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To understand IPOs, watch a wildlife film. The most obvious example will be on your local savannah, but there are also good examples in aquatic ecosystems.
How do predators take prey from larger species? Do they gather in packs, isolate individuals from the herd, try to outrun and exhaust their prey, attack in unison, and weaken the victim by inflicting small injuries? Yes, they do all of these things. But their most successful strategy is to hunt and kill the young. They're slow, weak, dumb, and very, very tasty.
Olivia Newton John
What I know about networking is dangerous, so can someone explain this to me: how does SDN help you if what you're doing in software doesn't match your topology? And if you have to design, maintain and change your topology, which you do, isn't what you have hardware defined networking?
From my position of sublime ignorance, it looks like for SDN to be transparent you'd have to wire everything to everything else at backplane speeds. Even I can see that that's a lot of wire.
Someone help me out here.
My office office is hot and loud. Firing all the sales people would instantly save a lot of money *and* reduce the noise levels. Until that happens, I'll just have to work from home.
The cute technical term for the uninsurable.
Microsoft should get out of the industrial control business RIGHT NOW! Quick, tell the new guy.
Re: Obvious troll is obvious
“The world has a big issue around vectorisation and parallelisation of code,” Graylish said. “99% of code isn't written that way.” Graylish also feels “defining a workload that can run in 1000 cores is hard.”
With the greatest respect to Intel and Graylish, this conflates processes and threads. Since it's coming from Intel, whose business it is to know this stuff, I can only assume it's a deliberate obfuscation.
Whatever delivers most things per wall watt, wins.
OK. Now assemble a whole business full of brilliant arseholes. How well does that work?
Re: I don't get laptops
I guess you need to figure out if you're running a server or a portable lab. Laptops are relatively bad at always-on operation.
I did try running a (non-cheap) laptop for a year or so under load to see if the fan would fail, and the fan failed. On an idle laptop on the other hand, the fan will continually cycle on and off, increasing heat stress. You'd better make sure the fan is accessible, so you can clean it. Laptop hard disk cooling is usually via hope.
Li-Ion batteries are the worst possible choice for UPS. The warmer they are, and longer they spend fully charged, the faster they lose the will to live. If there is an option not to charge fully, use it.
Not a lab, but I virtualized my entire study and got a physical room back. The study now runs in various boxes hidden behind or in cupboards in different rooms, and I remote in from wherever I happen to be. Virtualbox makes it embarrassingly easy to run headless VMs for access over RDP, OS agnostic. When an RDP session gets confused, there's TeamViewer. For the server I use Win8.0 on a headless mini ITX AMD setup - AMD has excellent virtualization on all its chips, not just some of them. The power draw is negligible (get WD Black, and an AMD 'T' chip). RAM is better value than SSD: squeeze the VMs and cache their I/O at the host. By siting the server right, you can save on a media server. You can also save on fat clients - my main work machine is now a netbook, which is cool enough to run in the printer cupboard, pointing to a VM.
I'm still waiting
for my Apple iCahn. It was going to be a device that highjacks your other devices and forces them to return value to their owner. And it was going to be shiny. I was ready to queue all night for that.
Re: Badly configured
That technological advances eventually compensate for poor design? Just look at the Porsche 911.
Another ex loyal Opera user here. I used it because it had some security through obscurity value, and consistently the best interface. Compatibility issues gradually vanished as sites dropped IE 6. The list of useful features it had first is long. Plus, it had a killer feature: when you click Back in Opera, it goes back; it doesn't try to reload the frikkin internet.
With a change of engine, Opera became just another browser, at which point I may as well use Firefox.
I still use Mini, because it is, like Opera, marginally superior.
Miscreants have brewed a multi-platform strain of malware capable of infecting Windows, Mac OS and Linux PCs.
The malware - dubbed Client Side Java by Kaspersky Lab - has reportedly infected 'three billion devices', which would make it the world's most successful bot net.
Command and control traffic has been traced to a firm in Silicon Valley.
Hey Microsoft, you need to erase the invention from wikipedia *before* you apply for the patent, not *after*.
Manufucturers have known for a couple of years that the generation X & Y increasingly see personal cars as a liability. At the same time they happen to be facing a set of problems exactly analogous to Big Tech: vastly improved capital efficiency has delivered market saturation, overcapacity, and redundant performance. Just as Intel has to convince us that we need a second supercomputer on our desks, BMW needs us to believe that we need 300bhp. Turns out we don't.
Car manufacturers' response has been 1. sell to the parents; 2. sell to emerging markets yet to understand the futility of universal car ownership; 3. deal reluctantly with the problem with better tech: baubles like ICE and GPS, inefficient hybrids, tech for OEM car sharing; 4. try to shut factories.
Big Auto doesn't have the answer yet, because a generation has to die for the new plants to grow, as it were. Some piquant lessons here for hi tech.
Less TV, more wifi
I don't care about TV.
All I know is we could do with better options for local networking in the real world. After a few weeks messing with dual band routers, I have successfully reinforced my prejudice that all wifi in the various low GHz frequencies is just different shades of shit.
I don't hold out a lot of hope. The physics tradeoffs are nasty, and the politics worse. Engineers have done a good job with garbage spectrum. I'd like to see what's possible with better quality raw materials.
This is being typed via an Acer netbook acting as a virtual desktop terminal. It's only 5 years old. When it dies I will certainly take a look at a Chromebook, if Google still exists in 2023.
Unsurprisingly, Mulally has just done a Nancy Reagan.
Gates and Ballmer are both big shareholders. Whether they're on the board or not, they'll be billion dollar pains in the arse. In the event, it may be better to have them in the tent pissing out. But any new boss will need even bigger shareholders in their own corner, or they will get nothing done.
MSFT has so far failed Succession Planning 1. This is no way to run a public company.
Re: Enterprise drives are NOT designed to be more reliable
Enterprise SATA drives are functionally identical to consumer drives. I hope they get a bit more testing to get rid of the most egregious duds, but that's it. They don't have error correction, and the array is designed not to trust them. Unlike SAS, error correction on enterprise SATA is (or should be) done by the controller, for example by chucking in an ECC sector every few sectors, independently of any striping. That's why you get 1/9 less usable space with enterprise SATA.
Normally I would agree that an ad hominem response would be childish, inappropiate and unhelpful. However, in the case of this particular gentleman, I am willing to make an exception. I will be brief.
If Brand did not exist, it would not be necesary to invent him.
Hey AMD, when can we have this chip in a real PC?
Re: What I want
Good call. This is way over the top but there appears to be nothing else.
I particularly like the way it is 'Designed for the rigors and demands of healthcare environments'. That must be one tough monitor arm.
What I want
is a monitor stand that stands on the floor and works like a balanced arm lamp. That way I could get rid of my desk, and work either in a low chair xor standing up.
Second best would be one that clamps to a desk, but like the lamp, can stetch *below* its mount point.
My money is waiting.
The 2.5" drives are the gem in this range. No readily accessible useful info on which form factors are getting the upgrade to be seen on the WD site. Instead, we are informed that WD drives provide better traction.
Still, it's not as if magnetic disks are under any competitive pressure, so everything'll probably be okay.
Non-customer breaks silence
Was going to write a witty and informed tract on why I can't make Win 8 tablets add up, but just like other potential punters, I find I can't be bothered. MSFT has people to do this for them.
Roughtly a quarter of the world's population live in police states where being in possession of the wrong ideas can get you killed, or, if you're lucky, make you wish you were dead.
For twitter, this is above average.
Adobe is seeking to reassure users.
"We are not aware of any zero-day exploits targeting any Adobe products."
Does this manage moonshot wimpy nodes? At that price, I'm guessing not. And if not, does it make any sense?
Both Sides, Now
I was away all last week. As soon as I arrived overseas, My Blackberry lost its personality and became a consumer device. I had no mobile email or data, only GSM.
Then the third party Internet provider at my hotel puked and stopped giving out IP addresses for three days. Now I really had no mobile email or data.
Roaming on my Android smartphone cost me €15/MB. I was reminded, poignantly, of precisely how little Google sees fit to cache locally, and how much update chatter it donates on my behalf. Thanks Google, my carrier loves you too.
Was I in Madagascar? Malaysia? Mali? No, friends, I was in Mountain View, CA.
I've looked at clouds from both sides now.
a chance to recover your FB losses
You may be confusing features and benefits. One is important for your survival. The other is noise.
Re: Retail flail
Sir, you have excellent taste.
Which would be *easier*? Building your i7 or buying the cross bike? Now replicate a million times.
The PC 'industry' bleats about falling sales, but until they learn to sell like the bike industry sells, they get negative sympathy from me.
I'm trying to build a machine right now. Impossible to find what I want. I'll probably stick with what I have, and buy that steel disc cross bike for winter.
Re: Retail flail
The argument that there isn't sufficient benefit at the margin to justify the capital outlay for most folks, or that Windows this or that is rubbish, has no bearing on the sales proposition, particularly in retail.
Take bicycles. There hasn't been a material advance in bicycle technology in a century. Do regular punters need new bicycles? They do not. Do shops sell new bicycles to regular punters? They do.
Today, the Register can reveal that most of the bicycles that get sold to regular punters are not strictly what those punters need. They are not correctly fitted (most are too big), they contain dubious and unnecessary non-innovations (integrated headsets, bladed spokes, telescopic forks), arbitrary design choices dressed up as features (622 wheels, 170mm cranks, and oversize tubing), and are designed to be easy to use, even when this makes them less effective (straight bars). Most of these features will never be exploited.
Regular punters would be just as well off with a second hand bike from the 1980s. Why do you suppose they cough up regularly for redundant new kit?
I'm not sure what fraction of the market it makes up, but in no other industry is retail so suicidally, so sheep-shaggingly inept.
This is not helping.
Europe is worst. US a bit better.
It won't sell itself, Einstein. You need to put it where people can see it. Try putting prices on it. Keep your shop tidy. Do some promotions. Try talking sense or, failing that, learn sales technique. Go to a real shop and see how they do it. Look at a real web site. Get fucking organized or go home.
Re: Department of Information Retrieval
In 'victims' I include 'bad guys'.
Department of Information Retrieval
The interesting question for me is not what the NSA is *trying* to do, but what is in fact possible.
The chances that they or any other body can deliver value for money on this technologically ignorant and pork-laden political wild goose chase approaches 0.025% of 1.6%. There are no obvious incentives to apply an economic rationale. Even if there were, failure and success are both secret.
The NSA effort is politically inspired, but not politically accountable. It creates special interest groups that can use both secret failure and secret success to appropriate more resources.
It's sheer genius. It's the perfect scam. All that's missing is to charge the victims for their own interrogation.
IT is a utility. That gives it certain weird and unpleasant characteristics, and we need more thought on this topic. I'd write a book but I have contracts to run.
1. A utility is an asymmetrical service. In a utility, when you spend a fortune, innovate brilliantly, bust your gut to make things run perfectly, then save the business from a problem it didn't even know it had, you get this well-known result:
2. When you take your eye off the ball for one minute of the half million minutes in a year, or when something breaks that's within your remit but beyond your control, or when you make a dumb mistake, you get this well known result:
Ever wondered why your job is so thankless? a. You work in a utility, and these are the only two possible results of your work. b. The five nines of Nothing you have produced in no way shields you from the amount of Shit that will rain on you when something goes wrong.
3. Utilities are easy to shave costs from. Why spend all this time and money on Nothing? If you spend less, you still get Nothing, at least for a while. This means that in return for the Nothing you produce as a utility provider, what you can expect from the organization for the production of Nothing is, therefore, Less.
IT is not special - this is true at water companies, chicken farms, and banks, and all the other things humans have got operationally good at.
IT has responded by trying to enable things and innovate. That's nice, and probably necessary, but today's innovation becomes tomorrow's baseline. Now you have to work harder to produce Nothing. At best you might be able to argue for more resources. But not for long.
DR and security are the most utility-ish part of IT because most of the effort manifestly produces Nothing, by design. That's why DR and security have to resort to a bit of hyperbole once in a while to get proper funding.
Design by numbers
Design by numbers is pernicious if it is used as a design shortcut.
If you put a city kid in a forest, they won't understand what they're looking at, no matter how good they are at counting trees.
To design something good, you need to be of the forest, not just in the forest.
That isn't difficult, it just takes time. It *begins* with becoming a user for a while, understanding what people actually do.
You will spend the time one way or another. The only shortcut is to mediocrity.
Re: Eadon Has A Point
The time has been ripe for a consumer Linux distro for years. Canonical was that distro, and look what they've gone and done.
Win8 retail experience
My observations after a year:
Consumers don't have a problem with the Win8 interface - and that goes for noobs as well as seasoned Windows users. They don't have the baggage that techies come with, they think it looks nice, it's stable, it's fast, and it's consistent. If consumers aren't buying it, it's because their mates are buying iPads, or they don't need a new PC at all.
For consumers, MS has nevertheless managed to shoot itself in two ways: the TIFKAM apps were not ready - stupid stuff like duplicated hotmail contacts and no menus to fix them with - and piss poor XBox cloud performance, which the user associates with Win8, not Azure.
MS has also succeeded brilliantly in failing to market Win8 to techies. The security model is significantly better (excluding &*%£* EUFI boot) and performance is excellent. I don't know why else you would want to upgrade an OS. TIFKAM is irrelevant here because techies know how to make it go away. EUFI boot is also optional if you hack the installation.
So poor PC market notwithstanding, MS has executed poorly, and boy do they know it.
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.
Fn key combinations for Home, End, PgUp, PgDn? Game over.