* Posts by Denigor

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

Denigor

Maybe, instead of getting a small part of ourselves to another star, we will end up taking all of ourselves to it. I mean our entire solar system. If we can make the sun propel itself somehow, and avoid carnage, we could get closer to other systems whilst in the comfort of our own planet.

Too radical ?

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If we just want to send a probe to find out what is there, then why not just invest in better telescopes first. We have large telescope arrays already, on Earth. Build them on the moon, on Mars, on asteroids far, far apart and use them collectively to really see these other planets in detail.

The engineering and space technology just to do that alone would greatly improve our future space faring outlook, and we'd have a much better idea of where to send the probes once we can do so.

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Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act

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By passing this bill in the US it forces other nations to sit up and take action.

If they haven't done it then nothing g would have moved forwards.

They are provoking a reaction which will lead to improvement. From this starting g point, where at least they have put some thought into it, the real final Intl agreement can begin to develop.

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BT reveals vanishingly small detail about its fibre broadband network

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Re: superfarce

How do you think BT fibre broadband gets into the house then, if it's not down phone lines? Except for a tiny few with FTTP.... Magic data imps?

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Has Voyager 1 escaped the Sun yet? Yes, but also no, say boffins

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Moderator removed this comment as it was too awesome.

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Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse

Denigor

As I understand it Sarah IS in the commercial sector in her day job, and doing just fine there.

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Audi, Seat, Skoda admit they've been fiddling car pollution tests as well

Denigor

I expect this scandal will have a film made about it at some point.

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Denigor

Re: "open source their car management code. Our lives do depend on it after all"

Pascal, I believe his point was that our lives are affected by the noxious exhaust fumes. Not other aspects of the engine's performance.

The theory is that if the test results has not been 'cheated' then sales of these vehicles would have been lower,leading to cleaner air for all, as some people bought cleaner alternatives.

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Ex-BT boffin Cochrane blasts telco's 'wholly inadequate' broadband vision

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The cost of laying fibre is huge compared t9 the cost of the fibre itself.

With this in mind, and an eye on the future, I would hope that any la8d access would put in at least 4 physical fibres per premise.

Also many UK homes have two copper pairs run in by BT today. Will we see a product using them both together?

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Vodafone 'fesses up to hack of journalist's phone, denies 'improper behaviour'

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Re: Downloaded text messages

Even in the uk mobile operators store sms messages for years.

Goodness knows why.

more interesting question to ask is: do mobile operators store your mobile location information? For how long ?

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

Denigor

Indeed. My typing on an android phone keyboard is poor!

But I'm going to pay more attention in future. Thanks for helping prove my point.

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IT guys should be accountable for their work. Their work shoukd be peer-reviewed, just as ANY technical workin ANY field should be. In firms where there is noone else who can do this an external organisation shoulx be engaged to audit and report on status/risk level/recommendations.

If as IT workers we find that we are not being held to account, ourselves, then we must be brave and honest enough to speak up and recommend to our employers that they get our work checked by a third party.

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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

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I've upgraded my iwatch to the next level. I've strapped my phone to my wrist.

Now I too can tell the time with a mere 'flick of my wrist'. I get to tap on my 'phone-watch' without needing a second hand to hold it.. Further, I don't have to 'rummage' for my phone every time I need to tell the time...it's right where I need it!

Best of all, I still get the full smartwatch experience by having to take it off to recharge nightly.

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Microsoft SLASHES 7,800 bods, BURNS $7.6bn off books in Nokia adjustment

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Re: It's nothing personal, it's just business

All credit to Nokia for selling this business for such high $$ in the first place.

Nokia: brilliant salesmen. Microsoft: Worst. Procurement. Ever.

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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

Denigor

20 year old hardware will be end of life and out of support. It should be changed out before it goes wrong anyway!

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Re: The market in operation

What? We bought a /24 for $2000 not so long ago. Showed our provider the paperwork and they happily allowed us to advertise the route to them, and they to their own internet peers.

Very, very easy to buy and use. Internet based marketplace..

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The only fundamental issue with IPv6 is that humans are scared of it. They are used to easy to say and remember 4 octet addresses. And they dont like change.

ipv6 configures the same way in routers as ipv4, easier in places thanks to link-locals, and has far better rsnges predefined. I haven't seen anything wrong with ipv6 yet. Only with application layers and humans that haven't adapted to it.

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Re: 10 years?

Why would anyone use carrier grade NAT, whrn it's so easy to buy large blocks of addresses on the private market?

No operator in yheir right mind would consider adding extra complexity and cost to thrir solutions without looking into buying more addresses first.

5 years sgo isp's were told by RIPE that addresses were out. Only the crappest decided that meant they coukfn't get any more...

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Sprint: Forget all we said about strangling your web video streams

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Re: isn't it enough for a small screen?

Even small screens are HD. Your points stands as long as it's a small screen on a 5 year old phone.

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VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

Denigor

Interesting question. I wonder if it's possible for someone to write a 'testmyvpn' website.

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

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Re: Sue them under the DMCA?

What country are you in? Here in the UK the Government gets taken to court a LOT, across all its public sector agencies.

The Government and the judiciary are separate systems. The government pays for the Judiciary, and passes laws that the Judiciary uphold. But the Judiciary decisions are independant of Government, is tbe model.

Now, if you want a public Criminal prosecution, rather than private Civil, then CPS comes into play. They do decide if it reaches the courts or not. They are also supposed to be independent, but they can listen to Government opinion on that...

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Denigor

Goodness me Sensi. Humour bypass, much?

It made me chuckle. Whilst (obviously) there was no conspiracy here, I agree that it is a nice endorsement tor Kas.

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Facebook SSD failure study pinpoints mid-life burnout rate trough

Denigor

For avoidance of contiguous data we are going to need a 'disc fragmentor' utility. Anyone?

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

Denigor

Swift's actions worked.

Apple has now agreed to pay musicians during that period.

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Jurassic World: All the meaty ingredients for a summer blockbuster

Denigor

...and of both sexes. The Cinema in Winnersh had more women than men in my showing...

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Denigor

I saw Jurassic World recently. I really liked the nostalgic references back yo the original park/films.

Tiny spoiler: The original Jurassic Park t-shirt on Ebay moment. Great fun.

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BT: G.fast is fast and we want it FASTER

Denigor

I'm not convince on that. BT seems to have invested a lot in their 21CN core recently..changing out P routers to the fastest models around. Further...isn't this story about them investing in better access?

Dont mix up capex investment with opex investment needed to keep your current service running.

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

Denigor

I think the key is education. Not to learn a vocation, but to learn how to learn and adapt.

Getting a degree in Computer Science isn't so you cab be a Computer Scientist. That's just an initial bonus. It's to show that you can learn how to apply and better yourself no matter the challenge. Education provides you the tools to stay ahead of the robots, no matter how fast they advance.

an uneducated individual might not know what to do when a robot takes his job (or indeed another human).. An educated individual will be better prepared for it and will adapt accordingly.

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Re: @Tim Worstall

If you have to push your kids into higher education, rather than them pushing themselves into it, then higher education isn't for them...

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VR rift OPENS UP: Total Recall Technologies hurls lawsuit at Facebook's Oculus

Denigor

Re: There's no legal requirement to sue as soon as possible

Well yes. But the invention never has to become real. So you can patent the idea of an invention

so.. if the idea is of an invention then you can patent that idea.

/confused/

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Interstellar sci-fi WORMS its way into spinning black hole science FACT

Denigor

Re: One of the worst Sci-Fi movies ever made.

It was a wormhole next to Saturn. Not a black hole.

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Denigor

It made my son say he wants to be a scientist when he's older.

Inspirational value immesureable.

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Cisco plugs remote code execution flaw in UCS Central control freak

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Re: SOftware is Cisco's downfall

They have it made. Engineers get CCIP or CCIE and are loyal to Cisco for life thereafter.

at procurement they shake in their boots about having to work with any other vendor. And their organisations are prepared to pay top premium dollar as they dare not switch (pun intended).

Much of Cisco gear is good. But it's not worth THOSE margins.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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Re: Blind? Fuck you then.

No. Manufacturers do not legally have to make products for the blind.

motorbike makers dont have to make motorbikes for the blind.

boing dont have to make aircraft that the blind can fly.

a power drill maker doesnt have to make a drill with brail.

Now... it gets more interesting with any company who is providing a service, rather than a product.

services generally have to be provided to all, or it's discriminatory.

but even then, common sense still takes precedence. A firearm trainer can refuse to train the blind.

if every manufacturer had to make a version of their product for the blind, many simply could'nt afford yo do so.

Apple could afford it. But as a product maker they are not obliged to.

by the way.. I expect any app that reads the time out rather than displays it is ok.

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What I really dont understand is why apple wont allow 'good' time apps into their store.

if tbe app looks great, works great, and clearly shows off the apple watch capability... then why not allow it?

If its rubbish.. then decline it.

seems tbeir over zealousness could cause them to miss out on some great apps that would actually help apple sell more...

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Tesco broadband goes TITSUP, world keeps turning on wobbly-wheeled trolley

Denigor

Isnt tesco broadband actually outsourced to another national provider? Vitual operator style?

I didnt think tesco ran the actual infrastructure themselves...

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Nokia will be the mobile comeback kid in 2016 – wishful-thinking sources

Denigor

Re: Nokia and Android

Actually I think the model of success for Nokia will be a mob supporting either Android or alternative. Let the user choose the OS from a shortlist, as they prefer. Provide tools to allow data (contacts etc) to be retained between os changes (easy enough... just use google contacts in cloud I suppose).

Choice of OS would be the USP.

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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

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Re: Strike 1 of three?

I was thinking about robbing a house recently. But after seeing this guy get 25 years I just got a regular job instead. It really put me off being a criminal ever again. How is that fair?

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Vodafone: So what exactly is 'ludicrous' about the Frontier report?

Denigor

Its entirely separate if I can buy shares in it separately to the bt shares I can buy.

Can I ?

If I could then the carriers like Vodafone et al. Could be allowed to buy up to 2 percent each too (allowing for others to enter the market). Then they could influence it as owners, and share in the profits they themselves help generate by using it.

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British Judo in deep shido after cyber attack

Denigor

Awesome Vladimir Putin lookalike blackbelt photo too.

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How does a global corporation switch to IP Voice?

Denigor

Actually sip wasnt written for voip. It was written for sessions. Its used for loads of things, not just voip.

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Cisco IPv6 processing bug can cause DoS attacks

Denigor

Why is this even news.

All vendors publish advisories regularly that explain new found risks and mitigations... those usually being to upgrade (and apply an ACL meanwhile, or similar)

Im not a borg fan, but to try to make news from this is a real stretch.

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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

Denigor

I don't think the phone companies minx you going voip either.

They still provide the uplink to fhe PSTN for youf firm. You still need that since little old customer Ethil isn't gojnv to leave the pstn anytime soon.

More importantly though... voicd makes little money for them. Tbey are all aboit access and security and other services now.

Your savings only really start when you begin to federate your voice system to other companies. Once yout IT allows Lync (for example) calls externally you're laughing.

This article didn't mention the good old 999 problem of mandatory location identification for uk emergency calls...

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

Denigor

I was watching my *special private film* when this Pepsi ad showed up!

Argh . It put me right off my stroke..

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Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

Denigor

Blimey, why take things so seriously?

There are lots of things in invented in this world that turn out to be useless. There are lots more than turn out to be useful in ways the inventors never imagined. This is how humans progress.

Not everything invented has to succeed commercially in order to have value.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

Denigor

I'm happy to see that El Reg isn't scared to show a prophet mohammad graphic. Out of interest, does El Reg hsve an office, and does it have security present?

The BBC is notably avoiding showing that same graphic.

it is time thst the religious world got over these sensibilities.

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

Denigor

Re: I don't need 4k

You will not have a choice!!! Only 4k will be available within 5 years.

it is expensive fof manufacturers to operate production lines. Therefore they will move to making ONLY 4K resolution screens quite quickly.

Look around the shops and you most don't offer less than 1080p at 32" or higher now.

Its even rafe to find sub_HD screens at smaller sizes now.

The same will happen for 4K.

although, do note, that having cracked 4K the manufacturers are already working on 8K as their next-generation revenue maker.

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What an ACE-HOLE! This super-software will whip you at poker, hands down

Denigor

The developers also want to know how it does against humans. That's why they've invited humans to try it outI suppose.

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Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

Denigor

See, a positive news story about E:D and tbe way Frontiers handles something.

No longer can the fanbois complain of all one-sided news here :)

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Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

Denigor

Changing the definition of broadband is painful. We need some new terminology for the higher rates instead.

Terms that common folk will still understand.

How about:

'Broaderband'

And for higher rates, logically we'd have 'Fatband'

Or pay to upgrade to the even larger 'Obeseband'

Ah clearly I've missed my true calling in Branding.

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