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Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 59

Man, I hate the chip market. I want to have an affordable 6 to 12 core chip with 5 to 6 GHz default clock rate, not this low-powered Internet of things crap.

I don't want overkill. I want something stable, that won't need to be encased in a cubic meter of gold/lead alloy to be protected from cosmic rays because the fab die has decreased to barely usable. Something that will last for 15+ years, while delivering enough umph, but not orders of magnitude more than I need.

My main server is a PIIIs, and as it still runs the latest software, why would I need new hardware that's less reliable? It is more than enough to handle DNS, DHCP, internal web, incoming e-mail for multiple domains, and various other services, at an average load of 0.04 (and 0.03 of that is due to incessant incoming spam, mostly from IoT botnets).
Give me reliability, not bells, whistles and turbocharging I don't need.

Comment Re:iot toilet seats (Score 1) 59

You joke, but there is a market.
Japanese washlets are quite sophisticated, and can allow uploading of audio files for the sound masking. When you "produce", it's not uncommon to have a button you can push that generates a flushing sound, or otherwise camouflages the sound by playing another sound.

In some areas where water is a premium resource, it can also be useful to monitor the number of washes and flushes. A high number of flushes compared to washes might mean installing a dry urinal could save water. Or that a better sound for "flushing" could be useful, so users use that instead of actual flushes.

Comment Re:Boot timing and attacks? (Score 2) 59

I wonder how useful having the time it takes to boot be a measurement if a ROM is compromised or not.

You mean system, not ROM. ROM cannot be compromised unless physically replaced, as it by definition is read-only.

And all this will do is make any startup commands for malware run detached with a delay. That's child's play.

But, as you allude to, it will likely lead to lots of false positives, as startup can depend on not only things like file system checks, but external factors like SSID broadcast frequency, DHCP response time, and various other factors.

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 745

So the Marshall Plan fucked up Europe then?

In some ways, yes, both because of the highly uneven distribution (Spain got nothing), and because how it was distributed, with agreements requiring recipients to also buy from the US, creating long term dependencies, and only being given to recipients who could afford to pay the subsidized prices to their local governments. I.e. the poorest did not benefit, and it caused a greater distance between rich and poor.

The Lend-Lease agreement during the war was worse, where it ended up being European countries lending equipment and personnel to the US, but the US would lease personnel and equipment to European countries. Some countries were still paying the US for that up into the early 2000s.

Comment Re: Renewables will never work (Score 4, Informative) 234

The world would have to stop spinning (so the solar panels were always lot and at a perfect angle with zero clouds) with all the panels moved to the equator, while the wind would have to be a constant gale at all wind locations..

Nope. The capacity of an installed solar panel is the sum or average of expected generation over a day/month/year, so it takes generation time and location into account.

And the wind around here is a yearly average as the given power level, and at least here, wind generates more than all the petrochemicals in the same grid. But then, I'm not in the US.

The proof renewables work is all the lies told by those who hate them. If they didn't work, then they wouldn't need to lie so much to make them look bad.

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong (Score 1) 480

Now you might be implying that abruptly powering off Windows would corrupt the file system, but that kind of wrong thinking belongs in another decade. Windows has used self-repairing journaled file systems for 15 years. Journaled file systems for Linux entered common use in the same year, and you don't think twice about what happens to the file system on your Linux box or Android phone when it loses power.

Well, yes, I do. Every day. For a living.

File system journals (and fsck) help maintain file system integrity, not file integrity nor medium integrity. It's only the middle layer.

If a program has only written half the data to the OS drivers by the time power goes, and those writes are replayed from the journal upon boot, you have a working file system but a corrupt file. I much prefer to be able to signal the apps to complete their output and shut down gracefully.

Likewise, cutting the power during a physical write can cause all sorts of problems, especially on media where the controller lies about whether a write is finished in order to improve write speeds. That includes most consumer hard drives and removable media. The OS removes the write from the journal as committed, while in reality it's still being handled by the hardware. Unless you have a hardware disk controller with battery backup, and turn write caching off on the physical media, this is a very real cause of corruption for power outages, and one a journal can do nothing about.

You mention Android phones. With microSD cards, where there generally is no way to disable caching, the problem is so bad that most phones make it incredibly hard to not do a controlled shutdown. But find that hidden reset switch in your phone, and hit it a few times during operation, and you will likely have corruptions, despite journaled file systems.

Incidentally, the use of non-enterprise journaled file systems is an exploit vector for intruders. If they can find a way to reset the system, and the journal replay helpfully makes valid files out of half-written temporary files, there can be a wealth of information there that shouldn't have been accessible. Good enterprise file systems like JFS and XFS will err on the side of caution and zero files that were read locked and partially written (causing a lot of complaints from those who don't understand why), while more commonly used file systems err on the side of retaining data over security.

Comment Re:It's not the FWD that are the real problem (Score 1) 131

They don't share their methods. They say to try to keep anyone from gaming the results, but from insiders, it's because it's not consistent or logical. It's easier to justify numbers in court and such (as they get sued) if they have 100% perfection, or no process. If you have a process and it fails 1% of the time, that failure in process can be justification for a lawsuit, but "opinions" can't be sued.

As you note, they did a report of a car before they had enough data. Not the first time, not the last. They paid out Suzuki when they invented a new test, explicitly designed to flip the Sidekick and were sued for it.

CR doesn't accept advertisements, except for/from themselves, and when they have something to sensationalize, they do, to get in the news.

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