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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.
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.
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.
Sumo v Ninja
Enterprise IT is conservative, and that costs money. Over the years it has been force fed into a risk averse, overengineered, rigidly reactive state by two things: successive failures, and overweening complexity. Enterprise IT is sumo.
As I was going on about only the other day, IT is a utility. It gets spanked for failure but not stroked for success. The typical response to this is a neurotic cycle of bulking up, then dieting as the consolidators take your sumo and try to make him a little bit ninja.
If you can't afford this set of problems, unfortunately you're just going to get a different set. Look at it from the SME perspective. They need ninja. Whereas anyone can recognize a sumo wrestler, ninja are, ipso facto, harder to spot. (Have you ever seen one?) Your choices as an SME are to take pot luck with some guy in black, or pay some VAR over the odds and get some guys who at least look like apprentice sumo.
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.
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.
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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.