* Posts by justincormack

46 posts • joined 11 Feb 2011

What should America turn to for web advice? That's right: GOV.UK – says ex-Obama IT guru

justincormack

Re: gov.uk

So you already knew how to get a license to operate a space object under the Outer Space Act of 1986? https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-license-under-the-outer-space-act-1986

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justincormack

Well you have to be able to simplify and change the product too. The legislation needs to be sanely implementable in a simple way. No one who thinks about the user interface of government would, say, implement the bedroom tax, which is blatent political point scoring, and not what anyone has asked for, and clearly an extra 0.001% on income tax would raise the same amount of revenue more effectively.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

justincormack

Making them runny involves not hard boiling the eggs, just soft boiling. Then you try to peel them, without breaking them, a 50% failure rate is normal. But they are very tasty.

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IPv6 web starts to look like the internet we know

justincormack

Re: 20 .au IPv6 domains

Well no, 20 .au domains - 1 with ipv6. There are no registrations at top level in au, so it is a bit misleading, they need to dig down to next level.

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Report: HP to SPLIT OFF PC, printer biz from enterprise wing

justincormack

Re: they do PCs and services?

They claim to be spending a billion on "The Machine" but there is very little sign, eg try to find anyone working on it.

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Samsung lays down PCIe server flash gauntlet

justincormack

surely?

As far as I could find, the previous Samsung NVMe never shipped. I still haven't managed to buy an Intel one either, availability date still seems to get pushed out, all though I am inclined to believe they will ship one day.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

justincormack

Re: They are making profits of over £100m...

People also seem to want some advice as to which network and contract to choose from someone they think is a bit independent, though the level of advice from these establishments is pretty poor.

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BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

justincormack

Re: Glad I Jumped...

You still have to pay BT extra for your landline though. Which sucks. They still basically have a monopoly.

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Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays

justincormack

surely?

You could read the article, he says nothing about outsource and offsite. Software. You know, that stuff you run on your servers. He is suggesting you get servers with storage and run software on them rather than buy hardware and software packaged up togerther.

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Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins

justincormack

Re: FEC

Lots of people have tried it and it rarely does. TCP is nicely tuned from years of experience.

However you could use this new process without changing TCP - just change the stack not to ask for retransmissions if it can reconstruct the lost data.

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

justincormack

"The actual value of a Bitcoin is the amount of 'leccy used to obtain it. any value above that is Hot Air" hey will you pay me for these digits of pi I generated with some leccy then? No? Maybe turning leccy into computation does not create value...

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

justincormack
Linux

surely?

PPC hardware is still supported. By Linux...

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Tim Cook dangles 'new product categories' carrot over $14bn Apple share buyback

justincormack

surely?

Basically when the shares get bought back they get cancelled.

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Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

justincormack

"An ace caff with quite a nice museum attached" http://czechingin.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/saatchi.jpg

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Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

justincormack

Most of these people are talking about ARM64 which is actually a brand new Risc architecture with little connection to ARM as we no it, it is even a separate Linux port, not part of the ARM tree, although Linus did want them to merge it.

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HP wants to help you mount a Moonshot

justincormack

Especially

If you only pitch at the Fortune 2000, hardly a hotbed of innovation.

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Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study

justincormack

Re: @Unlimited - if ipv4 addresses are so rare

Because they are not (yet) rationing them by price. That may happen, but for now small quantities are still cheap. If you want lots you cant have them at all.

At some point Amazon EC2 won't be able to get addresses then you will have to switch... Google already went to ipv6 internally.

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Netgear router admin hole is WIDE OPEN, but DON'T you dare go in, warns infosec bod

justincormack

Re: NetGarbage

Some of their stuff is ok if you install openwrt on it - which they support, which is nice.

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The importance of complexity

justincormack

That's NP-annoying not NP-hard.

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Facebook Frankenphoto morgue will store cold, dead selfies FOREVER

justincormack
FAIL

farts?

Wait till you see the damage from a small earthquake. Think of the kittens!

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Boffins debate killing leap seconds to help sysadmins

justincormack

surely?

My computer does not need to measure the rotation of the earth. It does however need to agree what the time is with other computers for security reasons. It might also have to tell humans to do stuff at particular times, but that need not be that precise.

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

justincormack

buyer

Microsoft can't buy them now, antitrust reasons, nor can Google, Samsung or Apple. Dell now has too much debt, and HP is scared off mobile now. A smaller buyer might turn up, eg Lenovo or Hauwei or someone I suppose. The patents could be split off.

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IBM proffers $1bn for Linux development on Power

justincormack

Re: Nice

There are fine desktop distros for Power eg Fedora. Now finding decent desktop hardware is harder though. There hasn't been much since Apple stopped making it.

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Flash! Ah-ahh! Saviour of the universe? It'll save every one of us?

justincormack

Why?

Would anyone buy a hybrid? Its a more expensive hard drive, or a crappyier flash. Neither one thing nor the other. It only sort of makes sense in a laptop where only 1 fits, but there are good reasons for 100% flash there anyway.

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Hackers crack femtocells to pwn then clone phones

justincormack
Linux

No you should be hacking it!

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Nominet resurrects second-level namespace plan: 'Before you say no...'

justincormack
Go

You can. You can have a VOIP number at any exchange you like. Or any country.

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justincormack
Pint

Re: Current second-level domains

Yes quite a few. Germany used not to do second level for example.

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Fedora cooks up new Linux for Raspberry Pi

justincormack
Pint

OS purity

"Those who would rather their Pi OS conform to higher standards of OS purity will therefore have to look elsewhere."

You mean not buy a Pi that is - these non free components are needed to boot the thing alas.

Beer for purity (if German).

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4G in the UK? Why the smart money still says 'Meh'

justincormack

Re: Killer App suggestion

Isn't that what everyone does when moving and waitin for adsl? I used giffgaff, real unlimited data for £12 a month. With HSPA+ you can stream video if you want.

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Cisco revs up Nexus switches to 40GE with fresh ASICs

justincormack
Happy

low end

Netgear have http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2012/10/9/netgear-announces-new-10gbe-switches.aspx so more should start to arrive soon,

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Cloud doctors, DevOps and unconferences: Pass the Vicodin

justincormack
Go

if you...

...disagree with the panel at Cloudcamp you are supposed to red card them and er storm the stage... (actually I was on the panel for a bit).

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Oracle patches Java 0-day, goes to Defcon 2

justincormack
FAIL

There are still stupid Java bastions left - online meeting software, browser based VPNs, and a whole bunch of stuff in banking.

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O2 refuses to deny plans to offload home broadband product

justincormack
Pint

surely?

You don't even need an O2 mobile of your own, you can use someone else's if they do not have o2 broadband. So the people at O2 told me... Moved to fibre now though.

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Where do old supercomputers go to die? New Mexico

justincormack
Go

surely?

The "hazy computers" are at a not so hazy 102 in the top 500 http://www.top500.org/site/50321

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

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Thumb Up

networking

See this post about what you need to direct connect PCIe

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2177515

So you need a small amount of device to deal with clocking and master/slave issues but not a lot...

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

justincormack
Linux

Re: Cattle Class

Thats a Chromebook then? You can wipe ChromeOS and install a normal ARM Linux distro. Although not sure exactly what size they are maybe they are too big for this as I have no yet seen one...

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justincormack
Linux

surely?

Somehow the prices managed to go up I think. My Eee cost around £135 from memory and used it for many years. £200+ was ridiculous. I think that was to pay the Windows tax plus the higher specs Windows needed. If only the Linux distros they shipped with hadnt been so bad, as most people do not know how to install Ubuntu or whatever to make them work.

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10 Gigabit Ethernet still too expensive on servers

justincormack
FAIL

problem is...

... there is no 100Gb ethernet upstream. No point having 10Gb on server without faster uplink.

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Complex cyberwar tool 'Flame' found ALL OVER Middle East

justincormack

Er?

Flame appears to be a perfectly normal piece of Lua software

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:1AN7HX2o45oJ:wiki.martin.lncc.br/instalacao-flame-en&hl=en&gl=uk&prmd=imvns&strip=1

Google cache as sited hosed...

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Self-planting plant discovered in Brazil

justincormack

surely?

This is not new. Peanuts do that for example (thats why they are called groundnuts). They flower and then bury the seed underground...

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EU cloud data can be secretly accessed by US authorities

justincormack
Stop

Hmmm

They are openly saying they will break EU law? Makes the due diligence easier, just say no. Clearly good scope for EU companies in this market then.

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Get your network ready for World IPv6 Day

justincormack

blocking ping

Your ISP probably isnt blocking ping, the box they gave you is. You can disable this usually. I had that issue with getting my tunnel working on O2.

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MobileMe drove Steve Jobs to foul-mouthed fury

justincormack
Jobs Halo

still crap

And mobile Me is still crap, gives you less than what you can get for free from Google, but for $99 a year. They have not added any convincing services to it since launch either. It was the only way to do over the air sync of calenders and contacts, but now you can do those with Google instead, though the Jobs phone cant have more than one Exchange account.

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Grief and disbelief greet Elop's Nokia revolution

justincormack
WTF?

Services?

Nokia is not going to win in services either - look at the Ovi music store.

WP7 phones are hard to differentiate with Microsoft locking down the platform specs to try to stop Android style fragmentation.. oops.

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O2 to raise broadband prices by up to 27%

justincormack
Unhappy

They just called...

They are cancelling the existing packages and trying to get everyone to move to the new ones.

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