* Posts by itzman

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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Re: Can't the NSA

i suppose they could shut down the satellites overhead as well..

I remember well a (now deceased) acquaintance who maintained a postal address in the UK to support his Sky subscription whereas the actual receiving dish was located in Tuscany.

Get a S Korean satellite link and move it to Nork..

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Re: I get pissed off

the Iraq attack on Kurdistan where numerous different CB agents were used.

Which was years before the second gulf war and sanctions and UN inspectors..

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Black Helicopters

A black op is designed to be indistinguishable...

...from the real thing.

So without donning any tinfoil hats, if one government wants to pick a fight with another there is a real problem as to who started it.

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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25 years is a goood age..

When I were doing some work on submarine cable back in the 80's, they had only JUST started using silicon..."we field tested germanium and we know it lasts 25 years, that data isn't available on silicon'....

...I asked a similar question of my oncologist 'what's the long term effect of this chemotherapy'? Answer 'when we get to long term, we will let you know, but 25 years on,. its seems to be OK...'

Trued and tested if it good enough, is good enough.

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

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Re: Exaggerating much?

make that a useless component or supplement

If you have the nukes already why spend money on wind farms - to save uranium? Purlease!

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Re: This isn't about energy, it's about ideology.

Actually it is sustainable.

Materials - elements - dont vanish: they are infinitely recyclable. With energy.

Energy is the critical path item. And energy is not recyclable. Entropy sees to that.

The Green fallacy is that there is a 'balance' to Nature, and that man is not natural.

The reality is that since the big bang, existence has changed over the aeons to reflect the entropy and in earth terms, the ecosphere has been characterised by the rise and fall of millions of species, the majority of which are now extinct. That is not 'balance'.

The latest most successful species on the planet is homo sapiens. If he fails to harness nuclear energy, he will fade out. If he succeeds in harnessing nuclear energy, he may survive and propagate beyond this planet.

Nothing is guaranteed of course. But if we fail to take up the challenge, and fall into a new dark age, there will be no fossil fuel to bootstrap us back into a technological civilisation again.

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Greenpeace is the marketing arm

Of big gas, wind and solar power manufacturers.

Greenpeace has nothing to do with saving the planet, or its people.

It is a money making organisation that sold out years ago to the highest bidder.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Boffin

"echo the ethos of the original rather wondefully."

Woefully? Wonderfully?Whatever?

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Knock yourself out

s/curb/kerb/g

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Trevor contemplates Consumer Netgear gear. BUT does it pass the cat hair test?

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FAIL

as a geek...

..one gets 'dysfunctioval' hardware gifted on one.

The proportion of intermittently flaky netgear routers is out of all proportion to market share.

They may use the same chips...but I suspect they dont use the same input transformer - they seem to die or get crippled too many times after lightning storms..

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Re: This is the wrong battle to fight

You mean they don't already?

The number of tomes I have googled a search term only to find myself in entirely unrelated areas of (complete non) interest.

All the pattern tells me is who is paying google.

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Quis custodies ipsos custodiet?

Nuff said?

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ZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

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yebbut what happens if...

the climate stays broadly the same, which is pretty much where the smart money is right now...

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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stick linux on it, and use it to read books

Its cheaper than an e-reader

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck...

I am sorry, anyone who thinks Donald in anyway resembled a real duck has never encountered a real duck.

Where was the crispy skin and Hoi Sin Sauce?

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Virgin Galactic vows to continue space program after 'serious anomaly'

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Re: Alternative propulsion?

in a total vacuum it has to be a reaction type engine and there you are trading off safety with energy density...

below that a scramjet type arrangement may work to get to serious suborbital speeds.

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Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is

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Re: re: but it's an absolutely awful language when you step back and look at it

I have to agree. It took me several days to work out why a particular expression evaluated to a string in IE6 and an integer number in firefox.

Strong typing would at least have thrown an error.

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Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC

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Re: Great idea

I agree. you don't have to download huge amounts of data and pay huge amounts of tax. Its not a tax on working, its a tax on spending, which is good too.

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

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Re: Is there any point?

more to the point, 16Pflops of GIGO, both in terms of data and the models used to simulate the atmosphere, ain't gonna produce anything except EXPENSIVE garbage.

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

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intel license ARM technology?

How long will it take?

Before they do...

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Re: "the Camel, best all-round fighter of the First World War"

its more complex than even that.

WW1 saw a continuous evolution of aircraft with tactics changing as aircraft capability changed.

Its not really meaningful to talk about the 'best' aircraft.

Camels were for a time there best there was on the allied side, although the Nieuport wasn't bad, then SE5a, SPAD and the Bristol fighter came in with more power and easier flight characteristics and the rotary engine died the death.

Monoplanes were distrusted - the thick wing needed for structural integrity was reckoned to be aerodynamically unsound, and indeed at lower speeds a thin curved wing does work better, but as speeds grew so the Schneider trophy races lead to the sort of monoplane design that culminated in the Spitfire.

Oddly while the hurricane owed a lot to earlier biplanes in terms of 'frame and canvas' construction, the spitfire owed a lot to biplane thinking in terms of a large wing area of slender dimension. That gave it the excellent turn it had, but made it a poor gun platform as the wing was not stiff enough to preserve the orientation of the machine guns under recoil over any sort of range.

Ultimately the Tempest was the peak of Hawkers WWII efforts, tough, murderously fast, heavily armed and able to withstand punishment - although the engine problems were never really solved.

Post war, you have to say that the Hunter was the best and most successful aircraft Hawker ever produced. The Harrier was good, but ultimately its role has been replaced by the attack helicopter.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: @Numpty Scrub the "fun" part about systemd

You do need to if the kernel is up[graded. And you actually want to USE the upgraded kernel.

If you are happy to run the existing kernel until you do a boot, well fine.

Parts of Mint that wont get upgraded in the live machine without a boot include the kernel, most things to do with grub, and most things to do with Plymouth, since these are involved in the boot process. Plus a few scripts that are involved at boot time.

Most of us who do upgrade kernels religiously do so because we hope to fix some problem and so we tend to try it out by rebooting immediately.

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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Re: Two thoughts

Exactly. Faced with SCO Unix missing libcrypt back in 19 something or other, I simply obtained the berkeley unix source, compiled it, debugged it and installed it.

The algorithm is not the secret, after alll.

Neither really is the implementation.

Given the algo it's what - a days work to write an encrypt/decrypt routine?

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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support..

..is available on user forums.

The problem is reporting bugs as a noob to developers.

They simply dont want to know.

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Re: Linux is finally ready for the desktop.

Yes. My experience really matches yours.

There are still bugs and things that dont work exactly as they should, but the latest Mint is - on reasonable standard hardware - perfectly optimised for a desktop.

Issues of power management and odd controls on laptops means its still slightly crappy to run on one if it isn't the 'right' one.

The ubuntu/mint team have it is true made an environment that is nauseatingly windows-like by default BUT if you want to start tweaking, its very rapidly and easily customisable.

It may not be what linux purists want to see, but of you are windows and fed up, Mint is easier to install, more stable and a lot cheaper ;-)

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: I dont get it.

did I miss something?

Most of it.

First of all the generator to wheel efficiency is good - 80-90% .

The power station thermal efficiency is better than the car engine, so burning gas in a CCGT etc will net you better overall fuel efficiency.

You could instead burn uranium/thorium

Sadly its all for nothing as no material or technology currently offers a battery that can come close to competing with 70 litres of diesel or petrol.

What we need is a quantum level method of energy storage - like atomic nuclei - that releases photons into wires directly. And is reversible.

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Re: Charging issues? Range?

Maths is clearly not your strong point then.

Whilst road fuel does represent a large fraction of our energy consumption it is not the overwhelming majority of it.

The electricity grid currently(sic!) transfers about 30% of our total energy usage through it, one way or another.

A steady trebling in size implemented over the next 25 years is not far fetched. Not as far fetched as a light safe affordable 200KWh battery.

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El Reg Christmas Lectures to span space, big data and GCHQ

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Re: BRIAN COX....

Like any expert turned media luvvie, he knows his stuff. The problem is when he strays off his stuff.

Which is why junkie comedians think they can pronounce of economics, oscar winning actresses on climate change, and bunny huggers on engineering..

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NSA spying will shatter the internet, Silicon Valley bosses warn

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I am going to start sending random encrypted utter nonsense

on a randomly timed script to randomly selected targets.

That should keep the NSA busy for a while.

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Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs

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Re: Beware of seemingly low-cost gifts

yeah. Dimmers are bad boys with RFI and that means earth leakage with the filters.

As for emission spectra, again, yep. NOT ideal. daylight is broadband thermal emission, 'woite' leds and so on are lots of narrow band emitters.

I reckon that will get cracked eventually. But for now stick to incandescents.

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Re: What IS the physics then?

physics is easy. find something with a band gap equivalent to a blue photon, and excite it.

hard bit is getting that material to the right purity in the right substrate.

But like carbon fibre. materials science problem.

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Re: Curious - "simple, straight-forward and cheap filament bulbs"

That's the kind of thinking that causes people in country districts to buy second hand 4x4s because they are remarkably cheap, then discover how much they cost to run.

That's what I said to a bloke who had a 5 litre V8 muscle car.

His reply "BMW £28,000: this: £8,000. £20,000 buys a LOT of fuel..."

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Re: Curious

IIRC RED was first, then orange. Yellow and green were pretty much the same time I think

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Re: Curious

Indeed. Now mineral LEDS have a problem. They are a point source.

I have seen a MUCH broader area emit light with some organic light emitting polymers, that made them highly suitable (if they could have been stabilised) for a diffuse light source.

Sadly that company was chasing the wrong dream - organic LED panels - and went bust.

But I thunk the final answer to lighting may in fact be something more along those lines - a combination EV/fluorescent emitter coating a glass envelope, but NOT excited by a mercury plasma.

Not that I dont think LEDS are cracking good technology, but I think there may be cheaper ways.

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Re: Curious

as far as I can remember the trick is to fnd a substance with the right band gap to emit the color light you want.

Presumably gallium nitride fits that bill.

THEN the problem is to make something that emits light and lasts more than a nanosecond.

THAT was probably the real challenge.

good article in wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallium_nitride

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Sapphire glass maker's woes caused by Apple relationship 'breakdown'

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Re: Well, duh

Google terms such as 'arms length' and 'third party'

Is someone else buys the wreck and the debt wasn't all apples, then apple gets cheap glass, and doesn't lose out on any loans it may have made too badly.

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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I would make em ROM only. No flash, and burn new PROMS to upgrade

Mind you, I suppose if you can attach a CD player, you can change the ROM as easily.

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Dot-gay told it's NOT gay enough – but web'll be officially .eco-friendly

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Pirate

I've already globally blocked all email from .me and .us

I might as well put in .gay as well.

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Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown

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Re: D-Link

actually D-link has been one of my better routers.

At the bottom is

Belkin,

TPLINK

Netgar

D-LINK.

Billion

Cisco.

For the home ADSL routers I have had experience of anyway.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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There are definitely some a-holes in the community..

I once fixed a whole chunk of code. Sent it off to the developer.

"Oh that was all fixed years go - check out git latest' (iy was fixed only a few weeks ago)

I replied that wasn't much use if it depended on me then reinstalling and upgrading every library it depended on.

I think there is a deep disconnect between te people at the bleeding edge who are repsonsive for code fixes, and the people who are actually just trying to get the stock distro linux working.

The answer has been the likes of Mint and ubuntu., where not especially bleeding edge people share fixes and workarounds.

Therefore my point is this: If you are a linux noob, dont report bugs to the developer community. You will be asked to do things quite beyond your capabilities to check whether its a bug or not.

Go to the distro forums, where if you are lucky, someone has a fix in, and if not, it can go to someone a bit more senior to be reported.

Unless you have paid a support contract, remember no one is being paid to answer your questions.

Finally, if you had a bad experience 2+ years ago, try again. Mint in particular has spent a huge amount of time not in just getting the code to work, but in making sure installation works and there is little if any need to touch the command line, at least until a basics system is up and running.

And remember, Linus and this dude are having a private battle over something that, hopefully by the time you ever use it, will be sufficiently hammered into shape that you will never notice its there.

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Air-slurping solar battery will slice energy costs – boffins

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Re: probably too ambitious

All accomplishments start with a dream...

..and 99% end with a nightmare.

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FAIL

Fantastic!

Now instead of costing 10 x nuclear power, it will only cost 8.5 x!

Shame about all the land area used though.

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Re: Anti-spam-iotics

yep. joyriding cars has tailed off sharply because cracking a cars security is now beyond the average teenager

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

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Mushroom

Are we doomed?

I think we should be told.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Paris Hilton

Masterful analysis.

However you have missed a key point.

People also in addition to consuming, want to feel they have a right to consume. That means 'work' .

Despite the fact that less than 1% of 'work' actually 'creates wealth'

Arguing that actually the country would consume less and yet be just as wealthy if the default human state was sitting at home on benefits, won't win you any friends, or elections.

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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Re: Notes

Notes is not just an email, its is a total rats castle of unsupportable code that is responsible for more support cost than any benefits it might have ever had.

Jimmy Saville - the man who took the U out of groupeware...

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Bash bug flung against NAS boxes

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Re: Smoke, yes, but is there a fire?

Plenty of attempts to find something in cgi-bin that produces a result here on my public server, but there isn't anything in cgi-bin.

and the default shell is dash, not bash. So even though my debian is beyond upgrade, I am not concerned

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Re: It's fascinating.

I get terribly worried and then go into it enough to understand it, and find I wasn't after all in any danger.

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

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Re: I'll take my best shot

I WAS a network engineer and casting my eye over that I couldn't find much to fault it.

It bears a little amplification.

firstly it is a new network. to use it fully requires that every link in between be fully V6 or able to tunnel it. I think.

Secondly NAT will not go away. NAT is here, works, already implemented, and has many advantages for e.g. dumb consumers, and indeed corporates who can spend the time making it work right, insofar as its detractors consider that statement has any meaning.

Thirdly, it will take years to deploy. legacy kit will still be there in IPV4 in 20 years time, I am sure.

The problem is it doesn't actually offer any advantages I can see that mean you will rush to deploy it if you have V4 addresses already. I actually envisage that many organisations will deploy it internally long before they get rid of some NAT that turns it onto a V4 for tunnelling across the internet.

Finally, security and anonymity are looking to be bigger issues than running out of net numbers these days. so even if IP stays, what are the odds that some kind of other protocol replaces UDP/TCP to add some measure of man in the middle security and indeed, given the endless argument about who pays for the internet, what are the odds that some kind of 'chargeable packet' field isn't added somewhere. Imagine a field that increments every time it passes a node, representing the cost of getting that packet across a given route.

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Back in the day, every year was going to be 'the year of Unix' . Well there never was a year of Unix, but ever since I first heard that phrase, one by one alternative operating systems have withered and died, until. we pretty much have Unix or Linux running most things apart from custom hardware with real time needs, and Microsoft.

Novell netware, NET BEUI, token ring, X-25 - X-400 none of these have vanished altogether: the key is you don't deploy them in new systems.

Some version of IPV6 will probably carry us through the next 30 years, but there will never be a year of IPV6 either.

Just slow steady incremental growth where it makes sense, once its as stable and reliable as V4 is.

Id like someone to comment on how big a BGP routing table has to be with IPv6 as well.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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And as my wife discovered..

You can get Johnny Winter to sign a CD, or in fact two, 3 weeks before he dies.

Try that with an MP3.

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