1325 posts • joined 15 Mar 2007
Re: South America
No, the missed point about a usefull sub-orbital flight (as opposed to geostationary satellite launch) is that it goes from somewhere people are, to somewhere people want to be.
I can see flights from, say, UK to Australia (and vice-versa) in 2-3 hours being very popular if the cost was vaguely tolerable.
Re: Marketing is working
No worry, as win7 will be available for years due to demand just like XP got several stays of execution.
So please don't give them any more money then necessary?
Tux - 'cause he/she is cheap, and I like IT!
Re: All the well written 3rd party apps in the world won't save win8!
"So are you suggesting that they document how to use every piece of code in Windows?"
In a word - yes.
Or remove them completely so their own developer's don't have something special to play with.
Remember its not just IE that gets special treatment on WOA/WinRT, but they also have a special rule to allow Office to run without the dreaded metro interface. Why not allow LibreOffice this access?
Yes, I know, that was a rhetorical question...
The disbelief is not that 20% of software in use is not correctly licenses, but that (a) stopping this would not necessarily lead to 20% more income (a lot of expensive unlicensed software would not be bought, but cheaper alternatives used), and that (b) any such increase in income won't necessarily help the UK economy as a whole.
So while it may help some of the BAS' member's businesses, that is not the same as helping the UK was a whole as a significant proportion of such income would go overseas.
Where would the £1.2B come from? Its not like the UK has lots of spare cash in the cupboard, so other UK business & services would lose out. Robbing Peter to pay Paul?
More importantly from an economic point of view, where would most of the claimed £1.2 billion go, to Adobe/MS perhaps? Not in the UK's balance of trade advantage I'm sure.
A more useful thing would be for more home-grown (or open source) software to be used, that way the "missing" £1.2B can be spend on UK jobs & services.
If it ever existed in the first place.
Re: If they really knew...
Indeed, a small percentage are terrible drivers.
But speeding w.r.t. road sign values is only one aspect of this: not paying attention (for whatever reason: phone, kids, being senile, etc), being drunk/drugged up, having marginal knowledge of road rules, driving too fast for the prevailing conditions (fog, snow, etc), etc are all big factors that would be very difficult to deduce from GPS track data.
Is it just me, or are other surprised that the CPU is costing almost half of the machine?
Seems that is the reason Intel wants to push the 'Ultrabook', though as Big_Ted said, you could get a decent and flexible combination of machines for this sort of price if not wanting to ape Mac Air looks.
Machines writing software to logical rules is quite practice, the problem then is you need to define those logical rules to be complete and in-turn with what you actually *want* the system to do.
For simpler systems you already have this and it works quite well (e.g. MATLAB's code generation option to produce C/Ada/etc from a block diagram simulation system).
But although this may avoid simple coding errors, I think you will find that it is no easier (in fact possibly harder) to formalise a large complex system in strict logical terms, than to allow humans to fill in the gaps of the specification as they develop it.
The OS and its architecture can have a big impact on power dissipation depending on how it handles task switching and idle operation.
Also one argument for x86 is the huge (but often ugly and unsupported) "wintel" legacy of code that businesses rely on.
So far MS has failed to succeed on non-x86 (they supported then unceremoniously dropped Alpha, MIPS, etc with NT4) so the new WOA (WinRT) on tables is therefore a big gamble. However, Apple has made a successful transition from PowerPC to x86 for the Mac, and conceivably could do it again if ARM became attractive enough in cost/power/performance (given the success of iOS on ARM that is not unreasonable). Similarly Linux runs on practically everything.
So the OS choice matters in that Intel's success was tied to MS' past glory, and the x86 is a horrible design that no one in their right mind would *want* to use, so outside of MS' old PC ecosystem there is little reason to favour x86.
"...the new phone chip really does come close to the TDP of comparable ARM designs and it has more oomph"
How much of that is clever design (i.e specific to the x86 system) and how much of that is down to having a process technology a year or two ahead of the competition?
In other words, if you could get an ARM chip done with on the same Intel fab, would it then thrash it?
Re: M$ only have themselves to blame
Funny, I thought XP was supported until 2014?
Also note that the latest stable version of Opera for Windows has the minimum requirements of "Windows 2000 on a Pentium II, 128 MB of RAM, 20 MB of free disk space"
Funny how other browsers can work on XP, but not MS' latest?
Re: Chrome - the anti-drone?
"Every time you hit Google.com with IE it tells you to download Chrome, so that's what such people do."
Makes sense in a sad resigned sort of way :(
As I virtually never use IE that escaped me.
Re: Chrome - the anti-drone?
Going to the site and playing with the regions is interesting. Some like the UK or Netherlands shows noticeable weekend peaks for Safari, etc, and others like Germany show a much higher FF proportion.
Chrome - the anti-drone?
Funny how IE and Chrome have such a weekly cycle opposite each other, where as FF/Safari/Opera shows very little variation.
Why would corporate locked-down users all choose much the *same* non-IE browser for home use, and not a balance closer to the other browser's respective shares?
Re: @David W. (was: Whatever.)
"Why would you care, one way or another, what an ignorant fool thinks about you?"
It makes it harder to get the vicar's daughter undressed...
Re: MAC Address
The router probably holds the MAC addresses only temporarily in RAM. mine seems to have no permanent logs, so if it has been switched off at any point then any such MAC records will have been lost.
However, if there is a fixed port-forwarding rule to a specific MAC address (rather than a dynamic UPnP set-up for forwarding by the BitTorrent client) that would be available on inspection of the router. That is if they are willing to pay for expert evidence gathering and compensation costs for the accused's loss of access, profits, etc, should it turn out to be an error in their evidence.
Ultimately these companies are not in the game of proving copyright infringement, they are in the game of demanding money with legal menaces (more profitable), which the judge here clearly sees.
Re: See how well that holds up...
<= you missed the icon?
You also forgot to mention the large resulting compensation for legal costs, time & inconvenience when a large number of such accusations turn out to be false...
Very much so.
It sounds like it may end for them as for ACL:Law in the UK, where the lack of willingness to prove actual infringement by the accused in a court of law, and the general incompetence of their evidence processes, blew their chances and led to bankruptcy for the ambulance-chaser of the lawyer behind it.
Oh FFS do it right!
So let me get this right, a 19" rack is too small, so lets go non-standard for only 4" more?
Why not go for 2*19=38" wide and be done with it, so you can mound old and new stuff in one rack?
Somehow I doubt that a few inches are so make-or-brake for cooling, and the real issue is just what is in a box and how it is cables. Most racks seem to end up messy for cabling, more so if you have servers on sliders to gain access and so have big loops on supports arms at the back. Why not have some "plug in" rack so the inter-unit cabling can be fixed, and the unit pulls out completely for repair, etc?
Re: Fan = show stopper
You seem to be lucky. We see less failures than the sometimes quoted MTBF = 4-5 years figure suggest, but still not great, and some get noisy and slow (so less effective) as they get old even without "complete failure".
Re: Re:El Presedente
Avoiding fans is a good idea if you want reliability over a long time. Some example info of bearing types vs. temperatures can be found here:
As usual, if you can run cool (and probably lower the fan speed as well) it lasts longer. Of course, if you need a fan, then running cool is probably not a typical case...and if you want it quiet (e.,g. media player) the no fan is best, or a really big low RPM one (acoustic noise is related to the 8th power of air speed!)
"And, really, how often do modern fans fail ?"
Few companies give MTBF figures, but those that do rarely say more then 40-50k hours, which is about 4-ish years. At at the MTBF (if correctly given and a constant rate) only 37% are working by then.
For always-on devices they are *significantly* more likely to fail than semiconductors.
..is often a web browser in our world. Why, oh, why does a web browser need GB of memory to keep a dozen or two tabs open?
Memo to Mozilla et al - please fix you damn leaky code and stop buggering around with version numbers and GUI changes.
Source code, etc
I don't particularly like MS, and of course prefer Linux's openness instead, but that is down to their behaviour of propitiatory protocols and dirty tricks to promote vendor lock-in (not the only company to do so, I hasten to add).
So if they are indeed properly supporting an open protocol that is a very good thing and as such the source code is not essential if it works properly with a good selection of other's products.
Slightly different if high trust is needed (e.g. encryption).
I see a letter H in there.
It's Hammer time!
"crank up the cetacean ambient CD to 11"
What usually happens is someone else comes along with a "better" fashion and the old guard get knocked down a bit towards retirement.
So the real question is not can he keep Apple going, but who can usurp them?
I don't see MS doing that, though they are so entrenched in the desktop PC world they won't vanish in spite of turd-like OS/GUI choices, and Nokia, Sony, etc, seem beyond hope now.
Permitting technical control on 'culture' in the form of DRM is by far the worst aspect of the whole game.
While I have serious reservations about the fairness of the "private company accuses" nature of the warning letters system, it is still a system that works on the basis of the majority being willing to do the right thing, and the minority freetards left over are probably not worth a serious fight over anyway.
But DRM is so much more toxic, as it hinders innovation ("can't do that boy, not without our license") and serves to render 'content' in current technology obsolete in due course and thus to force a re-licensing of stuff you have already paid for. Also it serves as a barrier to free speech and fair use by those who take copyright to cover far more than distribution of a copy.
Remember the revocation of "1984" by Amazon?
Re: Only a small percentage of society is in denial
Come out AC, we know you are really Gene Simmons:
Re: when she says
"terrorists, criminals and so on."
And what exactly are the "so on" category of suspects?
Re: Obligatory star trek,...
I dreamt of a watch with Sapphic glass, but it proved to be too distracting...
Re: Don't why blokes just use ...
Why? Because they don't stop until they get several pints!
Re: What could possibly go wrong?
Well it could be a cure for over-population and associated ills :)
Assuming the religious nutters don't get all hot about it threatening their business model.
Re: "business grade sex"
Really? Do you prefer "home grade" sex, or maybe splash out on "enterprise grade" sex with an upgrade assurance program and citlocker(TM) for keeping your dirty secrets really secret?
Re: BYOD sync 'n share
As others have mentioned, Dropbox only encrypts the link to its servers, all of your data is available there naked and, if something goes wrong at their end, to world+dog. But that is no worse than most folk's PCs so its acceptable for most users I guess.
What I would like is an option in Dropbox's client to use your own NAS for some data, as it would be faster & easier for a home setup to sync big files (videos, ISOs, etc) between multiple users without needing always-on networking & NAS. But I guess that would eat their financial lunch so not likely to happen.
Re: The classic line is:
"Don't put pictures of your balls AND face (in the same frame) on Dropbox."
At least half the population have no worries then!
@As for vendor lock-in, how exactly?
Why, if your browser agent is set to report IE, will it attempt to load an ActiveX plug-in?
The old MS trick of favouring IE/Windows all over again, rather than being web standards compliant?
Still, Google's web offering also sucks so its not like there is a vastly better offer.
Re: Hmm . .
Funny you should mention that, two of my friends' hotmail accounts have spammed me since Sunday.
You are right about being incompetent about it - it was the Itanium designs he was hoping to flog?
Re: And who said wishes don't come true.
Sadly I can remember when Sony was an honourable company, and a good example of Japanese excellence.
Probably about the time before it bought in to media and the USA way of litigation, DRM, etc.
Re: A grave misconception
It is all about this petty control, and getting you used to it before they discontinue optical disks in a decade or so.
Why bother stopping you copying anyway? if you are a dedicated 'freetard' you will get it pirated easily enough, so its not like those are going to change.
Make it nice & easy to use without needing an "approved" device (i.e. no DRM) and make the price & availability right and it will succeed. Sadly I fear they have not quite learned that yet...
Re: Remind me?
Are you talking about Android on a locked bootloader system?
I.e. One you don't actually "own" in any real sense (i.e. can run what software/OS you please)?
Re: Even if people stopped downloading
"It's not helping anyone unless they start buying"
That is possibly the most succinct statement of the whole issue. While big media likes to portray 'piracy' as the cause of their financial downfall, its not the whole story and more laws to play whack-a-freetard are not really helping anyone.
As the author (who is very much pro-copyright) has pointed out before: legitimate services have by-and-large sucked. If they make paying for stuff easy and don't piss paying folk off with DRM and "you are probably a thief" messages, maybe things will improve.
But, and there is the rub, maybe the disposable money is never going to return to past levels enjoyed by the music/movie biz due to the range of other things Joe Public has to spend it on now (mobile phone contracts, fondle slabs, multi-player games, etrc)?
Re: Better than that,
No doubt with the custom ROM fitted?
(apologies to XKCD)
"Sod this you smelly bastards, I'm off out for the day!"
What do you think the space-walks are for?
<= I think you missed icon selection.
Re: At the risk of doing a 'Lewis'
Actually, one difference in favour of the Tripleton, other than possibly cost (Wikipedia has the Selectra at $3k versus £1k3), is "No Windows Mobile or Symbian OS systems"
Re: At the risk of doing a 'Lewis'
I suspect it depends on the colour of your tinfoil hat, and how much you trust (or don't) each company.
Re: Different w.r.t. Blackberry
I suspect in most not-totally-paranoid countries (e.g. excluding recent events in Iran) the intelligence services don't fear "unbreakable" encryption, they fear mass adoption of half-decent encryption so keyword searches and similar methods used to target traditional resources at real suspects is harder.
Different w.r.t. Blackberry
There are two important differences:
1) This uses standard GSM calls, but scrambles them if you are talking to another secure phone, so unless they are already targeting you (or that recipient, or scanning all calls for scrambling), they won't know you have one in use.
2) Unlike the Blackberry, there is no central server in *any* country to tap, so the only simple option (short of finding & arresting you) is to block the call.
In both cases (block or arrest) you then know you were targeted, and they probably have to charge you with something, not generally convenient for them without other proof of illegal activity (e.g. if you are actually doing business and it is legitimate). It would be pretty hard for any gov to simply outlaw encryption and still expect to do major international business.
For any real intelligence agency I can't see such a big deal in any case. I guess MI6 and similar would deploy other ways of listening in without you knowing about it if you were that important(bugged car/apartment/paid-off lover/goat/etc).
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