* Posts by Aitor 1

1104 posts • joined 25 Jun 2009


Intel applies hobnailed boot to countries where its men and women workers aren't paid the same

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I see

I see what you are doing there...

Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

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Re: Niot convinced

They probably refused to install some stuff? They are too competitive? both?

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

But the terms quite obviously would have either been false or un- sell-able (well, or both).

You cannot have a good agreement if you publish your objectives and rollback conditions. Of course, that also means that in order to have the best deal, you have to be undemocratic. Both bad options.

What baffles me is that the MPs refuse to step back.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

A transition period is in many ways even worse than a hard brexit.

All the companies have to assume we are going to have a hard brexit.. and that means moving many HQ functions to the continent. So it may not matter at the end if we have Brexit or not, we got that huge, long term, economic damage, as the well paid jobs will follow the HQs.

Then we have new investment. Investing in the UK right now is quite expensive, as you have a risk scenario.

So whatever we do, we should do as quick as possible.

As for democratic or not.. this is the very definition of UNdemocratic.

You see, democracy should not be the tyranny of the majority, supposedly it is the will of the majority, but with a consensus and considering minorities.

If the vote proved anything, is that we have no consensus. We are divided, so it is no wonder that the MPs cant agree, it was to be expected!

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Re: xfer

I still do that.

I have files from my 386 in my current computer.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: I wonder if...

Not all, but ONE.

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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Re: What an idiot

Yo need two backups.

I have a daily one, onsite, and a continuous one, online.. and I lose nothing.

My wife only has the online one(she did not want the other one..) and she already had to use it once...

Just look at backblaze HDD stats.. about a 1% yearly chance of losing a drive.

My wife lost a drive in her array, and because she continued using it after I fixed the array and did not change all the drives (same model, bought at the same time, all obsolete) she ended up with data corruption the next time she lost a drive.. and she was very lucky that she had a watchdog for data corruption..

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Re: it really isn't your hardware

I disagree.

There is a full OS running on a hidden chip inside the processor. I have no access to that OS.

There are plenty of secure or "not owned by me" processes, devices, etc running in my device.

Apple can decide to lock me out with an update because it does not detect the correct signature in the screen or the battery, etc.

Would you say your house is your house if you could not go to the basement or the attic? I wouldn't.

Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign

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Re: .com is for international companies

Yo pay 10$ for something that costs Verisign less than 0.10$. Not ok, as they have a gvnt monopoly.

PortSmash attack blasts hole in Intel's Hyper-Threading CPUs, leaves with secret crypto keys

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Re: A hyped threat

humm, like two threads from the browser?

Sorting that out has cost too.. maybe it would be better not to have hyperthreading.

Are you SAP-py now?! ERP giant overhauls pricing model following indirect access drama

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Re: Why the hate?

I am afraid you ara naive.

The convoluted pricing is a way for them to charge you at will. It is intentional, and they are not alone there.

They are not trying to do the right thing.. they are trying not to lose more customers..

EU watchdog sniffing around Amazon's merchant data collection

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What do they have to research, investigate?

You have to give Amazon the supplier info and EANs of all the products, and they DO limit sales to themselves.. using the merchant supplied info to cut a deal.

This is known, and it has been reported YEARS ago. Not difficult to check, either..

So if this is illegal, act, otherwise, keep silent.

A couple of links about that:



One of them is in Spanish, sorry about that.

Nvidia promises to shift graphics grunt work to the cloud, for a price

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Re: This is 3 ms of added latency.

way more than 3ms as it opens a whole can of worms to sync all that stuff.

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Re: latency down to a blazing 3ms


The latency will be horrible.. it would be way better to have the full game running in the servers, not just the GPU.. otherwise the amount of data to be moved is just ridiculous.. 4-6GB to load textures, etc. Every time you play the game!

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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Re: How much?

Only win32? then it is almost useless.

Five years ago, people would have bought it (maybe) but not these days.

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

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Duct tape

Humm, duct tape the Astronaut?

We've found another problem with IPv6: It's sparked a punch-up between top networks

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Re: El Reg & IPv6

The existing system being quite bad.. essentially the big players extort the small ones, who want to have a free ride on the big ones.

Now that's a fortune cookie! Facebook splats $5k command-injection bug in one of its servers

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No whitespaces after the hash? PEP8 violation!


Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking

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Re: Now we can understand

Most general processing is not FPU heavy, so it makes perfect sense!

Don't you just love Windows 10 refreshes, yells Lenovo

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Re: Seriously ......

They endure because the competition is as bad or worse.. still, that nasty spyware..

Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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And that, just by itself, is illegal.

Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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They are running code in my machine without my explicit consent for their own benefit...

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Re: Foaming at the mouth, but the foam kind of makes sense

The law is ridiculous and makes no sense.

Either they change the law or it is applied to everyone, not just the poor as it seems to be the case.

So, to be clear: banks should be allowed to scan before you login, for security, they should disclose it too, and researchers should disclose who they are scanning.

Probe Brit police phone-peeking plans, privacy peeps plead

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Re: How do these work?

If their objectives are to convict people and their jobs are at risk, well, the results are quite predictable.

I would love their jobs to be more secure, and them being off limits to spying. Also, reasonable convictions for crimes.. violent crime against people and property should land people on jail, not "community orders".

UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom

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Re: Finally took the plunge with 18.04 last night..

Try ubuntu 18.. it gos slooooow.

Facebook's React Native web tech not loved by native mobile devs

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Me, I prefer vue2, but I am stuck with react now.

Spectre/Meltdown fixes in HPC: Want the bad news or the bad news? It's slower, say boffins

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This is a side channel attack, and if you implement the caches in the most obvious way, you are affected.

Read the vulns and it will be quite clear.

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Re: The good news...

My guess is that there are several reasons for this.

First yeah, security implications.. but also benchmarks. Removing MT allows you to have better single core performance, and with Zen2 on the market intel is starting to lag behind in SC benchmarks.

Either intel gets their manufacturing processes sorted or they are at high risk of losing plenty of the market to AMD.

In this age they cannot simply tell google, amazon etc that they won't supply products unless they stop buying from AMD, as these companies do not sell consumer products, and are therefore mostly not affected by processor branding.

Tintri finally opens wide, bites restructuring bullet

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Re: Another one bites the dust

So people should keep using the same things from the same vendors? why innovate with ppl like you!

We should embrace with caution innovation, and buying a ton of product from them would probably not destroy a company.

Also, a leaner company might be more profitable.. or at least less losses.

Note: I work for a startup, and our product is not just good, it is great.

Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down

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Re: Demand but not margin

HDD manufacturing plants make no sense without all the patents required to build them, and R&D to slowly increase capacity.

The HDD duopoly is just doing what a monopoly does: increase benefit, and it is more profitable to produce less and raise prices. This is why we have antimonopoly laws.

Remember, they want to get paid, not to produce HDDs, that is just what they need to get paid..

Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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But the email is the superior option, your problem is that DL did not want emails, but faxes.

'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

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Re: "unreserved apologies"

Clinical audit etc == sold.

GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep

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Re: How?

Also desperate intel selling their product with huge discounts to the big players. Massive error, as this puts them on the hands of a few buyers.

UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Re: Don't be cretinous

Six years in the uk AND more than 3x.000 £ per year.

At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

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Re: Stop shilling

And the external keyboard is the reason it still works.

Also the kind of dust/grime the keyboard gets subjected to. Plenty of mechanical keyboards fail as dirt gets into the switches.. and MBPs are just terrible in this sense.

Visa fingers 'very rare' data centre switch glitch for payment meltdown

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Well trained staff

These days it is rare to have well trained staff that can take the decision to take out a router. Expensive, and risky for them in case they make a mistake.

And of course, partial failures are quite common.

'90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn't improved in 20 years

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Tell everyone to move the 10 base 2 cable.. one of the Ts must be the problem...

Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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If you intervene the medical industry so making scanners is antieconomical yeah, they wont have anything to sell, ane they might go under, but no scanners to be bought.

Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown

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Nothing wrong here

Just shorten these comments like this:


Scrapping Brit cap on nurses, doctors means more room for IT folk

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Re: More job displacement, yay

Constant money salaries have dropped and the pressure on nurses and doctors has increased.

Therefore it is not a "skill shortage". Pay more and improve working conditions, and you will have no trouble hiring.

Same for IT.. there are plenty of people who decided to quit because conditions were harsh (not me!).

As for being a shortage.. well, I am quite skilled and got a new contract as my old one finished.. but the tests I had to pass were tough. What this tells me is that there is NO SHORTAGE. Otherwise they would not aim to hire the best, but whoever is available as was the case in 1999.

So stop importing ppl in IT, no shortage at all, they just want to lower our salaries.

Note: I am a bloody foreigner, and yes, me being here is good for the economy but also lowers the salary for other highly qualified IT ppl.

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Voting for leave means you are more interested in your personal goals that many other peoples goals.

While I would agree that voting for brexit does not mean you are a racist or a xenophone, racists and xenophobes mostly voted for brexit, and some of the most compelling reasons to vote for brexit were xenophobic (both truly good reasons and false ones).

While I disagree with you, well, yes, now we will have more leeway to make our own agreements. the problem is, we are not in a good place to negotiate, so chances are they wont be fair to us. We shall see.

Xen Project patches Intel’s Lazy FPU flaw, VMware doesn't need to

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Well yes but

If you have to take down your big iron, you are out of business while you apply he patches..

Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Its the Will of the People!!

Actually, there is no skills shortage.

Pay more and people WILL flock.

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But then how do you propose to keep the roads, army and NHS? are you proposing we go back to the XIX century? poorhouses?

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Yet another Remoaner circle-jerk on El Reg.

Errr no.

There is quite some disagreement over Brexit in thereg and their commentards.

But there can be little discussion about this particular issue: we (as in the UK) demanded that non EU countries had to be barred from providing the essential works for the project, and that is not illogical.

Now we leave, and as we are no longer part of the EU, of course we got out of the project. Quite obvious.

I think we should get reimboursed, at least partly reimbursed, but who knows if we would get that or not... we have almost no leverage on the EU, and they have a lot on us.

As for our negotiating team.. well, they warned us about this, but we chose not to listen to experts, we were tired of "so called experts". Now we blame them when we dont have leverage, exactly as predicted.

you see, we kept moaning about rules, and imposing plenty of rules on the EU "or we leave", and they kept accepting as it was in their best interest to have us in the EU. Now that we have left, well, the damage is going to happen, so they no longer care much about us.

What do we offer them? banking and insurance, and associated services. Hardly anything that they cannot replicate.. and they can take it away from us with things like Tolbin tax.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

The EU can give access to the secure code to non eu, but will not give the keys to non eu military as they are a security risk with different goals. So not trustworthy in the long run.

Are we given access to the us scrambling/descrambling technology? I dont think so.. and we do want they want us to do..

Basically we have decided to get divorced, and now we are complaining that our ex would not give us the keys to the house in the beach.

Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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Re: Is this a form of sanctions against Russia?

Err, they detected and stopped plenty of cyberwarfare from the uk and the us.

I would say that is the problem for them.. they dont want their stuff being detected, and cannot force them to not detect their malware.

EU-US Privacy Shield not up to snuff, data tap should be turned off – MEPs

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You have to give your trade partners time to comply. Going into a trade war is bad for everyone, and some times it is more beneficial for you to have a slightly unfair agreement than no agreement at all.

The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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Re: Anybody still have sympathy for those that use fb?

Some friends of mine were stupid enough to publish their political tendices quizz on facebook.

what else can I say?

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: If only I could pay

Yep, if you pay your data will still be taken/stolen.

I would gladly pay a premium to have quality content.

But, and this is a big thing, there are some conditions for that.

First, I want privacy. And it is quite complicated.. how are they going to track my article consumption if I am not tracked?

Second, while I would agree with micropayments, history tells me that "micro" gets to be confused with "mini" then just "payments". If you dont agree, just look at DLCs.

Companies that think it is ok to be paid 0.07$ per article read though intrusive ads, believe 2$ is a fair price for the same article without ads. Madness.

So I would say that a "premium" subscription would be the best thing. Of course, the problem is that then several competing "subscription networks" would arise, and the internet would get fragmented.

Don't believe me? look at netflix and all netflix clones. I want to pay to watch content, and do pay for not one, but two three content providers.. and it is at the very least "annoying" that I would have to pay at least 6 subscriptions to watch decent stuff. And the more people pay, instead of becoming cheaper, it becomes more fragmented and therefore more expensive for the user.


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