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LAwLz

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    LAwLz got a reaction from Mihle in WAN show about bitcoin and NSA distorted   
    Dude, just stop.
    You are not doing research. Research isn't "I saw that the NSA was behind it so therefore there is probably a conspiracy regarding it". Research would have been learning how SHA works, learning the history behind it, learning how bitcoin works, etc. 
    You clearly don't know anything about SHA other than "the NSA made it", which is next to nothing.
     
    It's people like you who spread misinformation and make this world dumber. Stop it. Don't say you have done "your research" if you haven't actually looked into something deeper than reading a couple of sentences on Wikipedia or whatever.
  2. Informative
    LAwLz got a reaction from thechinchinsong in In the US RCS Text Messaging is Now Bascially Dead (For Now)   
    RCS did not require going through Google. The idea is that it goes through your carrier similarly to how sms and mms goes through your carrier. The problem is that barely any carriers have implemented it. 
     
    Google added the option to use them as the overlay "carrier" in their messaging app for people on unsupported carriers. 
     
    Also, it is an open standard. It's run by GSMA just like sms and mms. 
  3. Informative
    LAwLz got a reaction from StDragon in Nvidia announces better ARM support and new ARM CPU - x86 not the main player anymore   
    Single-core performance (int) (under all-core load):
    Xeon 8380 - 3.84
    EPYC 7763 - 3.43
    Altra Q80-33 - 3.23
     
    Single-core performance (fp) (under all-core load):
    Xeon 8380 - 4.11
    EPYC 7763 - 3.32
    Altra Q80-33 - 2.37
     
    Multi-core performance (int):
    Altra Q80-33 - 258.3
    EPYC 7763 - 255.0
    Xeon 8380 - 153.5
     
    Multi-core performance (fp):
    EPYC 7763 - 212.6
    Altra Q80-33 - 189.3
    Xeon 8380 - 164.3
     
    Power consumption:
    Xeon 8380 - ~260W
    EPYC 7763 - ~220W
    Altra Q80-33 - ~200W
     
    Price:
    Xeon 8380 - $8099
    EPYC 7763 - $7890
    Altra Q80-33 - $4050
     
     
    Compared to EPYC, Altra offers around 83% (ST) and 95% (MT) of the performance, with about 10% lower power consumption at almost half the price.
    If you can run your workloads on the Altra processor, it's by far the better buy than Intel or AMD.
    Also, it's depressing how much behind Intel is.
  4. Like
    LAwLz got a reaction from Lurick in In the US RCS Text Messaging is Now Bascially Dead (For Now)   
    RCS did not require going through Google. The idea is that it goes through your carrier similarly to how sms and mms goes through your carrier. The problem is that barely any carriers have implemented it. 
     
    Google added the option to use them as the overlay "carrier" in their messaging app for people on unsupported carriers. 
     
    Also, it is an open standard. It's run by GSMA just like sms and mms. 
  5. Like
    LAwLz got a reaction from leadeater in Nvidia announces better ARM support and new ARM CPU - x86 not the main player anymore   
    It's not fair to compare them because like you said, UWP is a lot wider scope and it doesn't even guarantee ISA-independence.
    There are a ton of UWP applications that only work on x86. 
     
    I barely got any UWP programs installed and yet I have four that are x86 only. Python, Messenger, My phone and Citrix Workspace.
     
     
    I don't think you can compare universal binaries to UWP because universal binaries is one specific thing that only does one specific thing, and it does it really well.
    UWP is an entire toolkit that does a billion different things, one of which is universal binaries but it's optional.
    Appx vs universal binaries is a far better comparison.
     
     
    Because Rosetta is about running programs on different ISAs.
    UWP bridges (which is not the same as UWP) is about running programs on different OSes.
     
    One translates x86 instructions to ARM instructions. The other translates system APIs to other system APIs.
    And as a side-note, like I said earlier they scrapped the Android bridge.
     
     
    That I can agree with.
    UWP was a solution to a problem that didn't exist. On top of being garbage in many other ways. Like putting heavy restrictions on what programs could do, restrictions on what language and APIs you could develop with, limiting you to the store (at first) where Microsoft controlled distribution, etc.
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    LAwLz reacted to igormp in Nvidia announces better ARM support and new ARM CPU - x86 not the main player anymore   
    It'd be cool indeed, but Grace isn't meant to be a fast CPU anyway, it's just meant to be a CPU with tons of nvlink in order to not bottleneck the GPUs. In the scenarios where such a server would be deployed, the raw CPU performance will probably be meaningless
  7. Agree
    LAwLz got a reaction from leadeater in Nvidia announces better ARM support and new ARM CPU - x86 not the main player anymore   
    Single-core performance (int) (under all-core load):
    Xeon 8380 - 3.84
    EPYC 7763 - 3.43
    Altra Q80-33 - 3.23
     
    Single-core performance (fp) (under all-core load):
    Xeon 8380 - 4.11
    EPYC 7763 - 3.32
    Altra Q80-33 - 2.37
     
    Multi-core performance (int):
    Altra Q80-33 - 258.3
    EPYC 7763 - 255.0
    Xeon 8380 - 153.5
     
    Multi-core performance (fp):
    EPYC 7763 - 212.6
    Altra Q80-33 - 189.3
    Xeon 8380 - 164.3
     
    Power consumption:
    Xeon 8380 - ~260W
    EPYC 7763 - ~220W
    Altra Q80-33 - ~200W
     
    Price:
    Xeon 8380 - $8099
    EPYC 7763 - $7890
    Altra Q80-33 - $4050
     
     
    Compared to EPYC, Altra offers around 83% (ST) and 95% (MT) of the performance, with about 10% lower power consumption at almost half the price.
    If you can run your workloads on the Altra processor, it's by far the better buy than Intel or AMD.
    Also, it's depressing how much behind Intel is.
  8. Agree
    LAwLz got a reaction from leadeater in Nvidia announces better ARM support and new ARM CPU - x86 not the main player anymore   
    Ah I see. Thanks for the link and quote.
    I agree with you as well. Judging Grace by the CPU performance is like judging a fish by its ability to climb a tree.
     
    It would be very interesting to know which CPU architecture it uses, at what frequency and how many cores, to get that 300 point score.
    ARM Neoverse has already shown with the N1 that it can compete with both Intel and AMD for datacenters, so it will be very interesting to see how big of an improvement the next gen core brings.
  9. Agree
    LAwLz got a reaction from igormp in Nvidia announces better ARM support and new ARM CPU - x86 not the main player anymore   
    It depends on which ARM processor and which x86 processor you're comparing.
    I am getting kind of tired of people on this forum not being able to think in nuances and always dealing with absolute black and white thinking.
    Can we please stop talking about "ARM vs x86" and instead talk about architectures? For example Firestorm vs zen3, or N1 vs Ice Lake SP.
    It makes way more sense to do that than to try and generalize like 40 years of processor architectures into a single performance number and then try and make arguments based on very specific numbers from that generalization.
     
    Unless of course we are talking about very general things like, how does the ISA of a certain architecture affect the way the decode engine looks, as an example.
     
     
     
    UWP was/is nothing like Rosetta 2 or universal binaries.
    UWP was and still is garbage and doesn't get used because it sucks ass, not because Windows developers dislike change.
     
    If Rosetta 2 is a fantastically baked apple pie, then UWP and the WoA translation layer is an apple muffin filled with broken shards of glas, and rotten, wormfilled apples.
    You can't compare the two and go "well Windows users clearly don't like apples". I like apples, apple pies and apple muffins. What I don't like is eating shit and then getting blamed for not liking apples.
     
     
      
    What scores are you referring to?
  10. Agree
    LAwLz reacted to leadeater in Nvidia announces better ARM support and new ARM CPU - x86 not the main player anymore   
    https://www.anandtech.com/show/16610/nvidia-unveils-grace-a-highperformance-arm-server-cpu-for-use-in-ai-systems
     
    However I don't think this is very meaningful as the platform design for this is all memory subsystem and interconnect for the purpose of most efficiently getting work to the GPUs, the CPUs are primarily a facilitator of that so even though the cores in Grace aren't groundbreaking performance the system as a whole will be much faster which was the design purpose. I doubt you'll be able to buy Nvidia Grace CPUs as an individual product.
  11. Agree
    LAwLz got a reaction from PeterT in Oneplus just revealed the Oneplus 9 (Pro) and the Oneplus Watch   
    I am not that impressed.
    Comparing the S21 vs the OP 9 the Galaxy S21 is slightly more expensive (about 60 dollars more as of writing) but has a telephoto camera, better software support and from the looks of it, possibly slightly better cameras and slightly better fingerprint reader.
     
    It's not a bad phone but it's not exactly the "wow it's such great value!" feeling you used to get with OP phones a couple of years ago.
  12. Agree
    LAwLz got a reaction from tridy in Changes on March 16th, 2021 to Lastpass free tier will prevent you from using Lastpass on more than one type of device   
    I recommend bitwarden if you want a cloud hosted solution, or KeePass if you are okay with keeping track of the database yourself (or just put it on Dropbox). 
  13. Agree
    LAwLz got a reaction from The_russian in WAN show about bitcoin and NSA distorted   
    Dude, just stop.
    You are not doing research. Research isn't "I saw that the NSA was behind it so therefore there is probably a conspiracy regarding it". Research would have been learning how SHA works, learning the history behind it, learning how bitcoin works, etc. 
    You clearly don't know anything about SHA other than "the NSA made it", which is next to nothing.
     
    It's people like you who spread misinformation and make this world dumber. Stop it. Don't say you have done "your research" if you haven't actually looked into something deeper than reading a couple of sentences on Wikipedia or whatever.
  14. Like
    LAwLz got a reaction from lewdicrous in WAN show about bitcoin and NSA distorted   
    Dude, just stop.
    You are not doing research. Research isn't "I saw that the NSA was behind it so therefore there is probably a conspiracy regarding it". Research would have been learning how SHA works, learning the history behind it, learning how bitcoin works, etc. 
    You clearly don't know anything about SHA other than "the NSA made it", which is next to nothing.
     
    It's people like you who spread misinformation and make this world dumber. Stop it. Don't say you have done "your research" if you haven't actually looked into something deeper than reading a couple of sentences on Wikipedia or whatever.
  15. Agree
    LAwLz got a reaction from Eigenvektor in WAN show about bitcoin and NSA distorted   
    Dude, just stop.
    You are not doing research. Research isn't "I saw that the NSA was behind it so therefore there is probably a conspiracy regarding it". Research would have been learning how SHA works, learning the history behind it, learning how bitcoin works, etc. 
    You clearly don't know anything about SHA other than "the NSA made it", which is next to nothing.
     
    It's people like you who spread misinformation and make this world dumber. Stop it. Don't say you have done "your research" if you haven't actually looked into something deeper than reading a couple of sentences on Wikipedia or whatever.
  16. Like
    LAwLz got a reaction from FakeKGB in WAN show about bitcoin and NSA distorted   
    Dude, just stop.
    You are not doing research. Research isn't "I saw that the NSA was behind it so therefore there is probably a conspiracy regarding it". Research would have been learning how SHA works, learning the history behind it, learning how bitcoin works, etc. 
    You clearly don't know anything about SHA other than "the NSA made it", which is next to nothing.
     
    It's people like you who spread misinformation and make this world dumber. Stop it. Don't say you have done "your research" if you haven't actually looked into something deeper than reading a couple of sentences on Wikipedia or whatever.
  17. Funny
    LAwLz got a reaction from tkitch in WAN show about bitcoin and NSA distorted   
    Dude, just stop.
    You are not doing research. Research isn't "I saw that the NSA was behind it so therefore there is probably a conspiracy regarding it". Research would have been learning how SHA works, learning the history behind it, learning how bitcoin works, etc. 
    You clearly don't know anything about SHA other than "the NSA made it", which is next to nothing.
     
    It's people like you who spread misinformation and make this world dumber. Stop it. Don't say you have done "your research" if you haven't actually looked into something deeper than reading a couple of sentences on Wikipedia or whatever.
  18. Agree
    LAwLz reacted to WereCatf in WAN show about bitcoin and NSA distorted   
    Mate, this is the kind of typical paranoia by conspiracy-theorists: when you don't understand how something works, you invent theories and convince yourself they must be true. Stop doing that. It's unhealthy, you're only making yourself look silly and possibly end up even doing harm to yourself, like so many people do, when they start spiraling towards conspiracy-theories.
     
    If you don't understand how something works, ask someone who does, instead of inventing wild theories and guesses.
  19. Agree
    LAwLz reacted to AMD A10-9600P in A little Thought experiment - Internet: A Human Right ?   
    Back in 2019 in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party at the time, put forward his manifesto for the general election. It didn't win him the election, but it put forward some interesting ideas. I'm not here to debate him, though I personally never really aligned myself with Corbyn, I didn't really like him and much prefer his successor, but there was one point in the manifesto that I remember thinking, "ah, that's interesting".
     
    He wanted to provide internet access for all citizens in the UK, regardless of income, something that obviously would have been very useful in the past year or so. That I sort of agree with. Internet isn't a human right, but it is required for you to be able to partake in modern society; even before the pandemic, at the bare minimum it would be used a lot for education, political campaigns, the news, and government forms and applications (for things like driving tests), so then the right to access becomes a very compelling thing.
     
    At least to me, the right to access doesn't mean installing a top of the line, high speed router in every home in the country, but it means providing a reasonable connection to allow for people to get the bare minimum done. Again, that I agree with. What happens if you're a child living in a low income household in a rural area, far away from a library, where your parents cannot pay for internet, yet you need to use it to do research, homework tasks, projects and to communicate with the school by email? Not providing the internet for people like this significantly reduces a persons chances of climbing up the ladder and accessing higher education and work. What happens if there's a pandemic, and you require the internet to communicate with friends and family, and do school work, yet your parents have been laid off and cannot afford it anymore?
     
    The way that this right to access is implemented is important. Nationalising the ISPs and having them under the umbrella of the government is not the way to go, it reduces competition and prevents the user from gaining access to the latest innovations and technologies as quickly. I personally believe that the internet shouldn't be provided for all for free, if you can afford to pay for it, then you should be able to, but if you can't, then the government should help you to be able to access the internet. Providing subsidised or entirely complimentary packages for those under a certain pay bracket or in a certain area where access and income are poor could work, with the government paying the ISPs to provide these services. This means that the government has no control over the ISPs, but can still provide internet for people who need it yet cannot afford it. I won't name names, but giving the government true control over the internet would not work, it could potentially (I say potentially, as every government differs) reduce freedom and allow for them to spread propaganda.
     
    This is another debate, but others have said government control over the internet can only be bad. I disagree. For example, censorship of dangerous and offensives groups and ideologies is something that governments can do that I personally stand behind. It forces platforms like Facebook and Twitter to take a stand and make their platforms safer places to be. Again, I won't name names, but in a world where celebrities and openly racist, sexist and homophobic people can become politicians, it is important that the spread of their disinformation and instigations can be mitigated, in order to prevent violence, and to prevent other people from picking up and spreading their dangerous views.
     
    As others have said, no, the internet is not a basic human right, but it should be available for all to access, in a world where we increasingly use the internet for, well, pretty much everything.
  20. Agree
    LAwLz reacted to Sheep-welshman in A little Thought experiment - Internet: A Human Right ?   
    So I would say it will never be a right to have internet. But it should be a right to have unfettered access to it. By that I mean while you don’t have the right to have free infrastructure or devices to access the internet. You should always be able to have  access should you pay the cost. The second you start putting government in positions where they “give”  something to you. There are always strings. So I’m going to use the UK in a extreme world as an example. Imagine you want to order food of some kind online through your government issued device (grocery delivery, takeaway) now imagine a far side extremist  is in government. You go to order a  product (or search for information) this government doesn’t like.... BOOM you’re blasted with mass propaganda like them horrible virus from back in the day. It could be plainly obvious it’s a lie but before you know it the illusory truth effect has taken over. Then you believe it. 
     
     
     
  21. Agree
    LAwLz reacted to Lurick in Are Certifications Worth it for IT professionals?! Is the CCNA 200-301 worth it?!   
    Depends on the exact field you're targeting, where you want to start (entry level position, call center, etc), and even the job/company itself. Certs can help you get past the HR bots and maybe help you apply some of your schooling to a lesser extent but that's about it, they definitely aren't a guarantee to land a job BUT they can help. You can have all the certs in the world but if you can't talk to the topics in those certs and apply that outside of book knowledge to any extent aside "I know X does Y" then nobody will care. I would rather hire someone with no degree and a couple certs who can talk to what they've done than someone with a degree and tons of certs who can't apply critical thinking skills to basic questions outside of what a book or cert says.
  22. Agree
    LAwLz got a reaction from avespanthera in Facebook Suffers Huge Leakage   
    From what I have read regarding this leak, Facebook is actually correct. The information from the leak is only information that users have publicly shared. That is to say, if you have (or had) a Facebook account, which you had a phone number attached to, and you had that phone number as public data, then you're on that list. If you didn't, then you aren't (with reports of some exceptions, like users with deleted accounts still showing up which is bad).
    If we are going to blame Facebook then we should focus on the default settings on the platform. I don't think blaming Facebook for "being hacked" is the right way go approach this because they weren't hacked in any way. Their platform worked just as intended. It's just that someone used it for malicious purposes in the same way someone could use let's say a phonebook in the same way.
     
    This is essentially the argument currently being made, and I think it is an awful argument that should be dismissed easily, which is exactly what Facebook is doing. It sounds like people want their cake and eat it too.
     
    A much better argument that actually explains what is wrong and it is fixable.
  23. Agree
    LAwLz got a reaction from avespanthera in Facebook Suffers Huge Leakage   
    It's not anywhere near as bad as it sounds. 
    It's just the name, email address, Facebook UID and phone numbers of users (at most), and it was only on users that had that info public anyway. 
     
    The "hacker" just scraped public info. The "security issue" was that there was no limit on how much info you could scrape. 
     
    Edit: Some people have more than just the name, email, UID and phone numbers "leaked". For example marriage status, gender etc. But it is only info that was set to public. Basically, it's just an ordered text document of whatever info was public at the time someone scraped it. Seems like it's up to 12 different pieces of info that could be scraped.
  24. Agree
    LAwLz reacted to wanderingfool2 in Supreme Court hands Google a victory in a multibillion-dollar case against Oracle   
    Yes, you are correct this was more to do with a copyright case.  I do agree, software patents just need to die out (they don't exist here in Canada and there isn't much of an issue).  Similar things can be said about copyright as well though, I think copyrights in general shouldn't last more than 25 years.
     
    While I do agree that decisions made early do haunt Android, the choice of Java I don't think is one that really had any feasible solution.
     
    Flash Lite btw is still a propitiatory language, so even if they made a third party implementation it would more likely be fraught with lawsuits (that even they won't be able to wiggle out of).  Again, it's the same argument for not using C#...at the time some people modded Android to accept C# and converted code...it ran a lot quicker than Java did; but there is the issue of Microsoft owning C#.  It really defeats the purpose when developers would have to buy proprietary software to develop games.
     
    Java also performed better and was better suited for phone development ( https://www.cs.ru.ac.za/research/g04k1804/stuff/thesis.pdf ) [Written Nov 2007]
    So no, Flash Lite wouldn't be viable.
     
    Like it or hate it, Java was one of the only available contenders aside from doing the Apple approach of low level languages (but that has issues, given that there would be multiple different devices).  I am glad that Oracle lost this lawsuit, because it would be bad for the community as a whole if it was allowed to stand
  25. Agree
    LAwLz reacted to VanayadGaming in Elon Musk's Neuralink says this monkey is playing Pong with its mind   
    Yeah, remember those total failures that Tesla or SpaceX are?... yeah...  I see Elon getting a lot of flak for his innovative ideas. Some fail, some work out. Usually they work out, but not in the time span he plans. 18 years ago everyone was laughing about a new 'private space company'. Then everyone was laughing at him getting a rocket to orbit. Then everyone was laughing and saying it is impossible to do reuse on rockets. Now everyone is shitting their pants that they are way too behind and can't catch up. SpaceX now has ~80% of the market share of the launch market. They have boosters that have been reused more than 7 or 8 times. And they are building Starship. Everyone is laughing about it now as well. We'll see in a few years. 

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/11/europes-challenger-to-the-falcon-9-rocket-runs-into-more-delays/
     
    Vulcan/Ariane 6 are planned competitors for the Falcon, not in any way for Starship. Which will replace it completely 
     
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