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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

spectrokid Re:So after years of panic... (250 comments)

but the routing tables once more become more complicated. Shit starts slowing down, there is more room for mistakes in BGP. With all the routers having to do more calculations a gazillion times a day, shit starts using more power. That is right: our refusal to move to IPV6 is increasing our emission of greenhouse gasses

about 3 months ago

Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?

spectrokid my thermostat (187 comments)

My thermostat will never be connected to anything and does not need an end of life thank you very much. And I want to see the manager who will approve buying this kind of stuff.

about 4 months ago

UK and Germany To Collaborate On 5G

spectrokid Ethernet syndrome (82 comments)

For a cabled connection to your desktop, GB ethernet is probably more than you will ever need. How many HD movies can you see at the same time anyway? Is 5G not going to hit the same barrier? Sure there will be some niche applications, but John Doe doesn't need to be able to download an entire movie in 10 seconds. He definitely doesn't need to be able to use his "unlimited data" for a whole month in under a minute.

about 6 months ago

Ford Self-Driving R&D Car Tells Small Animal From Paper Bag At 200 Ft.

spectrokid Moore's law (207 comments)

If production is 10 years from now, we will have hit the concrete wall by then. 2.5 million scans per second is not going to get processed by a 10$ chip. It will be interesting to see how the end of Moore's law will affect this and similar projects.

about 9 months ago

New Baltic Data Cable Plan Unfolding

spectrokid The Bridge (65 comments)

The bridge is also subject of a brilliant TV series featuring a Swedish detective with some serious Asperger issues. Pure Nerd material! (And yes, this is the original, the french/british and the american/mexican ones are the knock-offs).

about 9 months ago

EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

spectrokid 40 p, not 5 ! (470 comments)

Here in Denmark bags cost 40 p (3.5 DKK, 0.5 €). I can assure you you start thinking twice before throwing 3 on the belt!

about 10 months ago

Hammerhead System Offers a Better Way To Navigate While Cycling

spectrokid Free as in beer (249 comments)

Open Streetmap has (where I live) much better cycling maps than any other. Offline, so no data charges. OSMAND (for android) is free as in beer, and gives you spoken instructions in the language of your choice. And if your favorite track is not on the map, it is very satisfying to draw it yourself and share it with the community.

about 10 months ago

Its Nuclear Plant Closed, Maine Town Is Full of Regret

spectrokid and then the human factor... (380 comments)

Safe nuclear power is not a technical problem. It is a political problem. In Fukushima, the authorities knew the generators were crap. So the debate gets a third angle: do you trust the engineers? Well maybe. But do you trust the politicians?

1 year,19 hours

Former DHS Official Blames Privacy Advocates For TSA's Aggressive Procedures

spectrokid Reasonably (325 comments)

I'm a foreigner. I had the honor to be subjected to both your border guard and TSA. I wouldn't trust them with a fucking fruitcake.

1 year,8 days

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant To Close In 2014

spectrokid Re:It's a shame, but... (249 comments)

...burning hydrocarbon is the energy source where the biggest part of the cost is payed for by society. Here, fixed that for ya!

1 year,23 days

US Electrical Grid On the Edge of Failure

spectrokid Eurotrash (293 comments)

Many eurotrash countries have a stiff government finger in the HV transmission soup, which means their investments might be based on something other than "cheapest stuff that probably won't cause global meltdown in next quarter". I live in Denmark and have had one 10 minutes power cut in the last 5 years.

1 year,23 days

Bill Gates Seeking Patent To Make Shakespeare Less Boring

spectrokid The internet is for porn (338 comments)

Brilliant! Instant porn versions of all masterpieces! My kingdom to be hung like a horse!

about a year ago

Why Your Sysadmin Hates You

spectrokid preventer of information services (572 comments)

At one job I spent a lot of time trying to circumvent the helpdesk. Did you know that if network policy forbids you to have automated login after a reboot, you can still do it? Just make a script that sets the correct registry keys, and use the feature where you can run scripts on computer shutdown. The network won't have time to overwrite the registry again. Even the power saving settings of the computer were "administrator only", and we had hundreds of PCs displaying flashy screensavers all night long, because the users didn't want to wait for startup in the morning. Rule no 1: if you forbid something, make sure you have a really good explanation why.

about a year ago

Trying To Learn a Foreign Language? Avoid Reminders of Home

spectrokid I speak 5 languages... (200 comments)

..and often end up in situations where I am using multiple at once. The big problem there is to keep track of which language to speak to whom, not the speaking itself. Switching languages can be harder that speaking them. My guess is the picture of the great wall makes these people flipflop languages in their head.

about a year ago

Facebook's Newest Datacenter Relies On Arctic Cooling

spectrokid Heated streets (106 comments)

Been there. Close to the central square, there is a street that is quite steep. To prevent the unavoidable car crashes in winter, they simply heat the asphalt. I guess they could use datacenter heat right there.. Once you get out of the city center, it has beautiful nature..

about a year ago

Pandora's Promise and the Problem of "Solutionism"

spectrokid energy is like food (293 comments)

Best to have a diversified diet. The government needs to do only 2 things: don't subsidize, and make sure every energy form pays for its REAL cost. And that means one motherfucking hefty CO2 tax, and a big piggy bank full of money next to every nuclear plant to pay for dismantling when the time comes.

about a year ago

One Year After World IPv6 Launch — Are We There Yet?

spectrokid The definition of "derp" (246 comments)

And in every single Fucking IPV6 discussion this comes up again. Using NAT as a safety is like removing your wheels as a brake. A better solution exists; it is called a firewall. Look it up! Instead of biting the bullet and going IPV6, we are adding layer upon layer of crap and "optimisations" which are hard to maintain and hard to learn. And a billion chinese smartphones, you gonna NAT them as well? The only future of NAT is as a (very long term) transition protocol running in parallel with IPV6. I want my home PC on IPV6, and my smart-TV can then download updates over NAT. Unfortunately I can't get that here in Denmark (yet).

about a year ago



Google Mapmaker "forgets" data

spectrokid spectrokid writes  |  about 2 years ago

spectrokid (660550) writes "I have been playing with Google Mapmaker for a while now. Now I see that additions I have made were approved, published,... only to disappear again 2-3 weeks later. When route-planning my cycle trip to work, Google insists I should take an expressway which would not only be illegal but also pretty suicidal. I both edited the expressway and used the feedback form, but a month later nothing has changed. (Luckily Open Street Map gets it right.) What are your experiences with Googles latest addition of crowd-sourcing?"
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Nokia fires 950 Symbian devellopers

spectrokid spectrokid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

spectrokid (660550) writes "Nokia just announced they are completely shutting down development operations in Copenhagen. Over 950 people will lose their job. Copenhagen is specialised in Symbian development for the non-smartphones. This again shows their commitment to Windows is irreversible."
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First zero emission polar base opened

spectrokid spectrokid writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spectrokid (660550) writes "The brand new Princess Elisabeth station in Antarctica has just been inaugurated. Not only does it look as if it comes out of a science fiction movie, it is also the first zero emission base on the pole. A combination of solar cells, windmills and a lot of insulation means the base will not need to burn dino-fuel, even at -50 C winter nights. Is this good enough to convince the skeptics that alternative energy is a viable solution?"
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Protect net neutrality and get laid

spectrokid spectrokid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

spectrokid (660550) writes "Lose your virginity while saving net neutrality.
Tania Derveaux offers you some between the sheets gymnastics if you help her save net neutrality.

I'm using sex in a positive way to spread awareness. The reason why only virgins can apply is because I don't want to make this promise to such a large amount of people that I'll have to turn some down.
Candidates can apply here."

Brussels to probe votes on Microsoft standard

spectrokid spectrokid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

spectrokid (660550) writes "Officials at the European Commission's competition directorate have written to members of the International Organisation for Standardisation, asking how they prepared for votes in September and this month on acceptance of Microsoft's OOXML document format as a worldwide standard. Without ISO acceptance, Microsoft could stand to lose business, particularly with government clients, some of which are becoming increasingly keen to use only ISO-certified software."


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