* Posts by Marcelo Rodrigues

373 posts • joined 10 Aug 2007


Huawei running out of smartphone CPUs as US sanctions begin to bite

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Kirin will become Karen

"...the next by Karen Corp, with the customer as some other chip company."

I can't help but read "Kraken" instead of "Karen".

Much better marketing too: "Release the Kraken!" sounds so much better...

Pay ransomware crooks, or restore the network? Guess which way this city chose after weighing up the costs

Marcelo Rodrigues

"Er, wouldn't that be a sensible course of action even if you did pay the ransom (at least you could do it in a less urgent fashion)?"

Yes. The operative word being "sensible".

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: What's next?

"Really? I thought it was derived from the russian word for 'worker'."

It is derived from the Czech word "robota" - meaning something like "forced laborer" or "slave".

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

Marcelo Rodrigues


Sideways. And rotating.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Lovely.

I can't say how much hard I laughed at it. Truly excellent!

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: So what happened?

"I would not trust Boing on that, surely they could out-source some components of the software. After all, if you're developing some top-secret military aircraft, an engine is an engine; and the sub-contractor is none the wiser."

Tell that to the SR-71 and the Mig31. Both used unique developed engines. Or the GAU-8, that used the A-10 (yes, the cannon used the aircraft, not the other way around). By the way, it's engines where unique too: made to run continuously at 100% thrust at sea level, as required to close ground support.

One could outsource the commodity part of a military project, but even this must be done with extreme care - sometimes the most innocent piece of hardware can give a secret away.

Talk about a control plane... US Air Force says upcoming B-21 stealth bomber will use Kubernetes

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: "flight software running in the Cloud"

"I thought this was blue-sky research."

I don't see much of a future - it's just a lot of hot air.

Ampere, Nvidia's latest GPU architecture is finally here – spanking-new acceleration for AI across the board

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: But

"As far as shareholders are aware, all these A100s are going to be sold to gamers to power their rigs for the next generation of mincraft surely?"

That's where the profits come from, you know. They will only sue if someone starts mining cryptocoins with it...

Sky Broadband is not the UK's cheapest, growls ad watchdog

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: "As for their misleading adverts..."

"If anyone signed up to Sky on the basis of these ads, wouldn't that be actual fraud then? So those customers should get an automatic discount to match an equivalent price/quality service. To save Sky the costs of investigating each case, anyone who signed up during the time the ads were running should get a discount. Sorted."

Almost there. I think they should get the subscription for free, as punitive fines. It only stops if it hurts. And it only hurts if the beancounters are left crying on a corner, in a fetal position.

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Electric planes?

"It's a genuine question, I'm not an aero engineer but I struggle to see the benefits of electrical propulsion beyond the "look how clever my engine is" bragging rights."

There is ONE thing in which that a theoretical electric plane would be superior than a normal one: noise.

One big problem to airports is the noise of the planes. A quieter plane could operate closer to the city - or with far less restrictions.

Fresh virus misery for Illinois: Public health agency taken down by... web ransomware. Great timing, scumbags

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: There is no circle of hell

Vogon poetry. There is always Vogon poetry.

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42

Marcelo Rodrigues

May the towel be with you!

No, wait...

Fella accused of ripping off Cisco, Amazon, iRobot, others to the tune of $2m by fraudulently demanding replacements for tech gear

Marcelo Rodrigues

Never mind the 825 years

He should be really worried about the 5 supervised years!...

Yes, yes. I'll get my coat. Thanks, I know the way out.

Uncle Sam's nuke-stockpile-simulating souped-super El Capitan set to hit TWO exa-FLOPS, take crown as world's fastest machine in 2023

Marcelo Rodrigues

This computer, whose name I'm not worthy of saying

Will be the biggest and greatest ever, and will calculate the ultimate answer to life, universe and everything.

Aww, a cute mini-moon is orbiting Earth right now. But like all good things, it too will abandon us at some point

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Aliens!

"... the one with the poetry book in the pocket please."

Now, see what you've done? I just gnawed my two feet off!

Breaking bad... browser use: New Mexico accuses Google of illegally slurping kids' private data via G Suite

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Imhotep "Google was quick to issue a statement denying the allegations"

"Google is pure as snow!"

The yellow one?

You'll never select all and mark as read again after this tale of peril... Oh, who are we kidding? Of course you will

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: User problem: needed to be escalated.

"Come on, I'm not falling for that one. Steps will be taken!"

Well, steps were taken!

BOFH: When was the last time someone said these exact words to you: You are the sunshine of my life?

Marcelo Rodrigues
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Re: "Instant reaction" surveys

"...those little things-on-sticks which either have a screen, or have four or five physical buttons with green smiley face to red frowny face pictures"

I hate this thing with a passion. Everytime I see one of them I made a point to press the angry faced one.

The time that Sales braved the white hot heat of the data centre to save the day

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: The quiet hero almost never gets the beer.

"They airmailed out lead bricks to be attached to the back of the units."

This is something I never expected to read! :D

Fuming French monopoly watchdog is so incensed by Google's 'random' web ad rules, it's fining the US giant, er, <1% annual profit

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Deceptive units.

"I misread that at fist as "all you have to do is shit the decimal point", ow."

At least it is round. Imagine a comma...

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Countdown

"Taxi drivers are perpetually annoyed."

It's on the job description!

Justice served: There is no escape from the long server log of the law

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Surely...

"To be fair you had to press 2 buttons which then initiated the shut sequence on the front panel. Didn't stop one idiot managing to shove his arm in while the door was closing."

Never, EVER, underestimate the ability of the stupid/lazy.

Case in point: huge machine, with huge hydraulic press. The operator must press (and keep pressed) both buttons, in order to operate the machine. The buttons are locate so your hands are well out of the dangerous area - and it isn't possible to press both buttons with a single hand.

Comes the lazy idiot. Get one toothpick, and jam it on one of the buttons - so he doesn't need both hands to operate the machine.

Yes, it is quite usual to people like this to loose hands or fingers. Darwin at work and all.

The time a Commodore CDTV disc proved its worth as something other than a coaster

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Any key

"My all time favourite: 'Where is the "any" key?' when presented with 'Hit any key to continue'. A colleague of mine at the time did engrave "any key" on a couple of space bars."

Samsung did this on a remote for some DVD recorders. No, really!

Take a look at this picture:


Third button, from down to up, at the left.

Beer icon, because... do I need a reason to beer?

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Poor justification

"Microsoft's argument is that regular updates occasionally add a new feature, which gives you a new tool in your box, so you're definitely not being shafted."

Unless the update is a shafting tool, to be used on you!

El Reg sits down to code with .NET for Linux and MySQL, hitting some bumps along the way

Marcelo Rodrigues
Black Helicopters

Re: nice but is it worth it?

What is their real motivation for this? "

Embrace, extend, extinguish.

RIP Dyn Dynamic DNS :'( Oracle to end Dyn-asty by axing freshly gobbled services, shoving customers into its cloud

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Time to find another solution

Mikrotik has one DDNS solution too, for a single IP. It creates <router's_serial_number>.sn.mynetname.net. One could use this address, or (like me) just point a CNAME to it. :D

Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Finally!

"And while I'm having this fantasy, I'd like that cute engineer from FireFly to ride Lady Godiva style on a pony..."

She is cute... I'll give you this!

Microsoft doles out PowerShell 7 preview. It works. People like it. We can't find a reason to be sarcastic about it

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: No sarcasm you say

Phooey El Reg, this software ran on my server and turned me into a newt.

Er..well, ... I got better!"

Does the software float?

That's a hell of Huawei to run a business, Chinese giant scolds FedEx after internal files routed via America

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: I will not attribute your post to malice, never.

I'd say FedEx's action is probably a duck, most certainly a duck."

Not really. If it fooats, is a witch.

If servers go down but no one hears them, did they really fail? Think about it over lunch

Marcelo Rodrigues

"From work on a recent project, I learned that Brazil does this as well. Apparently, the sockets are sometimes color coded as to voltage.

Seems like auto switching supplies would be a good idea there."

Usually they are. Here the old 110 or 220v usually belongs to the electric motors: fans, hair dryers, refrigerators...

The rest, usually, is bivolt. It is wise to check, though.

Backup your files with CrashPlan! Except this file type. No, not that one either. Try again...

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Crashplan refugees are always welcome at rsync.net ...

"We have a very boring product - we give you a live UNIX filesystem"

I love boring. The more, the better. Screams and frights belong to a roller coaster, on an amusement park.

I want my data safe, and ad bored ass possible.

Just like my refrigerator: 15 years, not a glitch, and I don't even remmember the brand.

Boring is good.

50 years ago: Apollo 10 takes an unplanned spin above the lunar surface – and sh!t gets sweary

Marcelo Rodrigues

"Did the Apollo missions use extra fuel for the massive balls the astronauts obviously had?"

Nah, it balanced out in the end - by the lack of all that fear they wouldn't be dragging around.

A quick cup of coffee leaves production manager in fits and a cleaner in tears

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Colour Coded Sockets

"Mark the sockets? Bah. If your going to that sort of effort go the whole hog and buy a different type of socket entirely."

Say again?



Sniff the love: Subaru's SUVs overwhelmed by scent of hair shampoo, recalls 2.2 million cars

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: This is what happens when you implement diversity and equality...

Douglas Adams would be proud of You! :D

Customer: We fancy changing a 25-year-old installation. C'mon, it's just one extra valve... Only wafer thin...

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: The dirtiest four-letter word...

"Especially when preceded by "Can you"; or, even worse, "Would you mind"."

Oh, yes. I would! :D

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

Marcelo Rodrigues

Can't we just play an wav to the other side? A nice square wave, 0dB, 1kHz.

There must be an app for that, in our mobiles...

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Seems legit

"2. Saves $$$ on Internet access costs

3. More secure (as the incident here shows).

I really, really don't understand why isn't it standard practice. Can anybody give pointers?"

Because point #2 is false. It is much cheaper to use internet/vpn than to build a national private network.

No arguments about security - but costs are the main reason.

Gyro failure fingered for sending Earth-gazing Digital Globe sat TITSUP (That's a total inability to snap usual pics)

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Magnetic torque thingies...

"Others have booms with weights extending down to make use of the differential gravity to keep the satellite pointed in the right direction"

Why not put the boom up? All in all, it's just the same. Isn't it?

Call the dead weight satelite and call the satelite boom. So to speak.

Altouth would be harder to point the camera at the right direction

While everyone coos at the promise of 5G, UK network Three asks if it can tempt you with 4G+

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: 4G+ icon?

"4G+ icon?

Is this a thing on iPhones? I’ve never seen or heard of it..."

My Moto Z2 Play has it.

Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Someone's dangled their modifier!

"And is that a short billion or a long billion?"

Don't be silly! It's a scientific article: they used the metric billion!

Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

Marcelo Rodrigues

I have an algorithm for this

1) The phone rings. I pick it up. Silence on the other side (caller bot). -> Blacklist

2) The phone rings. No Id. -> The phone doesn't ring. I disabled calls without ID.

3) The phone rings. I pick it up. You try to sell me something. -> Blacklist.

4) The phone rings. I pick it up. Telemarketing. -> Black list.

5) The phone rings. I pick it up. I don't like you. -> Blacklist.

Yes, the blacklist is getting quite fat, thanks for asking.

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

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Any takers?

"I was thinking of creating a new service called "OldGitPornHub" and then putting the back end into the public domain."

Don't be a wimp! Open the front end to the public too!

Motorola extends modular phone adventure for another year

Marcelo Rodrigues

If I'm not mistaken, is a USB 3.1 data bus. Or, at least, a data bus with USB 3.1 speeds.

Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

Marcelo Rodrigues


Don't forget this one:

FUBAR - Fscked Up Beyond All Reason

Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Although...

"and once I went the extra mile to inform a doctor's practise in California that their patient was never going to turn up for surgery... "

I did it too! They didn't stop trying to contact the "other me"

Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: until you get a colourblind appy

"I've forgotten which Linux it is and when, but on this one when you logged in as root the screen background was red with pictures of bombs on it."

Don't know about others - but Conectiva Linux did this.

Linux 4.16 arrives, keeps melting Meltdown, preps to axe eight CPUs

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Doesn't Mikrotik run on Tile?

"The Cloud Core Router range appears to. Most of the RouterBoard products as well as the CRS line are on MIPS chips though."

Yes, the CCRs are all Tile jobs. They are using some ARM too, on some new products. If I remember correctly, they use a 3.6 kernel, in all product line.

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: dystopia: Jeff Bezos

"Only the Chosen People will have jobs"

The jobs must flow!

Either that, or you are employing it wrong!

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Very true...

"IT was my backup."

You poor sod. I pitty You.

IT was my backupb too.

Here, a pint for You.

Now, where do I find the icons, on this blasted mobile site?

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: "discretely copied"

"discretely copied"

So they copied them a bit at a time?

Copy. Or do not Copy. There is no try.



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