* Posts by jelabarre59

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: yeah, no...

Huh, this "anonymous" line ends and starts at this particular location every single day. *Crossreference data sets* -> Must be DougS.

Considering I have no cell service at the house, and I have mobile data disabled more than 99% of the time, they're not getting much useful data there.

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Re: Stuff Like This Should Be Illegal

The moon missions are not "heavily classified" and never have been.

Considering I was able to personally hold gauges from Apollo 1 (yes, after the fire) I don't think it was *that* locked down.

And I've seen an interesting analysis that it would have been significantly harder (if not outright impossible) to fake the moon landing. Actually going there was cheaper and easier. Of course these days, all bets are off.

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Marketing

Google is only doing it to prove just how crap MSWin is on equivalent hardware.

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Surprise, surprise. Here comes Big Cable to slay another rule that helps small ISPs compete

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Our dismal situation now is the result of the decision by all the local governments selecting single-providers for cable services way back in the early 1980's. Had they allocated or allowed competition way back *then*, we'd be in much better condition now. But as usual, the responsible people are now comfortably retired or dead now.

At this stage, it's near impossible to restore/build up the free market we should have had all along, the ecosystem is so contaminated.

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Re: Yay for Sonic

That's great if you're in the midst of Silicon Valley, where the market can support a wide range of competitors. Now, go to an economically depressed area like the Lower Hudson Valley, and you'll be lucky they arn't expecting you to use two tin cans with a string between them. A wet, frayed string.

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Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

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I got one of the original Acer Aspire ONE netbooks, the ones that came pre-installed with a shitty chopped up version of Debian....

I made use of it for years for what it was made and intended for. lightweight stuff like email and web browsing.... watching the occasional movie...

I have one of those, although it had MSWinXP on it when I got it (a tenant left it behind when they abruptly moved). Works fine for basic browsing, email and document editing (about all I needed it for), but video is unwatchable on it (running Mint 18.x Mate). Perhaps the KAV60 version started cutting corners.

Of course, I have been wondering if a RasperryPi 3 could be modded to fit in the case (it seems a bit too thin to fit the mods needed to support the video, etc). Would probably be cheaper/easier to go for a PineBook.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Which could be on a single hybrid drive.

Which will be just as expensive, if not more so, than the straight-up SSD.

Of course, my 10-yr old Dell laptop has 2 drive bays, so I could just get a smaller SSD for OS & home dir, and put media and documents on the HDD it has now. But so many other things are wrong with it I probably won't bother.

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You lucky guy ! My first was a 20MB MFM drive. I thought I'd never be able to fill it !

Especially since driver downloads for your network card have been bigger than that for the past 10 years now.

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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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Re: "Digital Wellbeing"

"Please connect to the internet to be able to use this feature and share your data with Google's carefully selected business partners

Considering I usually run my phone with mobile data disabled, that's only going to happen when I'm at home.

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Is it just me? It seems like a more appropriate name could've been chosen, although I'll admit that I can't think of one off the top of my head.

Pocky?

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Re: "We’ve built Android 9 to learn from you—

Learning from me? Can it learn to shut off all the worthless shit I don't want or need? Can it learn I would like to UNINSTALL some (or many) of those apps, or barring that at least pretend they aren't there? Can it learn that if I have an app disabled *or* marked to not auto-update to not show it in my list of available updates? Can it learn that all apps are banned from repeatedly checking for updates every five minutes, like some OCD child, unless I have explicitly given them permission to do so? Can it learn that if I have decided some app has no business asking for particular permissions the OS should lie to the app and let it believe it does?

Can it learn that, if I need *root* access in order to do certain things, I should have that readily available without having to apply for a Papal Dispensation to unlock my device? Sure, I'd accept (and expect) elevated privileges should require a specific command to enable them; maybe we could come up with a silly-sounding command to enable the elevted level, a made-up word like "sudo" could work...

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Re: Survey...

And my friends wondered why I went back to paper maps... *Sigh

Not having paper maps for various areas I'd want to visit, I've had to rely on Google Maps or Mapquest. First rule of thumb with online mapping is to immediately add 25% to the estimated travel time in order to get something closer to *actual* travel time. The other problem, which I have yet to find a solution to, is to print READABLE driving directions. Directions printed in 10-point type like they do is hard enough to read when sitting at your desk. Absolutely impossible to read when you're driving. I have *REPEATEDLY* asked the dimwitted Googleheads to make a large-type option (we're talking 22-24 point type here) so they can be quickly and safely read while driving, but I think that's well beyond their programming ability. And because of the way they format their page, you can't simply paste into a word-processor to fix it.

So we expect these dimwits to make Android do what *WE* want? Yeah, not gonna happen.

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Re: Survey...

I specifically selected a route avoiding it and set off... only to have it go "faster route detected" and switch back. Several times.

Ah, but we derive such entertainment by taking a different road when we know there's an area we want to bypass, and seeing how many times it has to say "recalculating". We can just imagine the system inside the GPS getting more and more irritated with us (yes, we're well aware it's way less sentient than Hatsune Miku, but it's family entertainment in the car).

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Arris CPE revenue hit by component shortages

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what an opportunity

A shortage of components from their usual suppliers? Hey, maybe this is an opportunity for Arris to buy different components that ***aren't*** crap. They might even be able to build devices that aren't crap.

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Porn parking, livid lockers and botched blenders: The nightmare IoT world come true

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Re: Internet of Idiots

But I'm not the target market arguably as I'm healthy and happy to tell randoms to **** off when try to sell me windows for the 3rd time that month.

Did you mean "windows" or "Windows(tm)"? Or even worse, "windows running Windows(tm)"...

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Sen. Ron Wyden: Adobe Flash is doomed, why is Uncle Sam still using it?

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Re: Flash is still used on a bunch of

And when you compare the Flash versions with the HTML5 versions, you can see why: you can get 95% of the content moved across, but the last 5% is a real bugger to implement in HTML5

So you mean some web designer will have to get off their lazy arse and do some work for once.

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Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

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Re: Get out of the way

Come on Microsoft, we need a *basic* operating system.

It's called ReactOS...

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: Real-Life Ad Blockers

It could have been the killer app for Google Glass - something that detects ads whether on billboards, backsides, or buses, and on-the-fly replaces them with more pleasing images - nice landscapes, beautiful women, specialist pornography, or a combination of all three.

Mmmm.... replacing all the models on those ads with Megurine Luka....

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Simple solution: don't buy it; buy something else without the logo.

Took me AGES to find a baseball cap without a logo. I don't want to *pay* to advertise someone's product, and I don't give a crap about sports of ANY variety, so that's right out too. You want to GIVE me a cap with your logo tastefully and discretely placed on it? It still depends on the product, but if you'll give it to me FREE, then I'll take it (could use one I don't mind getting scuffed up and soiled).

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Windows is the VW Beetle of operating systems. It is always broken, always needs maintenance and everyone always tells you how wonderful it is.

But the original VW Beetle could be readily fixed by your standard backyard mechanic (can't speak to the "New Beetle" models. Probably not). MSWindows can't even be fixed by the people who wrote it.

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Re: Windows updates

Do Microsoft not test their Windows updates prior to sending them out for automatic update?

They work perfectly file on the pristine machines, sitting on a 10GB internal network down the hall from the test install server. Make them do their upgrade install testing from an abandoned ski lodge on My Pilchuck over the sort of DSL line that would be in those mountains. Oh, and no pizza until they have performed 10 successful upgrades (each).

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Re: Use Linux...

I beg to differ. I have found myself spending **WAY** more time and effort fixing MSWindows issues than I do with Linux. Usually the only times I've fubarred Linux has been from trying something ultimately foolish. MSWin can fubar itself simply by booting up.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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One of my lecturers must have done the same as when using vi I often think to myself 'colon w q pling' as I type :wq!

I thought in that usage "!" was pronounced "bang".

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I just call it a "number sign". "Hash" is what we make with leftover corned-beef, or what the drug dealers sell in downtown Poughkeepsie. "Pound" is what we *do* to those drug dealers in downtown Pok.

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Re: Good!

What about the Nazi moon base that was set up after WWII? There was that film about it a couple of years ago - Iron Skies

I'd rather think about Shado's moonbase... Mini-skirts and purple-haired women...

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Big bad Bluetooth blunder bug battered – check for security fixes

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Fortunately

Fortunately I don't use Bluetooth for anything involving money transfer, etc. If someone wants to hop into my cellphone-headset connection, all they're going to get is a grocery shopping list from the spouse, or a chance to listen to some J-Pop. Maybe I could be using a BT keyboard tablet with a tablet, but I'm not doing banking there either (all the relevant info would be on my desktop machine at home, a web browser on a tablet sucks for those things, and I don't put "store apps" & the like on my tablet/phone).

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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- Yep, no need to force this on people. However, can we please learn that you need to be able to REMOVE THE JUNK THAT THEY PREINSTALL.

Exactly this. I actually don't have a problem with a company pre-installing whatever apps they'd like, just as I don't necessarily mind Dell, etc. selling machines with extra shit I don't need. The problem comes down to whether or not I can REMOVE that shit once I get the machine home. On PCs you can (at least for now) unload all those applications you don't want (the MSWin10 built-in "apps" may be significantly harder to forcibly remove, but it *can* be done). Ultimately you could even go so far as to install a base copy of MSWin (not as easy as it used to be, but still doable) or go the smarter route and install Linux (ah, the downvote-bait).

Now, this should be the same way with Android devices. Let the vendor build the image however they want. But the *REQUIREMENT* should be that ALL apps are uninstallable, ALL preferences should be configurable/customizable. Ideally you should have root-level access available somehow (granted, not automatically active, but available, and accessible without having to grovel for a papal dispensation). But I expect NONE of the parties arguing for OR against restricting Google really want YOU to have the ultimate right to decide.

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Re: I don't see where it suggested anyone would love it

It's a standard MBA-like mindset to think that your workforce can grow flowers when given shit for tools.

You mean like this?

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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Re: re: That's bollocks, it really is.

It's perfectly fine to say "I see no compelling use case in $Gadget for ME," but another thing altogether to generalizie to "There is no use case for $Gadget." One is intellectual honesty and one... isn't.

Which is why my major complaint over tablets/smartphones/smartwatches is the fact that you cannot properly pare-down and customize them to fit YOUR own particular needs. Short of hacking/jailbreaking/re-flashing them, they are going to be weighed down with a shit-ton of useless and unwanted crap. The very idea that you don't automatically have root access on hardware YOU OWN is just plain wrong, and nothing will ever quite meet your needs.

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Re: overnight charging

In the morning the Mrs. will sometimes ask how I slept. I usually don't know, because I was asleep. If I know the answer it's because I didn't sleep so good ( fortunately rarely). I also know what time I went to bed and what time it is when I wake up ( hint, alarm clock next to bed). Why would I need to wear a watch to tell me these things.

For those of us with (relatively) normal sleep patterns, not much need. However, it could be handy for people with various sleep disorders. Using an off-the-shelf product could make it more affordable to more people (although "affordable" has never been linked with the whole "smartwatch" ecosystem ever). This would also necessitate the ability to customize and install/uninstall the precise set of apps needed for the individual, and seeing the level of bloatware and useless crap shoved in pretty much EVERY "smartphone" out there, that isn't likely to happen. Bob forbid you should actually be in control of your OWN bought and paid for hardware.

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Re: Shopping lists?

I have a small magnetic whiteboard on the fridge door. Through the week, as we run out of things or decide we need stuff for a recipe, etc we write on the whiteboard. When i go shopping I take a photo of the list on my phone. I find I can mentally "tick things off" as I buy them, with a last look at the phone at the end to check I haven't forgotten anything.

You should load Gimp or some other image editor on the phone, then you could load the image into the editor and cross-off items as you pick them up.

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Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

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Re: Pugwash 2.0?

We need the AIs themselves to make the pledge, not just the fleshy masters. Solved...ish.

As if the AI is going to listen to us stupid meatbags. Of course, we'll all have to take our chances, because A.I. Is a Crapshoot anyway.

I guess we could hope these systems will confuse the term "A.I." with the Japanese "ai" ("love") and will feel they need to shower love on us, even if we don't want it.

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: What about disturbing others?

Years ago I worked down the hall from a manager who did everything via speakerphone. Even when dialing he had the speaker on.

There was the office I worked at where my door was almost directly opposite a conference room at the intersection of two hallways. They would be using their speakerphone for various meetings (logically) with the doors to both hallways open. The problem was the one manager who would call into some of the meetings on *HIS* speakerphone. His office was opposite the other door to the conference room, on the other hallway. And he would have *his* door open when he called. Being a manager, it wasn't like he had any *real* work to do.

At least if I had occasion where I couldn't walk *my* lazy ass across the hall to a meeting (not on the same team as the dimwitted manager, thankfully) because I was in the middle of some system work that I needed to babysit, I'd at least have the courtesy to use a handset, or at least close my door.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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I saw one during a trip to Paris: The phone was pressed on her face with a selfie stick still attached.

I've often said the propr usage of a "selfie stick" is; when you see someone taking a "selfie", you use the stick to beat them until they stop.

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: Maybe just people refreshing hardware which became really too old?

Hardware upgrade cycles became longer, but that still mean one day you'll still need to refresh your hardware because it became really too old

That was precisely *my* thought. Not just having to run newer applications, but sometimes the hardware just goes titsup just due to age/usage/abuse/etc. I know my own primary deskside machine barfed (HW, not SW) yesterday, so now I have to hunt down another used or hand-me-down machine to replace it. Maybe these folks replacing their older machines will send a couple my way. No problem with the OS, I'll wipe it and put Linux on it anyway. (if the in-laws' machine wasn't an all-in-one, I'd tell them it was time to upgrade)

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Fictional leader

Well, I understand Miss Kobayashi is a crack Python programmer (according to this screenshot. You don't have to deal with a real person, and anyone who disagrees with her decisions will have to deal with the wrath of her maid/dragon.

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Re: Generations...

Gen X are 1964-79

And here I thought "Generation X" was Billy Idol's first band...

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A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

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MS Runtime

I've long thought MS should just contribute all their "legacy" code into the Wine project, and just use that as the way to run legacy applications. That would free them up to purge the old APIs from their core OS without killing off the customer base (although I expect they would have preferred to do that under the X11-licensed ReWind fork back when that was still a viable project).

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As they regarded it as a feature the reports went unaddressed which didn't stop them sending out automated emails when new versions were released asking if it had been fixed yet. I kept recompiling new versions with a simple patch until (a) I got fed up, (b) the application I was interested in stopped using a 32-bit splash screen which was the only bit that caused the crash.

Last I had seen, Wine still can't manage print settings on Family Tree Maker 7.0 (and a couple versions past that). It's some ancient Borland C dialogue box (you can tell by the "OK" and "Cancel" buttons), and I'd be surprised if it wasn't a flaw in other BorlandC-compiled applications.

I remember when a test I used to try running was using the AOL client, until I realized it would never work because AOL was trying to install a system driver, which obviously was never going to work in Wine (nor should it).

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They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

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WorstWeb

Hotmail isn't anywhere **NEAR** the spam-magnet Bestweb.net is. I might get *one* spam mail on HM within one week's time; bestweb sends me DOZENS of spam messages every day. And that's an email we're *PAYING* for (the only reason we haven't dropped it is because my brother is too lazy to migrate all of his maillist subscriptions and accounts to a different provider).

Perhaps one reason I don't see spam from Hotmail is because I use a REAL email client (Thunderbird) to retrieve my mail for all my email accounts. A web browser is NOT an email client, and should never be used as such.

About all *I* get on WorstWeb for emails these days is a monthly billing notice, and emails from job farms that are looking at some 10-year-old resume of mine (they must have trouble updating resume files in Bangalore).

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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

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Re: Ah ...

NO, if the work is good it doesn't matter if he fed puppies into wood chippers or used emacs. The value of the work is unchanged. Blackadder II doesn't become bad when Ben Elton becomes a Tory peer.

To an extent. It *is* harder to appreciate Marion Zimmer Bradley's work in light of what we've learned about her and her husband Walter Breen in the years after her death. It certainly is harder to sympathize with her fanfiction disputes, regardless of the validity thereof.

Harlan may have been an asshole on many occasions (sometimes for good reason), but rarely was he a sleasebag.

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Re: Harlan and Book Signings

Harlan was a writer for hire for a lot of his early career and he wrote some stinkers to pay the rent. He had a standing offer to buy back copies of some of those books if you brought them to somewhere he was appearing, like a book signing or a convention. After handing over some money (five bucks in my case, about thirty years ago) he would then gleefully destroy the book there and then.

That would be "Doomsman". Had a friend in NY fandom who was a close friend of his, and has one of the only signed copies of it (and even he had to sneak it into the middle of a pile of other Ellison books).

It was an (admittedly twisted) honor in fandom to have been insulted by Harlan Ellison. Gave you bragging rights that you *must* have been prominent enough to have warranted his attention. I don't mean that to sound like Ellison was arrogant though. Never got to meet him personally (he never attended any of the Lunacons I went to) so I only go on the comments from friends that had.

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Time to dump dual-stack networks and get on the IPv6 train – with LW4o6

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Re: Big advantage

So you get handed a massively-oversized chunk of addresses, of which you would only use maybe 5% of. Even at 15-20%, that's still a sizable wastage. Which will mean in another 20 or 25 years, doomsayers will be telling us we need to migrate to IPv8 *NOW* or it will mean the death of the Ultranet...

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Re: Big advantage

but the mail goal of IPv6 is to get away from NAT. Also, interesting that there are DSL/cable modems that have NAT6 build into them. For me, it was easy. Find the RFC1918 equivalent IPv6 addresses (RFC4193 addresses), enable a firewall/NAT6 software, and then browse the internet.

Seems though you are only seeing ONE usage of NAT on internal networks; supporting multiple connections on a single external IP address. Having worked at various test/development sites, assigning groups of addresses (IPv4 in these cases) to specific functions means you know just what address does what, Getting some generic block from an ISP means you end up just assigning random addresses to machines, and lose that segmentation. And it's not like that humongously-long gibberish that is an IPv6 address will EVER be readily remembered.

So even if you were assigning IPv6 addresses internally, you would still want NAT simply to assign logical subsets of addresses (and you could define them in readily-memorized groupings/formats YOU assign).

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Well that's another fucked thing I've noticed Netflix seems to prefer windows. I get those login from different computer when I'm on mint I get those notices but not on windows 10, I've also noticed that I have to manually select 1080 in windows if i'm not using edge .

Come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I used any of my Linux machines to watch Netflix; usually I'm using the Roku, PS3 or my Android tablet (and if I happen to be booted to MSWin, it's only for long enough to run some specific task, I won;t be kicking back to watch videos). Crunchyroll runs fine under Linux, but their systems are so far behind the curve I'd expect them to the the last streaming service to support IPv6 (not because they hate it, but because their technical expertise is lacking).

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Apple fanbois ride to the aid of iGiant in patent spat with Qualcomm

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If the modem chip violates Qualcomm's patent, why is the buyer of the chip being sued instead the chip maker?

Probably because they're less upset about their patent being violated, and more upset Apple is buying from someone ELSE.

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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Re: Ive Been Expecting This

I'm wondering why they don't just stop buggering about, take this to its logical conclusion and make a completely flat keyboard.

Maybe they should just provide a completely smooth, flat surface where the keys/buttons would have gone, and just go for a Projection keyboard.

I was about to say a "featureless" flat surface, but you know the Apple designers would laser-etch Apple logos onto it (and subsequently introduce detection errors into the interface).

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Re: It's the users fault for using it outside of its design parameters

It should be in either an Apple branded protective case when not in use and only taken out when in a Starbucks.

Ugh, I'd have to use it at StarSucks? Yet one MORE reason not to buy Apple tat...

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Re: No answer from Apple but how about Lenovo?

"We would like to confirm that in the opinion of the Thinkpad designers this is the best keyboard Apple has ever produced. It's almost as good as the titanium Powerbook cases that developed stress cracking."

Did it have square windows? (a Stan Lee "no-prise" to anyone who knows the reference)

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Re: Masterplan

I'm not sure Apple actually want to stay in the desktop/laptop computer game, the flowerpot killed the desktop and now the butterflies are killing the laptop.

Flowerrpot? Is that what it was? I thought it looked more like one of those decorative trashcans you'd see in shopping malls.

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