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A load of marketing hot air
What if I order some new servers for our data centre with AMD "compute cores" and post installation discover they only have 4 cores and not 8 that can be used productively by our web and SQL software? I'll have 4 "compute cores" per socket doing absolutely nothing. I would feel very short changed and annoyed with this silly notion of no longer discriminating between CPU and GPU.
Nice article, thanks Reg
I enjoyed reading this because I remember all the fuss in the press in the early 80's. I was very happy to stick to my Spectrum although the microdrives sounded very impressive, mostly down to the marketing hype I guess.
This story is one of the many examples of amazing British ingenuity of the time. We seem to have had the imagination and geniuses to do the work but are let down by the business end of it - finances, cutting corners and unrealistic deadlines.
Another benefit of standardisation
100 miles from home with a colleague:
Colleague: "Can I borrow your phone charger cable and laptop as my iphone is nearly dead?"
Me: "Sure, help yourself."
Colleague: "Erm, your cable doesn't fit my phone"
Me: "Sure it does, it's a standard cable"
Colleague: "Oh, well not for the iphone it isn't"
Re: Real racing 3
Not a problem over wifi. But that's almost 10% of your storage space on a new Galaxy S4! It's okay to indulge yourself in just one big game on your phone. Then when you get bored of it just uninstall. Trouble is, the graphics are so good that I like to keep it installed to show people!
This is something you can output in HD to a 42" TV and it still look brilliant.
I use all 4 major browsers on my computer because I'm fed up with them crashing when I have too many tabs open in any one of them. IE9/10 is the worse. I'm guaranteed it will hang at least once every 2 days, sometimes twice in a day. Grrrr.
Microsoft do stupid things
What's one of the best features about Windows? There's a shed load of software for it and your favourite programs are likely to run on it. What what nincompoop thought it would be a good idea to create a new OS that looks like Windows except it doesn't run Windows software? That's pretty much what happened.
If you want a cheap, portable device that runs lots of software and has a good battery life you'd do well to buy one of the many different types of Android tablet. It has 100's X more software available for it than Windows RT and is much cheaper too.
There are some good Windows compatible tablets out there but are expensive and could do with shedding a few pounds in weight. Windows RT will continue to fail, the concept is all wrong. Windows 8.1 for Intel/AMD CPUs makes a very good tablet and laptop but it's the hardware that still needs development, not necessarily the OS. When I need Windows on the move I'll carry my 11.6" laptop, when I need nothing more than web, email and office I'll take a lightweight Android device. (Office is covered by a cloud app or even Polaris.)
What about databases?
It would have been good to see a database IOPS test. Database reads/writes are like moving small files but databases can be massive in size. So would the KingSpec SSD bomb or win in this scenario? We're always looking for ways to speed up databases from a hardware aspect.
Spell check please!
"Business strategy at Sun Microsysetms became a joke..."
And spelling at Vulture Towers also become a joke... Sorry, that's bit of a mean comment. Maybe we should blame the proof reader for missing a typo 5 words into the article? You do still have proof readers these days? Or someone who can click on the spell check button? ;-)
£1000/year just to access Govt tenders?
Why do we have to pay over £1000 per year to subscribe to access Govt tenders? Surely the Govt should publish opportunities out in the open, free of charge on a public website? It's almost like having to pay to walk into a Job Centre.
Maybe I'm doing this wrong? I went to www.ojeu.eu and clicked on Access The Tenders which took me to www.tendersdirect.co.uk/Search/TenderSearch.aspx
When I find a tender and want to know more there's a fat Subscribe button leading to a form and payment requirement. If 999 SMEs want to pitch for this tender the commercial company providing the website will earn £100K. Wow, a nice earner for doing very little.
Is there an open source version of this new tender from the Govt I could access please?
"I have never seen a very big appetite for 3D television in the UK," said Kim Shillinglaw, the BBC's head of 3D.
So what idiot gave you the job of head of 3D then?
And why did the BBC waste so much tax payers money on 3D?
3D is a sham, or maybe a scam. Can't wait for the whole 3D phase to finish. Terrible idea, terrible implementation. A gimmick to fleece the public of more money.
And the point of Opera v15 is...?
The first versions of Opera in the early days were great. A browser a fraction the size of the competition (1Mb I seem to recall) and some interesting features to set it apart. Compatibility was hit and miss until version 9 that seemed to play well with most sites (or most sites played well with Opera - I'm aware of the difference.)
I don't understand why someone would use v15 rather than Chrome? Choice is good but there's not much to set them apart in Opera's favour. Maybe Opera is thinking that by releasing itself from engineering its own rendering engine its developers can spend more time cooking up cool new ideas. If that's the plan then I wish them all the best. Opera are the underdogs and have held their own against the big players for over a decade and that's why people like them.
This time I feel sorry for Microsoft
SkyDrive and Sky TV are completely different products in a completely different market. The court's decision is unjust. I hope MS appeal.
The 2010 survey is poor evidence because it's 3 years old which is a very long time in technology and buzz words. Redo the survey now and the results will be different.
Possible new names:
SoftDrive (because it is)
NotDropBoxDrive (cos it ain't)
OneDrive (to bait Sky One and BBC One)
StratoDrive (sounds powerful)
365Drive (to tie in with their other cloud product)
DrinknDrive (accessible in your car through any mobile device)
No emergency aircon?
A well designed data centre should be able to cope with heat, fire, power outage and excessive humidity and moisture. Surely in the type of data centres that Facebook designs they'd have moisture / humidity detectors, alarms, and emergency aircon that kicks in when the ideal environment is no longer sustainable.
Clearly there is a risk of this problem occurring but there's no protection against it - apart from rainjackets! That doesn't protect everything or avoid the risk of people getting electrocuted. I'm sure they can afford whatever it costs to install emergency aircon and powerful fans to help avoid expensive and embarrassing future outburst of indoor rain.
Kinect 1.0 is technically very impressive. Kinect 2.0 will be awesome. The new console's design is terrible, very boxy, but that's so surprise when it's name is xBOX. However, it does allow it to be stacked with other AV units you might have under your TV.
I know that voice!
It sounds like the speech synthesiser built-in to the Amiga! Or maybe all computer speech sounded identical in those days. Since no one else uses this old voice these days, it really is a unique identity for the Professor.
If he started using a modern voice then no one could tell if it's their smartphone, TV, car, or fridge talking! ;-)
Sensible hat on - a better use of £12bn
Our railway is an embarrassment if you compare it with faster and more efficiently run French and German trains. I'd love our own TVG or Bullet but we're too broke and too over populated to support it.
However, wouldn't the £12bn be better spent on improving existing lines, increasing capacity, enhancing 3G and 4G reception along on all routes, and the rest spent on smaller infrastructure projects. I would suggest improving Wi-Fi, but that those prices they can get stuffed. I'd rather struggle with 2G/3G on my own device.
I have corporate and government users still on IE6, but most have migrated to IE8. Remember a lot of corporate and Govt depts are still using Win XP. I don't think we can move to jQuery 2 for these customers for at least 2 or 3 years.
I'm annoyed that jQuery 2 support for IE8 is being dropped, that's too premature. jQuery's original appeal was being compatible with really old browsers. Originally with IE5 or 5.5 I recall. That was impressive.
So long as the licence cost doesn't increase
We pay £7K a year for PAF and Postzon. It was a massive cost at first for a small company but over the years we've adjusted and grown so the cost isn't an issue anymore. If the new private owners increase the cost to get their money back on their investment then it will become an issue for us and possibly devastating to other small companies who depend heavily on it.
As it stands it's impossible for a penniless creative thinker or programmer to use Royal Mail data to create something innovative or useful without securing funding just to pay the licence fee. This is what Tim is talking about. So should it be free? Not if it makes it difficult for the owners to finance the resources required to keep it up to date. This is no easy task and lots of people are employed to manage the data in terms of people calling/emailing requesting changes to data, adding new addresses, and more people to manage data quality and supply.
The current format of PAF is very 1970's and it's horrible to work with. The RM have had many opportunities to update it but fail every time to act. There isn't even a unique identifier for each record. This is supplied on request only as a separate file where you need to cross reference the two datasets in order to match up the correct unique identifier. So maybe a new private owner will choose to modernise the whole database and offer it in modern formats. There are other quirks in how the data works and can only be realised by reading the manual cover to cover.
Without USB3 it should be called the "Previous Unit of Computing", not the Next! The form factor is its best feature but I'd prefer to buy an Acer Revo because it's better value, has USB3, more ports, and cheaper.
5 ipads or 10 Android tablets?
A teacher friend said her school bought 5 ipads to teach pupils. It's not a well funded school so that was a lot of money for them. I was really annoyed they thought they *had* to buy an Apple branded tablet rather than one of many cheaper brands of Android tablets. They could have bought 10 Android tablets for the same money - that's twice as many children using them at once. Double the value for money. It's inevitable that kids will break some of them so it's better to have a cheaper device broken - cheaper to replace.
There is no disadvantage in buying Android. It's unbalanced and uninformed coverage in the mass media that always refers to ipads when talking about tablets that causes this, plus a bit of Apple snobbery out there too.
It's like schools who spend £20K on Macs to teach design when they could have bought twice as many PCs for the same money or just saved half the money. You get the same leading software on both platforms so it makes no difference to teaching or the children.
What's worse is the kids mindset is forced to think they *have* to buy a Mac at home if they want to design at home or do it professionally. Finding the extra money for a Mac is unfair on some families who would have been so grateful to be told that buying a PC for half the price would have been just as good. Apple is a badge and that's what you pay for. They make good machine, I'm not knocking the quality or innovation, but when schools and families are struggling to keep afloat they shouldn't be made to think Apple is the only solution for tablets or computer design.
Imagine what a full size drone could do
Abduct an evil dictator while he's still being driven in his armoured car and bring him in for "negotiations", or definately not torture.
Or grab a useless "celebrity" off the street and drop him/her by "accident".
If you've played the Android game Grabatron you'll know exactly what kind of fun you can have! :-)
Oh guys you make me ashamed to be a nerd. She is too old to "give one to" unless you're 50+.. Not all nerds are desperate males that will bang anything with a pulse. She's a mature actress, not a 20 year old princess. The line must be drawn! Put some dignity back in the nerdsphere! The next film might feature the princess's daughter who'd be fit and able to do action scenes. Save your juices and fantasies for her... assuming such character exists.
What? It hasn't launched yet?
As a MS partner I downloaded the final release of 2013 at the end of October. Why would MS chose to sit on the final release for 3 whole months? I doubt they were carefully considering my comments...
My advice to anyone who is happy with Office 2010 is NOT TO BOTHER upgrading to 2013 unless they like Windows 8. I'm bitterly disapointed as it's turned the Office GUI on my lovely Windows 7 desktop into Windows 8. I hate it. Talk about 50 shades of grey, this literally is just grey. When I have lots of windows open on my monitors the Office 2013 windows blend in to each other and are very hard to find when stacked because the Win8 look is so bland. The edges are bland. I hate bland, I hate Win8's blandness being forced upon me as a Win7 user who swore never to upgrade to Win8. The swines did it to me by stealth! Foul!
Re: How can this be viable@Mr Fuzzy
A payload of shrapnel detonated close to the airship will puncture enough cells to bring it down. I'm sure rockets or missiles can be modified to carry shrapnel. I don't see the point of this aircraft as it's too big, too slow, too vulnerable. Because of the load it can carry the loss of life and equipment if one was brought down would be huge.
Good news if you have aching wrists
I have RSI and possibly CTS too, so something like this is a positive step forwards as I've been wearing out my wrists for the last 25 years - by using a mouse, which is not a pet name for anything else. There are lots of people like me who are in constant pain when using a mouse.
Once I tried a head tracking device to control the mouse (works a bit like the PS3 Move except you just put a silver sticker on your forehead!) but I developed neck pain as a result from constant, tiny head movements!
Blame staff for infections more than poor value AV software
If you're going to get a virus infection then it's most likely to be one of the more common viruses. Therefore any anti-virus program is going to be reasonably effective on average in terms of protecting you. Any brand new virus can take time for AV software to receive an update to detect and resolve the infection; there will always be casualties to begin with, much like any human viral outbreak. Sad but true.
I have used AVG Free for well over a decade on many personal PCs and it's been fantastic, and certainly lets machines run smoother than the more bloaty and costly products. I pay for AVG for use on servers and it's very cheap so the value is excellent. (No infections in 6 years)
In my view enterprises should spend less on AV licences and more on implementing and policing better IT security policies for staff. Most infections are down to the ignorance or risk taking of staff - which can be avoided if staff were better trained on the subject and IT was better policed (physical and network). That sounds a bit draconian but what do you expect if staff bring in files on a USB stick to print off on the office printer, or download executable files at work, or open emails that most of us would find suspecious, or access Facebook (clicking on links), etc. This stuff should be done on computers at home or personal smartphones.
When I was younger I hated these sort of rules and I was a risk taker. But 15 years on I'm more experienced and have bigger responsibilities so this "draconian" approach helps safeguard the business, jobs and reputation. Damn, I sound l like my old boss. I'll be wearing the same sort of clothes as my dad soon too probably.
Useless over-statement (not in reference to Obama)
"the most retweeted tweet in the history of the internet"
Because we had Twitter in 1969 and every decade through the history of the Internet, didn't we.
Since "tweets" can only be tweeted using Twitter then where is the relevency in comparing it to the "history of the Internet"? Twitter is only 6 years old.
Re: UK pricing
I paid £56 inc postage from ebay for a new 7" Android tablet. It does email, web, video Skype, Angry Birds, movies, Google Play, etc. What more is a 7" device supposed to do? I accept for 3x the money a £160 Nexus is faster and the top of the line 3D games run smoother on it, but what more would I get with an ipad mini for 5x the cost? 5x as much fun? 5x as much productivity? I doubt it. Not everyone has cash to splash so every £/$ counts.
A few years ago I thought only rich fanatics bought Apple products but I've seen friends who always say they're broke own the latest iphones and ipads. If they're hard up they should realise a designer label isn't important and the functionality they need can be found is products at a fraction of the cost. Moan over.
And the 2012 Pointless Award goes to...
I really don't get this. Why doesn't it have Android installed? Why are Google marketing 2 incompatible OSes? This is confusing, I'm sure the public would expect a Google branded laptop to run Android apps or something Windows compatible.
For £220 Joe Public will be better off buying a £160 Google Nexus running Android with access to 1000's of apps, or a netbook running Windows. Where on earth does a Chromebook sit in the market place exactly? Google should have spent their money on subsidising a 10" version of the Nexus for £199 with 3G to compete very favourably with the ipad market.
Re: Think this will affect you?
Good open source advert! :-) However, most organisations have their own in-house IT people who specialise in Microsoft software. It's not economical or practical to retrain those IT people to use, say, Linux, to the same level of expertise they currently have for Windows, SQL Server, etc. It would take far too long, cost a fortune in training and they'd be without in-house support for a number of months.
If they dumped MS and went open source the only business option they'd have is to make their IT staff redundant and hire new people who already have years of experience with Linux or whatever the chosen platform is. :-(
I've been hit by the MS price rises and the thought of going Linux has been there for a while, but none of us have the time to learn the ins and outs of a different platform to the same level of expertise we already have with Microsoft technologies. It's not possible to swap a decade of Windows experience for a decade of Linux experience unless you're Joe 90. (If anyone remembers that TV show?)
One could argue that we're trapped and hostage to Microsoft's will and pricing policy. But given the retraining costs and the huge dip in skills we'd suffer for several months (or years?) it's still worth paying a bit extra to remain users and developers on the Microsoft platform. I believe that's exactly what Microsoft is depending on.
By combining data from 2 or 3 different positioning systems it should be possible to compute a more accurate position. I'm trying to think of some useful civillian applications for this potential accuracy. But I can't help thinking there is a better use for 22 billion Euros to give us something new that we don't already have. It was a 5bn Euro project but current estimates put the cost at 22bn at the end of a 20 year project period. The number of satellites it would use has already been cut.
And the purpose of this element is...?
Why haven't they named it Japanite?
Why we persist with voice?
Because I don't have to look at a camera and ACT INTERESTED for every second of the call! With voice-only I can multi-task! Maybe the term "multi-task" is new to BT?
e.g. eat my lunch, reply to an email, pick my nose, check my phone for messages, scratch a spot, talk to colleagues or wife (depending where I am), read a news article, etc.
How can I do any of these with a video caller watching me every second? NO THANK YOU, BT.
If someone owned a patent for the paper bag...
...could he sue cafes for putting sandwiches inside paper bags and grocers for putting shopping inside paper bags? There is absolutely no additional technology or thought involved with putting a URL in a SMS, so it's not something that should be patentable. Saying that, a US court says a rectangle with rounded corners is the upheld patented design of Apple. How can something without sharp corners be patented? Only in America. :-(
Not sure of the purpose of Storage Spaces?
If anyone wants a reliable storage facility using multiple drives for redundancy then they should really be using a proper RAID solution. I've never found software RAIDs reliable. By providing these solutions, Win 8/2012 is encouraging people to use them. My advice is never to do storage on the cheap - not if you care about the safety of the data.
Re: Enthusiasm evades everyones expectations
People were generally enthusiastic about Vista in the run up to its launch because relatively few people got to play with it in advance - compared to the public releases that Win8 has gone through. After the Vista launch a wave of disappointment gushed over us.
With Win8 we had the opportunity in advance to find out for ourselves that it's disappointing, hence we are mostly unenthusiastic and looking forward to Win9 instead. Win9 will be the equivalent that Win7 was to Vista - Redmond effectively saying "sorry, this is what we meant to have released but it took us another year to listen to customers and realise we made some mistakes."
Let's just push the Fast Forward button, the outcome is too predictable. Along with massive financial losses this year, 2012 will be one that Microsoft will want to forget.
Have they not heard of load balancing?
Sounds like they're doing it all wrong if they don't have any "hot" redundancy. Our infrastructure is spread over multiple servers and if any server (web, database, file, mail, etc) goes down it doesn't matter because the other servers pick up the load. There is no single point of failure. Why the heck aren't Twitter at that level yet? Lack of investment? Or lack of knowledge?
I wish Gary well
Has he be banned from access to the Internet? That's a punishment in its own right.
Ready for a sales flop then, MS?
Maybe Win8 is designed to boost sales of Win7 with fear that the better OS will be made unavailable after a short while?
Did you know it's trendy to have a preference for the previous release? At long last, I'm one of the cool guys! ;-)
Fast forward summer 2013 when Microsoft release SP1 for Win8 which includes the option to enable the traditional START menu. Why do we have to wait? You know you've got it wrong already, Microsoft!
One thing leads to another
What next? Government official or bank knocks at your door. No one is in so they leave a note saying we tried to contact you to make a compulsory purchase of your house, so we're just going to take it anyway and we don't have to pay you now. This is pretty much what this new copyright change is doing.
No way will the million creative people in Britain allow this to happen. It's another screw up policy that no doubt will come with a U-turn once everyone has been really angry about it.
I have millions of brain cells and I'm more than happy to lend one to the Govenrment.
Or to put it another way...
If you're thick you're more likely to believe what "experts" tell you. For everyone else who has a reasonable understanding or appreciation of the complexities of climate you're smart enough to come to your own conclusion. (Or if they're familiar with climate change through history or are natural skeptics!)
This calls for a spin-off computer game!
...or maybe an app. Hours of fun can be had playing grab that little space craft with the robo arm. ;-)
1/6th of the UK are twits
Yes, I'll believe that. Imagine if they focused their abundant spare time into doing something constructive, maybe something to help the economy or charities.
Poor quality content? Big gamble.
The cable/satelite/regional channels products a lot of poor quality content, so what are we expecting from even smaller channels with tiny budgets and big overheads? I remember community channels from the 1990's (Videotron cable TV for example) and while one or two programmes were good it wasn't sustainable and it had limited broadcasting hours because it's not possible to fill a whole day with content. If people channel hop and see the station in "shutdown mode" they probably won't stop there again when hopping.
The amount of work that needs to go into procuding good content is huge, but it can help a lot if the presenter is very gifted and can entertain an audience without a script... which would effectively turn the channel into a showcase for the individual and they'd be scooped up quickly by bigger channels leaving the community channel in the lurch.
What's wrong with web TV? There are no broadcasting overheads if you upload content to existing CDNs (YouTube and others). If the content is good then it will eventually attract viewers - and from further afield than the intended local city/town.
Re: Okay so...
The product shouldn't catch fire at all, period. What if you were one of the unlucky 1 in 50,000 owners and you'd left the laptop on while you're asleep or out, only for it to catch fire and, in a worst case scenario, burn your house down? I'm sure you would have a different opinion on product recalls if that had happened. If Lenovo thought it was a one-off event they wouldn't be spending $millions on product recalls and enduring the bad publicity the recall process triggers.
Recalls have nothing to do with the nanny state (which I don't like either) but is all about Lenovo taking its responsibilities seriously to make sure no one is injured because of a faulty product. If Toyota didn't recall 1000's of their cars 2 years ago then my family could have been in serious trouble if the brakes had chosen to pack up when we needed them to work. Product recalls are inconvenient but the consequences could be far worse. (BTW, this isn't a flame, just trying to get across some alternative points of view)
Putting the defence of Britain first must always be the priority. Being chums with company bosses or supporting monopolies must never be allowed to come into the decision making process, so why does it feel like it has?
Why hasn't the Government questioned the cost of adding the electric catapults to the carriers? If the supplier says £125K but the ship builder says £2bn then tell BAE to shove off and hire the American suppliers to come and fit the catapults themselves. I'm sure they have enough expertise to do so. It will save a fortune and we'd get the attack and rader aircraft we need. The MoD owns the carriers, not BAE, right? Or was it done under PPI?
Why does the MoD/Gov always, always screw up procurement? Same with IT. Anything that relates to technology is mishandled. If private companies handled procurement like the Gov does there'd be people being fired on a daily basis - something that never seems to happen in the public sector. Jobs for life, zero accountability and generous pensions (yes, even with the cuts).
They are idiots, the buyers are idiots
I'm selling a fart in a jar for $180K. It might not be as ludicrously hilerious as buying a gTLD for $180K, but at least I'm not asking for $5K to register before I fill a jar for you.
Both products stink, are a load of hot air, and a waste of breath.
ICANN has gone one dot too far! They have done this to line the pockets of their directors, many own or have a stake in a domain registration business. They are not doing this to benefit the Internet, they're simply abusing their position and cashing in. :-(
The biggest Gov data sets are still ££££
Other countries have led the way, not the UK. Why not release the most useful data sets of all including PAF (the Royal Mail address database) and OS (much more than their token gesture). It would cost nothing to release the data because it already exists. Although I'm not sure how the maintenance of it would be funded if their revenue stream is culled.
Re: Toys out of the pram...
The app was created by qualified therapists I presume. Months of their time and expertise must have been spent working on this drawing on all of their experience. Is that worth nothing?
Likewise if anyone puts their own expertise into a project are they not entitled to make a living in return or does everyone have to work for free to satisfy the iPad/Android consumers who are far too used to paying nothing for 1000's of existing apps, or a few $ for other apps.
The speech app is a specialist program and is already 10x cheaper than the nearest thing. The therapists could have paid an experienced developer for several months of work to create the app, plus they could have taken 6 months off from their day job to produce it. So their investment could easily be $150,000. That will double/triple now they have to get a lawyer involved!
I say let them earn their money because it sounds like they deserve it. Just ask the parents who are no doubt overjoyed that their purchase (the price of a few speech therapy lessons) has effectively "unlocked" their children and given them new freedom to communicate - any ability that most people take for granted.
Software developers shouldn't have to work for free or a few quid. A lot of us are qualified and highly experienced professionals with mortgages and other loans to pay, children to feed and clothe, and many freelance or self-employed developers don't even have pensions, and sometimes there can be weeks or months of zero-income while waiting to see if they get another contract.