* Posts by Aitor 1

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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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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Re: Expected?

On military projects, you get the specs, are NOT told what are they for and you program your small part to specs.

So, as you have no way of knowing WHY are you doing those ADA parts of the system, you can't catch the logic problems..

Good part:

even if you steal that part of the program, alone it is of no use to anyone.

Bad part:

if the analysis is crap, the result will be crap and expremely expensive.

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Wait! Where did you get that USB? Super-stealthy trojan only drives stick

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Re: Mass Storage

Almost a script kiddie can fake the type of usb.

I can do it, and firmware is just a hobby for me, my beans are Java, pl/sql, "smokeware" (a.k.a powerpoint), etc.

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I goes to the internet

I goes to the internet, once it is able to connect on a different computer.

This is obviously not for monetary gain. This is state malware.

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Re: So you're saying . . ..

The computer is your friend citizen. We will promptly send a Troubleshooter team to deal with the problem.

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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Re: @gollux How unAmerican ...

Mainland china is not communist.

USA is more communist than mainland china.

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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

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Too expensive.. but not for startups

Cloud computing is very very expensive.. but if you have a startuo, you can concentrate on delivering the product and pay more for a service that "just works".

As for a big CO using a public cloud.. well, it speaks volumes about their mismanagement.

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British IT outsourcers back Remain in the EU referendum campaign

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Re: I thought the jobs went to India?

SNP.. quite clear, the current UK government is Tory, with more than 50% of the votes on 36.9% of votes.

Scotland voted SNP and Labour, just 15% voted Tory, yet we have to be ok with not being able to choose...

As for sovereignty.. well, I disagree, international treaties and commerce tie all countries.

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US taxmen pull plug on anti-identity-theft system used by identity thieves

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Re: The flaw in this plan was obvious...

How about using the private signing keys that you have pin protected in your if?

Oh, no id, I see......

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Buying gov.UK kit via price-comparison digital portal could 'save £10bn'

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Re: I admit it.

There are beancounters that will help you.. for a price.

Anyway, it is a bad idea for small shops.. don't deal with the gov.

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Eight in ten IBM Global Tech Services roles will be offshore by 2017

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Re: Real talk

Not only that, but they saw the very real risk of losing relevance.

If the market is tech driven, the beancounters provide no value. So, declare that the tech has no value, therefore an external company has to deal with it. They simply won.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: iPlayer - accounts and international markets

They don't block all VPNs, as I can watch iPlayer while I go on vacation back to Spain.

As for charging that much for content.. really not worth it. I would then DEMAND to have the content available after it is broadcasted.. and I mean the minute it is started to broadcast, and to remain some months.

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Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators

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Re: Understandable..

I used to block:

Russia

China

Japan

Korea

Tor

And the hacking attacks diminisshed by more than 50%, no legitimate user was affected.

Had it been possible, I would had blocked the US and UK, and then almost all malicious attacks would have stopped.

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

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Ok 5$ to them

Just for the free speech, I prefer to format and restore image.

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UK carrier Three in network-wide ad-block shock

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Block three

I can understand that users use adblock, as I have used it myself, and these days I just don't have flash and don't go to several websites.

But blocking ads at network level? probably illegal, but most certainly bad idea. I would block all traffic from three.

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Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

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Re: Just wait...

A TCP IP Stack can be implemented with way less that 512MB KB of RAM.. still, very slow but feasible.

Note:check TCP/IP implementation on pics:

http://www.microchip.com/SWLibraryWeb/product.aspx?product=TCPIPSTACK

16KB are needed.

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Network builders: LTE costs will transform the cell tower biz in 2016

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Telcos

Most telcos know that they aren't really good at telecommunications, and they have outsourced the works on the network and most of the planning, so why not sell the network.

They are also last on customes retention and satisfaction, having also outsourced these services.

They also no longer bill their customers.

My suggestions is that they should just be a brand that resides in bahamas. And, of course, outsource marketing and the directors.

There, closed shop.

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Seagate’s triple whammy: Disk numbers, costs, and flash

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Re: The death of the PC

The problem is the same as with the pc: there is almost no money to be made on them.

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Re: milking the cow

I don't think they were wrong.. they probably got more money than doing it otherwise..

HDDs will stay in the long term, at least for backups.

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Western Digital, IBM enter patently cosy deal

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IBM being sold, one juicy part after the other.

And then the directors are still puzzled, how come where sell less each quarter?

If a supermarket stops selling milk as it makes them no money, people will stop buying there.. it is quite simple.

Same with IBM, yes, they will send me a unix box, or a mainframe, but now x86, pcs, and many related technologies are sold by lenovo... etc etc.

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Retailers urged to create 'CCTV-like' symbol to inform customers of mobile tracking

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Developers should be shot.

Re: "... retailer’s smart phone app. "

I would like them to be shot.

I refused to make a similar system for a banch of the Spanish Police.

Had we all refused, no such system would exist.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Re: One answer is to have a flat rate of tax across Europe

In order to kind of fix this you would have to block transfers todirectly or indirectly to tax havens. That includes ireland.

That, of course, creates a new world of problems...

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Re: Not just the UK - same problems in Australia

That is why you pay a few pounds/dollars/euros in taxes.

The problem is the uneven playing field, that removes income from the society that generated it and damages those who do pay. Good luck fixing it.

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Re: Who Knows Tax Law?

The problem is that you are proposing is a regressive tax system, and those systems tax the poor more than the rich, and the differences in class increase dramatically. Now we have something similar as the rich pay relatively almost no tax, but the middle class do pay.

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Re: The Tumbler SJW jibe is silly

Problem is, if no company pays any taxes in the uk, bankruptcy will come.

And we are headed to that with tax avoidance... It is one of the reasons for class inequality: the rich tend not to pay taxes at all.. ask the Scottish government...

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One too many

It seem you had one too many at the pub.

We are speaking about tax avoidance. I care not about the founders or owners of google, amazon, etc.

The problem is big companies all avoid tax all ove the world, and the problem is caused by tax on benefits for companies ad tax on income for people.

This causes a transfer of income to companies, and then tax comoetition and cost transfer. In my opinion if you do this, it is fraud. Spanish law says it is fraud, but if you are a big co, you wont get sued. In the uk it seems similar, and I don't think it is easy to fix.

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Which tech stocks are suffering and – crucially – why?

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Re: Atlassian?

Errr, Jira etc?

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: I just don't get the Windows 10 hate

Well, the problem is Microsoft knows you like it because windows called home telling them so.

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

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Re: Launch Window

They had excellent reasons not to make them reusable.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Re: Time for the author of "Tiny7" to get back to work

Same here, one w7 pro in Spain and one w8.1 in Scotland, both got the spam.

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Competition watchdog to rubberstamp BT gobble of EE

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No competition

I guess the idea is to have just three (no pun intended) telcos to set prices an lower service quality, as in Spain. Very profitable for the companies

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Skype finally catches Google with group video chat

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Crap app

worse still, on my phone it insists on using the noise cancellation mic instead of the regular one.

The only app that does that.

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Catalan town hall seriously downsizes monarch

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Re: Inventive?

It is not.

The rule of law should be respected.

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

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Re: Not smart enough

It is not about efficiency, as in spain for example they have been pushed with different excuses.

In spain they are used to control if the house/flat is in use, and by how many persons. The sw has been available for years, but was extremely unreliable with analog readers.

Apart from the illegal control aspects, if you rent it and don't declare and pay the required taxes you will be caught.

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Who will buy our darn DRAM? Micron smacked in wallet again

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Re: Simply amazing...

Add tablets and phablets.. and there you have it.

Right now I am writing with a 5.5" phone...

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Cisco, HPE and Dell: Let's just say 'it's complicated' for now

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Re: EMC's mission in life

Add SAP to the list of "designed to be convoluted/mangled by design".

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Bookstore sells some data centre capacity, becomes Microsoft, Oracle's nemesis

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Re: But the Emperor has no clothes

Your CIO is spineless, from now on he should cut costs and deliver the same reliability as Office 365.

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Re: glaring propaganda of promoting Microsoft article

Microsoft has great technology, but lacks vision.

Just look at windows phone... an unnecessary disgrace. And I tried hard to like windows ce.

Linux is in many ways inferior to windows and in many other ways superior, overall I would say it is inferior to windows server, unless you check the price, then the TCO is inferior, and therefore ppl should use it.

As fo cloud... I see no point in using azure. Why pay more for the same, and, as some commentards point out, have pricing risks?

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Western Digital pushing archive data ideas

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Backblaze

Backblaze pods are still cheaper.

Just use wharever gives you better bang for buck and use clever resilience (not raid)

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Ex-SAP exec sent down for 22 months after bribing govt IT officials

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Re: Bribes? No thanks

Get the data and you won't be fired...

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And the reasons for buying new IT gear are as follows ...

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Re: That photo

I would have bought 2 old computers with ISA slots and configure at least one. Cheaper and nothing goes to waste.

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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

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Re: Drop Java

The AC is still in Java 1.3.. excecp, bloated? maybe he likes Cobol... and is confused by FEATURES AND LIBRARIES.

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Re: Drop Java

Refrain from insulting the source of my income.

Also, there are plenty of ways of pointing out deficiencies in Java without using plain lies.

Java on a server, today, is fast, it isn't harder to maintain than other technologies, and IS cross-platform unless you are a moron or needed something very specific.

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