* Posts by Spazturtle

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High-speed broadband fiber in America: You want the good news or bad news first?

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Re: How can this "micro trenching" possibly work?

Yeah they have to be paid extra for night work (although they only work a 6 hour day), but the advantage for the company is that they can have have a day team and a night team working on different jobs and sharing the same expensive heavy machinery.

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Re: How can this "micro trenching" possibly work?

Where I am they have managed to get the company doing the resurfacing to do it all at night, they close the road at 23:00 and reopen it at 05:00. Obviously they need to do it in stages over multiple nights but the road is usable (even without the top surface) for all the days in between.

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Re: How can this "micro trenching" possibly work?

The issue is that 100% of Americans don't trust the Government 50% of the time. If you are saying you want government owned and run internet that at this present time that would mean having Donald Trump in charge of your internet.

Not heard owt bad about Huawei, says EU Commish infosec bod

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Re: THIS

"Doesn't matter whether you get the equipment from an ally or enemy"

It does, you don't want to be supporting an enemy nation financially.

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Re: Spying?

Or maybe the 5 eyes countries just don't want to depend on equipment made by a company that is under the control of an enemy nation.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

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Re: 646464

You can always use the x32 ABI to make 64bit programs only use 32bit pointers.

It's OK, everyone – Congress's smart-cookie Republicans have the answer to America's net neutrality quandary

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Re: I've always wondered...

" I can understand prioritization of traffic based on type of service, i.e. emergency/security services having highest priority, probably some priority for VoIP traffic and after that some live streaming."

That would violate net neutrality though.

Apple puts bullet through 'Do Not Track', FaceTime snooping bug and iOS vulnerabilities

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Re: users identified by their adblockers?

"That I wouldn’t have thought about going looking for."

I think there is a distinction between advertising some niche product and advertising a Big Mac.

"But in neither case should the advert flash, make noise, jump about, overlay itself in any actual content..."

An advert should only be text and/or an image loaded from the website itself, not though a 3rd party.

At least Sony offered a t-shirt, says macOS flaw finder: Bug bounties now for Macs if you want this 0-day, Apple

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Re: Apple don't want to give recognition

What are you talking about? Apple have a public page detailing security updates and they give credit to who reported the vulnerability. Here is a recent example: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT209521

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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I won't bother hunting and reporting more Sony zero-days, because all I'd get is a lousy t-shirt

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Re: A little shortsighted

No it's like a mechanic walking up to your car and informing you that your breaks are faulty and then you demanding he tell you exactly what the problem is without paying him.

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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Re: Great system...

Ah you are assuming that it loads and merged all the config file, it could just only read from one.

European Commission orders mass recall of creepy, leaky child-tracking smartwatch

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Re: Tip of the Iceberg

He is getting mixed up because China have introduced a CE logo that does mean China Export, they have done this deliberately to confuse consumers.

Comparison of the two logos: https://i.imgur.com/8MpCgKk.jpg

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it

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Re: With greatest respect to El Reg's team

Yeah I first learnt about Meltdown in December 2017 when somebody made a post on reddit saying that there were some strange patches being made to the Linux Kernel, making changes to core parts of the kernel that appear to only reduce performance for no apparent reason is a key sign that there is a major security issue before new year people had figured it out.

In fact the first details started coming out in November 2017: https://lwn.net/Articles/738975/

Fake fuse: Bloke admits selling counterfeit chips for use in B-1 bomber, other US military gear

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Re: IC marking

Yes because politicians have mandated it and refuse to approve upgrades.

Why do you think the military wants the Trident missile electronics upgrade to go ahead so badly despite the fact that it won't improve performance or add any new features?

Musk shows off the latest power plant for Starship, replaces Tesla CFO with a millennial

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Their previous CFO (the one before Deepak) quiting after a month on the job wasn't a big enough red flag?

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results

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Re: It's not cultural cluelessness

It's sad because they don't seam to realize that they are the ones who drove many of the same people who voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 to vote for The Orange Man in 2016, and they are the reason why he will likely win again in 2020.

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Re: Shocked

The secure enclave is not a firmware feature it is a hardware one, people have analysed how it works and there is no way for he chip to send finger print data to the rest of the phone.

How big is the UK space industry? It hauled in £14.8bn for 2016/2017 – report

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Re: Not optimistic

"So if you allow the EU the special access across the Northern Irish border without a deal in place with the EU then everyone else is entitled to the same thing. I've lost track of how many times I and others have written this and still the message doesn't sink in."

We don't have to give the EU special access across the northern Irish border. We can say that they are required to pay customs and then just not put any customs posts there, that way we are compliant with WTO rules and there is no hard border.

WTO rules don't require you to enforce your borders, many countries can't afford to lock down their entire border, even the US doesn't secure the entirety of it's borders. Do you really think that countries like Brazil have their entire border secured and that nobody can get goods into the country without paying customs?

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Re: Not optimistic

WTO rules don't say you have to enforce your boarder, just look at all the other countries that have lax or no boarder security. You can travel though multiple south american countries without going though a boarder post for example.

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Re: Not optimistic

Even in a no deal scenario the UK won't put up a hard boarder, there is no requirement to enforce your boarders. If anyone puts up a hard boarder then it will be Ireland after being forced to do so by the EU, and in that case Ireland would be the one is violation of the Good Friday agreement.

UK spy overseer: Snooper's Charter cockups are still getting innocents arrested

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Re: Is that all?

"Of course it can be used against innocent people"

And that is exactly the problem, people should need to be convicted before they can be punished.

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Re: Is that all?

"Am I really "far out" in thinking that you are innocent until proven guilty"

You clearly haven't been reading the news for the past 5 years.

The police can put people under Sexual Risk Order without any evidence and without a conviction. A SRO can require you to give the police 24 hours notice before you can have sex and to inform the police of any new partners so that the police can talk to the person and explain to them the concerns the police have about you. SROs also ban you from using any internet enabled device that cannot be later checked by the police.

Bug-hunter faces jail for vulnerability reports, DuckDuckPwn (almost), family spied on via Nest gizmo, and more

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Re: Pretty soon, you won't be able to turn them off

Samsung smart TVs will try and connect to open wifi networks if you don't configure the wifi.

Ad-tech industry: GDPR complaint is like holding road builders to account for traffic violations

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Re: How we view this in the USA

American Indians were not the first people living in North America, they arrived in a later wave. Genetic data suggests that there have been at least three waves of migration to the Americas prior to Europeans arriving.

Siri, how do you wipe that smug smile from Qualcomm's face? Apple wins patent skirmish with chip nemesis

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Apple and Qualcomm employ lawyers on a salary, not on a case by case basis. So really their only costs are the court fees.

While US fires criminal charges at Huawei, UK tells legislators not to worry, everything's fine

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Re: Who's afraid of the big bad dragon

"Sver heard of trumps immigration camps"

You mean the ones that Obama setup?

"for-profits locking up disproportionate number of blacks?"

When you inject a large number of immigrants into a society they are injected into the bottom, the poor at the bottom of society commit more crime.

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Warrant canaries work in the US due to the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.

Disk drives suck less than they did a couple of years ago. Which is nice

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Re: it's part of the the SATA specification.

"But (1) why, on physically identical connectors, did someone decide to make it active high?"

Because Google, Amazon, ect had been cheaping out with their custom back planes for years, because the 3.3v pin wasn't used by HDDs they decided to not bother including it on their backplanes. So when they decided to use that pin for remote shutdown they were faced with the option of either making the drivers not work in their old servers or in consumers old computers (which did supply the 3.3v), so they chose to make it the consumers issue.

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Re: I've been avoiding...

Pin3 PWDIS is part of the latest SATA specification, over time all new drives will have it.

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Re: Ah...

They only really had 1 series that had a higher than industry average failure rate, since then they have been pretty much on par with WD and Toshiba.

Oof, are you sure? Facing $9bn damages, Google asks Supreme Court to hear Java spat

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Re: Wash, rinse, and repeat.

"At least the lawyers are making out well."

Incredible talent you have there for judging other peoples kissing ability.

Arm wants to wrestle industry into a seat on the UK.gov's £70m hardware security train

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Re: But...

Softbank only owns 75% of ARM, the other 25% is owned by the House of Saud.

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...

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Re: had not alleged any actual harm,

Imagine applying this ridiculous 'logic' to other violations of people's rights. What if rape victims had to demonstrate what 'actual harm' they had suffered as a consequence of being raped in order for the rapist to be prosecuted.

Having your rights violated is harm in itself.

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 15 years on Mars – by staying as dead as a doornail

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Re: Enough with the 90 day nonsense!

That's just not true, at the time of the mission they didn't know about the martian dust devils, so they expected the solar panels to be covered in dust in around 90-100 days.

Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid

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Re: "Thin&Light" means Piece Of Shit.

There are plenty of CPUs that can run at full speed without needing fans and exhaust vents though.

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Re: "Thin&Light" means Piece Of Shit.

Can you explain why any user would need "fans & the thermal exhaust capabilities"?

Did you actually read his comment, if a laptop can run at full speed and low temperature without fans then why would a user need them?

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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"I think the single FPU unit might pose a problem. "

Modules only shared a FPU in 258bit workloads, each module had 2 cores, each core contained 2 ALUs and an 128bit FPU, so during 128bit workloads they operated as normal cores with ALUs and FPUs of their own.

During 256bit workloads the 2 128bit FPUs in a module would combine into a single 256bit FPU, so you would have 2 cores with 2 ALUs each and a single 256bit FPU shared between them.

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Re: Keep lawyers out of engineering please

They were not quad core CPUs, they had 8 cores. Each core had 2x ALUs and 1x 128bit FPU, when given a workload that needed 256bit floating point calculations the 2 cores in a module could work as 2 cores (with 2 ALUs each) with a shared 256bit FPU.

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Re: I was under the impression...

That is an SMT CPU with 2 threads per 1 core, Bulldozer didn't have SMT it only had 1 thread per 1 core. And even on your 26 core CPU those 26 cores shares some resources.

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Re: Another frivolous lawsuit

These CPU don't have SMT, so they only have 1 thread per core, so core count and thread count are the same. A Bulldozer CPU has 8 physical cores.

EasyJet boss says pre-Chrimbo Gatwick drone chaos cost it £15m

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"Pilot error (40%) and equipment failure (23%) comprised the bulk of the fatal accidents covered in the paper."

And many of those 'pilot errors' were "Well I know all 4 engines exploded but he should have known how to recover from that so we are going to say the cause of the crash was pilot error".

NHS England digital boss in hot water over 'puff piece' written about her future employer

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The US government pays more per capita on healthcare then the UK government does. So you 'logic' doesn't work.

Get in the bin: Let's Encrypt gives admins until February 13 to switch off TLS-SNI-01

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Re: Got the email, fixed it

>That's why for some purposes you should give an email address to those upon whose software and services you depend.

Your email address should be in the DNS CAA record of your site anyway.

EU will have agreed a tech tax by March, says French finance minister

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Yes? Who else pays taxes? Corporations don't actually exist, they are made up of people, owned by people and sell things to people.

You can't tax corporations without the costs being passes on to people, it's just not possible.

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

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Re: If the cookies are required for website functionality

If using HTTPS you can also use the TLS Session ID.

A Delta IV Heavy heads for space at last while New Horizons' fumes OK for 'future missions'

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Aerospikes

Thinks of aerospikes as inverted bells, the spike is one wall of the bell and atmospheric pressure provides the other wall, this means that as the rocket's altitude increases and the atmosphere thins the shape of the 'bell' changes allowing for maximum efficiency at all altitudes.

Western Digital deploys heatsink on remodelled M.2 to tempt gamers

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Re: AFAIK

Heat is bad for storage, but heat is good for writing to the NAND, a hot NAND chip will suffer less degradation if it is hot when being written to.

So what temperature is best for your drive depends heavily of usage, a write cache might last longer if the NAND is kept hot.

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Re: AFAIK

The NAND chips like to be hot when data is written to them and cool for storage. The controllers always like to be cool.

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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Re: 23andMe's analysis/algos change over time

You can't take the DNA of native americans and build a profile in the US due to the tribes lobbying the government. So when you see 'native american' on these DNA sites they have actually used the DNA of south americans for comparison, south americans usually have some european DNA, which causes people with some European genes to be falsely reported as being part native american.

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