nav search
Data Centre Software Security DevOps Business Personal Tech Science Emergent Tech Bootnotes
BOFH
Lectures

* Posts by Tom 7

5166 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

Tom 7
Silver badge

So if you want to be remembered

ditch the statins!

2
0

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere

Tom 7
Silver badge

RE $800 ? Wow, nice and cheap ... I want one - a nice toy for Xmas!

I'd guess with the ARM NN software this would come close to some high end GPUs for performance for fewer beer vouchers and running costs?

7
0

Berkeley bio-boffins' butt-blasting belly-bothering batt-teria generates electricity

Tom 7
Silver badge

If they were connected to peltric sets I can see why they were kept unconscious.

3
0

World's oldest URL – fragments 73,000 years old – discovered in cave

Tom 7
Silver badge

Any fule can see

it is an herd of giraffes heading ->.

3
1

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: computer merry-go-round

I used to use cwygin to get things done just to prove a point.

6
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Developer PC Vax 11/ 780

I used one of those along with 20 other engineers and things could get slow - a 3 minute jobbie would take half an hour or more. Until the day I discovered that a program I had would crash and leave me in whatever superuser debugging mode and then I could lift the priority of my batch job to 2 below max (any more and the OS hung) and my job would be done in 3 minutes and the system managers never found out why everything else ground to a halt.

I never did it on bigger jobs because they meant trips to the really good library we had there to further my knowledge of obscure computing ephemera.

5
0

x86 marks the spot: Dell reports upswing, keeps mum on going public

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Refusing to comment

Why? Its not likely to change the share price!

1
0

Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: It used to be...

Or perhaps the problem is going to a company to discuss outsourcing your security and giving them enough details to make it worth their while to do some outsourcing themselves to ensure your motive to outsource is enhanced. Possibly.

2
3

Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Howard Hughes

Musk thinks too big though - he just jumps on ideas without really thinking them through. I dont think he's an engineer as such - more a hacker.

3
3
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Who knew they make roof tiles

Why bother though? I've got £2000 worth of roof tiles that dont get wet because they've got PV mounted over them. Why not just stick PV up instead of tiles - it would be a lot quicker and save a lot of (possibly literal) debugging when shit gets in the tile contacts!

2
2

Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: It's a big round ball wizzing round the sun innit?

Since Pluto crosses Neptune's orbit presumably they will demote that as it hasn't cleared its neighbourhood.

30
2

Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Antipodal shock

One of the hard things about seismology on a global scale is the wave front of a shock is seriously blurred and diffused by the time(s) it gets to the other side of the planet. Even something as massive as Chicxulub would only be a medium to large earthquake and it would be very unlikely to act as a trigger to a volcanic eruption.

0
0

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: "Now all Intel can do is watch from the sidelines" Softbank

I think Intel cant afford ARM. I voted against the sellout to Softbank as I though ARM would be worth 4 or five times the offer price in a few years. Seeing their post buyout release of info on there NN software I thought I'd underestimated. Seeing their ML stuff I KNOW I underestimated.

1
0

Boffins are building an open-source secure enclave on RISC-V

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: What we would actually need...Multi Ghz 8 bit

I was working with some fast Bipolar in the late 80's and someone had published a design for a 600 gate 16 bit machine and I simulated a version of that at 2.4Ghz on the process I was using. It only had 7 or 8 opcodes* but at the time it would have been the fastest CPU out there by a large margin.

*IIRC but Baby only had 7 and that was 'complete'.

5
0

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Excellent news

Its already cured my yoga injuries!

14
0

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Z80 was a more sophisticated processor

@mage. I am a fan of ARM (I fucking wish I was still a shareholder though) However for nearly 40 years I have always thought that if IBM had chosen the 6809 computing would have been 10 years further on than it was. But would the future, ARM*, have still been around?

*I say the future is ARM - if there ML stuff comes out at a Raspberry Pi level they WILL be the future.

3
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: What we need

BBC micro reboot? I've seen a copy of BBC basic for the Pi somewhere. The 6502 is easily emulated on it. So unless you're anal enough to want to put it in a box like the one you cant remember anyway your pretty much there.

1
0

AI on Raspberry Pi, Waymo touts robo-rides to Arizonians, and more

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: I can now learn Tensorflow

You dont need a graphics card - it helps but even an atom driven laptop will be faster than a Pi.

3
1
Tom 7
Silver badge

more ai on the pi

There's also a project to get a lot of maths dumped onto the graphics unit on the PI. Combine that with the Tensor flow and (if my fag packet maths is correct) then up 100 or so Pi Zeros would be the most cost effective way of buying computing power for your AI.

2
0

Blast from the past: Boffins find the fastest exploding non-supernova star

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Astronomical Events in UK

I've often wondered if I should get some form of above cloud transport for events like this. Then I remembered noctilucent clouds.

And as for Eta Carinae being above the clouds would probably mean the GRB would render you blind anyway, either permanently or with a shit load of Cherenkov.

2
0

The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Midget Gems

but just as bad for your teeth!

1
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Highly volatile noble gases?

Helium, having the very low boiling point of 4.2 K is absolutely unbelievabley volatile with exaggeration.

1
0

Capita still squats on top of the UK's software and IT services heap

Tom 7
Silver badge

Massive losses you say?

Do I smell another government bailout on the wind? That would be a nice collection of shit software that could go tits up without some govmnt help if the contractor points out the huge wholes in the contract they got the idiot in charge to sign

4
0

IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: "Google Translate isn't better than humans yet"

I would hazard a guess that Google may be too interested in the marketing possibilities for them to ever get language sorted properly. As others have pointed out here GIGO. And one of the inputs from Google is bound to be something to do with money.

The more I read and play with AI the more I am convinced it has some amazing possibilities (GIGO may also come into play here) but the data fed into the AI has to be free of bias and the choice of functions for it from a commercial company is bound to be biased. It really needs to be taken away from commercial instincts and some form of pan-global open sharing of everything involved is possibly the only safe way forward. We have the technology - I bet in 5 years we will have ARM devices of the processing power of Titans running on a couple of Watts and costing $10s not $1000s. If governments dont get on board and co-operate soon we really will be fucked.

1
1
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: At least you know it's rubbish

The default in English for a condition that is less than favourable is to blame the EU.

3
1

Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Adastral

@fibrefool - you dont need to dig though - pull out a couple of copper pairs and there's room down the duct for 30 fibres.

0
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Adastral

I worked there before it was called Adastral. I designed a fibre optic chip that, if BT had it now, would drop the cost of FTTH to less than annual copper maintenance. On trying to find funding in the wonderful new internal market I was told 'We are a public company now, we dont do research'.

2
1

Tech Shutdown Blows: IT chaos cost Brit bank TSB almost £200m

Tom 7
Silver badge

20,000 switched to TSB

Hoping for a class action what with interest rates so low?

12
0

Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: 1952?

However - there was practically no Caesium-137 in the atmosphere before we started trying to make nuclear weapons.

However I would bet the first release was when some poor bugger was tapping a hemisphere with a ruler and got a blue light and died few days later after finishing his homework.

0
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

You can still get irradiated Cumbrian sheep.

Just saying.

1
0

Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

Tom 7
Silver badge

Not the first time the catholic church has got in a flap

Tissue is required, and must contain letters.

2
0

Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Spoofing GPS is only optional

Having ventured beyond my normal sandpit my two TomToms enjoyed telling me I was driving across fields and one even asked me to update it. So on arriving safely at a friends house and discovering he had a windows pc I attempted to update them only to discover they couldn't be updated, or at least not by me thought I was welcome to spend a bloody fortune on a new one.

1
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: The Rout of Civilisation

Perhaps we can use it to stop those dickheads in lorries using roads they really shouldnt. Down here in the sticks we get them driving up roads they cant get down, and they dont seem to be able to reverse any more - is that still in the test? Just last week I had to make a 5 mile 40 minute detour to avoid two lorries who had tried to cross on the entrance to a single track bridge. They had to take them apart to get them out.

And the twat who couldn't be arsed to reverse 10 yds to a passing place on a single lane road and tipped on its side in the ditch invisible behind the long grass as he tried to pass me on the verge before I'd even come to a stop!

Feel better now thanks!

16
0

Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

Tom 7
Silver badge

Dont worry - its just the NHS

stocking up in case of brexit.

1
0

Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Except the USA

They'll just build a wall.y.

9
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Total Malarky. This is abject stupidity

It may have been over-engineered a few years a go but sea level rise and its effects are not linear, they are heavily fractal - New Orleans is a good example. Another is Dunwich in Suffolk a couple of storns over 100 years removed more than half the village and moved the coastline back the same distance its moved in the last 500.

And as for a Tsunami - well you may think they could get it back online in a day or three but when the a storm like this hits then there is unlikely to be any roads left and no power anyway as the grid will probably be taken out too, We dont have enough redundancy cos profits for real disaster management.

9
3

GitHub to Pythonistas: Let us save you from vulnerable code

Tom 7
Silver badge

Every time I push the GPL to the server it claims its insecure code.

FTFY. MS Fucked That For You.

0
1

Gov.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Stand alone, reliable documents

A PDF is out of date the minute it is made. The online HTML should be up to date, should be legible on phone, tablet or PC and does not self shuffle in the print tray or drink coffee.

2
10
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Print to PDF

Loose printed PDF. Oh! Look its still on the fucking internet I can find it there. Print and repeat.

Pointless waste of trees/computer space.

Pointless Document Format!

1
9

Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: Actually, this has already been said about Python. Many times over.

For a while until someone 'upgrades' something. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to 'get the job done again' as code that used to work no longer does due to different choices of which version of the language/libraries to settle on,

I'm trying to teach kids this stuff and having to take them through a virtual environment configuration for each flashy example is getting a bit fucking tedious.

2
1

Imagine a patent on organizing computer files being used against online shopping sites. Oh, it's still happening

Tom 7
Silver badge

Imagine what this would be worth

if they'd added the word 'phone'.

The patent 'holder' should have extremely large type copies of Knuth dropped on them from a height conducive to causing as much pain for them and merriment for the rest of us.

10
0

Give Samsung a hand: Chaebol pulls back Arm to strike Intel's chips

Tom 7
Silver badge

@Kevin . pipelines

And it seems these are full of problems with uncleared memory. I wonder how many pipeline paths will be de-utilised due to potential memory leaks.

2
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re Leg

I'm assuming the GPU is for something other than graphics? I'd be seriously interested in some 7nm ML ARM stuff in my 'laptop' - that's doing 3TOPs per W at 14nm so it would be like having a Titan with no interest in my battery on the move!

7
0

Boffins build neural networks fashioned out of DNA molecules

Tom 7
Silver badge

It's l!E3 Jim but not as we know it

I have enough mutant text translations thank you very much.

7
1

A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

Tom 7
Silver badge

@Shadmeister

If its just a spice simulator just run ngspice instead.

1
1

Bankrupt Aussie Hells Angel scoops £750k lottery jackpot

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: "Buying" a ticket is a classic money laundry method.

Or you could put $4000 into a London bank and have a clean $4000.

5
1

GPU fairy visits Huawei owners, leaves graphics boost under phones

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re Unfinished product

Might not be them - ARM has been releasing software for its chips under the Compute Library and ARMNN and other stuff.

I'm even more pissed off at having my ARM shares stolen from me now!

0
0

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: I order ed a book about computer veruses

I just used to look at the ones in the quarantine directory.

That was very instructive!

1
0

New Python update slithers into release

Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: A truly epic xkcd...

Gene Cash. I only have 2 installed as system wide pythons - the same as you. However many interesting python projects use libraries that are not consistent with the main distributions and so you have to run them under pipenv and each instance install the whole bloody world of libraries with your project.

And worse you have to remember to close the pipenv your working in when you move to another project otherwise all hell breaks loose again!

And if you accidentally install anaconda....

2
0
Tom 7
Silver badge

Re: A truly epic xkcd...

All this effort to re-invent dll hell.

I was just reading up on pyenv for my teaching kids programming wot I am starting and then realised I've got 40 separate python installations on my system. I'm not sure I want to teach this to kids!

4
0

The Register - Independent news and views for the tech community. Part of Situation Publishing