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“There wouldn’t be a Microsoft today without Dave”

Dave Cutler (Image: Majorconfusion @ Wikipedia)

Dave Cutler, now 74, has had his 50th working anniversary, and for that reason we find a laudatio at Microsoft’s News Site.

Cutler not only has been one of the architects of the VAX and their VMS operating system, but also in the designs of the DEC Alpha CPU and its predecessors.

Later at Microsoft, he has been working on the DEC Alpha port of Windows NT, been instrumental in the development of the Windows Server operating system, and been a lead developer in Microsoft’s cloud system, Azure. He’s also been involved in porting the Hyper-V Hypervisor to the XBox.

It is really rare to find people who have been working in IT for so long, who have been involved in so many aspects – from hardware and chip design through operating system design to platform architecture and virtualisation, and even more so, who have been doing this in an ecosystem that is independent and outside of the Unix/Linux universe.

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Netflix vs. IP v6

Netflix detects a tunnel

So in order to view Netflix, your network connection must be direct and not via a proxy or VPN tunnel.

Netflix, being somewhat modern, also advertises IP v6 services and AAAA DNS records so that your computer can find them.

On the other hand, many providers do not offer IP v6 natively, and hence require that customers who want non-legacy internet get it via – right – a network tunnel.

Which triggers the Netflix error message shown above.

Netflix knows that, but offers little support besides “Don’t use a tunnel, then”. Haha. So this article explains how to unfuck Networking for a local Linux or a Chromecast to make Netflix work again. Even if that just means to force it to fall back to l;egacy Internet instead.


‘Illegal’ Airbnb landlord hit with €300.000 fine

Amsterdam, like Berlin, has a housing problem.

At the same time, for many owners it is more lucrative to rent out an appartment to short time renters via Airbnb than to enter a long term contract with a proper resident.

The Amsterdam City Council now has hit eleven flats, all owned by the same person, with a fine of €13.500 for appartment, calling them ‘the prototype of an illegal hotel’. The owner is contesting the fine.

(via DutchNews and Het Parool)

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Freedom of choice for cable internet customers in Germany

Fall 2015 saw a change of law in Germany: Just as with DSL customers, Cable Internet customers got freedom of choice. Their provider has to tell them usernames, passwords and other required config information so that they are able to purchase a router of their choice and configure that itself, instead of being forced to use the customer premises equipment (CPE) provided by the cable company.

The wording of the law, “bei Vertragsschluß” (at the time of signing), could be read that this rule is only for new customers, not for existing customers. Some cable providers offered the passwords to all their customers, but others didn’t. A customer of Gelsen-Net sued for the information, and won – the judge basically said that the law obviously wants all customers to have this freedom of choice, or it would be useless.

(via Golem)

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The Mars Water Paradox

Surface structures on Mars, suggesting liquid water

Surface structures on Mars as found by the Curiosity Mars Rover, suggest liquid water 3.5 billion years ago. Yet no carbonate has been found, which should have been there, had liquid water been present.

The why is as of yet completely unsolved, says NASA.

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Mark and Scott Kelly: Twins and Space

Motherboard about the NASA twin study:

[The twin brothers Mark and Scott Kelly] were closely studied by ten different research teams at various points, including before, during, and after Scott Kelly’s 340-day-stint living on the International Space Station. Mark Kelly, who has flown in space previously, although never for such a long period of time, acted as the control subject on Earth.

It seems that a long time in Space has many effects on human biology, not all of them bad – telomeres seem to get longer.

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Google vs. your data

Hooray, EU data protection authorities confirm compliance of Google Cloud commitments for international data flows! exclaims Google.

But on the other hand, Google ordered to hand over foreign emails to FBI, unlike Microsoft.

With legal instabilities and conflicting signals like these, are you running your crap in a public cloud owned and operated by a US company?

You probably should, it’s still better infra than you could create yourself. But the legal nonframework around it – it is not helping at all.