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Comment: Re:Waaah. (Score 3, Funny) 338

by Shimbo (#47735373) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Somehow we get along just fine, residential or commercial, with pretty much the same as what this limit allows. /me awaits some Brit who's come to explain how their 240v 13A outlets allow them to suck the carpet right off the floor with their cleaners.

Actually, we use them mostly to take out drones and deflect NEOs into a safer orbit.

Comment: Re:Is IPv6 "perfect" or will there be an IPv8? (Score 1) 248

by Shimbo (#47663331) Attached to: The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

I'll admit to being willfully ignorant of IPv6 other than seeing it as enormously more complicated than IPv4

I think seeing it as way more complicated is a mistake. They took IPv4, fixed a few problems, and unfortunately introduced a few others. Sure, they could have done a little less.

Couldn't they just have added a couple of extra bytes to IPv4 to come up with something that worked like IPv4?

That fairly much describes IPv4; the other proposals floating around were far more radical.

node addresses are MAC addresses plus the network address

This is covered by RFC 2462 - IPv6 Stateless Address Autoconfiguration. However, privacy concerns have made this go out of fashion.

Comment: Re:LOL Itanium (Score 1) 136

by Shimbo (#47578169) Attached to: HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

I'm sure someone's crunched the numbers and this makes sense on paper, but seriously? Porting to Itanium before x86? I know HP wants to prop up its teensy niche CPU server line, but I just can't see how to justify that.

The reason is they hardly have to do any work for Itanium; they just have to QA a 8-core system instead of a 4-core one. The original port was done over a decade ago. With 20/20 hindsight it was a wrong move, the right one being presumably to tell Intel to shove it and wait a few years for the x64.

Who's going to migrate software from old VMS systems to a new one on very highly vendor-locked hardware?

Someone that has a 2 or 4 core processor Itanium system already. If anything is a non-starter it's the x86 version.

Comment: Re:perspective from one of the victims (Score 1) 100

by Shimbo (#47573731) Attached to: "ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

This was a massive, massive failure, and I will frankly be shocked if multiple lawsuits aren't filed against Examsoft over this.

However, those that haven't passed the exam won't be allowed to sue; Tisias must be laughing in his grave. Seriously, though, the whole online examination business needs a shakeup.

Comment: Re:This a wheeze to get Office 2013/ 365 cheaper (Score 2) 164

Your argument about not wanting to change something due to the length of time that it's been unchanged is laughable.

As well as being entirely untrue, of course, given the number of incompatible format changes Office has gone through over over the years.

Comment: Re:Competition Sucks (Score 1) 507

by Shimbo (#47213941) Attached to: Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

As far as London taxis go there are two sorts of taxis: the familiar black cabs, and minicabs. Black cabs have the privilege of being able to be hailed by a passing passenger, whereas mini cabs need to be booked through their firm.

The main public interest in this distinction is that booking minicabs means that a third party will have a record of the passenger and driver, if the police need to come looking to see what has happened to the passenger. It takes years of training to know London well enough to get a taxi licence, so it's something of a barrier to someone with criminal intent.

The thing about Uber, is that it provides a very efficient way of linking up minicabs with passengers, whilst maintaining the record that the law requires. However, the taxi drivers have got used to the inconvenience of having to book the competition as their competitive advantage.

Comment: Re:Real Reasons Thorium is Being Held Up (Score 1) 204

by Shimbo (#46987863) Attached to: Thorium: The Wonder Fuel That Wasn't

Thank you for posting this. I'm rather tired by the constant stream of posts here that claim if we just switched to Thorium/Helium-3/Unobtainium, we would have all our energy problems solved by the end of next week. It's good to see an intelligent discussion of the real engineering problems involved for a change.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."

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