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Oracle to axe over 450 jobs in Euro support centres – sources

Fenton

Loss of trust

Certainly alot of my customers have lost alot a trust in Oracle, especially after the HP/Itainium debacle.

The Oracle DB is also no longer the most capable DB on the market and pricing is far too high.

The hardware pricing is also no longer competitive, with most customers moving to AIX if they still want proprietary unix.

I was at a technical conference in Berlin last week. Oracle had the biggest stand with the most sales people, yet the least number of visitors

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

Fenton

Multiple personas

I don't think we are there yet, but I can imagine a future where your phone/tablet are your compute device.

The Operating system will have different personas (this is where windows phone/RT may have a head start)

When undocked the OS (and apps) take on mobile persona all based around touch and non multi tasking work loads.

You then dock at your office/home and a desktop persona comes into play, allowing multiple monitors, multi tasking use of a mouse and keyboard

If you need real grunt a server is only a network cable or cloud away

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IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!

Fenton

Companies buy software and a neck to throttle

You would think the underlying hardware would not matter. But it does.

For highly critical systems, companies will choose a commercial Operating system with an absolute proven track record, scalability and performance.

So that leaves the usual three, AIX, HPUX and Solaris (will ignore windows for the time being).

None of my customers are buying HP-UX any more and Itainium is truly dead in my opinion.

Oracle have lost a lot of trust in the market place (in part due to the HP-UX debacle) and SPARC does not scale as well in single threaded performance as x86 or POWER. Again customers who used to be loyal to Sun are very much looking at IBM for mission critical systems.

So why not Linux on large x86 servers? x86 does not scale well as socket counts go up, Also there is no longer the single neck to choke when things go wrong. Yes people are buying linux on x86 in droves for application servers and non critical systems and doing it very cheaply thank you.

Back to Windows, they do not own the hardware stack so again no single supplier to string up.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

Fenton

Elise

Well you can now get Elise S1s for around the 6 to 8 grand mark these days.

Not quite as raw as a 7 but still puts a smile on your face.

I'm planning on building a 7 with my son for his first car based around a really low powered engine doner car to keep his insurance as low as possible. He'll learn how to maintain it in the process as well.

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

Fenton

Will MS pull an Apple

Take unix like distribution (lets call is Linux rather than openBSD), whack there old UI onto it can call it and animal name

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

Fenton

what beefier mac minis

They are now all dual core only.

The previous starter model is now £100 more and the new starter model whilst £100 cheaper run only at 1.4 GHz.

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SAP, IBM snuggle up for HANA-as-a-service

Fenton

It is write persistant

Hana is write persistent, it writes down to SSD as well as being in memory.

The whole of the SAP business suite is on Hana that includes ERP.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

Fenton

Windows One.

After all the third Xbox is call the Xbox one

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Larry: Oracle's now a CLOUDY biz. Ignore everything I said before

Fenton

Arrogance

His Arrogance may have helped build Oracle to what it is today, unfortunately he believes his own FUD so much he is not looking reality in the face. If you are looking at cloud you are generally not looking at a homogeneous stack.

If a service is running in the cloud the end user/customer does not give a flying f* which database is running in the background. All they want is

a) A service that provides the functionality they need

b) A service that meets the SLA

c) The ability to chop and change quickly between rival services

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

Fenton

Squeezer, that is mainly what I was talking about. In general people who buy non pop music still generally go for the CD route.

It's the compression that gets on my goat.

Any studio I've been into (including an invite around Abbey Road), does not use directional snake oil cables. Yes they are low capacitance low resistance cables when it comes to the pure analogue audio path with very good connectors (for reliability reasons).

It is a pity that in the digital domain the cut-off frequencies are 20Hrz and 20kHrz, I'm a great believer that there are certain frequencies we feel which contribute to the overall mood of the music that are not audible.

I've never heard a classical recording that can quite capture a real concert. Or a recording that can capture the mood of a live rock performance with 18" bass bins where you can feel the punch of the bass drum against your chest. No matter how loud and high quality the recording and the equipment.

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Fenton

Lets think about the mixing process

You average Studio, generally has a minimum of two sets of mixing monitors. A high end, flat frequency monitor and a shitty set of speakers typical of a consumer unit.

On First pass when mixing levels, adding compression, FXs, etc the high end monitors are used. The producers/engineers ears are trained to hear individual instruments, so they concentrate on ensuring that that they sound good (not necessarily an exact reproduction of the instrument per se).

Once the mix is completed it is mastered down to a stereo image. First using the high end monitors to get the EQ/compression just right. -This is the mix you really want to hear but never really get the chance.

Then it is passed to the shitty monitors, where additional compression/EQ is used so it sounds reasonable. The difference between these two mixes is night and day. Listen with your eyes closed and you get fantastic stereo separation, cymbals ring beautifully, you can hear (if you are in the know) what kind of guitar amp is being used and feel the real force of a good singers voice.

So what we get delivered on a CD is actually a pretty crap representation of the recording anyway. All the dynamics will have been compressed away and "loudness" will have been added. The last Metallica album being a prime example (the guitar hero mix was actually better).

Now your average listener does not know the difference between a Marshall amp or a Fender amp,

a shure microphone or an Audio Technical microphone. So generally it does not really matter.

Also hi-fi gear is not designed (despite what the manufacturers say) to give a perfect flat frequency response (studio gear is), it is designed to sound "nice" for what ever material is thrown at it.

Listen to the crap mix through the quality studio monitors and it will sound horrid, with horrid top end and far too much bass.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

Fenton

HTC one don't bend

Exactly the same size as the 6. Why does it not bend? a curved back that is why.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

Fenton

ipad 2

Upgraded by ipad2 to ios8 it is distinctly slower for alot of apps.

Fortunately movies still play/stream without stuttering

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

Fenton

I may return to Apple

I used to have a 4S but when it came to renewal, apple did not have the phone I wanted (i.e. a bigger screen) so I did what many did. I went with the HTC one.

However I've never really got on with Android, I find the whole interface and usability just a bit messy.

I do however have another year to go on my contract. I'll install IOs 8 and my ipad and see how it goes. 5.5" is however too big for my liking. Pity the 4.7 does not have the optical image stabilization.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

Fenton

itouch

Well lets hope the itouch or the new ipods get a 128GB option soon.

My old 120GB Classic has served me very well. Great on the train where you can never get a 3g/4g signal.

Battery last the entire return journey and does not waste the battery on my HTC one (which struggles to keep its charge for the day as it is).

It plugs directly into my car again not reliant of 3G/4G and I have my entire CD collection on it.

Yes it also plugs into docking station at home. Until we get truly universal and reliable internet coverage (also on tube/train) for free there will always be a place for a personal player.

Even my 15 year old daughter separates music and phone, even though her phone as far more storage.

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

Fenton

time to seperate switching amplification and processing

Maybe it's time to move processing back into the source. Have a separate device for HDMI switching (and basic audio pass through) and have an amp with 7/10/12 channels with no processing.

You then have an optical connection from source to amp. With a connection to the switcher to determine which source isin use.

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

Fenton

Faster Sata bus

Personally I want a faster Sata bus that does not get maxed out when windows/OSX starts indexing my SSD bringing the whole machine to a standstill when you are trying to watch a video or listen to music on another disk.

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HANA has SAP cuddling up to 'smaller partners'

Fenton

New business ideas

Unfortunately the SI's/Business Analysts are just not coming up with new ideas that real time systems can bring.

Just accelerating the compute time of existing business processes is not enough, we need new ideas new ways of tackling business that can take true advantage of real-time processing

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

Fenton

Standard Software

Until something else that is truly OS independent (i.e. looks and feels exactly the same regardless of OS) makes MS Office redundant, Windows will stay.

Why cross company compatibility (yes I know there a problems between versions). But I pretty much know I can go to company X use their laptops/desktops, exchange documents with my laptop without any major issues.

I remember many years ago having some Sun consultants on site who had to you Solaris on their laptops, we had no end of problems exchanging documentation, presentations, etc, etc

I've tried Libre office, I find it a little clunky, like all opensource software it lacks shine and usability. Why?

Opensource just cannot afford to employ armies of ergonomics experts, armies of artists to produce fancy colourful icons, etc, etc.

It will take Apple to finally let go of OSX to give MS a run for it's money, but they will have to make sure that Pages is 100% compatible with office.

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

Fenton

SAP: Why bother looking that source code

Just look at the license agreement.

To get support from SAP you must have a permanent link setup with SAP. Without it, no online support, no patches, no upgrades, no serivices.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

Fenton

OLED in 1080p

To be honest having done a bit of research and sat in a few demo rooms.

OLED at 1080p to my eyes looks a lot better than a regular LED TV at 4K.

Most of my content will have to be upscaled to 4K anyway (DVD/blueray/Mp4s

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Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases

Fenton

Are these the SPARC or the T processors

I've had nothing but scalability problems with the T range of processors.

Whilst they look good on paper with loads of threads, we have found that for a heavily loaded

transactional systems, they perform like a dog.

Why they are great when you have lots of parallel processes that require very little CPU power,

but if you fire 256 threads reasonably heavy threads at the thing it just stalls giving very slow performance per thread with unhappy users.

A CPU that is less threaded (i.e. regular SPARC), we've found it far more efficient for the software thread to wait until the faster core becomes available and users are happy as their transactions runs in a decent time.

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

Fenton

Marketing & scope

MS have gone about this all wrong.

Desktop mode should have stayed the same (aka win 7), with Metro as an optional shell.

And the Marketing, they should have taken that scene from Avatar where they are viewing something on a big screen and swiped the image to a mobile device.

Now if a surface automatically switched to a desktop mode when docked to a decent monitor and switch back to mobile view when un-docked it could be a great device, mistake was going ARM I guess.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Fenton

Eventually settled on 8.1

I built a new PC six months ago. Long time Windows 7 user

I initially flirted with OSX, but could not get the thing perfectly stable and half the free apps I use were not available and couldn't use my paid for apps. Also the auto indexing would kill the Sata channels when indexing the SSD, causing the system to freeze until it finished (also and issue with windows 8/8.1)

Then I flirted with Linux (Mint), too many config options in too many different places and I just find the Gui an unpleasant experience, then there was the endless command line commands required to get certain apps working. And I couldn't use my Windows paid for apps.

I could have gone back to windows 7, but had a copy of Windows 8 lying around, installed and upgraded to 8.1

I use the system mainly in desktop mode (icons on the screen and in the task bar), with two monitors. And to be honest my workflow has not changed a bit compared to windows 7. If I do require apps that are not on the desktop, I don't really care if I find it on a full screen Start Menu or the little one as in Windows 7.

However I did do a quick install of windows 7 to see if there were any performance differences.

Windows 8.1 does perform between 5% to 10% better compared to 7.

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

Fenton

Micro server + Plex and chromecast

Get a small HP microserver with plenty of disk (you're looking at between 1-5GB per movie depending on encoding).

Install Plex.

Chromecast now has a plex client (as do ithings, android and windows).

It's a great piece of software which will download all the DVD covers and other metadata as well.

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Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

Fenton

Watches are soooo yesterday

We'll according to my daughter anyway.

Now an iwatch will have to have a tiny battery, but will probably draw a lot of power.

Now I like a watch to tell the time. Without me having to take it off my wrist to recharge (now on year 5 on my wrist watch without a battery change)

Likewise my headphones I don't want to have to recharge (I know I will keep forgetting).

I'm used to recharging my phone, it sits next to me at work plugged into a USB port, is about the right size for surfing, has a lot of storage (but not enough to get rid of my iPod Classic).

The only reason I can think of for an iwatch is FaceTime or a quick glance to see who's calling and maybe the odd fitness app,

Anything else then something like google glass is more appropriate (augmented reality).

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Don't tase me Pro: WD brings out Thunderbolt external drive

Fenton

Still no faster than USB3.0

Well a typical SATA spinning disk can read/write ~100MB/s

So less than a USB3.0 port is able to handle. So there is no advantage of having a thunderbolt interface.

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If you don't GRIP it tightly, lonely enterprise cloud will WANDER

Fenton

Training

In the past users got their training from work and did things the IT way.

Now training budgets are slashed, but users now have more computer access outside of work than they ever did have using mobile so they are now self trained and want to do things the google/apple/ way which is designed to be easy & hides the complexity.

Give a user a Mozilla client now days and all they see is a jumble of sub directories and they get turned off.

Easy for us IT guys to understand, but not the general user population.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

Fenton

Why did the PC get the momentum?

In my opinion it was nothing do do with MS, they just happend to have an Operating system running on IBM x86 machines. In those days a business machine was text based, users where used to keyboard short cuts. And IBM was king. They sold you a mainframe/mini/green screen, therefore you went back to them for a PC, thus creating a business standard. Unfortunately like a lot of standards that made it is was not the best but it did the job.

The likes of the Amiga/Atari ST/Archimedes where considered and marketed as toys/games machines and they were custom architectures.

The likes of Lotus and Word perfect did not write their tools for these machines, they wrote them for an IBM compatible machine.

The IBM PC came in a form factor that meant you could add in additional cards, etc.

IBM then allowed third parties to make compatible machines for the home market.

In essence MS were lucky.

What the likes of Acorn/Commador/Atari, had courted Lotus/Wordperfect and got them to create file compatible versions of their apps and had bundled an IBM compatible floopy and filesystem in their machines.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

Fenton

Love it but too powerful for my needs.

Apple should use this form factor to sit between the iMac and one of these.

The Mac mini just isn't powerful enough . Whilst the iMac does the job, some of use don't need/want an all in one.

Give me one of these with an I7 crossfired games GPU, an SD slot, 256GB SSD at around £1.5k and it would sell like hot cakes.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

Fenton

At least give the kids some idea what "coding" is

At least they won't then come out with the crap that coding can be taught in an hour.

Modern coding is hard, especially for old gits like me, who grew up on BBC basic, Pascal and Fortran. I've just had to re-learn (just some visual basic and SQLserver), half the problem is finding out what is possible and already done for you, compared to having to do everything yourself like in the old days.

So by all means show kids some programming, they might get an appreciation of the work that goes into their favourite App/Game.

Also why not show kids something about electronics as well, alas another skill that is dying.

Show them what is out there, let them decide what they want to learn

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

Fenton

Cloud?

How about build yourself a small gaming rig. Mid range CPU and a fast graphics card.

Get yourself an account with your Cloud vendor of choice with a nice Linux build on there.

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Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

Fenton

Re: High performance ARM

@Gordan

The apps arn't the problem, (ok they have not released an arm port yet), as they are OS/DB independent

just we are constrained on the DBs as the Vendor only supports "Enterprise class" DBs.

Oracle is such a pain in that you have to migrate to a new OS, even on the same CPU architecture. I'd rather just replace the exe's and just read the database files.

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Fenton

High performance ARM

Is it not time we had a high performance ARM chip. In my scenario above of migrating from x86 for peak high performance load to off peak low perf requirements, if we had a 2 different ARM architectures, a nice lower power one and a 3.x GHz monster we could use Vmotion to move loads around.

Or just stick to x86 with xeons and Atoms.

Alas my apps only run on DB/oracle/SQLserver/Sybase

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Fenton

Database file compatibility

Now what would be interesting is a database with two sets of executables, one on ARM the other on x86 but can read the same datafiles.

During the day I might want to shunt my DBs off to a lower power farm running ARM.

So shutdown x86 VMs, start ARM VMs and attached to the same set of datafiles.

I don't believe that is supported by either Oracle or IBM.

In fact the only DB I know of that is certified to run on different CPU architectures using the same datafiles is SQLserver, on x86 or Itainium but who runs windows on Itanium these days?

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Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

Fenton

Plot thickens.

The front-end provider was Websphere. IBM have declined to comment.

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Fenton

Project Management and requirements

I've read about this particular project before. To me it smacks of lack of decent project management and proper requirements.

An issue you get with all software stacks. Would probably have had the same outcome with Siebel or any other ERP/CRM type system.

$125m for a CRM system even for SAP system is overkill.

The project was most likely run by the Finance team who's only thought was.

"How can I track what money I have coming in"

Nobody thought about who was going to actually use the system, i.e. untrained door to door sales people.

When did they bring in the actual users for UAT testing? I bet it was at the last minute.

I know SAP has it faults (I've been working with SAP for 20 years), but for years a user should never even have to touch a SAPgui.

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

Fenton

There is still something wrong with the look of Linux desktop

I can't quite put my finger on it.

Fonts never look quite right compared to Windows/OSX fonts.

The whole thing lacks a certain sheen and just looks a little home made.

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Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

Fenton

Apple

Also Apple didn't do what could have been a deadly blow to MS.

They should have sold OSX as a shrink wrapped OS for OEMs to install.

Obviously with some sort of approval setup. i.e. no cheap and nasty boxes but not on systems

that could come close to iMacs

I know the arguments that it is designed for a machine with a known set of components, etc

but in truth OSX is really the only true consumer OS that is competitive with Windows.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

Fenton

Compute Unit

Well this is what I'd like to see.

A tablet/phone, what-ever being just a compute unit with a touch screen.

In normal un-docked mode it works in a Touch UI mode, i.e. review docs, make minor edits, but mostly content consumption.

However when I dock it. I'd like it to revert to a productivity UI, the docking station will deal with multiple monitors, etc. In Docked mode the screen on the tablet will also work as a pen based input device.

Any true heavy lifting will be performed on the cloud, be it an internal cloud or external.

But I can see a point where mobile CPUs start to approach the speed Desktop/server CPUs we have today so I won't have to offload the processing power.

Now MS have almost thought this through, but alas have forgotten the Desktop mode. It should be up to app developers to develop apps to have a dual personality, touch and Desktop. Please give us the best of both worlds!

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RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

Fenton

What if

The trouble is, if everybody decided to switch, would this not effectively be a run on the bank?

Those people who are too slow will have to be bailed out (again) by the government.

We'd then have to write off our "investment" in the bank.

A shit situation really

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

Fenton

Aero

Have MS really tied the kernel and the UI so closely together that you can't have an

Aero or Metro option.

The desktop does look flat in desktop mode, why can't I have the Aero bling in there?

And what is it with UI devs these days where everything is going flat and boring, IOS7 went the same way horrid bright kiddie colours.

The industry seems to be ignoring the 30+ Male with money to spend and is going after WAGs and kids

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China: 'JADE RABBIT' will be FOUND ON MOON

Fenton

Sounds Like...

Something you can buy in the Adult toy department at Selfridges.

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Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

Fenton

ipad2 upgrades

Hi can see alot of people upgrading from ipad 2 after installing IOS7.

Mine has become very laggy after the update alas I don't have £500+ to shell out

for a new slap, no matter which brand.

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Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

Fenton

Want an apple but not the 5c or the 5s

Upgrade time from my 4s. I've invested in various apps so don't want to change OS.

I have two main requirements however.

4G connectivity and a larger screen. The screen on the 5 is just not big enough (but the Galaxy 4 is just too big).

I do like the look of the 5S, but don't want to pay for all the new stuff that I don't need.

I've thought about getting a SIM only deal and a second hand/referb 5 and selling the 4S, but contracts on a new 5c come out at the same price.

I get the feeling they have deliberately gone for kiddie/girlie colours on the 5C to ensure people not into those colours go for the 5S.

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

Fenton

Never achieve Elite

Was it even possible to reach Elite status on the Electron, given that it did not have missions?

Was was probably the richest pirate in the galaxy but never got to "Elite"

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How to design a storage array: NOT LIKE THAT, buddy

Fenton

Re: My biggest beef with SAN/NAS storage

But why could the SAN not be setup up front before us App/OS guys come along.

Then it should be a matter of saying.

I want X amount of storage with this IOPS requirement for this filesystem and it should be replicated to the other DC.

The SAN guys should be able to do all of their forecasting in the background.

If they hit a certain threshold, they should order new disk/Cabinets.

The array should sort out any hotspots and tuning. In this day and age, it is still takes far to long to get anything done when storage is involved.

I can deploy over 300 VMs in a weekend, roll out front-end patches to 1000s of users overnight, automatically patch 100s of SAP instances in a weekend, but it still takes days just to make a change to a filesystem due to a requirement change.

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Fenton

My biggest beef with SAN/NAS storage

It is still far to granular and requires far too much manual configuration.

I would love to be able create a filesystem that automatically queries the SAN for available space and just allocates it.

But no I have to go the storage team who will manually assign Luns. Any change that needs to be made then requires either more or new luns to be assigned and if SRDF is involved, a whole heap of extra work.

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All roads lead to Darwin ahead of solar challenge flag-fall

Fenton

Air-con

If this is a cruiser class they also should have a maximum cabin temperature.

I'd hate to race across the outback with a cabin temp of 50C+.

So they need to have an air-con unit built in as well.

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

Fenton

Upgrade cycle

With the PS4 and the XBOX one and the new Valve stuff all being x86 based are we likely to see a more rapid upgrade cycle, i.e. no real custom chippery onboard, so when AMD/Intel release newer CPUs we could potentially see newer consoles hitting the shops with just a CPU/Memory upgrade.

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