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Comment: Re:Many DDR3 modules? (Score 1) 131

by lsatenstein (#48673385) Attached to: Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

FTFP. "We induce errors in most DRAM modules (110 out of 129) from three major DRAM manufacturers."

Short version, leakage current from adjacent gates can nudge other to bit-flip. I don't think this is a manufacturing problem as it is a fundamental EE design oversight. So yeah, defective by design (unintentionally)!!

So, as ddr3 gets more dense, and space between the cells has decreased, we should be standardizing on ECC memory for all desktops and servers. The second thought I have is "What minimal cpu clockspeed would enable this activity to occur with standard hardware? " It this problem likely to occur with off the self hardware motherboards and cpus?

Comment: Re:I think it's about time... (Score 1) 97

by lsatenstein (#48647585) Attached to: Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

I think it's about time we implemented some sort of single use credit card system.

That's how Chip and PIN works. Your account number is still fixed, but your authorization to spend from it (your PIN) is encrypted by the chip, and is valid only for a single transaction. There are still kinks with non-electronic transactions, but those can be solved.

Look for it to be all over the US by October of next year.

For the past two years, my Visa provider intercepts the authorizations that are made via the internet, and electronically asks me to respond to questions that only I know the answer (mothers name, graduation year, etc). If I fail, the transaction authorization fails. So, just because someone knows the 3 digit code on the back of the card means zero.
And our credit cards have had the chip version since 2011. That technology is just coming into force in the USA, after 4 years of fraud.

Comment: Re:of course it wasn't NK (Score 1) 236

Thank you. I don't know why so much of Slashdot seems to be taking the obvious "it was NK omg" story at face value, even after NK explicitly denied it. They take credit for things they've never done - if they'd hacked Sony successfully, of course they'd be bragging about it.

Perhaps they could solve the ISIS problem

Comment: Time for a guaranteed income. (Score 1) 622

by lsatenstein (#48647409) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

As robots take over, and liberate man from tasks, it also implies that man is liberated from an income. Should there be a have and have not society? Can the have society sustain the infrastructures we hold dear, such as roads, schools, desire to be productive?

If robots take over, we will require a guaranteed wage. That will allow money to circulate, and society to be vibrant and alive.

If that does not occur, look for malaise and crime to grow out of proportion to today's level.

Comment: Re:Big Mistake (Score 1) 33

by lsatenstein (#48543523) Attached to: With Eyes on China, Intel Invests Billions In Mobile Ambitions

Perhaps. That is certainly a valid concern. However, the state of the art in this area is continually advancing very quickly. Just having an advanced fab in China does not mean that Chinese engineers are able to create the next generation chips and fabs. I think Intel's move is quite logical, and the danger of intellectual property theft not too serious in their case.

Intel, like GM will gradually leave the USA for permenancy in China. Population 1.2 billion vs 350 million, Single party government vs democracy, better labour cost controls, lower overheads and government (universal) medicare.

Comment: Re:Than don't sign the contract (Score 1) 189

by lsatenstein (#48479979) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

In other news: A company so desperate to get into bed with Apple signs away their soul for rainbows and promises.

New entrepreneurs are always optimistic. They haven't dealt with irresponsible organizations or organizations that think out loud but then choose decisions other than what they let people believe. In a way one could say Apple was bullshitting their plans to confuse the competitors.

Comment: Re:Idea (Score 1) 244

Actually the opposite is the case. Our economy has exactly the opposite, but nonetheless equally destructive, problem communism had: They had a shortage of supply. We have a shortage of demand.

Our economy produces enough. Proof? Go anywhere and behold how desperately everyone wants to sell. Be it goods or services, You'll be hard pressed to NOT find someone offering whatever you may want to you. What's lacking is the demand. And without it, there is no market either.

If you think people need any kind of incentive to be ravenous asshole capitalists, think again. Those that could invest already want to. Quite badly, too. There just isn't anything to invest in, because there is no viable business possible without consumers that would want to buy what you'd offer. And the main reason for this is simply that there are not enough people who have enough money to become consumers. And jobs are sadly not created when someone wills a business into existence. Well, you can do that, but it's not really viable to produce without a chance to sell what you produce. You'll be bankrupt in no time.

A job is created when the market situation of demand forces the supply side into hiring additional personnel to fill that demand. Nobody in their sane mind creates a job for the sake of creating a job, paying another person and putting more goods he can't sell on the stockpile. If this is the situation (and that is the situation currently), the sane option is NOT to hire someone and NOT to produce more of what you can't already sell.

I fully concur with your statements. As corporations outsource jobs, the local net net discretionary income disappears. Only essentials are purchased. It's sad, as the American society has become a for profit everything, from public education to medicine. Even the military is a for profit institution. MacDonalds has become the location of "lets go out for an evening's supper"

Comment: Re:that's because (Score 1) 376

by lsatenstein (#48454045) Attached to: Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

It's not about countries, it's about cultures.
Some cultures (e.g. Western European culture) favor more serious subjects versus others. Some others (e.g. Northern American) favor lighter subjects (unwind-type). Asian cultures apparently favor explosive feeling-related and augmentative headlines ("It's SUPER effective!"; "AMAZING performance!").

Nobody's to blame, really, except companies not doing their homeworks and trying to vomit their own culture-specific successes over other cultures and promptly failing.

The difference is in the quality/richness of education. French/Europe get bored with useless drival from social networks. On the other hand, Americans like to waste time posting trivia. Another factor is the 6/4 situation with monetizing minutes of connection. Six minutes of important stuff and 4 minutes of commercials. How many crime programs do you need to see on the web?

We are shaped by what we visit. KISS applies more for North American users.

Comment: Re:Why... (Score 1) 129

by lsatenstein (#48443691) Attached to: Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

did this take so long to occur. It amazes me both that people fall for this, and that the credit card companies allow these services to operate under merchant accounts.

The credit card companies like these guys. After all, they did not steal the card numbers, payments were made and there are no losses, as would happen if the card/card number was stolen.

As the card companies would say

"There is a sucker born every second".

Comment: Re:Dumping (Score 1) 75

by lsatenstein (#48419603) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

It tends to be; but I think regulatory authorities only get nervous if it shows signs of being dangerously effective, or if there is reason to believe that the pockets behind it are deep enough to ignore losses almost indefinitely(as with international dumping/tariff slapfights, where a mixture of xenophobia and the fact that a nation state can typically afford to keep dumping longer than a company can afford to keep competing).

In the case of Intel trying to break into tablets, my understanding is that it's a known matter of fact that Bay Trail parts are being practically given away(along with a nontrivial amount of Intel software work, including an emulator to handle ARM NDK stuff and general porting and polishing to make the x86 Android not look like, say, the blasted hellscape that is MIPS Android); but it is less clear whether Intel has been able to dump hard enough to actually damage competition.

The one product line that they definitely helped bury was Windows RT (which was mostly an unloved bastard child anyway, even before you could cram an x86 into the same chassis, and definitely had no reason to exist afterwards); but that didn't hurt MS much, since the quality of Windows tablets went up. In the wider ARM ecosystem, ARM Ltd, themselves seem to be riding high and unbelievably cheap SoCs continue to pop out of the woodwork.

Their Bay Trail pricing has definitely made x86 Android something you might actually see in the wild, and tablet-Windows something you might actually consider at a sub-Windows Surface price point; but it doesn't seem to have crushed the ARM market very much.

Will we see the I7 47xx cpus drop in price, or will that price increase to sustain the Intel mobile market/tablet?

Comment: Re:Ehhh Meh (Score 1) 127

by lsatenstein (#48397931) Attached to: US DOE Sets Sights On 300 Petaflop Supercomputer

There are plenty of things that can use all the computing power you can throw at it these days. As you mentioned, weather forecasting - though more generally, climate science. Somebody from one of the National Labs mentioned at a college recruiting event that they use their supercomputer for (among other things) making sure that our aging nukes don't explode while just sitting in storage. There are thousands of applications, from particle physics to molecular dynamics to protein folding to drug discovery... Almost any branch of science you can find has some problem that a supercomputer can help solve.

Additionally, it's worth noting that these generally aren't monolithic systems; they can be split into different chunks. One project might need the whole machine to do its computations, but the next job to run after it might only need a quarter - and so four different projects can use the one supercomputer at once. It's not like the smaller computing problems end up wasting the huge size of the supercomputer. After all, many of these installations spend more in electricity bills over the 3- or 5-year lifetime of the computer than they do to install the computer in the first place, so they need to use it efficiently, 24/7.

You forgot encryption key researching. Got an encrypted file you want to read. Lets use this beast to determine the encryption key and read the xxx contents.

Comment: Re:Window Dressing. (Score 1) 258

by lsatenstein (#48397913) Attached to: Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

This is just Comcast trying to get some good PR before they force their agenda through. There is no purpose in companies kissing up to President Barack "Lawnchair" Obama, as he has consistently caved to the demands of conservatives and big businesses every time it was important to do otherwise during his administration.

Every. Single. Time.

Remember how he said he was going to stand up to insurance companies, and offer a single-payer option for health care? Remember how that was going to be his crowning achievement as president? Did we get any of that? No.

Remember how he said he was going to help the middle class instead of helping wall street fat cats? Remember how that worked out?

Comcast is just waiting for the attention to blow over. Eventually public attention will wane and then Comcast will kill off the net neutrality proposals and get their way.

Comcast is a backbone supplier and as well an isp. Somewhere in their boardroom, someone recognized that if you establish rates for one company (Netflix), then they can establish rates for other companies and the whole billing system will start to be most interesting.
Furthermore, Comcast is a consumer of data from thousands of websites, and each website or interconnect partner in the distribution of data will have the right to bill Comcast for carrying their data.

Net neutrality wins because the sword has two cutting edges

Comment: Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (Score 1) 554

by lsatenstein (#48397821) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

There is no downside to lower gas prices. lower prices on anything is always a positive.

  we as a group are saving billions a day after a very long recession. The gas prices are still not low enough to help those who need it most, the poor and lower middle class.

Your comments are not completely true.
Lower prices hurt revenues of the developers and also reduce the taxes that are collected from export sales.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 257

by lsatenstein (#48395075) Attached to: Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

Technically, you still have to pay state sales tax on purchases made over the Internet. You just exploit the fact that the states can't force Internet retailers to collect those taxes and send them to the state as a way to skip out on paying your taxes.

There's no state sales tax on out of state purchases; that would be an unconstitutional tax on interstate transactions. There is a use tax on out of state purchases that you didn't pay sales tax on. I consider this "use tax" to be a transparently obvious evasion of the restriction on states taxing interstate commerce, and therefore invalid. Then I exploit the fact that the states can't force Internet retailers to collect those taxes to avoid getting into a dispute with the state over whether they are actually invalid.

Here in Canada, the tax is applied to internet sales, based on the billing address or shipping address. If the billing address is not known, the shipping address is used.

It is fair
If I go to a local store, I have to pay sales taxes. If I buy from the net, with delivery to my premises, I have to pay the taxes. We can't bancrupt the province.

Comment: Re:damn (Score 1) 120

by lsatenstein (#48387379) Attached to: No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

but we won't say who we are, eh?

Canada, is that you?

Yes
Our government is playing hardnose. Fortunately they will be out for the next election, and Nationwide civility will return. When it does, the internet spying laws that are in place will be "softened". Court orders will be required to do the spying on "suspects of interest".

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." -- Aesop

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