to 10GHz and be faster than both! XD

Or we say which type of compute, memory etc, and say it's "faster". I'm happy for that, to define it faster in prime, pi, content delivery, encoding or even just latency of a webpage lookup.

But just saying "the A11 [at 2.5GHz] is faster than an i9 [at 2.5GHz]" fails totally to pass logical syntax. As you say though, it is faster for some "type of integer code". That is always a "sometimes", never "it *is* faster". Thanks for the info though!

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Not perfect...

But wow, web "2.0" that does not want me to tear out my hair, teeth, eyes and brain just to get away from the horror? Great stuff!

You must have real engineers working on this stuff, not those "graphic designers" who don't actually think someone else needs to [b]read[/b] the content on the site they design.

Mines the one with the unused Graphic Design qualifications in the pocket... oops.

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: It matters to me

Same here. XD

(I actually was tempted to just throw some cat 5 over the fence, would give me theoretically whatever I want, providing they let me plug it in!)

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Your phone may be able to clean up snaps – but our AI is much better at touching up, say boffins

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AI in everything.

Even the local Pizza place:

"Powering our business with cutting edge technology, we use data and tech to put customers first. Artificial intelligence drives everything we do, from the recipes customers see on our website, to how we put the boxes together. We’re proud of our industry-leading product and service, which helps our customer enjoy the good food, they want."

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Re: No?

If it is trained on "noise" and/or text defacement/watermarking then it will mainly remove that.

It's like sanding down a rough edge. If you want a textured edge on a surface (grip on a hand held device), you don't sand it down. If you want a smooth edge, you sand it down.

This is a tool, it could be used to fake things, it could be used to improve (actual data processing for sub pixels) the image. It's down to the user, as with most tools, to decide how to use it.

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Imagine a patent on organizing computer files being used against online shopping sites. Oh, it's still happening

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Re: See maths.

Information is information. While DNA was not know of. For centuries (or more) before hand, animal husbandry was know. Seeing the colour of domesticated animals being passed on, or mixes of (if other parents used) was know. Spotted/speckled and striped sheep etc. Though this may have been given different meanings or causes, no doubt many would have realised somewhere, such info was stored in the creature to pass to its offspring.

The "proof by cutting off a tail" is failure to understand the logical observation and statements made from evolutionary theory. Such failure to analyse the conversation would fail to argue for any point (for or against). :P

Where is my understanding wrong? Is applying patents to code, no more beneficial than asking to patent π ? (sorry if I misspelt before)

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Re: See maths.

So, if I patent a specific method of counting?

Easily circumvented by counting a different way (different base, different order but then lookup table to put back, or different system (only evens, then take 1 away when I want an odd number etc).

My examples may not be very good, but as said, if there is one method to do something in code, there is an infinity variable ways to also do it. Problem being, mathematically it often reduces down to one main method (see counting in binary!!!). To change on the whim of someone else having a patent on code, is like changing the meaning if pie, because someone else wants royalties for it!

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Re: Move on please, there's nothing to see here.

Generally I'm against blaming the victims. But I can agree, if you put your fruit in an ants nest/wasps nest, then don't complain if you get stung!

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Re: IMO

IMO does not matter what the claims are. Patenting code is so silly, because concurrent or prior discovery are just so common, it's like trying to patent individual numbers.

Mine is the jacket with all the patent on all the primes, starting with the largest in descending order.

(XKCD reference ;) )

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CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

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Re: Is NASA sending 5-year old austronauts now?

Yeah, this thing needed less human like features, and more human relevant features.

Think less Bucky, and more TARS. :)

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This will not end well...

I've seen how this one goes. Disney made a documentary on it, entitled "The Black Hole"!

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Ready, get Sets... no? App-grouping whizzery for Windows 10 killed

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Re: More tabs?

Yeah... after 8.1... and now 10... seems like MS is doing the carnaval roundabout quicker than phones!

"Smaller is better... bigger is better..." ad infinitum.

Now it's "no windows, tiles instead... no, tabs now, no windows, um tiles?"

Who has not caught on that they are just deleting and reintroducing "features" with the adage that it is "new"?

Granted there are some nice real improvements under the hood. Like compressed RAM memory access . But AFAIK the likes of MacOS (and thus hopefully Linux too) can do In-kernel memory compression also!

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Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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Re: 30 feet?!

So I need new shoes too then?

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OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears

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Re: Bulldozer?

IIRC AMD said they don't allow cross thread access to those caches... or something about security checks before releasing the cache.

They may have a different exploit (it's still possible other ways), but mostly, other than the Spectre variants, they were doing things differently to Intel.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Joke enters stage left...

There are some examples around of people asking "how do I print off this video on page 3 of the PDF*"....

[edit]* By that I mean PowerPoint Slideshow, because AFAIK you cannot embed a video in PDF :P

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Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones

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Re: Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch,

It is way more complicated that you think.

https://youtu.be/cDYeby1Vanw

Apple made a mistake.

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