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  • So the other night I logged into the somehow-still-going EverQuest (albeit in somewhat dubious free-to-play form) and sighed. It was the wrong account details. I forgot I had two accounts. The one I needed, the one with thousands of hours of gameplay tied to it, was lost to a now-closed email account and my inability to remember what the password had been.

    It’s fitting, I think. Out of all the battles in EverQuest that I conquered, this is one I can’t win. It’s probably for the best.

    kagis

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  • I do have to give the guards points here in that in both cases, they had their jammer ready, noticed the drone in time – it has got to be mind-numbingly boring just standing around a fuel tank or in the second case, what I assume is an electrical transformer, all day waiting to see if maybe a drone will show up. And you have to act within a couple of seconds. I’d have been expecting to see more video of people screwing around on their phone and smoking or something.

    The jammer they were supplied with didn’t work, but the human side actually did work. I’d have expected the reverse to be more-likely – the jammer to work had it actually been used, but for the guards to be off screwing around.

    EDIT: Well, Electrical Transformer Guard Dude might have been notified that there was a drone coming in by Russian air defense or something, because he was on his phone and looking around prior to it showing up, so guess maybe it wasn’t just him being on-the-ball.





  • I haven’t looked at Julia Davis’ Russian Media Monitor for a while to see what Russian state media is up to, decided it was time to see some excerpts.

    Let’s set Ukraine aside and look into the future. What is NATO’s vulnerability? Where? In space! Nothing is protected there…after all this technology loses its eyes up above and systems of control the F-35, of which they say they have almost 150, will become the same kind of a plane as our MiG-29, because they won’t be receiving information.

    Well, satellite ISR is a point where the West is stronger than Russia. But reconaissance didn’t begin with satellites, either. We’ve done atmospheric overflights since back in the Cold War. There have been many platforms used in this war. JSTARS, Global Hawks, probably other things.

    And the F-35 itself isn’t just a client for information; it is a sensor platform itself. I strongly suspect that it was used as such in the present conflict. We know that there were US and a few other NATO tankers flying out to the border with Ukraine and flying ovals. I know that at least one shot from a tanker of an F-35 in stealth configuration refuelling was geolocated to Poland, along the border. Those F-35s aren’t shooting, and I’d guess that they probably aren’t using active sensors, like radars; no reason to pull the radar reflectors then. But it’s probably good odds that they are using passive sensors.

    As for “almost 150 F-35s”, the statement is perhaps misleading. From the beginning of the year:

    https://www.sandboxx.us/news/lockheed-martin-has-now-built-1000-f-35s/

    Lockheed Martin has now built 1,000 F-35s

    They’re currently building about 150 a year.

    Jumping back a bit:

    Skrabeeva: Will we shoot down American satellites?..do we have the necessary weapons in space?

    Russia probably can destroy a great many satellites via use of high-altitude nuclear weapons. We did the Starfish Prime test back when there were few satellites in orbit, and it was already bad news then. We talked about Russia considering use of such a weapon recently.

    But that is not a selective weapon. Russia using such a thing would also destroy satellites of many countries. That’s maybe not a fantastic move if one’s already a bit short on the friends list.

    I don’t believe that Russia has the means to selectively destroy many satellites. And as Musk recently put it, we can launch satellites more quickly and cheaply than Russia can launch weapons to bring them down.

    Second, in those means of communication that lie under the seas and oceans.

    I mean, okay. If your plan is to start trying to cut off intercontinental communications via taking out space-based and cable-based communication, you can probably disrupt it, but that’s also a direct-war level situation. That’d no doubt disrupt business and all sorts of things, but you probably cannot cut off militaries from getting vital data back and forth via radio, and that’s the kind of thing you’d need to do were things to reach such a stage.

    Skrabeeva: But officially, Russia is alone. We don’t have a military alliance with China, Iran, or North Korea. What we have with North Korea can’t be called a military alliance. While the NATO bloc is a military alliance. They have Article 5. In this context, we are alone…Have you seen any North Koreans in Donbas? No! Have we seen them on the frontlines? No! But if a war starts that involves one of NATO members, all 32 countries will step in.

    I mean, in theory you have the CSTO, but seeing as Armenia recently called and you didn’t come, I’m not sure how seriously it’s taken.




  • I mean, I don’t hate Intel – I’ve used exclusively their systems for, I dunno, maybe 25 years. And as Steve Burke says in the video, it’s not as if AMD has never had hardware problems on their CPUs. But this is a pretty insane dick-up on Intel’s part. Like, even if I’m generous and say “Intel had a testing regimen that these passed, because failures didn’t show up initially”, Intel should also have had CPUs that they kept running. They maybe didn’t know the cause. They maybe didn’t have a fix worked out or know whether they could fix it in software. But they should have known partway through the production run that they had a serious problem. And when they knew that there was a serious problem, my take is that they shouldn’t have been continuing to sell the things. I mean, I would not have picked up the second processor, the 14900KF, if I’d known that they knew that two processor generations were affected and they didn’t have a fix yet. Like, sure, companies make mistakes, can’t completely eliminate that, but they should have been able to handle the screw-up a whole lot better than they did.

    Like, they could have just said “buy 12th gen instead, we can’t fix the 13th and 14th gen processors, and we’ll restart 12th gen production”, and I would have been okay – irritated, but it’s not like the performance difference here is that large. But they sold product in this case that they knew or should have known was seriously flawed for an extended period of time.

    Plus, it’s not even the $1500 or whatever in hardware that went into the wastebasket surrounding this, but I blew a ton of time working on diagnosing and troubleshooting this. All Intel needed to do was say “we know that there’s a problem, we haven’t fixed it, this is what we know are affected, this is what we think likely are affected”, and it means that I don’t need to waste my time troubleshooting or go out and buying pieces of hardware other than CPUs to try to resolve the issue. Intel had a bunch of bad CPUs. I can live with that. But I expect them to do whatever they can to mitigate the impact on their customers at the earliest opportunity if they’re at fault, and they very much didn’t.

    And obviously the R7 5800x is just a monster

    I don’t think that this is cooling, and the video talks about the thing too. I initially suspected that cooling might somehow be a factor (or power), given that one of the use cases that I could eventually get to reliably trigger problems for me was starting Stable Diffusion, was inclined to blame voltage or possibly heat somehow. But the video says no, they logged thermal data and their test servers are running very conservatively. And I kept an eye on the temperatures the second time from the get-go.

    It looks like the 5800x has a TDP of 105W.

    I switched to a 7950X3D, which has a TDP of 120W, but on both the Intel processors and the AMD one, was using one of these water coolers (which was definitely overkill on the AMD CPU). Never used water-cooling before this system – was never something that I’d consider necessary until the extreme TDPs that the recent Intel processors had – but it does definitely keep the processor cool. I probably wouldn’t have bothered getting the thing had I just been using an AMD CPU, but since I had the thing already…shrugs


  • Also:

    22:00:

    One of the game companies said that they’re going to have to roll back some bans. They thought some people were cheating because the state of the game client was inconsistent with the state of the game server for some people enough that they were like “we don’t know what they’re doing, but the game client is inconsistent with the server…we’re just going to ban them”

    Yeah, I’m wondering about what kinds of other nasty secondary fallout there will be. One reason that I didn’t want to spend time on this further – was willing to just eat the cost of the motherboard and a pair of CPUs and go AMD – was because I was developing root filesystem corruption just trying to boot with multiple cores, and I didn’t want to experiment on that further. It’s just not worth it to me as an individual dealing with a dicked-up filesystem to try to track down a piece of bad hardware. Like, there’s going to be unpleasant fallout out there with other people from data loss when a lot of CPUs are garbling data somehow.