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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

johnw Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (363 comments)

If they were socialists, they wouldn't be paying themselves exorbitant salaries, they'd be spreading the money around.

You obviously haven't experienced how socialism works in practice.

about three weeks ago

Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

johnw Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

Because most people sit WAY too far away from their TVs - even 720p is "retina" resolution - increasing resolution does absolutely zip because they can't even resolve the added resolution.

A rough guide is about 1:1 screen size for 1080p

Way too far away from their TVs for what? If your criterion for deciding the correct sitting distance is whether or not you can tell 720p from 1080p then perhaps you have a point, but if the object of the exercise is to watch television in comfort then 1:1 is just silly.

about a month and a half ago

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

johnw Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

Thats how the internet is paid for. The sending provider pays the receiving provider for the bandwidth, and this is the only rational way it can be.

Really? I'm only an end user, but my experience is that the charging is the other way round. Traffic to me is metered (and I pay for) whilst traffic which I originate is un-metered.

about 2 months ago

UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

johnw Re:Sensible response by an ISP (115 comments)

Well, you could click on it for yourself (you don't have to place an order - just click the relevant radio button and then hit submit) but for those who want a short cut, the form then fails field validation with the following message.

"Sorry, for a censored internet you will have to pick a different ISP. Our services are all unfiltered."

about 2 months ago

My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

johnw Is this a record? (278 comments)

The bulb in my front porch - a Philips SL18 - dates from 1986. It's a little slow to start now, but it still works fine.

about 3 months ago

Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

johnw Re:Only in America (187 comments)

Inappropriate title - I've lived in a lot of countries around the world and AFAICR they all had exactly the same system.

about 3 months ago

XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

johnw Premise untrue (179 comments)

Microsoft no longer supports XP

Why do people keep saying this? It's simply untrue.

Microsoft do still support XP. The real change that has happened is that Microsoft have gone from providing free support to charging a lot of money for the same support. That's all.

about 5 months ago

School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

johnw Re:In their defence. (417 comments)

They have low-tech means of circumventing the filter, mostly involving spending an hour going through page after page on google until they find a site not blocked.

Hardly low tech!

I too work in a school, which also implements all sorts of paranoid filtering on the school LAN. (Don't know about root CA certificates, I've never looked.)

Increasingly however, what the school does is utterly irrelevant. Almost all the students have their own completely independent access to the big bad 'net. They have phones with full Internet access, dongles for their laptops, and even laptops with SIMs built in.

It'll be a while before school authorities recognise that they're standing with their fingers in the tiny remains of a dyke, the rest of which has long since been washed away by the incoming tide. Until then, we'll still find ourselves unable to access all sorts of random and silly things in the classroom. I was refused access to the text of Rudyard Kipling's "If" the other day.

about 7 months ago

The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

johnw Re:ARM also helped Apple survive (111 comments)

which was the reason ARM was founded.

Hardly - the ARM had gone through several generations and been used in a number of other products before the Newton came along.

about 7 months ago

The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

johnw Re:More like 34 years (111 comments)

It was still an odd decision to design their own CPU for the successor to the BBC Micro. A more obvious and less risky move would have been to use a 68000 series CPU as a successor to the 6502.

IIRC, they experimented with a chip called the 32016 (or 16032) as a possible successor to the 6502, before deciding to start again from scratch and design their own.

All the 2nd processors for the Beeb - Z80, 6502, 32016 or ARM looked exactly the same from the outside, although when you opened them up the Z80 and 6502 were mostly air, whilst the ARM prototype was stuffed to the gunwales. It didn't even have go-faster stripes or a front air dam.

The odd thing was, early ARMs seemed to manage to produce much more bang for your MHz than x86 chips. An 8 MHz ARM2 ran rings around a 25 MHz 80386. What let them down then was the lack of a floating point co-processor. Later on the relationship seemed to reverse.

about 7 months ago

How loud is your primary computer?

johnw Very, very nearly silent (371 comments)

Just recently I've been using a NUC as my primary desktop computer. It's plenty powerful enough, and is fixed to the back of the flat screen monitor.

At first assessment you'd say it was silent, but when you switch it off you can just detect a change as the fan stops. It's not a sound you hear, but you do notice it when it goes away.

about 8 months ago

RMS Calls For "Truly Anonymous" Payment Alternative To Bitcoin

johnw Re:What RMS has in mind ? (287 comments)

I have seen people carrying serious cash like that in the UK and the usual way seems to be as a roll of notes.

I was in Jolliffe's in Marlow (the place where all the hired dress suits come from, but they can kit you out as anything) when a chap came in and asked for a grey chauffeur's uniform. They produced one from stock, and he paid for it in cash, peeled off a large roll of notes.

about 10 months ago

Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

johnw Re:Media center (246 comments)

Even better, with a suitably modern TV, you don't need a separate remote. The TV remote will work through the HDMI connection and control XBMC on the RPi.

I started with a separate remote for the RPi, then realised I was using the wrong one and it still worked.

about 10 months ago

Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

johnw Re:Sorry, still not getting one. (246 comments)

Windows still reins in the desktop world

What an accidentally apposite comment.

Just like MS-DOS held back software development on the original PC, now Windows reins in the desktop world.

about 10 months ago

802.11ac 'Gigabit Wi-Fi' Starts To Show Potential, Limits

johnw Re:Ideal situations (101 comments)

If you want to write a post in American English, then the correct spelling is Centimeter.


If you want to write a post in English English, then the correct spelling is Centimetre.


about a year ago

New Real Life Laser-Rifle Cuts Through Metal Like a Blowtorch

johnw Re: of course it isn't mobile (143 comments)

What would you suggest calling it instead of a "laser rifle"?

Light sabre?

Seems suitable for getting through the blast doors.

1 year,1 day

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

johnw Re:Evolution is faith AS WELL (1293 comments)

You may believe in both based on the evidence or feelings you experience. People believe in religion based on their experiences or feelings.

And do you spot the incredibly significant word which is present in your first sentence and missing from the second one? You've summed it up neatly - science is based on looking at the evidence, whilst religion is based on believing what you want to believe.

1 year,10 days

German Federal Police Helicopter Circles US Consulate

johnw Re:"an helicopter"!? (239 comments)

It's a helicopter if the writer pronounces the haitch

ITYM, "It's a helicopter if the writer pronounces the aitch"

Yes, no problem with that. If you pronounce horse as 'orse then it makes perfect sense to say "an 'orse". Likewise if you use the old-fashioned pronunciation of hotel then it makes perfect sense to say "an hotel". What gets me is the modern fashion for putting "an" before any word which begins with "h". (And indeed, the trick of adding a spurious "h" on the beginning of "aitch".)

1 year,20 days

German Federal Police Helicopter Circles US Consulate

johnw "an helicopter"!? (239 comments)

"an helicopter"? How far can this idiocy of putting "an" in front of any word beginning with h go?

It's "a helicopter".

1 year,21 days


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