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Comment Re:Isn't it the victim's Echo they want info from? (Score 1) 107

You can monitor it, but is it encrypted? Voice at the quality the Echo records can be compressed down a lot. The Echo has enough processing power to filter data (as in, throw out boring data / near silence) and compress the good stuff. It can send the payload out whenever it wants.

As far as I know, no one has done useful testing. You'd have to run an Echo for some large window of time (30 days?) in an environment with lots of talking without the hotword (Alexa or whatever) and compare to an environment without much talking. Then you'd need to compare the amount of data sent out and try to correlate it with the amount of data it should be sending out based on the use of "Alexa" and the control/baseline environment unit.

Further, you're assuming it only uses your network. It could use any cell band without you knowing it, and with no obvious antenna or other hardware.
And what if the Echo only starts spying on you in excess when triggered by Amazon or some criteria (e.g., the Echo hears you say "Trump")? Your network monitoring only tells you how much data has gone out, ti doesn't tell you how much data could be sent out in the future or what the data contains.

In this day and age, do you really trust a corporation to respect your privacy?
Do you really trust an always-on, internet-connected microphone to not be spying on you?

Comment Re:Pluto: Kick me all you want, but ... I'll be ba (Score 1) 189

Oh, you actually want a real rule? Then how about any large body that directly orbits a sun? Now, define large: diameter, atmospheric pressure (Do we call it a planet if it doesn't have an atmosphere?) "weight", mass, temperature, internal composition, a definable surface or what-not AND remember to define exactly what a sun is and we're done.

All (non-accelerating) reference frames are equally valid. The sun orbits Earth just as much as Earth orbits the sun. Barycenters and whatnot.

Comment Re:And what are the other terms? (Score 1, Flamebait) 189

And what do you call things that orbit barycenters, like all things do?
This is what happens when eggheads aren't put to task building weapons for war and aren't bullied enough - they lose all discipline and just faff about willy-nilly.

As an egghead myself, FUCK YOU OTHER GUYS! Stop senselessly changing existing definitions and creating MORE ambiguity! You're ignoring basic principles of your field!

Comment Re:Maybe (Score 1) 189

Who said anything about dogma, you ass clown? Words have definitions and wantonly changing them means every written use of the word now needs to be dtae checked to determine which version of the definition was intended. It's the same with the "kibibyte" horseshit. STOP CHANGING THINGS FOR NO REASON.

The definition of "planet" was, is, and always will be arbitrary. They've been obsessed with "correcting" an arbitrary definition for about a decade now, and they show no fucking signs of stopping. Have we have always been at war with Eurasia?

Comment Re:we've been stuck at 4 core for too long (Score 1) 270

The bulldozer-series "modules" were like conjoined twins. They were mostly separate cores, but shared one of certain pieces between them.
How well this performed depended on your workload. 256-bit fp would perform as if it were a 4-core, integer would perform as if it were an 8-core.
They are far more like 2 complete cores than SMT (Intel's Hyper-Threading, and now AMD's ThreadRipper) are.

Comment Re:I don't think many apps use multi core (Score 1) 270

And besides Ashes of the Singularity I can't think of any that use more that four. Heck, Far Cry 3 only needed four cores because the devs bound to core 3 by mistake. There was a fan patch that forced it to bind to core two and got it running on dual cores. Multi core programing is dammed hard. It hasn't been worth it except for a handful of apps like video encoders...

Did it run on the 3 core Phenoms?

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