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  • Project Gorgon - Should You Buy It Now? - MMORPG.com

    The critical flaw in this article is that it ignored Betteridge's Law of Headlines:  any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered "no".  You tried to end a headline with a question mark and then answer it "yes", and that just doesn't work.
  • Portalarium/Black Sun business deal against EU-laws?

    Aragon100 said:

    A: Possible reasons include where you are currently logged in from, and in which territory are you normally a resident. We are redirecting if you are residing in any of these 15 territories: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
    Basically, they're trying to put the USSR back together?  I'd think that more than a few people in those countries would rather strongly object to being characterized as "Russian".
  • "A raft of flaws in AMD chips makes bad hacks much, much worse"

    I'm saying that a real security company starts by telling the vendor of a problem and giving them a chance to fix it rather than running straight to the media.  I would express caution about any nominally separate researchers who cooperated with such an approach.  It's possible that the Trail of Bits guy is legitimate and didn't realize that this is what they were going to do.

    Again, it's possible that the flaws are real.  Maybe they were discovered by anarchists who just want to cause trouble, or maybe it's a front company for Intel or stock short sellers or someone else whose primary interest is damaging AMD.  It's also possible that the flaws are real, and that AMD would have issued a patch to fix them before the public ever found out if the "security" researchers had handled the situation responsibly.  Or maybe they are a serious problem.  But at minimum, until the vendor has a chance to look at the claims and see if they're real, and if so, whether they're fixable, considerable skepticism is in order.
  • "A raft of flaws in AMD chips makes bad hacks much, much worse"

    All of the attacks require previously having root access to the system in order to do anything.  If your adversary already has root access to your computer, you've already lost.  Anything else that they can do beyond what root normally gives them is kind of irrelevant.  One of the attacks even requires additionally flashing the BIOS.

    The real question is, who is this "security company" and who are they working for.  Real security companies generally give a company 90 days to fix flaws before saying anything publicly, not 24 hours, as the goal is to fix the problems, not just to embarrass the company.  This looks like more a media blitz than a security issue.
  • Why do we get continental lag? Will it ever be solved?

    The laws of physics do not care about your desire for better ping times.

    Light travels at exactly 299792458 m/s in a vacuum.  That number can be known exactly because it's the definition of a meter.  But it does mean that for light to go around the world would take about 140 ms.

    Light travels slower than that in a fiber optic cable, however.  It's bouncing around a lot within the cable rather than going straight, resulting in a net speed of about 2/3 of that.  So you're looking at over 200 ms for light to go around the world in a fiber optic cable.

    And that's assuming that you've got a dedicated cable for the entire route that follows a geodesic along the earth's surface.  Real networks have various nodes along the way, which adds a bit of latency each time, as well as giving you a zig-zaggy path to some degree rather than going straight.

    Add that all up and for communications with an antipodal point, a round-trip ping time of 300 ms would be pretty good.  Now, you're not actually going to the opposite side of the earth, but to go between two random points on earth would on average be 1/4 of the way around each way, in which a ping time of 150 ms would be quite good.

    So why doesn't that seem horribly laggy for phone calls?  Because if you hear the other person talking 300 ms later than he hears himself talking relative to you, that doesn't feel that laggy.  For some games, a 300 ms ping time is terrible, however.

    If you're seeing 500 ms ping times and hoping to get that down to 200 ms, that could happen so long as you're not going to nearly the opposite side of the world, such as from Australia to the US.  If you're hoping for 50 ms ping times to anywhere in the world, it would take a massive revolution in physics to make faster than light data transfer possible.