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I'll settle for 2D memristors
Isn't the interesting question when *2D* resistive RAM will be in production?
Re: Austerity Kills Demand
The idea that an 'internalised economy' is good is called mercantilism. It is wrong. It was debunked roughly 230 years ago by Smith and Ricardo.
Being a good problem solver means, in the long term, being driven to learn. You're not looking so hot on this criterion.
On the other hand, you're doing better than the guy who wanted to rewrite it without variables. That is not even wrong, to borrow from the great Wolfgang Pauli.
Still chuckling about that. Sheer genius.
IDC wouldn't get away with this shallow analysis in their other sectors. The number of boxes shipping really doesn't matter. Is revenue declining even faster than unit sales? I'm none the wiser reading the canned summary. Worse, market share in unit terms masks relative success at selling fewer, more expensive boxes.
Plus, this is capital equipment, not consumables. Some markets are saturated, some not. Capital equipment has a limited life, implying a replacement rate (hinted at above). In saturated markets, overall sales numbers are not meaningful except in relation to this rate. (You can still argue about market share).
Maybe IDC have all this in their report, but all I see on IDC's site is metadata.
Blaming Win 8 is speculation. My experience is that Win 8 is on the good side of okay. There are problems: dropping volume shadowing causes backup locking problems, and tifkam apps have v1 issues, but everything else works. Power users hate tifkam, but they can just disable it, as corporates probably will.
Anyone can make these. What makes it viable, both for HP and the customer, is the management layer, just like OpenView and Insight Manager made ProLiant and HPUX viable at scale in the days of steam power. (To be fair I would add that those boxes were reliable, which was also nice.) I'm not getting any software love from the Moonshot site, or from the article. What's the HP sauce in the firmware or the rest of the stack? Do I have to pay for that? Or is it just OpenStack? Which would mean: anyone can make these.
Btw including local storage lends a certain retro chic, but it's an odd way to save power. Tell me it's optional.
Colluding on prices is a kind of did-he-didn't-he, slippery-slope, don't-get-caught kind of thing. The real value of a judgement like this is that it sends a clear signal that karaoke is always wrong.
US patent 987897586: a method is described of displaying a shiny accessory purely and expressly for the purpose of appearing more sophisticated, cooler, or more privileged, particularly when said accessory is needlessly expensive and affords no measurable functional advantage over a cheaper alternative.
You accept <your_new_company> "as-is" and choose to use it at your own risk. Despite the prohibitions below, <your_new_company> may contain inaccurate, inappropriate or possibly offensive material, and we assume no responsibility or liability for such material.
To the extent legally permitted we expressly disclaim all warranties, representations and conditions, express or implied, including those of quality, merchantability, merchantable quality, durability, fitness for a particular purpose and those arising by statute. We are not liable for any loss, whether of money (including profit), goodwill, or reputation, or any special, indirect, or consequential damages arising out of your use of <your_new_company> even if you advise us or we could reasonably foresee the possibility of any such damage occurring. Some jurisdictions do not allow the disclaimer of warranties or exclusion of damages, so such disclaimers and exclusions may not apply to you.
Despite the previous paragraph, if we are found to be liable, our liability to you or any third party (whether in contract, tort, negligence, strict liability in tort, by statute or otherwise) is limited to fifty US dollars ($50).
Re: What a mess.
I can think offhand of five different ways of making the metro interface go away forever in Win8.
Try killing App* services
I'll bet there's a registry hack
he is off to run Classic Shell. I hear it has a great future.
Re: We once had a one in a billion year total Eclipse over Melbourne Australia
BUT you got to live in Melbourne. Swings & roundabouts, mate.
Upgraded my home server on the basis of this article and so far it has been painless - but only once I had downloaded Classic Shell.
Beware the tiles - background user processes that come with a payload of unwanted network activity and around 20 new firewall holes. You will need to kill them off.
I do not recommend, and am not using, UEFI boot, having been at the wrong end of it already on Linux. It is very ugly when it doesn't work, and some BIOSs have a broken implementation - Phoenix, I'm looking at you. You may be able to avoid it by partitioning with MBR instead of GPT - this used to work on Windows 6.1.
Performance is unchanged. Compatibility is good. OpenCL broke, but it was easy to fix. VirtualBox requires v4.2. Windows retains its advantages as a permissive hypervisor, ideal for home use.
Is this what they mean by 'non-obvious'?
I'd like to be able to say this is the kind of corporatist legalo-nonsense that comes with the special Fear you get when you get as big as Exxon Mobil, but in fact this display is straight from the Steve Jobs Big Book of Adventures for Boys.
Lawyers doing PR
Letting your lawyer run your PR is like letting your terrier wash your hamster.
Re: We are not the product-
Agreed. I don't find Google's model compelling in the long run, because
1. What I get from them is not only worth more, but costs more, than what they get from me, even at the margin
2. Barriers to entry aren't any higher now than they were in 2001, at least in search. A Google was considered unlikely then, and it happened anyway.
Barriers to entry are higher in the enterprise, where the money is. The Surface, and Win 8, don't matter when your customers are bleeding the same ELA subscription regardless.
So is MS really in competition with GOOG? Everyone is afraid of Google because of their habit of loss leading markets away. But other than local search on Android, I struggle to see Google's stickiness.
It should be an £8, £16 or £32 note. All this base 10 kind of misses the point.
I have chosen to forego my icon in memory of Alan Turing.
SSDs don't work underwater either
I love my Scorpio Blacks, and price won't be a consideration when I have to get a new one pretty soon. Drive manufacurers need to differentiate the products that deserve a price premium, and actually market them. This morning I saw a giant Samsung SSD marketing truck parked prominently in the middle of Frankfurt. I've not noticed any above the line marketing from WD or Seagate. Their consumer stuff is good but unimaginative. I don't see any accompanying service offerings for example. Maybe I'm not paying attention.
Man, are we spoilt, just like Paris.
The business market is another kettle of worms: the drives are a trivial part of the cost of enterprise storage. Drive manufacturers are definitely the tail, not the dog.
Wholesale & OEM? One can only guess at the level of carnage.
Sorry if this is obvious, or has already been covered in the Onion, but the answer, in the long term, is to enlist the underemployed fanbois and -grrls who queued at the Apple store as a flexible volunteer labour force. You could work them round the clock and pay them in shiny baubles. The economics of their pavement vigils suggests they would expect the same number of baubles for longer shifts, which may prove useful. They are self-feeding, and bring their own chairs. Their superior Western education should make them flexible enough to cope with any assembly line snafu. Their uncritical eagerness, known in business as 'passion', would go a long way to reducing their new employer's dependence on ungrateful foreigners.
All is forgiven
Having switched to Android from S60, I am unpleasantly amazed to find how immature Google's mobile mapping solution is. So it's nice that they keep updating the %$^%$ thing every week.
Actually, in hindsight S60 in general is looking more and more stable, usable and appealing. I think it's Nokstalgia.
Don't use Apple - don't have the dress sense.
Re: Genuinely confused
Not if it's wafer-thin ham.
Credit to the incomparable Caroline Aherne.
There's one born every minute. The funniest/saddest part of this story (so far anyway) is that Goldman was dealing this slurry over the counter before the IPO to all the other dads who were late to the disco.
When the parents turn up, as has been pointed out somewhere here, the party is over, and the guy with the dope is long gone.
Some interesting tech was done. But FB racked up some heavyweight recurring costs in the process, hiring darlings from Google, building a very nice data centre on the arctic circle, buying Instagram and Opera, and other daily essentials. In the long run (...) it has to cover those recurring costs from revenue, like a grown-up. Not from capital, like a trustafarian.
Can it? I confess I have not checked. But who cares? The fees have been paid, the outs have been cashed, and everyone who's anyone is a winner.
A much more interesting question is what all those zuckers will have learnt when the sell side suits next come calling.
That'll be the old glam slap flash cache hash, stash & dash.
Re: a whole hour?
I like the way it looks. I just don't like how it works.
But then I'm not very bright. I tried several of the nifty new (circa 2003) windows key shortcuts (mentioned below) in vain, until I realised: I'm in Unix.
And I can't reach my screens for the fondling part. Are my arms too short? Maybe I'm just not cut out for modern computing.
Am I a freak? MS must be hoping so.
Re: Well, you can forget your troubles with those Imperial slugs. I told you I'd outrun 'em.
That would be 150GB, not MB, over, I think, six years, making that 396 bytes/sec. I'll stop now.
People, you're whining, er, arguing about something that costs $5 a month. 100kbps is 800MB a day. For heavyweight applications, you will have to pay actual money. Even then, cloud backup is secondary backup.
If you're worried about leaving your machine on, then have it do something useful - worldcommunitygrid.org.
Remember most Carbonite users are on ADSL, or cable with crippled upload. That is not a viable way to back up video. Carbonite will do it, but not by default.
No, I don't work for them. They work for me.
Well, you can forget your troubles with those Imperial slugs. I told you I'd outrun 'em.
That is a weak ASA decision. Carbonite works, though not perfectly, and whatever limits it has are immaterial in practice. I use it because it is cheap. I have around 150MB sitting in Boston, which is probably typical. I throttle my own Carbonite uploads - it is more than fast enough for the retail and small business applications it is designed for.
Why not perfectly? The Windows client is a bit clunky and annoying for power users. You can't throttle its CPU use during scans. It's file based, not block based (a bit of a non-problem in this market). Migrations can be patchy.
Claire Galbois-Alcaix underestimates her customers, to put it politely. This is normally fatal in the long term.
Paris - you know why.
Let's not confuse the retail and wholesale issues here. By analogy the FSA makes a useful distinction between private investors, who need some things spelled out and who get some guarantees, and institutionals, whose day job it is to know this stuff.
The wholesale cloud thing will not go away. There are still a lot of idle assets in IT, and the consolidation of storage and computing power that has happened in the enterprise will continue beyond it, for exactly the same reasons. The buyers may not be informed, but then the Masters of the Universe get it wrong sometimes too. [The hole in this model is that network throughput can't be consolidated in the same way, but that is another debate.]
Retail cloud users have no understanding of the consequences of what they are doing, and no 'Information Services Authority' to spell it out for them. Maybe they actually want Facebook to point out what their alleged friends supposedly bought, as they drive past the mall. It's their decison. It should be an informed descision. It isn't.
Finally, anyone who has lived in a police state can see that this retail cloudwalking has the potential to get much uglier.
The problem facing Ultrabooks is that unlike Macbook Air owners, PC owners are more likely to have real jobs that don't involve, or that even actively discourage, sitting around in Starbucks looking coolly wired. The rest follows naturally.
Fwiw, the drive that OCZ replaced (instantly) when my controller died, hasn't died yet.
Who cares if it dies, if during its tragically short life, it goes like the clap? Real storage is magnetic. My data live on. QED.
As an end user I would be more worried that my data was so safe I couldn't get to it. I don't know anything about RainStor/ClearSpace, but I'll bet it relies on good metadata. GIGO.
You can use internet searches to investigate press releases
This appears to be a UK developed column database or something inspired by it.
This is no more feasible than it was three years ago. Who's been pocketing the consulting fees all this time?
Maybe RBS should move their back office to the Cloud..?
What's wrong with this picture
Predicting an x86 revolution in embedded systems may be funny, but that don't make it right.
IDC says it does not include OEM sales, by which it presumably means it does not try to unravel them.
Warning: competitors with significant OEM businesses will appear smaller in your rear view mirror than they really are.
Why would anyone spy on *Canadians*?
Numiricy & punditry
The minimum *uncompounded* margin of error of this prediction exceeds the projected difference by an order of magnitude. However even I can see that 'Windows phone may or may not overtake iOS in a few years' doesn't make such a good headline.
Now if someone were ever to put these pundits and their pundit-wallahs to the test, that would make for interesting numbers. We need the IT equivalent of politifact.com. Come on, let's burn some bridges.