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Postby pwhodges » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:12 am

View Original Postpwhodges wrote:About 1,400 cars destroyed in a single fire (but no horses were injured)

In spite of the scale of the fire, cars on the top deck survived. What was a surprise was that several of them contained dogs who also also survived, which had been left there while their owners enjoyed themselves. Sadly, this suggests that there were probably other dogs that didn't survive.
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:31 pm

View Original Postpwhodges wrote:In spite of the scale of the fire, cars on the top deck survived. What was a surprise was that several of them contained dogs who also also survived, which had been left there while their owners enjoyed themselves. Sadly, this suggests that there were probably other dogs that didn't survive.

That's very unfortunate, especially considering (according to the article anyway) that every car in parking garage was a total loss... but I'm more curious as to what started the "accidental" fire.
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Postby pwhodges » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:17 pm

View Original PostDarkBluePhoenix wrote:every car in parking garage was a total loss...

By the top deck, I meant in the open air on top; all the decks underneath were gutted.

There's a picture taken by someone as the fire started showing a single Range-Rover on fire. But what caused that vehicle to catch alight is unknown at this stage.
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:30 pm

^ I hope the person who took the pictures contacted the fire department at least. I also hope that no one set it intentionally.

Also didn't realize it's had an open and parkable roof. Thought you meant top floor inside the structure. Thank you for clarifying ^_^
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Postby TheFriskyIan » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:24 am

Has anyone talked about the massive fuck-up with Intel yet? The CPUs they've been selling for the last ten years have this design flaw. Supposedly however the performance decrease wont be noticed by most consumers and even without the patch, you're chances of having personal accounts stolen is quite slim.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/0 ... sign_flaw/
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Postby pwhodges » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:56 am

They wanted it kept secret until the patches were out - but there's always someone who feels that the "right to know" trumps common sense. Still, the precise nature of the flaw remains under wraps, so we can't really judge yet just how serious it truly is. The fact that it took ten years for anyone to find it doesn't, of course, mean that exploits are necessarily hard to implement.

The hints we have do suggest (to my knowledge of OS/hardware interaction from past involvement with it) that the patch will have a material hit on performance, so we can expect a big jump in AMD's credibility for a while (indeed, I wonder if maybe they not-quite-leaked it to encourage this before any actually performance measurements appear).
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Postby Mr. Tines » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:15 am

The embargo on this wasn't supposed to lift until the 9th, but clearly somebody wanted the notoriety. There were some all-nighters being pulled this week, by people I know, as a consequence.

The nature of the attack is one of these obvious-in-hindsight things; and in one of the three variants, hits a fundamental weakness of the last 25+ years' worth of architectures (not just Intel's) that make use of processors that run faster than the RAM.

On the up-side, getting a dump of kernel (snap-shot or live-ish) is one thing; figuring out what it all means is a whole new problem.
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Postby pwhodges » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:57 am

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:On the up-side, getting a dump of kernel (snap-shot or live-ish) is one thing; figuring out what it all means is a whole new problem.

Having once had to interpret the microcode from a binary dump of a chip (without even the help of separation of code and data), I can testify to that - and it was small in comparison to a modern kernel (just a couple of KB). But I was able to patch my code to side-step the fault it was causing :wink:
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Postby Mr. Tines » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:29 am

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