68 posts • joined 11 Jul 2012
French shut down UK Electricity
The integrity of the national infrastructure is a matter of national security!
Might foreign companies such as EDF/Eon turn off all of the UK's generation capacity to disadvantage UK business?
Oh, they are!
Yes, but the ISPs won't co-operate
The solution is easy, default kill on selected traffic from all internet connections, then a small charge to re-establish them under suitable Ts&Cs. Most domestic users wouldn't even notice.
ISPs that didn't co-operate would find their whole net filtered. I.e the system is viral
All it needs is for one major ISP to value their customers sanity over the corporate "No one got fired for doing nothing" ( Being generous on their motivation here;)
( The authour founded PIPEX and Internet Watch, I DO KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!)
Break the cable twice
Break the cable somewhere difficult, then splice your tap in while they are fixing the cable.
As done in the Med a few years ago!
Global Resource Observatory
The project is looking to map the worlds resources and test the system for fragility.
If you want to worry about anything, then it is POLITICS that you should care about!
It turns out that we now have a finely tuned world. Like any system close to optimum, it is sensitive to perturbations of parameters,with wild swings E.g. Low global rice or wheat yields have resulted in riots.
A major perturbation, such as a trade war between trading blocks, can make the whole thing collapse.
E.g Europe is dependent on Russian gas, China is dependent on imported protein, etc etc.
While a big earthquake or Volcano are non zero risks, the big risks are idiot politicians!
Who wull they target?
Not the CEOs of the Big Banks who happily shift funds to Nigeria from Joe Public accounts without any sort of escrow arrangement. Or the current scam where they allow a new account to be opened, fund transfer from a dupe and exit in a few days.
No they will target the "pub landlord" who changes money on the side because the banks charge so much to make a cash deposit!
I remember 1Mb Day when the routing table went over the 1Mb RAM limit of Cisco's original 68000 based routers.
In those days, the "new" but limited supply of Cisco 4000's were handed around between ISPs to ensure that core routers could be upgraded first.
I've just founded a TV school where the student make real TV in real time for broadcast on real deadline, budgets and quality. They pay for the professional mentors, we get free TV programmes
Anyone fancy setting up a dept to do the same for coders. ( and get some code written for free at the same time!)
40 years ago I got 2Es and 2Cs, I can demonstrate I'm not stupid, nor lazy. So it is obviously the crap teachers I had!
"Mega Corp" proves command and control can work!
Command and Control DOES work. BP, HSBC, Ford etc all perform over decades, and typically out perform.
It's that POLITICIANS can't run anything, what every the system they choose to operate under!
Optimise the network, not fiddle with TCP
It is either the routing protocols, or weak links in the network.
(Trivia :- BTW the P in TCP stands for Program not Protocol, check the RFC!)
Dave Clark: “We reject: kings, presidents and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code.”
I can think of a LOT of other places where this method would be transformational.
UK Parliament for one!
IPv7 is a National Security Risk!
If the Internet returns to a full meshed true Internet, The ability of our security services to monitor Internet traffic will be severely compromised. They currently rely on IPv4 NAT to bottleneck traffic making monitoring much easier.
Read the paper, not the report
Lazy journalism is where they recycle other journalists output, without going back to the original source.
Certainly the UK running out of energy report, was about the LOCAL reserves, if International trade shutdown. E.g. The Ukraine became a east-west showdown.... The report SHOULD be a wake-up call to pollicy makers who assume business as usual has permanence!
Second, true we will never "runout" of resources. But the price and the cost of extraction can change very rapidly.
Third, one has to look at the timing supply chain adaptation. It has taken nearly a decade to restart the non-chinese rare-earth extraction supply chain. Converting refineries to changing raw materials...
Poo-pooing these reports is a dangerous game.
Is 0.2pc "NOT MELTING?
At 0.2% (linear) the glaciers disappear in 500 years,
Can I have 0.2% of your salary Andrew? Its nothing!
Re: A step backwards
Gee A Journo that can't write and shoot!!
Reminds me of the KGB joke...
Why do the KGB go around in threes?
One can Read, one can write, the other is there to keep an eye on the intellectuals!
Spooks don't want ipv6
NAT helps keep all your data going through a small number of gateways. IPv6 returns us to the Internet where all traffic is routed peer to peer, with the ability to multi-route etc.
Make private file sharing much easier too.
... Wonder why the ISP aren't deploying IPv6!
Re: Hard to compete with "free"
Free, but not for ever!
Once you can make the pain of moving high, you can extort as much as you like. Plenty of examples from many sectors. Would iTunes exist without MP3 ripping? and MP3 ripping is still out there.
You may live above the flood line, but most of the worlds food comes from sea-level +10m or less
Difference between Web and Internet?
The Web is the toilet, the Internet is the sewer!
Some points about using balloons
Getting anything heavy around the third world is a nightmare. THis is where the sweet spot is IMHO i.e. getting equipment to third world minerals.
Also getting the minerals out is a nightmare too. Taking High value low wieght minerals such as Tantalum, Gemstones...
Steam has an attomic weight of 18 so converting water to steam would add bouyancy nicely, and its much lighter to keep it warm, rather than holding helium at pressure.
Why not keep the thing tethered to the ground and just use it to lower the axle weight. I love the concept of the Balloon Assisted Donkey (BAD) pulling a tonne along some mountian track. (But not on a windiy day!
Fence will need planning consent
As a Heritage site, it is almost certainly listed, surely they can't put up a fence.!
When did patents protect SMEs?
Patents protect patent portfolio companies from small innovators.
UK Cell Cos got caught misleading the minister on this years ago
I was at a meeting of children's charities and Cell Cos at the UK Telecoms ministry. The Cell CO's said to the minister they couldn't kill mobiles. I was there and pointed out that every mobile broadcasts the IMEI every time it moved cell, and that it would be a trivial task to kill mobiles on IEN.
The minister was SO angry that the senior Cell CO execs were prepared to lie when children were being mugged, that he made the Cell Cos do this is a few weeks, rather than the usual prevarication
Sue ball approaching
So Cisco et al won't protect their numerous and essential patents Not
What happened to...
There is a well funded conspiracy to topple the current US government. It is obvious that the tools of state should be used to neutralise this threat!
So Obama is now justified to spy on the Republican party!
Wealth follows small families not leads!
Please stop repeating the great myth that education and wealth leads to smaller families.
It is, and has always been the reverse. That is why the landed gentry carry on enjoying priviledge, How China has transforming its wealth demographic, and why Nigeria isn't
There is another lighter than air gas... steam. Just need to keep enough of it >100C tripple glased cells would do.
Surely the threat to our security is the fact that there is no NSA back-door into NTC kit. Spying through Back-doors are essential to our governments to identify threats to their rule. Err like Watergate!
Universal service, or Subsidising others life choices
Hmm, Do I want to pay taxes for people who CHOOSE to live in the middle of no-where.
I know plenty of people who move to accessible places to enjoy the benefits.
Next thing these people will be asking for subsidised petrol to help fund their unsustainable life styles
Re: Like I said a million times.
... People who have no problem with being spied on by law enforcement agencies are obviously ultra-right wing and need to be locked-up for our safety.
And why post as Anonymous Coward, if they have nothing to fear!!!
We know who you are
They've realised tracking these payments is a great way of identifying the awkward squad!
You too can be a "domestic extremist!"
Cambridge Red TV
I ran Cambridge Red TV for several years and we had no trouble making 15 hr a week watchable local content. And we lost money slow enough that the BBC funding would put it into profit!
But its too late to apply, as you had to register interest 3 months ago to be eligable to apply.
If anyone local to Cambridge wants to volunteer.... firstname.lastname@example.org
IWF check complaints from the public against a checklist of ILLEGAL material and if they judge it ILLEGAL, they simply advise ISPs, Phone cos and Web sites that their is in-their-judgement, illegal material at a site. It is up to the service provider if they take it down or not.
IWF may inform the police if a service provider does not take it down.
It is neither a censer, nor a court room!
It allows the public a single clearing house for complaints regarding ILLEGAL material and provides the service providers with a simgle filter for getting ILLEGAL material off their sites. Thus keeping the CEO out of court!
This is an eligant solution to ONE problem, but then I designed it and got an OBE for the trouble!
Apple didn't invent those
"features like menu bars or buttons on window title-bars at all – Apple invented most of that stuff with the Lisa and later Macintosh projects."
Er, Not Apple, Xerox maybe, but most of these innovations had parentage elsewhere.
(EEK am I the oldest still reading this stuff?)
Prediction :- Google wins over Amazon
If you look at hte history of computing the architecture of choice is a (simple) function of the cost of use and utility of :- CPU, Storage, Bandwidth ( Bus, LAN, WAN) and a I/O, skill base plus the curved ball of applicable laws and taxes..
Mainframe - Mini- Micro - LAN mini - LAN Micrtos - Distributef WAN mini - Distributed WAN micro - Cloud...
Historically the price of moving the data has been the biggest factor. Putting all data into one place and just moving the I/O is currently best.
Note that if this is the case, then the BIG DATA farms where everyone can access the "global data flows" will win.
I.e. Google will win as they collect the most
Amazon's only defence is to put in a DATA sharing collective into their model. Though Google doesn't have the "privicy" problem as they "own" most of the data in their cloud, so don't fall foul of privicy laws
BTW. This doesn't just apply to computing, physical sales have followed the same function. with corner shops - super markets- hypermarkets- On-line - off-shore...
Exercise, do the line for virtual sales such as games and predict the future for yourself!
Pay tax, get protection
If a corporation fails to pay reasonable local taxes, surely they should enjoy the protection of the local law!!!
No representation without taxation!!!! to reverse the original Revolutionary rallying call
Shame if he dies without verification though. And his claims do make him a target.
I remember the Thermal insulation paint demonstrated on Tomorrows World that is lost to the world as he kept the secret and then died on us!
Android on the Desk
We put the VOIP service straght to the employees mobile when they are in the office.
Linphone or the native voip app does fine. Though there is an accasional unacceptable delay!
With £90 androids, phones a 7in tabs, <£100. Why would anyone use anything else!!!!!
Eventually everyone becomes right wing, its just a question or age!
The siren voices of "centralised control makes things more efficient" have proved wrong for every system.
Central control always leads to corruption!
Right target Wrong headline
Is the EU's policy on bio-fuels sh*tty YES.
Are Bio-fuels bad? Not all!
Using crop residues for fuel is a GOOD idea. Straw in particular has half the calorific value of coal by weight.
On world markets Feed Wheat sells at £190 tonne and Coal costs £250 for the same number of Calories.
go figure ...
Fire Lewis, - Selective quotations error
"If we could look back at this region of Antarctica in the 1940s and 1830s we would find that the regional climate would look a lot like it does today, and I think we also would find the glaciers retreating much as they are today," said lead author Prof Eric Steig, from the University of Washington.
He said the same was not true for the Antarctic peninsula, the part of the continent closer to South America. Here, more dramatic changes were "almost certainly" a result of human-induced global warming.
1) A hi-jacker will ignore the instruction to turn off!!!!!!
Corallary, give the flight attendants a sniffer to identify powered on devices ( UNPOPULAR!!!)
2) The report said the remote positioning stuff isn't encrypted, so the spoofing hack could
be done on land too. - If the Iranians can steal a UAV,,,,
Stay at home and save the planet ( And yourself)
Not so spooky
Surely the fault in the experiment is the assumption that the decay of the entangled pair isn't predetermined at entanglement!
Face the Facts, get over it
A) All the fossil fuel we can economically dig out of the ground we'll burn. Regardless
B) Global oscilations in crop productivity per capita happens.
C) Distribution of valuables are "grossly unfair" ( A view held by you poor people in particular)
1) Build resilience in your (food) system or you or your descendants starve.
2) Party while you can
Fraud = profits
The banks justify their high margins by the level of risk they "bear". Reducing risk means that they can't justify gouging their customers .
That is why they rarely implement best practice. e.g.:-
Advance notification of transactions with STOP processes
Scanning a notification of spoof sites
Declaring security breaches
Escow to allow reversal of fraudulent transactions
Photos and other biometric on cards/online ( How can they say this is too expensive when they allow me to upload my own artwork for my card!!!)
Please add your own!!
If the banks reduce fraud, they cannot justify their high margin( Yes some do!)
What Lewis didnt find the perverse mis-read?
Another reason to sack Lewis, he can't even be relied on to write sceptic spin on every story
Re: So they've not patented...
Windows then? ;-) ... No Microsoft trademarked/stole that years ago!
So Lewis, is there no human induced warming, your usual stance, or is it just over stated?
Editor: Please get him off the Register, its tedious to respond to idiots who have a megaphone
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