* Posts by msknight

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Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

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Switched to Discord

The majority of my friends have switched to Discord. I still have Skype running for a few people, but I get very little by that now.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Doesn't look that different.

However, on the home page, the "boxed" titles come in at different widths, and that confuses my eye. I like my tiles somewhat regimented.

Also, the individual sections have a 5 piece rolling headline at the top, which always drive me nuts. These things either go onto the next one before I've read it, or else by the time I've thought, "Oh! I like the look of that," and get my mouse to the banner, it changes over just before the click. Causes nothing but frustration for me.

Other than that, it looks like a cleaner version of the same design.

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‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it

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Re: There's something wrong with social media

"Maybe there could be something like a minimum 500-character length so people who just want to insult from behind the keyboard/screen would get bored and go away."

Nah, they'll just program a macro key to spam, "Kappa Kappa Kappa," until it reaches the required limit.

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Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes

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I did write to the Gates Foundation...

Gates is not only giving away his fortune but he has the ears of other rich, influential people.

I basically wrote to him on the grounds that it's pointless geting infeasibly rich, then looking back on your life and all the shoulders you've ground into the dust in order to get there, only to give it all away at the end. Also, sucking the world dry of cash means that, in the end, no one has any money to buy your goods and the whole pack of cards falls down anyway. Better to pay people a decent wage and grow society as a whole, over the course of your life; then people stand a chance of remembering you as a fair and inspirational leader, rather than a greedy destroyer of society.

Or in other words, trickle down only works if the cash actually trickles.

I did leave a similar note on Bezos's twitter as well, a few months ago. My conclusion... why ask for people's advice if you're not going to listen anyway?

Nothing's going to happen as a result of my e-mails/tweets... but hey, you gotta try.

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Re: Webcam?

Apparently, yes - https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/187/397488557_76289272ec_b.jpg

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Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

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yeah, right...

" A Keyboard Service scheme covers models made between 2015 and 2017"

*ring ring* - "Hello? Yes, this is Apple. I'm afraid that we can't repair your keyboard under the scheme because we found a bread crumb in it. This counts as user damage and you'll have to pay the £300 minimum charge." *click* - "Hello? ... Hello?"

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East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line

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Save yourself some cost...

Get a good handset, disconnect everything and plug the handset into the master socket.

Pick it up and dial 17070 Option 2 for the quiet line test. (this might have changed... look it up) Listen for a while. If noise comes on the line, then there's a good chance that the fault is outside.

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Consumer or business, no difference in our village

Openreach installed fibre to the cabinet a few years ago. On doing so, the analogue copper line suffered such noise that the ADSL kept getting knocked out, and noise was audible on the phone.

An openreach engineer did a quiet test after diconnecting all my equiment, and confirmed the noise is outside the house.

No grade of connection is going to sort that. The broadband was changed to the FTC service at a discount, but the phone has been noisy for years with no end in sight. I'm due to renegotiate with the ISP in a few weeks, so I'll be talking with them about VoIP, as the service is a bit of a joke.

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm boss delays director vote date again

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Re: ...and on.....and on.....and on....

Re-repeat not fade away.

Yes, it's turning into a skeleton of a company :-)

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As far as the gender pay gap in Britain goes, IBM could do much worse

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Re: At the risk of being branded misogynst...

According to this, if she is in work, then her wages, etc. are paid for an extended period - https://www.gov.uk/maternity-pay-leave/pay - SMP goes up to 39 weeks. (pension... I'm not sure of.)

Some of the other aspects, such as keeping up with technological progress, etc. and the call for job protection - https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/aug/31/mps-urge-better-job-protection-for-expectant-and-new-mothers - which is a 2 year old report and I'm not sure whether it is currently enforced or not...

... and it becomes difficult to see why the percentage difference should be so pronounced.

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Re: 26.5 per cent of its workforce as "identifying as female"

As someone who has lived for a number of years on both sets of hormones... if they did that, it would just be the start of a whole new set of problems :-)

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If it's this Thomas Watson...

... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_J._Watson - he passed on in 1952. An equal work for equal pay policy would have been forward thinking for them there times, I would guess.

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Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind

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The problem with Musk...

... is that after his recent performance in bending facts in the press, is that I believe his words are just like some of his cars... full of very hot air and liable to explosion.

Sort of a joke, but you get what I mean. I'll only believe him when I see the facts.

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Yubico snatched my login token vulnerability to claim a $5k Google bug bounty, says bloke

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Re: Donate

@AC - so what, exactlly, are you doing about those issues?

@Tom38 - you're right, anyone being bullied should be supported. However, the github thing is not a good analogy. The article about women posting on github as men having their code accepted demonstrates that. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/12/women-considered-better-coders-hide-gender-github ... and my point is that the solution to sexism in the workplace is less sexism, and more sexes.

(I was going to post that the solution to sexiam in the workplace is more sex, but that would have gone down the wrong way.)

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Re: Donate

Yes, I did see the suicide bit about male privilege, and taking the discussion out of the IT realm, but we're dealing with an issue which is in mens hands as much as anyone's.

The pressure to, "be a man," comes from society, which is primarily male driven. Each man has the ability to define themselves on their own terms, rather than try to live up to what society tells them to be (other men, usually, through workplace banter, etc.)

I'm a full supporter of men being part of the family, playing a proper part in their children's upbringing... I smile to myself whenever I see a man pushing a trolley around the supermarket, exchanging funny faces with their kids in the trolley... good on them, and great for the kids, who get to see their dad more often than a rushed breakfast in the morning, and already sleeping by the time he gets home from the commute... but it's going to take men to stand up for their own rights in the work place rather than bowing to the social pressure. - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-39869512

That's not an easy thing, I know... but the key is in your hands. If more women enter the work space, then the social dynamics will change, and that will make things easier for everyone. Men included. The only people who stand against this, in my eyes, are the people who don't actually want that dynamic to change.

So if you see a woman being bullied, do everyone a favour and support her.

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Re: Donate

Male privilege doesn't exist. It is illegal. If people are exercising male privilege, then they are breaking the law.

Women try and go into IT, and are hounded out of professions that men don't want them in. Can you blame them for not wanting to bother putting themselves in the firing line?

How many more headlines must The Register carry about sexual harassment in IT, Uber, et al, before you acknowledge that there's a problem in our industry?

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Re: Donate

There is a hostile environment out there. Plenty of cases where harassment is thrown around, and people don't generally give their best, or are put off entire careers, by harassment. What class teacher was ever able to keep track of all the bullying going on in the classroom, let alone the play ground.

I had a conversation with a colleague from a different company where she broke down recounting the harrassment she got for being a woman in IT. And the rest of the men didn't speak up and tell the bully to wind his neck in.

Solve that problem.... and you then solve the need for segregation.

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Re: Donate

We do rugby for all kids, when the kid with blue hair keeps getting vetoed off joining the team by the existing team who all have green hair.

When the rugby team has enough people with different coloured hair on the team, then you can reliably take your foot off the throttle because there's no artificial "club" that the team is conforming to.

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Re: Donate

Women are still bring pushed into certain professions. It'll be at least another hundred years before we actually achieve anything approaching equal opportunities and society is properly deprogrammed from the abrahamic mysoginy.

If this wasn't the case, then why is it only now that we have things like, "Hidden Figures" which are highlighting the women who were airbrushed out of history?

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Re: Donate

The real question, Adam52, is why does such a group need to exist at all in this modern age of ours. Solve that problem, and then your statement gains some moral justification. But in todays world...

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Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more

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Re: wireless cables?

I'm tempted to report this post for abuse. My one remaining brain cell can't take this kind of thing on a Monday morning!

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Drones Bill said to be ready for world+dog's crayons 'this summer'

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What are you implying? That we're bad pilots, or good shots? ;-)

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Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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Re: So....

Probably none ... I've shifted to Vimeo :-D ... and I'm mildly amazed (and slightly humbled) that anyone here knows of my channels.

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Re: So....

Love this place :-D

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Re: So....

Aha! A downvote! - The M$ shill strikes again !!!

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So....

They sort of have a policy, which they may or not apply, depending on whether they feel like it, or whether or not it has hit the international press...

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Re: Just wondering

There may possibly be a way around this. If the phone gets its time signal from the network, simply put it next to a stingray and feed it the same time and date. Might work... depending on how they are counting the hour duration.

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Tim Cook...

Playing a brave game, or a dangerous one? Answers on an encrypted post card to....

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The only way is ethics: UK.gov emphasises moral compass amid deluge of data plans

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Re: Blind keeping the public in the dark

The blind, leading the deaf, who then turn mute when asked how they were found in a dark alley, in yet another compromising position.

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UK.gov online dating tips: Do get consent, don't make false claims or fake profiles

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Just followed up...

Apparently Brandon Vezmar got the money he sued for - the $17.31 for the cinema ticket that El Reg reported on last year, and re-linked in this article - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4520614/Woman-pays-date-17-31-sued-texting-theater.html

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UK comms firm Gradwell quits cloud land after 'strategic review'

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Has pub day come early?

"22,0000 VoIP and Connectivity customers" ... is this a new number base I've never heard of?

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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PETA... yeah... right...

They'll never live this down. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-j-winograd/peta-kills-puppies-kittens_b_2979220.html - "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that publicly claims to represent the best interest of animals -- indeed their "ethical treatment." Yet approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA's front door every year and very few make it out alive. The vast majority -- 96 percent in 2011 -- exit the facility out the back door after they have been killed, when Pet Cremation Services of Tidewater stops by on their regular visits to pick up their remains."

- http://nokillnow.com/PETAfreezerActivistCash.htm

OVERVIEW

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been described as "by far the most successful radical organization in America." The key word is radical. PETA seeks "total animal liberation," according to its president and co-founder, Ingrid Newkirk. That means no meat or dairy, of course; but it also means no aquariums, no circuses, no hunting or fishing, no fur or leather, and no medical research using animals. PETA is even opposed to the use of seeing-eye dogs.

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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Re: Self Preservation mode

Obviously not fast enough in thie case.

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I see a satellite of a man ... Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, that's now 4 sats fit to go

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Thank you....

... for putting that song in my head. You owe me a pint.

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Jude by actions...

"Oh, we've just changed the TOS so that we have a license to use all code, royalty free. Doesn't matter if you port somewhere else... it's all ours now. Too late."

That's over blowing it... but Nadella's problem is that people are already judging Micro$oft by its PAST actions. That's why everyone's going loop-de-loop.

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Amazon can't or won't collect sales tax in Australia

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Re: "Fall Creators Update"

There already exists a large market for Chinese people who buy Australian goods and ship them to China. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/meet-the-chinese-students-making-up-to-3000-a-week-selling-australian-vitamins-and-baby-formula-back-to-china-2016-6 - if it becomes financially viable, then the reverse will surely start happening.

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Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die

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Re: The more I listen to the EU...

"I think its more that the EU has baked its cake, is enjoying eating its cake. The UK wants it to change the recipe to something less palatable."

It's only palatable to the EU politicians... who have been changing the recipe in their favour for many years. Now those further down the food chain, don't like how it tastes - "Six More Countries Want Referendums to Exit EU" - https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/europes-current-economy/five-more-countries-want-referendums-to-exit-eu/

As for believing my statement.... I voted remain ... fact.... if we faced the same vote again, I would vote leave.

"British ‘deserters’ will not be welcomed back into Europe – European Commission president " - https://www.rt.com/uk/343796-british-deserters-brexit-juncker/

"Jean-Claude Juncker: UK faces hefty Brexit bill" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39042876

I have seen no article where Juncker compained that he had been misquoted, or otherwise challenged these reports... so I have to conclude that he meant what he said.

...and he spoke in French in Italy, where English is spoken twice as much as French, to make his point...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-Oc2JIn8No

The EU is a worthwhile project. The way it is currently run, however, is not.

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Re: The more I listen to the EU...

I do have to admit that Sturgeon was performing top notch politics. Standing up for Scotlands interests in the negotiations in parliament (rightfully so) and thus being part of the cause of delays as the UK decides on what it asks from the EU... and then hopping over to the EU and criticising the UK for not getting on with the job. "Poli" latin for Many ... "Ticks" blood sucking creatures. ... I love that quote.

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Re: Well, duh

"Which as of March 2019 is none. That is what BrExit means. Exit."

Can't be done. Not in todays world where countries need to work together. Total exit is unrealistic. We've got to work with our international neighbours, even when there's an ocean between us. Perhaps even more so when the water is only a few miles across.

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Re: The more I listen to the EU...

@iron - the candy coloured universe where the EU says, "Yes, we'll trade with you, but if you want to do that, you run your country according to our laws, and you trade with who we tell you to trade with, on the terms we negotiate." ... simplistic, in order to make the point.

The fact that we're still in the EU and our representatives have been jaunting all over the place, making deals, leads me to the conclusion that the average Joe is being fed a load of crap, does nothing to aid clarity.

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Re: Well, duh

"Is it really a surprise? You can be in the EU and opt out of things, but you can't be out the EU and opt in to things."

That's not the problem. The problem is the things that we're already in.

It looks to me that the EU is willing to cuts its own nose off to spite its face, as it will loose the contribution of the UK in existing projects.

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The more I listen to the EU...

...the more I conclude that it is the EU itself that is trying to have its cake and eat it.

The situation being faced is unprecedented, and their insistance on all or nothing, is an impractical approach when there are so many joint programmes still running. If anyone is being inflexible, then to my mind, it is the EU, while at the same time making it look like they are being utterly fair in not allowing a "third country" into the sphere.

That's one of the problems with the world today... it's gone all binary, when the true, honest path, is somewhere in between.

For the record, I was a remain voter until I heard Junker start talking after the vote. The more he talks, the more I conclude that the EU has strayed far off its political course and the project needs to be reset.

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Smut site offers VPN so you don't bare all online

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So...

The company that the government are going to be paying (presumably) or directing payment to, in order to run the age checking system, to ensure that only over age people view porn, is just about to launch a product that lets people appear like they're in a different country, in order to view porn elsewhere, without needing the check.

Who'se government is in charge of this shit show again?

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Whos'e on first...

So he's in business?

Yes.

What's his business?

None Of Your Business.

I was only asking. Why won't you tell me?

I did.

No you didn't.

Yes I did.

Then what is it?

What's what?

His business.

It's None Of Your Business....

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FBI agents take aim at VPNFilter botnet, point finger at Russia, yell 'national security threat'

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FAIL

People (like me) won't risk patching their equipment against a potential threat, when the very firmware itself contains a confirmed thread.... Netgear, I'm looking at you with your phone home mac addresses, etc. in your firmware.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/21/netgear_updates_router_with_phone_home_feature/

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Opt-in is the only way to go...

...but then, I won't be using it anyway becuase, personally, I don't get on with Gnome 3.

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Kids and the web latest: 'Won't somebody please think of the children!' US Congresscritters plead

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Won't somebody please think of the children!!!

You'd better try telling that to some of the parents that let their kids play 18+ rated games and never bother to check the equipment that their rug rats are using... because that's someone elses job to ensure they don't have it in the first place.... 'innit.

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2015/03/head_teachers_in_the_uk_issue_warning_to_parents_on_18-rated_games_being_played_by_children

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'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers

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Software problems now

The latest delays are said to be because they've been forced to produce a license for every game being put forward on the platform. And yes, they should already have this, but no, there's a long story behind why they don't.

Chatter now, is that they'll release the hardware without any games on board. But anything can only be believed when it's seen.

I've gained two stone from all the popcorn I've been eating.

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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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Re: Internet task force takes IPv4 behind shed...

I'll happily concede that IPv4 makes censorship more difficult, as so many sites seem to be sharing the same IP. Any country trying to ban things has a bit of a headache on their hands, as Russia recently found out.

The bulk of the problem as I see it, are the companies that haven't got the resource to put behind training on IPv6 and have no impetus to do it. They don't want to break things. The colleagues in the industry that I've talked with, are majority opposed to IPv6 and don't want to budge. The business, won't drive it, because some management doesn't understand it and what it means. While we've got NAT, there's no internal pressure to make it happen.

So IPv6 being a worthwhile goal seems to be inverse to IPv4 being a pain in the proverbial A. People are more willing to find ways around the problems of IPv4, than get on and change to IPv6.

Honestly... the only way I see this change happening, is if IPv4 is formally discontinued, and the issue is forced. Otherwise, I can't see things moving forward much from here. Whether that's a good or bad thing, is up for debate.

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Re: Internet task force takes IPv4 behind shed...

I'm all ears for your suggestion.

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