* Posts by Number6

1798 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

IPv6 now faster than IPv4 when visiting 20% of top websites – and just as fast for the rest

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Re: We didn't run out of ipv4

The IoT is still going to use "meet in the middle" servers, with or without NAT.

What I want is some sort of IoT standard such that I can run my own server, point all my own IoT things to it and then have a good restricted access to that from the outside so I can get my phone or laptop to call home. That way it all stays within my firewall, under my control and (bar vulnerabilities in the server), keeps all my data safe. Of course, it also keeps it safe from all the companies out there that want to collect my personal information, which is why they will probably never conform to a common protocol.

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Bot-herders fire fake GPS co-ords at Niantic to collect Pokémon

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I think our dog is about ready for this feature. She would approve of avoiding the next planned death march in pursuit of Pokemon.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: Have Laserjets gone out of fashion?

I had a 5MP with duplexer and a 4M+ but had to leave the 5MP when I moved country. the 4M+ should have been left but accidentally got shipped but isn't much use in the US. Many years sterling service from both of them, it was a shame to lose them.

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Re: noooooo

All old hat now, the new thing is organic OLED diodes.

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Re: Training

Yep. I was surprised this was a ladder incident. When I got to the part of the story where the BOFH grabbed the cables the PFY was handing down from the ceiling, I expected either electrocution or hanging for the smug little printer rep. The ladder was...unexpected.

It shows good planning. Had the end been electrocution or hanging they would have had a body to deal with, and lifting it to throw out the window would have been more effort. Using the defenestration technique means that someone else has to clear up the mess.

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Africa's MeerKAT looks at the sky, surprises boffins with 1,300 galaxies

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Does it have an image feed? Can I follow it?

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FTC lets Nest off the hook over Revolv IoT hub bricking shame

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Re: Home Server

I refuse to have a smart TV. I use a dumb TV with a Linux-based media centre to do the smart bits, so I can be reasonably sure that the TV isn't transmitting my conversations to some unknown place out on the web or ratting out my viewing habits to advertisers.

As for the music stuff, I have several Pi-based systems in the house that hook into a Squeezebox sever running on a machine here. Very cheap way to get networked music around the house, a Pi, a small USB power supply and a pair of computer speakers. Not hi-fi, but the environment here is not good enough for that anyway.

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Re: Home Server

A Raspberry Pi is probably good enough to act as a server to get IoT things working again, it doesn't have to be expensive if you've got someone in the community minded to put together a bit of software.

I dislike stuff that only talks to the cloud, I much prefer to have it all confined within my firewall with an approved gateway in.

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Home Server

The obvious answer from the consumer perspective is for the company to produce a home server that can be used with the device. Either they can write their own or release enough information about the device that someone else can write one, because there are enough people out there that would. If necessary, one final software update for the device so that it can be pointed at the local server rather than one in the cloud.

Can't see it happening though, it would mean that all those people wouldn't have a need to go buy a new device from somewhere.

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Debian: s/Chairman/Chair/g

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Wrong usage

The correct term is chairman. When addressing the person occupying the chair, it is either "Mister Chairman" or "Madam Chairman" as appropriate.

If I have to address the chair then whoever's sitting in it needs to get out. Chairperson is just silly.

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

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Re: They have subpoena powers

They can compel him to attend but given that he's turned up, is there anything else they can compel him to do? I don't know if they do stuff under oath, but if not, he could respond to everything with a quote from Shakespeare or similar.

I don't know what happens if one refuses to take oath, presumably there's a clause about contempt to cover that.

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NASA curious about Curiosity's fourth 'safe mode' event

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It probably realised it was searching a dodgy patch of Mars and wanted to filter the results.

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RM: School spending on tech is soft, soggy and downright subdued

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Still going? I remember their good old 380Z and even the 480Z machines. The 380Z was somewhat expensive and over-engineered but I remember it well and wrote my first BASIC and machine code programs on one.

It's memories like that which are probably the reason they're still around.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: A final throw of the Minty dice before

I moved my uncle and my dad from Win XP to Mint Mate. I don't get support calls any more. It's an LTS version, and i use team viewer every now and again to run updates.

What's wrong with ssh? That's how I update my father's machine. The only time I need something more is if I have to troubleshoot a GUI program, but now he's learned the three or four things he needs his computer for, they're mostly well-behaved.

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Facebook's new stalker tool

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Yet another reason not to install the FB app on your phone.

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Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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If he installs it in a Ford Transit, would it be considered as a classic example of Van Newman architecture?

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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Re: Two Stages

It's not quite that one-sided. The rest of the EU may wish to trade into the UK so we have rules too, that's why negotiation and reasonable attitudes are required. If a forest of red tape and tariffs suddenly hits UK business when trying to sell into the EU, there may be a trade war where all the EU imports get hit by equivalent red tape and tariffs. Business leaders won't want that, it'll only be the politicians trying to maintain their egos.

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Two Stages

If we could vote on “common market” and “ever-closer political union” separately then I suspect the entire discussion would be very different and much less fraught.

We are attempting to do that in two stages. The first is to leave the EU, which dumps the political union part. Then, assuming reasonableness all round (hah!) we can negotiate a sensible common market agreement.

Much of the Remain argument has been about how the EU is going to be nasty and mean to the UK in the event of a Leave vote. Do we really want to be associated with such a group of people? I'd rather leave on principle if they're that obnoxious. On the other hand, if they are indeed sweet and reasonable people (see above) then there's nothing to lose and everything to gain from voting to leave.

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Stuxnet was the opening shot of decades of non-stop cyber warfare

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Neuromancer

Sounds a lot like a William Gibson novel. Spooky that it was written in 1984. As with the book of that title, some seem to be using it as manual, not a work of fiction.

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Mobile phone app replaces Congressional TV as Democrats stage sit-in

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Periscope's finest hour(s).

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Parliament is building a new website – and it doesn't want GDS anywhere near it

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Video

Hopefully they'll offer the video archives in something a bit better than Silverlight that is properly cross platform (HTML5, anyone?)

The information available is quite comprehensive, you just need to allow yourself time to find out where it is. I assume that's the sort of thing to be addressed by the revamp.

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Maine town plans to become 'Gigabit Island'

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City?

I did boggle a bit at calling it a city. One of the nicest ones I've visited if it is. although they have a Town Hall, not a City Hall.

A bit of maths suggests that $3.8million (excluding interest) would be paid back in three years if they had 100% sign-up for the fibre.

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Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

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Re: Sounds worrying

I thought Telegram was open source, at least the client side. If it's got end-to-end encryption then in theory a compromised server shouldn't be an issue if it's been done properly.

Mind you, how many people download the source and compile their own app?

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Fat fibre taxes strangling us – UK broadband providers

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Re: Government clueless on rates as usual

The way to fix council tax is to replace it with something based on the last sale price of the property, inflated annually by some fixed amount, to be re-assessed each time the property is sold. That way, granny who paid a pittance many years ago but lives in a £2million house in London isn't forced out, but anyone buying it from her (or her estate) knows in advance how much tax it's going to cost them annually over the coming years and can budget for it. Then apply it to all property, business or residential.

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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Re: Oh training budgets....

I'm also amazed how quickly things go from "required for role" to "nice to have" when you point out that if it's a business requirement, then the business should be paying.

Yes, had a variation on that too. Many moons ago, the my employer was trying to tidy up the software environment, removing all the dodgy stuff and giving everyone a legal copy of WordPerfect (for DOS, so that long ago). We'd been using it for several months by that point, a whole group of engineers writing a lot of procurement specifications, so between us we'd pretty much figured out all the useful features. The catch with the legal upgrade was that we were all required to go on the WP training course, and reading the syllabus we realised that it wasn't going to tell us anything we didn't already know how to do. We finally escaped from this one when the engineering manager realised that all the course fees were going to come out of his budget and suddenly we didn't have to do the course before getting our legal WP. This is the same company at which I filled out that training feedback form I mentioned elsewhere.

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Re: Wot?

The PFY had better watch out, something really bad is in the works.

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Re: Sounds like

We got exposed to psychology course at uni. Being engineering students, we mostly took the piss out of it, and it was clear that in most cases you could select a bunch of studies to support a viewpoint and then select a different bunch to support the opposite viewpoint. It wasn't all useless though, I think it taught us all how to recognise bullshit at an early stage and take appropriate countermeasures.

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I once filled in a post-course feedback form:

Q. What did you expect to gain from this course?

A. Nothing

Q. What did you gain from this course?

A. Nothing

I had complained loudly before going about how the course was well below the level at which I was working at the time but because someone needed to tick a box somewhere, I had to waste company money attending. I don't think they sent me on any more after that one though. No axes or hatchets were involved though.

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Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

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All the video stuff on the BBC website that I've tried insists on Flash being present. About time the Beeb updated its website to something more modern. I guess it'll happen sometime after they get IPv6 accessible.

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E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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That was my immediate thought too.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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WTF?

RIP Lester, you will be sadly missed.

Perhaps LOHAN needs to be renamed to LESTER, not an acronym, it just stands for a really good bloke.

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DataCore drops SPC-1 bombshell

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I thought they looked like Tallboys. If they're on display then hopefully someone checked that they aren't full of explosives, unlike the Grand Slam used as a gate guardian at RAF Scampton.

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RIP ROP: Intel's cunning plot to kill stack-hopping exploits at CPU level

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Re: Would also bork legitimate code

Back in the days of the 8-bit processor, I remember writing code (in assembler!) that would implement a 16-bit jump by pushing the target onto the stack and doing a ret. Not all processors needed it, the 8080/Z80 has a JP (HL) instruction so that one didn't need to involve the stack, although it also had the EX (SP),HL instruction to make it easy to manipulate the stack content.

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

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Re: Maybe,

Easier approach would be to tip off MS that the poachers are running pirated copies of Windows. that way the poachers would be fighting off the MS legal department, which would then actually be performing a useful service to the world.

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BOFH: What's your point, caller?

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Re: ....The boss and the PFY have become rather patient of late

Just let it wash over you, while grabbing the occasional item of interest from the flow for further examination and entertainment. Plus there's the concept of the long game, it might be that the PFY needs to put in a month of effort but thinks that the end result will be spectacular and worth the effort.

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Cumulus Linux 3.0 NOS now in the wild

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Linux

Sounds like an ideal distro for cloud-based stuff.

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Shhhh! Facebook is listening

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My solution is that I refuse to have the FB app on my phone, along with most other apps. I'm sort of stuck with the Google crap but I do my best to review app permissions and have declined to install a few based on what they ask for and what I think they need.

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Boring SpaceX lobs another sat into orbit without anything blowing up ... zzzzz

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Re: Ob: Pournelle

Here we go, hypersonic technology, 60s style...

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Re: Ob: Pournelle

Except the Thunderbirds are a figment of imagination. Where as this is real life.

But Thunderbirds is still set in the future, despite using 1960s technology (the episode where Gordon is wandering around inside Fireflash shows this really well) and an old kitchen clock. Who's to say that SpaceX isn't laying the groundwork for TB3?

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Re: Ob: Pournelle

I think of Thunderbirds 1 and 3, which have been successfully doing this since the 1960s.

(OK, so TB1 technically isn't a space-going rocket, but it still manages to land on its tail back under the swimming pool)

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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Re: I thought I recognized "Sensus"... We have met the enemy and he is (Sens)us

Having said that - some apparently kosher small switching supplies have enough leakage to make you jump if not under load. In the early days of switching supplies for computers the earth conductor was very substantial to handle the leakage.

If it's the kind without an earth connection, then the usual thing is for the negative side of the secondary to be connected to live and neutral via about 3nF of capacitance, presumably for EMC purposes. This means that in the absence of anything else, a UK PSU will look like a 120V AC source in series with 1Mohm impedance, so if you grab it and a convenient earth you'll be tickled by about 120uA of current, which is enough to feel.

If you've got a suitable multimeter you can try it - put it on AC volts and measure between earth and the PSU output, then on AC current and do the same thing and you'll get something in the ballpark of those numbers.

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Re: Holy shit, these people are retarded!

Yes, it's always worth trying that if someone gives you a redacted PDF.

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Re: GPl

Grab the popcorn girls and boys. It would be so amusing if LandG were using GPL code and can be forced to open the whole source.

Not necessarily. They are obliged to provide a copy of relevant code on request to anyone who owns one of their products, which would be the electric utility. I don't know if they're supposed to provide a copy to anyone who *uses* the product (i.e. the customers).

Also, provided they've done things correctly, they only have to provide the base OS and its supporting programs, their application code is still theirs and is not subject to the GPL.

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Re: I thought I recognized "Sensus"... We have met the enemy and he is (Sens)us

I learned with CIVIL - with C, current leads (CIV), with L, current lags (VIL).

It's a far more polite way to remember.

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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I spent nearly three months playing croquet on the grass outside or sailing RC boats in the ornamental pond due to lack of work and impending end of the company. They didn't forget to stop paying us at the end though, but I think the few who were kept on to finish a few things got pretty good retention bonuses.

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Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er ... terrorism

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Re: @ Sir Runcible Spoon. One reason is because of the dogs

Our dog is big and loud and the meter is not visible from outside. Worse, you have to run up some stairs to the gage from where the meter is fitted. However, the pool is much further than the meter so there's no need for the meter reader to fall in that.

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Re: Optional

What do they plan to do with that complete list of everyone who's accessed the docs? It makes me want to go visit every public library I can and click on the link.

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Re: Mmmph! HAHAHAHA!

I've lived in other large cities in the US, and this has to be one of the most unstable power grids around. One wonders how much duct tape is really keeping it all together

Based on the outages, clearly not enough.

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Re: Onset of turbulence is entirely predictable

Yes, works for me too.

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Re: The single biggest problem with turbulence

Turbulence can hit without warning, and if you've got the trolley in the aisle when things start getting bumpy, wedging it in place might be the best you can do.

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