The introduction of virtual reality didn't make the team any more enthusiastic about the 3 hour project triage meeting.
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Re: I will be boring again
I had a Toshiba notebook that transformed into a tablet many years back, it was great and I kept it alive for a long time before dust finally killed the fan and despite stripping it down regularly I had to give up.
As you say the deal breaker is the 8.9in display, >10in or no deal.
Did you really just post that on The Register?
Re: in ye olde days
My father used to own a computer company in the late 80s, early 90s, he supplied a lot of freight forwarders and the computers regularly had to come in for a clean. His guys established that with some minor modifications to the fan arrangements the machines would survive longer. But they still came in caked with oil and engine soot.
I will always treasure the smell of foam cleaner from RS.
When I was in college one of my tutors confessed that he used to leave his chilli hotdogs to heat up on a very expensive piece of equipment. After a while it ceased to work and when they took it apart they found that stray chili sauce had eaten through the PCB.
Re: PC Screen stopped working
And before anyone posts it we also remember the one about the malfunctioning modem being under 3ft of water.
Submarine cables are only trenched near shore which is where landings take place from spurs, that might cause issues but the main trunk should be unaffected.
Postfixadmin with MySQL for multiple domains
MySQL linked Spamassassin
Write a script which looks at multiple auth fails and creates a firewall rule for those IP addresses. This seriously cuts attacks down.
But my best tip? Don't do this, just use someone else's server.
"Jesus always made time to complain on El Reg forums about rural broadband."
Do the article mash!
The consolidation article seems to have had an Azure rant stuffed in the middle? It is rather an ungainly mating of two articles. I like the idea of a critique of cloud hosting in relation to consolidation and I like the idea of a talk about consolidation of legacy systems, but the way the two are mashed up here is frankly weird.
I would suggest that PostfixAdmin is well worth a look as well, when I bothered to run my own mail host with multiple domains and users it was invaluable. Especially useful because I could give my brother access to manage certain domains.
UFOs in York
I've had a chance to see the Ultra Fibre Optic stuff in York and have to say that the idea of "up to" being dismissed as a thing of the past is amazing. When the only thing slowing your connection is how fast you can connect to your router things get really interesting and seeing a speed test which say 959Mbit/sec is just weird when you come from using xDSL or cable.
Re: Is this one of those "Private" clouds...
Yes, the use of the phrase 'cloud' seems to have been abused here, as said above: cloud is just "someone else's server". This is clearly a virtualisation strategy, but the word virtualisation is so 5 years ago. It is a shame that NATS IT bods have to worry so many of us by using the word cloud when they mean virtualisation.
Re: As an alternative
I ran my own own home server for several years on static IPs, then I got myself a dedicated host and I also ran mail for my family. I used Dovecot, postgrey and various other tools (clamav and spamassassin).
Eventually the dedicated host's HDD died and I spent ages doing a RAID recovery, doing backup recovery, etc. Frankly that tipped me over the edge. The maintenance, dealing with the odd mail that didn't get through and dealing with the hackers attempting to get in was tedious. Okay, dealing with my families requests was the most tedious part, but overall I didn't need the grief overall.
I have since moved my mail and other stuff to Dreamhost on an unlimited hosting deal and at least I don't have to think about it. The performance of Dreamhost mail isn't fantastic and the webmail is basic, but I am happy enough not to have to think about maintenance. I could move my mail to Google but I decided to draw a line somewhere and give myself a little control.
Sid's obsession with cat videos was getting a little unhealthy, so was his appetite.
Wikipedia isn't exactly authoritative but:
"The use of basic (low-precision) Galileo services will be free and open to everyone. The high-precision capabilities will be available for paying commercial users. Galileo is intended to provide horizontal and vertical position measurements within 1-metre precision, and better positioning services at high latitudes than other positioning systems."
The BBC confirms this:
"COMMERCIAL NAVIGATION: Encrypted; High accuracy at the cm scale; Guaranteed service for which service providers will charge fees."
Graphic from the BBC to prove the point:
Re: UK EPG is broken for Windows Media Center
The EPG for the broadcast HD channels is compressed with an algorithm that requires a Freeview HD licence so that would explain why there is no HD EPG when Rovi data is unavailable.
I have an O2 Joggler which is a table top touch screen computer running an Atom processor on a lower resolution display. I have to say that the screen keyboard experience of Mint isn't fantastic and I don't think any of the distros are great for a desktop environment because the desktop flow doesn't match that experience.
Fortunately I am an engineer not a coder. I didn't mention textures or 3d, the issue is if an object moves across 1/3rd of the screen at 1920 then it passes fewer pixels than if it travels 1/3rd of the screen at 3840 pixels. This impacts what is called the temporal resolution.
Frame rate and resolution are heavily dependent on each other, the higher the resolution the further an object has to travel each frame. Generalisations don't help when there are fundamental truths. If you say gaming has to be 144Hz (and it is Hz not hz) at 1080p then it has to be at least double.
It seems strange as power is fairly ubiquitous in our streets, where can't you find street power? If you are delivering to homes then those homes aren't usually off-grid and if you are following roads and putting the cabinet or pole next to a road then there is a near 100% chance of finding power. In rural places it might be more of an issue but in those situations the line length might make it problematic again. The only logic I can see to this is the provider wanting to avoid paying for the power to each cabinet rather than the difficulties of getting electricity in the first place.
I've got a non-IP Motorola camera monitor for my little one, it is good because you can see what he's up to. He's not much of a crybaby so it is helpful to know what he's up to.
The thing that stands out to me is that the box says the audio is encrypted, but the fact that it explicitly calls out the audio as being secure must mean that the video is insecure. I really need to get out the ol' spectrum analyser and see what the video looks like.
In the broadcast world the connectors used to be silver coated because connections and repeated reconnection would always remove any corrosion. Some connectors would have been in place for decades without any issues. I think the gold thing is half about 'shiny shiny'.
Have you also worked at the BBC perhaps? ;-)
Troll or not?
To be fair many of these codecs are built on solid research that takes many, many years. I wouldn't call them patent trolls because a patent troll tends to depend on someone else's work and most of the MPEG LA patent holders are genuine researchers. What is good is that some of the more fundamental mathematics which have driven MPEG2 and MPEG4 are expiring in patent so many simple applications basic mathematics can no longer be charged for. If a company spends millions on research they perhaps deserve to get revenue from it?
It is easy to add codecs to computers, but the bigger question is consumer electronics devices. Add a new codec and will it be supported by phones, tablets, set-top boxes, digital TVs, etc? Computers may be getting good use but the most hours watched remains on embedded devices with fixed ASICs. Everyone got excited some months back when V-Nova uncloaked that they had a new codec which, they claim, is more efficient than anything on the market but until it becomes viable for embedded devices I remain sceptical.
The MoD procuring software from a company which doesn't like full disclosure of security flaws and doesn't like its customers doing their own pen tests? Doesn't seem wise to me.
There was also GPL GPU which came out last year but seems stagnant:
Re: "... there is a dearth of renewable power."
To be fair Iceland has loads of untapped energy production potential, there was talk of a 5TWh a year cable being laid from Iceland to Scotland and onward to mainland Europe:
One could create an Airwave module which interfaced to a 4G phone over Bluetooth or acted as a WiFi hotspot. The 4G phone being the interface and controller.
If those DIMMS were to fit into the Knights Landing board then that would be one mean bastard of a blade.
Sounds like some farmer needs to have an accident and accidentally damage the local cabinet or duct.
Re: No pat on the back here
Also if the cabinet is predominantly used by businesses they don't seem interested either. If BT upgraded cabinets used by businesses it would damage their over priced BTNet business.
In the grand scheme of things most companies don't generate PB of data and capacities are generally more boring than we expect. The idea that capacities would grow exponentially is a little flawed.
Intel Media Processors
Now I am wondering if any of Intel's CE chips used in pay TV are vulnerable to this exploit. Obviously it depends on the ability to execute privileged code to begin with but that isn't improbable.
Did no one else read that as China Unicorn? I'm imagining North Korea claiming their internet services are provided by a magical forest creature belonging to their neighbor.
I think that the CCTV products on DX.com look good and paired with a Synology they make a good IP CCTV system. Nigel, any chance of adding Synology and ONVIF cameras to your schedule?
To be fair Libre/Open Office isn't as good as MS Office, I've been trying for years to reconcile the issue but it doesn't come out in the wash. I did recently spend two years using mostly Google Docs, it justifies the lack of features because the document collaboration is so immensely good but the formatting and working options aren't nearly as good.
But in contra to my own argument my mother has been using Linux as a desktop for the past few years and is barely concerned that it isn't Windows.
Much noise about cost savings, the departments will ignore it or find ways to show it would be too expensive to change and nothing will happen. Ah the civil service... we do admire your gall.
Re: I so torn
You wouldn't/couldn't use optical communications to provide the links to each customer because you'd need thousands of separate beams. The only ground link laser can avoid clouds by relaying through an adjacent drone that isn't blocked by cloud. If the entire geography is blocked then you can always use wireless as a backup to provide resilience.
Mesh networking between them and multiple resilient ground links with a satellite backup?
Re: I so torn
They specifically say the lasers are used for interconnection between the drones at 10Gbps, so they are backhaul not the primary link. I think the implications I have seen are that user links would be radio wireless.
Re: I so torn
Is there much in the way of cloud above 40,000 ft? Probably very managable, also remembering that the estimated 3bn people who don't have internet access are generally located around the central belt of the earth and in many of those countries the weather is quite consistent.
Re: Menwith Hill Station
To be fair though Mark Thomas is a bit of a knob (not Brian Cox's spelling). He once turned up at JFB Corsham demanding to be let in and shown the secret tunnels under it. A very nice press relations officer came to the gate and said something along the lines of "Mr Thomas, if you put in a formal request we'll gladly take you down there, but you can't just turn up unannounced", he then cried about them hiding things while she responded that they'd happily show him if he'd only get an appointment.
Having visited JFB Corsham myself and having met people who have been down there I see he was making a fuss about nothing. The tunnels under Corsham have been abandoned and neglected for many years since they were a Cold War bolt-hole. Mark Thomas went down in my estimation after that, and I was also unimpressed by his giving detailed instructions on how to attack the UK's strategic fuel pipelines, even if that wasn't a major threat it was inconsiderate.
Re: Where are the OBEs?
There is a great episode in series one of Yes Minister about Honors that applies here...
Re: Fascinating. @ NoneSuch
Hanlon's razor: "Never assume malice when stupidity is an equally probable explanation."
When is the 170GB ISO data torrent going to appear? ;-)
Re: I wish politicians would learn...
I'd also imagine it put much greater strain on their optical fibre links to the US!
Or just use RSS feeds and NewsBlur.com like I do...