* Posts by JohnGrantNineTiles

13 posts • joined 21 Sep 2018

Internet Society CEO: Most people don't care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it


Re: Most people don't care one way or another.

.. and most people have lives to live and will focus on that so not notice until it's too late.

Internet Society's Vint 'father of the 'net' Cerf dodges dot-org sell-off during public Q&A


"Expand services" -- why?

"We truly believe that this transaction is good for all stakeholders because it allows PIR to invest in the registry and expand services for the benefit of all registrants"

If you own a domain name, you need to know it's globally unique. And from a registry that's all you need. So what exactly are these new "services"?


Re: Excellent reporting!

RFC1591 also says "It is extremely unlikely that

any other TLDs [than EDU, COM, NET, ORG, GOV, MIL, INT, and the two

letter country codes from ISO-3166] will be created."

Yahoo! customers! wake! up! to! borked! email! (Yes! people! still! actually! use! it!)


Re: "The former policy wonk -

Depends what you mean by "UK". I live in East Anglia where we can go for weeks with no rain. Yesterday I went to London, and it was raining there. In the north-west it rains all the time.

I just love your accent – please, have a new password


The last few paragraphs remind me of a friend who ran a B&B. Guest turns up on the doorstep expecting to stay. "But your secretary rang and cancelled the booking." "Oh. She doesn't work for us any more."

What else can we add to UK.gov's tech project bonfire? Oh yeah, 5G


Re: Indeed, why are we doing this?

The idea was to give UK companies a head start in developing applications that use the new services 5G provides. Problems include:

- they wanted the testbeds to be built using off-the-shelf equipment (which by definition isn't the latest technology) on the assumption it's cheaper

- there are precious few applications that can be done with the current (3GPP Release 15) version of 5G that can't be done with 4G

- the way the calls for proposals are structured locks out micro-enterprises with really innovative (and cheaper and less power-hungry) technology which could have got the UK into a position where it wouldn't be dependent on China and the US for the equipment that implements the really interesting features of 5G

AI has automated everything including this headline curly bracket semicolon


TV Timing

"30 seconds after the final whistle" or 30 secs after it was on the TV? Which would have been at least 10 secs, and possibly several minutes, later.


Re: Robot journalism and ethics

Good to see it's still in print; the main character was Echo4 which was intended to generate random click-bait style headlines and then write a story to fit. Probably still working for one of the red-tops.

Gather round, friends. Listen close. It's time to list the five biggest lies about 5G


Re: Of course it's nearly all bollocks

ITU has a nice triangular diagram that shows three main use cases for 5G: faster Internet, IoT, and applications (remote surgery is often cited) where latency matters. The first of these is LTE with a few tweaks, and is the only one being delivered, or even really supported by the 3GPP standards, as of now.

The main problem for IoT is battery life in devices that are so cheap you can have lots of them in different places; IPv6 over LTE is the problem there, not the solution, because of the amount of data to be transmitted to upload a couple of bytes-worth of information.

Critical applications that need low latency need something more than just a bit less contention for a best-effort service, and no, slicing is not a viable way of achieving it.

Slap for Slack chat app after US, Canada chaps zapped in Iranian IP address map whack


Re: Is it a GDPR violation?

If it was "a few years ago", that would have been before GDPR came into force.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


Alan Blumlein

Invented the 405-line TV system that was actually used, unlike Baird. Many other inventions including stereo audio. Died young, in a plane crash while testing a new radar system during WW2.

Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'


They need to learn the lesson Michael O'Leary learnt a few years ago.

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere


Re: 125W for ARM?

What voltage do they run at? Guessing around 1.2V, 3.9W per core must be about 3A. Whatever happened to "MIPS per milliwatt"?


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