* Posts by Aitor 1

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Hot NAND: Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster

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Backup

whenever I read this type of news I think about how wonderful these drives are.. but also how long would they take to make a backup ot restore them... if you consider an array of 32 of these... the size is huge.

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Good luck, have fun: Thanks Xeon SP, now SPEC benchmarks blurt out hundreds of results

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Patch level

So, do we know if the systems perform like this after security patching? I would say no.

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BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

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Re: Rolling out to private sector is the right thing to do.

So the rich dont pay, and thats it... the rest must pay.

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Facebook gets Weed-whacked: Unilever exec may axe ads over social network's toxic posts

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Re: Advertisers only have themselves to blame

It works.

The main problem I see is that they have only partially updated themselves. They mostly dont want to pay a dime for brand recognition, so they dont pay for "impressions", they just play for clicks.. and that is wrong

As for engaging ads.. well, that is also bad, as they want to engage, yes, but in a bad way, and they are just more subtle spam.

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The strange case of the data breach that stayed online for a month

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Agree

The very least you can do is switch the names and surnames randomly, and also randomly change id and bank account numbers (in this case, change numbers, not switch). You should never user the real address of anyone.

That would be as good for testing, and no risk.

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Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

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Re: Apples and Pears?

the thing is, if I dont go for the bling of an S9, what keeps me from buying an Honor or a Xiaomi?

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Meltdown's Linux patches alone add big load to CPUs, and that's just one of four fixes

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Re: For procurement...

Absolutely.

It seems that a deep knowledge of the issue,recompiling Postgres and a few tricks can reduce this a lot.

Then I would have to keep doing that everytime, and at that point I am better using AMD, or assuming the costs of "meh" tuning.

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Re: For procurement...

Ok, look at this:

https://www.servethehome.com/intel-offers-enterprise-meltdown-spectre-benchmarks-gift-amd/

In modest size postgresql virtualized servers I see 18% loss..

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Re: For procurement...

Err no to your first statement, kind of ok with the rest.

In some very precise benchmarks they have 30%. and precisely in those benchmarks the loss is about 17-18% (my own testing, but there are many more in the web).

It is in databases etc that intel shines.. and with Platinum processors at 10.000$ a pop.

i would say that for mainstream server processors AMD makes more sense right now.. who knows in the future. If you use AVX-512 a lot then of course not, but then you are not using it for mainstream uses...

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Bzzzt! If you're in one of these four British cities, that was a drone

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Humm

Let me understand.. most of London as in greater london, is composed of no fly zones.

The city of london itself, is controlled airspace as fas ar I know.

How come they get a permit to fly?

http://www.noflydrones.co.uk/

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Lenovo literally has a screw loose – so it's recalled flagship Carbon X1 ThinkPads

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Re: Fault analysis undertaken and fix identified

If you disassemble your pc, be sure to have loctite blue at hand:

https://www.bearing-king.co.uk/bearing/loctite-248-medium-strength-stick-9g/8840

As far as I know that is what they use.

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MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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Re: add to that the fact that most people working on the project

"May I remind you that if you are not enthusiastic and supporting you are fired."

Are you reminding Theresa May or expressing what would happen? I am confused.

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Basket case lawsuit: Fancy fruit florists flail Google over rotten ads, demand $200m damages

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Re: Google AdWords...

Backblaze explain quite right how it works:

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/save-marketing-money-nice/

So it is not only "Edible Arrangements", it is also "backblaze", a word that whould NOT trigger google to put ads.. in my computer it triggers adds for backblaze (that is stealing sirs), idrive and softwarereviews.

It is using a protected trademark for diluting the term, and it is wrong.

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Spectre shenanigans, Nork hackers upgrade, bad WD drives and more

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Disclosure

You should have disclosed that, including a note saying "WD refused to engage or fix"

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No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

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Re: "very expensive VCS for office documents"

That might be because they had nothing to gain by curating something under your control...

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Presentations

Complex ones just dont work on Libreoffice.

You can use svg yes... but then you cant share with work colleagues.

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Libreoffice

I support them with money from my pocket.. yet use mostly Microsoft. It is not good enough for my needs.

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ServiceNow plans non-devs writing non-code for real enterprise apps

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Hear it before

Several times.

None of them worked.

The main problem with developing something is understanding the problem, and how (as in function) to solve it. Very rarely it is a technicological problem.

And by understanding, I mean fully understanding, down to the gritty details.

If you are able to both understand the problem and define the solution, you are probably able to express that with code.

This seems to be like previous solutions.. that wanted to have clueless people solving problem. Only to find that clueless poeple are.. well, clueless. And if they make the effort not to be clueless, yes, the first few times they would use the "code free" solution, but that will feel limiting quite quickly and go and learn to code properly.

So you either get bad solutions or you get solutions that could be better with proper tools.

that being seaid, some industrial processes, etc do benefit from this approach.

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Twilight of the idols: The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe

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Re: Delusional Thinking

I mostly agree.. but not with the last statement.

If the were large enough to matter, they would find their order books full. BUT then their managers and directors, coming from the same pool as the rest of the industry, would decir to offshore "non critical tasks", etc, large benefits would come, and client loss would follow, as they are paying for premium services, and if it is average quality, they would go for the cheapest.

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Forget cyber crims, it's time to start worrying about GPS jammers – UK.gov report

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Re: Wow

Making a jammer is extremely easy as you say.

Banning them and their use would keep most people honest, as the ones that do have knowledge are limited, and those that have the inclination even more limited.

Most navigation systems support inertial.. even in android, etc.

Example:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.olympio.inav&hl=en_GB

Also, most chipsets/OS combinations use several frequencies and several satellite systems, plus network triangulation plus wifi.

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Re: Didn't we have such a system?

You mean LORAN and eLORAN

Hey best thing:

https://www.nlb.org.uk/InformationCentre/News/Documents/UK-speeds-ahead-with-rollout-of-eLoran-stations-to-backup-vulnerable-GPS/

Lets demolish these expensive pieces of equipment:

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/europe-gives-up-on-eloran#gs.UxcCsGI

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Wow

The things should be illegal.. it took me about 2 mins to find a specialized uk website for the devices.

They ofc have devices that block 2G, 3G, 4G, Wifi (2 and 5Ghz) and GPS with a single device.

Could not be more illegal...

I refrained from posting the url, as I dont want to give them more publicity.. but man.. I hope it gets banned.

I am not one to like bans, as in "think of the children", but these things should be banned unless "a good reason is given".

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In America, tech support conmen get a mild slap. In Blighty, scammers get the book thrown at them

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UK-US

Problem is, if you are un the uk, they would get you on federal crimes.. this is why they only conducted crimes in their own state.. they might be criminals, but not stupid ones.

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1,900 rotten apps bounced out of Google Play every day in 2017

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Make them pay

This is why the 99$ per year +iDevice developer is a thing.

Yo have to spend at leas 150$ to try to pass defences.. and invest in automating associating idevices to accounts.

At 100.000 devs expelled, that would have been 15 million dollars of added expense.. not huge, but a dent, and most low level hackers are deterred.. or deterred enough to go to Android.

They should put a 1000$ deposit, that you will get back after a year. THAT would deter most of them.

It would also make tracking them way easyer.

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Maybe you should've stuck with NetWare: Hijackers can bypass Active Directory controls

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Virtual servers

I like virtual servers, they are way more flexible, if you know what you are doing.

As for them being cheaper.. I dont think so.

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How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

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It is ok

have three different deep learning systems, and allow them to vote. You will get the right answer almost always.

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Microsoft works weekends to kill Intel's shoddy Spectre patch

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Re: The WinTel Cartel...

I disagree, even if you remove that from npm (I saw you there..)

Using libraries is most times the best solution. Reinventing the wheel is not only problematic.. it needs plenty of work, both to do and to mantain said wheel. Also, it might be a bad quality one.

Way better to use a good quality library.

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Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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Subway tickets

That Cornwall machine reminds me of the subway ticket machines in Madrid.. when the change to the euro happened, I was "smart" enough to put plenty of pesetas (the old currency) in the machine to buy a 10 ticket pass... well, the machine smartly hanged, put an "our of order" message and spit the coins.. to the floor.

Couldnt complain much, as the machines were made by my employer...

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Re: Whatever ....

Better still, there is a company that provides services to the actual parking firms.. and when one of those gets banned, no problem, they use another one and open a new one, in reserve...

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Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe

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Re: Hmmm ...

Well, them being TTL and also being chain multiplexed buses done with cables... I guess it is obvious what happened.

I think they were also unprotected, so that could have fried the multiplex, but that is just a guess.

I had to admin one of those, and I did not enjoy it.. the thing was slow, and because of age, not very reliable if you needed to turn it off (and we had to, I know that is a bad idea)

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Lenovo's craptastic fingerprint scanner has a hardcoded password

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Re: The apocalypse...

Let me doubt it.

If the regular SW is that bad, waht makes you think the firmware, that is more obscure by definition, is any better?

My laptop is a Lenovo too, and I find this at the very least, annoying.

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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

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Re: Yegge slams Google for becoming competitor-focused

meetoo works.

What you do is present a free alternative to your competitor, and burn money.

As you have a position of power, you have lots of money. Your competitor doesnt have that much, therefor both "lose" in the market: but as you are the one with deeper pockets, you end uo winning.

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Maverick internet cop Chrome 64 breaks rules to thwart malvert scum

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Re: This is why you should use adblockers

I used to provide forums, and there people could interchange ideas, opinions, whatever.

That has some costs, including my time.

Naturally, I was keen on having ads. Using ad platforms.

As the adblockers went mainstream, I had to close the forums.. I was not only not being paid, but I was losing money.

I was providing these services as a service to ppl.. for fun mostly.. but people dont want to put their money... they would rather have a facebook group than a proper forum with subforums, etc

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Re: How far will Google to protect...

The problem is the ad platforms, they dont check anything, only that they can charge money, and they are happy with that.

Non verified humans should not be able to post javascript, only html. That wont saves us completely, but it is a start.

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Elon Musk offered no salary, $55bn bonus to run Tesla for a decade

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Re: Why doesn't he base it on ability to actually make cars?

As far as I know, they are on 1000 carss per week, or 52.000 cars/year, the current reduced target was 1800 per week,or 93600.. we shall see, I would say 100.000 model3 cars per year will be achieved tis year..

According to the wakipedia

"Tesla's initial target for making 5,000 vehicles per week was March 2018[22][23] but by early 2018, that was carried over to the end of June"

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NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

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Re: Biofuels?

Vertical farmins is many many times more productive and cheap, and uses very little resources as in water fertilizers, etc.

It does use energy .. mainly electricity... but in some cases it is already cheaper to use it.

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Re: Biofuels, probably won't end well

That was already an issue. I dont see the problem.

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'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Re: I'm with Intel on this...

I understand you, but that should not be an option, as insecure settings WILL be used in situations that are bad for everyone involved.

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Re: I'm with Intel on this...

Err no.

First, the patch has to be stable. It is NOT.

Second, if you want it for gaming.. well, good news, the impact on gaming is minimal.

Also, unsecure by default is a horrible option.. (as you also point out), as is running in "unsecure mode". For the common good, processors should try to be at least reasonably secure.. and if people start running computers with known vulnerabilities that can be exploited with a asimple javascript/flash/whatever in the browser.. well, more zombies and bad for everyone when massive floods take down services, or extortion mafias demand money from etailers. And yes, they do, I would even call it "standard".

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Nailed it

I fully agree with you.

In many workloads, AMD processors might be better than current Xeons.. for less money.

So by creating these patches, they can still benchmark them on "default", ie, "unsecure" mode.

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Sack the Xerox CEO 'immediately', yell activist investors

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Re: There is no old guard left

That is legal.. he buys big chunks in companies that have a low market value and their assets are worth more than the shares.. to procede to gut it and sell the parts.. so yeah, he is against long term investment.. as that goes against his objectives.

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Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly

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Problematic

These platforms tend to privide 90 to 95% of what you need.

And it is the missing part that converts it into hell, as these blackboxes tend not to play well with other parts.

Another problem is cost. You are now charged "per use", or "per 10k uses", whatever.

It seems nice.. but how do you control that? It is not easy.. and it is completely out of your control.

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Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

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Pension holidays

https://www.ipe.com/ofcom-review-questions-bt-pension-holidays/33418.fullarticle

So yes, they stopped funding ... and now claim "hey, there is no money!!"

"Like many companies, BT's pension scheme was in funding surplus in the early 1990s. As a result of tax changes, it was not beneficial for the company to maintain a large surplus. Like many companies, BT did not make contributions into the main scheme between 1989 and 1993, although pension liabilities continued to accrue,"

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There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

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Sue the judge, maybe?

The irish should prosecute the judge for incitement... that would be fun.

I have no clue about how the Irish laws work, but to my untrained eye, this seems to be the case.. can someone tell me if this is a correct interpretation?

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F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

The main tool against japan was the yen. The US managed to make it very expensive.. and all their exports became uncompetitive.

Now, the yuan is also being pushed up..and it is not the chinese government.

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Red Hat slams into reverse on CPU fix for Spectre design blunder

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Errr

So I am a betatester.. well, I know as I have my nodes updated... they work, and are stable, at least for me running ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

I cycle, but we must recognize that a better bicycle is one that has four wheels, is covered and has an engine. And it is called a car.

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Ford giving 'leccy car investment a jolt to the tune of $11 BEEELLION

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Re: Give me range...

But you wont be able to do that in 2020. as you wont be able to use you diesel and:

a) enter london wothout paying 32£

b) Same for Edinburgh

Unless it is an euro VI...

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My problem too

I can either sacrifice my front garden or not charge my car.. and yes, I probably cant put a charging station in front of my house.

As for batteries being charged in say 5 minutes.. I dont see how this could be done, the amps required would make it impossible.. and add to that the batteries would burst in flames...

So many things are going to change in the next years.. chargers everywhere I guess.

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Intel AMT security locks bypassed on corp laptops – fresh research

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Re: Annnnnnd....

AMD has the same crap, only different implementation, I dont see why it should be better, considering they have less money...

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