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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

badfish99 Re:It didn't matter whether it was last year or ne (306 comments)

Now that addresses have run out, they have become a valuable resource for the ISPs that own them. If those ISPs implement IPv6 then there will be no shortage of addresses, and they will lose all their value.

So the monopolist ISPs will now do everything in their power to prevent IPv6 from being adopted.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets With Wrong, Slower Processor

badfish99 Re:Smart move, (147 comments)

Oh yes, another Microsoft shill who is trying to tell us that they've got 1000 customers for this thing. We're not fooled.

about 6 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

badfish99 Re:ISPs taking IPs back from customers (574 comments)

... extra fee for a static IP address

Which is why they don't want to give you IPV6. Given a choice between an artificial scarcity of IP addresses that allows them to change extra, and an investment in a solution that will eventually make the scarcity go away, it's fairly obvious which the ISPs are going to choose.

about 6 months ago
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Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

badfish99 Re:Not an issue ... (195 comments)

> Few have even heard about these services.

After demonoid ended I couldn't find any good torrent sites. But now my government publishes a list of the best sites every month. I'm really grateful to them for calling my attention to them.

about 10 months ago
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Google and Microsoft To Block Child-Abuse Search Terms

badfish99 Re:Well, it's something. (308 comments)

I don't imagine it will do anything about child abuse, but if I wanted to look for pictures of it all day long, there are now 200 more jobs that have been created, where I can do so without fear or being caught.

about 10 months ago
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The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

badfish99 Re:no different elsewhere (555 comments)

Perhaps the people commenting on the US border situation are Europeans, who are used to crossing the borders between the various European countries, where nothing like this happens.

Indeed, I remember travelling through the "Iron Curtain" in my youth with no thought that anything like this might occur to me.

1 year,14 days
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UK Government Destroys Guardian's Snowden Drives

badfish99 Re:Good! (508 comments)

Indeed, it may draw attention to the fact that there is NO safeguard built into the statute: which states

An examining officer may exercise his powers under this paragraph whether or not he has grounds for suspecting that a person falls within section 40(1)(b) [i.e. is a terrorist]

1 year,27 days
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Chinese Firm Huawei In Control of UK Net Filters

badfish99 Re:Sensationalist bullshit title. (148 comments)

The filtering allegedly works by checking every URL that you visit for porn (I've no idea how); if porn is found, not only are you blocked from seeing the URL, but it is also added to a blacklist.

The point of the article is that this checking is being done for everyone, even if they don't want filtering. So the ISP is, in effect, compiling a list of the URLs visited by their customers who do not want to be filtered.

And that list is being compiled on hardware that is alleged to be under the control of a foreign, potentially hostile, government.

about a year ago
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Austrian Blank Media Tax May Expand To Include Cloud Storage

badfish99 Re:So... (129 comments)

So, if all the money goes to the BREIN organisation, who actually gets it?
Do they share it out amongst their employees (secretaries, cleaners,...), or does one person in charge get very very rich?

about 2 years ago
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Kazakhstan Wants Russia To Hand Over Their Baikonur Space City

badfish99 Re:Too far north. (131 comments)

Still, at 63 degrees north in Siberia they won't have so much trouble keeping the liquid oxygen in the fuel tanks cold.

Finding people who want to work there might be a problem, though. Although, on second thoughts, it might be a better job than working in the salt mines.

about 2 years ago
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UK To Use "Risk-Profiling Software" To Screen All Airline Passengers and Cargo

badfish99 Why is this hi-tech? (222 comments)

Given the number of bad things that happen on airlines, the software could just assign a risk of "zero" to everything. This would be just as accurate as any other way of finding a non-existent needle in a haystack.

about 2 years ago
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The Text Message Typo That Landed a Man In Jail

badfish99 Re:Daily Mail fail (547 comments)

IANAL, but: intent may be irrelevant in this case. The current fashion is to make so-called "strict liability" laws, especially in the area of "child protection". For example, in the UK, if there are child-porn pictures on your computer, then you are guily of an offence, regardless of how they got there. I don't know, but the same may apply in this case.

The beauty of this is that it allows the police to arrest people like this unfortunate person and put them in jail without all the tedious arguments about whether they intended do harm or whether it was an accident. A jury will be told "if he sent the message then he is guilty, even if it was a mistake".

Indeed, it is even possible for a policeman to force someone to do something against their will, and then arrest them for it. Google the case of "Winzar (1983)" if you don't believe me.

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

badfish99 Re:Who cares (399 comments)

To apply the fix, everyone involved must cooperate and spend a lot of money upgrading.

The alternative is to carry without ipv6: this will create an artificial scarcity of ipv4 addresses. They will become more and more valuable, so existing businesses will be able to make more and more money renting them out: as no more are available, nobody else will be able to join the cartel to get a slice of the pie.

So: the choice is: spend a lot of money on ipv6 now to help the customer, or screw the customer over and head towards a cartel-dominated future. Surely ipv6 is doomed.

about 2 years ago
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I go through keyboards ...

badfish99 Re:When Technology changes (341 comments)

I'm still using a keyboard that came with the big 5-pin din connector. Some years ago I cut it off and soldered on a 6-pin min-din instead. That in turn is now plugged into a PS2-to-USB converter cable.

about 2 years ago
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Baskerville Is the Greatest Font, Statistically, Says Filmmaker Errol Morris

badfish99 Re:Dunning doesn't have a Nobel Prize (158 comments)

I'm really fond of the Dunning-Kruger effect to the point where I mention it almost daily

So: would you say that you have an expert level of skill and knowledge on this particular topic?

more than 2 years ago
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Indian Government Mulls Giving Away Mobile Phones To the Poor

badfish99 Re:Empower the poor! (104 comments)

It's important for politicians to ensure that voters in poor countries to have mobile phones. Their use has revolutionized democratic elections in many countries.

Before, when a politician bought your vote, you had no way to prove how you actually voted. So the politicians had to trust the people to vote the way they were told.

Now, when the politician visits your village, you just show him the picture you took of your voting paper on your mobile phone in order to collect your bribe.

more than 2 years ago
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Starbucks Partners With Square

badfish99 Re:No cashier needed (145 comments)

Why bother with customers at all? Just track the people walking past the store, charge each of them $5, and leave the country with a big bag of cash before the police can catch up with you.

Credit card transactions with no audit trail: what could possibly go wrong?

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat Clarifies Doubts Over UEFI Secure Boot Solution

badfish99 Re:Microchannel Anyone? (437 comments)

I remember a salesman from IBM coming to show us one of the early Microchannel machines.

He proudly told us about its wonderful security feature: if you changed any hardware, you could not boot it unless you had a magic floppy disk containing some magic security files.

Then he switched it on to demonstrate it. It was as dead as a dodo. He then remembered that he had removed a network card just before bringing it to us. And he had forgotten to bring the magic floppy with him.

Exit one very red-faced salesman. And we vowed never to buy any of that crap.

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat Clarifies Doubts Over UEFI Secure Boot Solution

badfish99 Re:So where's the security? (437 comments)

So I'm a philanthropically-minded linux user with $99 to spare. I give that money to Microsoft, and they give me some magic key that lets me write linux kernels that will run on anyone's machine. I immediately publish that key on my website, for anyone to use. Now any criminal can use this key to run their malware on any machine.

Obviously it doesn't work like this, or the whole scheme would be useless. So how is it going to work?

I read TFA, and as far as I can tell, it *does* work like that: for $99, I get my key sent to the hardware vendors to be put into their UEFI boot chips. So will everyone get a free "bios upgrade" when I deliberately leak my key?

more than 2 years ago
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Jeff Bezos To Retrieve Apollo 11 Rocket Engines

badfish99 Re:NASA property how? (107 comments)

So the salvor can claim a reward from NASA; presumably NASA would refuse to pay. Would not a court then grant ownership of the engines to the salvor in lieu of the reward? If not, how would any salvor ever hope to receive the reward to which he is entitled?

more than 2 years ago

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UK now censoring Wikipedia

badfish99 badfish99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

badfish99 (826052) writes "As the register is reporting, ISPs in the UK are now censoring access to Wikipedia, because of the image on this page.
I've just tried to access it myself, and I get a 404 error, with no indication that the page really exists but has been censored. How many other 404 errors in the last few years have been things that the government didn't want me to read? It's a good job I've installed Tor."

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