* Posts by Marcelo Rodrigues

404 posts • joined 10 Aug 2007


Why won't you copper-ate? Openreach offers capped fibre line rental to wholesalers in bid to shift all that FTTP

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: I really hate this

"The reason consumer level services are cheap is that content can be cached/pushed out to ISP tiers and costs are reduced through over-subscription for downloads but uploads are still expensive because they probably aren't destined for the ISP's network."

Not so much. This is my residential 500/500 connection. Costs me about US$ 30,3/month.

This test here was done between my home and an ISP in Brasília. About 1200km apart one from another.


This is what I get if I test with an ISP on the nearest city (about 10km).


And this is what I get from another ISP, same city:


And, yes: these speeds are consistent with what I see on daily usage. This isn't a case of my ISP twisting the traffic shaping to look good. I really get this.

As You can see, is quite possible to sell (and deliver) an upload that is about 50% of download. Yes, You need fiber or ethernet - and the article talks exactly about FTTP. So, no xDSL excuses here.

Marcelo Rodrigues

I really hate this

Ok, we don't need a symmetric connection at home, but how about upload no lower than 50% of upload speeds? Selling 1Gb/100Mb is a joke. It should be AT THE VERY LEAST 1Gb/250Mb. Honestly, it should be 1Gb/500Mb.

"But I don't need 500Mb of upload!"

Maybe. In that case, You shouldn't need 1Gb of download either.

We do backups online. We send stuff to the cloud. Our mobile send our photos and movies to the cloud. We work from home, do videoconferences and just move data around. We, and everybody else in our home - at the same time.

Upload less than 25% of the download speed should be criminal. 50% is a good compromise. Symmetrical is beautiful - but not strictly necessary.

Bitcoin doomed as a payment system and its novelty will fade, says Federal Reserve Board of Governors member

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: It's the usefulness

"You just described a black economy and governments don't like those very much. "

No, he described something like we have in Brazil: the PIX. I believe (although I'm not sure) that others countries have something similar.

It is an instant electronic transfer of money, between bank accounts. It can be used to transfer money to someone, or to pay for services/goods.

The PIX itself is free: no costs whatsoever. The speed is astounding: usually takes (way) less than 20 seconds to clear the transaction - from one bank to another, or to the seller get my payment.

Of course, You will pay the same taxes as any sale. But this isn't because of PIX, it's because You sold something.

I don't think You can use it to send money abroad, but I may be wrong.

PIX isn't anonymous

PIX isn't cryptocoins

PIX is just a system that allows me to pay/transfer my money. Like a wiretransfer, but free of charge and instant.

Boeing fined $17m after fitting uncertified sensors to 737 Max and NG airliners for 4 years

Marcelo Rodrigues

Chump change

Really? Lousy 17 million? That's what Boeing allot s to the coffee machine!

This should HURT the company. The whole concept of fining is "I will bleed so much money from You, all your bean counters will be left crying, in a fetal position".

If the fines don't do that, then it doesn't work. It will be inserted on a column, on a spreadsheet, as "cost of doing business".

The fine MUST be catastrophic.

After staff revolt, Freenode management takes over hundreds of IRC channels for 'policy violations'

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Time for a rebrand

"How about Freenode, as in free of users?"

How about DevoidNode?

'A massive middle finger': Open-source audio fans up in arms after Audacity opts to add telemetry capture

Marcelo Rodrigues

Use a random generated ID!

Modify the script used to open Audacity. Ate each new session it would remove the old ID and generate a new one. Let them sort this telemetry...

Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Bloody Developers and memory

"Now...that's terrible and everything...but wouldn't this have been solved by buying the devs a single target PC that they had to run their code on before deployment?"

Hardly. I bet every memory related bug would be closed with a "works for me" - since the developer desktop would have enough RAM.

Pentagon confirms footage of three strange craft taken by the Navy are UFOs (no, that doesn't mean they're aliens)

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: They cross the vastness of interstellar space in technology far beyond our own

"Missed the anal probing?

Not at all."

Did You get it, then?

Docking £500k commission from top SAS salesman was perfectly legal, rules judge

Marcelo Rodrigues

Bankrupcy is too good for them.

He worked, he got paid. Easy.

Hope the Streisand effect kicks in, and the company's reputation got damaged all over the world.

Satellite collision anticipated by EU space agency fails to materialize... for now at least

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: space lasers

"I read the whole report, but there was one noticeable omission: how will the sharks breathe?"

Didn't You get the memo from BioWorks? They won't: we are creating space sharks! With a laser on top! :D

Imagine your data center backup generator kicks in during power outage ... and catches fire. Well, it happened

Marcelo Rodrigues

The weird part isn't the generator fire - shit happens.

The weird part is that a fire on the generator could spread to the servers. They should have a firewall (fnar fnar) between them, with just the electric cables passing through.

And even the cables should pass through a cut point, with material made to expand and cut the cables in case of fire. Better no electricity than some electricity and a lot of fire.

Absolutely fab: As TSMC invests $100bn to address chip shortage, where does that leave the rest of the industry?

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: If China tried to take over Taiwan

"I truly doubt that major fabs have a plan in place for self destruction. It wouldn't even work unless they were already drilling (practicing) for it, and I've never heard of that."

I doubt they don't. It's a serious strategic issue.

You don't have to level the building. Just toss one grenade at each important machine and be done with it.

One could call an airstrike, too. Take about one hour to drop bombs on the building, and not much can be done about it. Not on such short notice.

What could be worse than killing a golden goose? Killing someone else's golden goose

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: I know

"I know

exactly which bank it is, having done work for them in the past (and have them steal it and claim it as theirs)- and no, I am not going to reveal which one it is."

Pretty please? With a cherry on top?

GitHub bug briefly gave valid authenticated session cookies to wrong users

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: ...the remote possibility...

"Is that remote, as in statistically insignificant, or remote, as in some undefined distance away, possibly as close as a few kilometres?"

It's remote as "one in a million chance" - which occurs in 9 of 10 cases.

Bezos denied: New Glenn launch pushed into 2022 after Space Force says no

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: in the absence of those sweet, sweet taxpayer dollars

"It's worth noting (or clarifying) that Starship as we have seen it so far is the payload, not the launch vehicle."

Almost. The Starships are the second stage. They do carry the payload, and they do return to Earth - but they are a second stage.

They are expected to have 6 engines, when ready: 3 to atmosphere and 3 to vacuum. It may very well change in the future, as we are in the early stages - but up until now...

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Rocket reading material

" Rocket reading material

Obligatory Rocket Propellant reading material plug

Ignition (non fiction)"

This book is a thing of beauty! I was constantly going from maniac laughing to curling like a ball, saying "no, You DON'T do this!"

Nvidia cripples Ethereum mining on GeForce RTX 3060 to deter crypto bods from nabbing all the kit at launch

Marcelo Rodrigues

Go AMD! This is the new low hanging fruit!

I don't know where the AMD GPUs are, in terms of mining efficiency, but I see this as an opportunity for them.

Just sell the blasted things, and let anyone who wants to get one. Crank up the forges, and sell them by the buckets. It's all good money, right? :D

NVidia is getting too big for its shoes. It is high time to knock them down two pegs or more.

I built a shed once. How hard can a data centre be?

Marcelo Rodrigues
Paris Hilton

Re: Tech angle? Lying on it while I type.

"Ah, the best tech "angle" - 90 degrees from the vertical!"

180 degrees has its merits too...

What can the 1944 OSS manual teach us before we all return to sabotage the office?

Marcelo Rodrigues
Big Brother

Re: Which country are we at war with?

"You are mistaken. We are at war with Oceania and always have been. EastAsia is and always will be our ally. Rejoyce in the increased chocolate ration.."

Yes. I heard the 2021 ration will be increased, from 100g to 80g.

Red Hat defends its CentOS decision, claims Stream version can cover '95% of current user workloads'

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: The whole point of continuous delivery is to make each release as stable as the one before

"I am not that familiar with CentOS but if the order was CentOS Stream -> RHEL -> CentOS Linux doesn't that mean that CentOS users would be the last with new stuff? I'm not thinking of 'teh shiny' but support for most recent hardware, new protocols, new APIs etc.

In that sense moving to Stream would provide more access to new stuff, or am I mistaken."

Yes, it would. And this is THE problem. We want boring, tested and debugged stuff. We want the system to just go on, without changes, without surprises, without new things to test and validating.

Boring is good.

More boring is "more better".

As a user I want the new shiny shiny - but as an admin I want my servers as boring as possible.

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: The RedHat corporate spinners won't fix this

"Thanks all for the replies. One of the joys of running Ubuntu in Azure is that it's SSH only. None of the religous wars about which UI to install!"

But the UI is completely optional. All Distros (all normal ones?) can be installed headless (without UI), and managed by SSH.

Windows might have frozen – but at least my feet are toasty

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: ... their ability to understand why they should not do it.

"Most users would be able understand, if told, that (e.g.) if they block the cooling fan the system will overheat."

Really, I disagree. A user don't have to understand WHY there is a cooler there. But, seriously? Do they really think the company would buy a fan - with all the associated costs of stock, transport, assembling, and whatnot - just for shits and giggles?

IF there is a fan somewhere, it's because the maker deemed it a justified expense. I DO understand when a user don't get the need of (say) 10cm between the fan and the wall. But "look, a fan! Let's COMPLETELY cover it, buy putting the computer on its side ON CARPET! Yes, that's a excellent idea!"

No, this kind of thing I cannot understand.

Cats: Not a fan favourite when the critters are draped around an office packed with tech

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Benefit

"Anonymous because there are strange folk who actually like cats ;-)"

I like cats! They are excellent owners! :P

SpaceX Starship blows up on landing, Elon Musk says it's the data that matters and that landed just fine

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: proved it can do everything that SpaceX has claimed it would be able to do

"They claimed it would explode on landing?"

They didn't even claim landing was a part of this test. The profile mission was to test launch, belly flop, transfer from main fuel tanks to head tanks and attempt landing. ATTEMPT.

The mission did 100% of the profile objectives.

Life after proprietary wares: German support biz flees IBM Db2 databases for something more Postgres-shaped

Marcelo Rodrigues


> It may be for a very good department-size database; just good enough.

What on earth is a department-sized database?"

Sirius Cybernetics Headquarters.

Calls for 'right to repair' electronics laws grow louder across Europe

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: How do they know?

"How do they know how much potentially useful kit I've got carefully archived in my attic?!"

They measured the gravitational pull of your house. Did You think You were loosing weight? It was the gravitational pull on of all that junk in your attic!

Help! My printer won't print no matter how much I shout at it!

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: rather than slap the user around the head with an empty paper packet

"Thanks for that - I am not alone with this feeling. Printers hate me and I hate printers, no love lost between us..."

Nah. I love printers! - to bits.

Now Nvidia's monster GeForce RTX 3090 cards snaffled up by bots, scalpers – if only there had been a warning

Marcelo Rodrigues

Let them buy it by the truckload!

Why one should worry about scalpers buying graphic cards? It's isn't like they are hospital beds. Let them buy - and do this (as already pointed out)

1) Start selling a little above intended price. Let's sat 20%.

2) In about 2 or 3 weeks, drop the prices to the expected selling price.

3) Let the scalpers inflate their stock to high havens - having bought it at 20% mark on launch.

4) Set the production at full throttle: spew as many GPUs as possible, in the least amount of time. That will take care of market anxiety and will brake the scalpers business, as the price will drop fast, and they will have to sell at a loss.

Is it perfect? No, it isn't.

Will people complain? Of course they will. People get the lottery ticket and complain about paying taxes.

Will the scalpers go away? No, they won't. But I think this will help to keep them at a minimum.

Don't I care about the early buyers, that have to pay the scalpers? No, I don't. One doesn't HAVE to pay the scalpers. Just sit and wait. Otherwise, pay the price.

Bunch of mugs keep risking life and limb to 'crockery bomb' sad little roundabout

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: tea


and towels"

42 of them

Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Bah,

" need whips. Massive, massive whips."

Some stones too.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

Marcelo Rodrigues

Re: Am I surprised?

""Embraer" does not provide any feeling one way or the other, so is that a good thing? I don't know"

Embraer is an acronym:

EMpresa BRAsileira de AERonautica.

Something like "Brazilian Company of Aeronautics"

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
Thumb Down

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



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