* Posts by stanimir

476 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Jan 2012


Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled


Re: non-fraternization policy

Bloody brilliant!

Yet, I'd think it has way more to do with the fiasco 10mm process is... and the inside trading allegations due to dumping all the stock he possibly could by end of the last year. Again, an excellent pun.


Re: Insider Trading vs Fraternisation.....

>Brian dumped a huge amount of Intel stock

The dump was like 32 times bigger than the initial plan.

Europe slaps €997m antitrust fine on Qualcomm


Re: WTF?

In the EU (anti-trust laws) it's illegal to attempt and exclude competitor regardless of your own market share... it's just that being big is likely to provide extra scrutiny.

7 NSA hack tool wielding follow-up worm oozes onto scene: Hello, no need for any phish!


Re: Kind of like the Darwin awards

Nah, try the unofficial updater built on GNU tools: wsusoffline.net

Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor


Re: The solution -

>>I am wondering if Munroe got the inspiration from the first "Real Programmers" rant: Real Programmers don't use Pascal

Obviously it a reference. I recall this paper when I was a kid (like 10)... good stuff -- still recall quotes and some of the them a partly true (like arrays and datastructures)


Re: but but but

I know of no framework that doesn't claim to be lightweight.

Javascript IDE, tools and friends, what time to be alive...!

Aaarrgh, zombie! Dead Apple iOS monopoly lawsuit is reanimated


Re: Who is paying these corrupted judges, uh?

I will try to help you out, Doug;

It's impossible to ship any app(lication) that involves JIT alike runtime for iOS (Java/Javascrip/web technologies, etc). The customers cannot benefit from lower price or competition.

That's not the end of it. The customers cannot benefit from having alternative install mechanism aside being locked by the infamous 30%(US) or whatever 40 is in EU (after VAT). Imagine you buy car but you cannot buy new tires from any other shop.

European Council agrees to remove geoblocking


If you want to buy your electricity from a French company, cable TV from Croatia, internet from Finland, Insurance from Austria, mobile data from Estonia, and bank with Germany, then why not?

pretty much what I tend to do, if I find suitable online shop that delivers at reasonable prices.

Amazon is such an exception, they practically ship abroad way below market value. The shipment companies would lose huge chunks if they deliver Amazon good only.

The article is not about online shopping only, though. Electronic goods indeed should have same prices across the EU.

I recall the last couple Bowie records (The Next Day & Blackstar) were impossible in the my country of residence. I spent like 4 hours to buy them legally (w/o having the CDs delivered to my door).... no dice (VPN doesn't help as the credit card issue was also checked). So if the regarded geoblocking disappears it'd be a good day for the EU.

More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list


Re: success so far for reducing traffic to the blocked sites

you need TOR =only= to get to torrent or magnetic link, not to carry the entire process.

'Hacker' accused of idiotic plan to defraud bank out of $1.5 million


Actually that surprised me much. The article just glances over the fact that Dwayne actually shop-lifted a lump sum but did all the rest of nonsense.

Since all that is so blindingly obvious and the 'hacker' is beyond cartoonishly dumb, it could be someone else using that noob hacker as an easy target.

If one can breach JP, I'd assume installing backdoor into home computer and using email address is trivial.

Of course the statement may contradict the famous: "don't assume malice when stupidity will suffice"... but the stupidity is out of the charts.

Edinburgh University to flog its supercomputer for £0.0369 per core hour


>> 134 hours (just over a week)

A week consists of 168 hours. Of course the computer needs a lot of power and cooling, so paying off won't happen all that fast.

London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers


...and you leave yourself open to the offense

of getting down voted.

How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim


Re: Number of installs?

Desktop at work, laptop at home/on the go - I'd imagine this could be fairly spread.

Auto erotic: Self-driving cars will let occupants bonk on the go


Re: If you are required to be available to take over

Though for the last two having windows with adjustable tint to block the sun (and people seeing inside) would come in handy.

Simple blinders would do the trick.



A possible solution would be the auto to perform the necessary stimulus, eliminating the human factor (busy hands/feet/etc). Thus, if it 'feels' the urge to transfer control it can cut off the said stimulus (incl. visual one, if need be).

Not an expert but I believe Barrie might find it pleasing and satisfying on his right own.

Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware



I may go Linux, and if they ever do Office / Outlook for Linux then I'm outahere. (Open Office is just not very good).

In my book Outlook is the definition of an utterly trash mail client.

Who's right on crypto: An American prosecutor or a Lebanese coder?


Re: Is a compromise possible?

only accessible via an 'encryption' gate at the hardware level, this would prevent remote access to the data if you don't have the key.

Hardware and software are not that different in terms of Mathematics (and physics). People use(d) to reverse engineer chips via microscopes.

The information is there (stored in some way) and if you need some 'master key' to "unlock" the hardware, it's no different than "just" software.

Tim Cook: UK crypto backdoors would lead to 'dire consequences'


Useless bus? @dan

"The war on terror" has been around for more than a decade.

I doubt very much the proposed bill has anything to do w/ thwarting bad guys.Also I doubt the politicians are that gullible to believe it. It's a very efficient way to control the general population, though.It offers perfect blackmail and industrial espionage opportunities.

OTOH, I hope such ill devised bill/laws will drive end-to-end encryption en masse. Of course, it's a lot harder solution and has its own issues.

Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant


>> GOTO is still cool.

...And it has always been in the Linux kernel.

Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse


Re: Torvalds is so abusive most companies wouldn't use Linux even when it was the only free OS.

You forgot tellies and routers which virtually -all- run linux as of now.


Couple years back she was quote saying (and she got decent publicity)[2]:

Not *fucking* cool. Violence, whether it be physical intimidation, verbal threats or verbal abuse is not acceptable. Keep it professional on the mailing lists.[0]

On the mailing list she was the 1st to drop the effing bomb and her reaction was about some joke about a guy being intimidatingly big.

On the same list (a week earlier) there she goes again: Bullshit. I've seen you be polite, and explain to clueless maintainers...[1]

Obviously she got her own agenda and preferences but reminds pot/kettle and all.

Also reminds me the notorious: curse is the language programmers are very fluent at and she makes no exception, not Linus league, though.

[0]: http://lkml.org/lkml/2013/7/23/107

[1]: http://lkml.org/lkml/2013/7/15/427

[2]: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/07/linus-torvalds-defends-his-right-to-shame-linux-kernel-developers/

Morgan Stanley staffer cops guilty plea over data breach


While his lawyers hope Marsh won't get time in the slammer, his plea deal includes not appealing any prison term less than 37 months

Hope (usually) is not enough.

I certainly hope (please excuse the pun) those lawyers don't get paid much all.

Apple drinks Putin’s Kool-Vodka, shoves Russians' iCloud data into Russia – report



Why greed, it's just doing business. It's either profitable, or it is not. The prices would rake there but if the customers pay, why care?

MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it


Re: the 640k quote

>>The limit was imposed by x86 hardware, along with such lovely programming pains such as 64k maximum segment size

Well 8086 had only 16 bit registers, so addressing more than 64KB would be an issue. OTOH you had 3+1(!) different segments (cs/ds/es,ss) at the same time and even SI/DI registers. 8086 was such a wealth compared to the 3-register 6502.

The flat address mode came with 80386 as segment registers became virtually unused. Technically 80386 can address 48 bit (albeit no board would support it).


DOS extended memory

himem.sys and all. Actually XMS was pretty terrible since the application had to be programmed (run) in protected mode (80286) which prevented direct use of ms-dos api...

So here comes EMS with bank switching and sort of 80386 requirement (when it became popular).


Prior XMS and EMS there were overlays and manual swapping to disk and what not.

Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim


Re: NUMA, not SSD

Is there an OS out there that can handle non-uniform memory access efficiently? Is there a programming language out there that can begin to help engineers write code with multiple classes of memory, including NVM?

it can be done currently with linux (or windows/solaris) and any language that allows file mapping - mmap(2)[0]. The memory has be mounted as file system similar to how ram disks /dev/shm

mmap is the standard way to allocate memory in linux, so support in C is just natural. Java[1] supports memory mapped files and so on.

In short the mechanism is there already for a very long time.

[0]: http://linux.die.net/man/2/mmap

[1]: http://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/api/java/nio/channels/FileChannel.html#map(java.nio.channels.FileChannel.MapMode,%20long,%20long)


Re: A few clarifications

•A variable memory material will have the same ratio of Low to High resistance no matter how small the bit is as long as the cross sectional area and thickness of the storage volume keep the same ratio as it scales down.

Won't scaling it down (and depending of the frequency) a lot make the resistors act like capacitors in some cases?

Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8


Re: Multiple desktops

Windows has had mutiple desktops too (in WinAPI), they just needed 3rd party tools (not linking anything here as it's trivial to find)

Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet


Re: Your own fault...

...or a remote code execution flaw was found in your browser, mail client, whatever that connects to the web.

INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini


Re: That video ....

also seems to be Windows related due to backslash use.


Re: Zooming in closer, closer, closer

actually very badly: "if form21.reseau.checked then begin". If you get to "form21", you must be true hard-a-core.

Jeez, AT&T. Billing a pensioner $24,000 for dialup is pretty low


Re: AOL??

More like '97-98

The inet in 2003 was actually pretty decent.

Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics


How did you miss her husband having sex in the Whitehouse (and lied in public about) but mentioned JFK?

I BEG YOU, mighty Jobs, TAKE MY LIVER, Cook told Apple's dying co-founder


Re: In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter

Keep in mind that he got a liver transplant eventually by cheating his way out - getting a new house, in a new state (Memphis) - basically denying someone else life[1].

[1]: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/local-news/steve-jobs-liver-transplant-memphis

'NSA, GCHQ-ransacked' SIM maker Gemalto takes a $500m stock hit


Re: Sue the NSA

Maybe Gemalto can sue the American government.


In the US they are bound to get a gag order and be done with.

Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM


Re: Another tool in the kitbag

What will you do if you have developed something, run in on Linux machines... and one day Microsoft decided not to support Linux any longer.

You're stuck with whatever version there was and hope there would be enough community to keep supporting/developing it for Linux, or you bite the bullet and switch to Windows (like God intended)

Crypto collision used to hijack Windows Update goes mainstream


Re: For corruption checking

CRC is a faster, though - basically no inner loops, just table look-up 4096bytes for crc32 - so during the calculation the table is to be hot in L1 cache.

France kicks UK into third place for public Wi-Fi hotspots


Re: Who cares?

you can burn through your monthly data allowance in about nine seconds.

Hmm, the OP says 111Mb/s which is bits not bytes. One 1GiB would be like 8Gib and that depends if it's "true" data (payload) or includes the network envelops.

Google Glassholes are undateable – HP exec


Re: @ Oldskater (using mobile phone on a date)

on idea, I am not so versed. However, I'd presume the sexting happens after the date or perhaps on a 2nd one.


Re: @ Oldskater (using mobile phone on a date)

Yes, esp. given the date actually is... 'texting'.

Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date


Re: How much?

Having all register being used as accumulators would significantly increase the transistor count, so you gotta give something. At least you have mov reg, reg universally instead of putting the register in the zero page (like 6502) or the stack.


Re: What this world needs...

6502 was cool, you always knew exactly how many cycles (us) an operation would take.

I still remember quite a few opcodes in direct hex... (coding in basic with DATA)

4GHz 6502 would be awfully slow of course as it has only 3 registers (one accumulator, X,Y index ones), no cache, no branch prediction, no pipelines, basically it will constantly stall waiting for memory. OTOH Apple II had 48KiB RAM only, so adding 64KiB L1 cache to hold both RAM+ROM would do the trick and greatly alleviate the memory issues.

Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012


Re: Why ?

The companies employ people, the latter pay income tax, buy goods and pay VAT.

Taxing people is the sure way to collect money, the small guy can't hide/shift the taxes.


You can't tax revenue.

A company can be at a very legit loss with huge revenue. If you tax revenue you cant really have tax deductions and so on.

You can tax people with income tax b/c the income is not directly linked to the spending a person makes. For instance wearing better make up won't necessarily increase your productivity and paycheck.

Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST


Fad means 'free' advertising much like Apple-Samsung war. It's talked on the TV/El Reg/magazines etc.

Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'


Re: re. metric ****load

Does tonne vs ton matter in the UK to warrant the metric prefix? The UK ton is just around 1.6% heavier than the tonne

The US version is just 2000 pounds, so the difference in non-trivial.


Re: Documentation is beyond the capabilities of most FOSS-ers (sarcasm)

It is sarcasm and it was meant that way, hence the 'erm' part and the serious note in the next comment.

Comments are needed as the train of thought is easily lost after a couple of months even if the developer is the same. The point is that participating in open source projects may pushes people to be able to deal with the lack of comments, not that following suit is a good idea.


Re: Documentation is beyond the capabilities of most FOSS-ers

Actually it's not a joke - it's a reference to Real Programmers Don't Use Pascal [1] "Real Programmers don't need comments-- the code is obvious.".

[1]: http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/real.programmers.html

On a more serious note working on an open source project kind of demands the ability to easily read others' code. Some comments do help indeed, however often comments (and internal docs) tend to become obsolete.


Re: Documentation is beyond the capabilities of most FOSS-ers

Erm, the code is obvious. Why do that?

Although I'd disagree, for example linux kernel doc is pretty darn good (unlike Apple's threading stuff)

CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?


Re: It's difficult to remember all those passwords

To my astonishment BBC has improved greatly - their coverage of Defcon was totally spot on, no apparent mistakes either.