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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

patrickv Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

It seems unworkable from a human perspective. No I haven't thought of a better solution. I'm just saying that this is a significant usability problem and a barrier to adoption.

Why would one want to use IP addresses, v4 or v6, in this context ? IP addresses are for machines, not humans. For humans, there is a thing called DNS, which nicely translates host names into IP addresses.

about 5 months ago
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UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

patrickv They will be sued (341 comments)

The rule is that a member state needs to transpose the whole EU directive into local law within a set timeframe. So, either the UK transposes the whole directive in UK law or they will be taken before the European Court of Justice by the European Commission for lack of, or imperfect, transposition. Their choice.

This sounds more like a desperate effort by the tories to prevent UKIP from making a too high score in the next EU parliament elections happening over the next few days.

about 6 months ago
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

patrickv What if I am not at home ? (378 comments)

Will the drone ring the door bell or just leave the package on the sidewalk, waiting to be collected by the first bloke who passes by ? Which might not be me.

about a year ago
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Belgian Consumer Organization Sues Apple For Not Respecting Warranty Law

patrickv Re:Precedent? (168 comments)

The case starts in Italy (=state law) and is passed up to the European court in Brussels (=federal law). Do not let a Europhile read those terms but that is what it is equivalent to. It does not matter what is decided at local level, if Brussels decides otherwise the local law is trumped.

It is not passed up to an "European court". It is a Belgian court seated in Brussels which will have to rule according to Belgian law. Both The Italian and Belgian courts have some common ground, because the national laws are based on EU directives. EU directives are legal frameworks, but leave it up to national laws to decide on fines, for example.
The European court of justice is seated in Luxembourg, and has no business in the present case.

about 2 years ago
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France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer

patrickv Unfounded story (706 comments)

I watch French TV and read French newspapers every day. I should know. The fact is that this is still under discussion, and then only for those drivers who have had several times a positive alcohol test. Further, there is a presidential election coming next spring. It is not the time to take such measures.

In short, this news report is BS.

more than 2 years ago
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Who Makes Your Favorite Networking Gear?

patrickv AVM Fritz!Boxes (322 comments)

It does all out of the box: IPv6, integrated telephony with VoIP, fax, answering machine. check it out

more than 3 years ago
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Australian Linux user gets Windows Refund

patrickv PC manufacturers should beware in Europe (151 comments)

Actually, on this side of the Atlantic, any PC manufacturer including an OS that the customer did not explicitly request could be taken to court.
Article 85 of the Treaty on the European Union clearly states :

" 1. The following shall be prohibited as incompatible with the common market:
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e.make the conclusion of contracts subject to acceptance by the other parties of supplementary obligations which, by their nature or according to commercial usage, have no connection with the subject of such contracts."

Clearly, the customer who buys computer hardware should be able to freely select which software is installed on it, prior to the conclusion of the sale.

more than 15 years ago

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