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Comment Re:Full Spectrum Problem (Score 1) 151

With DDR3, one used to be able to read the RAM within about 15 minutes of shutting off a PC. DDR4 took that down to only a few seconds to where it's not really practical anymore (as if immediately moving RAM sticks to a machine to analyze them and figure out which bits are the encryption keys was ever very practical). Each time they increase the speed and lower the voltage, the possibility of using this as an exploit goes down exponentially as the power leaks out of the cells too quickly.

It may fire back up as an issue with future RAM replacements like memristers, though.

Comment OLD NEWS - Get used to disappointment (Score 0) 419

Microsoft said as much way back in January of last year. That's like... 14 months ago. So, they decided on this only about 6 months after Windows 10 came out... or less even. It has nothing to do with the speed of the current roll-out as it was always the plan.

MS expected Vista to die and everyone on 7, 8, and 8.1 to move to Win10 -- some slower than others. They intended to give them legacy support for their current CPUs, but the idea that anyone would intentionally install Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 INSTEAD of Win10 at this point with new CPU architectures wasn't something they expected people to want to do. I don't see them changing their minds NOW about it either.

Frankly, I'm surprised the install disk didn't stop the install if it had internet updates made available and ask if you wanted to upgrade the license to Win10 or just stop the install completely. Windows 7 is almost 8 years old. Its mainstream support ended back in 2015. It's limping along with mostly just security updates 'til 2020 when it officially gets the axe like Vista is now. Why would MS add anything to Win 7, much less support for a brand new CPU when the whole idea is to let those who want to cling to Win 7 and refuse the free upgrade to Win 10 just limp along with minimal support until they can kill support altogether?

For Win 8 and 8.1, mainstream support continues 'til 2018... but seriously, Windows 8 and 8.1 sales have been discontinued... so, they're really only obligated to support architectures that existed up to the point where the sales ended as the licenses were not transferable. Site licenses for large corps might have some room to gripe, but I bet the language is in the contract and EULAs to cover this.

If you're holding out hope this is going to change, all I can advise is to get used to disappointment.

Comment Re:Why drop Vista? (Score 4, Informative) 119

Win 10 runs even better than Vista did on the old hardware -- due in part to streamlining the OS to fit on low-resource PCs to compete with tablets and Chromebooks. Win 10 loads things more intelligently, uses RAM compression, and tries to only load one copy of a cached shared library instead of multiples - one for each app using them. If it weren't for the spyware, adware, and cost, It'd be a decent OS.

I put Ubuntu on our 8 year old Vista machine, but only because it wasn't worth purchasing a Win 10 license.

Comment Re:Now we know where the moral compass is pointing (Score 3, Interesting) 244

Maybe, maybe not. Having charges dropped doesn't mean they can't file charges again later as long as it wasn't dismissed with prejudice.

I think either they are currently using this exploit for other active investigations or they used an illegal exploit and don't want to implicate themselves.

More likely they're still using the exploit and don't want to tip their hand. They could be monitoring another ring, terrorists, etc. If they give up the code, Tor would release a patch, and they'd be done. Stating that they can't offer up the code "at this time" is their key phrasing... as if there's something important riding on this code remaining a useful tool. Or, I could be wrong and they just want to keep using the tool when and where they can and manufacture alternate evidence to point the finger to the bad guys without disclosing the true source of intel.

Comment Re:Deploy malware? (Score 4, Interesting) 244

Tor disables javascript, java, and flash by default... so the exploit must have been in the mozilla firefox code base or the onion routing protocol -- unless they run and/or spy on all the Tor nodes to figure out where things are really being routed.

I've read stories where the feds attempted to shake down libraries to get them to close their Tor nodes, yet the feds run their own. If you control all the nodes, it's easy to figure out the real routing through the onion network.

Comment There used to be (Score 2) 474

I remember when Pentiums were first coming out. P75, P90, P100, P133, P166. They were faster than the 386s and 486sx and 486dx models. The p166 was noticeably more than twice as fast as the P75 on lots of tests. The Mhz and Ghz races are over.

We can't just ramp up cycles anymore with silicon. It puts out too much heat. Multicore doesn't magically make programs faster unless they lend themselves well to parallellization & are coded properly for it. New architectures have been tried, but ultimately fail because they're costly or proprietary. ARM was a pretty good leap forward for mobile use. New instructions are being included in CPUs all the time -- especially ARM. Try to play a HEVC 1080p video on a 2013 tablet vs one today... you'll notice a difference right away. Check the CPU usage -- one's at 100% and dropping frames left and right while the other barely nudges past 15%.

Intel or AMD could sell you a chip with 256 cores on it, but unless you do a lot of video encoding or physics rendering, it'd be wasted on you... and super expensive b/c they have no incentive to make it in volume. Maybe when VR or AI becomes commonplace, you'll drive demand for such architectures.

CPUs are fast enough for just about anything one could think to do with them at a consumer level. GPUs can be made better, but market forces push for low power that's "good enough" for most users. CPUs and even GPUs aren't the bottlenecks anymore -- it's RAM, SSD, PCI-express lanes, various busses like USB, thunderbolt, HDMI, SATA, etc. Doesn't do much good to stuff a really fast CPU or GPU into a system if you can't feed it data fast enough to max it out. Most CPUs already have several layers of cache as well as branch prediction to help with the crippling latency from other I/O, but it's still not enough.

Changes are usually evolutionary, not revolutionary... and we've tweaked so much with CPUs and GPUs, you're not going to see a big bump until we move away from silicon and PCB to say... diamond or carbon nano-wires and optical computing.

Comment Re:There might be light but it is not the big pict (Score 1) 166

I concur with everything you stated -- except about the difficulty of a proper diet and exercise to help you with your type 2 diabetes. I have a close friend that is type 2 and now no longer needs meds thanks to a careful diet. I have other friends and family members that fall into the pre-diabetic range as well and type 2 diabetes is in our families.

Insulin resistance has multiple factors, but diet and exercise is almost always effective. IR is mostly a metabolic issue with muscle tissue -- and just 30 minutes of cardio every day can help a LOT. Muscles prefer to burn sugar instead of fat, so exercise helps re-activate those insulin receptors. Even without exercise, just altering one's diet (no starvation!) can help immensely.

Stay away from HFCS, sucrose (table sugar), and fructose (and any fruit juice that may have it, but isn't labelled as such) -- with the exception of whole fruits. Fructose is converted directly into fat by the liver which creates free-floating blobs of fat in the bloodstream that are correlated with insulin resistance. While fruits do contain fructose, it's in small amounts and almost always comes with fiber! Fiber slows the fructose absorption so it won't shock your liver as much... and fruits are fairly filling with water and fiber considering their low calories. Try to stay away from grapes, though. They have the highest sugar content of most fruits. Eat all the fruits, nuts, sunflower seeds, vegetables, and seafood (except Tuna) you like. (though watch out for bottom feeding fish that may have too much mercury). Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to decrease insulin resistance and inflammation (great for cardio-vascular system). Minimize your Omega 6 fatty acids as they do the opposite. Also, stay away from red meat. Nuts and seeds are kind of a mixed bag, but the Omega 3s balance the Omega 6s, and fat will signal the satiating response that sugar just doesn't do. One needs fat and protein to "feel full", and lots of water. Chew slowly, eat small amounts at a time, and drink lots of water between bites to help feel full faster.

Look up what an average person of your height, weight, gender, and lifestyle should take in calorie-wise per day, and set that as a target goal to get closer to and/or under. One typically doesn't have to go full-speed starvation mode to lose weight. Track how many calories you're eating per day, and set a goal that's under that if you think you need to lose weight. Move the goal slowly as you do lose weight, and remember if you diet, the first 5 to 10 lbs you lose will mostly be water weight from your liver burning through its glycogen stores, so expect to gain that back rather quickly when you stabilize at a lower weight.

I wish you well in your fight against type 2 diabetes.

TL/DL -- avoid fructose, sucrose, red meat; reduce Omega 6s; eat lots of seafood, fruit, vegetables, nuts 'n seeds

Comment Re: Android is Linux (Score 1) 224

Language is a funny thing, and it's always changing. One of the biggest ways it changes is when people generally accept a term to mean something other than its intent. The most common of these is when a brand name becomes the name of the product or service in the industry.

Laundromat, for instance, was a Westinghouse trademarked brand for an automatic clothes washer; but now it means any coin-operated, cash or credit self-laundry shop.

So, the name Laundromat was a brand name for a line of washers, then a name for a place where those washers were available to the public, and then just a generic term for any place that lets the public do their own laundry by the load for a fee. (IE the whole building and service, not just the washers... even if the washers weren't of the Laundromat brand!) It's not much of a leap for the general public to agree that Linux is now the name of an operating system instead of just the kernel. It's not "wrong" of them to think or say so. Language is about conveying information -- everyone knows what's understood by it. Many of the biggest Linux sites offer "Linux Distros" and talk about the many "flavors of Linux." Nearly every article written for the general public describes Linux as an OS, and IT workers refer to it as an OS when asked which OSes they run/support. Linux may be the name of the kernel, but if the majority of the population agrees that it's also the name of the OS, then it quite literally becomes correct to say so as it's the accepted common usage in the language.

Many things that once meant only one specific thing came to mean everything of a type or even anything that works with that specific thing. That's just how language evolves. It's also how companies lose trademarks -- which is why they defend them vigorously as they go into common usage. I didn't even know Dumpster and Crock-Pot were trademarked, but I'm familiar with Kleenex, Q-Tip, Walkman, Formica, and dozens of others that have since passed into common usage yet still retain their trademark... for now -- many after repeated attempts to dissolve the trademark due to common usage.

Comment Re:CTR was NEVER a good metric (Score 2) 129

Well said, but not every ad is meant to be converted to a sale right away. Often, it's to create or preserve brand recognition so that when you do make a purchase, you're likely to choose their brand over one you've never heard before or haven't seen as prominently.

Web ads were often broken down by impressions (did you see our ad), click-throughs (did you click to learn more or buy), and sales from tracking that click-through (a conversion of the ad into real money). An actual conversion/referral purchase gets the biggest bucks, but the others have some value to the marketer. Marketing departments have x amount of dollars and access to vast databases of consumer behavior to help them find their target market. If an ad network has profiled you according to which sites you visit, what you've purchased in the past, where you live, what your search terms are, etc etc... it knows enough about you to display ads that companies paid for you to see because they decided you're part of their target market or potential target market. Just having your brain register their logo is worth something to them. Marketing departments generally have to spend their budgets wisely, yet also completely to justify their existence... so, they spend the big bucks on stupid things like sports arena branding and Superbowl ads to get major mindshare, but then they spend some on other TV and radio, and the rest on newspaper and internet. Pennies per impression for ads.... it's not terribly expensive for multinational corporations.

I largely agree with your post, but keep in mind that separating you from your money immediately isn't their primary goal, and separating you from your money in general may not even be their goal. You might watch a commercial or see an ad that you find interesting and pass that message along to someone else who will be glad to pay money for the product or service -- and you just disseminated their message for them because you enjoyed their silly/unusual ad.

As an aside, my parents love the Allstate commercials with Mayhem in them. They'll never use Allstate as they love their Nationwide insurance rep. But, they'll talk about those commercials at church and spread awareness which keeps Allstate's name high in customer awareness as well as portrays them in a positive light.

Comment Re:Not about the free market (Score 1) 920

"Claiming that one is pro-free speech while supporting a company that engages in draconian censorship (not merely "supports their right to", but actually supports and patronizes and defends the companies) is akin to claiming to be against racism whilst patronizing and vocally defending a private golf club that doesn't allow black people to enter. Just because they're not the government doesn't magically make it not racism."

You have a very warped, entitled view of companies' right to censor content they choose. Free speech does, as you say, exist outside of the US Constitution as it's a natural right, not one created by the Bill of Rights, but merely enumerated as one the government had no right to infringe upon. What you don't seem to understand is that neither you nor PDP are being deprived of free speech. You merely cannot say whatever you wish on SOMEONE ELSE'S forum. Everyone has the right to say what they wish, but not the right for those words to be distributed far and wide to an audience through a company that doesn't care to participate in disseminating your message. This is as absurd as if you claimed in the 1800's that book publishers dared to censor your manuscript, or even worse -- not to publish it at all! How DARE THEY step on your free speech by not using their money, clout, and good name to publish your work! And introduce you to their sponsors who will help them pay for distributing it! Do you think everyone in the 1800s had a printing press?!?!? Hardly!

You claim that no one owes anyone anything, but you contradict yourself by implying these companies owe you uncensored speech and go so far as to compare their practices with racism within private clubs as some wrong that you feel they have done to you or others, and therefore you are hurt and damaged by this terrible wrong because they OWE you the right to say what you want on THEIR distribution network.

Youtube isn't yours. They owe you nothing. They owe no one anything. They can censor to their heart's desire, and they do censor quite a lot as it is. You think the nudists aren't irked that their innocent videos of natural human nakedness are deemed immoral and often taken down? You don't get to dictate what freedoms you have with other peoples' things by cloaking yourself in "freedom of speech" when you clearly DO have the freedom to say what you please, but if you don't wish to obey the rules or abide by the whims of your sponsors, you must create your own distribution channel. Start your own newspaper, your own web page, or your own streaming site. PDP has tens of millions of dollars -- He could do it if he wished, and he could do and say whatever he wished so long as it was legal... oh, and he wanted to pay for it himself... or find a sponsor that doesn't mind his peculiar sense of humor.

Comment Re:Not about the free market (Score 5, Insightful) 920

Subby, the mere fact that there was anything to mine to give as evidence is admission of poor taste. PDP, even when streaming live, has the ability to censor his broadcast. He can turn off the screen view and flip to his face cam, he can end a game, he can even just straight up hit the power button on the PC or yank the ethernet cable out if he had to. If he bothers to edit his video before uploading it, I'm sure he could snip out those controversial aspects as well. Instead, he rolled the dice and lost.

Ultimately, he's responsible for what gets posted, and he chose poorly -- regardless of what his views are or whether he's as evil as the mean media wants to portray him -- he had Nazi jokes, imagery, slogans, and clips in his videos! You can say that's just his sense of humor and he doesn't mean it -- sure. I agree that it's a character assassination, but that's NOT why he was let go. Disney would have ended its relationship at the slightest whiff of indecency, much less a scandal. It has ended business relationships before over MUCH less. Google/Youtube is just reacting to its advertisers. When advertisers say they don't want their brand to be associated with show X, and enough are concerned, show X gets the ax. At least with Youtube, PDP has a chance to try again at a later date to work with them, and he still has his regular channels, just not the same advertising levels. Disney won't touch him again.... ever.

This is a particularly economics-only reason for Youtube. They don't even like for people to curse on their broadcasts and have been tightening the screws on anything not G, PG, or very mild PG-13 material for their adsense programs.... which has ticked off a lot of foul-mouthed youtubers (many of which I love dearly... especially because they are foul-mouthed!).

Youtube wants fresh, kid-friendly shows they can push advertisements towards as if it were really cheap TV. They bend the rules now and then and are OK with bending the rules bigtime in return for potentially big bucks, and they figured out they backed the wrong horse with PDP.

Don't rail against Youtube and Disney for doing what all entertainment businesses do when a star gets embroiled in controversy.... and you would as well if it were your money on the line. Want to go after crooked journalists that twist stories to put a spin on things that doesn't fit reality? Best of luck to ya in starting your own newspaper/news network. You'll find quickly that the money is in scandals, so that's what the public gets.

At the end of the day, the story is true enough -- he had Nazi material on his show, and for many -- that's enough for them to not want to be associated with it... regardless of what he meant by it or whether he found it funny rather than taking it seriously.

I've never been a fan of PDP, but I respect the business he's built around doing what he loves and wish him well -- I'm sure with his $7 Million he made last year and millions before that that he's perfectly capable of making his own streaming service -- question is... will anyone pay for ads on it to support him.... especially if he keeps up with the Nazi jokes.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 88

Frankly, they got tired of being blamed for botnets caused by users not updating Windows, so now everyone gets updates whether they like it or not, and they get 'em within a reasonable time frame of their release.

I'm not sayin' it's right, but I understand their reasoning... and botnets on windows have gone down (they've mostly shifted to routers and other IoT devices).

Windows still has tools to set when updates should be installed -- it's just that no one bothers to do it. Just like no one bothered to keep their machines updated before and kept clicking to install/reboot later or turn the updates off completely.

You have to remember MS Windows market share is huge. That means a lot of people are using Windows that have below-average technical skills that need a lot of hand-holding. In this case, the good of the many outweighs the good of the few... or the one. So, when you ask why we can't have nice things like a method to better schedule updates -- think of all the people out there that mismanaged their windows boxes for decades that forced MS's hand.

Comment Re:Summary blames the wrong companies (Score 1) 55

And this makes one wonder what the result will be. Say you have Corporation X that wants to release its content through Netflix, but only to countries A,B,C,D, and E -- because F,G,H, and I have lucrative movie theater, TV distribution, DVD/BluRay sales, or other marketing channels that they want to play their course before streaming to. Now, instead of just telling Netflix where it can and can't stream within the EU, it must decide when it wants the entire EU to be able to view its content through Netflix.

Point being, you may get the lowest common denominator here and have all your releases pushed back so that viewings don't interfere with other distribution channels and cannibalize sales. This would get worse as the EU added members. Ah, Turkey is in the EU now... so... we have a different language release date especially for Turkey for DVD sales... and we want to make sure people that want to see the movie will buy those first, so ALL of the EU will have to wait 'til that's done before we release our movie to EU Netflix.

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