* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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Err, written by a fanboy who has not seen a decent android phone

Gawd, that was written by someone seriously brainwashed by the Apple church.

Best camera. Bollocks. Z4 has a better one and Huawei Honor has been shipping the same one for nearly half a year. This is "general purpose" devices in the same price bracket. Several "specialty phones" have been shipping with dual optics, etc which provide better pictures for nearly a year now.

Sure, it is loaded with latest Google OS which has improved quite a bit over the years and is now responsive even on mid-range phones. That for us who have been using it for the last years is NOT a revelation. I know it is for an Apple addict, but for the rest of the world it is not.

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WikiLeaks claims 'significant' US election info release ... is yet to come

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I call bull

I continued reading it until I saw Israel having lower average measurement than most Western European countries.

I have some very serious doubts in the testing methodology which went into that study and the level of cultural or language bias involved.

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Re: Ah, now Trump makes sense

Maybe it shows a deduction for a charitable payment to Wikileaks?

Ain't going to work - they are not a registered charity in any of the jurisdictions Trump & Co operate. In fact, I do not think they are a registered charity in any jurisdiction period.

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Sudden explosion in reports of exploding phones

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Re: Apple Vs Samsung

do with how the guy holds it

Not how - where. See report - back pocket. Nuff said.

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When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

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It is not even an internet enabled fridge

It is a tablet bolted onto a fridge. Real IoT and internet enabled fridge functionality somewhere right around absolute zero.

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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Re: Elephant in the room

Maggy's used to love quoting Helmudt Schmidt that: "USSR is Upper Volta(*) with missiles".

Just UK will be Liberia with missiles.

Or more likely Argentina - servicing the debt to build the new aircraft carriers, their aircraft wings, their escorts _AND_ the Trident replacement as well as the necessary support for that is pretty much guaranteed to bankrupt the country.

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There's no way that ANY defensive missile system or jet fighter will take out an ICBM

That is a load of bull.

Latest S400, David's Sling and other developments by key players in that area are specifically designed to do exactly that. S400 has an engagement range of 230km against targets traveling at re-entry velocity (5km/s) _AND_ with ICBM size. David sling is shorter, but has actually been fired in anger. This is now, out there, actually deployed. While they can take out only up to 3-4 warheads per battery, they can do it today.

If we look into the near future, S500 is specifically - one battery engaging 10 warheads so one battery can take the full MIRV load of one Trident missile.

It always makes me chuckle when the Russians make such a big deal of USA ICBM interceptors and Aegis installations while at the same time having MULTIPLE times the USA anti-ICBM capacity and developing both missile defenses and countermeasures against missile defenses as fast as they possibly can.

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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Re: Seems simple to me

Let's continue the analogy.

If you burgle an ATM terminal of a Swiss bank in UK are you tried in UK or Switzerland?

The issue with computer crime is exactly that:

1. There are on average up to ten intermediate points in a a complex attack each of which has an equally valid claim to the scalp of the attacker.

2. There are multiple targets in a lot of attacks which quite often are in multiple jurisdictions, each of which has an equally valid claim to the scalp as well.

Trying computer (as well as some types of fraud) crime at the point of source is the _ONLY_ way of getting around this. This unfortunately means that some playground bullies which think that their playground rule book applies to everyone and they can do a wedgie on anyone they like will have to get into the orderly queue of filing a complaint to the principal so he can compile it and act on it.

The downside is that the current practice of trying at a "chosen" target location allows to set-up abductions and renditions of foreign citizens traveling abroad so they are extradited for trial. Switching to "try at source" means that we have to cooperate with their legal systems and try them at source which quite often is simply not on the menu.

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Kaleao's KMAX ARM-based server has legs. How fast can it run?

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Cool design

Reminds me of the AtomSmasher PCI switch torus server designs which AMD gobbled and (unfortunately) let fester and putrefy ~ 7 years ago. They had similar virtualization for IO and network, without the compute part.

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ICO boss calls for EU-style data protection rules post-Brexit

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Re: Lobbying starts now

by large corporates who find data protection a pain

Two edged sword I am afraid. While it "may be a pain", it is also an essential pain to trade with Europe. So the corporations are not likely to try to purchase something that puts that into jeopardy. UK is not USA, it will not have the political clout to put in failed Shields and defend them for a decade until the court challenges are done and dusted.

While at it, with the UK not being around, the Eu data protection is likely to be tightened significantly. Same as tax avoidance, pesticide control and god knows what else UK opposed on behalf of our American corporate owners.

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Apple chops woeful WoSign HTTPS certs from iOS, macOS

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Not likely

DANE removes centralized control over certificates and keys. Apple... removing... centralized... control...

Hold that thought...

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SpaceX searches for its 'grassy knoll' of possible Falcon rocket sabotage

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Re: downrange?

lowering the odds

You mean increasing, right?

By the way, on a stationary target this size, the odds are much higher than quoted by the Register.

Similarly, you do not need a spotter located closer to the target - you just need a good telescope which, once again, you can accommodate on the roof of an industrial building.

In any case, this one is extremely far fetched.

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I want to launch thousands of drones, says Facebook's flying Wi-Fi router chief

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Cleaning the desk

I had to clean my desk from the coffee which splashed all over it after reading this one:

Instead of providing overt surveillance,

And WTF is F***Book if not 24x7 surveillance. Just run their Android App in a suitable logging environment to see exaclty what it does.

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Can you make a swarm of 20+ flying military robots? UK.gov wants you

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Are you listening, BAE Systems?

Of course they are. They will after that rebadge it under OEM and put 800% markup for "militarizing it".

They are probably behind that requirement to ensure the correct juicy margin.

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Crypto guru Matt Green asks courts for DMCA force field so he can safely write a textbook

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Re: Welcome to the land of the free!

You already do.

Try publishing a textbook which contains exact synthesis instructions for anything prohibited under the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993, Wassenaar as well as, let's say, the exact instructions for the additives you need to put into the growth medium for Yersinia Pestis (the ghastly thing is actually a royal PITA to grow at scale, it will start and then just die out unless you really know what you are doing).

You _WILL_ get a visit from some gentlemen in black suits in a vehicle with blacked out windows.

By the way - I have both stashed somewhere in the remote corners of my brain in violation of relevant UK Thought Crime laws.

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Internet handover is go-go-go! ICANN to take IANA from US govt

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UN is not the problem

The problem is not in UN per se. The problem is that anything related to communications UN hands down more or less automatically to the sole remaining dinosaur from the failed League of Nations - the ITU.

This organization is dominated by large incumbent telcos which will fight tooth and nail to reintroduce financial models of the bygone age. If you leave it to the ITU you will have a phone bill with your websites vizited itemized, billed per visit and time spent and a long distance browsing page at the end of the bill at long distance browsing rate.

So as far as evils go, the LEAST evil would have been to create a new agency under UN which will be chartered as non-ITU. That however would have never happened - nearly all Arabic states as well as all banana republics still have a monopoly incumbent operator often owned by the state. They form a sufficient majority to prevent this as well vote through handing this to the ITU if ever given a chance.

This is why the USA government chose the lesser out of the two evils - ICANN as we know it.

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How to steal the mind of an AI: Machine-learning models vulnerable to reverse engineering

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Re: Crazy Shit happens Anywhere and Everywhere when Fools Use and Abuse and Misuse Effective Tools

Then the jerks who speak out of their backsides would get their comeuppance.

Be careful what you wish for. This will unravel a near decade of pyramid scheme investments in the management space - Customer First, etc. They all work exactly the way MLM fraud scheme work - all the new acolytes brought on board down to the lowly team lead level manager which is getting its "Customer First" training now need to purchase (actually company buys it for them) training, next level buys training, and books, consluttants regularly buy training, books, etc - all funneling it to the man at the top.

Even if an idea is actually fundamentally correct - like agile, devops, in the valley it framed into a MLM in less then 6 months and the mark fleecing begins in earnest.

If we apply your proposed machine, the pyramids will unravel. These schemes constitute up to 30% of all economic activity in the Valley. Blowing up 30% of it will unravel the whole economic tower of cards which is the West Coast today.

So be careful what you wish for.

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Criticize Donald Trump, get your site smashed offline from Russia

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Re: Trump will win

For the similar reasons that Brexit happened: because a sizeable number of people are getting very fed up being told how little and stupid they are

Not quite. Everything which they were told about "the interest of British Industry" was phrased literally as "in the interest of the Fat Cats".

Even if the people were _NOT_ going to vote Exit, the way the advantages were presented to them alienated them straight away. Not surprising, considering that the "Remain" campaign head was more or less an exclusive Fat Cat club. Even if they truly wanted to present an argument geared towards the intended audience, they would have been unable to so as they have no clue what to say as they have never earned an honest living in their entire life. Pretty much every single one of them. They presented THEIR argument all right. With the expected result.

That is slightly different (and not in a good way) from Clinton vs Trump. Clintons have a record in providing "interests of the industry" (NAFTA, TTIP, etc) which Joe Assembly Line worker associates with Fat Cats getting fatter and him getting poorer. She has, however, turned 180 degrees on that now so at the very least she is not trying to do the Fat Cat argument any more. However, with her record so far that may be worse than trying to present the non-Fat Cat arguments as what she has done is not forgotten and she now looks to be insincere about it.

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Re: Despair

There is no place on Earth which will remain unaffected once a person with his temperament and mental faculties has been given access to the launch codes.

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I wish I had the literary dexterity to properly lambaste Trump

So do I. As I do not, I read Marina's rants:

What Citizen Trump can’t stand – the story is of Melania, not him

Nigel Farage: from Brexit hero to Trump’s little helper. That’s some career path

Some of the best stuff written on the subject - I give it my kids as a reading material: "Learn how to be insulting on a Gigaton scale without using a single swear word".

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Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

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Re: They could have build 10 GW scale tidal plants for the same amount of money

Completely at odds with either continuous industrial processes, or the human body's diurnal clock.

A tidal plant does not just generate only when the tide is high or low. It generates all the time (albeit not at max capacity) between high tide and a point where the level outside and inside equalizes. This is "on water flowing out".

That may or may not be the point in the middle between high and low tide, depending on the rate at which water is let out of the basin.

It after that, similarly, generates all the time while the level inside is lower than the level outside (depending on actual rate). This is generating on "water flowing in". Overall, a tidal basin plant alone will generate ~ 16 hours a day. Several can cover 24x7 - all you need to stagger the moment they start emptying/filling.

And most importantly - it cannot f*** blow up.

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They could have build 10 GW scale tidal plants for the same amount of money

The amount of money wasted on Hinkley (inclusive of subsidies, costs of ed-comissioning and dealing with waste) could have produced double that amount of power from artificial tidal basin hydro-electrics.

There is more than enough shallows and mud in the Wash, Irish Sea and Cardiff bay to build them at scale and the resulting dams can be used for low cost wind (instead of putting it into water which costs a fortune) deployment. Just the Wash is more than 10000 (100x100) square miles worth of sub-25m depth. That is enough to build artificial tidal basins to generate energy for export, not just internal needs.

While the wind may or may not blow, the tide knows no such things. It will come and go twice a day, every day for millenniums to come. All you need is to dump enough mud to form a circular "enclosure" and drop one or more a pre-cast turbine unit(s) into the newly formed dam. While the water level difference is pitiful compared to a normal hydroelectric, being able to build them at scale should take care of that.

So the idea that greenery will fail is actually wrong. The issue is - we are building the wrong greenery.

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Dublin shopkeeper catches forecourt fouler with his pants down

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Joke

While Buckley’s CCTV system captured the curb-side crapper on camera,

IoT story of the week? Was it an IP cam? Was it reporting the crappulent data to the cloud?

Curious minds want to know...

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'Syrian Electronic Army' goon extradited from Germany now coughs to hacking, extortion

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Re: I guess that's a good use for uncle sam's money then

The same lesson could have been taught for tenth of the price by nailing him for money laundering in a German court, which most likely would have hit him with a juicy fine.

And a German jail term.

What you are missing is a point of principle. While it makes sense financially, legally and from the point of view of sane international politics to push for local punishment this violates the idea of supremacy and extraterritoriality of American law. The way USA courts and USA judiciary interprets the 14th amendment and the precedent base on that, postulate that the rest of the world does not exist, international law does not exist, other country law does not exist, only American law exist and it is extraterritorial. Even one admission that this is severe case of delusion of grandure bollocks goes a long way towards unraveling that concept. As a result USA goes as far as refusing to try subjects in jurisdictions which will never ever extradite, but will accept an incoming transfer of a foreign originated criminal case against their cittizens (f.e. France).

So do not expect any USA court or any USA law agency to attempt suing anyone in a foreign jurisdiction any time soon. Even if this means wasting 1M of taxpayers money on extraditing some useless Assad little helper wannabe which would have received a similar punishment locally.

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Trump: Google hides Hillary

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Re: Is it just me, or ...

Neah... it is normal.

He has a very well defined concept of "woman's place in life" which can be observed if you look at his immediate surroundings over the years. They (as well as the early Miss Universe pageant winners before "racial diversity" was introduced for marketing reasons) look like they have been printed off the same printing press. This includes not just legs, t*ts, hair, face, etc, but education, career goals and career progression and overall place in life.

All in all - The art of the deal is only HIS. It does not belong to a woman in his universe.

This resonates quite well with a large proportion of his electorate who has similar ideas of how the world should work. It however puts him into the very unenviable position of fishing for excuse every time a woman does not fit the stereotype and/or beats him at his own game. He fished for an excuse after the debate ("I did not want to embarrass her"), he is fishing for an excuse now. He will fish for more tomorrow.

As this is very well aligned with the way some of his electorate perceives the world they _WILL_ _NOT_ see anything wrong here - he can do it all he likes. There will be no consequences to his poll ratings.

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Want to make US$1.5m this weekend? Just jailbreak iOS

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Interesting

Sendmail is still there (is there anyone crazy enough still to use it), while Exim is not.

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Oracle loses (again) in battle to get Google Java case retried (again)

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Re: The UK has it better on this point

Not quite. Google "UK and Libel Law", you will be surprised what you will find.

Other Eu countries are much more strict on the "loser pays" front.

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Russian hackers target MH17 journalists for embarrassing Putin

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Re: Bellingcat

Some say Bellingcat is an extension of the western security and propaganda apparatus

Some of the information which they have "provided" could be obtained only from classified NATO and/or Ukrainian military sources. A layman journo does not have access to any of the following: miltary satellite feeds, radio and especially GSM phone intercepts. Belingcat has "reported" (quotes intended) using these sources before any of them have become publicly available.

That for me opens and closes the question on Belingcat being (or not being) a state actor. A non-state actor could not have these information sources without someone sitting on the gaol awaiting their day in court for violating the official secrets act of one or more NATO states.

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Re: Journalists or Churnalists?

MH17 crashed well inside rebel held territory.

Buk's official range at that altitude is ~ 40km or thereabouts. The plane crashed within less 20km of the frontline.

Once again, what were you saying?

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Re: Journalists or Churnalists?

The report has failed to prove or disprove the use of one of the several (at least two if memory serves me right) Ukrainian Buks which were captured by the rebels at the beginning of the war.

If you are going to put all the dots on all Is and cross all the Ts you have to start with in order of likelihood:

1. The rebels, using equipment they have appropriated from the Ukrainian army with or without assistance from Russian "volunteers" (quotes intended and needed).

2. The Ukrainian army, continuing its excellent form in shooting down civilian jets and after that doing "Presidential Level Coverup" of the majestic clusterf*ck involving everyone up to the head of state inclusive. They have done it before, hence the possibility that they have done it again has to be fully refuted as well.

3. The rebels, using equipment provided by Russia "under the cover of darkness". Again, +/- "volunteers"

4. The Russians operating on rebels behalf. Considering the level of saturation with spy gear of the area I find this one very difficult to believe in. Though, you never know - at about the same time the Graunidad published some video footage of "Glorious Units of the Ukrainian Liberation Army" shooting Grads at Donetsk. The trucks had either Polish or Baltic number plates - definitely not Ukrainian ones (wrong color). The same video contained Russian militarized fire engine (with spanking new paint) with a uniformed Russian military personnel from MChS extinguishing the results of the handywork. Right when Russia claimed none of its personnel is there (I LOVE when a journo publishes pics without having a clue what's in them).

In addition to that:

1. The report still fails to answer why the plane was given instructions by Ukriainian air traffic control to pass 20 km north of the center of the official air corridor right through the area where somebody took out two Ukrainian Su-25s the previous week

2. If it was the same unit, how and who took out the Su-25s as the supposed time of "appearance on the scene" was after they were shot down. The tooth fairy? With a magic wand?

3. If it was not the same unit, what happened to the unit which took out the two Su-25s in the same area

4. All photos, etc which purport to show the Buk in question show it with one missile missing. Cute. What happened to the other two used on the Su25s? Also, I find it difficult to believe that if this was deployed by Russia it was not deployed without the reloader truck. Habeas corpus on that?

All in all, the report has yielded the expected result requested for political expediency reasons. That may in fact be the true result. We will not know - until someone answers questions 1-4 above.

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UK will buy 138 F-35s

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Re: Colonisation by those characters with snow on their boots

Only if the Russkies are unsporting enough to invade before we're ready, in 2023.

You mean that they have not colonized it already? Why invade something when you can buy it (politicians included).

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Re: Well then.

Dastardly and Muttley & Co - maybe not.

RAF getting their arse handed to them on a plate by any 2nd world air power in possession of a recent batch of Russian or Chinese aircraft and Russian or Chinese AA - quite likely.

140 aircraft at standard maintenance, training, purchase schedules equates to < 100 combat ready units which in turn (assuming half stays at home) is < 50 deployable. Most countries with modern AA and recently modernized air-force can deal with that.

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Colonisation by those characters with snow on their boots

Being colonized by the Canadians? Where do I vote for it?

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Sad reality: Look, no one's going to patch their insecure IoT gear

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Viva the Fruity Revolution

'Consumers are ready to roll the dice with their privacy every time they buy a gadget'

This is exactly why my household is not joining the admen financed, cloud driven IoT Revolution. Even if the IoT devices did not need any Internet connection to report data to the Cloud, the scumbags monetizing our dirty laundry will make them need one so they can leach of us.

They have already reached the status of the AIs in the Hyperion Cantos. Hiding in the cracks between the worlds, leaching off us a tiny little bit every time we "move from A to B" (even if A to B is kitchen to the sitting room). It is only a matter of time until they invent the Ruby Crucifix and build the Pacem empire. It is also only a matter of time until they show their true face.

This is why I build my devices myself thank you. I also teach my kids to do so. Initially from Razzies, nowdays from Bananas (both of them are equally closed source as far as the firmware/hardware goes, the Banana being significantly better in terms of build quality and performance and reliability under high load).

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Crusty Cat 5e/6 cables just magically sped up to 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps

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Re: More speed!

Replacing kit is cheaper than replacing cabling. Even if you do it yourself.

Though, to be honest, more than 1G on a Home/Home Office/Small Buisiness network is usually a complete overkill. Even if you put 802.1ac in them, it cannot saturate a Gig as there is bugger all to feed a Gig of demand. Neither the Internet uplink, nor the local file storage, etc provide that to the average number of clients in a SMB.

So this is quite clearly geared towards various business and SP wifi deployments and that is not such a big market compared to residential. We will see - I will not expect the price for this one to drop very fast. It may even fetch a premium compared to 10Gbit as it works over crap cabling.

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Smartphone lost on QANTAS 'began hissing, emitting smoke and making orange glow'

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Re: Is it just me

Not just that. Qantas business seats.

I have not heard of any incidents with other airlines.

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South Australian mega-storm blacks out whole state

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Re: Memo to self

I love the sound of disintegrating roof early in the morning.

Solar panels? In a high storm area? Lovely - add some 100mph wind and watch the show.

As far as vulnerability to weather they are probably the most vulnerable means of generating electricity. Also, if the grid is down, you need to generate 24x7, not just during daytime.

So if you want real backup power your choice is diesel or LPG. LPG is better because it does not require the regular dry runs you need to do with a diesel generator.

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British Gas wins pre-paid smart meter patent lawsuit

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I'm clearly to young to have heard this one, care to enlighten us kids about 3Com and MAC

First network card to have the Mac reprogrammable via a normal API at runtime. 3C509. In those days everyone else had it burned into EPROM and thus you could rely on it.

So some code to change the Mac could wreck massive havoc on networks which had heavy dependency on MACs, specifically Novell and clones.

You can guess how old am I by remembering this one ;)

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City of Moscow to ditch 600k Exchange and Outlook licences

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Re: Well if it can support standards then it is aleady ahead of the game

Show me an off-the-shelf CalDav server which scales to 1M users.

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Email at scale is easy

Email at scale is easy.

It did not take that much effort to rig the early (pre-Microsoft) Hotmail, the first versions of the provider hosted Yahoo systems, etc.

I can rig you an email system for 1M users using off-the shelf components in a week or so (I have done the exercise of going through the design of one for one of UK SPs which decided to combine giving jobs to wives + purchasing email from Google instead). It may not be as efficient as something written from the ground up for that scale, but it will be less buggy (by using components that are known to work).

Other functions you may need in a business setting - shared calendaring, shared contacts, etc at that scale are phenomenally difficult (especially once you add the relevant requirements on zoning and permissions).

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Re: Plenty of good Free Open Source Software out there.

Not really. There is nothing open source which can do calendaring at scale.

I have looked at it again... and again... and again... for 15 years. Nope, no cookie.

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US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

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FAIL

Because backwards compatibility is such a success.

Not because of that.

1. Hideous complexity for no reason. v6 embedded into the protocol address assignment and network parameter discovery. Nice at the time, outright idiocy compared to what you get with DHCP now. When it became clear that it is nowhere near what you are getting from DHCP on v4 today the high gods of v6 (hello Fred), continued to insist that this is needed. As a result we have a ridiculous hodgepodge of protocol driven address assignment + dhcp6 today. Making DHCP6 _ALSO_ _NOT_ properly backwards compatible was an even bigger idiocy. WTF was the issue of not allowing a host to bootstrap over v4 and go v6 or dual stack. Idiocy and technoreligious zeal.

2. Very heavy reliance on multicast. Like it or not multicast was broken one way or another in a lot of network hardware and OSes for many years. As a result anything relying on multicast for its most basic functionality like neighbor discovery had issues. Also, for the same reasons, the protocol had to grow some very hideous warts for low power network implementations and other corner cases with no true multicast (supposedly v6 home turf).

3. Making the flow labels random by spec necessitating a controller to coordinate their use in a network setting instead of static label assignment - thus killing one of the key advantages and potentially the only protocol killer feature (it would have rocked for streaming).

I can continue for a while. v6 history is peppered with technoreligious zeal and ridiculous technical decisions. So from that perspective it is no wonder it is not being adopted.

As far as the USA government pushing for its adoption, I can fully understand they would love the rest of the world to expand their attack surface for them and provide a nice array of targets. You gotta love the end-to-end principle ya know. That is a very nice idea, but the answer is a choice of no and no. No cookie.

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Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

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Re: Horrible fascination

Can anyone tell us what it feels like?

I have had to take someone to the hospital as a result of passing a stone out. The executive summary is: you _REALLY_ do not want to know.

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India releases Mars data

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India's also celebrating the launch of eight satellites aboard a single rocket.

In other words, India has joined the MIRV ICBM club. After all, what is the point of having nuclear weapons if you cannot deliver them effectively.

So, now, what were the civilian applications?

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Swiss vote for spy powers

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Can you not repeat tripe for crying out loud?

There was no permission to wiretap in Swiss law period. NOBODY could give it to you - not court, not police and not even god himself. Any wiretapping was illegal, end of story.

This change allows a court approved wiretap of a single identified person based on court order. That is reasonable and it is not anything like the end of the privacy world trumpeted by some campaigners.

Bulk wiretaps, mass surveilance and other Airstrip One day-to-day routine are still not on the menu.

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Musk fires up Raptor rocket

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Nice engine

Nice engine, but interplanetary it ain't. OK, may be just Mars and Venus and even those for a very short amount of time.

At this rate of development I would expect either USA or Russia to put a system with a working VASIMR (or other advanced plasma/ion) engine at the time when Musk launches this dinosaur into orbit or shortly thereafter. That is the point when the mighty chemical rocket becomes obsolete for anything but Earth to Orbit delivery.

It definitely looks very interesting for next generation Earth to Orbit though (especially as a replacement for those nasty hypergolic 2nd stages).

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Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

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Re: "Palmer acted independently in a personal capacity"

I hated the day I read that Facebook, of all things, had got its grubby mitts on what promised to be a great product.

There is a law in chemistry: "like dissolves in alike".

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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Aramaic

I would have thought Hebrew

Aramaic, not Hebrew. It is what the bible was written on.

In any case, expecting a catholic priest to go beyond Latin and to the true roots of the Christian religion is like expecting a second coming - not something on offer.

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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

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Would a competent human in the Lexus

You started your statement with an oxymoron. So, err..., what was your point?

OK, jokes aside, we have done it quite a few times. It is normal for any experienced driver to go to yellow alert just seeing specific vehicles/models approaching. These differ depending on geography.

For example, if you are in Eastern Europe and you see any of BMW, Audi or Mercedes you pretty much expect an imbecile which will overtake on a blind bend, does not have any seatbelts on and is yapping on the phone while doing all of that.

If, you move from Eastern Europe to let's say Kent, you can replace the Mercedes in the above list with a Lexus. Seatbelts are now present, but the "competent driver" is still yapping on the phone without a handsfree.

So the moment I see any one of these (with appropriate adjustments of the list for the location) I prepare myself and ensure that I have room to manoeuvre and avoid an accident.

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NASA's Europa surprise

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They have not denied it either.

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