* Posts by Aitor 1

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Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

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Re: Actually an argument for a public utility to own the last mile

Magnificient idea for the rail system.

Only if we could have that in the UK, just imagine how good it would be to have the rails as one company and the trains companies as independent companies, that bid for the different services.

It would be cheaper and more efficient!!

Or it could be a cesspit, and a simple way for banks and politician buddies to make a quick buck from the government, as it has happened in the UK.

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Kaspersky launches its own OS on Russian routers

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Re: Secure router, vulnerable SCADA & ICS behind ?

quite clearly you can-t trust us companies for security reasons.

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Re: Well routing is actually a very simple problem

Yep, gets complicated.

And then, you want a GUI for that right? well, then, are you going to put a config file, have a webserver?

Both are potential attack vectors...

Also, as it has already been suggested, processors have bugs themselves..

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/11/memory_hole_roots_intel_processors/

And now you can pawn the bios (ok, UEFI, a really buggy OS on itself)

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WD: Resistance is not futile

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Promises

I am bit fedup with empty promises about flash killer products.

They promise a lot, and all fail to appear as products..

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Google AdSense abused to distribute Android spyware

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Re: yep, I just responded to myself.

Ad networks SHOULD be great.

The problem is they are way to greedy, both the advertisers and the networks.

Only properly identified individuals should be able to send anything else than a static image, and the networks should be legally responsible (in practice, not just theory) for sending malware.

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Re: Devops

Riot is not barely breaking even. They are sooo busy counting the money...

Detecting the bots is very easy...

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Heavy hand

When cheats start, they start with bugs.

Let them cheat, detect them wait a month , and ban them forever bases on windows licence, etc

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Re: The 'We thought you might like' conundrum

I can improve that.

My wife went to a hen party last week, and of course they bought penis like straws.

Big mistake: buy them through amazon (I have prime).

Now if I open amazon @work I can see penises!!

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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Is this a joke?

If you publish a paper, other scientists must be able to reproduce your claims, and you must basically prove what you say.. no key no prove.

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Acer: 'We made a profit!' Yeah, but your sales figures are shrinking

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Re: a perfect example

Crap support and quality, even in high price laptops is something people remember.

My wife bought a 1200£ laptop from them.. and they disabled virt support on a bios update (one that fixed serious issues), and also requested AMD not to support the discrete GPU in that model.

Of course, they wont relase drivers themselves after two years... great.

these things give you a (bad) name.

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Email proves UK boffins axed from EU research in Brexit aftermath

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Re: The votes here say a lot about the posters...

So a UK university is wasting public funds, and the problem lies in he EU.

Great.

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Privacy warriors drag GCHQ into Euro human rights court over blanket spying, hacking

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Nice people.

These nice people are the ones that vote for Brexit, and most of them are the ones who will suffer more.

I can't feel bad for them.

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

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Re: Hair dryers and vacuum cleaners next?

Vacuum cleaners were nerfed here in the EU.. expect the same to happen in the US.

I have a bronze PSU, and I willl NEVER recoup the cost.. from a decent PSU to a "green PSU" the difference is about 2-5% efficiency.

If your rig draws 75W, and you use it 40 hours a day, 5 days a week for eleven months a year for five years, that us 165KWh. If we save 5%, that is 8.25KWh, or about 1.32$.

It is IMPOSSIBLE to recoup the cost.

It is way better to use low power CPUs than high efficiency PSUs.

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PHP flaws allowed God mode access to top smut site

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Re: What I want to know.

Illegal, so what? they just hire another company to do a "background check", from outside the EU, and all happy, except the idiot who shares that.

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Official: AMD now stands for Avoiding Miserable Death

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Re: Kept going by PS4?

Today they just cant compete with intel, and have plenty of trouble competing against nvidia.

The thing is, the desktop is almost dead except for high performance computers, and most computers are bottom of the barrel.

Arm looks like the winner in the medium term... I would NOT be a long term investor on amd shares...

Arm looks like the winner here

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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

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Re: Interesting...

Kids these days have no clue about pointers, or how the processor works, etx. This leads to extremely inefficient code.

So we put them to do the JavaScript part, as hey, that goes on the client's budget.

We all do it, so tje result is the frontend ppl get less pay, and this means it attracts less talent... Not a good thing.

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Re: He said the F word

I moved to the uk because it is park of the european union.

Had I wanted to be discriminated I would have decided to go to Australia, and if I wanted plenty of money with little security, the US is a better choice for me, and an easy one as my wife is a US citizen.

So here I am, in the uk, we bought a house and the country de decided to self inflict itself a looong divorce.

As for the article, I would rather hire somebody with experience for more money than a just minted engineer. It is way better for the business, and for me

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Re: The only thing any diploma can prove ...

The London people have done all they could to destroy IT, as it was a threat to them. Bean counters and oxbridge ppl with the correct surnames have won.

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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Re: Apples vs Oranges

FTTP would last 75 years, FTTC lasts 37 at best, and only if there are no cuts in the cable. It is prone to galvanic corrosion.

Also, FTTC needs further investment that the FTTP soes not require.

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VMware's past holds the key to the future of Microsoft's Azure Stack

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Licensing problem

I like Oracle and Microsoft products.

But these days, licensing costs just can't justify using them.

Oracle has good products that make it too easy to use "enterprise" parts of them so the price jumps 10x, and they you are out of compliance, etc. Avoid.

Microsoft.. you need an specialist to know the price, and even then, nothing is sure... also, they really love to charge per seat, and pricing only makes sense if you go fully into microsoft products.. An please dont mention SAP.

So now many people are going to SaS.. Why? In maby cases, licensing..it is just cheaper for them.. running your own high availability system paying oracle et al is way more expensive... and doing it yourself requires talent, and talent reuires money.

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AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

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Ahem

So you want to go back to the old argumente eh?

It was a 32bit card that saved space space and power by dithering to 16 bit and then upscaling.. they claimed 22 bit and was almost 24bit quality.

That said, the quality difference on "normal" quality CRTs of the time was very similar between 16 bit and 24bit. Yoo needed an Eizo or a Trinitron to see the difference.

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AWS works on 'urgent' deals for UK customers as £ dips against $

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They just won't try to contact us

We have to strike a 10.000 pound deal with a cloud provider, and we can't even get them on the phone.

They don't appaer to be interested, so they have discarded themselves as providers.

I know it is not a big amount of money, but it should be enough for someone to just call us.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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of course

But then again, they could have filmed him and use incapacitating gas.

Quite obviously the purpose was to kill him, not to detain him.

While some people may be happy, the correct thing on a country where the rule of law works is to put people to trial. And a fair one.

Now, he can end up being a martyr, and he proved his point.

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New DNA 'hard drive' could keep files intact for millions of years

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Re: What could go wrong?

DNA Foundries wont produce viruses as they blast your sequences to prevent you from doing these things.

And it is a bit sad that yesterday was SynBioBeta activate on Edinburgh, openning of a DNA foundry in Edinburgh and Synthetic Yeast 2.0 annual meeting also in Edinburgh, and no news about it.

Also, I do not want to diminish the excellet work at UW, but you could name the DNA manufacterer, they are quite proud about being able to fulfill the DNA order from Microsoft.

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Microsoft: Enterprise Advantage will be 'a step in quite a long journey to modernize our licensing'

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Re: Moore's law of Microsoft

Not only complexity, prices also go up.

And if you start buying from them, it is very difficult to go away from them....

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: Time to stop this

Yet getting out of the EU forces the UK to deal with our "friends" on an almost "begging" situation, and it is the ppl who think like you who mostly voted out of the EU.

I just don't understand why not trusting UK politicians == giving them more power.

Note: I don't want to imply taht you voted yes or no, or that you voted.

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Re: Although the burden of proof lies with Love

One of the reasons we had to get away from the Human Rights Court.

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Can Ireland's grid green satisfy Facebook and Apple?

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Re: Oh dear

That is the reason you should diversify, and have storage.

And also, upgrade your systems: it is not the 70s anymore, even if most electric grid managers seem to be firmly anchored in those times.

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Microsoft: Give us better staff

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Re: The Indian Education System

Ok I will post in non-anon.

Many of the results they publish are non repeatable. So many people I know check the results, and if they come from India, discard them. This is terrible for science, as I am sure there are plenty of really usefull papers coming from India.

Their IT products are similar, and my guess is: it is a cultural problem. I have Indian colleagues who are excellent and some of them were trained in India, some in the UK.

Note: in my team there are ppl from all over the world, and mos of them are excellent, many are better than me in problem solving, I just have the advantage of experience, so I "solve" the problem knowing how to solve it.. experience is important.

Note: low cost IT sobcontranting in India is going to get you the bottom of the barrel ppl from India, and bottom of the barrel there is really bad.

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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Re: The current plan does not matter

Ignoring the referendum would be terrible,undemocratic and germany and france have already hinted that they would treat the referendum as an Article 50 invocation. It makes sense, as all politicians said they would implement the will of the people.

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: Interesting observation...

They know each others languages, but refuse to do so.

I have seen it happen, also in Belgium and it is just ridiculous.

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Me

I speak English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Basque.

And my wife speaks both english and Spanish.

I speak daily with a greek work colleage.. in both english and french.

Still, english is a good "universal" language, but do remember that for centuries the language used in diplomacy was french..

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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Re: Good idea

The same happens with the lovely and nice people in the UK.

But both vote for politicians that deliver misery to others, and they don't care, so, in fact, not so nice at all.

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Brexit government pledge sought to keep EU-backed UK science alive

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Re: "Hook demanded an immediate pledge"

Yes, great, because that worked SO well for Cuba...

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Re: "Hook demanded an immediate pledge"

They aren´t happy as the cost for their economies has been huge.

But now they want us to go out as soon as possible.

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Brexit: More cash for mobile operators or consumers? Pick one

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Re: UK legislation

Please stop with the unlected lies.

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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Pay more.

Pay more. There, fixed it for you.

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

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Sorry, you have no clue.

To remove the screen is not difficult.

The difficult part is removing the glass from the lcd.

And the screen (lcd+external glass) is quite valuable, as are all the parts.

They can probably get at least 300$ for them in parts.

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'MongoDB ate my containers!'

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Re: I was asked about MongoDb recently

I saw a project struggle because they treated it the same as Oracle.

They also thought they would get all the results, and if it filled up the space, it would stop graciously.

Well, NO.

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Re: mongo didn't eat anything

Agree.

I had to fix myself some nasty bugs on Oracle 9 HP PA-Risk, basically reimplementing critical regions, etc, and:

1.It took a while to get it right.

2. It was slower than Oracle standard implementation (but that implementation was broken on a specific scenario on multiprocessor PA-Risc UX).

As for ACID.. if you really need ACID, then, GO ACID, if you need it in a few circunstances, you could just code arround it, or having two data repositories.

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Uber, AirBNB: Lay off 'em, EC tells member states

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Re: Same Regulation

I don;t think that services like BlaBlacar are a problem: it really is carsharing (and if someone tries to make a benefit, they will be surprised to know you lose money).

With Uber.. no problem either: it can be used for private car hiring if the drivers have the licences. And respecting all the laws, of course, and that includes paying taxes, etc.

I don-t see the EC saying that we have to accomodate software piracy.. etc

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Server makers love Intel Xeons (true) - but not the price tag

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Competition

AMD is essentially broke, and ARM can only compete in very specific scenarios... so I don-t see how we can see competition... IBM? no, they just don't care, expect Power (not the fabs, those are already gone) to be sold to lenovo in the not so distant future..

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Degrees of Obsolescence

I was the administrator of a 360.. on 1999.

The system was disconnected just before 2000, so humm, maybe a 360?

Note: it was extremely UN reliable, as it was just too old, having been run nonstop for so many years.

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You can't dust-proof a PC with kitchen-grade plastic food wrap

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Re: cooling

Using the case as a heatsink is the best method, and some computers like the Newton V are doing that for the home/office/education, not only industrial ones.

It is the more expensive way of doing things, but also the best, unless you need serious power, then you really can't use this approach.

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air intakes

That is why you have to configure them to suck air and put filters... if you have positivepressure filtered air, problem solved.

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Java evangelist leaves Oracle to save Java

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Re: Please just let Java die...Please!

Yrs, Python has many problems, and this is one of them. "Correct" spcaes and no ";" or end of line is another. I miss my curly braces.

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US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

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Re: Wait for it...

They probably have their private keys, and can just update the firmware-

So they don't NEED apple, but would like not to go the big effort it is to get the keys in the first place: it is expensive, and keys change, also, there are many companies.

So they just wanted to have the precedence.

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

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False

They say they want that, but then assign funds very much as everyone else, this is, based on impact of publications.. and a Nature article counts A LOT more than the very same article on a "free journal".

So yes, go and ruin your career for the common good.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: Don't blame users for the UI

Err, no.

You can make a UI as good as the old one, replace the old one and it would be a big mistake, as you have to get to know the new one, for no benefit.

Same happens with W10.

It is way better for tablets and phones: it is quite good for them.

But it is terrible for power users, admins and people who have poor vision.

It is also less efficient for mouse and keyboard use.. and the use of realstate screen is worse.

So it is worse for the majority of the users, and better for the non paying ones: you know, the ones that buy tablets and phones that MS makes no money on..

Having a "classis" desktop is almost no effort. I know, because I use start10 etc, mantained and created by fewer that 5 people. Microsoft CAN maintain two desktops at almos no cost, the problem is THEY REFUSE to do it. On top of that, w10 is almost spyware.

I still use Windows because I game a lot, and my games are mostly windows only, buy I am considering moving to another OS.

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Riddle me this: What grows as it shrinks? Answer: LTO tape

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problems.

First problem, is how to feed the LTO Drive.

As you know, it can only "stream" data unto tape effectively.

And the data is compressed on the fly.

So you need hight performance HDDs, or ram cache, or wahteveer scheme you have.

If you have a local tape and backup from drives, that will be your limit.

Then, in order for this to make sense, you have to change the tapes. And THIS is the problem. Somebody changing tapes is EXPENSIVE.

So, it is a no no if you are colocated.. only works on your own premises and iomplies going inside the CPD.. or having a robot.

When you start having robotic arms, the cost of the drive starts being irrelevant, the backup device starts getting really expensive.

So at that point you might reconsider and just use an storagepod, that is less expensive to operate than tapes, much more reliable (you know, yo CAN get your data for sure our of the system) and is also random access.

If you are a huge player, tape makes almost no sense, if you are small makes no sense at all, so it is medium enterprises that MIGHT be interested.

Frankly, I don't understand why people buy tapes...it ends up being more expensive.. and I said the same about big and expensive HDDs SANs vs Flash.

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