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2878 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: NAT is a kludge

Yes NAT is a kludge. Rather than killing it, IP6 should have had a fixed version. Even VOIP can work via NAT (it's one of the trickiest).

I'd like to see how well your legacy IP4 gadgets (which can't be migrated to IP6) work, how good your security and privacy works etc, when there is no IP4 for your router.

Privacy and Security appear to be kludged afterthoughts on IP6.

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We need IP6

Just not the IP6 on offer.

I'm glad to see other people catching on to the practical problems IP6 creates that I have been harping on about for many years.

I was considering changing my name to Cassandra. Perhaps I should have used it as my nick here.

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

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Re: UK TV Licence

"You need a licesence to watch broadcast TV or to stream media 'as live' (ie as its being broadcast). Catch-up TV in its various forms is fine."

In the UK. In some other countries with a TV licence the rules are more restrictive, simply having any receiving device (even if broken or no aerial or can't do Digital) (i.e. VHS) makes you liable. The UK is more enlightened than some! Having no TV licence doesn't seem to work too well for some countries judging by quality, but don't worry, the BBC is doing its best to make a case to abolish TV licence. Careful what you wish for. TV licence does pay for BBC Radio and some good TV content, still.

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I worked in BBC in 1970s

I'd not touch them with a barge pole now unless there is a clean sweep of management. There needs to be about 1/4 as many and people that care about Content quality, Engineering Quality and what the viewer and listener needs (not what an agency, focus group or poll identifies ... That route leads to mediocrity and a poor copy of US Commercial TV).

BBC management only care about themselves and viewing figures.

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Re: Public money

Needs reformed.

Sell it off and you have another Channel Five.

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Re: At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning

They have changed.

30 to 20 years ago they produced good Radio & Telly, did their own engineering (Comms, & IT etc). Now it is all dumbed down, outsourced and agenda driven (Climate Change, Reality TV, LGBT, junk popular "science" (Wifi Headaches etc) etc all driving decisions).

Netflix, Lovefilm and Internet isn't the problem or solution, The issues are CONTENT (too little) and MANAGEMENT (too many). Both are garbage.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Re: Nice thing to have

WiFi is really hard on power compare to MP3 playing. Esp. If screen light blanks.

Phone talk time harder.

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Re: Yes please

Except it's 2G only and in some countries operators can change existing 2G spectrum to 3G use with only 6 months notice to regulator.

There are cheap phones sold even in Europe that are similar, but without the video (pointless?) and MP3 (definitely needed). Sadly they are all 2G only.

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Intel admits: Broadwell Core M chip looking a bit thin, no fans found at all

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You mean sick. The l key is beside k, probably a finger slipped.

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Re: Here's an idea

I think Intel has a full ARM licence.

I think they even have an ARM based comms SoC someplace. They only sold MOST of their ARM (from DEC originally) to Marvell.

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AMD's first 64-bit ARM cores star in ... Heatless in Seattle*

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Still

Apart from power it's likely to be a lot cheaper than Xeon in quantity, maybe also a later version have disk I/O, USB and Networking built in.

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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Only called Neurons

Any resemblance to anything to do with real brains is just that. It doesn't help with mimicking a real brain as we don't know

* How a brain really works. Saying a brain has neurons isn't useful.

* What is intelligence exactly? If someone gives me a spec, I'll have a slow AI running on my server once I implement it. Storage and existing Data is no issue with an Internet Connection as long as speed doesn't matter. It can learn very much quicker than a baby, child or adult once the basic English is programmed in. Just give me a spec.

* What is sentience?

* What is self-awareness? (though you can test animals with mirrors and blobs of paint. Some behave in a manner that suggests a concept of self and other instances of the animal. But then cats hardly react to reflections or video because the smell is absent.)

Exactly ultimately how is this different from Transputers? Other than simpler elements and more of them using smaller geometry?

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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If its to sway XP users?

XP users need Firefox and Noscript anyway. as well as a firewall, so no direct 3G dongle, Only use mobile dongle with a WiFi point or ethernet router that has a firewall.

I hope future IE

a) By default has Active X disabled, and if enabled only works on private IP ranges.

b) is standards compliant

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Intruder alert: Cyber thugs are using steganography to slip in malware badness

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Hmmm

Put your original Trojan in a nice free mouse / glide pad / keyboard / USB TV stick (from $6) / USB memory stick.

Use this and the email / webmail interface trick too.

Send to selected executives, ministers etc ...

Why bother with random public.

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BBC man Linwood 'was unfairly sacked' over £100 MILLION DMI omnifail

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Re: Never mind the "talent", what do their HR people get paid?

He inherited it and his bosses went La La la when he or anyone else suggested there was a serious underlying problem with the approach.

There was a different project in BBC R&D that works that could have been adapted. But that presumably would not have suited Siemens.

How can you possibly bring anything outsourced to Siemens back in without scrapping it and restarting with a new spec? He was doomed to fail.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Ofcom has forked tongue

a) I agree with all the earlier posters. Having a false confidence to click the icons till something happens proves nothing. It's not about technology but use of shiny gadgets with style speced by Marketing and Arts people.

b) Anything published by Ofcom is suspect in methodology. First identify the Ofcom agenda.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Forget about the solar panels!

Doesn't solve Interstellar travel problem.

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Re: At last

The last Starfighter?

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True fact: Hubble telescope spots ZOMBIES in SPACE

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Close Galaxies

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_galaxies#Closest_galaxies

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Chinese 'linkfarms' propel Microsoft to web server crown

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Deja Vu

Wasn't this the IIS news last month too?

So MS has the lead in Servers that only serve an advert for a domain name. Equivalent to a book publisher whose most sales are adverts on bus shelters?

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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Re: Typical Microsoft

and why SP7 was cancelled for NT4. I ran and tested preview NT4 USB stack that would have been in SP7. Win2K drivers / applications worked on it.

Or why no SP4 for XP.

They don't like SP since they moved to online updates. I'm amazed there were ANY SPs for any windows after XP SP3

Lots of people still don't have Broadband. They need SP CDs.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: Add it manually to Sky!

Absolutely.

Also already on any £25 to £40 generic Sat box (which runs off spare connection on the Sky Dish) like from B&Q, Aldi, Lidl.

Or stick any random Scottish post code into a Freesat box. My Freesat HD, Sky box and generic boxes, PC sat cards all work fine with STV.

IPTV of the Web variety rather than ISP supplied subscription cable clone is rarely ever scalable to cope with larger than usual demand.

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Re: Std Dirty tricks by tory boys of the westminster clan

My theory is that the Yes campaign can't win by anything they say.

But Westminster or the "Staying together camp" could lose.

Perhaps the Tories will in the last week issue some statement that totally enrages the Scottish and they all vote yes.

Then Tories have permanent majority. If you want a conspiracy, I think my idea is better.

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Laser eavesdropping

yes, it's off the shelf to eavesdrop by a special IR laser on a window and process the reflection. That's quite simple.

This is more complex and defeats special anti-eavesdropping windows.

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Nokia Networks: Don't hate us, broadcasters – we're testing LTE for TV

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8-VSB is poor

European DVB-T and especially DVB-T2 is nothing to do with politically chosen 8-VSB

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Oh dear

This is about Nokia selling gear to dumb operators.

It's no more efficient than DTT. National transmission coverage would cost more than DTT.

It's duplication unless you are scrapping DTT. (a wet dream for Comreg and Ofcom who want to abolish DTT)

It's a massive number of masts to give current DTT coverage.

Not about LTE or efficiency. About Nokia making money.

Let us use Broadcast spectrum for Broadcasting. We need to stop changing the specs too and have stability. People do not want to buy new TVs and Setboxes every few years.

Use Mobile Spectrum for Mobile. Efficiently. The reality is that there is NO need for 800MHz. If the 900, 1800 and 2100 was single Wholesale operator that would give a x4 improvement in many places. But Regulators want to maximise Licence revenue. Licence the retail resellers and have NO licence fee for spectrum, but single regional, national or pan euro wholesale operators for spectrum efficiency.

DTT is maybe 20x more expensive than Satellite for TV broadcaster, (LTE TV won't save money) but should be mandatory for ever for any TV station with a Broadcast licence in the territory. Nor should a station be allowed to give up FTA Terrestrial unless they are encrypted advert free premium subscription only on Cable and Satellite.

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Silentrunners

Does the Registry Execution Point analysis tool here on Silentrunners.org find this?

I find it a very useful tool, coupled with rebooting in safe mode and using a couple of root kit scanners is better to check and clean manually than any performance crippling AV. (see gmer for an old one)

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Apple

If there is a real market for this Apple will do it.

They may sue these people out of existence anyway.

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The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

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Re: Commentards ?

8:1 suggests not fearless enough about expressing unpleasant truths or contrary opinions.

A mere populist. You need to be a bit more controversial.

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Offices?

Surely all that's needed is a bedroom, netbook and internet connection?

Clothes optional.

Coffee probably needed.

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Irish Data commisioner

Previously has taken the role more seriously than Financial Regulator or Comreg the comms regulator. They even slapped Sky quite hard.

They may take a while to get involved.

There may be popcorn shortages soon.

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US Tech Companies

Even if "uncle sam" wasn't reading the private info, Google, Facebook etc do.

Google, MS, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Linkedin etc regard users as something to be exploited. Boycott the US Tech companies anyway.

"Free" usually has a catch.

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Samsung faces down TAB and smartphone MOUNTAIN HORROR

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Re: Peak Samsung?

They'll have to sell more diggers, chips, aircons, fridges, generators etc.

At least they are not a one trick pony.

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Dr Dre's crew gets Beats-down from Apple: 200 jobs to go – report

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Probably nearly all of Beats' staff. It's only a reseller and marketing company.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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One app for all?

Maybe for some trivial apps.

But small phones, large phones & small tablets, large tablets, PCs (inc Notebooks) and "Smart" TVs or any of above driving a TV at 1m to 3m viewing distance need 6 flavours of GUI.

Some applications simply are not suitable all classes of device, even if the underlying API and tools let you write one app for all Java (despite some short comings) can either use Programmer's skin or the native GUI / Skin of the target. I've certainly done some applications in Java that are write once and work on Gnome Linux, windows and a mad 320 x 240 PDA device running Debian on ARM.

So are yet again MS jumping from one extreme to the other? Pre Zune & Metro you had the stupidity of Win95 style interface on WinCE. 320 x 240 devices.

So SOMETIMES you can write one app for all platforms. Other times really best usability is a different application for each. Absolutely though the different platforms need different GUIs.

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Has Europe cut the UK adrift on data protection?

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Re: Democracy

N.I. no longer has a Democratic Government. It's a fraud to keep IRA happy.

It's an example of a place where Democracy doesn't work. The same is true of some other countries. e.g. Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Palestine, Sudan, marginal in Turkey and Pakistan (That's why the Military keep taking over to protect people).

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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It just isn’t feasible to run both DTT and mobile data services in the same band.

TRUE!

Also the 800MHz sell off was Governmental GREED.

No "Digital dividend" for viewer or Broadcaster.

The Mobile operators have captured the Regulators.

They are using existing 900, 1800, 2100 etc poorly.

It's driven by Licence Revenue. Not logic. Ofcom's agenda (And Comreg and some others) is to abolish Terrestrial TV.

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Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms

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Nothing to see

Poor version of existing tech on a USA only channel.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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You can buy expensive x86 family dev boards with Windows

Since forever, with licence for what ever Windows MS was pushing at the time.

Since this one has no networking (WiFi or Ethernet) it seems particularly poor.

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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Alien

Not Luck

Obviously those guys that live in Asteroids did it deliberately because the Dinosaurs making too much noise.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Re: Four problems

Yes, we need 96fps progressive, then Film at 24 or Digital cinema 48 can be interpolated. We need to migrate to 96fps instead of mad mix of 24p, 25i, 30i 25p, 50p and 60p at present.

Going to 96fps will give a huge improvement. Also Progressive higher frame rate source means that 3840 x 2160 interpolation from 1920 x 1080 will look really good, esp if the camera was 3840 x 2160 @ 96fps progressive and down sampled with anti-aliasing to 1920 x 1080.

UHD streaming or transmission at 25i 50Hz, 30i 60Hz, 50p or 60p is stupid.

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Re: It doesn't matter how good the display is if there's nothing to display

25fps 50Hz interlace 1080 lines

or 50fps 50Hz 720 progressive

No-one in Europe or UK broadcasts 60Hz.

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aware of the benefits of 4K

What benefits?

1) Unless you are sitting about 2m from a 84" screen (4m from 160") or larger there is little point in more resolution.

2) Where is the content?

3) Hardly any broadcast or streaming does full quality existing 1920 x 1080

4) Who wants an 84" screen in an ordinary room? A motorised screen and motorised zoom on a projector makes more sense above 40" to 56" for most homes.

Most HD content made for TV is still framed for SD, usually far too close in framing.

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You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

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Doomed

Wrong CPU. Probably subsidised. Intel has seen 85% drop in Mobile division revenue.

But sadly Tesco here has only ever sold Hudl sleeves. They sell Samsung and Apple though.

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Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins

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DOCSIS etc

Just implement FEC on the physical links and then TCP/IP won't resend as it won't get errors.

Many fixed wireless, coax and satellite links do this already.

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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Re: Nearly had me agreeing

You miss the point.

If all the traffic is Netflix there is a problem with the connection between ISP and Netflix as in this case there is no affordable peering for the ISP.

The content provider has to pay for their connection to "internet".

Your sub is only paying for connection to ISP and the ISP's normal peering costs.

The whole net neutrality debate is too simplistic.

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Re: Even the story doesn't seem to make sense.

Running the Netflix servers isn't free

They eat data too daily even if the users don't

A very High cost for a small ISP.

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Wonderful

We need more exposés like this.

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Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends

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Sparrow actually, not even Sparrow Hawk

See XKCD

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: US Immigration

I was stopped by Highway Patrol in USA outside Wooster Ohio.

They were very thrown by a UK British Driving Licence and a newish Irish Passport. Explaining I'd never had an Irish Licence or British Passport confused him more.

He had to radio someone but let me go. Fortunately I had a Indefinite Stay, Multiple Entry perpetual visa stamped in the Passport. I don't think too common then.

I lived and drove (legally) in Ireland for 8 years before I had to hand in my British Licence (renewed) and get an Irish one in exchange.

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