* Posts by Panicnow

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Twitter engineer calls out Elon Musk for technical BS in unusual career move


Experts are always Experts of legacy systems

Elon has repeatedly confounded industry "experts" and people embedded in legacy systems. I'm sure he has no idea how to design and build cars or rockets. What he does do is listen to disruptive engineers, who typically come from outside the industry and then give them the authority to tear-up the "rulebook"

I wait with baited breath for the DoJo AI chip, which apparently is the first chip NOT based on von Neuman architecture.

(And I can't conceive how twitter would work without Remote Procedure Calls, my guess is one is talking about a narrow definition and the other a broad one.)

And yes, as the legacy engineer, I'd be worried about Elon throwing out all your code. You'd be better advised to offer a new architecture to Elon.

He's only gone and done it. Ex-Register vulture elected to board of .uk registry


Re: Congratulations

Non-execs, indeed all directors HAVE to execute their responsibility independently. He CAN express dissent.

So called group responsibility is a fiction created by evil chairmen, CEOs etc.

The many derivatives of the CP/M operating system


Was CP/M an operating system?

Surely CP/M was just a code loader with a standardised filesystem library. It didn't manage any other resources. I'd considered MP/M as the first PC operating system.

But all this simply reminds me of the genius of Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson in creating Unix in 1969!!!. The daddy of nearly ALL currently developing operating systems.

Fancy doing a similar family tree of Unix?

Tech world may face huge fines if it doesn't scrub CSAM from encrypted chats


Spyware on your computer

So basically they want to make it LAW to put spyware on to everyone's computer.

I've always assumed that was the case with MS WIndows and Apple iOS, which is why I use Linux.


Time to dust down the old typewriter

Or maybe my Amstrad PCW, Hmm can I source floppy disks?

Actual quantum computers don't exist yet. The cryptography to defeat them may already be here


Re: Obsessed With Mathematics, Randomisation, N-bit Keys......

Yes, I've proposed methods of using and distributing cheap and unbreakable "one-time code books" for sometime. Even I can do the probability maths to demonstrate their strength. But there is the problem, an expert mathematician will never consider a system that doesn't need an expert mathematician to verify it!

Will optics ever replace copper interconnects? We asked this silicon photonics startup


Ignorant innovator

* With states now held with a few electrons, could light be used to discharge the state directly? ( Like a CCD)

* Could these few electrons switch a nano liquid crystal?

* Could one have a 2D optical data plane that allows a single data source to be "seen" by many data sinks?

* Could one have a 2D optical data plane that allows a single data sink see many data sources (More difficult with channel conflict, but useful for sparse channels)?

thus directly processing without any current switching, just a power line to charge the gates.

And a whole new architecture for a computing platform

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop


What about Windows!

The last time I was put in front of a Windows computer I couldn't even find what to click to start Office!

My experience of Windows has genrally been "Blue screen of death" of similar.

Here is a test...

Ask a Apple user to try to use a Windows desktop and watch them struggle!

Now put then in front of Mint

Ask a Windows user to use a Apple desktop and watch them struggle

Now put them in front of Mint

Debugging source is even harder when you can't stop laughing at it


Re: Been there, done that, tipped the swear jar

.,..and now write it out 100 times Brian!

Chip world's major suppliers of neon gas shut down by Ukraine invasion – report



The issue is purity, My guess they need 99.999% purity. That isn't easy, even using the same equipment the Ukrainians use!

I bet there are other "Gotchas" in the supply chain we'll only notice later.

Bet the countries that have neon ban the export of neon in the next few hours.

Just to make a bad problem worse!

UK science stuck in 'holding pattern' on EU funding by Brexit, says minister


Rest of World

I for one would like to see our academic institutions focusing on partnering with the best-in-the-world, not an EU political mash-up called Horizon at al!

In MOST important areas, EU institutions are second and third rate. A requirement of Horizon is to partner with some no-hope institution, to spill a few crumbs, in the name of solidarity (Pork Barrels)

Throw away your Ethernet cables* because MediaTek says Wi-Fi 7 will replace them


More bandwidh please

The joke is only <0.1% of usable spectrum now carries >99% of traffic.

Shifting legacy bandwidth hogs such as BBC Radio 1-7 and TV off of dedicated (unbelievably wide) bands would enable sensible use of frequencies.

... and don't get me on reserved military bands....

If only I could become Chair of OFCOM!

Big Tech's private networks and protocols threaten the 'net, say internet registries


QoS is a bad idea!

QoS is totally at odds to the fundamentals of the Internet! As soon as you put one layer's features(transport) into the wrong layer(Netowork), consequences multiply. This is WHY QoS has never been successfully deployed on the Internet.

In addition, as soon as one has QoS, network operators have a reason to UNDERPROVISION network capacity in order to extort premiums for High QoS services.

My hope is QoS NEVER sees the light of day on the Internet!

Netflix shows South Korea a rerun of 'We Won't Pay Your Telcos For Bandwidth'


I designed the ISP business model

In the early days of the Internet there was a wise debate about how to divide the costs and income across a connection.

The answer was that is no single "fair" system! I proposed that every ISP pays for their network and collects from their customers. I.e. no "settlement". This idea won on the basis that it was cheap to implement (no accounting) and meant there were no need for complicated legal agreements to sort out the money.

Neutral interconnects such as MaeEast and LINX meant that the cost of the interconnection was minimal, and sort of fair.

Ever since various parties, especially Telcos have tried to change the rules, in ways that consistently benefit themselves, ( who would guess)

To repeat, There is NO SINGLE FAIR SYSTEM for inter ISP settlement! The NULL system is cheap and easy!

Peter Dawe

Founder Unipalm, PIPEX, LINX, ISPA IWF ...

Reg reader returns Samsung TV after finding giant ads splattered everywhere


Re: Can you opt out of the data collection on smart TVs?

Your iPhone will be listening in to what you're listening to and logging you that way

Google's 'Be Evil' business transformation is complete: Time for the end game


Beware of Geeks bearing GIFS?

(Just drop 2 letters from the old phrase)


The Chinese govt look good here

The Chinese govt have single-mindedly stopped these operators doing this stuff in China, acting totally in the interests of (their vision of ) Chinese society.

Whereas Western governments appear to be "owned" by corporations.

China sets goal of running single-stack IPv6 network by 2030, orders upgrade blitz


Democracy and capitalism fails when it comes to long term planning.

IPv6 has been "ESSENTIAL" for decades. We had some running when I ran PIPEX 25 years ago!

NAT is and always has been a disaster. The loss of direct IP to IP addressing, allows a lot of bad stuff to happen. e.g. NAT facilitates third party snooping.

Using the socket space for address space means we lost well behaved applications. ( Sadly that genie will not get put back)

Profit seeking ISPs want to do as little as possible, while keeping old kit running as long as possible. Thus they have no incentive to deploy IPv6.

If only we had the Chinese meritocracy running things over here. Rather than people stupid enough to want to be a UK politician!

I think our government is against China because it shows just how bad their performance is!

UK's BT starts trials of new hollow-core optical fibre networks


Competition from Starnet et al

Having watched and competed with BT. Their policy is to sweat legacy systems as long a possible, while giving lip service to government policy.

They are only ramping up FTTx because they are worried about competitors.

e.g. The LEO stuff, could be faster than traditional terrestrial, taking the premium market, so beloved of BT.

That they wave the Union Jack to get tax payer money to do what any normal business would have to get investors for is particularly galling, to us innovators.

Hey Ho, Nothing changes in big business and politics

Penguin takeover: We tried running some GUI Linux apps on Windows the official way – and nothing exploded


This is the end of Windows

Why would Microsoft keep spending on developing Windows, when all the money is in hosted services? The smart thing to do is to migrate to Linux, and keep the app and hosted revenues. Revenue from Windows licences don't pay for the maintenance.

Chairman, CEO of Nominet ousted as member rebellion drives .uk registry back to non-commercial roots


Check the bank account

My guess is there will need to be an immediate forensic audit of the company.

The laptop you bought in 2020 may stop you buying a car in 2021: Chips are going short


There is a BIGGER story here, 'cos it smells to me.

Global car production 79m in 2019, 65m cars globally 2020,

Global smart phone production 385m

Global PC sales 275m

What is the one high value product that China hasn't got stitched up?

US gov sets up the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office at the last minute before Trump's presidency ends


Re: Hmmm

... it does now!

Titanium carbide nanotech approach hints at hydrogen storage breakthrough


Other use cases

Transport is only one use case for any energy. And its the only one that has issues of energy density and safety. Adding H2 to piped gas is trivial

I own a farm and we are looking at powering our tractors etc with H2 made on the farm using our solar and wind generation.

On the farm, it is just about feasible to simply float a balloon filled with H2 above the machine. Balloons are not ideal for medium term storage, so this tech would fit for our use. They key is the capital cost rather than other parameters

Nominet backtracks on .uk domain expiration money grab, critics still fear sweetheart deal to come


As one of the Internet Pioneers

30 years ago, we killed the awful National Telecom data monopoly, now we have new monopolists controlling data.

The politicians get bought and the public sleep-walk.

I suppose achieving over 20 years of a competitive market was pretty good really.

... I'm going progressively off-grid myself

US Air Force shows off latest all-electric flying car, says it 'might seem straight out of a Hollywood movie'


Hydrogen Balloons

Cost pennies, can use gas for power too, Just as appropriate as these

Four years after swallowing Arm Holdings, SoftBank said to be mulling Brit chip biz sale


ARM is a rich ecosystem

There is no way other "RISC" architectures could replace the ARM ecosystem.

Moving to another architecture would take decades!

Get real!

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest


Wish List

Default encryption system, e.g. implementing auto passwords for every message recipient set

Putting some IMAP management tools into the browser could make it compete with Whats-app Facebook etc. E.g. Setting up individual IMAP services for "Groups".

Radio gaga: Techies fear EU directive to stop RF device tinkering will do more harm than good


More Corporate capture of EU

The objective of this is to cement the position of major corporates. Putting up barriers to new entrants and innovation.

A bad person ignores the law. Making additional laws never stopped a bad person. it does make breaking the law more profitable!

Virtually all "Regulation" is there to protect corporates from their customers. Not surprising when you see who turns up at regulation consultation events.

Take your pick: Linux on Windows 10 hardware, or Windows 10 on Linux hardware


Re: Ramble warning - Microsoft

Microsofts model has always been copy the current leader. From CP/M, Wordstar, lotus 123, dbaseII, Lisa..., today its AWS (Azure). If they fail, they try again ( Windows wasn't successful until V3.1).

Sometimes they have to wait for the incumbent to stumble first, sometimes they trip them up.

I'm sure they are currently trying to do Social Media, AI, even blockchain,

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP


Historical accuracy

University of Kent's service was the first non-commercial ISP that pre-dated PIPEX

(Please remind me of her name)

PIPEX was the first UK Commercial ISP

IBM PC User group was the first dial-up ISP service

Demon followed a few weeks later

Peter Dawe, Founder of PIPEX, LINX, ISPA and IWF

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved


Corporates pushing everyone to FaceBook etc

RSS could be configured to provide real-time notification of new items in a non-proprietary way. However, corporates have systematically refused to use RSS in creative ways and pushed users to Facebook, Twitter etc.

RSS can just point to a web page, so no loss of control or ads, (unlike FB and T of course)

Cheap NAND nasty: Flooding market with chips threatens prices


Re: Ab Fab economics

Tax, Bungs and enforcement of environmental standards to name three

ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash


"GDPR is the worse legislation I've ever seen!"

GDPR is a diabolical piece of legislation that makes EVERYONE a CRIMINAL!

In order to comply you will have to:-

Shred before disposing of anything with a name, an address, a telephone number or email address.

ALL your emails etc HAVE to use BCC: for multiple recipients.

You are advised to encrypt everything, in case you accidentally send it to the wrong person.

You can use this legislation will be used to discredit anyone. E.g. FInd one example of a politician who copies your details to a third party and immediately report them to "ICO" and the policy, it is a CRIMINAL office.

A full mass disobedience to comply will happen very soon!

So net neutrality has officially expired. Now what do we do?


Commercial agreements will stop them

The article doesn't mention the various commercial agreements between carriers and infrastructure providers. (In my day) ALL the interconnection agreements had "equality of traffic" clauses in them. Unravelling these and keeping full connectivity I think will kill anyone who tries to modify traffic flows.

This is especially difficult with international traffic

ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...


Re: OK if they pro-rata the fine when its applied to big business

You are out of date, most regulation now applies to all business regardless of size. GDPR, Pensions, H&S, and of course all tax stuff. Transport regs, (e.g. taxi), Gas, electric, trade, house rental,

I have creates 10s of small businesses I DO know!


OK if they pro-rata the fine when its applied to big business

Bet there is an upper limit so they get off!

All these "regulations" are designed to impact small businesses more than big.

ICO reg is £40 max £2900, so % of turnover dropped for big business

Compliance is typically the same for a small business as a large one, again this impacts small business more than big business.

My calcualtions are the compliance for any small business is now over a one man-year task.

Accounting, Tax forms, Pension, GDPR, planning, H&S, I could go on.

Regulation is designed by those who go to the meetings, When could a plumber afford to go to "consultations"? British Gas, BT, Google et al can send teams!

Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption


IPv6 Fail

1) 20 years of failed migration is a big fail!

2) It is too late to re-engineer IP/ng

3) Next time, make sure the engineers get prime role, rather than academics, the corporate lawyers etc, who were sent to IPv6 standards committees

4) Go back to old IETF policy of competitive protocol proposals and (more importantly) bake-offs to see which work best.

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on


Spot ON!

UK's Rural Payments Agency is 'failing on multiple levels' – report


EU causes RPA's problems

The rapid and perverse rule changes by the EU bureaucrats has been a major problem. Getting out of the EU so we have control over the rules ( and frequency of changes) is fine.

Yes, DEFRA to all intents and purposes has been a delegated EU institution.

I own a farm, I'd welcome removing all govt money from the system. Thus we can go back to managing the farm in an appropriate manner according to local conditions, and not do "Bad stuff" because of current bureaucratic fashion. E.g Rip up hedges, plough up wrong fields, plant wrong seed ....

IP freely? What a wind-up! If only Trevor Baylis had patent protections inventors enjoy today


Get rid of IP totally

IP is a tool that is only useful if you have massive resources to design your IP and defend it. Thus it is a tool for major corporates to beat up everyone else. Most individual inventors would be better served by having a level playing-field. I.e. No IP. So they can innovate on the knowledge of others without.

The value of knowledge to society is maximised by it being shared. Restricting it merely cheats society in favour of a few.

The Internet and Open source are examples of how powerful knowledge sharing is relative to closed networks and closed tech eco-systems.

Date engraved onto net neutrality tombstone: June 11, 2018


The International element has been ignored in this debate

How do the US non-neutral networks interact with the rest of the world? or indeed vice versa?

Do all the Neutral interconnects have to split into multiple policy spaces?

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone


Just Make IP4 addresses 8bytes

IPv6 is a fail. It was compromised by special interests at standards time.

Adding a class of IPv4 with 8 bytes (IPv4+4) with being old IPv4 addresses.

Practically no programming changes needed. and we KNOW IPv4 works and scales!

OK let IPv6 live next to IPv4+4 and see who wins

Are the router manufacturers, MS, Apple and Google brave enough? Surely its in their interests to have a working scaling Internet. Otherwise it open up the opportunity to have a "private" proprietary Internet... Oh that's their plan!...

(I was the founder of First Commercial Internet company in Europe)

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history


Copy the Web ...

Copying the success of the web.. HTTP and HTML

MeTP A Message transport protocol family, that copes with many Tx systems (BT, SMS, Internet...) and methods ( Instant, store and forward, Server...)

MeMP a Message content protocol. (Subject, Language, encryption....)

MeSP A message search protocol ( To hinder Google etc reading everything and becoming de facto gatekeeper)

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body


Already on most cycles

Just scan for mobile signals, Bluetooth and WiFi

So few humans transmitterless these days

... Is this too good an idea for public attention???

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough


Nothing to see here

Galileo was just a Gallic thumb-nose to the US anyway.

GPS is already there, and embedded in our military already

No problem

And I'm not sure they have the smarts without UK anyway


Hmm we should get our money back then

... and will be interesting if EU has the smarts without the UK

... we have a better relationship with US anyway, and GPS is already embedded in our military

IMHO Galileo was an anti US bit of tech foisted on EU by France

Diplomats, 'Net greybeards work to disarm USA, China and Russia’s cyber-weapons


Cyber attacks ignore the laws of war

The only law of war is "Laws of war are written by the victor AFTER the event"

Destroying the city to save the robocar


Safer cycling - CitiPod - The Armoured cycle

Safer cycling - CitiPod - The Armoured cycle

My accidental epiphany

Using CitiPod on a cycle way in Cambridge, my chain came off. I looked down to check and hit a post. Rapid deacceleration followed! Enclosed in my CitiPod Safety-Cell I was not just unharmed, not a mark on me! CitiPod had a 15cm diameter dent near its nose. One push with my foot popped that out. Chain back on and away I went. (With a note to adjust the gear change stops.)

I then looked at videos of bicycle accidents on YouTube. I saw that in virtually all of the accidents CitiPod would have either prevented the accident or protected the driver and others.

The Safety Cell

The CitiPod body is and egg shaped MDPE shell. Fully enclosing the driver. It even has a rear fin to protect the drivers head, in the unlikely event of rolling the CitiPod. The shell absorbs the kinetic energy of the CItiPod bringing the vehicle to a stop without damaging the driver.

Non “collecting” design

The smooth design and recessed front wheels mean that CitiPod is pushed away from the obstruction. It does not “collect” the obstruction thus protecting the obstruction as well as the driver.


As a tricycle, CitiPod is inherently stable. Hitting wet drain covers, or kerbs will not throw you headlong into the road,


CitiPods are bright vibrant colours that present solid areas of visibility. Cycles have no solid areas presenting an almost camouflaged presence, especially with so many cyclists insisting in wearing dark clothes.

We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms


Re: What is wrong with Enigma on Steriods?

But the 4x offset neutralises that attack to the point that the "one-time-pad" can be public!