* Posts by Athan

8 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Dec 2009

Sheffield ISP: You don't need a whole IPv4 address to yourself, right?

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Re: Volunteering for the unknown

Likely the other end of any connection in your uses cases was not behind any (non-forwarding) NAT. You connect out through NAT, the other end simply replies. But it would have meant any P2P clients couldn't initiate connections to you, you'd have to talk to them first.

So, no, not working 100% without issues.

BT in ad slapdown after 'misleading' punters on fibre deployment dates


Add me to the list of pushed-back-dates.

Moved to Salisbury March 2011, IIRC the then due date for FTTC was 'Q2 2012', but that got pushed back to "Autumn 2012" and subsequently clarified to "20th Sep 2012". It was around that time that the FTTC cabinets actually appeared on the streets (including two under 200 metres from me straightline, up to about 400m following reasonable paths). Then the date changed to 31st December 2012, and as that was looming it then changed to the current "Your cabinet is planned to have WBC FTTC by 31st March 2013.". The last two dates being straight from the BT wholesale checker with my landline number (BT run, paid for through Zen) plugged in.

When I queried nga.enquiries@openreach.co.uk about it back in October they trotted out the reason "The sort of issues that we encounter are things like blocked underground cable routes, disputed land ownership and the existence of unrecorded underground lines for utility companies to name a few." and at that point also said "as things stand the target date for your cabinet (70)is 21/11/2012." !

Experts argue over whether shallow DNS gene pool hurts web infrastructure


Re: Acronyms

I was going to comment similarly, but on checking, it seems ElReg has it correct.

From the bind9-doc/arm/Bv9ARM.ch01.html in my Debian squeeze system:

"The Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) implements a domain name server for a number of operating systems."

Blizzard pwned: Gamers' email, encrypted passwords slurped


Re: Blizzard and password security

I think the case-insensitivity was more to do with reducing support load for "oops, I had CAPSLOCk on" cases.

BT to fibre up another 98 exchanges, puffs 'FTTP on demand' offer


Re: Link? List?

Indeed, and on checking the last such story from March, ElReg didn't have a link in that one either. Someone needs to stop being lazy.

Private browsing modes in four biggest browsers often fail


firefox -ProfileManager

Or, if using Firefox, you could just have a shortcut handy to start it with -ProfileManager, then create a fresh profile to use each time you want to do some private browsing, and delete it on next startup in this manner (or manually rm -rf the folder).

I do just this to be sure of nothing logging what I do when using web banking, or indeed if I simply want to test if some browsing problem is related to my normal profile, so use a blank profile with no addons etc.

I know chrome can be told to use a specific folder for its profile too, but it doesn't have the nice front-end profile manager that 'firefox -ProfileManager' gives you.

Why the banks aren't scared of the Robin Hood Tax

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Strawman ?

In all my reading thus far about RHT I've seen nothing that said it was proposed now as a 'solution' to the worst excesses of banking that got us into financial trouble the last few years. On checking the RHT site just now I also can't see them saying "This will rein in the banks and prevent a recurrence of what happened in 2008". It's all about "the banks make lots of profit on tiny transactions, how about we tax that and use the money to help the unfortunate ?".

So, got any quotes that show RHT campaigners are thinking that way, or are you simply setting up a strawman in this article so you can knock it down ?

Space 2010 - the future is fantastic!


Figure-Eight observed *path*, not orbit

"it watches the Sun almost 24 hours a day on a figure-eight orbit with Earth."

Er, no. The observed path of the SDO from the ground will be a figure-eight due to it orbiting at geostationary distance, but the orbit being inclined from the equatorial plane:

From <http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=8835>:

"SDO will orbit Earth once in 24 hours at an angle offset, or inclined, from our planet's equator. Unlike a geostationary orbit, which would keep the spacecraft above the same area of Earth all the time, SDO will trace a figure-eight path above Earth."