* Posts by TechnicalBen

2068 posts • joined 23 Mar 2012

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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Re: weird decision by Aussies

Or go for a system that uses both? Can they not offer 2.1 amp over compatible cables (tested via data over their charger) and 1.3a over everything else?

Besides. If they offer a standard and a chip, it's proprietary right? I don't think it's wrong for a customer to request to have an option not to use it.

If I buy a table, I am allowed to get my own plates. If you wish to try to enforce DRM on plate shape/supplier, by all means, *try*.

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Re: Apple Pay?

Again... how does a single broken part (not able to authenticate/not authenticated at an Apple Store/Repair shop) stop the entire OS?

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Re: NontechnicalBen

So, how does this magically impossible system work with the rest of the whole world?

Oh wait, they don't brick the entire internet if one PC fails security.

But they brick your entire phone if one part fails?

Also, if you are so technical, explain how to source and fit a legitimate Apple Id fingerprint scanner?

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Re: Worse!

Apple were bricking Apple parts! If you swapped the Touch ID sensor from one phone to the other, to (for example) fix two and old broken phones you had spare into 1 working one... it still bricked!!!

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Senior judge: Put AI in charge of reviewing social media evidence

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Re: Hahahahahahahahahahaha...

Even then, machine learning is being given far too much credit. If most gamers and kids can find exploits to it, the mathematicians can publish proofs of it's failure, what do we do against those exploiting it's weaknesses?

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Hahahahahahahahahahaha...

I'd laugh if it was not so tragic I'll cry.

I understand "evidence too big to sift by hand", but calling an automated search/sort "ai" is joking right?

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Re: Easy good passwords, here I go again...

I also had experience with a system that accepted numerical characters in some fields (user name and surname) when they had a typo... but of cause refused them in the login field. I was only paid to answer the phone... so my efforts to fix that obviously broken system were to transfer the call.

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Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

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Percentage?

For percentage pop/user to generation?

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Quantum cryptography demo shows no need for ritzy new infrastructure

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Re: So...

I have upvoted... as while interception is detectable, AFAIK, if the QM is not end to end, then anyone can intercept the network stack/computer/router that is not fibre optic, and insert their own replacement service to this.

If you are certain the photon is travelling from sender to receiver, and not sender to CIA, then down cat 5 to you, then it is "uncrackable". But as soon as you get a delivery method switch (optic to wire, wire to wifi, wifi to PC OS) that is compromised, they could be decoding/encoding and then passing back to you pretend content/communication.

https://news.netcraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/mitm-simple.png

The attacker would have to setup 2 QM connections, one to you, one to the sender, and "know" your setups well enough to not be detectable.

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Intel chip flaw: Math unit may spill crypto secrets from apps to malware

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Re: Bah!

Finding rot in the house? Any amount of removing the rot now, is less painful then:

1) Finding more rot later, having more to remove (either this in addition to others, or this but going back further).

2) Not finding the rot, until it gets everything/is too late.

A bit like losing your house keys in the road. Are you going to change the locks? But what if every day, you lost the same set of keys? Eventually someone will find those keys, and find your lock, so you need to stop losing them!

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True but...

I would assume it is like dropping keys in the street. To know which house it is for is near impossible. But a criminal could deduce something, else just try brute force. But the number of houses with 1 known good key, is an order of magnitude (or more) easier to brute force than the same number of houses and an unknown number of random keys.

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Creepy software knows what you are about to do... to that poor salad

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Re: Unintedned Consequences?

Worse. Reaching for a scratch *is* partially suspect. The problem with AI is, if we don't know their entire makeup (we don't, as we don't have the computational power/time mix to reverse analyse the data), then every single one might have a single pixel (or data point) of failure!!!

Just as those "turtle/gun" or "Cat" picture tricks they did to the AI (and a few others) that used a single pixel/dot/shape to totally trick AI with very high "accuracy".

It's not the error, where the AI was close. It's not the AI that sees a spot of dust on your shoulder thinking it is a tactical nuke target. It's the person stupid enough to allow the AI to act without human supervision/intervention and respond to the faulty analyses.

(But we are past that point, we did long ago, the point where humans check the calculations we do on machines/computers. We assume they are right, until they break and we lose the system/car/airplane/internet/password database etc, etc, etc)

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Re: 1,712 videos of 52 different actors making breakfast.

This AI must be massively complicated. I mean, tomato... = tomato in salad?

I'm too unwashed to even begin to read this AI article to deduce if this is an algorithm in a net, or some onions in the net.

It's a bit like those articles stating "man invents space ship" when really, they have written down on a bit of paper the calculations of the rocket equation. Both are noble feats. But one is not the other.

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Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here

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Google is tracking your phone.

They will know trips to the DRs and/or which department. Which year. Etc. Enough data to build a "person" out of it.

Any amount of data can be correlated. Any. All that is limiting, is how fine the data is, vs how broad the number of people are. The less people, and the finer the data, the better the correlation to find the exact match.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: So...

"But Asbestos never killed me" and "But I never got Ebola" or "But my car does not roll over and explode" are not relevant arguments. Sorry.

I agree that use cases can vary. And even I tend to frown at people complaining all the time when the user is 90% to blame and not the programmer/manufacture etc. But things being what they are now, a LOT of the time it is a forced update/change in code/change to T&C/Services that messes up the product the customer just paid for! (See stores still selling products at full price that are paperweights because the online only device service ended months ago).

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Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft

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Re: Removing services as a service?

Ingenious! I'm about to patent IOT wireless internet connected locks, that for a fee *don't* update online and crash loop boot!

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

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Re: 10Ghz as hot as the sun?

Kit hit 7Ghz this week... granted on Liquid Nitrogen, but still, 7Ghz! We were hitting 3 or 4 on L in the past, now it's run on air or water cooling easily.

10Ghz is possible, may take a Looooong time though.

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No lie-in this morning? Thank the Moon's gravitational pull

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Re: Are you sure?

Are we sure it would stay in one piece and not be tidally broken if orbiting at 400km? That seems too close some how. Especially to then recede, and not have atmospheric drag and crash (though the size of the thing, the energy it would contain in orbital velocity probably could never be slowed by just atmosphere...).

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Oops! You said *if* it was, not *it* was... my mistake.

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Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

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Ah, ok, if the company is not storing and salting a hash, then no, this is not helpful for them to do. But replies are still nicer than downvotes, as my point stands providing that is what companies do.

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Dual-screen laptops debut at Asus' Computex chat

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Re: Why only now ?

Power consumption plus size, possibly cost.

Waiting for these things to get to manageable levels before Apple can claim to be the first... ahem, before everyone else manages to adopt this "new tech".

Most things are possible with today's tech, but doing so well, cheaply or with longevity is difficult.

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