* Posts by Baldrickk

520 posts • joined 26 May 2016

Page:

Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

Baldrickk
Silver badge

But what if we want to do both?

I could see a VM running via a hypervisor able to switch from low powered chips for browsing on the go to a fully fledged processor & graphics card as and when the power and demand are there being able to satisfy both sets of workloads.

Some "gaming" laptops are getting thin now, and the addition of a low power processor would not really have a very big impact.

At a high level, it could be no different than when a laptop switches from using the on-die graphics (for low power consumption) to using the discrete graphics card (for performance), only it's shifting the CPU workload over, instead of the GPU workload.

0
1
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Going from 32 to 64 bit was so simple nobody really noticed it happened

Somebody never tried Windows XP-x64...

Horrible driver support, terrible application support. It was a terrible mis-step.

MS did improve on this with Vista - though that for many was still a 32-bit OS, and it's only with Windows 7 that 64-bit became mainstream for Windows users at home. By that time MS had had many years to get device manufacturers on-board with driver support. Even now, how many apps are 32-bit only?

It's a bit like the Millennium Bug. Basically, nothing happened, but only because a lot of work was done to prevent it from happening.

20
3

Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

Baldrickk
Silver badge

I actually don't mind this - much... but...

This would be terrible on mobile though, the last thing I want is a site hammering my battery - this applies to laptops etc too.

On the desktop? Well, I do have some computing power to spare if I am just browsing the web.

If a site isn't charging for access to content, they do need to pay the bills somehow. Trying out these sort of strategies can only be a good thing - we find out if they are accepted and work, or are not and don't.

My preferred strategy would be to have an ad system that only has certified clean ads on sites like these.

If a site can promise that they will only have some banner ads, no autoplaying videos, no third party scripts (potentially malicious) from the ad slinger etc, then I would be happy to white-list their site - there are sites that I do indeed to that with already.

If a site has offensive, or badly behaved ads then that adblocker is staying enabled.

The ad industry only has themselves to blame for adblockers existing. People don't go around tearing ads off of bus-stop billboards etc because they are there, and you can ignore them. They are not a significant detriment to the people they are being shown to. Popups, autoplaying videos etc are.

31
4

US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Oh no FCC...

Of course cable companies can be trusted to be play nice if you give them free reign...

15
0

Hot NAND: Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: nate1981

What? Are you wanting 30TB in a laptop?

2
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Not a single 5.25" slot.

There is a 3.5" 'bay' and a 2.5" 'bay' (actually, both drives are attached to the back of the same plate the Motherboard is attached to) which house my 2TB spinning metal data drive and my hybrid drive respectively.

If I get an upgrade, it'll be to replace the hybrid with a full SSD. I'm fine for slow spinning metal for my movies etc.

0
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

So now we can have 30TB SSDs, can we reduce the price of the smaller ones, as they are obviously much easier to make, right? right?

I was hoping that the price of SSDs would have begun to normalise by now, but to take https://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Sata-Solid-State-Drive/dp/B078WR35K7 for example, vs https://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-P300-7200RPM-SATA-HDWD110UZSVA/dp/B0151KM3I0

Now obviously there is a very big performance difference here, but is it really worth over 10x as much? YMMV on that.

I have a compact case, and limited room for disks unless I duck-tape them to the inside of the case. If I replace my spinning platter (I actually have a 750GB hybrid drive right now, which is great, but a bit small) I don't want to have an even smaller drive, and for >£400? I'd prefer a VR headset - I'll personally get more out of it.

One does wonder if the high prices are in some part due to artificial scarcity...

0
0

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

Baldrickk
Silver badge

I shopped at Maplin this Christmas. They were the only actual shop that stocked the correct bulbs for my Father's extractor in the kitchen. None of the three DIY shops nearby had the right rating to match the specced bulbs (and to match the other installed bulb/s)

I also bought myself a maplin own-brand wireless keyboard with trackpad which has been brilliant. It's better (for me at least) for typing on than a couple of other brands including the equivalent Logitech model which I had been considering, plus it was slightly cheaper.

It's a shame that they are in trouble, as I like being able to poke around and see things in person, even if I am just picking up the boxes - it's a much more fulfilling experience than shopping online.

3
0

A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

Baldrickk
Silver badge

1/3

Way back in 2009, taking advantage of this methodology a famous Microsoft study (PDF) found that only a third of the features in their software were used as intended, or used at all. Think about all that fat in the other two-thirds that could be trimmed!

I remember reading about that study (I couldn't be bothered to read it at the time, but various summaries have found their ways in front of my eyes since)

It seems that the report was saying that any one user only used roughly 1/3 of the features, but that that 1/3 set of features was not the same across the userbase.

Therefore you cannot just wipe out 2/3 of your application and call it streamlining / removing bloat / technical debt reduction etc.

14
0

Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Robot manufacturing

What am I missing?

For starters, the moon is a pretty terrible place to put stuff, or refuel for inter-planetary travel. The ∆v to get there, and the ∆v losses from losing the Oberth effect (accelerations closer to the bottom of a gravity well are more effective) make it pretty much a wasted trip. Sure, if you were visiting from elsewhere, and the choice was between visiting the Moon for fuel, or going down to Earth's surface, the Moon is the better choice, as long as you can process the fuel when you get there.

3
0

Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop

Baldrickk
Silver badge

USB-C docks are not great...

I have one at work, it's fine, except from when it crashes and my external monitors, the network, keyboard and mouse all stop working.

It's also not supported by bcrypt, so I need to have the laptop open anyway to use the built in screen and keyboard every time I want to turn it on, which means it requires desk-space and can't be tucked away under a shelf and just left there.

5
1

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: What PII? Static IP

Everyone on Virgin has a static IP.

Lots of other ISPs offer a static IP, some don't charge more.

1
0

Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: *Shrug*

>I doubt you've had FTTC for 16 years as it has not even been around for that long.

In a sense he is right as that's what Virgin more or less run.

Well, he probably had cable for 16 years (I live in the inital roll-out zone for cable, and have had it for about 18 years now). At some point the connection to the cabinet was upgraded to fibre.

Virgin's network is fine (unless you apparently live in an oversubscribed area, but as that doesn't apply to me, I can't really comment on that) in terms of downlink bandwidth and latency. As can be seen by the numbers in the OP though, the upload is limited. Very limited.

What the numbers don't show is that there is a 1GB soft cap on the upload, at which point your upload speed is halved. Upload another 1GB in the next two hours, and it gets halved again.

Now try playing competitive real-time online games while other members of your family are filming full HD videos of themselves and uploading them via WhatsApp to their friends...

My biggest frustration with the Virgin Hub (we have a Hub2 so no Puma related problems, though my father hasn't run into those either, probably just lucky) is the lack of QoS built in.

1
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: It doesn't help

Virgin advertise "Fibre" which is FTTC. They offer speeds of up to 300Mbs which is perfectly attainable by the coax running the last few of tens of metres to your property. You can get 1Gbs over Cat5e/Cat6 copper cables (Cat6 will do 10Gbs)

Nowhere do Virgin claim they do FTTP, and I fail to see where the problem lies here.

6
3

Magic Leap's staggering VR goggle technology just got even better!

Baldrickk
Silver badge
Meh

If they meet their promises...

You can be sure I'll be lining up to get one.

Far more likely I'll be sat here behind my desk feeling sorry for the suckers who believed in the product like those poor unfortunates who put money behind the Vega, because you can be sure that I'm not putting any money into this pre-release.

7
0

Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: blast away

He's literally using the processor named in the linked article. The one that actually says the exact opposite of what Orlowski says it does.

Thankyou.

I didn't go searching for a comparison, I was pointing out a factual error in the article.<br>The article states that the iPad chip outperformed the listed Macbook's processor. This is not only false, it isn't representative of the source (if the source had claimed that the iPad outperformed the Macbook, then this would be more understandable)

Personally, I would have looked for a benchmark vs the latest Surface and maybe a Macbook Air, as competitors in the same market.

14
2
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: blast away

Too late to edit to update my original post, but here are the numbers:

the A10X achieves:

a single-core score of 3929 and a multi-core score of 9372.

the entry-level 15-inch MacBook Pro achieves:

a single-core score of 4255 and a multi-core score of 13,727

20
2
Baldrickk
Silver badge

If you want to do "proper" work, you need Windows (I hate to say it), proper Windows, not half-baked Metro-eqsue Windows CE equivalents

Well I'd say you need a proper desktop OS, be it your choice of Windows, *nix or MacOS in whatever is your preferred flavour.

On the rest we agree.

A good few years ago now, my father was looking at getting a tablet for when he was away from home. I pointed him at the Asus Transformer line, with the Atom processors, so they could run full x86 Windows. It's been working great for him.

34
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

blast away

more than sufficient to blast away a desktop chip in benchmarks.

Erm...

Reading the linked page, the processor "comes close" to matching the entry level macbook's processor on the benchmarks.

While this may be great for a tablet and totally sufficient for the work you are doing, it's hardly blowing away desktop chips, is it?

1) You're comparing it to a processor in a laptop, with tighter power requirements than a desktop chip

2) It is still slower than said chip

48
4

Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

Baldrickk
Silver badge

I hate AMP

Having pages actually laid out nicely for mobile consumption is nice, but it didn't need AMP to happen.

Especially if you visit an AMP page in Chrome on Android, the page takes over your browser... DO NOT WANT.

4
0

Hyperoptic's overkill 10Gbps fibre trial 'more than a clever PR stunt'

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Poor contention?

I've got the 1Gbps symmetric connection here in Bristol and with SpeedTest on my iPhone I get ~400Mbps over wifi

I wouldn't expect a faster speed from a phone. In fact I'm surprised to see you got that much. I've yet to see a phone max out my 125Mb/s download at home (Though my desktop hits the limit just fine over wifi)

Physical connections with quality kit are the way to go for reliable high speeds.

1
0

Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: I hope these were supposed to be humourous.

Sometimes low-tech is the best tech.

The less complicated it is, the less there is to go wrong.

1
0

What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Tax write-off

I mean, who bothered to report on Dragon's maiden flight's cargo? (a soft cheese, as it happens).

Well, in that case, the fact that they didn't reveal it until after the flight had happened and 90% of the news had already been reported, leaving it as a side-note for bloggers etc to comment on after the fact did that.

2
0

Of course a mystery website attacking city-run broadband was run by an ISP. Of course

Baldrickk
Silver badge
Trollface

Pai: "Of course we can trust the ISPs and Cable companies when we repeal net-nutrality."

22
0

Google's cell network Project Fi charged me for using Wi-Fi – lawsuit

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Looks like I'll soon be seeing a RED BANNER when using cell data

And that is why the first thing I did was to turn that feature off when I unboxed my new phone a year ago - and on the old one too, when it came in an update (yes, an Android update delivered by the carrier!)

I prefer to have control over which service I am using, especially when one has no limits, but is positionally restricted (home broadband) and the other can be used anywhere but has usage limits, I obviously don't want to be using the 4G connection at home, despite the mast being across the street, and delivering comparable connection bandwidth.

4
0

South Wales cops crow about facial recognition arrests on social media

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Presumably they don't get flagged up in Birmingham because the tech is being trialled in Cardiff.

And yes, it is exactly like pulling over a car based on matching model and colour from the description of a vehicle used in a crime.

Provided it is used properly, i.e. faces are captured only for checking against the wanted faces, then I have no problem with this. If not, well...

If it makes the police more effective at their jobs, so they can be more effective, then I wish the best for then. If used as a way to cut numbers of police on the streets, then it's being used in the wrong way.

1
13

Spectre shenanigans, Nork hackers upgrade, bad WD drives and more

Baldrickk
Silver badge

mydlinkBRionyg

I wonder if Briony G. will be feeling hot under the collar today?

0
0

Disengage, disengage! Cali DMV reports show how often human drivers override robot cars

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: The "Kitty Hawk" moment

Have you considered that these were often the first actual tests that they ran? They would have been a spectacle regardless of whether they worked or not - and if they did, they would have wanted some proof.

The only parts of that footage that appear to be at a proper show are the three shots of the same aircraft - the one flying into the mock house. It is notable that the design on that aircraft looks more like a properly viable aircraft. Indeed it's flight was stable, if on a collision course with a solid object that it appeared unable to avoid.

0
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Paradoxically, yes

Why would they need one, if their car is fully self driving?

0
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: I'm not sure I want to be in an AV on a dark rainy night.

Darkness will not be an issue, at least not if the car is using Lidar - it doesn't rely on ambient light.

Rain will be a problem, but only so much as it is to humans too - it's a physical obstruction.

0
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

I still think that maybe we don't have the full information.

The article mentions the difference between manual and automatic switching of control back to the driver. How much of this is because of a different testing strategy, and how much is because of failure of the control system?

Seems like Waymo is doing allright.

I half suspect that once one company has cracked it, it'll become a de-facto (if not enforced) standard. The Marketing seems to write itself.

I also quite firmly think that anything beyond what we pretty much have already with Tesla "Autopilot" but falling short of fully autonomous is doomed to fail as a product - purely because of easily distracted bags of meat not being ready to take over controls in case of emergency.

26
0

Windows Defender will strap pushy scareware to its ass-kicker machine

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Hahaha

I don't disagree with the point at all. While a specific identifier is useful in identifying a particular error, it's almost completely useless as the sole output of en error message.

1
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Hahaha

Can you elaborate on 0x6c0029?

A quick search on the G only returns your comment.

2
1

New click-to-hack tool: One script to exploit them all and in the darkness TCP bind them

Baldrickk
Silver badge

It's pretty hard to invent a "good" use for this, although perhaps I'm lacking imagination.

Automating security updates to vulnerable kit?

2
0

PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Hardware lasts

That 750 is a lot newer than 2009.

In 2008 my 9600GT was new. I bought a GTX 570 in 2011, so it's newer than that too.

Your point is still valid though.

2
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Usable business PCs

They can take my 16:10 (1920x1200) monitors from my cold dead hands.

It's a shame that form factor has pretty much died out, but I managed to grab a few before they were chucked out from a recent office move.

They are big enough for two 'sheets' in a pdf to be displayed side by side at 1:1 resolution, and are nice and wide in portrait too.

7
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: "Gaming is better on consoles"

And here I am having just discovered Rags' delightful YouTube channel.

Funny how these things coincide.

A few of his arguments are a bit nebulous but I can't say he's actually wrong about anything I've heard him say so far.

I'm personally of the opinion that people can choose what they want. I prefer PC, having gone from PC, through four different consoles, and then come back, but if you personally prefer something else then that's up to you.

3
0

Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe

Baldrickk
Silver badge

RE: They had to retype it from the latest listings.

Well, its a forced code review, and one where you can't just go "yup, I see what they are trying to do, looks ok" and hit the OK button. If there were bugs, it's perhaps not so surprising that they were found.

3
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: NOT ONE WARNING to the effect of "don't use spaces" existed

To this day "C:\Program Files\" and "C:\Program Files (x86)\" annoy me every time I see them.

At least "C:\Documents and Settings\USER\" is now vanquished for the more sane "C:\Users\USER\"

17
0

Biggest Washington DC lobbyist is now a tech giant (yes, it's Google)

Baldrickk
Silver badge
Joke

Reads the title.

Google are only just now considered a tech giant?

0
0

Maverick internet cop Chrome 64 breaks rules to thwart malvert scum

Baldrickk
Silver badge

What would it take for me to remove my adblocker?

I do whitelist sites who I want to support, and who haven't (yet) served me anything offensive.

What would it take to make my adblocker go away for good though - being as I'm not against advertising as a way to generate revenue for sites.

No scripts - that's most of any threat gone.

Images - fine

links - fine

animated images (gif, apng) fine

html5 video with nixed audio - fine assuming file sizes are limited

html + css? fine - as long as these can't be used to "break out" of the advertising panel (might need to subset what is allowed)

99.9% of all legitimate ads wouldn't be impacted by this - at least in terms of making an imprint on the viewer. If some fingerprinting capability is lost, then that's only a good thing.

0
0

Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: The Nasty Little Truth About Deep Learning

That's a worrying facet for a machine that's driving your car in the real world. Pretty much if a UFO were to park itself on the M25, people would still recognise it as a hazard and know how to stop their cars safely. "AI" like this won't necessarily, and you have absolutely no way to tell what it'll do until the day it happens.

I would hope that an unknown object, vehicle or not would be identified as an obstruction and handled appropriately.

1
0

It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Misc

FF on my mobe seems to work just fine. The mobile UI is just slightly more clunky than it should be - but only just.

I'm finding myself using it more and more on mobile, and it's my browser of choice on the desktop.

1
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: "could be exploited by dodgy webpages to execute malicious code within the browser"

You can usually ( at least you can in the cinemas and theatres near me ) phone up to book in advance, then pick your tickets up from the front desk, avoiding the website entirely.

When I go to the Cinema, it is most commonly with a voucher that precludes online bookings, so that helps a lot.

0
0

Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Pete and Repeat sitting in a tree...

They made quite nice space-heaters though - and ones that do useful work to boot.

I still have my P4 rig, though it doesn't see too much use these days.

2
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Just wondering

The TL;DR of the answer to the question you asked is that it's the users who drive the market - you can argue whether they should or not, but it's what they do.

Some cheap phone shipped from a cheap warehouse in china with terrible device security in place? Urgh. "But it's 10% cheaper than the equivalent Apple/Samsung mobe" - cue a long line of shoppers wanting a good deal.

Users don't "see" security - even if they are aware of it, it's something that they expect to be there, particularly when it isn't. They only really encounter it when it gets in their way.

1
0

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Speculative but maybe workable fix

Imagine a room filled with abacuses, and one or more people to use them.

That's your processor.

There is an interface to the processor, which we will imagine as a series of pipes that you can pass messages down to the people in the processor room.

(yes, this is a very loose analogy)

The Spectre and Meltdown flaws are, in this analogy, flaws in how the people in the room use the abacuses.

Your proposed solution is to insert something into the pipes, to do... what exactly? The people in the room only respond to specific messages that are passed, so you can't go changing them, or stopping them, or...

6
0

'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Finding fault capacitors with high current PSUs used to be the norm

I have however done it with an XBox 360 optical disk drive.

This was to replace the mechanical hardware, the electronics being cryptographically signed and registered to each machine.

3
0
Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: Exploding chips - not fun

I never did it myself, but each of the three desks around me in UG labs managed to separately insert Op-Amps into their circuits round the wrong way.

They each blew the top half of the casing off and sent it bouncing around the room with a surprisingly large bang.

I've also seen the magic smoke released numerous times from faulty motherboards (ran a recycling (back into use) shop a while ago) but those occasions somehow all managed to be surprisingly quiet. (small pops followed by fizzles mostly, one "whoosh")

3
0

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

Baldrickk
Silver badge

Re: MDNS just a _trigger_ for a router problem

A hundred thousand packet burst is an "unfriendly" behavior, good neighbours should not do that.

Well there are definitely reasons for that. what if I am transferring bulk data over the network?

0
0

Page:

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018