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Comment Back door? (Score 1) 27

If you read the article, it says that Intel is becoming less and less specific about what is in their chips. For example, they are not providing a gate count for any of the Skylake chips. Additionally, the Power Control unit has a full CPU in it: "The PCU is essentially a microcontroller (we’ve seen references to a full Intel architecture (IA) core in there)".

Given the above, there is an incredible opening for some TLA agency (N?A) to put their very own software/hardware back door in at the silicon level. How would anyone ever know? Given the fact that they have already tapped a large percentage of all the phones in the world, the logical next step would be to place bugging capabilities in every Intel CPU on the planet.

Paranoid much?

Submission + - Gaming computers offer huge, untapped energy savings potential

Required Snark writes: According to, a study by Evan Mills at Berkeley Lab shows that "gamers can achieve energy savings of more than 75 percent by changing some settings and swapping out some components, while also improving reliability and performance" because "your average gaming computer is like three refrigerators".

Gaming computers represent only 2.5 percent of the global installed personal computer (PC) base but account for 20 percent of the energy use. Mills estimated that gaming computers consumed 75 TWh of electricity globally in 2012, or $10 billion, and projects that will double by 2020 given current sales rates and without efficiency improvements. Potential estimated savings of $18 billion per year globally by 2020, or 120 terawatt hours (TWh) are possible.

Mills started the site The full paper PDF can be found here.

Comment Re:I would hardly call R obscure. (Score 1) 421

I am currently looking at my Bliss Reference Manuel, publish date Nov. 9 1970, third revision. It's from the Computer Science department at Carnegie-Mellon. It has a red cover.

BLISS was an "implementation language" for the PDP-10. This was in the days when systems software was written in assembly language, and there was a lot of skepticism that a high level language could be used for the job. BLISS was intended to show that it was possible. BLISS-10 knew about the assembly language of the PDP-10, and you could express individual instructions and directly refer to hardware registers and addressing modes.

Different versions of BLISS existed for each different machine. There was BLISS-11 for the PDP-11 and BLISS-32 for the VAX. Some of the VMS system software was written in BLISS-32, and I think that this was also true for the PDP-11. The PDP-11 BLISS was cross compiled on a PDP-10.

Comment Re:3 categories: general-purpose; specialist; hips (Score 4, Insightful) 421

You opinions may or may not be valid. I won't argue about any particular judgement.

Your attitude sucks rocks. Your use of the word "hipster" as a pejorative is asinine. It demonstrates that you have the emotional maturity of an eight year old.

To show just how puerile you are, I will demonstrate by substituting "cooties" for "hipster" in part of your post.

For the avoidance of doubt, Go, Dart, Swift and Rust have top tier cooties, and a kitten masturbates god every time someone writes their first Hello World in any of them.

Ruby is so obviously has cooties that not even cooties think it's cool anymore.

Every language developed in the past 15 years which promises AMAZINGLY EASY PARALLEL PROGRAMMING OPPORTUNITIES has cooties.

Since there are no standards on Slashdot it makes no difference when you post drivel like this. If you were to ever display this kind of behavior in a school or professional environment you would be lucky to last a week.

Get a clue. Grow up. Otherwise you are a waste of space.

Comment Re:$92 billion in cash parked offshore (Score 1) 62

It's not a tax dodge if it's legal.

You have the mentality of a peasant. Just because something is "legal"does not mean that it is automatically fair or correct. The law is riddled with exceptions that enrich and empower the few at the expense of everyone else. This is not an accident. These kinks in the laws are bought and paid for by the rich and powerful so they (and their heirs) can keep and expand their wealth and power.

All you have to do is look at the ever growing gap between the wealthy and every one else to see how things really work. Theoretically in an capitalistic meritocracy, rewards are related to individual effort. If you believe that and look at the increasing inequality, then you would have to conclude that the 1% are working harder and getting smarter and the 99% are slacking off and getting dumber. How likely is that?

But you are a well trained peasant who is incapable of critical thinking, so it never occurs to you that you are playing in a rigged game. You would have fit in well in the era of the divine right of kings.

Comment Re:The Moon program (Score 4, Interesting) 71

Right. It's the Congress critters owned by the United Launch Alliance that are holding up the funding. They would rather give nearly a billion dollars to prop up the Russian space program then let SpaceX get a lead on the current Boeing/Lockheed-Martin (ULA) monopoly.

NASA gave Boeing $4.2 billion for it's CTS-100 crew system, and $2.6 billion to SpaceX for the Dragon. Add in $900 million to the Russians to send US astronauts to the ISS and it's $3 billion extra to make sure that Boeing will remain the incumbent. And don't forget the the CTS-100 has never been launched, while the Dragon has been to the ISS multiple times.

So even though ULA sat on their ass for decades and used Russian motors for their Atlas V they are still the preferred vendor. So if you have enough clout in Congress and every manager in NASA and the Air Force knows they can spend their post-government career in a well paid civilian job at Boeing, you can sleep easy because the government will spend whatever it takes to keep you fat and happy.

No capitalism in sight. It's the insiders giving each other hands jobs. Business as usual.

Comment Re:Hate to say this but... (Score 1) 106

Living in the past? Are you traveling at relativistic speeds perhaps?

Hey, Rip Van Winkle, it 2015, not 1980. Simple math. To make it fair, let's say 1990. 2015 minus 1990 equals 35 years.

No change in electronics has happened since 1990, according to you. Are you posting here using your ASR-33 teletype or your DEC VT-100? Just wondering.

Comment Re:oh, man. Prepare for another round. (Score 2, Insightful) 86

So how many big US banks have assumed huge risks for short term profits since Sorbanes-Oxley passed? You talk as if it was a plague of locusts that mysteriously descended out of the sky for no discernible reasons. It passed because Wall Street fucked up the entire world economy out of incompetence and greed.

Were you asleep since 2008 or are you mentally deficient? Those are the only two reasons I can think of for your idiocy.

Given the chance, big business behaves like meth freak with rabies. They are not trustworthy. There is no such thing as "business ethics".

There is only one goal: making the people at the top as rich as possible. Nothing else counts. This is why 10% of the profits of large US companies go to the CEO. That's insane. No where else in the world is this true.

Even after Sorbanes-Oxley the banking sector remains unchanged. We've seen international currency rigging, wholesale tax cheating and money laundering. There have been tens of billions of dollars of fines. It's still the same rigged game.

Sorbanes-Oxley is too weak. Until CEOs and board of director members go to jail it will never stop. So far no one has gone to jail. Not one person. The only people who do time are people convicted on insider trading, which is a joke. That is petty crime compared to what people like Mozilo did at Countrywide Mortgage.

If we are ever going to ride ourselves of our completely corrupt economic system a lot of very rich people are going to have to spend decades in jail and be stripped of every penny they stole. And we are going to have to break up the monopolies and de facto cartels that dominate the economy. Only then will we get back to functioning capitalism. If you think that our economy is capitalistic then you are truly delusional.

Submission + - Appeals Court Rules that FTC can Sue for Data Breaches->

Required Snark writes: After data breaches exposed information on over 600,000 customers, a U.S. appeals court said Wyndham Hotels must face a suit from the Federal Trade Commission over failing to secure its computers. Between April 2008 and January 2010, Russian hackers breached Wyndham’s network on three occasions and obtained personal and financial data.

Wyndham argued that if the FTC’s authority extends that far, the agency has the authority to “regulate the locks on hotel room doors.” The court called that argument “alarmist to say the least.”

“And it invites the tart retort that, were Wyndham a supermarket, leaving so many banana peels all over the place that 619,000 customers fall hardly suggests it should be immune from liability,” the court said in its opinion.

Link to Original Source

Comment Re:Silly Person (Score 0) 213

It's easy to understand: since corporations became people, you are no longer a person.

Corporations have the resources to define how the law is applied. You, as an individual, do not. So when a corporation decides, you have to live with that result. Your so called "inalienable rights" have been revoked.

Of course it's not solely corporate power that has caused this too happen. Warrantless surveillance, civil forfeiture, arbitrary voting restrictions and the like are all part of the package.

You can make yourself a lot more comfortable by understanding that you are a peasant, not a citizen in a democracy. If you can see through the propaganda you've been fed and comprehend your true position it all makes perfect sense.

Comment Karl Sims: Evolved Virtual Creatures (Score 1) 30

Sims presented similar work at SigGraph in 1994. He did physical simulations using a Connection Machine CM-5.

This video shows results from a research project involving simulated Darwinian evolutions of virtual block creatures. A population of several hundred creatures is created within a supercomputer, and each creature is tested for their ability to perform a given task, such the ability to swim in a simulated water environment. Those that are most successful survive, and their virtual genes containing coded instructions for their growth, are copied, combined, and mutated to make offspring for a new population. The new creatures are again tested, and some may be improvements on their parents. As this cycle of variation and selection continues, creatures with more and more successful behaviors can emerge.

The creatures shown are results from many independent simulations in which they were selected for swimming, walking, jumping, following, and competing for control of a green cube.

Sims is a MacArthur Grant winner. He has continued working with evolutionary algorithms and iterated function systems. His home page is here.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."