So, the existing miners colluded with the authorities to lock out any new competition?
Doh....pay attention, people.
This is just like national regulatory capture done on a small scale. Bet it's even easy to follow the money.
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So, the existing miners colluded with the authorities to lock out any new competition?
Doh....pay attention, people.
This is just like national regulatory capture done on a small scale. Bet it's even easy to follow the money.
grinding and people trying to control the narrative, it might be best to have a little skepticism. Maybe even trust that most "attacks" fail, and most citizens aren't affected much by even many-million if not billion $ campaigns - either by pro politicians, or say, one of Soro's orgs.
I heard the other day that the attacked ex agents were on Steele's payroll....fake news? Dunno.
But it leads to a very different set of motives if true..for him and for that piece of Shiff.
And the US gov isn't shy about "controlling the narrative" either. I'll just leave this here. Note date of publication....
Think they've got this working by now?
And even those TV stations never actually had that transmit power - they were boasting based on the antenna gain, a lot of which came from not sending much of the signal in the useless (to us) direction "up".
On a copy-pasta site aren't really indicative of anything other than the number of people using copy-paste because they didn't know how already. So either the language is poorly designed or for some reason attracts the opportunistic who don't want to just buy the book(s) and practice.
That's not much of a recommendation...
Follow the money.
Today I learned that you cannot create a "MySSA" account with Social Security if the credit agencies don't have you listed, as is my case due to not borrowing money or failing to pay someone for decades.
So, these jerks have even more power than you think. This cuts one off from all online paperwork with the SSA, and reverts you to snail mail for everything (without easy to find addresses to mail things too, and a many hour phone wait to ask).
Ain't it wondercrap how the government is now wholly owned by bankers? I guess NSA doesn't answer their phone from that agency to tell them I am really me.
No politically correct way to say some things.
Could it be that people speaking (for example) English as a second language simply don't speak it as well, regardless of accent? I'd think they miss some of the crucial distinctions and oddities that make it possible for us to separate near-homonyms from a native speaker. Further, it's well known (to speech researchers anyway) that most people don't actually "say what they say" - syllables run together and so on - this was a major problem initially in speech recog (which was a field I did a lot of time in). Humans, unlike computers (at least then) make _extensive_ use of context to overcome this and related issues when "understanding" another's speech (which is far more to the point than mere recognizing, when even a perfect transcript would have those missing or run-together syllables).
The "not pronouncing what you thought you said" issue was a huge eye-opener for many workers. It's easy to perceive it now due to non linear audio editing tools that let you examine small excerpts, though.
Further, when the speaker is "thinking" in their base language, they use grammatical constructs native to that language but not English, which tends to defeat our human predictive understanding, or "sounds to meaning conversion".
I know that even I have some issues with strong accents, and also that even long time exposure to same doesn't overcome them. I'm no longer in the field, but I'd bet an analysis along these lines would bear out these observations.
That basically means corporations dealing with trade secrets, governments, and _other_ criminals.
Fixed it for you, friend.
Old DSP guy here. One of those rare reports that has information, and from someone who knows their stuff. Yay!
Digging signals out of noise with low error rates was my first really good job...
This is just laying the groundwork for a later power grab as in - "we asked nicely for a long time, now we got congress to do it". They have to convince some dumb old people they'll be able to keep their jobs collecting insider benefits at the seats of power. The danger is that those congresscritters are so disconnected that enough of this in the news might drown out all the voices of reason till it's too late.
Because we all know what he's asking for is not possible - no way this guy doesn't know that.
I think they should work more on trying to regain our trust after quite a lot of evidence of mis and malfeasance. All the things they didn't prevent out of laxity that had nothing to do with this issue, for starters.
It's hard to find evidence that they ever bust anyone for the issues mentioned. But plenty on say...Kim Dotcom, plenty witch hunts (which don't die because of crypto, but because there might be stupid people, but no witch), and of course the retards they encourage and give fake bombs to so as to look like they catch terrorists rather than create and then entrap them.
Oh wait, speaking of power grabs, I didn't know that non citizens doing things that are legal in their own countries were supposed to be subject to US law....
They resist giving info on this because (I'd bet) the actual number of cases that fail because of crypto is miniscule - they just want a fishing license to create more cases based on their hacking.
All the other yanks I know, as well as myself, think Ajit belongs almost anywhere else. That's just mean, bad as we are, we don't deserve him.
A kiloton is 4.18 e 10^12 Joules, Voland. Just saying - google "kiloton in joules".
I salute running the numbers as a reality check, most are too lazy or lack all perspective. You just need the right numbers! A Joule is 1 watt-second....
m.2 SATA drives are the only SSD's in my networks that have failed, ever (most here are Samsung and a few older Intel) - and they weren't doing hard duty as linux boot drives - they were just doing /boot or /root, but in the latter case, a spinner was /home under root (and another spinner partition was /var).
They seem to have "latched up" like the bad old days of CMOS SSI logic - they got hot. I managed to get them to read once in around 20 tries in an adapter to get config files off them, but actually lost data in one case.
This didn't happen even when every dev here had IBM death-stars fail in the same week - we _do_ backups. Maybe this is only anecdotal, but Crucial here has a 100% failure rate and the only data loss since the 286 days.
Their ram seems fine...
Probably did exist, and this was before "patent reform" made it first to file vs first to invent.
But there's no question BB was first in this form, and first to make it really ubiquitous. I recall the days of their ascendancy long before FB...
I do suspect that the "he with the gold makes the rules" will be in effect, and that lawyers would have made the issues murky if they weren't already - it's their rice-bowl and main expertise.
I also suspect a certain amount of luck was involved, and have mixed feelings about whether the rest of us should pay extra nearly forever because someone else had some good luck - and in the end, it's always we who pay for all royalties and compliances...there are no "other people whose pockets we're picking" in the final analysis. Make things more expensive - via this or regulations - and we all pay. Else the company goes out of business..and there is then nothing to pay for.
We pay the lawyers on both sides....
What I see here is a desperation move by a company that for whatever reasons, squandered all their successes. It's tough out here in the real world. And that's from someone who doesn't have a FB account (that I can log into - everyone has an account), and wishes they quit enabling stupidity.
I'm no fan of FB - and it's not worth suing anyone who doesn't have deep pockets. But if they're real deep, you're gonna lose.
Doesn't make the misquote true, or even relevant. Yes, I saw what FB said, and how fast the admission that it probably had zero effect was rolled back. Not because it was untrue - no one said it was, but because it didn't justify the owner's narrative.
They didn't say they helped elect the orange one - that's a flat untruth, dunno where you got that, maybe your own echo chamber.
A tiny number of cheap ads were sold to Russians - Billions were spent by the campaigns. And one wonders who put all that divisive stuff into even foreign media. Though we can guess it was probably a certain hungarian PNG in his own country who likes to fund subversion at one level remove via foundations with nice names and bad behavior - he admits to "hungarian hacking" - and it's a heck of a lot more dough.
I suspect Jill Stein's investigation into voting irregularities had the opposite effect intended, it sure didn't look good - and was stopped right away "for some reason".
The point being, it's bad enough without making stuff up - and I haven't even gone to that depth yet. Let's don't....
@Jemma - you're saying FB is conservative or alt-right? I'm not sure I own language that could describe how ludicrous that idea is. Or that shitposting by a few with a tiny relative budget of a few mil swung a billion dollar election.
Oh, you're just calling all voters, or most of them, morons. Perhaps more believable, but not a great way to make friends or influence people. Works about as well as calling them deplorables. They might not agree, and it might even motivate them further.
A test myself and a Canadian friend did was to create new, fake accounts (using mac-scrambled raspberry pies to avoid the more subtle trackers) and test for the echo chamber effect. There is extremely strong evidence for that - if an account looks at alt-right content - everything else disappears and it's bombarded with more of the same. Ditto progressive content. If both in the same account, then all but politics takes a back seat - say if the account was interested in the Reg, tech, or fashion - all gone.
This is both facebook and youtube (and included directed adverts, but we had to block those to avoid overloading the pies). And it became obvious that everyone is selling to everyone else by doing this test.
So the "Russian meddling" appears to be the result not of any Russians - it's the advertising characterization algos, deep learning - creating those echo chambers - and you can prove this at home pretty easily, don't take my word for it.
We did it to ourselves over greed in marketing.
Now let the down votes roll, as I just called everyone idiots who didn't even realize you were being silo-ed into echo chambers as long as they fit your confirmation bias - a well known cognitive issue of we lousy humans.
When I grew up we could agree to disagree and even be civil about it. Think about why that's changed...
Your 4th amendment is pretty much irrelevant as it only applies if a government employee is doing the initial looking, and even then....
It's well known that they buy info from outfits like Experian that would be illegal for them to collect firsthand, and plenty of tales about high bandwidth taps at telcos (feeding Utah which exists for some reason, as did the immunity given telcos) and of course, the suspicions around Google, Facebook, Amazon and so on. We also know how the banks are required to report various activity - no warrant needed there either, and the threshold is low, and the quota high.
So, it's all OK then, they've given themselves permission to run a Just-Us system. I used to worry about the line attributed to Cardinal Richelieu "Give me 6 lines written by the purest of men" but now that anyone can just make up lies and present them as truth, even that doesn't matter as much.
I guess they just do it now to try and nip in the bud any real dissent by whoever is "on to them".
And follow the money - perhaps look one step behind whoever is bringing these bills to committee in the first place.
Last time this kind of silliness was in the air:
I live in Virginia. When the lottery bill passed over lots of objections, they promised to put the huge profits into the school system, and for a little while, they did - enough to have a couple advertisements with pictures of big checks (while of course lawmakers effectively removed other funding to match).
Now they don't even pretend, the money goes into the general fund, but no one got voted out for raising taxes. Might this be the same deal all over again?
The referenced article is full of the magic words "if" and "up to" just like all the articles on science pages about energy storage devices and specifically super caps for the last few decades - only one has come to pass - the LiIon battery. Which still makes no economic sense for my off-grid house, but seems to be OK in my Volt, kind of.
It all seems to have some issue before it makes market. I'll wait and consider all such junk "requests for more money so I can get tenure or a nicer office" till the track record is better than one in > ten thousand.
Moore's "law" is only about transistors/wafer and is already broken for that, essentially. Cut the atoms/transistor any more and electron wave function doesn't fit...they fall out or shoot off the ends ballistically. Clock speeds stopped going up years ago as well, since the tech to use other than silicon (conceptually trivial) at high resolution doesn't exist yet.
Too many think it works for everything....nope.
If Apple is using their own encryption to keep your data "safe" while using other data centers "to reduce latency/ping time, then where must the decryption actually get done and who has access to the keys....???
Yeah, right. It'd all have to go through their data centers on the first and last hop, else the entire encryption is utterly bogus. And even then, with traffic analysis, well, metadata is hard to secure. If they have you going direct to a 3rd party (assuming your iproduct holds the key) then metadata is easy to take.
So...I smell something I need to put my hip waders on for.
I could have wished for a Tesla, but I own a more-practical Chevy Volt, and I charge it off my solar system, which has no trouble doing that here in SW Virginia. If I don't have enough electricity, I can use the gasoline engine and that gets right on 40 mpg, while still being pretty sporty (though not a Tesla or a Camaro, it's fine). Now, I don't have a long commute - my driving is largely just errands. But my lifetime mileage since getting this car in 2011 - is 242 mpg. It's never been charged from the grid since I bought it.
Now, this likely wouldn't work for a huge outfit that drives them flat every day - my solar array is pretty big, nearly 500 sq feet (Jellied Eel is wrong about irradiance - it's a kw/sq meter in orbit, on the surface it's half that, roughly, on a clear day). For a big outfit like mail, the sq feet of panels would be prohibitive. But for a private user - not so bad, and I can use the car as additional battery capacity for my main home/campus system - we solarites have a big issue with "famine or flood" - we often get far more energy than we can store, but then there's also February. Having added an AC inverter in the Volt to let it charge my house lets me also use it as a generator that can take itself to the gas station....or just get over minor humps in supply and demand that all off-grid setups have.
After nearly 40 years of a few packs a day...even buying the most expensive mechs (rDNA) and so on saved me a fortune, too. I used some pretty strong juice - my motivation was failing lungs, after all, so fewer puffs a day was a pretty big deal.
And what that did for me was to break the habit of smoking an entire cigarette every time you light one. With strong juice, one or two hits gets it done, you put the thing down and maybe even forget about it for an hour or more (even forget where you left it - sometimes creating a panic).
The extra hassle of re wicking all the time (I used diy coils/wicks) - in my case the taste went south every couple days - was helpful too. This happens even if you have the "good stuff" with active temperature regulation and use the finest ingredients for your juice. Stuff just gets that burnt flavor...and the coil carbonizes.
After some time of this, I decided to go on a simple discipline - I'm allowed to vape once an hour, from top of the hour to 5 min after. That's it. If I miss the window, wait another hour. (you don't miss many windows, but even if you do, it's barely tolerable).
After some time at this, I found I did miss an hour - the later in the day you start, the easier that is. And one day, I went all day without really thinking about it too hard.
So I quit. Done - last March, so it's nearly a year. Yes, it now and then grabs you and shakes you like a leaf - but it doesn't take anywhere near the resolve to just say no, and I'm completely clean since last year. I don't think the weaker juice would have allowed this - I used the strongest available to cut down on the basic motor habit a lot - just didn't even want to do it that often - and that was key to the final success.
My doctor almost doesn't believe it. She says in all her practice no one else has managed to really quit for good like I have. It's been a big deal with emphysema and hypertension, quitting has added a lot of life to this old fart. Took around a year of vaping to finally taper off to the point of quitting - but my health started getting better on day one of that.
Just an anecdote, I know, but a true one by an avid observer.
While this may have partisan "results" I don't see the corruption here as partisan. Else we'd have to look at who deregulated banks (Barney Frank, Bill Clinton, both (D)) leading to the worse financial crash worldwide ever - and this is a tiny patch on that.
I think bringing partisanship into this is the equivalent of "look, a squirrel" as this looks to me like the old revolving door regulator we've seen in all unelected bureaucracy from the FDA to the SEC to...you name it, these guys are bought regardless of which wing of the american uniparty claims ownership of them.
We've tried blaming it all on "that other party" for decades, and here we are. Clearly that's not the answer.
How about we deal with corruption as the bipartisan dash for the dollars that it truly is? We might make more progress that way, and have more allies. Honest people with any political leaning can then get behind the cause of reducing corruption more easily and we need all the help we can get. Blaming it on one political (fake) party means you lose any help from anyone in that party, and for example, I know plenty of republicans who would like to see Pai gone, but can't say and be "loyal party members" because the "other party" has made _everything_ into a political fight. This is not a winning approach.
Who claim encryption hinders them because they have little or no computer capability.
Like they claim they couldn't track down the most recent shooter, despite being called with warnings and knowing the guy's real name.
Who also are asking for yet another $300 million in their budget to "combat russian bots".
WTF is wrong with this picture?
Hasn't said this to members, I doubt this is reported correctly - could be fake.
Edit -> I see the idiot political spin arm of the reg posts on saturday, unlike all the other articles. Interesting for a tech publication. And I also note that while NRA is in the title, it wasn't them giving Pai anything, it was CPAC, probably bought and sold by the telcos. NRA wouldn't be. That said, the rest still stands.
If it isn't, 100% of the members I know - and that's a lot as I'm a gunsmith - will be quitting.
You gotta be kidding if you think Joe Sixpack, which are the bulk of members, would be for this.
NRA gets the bulk of their money from member dues. Yeah, others put in some too, but most is from the normal people. Their lobbying is real, but also dwarfed by big pharma, big military-industrial, and big business generally. Their power is all those voters who are members...they really don't want to lose us.
Which is not to say that probably a few people high up in NRA are industry shills and losers - for now, maybe they don't have that position very shortly.
the same Qualcomm recently fined in Korea for hindering competition, and in suits with, well, practically everyone for really nasty licensing practices? I'd hope Broadcom buys them and makes things more fair as a result...
I'm actually a scientist, though not in cosmology. But to many of us, all this dark stuff looks like fudge factor and curve fitting - just add some magic thing so we can make things add up without actually understanding the underlying.
After all, you could curve-fit Newtons equations for things going really fast, like near the speed of light, but it wouldn't have given you relativity - it was the underlying idea that then gave the reason for the fudge, as well as the form, not the other way around.
I bet it's not dark once the probably head-slappingly-obvious-in-hindsight truth is discovered.
Just a feeling from long experience. I'd quote Pauli - "that's not even wrong" to these jokers.
Does this have to do with Russian election meddling?
Is telling a lie to a bank now a federal crime?
We wouldn't have had the last crash were that generally enforced.
Cute sarcasm, but gheesh, in any other situation it would be more fun to point out how this long and expensive investigation is totally off course and only leading to the usual things rich people regularly get away with - on both sides of the aisle, and out of politics too.
Why should we count indicting people who will never see a day in court, much less jail, or testify as resolving an investigation that somehow proves that with a tiny fraction of the $ and people of either legit campaign somehow swayed and election because if you think about it, that means they are WAY smarter than the smart Americans running the show, and that the voters are complete boobs.
Do you like being called a boob? I don't.
Funny, the wikipedia page for sublime text lists it as cross platform and the first opsys listed is Linux, not MacOS. Just FYI...
It works darn well on Linux here...It's the one app I've found really worth paying for.
John Smith has it right, at least from a Linux perspective, more and more of the big apps are now Linux capable. And if I read my process table right - many are using the native libraries and it's on Windows that they'd be extra big due to being the first to need X or QT there. Things are looking up.
Of course, Java is crummy everywhere. I agree with Linus on that one.
@adair - I think definition #2 fits better: 2. of little or no practical value, meaning, or relevance; purely academic: In practical terms, the issue of her application is moot because the deadline has passed. ;~}
See my comment above. Who cares if there's some dirt on them? Politicians....(heck, inhaled and don't care who knows)
Who gets dirt on everyone? Spies.
So the guys with the dirt always get the money and laws they want. It's pretty obvious from close up.
Any different on your side of the pond?
All they're doing is making legal what they've been doing all along. Because they're finding it harder to hide now (Snowden, Assange, and so on).
I feel compelled - and embarrassed - to point out that just about zero of actual USians want any of this, and that we've somehow allowed our government to get completely out of control.
For those who think this is recent partisan politics, I'd point out that while newly public, most of this has been going on for most of my rather long life - many decades. It's just harder to hide it now. It was being done decades ago with a nudge and a wink.
Looks to me as though the elected part of our government has little to do with how things go anymore anyway - it'll all unelected bureaucrats who have forgotten the duties of citizenship and who are more interested in their rice bowls than their fellow citizens. Probably without realizing how traitorous they seem to the rest of us.
Cardinal Richelieu seems to have been right (or for that matter, the Stasi) - give me the man and I'll show you the crime - the unelected have the dirt on those who write their political paychecks, so it's fairly easy to predict how things will go from there.
way to store energy anyway, despite initial high hopes. It's super dangerous (I work in a lab that uses it), explodes in any mixture with air, embrittles metals, is hard to store any quantity of in a small space as would be needed for cars.. and when burned, say in an IC engine, is no better than gasoline re thermodynamic efficiency. Fuel cells need catalysts that are in far too short supply to make enough cars to serve a single US state.
Truth hurts, but there it is. Batteries long ago became better than hydrogen systems, and are a lot safer.
Nature's way of storing hydrogen is hydrocarbons. Works really well, we use them because of that - too bad they also have carbon that's going to burn too and make pollution...but nothing else works for storing energy quite so well.
I'm a scientist and I eat my own dogfood, living off the grid since long before it was cost effective (solar was $6 a watt when I started). Hydrogen like my lab uses in fusion research, is pretty nasty stuff if you get a leak, and it's about the second leakiest substance on earth after helium. The tiniest leak in a hose gives you instant flame even in a non sparking environment room. If you're lucky, it's right away, and not an explosion after a little more leaks and mixes with air.
Guns are a lot safer, at least you have to pull a trigger.
In this case, the one aiding and abetting divisiveness and partisanship (which some blame on those Russians - not sure that's as meaningful).
Simples - The main current use of deep learning (it's not AI unless that means artificial ignorance) is to target ads and other content. I did an experiment, I bet you can replicate.
Get on any social media account - I used google+ and youtube for this - as a "blank slate". Just create a new identity for this. For extra fun, create two that take opposite views of, well, anything.
Now, watch just one highly polarized video on youtube - bonus points making it all the way through more than one. I don't care what "side" you pick -
Now see what is reccomended to you from then on - everywhere you go. It might take more than one video watch or comment on a thread, but it won't take 10.
You'll find you've been categorized totally as "one of that side" and fed endless radical, probably largely fake but certainly heavily spun news in favor of what the AI thought was your opinion. And it's very hard to make it go away - they use what gets eyeballs, not what makes you happy.
And looking at or commenting on videos from "the other side" (as if there were only two or either of the two we have had any of our interests in mind) -just gets you categorized as someone interesting in fighting and partisanship in general. You WILL be assimilated.
And as usual, it's money driving it all, just like politics - here it's selling eyeballs, attention, ads, directly or otherwise. Thank $deity that they're not very good at this, because even at this level, it's taking down the entire world - friend against friend, brother against brother now. It's becoming very difficult to agree to disagree, which used to be easy in polite society...which is also going away.
Here's a very interesting take on AI and how it's actually manifested:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmIgJ64z6Y4 From 3c43.
If you can run code on my switch...you can snoop on all my lan packets and I have no way to know you're doing it - you can send your catch right out through the router, that I don't own (like most home/small business) and I can't see them at all, so I have no idea you are doing it and you can grab quite a haul over time.
Do that to any machine on my LAN, and wireshark or equivalent can see them, eg the tools most use to check for things like that.
Root on a switch isn't root on every box on the LAN, not by a long shot - just having root on one means you have that one, and that's it. Only a complete moron would use the same password etc for all boxes for root. There seems to be considerable confusion about that in comments above...Seems few even seem to know what it is - the author seems to have been right that there are a lot who could learn more here.
Might not be for everyone but my small town bank is fine with this: I simply created another checking account specifically for online use. I keep more or less a zero balance in this account, and when I'm going to order from any online vendor (Amazon, DigiKey, Ebay, Banggood, McMaster-Carr and so on) I go to the online web interface for the bank, having done all but one step of checkout at the vendor so I know the precise charge to expect, and transfer just that amount from another, "safe" account before clicking the "finalize order" button on the vendor page. Thus, the money isn't in that checking account for more than a few seconds, which makes it kind of hard to hack with success. I had to tell the bank (more than once) to turn off overdraft protection completely - if someone hacks it I get at most a "bad check charge" but usually not even that (small towns are great - we know who the cool people are, it's the good side of good 'ol boy). I keep around $20 in there for fudge, but that's it.
Bonus for any dispute is this big long record of me doing that - at the bank - they see my pattern and it makes it hard for any bad guy to argue - I put the vendor name in the transfer into the account.
Having been hacked twice before this - there have been zero since. Almost makes you think the bad guys have a way of knowing how much is there....and twenty bucks ain't worth it.
No, Kev, we have what was supposed to be a co-op - it took itself private and went for-profit...it's a whole different ball of worms - like I said, one size....
Here in the Appalachian mountains - well outside the SF bubble - the "competition" is a choice between the only wired ISP with slow and expensive DSL ($80/mo for 4/1 mbit), and satellite internet that costs even more and has nasty latency. From what I hear online, this is the norm, not like where the author is writing from (or Pai is mis-regulating from). We "little people" are getting really fed up with those who think everywhere is like where they are at the moment. One size does not fit all.
Concern for "driving customers to competitors" is a laughable idea. The big boys, who don't even come here, have pointed out to various federal agencies that they don't poach on one another's territories as is, and it's the rare place, like San Francisco - where there is any choice at all.
So, the big supposed advantage to going to the cloud was to save you having your own ops people - sysadmins (expensive people everyone wants to get rid of until there's an issue). Someone else and their expertise was going to do all that for ya and cheaper too.
Then they tried to do that themselves by automating their own jobs - and failed!
Which also means you need your own sysadmins to help the cloud guys by detecting when they go down for them...
Circular loops all the way down.
I noticed the same thing - I've been playing in this game since before ICs, and was lucky to have parents score me a PDP-8 early on. My first Xerox 820 (forerunner to the Kaypro) was eye opening compared to that - and as you say, did most everything functional you could want, unless you wanted realtime audio/video, huge math simulations, or just really had to substitute pictures of characters for 1 byte ascii representations a Z80 could push around quickly. For the average person, that's not a huge difference, as most people don't produce audio and video, and there are other ways to consume them. The rest is just slickness.
And size, but so far "big data" seems to be used mainly for some people to control other people and take their money. I don't see a huge advantage in that for the average person.
But a company has to make money selling product, so they have to invent a need to ditch the old one and buy a new one, else they go out of business. Marketing is the root of many evils!
So are mortgages...and empty stomachs, but that's another topic.
I guess I'm trying to say that once certain choices were made in architecture, we collectively fell into some sort of sunk cost fallacy when we perhaps should have been looking at a new organization of compute and storage.
Look where we are now - we're finally using more cores/threads, and I read here recently about some vendor touting putting compute and storage a lot closer together. If we'd started down that path...which I admit did seem hard at the time - a lot of things aren't trivially parallelizable - we might be at a place that scaled a lot better - and didn't have at least this set of problems. We never tried too hard to find new ways to parallelize many problems because we didn't have to - yet. Now...it's another story.
I remember back in the late 70's a paper on "contextually addressable segment sequential memory" where lots of little compute/memory chunks could be tied together really opened up my eyes. In this, you had a "right sized" chunk of storage per CPU, such that the time for it to fully process that was "reasonable" - say a pass rate of 60hz or so - and then you could chain these together forever even over relatively slow links and scale to the skies (at least for some types of work). None of this side channel timing stuff would be an issue in such an architecture (which of a zillion things would you even time?)...The sheer size of a database this enables is staggering compared to the old way of doing things - I'm not going to advocate for going backwards in performance, I'm advocating looking at new ways that can pay off in the future with more - the current path, chozen awhile back, kicked the can down the road. We ran out of road.
Time to build roads. Or airlines, or teleporters. Time to think about how we approach this, rather than just trying to brute force it into smaller nanometers, more transistors and so on. Speed of light isn't going to change anytime soon, I reckon.
And yeah, I'm a dino too - that isn't necessarily a bad thing if one learns from experience.
I think the fun and sanity went out of much of CPU design awhile back, when transistor *speed* stopped going up, and while Moore's law was still going, trying to substitute LOTS more transistors instead of making them faster - since basically a wall was hit trying for that. Of course, that's what lead to these security issues too - but the die was cast.
Trying to make switches faster and staying within TDP and heat density led to trying to lower voltages below what the technology would really support - this was done to avoid the power loss charging and discharging all those little incidental capacitors in the "wires". But at some point, if you dope transistors such that they can turn on at super low voltages, they don't really turn off that well either - so the old CMOS "draws no power if not toggling" is lost. So you hit a wall there too.
Other than the usual marketing, and quantity (of cycles) has qualities all its own - why? Seems the real reason is storage and latency. Ram never kept up, and the dash to size left SRAM behind. Now we hae a memory bus with fantastic marketdroid numbers of GHz - but latencies of many many cycles to get that first byte - see your bios, I need not make things up. That GHz number is for one cycle, and nothing whatever happens in one cycle with DRAM - not even close. To attempt to overcome the effects of nasty latency, CPUs tend to try to at least get a burst of data for each access - a cache line, as it's often (but not always!) the case that if you need a byte, you probably are about to need the next few. Unless your code is doing about the only thing that makes computers interesting - that good old if() - anything that never conditionally branches might as well be done with gears...it is the glory of computers to do something different depending on the input.
Tracing things back - all these are because CPUs were actually plenty fast - faster than ram by a good bit, and tried to make up for that by using even more CPU transistors so as to need to talk to ram less often, kind of, this is hard to condense for those not in the know and who haven't struggled with design on the level of this stuff.
We've now reached the level (finally) where this even makes a bit of sense. While we go to enormous caches on CPU chips (Even those have horrible latencies past L1), the issue is now becoming the speed of light distance from the CPU to the memory, and that latency is not going to be solved unless we somehow magically get both CPU and the main RAM all on the same chip - and maybe not even then...seems 3D as works in flash might not fly here due to heat density issues.
I do find it interesting that one design with which I was very closely associated - a Ti DSP (tms320c30) and designed some product around - was faster than a 200 mhz Intel PII cpu - while running at 40 mhz.
All SRAM, very little cache - just enough to do a tight loop in. No wait states or multicycle accesses. But general purpose CPU design took a different turn, and here we are.
I do miss the days when my tech product design company upgraded all our engineer's computers every 6-9 months and it was worth doing. Now...machine around here get old enough to get flakey and it's not economically obvious why they should be updated till they fail - there's nothing much happening performance or feature wise anymore.
This of course amplifies the push to somehow throw more transistors at what is a conceptual problem happening at another level. Subtlety is going to beat brute force...again. That's my prediction and you can hold me to it.
to listen to an immature child all along? Thought so.
Good of you to finally admit it.
Notice how practically everyone - from Wells Fargo to FB, now says "but everyone else is doing it" as if that made it OK?
Never flew with my parents...that just made them get out a bigger belt to put some sense into me. Too bad there's no real enforcement by the governments who are dependent on these guys...
It's like when they threatened to break up Microsoft - the obvious answer "We'll just see who is the real government here". Now no one even threatens anymore.
So, if you're a big bank and money launder billions of drug cartel money and make many millions of profit, and have to pay 10% of that in fines, is that really enforcement?
I'll believe corps are people when they; hang one in Texas. They're made of people - like soylent green.
The bright side of these clowns being incompetent at hiding their corruption is that more people notice and will cut it less slack in general - at least in their minds. Too bad keyboard warrior skills don't count for much. How did all media wind up in such limited ownership over the past....few decades? This isn't new, it's just more blatant.
People should get mad as hell and refuse to take it anymore. Oh, but if I make trouble, they might cut off my sports-ball cable or something.
Maybe the results will help improve some other Debian based distro without collecting from those users, just the Ubuntu ones?
Just the same some cynicism is always called for. Once you put the mechanism for snooping in place and people are used to it - it's like taxes, they never go away or even go down, do they.
No government ever willingly gives up power. so that's the one shared value.
"Our values" mean we believe we should be the only government on earth, effectively - as shown over and over again, even recently. We expect to enforce our laws in other countries, even - DVD Jo, J Assange, and KimDotcom, come to mind as the better known, but there are plenty more. We expect to be able to toss out governments we don't like in the middle east (almost all of them)..and on and on.
Looking into the past, there's more - plenty of it.
Maybe that's why we don't teach history very well in our public schools. It's too embarrassing.
(Yank here - in case it isn't obvious from context)
that they detect the USA badware, unlike all the other AV's out there. This is so unlikely that it's a near sure thing that the other AV's have put in some kind of ability for the TLAs to get past them, probably demanded by the US government (if you can call this government). Kaspersky rightly refuses to do this, just like some other companies don't want to put in crypto backdoors.
The committed the fatal sin of showing the world that US badware is detectable by at least one AV, but not others. NSA and pals can't have that - people might think and stuff.
What other badware do all the other AV's miss? Is it like there's a special magic key for US badware, or what? I thought that at least many of them worked by behavior at some level - hey - something's sending a lot of data out of your box - for example. So will the other AV's now also miss badware that's just the less-professional non-state criminals?
Yep, *all* sides are sellouts - and always point to the sellouts on whatever other side, but ignore their own. Divide and conquer, identity politics, it's all making me ill. How about working on genuine problems rather than "viewing with alarm" some made-up problem the only solution to which is giving them even more power to make a mess?
"The best law money can buy" isn't working out that well for the plebes and the partisan noise is a distraction hoping we won't notice it or blame it on the other guys. Sooner or later anyone adult should realize that just because one guy is wrong - it doesn't make the other one right.
Oh, look - a squirrel!
You moan about tedious partisanship (well, I hate it - on both sides) but then forget the sarcasm tag on the statement that surely the Democrats will fix it?
Quantity is necessary but not sufficient for quality.
Having the correct metrics as inputs might matter along with the rest as well.
Amazing how people can twist anything to conform to their preconceived and programmed notions.
Author better hope no one does their own reading or has watched closely, but no - what this shows is it wouldn't matter...people gonna believe what they're told to and their friends agree with no matter what.
Russians? Heh, heh...
I'll just leave this here. They didn't even bother to hide it - you always do things like this *before* the controversy because you can count on people forgetting or just not having paid attention.
If you believe the half truths of any side, you get zero truth. The thing they agree on - an election is the advance auction of stolen goods (Mencken) - and the pitch is always the same "I'm gonna pick the other guy's pockets to buy your vote" - but no one ever seems to figure out that we're all that other guy and it's our pockets.
Sam Clemens - we're safest when the government isn't in session. Still true.
Which has happened to some extent here too - and I sometimes comment on it (negatively). This site was more fun without the meaningless political ad-hominem. I personally have quit visiting a few tech sites who make no bones about being completely biased to one extreme of some issues, they're losing my clicks and so on, and a lot of others feel that way too - in essence the majority who voted for what we have - and if you want to argue about that - do it on a political site - even if not a pure majority (depending on the usual rigging which all sides participate in), who can just afford to ditch nearly half their income?
I prefer my tech sites to be about...tech. It's so much easier on my brain and my bookmark organization.
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