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A rate of 40% on inactive corporate funds...
No, it would do nothing.
Apple Australia don't make anything. If I import stuff and sell with a low markup, most of the profit on the item isn't made by me, its made by the person in the country I bought it from. If I start buying Samsung phones in Korea and ship them to Oz for sale, that ATO doesn't get a bite at the profits of Samsung Kr. All it gets is a slice of my AU-based organisation profit.
Selling Apple kit in Australia isn't that profitable. Making Apple kit is profitable, but that isn't done here.
How would Australia like it if the US wanted to tax Australian firms because it thought it wasn't getting enough ta out of things from Australia sold in the US?
Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft
Is even W8 a new OS? A new product, certainly, but how much of the kernel is new code?
Is it just a new GUI slapped on top of the old product with a new price tag attached?
Did anyone actually ask for something new?
That's my normal speed in the Melbourne's Eastern suburbs and that's after Telstra rewired from my socket out to the road.
Rain knocks me offline completely, as do high-temperatures.
Rain, shine - there's always an excuse.
You don't know what you've got 'til its gone
Where do you think all those torrented films are located?
All those music tracks - you aren't going to stream them all from the net to your phone - you need something to sync with.
Photo's go from phone to fb - true, but mostly the unimportant ones. A lot of them go from iphone to... iphoto. Certainly anyone with any sense isn't using fb as a hard disk for their wedding photos.
The PC will stay, but it may will hide as a server or an AIO which doesn't appear to be used that much.
Re: The Irony
I think you'll find they are paying the legitimate amount of tax. Otherwise, the ATO be having more than a few words with them.
Though I do agree, a little government funding to push FLOSS personal clouds along wouldn't go amiss and there is a case to be made that if you put your name on goods and services (including auctions) then you should be liable to some extent.
Re: Why couldn't the vendors be right?
As it is for Sharepoint, so it is for Office. Office is not something you run an enterprise on.
"Thou Shalt Not Mix Presentation With Data" is the first commandment of data processing.
The Second is also important for DIY: "It is better to fail sometimes, obviously, and be cheap and simple than to strive to be 100% accurate and comprehensive and add multiple degrees of complexity."
There is a vast amount of data in Word which is handed to IT, who either copy to excel and then into csv, or straight into notepad. It then goes to a perl/sed/ruby script which maybe slightly tweaked to accommodate formatting variances and then through grep and wc piped to different files for sanity checking. Excel can be used to sensibly process data, but better to have column upon column of intermediate data than some incomprehensible code hidden behind some small cell.
Have skills in data processing. Non-interactive interfaces are likely to save you heaps and of programmer time. Procmail is actually quite handy.
But back to the article, it so true about vendors. The problems are hidden and you pay as you scale. It astounds me that enterprises with large economies of scale pay linearly or worse for facilities.
Herein lies the real mountain of insecurity. It isn't the OS, its the apps we run.
What we want is a decent gmaps replacement and VPN back to my own home server for email etc.
Perhaps a better compromise would be a vritualised phone which pretends to provide your phonebook to the app but really gives the app nothing but a filtered view with the phone records and fields you say it can have. So maps gets addresses but not phone numbers, facebook gets nothing, skype gets skype id's but not telephone numbers, games get nothing. All the apps think they have access but there's just no data.
Re: GCHQ! NSA!
Obviously you're talking about bitcoin users. We can't have that sort of scum around here!
Anyone else notice?
It's more expensive to fly SYD->LHR return than the other way around?
If its clear to an IT bod as to what the problem is, why has the highly-paid CEO not seen it coming?
My impression is that Australia in general is used to having geographical monopolies and price gouging whenever possible. They have grown fat on this but now the internet is beginning to bite and the internal economy is struggling a lot to re-adjust.
Re: What Facebook really gains....
It aids OTT services. This means facebook can pull an iMessage. You can get messages to anyone - online or offline, but it's cheaper if your friends join you on fb and stay logged in.
Not sure its worth that much though. I'd have thought google and apple have that sector sewn up by owning the devices and if google doesn't have all the android devices, they can step in and take it any time they want.
Re: What am I missing?
As has been noted in the biblical quotes and as outlined by mainline Christians, it is the behaviour and not the person which is considered undesirable. Homosexuals should be welcome in church. Homosexuals who flaunt their sexual-behavioural preferences however, would be considered to be setting themselves up against God's explicit instruction in the same way a hetero having an affair would be. Under Christianity, everyone is expected to control their sexual conduct.
I doubt that there is an expectation that gays will be denied the ability to buy potatoes at a grocer's shop (though I realise this is the US we are talking about...), but those offering services where morality does come into play, should be different. The classic case is the B&B, where a UK couple had their business shut down. They had been denying service to unmarried heteros for years as part of their practise of not allowing their business to support behaviour which they could not approve of, but a gay couple took them to court and with their "protected" status forced them to close or go against their conscience. They closed. It is effectively illegal for Christians to run businesses in the UK in alignment with their personal beliefs.
This is not the same as racism. I've never heard anyone say that their religion tells them not to serve a different race.
It appears that liberalism is the new intolerant autocracy - we can no longer agree to differ, we must all agree or be banned.
"legacy systems effectively impose a debt on an organisation"
and change is massively expensive.
Whaddayaknow? Stuff costs.
Actually that's not true. I don't think these people know what a debt is. The older an app is, the longer you've had to amortise the cost leaving you debt-free. Once you've paid for the app, you have a sunk cost, but not debt.
Unless you use Office365 and you've got macros as your business process. Then you can have an old application and still have to pay for it every year. Whoohoo!
I reckon batch-processing is the way of the future. It's incredibly cheap because it is very efficient and very easy to programme. Massive amounts of money go on gui's for real-time apps. Just Say No! ;)
Re: self-serve checkouts example?
Worse is the voice-based gratuitous self-advertising: "Thank-you for shopping with ..." constantly being repeated by the checkouts. It makes me want to scream, "I hate you! I hate this shop now far more than when I walked in! I regret whatever impulse made me come in here!"
Surely you just use an Intel chip, a desktop OS and get the soldier to carry a backpack for the battery?
So the question to be answered before we accept consensus is, "What would be the proof that global warming is not man-made or is not occurring?"
The permutation you pick depends on whether you care about the cause or just the results i.e. do I think I can fix the cause, or am I just going to deal with the results?
Vast amounts of cash and research appear to be going into, "is X caused by AGW?" (is there any research which comes back with "no" to this question?) and very little into, "how do we deal with the results?" The cynic in me thinks this might be SIG's trying to prove a point and politicians finding a convenient topic of distraction. How much interest would there be in the topic if warming was both real and natural, but just as disastrous?
The cynic in me also thinks that in very large groups, humans are unlikely to disadvantage themselves for the benefit of others for a sustained period of time. Mostly we would destroy large parts of the earth and fight over the remaining scraps. That appears to be the reality of history.
Not just precedent, skills ecosystem and funding for refinements are also handy.
Re: "Commodity Networking Hardware": Another way to fund the executive bonus pool.
It won't lead to ticket-price reductions, but reduced costs mean that the execs get their shiny new cars with a slightly lower future price-rise, which does put pressure on the competition.
>Passport renewal ones, too.
In Australia we get stung by the passport office. AusPost has a monopoly on UK passport renewals and you aren't allowed to use the UK application site (there's a little tick box which says, "I'm applying in the UK") to complete the form and send it in.
All they do is add a fat mark-up (I seem to think a couple of hundred dollars last time) and post it.
I"m not bitter. Really.
+1 for UTF-8
There are reasons to use both types of document though. Anything for long-term record should be in the simplest format, text. It should probably be printed too. I'd get really antsy if my title-deeds didn't have some physical reality. ODF seems fine if you are currently required to print and return the document.
If the aim is presentation with limited life-spans, then ODF with extractable text, if the aim is storage, then UTF-8 and paper.
> Can't burn them any more. What is a true believer to do?
Compost them? Oh wait, does that create more methane?
The issue is a serious one. Even if everyone did agree that the worst-case scenario was true, what are you going to do about it?
Hands up all those who will unilaterally give up things made in factories.
Re: Not quite the same
> our police officers are not trained lawyers
Here's a problem - if the police don't know what the law says, how can they enforce it? Worse, how is the man in the street supposed to stay on the right side of the law?
My take based on this forums is that the details of the case a less important to people here than the general disapproval of vague legal systems. The terrorists with bombs are few and mostly far away, but our own government is the one persistently using fear as a political weapon against the populace.
Re: I'm excited! No, not really!
It's true, people attach status to all sorts of funny things.
Office itself is an abomination, with all sorts of weirdness, such as captions being just mark-up and not a component of the table or figure they relate to. That results in the oh-so-not-funny picture-included in the table of figures.
The amount of time I spend messing around trying to get table columns to line across different tables so it looks nice on the page isn't funny. Then there is the, "your table header background is not quite the same colour as the company standard" and the, "Your i7 quad-core still can't keep up with Word's requirements." I'm beginning to look at at vim and troff just so I can concentrate on content for a while. Don't even get me started on the unsuitability of Word as a source-of-truth repository for technical documentation.
> it isn't how any of us would describe IM apps on smartphones.
Think iMessage. It looks like SMS but with Apple's all-knowing eye understanding when both ends are an iphone (and therefore linked to its servers) it redirects the message over 3g data via its own servers, cutting out the telco.
The prize is unique id's - phone numbers are quite handy for getting a handle on who is where. Redirecting traffic to your own servers gives you more data to mine and if you are replacing phone services, reduces your users' costs. The reason VoIP doesn't do well is the complexity of gateways to PSTN and the need to sign-up to a service which duplicates one you already have. OTT providers can avoid the problem if they have a very large database of who is online. If they can link people over data then they know they can do that, otherwise they let the call go via PSTN, with no fancy extra service required.
That's why skype is so keen to get your address book too - they can also provide the gateway service, redirecting per-use revenue to themselves while putting the cost of providing the network on the mobile network provider. With a phone number identifier, they barely need you to create a hotmail login for id.
> Are my eyes deceiving me, or is this government doing something to protect people privacy?
So many members of the government now have criminal convictions that its becoming an embarrassment for a lot of people.
Coming to think of it, those kind of data volumes on the desktop are probably to do with bulk-increasing intermediate data (most likely video) processing. Perhaps a small graphics house where a designer/editor has a renderer which pulls video on his workstation, processes it and sends it back for the next stage of processing. It's likely to be a cache so that massive files don't have to traverse the network while being worked on, rather than functioning as a server.
It that case, speed and basic safeguards are probably sufficient, with data being backed-up somewhere else.
Having said that, I wouldn't like to do a time-machine restore!
Re: 25TB at RAID5? ...
Stripe, mirror and have a hot spare.
Re: A word with that sub, please
>"but for some decades now almost EVERYONE has been doing it."
>Aye, but I noticed you left 'correctly' out of that statement :-)
Also to note: teenage sex is stupid. The people pushing it are immature, irresponsible, selfish and likely to leave you with nothing but tears, an STD and a very expensive bump which you're ill-equipped to handle and which will drain your resources, after they've got what they want from you.
Re: Linux on apple hardware
> ... if you needed lots of Linux boxes, but wanted it to look real pretty
I wonder if you can cross-over thunderbolt, so you could get 10Gb/s cluster links, in this case, 6 per host.
Well, it appears to be ok, if its you and not the papers they want.
I have two queries
Why has reliability collapsed since 2009? Is Intel trying to say that you should stick with your old kit because the current stuff is far more unreliable?
What happened in 2010 and 2011?
Lies and statistics, methinks.
Re: Wii failed
WiiU also tanked because the world had moved on.
Now many people have phones and tablet for casual gaming and they look much better.
The Wii has a lovely retro/cartoon feel to most of it - golf is probably where the graphics go really bad.
I suspect this sort of thing would work best as MAME-with-updated-graphics. Take the old simple games, many of which run in 64k and re-write them for multiplayer/party use. Keep the cartoon look but it needs to look good on HD. No-one was ever going to get a Wii for CoD, but as an alternative to watching NCIS repeats, I'm there! Horace and the Spiders, DigDug, Sword of Kadesh. Ahhh, such memories. Perhaps the nice people at Valve will take note, for their Steambox.
Not sure about storage...
but take a look at Bluecoat for software running on underpowered hardware, apparently because normal server hardware would render destroy their market segmentation. Yes you can run it as a VM, its just license-crippled so you'll buy the hardware instead.
Or Check Point for core-crippled software and complete lack of QA on their own "appliance" hardware. If they actually did some testing on their own hardware to make sure it doesn't segfault, I'd be slightly happier. The hardware is just an excuse to force another license sale with an end-of-life and to increase the support fees, for hardware we didn't want to start with. I understand that you don't want to support every linux kernel version, so tell me which kernel version and which drivers you want to support on what hardware and I'll take it from there.
I suppose the point is that hardware these days is too capable. It's hard to milk the enterprise customer when they can run up a 24-core server with multiple 40Gb/s links to networks and flash arrays.
How long will it be until someone puts IP over thunderbolt, turning those oh-so-expensive $30 cables people whine about into rather cheap 10Gb/s links between nodes in a cluster?
If you want to use an appliance and something like dtrace so you can see exactly what is going on, that's great. If you make an appliance with a diagnostic tool which can't be run on production machines under load, you can go away until you do something which warrants that premium price-tag.
I've come to the point where I'm depressed about commercial software. Yes, its often better (for some metric of "better") than FLOSS, but the cost and license awkwardness is just mad. I think I'd get some genuinely cool stuff like F5 and use it to compensate for some less robust systems.
People consolidate to make use of expensive kit... and they have to buy more expensive kit because it supports so many systems they can't afford to lose. How much are you really saving by consolidating to the point of needing multiple 10Gb/s links to your servers? It seems some housekeeping would be a far better investment.
Re: Corp Scrip
Or indeed, Telstra dollars, which are bought at around 10:1 AUD and burn at over $2/min.
Its up there with the forcibly pre-paid systems used on Myki and road tolls for making me think, "wrong!"
Re: What another story about end of life?
Some of this is that its fun to bash MS, some is the irritation of MS tying apps to kernels and then charging for both separately, as if they were independent and some is over the abhorrence which is the W8 GUI.
It is really unfortunate that after 13 years or whatever, MS haven't actually produced an OS which quickly wins converts from XP.
Here's my take on TIFKAM: there's too much context switching for my brain - do I move the mouse to the left or right, muscle-memory says left (no big deal) but if I go right I get very little idea of what functions hide beneath the couple of items presented. If I go to the home screen, visually, it completely takes me out of what I was doing. My brain screams that I only wanted notepad to hold some scratch data from a document I'm working on, I'm not actually quitting my previous task. Why did what I was working on have to disappear? It worse for linux users who are used to the highly functional lancelot launcher. KDE users are rather smug with the vast variety of search options which don't need such a horribly clunky interface as tiles or worse, live-tiles.
Isn't that just automated telnet scripts for your existing kit?
I think you'll be wanting some ipv6 to go with that.
Re: The poll tax
The tax was for council services, not social engineering/wealth-redistribution. Unless your house is the one generating the rubbish for the bin-men to collect, it seems reasonable to tax those who use the services. The tax system becomes overly complex when you try to make everything hit the rich harder.
The poor are always the ones who pay relatively more of their income on non-optional items. That's why nobody wants to be one of the poor. It's generally a bad thing to be.
The poll tax was simple to understand in concept, had a broad base and easy calculation. Despite its disastrous PR, it was actually a pretty good tax. Mrs T had just been in power for too long and had acquired too many enemies by the time it came along and it couldn't survive her. I'd swap those kinds of tax rates for what we have today.
I recently ripped a G5 MacPro apart.
The chassis is indeed incredibly lightweight, it is the massive heat-sinks/coolers which will cause back-injury to the unsuspecting.
Re: Losses are losses
>If Motorola made losses while owned by Google, those should be added to the costs of Google, since that money went from Google into Motorola. Right?
True, but they are presumably operating losses, which have been paid for out of earlier profits - otherwise the company would not have paid its bills and been rendered insolvent. The only way the losses would be carried forward would be if they had borrowed money which has to be paid back in order to pay their debts.
I think the article said motorola still had a cash pile, so they don't have a negative bank-balance for Google to take on.
I keep looking at these NAS devices
... and then I I think... £300-odd for what exactly?
Even as a home user, I run a database for mythtv along with my disk server, so the benefit of low-power ARM disk-serving is scotched.
As a small business, surely you'd just direct-attach disks and use your server to handle those and your apps?
Has no-one repurposed an on-chip GPU to handle parity checks for RAID?
Has anyone benchmarked a core2 dedicated to file-serving vs one of these NAS boxes?
Re: Concentrating on things
I've always wondered why Apple didn't build their GUI on Solaris.
It may be in decline now, but it was the engineering workstation and app server of choice and with a decent GUI and Apple marketing, it could have wiped the floor and been both SPARC and x86 ready.
Alternatively, just do the GUI for BSD. I like using my wife's imac but I really dislike having the low-level stuff just be that much different from what I can put on non-Apple kit for free.
Re: Good to remember whenever you hear that "Apple can do no wrong" blah blah
What's the obsession with getting it right all the time?
Far better to try and fail and sometimes succeed and make a few billion.
Just as long as you have a sense of humour about your failures, you'll be fine.
Far more worrying is Apple's apparent retreat into closed/proprietary devices. Failures like Apple ///, Lisa are easily excusable as they were cool and better systems, even if they were too expensive. The iMac was arguably better than PCs of its time - the lack of diskette was replaced by something better.
Sadly, these days we are losing features and not having them replaced with anything better. $70 for a CDROM drive? You've got to be joking!
Re: Copeland, Taligent, BEOS etc....
> I suspect RT isn't long for this world!
The other nail in the coffin is that when a user puts W8 on an atom its his problem that the cost is high and performance low. When MS put RT on ARM, its their problem that the cost is high and performance low. They also don't want to reduce the price of W8/RT because that might cut revenue from x86 sales.
Re: "too expressive in some ways, with features like closures..." @pjc158
> it isn't a strictly functional language; I buy that.
So what we need is... browser-based Miranda?
Re: Another "grey imports" fiasco
The software isn't sold, its licensed.
I know, if it looks like a duck... but I suspect this is in part driving the cloud thing - tighter control.
I suspect it will back-fire at some point. The fact that the terms are all undisclosed seems to indicate that someone was doing something wrong, but MS wants to paint it as something else.
Re: Android is leaky by design
> But there's no motivation for Google to produce a locked down Android.
Perhaps not, but the killer app you can't get just write is GPS/Maps.
So why aren't Nokia doing a secure version which sandbox's apps to allow better control? They can do the maps and you can access the rest of google's stuff over the web. Or Garmin perhaps.
Someone could put together a store where you can buy apps with very restricted permissions monitored by the OS, or where there is a security patrolled API. For example, all accesses to the addressbook could be logged, all access could be logged, eg, app: mail-client, destport 443, mail.google.com, hit-count=x.
The tricky thing is, many apps rely on privacy-infringing facilities to do their job. You want tram information? GPS is required to find out where you are. Collect enough of it and you can track someone's likely habits; you want VoIP, it will need access to your phonebook.
Re: "I think you mean mostly BSD bits with a smattering of Mach microkernel underneath"
Apple sell capabilities, not tech. The kernel is one of the more boring and backward bits of OSX. What, still no iscsi drivers? I doubt there's much special about Mach, but being a microkernel it might have helped them port between architectures.
Re: Just wish
I'm not sure integration is required - a rocker switch to go between displaying the tablet (android) and base (x86 OS) on the screen would be fine.
This is the kind of device I've been waiting for, though. Let's hope they resolve the base-station wireless thing.
Brutal culling of Apple ][?
Hardly, the //c wasn't exactly a massive success and things just moved on - much like the 30pin adapter.
Loved my ][+ though. Back in the days when tech was fun...
> special advisor on preventing the sexualization and commercialisation of childhood
They thought the internet is a problem?
The problem is almost exclusively TV/video. Adverts, even in the children's programming is also often inappropriate - even scary to the kids, not just deemed unacceptable by me.
More subtle are children's films. Check out "Let it Go" from Frozen on youtube. The lyrics are more what you'd expect from Bridget Jones and near then end the little Disney princess transforms somewhat. She acquires a sexy walk, a sparkly dress which in the final, triumphant bit of the song, has a split going up to mid-thigh.
I found it more than a little irritating that Disney is making my life more difficult by showing transformations where parental (indeed all) rules are discarded and out of that emerges a confident sexy woman in adult-type revealing clothes. It's not going to corrupt the children from this one film, but its very hard to discuss issues when its packaged up in a very cool song and when the same values are being pushed everywhere. It is also a lie - children generally feel far more secure when they are given well-defined boundaries than when they can do what they want. However, the pressure from media in general is all along these lines and children will ape the behaviour long before they understand what drives it.
Anyway, TL;DR: the values pushed by mainstream media do far more sexualisation and commercialisation of children than an accidental landing on kinkysex.com (I presume that exists, I haven't checked).
Re: Color me unconvinced
The demand may not be end-user driven. HP might want to punt ARM and take intel's slice of profit. I'm sure Apple would like to drop back into proprietary hardware if they could. I'm sure Asus would rather sell an ARM tablet than an Atom one.
It isn't always about performance, sometimes it is about controlling the whole stack or saving a few dollars on millions of devices. Think how many ARM-based ADSL routers + switch devices are out there. Now think how nice it would be if there was a standard architecture which allowed some SATA interfaces to turn them into NAS boxes too. Since these are SoC's you've got networking built-in and you could just have a socket for a NAS card, run by another ARM chip. Instant converged networking and storage for the home. You really want a standard linux install for something like that, not have every ADSL manufacturer try to ship their own linux build. It isn't DC, but it is server-based.
You may also have latency-sensitive applications such as voip which don't require much processing per user, but do require dealing with quickly.
Then there's the whole hypervisor thing. If your workload doesn't require a mega-server, might it be cheaper to dispense with the hypervisor costs and run smaller CPUs? If HP can take half of VMware's income and provide individual blades on its own hypervisor on custom (HPUX?) hardware, it would probably be quite happy. TCO might be in its favour when cutting out intel and vmware.
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