* Posts by theblackhand

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: Frikkin' shark movies on SyFy

I enjoyed Sharknado as well - it may have had something to do with drinking and doing shots every time something truly dire happened.

Three of us finished a bottle in the last 10-15 minutes alone....

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Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

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Re: Will the fickle finger of fondleslab fate help Windows 10?

If they deliver tablets that are similar to higher spec Android devices at a similar cost and provide MS tools (i.e. Office) as part of the bundle, they could manage to get market share.

Instead MS will deliver a budget tablet at the same price as a high spec Android device with a premium product priced against iOS devices with Office as an additional cost.

TL;DR - you're right...

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'Success'? Verify FAILED for 40% in self-assess tax trial

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Re: "Good luck with that March 2016 deadline"

Fund raising? The politicians could just submit expense claims for the ticket price...

New office equipment - check

Moat cleaning - check

Fake invoice for office supplies - check, although their is a query on whether billing for the time spent in prison is included or will be invoiced seperately

Rocket trip to the brave new world - check

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Ailing AMD battered by goodwill, inventory charges

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Re: They missed a trick

I'm not sure there was really any trick missed - the ARM market is well served by competent chip designers and it is a cut throat market where a poor chip design may result in a lot of unsold inventory. Look at nVidia's ARM products - as far as I am aware they have been losing money on them for 5-6 years trying to become an established player.

It may change with 64-bit ARM chips for servers, but I'm not convinced as adding IO performance to ARM chips to improve server performance will result in higher power usage and cost, Atom isn't that far away due to process advantages, and there are other potential competitors such as MIPS in the AP market.

Intel may have all the cards in the x86 market, but at least it tolerates AMD to avoid any monopoly issues that might cause the US government to intervene.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Most hated version of Windows

Not sure if you can count Windows ME.

It was so god awful that most people stuck with Win98 (or 95 in corporates) and jumped to NT4/2000.

Did MS even release it as an OS or just for coffee coasters?

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: Linux? Re:Steven R

You do realise that saying product X is good makes product Y slower, less capable and crap on your doorstep when you're not looking?

After reading too many reviews about a certain phone, my now inferior phone even went so far as not caring if I was looking when it defecated on my doorstep.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Re: Curiosity

Re: USB

Don't be silly - of course it can't use a USB stick to download the images as Curiosity won't be returning to earth and Curiosity's arms don't have the ability to self-insert the USB stick.

On the other hand, if there was a friendly Martian to help then a lack of USB could be a huge oversight on Curiosity's part....

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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Re: Rubbish - Old IT Grey suits out!

Hey youngster - stop playing on the mainframe lawn and go in play in the Android/iPhone park with the other pesky teenagers on TheReg....

Once you've read enough Gartner reports declaring everything you use "dead" and replaced by the latest flash in the pan, read up on various subtle forms of humour such as irony then you can come back for some more grouchiness...

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Re: Can I just have the case?

Is that one of the water cooled racks?

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Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods

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Re: How is this a DoS Attack?

"And I also happen to run a massively popular One Direction fan site (don't ask), "

Let me guess - there was a recession, you needed the work, when you went to the interview the lift seemed to go an awfully long way down, it's very hot in the office, you always thought Beel-Zebub was an unusual name but it seems to suit your boss well...

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: Oh noes! We've only got 5 years!

It won't catch gov.uk by surprise - they already have people negotiating with MS on how to extend support for the organisations that haven't managed to start their Win7 migration programs by 2020.

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iPhone addiction will RUIN YOUR LIFE – if only that were true

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I did a test last Friday....

I met a journalist friend at his office for a drink - when I said we're off to the pub, there was visible shaking from those that still had work to complete and couldn't come to the pub immediately.

Maybe they should have wrote half-assed stories about "Beer/crisp/pork scratching addictions will RUIN YOUR LIFE". At least they would have got to the pub faster but not sure if the content would have been appreciated in a technical publication.

Is that sufficiently scientific or should I continue to repeat the experiment to gather more evidence? Am I eligible for a research grant?

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: Transaction taxes

Doesn't this demonstrate Tim's point?

B2C users can't easily set up their own trusted payment system, so end up paying - B2B users can afford to set up/use their own payment system (BACS) so avoid the additional cost.

If there is a way of minimising taxes, most people will - whether that is paying trades people for cash jobs or employing specialists to create tax-efficient organisational structures or operational practices that avoid or delay when tax needs to be paid.

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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Re: It's true

Dear frank ly

I have good news and bad news for you.

The good news is I can fix it. The bad news is that it will be expensive.

But don't worry, as part of the upgrades you'll get this lovely new coat that only intelligent people can see....

I look forward to doing business with you

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Right to be forgotten? That’s not Google’s call – data MEP Albrecht

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Re: WT Everlasting F???

They say free trade is a good thing.

I'm unsure what the TTIP will be and everyone who does know either won't say or will end up in jail.

I guess we'll just have to wait until the good ol' US of A comes and rescues us Brits (and the rest of Europe) and imposes some democracy....

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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Of course they go together.

Options:

Sport option pack: The sport option pack consists of a racing strip and an additional sports button on the gearbox (add $999)

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

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Facebook vs Moonpig

I couldn't see where to enter my address and credit card details on Facebook so posted them as a status update.

Am I doing it right?

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Qualcomm prez says nowt about $1bn China fine rumours

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Let me guess...

China will settle the "abuse of market position" charges in exchange for Qualcomm dropping claims relating to China's 3G technologies and with a cross-licencing agreement for 3G IP?

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JPMorgan Chase mega-hack was a simple two-factor auth fail

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Re: one one of the biggest data security breaches in history.

AC - if I have two servers that need to talk to one another (lets say a classic client-server app where a front-end website talks to a back-end database).

How would choosing a protocol other than TCP/IP or a protocol supporting encryption provide me with more protection than a well firewalled (i.e. only necessary ports opened between zones, ensure zone separation for non-related functions), TLS-encrypted transport stream running over TCP/IP? In terms of one continuous network, firewalls provide an easy way of addressing the "one continuous network" issue to provide security, assuming they aren't configured with allow any rules.

The problem isn't TCP/IP, the problem is poor implementation - alternative network protocols will suffer the same issues.

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ICANN's technical competence queried by Verisign report

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Re: Sounds like a plan!

Security through obscurity?

I thought Verizon was highlighting process and operational issues rather than fundamental security issues. The key exchange process works (based on it being in use for sometime), it's just a little fragile - I suspect because it relies on people rather than automated jobs.

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Fancy a .trust domain? How's $150,000 sound?

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Maybe...

Would you be interested in a .itspracticallystealing domain for ONLY US$100,000?

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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Re: They are done

Apple/U2's only mistake was not giving users the choice or their new album or a video of Bono falling off his bike in NYC.

Why would anyone need more than two choices?

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: oops

Popcorn?

Surely it should be cake as AEDE appears to want to have their cake and eat it too....

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Re: You guys have it all wrong.

DT taking over BT? That sounds more like an OFCOM fantasy - beat up the nasty foreign company to make them give rural customers broadband versus rolling over and letting BT tickle there belly as OFCOM playfully try to swat them away.

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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Re: Surprise - the bailouts were profitable!

Careful when comparing US mortgage debt with other countries.

In the US, Fanny Mae got into trouble when people couldn't repay their mortgages and choose to wlak away. The asset passes to Fanny Mae and the borrower is left with nothing (no asset but also no debt) which leaves Fanny Mae with a large loss that has to be filled with government money but can be quickly rescued (assuming you don't ask too many questions about where all that government money comes from and the side effects....). Hence Fanny Mae is now profitable.

In many other countries (i.e. the UK), failing to pay your mortgage triggers a mortgagee sale and then any difference between sale of the asset and the outstanding debt remains the responsibility of the borrower - this leads to a large pile of debt that continues to accrue interest with something that will eventually be written off (it's labelled "toxic debt" as it will never be repaid). As this debt can only be written off as banks make more money, it greatly slows an economies recovery.

Note: there are some generalisations but the post is long enough as is...

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

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Thank goodness!!!!

I was worried they might be doing something bad, like breaking the law....

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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UK law

UK politicians don't make laws to be enforced, they make them to win votes of whatever vocal minority they are trying to please at the time.

Enforcement is someone else's problem...

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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

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Re: WPA2 is pretty unbreakable

WPA2/AES is only as secure as the key. If you are using pre-shared keys, rainbow tables (i.e. http://www.renderlab.net/projects/WPA-tables/) take you a long way to getting access to some ones Wifi to then sniff traffic.

Using one of the 802.1x options for authentication via a RADIUS server with regular re-authentication periods largely addresses that (i.e. re-authenticating every hour will mean separate brute force runs over each hour of captured data).

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Re: Doubt it

That's a little harsh.

There are also unskilled conservative, unskilled liberal democrat, unskilled regional loony, unskilled loony, unskilled dope smoking layabout etc

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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So....

Will iPhone buyers now be asked if they want fries with their order?

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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Re: It used to be that...

Didn't the ECC and IRB sell cricket and rugby rights to Sky to help develop the game and international players?

I know it means those that want to watch the game have to pay, but doesn't the counter argument also apply? Why should those with no interest in these games pay for them out of the TV licence fee?

As for Sky - can you create a Sports product without football as an option so that those who watch rugby and cricket don't have to pay a fortune for something that we never watch? I know - they won't kill the cash cow...

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Net neutrality, Verizon, open internet ... How can we solve this mess?

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Re: ISP costs re: theblackhand

Cheaper for the ISP - ISP's will typically not pay for data transmitted via a peering arrangement (a direct connect between the ISP and the content provider) but will have to pay a volume based fee for transit traffic (content that traverses one or more ISP's and a peer to reach your ISP's network).

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ISP costs

"It costs the ISP the same for me to download a 1MB document from netflix as it costs to download a 1MB document from Google."

Are you sure? And if it is valid for 1MB, it's likely due to a rounding error - does it still apply for 1GB/1TB/etc?

Content from providers directly connected to an ISP will almost certainly be cheaper than content that has to transit one or more other providers.

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TalkTalk's 'unbeatable signal strength' and 'fastest Wi-Fi tech' FIBS silenced by ad watchdog

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Dear Talk Talk

If you stray from "Talk Talk - we're crap but cheap" you're going to get in trouble....

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7 questions we're dying to ask the internet's MOST EXCITING BLOKE

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"greater sexual equality"

It's an attempt by telecoms people to get as much sex as the rest of the IT community. Men/women will be multiplexed into available slots to prevent "bandwidth hogs".

Don't worry, I won't be here for the rest of the week....

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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Re: MPs: Lying, thieving, corrupt gits who think the rest of us are stupid RE:AC

Of course people vote along party lines rather than based on the integrity of the individual - how many politicians do you think we would have otherwise?

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

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Re: FutureShock999

"This effectively spells the end of the POWER architecture too. Knowing that the support contract to produce new chips is only for 10 years"

I think you maybe reading a little too much into the move by IBM. I don't think IBM is trying to stop POWER (even unintentionally) - this is about securing GlobalFoundries medium term future as a manufacturer by allowing GF to present rosey forecasts to banks and investors to ensure they stay in business. And I would expect future agreements.

With AMD struggling against Intel and a lot of TSMC/UMC/Samsung capacity tied up for the foreseeable future, keeping GlobalFoundaries in the game is important for IBM (and AMD).

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Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE

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So....

They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our invention of sexual intercourse!

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

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Re: Are Eccles Cakes subject to the appellation controlée laws?

Exactly - what is the point in having a petty, bureaucratic organisation if they aren't going to be petty or bureaucratic?

If something isn't done to stop this, foreign cakes, with their fancy icing, will flood UK cake shelves and cause good, honest British cakes to be left on the shelf.

Vote some random organisation to stop or start this outrage!

Mines the coat with Labour/Conservative/Lib Dem/UKIP crossed out and replaced with "what is the point?"....

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NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden

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Re: Cheyenne ArcServe.

I suspect a lot of people feared Arcserve as it had a lovely habit of abending their servers.

And while they could he fixed with the appropriate patches, getting said patches (from Novell and Cheyenne) wasn't always trivial. Even after we upgraded our Internet line from 9k6 to 256Kb.

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LTE's backers vow to KILL OFF WI-FI and BLUETOOTH

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Re: Another 'systemd' moment?

A corporation can also:

- return money to investors

- split the company into multiple entities

- fail

And probably many more.

Growth provides a path to increased revenue (and hopefully profit), but as long as a company is earning sufficient revenue to survive the rest is just negotiating with shareholders to ensure that they are happy (or happy enough)...

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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Re: good

Rebranding will provide you with more driver goodness than you currently have.

Or were you expecting "better" as in "worked better"? That would cost money and we decided to blow that on a new corporate logo.

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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Re: GAZZA'S been researching this for years...

Gazza has the full effect - you should have seen him before the Xanthohumol. The guy was a mess - he even signed for Spurs....

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Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER

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Re: the black hand RE: the black hand Nice

I also said "Cat... Meet pigeons..."

So Itanium's dead by 2020 then?

Any idea when HP will release the x86-64 version of OpenVMS/Non-stop/HP-UX so customers can transition to something acceptable? It would be nice to have something in between good and fast (POWER) and good and slow (Itanium) - who knows, average all round (x86-64) might even bump those server revenues that have been disappearing for so long.

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Re: the black hand RE: the black hand Nice

Saying everyone will move to Power or Xeon isn't backpedalling.

SPARC and Itanium have been in a race for some time to see which platform outlives the other - I suspect SPARC will live longer in the real sense (new hardware and performance bumps) but Intel/HP will keep kicking the dead horse inspite of providing a migration path to Xeon. Sure Itanium to Xeon will be bumpy, but so was the migration to Itanium (what happened to all of our SAP performance when we moved to Itanium? Come back PA-RISC...).

Is Intel planning anything more than a clock speed increase for Itanium or is even that too much to hope for? Is there one more die shrink and cache bump or is all the R&D cut off....

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Re: RE: the black hand Nice

Not a sunshiner - I just like throwing my hook in the water to see how long it takes for you to bite Mr Bryant.

And I agree that everyone will move to Power or Xeon.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Re: Tim's hopes for solar and wind are doomed

"The Sun does shine at night. It's just hiding. If we could find a method to coax it out"

If we could flatten out the earth to stop the spinning and maybe use a few rockets to adjust the position a little we could have perma-daylight.

And it would make all those idiots that didn't believe the earth was flat finally admit they were wrong. Mwahahahahaha.

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PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai

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Migrating from IPv4 to IPv6

One of the major issues with IPv6 IS that performance for high end routers and switches is half the speed for IPv6 versus IPv4 and takes more memory.

Part of this is caused by the differences in address length - part is the expected growth of the global routing table due to the availability of more address space in IPv6.

This doesn't affect home routers (assuming they support IPv6) that rely on a default route via the WAN interface but global Internet routing table growth has already caused problems a number of times in the past when hardware limits have been reached.

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Supercomputers: The Next Generation – Cray puts burst buffer tech, Intel Haswell inside

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Re: Permission to drool, please?

The same pills as the designer of the CS400 rack doors took?

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