* Posts by ivan5

106 posts • joined 21 Aug 2018


Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide


Re: what kind of apps were impacted?

With all this clawing for definitions etc. I can't help wondering where Intel stirred the pot and how responsible they are for the case.

In other words, if AMD lost the case how far back would it put their R&D and would it allow Intel to catch up?

EU will have agreed a tech tax by March, says French finance minister


So all us plebs will be paying 5% more for anything bought on line if this goes through (an excuse to raise prices an extra 2%). This sort of thing always ends with the last in line having to pay- it is another way for governments to tax the population.

Poland may consider Huawei ban amid 'spy' arrests – reports


Ah, another government subverted by the 5Is.

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...


So what is new? Older long term workers cost more than newbies and since the company is run by been counters the older workers have to go - simples.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans


Re: Is this the stupidest idea ever?

You ar assuming that politicians have more than one brain cell between the lot of them. The civil servants aren't much better.

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7


Re: Not surprising with corporate refresh cycles

More fool them.

Google settles Right To Be Forgotten case on eve of appeal hearing


Can we assume that this guy wants his past removed from search results because he wants to get back on the game of handling other peoples money. If he does then it would be sensible that people doing due diligence should be able to find out that information.

Microsoft: Come and play in our Windows SandBox


Re: Windows ensures your privacy

Oh, so they have removed all the slurping code - thought not


Re: Microsoft is a dog

I thought it was cats that did that sort of thing in sandboxes.

Jingle bells, disk drives sell not so well from today. Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open array...


Re: @Mr. Bombastic


Sorry but I wouldn't touch that ADATA SSD with a barge pool let alone put it in a new computer. as for those 120/240 GB SSDs I have used them for the operating system but that is all for the simple reason we couldn't fit our tools partition on one.

It all depends if you want to play or work.


Re: @Mr. Bombastic

But please explain why you're campaigning for the hard drive cause?

I would think the reason should be obvious - you get more data space for the monetary outlay.

IF SSDs were the same price as spinning disks it might be a different ball game. At the moment I can get a 1TB SSD for 400 euro and a 2TB spinning disk for 85 euro. If money was no object I would go for the SSD but since money is of great concern (as is long term storage of data) I buy the spinning disk.

Bonne année, Google, Facebook! France to tax tech giants from 1 Jan


First question, how long does this last when when everything french vanishes from Google?

Next question, since the EU is built on the idea of a common market how do they fudge the rules and charge tax on a company registered in another EU country, or is this a sign of the EU itself breaking up?

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)


Re: Firefox

more and people see the lack of differentiation and will simply use Chrome instead.

which only works if there is a version of Chrome available for your OS.

O little town of Bethlehem, Georgia. How still we see your internet lie... US govt throws another $600m at rural broadband


Re: No, they're not

A more logical and less wasteful approach should be to have the FCC as prime bag man

The big problem with that is the FCC would just hand the money on to the big incumbent suppliers who are doing nothing about the problem now and would just add it to the directors remuneration package.

The eulogising of The Mother Of All Demos at 50 is Silicon Valley going goo-goo for gurus again


I think that Telefunken 'borrowed' the idea from the work of Tom Cranston and Fred Longstaff, both Canadiab engineers of the DATAR project in 1949. Their invention was the farther of all trackballs using a 4" ball. As far as I am concerned all computer mice are nothing more than an upside down trackball. I first used one in the mid 50s at a radar site for very accurate positioning on the CRT display overlays.

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle


Re: Explains the riddle...?

<i.We still don't know what dark matter is.</i>

Or even if it exists as a substance.

When it comes to AI research the West is winning, the East is rising and women are being left behind


Re: Where's the AI angle?

Where's the quantifiable metric for "Does it work?".

Exactly, and add to that do they have a definition of AI that includes what they think intelligence is.

It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff


I can't help wondering what would be the results if the software engineers, and the companies they worked for, put much more emphases on 'getting it right' rather than 'getting it out of the door'. Would Microslurp have the problems with win 10 if they had had at least 2 years of black hat style testing for vulnerabilities before they let it loose on the world?

IBM is trying to throttle my age-discrimination lawsuit – axed ace cloud salesman


Why didn't he gather the information during the 3 months before he was shown the door? I assume he decided to sue them during that period in which case hi didn't get all his ducks in a row when he should have.

Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks


Are they removing the spying and stupid flat look and making it easier to get at all the settings?

That might be a start to the road of making windows useful again. Until they do I will stick with OS/2 and Linux because that way I can get work done.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire


Re: Interesting idea

@Jonathan Richards 1

the same can be said for all the renewable windmills and solar panels. In fact MW for MW renewables produce more CO2 output.


Re: Balls

As we get more and more renewables then there will soon be a time when cheap mains electricity

That will be the day - if they ever do. The countries with a lot of renewable energy - Germany, South Australia, have the highest cost electricity in the world. Those countries with lots of coal fired generators have the lowest cost electricity in the world.

The smart meters have one main function - to cut off your power when the renewables can't supply enough and they have to have rolling blackouts.

And the next 7nm laptop processor will be designed by In, er, AM, um, Qualcomm: The 64-bit Arm Snapdragon 8CX


Hopefully it will run other operating systems than slurp 10.

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request


So the US is again trying to foist its laws on the rest of the world. Just listen to the crying anf knashing of teeth if some other country did that to a US citizen.

Pencil manufacturers rejoice: Oz government doesn't like e-voting


Re: Would an "informal vote" still be possible?

To solve that problem the last item on the paper should be a vote for 'non of the above' which makes it a legal choice. I think that would never be allowed because the politicians are afraid of rejection - they are very insecure at voting time.

Talk about a GAN-do attitude... AI software bots can see through your text CAPTCHAs


Re: American imperialism

Add to that the fact Google CAPTCHAs don't work on older browsers so sites that use them always get forgotten as I find the information somewhere else.

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas


Clearly they have plenty to hide

But we have always known that. Now it will just leave the hackers to find the backdoors and leak the info on social media for all to see.


Re: Gets popcorn

- Dec 2018: Australia becomes the first nation to nail its colours to the mast.

- Jan 2019: First TCNs issued?

-March 2019 First secret communication of the PM published on social media.

Don't they realise that if there are backdoors anyone can read their private communications - a back door will let anyone in.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13


Doing that you will have the MPAA and the big media heavies knocking on your door because you are cutting into their profits.

HP's Neon Dion says if anything goes wrong, it's totally Intel's fault: CPU shortage may hit PC maker's financials


Re: Intel shortage

Good! We just might end up with 'AMD Inside' on better spec machines.

Here are another 45,000 reasons to patch Windows systems against old NSA exploits


Re: Remember

Since the NSA and other 5I are so against them maybe they are the ones we should be buying. I assume they are against them because there are no backdoors they can exploit.

International politicos gather round to grill Dick, head of Facebook policy, on data slurping


Call me cynical but this 'trove' of documents sounds very much like it was setup to lead the MPs up the garden path and then have them fall flat on their faces. Just the thing to have someone saying that all politicians are stupid (a truism).

LG: Fsck everything, we're doing 16 lenses in smartphones (probably)


Now all they need to do is take the phone junk out, make the case easier to hold and they then have a camera that is good enough for snap shots.

Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment


One would think it is time M$ called a halt to the 'development' of 10. It was a nice try but doesn't really work, and start afresh with a completely fresh slate. Dump all the old bug ridden code from the days of 3.1 and the tacked on patches over bugs that are themselves patches for prior bugs, remove all the backdoors and telemetry code and produce a real UI that looks good and is practical.

If they managed that more people that have left the windows fold might think of returning. They could even consider calling the new OS 'doors' to remove the stigma of windows.

A 5G day may come when the courage of cable and DSL fails ... but it is not this day



They might say that but there is absolutely no guarantee that it will be passed on. In fact it will most probably be more expensive because it is 'faster'.


Something they are always omitting - cost. If this costs more than a fixed line internet then they can, as far as I am concerned, forget it.

A couple of months ago while on holiday, I had need of getting on line using a 4G modem. It was limited in the amount I could download and the cost was more than double my fixed line internet.

It might be of use for the occasional connection via a phone but not for serious SOHO use.

A little phishing knowledge may be a dangerous thing


Re: E-mail Client

Mouse-over the link to see where you wil be re-directed to.

Or use a text only e-mail client then you can just read all the hidden junk.

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao


Oh dear, did some nasty hackers upset the DNC? Maybe, rather than looking at Russia, they should look nearer home for all those they and the Clintons have upset rather badly

French president Macron insists new regulations needed to protect us all from Facebook's claws


Macron made repeated calls for additional regulation,

Which is not surprising since in the past the French were dead against an encrypted internet.

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections


Re: Lack of a secret ballot is a greater problem

(or at a minimum handing in the actual polling card!)

Maybe that would be a way of combatting the postal vote fraud - the polling card has to be included with the postal vote for it to be valid.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz


Re: Redhat employees - get out now

Not necessarily, if they play it right they could take over IBM from the inside - the board and bean counters would only find out when they were thrown out.

Open source for ever.

Californian chap sets his folks' home on fire by successfully taking out spiders with blowtorch


Don't you know where its been?

Or more to the point what has been in it.

Microsoft Azure looks to make cloud-native payments SWIFTer


Oh dear, what could go wrong?

UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract


Re: Am I Missing Something?

Just remember this is a government contract and nothing like those in the real world.

UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)


This is a typical government cockup that will mist probably result a vast release in personnel details aka credit agencies.



Excellent idea.

Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast


Think of all the arguments about who can put their fibre in the trench depending on what company digs it. To solve that problem they could do what the village did here. All the underground duct work belongs to the village, power, phone and soon to be fibre, the village gets a small fee from those that use the duct work and, we the villagers, don't see ugly cables strung all over the place as it was 30 odd years ago.

There is no reason the US towns and villages couldn't do the same, it might solve the problem they seem to have with only one fibre supplier because any one could use the duct work.

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream


Re: "incorrectly"?

Let's face it, the whole WU system is completely borked.

Let's face it, the whole W10 system is completely borked would be a truer statement.

Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit


The almost mortal blow was being conned into joining the political EU in the first place, something we never voted for.

Mozilla grants distrusted Symantec certs a stay of execution, claims many sites yet to make switch


Re: Who, and how much?

There is to some extent. Think of us poor buggers that have to use legacy equipment that all the latest and greatest browsers don't work on.

It gets damn anoying to have to carry a tablet around just to visit the sites that have changes over.


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