* Posts by Spazturtle

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Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

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Re: MDBs? Really?

Then you will be happy to know that Amazon Logistics runs on Access databases. And they didn't even exist back when it was acceptable to use Access.

Start trek, the next generation: PCie 4 flash controller demo flaunts speedy peripheral vision

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Because if you have lots of lanes you can have 500 servers with 1 CPU and 8 GPUs each for data crunching. Intel wants you to have 10,000 servers with 2 CPUs and no GPUs.

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Re: Err ... by my maths

>PCI-E v5 has only just started to be worked on, I would imagine it will 3 or 4 years before it turns up.

PCI-e 5.0 has been being worked on for quite a while, it is being finalized this year and we should start seeing PCI-e 5.0 products next year.

PCI-e 4.0 was delayed which is why it feels like 5.0 is coming out so soon after it, it was expected that many OEMs would skip PCI-e 4.0 (although PCI-e 5.0 devices will be able to fallback to 4.0).

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Re: PCie 5

The motherboard just has wires from the CPU socket to the PCI-e slots. Some existing motherboards will be able to work with PCI-e 4 because their traces are of sufficient quality to carry the signal, but it is unlikely that they will work with PCI-e 5 as that will be an even harder signal to carry.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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You don't get anything tangible from fundamental research, but everything else depends on it. Without doing fundamental research technological progress halts.

US prosecutors: Hey, you know how we said 'net gambling was OK? LMAO, we were wrong

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Re: Why?!

Gambling profits are tax free in the UK.

NHS England's chief digital officer goes full digital, ditches health service for GP app biz

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Re: Moving away

It is currently politically impossible to reduce how management lead the NHS is. Reducing the number of managers would be seen as NHS cuts and would look bad during this fake 'staff shortage' that the NHS is apparently suffering from.

The managers knew what they were doing when they engineered this situation, when it came time to reducing NHS spending they made sure that all the cuts came from front line services and medical staff, that way the impact of the patients is maximize and it puts maximum pressure on the government to stop cuts and increase spending.

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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Re: question

Yeah he is the CEO, he would just use his work devices which he knows are secure and pay people to manage and organise his affair.

Unexpected final boss for games kit SpatialOS: Unity blasts multiplayer GDK out of the cloud

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Epic Games have now stepped in to help.

Epic Games statement:

"To assist developers who are left in limbo by the new engine and service incompatibilities that were introduced today, Epic Games and Improbable are together establishing a US $25,000,000 combined fund to help developers transition to more open engines, services, and ecosystems. This funding will come from a variety of sources including Unreal Dev Grants, Improbable developer assistance funds, and Epic Games store funding."

Epic Games CEO also tweeted his personal views on this: https://twitter.com/TimSweeneyEpic/status/1083475839721897984

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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There were a few issues with this device that could have raised concern.

First it was an insertable device, these always have heath risks associated with them, insertables should always be boil cleaned between use.

Secondly it was an insertable device with a battery inside, this means the device now has the possibility of causing serious harm or death.

And lastly it could be remotely controlled, which is a security risk.

This July, Google will weep for there are no more worlds to banhammer: 'Bad ads' to be blocked globally

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That is not the end users problem though, that is the sites problem.

Say an ISP wants to offer a service where all ads are replaced by their own ads and the user gets money off their bill, then I see no problem with that, to the user there is no difference other then with ad replacement they pay less ad get less tracking.

"It is like Samsung or Sony bring out a new TV that replaces the ads shown in the commercial breaks with their own ads and offer the TV stations 55% revenue in exchange."

As long as they are only replacing ads and not adding more then that would be fine with me, hell if the replacement ads were silent then it would be a positive feature.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Re: Durability?

But you can sell your iPhone for $600 when you are done with it, Apple are clearly factoring this into the price now.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Shutdown

>The American public is not being much inconvenienced by the shutdown, and it *needs* to be...

Funding for welfare programs runs out at the end of January, so come February all welfare payments will be shut down, so no food stamps, no housing support, ect.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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Ok I have just looked, so with the new system you can now only more your user profiles to OneDrive and it has to be configured with a group policy.

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Windows does understand that C is not the whole world, the issue is that Windows expects it to be set up by somebody competent.

You can set the user storage folders (downloads, desktop, documents, pictures, and music) to be in a different location including on a partition or disk. This way when users save to My Documents it will save it to the D drive.

You can change the location of Program Files and Program Files (x86) to a different partition or disk, you can move the paging file and hibernation files as well. You can also change the drive which Windows uses to store updates whilst they are installed, I assume with this new feature that will also change which drive the pre-allocated storage is on.

It's best to do most of these before the User has even started using the computer, especially the documents and program files ones. But you can change it and move stuff manually later if you want to.

So back to your case, the issue you had was with the OEM or the shop not configuring sane defaults, they should have set documents and program files to be on the D drive before your friend even started using the computer. In this case it wasn't Microsoft who are at fault, they provided the configuration options needed, it's just that the OEM or shop didn't use them.

Zuck's 2019 tech talk tour should tackle the questions Facebook spent 2018 dodging

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If him and his like keep going on like this then one of these days some nutjob is going to shoot one of these silicone valley execs and this social media and data collection system will collapse as they realize that they don't live in an isolated bubble. You have extremists on both side of the political spectrum believing that Facebook is biased towards the other side and they are becoming increasingly aggressive. It's really starting to look like this is all going to end badly.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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Re: Keystone Cops

>I don't know if anyone has noticed, but BBC news is increasingly articles of this sort.

The BBC used to call that section "Magazine" now it is "Stories". Articles under those categories are not produced by the news team and are not subject to the same editorial standards.

Hands off that Facebook block button, public officials told by judges in First Amendment row

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It's beginning to look a lot like multi-threaded CPUs, everywhere you go... Arm teases SMT Cortex-A65AE car brains

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Yeah if it was a simple problem to solve then we wouldn't have giant schedulers, branch prediction and speculative exaction in our CPUs.

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Modern Intel CPU cores have a 14 stage pipeline, SMT2 (2 threads per 1 core) means that you can have 2 different processes being processed at 2 different stages of the pipeline. The POWER9 architecture has SMT8 (8 threads per 1 core) so 8 stages of the pipeline can be active at any one point.

There are rumors that AMD might be moving to SMT4 (4 threads per 1 core) with Zen 3 in 2020.

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"This will be, it is claimed, Arm's first-ever multithreaded CPU core. "

You are missing the S from SMT, it should read:

"This will be, it is claimed, Arm's first-ever simultaneously multithreaded CPU core. "

Cloudflare speaks out amid allegations it safeguards banned terror gangs' websites

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Words do not magically make somebody blow themselves up, if they did then all our intelligence analysts who read these sites as part of their job would get up and join the jihad. These terrorists didn't suddenly because threats when they read these sites, they were threats before. You have to already have a significant level of disregard for human life to be susceptible to radicalisation.

Introducing 'Happy Quit', where Chinese smokers are text-spammed into nicotine abstinence

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They could just do the same thing Mao did to get people to ditch opium. Tell them they have a week to quit or you will shoot them and then actually go though with it.

Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames

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Re: Theft

"I even find "Ubuntu" somewhat irritating."

But Mark Shuttleworth is African and the word 'Ubuntu' comes from the same part of Africa as he does.

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Re: Human Error, eh ??

Robot needs replacement battery, tech does the swap and then goes for lunch, another tech come along and thinks the batteries still need to be swapped and swaps them over, robot it sent back out with defective battery.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Here's the thing...

"The 10/1 minimum for people who cannot afford it otherwise is actually a good idea. "

The article is consisting ISPs for saying that people who pay less should get slower broadband, your idea does exactly the same thing.

Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

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Re: TBF...

"I have this vague feeling that when awarding public contracts you can't take past performance into account. I'm trying to remember where I read that, certainly on the one occasion I got to score two competing contracts there was no section for taking it into consideration."

EU competition rules mean that the government's of member states can't take bidders past performance into consideration when selecting who wins.

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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The lawsuit argues that the screen is smaller because of the rounded corners. In the UK they would be required to demonstrate to the court how their phone having rounded corners has caused them actual harm before they could bring a suit against Apple, which is why we don't get silly cases like this.

A Christmas classic: Cloudera founder asks staff to stay another day

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""I would like each of you give us the time we require to do a thorough job. We hired you because we need you – the work you do matters to Cloudera today.""

OK but what do the employees get out of it?

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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Re: The dawn of digital "checkpoints" for government control

" It's only a matter of time before the government demands access to those scanners and data. "

They will say they need access to check that companies are complying with data protection regulations. 'Thing of the children' and 'we need this access to stop terrorists' are getting a bit long in the tooth and they need a new excuse.

Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors

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"Chipzilla wants to introduce an abstraction layer called OneAPI, which means software developers can craft code that makes the best use of available hardware acceleration in the host machine's CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and AI accelerators."

Is this complementary to HSA or a competitor?

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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" But Russian TV has increasingly been creating entirely fake news segments and pushing them as real – a step that not even Fox News in the US has so far taken. "

On the other hand CNN has done this, see the Zimmerman tapes.

Google: I don't know why you say Allo, I say goodbye

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"Google treats it commercial offerings differently. "

It pretends to but not really, remember Google Spaces?

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You may have missed the news but they are also launching TWO new chat apps called Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, they are also shutting down Hangouts.

https://twitter.com/happyinwater/status/1068861340800958466

Bonus quote: "I'm proud to work for a company that has the guts to shut down products that aren't working."

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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"You'd have to be very credulous to believe them as you would if you found the postman conkers deep in your wife and accepted the explanation he was only popping something through the letterbox."

You don't have to believe it, you can test it yourself, get an old iphone that doesn't have the update and leave a bench mark running on it, after a certain point the device will just power off even though it still has a charge, update it and repeat and you will see that after that same point it now stays on but the performance goes down once it gets to that point.

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"Apple tried to enforce obscelesance in their products when they forced the slowdown of older phones (no matter how they spin it)."

The slowdown only applied when the battery could no longer supply enough current to keep the CPU powered at full speed, usually when the battery charge dropped below 40%. So from 100% to 40% the CPU was running at full clock speed and from 39% to 0% it was running at reduced peak clockspeed.

Before the update the device would run at full clockspeed from 100% to 40% and then power off at 39% charge.

I'm not sure how anyone thinking logically can say that the device's behavior before the update was preferable. How is the device not working at all better then the device working but slightly slower?

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request

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Re: Export Control

"While nothing can be done in this particular case as it is Canada, an ECHR/ECJ challenge to a USA extradition request on the basis "it is not a crime here, so get lost" is long overdue."

In this case what she did was a crime in Canada, but the UK has on several occasions refused to extradite people to the US because what they did wasn't a crime in the UK.

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"and how could US sanctions possibly have international jurisdiction?"

Jurisdiction just means where a country can enforce it's laws, not where they apply. Countries laws don't end at their border, they apply everywhere in the known universe. If 2 Scottish people have a brawl in a pub in Glasgow and then travel to a different country they could be arrested and charged in that country for breaking that countries laws on public fighting.

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"Presumably this means any Huwawei employee can now be arrested in any country that has an extradition treaty with the US. The crime being that you work for an allegedly sanctions busting company. Fascinating when you take this to its logical conclusion."

You do realize that a companies CFO is personally liable for a companies financial conduct right?

Brits' DNA data sent to military base after 'foreign' hack attacks – report

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Re: Counting

Reading comprehension is hard. They have completed stage 1 which was 100k, now they will do 1m.

Early to embed and early to rise? Western Digital drops veil on SweRVy RISC-V based designs

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"WD should be able to sell individual hard drives with built-in ethernet, instead of just SATA or SAS interfaces."

That would be a downgrade, SATA 3 is 6Gbps, SAS 3 is 12Gbps, currently most Ethernet is 1Gbps.

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas

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I have just checked and surprisingly this bill does not contain an exemption for MPs like most surveillance bills do, so yes they can use it to spy on the opposition.

Shall we have AI judging UK court cases? Top beak ponders the future

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Re: Henry VI, Part 2!

"If we could have done so, don't you think we would have done?"

I'm sure somebody said this in 1963 when people suggested creating the internet to link together all the separate computer networks. Or in 1961 when Kennedy said that man would walk on the Moon by the end of the decade.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Re: Isn't it bad?

"[citation needed]"

Every 1 minute there are 24000 minutes of video uploaded to Youtube, so at any one time they will need to have 24k people watching Youtube videos to check them for copyrighted content, if these people saw something with suspected copyrighted content they would have to flag it for a 2nd team to review.

So for 3 * 8 hour shifts (with no breaks and working 7 days a week all year) Youtube would need to hire at least 72000 employees for simply watching the videos + a currently unknowable amount for verifying the content that gets flagged up.

72k employees at £18k salary is £1.3 billion a year. Youtube has a annual revenue of £10b globally, they don't publish a breakdown other then saying that 20% (£2b) comes from the US. But as a whole Youtube makes a loss most years.

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Re: Isn't it bad?

"or is it sufficient that show they have made a reasonable attempt to vet content."

No that isn't sufficient, they will need humans to watch each video before it can be put on Youtube. Having ContentID scan it is not enough.

"Also, that a company is unable to exercise its legal requirements without going bust is not a pre-requisiste to letting a company off its legal obligations."

If a law is impossible to follow then it is a bad law, what if we made a law that required drug companies to cure cancer in the next 12 months and then prosecuted them when they failed to do so, would you still say 'well they should have followed the law'.

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Re: Isn't it bad?

"Still, Google is threatening that cat videos and other silly stuff on YouTube will go away, and that's a plain lie."

No it isn't, Google will have no choice but to block Europeans from accessing Youtube if Article 13 passes.

Article 13 will require Google to watch and vet every video before it can be put on Youtube, that is impossible for Google to do, they simply can't afford to hire enough people to do that.

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: The elephant in the back seat

"Without that comparison the criticism is meaningless. "

Autopilot has 4x the accident rate of non-tesla drivers, and tesla drivers have 3x the accident rate of non-tesla drivers.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1107109_teslas-own-numbers-show-autopilot-has-higher-crash-rate-than-human-drivers

https://medium.com/@MidwesternHedgi/teslas-driver-fatality-rate-is-more-than-triple-that-of-luxury-cars-and-likely-even-higher-433670ddde17

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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Re: "It's deeply offensive" says 53 year old man

This may surprise you but political groups are not strictly divided along age boundaries, middle-aged men and rainbow-haired Millennials can have the same political views. Would you have been happier if he had said "It's deeply offensive because it promotes rape culture and toxic masculinity"?

AWS has a security hub, OpenSSL has a new license, London has a problem with cryptocoins, and more

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Re: Linux gets its own nasty Bitcoin malware

" how does the script execute itself"

The script needs to be run by the user, if the user has a system that has Shellshock patched the script needs to be ran as root in order to work.

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