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Comment: Re:IPv6 and Rust: overhyped and unwanted! (Score 1) 381

by Olipro (#49526037) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

a score of 5 for this tired old ignorant shit? Alright, let's get cracking.

RA, aka. ICMP router advertisement. Abandoned circa 1970 as a "bad idea". It was a colossally bad idea in the 90's, and f'ing suicidally bad in 2000+. Yeah, let's trust whoever the f*** on the cable claims to be a router and send it our traffic. Oh, to protect my network(s) from that brain damage, I have to buy new switches that support "RA Guard"

Right, because DHCP totally solves spoofing problems yeah?

They didn't like DHCP. So "no f***ing DHCP in IPv6!" DHCPv6 is a bolt-on, staple-on, and bandaid addition to IPv6. It's a horribly incomplete shadow of DHCPv4, and still requires an RA tell you to use it.

No it isn't. You can do practically everything that DHCPv4 does with DHCPv6. Yes you should send an RA, so what? DHCPv4 is as much if not more of a bolt-on than DHCPv6 is (in so far as it's absolutely not part of the protocol stack whatsoever)

SLAAC... originally 80bit prefix plus 48bit MAC. They ignored the fact that ethernet is not the only technology in the universe. That was later amended (breaking older stacks) to 64bits. The entire purpose for the vast over-simplification of address selection (for tiny embeded systems with limit RAM/ROM/CPU) became moot 7sec into the IPng committee's existance -- IPSec shoots all three in the head, repeatedly, with artillery. Everything supports privacy extensions these days, so the logic for random address generation and duplicate address detection is there -- and rather trivial. Yet it, and SLAAC, demands the prefix-length be 64. Just to put that silliness in perspective, that's a single LAN with every ethernet device ever created (that will ever be created) in it 65,536 times over.

Just to put YOUR silliness in perspective: the remaining number of bits is 2^61 (within 2000::/3 obviously) which comes to 2,305,843,009,213,693,952 /64s. Get a damn sense of perspective. As far as "older stacks" go... clearly not anything seriously used in production today.

This leads nicely into the blindness to history... a 64bit LAN is pure lunacy. Today and likely for several decades. But we "have an infinite amount of address space." Actually, NO, it is, in fact, quite finite: 128bits, to be exact. If we carve it up with the same pez-like abandon as the early IPv4 assignments, it will be even less "infinite". Sure, we can change the way we do things "with the next ::/8", but that dooms us to live with the colossal stupid of this ::/8 for ever. Again, dooming us (and our children's great grand-children) to live with our bullshit. We did a lot of stupid things with IPv4; and we're doing them all over again with IPv6.

No, your failure to grasp the scale of numbers is pure lunacy. If we somehow manage to fuck up 2000::/3, there's several times the size of the current global IP space waiting to be spun up with the flick of a pen, so we have plenty of opportunity to make mistakes.

Comment: Re:This is a rare breed of human. (Score 1) 758

by Olipro (#42489229) Attached to: Anti-GMO Activist Recants

This is really simple. Put a label on the food to identify it as genetically modified. Thou dost protest too much. Why so much resistance?

No, it's really stupid. Take two species of plant, pollinate one with the other. BOOM, genes from both plants are recombined to form a new unique plant. genetic modification.

Comment: Re:This is a rare breed of human. (Score 1) 758

by Olipro (#42484845) Attached to: Anti-GMO Activist Recants

Suit yourself. You can't tell consumers they don't get to know what's in their food without consequences.

They do get to know what is in the food, all the ingredients are right in the packet. the operative word in GMO is the G - if you'd like a full readout of the genes of whatever it is you're eating, go take it to be sequenced - it matters not one iota to your digestion, what does are the proteins, starches etc that are expressed (or not) as a result of those genes, and the information is right there on the packet.

Comment: Looks Fake (Score 5, Insightful) 310

by Olipro (#39039287) Attached to: UK Law Enforcement Starts Seizing Music Blogs
whois indicates the original owner still controls the domain, the server itself is Rackspace owned whereas SOCA's own website is run themselves via Connect Internet Solutions Ltd. - throw in the fact that SOCA haven't made any announcement or press release regarding the alleged takedown and the whole thing looks like a setup, I call shenanigans.
GNOME

+ - Unicode Character-of-Death crashes GTK apps on Win->

Submitted by Olipro
Olipro writes: A long-standing, but until yesterday undiscovered bug in GTK for Windows has revealed that any application using GTK (such as X-Chat, Pidgin and Wireshark to name but a few) can be made to crash if any non-BMP character is sent for display resulting in much malicious fun across IRC and IM networks. As yet, no word from the GTK devs has been heard.
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Comment: Meh, not a big deal (Score 1) 364

by Olipro (#36790316) Attached to: Firefox Is Going 64-Bit: What You Need To Know
I roll my own Windows builds of Firefox and have been using Win64 versions since before FF4 actually came out; the difference is really minimal; I use 64-bit Flash (square) and Java, everything works and it's native. Currently there is a patch in the works to enable Firefox x64 to use 32bit plugins via the wrapper, which I get the feeling will probably encourage Adobe to not bother releasing a "proper" x64 Flash.

Comment: I'm really starting to lose faith (Score 1) 453

by Olipro (#35705724) Attached to: Firefox 5 Details: Sharing, Home Tab, PDF Viewer
First Slashdot posts a load of crap about how nenolod supposedly cracked the Motorola Android certs (hint: he didn't, it was a troll) and now you're quoting bullshit from some no-name site as gospel, go ask someone who actually works for Mozilla what's actually going to be in Firefox 5 and you'll discover that most of that article is complete and utter wank.
Politics

+ - Wikileaks causes political storm in India->

Submitted by tanveer1979
tanveer1979 writes: White in the west wikileaks cable releases have been met with skepticism and negativity towards the messenger, the scene in the developing world is quite different. Unlike their western counterparts, the Indian press is taking the govt to a task, and opposition parties are stalling the parliament.

More than the content of the leaks, what is really interesting is the way the reactions to the cables have been in the general public. While most western voters stood by their leaders, and even called Assange a traitor, in India its quite the opposite, with everybody baying for govt's blood. It could be because democracy is more democratic in India, or maybe because the general notion of the public that all politicians are crooks, and if there is a bribery allegation, it must be true!

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Idle

+ - USPTO Gives Sergey Brin Patent for Google Doodles

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: After a 10-year struggle, the USPTO was convinced to issue Google a patent Tuesday for Systems and Methods for Enticing Users to Access a Web Site, aka Google Doodles. Among other things, Google explains that the invention of co-founder Sergey Brin covers modifying a company logo with 'a turkey for Thanksgiving' and 'a leprechaun's pot of gold for Saint Patrick's Day.' To help drive home its point, Google included an illustration showing the USPTO that hearts could be displayed on the Google home page for Valentine's Day, which would be deja-vu-all-over-again for the 394 lovers who used the UIUC PLATO system on Feb. 14th, 1975. Coincidentally, a request was made last spring for a PLATO-themed Google Doodle to tell the world about the huge set of innovations introduced decades before Larry and Sergey founded Google, but the search giant begged off.
Toys

+ - Xtreme Coffee Action Set->

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spicybackpain
spicybackpain writes: "This cartoon is based off of a conversation I had with someone who was actually concerned that their 2 year old son preferred a pink tea set over a monster truck toy. Not fully understanding that grown men do drink tea, they lamented over the fact that he might become confused genderwise in the near future.

I suggested that Mattel come out with a manly coffee set instead of a tea set. Although I was joking, they insisted that I try to patent this 'amazing' idea.

I made this instead."

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