* Posts by Captain Save-a-ho

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HP to fire 9,000 due to 'productivity gains, automation'

Captain Save-a-ho
Flame

@AC 16:09 GMT

"They don't 'deliver growth' - the sales guys do that."

Ah, so you aren't familar with the former EDS then? I left HP in November and I can assure you that the sales fail regularly until engineers rectify the situation. If I had only been there 3 months, I might agree with you. But I did my three years and can't believe I stayed past 3 months with the constant "deal saving" that goes on.

If sales knew what the feck they were doing, it wouldn't be an issue. But instead, they overpromise and underdeliver, which is the EDS (and now HP) SOP.

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Snails on crystal meth: The facts

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Boffin

@ Blain Hamon

Excellent point! And that's what hundreds of years of the history of science teaches us (where's James Burke when you need him?!?) that seemingly unrelated research and discoveries lead the to some of the most amazing advances in medicine, technology, physics, etc. They don't test on humans because most people would get REALLY freaked out it. Instead, they test on snails, rats, fruit flies, and other assorted species because only PETA and other wackos (i.e. ALF) get upset about that.

Medical science would not exist except for the decades of animal testing that has contributed to the quality of life we all now enjoy.

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Fanboi's lament – falling out of love with the iPad

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WTF?

The iPad is a computing device "for the rest of them"?

Not sure you really understand what a computing device is supposed to be, but the iPad isn't that. It's a media-consumption device, right along side your TV, Blu-ray player, and iPod. Given the predictable, quick fade of passion for the iPad (beginning of the end already?), it might be better classified as a toy, which is exciting and beloved by children for all of two seconds before they become bored with it.

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FAIL

Consumer device?

How sad is it that you consider an alter boy the equivalent of a overhyped consumer toy? You get a 10.0 on the douche scale for tying pure joy with paedophilia.

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Murdoch's paywall: The end of the suicide era?

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Badgers

Sense of Irony in the Universe

How appropriate it will be to see the ad revenues and readership of Murdoch's competition go up after this shift to the paywall scheme? Oh, the irony.

What none of the big media companies want to admit is that people have too many options to maintain the sort of dominance they have in the past. The market has exploded with competition, without any real moves to consolidate. And it's not just newspapers, it's all forms of media competing for viewers. Personally, I don't see how selling news can be profitable unless ads recover (which can't happen while they're losing viewers like a sieve)..

There's also the dynamic introduced by the blogging journalist, which hasn't matched the hype assigned to it as of yet, but which will provide freelancers with opportunities that they didn't really have previously. Competition is a good thing for the market and a bad thing for big companies.

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Copernicus reburied with full Catholic honours

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Alert

Can't be a hypothesis either

Have to have an observation from which to draw a conclusion. They don't have that either. Religion is and always will be fiction. They just make all that shit up and I won't be happy until they admit that.

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Captain Save-a-ho
Pint

There, I fixed it

"Science and faith can never be reconciled".

I feel better now.

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HP to plunk WebOS onto tablet

Captain Save-a-ho
WTF?

Not competing with Apple?

What the hell would you call iAd then? If you think Apple isn't in that same market, think again. In their minds, ads seem to be the only surefire way to make money on the Internet (and by extension, mobile phones too, it seems). Not sure I would say that iPhone OS is anything more than a way for Apple to sell their wares (including ads).

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Google open video codec may face patent clash

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Megaphone

So where does the highly technical part come in?

1. The free encoder isn't visually better than commercial alternatives. Period. What a douche.

2. VP8 isn't considered lower quality that H.264 across the board. Next time, have fun reviewing facts before forming an opinion, such as the head-to-head comparison at streamingmedia.com.

3. "quality high profile x264 encodes at least gives you Today the easy ability to directly push your newly re-coded High profile content up your low bitrate 512Kbit/s ISP upload pipe at a good quality with VLC etc for remote quality viewing, no other codec can compete with the free x264 encoder on visual quality and and file-size,for such a low average bitrate ,saving masses of Your bandwidth as a very nice side effect." Not to go grammar nazi, but how technical can you be? Have you even finished primary school? Learn to write and type, then pretend to be Mr. Badass Technical Codec guy.

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Captain Save-a-ho
FAIL

There, I fixed it.

"You mentioned Apple six times".

How ironic, that you chose the WTF icon. Only the FAIL would better, so there you go.

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US boffins synthesize self-replicating bacteria

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Boffin

Precisely the point

If these bacteria experience genetic mutations as they reproduce (which virtually all life forms do), these "suicide genes" could mutate and all the worst fears of biological sci-fi can be realized. Surely they have to realize that potential and think (incorrectly) that the risk of mutation is not as great as the potential benefits.

For all those downvoting this, wake up and smell the science. Genetic mutations are fact, not pure speculation.

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iPads may be outselling Macs two to one

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Paris Hilton

Mac sales of 110000

Does that number sound high to anyone else? I thought this article would bash Apple for deceiving people about iPad sales, since they were only 2:1 over Mac sales. Are they really selling 5 million Macs per year? Why isn't Apple marketshare higher?

Never thought I would find myself in Paris' category...

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Wikileaks founder relieved of passport in Oz

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Thumb Up

Geniuses running the show?

"On the other hand, given the chaos that appears to be in full flow at the Department for Communication, it is possible that this is all just more of the same incompetence."

There's no point in giving governments credit for intelligence that really is just incompetence. Government officials that demonstrate their intelligence are the exception, not the rule.

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HP profits up 28% on freshened servers

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Flame

Everyone I know gained dick or less

A few in my former group took cuts of 30%, which they couldn't afford to accept and left the company within a month of two of last August (part A of the Turd plan for cost elimination). Personally, I was offered a 15% raise to stay on, but only after I showed my boss a offer from another company that HP couldn't possibly match. I was astounded at the counteroffer, but how could someone accept such a modest raise to stay at a company that treats it's employees so badly?

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Mucky private chat could be illegal soon

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Pint

Best post ever

Fantastic post. Glad to see reason isn't dead.

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Captain Save-a-ho
Coffee/keyboard

Wrong side of the equation

But that doesn't mean that the press should be censored from commenting. That means that the police should shut their fucking mouths and stop sharing details.

The press should be able to offer any speculation or commentary they want without worrying about altering due process. It's the court system and law enforcement officials who should be censored in these cases.

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CA rechristens self CA Technologies

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WTF?

So, instead of CA, it's not CAT?

Why can't the rest of us find companies dumb enough to waste some of their money on us? And who comes up with this stupid shit?

I would say it must be Thursday, but I know better.

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Non-Flash video surges onto the web

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FAIL

26%? Let's see the math

Every site I could find that supported HTML5 for video ALSO supported the same videos in Flash. So where does the 26% come in? There's not one, single, solitary site that is publishing videos in HTML5 only. In fact, the really stupid bit is that every one of those sites still uses XHTML 1.0+ for the entirety of the page, so the only change is using the video tag instead of an embed or object tag.

So much for standards, or other important things like facts.

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The iPad: Unsubsidised, unaffordable, unloved?

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Troll

You're definitely an iCretin

"I don't want an iPad as it's a not as functional as my iPhone."

There, I fixed it.

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Captain Save-a-ho
Megaphone

Pipe dream

People just don't get it. The carriers will win in every scenario because of their business model. They will gladly sell you services without attached hardware, and turn right around and sell services with attached hardware to someone else.

That's the chief issue I have with the logic of this article, if it even qualifies as such. Apple isn't sticking it to the carriers at all. The carrier have the customer base and offer connectivity services that people feel they can't live without. Apple's customer base is a fraction of the carriers' and they offer shiny, "magical" boxes that normal people just won't buy at their ridiculous price points. Anyone with a carrier background will laugh at this article, because it's written from an Apple PoV as though they can take down the carriers. What a complete joke!

The iPhone didn't reach any level of popularity until it was available via subsidy from the carriers. The iPad will be no different, although it can't reach the iPhone's pre-subsidy level of success because of the very niche market (portable meda player/book reader) it's trying to fill. Everyone (even children) have phones now. How many people have Kindles, Nooks, etc? There's just not the same market for the device, no matter how magical.

Flame away!

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Captain Save-a-ho
FAIL

Go back to school

While the end-user does end up paying for it, who do you think supplies Apple with the upfront capital for those iPhones sitting on store shelves at your local mobile phone store? It's not the Government. And Apple doesn't just give them away on good faith.

Rather than pass along the direct cost, the carriers pay for the phones and recoup their money over the life of the contract. Not sure how much clearer that can be.

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Captain Save-a-ho
Coat

There, I fixed it

"Didn't they admit earlier that Apple doesn't know how to make a computer that isn't a piece of junk."

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Adobe declares 'LOVE' for Apple

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Coat

You can't be too concerned

if you're running a closed-source plugin like Adobe's Flash Player. Why aren't you running Gnash instead? If you're that open to closed-source options, looks like it's time to abandon Linux for Windoze.

/sarcasm

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Captain Save-a-ho
Grenade

Missing the words "de facto"

Flash is a de facto standard, in the most bleeding obvious sense of the phrase. The Flash specification may not be found in the archives of the W3C, but it's presence is ubiquitous, ipso facto it's a standard.

While most readers should be aware of the Apple-Adobe spat, the average computer user certainly doesn't give a rats-ass about Apple's problems. I'm certain most wouldn't be able to tell you that Flash doesn't run on the iPhone or iPad. Statistically speaking, that's pretty likely, with the Safari only accounting for just over 5% of all browsers (iToys included).

What is the freaking obsession with Apple? Someone explain it (and don't say it just works...arg).

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Captain Save-a-ho
FAIL

Worried about a 5% reduction?

Given Apple's market share, who would be worried besides Apple?

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Exam board deletes C and PHP from CompSci A-levels

Captain Save-a-ho
Coat

Nothing of significance

...though there are a few SF projects (like Ares) that seem to be getting a lot of weekly downloads:

http://sourceforge.net/softwaremap/?type_of_search=soft&fq[]=trove%3A265&sort=num_downloads_week&sortdir=desc&limit=25

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Captain Save-a-ho
Black Helicopters

WTF, El Reg?

Clearly, someone is slipping today in approving comments. There's not a single reference in this one to the supreme evil of Apple, Google or Microsoft. And there's no "shouty shouty" name calling either (too bad), which of course means this unreasonable person is just giving us a good, strong, clear point of view. Must mean the Apocalypse is upon us.

/sarcasm

Well written, Eddie, though I'm sure someone will agree with my sarcasm on a literal level and we'll be pulled back down to comment purgatory.

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Samsung confirms e-book reader's UK debut

Captain Save-a-ho
Coat

To a point

While I agree that the Samsung UI selection isn't ideal, some of what's on there is what you would see on a book (page, title). I prefer the layout used by the Nook, with a separate bottom touch screen for all the items like music player, font size, TOC, etc.

Still better than iPod. Really love the eInk screens for easy reading. Backlighting is just too much after gazing on my work screen for 10 hours a day. Probably would put it about Kindle too, given support for PDF and ePub.

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Brit consumers shun the iPad - for now

Captain Save-a-ho
Grenade

In the dark?

"Today British consumers are in the dark. They will get the point when they see iPads and other tablets and e-book readers at work and play - bought by the impulsive minority, the tech savvy and the wealthy. And when the prices come down, as they surely will.

Then they can shun the iPad from a position of knowledge, rather than ignorance."

Exactly where, in the long list of typical survey comments, did you discern that ignorance was behind the lack of fanboi enthusiasm? I think consumers got the point when the bloody thing was announced and only those "must have" idiot consumers who buy everything Apple raced to buy one. That's not a matter of ignorance at all. On the contrary, that's people making an informed decision. It's not their fault that they didn't require much information from Apple to make it.

I think the above statements have to be the best example of the complete arrogance of the Fanboi community, which thinks they know better than everyone else. EPIC FAIL.

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Biz Linux needs Office license to run MS web apps

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Flame

RTFM (or in this case, RTFL)

"It's more about the fact that Linux users cannot natively run Windows code and now Microsoft have finally learnt how to make their Office product available in a web browser, which will work in Linux, they are still making the Linux users pay for a licence to use the full version of the software which will not run on their OS anyway."

Office Web Apps aren't licensed separately, which is why a regular Office license is required. It's obvious that you and the other freetards on here don't want to run M$ products, so why the fuck do you even care? If OO is good enough for you, then be happy about it and stop pissing on Microsoft for trying to make money at the one bloody thing they're actually good at.

For those still unaware, Microsoft doesn't give two shits about Linux or its users. They aren't trying to cater to you at all. If you haven't figured this out by now, there's no hope for you.

Why aren't more Linux users happy about this note? The bain of your existence (Window$) isn't required to run Microsoft Office now and all you can do is bitch about the cost? Fuck you, you conceited, self-centered, petulant children.

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Captain Save-a-ho
Grenade

Lack of moral courage?

I applaud your anti-Microsoft sentiment, but you should come down off your cross, mate. I'm sure your strong moral fortitude is really the only thing standing between you and a multi-billion euro fortune.

/sarcasm

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Intel wades into smartphone wars

Captain Save-a-ho
Pint

Car batteries need not apply

Since they think they can get the idle power down to as little as 100 milliwatts, those battery times don't seem quite so unbelievable. Tom's Hardware has a really technical review of the chip architecture, explaining why the power savings is so dramatic compared to Z5xx and earlier Atom designs.

I for one welcome our new Smartphone-powering overlords. Competition from Intel in this space can only help us consumers. Having a choice of platforms beyond the Casinoesque universe of Cupertino is a very good thing indeed.

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Apple rejects crazy canuck's seal bludgeon game

Captain Save-a-ho
Megaphone

That's the PETA PoV

Even though they euthanize more than 60% of the animals they rescue, PETA is a cult of whackjobs, nature-worshipping idiots. I guess Monsewer Jobs is a person-killing, research bombing seal saviour. How lucky for seals.

Fuck PETA and fuck Apple. I keep telling myself that the level of bullshit can't go any higher, but they keep finding ways to stack it on top.

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New drug spray 'makes men as soppy as girls'

Captain Save-a-ho
IT Angle

So instead of OTR...

men will be "On the Drip"? "On the Spray"? "On the Darkside"?

Don't suppose this becomes the foundation for OTR-based data centers, where the apps are able to freely move between infrastructure components based on how they feel? Maybe this is the next evolution of SOA? We'd have to call it Feeling-OTR-Oriented-Base-Architecture-Reporting (FOOBAR).

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What does HP want with Palm?

Captain Save-a-ho
Megaphone

Here's what Turd was thinking

Since Mark Turd and HP just completed their purchase of 3Com, the next thought had to be, "We should finish what 3Com started". The thought after that was, "We can get Palm dirt cheap over buying RIM, HTC, etc". That's the HP model. Don't buy the top tier in a new or emerging market, but purchase the cheapest option that still gets them to middle of the pack (or just below). So glad I no longer work for that fucktard and his employee-hating execs.

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Megan Fox not world's sexiest woman: Official

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Right our wrong

You're right...we're completely jealous.

You also happened to miss a down vote, so I helped you.

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Captain Save-a-ho
Grenade

Does it matter

Type your comment here -- plain text only, no HTML.

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Captain Save-a-ho
Coat

There, I fixed it.

"Well Cheryl did say that she likes bloke chubbies so that gets my vote!"

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Steve Jobs issues open letter on Flash

Captain Save-a-ho
Troll

What was that?

"It is not Apple’s goal to help developers write the best iPhone, iPod and iPad apps"

There, I fixed it.

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Asteroids the source of Earth's water, NASA suggests

Captain Save-a-ho
Boffin

Not the same as life forms

What they generally are looking for are amino acids, proteins, enzymes, etc. Not life per se, but really important to the formation of living things. I believe the common theory has held for a while now that asteroids and comets seeded the early earth with water and the "raw materials" for life.

The problem is that research I saw last year demonstrated that all the water on earth had been here since VERY early, estimates around 100m years into the lifespan. Not sure all that shows up from just asteroids based on the shortened timeline, even if it's a possibility from water production perspective.

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Scammers plunder gullible iPad owners' backdoors

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FAIL

Is this real?

I would love to give you credit for the funniest comment of the day, but I'm a pessimist.

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Captain Save-a-ho
WTF?

Re-read the article

Obviously, none of these people would have disposable income if they bothered spending what's required to get a Mac and all the amenities.

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Boobquake fails to destroy planet

Captain Save-a-ho
Paris Hilton

Monitoring and peer review needed

To avoid the mistakes made with other well-known scientific ventures (like climate research), I suggest that these experiment should require the sort of scientific rigor that will likely keep many of us scientists occupied for roughly 10 minutes at a time (couple times a day?) to monitor the experiments and attempt to validate the quality of the results.

I wonder whether that's how Paris got her start. Maybe she's smarter than we think.

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Google nixes Nexus One on America's largest wireless network?

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Ixnay on the CDMAway

Count me among those not interested in buying another CDMA phone with the rollout of LTE around the corner. Droid Incredible looks every bit as impressive as it's GSM counterpart (HTC Desire), but I just can't see spending any money on a phone that rapidly approaching obsolescence.

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'Beauty with antimatter bottom' created out of pure energy

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Coat

Actually, that's not true...

These are the group of scientists who weren't invited to those sorts of parties (and who thought it's a debasement of science).

I think I'm a sofa...

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Ellison's database customers slip slidin' to x86

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WTF?

Please set me straight!

"Cost savings associated with server hardware virtualization and an overall reduction in hardware costs"

Is it even possible that these two could be different? Those both sounds like cost savings to me, but who's counting.

Need more excuses? Repeat the same ones with similar language! Rinse. Repeat.

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Intel: Killer cables may leapfrog USB 3.0

Captain Save-a-ho
Pint

Famous last words in deed

Though, I will say that optics do offer a way to make a cabling investment that extends long beyond the life of the termination equipment. Of course, if this becomes the future standard, an investment in Corning is probably warranted too, to cash in on all the fiber optics required...

Bottoms up!

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Adobe to sue Apple 'within weeks,' says report

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Pint

What's good for the goose...

Not that I believe this will happen, but it's possible that Adobe will play tit-for-tat and decide that they can't support all Apple products in general, pulling support of Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.

I hope and pray that's the next step in the escalating hostilities between both sides. Who needs reality TV when you have reality itself?!?

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Glitch diverts net traffic through Chinese ISP

Captain Save-a-ho
Megaphone

Problem is not BGP

ISP are quite notorious for avoiding the sort of common sense configurations that would help prevent this sort of thing from happening. BGP has more filtering/security mechanisms that all other routing protocols combined.

If I've learned anything over the last 15 years, generally someone didn't do their job when this happens. The routers just blindly forward packets as they're configured to. Put the safeguards in place that already exist and these incidents would happen even more rarely than they do.

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Jesus Phone in shock Opera browser benediction

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WTF?

Limited options then...

"So, welcome to our Webbrowser Time Machine, where we'll transport you back to the day of Gopher!"

Can someone clarify why we should care about this?

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