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by robespierre
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Indigo 2 Hardware Dilemma!!! :(
Replies: 9
Views: 66

Re: Indigo 2 Hardware Dilemma!!! :(

I'm seeing an awful lot of plastic wrap and a whole lot of no bubble wrap.... I wasn't going to pile on, but maybe this can be helpful as a warning: Also note the USPS freely-supplied mailer used as "padding". This is always an extremely bad sign when people use garbage in lieu of actual ...
by robespierre
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Computer with a real serial port
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Computer with a real serial port

smj wrote:Have a look at this site for details on many models, including Linux compatibility and expansion options: http://www.parkytowers.me.uk/thin/index.shtml.

Good advice, and that site's a great resource.
by robespierre
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Computer with a real serial port
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Computer with a real serial port

Toughbooks also had real serial ports until a few years ago.
by robespierre
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: IBM
Topic: Spectre and Meltdown
Replies: 10
Views: 284

Re: Spectre and Meltdown

I'm not intimately familiar with that tool, but from the messages it appears to be simply scanning for known mitigations and not an actual Proof of Concept attack.
by robespierre
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Talos Secure Workstation
Replies: 59
Views: 3196

Re: Talos Secure Workstation

It's an A1138. Here are the results from 10.4.11 on a PPC7447A: -arch ppc -O0: 16 bytes wrong in 3.58 sec -arch ppc -O1: 17 bytes wrong in 2.62 sec -arch ppc -O2: 17 bytes wrong in 2.59 sec -arch ppc -O3: 13 bytes wrong in 2.60 sec -arch ppc750 -O0: 16 bytes wrong in 2.64 sec -arch ppc750 -O1: 28 by...
by robespierre
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: SOLVED: Smelly screwdriver handles? (juvenile humor aside..)
Replies: 19
Views: 3956

Re: SOLVED: Smelly screwdriver handles? (juvenile humor aside..)

Yes, those are very nice tools. The Wera Kraftform are also tops.
by robespierre
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Talos Secure Workstation
Replies: 59
Views: 3196

Re: Talos Secure Workstation

Interesting. I have a DLSD running 10.4.11, do you have a zip of the binary?
by robespierre
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: Suddenly, a wild Octane appears!
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: Suddenly, a wild Octane appears!

I have an impression of Japan's justice system as both strict and efficient, so I wouldn't like to steal anything. That could be wrong, though. I would particularly not want to appear in court there in the current climate (which resulted from a rather disrespectful YouTube video which was recently r...
by robespierre
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: Suddenly, a wild Octane appears!
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: Suddenly, a wild Octane appears!

It looks from their geiger counter that the dose rate is as high as 4.5 µS/h near the soil, or about twice the rate of an airline flight.
So they were in basically no danger as long as they didn't eat or drink while they were there.
by robespierre
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)
Replies: 43
Views: 1018

Re: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)

As I understood, the kernel patch only applies to the "Meltdown" named attack but not for "Spectre", because for the later one you not need KPT/I. Or does I miss something? Spectre is mostly a problem for applications. Firefox and Chrome announced mitigations last week. It could...
by robespierre
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Octane 1.5 + Irix 6.5.26 + Wacom (sharing a great feed back)
Replies: 14
Views: 425

Re: Octane 1.5 + Irix 6.5.26 + Wacom (sharing a great feed back)

intuos mice (pucks) are some of the most useless things ever That's why they are useless, they aren't pucks but weird type of mice. A proper digitizer puck has a crosshair that exactly registers a point of the underlying drawing. Wacom supplied them for all their tablets up until the Intuos, when t...
by robespierre
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)
Replies: 43
Views: 1018

Re: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)

However I'm not really able to tell whether spectre or meltdown would not be able to be exploited on the mill architecture, too? I haven't had time to work out whether the Spectre approach would work or not. The side-channel exploited by this family of attacks is that the cache is not fully associa...
by robespierre
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Nekochan Net
Topic: A smear campaign against nekochan.net mods on reddit
Replies: 119
Views: 5763

Re: A smear campaign against nekochan.net mods on reddit

Raion-Fox wrote:He obviously doesn't know what red pilling is.

Maybe. But at least he can be confident to not be mistaken for a norm.
For me the whole affair is stupid internet drama: it's clear he's trying to get a reaction, and I really don't care what he says or how many sockpuppets he has.
by robespierre
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)
Replies: 43
Views: 1018

Re: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)

The Meltdown attack specifically targets an Intel bug that fails to check uncommitted instructions for access violations before they can cause side effects (like cache loads). This is not the only way that the technique can be applied: a related attack was released by the same team, called Spectre, ...
by robespierre
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Getting Started, Documentation, Tips & Tricks
Topic: Backing up data / licenses?
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Backing up data / licenses?

The most common license files are /var/flexlm/license.dat and aw.dat. If you have some less common software there can be other files: /var/netls/nodelock and lic_db, or /var/lum for CATIA, etc. The easiest ways to backup are DDS tapes and FTP transfers. I would avoid disk transplantation as many use...

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