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North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead at 70

Chocky2 Re:How does this qualify as a slashdot item??? (518 comments)

The heir apparent (Kim Jong-un) has a computing degree (though I suspect the odds of him failing any classes at a university named after his grandfather were pretty slim).

Other than that, it's simply a massively important piece of international news that will have substantial and complex consequences throughout Asia, the ripples of which will spread around the world.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Expanding Streaming Service to The UK and Ireland

Chocky2 Re:Not enough bandwidth for this to work (78 comments)

It'll depend on your exchange - if they've got fibre you should be fine, but several exchanges near Oxford have only been upgraded fairly recently, so if you're in the wrong area (particularly one of the more rural areas) then you may be stuck.

The Cowley, Whitney, and Wallingford exchanges should be upgraded in the next couple of months, Thame and Carteton should be done early next year, and Kiddlington's probably more than six months off.

Summertown, Headington, Abingdon, Oxford and Didcot have all already been upgraded. If you're on one of those exchanges then talk to your provider (or switch to Virgin if they cover your area).

more than 3 years ago
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Nortel Patents Go To Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Others

Chocky2 Re:woot! (121 comments)

Pffft, don't be greedy -- next you'll be expecting something back from your Nortel pension. At least we can keep ourselves warm burning all those lovely options & share certificates they gave us :)

more than 3 years ago
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Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

Chocky2 Re:Translation (220 comments)

just wanted to state that the table in TFA has a few numbers without context and with minimal detail - that's just useless.

So click on the "full research can be found here" link near the bottom of the piece and read the 132 page report if you want the details.

more than 3 years ago
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Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

Chocky2 Re:Translation (220 comments)

Oh and try to get support from Virgin as a DSL customer - a horrible experience. They clearly regard you as second class customer.

Without wanting to sound too flippant, if you want xDSL don't go with VM -- the reason for going with VM is cable. If you're going xDSL then go with Zen, Sky or BT (depending on the details). From what you say though I guess you were already with VM before the move & wanted to stay with them.

more than 3 years ago
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Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

Chocky2 Re:Translation (220 comments)

Weird, I work with SMEs accros the south-east, Midlands, and south Wales and the concensus is very much that if you can get VM cable broadband then it's both faster & more reliable than the xDSL alternatives. The main problem of course is one of coverage if you can get VM then it's (generally) better. In your case I can only assume it's oversubscription at a local level as I see very few problems with VM elsewhere. Have VM provided an explanation for the problems?

more than 3 years ago
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Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

Chocky2 Re:Translation (220 comments)

If it's Fibre, I ask what their coverage is, and then call BS on you using that coverage data.

I believe their cable coverage is around 65-70% of UK households for cable, virtually all of those can currently get up to 50Mbps, and virtually all of those are currently being upgraded to 100 Mbps.

For the other 30-35% it's xDSL the same as BT & everyone else.

more than 3 years ago
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Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

Chocky2 Re:Translation (220 comments)

You're presumably on xDSL rather than cable, yes?
So using BT infrastructure rather than VM's, and with all the obvious problems of xDSL.

more than 3 years ago
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Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

Chocky2 Re:Translation (220 comments)

I think you may have been listening to BT's marketing department too much if you think the problems lie with Virgin not upgrading their network, being oversubscribed, or offering poor performance.

Last week's Ofcom report on broadband speeds

more than 3 years ago
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Iran Acknowledges Espionage At Nuclear Facilities

Chocky2 Re:You forgot one (175 comments)

"The KGB had plenty of women that were willing to do anything for "Mother Russia"."
Yep, Anna Chapman even went so far as becoming a realtor, *shudder*.

Many nations intelligence services still use honey-pots, indeed only a couple of weeks ago a Rabbi ruled it was okay for the Israeli intelligence services to do this. Israel & Russia (nee USSR) may have excelled at it for decades, but even the various Western European & North American agencies aren't too averse to a technique that's been proven time & again to work very effectively.

more than 4 years ago
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Iran Acknowledges Espionage At Nuclear Facilities

Chocky2 Re:Four reasons (175 comments)

"Coercion" or "compromise" usually, rather than conscience, which would tend to fall under ideology, whereas coercion is primarily blackmail/initmidation/etc

more than 4 years ago
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A Quantum Linear Equation Solver

Chocky2 Re:arXiv articles - question (171 comments)

Didn't some students at MIT create a giberish generating program that was able to produce papers that pass peer review?

I doubt it, unless they were sociologists :)

Peer review may not be able to reliably tell for certain if something is correct, but it's often a good mechanism for spotting things that are wrong.

You don't need ten years post-doc work in QCD to spot an error in addition, though if you're trying to extend the number of colours in a gauge theory you probably do :)

more than 5 years ago
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A Quantum Linear Equation Solver

Chocky2 Re:arXiv articles - question (171 comments)

arXiv holds preprints, so no -- they've not been peer-reviewed.

However it has moderation and endorsement systems which (in theory) spot any Archimedes Plutonium wannabes.

more than 5 years ago

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