* Posts by Fred Goldstein

187 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007


Mayors having a right 'mare in Florida: Acting mayor arrested weeks after boss also arrested

Fred Goldstein

We *are* talking Florida here. Look, most of the people I run into have an "above-average" intelligence. Somebody has to be below average. That's what Florida is for. They have two fetishes. One is being stupid, or at least electing stupid people. The other is guns. It's a deadly combination, but the NRA and its sponsor gun makers make out like bandits there. As do the bandits. At least the old mayor had apparently once been a doctor, just a bad one. And this being America, without an NHS, a lot of people depend on whatever medical help they can find, and can't afford a real doctor. He was probably better at it than the faith healers that are so popular in the American south.

Vermont, on the other hand, is not stupid, just snowy. Like other New England states, its Towns do not have mayors, as the executive is handled by the Select Board and the legislative by Town Meeting (everyone who shows up votes). And they do make good cheese. So there's nothing a mayor does there that a goat can't do. And come spring, the goat can help keep the lawns and weeds in check.

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

Fred Goldstein

Re: mast sharing

Here in the US, the mobile carriers don't own many of their own towers. They lease space from tower companies (who bought out the ones the carriers originally built). That way the towers are all shared by anyone who wants to pay the rent. Tower companies also broker spaces on rooftops and the like.

Our towers have no height limit per se. After all, we have lots of big broadcast towers, and TV transmitter towers are often over 300 meters tall. In many rural areas, mobile towers are usually 195 or 199 feet tall. That's because at 200 feet, aircraft protection rules kick in and the tower would have to be illuminated and painted in stripes, like broadcast towers. Of course local government often do set their own height limits, subject to federal intervention. We also have towers disguised as trees, but they're usually not convincing. Here in New England, we also have a lot of old church steeples used as antenna towers.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

Fred Goldstein

Re: well done

Good sci-fi has plausibility. Generating intermediate code is quite plausible. 128-bit GaAs processors running at THz speeds is not. GaAs runs rather hot and extremely high speed semiconductors are not likely to use it. Millimeter wave radios today have migrated to SiGe.

Fred Goldstein

Re: Speaking of those Nike shoes...

Let's destroy the metaphor completely. Nike's job will only be done when they put their self-lacing technology onto boots. Only then will the bootstrap process really involve bootstraps.

Fred Goldstein


VAX/VMS did not have a HAL; it was written for the VAX architecture. The early VAXen did have writeable control store, the PDP-11 instruction mode, and some other obscure features, but eventually they settled on the MicroVAX native instruction set. Maybe the later "OpenVMS" had some HAL features, but I left DEC before then. It was the Alpha chip that did interesting abstractions in hardware, and could be optimized for VMS, Unix, or NT.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

Fred Goldstein

Office 2007 changed file formats to OOXML, and also expanded Excel sheets from 64K to 1024K rows. That helps me a lot; 64K was way too small.

I'm not sure what meaningfully changed later. In 2014 I bought Office 2010 and still use it; 2013 didn't seem any better and I think a couple of things were reportedly worse. And I still don't like the ribbon.

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

Fred Goldstein

Re: Furthermore...

She didn't say she did or didn't absolutely have native ancestry. She has however noted that her father's family did not approve of his marrying her mother (if I have the direction right) because she was part Indian, and the father's white family did not like that. So either the racist family of the father was wrong, or there was some Indian ancestry, which is pretty common among toubab in Oklahoma (f/k/a Indian Territory).

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Fred Goldstein

Re: Windows 10 scares the shit outta me

Windows Update MiniTool looks like a very useful accessory, if it actually prevents the automatic updates from occurring and gives back full control over updates. But someone asked them a q in 2017 about that -- since it is a standalone program, how does it stop Windows 10 from updating itself anyway?

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

Fred Goldstein

I agree. I use TB but almost never use its search. I do however make frequent use of Quick Filter. An add-on called Expression Search enhances it so I can type, for instance, "s:bananas" or "f:register", more flexibly than the regular TB options. It's nowhere near as good as the X1 Search in the old Eudora Pro but it's still pretty useful.

The standard search is only useful when looking for a really obscure string. So it might help for finding "phlegmatics" if I know that occurred in one old email but I can't recall where or when. But otherwise it's pretty useless.

US states join watchdog probing CenturyLink's Xmas data center outage that screwed 911 system

Fred Goldstein

Most 911 centers do not use the Internet -- that would be ridiculously foolish. The failure in this case was of the optical layer. You'd think that would be localized. But a nice leaked outage report in Telecom Digest gives some better clues. They were losing optical connections all over the place. What can do that? My suspicion is GMPLS, which applies Internet routing techniques to optics. A bad card sent out bad GMPLS packets and the other devices didn't discard it as they should have. Hilarity ensued. The vendor is not named... you might want to google around though to see who sells to CLQ.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

Fred Goldstein

It has nothing to do with poor people

The story, and especially the headline, confuses two FCC subsidies. Lifeline is the low-income subsidy, phones for poor people. That is not where the 10 vs. 25 Mbps issue comes in. Connect America Fund is the subsidy for rural service, which goes to carriers, not customers, and applies equally well to a rich ski resort as to a poor farming area. WISPA (disclaimer: a client of mine) is referring to the rural subsidies, not Lifeline.

Qualcomm all ye faithful: 5G's soon triumphant... like 2020 soon. Really

Fred Goldstein

5G has to be the biggest hype machine since, say, the Supersonic Transport, Quadriphonic sound, and Push Tech-No-Lo-Gee! It basically means that the network can use more than one band at a time to get more speed (at the expense of power consumption of course). But how many people are complaining that their LTE phones have too little peak speed, when in range of an uncongested cell? It's the vendors' way of getting the carriers to shell out money they don't need to or want to shell out.

Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment

Fred Goldstein

All true, of course, but a "clean slate" OS could simply be Windows. The Window OS "on paper" is not bad. Its nominal capabilities are pretty good and when it works it is pretty decently usable. The problem is quality control, with lots of old code and new code probably in conflict.

So if they took the official internal specifications (including the "secret" APIs) for Windows and had a team of good programmers write it from scratch, they could, at least in theory, get rid of the old bugs. However, there are a couple of problems with this idea. One is that new code brings along new bugs, and it would need a lot of debugging before it was safe to use. Two is that it would take too long -- isn't the WINE project, to implement the Windows API with clean code on Linux, somewhere around the Win2000 stage now, after maybe 20 years?

Fred Goldstein

Re: Win10 telemetry had one job. And it failed.

How do you keep a Windows 10 system from auto-updating itself? I thought it didn't let you block updates. I am sticking with Windows 7 Pro, which lets me decide when, and if, to update. I leave tasks up overnight, a lot of things on my machine, and an update would bork the work I have left open (not everything wants to be saved all the time, especially if you are still working on it, and some applications don't auto-checkpoint). So I don't want an OS that would break my work because it has decided that a new version is out there. If I could tame Windows 10 that way, a newer machine would look more attractive.

Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, oi oi oi! Tech zillionaire Ray's backdoor crypto for the Feds is Clipper chip v2

Fred Goldstein

20 years ago I went to work for a company that used Notes internally for email. I have been using email since the ARPANET days, and have used many products, but Notes was particularly bad. But I think I understood its reasoning. Back in the 1980s, before the Windows desktop monoculture (with Mac as the official opposition), there were a lot of different desktop environments. VMS, Unix, Wang, DG, IBM PROFS, etc. So there was a push for programs to be consistent across OSs, in case the user was shfted from VMS to Solaris or something like that. But that made the programs inconsistent with their host OSs. So Notes Mail on Windows was more like a foreign application. And not a well-designed one at that.

Conceptually, however, Notes was good. Ray had apparently worked on DEC Notes, a very different and simpler text-discussion program that did what it did quite well. Lotus Notes let you design database applications in it. But many people instead just used its half-baked mail program. I used it, but did more using my unofficial Eudora client on an outside system.

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

Fred Goldstein

Re: "Nobody uses it..."

Right. Friends don't let friends use IPv6.

Adding an octet to the address field alone won't do the trick, though, a 40-year-old IPv4 carries a lot of other baggage, none fixed by IPv6. Better to keep using NAT where it's suitable, use the secondary market to buy and sell IPv4 space, and migrate over time to RINA ( pouzinsociety.org )

They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

Fred Goldstein

Microsoft thinks they're a five man electrical band:

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind

Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

Vanity, thy name is: M1SCO company car reg plates for sale

Fred Goldstein

I guess the UK doesn't have ham radio license plates. In most US states, an amateur radio licensee can order plates with their call sign on it. M1SCO would be a call sign from England.

Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon

Fred Goldstein

Yes, this week's Allergan ruling invalidating the patent on Ristasis is the key precedent that kills the Mohawk scam. Perhaps the court could also have held that the immunity in question only protected the patent on the reservation itself... so the Mohawks would have to license things from themselves. The patent system is stupid but trust a patent-holder's lawyer to make it seem even stupider than it is.

BlackBerry's QNX to run autonomous car software

Fred Goldstein

I like my Blackberry phone, but the company is moving in a different direction. Yet a couple of years ago it changed the company name to Blackberry Ltd., after its famous phones, just as the phone line was going downhill from, frankly, mismanagement. So the company's new name is more of a liability than an asset.

So I think they should change the company name to one that better illustrates their role in developing automobile software. Hey, I have a suggestion. How about Research In Motion Ltd.?

Atlassian kills God, rebrands as a mountain, a structurally unsound 'A' or a high five

Fred Goldstein

Re: Charlie Sans?

The first thing that entered my mind when I saw it was Comic Sans. It looks like a watered-down version, perhaps Comic Sans crossed with boring old Arial. Still not a "take me seriously font.

Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

Fred Goldstein

Re: What's the constitution got to do with anything?

Nobody wrote false and damaging stuff about Shiva. True and damaging, sure, but under American law (thanks to the First Amendment, which brought about this distinction from British law, which we inherited), truth is an absolute defense against libel.

Leon Uris wrote the novel QB VII about a libel case in England brought by an exposed Nazi. Spoiler: The court found for the Nazi, because the true statements harmed him, and awarded him damages of one whole pound.

Fred Goldstein

Re: Take a look at his Wikipedia page...

> He married Fran Drescher (The Nanny) in 2014. 'Nuff said.

Not 'nuff said. They split up in September, 2016; only together for two years.

Fred Goldstein

After Shiva got roundly criticized by any sane person for his ridiculous claim about inventing email, and after his brief marriage to former TV star Fran Drescher, he became a Trump acolyte and decided to run for Senate against Elizabeth Warren. He has no chance, but it gives him an opportunity to have a big campaign bus with his name on it parked in front of his Cambridge office, to go on right-wing media around the country, to collect campaign donations from banksters and others who don't like consumer advocate Warren, and to keep the unspent campaign money when he loses (Massachusetts is pretty lenient in that regard).

In other words, keep grifting.

I do note, however, that US libel law makes it harder to sue for libel if you're a "public figure". If you are running for high office, you probably have become a public figure. I am aware of a man whose ex-wife's divorce lawyer wrote and self-published a *hilarious* philippic against him when he put his name on the New Hampshire primary ballot for Vice President (which takes negligible effort). This made him a public figure and he could then only sue if the book contained "actual malice" (knowledge that it was false). Hence he opened himself to the book and could do nothing about it.

If Shiva wants to sue anyone who calls him out now, he has to pass a higher hurdle than before.

At last, a kosher cryptocurrency: BitCoen

Fred Goldstein

Re: Oy! What dreck!

It's gantze meshuggeh, that's what it is.

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

Fred Goldstein

Re: more needed than ever

I like Pale Moon and I'm using it to write this reply. But it is not the simple Firefox rebuild that it once was. It started as a fork of a version of Firefox that kept the add-on bar at the bottom, among other things. But they've rewritten a lot since then. It's now very much its own browser, just one that looks like what Firefox used to look like, and still has some things Firefox gave up.

I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

Fred Goldstein

Musk's plan won't happen in the US because, frankly, he'll never get a suitable right of way. Hyperloop will require an even straighter track than high-speed rail. And the fastest passenger train in the US, the Acela, hits its 130 mph (if that) peak speed on only a few short stretches. Mostly it putters along on 19th century tracks just as slowly as everything else. Land between NY and Washington is all very expensive. The 1950s highway boom required the condemnation of a lot of land, which was expensive at 1950s values when much of it was still farmland. Now that has largely, thanks to the highways, become suburban sprawl. (The US has virtually unbroken sprawl all the way from Virginia to Maine, suburbs interrupted by cities.) And eminent domain takings are far far rarer than they used to be, and harder. So laying out a super-straight path is about as likely as building an elevator to orbit. At least that only has to overcome the laws of physics.

Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

Fred Goldstein

What a waste of time. The FCC is in the sway of NAB and ClearChannel (IHeartRadio), who have destroyed the commercial medium. Pirates are more interesting.

I live in the Boston area and when I go into the less-wealthy areas of the city (and Mattapan is possibly the poorest part of the city itself; it's not a suburb, and it's not gentrifying like so much of the city), I can hear several pirate stations. Most are broadcasting in Haitian Krio, which sounds sort of like French. Occasionally English. There is sometimes a high-powered English-language station on 87.7. One station operated there for years, with a signal that could be heard well for 10 miles and faintly a lot farther (I once picked it up into Worcester), and a studio quite visible to the public. Eventually the FCC found the transmitter. Another station then picked up the channel... and both of them sound better than a lot of commercial stations.

Broadcasters, advocacy groups and nonprofits weigh in on Microsoft's magical broadband

Fred Goldstein

The current US TVWS rules are very difficult to deal with because the NAB has too much say. TVWS must be absolutely certain to never, ever potentially cause one whit of inteference to any TV broadcast channel, ever, even if the TV owner misconfigures his antenna. It's ridiculous. And yet the NAB continues to try to make it even harder. Then along comes the fool Dampier who thinks that everyone should have fiber, only not on his dime, since in rural areas fiber can cost >$10,000/home while fixed wireless is a fraction of that. TVWS is especially useful for wooded areas where the higher frequencies more often used by Wireless ISPs are blocked by foliage.

Multics resurrected: Proto-Unix now runs on Raspberry Pi or x86

Fred Goldstein

Unix was meant not so much an anti-Multics as a mini-Multics. Unix had to run on a PDP-7, after all, and then a PDP-11, vs. a mainframe that could have a whole megabyte of memory. In other words, by today's standards, big fat Multics was small.

But it had features still missed. Security was central. It had rings of protection, enforced by the hardware (unlike Unix, it was not meant to be portable). The zillions of Unix exploits that plague today's descendants would not be likely to work in Multics. Frankly reviving it for modern hardware might be a useful exercise in security.

Small carriers aren't showing up to IPv6 standards chats, consultant warns

Fred Goldstein

Re: There are fundamental technical reasons for it

Amen. Friends don't let friends use IPv6, the Children's Crusade Protocol.

IPv6 is one of those Milgram-style psychological tests, wherein people are told that some "authority" said to do something, so they set aside their own judgment and assume that the authority is right. If those young people trained in the TCP/IP monoculture only knew the history and background of IPv6, they might begin to question the authority.

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

Fred Goldstein

Re: It was the third version to be called "Warp"

The Warp name was assigned to OS/2 version 4. Version 3 was Borg. I don't think v2 had a name, at least not a Trekkie name. They advertised Warp using a different meaning of the word, and it didn't, well, fly very well.

The debate over supporting Windows applications was ongoing in the OS/2 community. On the one hand, if there was good Windows support, there'd be less reason to write native applications. On the other, without Windows support, who'd buy it? Chicken, meet egg. I started with OS/2 when v2 came out. It was billed as a "better DOS than DOS, better Windows than Windows". And it was, compared to Windows 3.1. It did after all have the real Microsoft Windows code in it, under a license that expired in 1992, and it ran Windows applications in separate processes over a solid kernel, unlike Windows 3 which ran over DOS.

But when Win32 came to dominate, the lack of application support killed OS/2 for desktop mass market applications. That and Microsoft's licensing policy, where PC makers had to pay for a Windows license on every PC they sold, even if it had OS/2 instead of Windows.

Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

Fred Goldstein

Re: Yup

The President has no immunity against state charges, even if he has some immunity against some federal ones. The NY State AG is investigating Trump.

Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

Fred Goldstein

Re: So—why not a flip?

I agree. The cleverest of the flip phones was the Samsung Alias 2. It opened both ways, with a clever dual hinge. Its keyboard half had e-paper buttons which could be a dial pad when opened vertically or a QWERTY keyboard when opened horizontally. I'd love to see a similar phone, with just a bigger screen (and thus a bit wider overall), running a decent version of Android.

Fred Goldstein

Re: Listen to all the Android whingers....

True enough. But the tragedy is that they let BB10 die because Google wouldn't let them run full Android on it. I have a Classic and the BB10 OS, with its QNX kernel, is far smoother than anything copied from a patent office's 1969 TTY-machine time sharing word processing system. It runs some Android apps, and can even access the Play store if you install the modified version that somebody called Cobalt posted. But without full Google Play Services, many apps fail.

Well, now BB and Google seem to have made peace enough to do a BB-flavored version of Android, so why couldn't Google also let the whole subsystem run in BB10? It wasn't exactly taking away much market share.

Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

Fred Goldstein

Re: So? - Addendum

ChromeOS is a reincarnation of what we used to use back in the 1980s, under the name "computer terminal". Like the Xterms of the late 1980s, it is graphical, not 24x80 text only, but it is not a computing platform, just a front end to someone else's computer. So while it may be useful for classroom settings where the school wants to keep control,l it is no more a substitute for a desktop OS than is a Lyft app a substitute for a car.

Staff, projects shed as Ubuntu maker Canonical tries to lure investors

Fred Goldstein

I can't say I'll miss Unity. Linux on the desktop has always been marginal; it's really a server OS that works okay in embedded applications too, which is why Android could use it. Desktop Linux always has that taint of being one of two things, a geeked-out home for 31337 hax0rZ who worship the "free Unix" model, and a 31337 hax0rZ idea of what "luzers" should have, dumbed down insultingly -- that's Ubuntu. When I did try Unity a couple years back, it was a useless desktop with meaningless hieroglphics that, if you looked hard, had meaningless names. Do I need a picture of a finger in a nose to start a program named Snoxxyfllu whose purpose, say to inventory wine bottles, is not given? Feh.

Minnesota, Illinois rebel over America's ISP privacy massacre, mull fresh info protections

Fred Goldstein

Re: Always growing government

The FTC did have jurisdiction. Wheeler screwed up by claiming Title II over ISPs -- he was trying to please activists panicked over "network neutrality" while not actually fixing the underlying mess created by his predecessors. So he broke the FTC's authority, then tried to reassert it within the FCC, which is non-expert in privacy matters. Thus there are no more federal regulations, and the previous federal pre-emption of state regulation (and court action) has also gone away. Thus states only now have the authority to enforce it. This is no doubt not what the big carrier/ISPs wanted, but now they have to face all of the states, any one of which could give them real heartburn. Not to mention private lawsuits, which had been preempted.

BlackBerry admits dying BB10 is in pain

Fred Goldstein

BB10 is mostly good, but incomplete

Verizon pushed out the update to my Blackberry Classic last month. It improved things. Now the browser is fast enough to be usable, vs. using QBrowser before. Battery life is at least as good as it was, which is better than any Android phone. BB10 was a good OS that would have been a winner had Google allowed Google Play Services to run on it. There is a hack that lets the Play Store work on it, but too many apps don't work right without the Services, and the patch published in the BB blogs by Cobalt, which involves patching the apk's on a PC, doesn't work for me.

But Link is awful. On my Win7 Pro desktop machine, installing it breaks the Ethernet port. I ended up installing it in a separate Win7 VM inside the Win7 pro machine. Ugly, but less to break.

BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

Fred Goldstein

Re: @Yank Lurker Legality

Well, 35 or so years ago I worked for a company that gave (in the US) 2 weeks vacation time to new employees, and 3 weeks after 5 years, and more later. Plus a real pension plan.

But the company picnic (it wasn't proverbial then; they rented out an amusement park) was among the things discontinued in the early 1990s as the company's fortunes turned, and the company itself went down the tubes not long thereafter. You've heard of them but I don't have to name names, as the pattern was common. What passed for a job today isn't what it was back then.

Japanese team unveils terahertz band 100 Gbps wireless tech

Fred Goldstein

Rain fade is severe up there

These frequencies have very short range. And I don't know why the reporter thinks that rain fade ends at 55 GHz! We manage a bunch of 80 GHz links and I can tell you how hard it rained at a given time by the amount of rain fade. Fun detail: It snowed in most of the Boston area this morning. Snow doesn't cause rain fade. So most of the 80 GHz links stayed pretty steady. But two of them faded a lot, about 25 dB. Those were right near the seacoast, where it was just a tad warmer and the precipitation fell as rain. The rain fade chart tells me. In fact from one building, an eastbound link faded while a westbound link didn't. Yep, very sensitive to rain.

While (as someone else noted) it may not be precisely characterized, rain fade still rises with frequency. At 300 GHz expect very short range or depend on very sunny weather.

AT&T ready to trial latest attempt at pumping internet over power lines

Fred Goldstein

Re: What everyone here seems to be missing

The article was wrong, indeed, to confuse this with BPL, which runs below 30 MHz. It is "over" power lines in the sense that a millimeter wave dish is placed at the tippy-top of the utility pole, higher above ground than (and thus literally over) the power lines, which occupy the top berth on a utility pole.

But it is a waveguide-type hack: AT&T claims that the proximity of the wire (usually 15kv primaries) to the path of the mmwave signal reduces attenuation. It's sort of a passive conductor or refractor -- the physics have not been published, so far as I know. But the range is still mmwave, like a kilometer or less per hop.

Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

Fred Goldstein

Re: A step in the right direction

I don't think this has changed in the over half-century that I've been licensed: Ham radio is available just in case other media aren't, and hams are prepared to support emergency communications when all else goes down. This did come into play during Hurricane Katrina, to give one example. Everyday ham activity is different but the overall concept is to be able to use radio when all else fails.

Amateur radio fans drop the ham-mer on HRD's license key 'blacklist'

Fred Goldstein

Back before 1973, before CB was so big, hams used handles. It was a quaint piece of hamdom, to say "Handle here is Bob", or whatever it was. (Lots of hams were named Bob. I'm not one.) CBers also had handles, which tended to be anonymous like "dishwasher" or "brownie" or "Texas slim". Hams looked down on CBers, of course... But then the CB boom happened in the mid-1970s, and "handle" entered the public vocabulary. So hams stopped using the term so regularly, and if someone asked that ham his handle, he'd likely reply, "Handle here is broken but the name is Bob." (Hams don't all make the best comedians.)

However, the article didn't even abuse handle that way. They called a call sign a handle. Call signs are what the governments issue, per ITU assignments. So somebody's call sign would be GM4xx (GM is a prefix used for Scotland) and his handle, if that term were still in use, could be Bob, as well as broken.

Retiring IETF veteran warns: Stop adding so many damn protocols

Fred Goldstein

Re: Yeah but no but yeah but

Bloated is too nice a word. IPv6 was just a flat-out mistake, a political reaction by k1dd13z at IETF who could not accept a working, cleaner approach, TUBA, when it was approved as the new IP. TUBA was a profile of OSI CLNP and just the mere taint of OSI, even though it was the part of OSI that worked (came from DEC, not the CCITT), was enough to drive them as apoplectic as a Republican facing Obamacare. So the B-team was set out to write what became IPv6.

TUBA, of course, was originally proposed by Ross Callon.

Fred Goldstein

Ross has a good point, but it's endemic to the IETF way of doing business, and to the TCP/IP suite in general. It's all about specialized little protocols rather than looking for a general model. John Day recognized this over 20 years ago and began work on what became RINA, Recursive InterNetworking Architecture. It uses only two protocols and recurses them as many times as needed, no more no less, with many adjustable parameters for scope and requirements. Check out the IRATI and ICT-PRISTINE projects and the Pouzin Society sites:



It shrinks the complexity and code base requirement by orders of magnitude. And it's actually easier to adopt than IPv6, since it can support unmodified IP applications (as well as native ones using its single application protocol), or run inside an IP backbone if necessary.

Has Samsung, er, rounded the corner with Apple court win?

Fred Goldstein

Maybe the author is one of those old folks who doesn't quite get computers, and couldn't tell a Galaxy Note 7 from a "Galaxy 7.0". So when the column-72 warning tone on his VT-100 beeps, or the little bell on his Underwood typewriter clangs when the carriage moves near the end, he follows what was taught in typing class back then and splits the next word with a hyphen at a syllable break. Then it gets repaginated when a real computer scans it in, hyphens and all.

'Inventor of email' receives damages from Gawker's collapsed empire

Fred Goldstein

Re: Definitely earlier than 1978!

Ray Tomlinson worked for BBN when he invented *networked* email; it existed within systems earlier.

I worked for BBN in 1978 and we all used email; it had been around for years. They had one client program, IIRC called HERMES, which ran on TENEX (their PDP-10T OS, which became TOPS-20 after DEC bought it), which did amazing things. It had "all of the headers" -- you could invent headers of your own choosing, as it really was a small database program that let you sort and query on any header field. No doubt it did al of the stuff that Shiva claimed to have "invented". While I used it within BBN, I believe it was used by government clients too. Of course there was still SENDMSG for simple stuff, and a number of lighter, faster systems.

Shiva did not invent anything. Denton probably paid him off because his lawyer said it was cheaper than litigating. Gawker has to take down the articles. But others no doubt will keep them in an archive, where they can get more publicity than ever.

Just a little FYI: Small town ISPs want out of FCC privacy rules

Fred Goldstein

ISPs themselves are not deeply involved in surveillance marketing. That's the domain of what the FCC now calls "edge providers", the big web sites and consumer via-the-net service providers. Facebook is probably the most intrusive, though Google probably has the biggest trove. The FCC can't regulate them, however. So they're focusing on the "broadband" provider. And a small ISP not only doesn't have the resources to do surveillance marketing themselves, but it wouldn't be big enough to be of value. Nonetheless the FCC wants to pick on them because it thinks it can.

The FTC, not the FCC, is the expert agency on privacy in the US. But the FTC loses its authority over a common carrier service. The FCC last year redefined "BIAS" as a common carrier service, simply to please "network neutrality" advocates. That took away the FTC's authority, so the FCC is playing Keystone Kop trying to figure out what to do.

Breaker, breaker: LTE is coming to America's CB radio frequencies

Fred Goldstein

The FCC did a disservice in naming the new Part 96 "Citizens Broadband Radio Service". It does sound like CB, but it is nothing like it. The 3550-3700 MHz band was established in 2015, but isn't usable yet. The idea is that it has three priority license classes, Incumbent, PAL, and GAA:

Incumbents are the federal (mostly Navy) radar systems that must be absolutely protected. Existing 3650 MHz ISPs are also protected incumbents until 2020.

Priority Access Licenses come second. These will be auctioned. But they don't license a channel; if a PAL is not being used, then it's available for GAA users. No spectrum banking.

General Authorized Access is "Licensed by right" -- sort of like unlicensed but with higher power allowed and more specific rules.

The whole thing will be run via a set of Spectrum Authorization Systems, so most devices will need to get a channel Grant from the SAS before transmitting.The SAS enforces the priorities. With some luck the first SASs will be operating by early next year. Breaker Breaker this isn't.


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