* Posts by vektorweg

15 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Mar 2021

Netflix sued by South Korean ISP after Squid Game fans swell traffic to '1.2Tbps'


Sooo, an ISP sells bandwidth to customers and then complains to enablers when the customers use it?

Anonymous: We've leaked disk images stolen from far-right-friendly web host Epik


anon who?

I'm confused by all the different anons.

Turing Award winner Barbara Liskov on CLU and why programming is still cool


mumbo jumbo

I used to code in C++ . In hindsight, its a bunch of mumbo jumbo.

Attaching a method to a class is a feelgood exercise - humans just love grouping things. But what you gonna do if you have an operation on several types that are hierarchically unrelated to each other? Who's gonna get the method then? Your god object? Hard encapsulation is overrated. Look at functional programming: putting loosely related functions and data definitions into the same module file is just good enough for encapsulation's sake. With a proper type system in place, there's nothing that could break from that approach.

Error handling is definitely a concern. Especially when the entire stack from software to hardware works on exceptions, which may leave undefined state left and right. However, you can still try to abstract away from these shortcomings in your applications. Like doing computation and exception handling in a monad stack - that's a FP thing too.

This drag sail could prevent spacecraft from turning into long-term orbiting junk. We spoke to its inventors ahead of launch


how many satellites are actually operating close enough to earth? thought a good lot is stuck in geo-stationary orbit, which is too far out for space chutes.

nvmd i looked it up.

W> Approximately 63% of operational satellites are in low Earth orbit, 6% are in medium-Earth orbit, 29% are in geostationary orbit [..]


Re: Fifteen kilograms?!?

its really not that much. satellites come in all weights. half a ton is not uncommon. 15kg extra is not much for these.

Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space


Time to replace the infinite monkey theorem with the pi encoded theorem. If you encode numbers as characters, pi is containing every work ever written.

Firefox 91 introduces cookie clearing, clutter-free printing, Microsoft single sign-on... so where are all the users?


Re: Bold move

Baffles me every time when I ask, but most people are just not that bothered from ads than us. Otherwise they would use ad block already.

Chinese state media describes gaming as 'spiritual opium' that stunts education and destroys families


You know its not about health when the classic spirits stay unprohibited. /whataboutism

Bezos offers to knock $2bn off his bill to NASA to stay in the running for Moon contract


Jeff learned it at Amazon's

Subsidize your product until the competition dies. Then exploit the market.

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations


Sell it as an electric heater

its not wrong.

Google has second thoughts about cutting cookies, so serves up CHIPs


Solving the wrong problem

Its the websites themselves that deliberately choose to share information. It just happens to be via third-party cookies, as they are easy to use and trust. If not via cookies, websites will share user data through other means.

At least for cookies, the user has some control over it. Like, I can technically block Google cookies on El Reg. But if this data sharing turns into a model between servers only, there won't be much a user can do except for stopping to use services entirely.

The right problem is: how do you stop websites/companies from having to sell user data?

EU court rules in Telenet copyright case: ISPs can be forced to hand over some customer data use details


Intellectual Property is a deceptive misnomer

Intellectual Property is an umbrella term for patents, copyright and trademarks. Each of these categories describe very different concepts. Mixing them together will only cause confusion and giving it a right's owner's favorable spin in name slants a discussion.


Re: the what ?

How can you tell you pronounce it wrong? x)

Its just like German, but most stuff is written and spoken soft. Business rights bank or Unternehmensrechtsbank (German).

The AN0M fake secure chat app may have been too clever for its own good



I think, the reveal of the app rather had funding in mind. It looked pretty impressive what they did. Sure they gained favor and leverage for a budget boost.

Report: Microsoft is thinking about splashing $10bn on Discord to slot it next to Skype, Mixer...


Me now sitting here, waiting for the Matrix hype

Matrix anyone?