193 posts • joined Monday 12th January 2009 17:30 GMT
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?
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.
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.
To look at the numbers another way:
The laptop market is more mature. Many people who want/need a laptop already have one, hence they aren't selling so well.
The Tablet market is new & growing, so people who want them have to buy them rather than make do with an older one as they don't have an older one.
Give it a year and we'll see how the numbers run as everyone who needs/wants a tablet has one and you only get the newcomers & upgraders.
That said, it does seem as if tablets are taking over. Most people don't need anything more as they're just browsing the web, email & some light games. Given the cost of games on tablets (free-£3 in most cases), it's a cheaper proposition than a PC with £30+ games the norm.
'It's also simple to find married people who "liked" prostitutes'
Er, seriously? The mind boggles:
First, that prostitutes have Facebook pages (I can see the status update - "OMG, got the clap!!!! lololol!!!! Best get yourselves checked out, boys!")
Second, that a married man would be insane enough to "like" one of their pages, given that would be visible to anyone on his friends list (and probably some not on his friends list).
Glad some of you got the reference :)
I did spend some enjoyable time re-acquainting myself with Badvoc, Aulus et al on 4oD a while back.
"They call me Mungo the evasive"
"Why's that then?"
"Who wants to know?"
Re: Not in the UK I don't think.
Jason 7 has the point - the PS3 is massive in the far East and Xbox reach is negligible in comparison. My guess is the Japanese "buy local" and get PS3 (or possibly Nintendo) and don't bother with that American thing. Not so sure why Brits go for Xbox, though.
Bendy is trendy...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/727831.stm - £22.47bn ($35.4bn) - back in 2000.
See also http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/archive/spectrumauctions/auction/auction_index.htm for some good olde schoole website design :)
Yup, Altavista was pretty much guaranteed to give you 5 porn links in the top 10, no matter what you were searching for. If you added "-sex" to the search, you might get a better set of results, but it wasn't great. Unfortunately, it was still one of the better search engines at the time until Google raised the bar on search quality.
"Subsequently however legal action was taken by an investor against a bunch of HPers over the handling of the Autonomy buy, and named as a defendant was among other hapless Apotheker, who until now maintained a silent vigil."
That sentence needs taken out and shot so it's put out of our misery. I've had to read that about 5 times and I'm still having to make assumptions about what it's actually supposed to mean.
Wasn't there a US senator accused of racism when he used the word "niggardly"? Some googling also finds this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversies_about_the_word_%22niggardly%22
So, in short, the word shouldn't be controversial, but never underestimate human stupidity.
Re: "Environmental Impact "
"Vast portions of the oceans are desserts"
I think we need more information here. What are we talking about, Jelly & Ice Cream? Cheescake? Sticky Toffee Pudding? Inquiring minds need to know, the mining possibilities are endless!
So, if your hard drive fails (which they're known to do...), you now have a very pretty (but very expensive) 21.5" paperweight/doorstop because you can't swap out the drive? That's bloody moronic, even for Apple.
I've never liked the all in one design anyway, I've got a monitor I've had for many years and has been passed between various PC's & laptops over time rather than having to be chucked out because the CPU is too old or a hard drive failed.
Re: Err, once again I misread it for Linda (Lovelace)...
"the idea of a Linda Lovelace programming language might appeal to a lot of us"
Yeah, but you know it would suck...
Re: Oldtimer alert!
Solaris used to have the tunefs snippet, long since excised unfortunately.
I seem to recall old versions of emacs having man pages for some odd subjects like "sex" and possibly "condom" - haven't used emacs in years so can't tell if they're still there.
Other fun error codes - does the linux kernel still have the "printer on fire" error? ISTR it was for a return code which would never occur....
I was thinking similar thoughts. Most of the advantages of the mainframe listed are enforceable on Unix, Linux or even Windows servers with sufficient political will. The difficulty is that *nix & Windows admins/users aren't used to such controls and would balk and the kind of barriers that mainframe methodologies put in your way.
Re: nexus device
Hahahahahahaha!! It took them until August to get 4.0 onto UK Xooms, even though it had been out in the US for about 6 months by then.
I'll probably look at rooting mine once it's out, the multi-profiles would mean I could share it with the other half if she wants to borrow it. Worth noting that the multi-profile support is a key benefit on Android, iPads don't do it yet, wouldn't surpise me if that's deliberate to ensure households have to buy multiple devices...
Films /never/ make a profit, at least for as long as anyone gets paid on a % of profits. Anyone entering into such a deal now needs to be very careful about what is allowable in terms of costs or they're stupid. Far easier/better to demand a share of takings which can't be massaged into a loss.
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