* Posts by Ashton Black

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As H-dot Oettinger drafts Europe's new copyright laws – who's he been talking to?

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Re: he's talking to the bad guys instead of creators :(

If by little chance you mean the same chance as finding a straw in a haystack during haystack building week in Haystackia.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

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Re: Time For An Alternative

Agreed that the US needs a political shake up. However, UKIP? Saying what the public think privately? How do you know what the pubic think and furthermore, privately? Do you work in the doughnut?

Piffle, sir.

Vote Green!

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A little amusing...

That on Wikipedia, that the US mobile market is used as an example to define what an oligopoly is.

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Re: TTIP

No. It'll be much, much worse. They company can sue the government, in a court of arbitration, which will have the power to interpret and void a sovereign nation's legislation if that legislation damaged "investors" potential profits. So the FCC would be up shit creek, as would the EPA and in the UK, all the "Off-X" entities. Investor-state dispute settlement is fucking scary.

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Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

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Re: The big IF

Well.. some of the money. For example, BT group have a D/E of 0.7 meaning for every £1 of investor's money they have borrowed another 70p, to fund the groups activities. But you're right, of course, I'm not sure about the UK, but in the US, if a CEO failed to get "Shareholder Value" (Read, increased share price, dividends, or performed a buy back of shares) with profits, then he can and in some cases have been sued.

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I don't understand.

So the landowners don't set the prices, the government does? What happened to the cold hand of the market?

And where do you think the savings will go to?

1) Infrastructure, albeit unprofitable rural ones.

2) Passed onto the customers with cheaper prices.

or

3) "Shareholder Value" and "Executive bonuses"

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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What's the point?

If the manager wants to view/chat to a particular person, Skype/Facetime etc?

If the manager is just monitoring "the workers", CCTV or equivalent?

If he wants to wander round, "showing the face". Bloody well go there!

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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My 2p on this...

If the kid told them, before the hack, that "x" exploit was open, but they ignored him and did nothing, with a reasonable fix time, then they have been negligent and in my opinion, should be liable for their own security costs. (Bearing in mind, the kid does now have a criminal conviction over and above their sueball.You can't sue a burglar for the cost of a security system, after leaving your windows open.)

If however, this was a straight black hat hack, then yes, he should be liable.

It doesn't state if this was the case or not.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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The cynical part of me...

Thinks that the warning about, students, transients, married women and the like was willfully ignored, due to voting demographics. To me, this smacks of gerrymandering. That or they are completely incompetent. Either one is mildly depressing.

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Boffins twist light to carry 2.05 bits in one photon

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Boffins!

Very cool, but you're supposed to be working on my bloody personal jet pack!!

Chop chop!

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Are you clever enough, and brave enough, to give a Register lecture

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Nice.

Ahh there will be beer, say no more!

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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I've read and re-read most of them down the years. Being a D&D and fantasy literature fan, the Colour of Magic/ Light Fantastic really tickled my funny bone. I do remember looking forward to each book, to find out which story arc it would be for. I think he wasn't considered "literary" for the simple reason, his style was fun and accessible, without a degree in English Lit.

Very sadly missed.

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Nah... it's the bloke from the GoCompare.com site!

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Re: You are absolute fools!

"Congratulations, you destroyed the internet from selfish ignorance!"

Wow, your ESP is awesome, posting without the use of the internet, on the internet.

But seriously,

The most corrupt organizations on the planet are ANY organizations that have a monopoly/oligopoly of power.

For example, when it had a monopoly of power, the Roman Catholic Church ran roughshod over those who dissented and screwed the populace for tithes and the like.

As proven time and again, corporations, who by definition are there to "maximize shareholder value" will stop at very little to gain a monopoly.

We invest our supposed representatives with the monopoly of power to reign in these tendencies. These, in turn have been corrupted, by the fact than in our society, money = power.

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On-prem storage peeps. Come here. It's time for real talk. About Google

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Hybrid.

It all depends on the business, of course, but I suspect most businesses will have some functions they'd rather keep on-prem.

For example, the contract I'm on now receives vast quantities of raw data over time which then needs real time analysis, conversion and then passing to a production facility. The compute costs alone would make your eyes water if it had to be done on a public cloud. Not to mention the security and IP implications of chucking it off site.

Archive, yes. Web front ends, probably but business critical 5x9s functions, I doubt very much.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Very sad news. His books are wonderful and I've managed to convince my daughter to read them, she loves them too.

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iTunes snafu: DNS fail borked Apple's app & iTunes stores for 10 HOURS

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Re: Confused of Worthing asks ..

Since it was a DNS issue, I doubt a mirror would have helped, as the redirection to said mirror also uses DNS.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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10 years...

For copying a song.

Co-incidentally it's the same length of time you could get for manslaughter or large scale fraud.

Madness.

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'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

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Re: "They're They're Scott, its just the internet, not the Times."

Didn't you forget the:

"YEEEEAAAAHHHH!!"

(cue: Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who)

?

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Dark matter surveys turn up new satellites … orbiting the Milky Way

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Re: I ain't no cosmologist...

It's actually the other way around. It's the gravitation on large scale structure of the universe that they noticed that led the scientists to conclude that there wasn't enough visible mass to account for it and in addition Dark Matter accounts for about 28% (approx.) of the total matter/energy in the universe, but coupled with Dark Energy adds up to the 95% you mentioned.

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Re: As I understand things

... and as I understood it, the Higgs bosons very quickly degenerated into the Higgs Field soon after the Big Bang but before the "quark soup" period of inflation. This would lead one to suggest it's the integration with the field rather than boson, that gives particles their respective masses.

I use the same caveats as you and would welcome a better explanation from a learned commenter.

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Re: The monkeys are at it again

[tight beam, M32, tra. @n4.28.885.1008]

x(d)ROU Put a Sock in it.

oLSV Syntax Error

Awww, you're no fun! Let him play!

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Re: For Markets in a Pickle and Heading for a Mass Flash Crash

I shall peruse it with interest. Nice find.

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Re: For Markets in a Pickle and Heading for a Mass Flash Crash

Sir,

I'd just like to be on the record as saying, that I thoroughly enjoy reading your contributions to whatever topic you pronounce upon. I try to find pattern in the verbiage and do find occasional lucidity. Please ignore the vulgar cretin ACs and don't stop posting.

Yours,

Ashton.

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@M0rt

The Commentard Uncertainty Principle.

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Another example of Long Range Order.

The Higgs Field?

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The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

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Re: Bah!

Yes, those buggers. (MS and FB are other examples)

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Boffins probe mystery of ANTARCTIC BLOOD GLACIER

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Re: Pardon my ignorance, but...

Not necessarily, for example after the heavy bombardment period (approx. 600mil years) after the formation of the earth, with nill oxygen and very harsh conditions, life emerged on Earth. Similar conditions (with liquid water oceans) existed on Mars. Combine that with the somewhat speculative exchange of organic materials from meteor strikes, then it's not inconceivable that life could form on more than one place. Not impossible, I may point out, just improbable.

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Re: WHITE MONKEY PALACE found in ANATARCTIC BLOOD GLACIER on MOON!

Get them in and they might learn some science! (I know, I know, fat chance)

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Network competition? Puh-lease. It's all about the Apple-Android Axis of Fondle

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In before the flame war.

Each to their own and the more choice, the better. Personally, I run a cyanogenmod android fork.

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Massive gravitational lens flare unveils EINSTEIN CROSS SUPERNOVA

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Nice work astroboffinry!

Very cool stuff. (Granted, a supernova is something like 100 billion deg K, but you get my point)

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Win! El Reg exceedingly fine mug collection

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Yorkshire Tea is fine, but...

It has to be the hard water version, to get the strength correct (along with warming the mug with a little hot water first).

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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@hi_robb

Have an upvote. I despair at the standards of El Reg. In my day the "I for one..." obligatory comment would be at least in the top three comments.

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Ericsson, Telstra and Qualcomm up the ante with 600Mbps demo

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Re: Willy Waving

Can you link to what you mean?

I thought the Shannon Limit was to do with Bandwidth/Noise/Error-Correction ratios. I'd be interested to learn more!

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Nice.

At that sort of speeds, could we finally see a reason to ditch the landline once and for all. I mean, even 150MB would put most fibre/cable installations to shame. Alas, I doubt the technology would make it's way to deepest darkest Somerset anytime soon.

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Ahem, excuse me...

I take it you're just asking for a friend?

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Samsung in second SSD slowdown SNAFU

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Balls....

I just bought one of these, as a replacement for my aged X-25 (64Gb). *sigh*. Damn me and my lack of research.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Monkies in tin cans.

Unfortunately, with our current technology and the human passion for things that go boom and blow other humans into bite sized chunks, I am not optimistic about this happening any time, let's say, within my lifetime.

Until, company or government can make more money by doing something in space rather than down at this end of the gravity well, then I'm afraid relying on altruism or curiosity won't cut it.

As an aside: the NASA budget in 1966 was 4.41% of the total government spend. In 2014 it was approximately 0.5%

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: Basically...

Why, yes it does!

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Basically...

Government IT Contracts 101:

1) Requirements written on the back of a fag packet. Certainly not addressing "typical and extraordinary" usage cases.

2) These requirements, lost, when in translation into legalise for the contract.

3) Duly signed off by a committee who didn't understand the requirements in the first place.

4) Shock horror when the IT Biz delivers what the contract says.

5) Change or Terminate contract at great cost.

Rince/Repeat.

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Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh

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Over a barrel.

Now.... bend over. A nice little earner for Microsoft.

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Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion

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Expanding, not extending.

Unfortunately, for me anyway, they won't be coming anywhere near out village. It appears, that they are concentrating on urban areas. *shrug* So it goes. Privately owned businesses will always choose the more profitable areas, first and foremost.

*sigh* Back to my 1.7Mb ADSL. (On a good day)

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Air gaps: Happy gas for infosec or a noble but inert idea?

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Re: Air Gap

It doesn't need to be steel lined room. Tempest shielding (basically a Faraday cage), can be done at rack or room level. It's basically conductive material, well earthed and there are a number of companies who specialise in this.

eg: http://www.euro-emc.co.uk/Products/TEMPEST-EMSEC-Protected-Areas.aspx

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Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

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Ya pay peanuts.

I've worked with chaps who ran IT in local councils. As talented as these guys were, they were paid a pittance, swamped with idiotic management, changing priorities, empire building, hamstrung by a lack of resources and a resistance to change that, if in the private sector, would mean the company moving swiftly into bankruptcy.

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Elon Musk: Hover rocket? Check. Hover ship? Check. Let's DO THIS

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Oh man...

Elon is playing real life Kerbal Space Program.I'm so envious!

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Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

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Rockin' hard place.

I've contracted at a number of businesses that would want to upgrade, but have fallen into a technical trap. They purchased bespoke, carefully tailored apps, written, at great cost which run their business or manufacturing processes. It's not the problem of upgrading windows, but in shelling out to have these varied esoteric applications either upgraded in parallel or in some cases, completely re-written.

In one case, a re-write of some control software for laboratory networks, was quoted at £1.2million since the company who wrote it was bought out by BAe several years ago and they didn't want to do it. (This was to go from a Win2k3 to Win2k8R2 box... one box).

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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...and which TLA will be the first?

Any guesses which three (or four) letter agency will be the first to say to Samsung... "We want to listen in on X, the proud owner of one of your TVs. Here is a letter saying we can and that you can't talk about it."

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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I was going to whinge about this article, it being obvious bunk and all that, but I've actually enjoyed reading the reviews on various sites, so not a complete waste of time. Some of them are poetry of piss taking!

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US DoJ okays IEEE's patent troll BAN-HAMMER

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Re: The trolls want to have their cake and eat it too

Well said.

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Hey, America. Canada's watchdog just slapped net neutrality rules on wireless internet

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Re: How is this net neutrality?

It sort of is, it's the differentiating the data between "local" and "other's'" data and in some way prioritising "local". That could be by QoS/Throttling or by charging more for "other's" data, both have the same net effect

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