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Comment This could be massive (Score 5, Interesting) 416

The developers behind the GRSecurity project measured up to 63% performance loss. If most common tasks are equally affected, Intel is sure fucked. Home users might not need to bother, but large cloud providers might be seriously affected.

Meanwhile the Linux kernel has received the largest incremental minor patch in its history (229KiB) - perhaps kernel 4.14.11 already contains all the required fixes.

I have a sneaking suspicion Intel shares will fall through the floor in the next few weeks because Intel CPUs might have suddenly become quite slower than their AMD Zen based counterparts.

Comment An interview with the swatter (Score 1) 681

On Youtube.

The main takeaways:

He's done that many times.

He enjoys "evacuating" (swatting) people.

He was paid for this particular SWAT call.

He understands he's indirectly responsible for the killing and he's ready to serve jail time (just not a life sentence) if he gets caught (he's already been apprehended).

Comment There's nothing else to say (Score 1) 681

Livingston didn't say if the man, who was 28, had a weapon when he came to the door, or what caused the officer to shoot the man. Police don't think the man fired at officers, but the incident is still under investigation, he said. The man, who has not been identified by police, died at a local hospital.

Comment Re:"adding a new user interface" (Score 3, Informative) 171

Your fears are totally warranted as the new UI looks like modern shit we are already forced to consume in other OS'es like Windows 10.

Hopefully the new Thunderbird will be themeable but I wouldn't hold my breath considering that theming was essentially killed in Firefox (we can only apply a background image to its bars - that's it).

Comment Re:it is known why (Score 1) 461

If this comment had been modded "funny" I'd have understood the fellow /.'ers. Too bad Bitcoin's bubble has been busted at least a dozen times already and it's still ... alive and kicking.

The sentiment for the bubble here at slashdot has never ceased to amaze me. I wonder what you'd have said in the early days of the Internet and dot com's. Both surely seemed to be a bubble. Both have prevailed though a lot of companies didn't make it. But before you compare dot com's to Bitcoin, remember that it started almost 10 years ago -- too long of a time to remain alive, no? Why the hell is this pyramid scheme still going on? Maybe there are forces and things we fail to understand and appreciate at the moment and your kneejerk reaction to everything made by the people without governments, their oversight and total control might not be pertinent any longer?

Comment Re:A lot of SOs (Score 3, Insightful) 133

If they were going to a sustainable level that would be one thing, but like I said what is happening is not sustainable without some really bad consequences.

Your post is the quintessence of modern totally broken global economy: it's sustainable only if population keeps growing indefinitely. This is not what we should strive for. This is not what this planet can provide for us. This is not what it can provide even for the 7 billion of people who already inhabit it. We've already past the point of sustainability even if the population growth stops completely - forests keep shrinking, many ecosystems are dying, we trim the pool of available fruits and vegetables which could lead to massive food crises (universally loved bananas are on the verge of extinction), we observe catastrophic levels of global warming, there's massive population migrations and wars related to it.

The Earth doesn't need 7 billion people. It'd be better off with less than 5 if we are to preserve this planet and our species.

We must readjust and though the cost will be enormous, the benefits will be indisputable.

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