* Posts by snifferdog_the_second

6 posts • joined 22 May 2018

Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR


Fascinating article, and very well written, thank you.

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project


So, to everyone who voted leave - happy now?

Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory


A Tribute to the late, Lamented Ian Dury

A Gnat's whisker, yes, very technical. Dumbing down, are we?

Anyway, see:


Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole


Show some understanding, people

We're going to see more of these. To get the performance that users have come to expect, modern CPU's are so fiendishly complicated that nobody (even the people who design them) can possibly know how they will behave in all possible situations. I have every sympathy with the chip designers. Getting your head around CPU design these days must be extremely challenging.

And, to some extent, I blame software developers like myself. We have got lazy. "CPU's are fast" we say, "we don't need to bother about the efficiency of our code". I installed Windows 10 recently on a machine that, a few years ago, was state of the art and always had excellent performance. It ran like a dog, even doing something mundane like popping up a menu. Draw your own conclusions.


@razorfishsl: No

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