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Re: Government borrowing from taxpayers.
You also have to consider that when somebody says something like this (from the article)
"government gains improved cashflow it says will boost its coffers by $1.4bn over the forward estimates"
What that really means is that the leeches in Big Goverment have extracted an extra $1.4bn out of the productive side of the economy and put it into the unproductive side.
That's 1.4 billion dollars coming out of earners pockets that goes straight the pockets of the various groups suckling on the teats of big goverment, as hilariously symbolised by "Hindenboob", the hideous multi-titted whale balloon that was ironically intended to celebrate the centenary of Canberra. Apparently.
Can we have an election please?
13Mbps! That would be neat. Who has that in Australia? Where I live, despite being only 200 metres from the exchange I am forced to suffer 1.5Mbps ADSL1 and there is no chance of Telstra upgrading the DSLAM to ADSL2 because they signed a deal with the fucking NBN Co to retire their perfectly functional copper network on some sort of $90 Billiion fairies-in-the-garden plan to hook us all up to fibre optic whether we want it or not.
Even if the ridiculously over-priced NBN finally arrives in my area (in 2048 natch) it will undoubtably be so prohibitively expensive that I may not even bother switching to it anyway.
Of course eventually they will dig up the copper and force me to buy their product (or do without).
Somebody has to pay for that $90B pricetag after all.
You gotta love socialist governments. Why people keep voting for those arseholes escapes me.
Re: Clever, these Japanese.
Umm, both Samsung and Hyundai are Sth Korean, but nice try dude.
"you'll be renting your software before you know it, say Redmond bods"
In the case of the software that *I* use, the only way they could possibly achieve this magnificent feat is to kill the open PC platform and make it impossible to run Linux.
Even if they managed to do that using so-called "secure boot" or whatever, I feel I would probably sigh, shrug my shoulders and take up gardening rather than succumb to the exhortations of some clueless MS drone who thinks they can entice me to rent software that I could otherwise obtain from elsewhere for free.
Re: Well that is it then
Disney aren't exactly known for their high ethical standards either you know.
In fact partnering up with a corrupt bunch of thieves such as EA is about the most balanced pairing possible under the circumstances I reckon.
Re: @Goat Jam
"without benchmarks" yadda yadda yadda
1) I said "perceived" performance. I made no claims to it out benchmarking native hardware.
2) Plenty of other people have noticed the phenomenon, I am not Robinson Crusoe here.
3) The fact that you haven't tried/noticed it yourself is not my problem.
"without the performance-inhibitor that is a desktop hypervisor"
I'm sorry, but I have been running various versions of Windows from 2000 thru 7 using a "desktop hypervisor" and without exception the perceived performance has been significantly better than Windows running directly on the same hardware*
The difference is quite astonishing. I don't know why windows seems considerably snappier in a VM but there is no doubt that it does.
That, and the utter pita that is dual booting (ie your bootcamp suggestion) means that the hands down best way to do browser compatibility testing is to run Windows in a <ahem> "desktop hypervisor"
* Not counting things like 3D gaming of course
I don't know why Shutt's has risen up now from his slumber to spray his vitriol around the Linux community but really I don't see the issue here.
Sure, I had adopterd Ubuntu ever since Redhat went all "Enterprise" on us, but then I never was comfortable with the rpm system.
I was happy for several years on Ubuntu until Unity became de rigueur, at which point I must admit I got a bit upset about having my comfort interrupted.
Even now I blame the guys at Gnome for this, and not Canonical, who I believe panicked when they saw what an utter debacle Gnome 3 would be.
Anyway, my discomfort was short lived after I decided to convert all my machines to Mint.
Initially, I had some trouble deciding whether to go Mate or Cinnamon until I decided to go Cinnamon at home and Mate at work and thereby monitor developments on both until such a time that I determined that I prefer one over the other.
Nowadays, if I ever find that I am getting upset by the whole Gnome3 / Unity disaster I remind myself that at least with open source I was able to move on to something that suited me.
The same cannot be said for those poor sods who get saddled with Windows 8.
Re: @AC 02:46
Actually it is Firefox 19 as of today
Re: 30 Days?
"in light of the number of requests it would receive would either need to be ran on beefy iron, or would become one central point of failure"
It is trivially easy to distribute data and network loads around so that is not an issue.
The problem is that nobody wants to pay for it. If they are anything like most companies and govt in Australia they maintain the entire thing on an Excel spreadsheet.
Re: I don't understand this
The "mindset" here is along the lines of "we couldn't be bothered with properly releasing this stuff so the Bob Dylan fans could expand on their collections but we need to release a handful of copies to ensure nobody else is allowed to satiate the Bob Dylan fans desires"
If they think the recordings have commercial value then they should bloody well offer them to the market so they can legally purchase them. By failing to do that whilst taking steps to ensure nobody else can fill the gap they are proving themselves to be the anti-consumer asshats that we already knew they are.
Re: Ultrabooks with "premium specs"
As I'm sure you are aware, the Macbook Air is not an ultrabook, "ultrabook" being intel marketing speak which is intended to be used by PC OEMs who want to make bad copies of the macbook air.
I deliberately didn't preclude the macbook air from qualifying because I wanted to see if some numbnut would throw that up as an example.
Congratulations, YOU are that numbnut.
If they do
It was a model from 1990 and it was the first one I found doing a web search for "NEC Multisync 3" which I recall from the time being a must-have monitor from those times. Yes I lived through it too. By 2003 I had a 19 inch monitor with 1280 vertical resolution and I was by no means an early adopter.
Although while I am prepared to accept that the off-the-top-of-my-head recollection may be out by a year or two it does not alter the point of my comment at all.
Re: Right and wrong at the same time
chris lively said
" In today's world a lot of labor is essentially unskilled or of a type that can be easily trained for. This means wages for those jobs won't rise as long as a large number of people can do that job"
While I agree with the main thrust of your argument Chris, I would like to add that another corrupting factor in play is the inequalities created by certain influential unions, at least here in Australia.
In Aus, one of the two main political parties is essentially the political wing of our biggest union, the incredibly corrupt Australian Workers Union (AWU).
The effect of this is that during the part of the political cycle that the union affiliated ALP is in power large Keynesian style infrastructure projects that include backroom deals to guarantee exorbidant pay rates for unionised workers are embarked upon.
When they are not signing off on incredibly expensive white elephants they are busy propping up commercial companies that coincidentally just happen to be held hostage by their heavily unionised workforce by channelling taxpayers funds to those unionised workers.
This has had the inevitable effect of artificially inflating the salaries of union affiliated blue collar workers to insane levels while workers who are not affiliated with those unions are left behind.
This has reached the point where uneducated blue collar workers now earn more than educated white collar workers in this country.
It truly is the Age of the Bogans downunder, which probably explains why hardly anybody seems overly concerned by the rampant cronyism and corruption at play.
Chuck us another beer Shazza.
Go the 'pies!
Hey, watch the bloody ute ya dickhead
* bogan mating calls
Ultrabooks with "premium specs"
Can anybody name one?
Before you go crazy, please note that anything that includes a vertical resolution that was considered commonplace in the late 1980's does not count.
Re: Won't somebody think of the children?
"10000 of your countrymen being killed every year by people"
They are not my countrymen as I am not an American, but thanks for caring.
Oh and btw, murders happen in countries where guns are effectively banned, often using those very banned guns in fact.
In my country the populace are a docile, authority dependent mob of sheep. We also have strict gun laws. If people in my country were ever put in a position where they had to protect themselves from their own government then 99% of them would pussy out and let the government trample right over them while they begged for leniency.
It would be good for some of "my countrymen" to learn how to safely handle a weapon, you never know when they might need to. And with the communist rabble we currently have in power that day might come sooner than they might expect.
The downvote button is the red one over there, go at it leftards -->
Re: Won't somebody think of the children?
Sorry, got the firearms death number wrong, it should be ~9K (8,775) the 13K figure is for total homicides.
Won't somebody think of the children?
"A violence crazed trigger happy country culture"
I'd be banning cars before firearms if I wanted to save lives.
Re: Give wifi to those that need it least.
Have you ever known a rich person? Being rich is as much a state of mind as anything else. And that state of mind says never pay for anything that you can get for free, or better yet get someone else to pay for.
Just like that millionare dentist who found a dropped credit card in the shopping centre carpark and immediately went and bought a pizza with it. Do you think he couldn't afford a pizza? Or was he just getting off on the thought of getting something for free and sticking another sucker with the bill?
Naturally, if you are a wealthy merchant banking type who has the same school tie as some other bloke down in town hall then of course you are going to have a word down at the gentlemens club on thursday evening about maybe getting some of that taxpayer financed "free" wifi goodness installed down near the smokers garden at Banker HQ. And you never know, there might be an opening for a seat on the board down at Banker HQ sometime soon.
It goes without saying really.
Re: Leaking wifi
You know you can configure your phone so that it doesn't prompt you every time it discovers a wifi hotspot right?
In fact this is the default behaviour on my current phone. You actually have to deliberate turn that crap on if you do want to get those prompts.
Good writing should not require multiple reading passes
"AMD's SeaMicro microserver and fabric unit has started shipping the "Piledriver" Opteron server nodes for its new SM15000 machines, announced in September sporting quad-core "Ivy Bridge" Xeon E3 processors as well as promising the then-impending Piledrivers."
I'm sorry, after reading that first sentence 3 times in an attempt to understand what it means I decided to give up on the rest of the article.
The specific part that is confusing is this;
"shipping the "Piledriver" Opteron server nodes for its new SM15000 machines [...] sporting quad-core "Ivy Bridge" Xeon E3 processors"
After several re-reads I gather that you are trying to say here that AMD released Xeon based versions of the server some time in the past while promising a Piledriver version later on and they are delivering on the Piledriver part of that promise now.
Re: Old shool website design
That header is functional and lightweight. It is that sort of attitude that has made the Internet of 2012 the slow & bloated mess that it is.
I swear, it doesn't seem to matter how fast my network connection and PC gets, "the Internet" just seems to get slower and slower with every passing week.
Thank god for Ghostery, it would probably be even worse without that.
Re: Microsoft the Patent troll
"I'm not sure you understand this case. It will be bad for the whole IT industry if Motorola/Google get their way"
Well, that all depends on how you look at it. Let's ignore Microsoft's own trolling that gains them $5 per Android handset for the moment and take a look at the bigger picture.
It could be argued that the entire US patent system is horribly broken and it will remain so until that fact becomes overtly obvious even to the most dense politicians in Washington.
If we are willing to accept that, then it follows that the best way to make the situation clear to those idiots in DC is for increasingly ludicrous patent spats to occur in full view of the world + dog.
So, no, I don't think this sort of action is going to be bad in the long run.
For the short term, the worst case scenario is that punters may need to pay a coupe of bucks extra for the new phone that they want (but probably don't actually need) .
Oh the horror!
"We're not proving it's harmful--we just can't prove it's not, and lives are at stake."
Except they did enough proving to allow the full fight use of ipads by the pilots.
Pilots who sit right in the middle of all the equipment that is apparently susceptible mind you.
The first thing I do when I setup a new PC
apt-get purge mono-4.0-gac
"the server need 10 times more CPUs to workout the same amount of workload"
Well yes, as you allude to, these are for servers that do not have high CPU workload requirements.
A lot of servers are not CPU bound and spend most of their time doing pretty much nothing.
In the past these would still run expensive Xeon CPU's because that was all you could get for servers, even if they just wasted cycles most of the time.
They could get away with this because they were the only game in town. You want a server running Windows and ECC just to serve a static webpage? Then by golly you must get this $400 CPU.
ARM and the fall of MS has changed that game.
Re: @Goat Jam
Cheers for that!
Re: Faecebook Next?
It is my considered opinion that if you are not getting downvoted by elreg commentards then you are not trying hard enough.
"Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference". - Libbie Fudim.
"They can also integrate with Microsoft Exchange servers, and they can even be managed using Microsoft's own administration tools"
Nice job, although it will be interesting to see if there are any shenanigans from Redmond prompted by this.
They do have form.
"Intel knows that it's real customer is Microsoft - not the guy buying the chips"
Hello, 2002 calling, they want their argument back.
Here in 2012 server deployments are increasingly being rolled out without any Microsoft software at all.
You will recall that this chip is aimed at servers, right?
Even if intel succeed in getting these Atom chips into the data centre they still lose, just less than they would if it was an ARM cpu instead.
The bottom line is that for every Atom (or ARM) cpu that is put into a server there is a $400 Xeon that stays on the shelf.
As someone pointed out elsewhere, intel is not structured in such a way that they can survive on selling $50 chips.
Re: I'm Confused
Man, that is nuts.
Are there any MS stores in Australia? Who has been selling the Surface in Australia up to this point?
MS have been heavily advertising the surface for several weeks already.
Am I to understand that anybody who may have been tempted to purchase one by those adverts would not have been able to do so until now?
Re: @Chet Mannly
"There could be another reason why Gillard called Abbott sexist: because he's sexist."
On the one hand we have a person who;
Is married and has raised two girls to adulthood. A person whose wife and children all came out to publicly defend him after baseless accusations of mysogony were leveled against him. This same person has regularly done charity work for a local womens shelter where he lives.
On the other hand we have a person who has;
Had a string of affairs with the husbands of married women. She seems to get off on that. This same person has gone out of her way to defend a proven sexist (Slipper) and also another man who is accused of being a serial brothel customer using stolen money while he was also married with children (Thomson) because it suited her political aspirations.
And you call the first person a "sexist".
I ask you, which of those two has shown more disrespect towards women?
Please provide one example of how Tony Abbott is a sexist. And, no, looking at his watch is not an example.
Re: Labor Party, left-leaning?
The Australian Labor Party is currently run by a woman who was an active communist until recently. Since she entered mainstream politics she has attempted to obfuscate that fact by doing what she does best, telling pork pies.
They are as left as left can be without going full circle.
Re: A Clever Leader
Here is the logical sequence that we are meant to accept.
1) The world is going to fry due to "carbon emmissions" [sic].
2) Put in place a "carbon tax" to make electricity more expensive so people use less of it thereby saving the planet from certain doom.
3) Go around claiming that the carbon tax has made no difference to electricity prices. This is either a lie, or a tacit admission that it hasn't worked. You can't have it both ways.
Re: A Clever Leader
There's such a fine line between "clever leader" and "pathological liar" isn't there?
In the eyes of a lefty, a 400% in power bills over 5 years (10-15% directly atrributable to the carbon tax) is "nothing".
Let me guess, you are one of the 20% of people who think Dear Leader has nothing to answer for over her criminal activities regarding the AWU, right?
Glad you are happy with Julia's performance though.
I'm sure she appreciates your support while she and Swannee are figuring out new and better ways to send Australia even deeper into debt so that even your grandkids won't be able to pay it off.
It takes all sorts apparently.
Re: I can fell the anger rising within me
I can grudgingly accept the tendency of young people to be enticed by the grandiose sentiments that the institutionalised left likes to project as a facade.
You need a certain level of experience to see that it is all based on fantasies and lies.
The ones I can't understand are the people who are luvvies for life in the face of all evidence that rampant leftism is the root cause of a significant amount of the worlds evils.
Julia Gillard is the embodiment of every thing that is wrong with leftism.
XBMC forces the wrong labels?
No it doesn't. It is true that for optimal results you should name the files in your library within certain guidelines.
I find that "Name Of Movie (2009).avi" works in almost all cases. If your library is not named properly then yes, it is likely to incorrectly match titles.
In such cases you have two choices. 1) Name the file properly 2) Right-click the item and select "change title".
Nothing is "forced" though.
For the record I use an Acer Revo with Ubuntu 12.04 and XBMC.
I spent the $40 I saved on beer.
Dude, when you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about it is generally best to avoid advertising that fact by posting idiotic things on Internet forums.
Re: For what it's worth...
I hope their "professional support" is better than it is for Windoze.
"Have you tried turning it off and on again"
"OK then, I want you to reload the OS from the recovery partition"
Enemy At The Gate
26 posts • joined Wednesday 26th September 2012 18:57 GMT
All 26 posts are fighting the good fight against the enemies of Redmond, both percieved and real.
Shill or delusional fanboy? You be the judge.
Or then again, does it really matter?
<- Beer, for IJC. Chill dude, Microsoft is a massive corporation. Do you really need to expend so much of yourself trying to defend their non-existent honour? Do they really deserve it, considering their undeniable history of enemy (and friend) crushing and general evilness?
Re: El Reg just doesn't get it.
The very same tech geeks that were loudly predicting the failure of the ipad based on its inability to run "proper" applications (read: Windows applications) are now predicting the spectacular success of the Surface Pro on the very same basis despite all evidence to the contrary that suggests that the majority of punters have no interest in running Windows desktop programs on a tablet.
Re: Statistical Fluke
Around 1998 is when climate alarmists were showing us horrifying graphs that showed runaway warming occuring over the previous 16 or so years. Now we have 16 years without warming they're all "oh 16 years isn't long enough and can be explained away as a statistical glitch".
Cool, now that I know RICHTO is a climate catastrophe peddler I *know* I'm on the right side of the argument.
Re: 8GB RAM and 256GB memory
In computer industry vernacular "memory" means RAM and not storage.
Of course you knew that already, despite your snarky comment, I'm sure.
Yes, I know that technically SSD's are "flash memory", however that technicality is irrelevant when the context is a puff piece about some generic consumer laptop. That rubbish about being aimed at programmers was nonsense. No programmer would use a screen with 768 vertical pixels.
Oh, and the D in SSD is for Drive, not Disk.
Re: Totally missed the point!
"Isn't the point of buying an OS free or Linux preloaded system largely to avoid paying the Microsoft tax?"
In the past the "Microsoft tax" was levied--as per the MS OEM agreement--against all machines sold, regardless of whether they are sold with a Microsoft OS or not.
I don't know if this has changed, but I can't imagine it has unless some Supreme Court judge has made a ruling that I'm not aware of.
This is why you don't see Windows free PC's from major OEMs cheaper than their Windows alternatives.
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