* Posts by itzman

1787 posts • joined 28 Jun 2011

US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted

itzman

Re: Bottom hidden by fog

There's a Six Mile Bottom on the A11 I seem to remember.

No longer on the A11 as that has moved a couple of miles north.

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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Ive always felt that if I was running a conspiracy...

I'd hide it in a bevy of alternative conspiracy theories.

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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

itzman

Re: Be careful what you wish for...

I think the answer is to replicate a windoes API under Linux, that frees you from any particular architecture, and allows either an emulation shim to be used or better, rapid recompilation of windows apps for linux.

In the end the difference between emulating x86 all the way to the operating system internals or simply emulating to the point of the OS interface is one of efficiency.

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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Re: The morons "in charge"...

...hark back to the Victorian era and still think that a European Empire such as Napoleon, and Hitler dreamed of can be achieved and is in fact desirable

Meanwhile in the exiting UK in the 21st century, people are looking FORWARD...

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Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

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Re: This Train Wreck is getting interesting

tariffs are placed on imports.

Only a brainless remoaner would therefore conclude that the cost of exports will rise.

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How's that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim

itzman

Re: whatismydnsresolver.com

Oh, it sorta worked. Told me google was my DNS provider.

Resolver 1:

74.125.73.83 (AS15169)

Resolver 1's ISP:

GOOGLE - Google LLC, US

However I use two local copies of BIND to resolve internet stuff.

And then 8.8.4.4 as a ternary

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Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

itzman

Re: It's dead, Jim, but not as we know it

And string theory is just a theory.

Not a process

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Saving the internet, fake news warts and all

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The internet will force a change in consciousness.

No longer will there be One True Message, controlled by the establishment media.

There are many messages, and for the first time ever, people will have to decide who to believe.

And that includes the writer of this article, who sdeems to already be involved in rejecting that with which he does not agree.

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Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October

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Re: Ofcom spotted failings

Whilst I upvoted you, its not that simple.

BT is a spin off of the GPO. A government created and run organisation.

It is more or less a natural monopoly, and, as such needs regulation in the public interest.

A LOT of that legacy copper was paid for by taxpayers.

These are pretty much accepted 'facts' by BT and government.

The question has always been how to achieve regulation without taking financial responsibility.

OFCOM is the best attempt so far. It has defined, and it is largely accepted, that the openreach network of comms infrastructure should be run for profit but in the public interest.

And that mesns teh parts that ARE open to competition, - the ISPs at te far end pof that structiure, are not treated differentyly. And that inclusdes BT.

It is nonsense to say that 'BT did this' or 'BT did that' The GPO created the network, and BT extended it, took profit off it as a monopoly and invested that profit into becoming a media company. And a business services company.

It seems a reasonable position to say that if that is what BT wants to become, it should not use the profits of Openreach to do it. Openreach is the monopoly part.

Splitting it legally is a small step towards at least ensuring its decisions are taken independently of BT the media and business services company.

Full flotation as an independent entity is hopefully down the line. Although as many have pointed out, that pension fund...

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itzman

Re: Dates?

Why actually have a date by which...copper - a perfectly good way to carry signals - must be 'switched off'?

Cost benefit says run that copper until it is no longer worth maintaining.

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

itzman

I dont think Trump denies climate changes. I think he denies that man has a serious impact that's all.

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Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

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Coat

Chilling

Climate change science has already proved that most people would rather believe a computer than the evidence of their senses..

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

itzman

Re: I work in the field

s there enough to say grind into granules and put in a letter and post to some politician you dont like and get them sick?

Not even that I fear

Far better to buy up loads of smoke alarms and start your own atomic pile

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itzman

Re: That dirty yard in the neighbourhood

again ignorance is bliss.,

Lets start with plutonium - presumably 239.

The queens handled a couple of kg in 1957 on a trip to Harwell 'oh its warn; she said

She isn't dead,.

Plutonium is barely radioactive at all. Its far more a heavy metal poison than it is a radiological biohazard.

The few grams of Caesium 137 MIGHT be a tad dangerous if someone swallowed the lot.

But in a dirty bomb?

Forget it. You probably were exposed to far more as a result of nuclear test fallout back in the day

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UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all

itzman

No one will agree on anything

And we will leave without a deal.

After all the mutual recriminations, intelligent people will quietly reforge sensible arrangements without recourse to the EU or the British government. Where they are mutually beneficial.

This demonstrating that in terms of European unity and co-operation, the last thing you want or need is the EU.

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

itzman

Re: About 10 minutes later I was "cracking" some of the locks and interchanging them around.

Morris minor

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

itzman

Re: User-generated obfuscation

I often use unshared secrets.

Items of trivia from my past that no one will ever discover, like the number plate of a friends car in 1967...

Writing down "Tims Ford Prefect" isn't giving a whole lot away.

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iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

itzman

Re: No it just proves there are a lot of idiots......

nothing on my android phone I am not prepared to have stolen if it happens.

A thief is welcome to my email passwords - they will be changed within minutes. seldom use it to browse - and if the satnav app contains places I have visited - so what? They are mostly shops anyway.

A smartphone is not my main computing device.

Nor do i ever use it for financial transactions.

People who do are..idiots

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Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS

itzman

Re: Idiots...

And how, pray does on 'hit a midpoint'

The chinese cannon was only releavant to people attempting to contact Chinese websites

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itzman

Re: Shared Hosting

Where is this man in the middle sitting?

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itzman
FAIL

Re: Shared Hosting

It is impossible to have more than one certificate on a single IP address for the simple reason that the sites host name ins not revealed until decryption has taken place, and decryption does not take place without a valid certificate

It IS possible thereafter to split the site into virtual sites with different names, via some dirty hack coding, But its ugly as sin.

Essentially forcing https on everyone will destroy the small cheap site until and unless IPV6 addresses are the standard.

In the case of the small business he has a stark choice: be seen to be 'insecure' by te browsers or spend an enormous amount more money getting a private IP address and moving to it, or go to a hosting company that will do that using IPV6.

This is an ill considered move that has not been thought through.

It is more quasi political virtue signalling.

Once we would write an RFC and discuss how to achieve the objectives desired

Today unilateral moves by large companies dictate the way things proceed.

It is not progress.

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itzman

It isnt the encryption that is the problem

as much as the authentication.

Well actually it is ALSO the encryption since that absolutely trashes multiple sites hosted on the same IP address.

So unless you run a massively wild-card certificate that covers ALL virtual hosts and do some nifty coding, you are also now being forced to find a server with a hosting company that is IPV6 capable and hope to heck that your visitors also are IPV6.

Cos no way are you ginna get 150 IPV4 addresses to run a host of little personal and SME web sites

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WPA3 is the magic number? Protocol refresh promises tighter Wi-Fi security

itzman

Re: There are still easier ways to hack routers than WPA

so how do you get to te web interface without wifi?

I mean you aren't in the premises and surely no one is stupid enough to leave their admin open to the whole internet...

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Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6

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FAIL

Re: Mapping plan

Unless the USA is a developing country you are entirely wrong

Developing countries either go straight to fibre or to 4G cell in rural areas.

There is no point on laying expensive copper

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Boffins bash out bonkers boost for batteries

itzman

Re: Two improvements

Sorry to disappoint you. Lithium batteries are box shaped

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itzman

Bovine Excrement

Never underestimate the power of carefully worded nonsense.

Batteries do not use diodes.

Just one instance of a random assemblage of techno baffle that constitutes this article.

And a theoretically perfect lithium battery would only be three times better than it is now

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Did you guess 2019 for Intel's 10nm chip ramp up? Congratulations

itzman

Re: So that's 90 atoms wide with a 9 atom thick oxide layer.

well the days of FET for chipping...

Unless they go hybrid analogue digital... 16 voltage levels representing 4 bits in one prcessor cell.

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

itzman

I think its fine to not have details public

..so long as domains that choose to remain private are clearly flagged by browsers, as potentially 'dodgy'

And important part of malware email handling consists in finding out who they are from, or who they are redirecting you to.

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New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

itzman

Re: How many battery "breakthroughs" is that this year?

cars don't explode unless they are first subjected to the sort of abuse that creates a fuel-air mixture.

Those of us who have flown and crashed planes powered by Li-ion batteries can assure you that they, however, do.

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Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

itzman

Re: Do you even know what what government is FOR, let alone how it actually works?

Everyone knows that what a government is for is to replace your parents, by giving you a strict moral code, supporting you in your indolence and making you feel good about yourself, even if you discover your internal fantasies don't match the hardware nature supplied you with.

Mutti Merkel and the Mumsy Minges know best, dear!

Any suggestion that one might grow up and leave the EuroKindergarten of 'Jeux sans frontières' is met with howls of anguish greater than any teenager who has had their I phone removed from their live puffy hands and stamped on.

Anyway I thought that the whole point of the EU was to have one architecture and one operating system?

Surely everyone understands the benefits of harmonised 'cultural diversity'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtdqp30dJlE

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itzman

Re: macOS drove me mad slowly

Apart from a pretty case, why on earth put Linux on a Mac?

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itzman

Re: Sure about ARM ?

I can see a day when 'OSX' and 'Windows' are just another Linux Distro.

One where the apps aren't free...

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itzman

Re: Why?

How awesome would a CPU with multiple instruction set capabilities be? A toggle feature between x86, ARM and PPC would be interesting. Monday, you have PPC, Tuesday you've got ARM then by Wednesday you're running x86 :-D.

Since almost all CISCS run microcode, its probably quite easy.

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Coat

Re: Yes after 6 decades they've come up with something slower than Concorde. But......

PINNOCHIO.

Long nosed vapourware.

Seriously though, I suspect that what counts is the shape of the nose not its absolute length. One is trying to reduce the peak intensity of the 'boom' by 'smearing' it out over a few more milliseconds.

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Cambridge Analytica's daddy biz had 'routine access' to UK secrets

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Re: Indeed

The reality is that its not a question of faux news and real news, because everything that reaches the electorate is tailored and targeted to win.

Except for a brief time, social networking and other internet sources. The powers that be have been playing catchup here, and are just about in the position of having it all buttoned down.

Now it is extensively astroturfed, and anything 'off message' is taken down as 'hate speech' or racist' or whatever emotional knee jerk term they have managed to gain traction with.

No government wants free speech or democracy. Far too much chance..

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

itzman

Re: Plenty of venom still

Yep. Its well orchestrated astroturfing

Designed to make anyone who doest support brexit feel in a small minority.

It is conscious manipulation of the nations political consciousness by a small group of seemingly well paid astroturfers

Why do they feel they need to do that?

When the truth is not good enough, tell lies.

Brexit may be bad for Britain, but its unbelievably worse for the EU. 30% of their gross income GONE if its no deal. 30% of their export market at a serious disadvantage if there is no deal.

There are trillions of losses at stake within the EU purlieu. That's why they spent a billion or so on the remain campaign.

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itzman

Re: Plenty of venom still

At least we don't have the Brussels Inquisition yet

WE have had it for years.

You have to pass it to get a job anywhere in the public sector,

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itzman

Re: Transition what?

If we are bound by the rules we haven't left the EU.

BRINO

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itzman

Re: I'm an European citizen and I hate Brexit and its perpetrators, ...

A big difference is that the Remain side did it by legal means and telling -mostly- the truth, while the other...

If you truly believe that I feel unbelievably sorry for you.

May you never lose that innocence...

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itzman

Re: I'm an European citizen and I hate Brexit and its perpetrators, ...

"Our only hope is that this error will teach... a few important lessons regarding ... politicians giving easy solutions to complicated issues"

If that lesson wasn't learned generations ago - and it obviously wasn't - it never will be.

Back in the fading days of Apartheid when I worked in a factory NOT surrounded by 10ft high razor wire with 24 x7 armed response guard contracts as a condition of insurance, my Zulu colleague who (when not camping illegally in someone's 'garden boy' house) lived in Soweto told me that the Cuban agitators promised that communism, delivered by the ANC would deliver a 'swimming pool and a Mercedes for every black man'.

Well a Mercedes for every black man who wants one is a simple matter of acquiring a lethal weapon and stealing one, but swimming pools are not so portable. ...looking at the current water crisis in Cape Town, one can see how magnificently the ANC have delivered on all those promises.

What every black man has got these days, is electricity that no one pays for and a satellite dish.

I am not excusing apartheid. Merely pointing out that the alternative chosen has not been a great deal better, and in many cases is a great deal worse.

Anyone who puts their trust in politicians promises deserves all they get.

In general all they want is your vote. And they wont love you in the morning.

What are we leaving? a bunch of corrupt political Cnuts. And no doubt our own corrupt political Cnuts will make a similar mess BUT we at least can sack the bastards.

Which is why we voted to leave.,

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itzman

that didn't stop polish MEP Danuta Hübner (chairwoman of the European Parliament's constitutional affairs committee, no less) from proposing it, nor French MEP Jean-Luc Mélenchon supporting it.

Talk about Zen and the Art of deckchair rearrangement...

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

itzman

Re: Sorry, I still don't get it...

This is all irrelevant. The point is that Vettel was ahead because he hadn't pitted. At normal car speeds a pit stop costs you 20 seconds or so in total, relative to a car at full race speed

But under VSC conditions its much less. Not because you can go faster in the pit lane than on the track, but because the pitstop itself - typically under 3 seconds, is not the problem, it is the slowing down and the pit-lane speed limits that cost you the time. but they dont cost you any MORE times if VSC is in operation.

But the VSC DOES cost the car that stays out, time.

*shrug* exploiting the rules is how you win in F1. Pitting under safety is a well known trick. Vettel was likley behind both Hamilton and Raikonnen, when Fate smiled. Or someone bribed the Haas mechanics.

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itzman

Re: Sorry, I still don't get it...

If they removed 50% of the aero packages currently in use and allowed things like active suspension again...

Active suspension WAS all about aero.

Keeping the car base close to the ground to suck it onto the track.

You have fallen into the leftist trap of thinking that the solution to regulations that dont work is more regulations.

Frankly they should simply have a standard tank of fuel, be made to meet standard safety regs and let everything else be free.

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Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

itzman

Yes. Its legal to run down pedestrians on a normal road, if they clearly were suicidally negligent.

I've even been to a court where the driver was acquitted, as I was witness to the accident.

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Intel: Our next chips won't have data leak flaws we told you totally not to worry about

itzman

Re: So...a whole new computer?

Golly, I cant remember when I bought a whole new computer that was not a laptop or smartphone

lets see the case and PSU still has an XP license stuck on it, 2005? the MB is three years old the CDrom 8, the graphics card..Mmm I think that's quite new, as is the motherboard. The SSD is three years old...and the monitor is getting on for 6..

Keyboards last about a year max.

FrankenPC

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Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

itzman

'BT' hasn't existed for some time. Openreach is in fact profitable and effective. The loss making part is BT retail the consumer facing ISP and 'package' broker.

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Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo

itzman

Re: For those who wonder...

So much misunderstanding and limiting understanding

AC is great because its easy to change voltages using just an old lump of iron and some copper windings.

It's also great because its easy to generate - being what naturally comes out of a magnet rotating inside a bunch of coils - or vice versa.

It's also great because it shows that the dynamos are slowing down under load, thus slowing down all synchronous motors attached to the grid and lowering the load.

Its bad for very big grids. Or undersea cables. Because very big grids have enough propagation delay to make a lot of out of phase current circulate - as do undersea links , on account of the massive capacitance they exhibit between conductors and ground.

This leads to greater losses due to cable resistance.

The UK grid is stabilised to have a long term average of EXACTLY 50Hz, though it will fluctuate under load.

It is not connected directly to the European Grid. All links are DC with frequencies at either end being independently variable.

The move away from turbines & transformers towards electronic inverters is not altogether welcome. Spinning mass accounts for the best short-term storage on the grid there is. load fluctuations are dealt with my the rotational inertia.

Adding massive amounts of highly variable - and over short time scales, as windmills trip in and out and clouds cover solar panels - renewable energy places a BIG strain on grid management. Germany has already had to relax its frequency control standards to accommodate Energiewiende and many factories that depend on 50hz stability have been forced to essentially install what amounts to massive crystal controlled UPS'es. Increasing electricity consumption still further.

Meanwhile the rapid deployment of power stabilised switch mode PSUs has meant that lowering frequency and/or voltage does not lower power drawn, thus depriving grids of a simple and natural way to keep supply and demand balanced.

We are fortunate that we have always run a separate grid even before Brexit.

Like most of the EU, the European grid is too big to manage and suffers too much political interference to be efficient.

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Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

itzman

Re: I'm not sure that targeting specific companies is the way forward.

This is similar to VAT. Except that there is no added about it. I suppose its simply a sales tax.

Well all that happens is the prices go up and the consumer pays, or they move to a brexited UK :-)

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Paul Allen's six-engined monster plane prepares for space deliveries

itzman

Re: You'll never get me up in one of those things

"a heck of a twist around that central spar,"

The spar is not there to provide torsional stiffness. It is there to provide bending stiffness. In a wing made of spars and ribs the torsional stiffness is massive, provided by the actual stressed skin of the wing.

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itzman

Re: if you can breathe air

You are doing some circular thinking there. The whole point is NOT to mimic the trajectory of a pure rocket.

Use of winged aircraft and turbofan/Ramjet/Scramjet to mach 6 at 100,000 feet is probably what they are thinking of

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