OSI 7-layer model
"It turns out there's life in the OSI 7-layer model and specialised processing by layer is a good idea."
The problem with that model is that layers 8 and 9 are always forgotten.
288 posts • joined 15 Aug 2018
Frankly, I won't trust an English website on French grammar or literature. If you search for the phrase, just type in "plus ça change plus" (including the quotes), you will find both, but "c'est" notably on English sites and "ça reste" on French. I used to be pretty good in French and it still is my fourth language (after Dutch, English and German, but before Thai, Polish and Vietnamese).
Because predictions need verification. Besides that, congestion is an operator problem, not a user problem. The user experiences less than advertised connection and (rightly so) doesn't give the least about the cause of it, it is just the operator not delivering.
"The only way any of this can be considered "treason" is if the purpose is to engage in war against the US or to help a nation engage in war against the US.
What's happening at the FCC isn't remotely close to treason. What it actually is is corruption."
Corruption at that scale is economic warfare and should for that very reason be considered treason with appropriate (capital) punishment.
"Pure incompetence. Or malice; take your pick."
The IT guy technically in charge of renewing those certs isn't the one nominally in charge of renewing those certs, so he doesn't have the authorization necessary to spend that money. The manager nominally in charge of renewing those certs either doesn't understand the problem (incompetence, to be expected from a manager) or is dependent upon a higher manager to approve the spending, though most likely both. Pure malice would be a very nice change in the normal state of things.
"What is the significance of moving the servers from Canada to the Netherlands?"
Dutch wire tapping laws are a lot easier than Canadian.
This story recently made the news (news papers) here in the Netherlands as well and this was given as one of the major reasons. Another is that the largest internet exchange outside of the US happens to be in Amsterdam.
Just for your information, CDU and CSU in Bavaria used to be so far to the right that there was no serious competition on the right side of them and that was quite deliberate. Since they shifted a bit to the centre, far right has come up.
As for those American "parties", the Democrats and the Republicans are the left and right wing of the American Capitalist Party, about straddling the position where the NSDAP used to sit in Germany.
"For those who haven't had their nose rubbed in A/ what a bloody PITA non-ascii is"
I get by just fine using EBCDIC ;)
"B/ what a massive eye-opener it is for most Westerners to discover just HOW much you've always taken for granted (a != ae, right? text runs left-to-right, right?"
Just a matter of some luck, the situation would be completely different if computers had been invented in a culture with a different alphabet (Arabic is written and read from right to left, just like Hebrew) or some hieroglyph based notation system like Chinese or Japanese. As far as I am concerned, they are completely welcome to have their own computer systems.
"While there is a theoretical limit for how many replies this system can truly support the nesting for, it's high enough to not be a problem anytime soon ;)"
The correct response to that is either "Famous last words" or "Challenge Accepted" and I am afraid it will be a combination of both, given the commentards here ;)
"Surely at least some of these offshore content providers will avoid potential litigation simply by blocking all UK IPs, in the same way as we still can't read the online versions of various US newspapers and magazines because the publishers can't be arsed to change their systems to comply with the Nth detail of GDPR."
Depends, what are the possible maximum fines?
Correct usage of PGP includes double encryption, once with your private key (decryptable with your public key) to prove you are the sender and once with the public key of the addressee, so only that person can read it.
The main function of email is messaging without the need for real-time communication.
"IIRC, they actually were designed to withstand being hit by a Boeing 707, but I'm pretty sure they didn't plan on a fully-fueled one."
Seems like a safe bet. Another safe bet is that they weren't designed to withstand being hit by a Boeing 767 (a tad larger with a bit more fuel), which was exactly what happened.
"so in german schools it is forbidden to monitor web access?"
It can be and is monitored and inappropriate sites are blocked, it just isn't allowed to trace it back to the individual visiting the site (some legal exceptions possible in case of threat to life, limb or health).
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