114 posts • joined Wednesday 9th January 2008 20:12 GMT
Option 4 - Two drives and two caddies
Option 4 - Two drives and two caddies
Works for me and there is little risk.
The answer could be this:
I'd consider buying two of these and set them up between two building (one with a good ISP link or leased line) and them under cut BT and Virgin after all they don't provide a service in that area and you've got your own monopoly.
Though you'd need a micowave license, I believe and a good line of sight between the buildings (a laser link could be an alternative).
Umm but you'd need repeaters ever 180m or so and power to those repeaters.
Fibre is about the only real solution.
Personally find out if my neighbours want broadband and then put together a business plan and then see how easy it would be to do a community like system.
Woohoo the Mantis chipset finally made it into the kernel...
So hopefully the next Ubuntu release will have the Mantis module has standard :)
I've just compiled 2.6.34 to get the Mantis driver working on my MythTV box.
Is this an admission that BT's service is terrorable?
"Disconnected customers who need the emergency services should try their mobile or a neighbour's landline, BT recommended."
Your neighbor might have Virgin and a service which works (BT admitting their service is down). also in London there is possibly more comms connections per hectare that anywhere else in the UK??
You can't really blame BT for this; it's not like they can up sticks and move it all overnight.
RE: Apple ][
"I preferred the Beeb myself. Just could not see the attraction of the C64's poor Basic, slower processor, minimal expansion, expensive (and slow!) floppy drives, and lack of bank-switched ROM that allowed you to switch applications on a whim. The (one) hardware sprite, and a more flexible sound hardware did make a difference, but the extensive software interrupt driven sound system on the BBC allowed similar effects to be created, albeit with a greater effort from the programmer."
The BBC Micro was 6502 based or 6512 based if you had a BBC Micro B (rarer); the Commodore 64 had a Motorola 6510 (later model that the 6502). I personally think the C64 was the better machine but to be honest the BBC Micro wasn't a bad but the C64 had things like the SID chip and Commodore at this time were possibly the best computer company at the time. Also Commodore owned MOS (the 6502 and 6510 manufacturer which gave Tramiel control over the 6502 based markets; I believe from what I've read in "On the edge" that Tramiel really like virtual integration).
Trameil left Commodore as he had a fight with Irving Gould (the Commodore financer) as he wanted his sons to take over from him, Irving didn't agree and Tramiel went off to take over Atari at about the same time that Commodore bought the Amiga design from Hi Toro (which Atari had been previously financing) and then Atari tried to sue Commodore over it - and then we had the Amiga vs Atari wars.
If I remember right Chuck Peddle is responsible for a lot of the extra commands in BASIC for tape control and they bought BASIC rights from Microsoft because Gates didn't believe in the 6502 processor (he like x86 based chips).
I think Woz is silly to even compare the C64 to the Apple 2; the C64 was simply better.. Commodore made some great hardware designs but they didn't all get released due to Commodore management.
The C64 is still the best-selling single personal computer model of all time.
I was and still am an Amiga nut so I know quite a lot about this subject.
I think the biggest issue with drives failing is how they are treated not manufacturing issues... We get drives fail at work in laptops where they are dropped or heavily placed on desks and the users wonder why the drives fail.
I normally only buy highly rated drives myself though and I threat them well and I also RAID 1 then and use a good journalling filesystem (not NTFS) and don't seem to have many issues.
RE: I was just about to say that
I completely agree with everything you've written...
The thing that gets me is that pirates will use TOR or another DNS server out side of the British isles; this changes nothing.
The innocent people will have to put up with this though.
Also how to they block sites; using IP blocking or removing access to DNS records will just block whole URL's rather than just the page in question - this is using a sledge hammer to crack a walnut or it also gives the green light for DPI.
I think the Lib Dems have been got at by the sound of it or just don't understand the issues attached to this so I might vote for one of the even smaller parties (Green). If my ISP starts using DPI then I will start looking elsewhere or I will try to encrypting all traffic with a couple of these (http://hackaday.com/2008/12/21/tor-hardware-privacy-adapter/)
and do it quietly and slowly...
The thing is if you look at the two big search engines Google and Bing... Google is more accurate at searches, Bing is just rubbish - if you have all day you could possibly use Bing if you were also masochist but Google is quite accurate especially if you use a decent search string and will be relevant search higher in the list.
Yahoo has basically given up and turning it front page into a Bing portal.
The thing is this is typical Microsoft; make a product which is rubbish and try pushing it against the competition - the thing is Google is good at search; Microsoft isn't; Microsoft only does well in markets it controls (i.e. Windows and Office) and they are clearly pulling the strings on this one to try and get their way.
I would like to see competition to Google but I don't think Microsoft are the ones which will provide it especially if this is the best they can give. I think it will be a new search engine from say another university startup like Google was.
RE: Short & Curlys
"I wish it could be like that, but the reality of the situation is that it would not have any effect on their monetary stream, if you don't like the BBC you still have to pay for a license to watch the other channels and any on-demand services."
Well if enough people dropped the BBC it would affect their funding or atleast put a small dent in it- I would happily give my TV to their detection team in bits of course.. I'm sure in the future TV will just be replaced with internet TV and possibly not the BBC especially if they continue to act like this.
The thing is the government would possibly just start charging anyone for internet access but they seem to be doing this already with the 50p tax - I think they will increase this tax for BBC online services possibly or that will be their said reasoning.
I don't care for interactive TV; I watch TV for information but the quality of it in the last couple of years has been terrorable - remind me of a decent series, sitcom, drama, etc which you cannot watch elsewhere!? There are every few services which I use; Channel 4 news and Question Time are about it.
I think the BBC days will be numbered when IPTV really kicks off.
Out of curiousity if I setup a satellite dish to a monitor; do I still need to pay for a TV license?
I know you need a license for online services like live BBC news though.
I would have thought the BBC would play this safe but they are possibly forced into this by their content providers (i.e. some companies which make content for the BBC).
The problem is this hurts the BBC both ways; they either annoy the viewers or their content providers - if they annoy their content providers may stop providing content to the BBC (Spooks, etc) and if they annoy their viewers then they will annoy there monetary stream and anyone which uses the service.
If I were them I would just tell their providers to put up or shut up as once the viewers are gone they are gone so is any of your power and money; in fact by that stage they are effectively a dieing corpse.
I wouldn't mind ditching the TV as I don't really care for it anyone (other that Channel 4 news which I can watch online) and Question Time on Thursday and it would save me like £170ish a year. TV isn't really required any more anyway as I can watch older versions of programming for both Channel 4 news and Question Time.
I think the BBC's future lies with IPTV and they are cutting their kind of shooting themselves in the foot on this one - if they haven't realised IPTV is the future then they are living in the past.
What if Microsoft don't keep ODF support up to date and fully supported?
That might be what they are saying but it might not be in their interest to fully support it or let it be unsupported - I realise this really vague but it's differcult to work out their posistion; I don't think they will break ODF support but they possibly won't update it as quickly as we'd all like which might break things with say OpenOffice.
Seriously they buy a company; big deal companies acquire other businesses all the time...
All companies do this; get off your "Google do no evil" or maybe share your magical wonder drug with the rest of us.
I can think of a lot of things Microsoft have done which are equally evil. Companies do this all the time; it's how they acquire technology and people.
Ever thought Google bought this as they are developing a similar system??
RE: This is why
I thought it was funny; Windows phone 7 maybe it was "Windows phone #7" either way it's a bad name.
Personally I don't understand why Microsoft don't help Apple and work out an Itunes port to Windows mobile or something (i.e. Microsoft license from Apple or ask Apple to port it across) but I must be dreaming.
I would phone him and tell him he's plastered his number already over the internet in his photo and await his reaction staggering but I'm sure he's already aware of this.
I've watched his shows on Llewdtube a few times and quite impressed with the concept but I think scrapheap challenge was so much better but some of it on Llewdtube is interesting.
This and the Prius issue have possibly sent him over the edge...
RE: And ultimately ....
I don't disagree with you but I think Google are trying to force the ISPs to act; the likes of BT running out when 100mbps is available or when Virgin is trialing 200mbps is a bit rubbish and in some parts of the US broadband isn't practical so this is a solution.
I have an issue with using Google services for everything under the sun and they've not made this yet; they are just talking about it. If they did make it; they would class it as Beta.
I don't really understand though what I've do with 1Gbps - I'd be pushing it hard to use 100mbps.
Firefox 3.7 is available here for Windows, Mac and Linx though is in Alpha state.
How about the government buy the local loop part of BT and nationalise it with Ofcom being the regulator??
BT should take this price from their profits not from it's consumers.
I know of BT engineers which were put into call centers and treated like dirt so they would leave and then BT would replace them with cheaper employees - I have little respect for a company which behaves like this.
How I would do it?
Well as the Tories seem to be very open or at least being semi pro open government I thought I would bite on the hook.
OK, so here's what I would do:
-Fire the incompetent (i.e. project managers that don't/can't manage, technical managers which don't have a clue, colleagues which somehow got the job but you wonder how/why as they cannot do their job and have attitude problems to boot).
-Employee technical commentant people only and pay them what they are worth (none of this I've got Prince 2 or ITIL; it should be these people have the following experience and are ideal for the job - infact these are my dream employees/collegues). If anything get as many of these people not only one person who understands all system and no one else who does because this person is overworked.
-Internal training and proper external training courses - none of this cheap tate courses.
-Listen to your employees and their interests - most people work were they are interested and get frustrated when they cannot do their job properly (due to say red tape) - if you wish to keep these people; treat them with respect, give them the career progression and development that they want.
-Get realistic projects which don't interconnect in stupid ways (be realistic) with over major projects (i.e. don't be over dependant).
-Don't get employee stupid contractors (EDS are a prime example) or out source to companies in India who can barely speak English unless you really wish to have communication problems with them? (HP; I'm looking at you) - shock HP owns EDS (shock horror).
-Don't be over releant and unreleastic project deadlines (these are a prime reason projects go over budget in my opinion). Have realistic expectations.
-Use open and existiing open standards.
-Be selective about projects tools and use open source where possible (I'm not preaching open source or linux but some open source tools are very good for their purpose). Likewise use Windows if you must (it might be necessary) but don't build your empire on protery software and don't build it on unmaintained open source either. If you do want to use open source, employee people to maintain and contribute to these projects and your likely to work with others then suggest these tools.
-Don't reinvent the wheel - if you must redesign something for a good reason then do it but should/must you? If the process is failing then look at it.
-Use existing kit where possible (I recently spoke with our 3rd party printer repair guy and reminisced on the old Laserjet 4 Plus/5N printers and how reliable they were - OK so they are now very old and not very quick but they work incredibly well, are reliable for what they do and cheapish to maintain (1x fuser lasts how many years) - why replace quality equipment with cheap tat which lasts 5 minutes and costs a ton to maintain??? This just doesn't make sense.
-Documentation - Make people write documentation and give them time to; if they don't then fire them (I'm serious I've bought people to book for this and the amount of 3rd party I've had to dealt with which don't use documentation or rely on an individual is truely disturbing - THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL; THEY ARE INEPT; FIRE THEM (SHOOT WITH A GUN WOULD BE JUSTICE BUT YOU WILL BE LOCKED AWAY :) I get annoyed dealing with these people and would love to lock them in a cupboard and then drop them in a large hole and fill it into concrete/hot tar.
Sorry last point is a little off topic but its true...
Um but doesn't it have air bearing so wear would be low.
"(d) the gyroscopic effect will reduce handling"
Not necessarily, it depends on how its mounted I believe - I agree with you but jet engine planes have the same issue.
I had an NC30 many a few years ago (Honda VFR400 NC30) it would rev to 16000RPM and do 60MPH in first gear OK so there are better bikes now but it shows what you can do (but then this was Japanese designed and not American or British).
Umm mass production will drive down prices - look at processor speeds and harddrive prices compared to years ago...
In 1989, a XT 20MB harddive cost around £600, now you can get a 20GB IDE drive for around what £50? Price goes down as production goes up and as people develope the idea.
Umm that's a bit harsh...
They did make Deluxe Paint and the IFF file format if I remember right back in the day (DPaint is still used by alot of graphics design people - I know of about 5 I could put names to off the top of my head). Photoshop might be good for remastering photos, Dpaint is good for pictures from scratch.
Too much time?
Seriously where do the people whom make these applications get the time?
I don't see the point in this plus if I've been drinking I don't want to be messing with my phone - I'd rather passed out.
I think the goverment need to address the problem why people drink and them just saying it kills you sooner is silly - I'm not immortal and I'm going to die (so are you) so what's the point; by the time I'm 65-70 I won't have a pension anyway so dieing sooner rather than later might be the hidden benefit.
I don't understand why people like Apple and their methods...
Why not just buy a Nokia? They have a product which works without needing updates all the time, they actually have alot more experience than Apple when it comes to mobile phones and dare I they seem to be less controlling :)
But then I don't like the idea of a mobile phone anyway (I don't want to be contactable and if I need to phone someone I will use my friends if it's an emergency).
Constritue a change of contract
If I were a Virgin user I would be up in arms about now.
They want to monitor you and sell you legal alternatives - its like being in a fish tank with Virgin being the owner who refuses to feed without cash.
I'm on ADSL, never have trusted Virgin but it might be worth keeping an eye on ISPs which insist in messing with their users in this way.
Remind me how Virgin are any different than BT with Phorm and their secretive trails.
This got me when I read it earlier on the BBC's site; the thing that gets me is why AMD allowed them off the hook - if you've got them by the jugular; why release them from the it for such a silly amount.
The thing is Intel has been doing this for a while and AMD has been hemorrhaging money as a result, they should just have pursued it though anti trust cases in Europe and US.
I'm considering buying an AMD for my next system as it looks like they have finally caught up and I would rather have AMD around as they keep Intel in check otherwise I believe Intel would have a clear monopoly.
"So KDE and Gnome can copy the MS Windows look and feel to the nth degree, but MS does something that makes sense, and two years later we get outrage from Unixers? This is BS."
Not sure if you're trolling but you realise Apple lost their famous case in 80's because they found you cannot patent the 'look and feel' also their was prior art (ie Xerox PARC).. The thing is many people get annoyed with Microsoft about is that they steal ideas and then patent them.
This patent is only really an issue in the US as I don't believe anyone outside the US acknowledges software patients - the thing is someone like IBM might end up taking Microsoft to court to defend this but I doubt Microsoft would as part of their business is based on this fragile house of cards.
This shows that software patents are a terrorable idea for this reason alone (i.e. prior art being ignored).
Updated from 9.04 to 9.10
I updated my mums and my PC to Ubuntu 9.10 from Ubuntu 9.04 without problems; though I'm thinking of rebuilding them from scratch as I would like ext4. Not sure about the default theme though.
I've not seen these problems but I did once have a problem with Ubuntu 6.10 and put the problem down to VIA chipset kernel driver - it worked on 6.04 and 7.04 but not 6.10 but I wasn't to fussed as this PC had a terrorable chipset.
Well Ubuntu 9.10 x64 is set to:
mike@mike-ubuntu:~$ sysctl vm.mmap_min_addr
vm.mmap_min_addr = 0
but then if someone got local access they could get root access I'm sure, it all depends on how much time they have.
Challenging the accuracy
Whilst I don't understand why they multiply by 3 using a weighed amount isn't a necessarily a bad idea.
Personnally I find it odd that they collect all of the versions into a block (for example only IE and Firefox).
It would be good to see if anyone was still running IE5 or Firefox 1.5.02 for example and understand why - personnally it could also be used to show IE 6 hopefully losing market share on a month by month basis.
I don't get why people love Windows to upgrade - personally I'd wait until SP2 is released out of habit. I've looked at Windows since about Windows 2000 (I think this was their first proper release though NT wasn't too bad) but I've not really seen the point since about Windows 2000 to update; if you look at it there aren't that many good reasons.
I'm also an old Amiga user (Amigan) and miss it though today I use Linux (Ubuntu or Debian) in my spare time. The Amiga was good but lacked some things like memory management support though this might be release in AmigaOS4?? The Amiga did a lot of things right though in so many ways and was years ahead; it still beats the PC on some things.
Depressingly I rarely use the Amiga anymore but I did find a Escom Amiga 4000T on Ebay which I bought but I'd like a Phase 5 PPC card for it. I've also seen some Amiga hardware cheap recently and there also seems to be machines like the Minimig, Clone A and NatAmi which are interesting ideas.
Window's 95 multitasking
I'm sorry but Windows 95 was terrorable in so many ways - I came from the Amiga scene and I cringed at Windows '95. The Amiga did pre-emptive multitasking properly but Windows didn't, it has improved but Windows 95 was generally terrorable at it and what's more the Amiga did this on a 7MHz 68000 with only 256MB RAM (Amiga 1000) and was usable - I can remember Windows 95 on Pentium 166 with 16MB RAM which couldn't.
Windows '95 generally was terrorable but alot better than Windows 3.11 but that's not saying alot. I know alot of computers which have been crushed by Microsoft and none of their software is anything to write home about - I don't understand why people even use it out of choice!
"The vast majority of desktop PCs sold in 2006 (around 65 per cent) were for minitowers, with another 10 per cent coming from tower PCs. A little less than 20 per cent of the PCs sold were for so-called small form factor PCs. (This is IDC data, by the way, which you can see here in this presentation put together by AMD.) This data shows that small form factor PCs are growing at the expense of minitowers, and will continue to do so between now and 2013."
I personally don't think Windows 7 rush will be as great as Microsoft would love us to believe also I don't understand why anyone wanting power efficiency would choose x86 compatible chips - surely ARM or MIPS are the best for this.
RE: Didn't Barclay's dramtically cut...
"Didn't Barclay's dramtically cut it's IT staff a year or two ago? Whether they did or not they've had some real issues over that time period."
Yes and this is the second time they have had problems this year - I believe it serves them right. The first was with their ATM network if I recall correctly.
I know a lot of people whom fled to Barclays for jobs and it's quite depressing really..
Do we get to suggest policy or just comment on it?
..could be interesting imagine suggesting hunting MPs with wolves and then shooting them at point blank range... maybe not but could be interesting just for the comments alone...
The problem with governments is they just mess the country up more than they started - look at the rail ways, the Tories privatized them and Labour messed around at the edges after the disasters.
I think the only way we would ever get rid of the two party system is to vote in large numbers for either the Lib Dems or Greens as they would look closely at a prepositional representation system as it's in their interest to do.
The another problem with prepositional representation is that we could vote in either the BNP or UKIP.
I personally think this country has gone to the dogs and whom ever gets in, it's going to be like the 70's economics.
Sounds like I left Demon at the right time then...
He really needs a better mic!
Nothing like the original...
First off I'm a Beetle nut and not into 2CVs...
but the original 2CV was made for french peasants and was designed to be easily repairable (ie you black monder could make replacement parts)... it was made to be used by farmers and that sort of people - it I also remember correct Porsche helped design the engine but this maybe myth...
Anyway this car doesn't seem to have any of it's original design trates.
PS wonder if Citroen will redesign the Amiy 4 and 8. Personally I don't understand why car manufacturers do this with their original designs, the original Beetle was iconic for it's original design (both car and engine) but the new Beetles are based around the Golf and share none of the design other than they look kinda similar - I'm not expecting a new air cooled Beetle but why bother with the same name especially if it's just a poor copy??
RE: face it brits in same boat as us
"First off %99 of Americans look at this article and go gdamn worthless government pissing off one of our only allies left in the world. The fact is both the US and the UK have incompetent embarassing governments (regardless of party in charge) that are completely beholden to their own comfortable bureaucracy and large corporations who give big donations (BT, BAE, AIG, BoA, etc). Never mind the little people who they are supposed to serve. Western governance has sure taken the piss since Baby Boomers got in charge."
Umm but at least the American one was voted in this time... I can't remember voting for Brown and he doesn't seem keen to call an election for some reason.
I think the US government at least seems to be popular with an highly regarded leader - Brown is highly disliked though I don't like Cameron either; I used to think people were stupid not to vote but I understand why now :(
I think the only way the system would change is with revolution but I doubt that will ever happen... the thing is governments no longer serve the people but the corporation...
RE: it's called Fox news. At least in the US
"Keith Rupert Murdoch, AC (born 11 March 1931), usually known as Rupert Murdoch, is an Australian-born global media mogul. He owns media outlets and is a major shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation (News Corp)."
Australia isn't Britain
RE: And why no Linux version
Google do have a Ubuntu and Debian respository :
You mean you don't like updating version by version to fix their insecure software....
We are looking at alternative PDF reader software for this reason and for the fact Acrobat Reader is massive - try installing it on a Wyse V90L for example.
For Cameron Colley
I agree with everything you wrote... I used Windows 7 today (the release not RC) and must admit I don't really see the point why people think its so good - I don't really see the point in Windows any more...
Alot of the problems/issues with Windows still mean to be there:
- Indexing on drives by default.
- GUI seems to have stupid changes (why did they medal with the GUI???).
Good point, seems quite quick on low system resources (3.0GHz P4, 512MB RAM) thugh I bet if McAfee was installed on it, it would run like a dog - I know if I insalled linux (Ubuntu) on this, it would run like shit off a shovel..
I personally don't run Windows at hom anymore, I used to use Windows 2000 and Windows XP but got tired of reapriing or reinstalling it - I think every device in my house now runs Linux of some description.
Router - Netgear DG834 v1 running OpenWRT though doesn't autodial ADSL connection.
PVRs - Both Humax boxes run a linux flavor though cannot find the source code for it...
My three PCs run either Debian or Ubuntu - I prefer Debian for my server but Ubuntu is good for normal desktop PCs.
My mum uses Ubuntu - seems to run quickly and I don't really need to look at it to often.
My Amiga 4000T will run Debian 4 Etch or Lenny if I can find a case for it..
I do have Windows XP on a VM and caddie but this only gets used if I have a Fallout 3 or S.T.A.L.K.E.R craving...
I think Microsoft are scared that businesses will adopt to linux.