Posts by ML1

21) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1918616)
Posted 13 Feb 2018 by Profile ML1
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So... Amerika's Trump is high on speed?...

All selfishly stupidly silly and bad for us all and all the world...

So... Trump Farting on The World... What are YOU going to do about it? At least call your political representative.


All on our only one world,
Martin
22) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1918606)
Posted 13 Feb 2018 by Profile ML1
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Only in Trump's Amerika?


NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

Rather than examine how we're treating the planet, today's White House – which reckons climate change is a hoax – wants NASA to look outward and focus less on matters here on our home world. In addition, as we said, NASA's Office of Education has also been defunded.



Shame about the rest of the world and the entire planet.

For those Americans unaware, GTFO means Get The F**k Off.

So, no funds to see how badly Trump's policies are farting on the world and everyone...

Only in the world of the insanity of the Amerikan politics?!


So... What are YOU going to do about it? At least call your political representative.


All on our only one world.
Martin


Note: The "k" in the Amerikan refers to the insanity of Kafkiasm.

Pariha

Fart

"Trump" is a description of a type of "fart"...
23) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1918604)
Posted 13 Feb 2018 by Profile ML1
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Only in Trump's Amerika?


NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

Rather than examine how we're treating the planet, today's White House – which reckons climate change is a hoax – wants NASA to look outward and focus less on matters here on our home world. In addition, as we said, NASA's Office of Education has also been defunded.



Shame about the rest of the world and the entire planet.

For those Americans unaware, GTFO means Get The F**k Off.

So, no funds to see how badly Trump's policies are farting on the world and everyone...

Only in the world of the insanity of the Amerikan politics?!


So... What are YOU going to do about it?


All on our only one world.
Martin


Note: The "k" in the Amerikan refers to the insanity of Kafkiasm.
24) Message boards : Number crunching : Intel security flaw (Message 1918332)
Posted 11 Feb 2018 by Profile ML1
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And as for a little more of the detail of what part of the Intel flaw(s?) it is that has caused such a (IT/Cloud) world tizzy these past few weeks, see this beautifully clear description:


Comment: On Understanding Spectre Meltdown CPU Vulnerabilities

... the CPU thinks that both indirect jumps look alike and starts speculatively executing at the usual address where the attacker code jumps...

... but until then speculative execution has executed pieces of code of the attacker's choosing. Code that would never be executed under normal circumstances...

... the CPU confuses them both (in the PDF's slide: ...because the CPU only stores the lower 3 nibbles "0x000" and they are exactly the same)...



My reading is that for the Spectre vulnerability, Intel CPUs are vulnerable due to the Intel design/circuitry incompletely testing a cache address. IIRC, that then allows an exploit to be consistently contrived, as demonstrated by a Google example.

In contrast, AMD is very much less vulnerable to Spectre due to (IIRC) hashing of ALL the address bits to determine a cache hit. IIRC, the hashing in effect randomizes the addresses to greatly complicate any exploitation for the AMD CPUs.

For the Meltdown vulnerability, IIRC, this is far more serious in that all privilege checks/restrictions effectively 'melt away' so that any/all memory locations can be read completely unrestricted, by any software. My understanding is that is unique to Intel's implementation/design.


All still a very big OUCH!

And this looks set to roll on for some time yet... :-(


IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin

IIRC: If I (personally) Read Correctly (and all just my own personal most humble opinion). Find out for yourself!
25) Message boards : Number crunching : Intel security flaw (Message 1918327)
Posted 11 Feb 2018 by Profile ML1
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A bit of an update from Intel:


Intel Releases Fixed Spectre Patch For Skylake CPUs

... After about two weeks since its last update on the issue, Intel would like us all to know that it hasn’t forgotten about fixing the faulty BIOS updates that were distributed en masse ...

If this sounds sarcastic, it’s because it’s hard not to be after reading Intel’s latest progress update on its efforts. Yes, briefly mentioned in there is the statement that Intel has released a fixed microcode update to system OEMs for Skylake CPUs, but the other 65% is just to teach us all ... That statement would be more relevant if the updates didn’t cause said systems to randomly reboot.

... Earlier, we reported that examples of Meltdown and Spectre exploits have already been spotted on the net, so what was once consolation in there being no evidence of Spectre-based exploits might be disappearing.

Intel’s microcode updates are given to system OEMs that distribute them to users in the form of system BIOS updates. ...




No comment from me lest the Intel fanboys/indoctrinated/faithful/blind or simply those embarrassingly overly overcharged/empoored give a random whimper...

:-(


IT is whatever we allow it to be...
Martin
26) Message boards : Number crunching : Intel security flaw (Message 1917261)
Posted 6 Feb 2018 by Profile ML1
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I was wondering when you'd pop up with a biased response.



Please explain the bias that you see?

Are we not at the wrong end of an effective monopoly??


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
27) Message boards : Number crunching : Intel security flaw (Message 1916076)
Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Profile ML1
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This may well make for an interesting twist:


Intel alerted Chinese cloud giants 'before US govt' about CPU bugs

'We certainly would have liked to have been notified of this' says Homeland Security

... The disclosure timeline raises the possibility that elements of the Chinese government may have known about the vulnerabilities before US tech giant Intel disclosed them to the American government and the public...

... a leaked memo from Intel to computer makers suggests that notification of the problem for at least one group of as-yet unnamed OEMs took place on November 29 via a non-disclosure agreement...

... Smaller cloud service providers were left playing "catch up." ... "Other folks had a six-month head start,"...




All at who's expense and profit?...

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
28) Message boards : Number crunching : Intel security flaw (Message 1915818)
Posted 29 Jan 2018 by Profile ML1
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Or, rather than whinging, pouting, baiting, and otherwise speaking and behaving badly, one could, even pseudo-dieties, suggest ways to resolve the issue and overall to improve the technology. "just sayin'"

Oh... That's easy:

Remove the greedy pressure to: cut corners; compromise; rush with too much haste and too little time to design/test; cook up big numbers for the sake of Marketing; and worse...


A start for doing that is to promote some real and fair competition between at least five similarly sized players.

And REQUIRE MEANINGFUL STANDARDS for compatibility to remove to abuse of lock-in and monopolistic lock-in.

Even add some positive morals?


A good start is to expand the use of FLOSS and the adoption of a fully open Meritocracy.

But then again, that is a discussion to be taken up over in the politics forum... Please start your thread there?


Another angle is just to compare with the background surrounding AMD, ARM, Raspberry Pi, and RISC V...


IT really is what we allow it to be,
Martin
29) Message boards : Number crunching : Intel security flaw (Message 1915810)
Posted 29 Jan 2018 by Profile ML1
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Yes, caveat emptor. Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux posted a public email where he expressed his thoughts on what Intel is doing and the proposed fixes. He calls it "utter garbage"

From a thread in the Linux-Kernel forums. restrict/unrestrict Indirect Branch Speculation

That's since been picked up by The Register and made a little more readable for us mere mortals:


'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

Patches slammed as 'complete and utter garbage' as Chipzilla U-turns on microcode

Intel's fix for Spectre variant 2 – the branch target injection design flaw affecting most of its processor chips – is not to fix it.

Rather than preventing abuse of processor branch prediction by disabling the capability and incurring a performance hit, Chipzilla's future chips – at least for a few years until microarchitecture changes can be implemented – will ship vulnerable by default but will include a protection flag that can be set by software. Intel explained its approach...

... The decision to address the flaw with an opt-in flag rather than activating defenses by default has left Linux kernel steward Linus Torvalds apoplectic.

Known for incendiary tirades, Torvalds does not disappoint...

... Marketing spin

The expectation here, at least on Torvald's part, is that a future chip addressing past flaws should include a flag or version number that tells the kernel it's not vulnerable, so no unneeded and potentially performance-killing mitigations need to be applied. In other words, the chip should indicate to the kernel that its hardware design has been revised to remove the Spectre vulnerability, and thus does not need any software mitigations or workarounds.

Intel's approach is backwards, making the fix opt-in...

... Annoyed by this convoluted approach, Torvalds himself suggested Intel's motivation is avoiding legal liability...




My personal understanding of that is that Intel's approach is really nasty and leaves a convoluted mess where the default is that all (including all other vendors') CPUs are assumed defective by default so as to be clobbered, but with a 'special Intel boot-time bit-flip for Intel chips' to enable for a 'security enhancement' (rather than simply use a 'bug is fixed' flag as is done for their FDIV and f00f bugs...). Utter vandalism against ALL CPUs! Or at least some bad unnecessarily convoluted code to differentiate what is or isn't 'fixed'...


A follow-on fun bit:

I want life to be boring, says Linus Torvalds as Linux 4.15 debuts

But Linux overlord braces for more Meltdown/Spectre excitement as kernelistas clean up remaining CPU messes

Linus Torvalds has hit the Go button on version 4.15 of the Linux kernel, blaming the Meltdown and Spectre CPU design flaws for the [unusual two weeks of] delay and warning of more pain to come as fixes trickle out for silicon architectures...




And now for a real mind-bender for part of the fix:

What is a retpoline and how does it prevent the recent kernel information disclosure attacks?

... As far as I can piece this together from the limited information at the moment, a retpoline is a return trampoline that uses an infinite loop that is never executed to prevent the CPU from speculating on the target of an indirect jump. The basic approach can be seen in...



As always for those articles, the comments make for some very good reading. Warning: Keep your favored beverage well away from anything electronic or electrical whilst imbibing! :-P

To summarize my personal reading and personal opinion and personal random understanding:

All "very unprofessional" of Intel and a total spin of deception from the Marketing and Legal people to ... cheaply extort yet more cash from their customers.

My view is that a better game is not to be a customer of Intel...!

There must be some rules/laws/morals against such trickery? Especially so for such essential infrastructure that is critical to our modern livelihoods and daily lives...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
30) Message boards : Number crunching : Intel security flaw (Message 1915455)
Posted 27 Jan 2018 by Profile ML1
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The Meltdown view according to Intel:


Intel Announces 'In-Silicon' Fixes For Meltdown And Spectre Coming This Year, 10nm Update

... Intel's financial performance has always been solid, often led by stellar +60% margins, but this briefing was somewhat different as some predict that the shadow of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities threaten to blot out some of Intel's black ink. That surely didn't happen, though, as Intel posted record results yet again and its stock is up 4% after hours...

... said the company would begin to ship products with "in-silicon" fixes for the vulnerabilities this year. He did not elaborate, but logically this means that the company will include these fixes in the 10nm generation of products...

... Some analysts are predicting that Intel could experience higher sales as companies refresh their hardware to offset the lost performance from the patches...




My personal reading and understanding of all that is that Intel enjoys (or has 'contrived') "stellar +60% margins" (that we overpay for) for a certain critically flawed CPU that Intel then expects us to 'buy again' for further profit... All without any assurance that there are no other security compromises/shortcomings in the name of Marketing and profit.

In my humble opinion, all very curiously monopolistic...


One NOT to buy into if at all possible...

IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
31) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1915260)
Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Profile ML1
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Windows 10: Now you can see every bit of data Microsoft harvests from your PC

The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer was made available yesterday to those testing early builds of Windows 10 under the Windows Insider program.

[*** Creepy list ***]

That is also detailed by The Register:

Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

Diagnostic Data Viewer gives users a peek into what Redmond gathers from your PC...


For the normal form for The Register, that article is rather subdued... All far too obvious to need risking their legal budget/insurance? Instead, the comments there are somewhat illuminating as is too often the case...

Tom's Hardware has picked up on the story also:

Microsoft Introduces New Privacy Tools For Windows Insiders

... Microsoft has already been threatened by Data Protection Authorities in the EU in regards to how it collects data on users in Windows 10. With the much stricter General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect later this spring, we’re starting to see many companies, large and small, offer users more control over the data that is collected on them as a way to become compliant with the new data protection regulation.


Note: Those user-friendly regulations do not include the rest of the world such as the great "US of A"...


IT really is what we allow it to be...
Martin
32) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1915145)
Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Profile ML1
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Windows 10: Now you can see every bit of data Microsoft harvests from your PC

The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer was made available yesterday to those testing early builds of Windows 10 under the Windows Insider program.

The Diagnostic Data Viewer includes the following information:

[*** Creepy list ***]

The viewer can filter data by the categories above, and also lets users search for specific terms.

However, despite Microsoft's intention to make the viewer available to all users, the information the viewer shows is unlikely to be intelligible to everyone.

That is also detailed by The Register:

Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

Diagnostic Data Viewer gives users a peek into what Redmond gathers from your PC...


For the normal form for The Register, that article is rather subdued... All far too obvious to need risking their legal budget/insurance? Instead, the comments there are somewhat illuminating as is too often the case...


IT really is what we allow it to be...
Martin
33) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1914838)
Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Profile ML1
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Is this something long and old that is newly coming into prominence?

Why this special article just now?...


How To Fix The 'Page Fault In Nonpaged Area' Error In Windows 10

The Windows 10 error "Page Fault In Nonpaged Area" usually results in a BSOD and can be quite frustrating to troubleshoot. The error is caused by Windows not finding a file within memory that it expects to find. If you need to fix this error, well, this is how to do it...



IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
34) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1914586)
Posted 22 Jan 2018 by Profile ML1
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Meanwhile, we continue to pollute our entire world towards something ever more unknown and new:


2017 'warmest year without El Niño'

Manmade climate change is now dwarfing the influence of natural trends on the climate, scientists say.

Last year was the second or third hottest year on record - after 2016 and on a par with 2015, the data shows. But those two years were affected by El Niño - the natural phenomenon centred on the tropical Pacific Ocean which works to boost temperatures worldwide.

... "It's extraordinary that temperatures in 2017 have been so high when there's no El Niño. In fact, we’ve been going into cooler La Niña conditions.

"Last year [2017] was substantially warmer than 1998 which had a very big El Niño. It shows clearly that the biggest natural influence on the climate is being dwarfed by human activities – predominantly CO₂ emissions." ...



All for our only one world,
Martin
35) Message boards : Politics : DEATH of the USA - by the FCC (Message 1908820)
Posted 24 Dec 2017 by Profile ML1
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For the great land of the 'free' (to be exploited)... At least there seems to be a little positive noise being made:


Jimmy Kimmel Blasts ‘Jackhole’ Ajit Pai and FCC for Repealing Net Neutrality (Video)

Host calls decision “absolutely despicable”


Nearly 20 State AGs to Sue FCC for Putting 'Corporate Profits Over Consumers'

FCC's vote to rip apart net neutrality challenged as blow to consumers and "everyone who cares about a free and open internet"



All a game of 'who cares' to profit at the expense of all others?...

Is that also known as a free-for-all?...


What next for "Make Ameri?a Great"?

(In the UK we have Boris Johnson. Is this where the Great USA Trumps us with Borat?...)


Only in the USA?...
Martin
36) Message boards : Politics : DEATH of the USA - by the FCC (Message 1908807)
Posted 24 Dec 2017 by Profile ML1
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-[ snip ]-
All in the land of the Amerikan 'free'? <--- America is spelled with a "C" NOT a "K".
[...]
Really? No need for the magical "k"?...
-[ snip ]-
What the frak does ANY of that have to do with you disrespecting us like that? ... Stop misspelling America and disrespecting us like that.

Akin to childish name calling in a schoolyard. Nothing more, nothing less.

As I have correctly observed. Ideologies are... Well... What they are.

All just a gentle prod to stir some thought... And positive ACTION?

And the approach taken to so blatantly corruptly 'vote' the demise of Net Neutrality regardless of whatever outcry and disbelief, and all cynically at the last moment before Christmas, well: Does that deserve any 'respect' for the 'American way' of things?

Really, is this all to be forgotten, abandoned, come the New Year?!

Instead put some pride into actually gaining some fair play and real freedom from the business-with-no-morals extremism?


For the Net Neutrality supposed vote, the Kafkaesque description is very sadly very apt...

So respectfully... What are the great Americans going to do to regain their freedom on the internet?


Only in the USA?
Martin
37) Message boards : Number crunching : SETIspirit News & Updates (a free BOINC add-on) (Message 1908773)
Posted 24 Dec 2017 by Profile ML1
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Excellent good work there. Full kudos!

A very good jump up from the long ago setiSpy add-on.


Thanks,

And keep searchin!
Martin
38) Message boards : Politics : DEATH of the USA - by the FCC (Message 1908661)
Posted 23 Dec 2017 by Profile ML1
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We like money. Our voters are driven, in the most part, by their wallets and pocketbooks.

Getting rid of net neutrality will cost the voters money. The idiocracy just is unwilling to see that and when they do then they may complain. As long as corporations are "people" and citizens united are the law of the land this is the way this country will roll.

And here is just one real world live example of how the demise of Net Neutrality will cost money:


Totally shock claim: Comcast accused of gouging TV rivals

Wow, who'd have thought it?

US cable giant Comcast has been accused of strong-arming smaller carriers into paying too much for some of its TV channels...

... As a result, Wave said in its complaint to US regulator the FCC, it ended up paying too much for channels that, in many cases, its customers didn't even want...

... The complaint from Wave is similar to the case recently filed against AT&T in Houston, Texas. Like Comcast, AT&T was accused of using its control over the local sports broadcasts to unfairly price its competitors out of the market.



Merger-hungry AT&T sued for price gouging by Texas ISP

AT&T has been hit with a particularly badly-timed antitrust lawsuit accusing it of price gouging...

... The high price demand, En-Touch alleges, was a not-so-subtle effort by AT&T to stop its competitors from carrying local sports broadcasts, thus making those services far less attractive to customers in the Houston area...

... Normally a lawsuit over local sports broadcasts would not be considered particularly important news. In this case, however, it could further undermine AT&T's efforts to sell regulators on its plan to acquire Time Warner in a massive $85bn tie-up. Federal agencies have opposed the deal over concerns that, armed with Time Warner's huge catalogue of cable TV channels, AT&T could block its competitors out of the market by keeping those channels for itself or jacking up the prices...



All just a Trumped-up game?

Time for a new democracy??

All in your AmeriKa?


Only in the USA?
Martin
39) Message boards : Politics : DEATH of the USA - by the FCC (Message 1908657)
Posted 23 Dec 2017 by Profile ML1
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-[ snip ]-

All in the land of the Amerikan 'free'? <--- America is spelled with a "C" NOT a "K".

And all in the two weeks before Christmas!...

[...]

Really? No need for the magical "k"?...


To spoon-feed the damnable obvious to the 99% oblivious:


Wiktionary: Kafkaesque

IMDB: Kafka (1991)

NY Times: Kafka’s Last Trial

Wikipedia: Amerika (miniseries)


All just the USA version of 1984 but more 'real' and 'immediate'?


Only in AmeriKa?...

And now in the present day USA?...
Martin
40) Message boards : Politics : DEATH of the USA - by the FCC (Message 1908532)
Posted 23 Dec 2017 by Profile ML1
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Comcast and AT&T already Capitalize on the demise of Net Neutrality:


Comcast is giving its employees $1,000 bonuses because net neutrality is dead

Celebrating the death of consumer protections

Comcast today announced that it would be doling out $1,000 employee bonuses in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules last week, as well as the Senate and House’s passing of Republicans’ tax reform bill poised to provide a substantial windfall to wealthy Americans and corporations...

... The news coincides with AT&T’s similar announcement today that it plans to give 200,000 employees $1,000 bonuses each in response to tax reform. AT&T did not mention the FCC or net neutrality, but as an ISP the company stands to benefit in ways similar to Comcast...



All in the land of the Amerikan 'free'?

And all in the two weeks before Christmas!...


What are you American 'freedom' lovers going to do about that?... Are you freely a democracy?...


Only in the USA?
Martin


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