209 posts • joined 12 Jan 2009
I still have a guitar amp I bought from Maplins catalogue about 1990. Still works fine :)
"Only the true inventor of Bitcoin would deny his divinity!"
"Why not just use a Silent Circle app on our current, cheaper phones?"
Because all it takes is one rogue app installed on your current phone to bypass the security. Remember this is using a locked down Android OS, not your stock OS so it should be more secure than your current phone.
Re: does it matter?
"If we carry on burning hydrocarbons as we are we are going to run out before my Grandaughter retires."
This. Regardless of whether you believe the climate is changing or if any change is man made, making a scarce resource last a bit longer should be reason enough to minimise our usage of fossil fuels. When we add in the pollution & health impacts, it should make it a no-brainer.
From the Wikipedia article:
"Over-the-top messaging refers to a similar idea, where a third party provides instant messaging services as an alternative to text messaging services provided by a mobile network operator."
Sounds like an exact match for WhatsApp.
Search Google for OTT. First hit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over-the-top_content
Re: So performance mode is unreliable somehow...
Bit errors are presumably seen as not allowed, otherwise it's a pointless technology. What's more likely is that RAM transactions have unreliable timings; i.e. it might take longer one time than another which would be the bane of anything latency critical (high frequency trading was mentioned, anything realtime would likewise be affected).
Re: "what hope do the non-technical and the uninitiated have to find out the truth?"
"Shouldn't they be asking the technical and initiated as to which is the best solution to get?" - yes, but how many PHBs out there trust their techies over a shiny brochure and pushy sales droids who take them for a free lunch? There are too many non-techie managers who sign off on a purchase without checking with their IT department who are then expected to make whatever's been bought work.
No, for one very good reason...
We (the consumers) need to have some kind of competition in the phone operating systems. If Apple did the unthinkable and adopted Android, it would remove competition from the market and leave competition essentially between Google & MS with Blackberry a distant 3rd.
For reference, I prefer Android and use that, but I wouldn't want it to become too dominant in the market for the reasons above.
Re: Sorry... am I reading that right?
Quite, although it also reminded me of the joke (which is also somewhat appropriate, given the discussion material):
"In a survey on men's taste in womens' legs, 11% said they preferred skinny legs, 6% said they preferred fat legs and 83% said they preferred something in between."
Re: Promise the world
For £6k, you should have done a small claims court action.
Re: lack of evidence
There are various options here:
- prosecutors screwed up & didn't present the evidence
- It wasn't recorded correctly (e.g. the cop was only following and took speed from car speedo)
- defence found a technicality to render presented evidence invalid
Not quite, read the article: "deny allegations made in a Der Spiegel article published last month that the NSA had installed back doors in kit made by Huawei"
i.e. there are reports that the NSA had managed to backdoor Huawei kit which is fairly plausible, given what else they're purported to have done.
This is a different allegation to previously which is that Huawei kit wasn't safe in the US because it had Chinese state sponsored backdoors installed. The irony of USA complaining of state-sponsored backdoors in light of the Snowden revelations isn't missed, though.
"it looks like you're trying to setup inter site replication"
Just what we need - Clippy on steroids....
Re: Feminists are irritating
In a similar vein (including Sarcasm):
"Women can be sexist too. It's just that men, as in most cases, are better at it."
Re: It's only a matter of time.
"If only email addresses were portable in the same way mobile phone numbers are. Something to do with DNS queries?"
Your own domain name fixes that problem. Get domain name, cheap mail hosting and use GMail's ability to slurp mail via POP3 to get it into GMail. I can now access my mail from mobile, web browser and even IMAP on my desktop.
I used to run my own mail server on a home server, but after issues getting that working on my Qnap NAS, I moved to Gmail, haven't regretted it since. If Gmail started being an issue (e.g. privacy concerns), I can move to another provider quickly without changing email address.
Re: Not too bright ?
Simple - people usually carry a phone on them, but rarely a torch. If you need a torch at short notice, it's usually easier to grab the phone and use it vs finding a real torch.
Re: What's good for the goose....
You're right about the copyright. There is a lot of copyright held in RHEL and Linux. Thing is, the license to use said copyrighted code allow Oracle to do what it's doing, that's the cost/benefit of the GPL.
Re: Message to mobile operators
Can't see it working for various reasons. The cult of Apple means that people will move to another provider if it means they get the latest shiny. Secondly, the negotiations with Apple are almost certainly tied up in reams of NDA so the most you'd be allowed to say is that you didn't have a deal with Apple to sell their products.
It would take a majority of carriers to do this for it to have any effect and even then, I'm not convinced. O2 had a monopoly on the original iPhone in the UK and people still bought them. Heck, I considered going back to O2 on that basis at the time, even though I'd found reception to be crap.
Re: The "Cloud"
Because, of course, internal systems never, ever fail, do they? Provided your cloud solution is as reliable as an internal system, there's no issues. Just because all companies now have their outages at the same time, it becomes public knowledge and more widespread.
Nice sales pitch at the end...
"Everyone on the internet ... should now be monitoring the global routing of their advertised IP prefixes"
With the subtext of "which we'll be happy to provide. For a fee, of course..."
Re: @ Rampant Spaniel (was: I use VI! ;-))
Technically, ed is the default Unix text editor (try unset EDITOR; crontab -e), but all major Unix distros have vi installed by default. As a result, most Unix admins default to using vi as the text editor because no matter how bad you might think it is, it's many times better than ed.... Sure, you can install emacs, nano, pico or whatever onto AIX/Solaris/HP-UX, but you'll be SOL when you have to recover a system from CD.
Added to that, for a lot of work, I find vi far more powerful than a standard text editor, mainly due to being able to repeat commands (.) and searches (n/N).
Yup, he's perfectly described my complaints about Windows installers - let's ask questions at 5 points during the install process instead of once at the start and once at the end. For all that people complain about Linux not being user friendly, the majority of Linux installations have been easier than Windows IME...
Quite. If we don't try games like this, we'll just have yet another Gran Turismo or Call of Duty game coming along. Given the cost of making a computer game these days, companies don't generally take risks.
The issue is that trying to make a "movie game" with freedom to mess it up is vastly more complex than railroading the player/viewer, but with practice the games industry might just get there eventually.
Possibility of different buying habits?
If you absolutely have to be seen to have the latest & best gadget, you will rush out and buy the top model. If you're less concerned about that sort of thing, you may be inclined to wait longer and might just pick up the 5C when you get round to it.
That kind of scenario would lead to the 5S selling like mad in the first month or two with a ramp down, but the 5C might just keep ticking along and eventually becoming more popular than the 5S. Of course, the lack in price differential might have had a factor as well, since Apple don't really do "budget phone"...
I'm not convinced. Spun down disks can be pretty bad at not coming back online, simply due to the standard issue of moving parts breaking. You can probably design a more reliable drive with a design aim of stopping/starting many times, but that would probably increase cost and make it less attractive than tape.
RAID or equivalent could make the drive failures less of an issue, but if this is your only copy of the data, you'd want to be very sure you can cope with multiple drives not coming back after being spun down.
It'll likely take someone doing full testing on it and likely some real-world experience of such a solution, but the question is who is willing to trust their data to such a solution?
I'm assuming this is a troll. The top results for searching for "1337" explain the reference perfectly adequately.
Re: "....so its 1500kgs of goodies could be brought aboard."
"In orbit the goodies don't weigh anything."
Perhaps not, but they still have mass which is what kg measures.
Re: Obsessed with consumers
To an extent. BB lost market share in the enterprise because people started integrating their iPhones into the corporate networks because they were shinier and BB's differentiating features (e.g. email push) became less relevant with cheap Wifi/3G connectivity being ubiquitous. Once they starting losing their core business customers, they were in trouble.
Many people don't want a relatively boring business like tool, they want the latest shiny. In the early noughties, the shiny /was/ a Blackberry, now it's an iPhone (or S4, or whatever). BB failed to keep up with the trends and didn't have a desirable enough platform so people are leaving.
Re: Not just a static prop
ISTR something similar for other vehicles in one of those "behind the scenes" things. The producers said there was no way to get all the toys into one system, so they'd have one model with rocket launchers, another with extra propulsion/jets so it could fly/glide, another with a smoke dispenser etc and swap them for scenes.
I remember a Mary Whitehouse Experience sketch from the radio lampooning the exam experience which mentioned the cacophony of hourly beeps on the hour...
The rest of that sketch was hilarious and had me choking quietly in the corner as I was listening on headphones trying not to burst out laughing. It seems to be available on MP3 here, will have to have a download later...
Re: Clock speed?
I'm guessing clock speeds will come out after they've done some more testing - clock speed is really a function of how fast (and hot) you can drive the silicon without it making mistakes. While you could nominally drive the silicon at say 4GHz in perfect conditions, most likely you'll have a massive failure rate so you'd ramp speed down to 3.5GHz with a higher success rate, possibly with the successful 4GHz parts as your premium part.
The real issue for a platform like this is scalability; all those threads potentially battling over cross calls, cache flushes etc can really kill performance for some workloads. Still, there are probably workloads well suited to such a monster system.
Re: This is about a Soldier under an Oath of Fealty...
"I was only obeying orders" doesn't always cut the mustard, though.
Pretty much this.
In my previous job about 9 years ago, we had 3GHz+ Xeons in the servers. Intel chips seem to have generally slowed down into the 2.5GHz-3GHz range, just with more cores/SMT etc and some improved pipelining. Overall single thread performance hasn't been jumping like it was in the late 90s/early noughties and a lot of performance is still driven by single thread performance.
Aside from some niche power users, most people don't need anything more than a 4-5 year old PC to run what they need, i.e. a web browser, Office toolset & email client so there's no need to upgrade.
Re: No (much) need for a mouse
As ever, it depends on the task at hand. I do use a lot of keyboard shortcuts and remember an occasion my mouse died and I was forced to use Alt-keys for a while until I could get out to a shop for a replacement. Being able to use just the keyboard for common tasks saves time switching between keyboard & mouse.
However, FPS games are far better on a mouse, I remember the jump in effectiveness on Quake 2 when I switched to mouse.
FWIW, I still hate trackpads - I can use them at a push, but I'm not effective with them. I find the nub mice in the middle of the keyboard easier to use.
Main thing is, use whatever works for you.
I get insurance from my bank account, otherwise I wouldn't bother.
Re: Disk or disks
That was my thought too. I'm guessing the idea is you're using this as a backup device on the network rather than the sole copy of data, either that or backing up to the cloud as well. As someone who lost a NAS hard drive just before Christmas, I'm going to continue mirroring the data.
I agree about the all in ones. While they do have the advantage of saving desktop space and looking pretty, they lack upgrade potential and I'm reluctant to throw out a perfectly good screen because the computer is too old; my monitor has lasted through a few upgrade cycles and I use it with my work laptop through the KVM switch.
As for laptops, they can have plenty performance for most people; mine is a perfectly adequate gaming machine and is still decently portable. Hardcore gamers, graphics designers or video editors will always require the power of a desktop, though. It all depends what you're using the computer (in the broad term) as to what suits, whether laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone.
America is content to help Chinese escape from the country (Chen Guangcheng), but not so happy when other countries decide to grant the same aid to US citizens they want.
With the game companies getting their pound of flesh on 2nd hand games, that should make the Xbox games marginally cheaper to buy initially as they'll have a longer term revenue stream to follow. With no cut in the resale of PS4 games, they may end up more expensive to compensate.
Of course, what will really happen is that companies will charge as much as they can get away with to turn a profit, same as always. Time will tell how this all pans out.
Er, not quite accurate
"Support will finally end in 2015" - for old versions and anything on Alpha. From the link on openvms.org, "We will also extend Integrity i2 server hardware support through at least December 31, 2020."
Re: Yes, because...
Well, I'm now on a relatively cheap plan on Vodafone of about £17 a month which is essentially SIM-only now. I worked out that getting a new phone "free" would be more expensive over the 2 years than it would be to buy the phone off the net on a SIM-only deal. As it is, I was rather underwhelmed by the phones on offer at the time and I've kept the old phone going a while longer than I might have otherwise done. It's liberating getting off the treadmill of automatically upgrading every 2 years.
Re: Caps Lock?
Finding the regedit updates to make the caps lock key act as a shift key has saved me a load of hassle in the past :)
Possibly - I avoided the iPhone at the start because it was tied to O2/Cellnet which I'd moved from due to crap reception. If it had been unlocked/available on Vodafone I'd have snapped one up and probably been a convert from the get-go. As it is, by the time it was available all over, the hype had died down and I wound up on Android.
Re: I believe...
"Curvy is Pervy"
"Bendy is Trendy"
It depends if HTC asked/pressured ST for it specifically, but yeah, ST should be feeling some heat from Nokia as well, certainly I'd be surprised if many tech firms trusted them to build kit for them for some time.
Power 7 is 8 cores per socket, so you're getting double the number of cores in a T5-2 vs a 2 socket Power 7 system. Of course, performance isn't just about core count so it'll depend how each platform runs your workloads. I suspect Power 7 would blast single threaded workloads better, the T5-2 would chew up multi threaded apps better.
Also, who ever pays list price? Cost comparisons will depend on how much you can barter down Oracle & IBM against each other...
Core performance on the M5 should be far better than the T5 systems; it's got much more L3 cache per chip (48MB vs 8MB), fewer cores (6 vs 16) so a massive boost to L3 cache per core (8MB vs 0.5MB). Obviously, you need more of them to match the T5 equivalent system for raw compute capability, but anything which is memory intensive will prefer the M5 boxes.
Depends on your use case. If your backup strategy is "rebuild from build server on fail", you don't care about Networker, Netbackup or whatever. The Hyperscale model is to have 100s of small servers, backing them all up individually would be a pain.
A lot of it could be geography - The US has a lot of wide open spaces where a falling payload won't cause any more damage than a few broken twigs, but the UK is a bit more cramped. Add in the fact that predicting where the payload might go and ensuring it doesn't end up somewhere inaccessible (e.g. in the North Sea, up a mountain, etc) is a bit harder.
Finally, let's add in that there are lot more US kids than UK kids so it only makes sense we hear more of them having fun & playing with this kind of tech.
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