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Comment: Just put fibre to the user (Score 1) 132

I don't get it. They are running fibre to "ideally less than 250m" from every home knowing full well that one day, at some point, they are going to have to cover that last 250m with fibre. Just do it already. Get the governement on-board and do it. Upgrade the whole damn country and never have to worry about the state of the copper lines ever again.

Maintenance costs plummet and yes, the rollout will cost you an arm and a leg but you know what? You then become a first work country

Comment: Re:If it ain't broke... (Score 1) 288

by sirsnork (#48941901) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill


generic x86 machine

is where you fail. No OS has exactly the same expectations. In fact most are coded to the point they boot and that's it. Just have a look at the ACPI changes the linux kernel has gone through trying to make it work on all the different hardware.

Granted adding basic support for a new version of windows that uses exactly the same bootloader as the previous version might not be exceptionally difficult to someone familiar with the code, however the point of the article is that there are very likely only 4 people left that are. Their job security probably isn't all that great and it won't take long for them to get bored of not having the manpower to implement new features

Comment: Re:It was an almost impossible case to prosecute (Score 1) 1128

by sirsnork (#48461961) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Except that's not what would have happened if it went to trial..

All that would have done is bring the same behavior to light in a couple of years, and, we hope, in a couple of years from now there will have been at least some healing in the community.

Honestly all the evidence needs to come out quickly, but I'm not convinced a jury trial in a couple of years that acquitted the police officer would have changed anything

Comment: Re:Are there alternatives? (Score 2) 700

by sirsnork (#48206881) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Well the arduino guys switched to using a small ATMega chip to do their serial to USB conversion on the Uno, so at the very least that's an option.

Also, since I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere yet, you can reprogram the bricked chips using the FTDI tools and get them working again, supposedly it requires linux for WinXP but it is possible

Comment: Re:+1 for this Post (Score 1) 427

by sirsnork (#47634189) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

This is a good solution, and I have a high power 2.4Ghz wireless N Mikrotik with GB ports..... but... they have some fairly large holes in their range.

For example, nothing AC yet, that appears to be getting closer but still a ways off. Also, no simple dual band setup without basically building it yourself our of their pieces.

Wwhat I'd love right now from Mikrotik is a dual band, high power, AC capable AP with GB ports. Actually I'd settle for just an N version but even those require you to build it yourself

Comment: Re:Someone has to be in charge (Score 2) 641

by sirsnork (#46666143) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

Kay is paid by Redhat to develop systemd and interact with the kernel developers.

He's be doing the same thing for years and continues to develop code that breaks otherwise working systems, he then refuses to fix his broken code, claiming everyone else has the broken code, and they should fix theirs. Forgetting that all their code was working flawlessly until his patch came along

Comment: Re:Telegraph: They don't tap than service! (Score 1) 505

by sirsnork (#44480993) Attached to: Snowden and the Fate of the Internet As a Global Network

Isn't the point to encrypt with their public key, and they decrypt with their private key.

They encrypt with your public key, you decrypt with your private key?

How does a public key decrypt something at all?

Isn't the whole point that the PRIVATE key, is what you use to decrypt stuff sent to you, and since only your private key can decrypt it it's safe? If you can decrypt with a public key whats the point since your public key, is by definition, PUBLIC?!

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.