* Posts by Panicnow

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Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Historical accuracy

University of Kent's service was the first non-commercial ISP that pre-dated PIPEX

(Please remind me of her name)

PIPEX was the first UK Commercial ISP

IBM PC User group was the first dial-up ISP service

Demon followed a few weeks later

Peter Dawe, Founder of PIPEX, LINX, ISPA and IWF

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Corporates pushing everyone to FaceBook etc

RSS could be configured to provide real-time notification of new items in a non-proprietary way. However, corporates have systematically refused to use RSS in creative ways and pushed users to Facebook, Twitter etc.

RSS can just point to a web page, so no loss of control or ads, (unlike FB and T of course)

Cheap NAND nasty: Flooding market with chips threatens prices

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Re: Ab Fab economics

Tax, Bungs and enforcement of environmental standards to name three

ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

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Mushroom

"GDPR is the worse legislation I've ever seen!"

GDPR is a diabolical piece of legislation that makes EVERYONE a CRIMINAL!

In order to comply you will have to:-

Shred before disposing of anything with a name, an address, a telephone number or email address.

ALL your emails etc HAVE to use BCC: for multiple recipients.

You are advised to encrypt everything, in case you accidentally send it to the wrong person.

You can use this legislation will be used to discredit anyone. E.g. FInd one example of a politician who copies your details to a third party and immediately report them to "ICO" and the policy, it is a CRIMINAL office.

A full mass disobedience to comply will happen very soon!

So net neutrality has officially expired. Now what do we do?

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Commercial agreements will stop them

The article doesn't mention the various commercial agreements between carriers and infrastructure providers. (In my day) ALL the interconnection agreements had "equality of traffic" clauses in them. Unravelling these and keeping full connectivity I think will kill anyone who tries to modify traffic flows.

This is especially difficult with international traffic

ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...

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Re: OK if they pro-rata the fine when its applied to big business

You are out of date, most regulation now applies to all business regardless of size. GDPR, Pensions, H&S, and of course all tax stuff. Transport regs, (e.g. taxi), Gas, electric, trade, house rental,

I have creates 10s of small businesses I DO know!

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OK if they pro-rata the fine when its applied to big business

Bet there is an upper limit so they get off!

All these "regulations" are designed to impact small businesses more than big.

ICO reg is £40 max £2900, so % of turnover dropped for big business

Compliance is typically the same for a small business as a large one, again this impacts small business more than big business.

My calcualtions are the compliance for any small business is now over a one man-year task.

Accounting, Tax forms, Pension, GDPR, planning, H&S, I could go on.

Regulation is designed by those who go to the meetings, When could a plumber afford to go to "consultations"? British Gas, BT, Google et al can send teams!

Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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FAIL

IPv6 Fail

1) 20 years of failed migration is a big fail!

2) It is too late to re-engineer IP/ng

3) Next time, make sure the engineers get prime role, rather than academics, the corporate lawyers etc, who were sent to IPv6 standards committees

4) Go back to old IETF policy of competitive protocol proposals and (more importantly) bake-offs to see which work best.

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Spot ON!

UK's Rural Payments Agency is 'failing on multiple levels' – report

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EU causes RPA's problems

The rapid and perverse rule changes by the EU bureaucrats has been a major problem. Getting out of the EU so we have control over the rules ( and frequency of changes) is fine.

Yes, DEFRA to all intents and purposes has been a delegated EU institution.

I own a farm, I'd welcome removing all govt money from the system. Thus we can go back to managing the farm in an appropriate manner according to local conditions, and not do "Bad stuff" because of current bureaucratic fashion. E.g Rip up hedges, plough up wrong fields, plant wrong seed ....

IP freely? What a wind-up! If only Trevor Baylis had patent protections inventors enjoy today

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Get rid of IP totally

IP is a tool that is only useful if you have massive resources to design your IP and defend it. Thus it is a tool for major corporates to beat up everyone else. Most individual inventors would be better served by having a level playing-field. I.e. No IP. So they can innovate on the knowledge of others without.

The value of knowledge to society is maximised by it being shared. Restricting it merely cheats society in favour of a few.

The Internet and Open source are examples of how powerful knowledge sharing is relative to closed networks and closed tech eco-systems.

Date engraved onto net neutrality tombstone: June 11, 2018

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The International element has been ignored in this debate

How do the US non-neutral networks interact with the rest of the world? or indeed vice versa?

Do all the Neutral interconnects have to split into multiple policy spaces?

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

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Just Make IP4 addresses 8bytes

IPv6 is a fail. It was compromised by special interests at standards time.

Adding a class of IPv4 with 8 bytes (IPv4+4) with 0.0.0.0.IPv4 being old IPv4 addresses.

Practically no programming changes needed. and we KNOW IPv4 works and scales!

OK let IPv6 live next to IPv4+4 and see who wins

Are the router manufacturers, MS, Apple and Google brave enough? Surely its in their interests to have a working scaling Internet. Otherwise it open up the opportunity to have a "private" proprietary Internet... Oh that's their plan!...

(I was the founder of First Commercial Internet company in Europe)

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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Alert

Copy the Web ...

Copying the success of the web.. HTTP and HTML

MeTP A Message transport protocol family, that copes with many Tx systems (BT, SMS, Internet...) and methods ( Instant, store and forward, Server...)

MeMP a Message content protocol. (Subject, Language, encryption....)

MeSP A message search protocol ( To hinder Google etc reading everything and becoming de facto gatekeeper)

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

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Already on most cycles

Just scan for mobile signals, Bluetooth and WiFi

So few humans transmitterless these days

... Is this too good an idea for public attention???

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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Facepalm

Nothing to see here

Galileo was just a Gallic thumb-nose to the US anyway.

GPS is already there, and embedded in our military already

No problem

And I'm not sure they have the smarts without UK anyway

Panicnow

Hmm we should get our money back then

... and will be interesting if EU has the smarts without the UK

... we have a better relationship with US anyway, and GPS is already embedded in our military

IMHO Galileo was an anti US bit of tech foisted on EU by France

Diplomats, 'Net greybeards work to disarm USA, China and Russia’s cyber-weapons

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Facepalm

Cyber attacks ignore the laws of war

The only law of war is "Laws of war are written by the victor AFTER the event"

Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Safer cycling - CitiPod - The Armoured cycle

Safer cycling - CitiPod - The Armoured cycle

My accidental epiphany

Using CitiPod on a cycle way in Cambridge, my chain came off. I looked down to check and hit a post. Rapid deacceleration followed! Enclosed in my CitiPod Safety-Cell I was not just unharmed, not a mark on me! CitiPod had a 15cm diameter dent near its nose. One push with my foot popped that out. Chain back on and away I went. (With a note to adjust the gear change stops.)

I then looked at videos of bicycle accidents on YouTube. I saw that in virtually all of the accidents CitiPod would have either prevented the accident or protected the driver and others.

The Safety Cell

The CitiPod body is and egg shaped MDPE shell. Fully enclosing the driver. It even has a rear fin to protect the drivers head, in the unlikely event of rolling the CitiPod. The shell absorbs the kinetic energy of the CItiPod bringing the vehicle to a stop without damaging the driver.

Non “collecting” design

The smooth design and recessed front wheels mean that CitiPod is pushed away from the obstruction. It does not “collect” the obstruction thus protecting the obstruction as well as the driver.

Stability

As a tricycle, CitiPod is inherently stable. Hitting wet drain covers, or kerbs will not throw you headlong into the road,

Visibility

CitiPods are bright vibrant colours that present solid areas of visibility. Cycles have no solid areas presenting an almost camouflaged presence, especially with so many cyclists insisting in wearing dark clothes.

We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

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Re: What is wrong with Enigma on Steriods?

But the 4x offset neutralises that attack to the point that the "one-time-pad" can be public!

Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Rehersal for end of net neutrality

Balkanisation of the Internet up ahead

It was SO good for the first few years

DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

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Flavoured DNS

At last! been going on about this since I set up Internet Watch Foundation, Better, would be a wide range of DNS resolvers with different selection criteria. Then one could select one appropriate for the situation. A Kosher one, a Halal one, a Left wing one, a Right wing one....

Watch out for the first Sueball where businesses or users complain about type A or type B errors.

I give it 3 month

The legal dodge is to offer multiple edited DNS that make few claims, other than "they are the choice of the editor in relation to various factors"

Arm isn't saying IoT firmware sucks but it's writing a free secure BIOS for device makers

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Re: Pissing into the wind

One nationality will be more agile than 28, so Uk may well have the advantage after Brexit.

Ofcom to crack down on telcos' handling of nuisance callers

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FAIL

Calls from BT OverReach

Openwretch engineers dont provide a displaying number when they call, Genius

Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

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Sell your Bitcoins NOW!

IMHO Crypto currencies are only valued because of the money laundering possibilities. As soon as they are regulated, this disappears. I hope Aus govt just declare trading in them is de-facto money laundering ( no new laws needed) The ponzi scheme them implodes and people have to start paying taxes and getting their blackmail money through litterbins again.

Dems fightin' words! FCC's net neutrality murder plot torn apart

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As the originator of net neutrality

At the creation of the Internet there was a big debate about how to architect the interaction between ISPs. My proposal was the one that won out. No settlement between ISPs, and Neutral Interconnects to ensure friction free connectivity.

"An assertion that the new rules have had a detrimental impact on investment in broadband rollout plans. " is such a joke. Dividing traffic will mean ISPs can game users to extort "rents". It will be in their interest to REDUCE investment to force users onto higher tariffs. The issue of interconnectivity also becomes problematic, with ISPs needing to introduce settlement for higher QOS services.

Loss of net neutrality will "Balkanise" the Net so will no longer be The Internet,

The irony is ISPs will find their profits lower and their costs higher without Net Neutrality. It is lazy capitalists who have no understanding of economics that are pushing this stupidity

Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

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Back-up must not be satellite

A Solar flare is likely to take out ALL GPS systems. the back-up should be terrestrial.

( Lots of systems e.g. mobile telephones, use the accurate timing from GPS to operate synchronous comms)

Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

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I'd fire Comey too

The chain of command in the US is problematic.

Trump was elected with most of this stuff already in the public domain.

Is the US a democracy or something else?

This statement in no way implies my support for any other Trump policies, views or actions

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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MAKE BITCOIN ILLEGAL

And prosecute anyone that makes a single transfer.

It is money laundering plain and simple.

#Or do the politicians get their bungs in Bit coin?

'We need a new Geneva Convention to protect all citizens from snoops'

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Mushroom

Who is the enemy here?

In-human rapacious multi-national corporations who's only concern is its survival, or a government elected by you and can be removed by you?

Imagined conversion - Google exec " Mr President we note from your android phone tracking, that your movements between these dates are identical to someone you don't want the electorate to know you know.... Now about that tax legislation..."

TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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NOt the broadcasters problem

Why is this problem being characterised as a broadcasters problem, it is Amazon problem!

View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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Paid to Diet

BI provides a subsistence living. This means anyone not topping it up has a very low ecological footprint. I'd support this, just so I can enjoy "their ration" of world resources

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Low value tasks

There are many tasks that would be nice done, but don't justify a living wage. Basic Income would allow otherwise unemployed resources to add value. (I've a number of jobs around my house I'd like done, but not at £7 per hour)

Apple says banks can't touch iPhone NFC without harming security

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Happy the hand on balls isn't being squeezed that is

"a notion she says hasn't bothered the 3,000 banks worldwide who happily signed up for Apple Pay."

Open Sorcerers: Can you rid us of Emperor Zuck?

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Re: Emperor Zuck?

Why would he bother? He knows the movements of every senior politician, correlate this with "bad" people and he can get them to do his bidding. ... now how much tax does Facebook pay?

Panicnow

Open standards

Companies DO launch open products, but they are always at a marketing disadvantage because the lock-in people get the Vulture capital.

HTML was a small miracle, under continual attack by the rapacious "Walled Garden" monopolists

Panicnow

Open messaging platform

Enter WIzPar SMP an open messaging app that allows anyone to operate their own server, Server operator keep full control of their messages. User transactions get fragmented across multiple servers so your life cannot be totally monitored.

The messaging equivalent of a web browser

Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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They won't leave

Rich people want quality of life. Having to restrict their time in London doesn't work for them! London is the Capital of the World! Only London welcomes ALL, rich, regardless of ethnicity, politics, ethics or sexual persuasion.

UK could tax the lot of them as UK citizens and only the "Philip Greens" would choose to live on a yacht in the mid-atlantic.

The "we will move" is standard and should be ingnored!

Apple tries to patent facial recognition

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Re: bollocks

You've got to be a new reader of the Register if you think Apple never sues. They even sued ?Samsung? for round corners on a mobile phone

IETF boffins design a DNS for crypto-currencies

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Address and track everything!

Ford.corsa.AK66DFT could carry every part used, service history....

Or indeed UK.Male.445567891 .....

Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

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Look to elsewhere (e.g. China and India) PLEASE!

The EU funding system is corrupt and ineffective anyway. Look for world leading partners elsewhere. Avoid the bureaucratic and political pollution of science meted out by Brussels

Brexit government pledge sought to keep EU-backed UK science alive

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End to political interference and paperwork

Anyone who has applied for EU money in science will know that there is a massive political agenda to what they support. E.g.

Requirements for partnership with weak EU based institutions.

Bans on working in certain areas,

Bans on working with certain non-EU institutions even when they are world leaders.

The gross cost of applying often greater than the grant when all the failed bids are added together

The delays are so long that the bid ceases to be relevant

The paperwork for compliance is often a significant part of the projects costs

They don't even pay on time!

Go and enjoy your freedom!

This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

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INtelectual property IS theft!

Once patent and copyright was a sparingly applied state sanctioned monopoly. In order to protect special cases.

Now it is a "RIGHT" claimed by corporates to extort monopoly rents way beyond their need for protection.

Once again through corporate lobbying, the length of time of some "Rights" have been extended. This is theft from the public, not "Defence of Innovator!

Uber, AirBNB: Lay off 'em, EC tells member states

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Non EU Companies get a better deal from Brussels

The reason none of these companies started in the EU is that they are illegal, and would have been shut down in days. If the UK was outside the EU, our companies could trash EU laws as well.

Vote Exit!

Also interesting to see that it is these companies that are among the highest spenders on Brussels lobbying. The UK could spend a fraction of our contribution and have MORE say on EU laws it would seem.

What is so disappointing about Brussels corruption is their low price!

Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise salute EU flag, blast Brexiteers

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EU captured by big business

US corporations head the list of spending on lobbying in Brussels.

These same companies seem untouchable when they break EU laws e.g. Data protection, Hotel safety, Trade descriptions, copyright ,,,, and of course they pay virtually no EU taxes.

Now explain to me how a group of EU citizens can influence EU policy?

Note for an MEP who has usable no powers?

Stand in line for 3 years to be given 5 seconds of EU executive time?

Of course they rhink the EU is great!

Is uBeam the new Theranos?

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Worlds best tranducer, Worlds best microphone

Yes, a microphone will harvest sound and a loud speaker will convert electrical energy to sound.. BUT for this to work uBeam would need to improve loudspeaker and and microphone technology by two orders of magnitude. Just being about to conver electrical energy to sound at 30% efficiency would be a big story!

US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

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Quality over quantity

Both Trump and Brexit would reduce mass unselective migration, thus make selected migration EASIER!

Bad people take half a story and conflate it with their prejudices to create a monster that doesn't exist

Steelie Neelie Kroes joins Uber as competition advisor

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Pay-off time

Amazing how Uber has been able to ignore the regulations EU companies have had to obey.

Oh, now its not so amazing.

Blair got paid-off £23m in has first year after being PM. In a period when Big business was rescued by tax payers money it seems

Can I be a regulator so I'm next in the queue!

Met police commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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Fit for purpose

The the banking system totally fails to offer a reliable and secure payment system is a scandal.

To blame the users deserves retribution!

E.g. Barclays has just changed its on-line system. so that it now prompts the user to re-input the account number from what you typed in, not from the original document. Thus you confirm an error, rather than discover it.

Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Removing the special treatment for eu

By far the biggest problem is getting visas for non-EU staff.

With the tidal wave of migration from EU under control. Recruitment from US Canada, India, Russia etc can restart on an equal footing to those still in the EU!

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