* Posts by JeffyPoooh

4081 posts • joined 28 Jun 2013

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: Again,

'swm suggested, "...drive a large nail through the battery compartment..."

Interestingly, the high energy density lithium primary (non-rechargeable) cells used in the latest avionics have to meet a TSO that precludes fire when a nail is driven though them.

Fizz and bubble is okay, but not fire.

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Re: "win7 takes 10 mins to come out of hibernation"

"If you have a lot of RAM..."

Isn't that the silliest thing? That the OS mindlessly stores the entire RAM to disk. 16GB of RAM, fresh from cold boot, Hibernate = 16 GB file. Stoopid stoopid stoopid.

Keep in mind that it's the OS, as in Operating System. Apparently it doesn't know which parts of the RAM are in actual use and which are not.

More accurately, Microsoft can't be arsed to perform this function more efficiently. Lazy pigs.

I expect that they'll figure it out eventually.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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"...notify wearers..."

"...The Series 4 will also notify wearers if their heart rate is too low or if atrial fibrillation is detected."

Attention: Your heart has stopped. Please acknowledge by saying, "Siri. Leave me alone. I'm already dead." Also. Be advised that your death will result in the revocation of all rights to all media that you may have "purchased" (sic, LOL) through iTunes.

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Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

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Re: PENCIL and paper

Chas Neuf inquired about "...erasers?"

That's why the ballot boxes are sealed-up and effectively guarded by a collection of typically honest Poll Workers.

Once you've cast your ballot, it's extremely safe.

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PENCIL and paper

Canada generally insists on stubby little pencils (not pens).

The story is that once upon a time, somebody replaced a pen with one containing Disappearing Ink. Of course they did this in the polling stations that were most likely to vote for the candidate that they didn't want to win.

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Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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Re: The product is strong, and the vision is excellent

Mage observed, "About 67% of fuel here is Government tax."

So, the maybe $12 recharge would ultimately cost about $36.

Still compares well to $80-ish.

YMMV.

Point being, even a tripling of the recharge cost is not really a show stopper.

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

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Re: "Internal cybersecurity audits..."

AC, "Not a good idea to make assumptions."

It's called "thinking"; you may wish to try it sometime.

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"Internal cybersecurity audits..."

The only stored passwords on any system should be salted and hashed. Never, ever, never-ever store the plain text passwords. Right?

So presumably these auditors got permission and copied out the hashed password file, and then ran the usual dictionary attack on it, hashing their dictionary in the only-possible forward direction.

So... Doesn't that imply that the password file in question contains passwords that were not salted?

Does the audit report mention that perhaps the passwords should be salted? Or would that cut-off future business...?

(Corrections welcome...)

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

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Re: AI Hype

Asking AI, "What the hell were you thinking?"

The Google (Alexander Mordvintsev ) 'DeepDream' software seems to be about halfway down the correct road to make the mysterious innards (when trained) of these systems plainly visible to the designers.

What comes out of DeepDream (the weird images) are a clear hint of what the subject neural network has actually focussed on and "learned".

To be clear, I'm referring to the basic concepts to be used as a possible starting point.

We'll know that this area is mature when an AI designer is held liable for marketing a safety-critical AI system where they have no idea what's inside. In other words, there will be no excuse for what is today's SOP.

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Death to twins in crosswalks...

El Reg, "Adding the same objects already in the image also has the same effect."

Identical twins in matching clothing in crosswalks...

It's gonna be a massacre.

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Cobbler feels the shoe-leather: An IP address is still not a human

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Judges and Courts sometimes figure things out quite well...

Kudos.

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Smut slinger dreams of AI software to create hardcore flicks with your face – plus other machine-learning news

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"That's obviously not me..."

"...If it was me, then you'd be needing a much wider aspect ratio. Just sayin'..."

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Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web

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3D Printed Gun...

Functionally identical to an old-school home brew 'zip gun', but requires many additional hours * to produce and leaves slightly more evidence of its probable origin. In other words, a 3D Printed Gun is slightly worse in every conceivable way than a 'zip gun'.

(* You start your tediously-ponderous 3D Printer, I'll drive to the hardware store ** and buy some pipe and an elastic band, plus I'll stop off somewhere for leisurely lunch. 3, 2, 1, Go.)

(** Not really. In terms of non-violence, it's possible that I'm Gandhi reincarnated.)

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Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Re: Smart Cities

Caff proposed, "Poop Drone Swarm"

Imagine the dribbly bits falling off the gathering mechanisms, onto the crowded sidewalks below...

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Re: $185K vs. $71K

BSC predicted that these newly-hired cleaners "...will still be [liv]ing on the streets..."

You misspelled part of a word there. ;-)

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Re: I miss the good old days in San Fran

Geoffrey reminisced, "New Orleans is my favourite US city."

Once upon a time, I attended a conference in New Orleans. It was primarily US Military personnel attending. At the start, a wee feisty fireplug of a shouty Gunnery Sergeant laid out the ground rules (presumably for the DoD staff attending). "You will NOT proceed north of Rampart. You will NOT proceed east of Esplanade. You will NOT proceed west of Iberville." All this was delivered with a voice that you'd use when organizing an artillery barrage, by a man that was about 5 foot 5 inches tall and could clearly kill an angry grizzly bear with his bare hands.

I was left with the impression that New Orleans had some 'bad' areas.

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Everyone screams patch ASAP – but it takes most organizations a month to update their networks

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Blatantly obvious solution...

When Microsoft (or whoever) issues a new patch, the IT staff should instantly roll it out to their selected several victims. Then, on the odd occasion when the freshly-patched systems malfunction, the IT staff can wander over, blame and ridicule the hapless users for their misuse of the systems and surfing illegal dodgy websites causing such crashes, all while quietly uninstalling the recent patches and rolling back the system. After a few days of this not happening, they can start rolling out the patches to more and more users - all within about a week at most.

This should be the de facto approach.

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Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Re: Missing information

YAAC suggested, "...send out a perfect square wave..."

Hopefully they make use of a more-clever modulation technique than just square waves. And of course they'll employ repetition and signal processing techniques.

Now, excuse me... I've got to start gathering some large first-surface mirrors so that I can assemble my mediumly-huge corner reflector. Give them something to talk about...

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Re: Missing information

"You sure?" etc.

"Hence 1ns = 15cm round-trip."

Exactly.

Historical giant and computer-pioneer Grace Hopper was famous for her...

1 foot = 1 nanosecond

...memory aid.

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FAKE NEWS !!!! <---- ;-)!!

22 August 2018: Europeans launch the British-built Aeolus weather satellite that will "...get its data by firing a powerful laser down into the atmosphere to trace the movement of air particles." [BBC]

23 August 2018: El Reg, a British-based Tech News / Comedy website seeks to distract from their own European/British frickin' laser-wielding planet-frying death-dealing "weather" Aeolus satellite by publishing something about a future ICEsat-2 satellite: "NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser..."

It's an amusing juxtaposition of reality versus the headline. One day in the gap!!!! GEESH! :-)

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Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

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AC noted, "...since I don't own a radio."

Gasp...

The average (of you and I) number of radios owned then is still getting close to 100.

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Re: Infringing files

Sgt tried, "...trademark infringement instead.. >yes<."

You spelled "no" incorrectly.

In general, the Titles of songs (or books, movies, etc.) cannot be copyrighted nor trademarked. I believe that the reason(s) for this is inherently obvious.

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Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

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I use my Windows phone almost every day...

My $30 Windows phone sits there, resting on the bedside table. When its screen suddenly lights up, then I know that somebody has sent me a message on FB. So I reach over and pick-up my Android phone to see what's going on...

I also use my Blackberry Playbook all the time too. When I hear a faint 'bing' from the Playbook, then I know that somebody has sent me an email. So I reach over and pick-up my Android phone...

My original Apple iPad is used exclusively to watch QI episodes on YouTube. It's perfect for the purpose.

Old iPhone -> locating other family members, using its Find iPhone facility, as and when required.

Etc.

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As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

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"...unlicensed Bitcoin exchange..."

Crypto currency is 'a form of property (as the Internal Revenue Service has ruled) or commodity (in the view of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission)...'. In other words, it's not money. It's legally equivalent to a box of bolts. Arguably...

I can see this going all the way to the US Supreme Court. Which is very unfortunate for the accused party; it'd be better for him to just plead guilty and accept the several-year sentence, rather than spend the rest of his life in courts sitting on rock-hard wooden pews. At least in prison you have a mattress to relax upon.

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How's that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim

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What are the odds that Google is using DNS to gather yet-more data?

About 8.8.8.8%...

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SuperProf gets schooled after assigning weak passwords to tutors

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"All tutors....will....have their accounts updated [to] 'star' tutor status"

Everyone is above average. Yay!

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Face-PALM: US Patent and Trademark Office database down for 5 days and counting

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Re: I think....

I came here to post that they've probably been taken off-line due to their own violation of an overly-broad patent covering "Data on a Network"...

...But I see that you've handled it already.

Cheers.

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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I like Frankfurt Airport's flipboard display system...

Technically called "Split-Flap Display".

Years ago, since I had time between flights, I stood there for a while and watched it noisily refreshing each minute. Hilarious.

(They'd still have cables that might be cut...)

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Google responds to location-stalking outcry by… tweaking words on its BS support page

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"Do Evil"

New motto...

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Yeah right... Just try using a non-licensed Lightning cable

"You can use an Apple iPhone charger to power a non-Apple phone, using a non-Apple cable, and vice versa - although any proprietary fast charging method will not work."

The "and vice versa" part is just incorrect (incomplete) enough to be misleading.

The Apple 'Lightning' charger cable contains a tiny DRM chip for the sole purpose of enforcing their "Made for iPhone" licensing fee. Knock-off cables may echo the correct code at the outset (just long enough to gather favourable reviews), but only until the next iOS update when the codes are rolled-over. Then your otherwise perfectly fine cable is rejected by the newly-updated iPhone. Into the bin it goes.

You. Must. Pay. The. "Made for iPhone" Licensing Fee.

That's why the $3 cables are useless and you need to pay about $8. Which presumably includes an Apple Lightning Licensing DRM fee of about $4 each (educated guess).

Regulators should pounce, please and thank you.

Android doesn't have this problem. With Android, any cable that works, just works. There's no DRM chip nonsense.

Down Votes not accepted. These are facts.

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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"...a synthetic digital model of the real world..."

Famously, "A.I. is hard." ...especially outdoors.

A synthetic digital model of the real world is not the same as the real world.

This 'synthetic digital model ' approach may assist with making some progress on the merely-hard aspects of A.I., but it has nothing to do with the inherently unpredictable nature of, er..., nature.

The utter naiveté of the A.I. boffins is startling. Is there anyone over age 50 working on it?

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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"Google risks mega-fine in EU..."

I believe that you may have misspelled "giga-fine".

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Bitcoin backer sues AT&T for $240m over stolen cryptocurrency

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So much for the "what you have" 2nd factor...

Turns out it's effectively virtual.

'Poof', and it's effectively transferred.

Not exactly "what you have".

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May the May update be with you: OpenSSL key sniffed from radio signal

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Lesson from the early 1980s

Back in the early 1980s, there was a game that ran on the old TRS-80 Z-80 based computers. The musical soundtrack was made available by placing an AM radio near the computer. In other words, the software not only managed the game play and 'graphics' (ASCII graphics), but simultaneously managed the EMI emissions to play a catchy tune.

Point being: It's been demonstrated that software can independently control EM emissions, even to the point of making music. In the early 1980s. Probably single thread (?).

So these days, clever coders could mask the keys, or have the emissions include very rude greetings.

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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It's happening...

"ChromeBooks have gained the ability to run Android applications, and more recently Linux binaries too."

Do you think that they'll be executing Windows applications within the ChromeBook ecosystem?

Sooner or later, the various OSs will just run each others' apps. In the same way that a refrigerator can keep both meat and fruit cool. It just won't matter.

How? It'll be virtualization all the way down.

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Train ImageNet for $40 in 18 mins, a robot that can play Where's Wally? etc

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Re: When will A.I. learning be made portable?

Oh, okay. So it's 2018 and they're starting down this road? That's great...

Maybe somebody could package-up the "Recognize Fixed Objects" transfer learning module, and email a copy over to the Self-Driving Car folks. Might help with the suicidal A.I. self-crashing technology.

A.I. (the industry) is about as well managed as the 'Too Cheap To Meter' fusion power industry. I suppose they both provide employment, even if their practical outputs are decades behind where they could be...

Now, get back to work.

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When will A.I. learning be made portable?

Portable in the PDF sense. Platform agnostic.

It appears that everybody is starting from scratch, with each new system (design). Not even a trace of pre-learned building blocks, reflective of preprogrammed instincts. There'd be a market for such packages.

Point? AI is far from mature, and I don't even see a roadmap yet. Industry need a leader, and a plan.

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Snap code snatched, Pentagon bans bands, pacemakers cracked, etc

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"No mitigations planned."

Jack noted, "After all, the FDA approved that old code."

Going forward, the FDA had better include some formal requirements related to Cyber Security of such medical devices.

Also, the FDA should provide an expedient process to allow firmware fixes, for cases where fixing a bug is clearly urgent.

The first fact that they'll have to hoist aboard is that the very existence of any such bug is proof that their existing lengthy certification process cannot prevent such bugs from escaping into the wild. So there's no justification for imposing a lengthy process.

For those playing along at home, the technology required to bridge the gap between fast and effective certification testing is automation. A software and functional certification test could be executed in an hour or two (not months).

Such automatic testing systems are worth the modest investment. ROI can be very first usage. If someone believes it "would only be used once" and thus not justified, then they're naive and must not be permitted to make decisions without adult supervision.

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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Re: You might want to

FB explicitly caught the elderly meme. Well done.

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Nobody buys Samsung anymore...

They're too common.

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Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru

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"A.I. is hard..."

... , especially outdoors.

(Applies to self-driving cars.)

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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The Acme Decision Inverter software needs a reboot

El Reg, "Quite how the poor old printer was at fault isn’t clear to us. Printers print what they are told to print..."

Ah, no. Not that simple.

Some organizations have noted that their leaders make consistently bad decisions. So they quietly install the Acme Decision Inverter software module into their systems, including printers.

The Decision Inverter does exactly what it says on the tin. It parses text, and inverts the sense of all leadership decisions, directions, and orders. An organization can go from 95% bad decisions to 95% good decisions instantly.

After a power glitch, the Acme Decision Inverter may get hung up in an oscillating Baudot ASCII EBIDIC mode, that can cause typos.

Just reboot and it'll be fine.

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

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Twitter should be switched off

There's something inherent in the Tweet medium that is incompatible with thoughtful discourse. Clearly, it is causing vastly more harm than good. Shut it down already.

At the very least, all governments and corporations should explicitly ban its official use, 100%, no exceptions. Go back to carefully-considered news releases.

Clearly, the world would be better without Twitter.

Anyone disagree? LOL...

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: Huh?

FB asked, "...a circuit breaker for each phase..."

Yes, but typically all mechanicalky linked together. If any phase is overloaded, that CB will trip itself and the mechanical link will turn off the other two phases at the same time.

Typically.

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"NEVER assume the architect knows best!"

Understatement of the century.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Could there be a more reflective screen?

Nobody would be able to sneak up behind you.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Re: Luxury

5MB HDD the size of a shoebox. Circa 1987. System had three of them, two on-line and a cold spare just sitting there.

Before then, I was up to my ears in floppies and cassettes.

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Leap Seconds and the rotational inertia of billions of platters

Do spinning HDDs generally all spin in the same direction?

The Earth might suddenly accelerate into a Leap Second (of unexpectedly opposite to most-common direction) as a hundred billion spinning platters are all turned off for the last time.

;-)

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Re: QLC? It's not the one for me

Really_adf correctly noted, "Adding a bit doubles the number of different values a cell can store."

It works the other way too.

One must unfortunately double the number of different voltage levels the cell measuring subsystem can reliably distinguish to add just one more bit.

If they're at 16 levels for 4 bits per cell, the next whole step would be 32 levels for 5 bits per cell.

I expect that they'll invent fractional (smeared) bits first. Maybe about 24 levels and about 4.5 bits per cell.

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Public Service Announcement - Misnomer Alert

"QLC (quad-level cell)....is 4 bits/cell"

Then it's 16 Levels (not "Quad" = 4 Levels).

Sixteen levels can define 4 bits. And 4 bits can define 16 levels.

They should find the originator of this "Level" misnomer, and give them a good slap. It doesn't even reach the lofty heights of being a dumb error, it's worse than that.

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