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About Nicholatian

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    Living This NGHTMRE
  • Birthday March 6


  • CPU
    Intel Core i3-6100 @ 3.7GHz
  • Motherboard
    ASUS Z170I Pro Gaming
  • RAM
    1× 16GiB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4, 2400MHz/CL12@1.35V
  • Case
    Xigmatek Nebula C
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    240GB Intel 535 Series SSD; 1TB 2.5” WD Black HDD
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    SeaSonic SS-400FL2 80+ Platinum fully-modular fanless unit
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    ASUS PB278Q 27” 1440p IPS LCD; AOC i2267fw 22” 1080p IPS LCD
  • Cooling
    Silverstone Tek NT07-115X low-profile CPU cooler
  • Keyboard
    Qisan Magicforce 68-key keyboard, white
  • Mouse
    Lenovo wireless optical mouse, white
  • Sound
    V-MODA Crossfade M-100 headphone; Scarlett Solo 2nd gen audio interface; DBX 231SV dual-channel 31-band EQ
  • Operating System
    Arch Linux

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    ??owl?? City
  • Interests
    JavaScript, web development, and (formerly) reverse engineering
  • Biography
    Computer scientist, PC enthusiast, freelancer, traveler, double-jointed, Autistic, bipolar, Zen Buddhist, cat worshiper, awkward, and lover of compassionate intelligence. I have a white spot on the back of my head :0
  • Occupation
    Makin' bacon

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  1. tfw your ThinkPad is macro-capable


    1. Dan Castellaneta

      Dan Castellaneta

      seems like you can make a joke about that

  2. What to expect in CES 2018

    It is, to most of the people in the first world and by extension the human race. But when you've spent your life insulated in a wealthy California-borne bubble of trendy liberal luxury and are fast-tracked into entrepreneurship by friends and family, you inadvertently lose a lot of interest in the rest of the world and become disconnected from it all. Most of silicon valley doesn't care about everyone else, even domestically. The average consumer is in the same boat as the Nigerian commoner for all they care, serving as mind fodder for their generalised and ignorant caricatured set of convictions about the world. In a few words, they're drunk on wealth. The Internet of Things is a positive outcome of that.
  3. More Intel leaks.. this one is not good though

    This is the unfortunate truth of security in a world where nobody actually knows how everything in your 5-year-old netbook actually works, and all we can really do is activate it's built-in team of automatic doctors to try and fix it. The way I see it though, getting swept away in technology makes it easier and easier to forget the human factor and its implications. At the end of the day, if someone really wanted to target you personally, there will never be enough RSA encryption or quantum magic to stop them from getting your data, by the simple fact that if they break down your barriers as a person then they have all the access they want. Nothing will ever be perfectly secure in practise because of that, and in a more positive way it provides more useful answers to questions of security than we could get from a technical standpoint.
  4. More Intel leaks.. this one is not good though

    When that logic shows to be practical, do let us know. For now though it's little more than smoke-and-mirrors, and that really doesn't help anyone with a real CPU that's really insecure, when they need to do real things in real time. There's theoretically an indefinite number of vulnerabilities in AMD CPUs, Intel CPUs, and even VIA and ARM CPUs for that matter. Theoretically there's also an indefinite number of vulnerabilities in the operating procedures of the Secret Service, whose duties are to protect the President, but they've realised that it's impossible to make the President completely safe. Since you've effectively proved nothing here, it's unsurprising to find that they've taken other measures to protect one of the most powerful people on the planet.
  5. What to expect in CES 2018

    It seems things are moving so fast, that the remainder of educated society is unable to keep up. This is why IoT is so concerning, because it's making headway into industries it doesn't fully comprehend and succeeding at buy-in, regardless of the consequences it may bring. Think of it in the context of parenting: how many people are going to be inclined to trust a smart crib or remote supervision device to watch their infant? It's not just a problem with catastrophe either. This can have profound consequences on human psychology because of its involvement in people's developmental stages, where they're vulnerable and impressionable and for the first few years really need a mother to unconditionally love them.
  6. What to expect in CES 2018

    So we have: Internet of Things More Internet of Things Even more Internet of Things Anticipation of a wireless technology leap for 5G (didn't we already get our hopes up once before?) Virtual Reality dragging along Iterative improvements for PC gaming An icing of more Internet of Things Anyone else find this list of things to be somewhat disappointing? IoT seems to be getting a boatload of attention, and I'm scratching my head as to why the industry thinks that's warranted. Even AR/VR seem to be more interesting for the common consumer than smart fridges and whatnot.
  7. really hoping this winter storm isn't going to obstruct my inbound flight on the 5th... I want to visit NYC😭

  8. More Intel leaks.. this one is not good though

    It was a rhetorical statement. I understand where you're coming from, but I said "you would think I'm acting like a know-it-all" if all you had to go on was their responses on things, that was the rhetoric.
  9. More Intel leaks.. this one is not good though

    I don't understand why it's such a prevailing theme of OEM wars with this thread. Isn't less performance impact in any case just better, and that's the end of the story? Intel shills are just as toxic as AMD shills, because they mystify the facts of the matter like it's partisan politics all of a sudden. Knowledge about the technicals, for better or worse, is only going to help everyone here.
  10. More Intel leaks.. this one is not good though

    Yeah, that's fallacious buddy. I know you didn't explicitly say it, but an argument from ignorance is no grounds to assume anything one way or the other. In the realm of that which is known, AMD is, for the moment, more secure than Intel. You would think I'm acting like a know-it-all for how repulsed the replies are, Christ... I'm not claiming to have personally engineered the city sewage network, but I'm enough of a plumber to have a thing or two to say when a water main breaks. It's anything but black-and-white. I would use 🙏, but I can't decide on whether it's representing folded hands or someone praying.
  11. Hey man, do you have an ETA as to when you will update your CPU guide to reflect current models?

    1. Nicholatian


      Holy crap, I have neglected that haven't I. Tbh man, I haven't logged in here in months, and I rarely come online anyways because I have other places to be, so... I guess I ought to remove it from my signature since I don't think I will update it.

    2. iiNNeX


      Yea I randomly clicked on it while reading your replies on the intel drama thread. Fair play, just wanted to make sure before I started linking it to people :P It is very well written though!

  12. More Intel leaks.. this one is not good though

    Questions that other software engineers likely could, tbh. I see a lot of honest ignorance (not stupidity) flying about ITT, and with most folks around here simply trying to understand for themselves what's going on anyways, well, I must be useful for that. I'm not saying I'm an arbiter of knowledge for this, there's of course plenty I don't know - I didn't actively pursue x86 because I worked with ARM more, but still. It doesn't seem Cadance is interested in hearing any of that, though. I'm not trying to masquerade an opinion about this as some kind of fact, so idk what gives. The 3DS uses Physical Address Space Layout Randomisation, and that's something I have worked with and is of pertinence here in x86 kernel MMU usage, so I am pretty confident in saying that it's bad news this time. I'm pretty convinced this is a billion-dollar mistake on Intel's part because of how far back it reaches.
  13. More Intel leaks.. this one is not good though

    Safety in numbers, above everything else really. That's the reality for 99% of people because it will be fixed soon enough on Windows that there won't be enough time to scriptify it so less-read script kiddies and the like are able to do anything. The people who can personally execute an exploit have far better people to target than those they know, so it's a wash unless you're someone famous or important.
  14. More Intel leaks.. this one is not good though

    I'm sorry that you feel I'm being condescending, but given there's no tone of voice in text all I can say to you is that was the last thing in my mind while writing here. If I don't think somebody understands a concept, then it is the right thing for me to do to help them understand, because it leaves everyone more informed about what's going on. With that in mind, I'd be happy to continue the discussion to answer any questions you have or anything you might be confused over, if I know. I'm not a security engineer, but I am a software engineer professionally and have learned a lot about computers, even studying to the level of assembly with ARM CPUs.
  15. More Intel leaks.. this one is not good though

    It's just a git diff. They removed the code that carelessly sets up KAISER, and added a check to make sure it only happens for Intel CPUs. I don't think you understand the magnitude of this exploit, so let's put it in a different way. Taking the mystification of technology out of it for a moment to help break down in layman's terms why it's very very bad for everyone from a security standpoint. This is a severe security design bug in the x86 Memory Management Unit. For our understanding, we can liken this to all of the buildings, structures and places that exist in our world, since right now every part of civilisation has been built on land. Following this analogy, the MMU's job is to make sure that things on this planet are where they're supposed to be, and say, an octopus or great white shark isn't going to function in the Himalayas for very long. The problem is, while it still does that in practise, security researchers have found a glitch in the matrix that can make any given environment not follow the laws of physics, so a shark really can eat you in your bedroom if a hacker wanted it to. You can say there's two-step verification, and sure, on your ARM-based phone that appears to work. The problem with that is, all it does is communicate to a server somewhere that you're authorising something and we're right back in no-man's-land with the problem that hackers can break down the laws of physics at their will. Like the oceans, everything we do runs back into the x86 architecture sooner or later, because pretty much all of the world's internet infrastructure relies on it. With practicality in mind, the best we can hope for until KAISER mitigates this is to hope that whatever hackers are exploiting this don't feel like sending sharks our way in the week or two it'll take to fix it, and to complete the analogy I guess KAISER would be like having less oxygen to breathe because mountain air is better than seawater or the cosmic void when you're a human being on Earth. Perhaps, but I can see where he's coming from given the implications this has.