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US politics, privacy
Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
That the following is proposed as an article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States:
The right of the people to personal privacy shall not be violated, and Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
x-posted from Twitter
GPT-2 is statistically mediated plagiarism. https://twitter.com/elfsternberg/status/1195810095109591041
Source for SMT recommendation: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/10/29/intel_disable_hyper_threading_linux_kernel_maintainer/
Source for quote in first post: https://github.com/speed47/spectre-meltdown-checker/blob/v0.42/spectre-meltdown-checker.sh#L113
The Linux-stable maintainer, and some other kernel maintainers, currently recommend disabling Simultaneous Multi-Threading/Hyper-Threading due to similar vulnerabilities, esp. in Intel chips. Again, it's probably better to take the performance hit. Think hard about the risks before leaving yourself unprotected if you have any sensitive information.
It's going to be a while before CPU manufacturers figure out how to ensure the safety of CPU-overcommit features like SMT and speculative execution.
A lot of people still haven't fully grasped the severity of speculative execution vulnerabilities like Spectre and Meltdown.
> All Intel processors manufactured since circa 1995 are thought to be vulnerable, except some specific/old models, such as some early Atoms.
These vulnerabilities affect almost all modern CPUs in very serious ways, and they can only be partially defended against in software.
Install the patches and take the hit. It's better than losing a private key or something.
Out of curiosity I installed the Microsoft Edge 2.x beta at work. It actually has an anti-tracking feature. When I checked the history for the anti-tracking system, the top of the list was that it had blocked 6 Microsoft trackers
I think Microsoft is shooting themselves in the foot a bit... I don’t know if it's the Edge people shooting the ad people in the foot, or vice versa, or if it's a sort of mutual foot-shootage situation, but somebody's getting shot in the foot.
blocking ads is evil grr
HTTP is a pull-based medium. it is within the original philosophy of HTTP to selectively pull the data, for example, a device that doesn't support images won't download them. by circumventing ad "blocking", you are spitting in the face of HTTP. a more accurate term would be ad rejection. ads are not "blocked", they are simply not asked for.
x-posted from Twitter
Repeat after me: "Salary secrecy among employees only benefits the employer."
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