* Posts by kuiash

25 posts • joined 28 Jan 2016

Long phone is loooong: Sony swipes at flagship fatigue with 21:9 tall boy

kuiash

Re: Stand?

Thank you!

kuiash

Stand?

Does it have a kick stand or a case so it can be stood up on it's long edge? That'd be great for travelling.

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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Re: IOT=Crap

Bang on the money. Fucking landfill.

All those Wifi enabled lightbulbs that serve no actual, practically useful purpose nor do they really help aesthetically.

Marketing++ in full effect... Fuck the planet.

*ARGH!* I'll just plant a few more trees for each lightbulb eh? G'z...

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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Re: Analogue Radio Must Never Die

Analogue don't need no stinking batteries!

With a nice long aerial (a conductor in a moving magnetic field) you'll get enough juice to run a headset. That's "no battery". Freakin' awesome.

kuiash

Analogue Radio Must Never Die

It has a MASSIVE advantage over digital, one I hope we'll never need.

Resilience.

As a child I used to beaver away in my dad's shed making radios out of giant antennas, an earth rod, pieces of coal, aluminium foil in between pages of a book (variable cap), pencils and all odds and ends of wire.

There's no way I could ever manufacture a digital radio in anything under a year assuming I can find myself a decent MPU to decode the signal.

Oh, that and TMS and the shipping forecast.

I'm probably being totally OTT but you can make an analogue radio, in times of crisis, out of pretty much any old crap lying around. This is not true of digital.

Even the transmitters aren't that hard. All it is is a modulator & amp and they can be salvaged from plenty of places.

Anyway, I'll get back to downloading me ZX81 programs off MW now. KTHXBAI!

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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They should ask Torvalds to rename git.

I double dare you.

What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Optional

Man. Enough drugs for a major party, or, maybe just enough to keep going for a day or 2 to a major fiend.

This sounds like compulsion, not indulgence.

This guy needs to slow up (or stop) or he's going to burn out physically (and mentally).

He's stuck in groundhog day. I bet he couldn't help himself (or not help himself).

Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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Dividends/Tax/Profit/Revenue/Van Drivers & Box Packers?

Their use of deflecting share holder payments against their tax payments, whilst legal, is just horrid.

I have to pay my corporation tax and THEN pay out my share dividends.

They should simply have to follow this pattern.

Do the owners of shares have to pay Capital Gains Tax when the exercise them? I assume there's just a numeric bucket of shares, issued by the company, to their employees - then it's up to the employees to sell (I was in a similar scheme and remember open and closed periods for selling)

Last Q - Who is actually receiving these shares? How many of the box packers & van drivers will get one of these tax free windfalls? Does anyone here have a better idea how Amazon operates at this level?

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Blackberry

Can we have an updated passport please?

Swan dive: Intel shares dip under interim CEO Bob as 10nm processor woes worry Wall Street

kuiash

Re: One small point to make here

If Intel are having problems they could always ask GF to fab for them!

UK Minister of Fun Matt Hancock opens London infosec upstart creche

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Mr Hancock

A few million of that would make a huge difference to your constituents. Especially in Haverhill where the Haverhill Science/Tech park is just a bare field and has been for 5 years or so.

Sitting out in the countryside I'm lucky to get 1 mb/s.

*sheesh*

Intel confirms it’ll release GPUs in 2020

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Re: Always good to have competition to rein in that nVidia/AMD duopoly

And the rest. Rendition, S3, 3DLabs, Cirrus, Tseng and then there were all the optimisers like VIdeologic (still around in a different guise), Guillemot and thousands more.

The great shake out did for them. A combination of the move to 3D accelerators (well, more than DMA engines with an ALU run the middle) and the eventual (and inevitable) death of the board/optimiser companies.

Building GPUs in now a job for a 1000 people. Only the 5 richest kings in Europe can afford it.

There are many other GPU creators out there. Qualcomm, ARM, Imagination. They just don't play in the PC space.

What Intel got their hands on a few years back was the engineering talent from the once mighty 3DLabs (Ziilabs -> Intel). Maybe they've done something with it but as a company Intel are becoming the new IBM of the 80's. Slow moving, single minded and inflexible.

The last 5 years has seen Intel best everybody on process. The industry as whole is having problems scaling.

Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by

kuiash

Re: F****d.

You know what they say... It's hard to tell incompetence from malice.

Date engraved onto net neutrality tombstone: June 11, 2018

kuiash

Re: The trickle down effect

Can't remember would said it, but, "Trickle down economics is great... if you liked being pissed on".

What a Hancock-up: MP's social network app is a privacy disaster

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Re: playground thinking

He's my local MP. All I can say about him is he's very good at being the very important Matt Hancock and getting his face in the local papers.

A whole f'n page about him, his likes and dislikes, how he likes walking, big picture... like bloody Hello magazine or something. I'm giving them a few weeks to see if they have a right-to-reply page for the other local politicians... all in the name of fairness (no chance in hell!)

I don't really object to him... he doesn't really do anything to object to, or applaud. Just another stuffed suit with the appropriate vocab.

Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more

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Obscurity Optional (but fails)

Check this guy - he pulls apart the x86 instruction set from the inside out. Really lovely technique, well thought out. Eventually he finds stuff that can kill a CPU stone dead. Nice! Well worth 45 minutes of time. Gotta say, my inner nerd is envious I didn't get to do this job!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrksBdWcZgQ

Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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Pint

BYTE

That's how I heard of him. After the initial wave of computer nerdery in the 80s (Sinclair Programs, ZX Computing) had shaken out and I was left with more games/consumer oriented Sinclair User (2nd iteration), Crash, C&VG etc I retreated into the wonderful worlds of Byte, Dr Dobbs and Program Now (whatever happened to that?!).

I must have been one incredibly nerdy teenager... yup... and a goth to boot!

Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

kuiash

Re: repeating it gain

Any irony there would be that "the West" would not trust the Chinese hardware for the same reasons... and they'd be right too...

Sheesh.

The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node.js next on menu

kuiash

Re: Switch Case

Here's Linus at his best ranting about boolean switch statement warnings...

https://lkml.org/lkml/2015/5/27/941

LOL!

kuiash

Re: Switch Case

It's for Duff's device isn't it?

Switches inside loops with gotos and breaks & conditional continues FTW! I helped write a data analysis app back in the 80s. IIRC that's how we treated resampling. Why? I don't know. Guess we though it was clever!

Oh. Switch is also useful in for breaking C/C++ compatibility.

NASA delivers CREAM-y load to ISS to improve cosmic ray detection

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Can't get tired of watching stage 1 nailing that landing! Watched it with the children at tea time yesterday. They're only young but understood when they saw me clapping and heard all the Space X folks whooping n' cheering.

New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

kuiash
Happy

That's a really cool board. Honest

Really! The CPU core is implemented in an FPGA along with backwards compatible hardware. It really is a 68000. They've called it the 68080 and it runs a LOT faster than the Amiga ever did.

Given the nature of the board it should be possible to build almost anything you like out of it. Yeah, there are probably cheaper Cyclone V boards but, well, this one has all those Amiga bits.

Really, give it a second look. Not necessarily to buy it but just to see these guys have done something technically and cultural very cool indeed.

I never had an Amiga (I just blagged my mates!) but if this thing comes in at around 300 Euros I'll be very tempted. It just has the right "feel".

systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

kuiash

Re: underscore illegal dns character

OK, I got bitten by this recently. Apple updated their stack (somewhere around 10.12) and this bit me.

It "is legal" but not in hostnames.

I used to have my live sites as "somesite.com" and the local (test) version as "somesite_com" in my /etc/hosts file.

Apparently you CAN have an underscores but not in hostnames. Yup, that took some tracking down! I only found it by careful observation (some local domains worked, those with underscores did not).

Hey, standards eh? Everyone loves them. Next I'll tell you about the hell that is JSON and/or XML parsing libraries. Actually, no I won't. This sort of tedious complexity makes me want to go back to programming 6502's in assembler code. *old man mumble*

Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

kuiash

Re: A week is a long time in politics

Germany has fabs. Real men have fabs.

Sensors, not CPUs, are the tech that swings the smartphone market

kuiash

Yes they are... sad, confused things. I used to hit "RUN" and enter - Nothing - I'd fucked it up. The machine had no senses anymore - SHIFT+SPACE - maybe... unless I'm on MCode... It can't hear me. The cogs churn but no flour is milled.

It's gone... It only responds to power.

Or a screwdriver in the back.

That moment when an X Session just winks out... maybe you can get back in... maybe.

Now: Shake to reset. Violently... It heard me! *BOOM*

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