One passord to rule them all.
146 posts • joined 7 Mar 2008
One passord to rule them all.
$887Mill in 8rounds. It's just an arms race to bankrupt the other similar services. The idea of building a sustainable profitability and grow the company accordingly is no longer enough. But then you get loansharks like Kleiner Perkins and Goldman Sachs onto the decision board. RIP Spotify.
This look genious an isolating liquid with heat conductivity close to water.
Just set up a tank and drop your electric gear into it:
IBM managed to surprise the analysts, though, but posting earnings of $2.91 per diluted share, which was better than they'd hoped for.
IBM used ~$14Bill on stock buybacks in 2014 the same in 2013. it is now less than 1Bill stocks outstanding. Lowest since 2007. But they eat up their cash reserve and totalt value of the company is falling. Not a very good sign in the end the coffin will be empty and turnover close to zero but the EPS will still be above Analysts estimate.
That money should have been invested into research and development.
Ask RedHat developers why they do not recommend consumer nVidia GPU for passthrough in kvm/vfio .... similar reason,
One of the 100 reasons I spend $170 on vmware workstation.
I play all my games on a linux box with a GTX660 with a win7 guest.
I actually am a professional Linux dev and even have a GTX 980 in my PC. I can tell you I'm completely not affected by the lack of source code for my video driver, nor is any of the other Linux devs I work with or even know. I also can't get the source to the bios for my motherboard, the firmware in my monitor, or to the driver or firmware for my Broadcom Wifi chip, or to my toaster, microwave, car and stereo, but I don't see anyone making equivalent noises about those.
This has to do with licensing and having to download the driver from NVIDIA. It is a mess when patching the kernel unless somebody helps out creating and updating a native package with every release of the kernel.
Among those billions of transistors US gowernment may add nsaware to produce faults, disable features, overheat, snoop etc. A terrible idea. The world has moved on since the cold war area.
When I was a kid our single tv-channel used to show finnish television theatre. Dark, Grim and always with a tragic ending.
Usually drinking itself to death in the sauna or drowning in one of the thousand lakes.
You can still get PS CS2 free, Earlier you could download it directly, But now you need to register. but it is still a great program. It is way better than Photoshop elements.
I miss the Palm stylus and the graffitti. On small devices it was the prefered method of entering text. There were some grafitti patents, preventing the latest palm devices to use the original grafitti. had to buy a program called tealscript where you could program your own grafitti. Small smartphones like the Experia Z active I had for years where great but my butterfingers made a lot of misstyping. I do not have this problem on a 5inch display though.
PalmV -> Sony Clie -> Sony Clie2 magnesium -> Palm Lifedrive (Still in use as an Alamclock goes 1 month on a single charge).
Does the Samsung Note stylus have similar capabilities?
Great CGI effects are when you do not notice them. Almost all productions today have CG rendered scenes. I'm pretty sure you mostly never notice. A mainstream program like "Downtown Abbey" have a large post production crew removing artifacts like cars, telephone lines, modern windows, Airconditions etc, just making the various sceneries looking from within the right time period. Much faster and cheaper than creating replicas.
On mobile I've always hated using ElReg. Now it is certainly better, But I still need to zoom in. On Mobile devices You need larger fonts,links and one collumn view.
After using Eclipse, Komodo Editor/IDE and IntelliJ IDEA, I find Netbeans8 being a very good overall IDE. It has a very flexible and easy understandable config and plugin support. Having both java and C/C++, You already have all You need to extend it to any other languages that uses either maven or buildtools. In one week I managed to set up perl highlighting, cpan module autodownload, debug, run and rpmbuild (a dirty tarball of entire perlbrew lib + app) for deployment. I used bash on centos7, so it is not transparent(No windows or mac). But I was impressed I could write the plugin in any language I preferred.
| LibreOffice is not stable enough for business. Use OpenOffice instead.
| Any substitute for Visio ? Wanna sketch out my network.
I can live with if fine except for the Draw package. Years ago I used to write lots of networks and cluster diagrams in Visio. With every new Libreoffice I try to open them in Draw and scale them. But somehow the scale changes differently within groups. The snap to grid becomes corrupted. But it used to be worse. Before libreoffice v4 they crashed. (I was on lots of visio compatibility bugs, and watched most of then progressing with anticipation, but it is not there yet).
But it is free so we can't complain. I would love to support libreoffice to improve Draw on kickstarter.
So I run an old visio 2003(?) under wine. It is the only MS program I need.
There is no way you can get to $150B market vaue without earning money.
They have just been clever at dodging taxes around the world and move money into deparments with operating losses (aka heavy investments). so 150B/21Y ≃ 7B/Y. Not bad at all.
As long as the stockholders do not require dividends they can still keep the stock price high.
All multinationals have lots of advisors working on how to avoid taxes and give as little as possible back to the community. IBM probably have more financal acrobats than engineers.
All recent Crays run Cray Linux Environment (CLE) it is a Centos/RHEL clone with extra tools and added drivers for proprietary hardware like their inteconnect and distributed memory model and a highly tuned kernel.
The hardware provides high bandwidth and low latency which makes it much simpler to scale out and share massive amount of memory in a single system image.
Could not find info if XC40 scales more than the SGI UV with 64TB and 2048 cores in a single system image.
You cant get those features on a commodity box with off the shelf interconnects.
What prevents vmware to add this feature to its hypervisor?. Seems like the simplest way to boost performance. Or just buy them up.
You can now easily get 512GB in any server. You can then host native structures in memory/disk like Redis, Elastic Search, Hadoop. There is less need for an utterly expensive database system.
I have a >1Billion rows table where most of the collumns are not indexed. An unindexed table scan query in DB2 takes 20minutes (ZOS Mainframe), in Redis it takes 45sec(My workstation). the table uses ~55GB in memory and takes 4.5min to load initially. I only do simple queries for collumn statistics and variance for fraud scoring. But my workstation can now do this in 30minutes, while it may take 20hours on a IBM mainframe running DB2.
Risc64 has been around since 1994 with the introduction of R8000.
I was in university at that time, and was one of the lucky sods to run my code on the state of the art Silicon Graphics Power Challenge Array. Whow It flew! Around 8 times faster than the Wax I previously used. R8000 was the processor that skyrocked SGI into the hpc space.
Unfortunately the R10k and followers where not as good. Mainly because the complex superscalar pipeline was hard to upclock. I recall all the problems with getting the R10k above 195mhz. By that time the AMD opteron had arrived and the dark ages of Mips had started.
I do not think the average Joe is the target for this product.
It would be the governemental emergency network which most countries have. It is horrendously expensive to build, maintain, need special frequencies and special devices. With goTenna you can use your phone and just need an antenna to connect. Withing your entity (aka country) You can easily change the frequency into something reserved and legal.
And we outsource all knowledge until there is nothing left. And no-one left to train new graduates.
Bought a Surface pro2 for my wife. unfortunately it is so awkward to use, so she rather uses her old eepc. I tried to use it, but It is frustratingly unintuitive. Terrible process handling, apps not showing in desktop mode, desktop apps not showing in tablet mode. I do not blame the hardware, but the win8/8.1 OS trying to be both touch and desktop but ending up being neither. Anyone that have tried an android or apple tablet just laughs at it, when trying to navigate around. No wonder it became a mega flop. Someone responsible in MS management should be spanked/deported for letting this product survive through 2 disasters. Too much money in the pockets makes people lazy.
The subsidies are higher in Canada, The next sequel will be done in Montreal :-)
Moving all over the world, work long hours get well paid is great when you are young, free and single.
Not so great when You have married, mortgage up you ears and kids in school and kindergarten.
It's the same in most industries. It's a global marked. In Norway the oil companies get flat 78% tax refund on investments, Even the oil is here and not going anywhere, but it has helped infuse massive >$80Bill yearly investments into oil upstream and downstream technologies. Making Norway number one in oil technology in the world despite ridiculously high salaries. Making it hard for us poor sods in other businesses to attract local talent resulting in immigration, relocating or outsourcing.
I once worked on a project setting up batch jobs for data extraction from IBM mainframe (My project was a linux server working with that extracted data). My tools were an ancient EBCDIC terminal and large cobol programs that did extraction for other programs I had to copy and rewrite so it fitted my needs. And to test it I had to call a sysadmin with the program id and he would execute it. There were also another level, when I checked off the program as working. it was then run for some days on the test mainframe verifying it did not fuzz up actual work-loads and then moved to production queue on the production mainframe.
I've replaced some of them with 50 lines of very verbose perl. IBM provides an ancient perl(5.8.X) on their mainframes. It was quite fun to show some perl one-liners to the old cobol maestro. His comment: 'It is impossible to do a proper stacktrace on that, what if it fails". The perl code was never put on the production mainframe. They were afraid what another language would do to their production load. But it still resides on the test mainframe.
In a world where everybody can set up a web based sales channel it is a paradox that Amazon,Google and Apple have become so big players.I really believe the big three needs to be split up into smaller competing companies, like what was done with AT&T in 1992. Most countries have laws against monopolies and cartels. But how do to exercise it on a global scale. If you have more than a 20% market share maybe a tax should be enforced.
|Question to folks doing the shopping
|How likely is it that you buy Cisco gear in the near future?
Do You think Huawei is any better, The entire Telenor backbone (Norways largest telco) is now Huawei.
You can use the clonezilla linux live image, just boot it from a usb-stick.
It was able to clone my win7 biltlocker SSD and boot it on another machine
(You need the 48bit bitlocker recovery ID).
Most dbas I know use scripting, but they are quite simple. Cant be compared to scripts written by devops that dont do anything else. A few days ago I was asked about license for Toad to a new developer. I told him we mainly use the basic command line tools and script in perl/bash/python/powershell what is needed. One of my recent jobs was a cleanout of a overpopulated database with severe lack of bufferspace. I had only a period from 1500to 2400 every day to run deletion and intervalls had to be less than 50k in each commit, otherwhise the production jobs just hanged. Had to add timestamp, scheduler and load monitor modules to the scripts (basic modules in our primary software) and now they run every night to clean data older than 3years and results older than 1 year. That way we can live with an undersized database. I'm a perl developer and added full perldoc with examples so anyone can easily port this to all the other databases we support. Most dbas would probably just use toad or any gui tools and do the job every month, or shut down production to do the cleaning in one go with far less sophisticated scripts. So learn a widely awailable scripting language very well and use it all the time.
Truecrypt working fine on both linux and windows. I've never had any issues with it. Just making sure I have backups and keep my keys safe. But my new laptop with bitlocker is horrendously slow. encryption should be OS agnostic by a third party company.
"Once Linux can support my Steam games my Win7 install will be zapped and I'll be running my Linux distro full-time."
The only games I've got working on Steam Linux are Half-life2 and Portal2, only Valves own game.
And it was a bloody nightmare. I had lots of files missing I had to probe around the internet and on my original dvds to find. But it was good error messages. Maybe my problem is that I run OpenSuse. Friends with Ubuntu says it works much better.
Install activestate perl and with the ppm (perl package manager) you can install around 8000 packages for windows or build your own. It's completely integrated.
"- And the people who are too dumb to install anything, and too dumb to update their subscriptions. They now think that a virus-riddled machine is the normal state of affairs. It isn't even worth the virus writers targeting these people any more."
I'm in a forth camp:
Those who have a company locked down laptop with Norton Antivirus 2014, bitlocker and other craps. On my 3year old Opensuse 13.1 host laptop cloning a 10GB vm took 25sec, on my shiny new laptop it takes 5minutes. It is the same .vmx file. faster drive better cpu.
They should rather invest in new businesses than sharing out dividends. When your turnover sinks like Itanic and your balance gets deeper in the red for every quarter it doesnt look good giving out dividends. Why not use it to subsidies a really dead cheap Iphone/Galaxy killer. A S5 specalike with a 42MPixel camera for $100. I believe you would really get quite a markedshare then.
"..CentOS, on the other hand, is based on stable Red Hat releases so - whilst not as newbie-friendly as Ubuntu - is at least stable and predictable."
Centos Great. but _NEVER_ use Oracle Linux. Big money corporations exploiting opensource.
This only makes Redhat add more features as close source making it out of reach for CentOS.
>OpenSUSE appears to be a little media unfriendly, although does tick the box for support.
In order to remain true opensource the base distro do not contain any closed source files:
It puzzles me why this can't be a checkbox - aka 'Add non free,open multimedia codecs' in the base installer. It is easy once You know how, but first time users do not have this knowledge and once the mp3 does not play and the mp4 does not play, they reject opensuse for something else.
Sgi did this with Oracle and Informix back in the nineties. The only issue was the horrendously priced memory. 4TB sat you back several million Usd, and you could at that time max get 8GB per 2xR10K nodeboard, so you needed 1024cpus to drive the memory. SGI. sold several 32 and 64 cpu configs with maxed memory just to run shmem in memory databases.
>It was clearly utter shite, and never going to happen.
>MB/MQ is rock solid mature tech that 'just works'. customer love it.
MQ is really good, but its pricetag makes it out of reach for most projects. Software like Apache's ActiveMQ is comming of age and you can use it for IPC queues. Something I've always wanted to do with MQ, but it requires the expensive MQmanager.
I bought my wife a surface pro2 because I got an offer I could not refuse. but unfortunately she's not using it. she rather use an old netbook with XP.
The worst thing is the desktop and the apps do not talk to each other.
I have to use the processlist to kill apps that do not show on the desktop, and it is a resource hog.
Better buy a standard laptop with win7. I've lost the word icon for the apps, it is in the desktop but not showing anywhere as an app.
I have to read a book just to learn the basics, that is not needed with any other 'modern' OS.
I run opensuse on arm on an old asus transporter T300 and it is way more mature than win81 touch.
In 1997 had a Toshiba Libretto, it was smaller than the EEEpc 701 I bought 10 years later had a tiny 640x480 screen Pentium166MHz, 32MB Ram, 2GB fast(at that time) HD, full windows95 and around 800g. The keyboard was excellent.
I loved it. would have loved to see a computer today with the same form-factor.
"The additional growth in ODM Direct sales, spurred most recently by a native data centre expansion by some of the largest device providers, will help the server market reach that tipping point faster,"
If you need 20K identical commodity boxes/year you can just set up your own production than buying it from the likes of Dell.
"And how did Linux approach this? Linux's approach shows it doesn't matter if MS had performed as well as Linux, since Linux isn't taking over the desktop marketplace."
The challenge is that most people find their current desktop just as good and do not want to upgrade.
This is what happens when software becomes mature. Then you switch to yearly licensing instead of a one time purchase.
Recall the Apple Cube from 2000. Also a very nice design, but the premium price made it fail. There were also some issues about overheating because it was fanless. And the performance was not that good.
I do not care about the design of my box. it is performance and noise that counts.
I like to hide the box in a closet somewhere out of sight.
If you want to have all the features a typical SMB-level NAS has, that'll be a six hours chargeable time to have it in a turnkey state for the user - maybe two or three if you are only throwing SMB, NFS, SMTP, an intelligent UPS on it, including installation.
Most linux distros have this preconfigured, you only have to turn on some systemd/chkconfig flags and enable some filesystem. On opensuse it takes a few minutes to format disks and configure samba and nfs. What I hate though is their apache configuration with 20+ different files.
What I really like is webyast with makes you configure the entire server via web,
I've not written much fortran code, but I've benchmarked it and parallelized it using openMP.
As long as you could identify the serial and parallell part and assured no variable dependencies outside of the parallel part it was just to use the openmp pragmas. worked like a dream.
!some OMP pragmas I've forgotten:-)
do your stuff
!$OMP end parallel
>Burglary 101: leave the car engine running to facilitate a fast getaway.
In Yakutsk, Siberia where the average temperature is -41C in january. On the coldest days
people leave their cards running while they're on work to ensure it is nice and warm for the trip back home and to assure it starts. Bet what that is doing for the climate.
CentOS6 is the best host. Linux has way better firewall and routing capabilities with route, openvpn and ipsec. I've had all problems with routing when using windows as host. And it is 100% compliant with RHEL so all commercial linux software supports it. It also do not have the dreaded systemd (yet).
I develop commercial software used by banks/processors requiring me to log into their systems via all kinds of vpn software and citrix. I mostly use windows xp as the guest for it. some of the guests have failed when running on a windows host, but never on a linux host.
Our software is cluster based so I have lots of centos5/6 guests with dhcp along with database servers (DB2/Oracle express ) and websphere MQ guests for delivery. I use the express editions because they are compliant with the enterprise editions but I do not have to care about the licensing and lower requirements, so copying vm-images around has never been easier. I keep separate guest-vms for each customer emulating their setup. this way I can build rpms that require just a stop of application, rpm -Uvh new package and start. (usually 20sec) in production.
When it comes to the virtualization I use vmware workstation9, it works fine with the rhel6 kernel and everything works. even hwrendering (I use the binary nvidia drivers on the host) of windows games like skyrim on win7 guests works excellent.
Years ago I used the vmware server v2, and afterwards I was forced to use Xen and virtual box. (didn't want to pay for linux software) they work fine for stuff that do not requite performance. Our software is 25%-50% faster on a vmware guest compared to virtual box guest. So it is a very easy decision to use $179 for a vmware license. vmware handles io _WAY_ better than xen and virtual box.
Personally I love opensuse, but their upgrade policy makes me have to reinstall every time there is a new relase, so I have some opensuse12.3 and 13.1 guests I build and run our software on to make sure it works. with CentOS it is just yum update(ex: to upgrade from 6.4 to 6.5)
and all your binaries still works.
I've created startup scripts which starts my database and websphere MQ guests automatically on reboot. I have a samba share on the host I share among all the guest.
Here I have the source build and release directories and a webserver so I can get hold of all the software nomatter if the guests are down and I'm on a customer vpn guest and need to install software built on an other guest that now is down.
Every guests except the database ones I keep under 20GB in size, that way makes it very easy to backup and move around to other vmware instances like my laptop, home computer or to ESX/vsphere servers. I have base guest images with the base software requirements so designing for a new scenario is just a clone away (with SSD cloning 20GB takes 20sec).
Earlier I used to have several noisy boxes under my desk. they are now all in a single almost silent workstation. I have around 30 different virtual machines where up to 8 running at the same time on a 32GB Intel i74770 512GB SSD with a /shared sata disk of 2TB.
>Brit upstart ARM for a pittance, for example.
AFAIK ARM has been around since 1985, A very slow upstart to say the least. I believe they have licensed IP cores since atleas 1992.
All our customers run RHEL but we develop and build rpms on CentOS. It is binary compatible no need for compilers etc. Many critical systems are not allowed to have compilers installed. This works like a dream and we do not have to buy expensive RHEL licenses.
Another issue is that Opensuse and Fedora changes way too often. CentOS 5.0 was released in 2000 and I've still just 'Yum update' it up to CentOS5.10 without any problems. That is almost 13 years of patching the same binary compatible linux system. Impressive.
I've always hoped someone would do the same with Suse Enterprise. Which I consider being superior to RHEL. But their licensing is 60 day trial. No access to the patch and update service after that. It is just too much job when you have 30-40 vms lying around. Running all kinds of strange instances you might need.
Old legacy software You may suddely be paid to update and then you have to reinstall just to get the latest patches.
"bare sorgen" is a norwegian saying meaning everything is just shit and cant be worse.
Revenue but not much margin:
I knew IBM had problems with their SmartCloud when they bought SoftLayer. Amazons S3 is way much more advanced and feature rich it is like vmware ESX against first version of Oracles virtual-box. IBM is probably the vendor with the most to loose by moving to the cloud. In the cloud everything needs to be commoditized and streamlined in order to save cost and manpower. IBM wants to deal with your large problems and make a premium on it.