* Posts by elsergiovolador

1812 posts • joined 27 Apr 2020

One of the first RISC-V laptops may ship in September, has an NFT hook

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There is hope that RISC-V get on the list of sanctions for supporting Russian terrorist state.

SoC Design Challenge: the first engineering hackathon for students in Russia

Organisations supporting terrorism should not have a place in our society.

Is a lack of standards holding immersion cooling back?

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Re: What the hell is an "external dry cooler"??

With the era of AI writing parametrized product descriptions (A/B testing and optimising for conversions using various psychological manipulation strategies), the only way to actually find the differences and if the product suits you is to order it, "give it a go" and then send it back if it doesn't work as expected.

What impact does it have on the environment? Let's not think about that.

In my opinion should practice should be illegal.

W3C overrules objections by Google, Mozilla to decentralized identifier spec

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Re: You know something's wrong

Isn't Mozilla being partially funded by Google?

Seems like a gaping conflict of interest.

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Have Google solved the problem of ethics of their high flying employees flying private jets?

The App Gap and supply chains: Purism CEO on what's ahead for the Librem 5 USA

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Re: Asterisk @sergio

Yes, this is misleading. Board assembly is not as important as what kind of parts are being assembled. If they focus on the PCB which is literally a laminated sandwich structure of conductive and insulating layers, rather than what is being soldered onto it, that's a red flag. If they dump components from around the world on it, they could as well have just assembled it in China - it makes no difference.

Or if they make case for assembly in the US then they don't say if they have any Chinese or Russian employees at the production lines, which is probably just as important (so for instance CPC can't tell an employee to slip in compromised chips onto a tray that goes into pick and place machine).

If you go to their website:

Librem 5 USA and look at Table of Origin section, it literally says what I pasted above.

If you look at the recent Product Change Notice of the MIMX8MQ6DVAJZAA CPU (assuming this is the same model), it also says it is made in South Korea.

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Most distributors are based in the US with the exception of large integrated circuits that are made in a variety of countries where those companies do fabrication (US, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan); an example is the NXP CPU we use from their fabrication in South Korea.

So much for Made in USA then, huh?

Google location tracking to forget you were ever at that medical clinic

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These things are only controversial because we were somewhat conditioned to ridicule such things plus there is an element of envy.

If Google was tracking the instances of someone saying "bollocks", nobody would have cared about any implications of that.

That being said, has anyone figured out a snap on device that would trick the location service feeding it completely different coordinates?

For instance it could mirror your movements, but at completely different section of the city.

TikTok: Yes, some staff in China can access US data

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Re: Data Owners, Capitalism

Nothing to do with capitalism. Chinese "company" is not a company in the western sense but a government department. They use western terminology, to mislead and make an appearance that they are like us.

Everyone back to the office! Why? Because the decision has been made

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Re: Scheme

How retirement mitigates your boredom?

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Re: And the award for ...

Let me guess, you were the chairman of the company?

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Re: Long before covid...

Friend of mine told me how he slipped into WFH before the Covid. So after the company hired some contractors they realised that they don't have enough space for everyone. My friend was one of those essential bodies that had to be in the office. Unfortunately, due to where he lived, he was never able to make it in before 9 am, so by the time he was in, all seats were taken. The PM came up with an idea that they took seats from the kitchen and got the workers to squeeze a bit more. One day, during the lunch break, my friend took the seat from the kitchen to the quite remote area of the building where back in the day people used to smoke. There was a small table with dead plants (that's how remote it was, even cleaners wouldn't go there) and so he installed himself there. After a couple of days of working from there, he started joining stand ups remotely rather than coming to the group. Few more days passed and people started forgetting that he is the essential one who needs to work in the office and so he stopped coming to office. After a month his PM was like "Whoa that's crazy, I though you were in the whole time?". Then Covid happened and to this day he never set his foot in the office again.

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Re: "The office"

People taking care of the basics

Usually, where the offices are located, these people work for big corporations paying minimum wage and relying on the tax payer to top up their wages via Universal Credit while themselves using elaborate tax avoidance structures to pay next to nothing.

Now with WFH, if people decide to eat out during lunch, they are more likely going to use a local owned small cafe or restaurant that has no affiliation with the big guys and also paying proper taxes (well, they wouldn't be able to afford a decent accountant and a structure that would make sense with their margins anyway).

This of course pisses the big corporations off and they pressure politicians to force people in so they spend their hard earned money in their establishments.

If anyone, commies (the true ones, not the champagne commies representing big corporations), should support WFH the most!

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Re: that jerk with the annoying voice and that other bastard who sniffs all day.

Or the guy who decided to eat for breakfast his left over garlic bread from yesterday and he didn't have time to brush his teeth, thought a mask will do...

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Re: who'd have thought less interruptions could boost productivity?

Some clients are tempting staff back with free meals where they had a paid canteen previously.

Genius idea. Spend 2 hours in public transport just to get a "free" meal that someone arbitrarily chooses.

I mean for the prices of the train tickets alone, you can get some fresh organic veggies, some nice meat from a local market etc and then up your cheffing skills making what you like, not what people in the office like in general.

Nobody can make Pico de gallo the way you do for yourself.

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This is very common! Even with hybrid working, a PM decides that a team will come to an office on a certain day, then it turns out there is nowhere to sit and meeting rooms are all occupied...

Some businesses adopted booking systems, but that doesn't work either as peeps are making bookings just in case. Then you come in, some rooms are empty but you can't get in as they are booked ;-)

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1. Set up an offshore company owned by another offshore company owned by another offshore company owned by another offshore company owned by a trusted friend

2. Buy an office building, put some fake art, counterfeit furniture

3. Move your onshore company to it and charge excessive rent

4. Make sure people are actually working in the office, so that when there is highly unlikely visit of a tax inspector, they can see it's not a trap house but a legit enterprise

5. Enjoy tax free profits and pats on the back from neighbouring owners for keeping rent prices high.

This is not possible if every office worker works from home.

AWS adds bare metal support to EKS Anywhere

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Profit chasing

So volunteers commit their time for free to create an open source software and when it is mature enough, big corporation comes in, repackages it and sells it?

Seems like a way to avoid dealing with those pesky things like employees, salaries, employment law and other regulation and just completely focus on seeking profit!

Those corporations of course have enough money to ensure politicians won't work on closing that loophole.

Another problem is that to work on these open source projects, you need to have a lot of free time, which means you are likely from a privileged background. Then if you have these projects in your CV you are likely get a job over someone who doesn't. This puts people from poorer families at disadvantage.

That's why we no longer allow volunteering at for profit organisations, because these places where snapped up by youth with wealthy parents.

Moscow court fines Pinterest, Airbnb, Twitch, UPS for not storing data locally

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Re: "legalized the import of products without the authorization of the trademark holder"

What an eloquent reply. Let me lower myself to your level and say that progressive taxation is supported by people who don't understand maths and big corporations who don't want their workers to amass capital and at the same time they can say maybe we don't pay taxes, but look how much our workers pay! (as a way to pressure politicians to get HRMC off their backs)

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Re: "legalized the import of products without the authorization of the trademark holder"

Average CS engineer gets maybe £1k extra a month over someone stacking shelves. The difference that makes is that maybe you'll rent a slightly bigger flat and go to Caribbean for a holiday rather than Spain.

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Re: Terrorist state

many Russians are against the war, but suffering the consequences so they suffer for something that is not their fault when companies pull out

Oh you had to sneak in some Russian propaganda. Their bots bring this up time and time again hoping that naive Westerners will pressure their governments so the sanctions will be lifted.

I am sorry, but I can't see many Russians against the war, in fact it is quite the opposite.

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Re: "legalized the import of products without the authorization of the trademark holder"

the local police could still confiscate it from you.

Code word "could". It just means you had to pay for them to not confiscate and whether they already had such computer at home.

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Re: "legalized the import of products without the authorization of the trademark holder"

Given the western progressive taxation ensures that no matter what you do, you make broadly the same money, there is not much incentive to study CS anywhere...

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Terrorist state

Why do they do business with a terrorist state?

No sympathy here.

The Raspberry Pi Pico goes wireless with the $6 W

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Re: I/O

Mouser has like 15k chips in stock (not the whole boards, but you can make one yourself).

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Re: I/O

So why do we need another hobbyist chip that clogs production lines and doesn't bring anything new to the table?

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Re: I/O

SPI is quite buggy, there are some ICs that won't work with the hardware implementation and you have to bit bang with DMA. Not the end of the world, but you get a performance hit. Sometime you end up looking for a similar component with a parallel interface as otherwise perfomance is not acceptable.

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Re: I/O

Not much advantage over STM32 and if you want to drive some circuits that have parallel interfaces, you'll lose performance by having to mulitplex the I/O.

Probably its only edge over the competition is that it is available whereas STM32 is not in stock.

Give me RP2xxx with 128+ I/O and at least a SDRAM interface...

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It's a shame this has small number of pins to be able to do anything sensible with it.

Can see that people will be upgrading their Arduino garage door opener to this one, so they door will open a millisecond quicker.

PowerShell pusher to log off from Microsoft: Write-Host "Bye bye, Jeffrey Snover"

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Re: "Admins don't want command line interfaces"

When the script makes a mistake, the satisfaction from deleting it is infinitesimally smaller than firing a minimum wage employee facing being evicted for making a mistake of running it.

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Re: "Admins don't want command line interfaces"

It's all about dumbing down things and being able to hire minimum wage body to perform administrative tasks. This increases the pool of money available for manager's bonus.

NanoAvionics satellite pulls out GoPro to take stunning selfie over Earth

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Re: Did they build a little robot to yank the battery?

They rely on the helpful aliens. Whenever an alien see the battery popping out, they just put their paws on the satellite and manipulate it back in.

That was the deal reached by the US, USSR and aliens that they will never get photographed in exchange for them keeping an eye on the satellites and that the CIA and KGB will keep a blind eye on occassional abductions of civilians from the Earth (but the aliens were kindly asked for sharing the results of their experiments).

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So how one gets their own satellite into the orbit? Are there any open source projects?

How do you do the launch?

Can you apply for funding at your local Council?

How do you get the satellite back from space if you get bored and wanted to sell it?

Chinese boffins suggest launching nuclear Neptune orbiter in 2030

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Re: This is a big mission ...

if the Chinese and "the west" banged their heads together

We kind of have. Had we not bought the millions of containers of Chinese tat that we really don't need, they wouldn't have funds to go with such projects.

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- Son, the Chinese are going to space!

- All of them? *excited*

- No, just their orbiter

- Oh.

FBI warning: Crooks are using deepfake videos in interviews for remote gigs

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Two faced

Just tell the person to show a print out containing a face next to them. If it is deep fake it will fall apart.

Soviet-era tech could change the geothermal industry

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Re: Vapourise

For Putin gone, there is 10 worse than him waiting to replace.

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Imagine that he could make the world a better place and find a way to vapourise Russia.

Tata Consultancy Services to create touchy feely 'Internet of Actions'

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Do you think if managers will be able to grope and smack remote workers, they'll stop insisting on coming to office?

China's blockchain boosters slam crypto as Ponzi scheme

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Re: While correct, it's also true of ...

The panic is built up so to make the short more effective.

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Re: Pension funds

that is *your* pot of money ready for when *you* start to draw it down.

This is quite interesting scam. Basically pension funds get to use your before tax money to speculate on the markets, but if you wanted to do it yourself, you get hammered by tax first.

For instance, the pension fund decides to invest your money into residential property they can do that using the whole amount you paid in, but if you wanted to use the money to invest yourself, then you have to pay income tax first and your purchasing power is automatically reduced - plus you have to compete with the funds anyway.

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Pension funds

I thought the biggest Ponzi scheme are pension funds.

You are unlikely going to see the money you put in and they constantly need new sheep to stay afloat.

It's probably the only Ponzi scheme that is legal.

Another detrimental effect of Pension funds is that they tend to compete with people on the residential property market driving the prices up and making it more difficult for people to afford their own place.

People often end up paying good chunk of their salary for their pension and then additionally pay rent to the company operated by a pension fund.

Tropical island paradise ponders tax-free 'Digital Nomad Visa'

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Re: Green death

Even medical cannabis is banned there, so you are dismissing quite a chunk of fellow disabled IT peeps you call "idiot drug addicts".

Maybe it's good there are places for people like you to congregate.

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Green death

Yes, I can see all the creative people flocking to Bali when you can get executed for having a spliff.

Rise in Taiwanese energy prices may hit global chip production

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We are the world leader in Brexits.

Cloudflare's outage was human error. There's a way to make tech divinely forgive

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Re: beckups

I read it in Toast of London voice...

You need to RTFM, but feel free to use your brain too

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Re: Measure twice, cut once

I would have expected him to at least ask

That also may be a cultural thing - whether in the company itself or how the person in question has been raised or just how they are wired (extremely introverted).

If someone has already developed the impostor syndrome, then prospect of validating it by advertising to the world they don't know something perceived as basic by other employees, may be particularly terrifying. Especially if you are month away from being homeless if you don't get paid.

That being said, I particularly liked the culture where it is said time and time again there are no stupid questions and there is no judgment as everyone makes mistakes and everyone has bad days when their brain is not up to the task. So people are comfortable asking and question even the most basic stuff.

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A lot of manuals are written in a way that don't consider the person reading it may be taking the instructions literally and depending on the domain knowledge of the reader some instructions may not be seen as ambiguous and that is a recipe for disaster as it will not trigger the alarm bells, that perhaps the manual shouldn't be followed that way.

Beijing probes security at academic journal database

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No such thing

CNKI is a privately-owned publishing

There is no private ownership in China. You can be an administrator of something, but everything is de facto owned by CPC.

Any mention that something is privately owned in China is for propaganda purposes aimed at Western consumer, to make them think China is very much Western and the blood thirsty communist regime is just a decoration, a quirk.

Back-to-office mandates won't work, says Salesforce's Benioff

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Re: Not as much a coward, but...

think of all the time we can save by not having to go to a pub every night after work for a pint...

Ah the stench of piss, sweat and beer breath while trying to figure out what someone is trying to say to you through all the noise of other people trying to do the same.

I take a Zoom call any time over going to a pub. It ticks all the boxes.


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