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BT Unveils 1000Mbps Capable G.fast Broadband Rollout For the United Kingdom

Alain Williams Re:500Mb/s or approx 50MB/s (107 comments)

I was not talking about routers & servers at home - but the Internet backbones and the servers that people will be downloading stuff from and wanting to do so at higher speeds.

yesterday
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BT Unveils 1000Mbps Capable G.fast Broadband Rollout For the United Kingdom

Alain Williams 500Mb/s or approx 50MB/s (107 comments)

We are going to need to upgrade all of our servers and network routers!

I wonder what the latency will be ? (OK: to somewhere close in the UK)

yesterday
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Alain Williams Re:"if someone says a curse word against my mother (894 comments)

People are accepted as prophets, it is a title given by the religious hierarchy. That the $deity does not exist (in any verifiable sense) does not really impact on their role in the religion. You need to be able to understand things as others see them, even if you do not agree with their point of view.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Alain Williams RFC 760 (894 comments)

John Postel wisely said:

The same is true in human discussion. It is (generally) good to limit what you say to what will be acceptable (not overly offend) others, but at the same time accept that people may say things that you do not like. Being gratuitously rude about others and taking offence at trivia is the best way of starting fights.

That is not to say that there are people & ideas that do not deserve to have fun poked at, especially those that are intolerant of views other than their own or are hypocritical — this is the area that satirical magasines work in ... readers need to understand that and be more tolerant than they might do to others.

I completely disagree with the pope claiming that religious ideas need special protection. They do not. Their effects on huge numbers of people means that their ideas should be strongly tested, not above criticism. But: given his position, there is little else that he can say.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Alain Williams Re:"if someone says a curse word against my mother (894 comments)

Oh prophets exist, Muhammad being alive (well, at one point) is a historical fact and can be verified. Proof of the existence of the deity that these prophets speak for is what you should be asking to be shown.

about two weeks ago
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Washington DC's Public Library Will Teach People How To Avoid the NSA

Alain Williams Re:tag the participants for surveilance (81 comments)

All the more reason for these lectures to be delivered all over the country. They can't watch all of us ... Oh, wait :-(

about two weeks ago
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Lawmaker's Facebook Rant Threatens Media For "Unauthorized" Use of His Name

Alain Williams So what should we call him ... (136 comments)

in discussion about him or his views ? I have a few suggestions, can you add some more: twat, stupid politician, brain-dead Maryland politician, moron with more money than sense, Voldemort (he who shall not be named), Muppet, Pillock, plonker, Wazzock, Berk, Maggot, arsehole, eejit, git, ....

Maybe all media should now only refer to him by one of the names above - I wonder what he would say then ?

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Alain Williams FORTRAN (578 comments)

2015 is only 100 years away, John Backus designed FORTRAN 57 years ago, so it is 1/3 of the way there and still going strong. I suspect that C will still be in use.

Oh, what do you mean spoken ?

about a month ago
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War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons

Alain Williams More toys for the men in green suits (290 comments)

They might like to have them to play with, few of the rest of us do. They are dangerous and expensive.

If they are really that important: there ought to be an interlock that means that they will only fly if there is a 5 star general strapped on board. If he is willing to give up his life as well as those that the missile will hit - then I will agree that it is important. Not otherwise.

about a month ago
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Prosecutors Raid LG Offices Over Alleged Vandalism of Samsung Dishwashers

Alain Williams The prosecutors went in ... (87 comments)

Looking for a dish of dirty little secrets, but everything was clean!

Boom! Boom! :-)

about a month ago
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Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

Alain Williams It is too good an accusation to pass up ... (282 comments)

our governments love bogey men, someone who they can point at and make us forget their own faults or to use as an excuse for more spending on the military/spy-agencies/... We have been here before, anyone remember how Saddam was supposed to have WMD (in spite of doubts from Hans Blix), Tony Blair's ''dodgy dossier''. Finding other examples is not hard.

Time will (probably) tell if it was/wasn't NK - but by then the difference will not make a story.

about a month ago
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US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis

Alain Williams Latecy ? (110 comments)

Ie what is the ping round trip time to the ISP's router ? With an interactive protocol/application round trip time is as important as bandwidth.

about a month ago
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BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

Alain Williams Re:You want a family friendly internet? (294 comments)

".. other content inappropriate for children"

Curiously they do not block web sites of places like http://www.catholic.org/, https://www.churchofengland.org/, http://www.jewfaq.org/index.shtml, http://www.islamreligion.com/ ... all purveyors of ideas that really screw kids up: make them feel guilty of normal feelings, make them do strange things, ... If they insist on a banned list it would be good to see this sort of site added.

about a month ago
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'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Alain Williams Wrong target ... (163 comments)

those being taken to court are those who have committed crimes that have been exposed by Edward Snowden; ie members of the NSA, high ranking officials in the USA government, ... These are the very people who will not be prosecuted, they have many friends in high places who will keep then free. Many of these friends want to protect them so that they, in turn, will be protected when their crimes become noticed.

about a month ago
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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

Alain Williams Can I have some ... (292 comments)

of what Melania G (the Amazon/Kindle exec) is smoking -- it must be really good stuff!

about a month ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Alain Williams Back pockets not secure (110 comments)

keeping a wallet in a back pocket is a silly thing to do anyway - easy for (physical) pick pockets to lift stuff from there.

about a month and a half ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Alain Williams It is not high enough to see 340 miles (177 comments)

How far you can see depends on how high you are. At 10,000 feet the distance to the horizon is 122 miles, so 380 miles is over 2.5 the distance to the horizon. As for the word ''everything'' - what does that mean ? When they are that far away what they can see will be limited.

I think that someone is trying to bamboozle the senators who will be voting the funding for this.

about a month and a half ago

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Slashdot Poll suggestion on energy saving light bulbs

Alain Williams Alain Williams writes  |  about 7 months ago

Alain Williams (2972) writes "How long had the last energy saving light bulb that you replaced been working ? * 0-1 months; * 2-4 months; * 5-8 months; * 9-14 months; * 15-23 months; * 2 years; * 2-3 years; * 4+ years; * never had one fail; * I eat carrots you insensitive clod!."
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Jewish school removes evolution questions from exams

Alain Williams Alain Williams writes  |  about a year ago

Alain Williams (2972) writes "Religious sponsored ignorance is not just in the USA, a school in Hackney, England is trying to hide the idea of evolution from its pupils. Maybe they fear that their creation story will be seen for what it is if pupils get to learn ideas supported evidence. The girls are also disadvantaged since they can't answer the redacted questions, thus making it harder to get good marks."
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Detained David Miranda loses legal battle

Alain Williams Alain Williams writes  |  about a year ago

Alain Williams (2972) writes "The BBC reports that the nine-hour detention at Heathrow Airport of an ex-Guardian journalist's partner has been ruled lawful. David Miranda lives with reporter Glenn Greenwald who has written articles about state surveillance based on leaked documents by Edward Snowden. At the High Court, Mr Miranda claimed his detention under anti-terrorism laws was unlawful and breached human rights. But judges said it was a "proportionate measure in the circumstances" and in the interests of national security."
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Study doubts quantum computer speed

Alain Williams Alain Williams writes  |  1 year,13 days

Alain Williams (2972) writes "The BBC reports that a new academic study has raised doubts about the performance of a commercial quantum computer in certain circumstances. In some tests devised by a team of researchers, the commercial quantum computer has performed no faster than a standard desktop machine."
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Work begins on hardware to aid Edsac replica recreation

Alain Williams Alain Williams writes  |  about 2 years ago

Alain Williams writes "Plans to rebuild the pioneering Edsac computer are a step closer to completion as parts that will form its metal chassis start to be manufactured.

Edsac — Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator — ran its first program in 1949 and was created to help scientists at Cambridge University."

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Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell

Alain Williams Alain Williams writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Alain Williams writes "Apple has launched a new patent assault on its competitors, first granted to the American Mathematical Society in October 1912, subsequently renewed, then acquired by Apple at an unknown date. The first entry among the patent's Claims describes "A quadrilateral having all four interior angles of 90, opposite sides that are parallel, and congruent diagonals that bisect each other.""
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Actress sues Amazon over her age on its IMDb site

Alain Williams Alain Williams writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Alain Williams writes "An actress has sued Amazon.com for more than $1m (£639,000) after her age was posted on its Internet Movie Database. She says revealing her age on the site will lose her acting opportunities. So is her career dependent on lies ?"
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Kodaks' patent spat threatens photo web sites

Alain Williams Alain Williams writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Alain Williams writes "The fallout from a patent dispute between Kodak and web photo site Shutterfly could embroil many online image sites, says patent experts.

Kodak claimed it owns patents regarding the display of online images that is being infringed by Shutterfly."

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UAE 'moves to suspend some Blackberry services'

Alain Williams Alain Williams writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Alain Williams writes "The move comes amid UAE concerns that data from the devices is immediately exported offshore and managed by a foreign organisation.
The UAE's telecoms regulator, TRA, said last week the devices could therefore pose a threat to national security.
It follows an alleged attempt last year by the state-run telecoms company to install spyware on Blackberry handsets."

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Slashdot poll suggestion

Alain Williams Alain Williams writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Alain Williams (2972) writes "''Job control: largest job number''

When you hit Ctrl-z in an app and type ''jobs'' you will get a list of job numbers in square brackes, eg ''[2]'', what is the largest number that you have seen ?
(I currently have 20 on one of my ssh sessions).
Options

* 2
* 5
* 10
* 20
* 20+
* I don't control my jobs"

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