* Posts by Alistair

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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I don't understand this stuff so - lets legislate the crap out of it.

This (Canuck, so I get the concept of an upper house) is what the senior house is supposed to prevent, not follow. If one does not comprehend the subject, one cannot create comprehensive and effective legislation, thus one should not be ramrodding it in.

I understand the objective and why, and in reality the objective is honourable, but it is so fine a line between *preventing something* and *watching everyone all the time* that the legislation to effectively, correctly and properly manage the information such that it is not "We Want Everything from Everyone All The Time Just In Case" but rather "We need to find the problems before they happen" cannot be written. It JUST CANNOT be written. Effectively once the pool of information, no matter how stripped down, cleaned and controlled it is, exists, it becomes a case of (5 years from now its illegal to say the word shit on the internets) -- GO BACK AND FIND EM ALL!!!.....

I would have less of an issue with the idea of gathering "intelligence" and storing it if;

a) those that stored it could be trusted to keep it and *NOT MODIFY IT*

b) those that were using the intelligence could be trusted to use it *ONLY* for those things that we need to prevent (Mass murders, serial rapists perhaps, and such) - but it will be used (this might be offensive to some but it makes the point) by future Feminazi government types to find misogynistic males who've even once uttered the phrase "Hey babe, wanna get laid?"

c) if all of humanity *as a species* could give up on the "My sky fairy is better than your sky fairy" and "My economic model kicks your economic model's ass" or the "My skin makes me better than your skin" bullshit that tends to run our lives these days.

d) If and ONLY if economic engines are separated by impenetrable barriers from legislative engines. Until such time as companies are utterly BANNED from any political activity of any form, under pain of execution of the entire C suite, we will not have freedoms and legislation for persons. Only for and by the corporations.

(okay - the last bit is perhaps a tad over the top, but you get the drift, yes - I'm ranting because I'm dealing with a 4 vendor finger-pointing roundabout today, appropriate icon is appropriate)

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Big Blue weeps as another 8% slips off its storage scales

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IBM Storage slide

(pun intended)

Have you ever tried to manage an SVC?

If you have, you understand.

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

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Microsoft - I have an issue

your platform will not run my MVS JCL code. Please fix now.

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Lies, damn lies and Wikipedia: Murder suspect NOT a Plaxo founder – ex-staffer

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Re: see icon

asdf I think this perhaps makes a better 'irony' icon.

Sadly, having seen a couple of events of the sort pass through Jimbo's Excellent HTML Store, such no longer merits a chuckle.

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Nimble CEO lifts lid on sales veep saga. It ain't pretty

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"is perforce very aggressive"

I.E.

"Im a f***ing slave driver and if you don't f***ing like it get the f*** out!!!"

I see flying chairs.

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Your anonymous code contributions probably aren't: boffins

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Re: Not Surprised

"You know it's going to be a long day of bug hunting when you recognize a particularly bad programmer's style"

Absolutely agree. Been in my current employer for 17 years. There are a few coders (shell, java, app config, COBOL (yes its still here) and JCL, C, C++, Python, Perl and (ick) Ruby) - that I know by sight. Some have left and I still know "who wrote that". -- there was a project recently that had been "dropped on the ground" by management shuffles, at some point it became a critical issue and, well, from a comment style in an apache virtual host config I knew who had set it up....... and don't get me started on the tomcat application config -- *that* told me what team had put it in.....

(I might be a linux nut, but yes, I still look at the mainframe once in a blue moon too)

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

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Illegally resident croc

Since the 70's

The croc was still living in it's mom's basement.

So, 40 something basement dwelling, bottom feeder. Sound like most of the Internet's residents. Caught with dead kittehs. Hmmmmm. Fetish much?

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Yet more proof.

Those who can, do.

Those who can't, teach.

Those who can't teach, go into management.

Those who can't teach or manage, go into politics.

The sum total of intelligence on the planet is a constant.

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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iSamuri

*nuff said.

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Computers know you better than your friends

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social media analysis predictions

If we step away from FB Likes and start doing in depth analysis of social media postings, I'm afraid that the computers would decide that humanity had failed as a species, form SkyNet and wipe us out to protect the planet. I mean really, some of the tripe we've seen posted (and reposted) of late indicate that the ambient intelligence of the species is now dropping at an alarming rate.

I don't "Post your results on facebook" or "like this page to read this article", and I do have several relatives and actually intelligent friends that keep in touch there ... but I don't participate in the marketing culture.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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wow. Amazing the number of folks that just don't get it.

I don't yet own one, but I will. Borrowed an S 85 for 5 days from a friend who *does* own one. Its currently at the 4 year mark.

1) two days of -10C weather - no substantial charge life change I could see. And according to the owner at -38C he noted about 4% drop in reported range.

2) Owner has the full torque charger at home, tops him off in 40 minutes or less no matter what he does to it - I used the 110V 20A solution, and the top off for my run (which is effectively 3 times his standard run) took around 6 hours. I sleep just slightly less than that per night.

3) Snow. This damn thing is a tank in the snow. You *do* need to be a *lot* lighter on the take off than you might be in a IC engine, I only saw roughly 4cm of snow, not much, but the handling is solid as a rock if you *drive* for the snow (as opposed to most folks in high end crap around here who seem to think that because they paid more for their crap that it should make up for their stupidity)

Internally - I have long legs and a short torso, and I found that the seat arrangements aren't *quite* what I'd like to have - but I could get the extra 2 or 3 cms of lift if I really needed it. The armrests -- I don't typically use arm rests, but I agree - my elbow is likely to land on my coffee regularly. The screen is a distraction and there are settings there that would be annoying but, in general I found that once they'd been set I wasn't wont to play with them often.

The door pocket? not a big issue in my case -- in my VW TDI its a garbage bucket more than anything else.

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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@Brandon

more like you say flamethrower I say rocket engine.

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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The Federal Wall of Information.

@Lapun - See "too big to fail", and the extensive use of said phrase in 2k8/2k9. However I agree with the intent of your comment.

@FTB - "Can't believe a word that comes out the USA's any government's intelligence community." FTFY

I fail to see *any* benefit to North Korea in hacking the crap out of Sony and making them look bad when Sony has an utter piece of complete and total shit movie coming out that mocks the dear leader. Furthermore the "evidence" provided indicates that the hack of Sony had been ongoing for quite some time - SO:

a) either NK is not nor has it in any way had any involvement in the "Sony Hack" and anonymous individuals with real or imagined issues against Sony did this and its all a smoke screen because *no one* in a law enforcement position has any real concrete evidence of who dunnit.

b) GWB's "Axis of evil" is being hauled out again because the connection between ISIS/ISIL/Random Syrian Terrorists and Prince Bandar (house of Saud) and the good old USofA is becoming impossible to ignore, and North Korea is a handy member of said Axis that is *not* trying to get on the USA "good books"

c) "intelligence" agencies around the G12 have finally pointed out that sifting through the amount of crap that is social media, email, vpns, tor, etc etc etc has gotten to the point that there is *just too much* to track, and they need EITHER

A crapton more money to run this mess, and a WHOLE lot more money to be able to hire, lock in a hermetically sealed control centre all the SME's needed to actually do this (leaving hearth and home, and disconnecting from the world for the rest of your life makes these folk pretty expensive)

OR

Tons of new regulations that will require every individual around the world to have ONE and ONLY ONE id on the internets, and all actions will be through a government sponsored proxy so they can filter the ideas that get through to the people back to the limited crap they had access to in the 50s.

d) everything that leaked is bollocks, Sony posted it themselves, and this is all a huge advertising campaign to get enough money out of the movie to pay that dolt's salary.

Its *way* too early on a saturday to be up but the launch was worth it.

(Grumpy old bastard in a bathrobe watching the world)

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NASA closing on fix for Opportunity rover's 'amnesia'

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Opportunity knocks.

And keeps on knocking apparently. Someone really needs to open that door.

(alien not listening dammit)

-- That said you can't find any fault here, its way overdue for a vacation on the beach.

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Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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IT angle. Provided.

El Reg is including articles about personal lubricant.

I'm dealing with outsourcing issues.

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Top senator blasts US Homeland Security for leaving cyber-drawbridge down

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OMG terrists! cyberterrists! crimminils! Geehadis!

We need more bodies, we need more munnies, we need more, more, more! (kickbacks!)

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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The Axis Of Evil Is Alive And Well.

FBI release armoured hekilopters on PyongYang To Arrest NK Cyberwarriors.

Sadly, a sandstorm.......

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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Come play WOW through a release.

Sounds like these guys have it together compared to Blizz.

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This one shall pass! Not even a flesh wound from ‘Monty Python’ SPACE ROCK

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@AndrueC

That would be MISS An. Asteroid to you sir.

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Kepler's STILL GOT IT! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away

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Re: Hmph!

The oil companies would like you to believe that.

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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I'm oddly inclined to agree with Mr Whitman. I suspect that it *just* might make a difference globally. Sadly however, you have Citizens United in the excited snakes, which makes the term "bribe" hard to define in that context. And it would have to be phrased as accepting financial acceleration from a private corporation, for life. Since we all know how many ex-politico's now have comfortable positions outside the public service.

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

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"Windows Tech Support" calls

Linux, mint17, in a vm - with Vistar 7 kde overlay.

*hours* of fun.

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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@Bill M

I think everyone here wishes for that.

But, I suppose allowing him the time to refine his work to its usual biting and poignant result is more than worth the wait.

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Noticed that stuffs --

Much lighter on the eyes with the outer border being grey - (see caveat below)

Nice to see the visited contrast -- I've relied on that in the past since I rarely note the headline -

Framing lines are better - but could still be darker - again - thats me.

I still like the idea of the subhead background being a slightly offset shade -- it will help with the overall "whiteness".

The font size change on the hero pic is good but personally I still find the image too large. I get that mucking it down much farther will play hell with the overall layup of top of column, but I really really really do think it can shrink a bit... perhaps stuffing the subhead for the top article into column 3 of the header in finer print???? dunno - but thats just a thought.

The banner -- the christmas one is *much* easier on the eyes. Please keep this in mind, that large swath of red was a bit much for me - please also consider .... something ... to break up that large block of red with nothing but the title to break it up - black trim on the lettering or the vulture? dunno - but its a mite too much on its own.

Forward progress is good progress -- please keep working on things.

Beer 'cause yer workin on the last friday before christmas, and you don't have a chocolate and candycane icon

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Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

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SmartRg DSL modem -- cleared.

Not vulnerable.

Also -- if you *do* use Steve's site, please remember that you have to SPECIFY the port - his default scans only go up through 1024.

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Git thee behind me, Git crit security bug!

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Re: Talk about cr*p journalism

"Copy and paste from the source -- it's the only way!"

It was a case-insensitve editing tool.....

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Tegile to shove flash into DIMMs, it would seem

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slightly confused.....

We go with NVram on DIMMs in the storage controller at the head of the array -

--- so we can buffer writes at the controller and reduce write latency to the storage subscriber, without loosing coherence or the write itself (given a dead moment in the datacenter).

With all flash arrays - are we really improving writes? - or are we talking about putting this in front of spinning rust arrays?

Or is the objective to increase the overall performance of the storage controller, expanding its capabilities to the subscribing systems?

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Iliad owner coughs €2.3bn for Orange Switzerland

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Re: Oi, Xavier

Over on this side of the pond we've been saying that for ages, or perhaps thats just me since I was working for the folks that promised it and was only 2 blocks outside the test plant zone.......

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Microsoft kills its Euro pane in the a**: The 'would you prefer Chrome?' window

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Sooooooooo

If I roll back the hardware clock to 2013 before installing windows ........ *cough*

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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my two cents

Have been hanging about the Reg for ages. I rather like the site - the change implemented was .... drastic. My commentary:

The banner, well -- I think it would be improved if the Vulture got his texturing back. Just a hint of black in there to break up the red/white.

Yes - too damned white - hard on the eyes. - a possibly shading the background to other than white, but I suspect you'd get as much mileage from darkening the deliniators and/or putting a shaded background under the subheading. Please put the author's name on the title flyover.

My god the pictures. Many of your readers/vistors are command line/green screen junkies. I'd be fine with the pictures most of the time, if they didn't leap off the page and bite my face. *grin* -- its possible that the sizing would work fine if you changed the overall page texture, but at the moment I just want to see them about 30% smaller overall -- possibly 40%. I realize that blows the layup to hell - -but then you'd be able to make the top 3 articles on the right wider.

Please -- most commented on the right -- I see top stories and most read. Havent looked at mobile yet - but I suspect that this would not lay up well on my SIIx.

Here's hoping we can get it tweaked to a point where the screaming stops. Clarisse will be much happier.

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BLAM! Max Sound flings vid codec sueball Number FOUR at Google

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Hmmmmmmmmm.

"In its US lawsuits, the company claims that Google met with VSL over several months to discuss the possibility of acquiring its patented tech and proprietary methods, during which time it had access to technical guidance about the products."

one possible interpretation - "They were looking at buying us but walked away, waaaaaaah, we want our $2B buyout........"

other possible interpretation - "We were negotiating an agreement, and they offered us peanuts, we want roast beef dammit"

another possible interpretation - "Its our damned code they used, they saw the code, they must have used it!!!"

Sadly - the only winners in these things are the lawyers.

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Europe rubber-stamps IBM Lufthansa outsourcing gig

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Lived through that.

And made it back out alive I think. At least as far as I can tell it has nothing to do with the aircraft or flight crews. Might not want to have a billing account with Lufthansa any time soon though.

As for two languages and any business or IT skills, same applies in India as it does in Eastern Europe. Soon as they own a clue they've moved on to better pastures.

Expect applications from German IT folks bailing out before shipping over.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Big picture views

There are massive influences on the debates involved. Some are vested (Oil companies, Companies involved in producing "green energy sources" etc) Some are indirectly vested (construction firms (putting up a wind tower generally involves cheaper overall labour costs) transport firms, utility corporations (where they are no longer government managed) etc)

1) The climate *is* changing. That is not in dispute.

2) Humans are producing huge amounts of CO2 and dumping it into the atmosphere. That is not in dispute

3) Humans are massively altering the natural structures that keep our ecosystem functioning (cutting down trees, building dams, building cities on land that was greensward etc etc), building farms on land that was timberlot or otherwise wild, adding shipping lanes on what was previously untravelled open ocean. No dispute there.

4) Humans are spreading out, increasing in numbers and consuming energy faster than ever before. Not in dispute.

What **is** in dispute are the following factors:

a) what relative change we as a species will experience in the next x to y years. (i.e. how MUCH higher are temps going to go, how MUCH higher will water levels go etc) The science has been horribly wrong in the past, likely due to missing input data, incorrect projections or just plain not using scientific method. There is no guarantee that any of the current models are more or less accurate or have more or fewer correct factors included in the calculations.

b) which factors are the largest or most affective elements of the changes above. The models used keep changing and they all appear to point to all that CO2. Even scientists involved question wether or not we have all of the required factors in the models we have now. Perhaps the state of our primary source of energy is having a larger influence than we thought. Old Sol is definitely not in the same state it was in 40 years ago.

c) which aspects of our energy use we need to change to make the greatest reduction in our CO2 output. The Next BIG target appears to be meat consumption. It appears that agriculture may be the biggest influence on overall energy consumption - but thats just one study ...(/<sarcasm> Oh --wait what??? food is part of our energy costs???? damn /<sarcasm>)

d) just what form(s) of energy we can replace our current energy sources with to reduce the CO2 output.

Personally - my take - and just my take.

1) fossil fuels have to go - perhaps long range diesel (Trains not trucks) will stay -- but perhaps it can also be replaced, given enough infrastructure. Planes might do well running on current fuels, perhaps we can fiddle out some form of Hydrogen fuel that wont leak out of everything and wont blow up at the flick of a switch (literally).

2) electricity transmission infrastructures have to be improved. NOW. if we're going to dump fossil fuels. Thats an enourmous increase in transmission volume even if we have a 40% increase in use of public transit, powered by electricity. If we all want to keep our personal transport - its an even larger volume. Heating -- same thing. Rural transmisson of electricity is a joke. We'll need to bring rural transmission forms up to current urban transmission volumes to go this route. Current urban transmission forms will have to be capable of carrying 3 to 5 times the volume they move now.

3) Wind and Solar at this point in time have no hope of filling that gap in generation capacity. We need nuclear, and a damned good bit of it, and soon. Wind and Solar *might* provide a largish chunk in the future *if* the technologies improve sufficiently -- nuclear we understand, and it *can* substantially fill the gap, right now. Yes the build time seems too long. Solar tech has not demonstrated the improvement curve needed. Wind is very very old tech. The question in my mind is - can FUSION be developed sufficiently to replace all other methods of energy generation BEFORE wind and solar get to a level where they can replace more than 20% of our requirements?

4) the only reason that these answers have not been laid down at our feet and provided as a single, straight coherent path is that the amount of money to be made in hyping the issue and radicalizing the public's perspective is so staggeringly large that, once again, greed rules.

Long and short - you need to do your research, you need to read up on things, you need to discard the hype and fabrications that have been manufactured by vested interests in *any* direction and follow logic. You also need to take a *damned* good look at what you do that consumes energy and figure out if you are willing to give up that consumption and believe you me, when you really think about it, there are a staggering number of places where you waste energy, or at the very least can substantially reduce the amount you use simply by changing little things.

OR

You need to find a quiet space, a long way from the rest of the people, learn to grow your own food, meat, coffee, tea, silicon, trees, plastic, cars and pram toys. Then you can bury your head in the sand or follow the lemmings off the cliff if you want.

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Re: How convenient...

"The easiest, fastest way to implement the thorium fuel cycle would be to use existing and/or somewhat modified reactors, as was done at Shippingport and could be done with CANDU reactors."

Dear lord, have an up vote.

Sad to note that in 1978 the folks at Ontario Hydro actually made the point that MkIV could be dual fuel with little to no modifications. OPG however don't seem to know this.

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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Ouchies.

That doesn't sound good. At the moment they haven't found any futzing about is what I'm reading. I wonder if something interesting in the futzing about deparment will be found in the near future.

Just to be paranoid, going to have relevant stuff checked at our end.

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If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

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"survive at least one economic readjustment, possibly the biggest in human history ever, and a tactical nuke exchange"

The issue here is the order of operations. If the Nuke Exchange happens *after* the economic readjustment, then a) Anonymous will have hacked the launch codes and b) some gypsies will have stolen the rocket fuel (on *both* sides) so that nuke exchange will be horribly dull.

Of course, if the Nuke exchange happens *before* the economic adjustment, then the economists win, since they can blame the adjustment on the Nuke exchange.

Sadly I suspect that I know which will happen first.

(again wearing the cynical old bastard outfit)

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Unlock your mobe by STROKING it with your PEARL

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Re: Ding dong!

"it seems rather unfair on the cherub at 50 seconds in to have support what to him must be a veritable wrecking ball"

Yeeee. Now I'm *glad* I didn't go watch that video...

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Re: Dear Reg,

"wondering why their potential customer base is also interested in linux and playmobil."

And rocket motors. BIG rocket motors.

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Next gen ransomware: Elliptic cryptic, talks on Tor, demands Bitcoin

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I note they don't tell us *how*.

It would help to know what functionality it uses to determine its in a VM. (There are quite a few that I know of....) ... but that would tell the ransomware developers what to change......

(Machine learning --- ain't it fun?)

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Bah.

Last week, snow, sleet, freezing, drivers forget how to drive.

This week, fog, rain, +4C, drivers forget how to drive.

All we do is wait 15 minutes and the weather changes. For me at least, live 15 minute walk from the lake, so the cold isn't so nasty until about mid february -- in the meantime the humidity sucks.

And what? half the city without power? in a rainstorm? Really? And I thought our infrastructure sucked. It took an icestorm, AND a wind storm to take out large swathes of our power.

(Tee Dot for those that can't figure it out from the lake comment)

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

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Wow. Just wow.

How many of us work in IT?

How many of us could be the ones on the front line of "you f&&ked up, you're gone" in this case? Or are most of us too damned egotistical to realize that, yes indeed, in your IT space THIS COULD HAPPEN.

Get your heads out.

This is just stupid. Yes, its Sony Pictures Entertainment. Yes its a massive conglomerate that tends to run roughshod over standards, IP law, DRM etc. But I can assure you there are 2 or 3 dozen IT folks in there that are no longer employed. Very likely NOT because they are incompetent, but rather because they were sitting on the wrong stool at the wrong moment.

I'll bet long odds that the few folks that pointed out that this leak was happening were the first ones out the damned door. Too much risk leaving them around.

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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IPV6 - adoption

I've had a /64 for a long time - currently find it to be faster for certain communications -

ISPs? quite a number over here support IPV6, but you'll have a *hell* of a time finding out about it, and the biggest make out that it doesn't exist. As for the corporate world;

"Firewalls with IPV4 are hard enough to get right, IPV6 is swiss cheese to security"

seems to be the common thread. Why I don't know since you can simply have a non-routed block inside your /64- you don't get an address from the routed portion of the /64 until your ruleset has been tested functionally, and you *don't* bridge except for the services and protocols you know you want to route. VLANs take on a somewhat new meaning but from my experiments its basically the same as in IPV4, just larger blocks to wrap one's head around.

(*yes* I KNOW thats a somewhat simplistic view, but in reality routing and firewalls are routing and firewalls, the only thing that changes between ipv4 and ipv6 is the numbers, the real problem is that new shit is new shit and some folks don't like [learning] new shit.)

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Time as an orbital function?

Sorry -- no math or logic there - just that strange thought that if we look straight out, we see time moving in the opposite direction, even if we're in the same loop.

Something broke in the gravity field around here and flipped my brain sideways.

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Samsung brings out new longer-lived 1TB Flash podule for PCs, notebooks

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Performance on non-windows systems

Since the question has been raised, I could go out and get one and test it against:

Fedora 20

Slackware

Gentoo

Mint 17

Anyone offering to contribute?

(and hell if I DO get one for christmas - well yes I'll publish the results)

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Why blades need enterprise management software: Learn from Trev's hardcore lab tests

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enterprise management tools

These keep changing their garments. And sometimes those garments are fairly transparent.

I've been cfengine for low level stuff for a while - collecting and tracking is everything - including tracking "hiccups" in the datacenter - now, since CMDBs are getting more and more detailed I can get the info in there -- and provide the documentation that "this ILO firmware and this NIC firmware and this OS revision" fall down and go boom when we do "this". But the vendor fingerpointing ............. this never never never changes.

Single biggest issue is multivendor rollouts - As dangerous a stand as it is to take, I am much happier with a single vendor pipe - "Okay -- look, you provided the hardware bits A, B, C and D, you have the OS support contract, just get your groups together and give us the solution" works so much better than "Vendor A, can you work with Vendor B, and get Vendor C to validate" - -it becomes *so* much harder to solve.

Mind you *I've* learned a HELL of a lot from those multivendor collisions.

And -- yes -- I've seen the 10Gb/1Gb link thing. -- and am fighting one right now.

(Grumpy bastard on 4 way phone calls)

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Violet, you're turning violet! Imagination unveils graphics-tastic hobbyist board

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Euro prices?

Please don't complain - it makes us Canucks chuckle. .89 to .93 on the dollar, $65 american, and we'll end up paying C$97.50, before tax in all likelyhood.

(no, not windows, just a grumpy old bastard)

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Snowden files show NSA's AURORAGOLD pwned 70% of world's mobe networks

Alistair
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spinning up the data mine.

Now, since I have some Dev capacity on the updated infra, I think I'm going to take *all* of AMFM's posts, and see if I can figure out the algorythm.

The single largest *offensive* bit in here is that the NSA appears to have gone some way out of their way to put Hmmmmm.. lets be polite, "additional unapproved software" on private corporate hardware somewhere. Perhaps since I'm in the industry it offends more.

And, is it me or is AMFM getting *far* more readable in my old age?

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Orion 'Mars' ship: Cosmic ray guard? Go. Parachutes? Go. Spacerock shield? Go!

Alistair
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Re: Take Offs from Earth are very violent affairs.

The problem with assuming that the **entertainment** industry actually makes the *movies* you watch completely and utterly accurate to the real world is that, well, the real world is horrendously boring to the vast majority of humanity. Then when reality comes along you make incorrect assumptions about what you believe you should have seen.

Me? I'm not an ass. I'm a grumpy old bastard.

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Alistair
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Ustream doesn't like me.

Having to watch this on FF on Win7 in KVM.

/fail nasa, assault your distribution platform with a common sense club

Waiting for winds to die off.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

Alistair
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'scuze me.

Did someone ask for an elevator?

But *until* then we'll still need to go this route. Orion and what both of the commercial entities are building are two different critters.

Sure, we can just hop the bodies to LEO and pack them on the long range cannister. Why don't you try the *math* on that - you have to forklift all that freaking energy source up there so that you can kick the long range cannister in the ass. Or you might have to consider sending 10 year olds.

And, in the long run we *still* aren't certain what that long range canister is going to look like or how it should be packed. Thus the testing with Orion bouncing around in a big fast loop and slapping back in fast and hard is worth doing so we know

a) what the suntan will look like.

b) what the skid in sideways will look like.

And, to be utterly honest, even if it *didn't* make a great 12 to 20 minute video every 5 or 6 weeks or so up here, I'd still be all over supporting the ISS. And I've had a few great beers raised as it zinged by overhead at night.

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