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Comment Re:Less than zero is a valid timestamp (Score 4, Funny) 158

So the representation of dates must either handle negative values or have some other method of representing dates as far back as 14,000,000,006 years.

Reminds me of this joke:

Some tourists in the Museum of Natural History are marveling at some dinosaur bones. One of them asks the guard, "Can you tell me how old the dinosaur bones are?"

The guard replies, "They are 3 million, four years, and six months old."

"That's an awfully exact number," says the tourist. "How do you know their age so precisely?"

The guard answers, "Well, the dinosaur bones were three million years old when I started working here, and that was four and a half years ago."

Comment Re:Have I Missed something? (Score 2) 172

The "consumer" is defined as people who want the wifi, the people whose power bill is being leeched off .. well, tough.

I would think that a lot of people belong to both these categories - you spend a lot of time at home, but sometimes you travel to other places where pain-free WiFi would be useful. However, most posters here seem to be saying these two sets are totally disjoint.

Comment What was the brake becomes the gas pedal (Score 1) 294

IPv6 took a long time to get to 10% because it's a pain in the ass to support two things. This will turn around in IPv6's favor at some time in the future. With major IPv6 deployment IPv4 begins to look like last Tuesday's pizza, because you have to support IPv6, but you can save time and effort by making v4 users tunnel or convert. Network protocols don't tend to linger once they get below a certain level - see Appletalk, IPX, Banyan Vines, etc.

"It’s a poor atom blaster that won’t point both ways"

Comment More IPv6 (Score 4, Interesting) 239

10% of users accessed Google with IPv6 yesterday:

If you expand out the graph you can see that during the work week there are about 8% of users on IPv6, but at the weekends it increases. There is a two-speed internet, with residential and mobile leading the way, and corporate networks lagging behind.

Prediction: 14% at weekends next year.

Comment Re:The dark matter between their ears (Score 1) 171

Attributing the extra gravity phenomenon to dark matter is nothing more than a variation on the G-d-of-the-Gaps. Got a problem with gravity, Dark Matter.

For more than two decades you could have written:

Got a problem with beta decay energy conservation, "neutrinos".

Even as invisible particles, they were the best explanation on the table to explain beta decay. Then they got detected as well.

Comment Re:Vista users need to switch to IE for final year (Score 1) 140

I strongly associate Vista with misery. I dual boot and only use Vista for my taxes. So in January I will get my regular experience of receiving nine months of Microsoft and Adobe updates. After rebooting a few times and telling Mr Ellison that no, I don't want the "Ask" toolbar, I can then settle down to fun and finance.

My normal boot option - Ubuntu 15.10 with Unity - is a lot nicer.

Comment Re:if this is the spearhead of human colonization (Score 2) 150

We could send robots onto the surface that could be directly and nearly instantaneously piloted by humans that are stationed on Phobos.

An automated car can drive 30 miles on US Highway 101, avoiding thousands of other moving objects going between 0mph and 65mph. Do we really need a human driver for the Mars robots, which only have to steer around some rocks, and are thousand of miles from any other vehicle? Especially as this would be the most expensive human driver ever.

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