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Re: Satnavs - The curse of modern driving
I'm actually sure, dear Sir, that the police couldn't be bothered with such a lowly offense for which they need 20 days to fill in the red tape...
They don't even come for a stolen bike... That's a criminal offense too... Sometimes they don't even come when one calls and says there's a burglar in the house... Remain and Quiet, si... Paf... Hello? Hello? Helloooo? Oh well... Click Tuuut Tuuut Tuuut....
Isn't it rather so that if the government wants us to have cellphone capabilities in our cars, that it must provide that for us? If my (considering I'd be fully employed) employer wants to me to come with 24x7 mail reading capabilities I sure as tell him/her to give me a device capable thereof. If he then says: it should also work in the neck of the woods, I sure tell him/her to get me a device capable thereof.
On the other hand, didn't Brussel win a case against Microsoft for forcing people to use Internet Explorer (or rather for not having enough options available besides Internet Explorer)? If the Automotive Industry is hoping for long lasting service contracts by reselling mobile services, they sure as hell should provide any possibility. Even one where it says: I buy a car in Belgium-, yet live in the UK, just because I can (and because it is cheaper in Belgium)...
Or is Brussels hoping that the Automotive Industry is stupid, and therefore Brussels might cream off on yet more beeeeellion dollar legislation that costs treeeeeellions of dollars to start with....
AC And Guus Leeuw disagree. El Reg Facilitating.
"and the reg is doing a good job of letting people know."
No it's not. That's the whole point... The article has "facilitating" in its title. "Facilitating" has a meaning: actively making sure that two parties, who are in obvious disagreement, talk to eachother (without actually judging either party before, during or after those talks). I'd like to see how and what took place with that "facilitating". That's not only far more interesting then just copying two statements from two people and asking your readership for their opinion, but also better if you put "El Reg Facilitating" in the title of your article.
Have a look at "Vorsicht Kunde" from the Heise Verlag in Germany. They do facilitating stuff, and report:
1) What happened to the customer (what was bought / sold / stated in the contract)
2) Who they contacted at the vendor
3) What that (vendor) contact actually did
4) If and how the case was resolved
Much better than "Oh look here, two people have a disagreement", wouldn't you say?
I quote "However this is not the case in football ... what happens in a goal mouth scramble after a corner with half a dozen players lunging for the ball which the goal keeper dives on an claim he grabbed before the ball crossed the line." and I do not understand what part of that situation has to do with either Hawk-Eye or Magnetic Field Football...
Whether the goalie grabbed the ball or not before it crosses the line does not actually form any part of "a goal was scored". A ball can be shot so hard that goalie and ball end up in the net. It still is a goal (and a vomitting goalie, most likely).
Affiliation with EMC
Just to make sure that everybody understands where I stand:
* I have been working for EMC in the past on three occassions: 2000 - 2001 for EMC Germany, 2006 for EMC Switzerland and in 2007 for EMC UK/Ireland.
* I have been working for EMC customers throughout those years and have gained indepth knowledge in most if not all EMC storage systems.
Currently I am working on a contract with HP UK Ltd for a client of theirs who needed some data migrations done on EMC arrays.
I am in no way currently depending on EMC to help me provide food for my family.
"Atmos is EMC's object storage system for public and private cloud providers. It is a follow-on to the Centera content-addressed storage (CAS) product which continues in production."
Not quite. ATMOS provides a similar high-level function (store objects and get a hash for their location), but that doesn't mean it's a follow-on from Centera. ATMOS is actually quite a separate product line from Centera. The team that built Gen 1 and Gen 2 ATMOS, of which I know at least 1 in person, had nothing to do with the Centera Team. The ATMOS is not geared towards the core functionality of a Centera, namely archiving. The ATMOS is geared towards delivering BLOBs in environment where the end-user does not (need to) know where the BLOB is actually located. BLOBs may have certain parameters like store-three-times and the ATMOSphere (a number of ATMOS systems working together), will make sure that the BLOB is stored in three different arrays. One can also specify store one copy in London, one in Tokyo and one in New York. The ATMOS keeps all three copies in sync. Should the New York ATMOS have failed disks, it will ask either London or Tokyo to provide their copy instead, without the end user needing to know (so there's no referal information visible to the user).
You might wanna get some sort of confirmation of what it is that you're writing about in order to fully understand what you are writing.
I do not believe that el Reg is facilitating the communication between EMC and the customer. EMC certainly is old and wise enough to communicate with its customer themselves. El Reg is not an ombudsman or similar organization to actually try and make sure that EMC is doing the Right Thing. Neither does EMC need El Reg to understand what the Right Thing would be in this case.
EMC is clearly stating that as part of the product development, certain features were left for EMC Support to have access to. There have been discussions about these features and the Product Development Team would have said: We don't want end-users to be able to do that just yet. What is so wrong about that? We are after all dealing with data that in all likelyhood does not belong to the people operating the ATMOS systems!!! So a certain degree of care with regards to data and access to that data is actually a Good Thing(TM).
Re: Support Contract Lock-in?
obviously you have never worked with EMC. Nor with their support, nor with their sales.
EMC products are so dear to their customers that EMC provides support with the product. During the first 3 years that support is provided as part of the baseprice of the product one bought from EMC.
EMC Support has gained most of the 10 yearly Support Organization awards between 2000 and 2010.
They are the best in the world when it comes to Customer Support. Although they have been on a somewhat downward spiral, they seem to be doing the Right Thing(TM) again lately.
As with Lee, though, one has to have worked with EMC in order to cast an opinion about EMC.
Re: Lee Downing
have you ever worked with an ATMOS? Have you ever set one up?
ATMOS systems come with a strict internal network that should not, or hardly change. The external network may change, but because it is relatively straightforward to change things to a wrong IP address, I can understand why EMC doesn't want anybody to just change an IP address on the system. There are upto 8 subsystems in 1 ATMOS installation, each of them having up to 4 IP addresses... Can be quite confusing if you're not really into the whole hardware aspect of an ATMOS system.
Authentication that no longer operates? Nobody said it no longer operates. The guy just wants to delete it. Fair enough. There is a risk involved in doing these operations: Deleting the wrong or the last auth source. Then what? Call EMC Support to hopefully gain access again? You might as well have called them to begin with.
I'm not saying ATMOS is the best ever Object Storage invented. It's a young product, and as such, will have to grow up in certain areas more than in others.
Still and yet, I would think that in order to cast an opinion, one would need to have worked with and understand the system that one casts an opinion about.
You catching your wife or...
Quote: The only way I can force myself to believe the idea that the richest corporation on the planet behaved that way is that the girl who took me is now a reassuringly expensive lawyer who was kind enough to marry me and so we have photographic evidence.
Surely that explains how she caught you, not the other way around, as the article's title seems to suggest. Anyway, there's not enough funky details on the title's proposed partial subject of you catching the olde ball and chain (expensive a lawyer she may be). Oh, and having said that, I by no means mean to indicate that your wife is comparable to a ball and chain. Just to make it clear that you/she cannot sue me for using a paraphrase :) Or maybe you/she can, what the hell do I know about lawyers and how they extract money from people.
Cheerio for the good article, though, as per usual standard.
Re: This brings me happy memories
Quote: Water and electricity do not mix
I was taught that they mix quite well. In fact they mix so well, that you should never try to be in the water while mixing it with electricity...
Just me olde 2 cents,
Re: Nobody can regulate Internet traffic flow
Quote: I think somebody missed the fact that ICANN is a nonprofit. Sure, things like the "anything as a TLD" move are guaranteed to end in disaster but there isn't any profit motivation there.
Surely, Sir, you are missing the point that the organization is non-profit, but that the people at the helm are most certainly for-profit. Have you never seen these pensioners running charitable / non-profit organizations and creaming off to make sure that the organization is indeed non-profit?
Where is the optional 0.80 GiB gone, then?
converting between gigabyte and gibibyte: multiply by 1000**3, then divide by 1024**3, correct?
I f do that with 32, I get (32 * 1000 * 1000 * 1000) / 1024 / 1024 / 1024 = 29.8023 = 29.80GiB.
Meaning their rounding algorithm is off... 29.80 should read 30GiB rather than 29GiB...
Just me 0.80 cents,
(or Just me 0.00 cents in Microsoft terms,)
Why could the not? Surely google can manipulate the search results...
Apple -> Search:
Showing results for "Nexus"
Search instead for "S3"
surely, we heard that before somewhere...
Mythology is optional
Why would one want to introduce religion or mythodology (which led to religion) into a scientific subject?
One might just as well go ahead and say: Sender: God, Receiver: Jesus, Eavesdropper: Maria Magdalena...
As with so many topics in life: Religion / mythodology should stay out of it.
Just my two pennies,
Re: A straw poll to those who DO watch porn
I wouldn't opt in to nothing such madness. Having this type of filter in place at ISPs allows a multitude of things that should not happen:
1) Government has an easy to consult filter statistics and data, even though they have no right to do so
2) ISPs can (based on judiciary incentives) track certain IP addresses through their filter, and therefore people can be spotted by what they are browsing for things outside of the realm what the filters are there for in the first place.
Lastly, and most importantly, every router has Parental Guidance nowadays, most routers can block individually selected websites. Therefore, the Telco Industry has complied with government rules: They gave nearly everybody the option to make browsing safe for children.
The same problem exists here, as with the Red Light Crossers Who Tote Little Children: They don't wanna behave themselves according to the rules, and therefore everybody else has to make sure that the Toted Children are safe, which ironically has nothing to do with me, as the Red Light Crosser is actually endangering the Toted Children.
So I say: I don't want to have to opt-in or out of this. The internet should be on the basis free-communication-for-all (minus some crooked individuals, you know the "explosives information seekers"). Also everybody should behave according to their best safety-interest, and be responsible for their and their offspring safety.
That, though, is the state of society in the modern world: people think too much that they are the most important people, with little regard for anybody else (even their own offspring).
( I don't want to be anonymous, as I represent the industry in some way shape or form)
Re: Fred M
lying to somebody who is sitting next to you and lying to somebody on the phone who is actually half a world away, are two completely different skillsets.
I am very happy praising people in mails, telephone calls, and the likes. Never, though, when people can see where I'm looking, or when my face or hands are visible to the listener.
I loved your post, and was glad to have had the chance to respond to it.
Re: Hardly a court matter
It is a court matter. Hundred percent.
The next time somebody writes something about a Guus Leeuw and makes that Guus Leeuw do stupid things, I'll go after the author in a Spanish Court.
Because according to this lawsuit, freedom of speech is no more, if we may believe the judge. There is no mention of the ex being the subject of this brutal t-shirt-based attack...
Maybe I can go to court over the T-Shirt I bought myself: "My wife says I never listen or something like that" and get my wife some jailtime... Ah maybe not...
Or what's the other fun shirt she has? Nelson shouting "Ha Ha!". Clearly an insult...
Well, at least I know my next holiday is in Spain :D There's money to be had there.
Re: Re: This title not left blank.
And here's the proof that software quality assurance is often left disregarded: It works, therefore it's good...
"Re: Re: ..." Subject lines were banned from mail clients like a decade ago?
This title field still had "Optional"
titles are for free
So google and their partners in the mobile device industry do not want to develop something by themselves (they re-use linux, without giving much back), but because of that they still want the community to maintain something for them??? Hilarious, really...
If HTC, Motorola (well, google), etc want google to maintain longterm android, they should ask google... if google then wants longterm kernel support, tough luck: do it yourself... You can backport fixes into your own kernel version, for sure....
Does everything have to be for free nowadays????
Best way to sort this crap yet
have a brilliant business model...
A new picture website will come along shortly...
watch this space... something akin unnamed.org or so...
RE: AC 10:05
The previous poster made abbundantly clear that in his opinion the law should state such punishments, so that you can be aware of them at the moment of committing the crime.
As is the case with all of your stated situations. The punishment is known before you commit the crime.
"not so much brains as earwax" I hear somebody say...
At any rate, we (society) can cut off one hand: It still allows the person to feed himself / hold up his hand, allows everybody to see what a person it is, etc. whilst it disallows successful engagement in any form of battle... Problem solved, all around. Oh, and the person would still get benefits, of course. Human rights? It doesn't say that you have to have a fully normal body to be counted as human, therefore, even if you have one hand less... oh... :D Well maybe there is a loophole somewhere to allow this sort of thing...
No, I am not a Muslim / Islamist. I just think that good ideas can be copied.
Do you really think that you can do without title?
And a government operated ICT-based DNA database is going to improve the conviction rate how exactly? Oh you mean, this will be the ICT thing that the government can actually do?
Interesting point of view.
Or maybe it is paperbased, to circumvent screw-ups. And then the conviction is ever so (s)low.
Or maybe the government leaks private data, and then the tabloid press screams bloody murder.
I surely hope so, though many of the agencies for IT contractors do want to act as an employment organisation...
Is not quite clear to me...
Free for all
what would worry me about such a platform is that is from google for google by google. Have we forgotten what google does best? Data mining, anyone? I wouldn't dare run my company on that stuff.
The fact that a Register reporter cannot use a Chromebook might not be because of the Chromebook, though. Even the reporter, supposedly using a normal book/laptop/desktop machine cannot use that, judging by the number of typos in his article.
"Chrome OS simplifies the operating system by moving ... malware at startup time.": That, to me, does not sound like a simplified OS. A simplified OS would be something akin MSDOS that can run 1 application which is browser, and does little else. Akin a simplified calculator which can only add and subtract... It sounds, thusly, more like an altered OS that does certain (specialised) things and does not do certain other things at all. You'd still need the basic things for an OS: Filesystem, Memory Manager, Scheduler and IPC. No Filesystem => How can they run the Flashdisk? No Memory Manager => No Memory. No Scheduler => Sounds like DOS. No IPC => How can the keyboard notidy the OS that somebody is tapping away...
Lastly, the whole thing probably is cheaper to many a user. I mean, thousand bucks for three years is virtually nothing. However not being capable of determining when the OS is updated may or may not be a disadvantage for many organisations, especially if updates start to go bad. In addition to that, I'm wondering what the additional ramp up of the Citrix Farm will cost and whether that evens out that cost savings on the front.
Certainly a change in pace and direction, which is also what google is good at. But will it stick? I would, at least for the time being, advise against it, unless of course, you're the organisation's web 2.0 twatbooker and the only thing you can do is twat and book all sorts of nonsense into a browser.
- Mine is the one with a Dell Vostro 3700 in the pocket
More pity the performance
So the idea that a VMAX would cost roughly $1,000,000 and an ATMOS only cost $10,000 is left behind: You buy ATMOS, you get a VMAX with Atmos software and it still costs $10,000???
I thought so.
Oh and by the way, stop calling it an App... App is a tainted saintly term from a fruitseller that has nothing to do with technology giants such as EMC.
Paris - because she is normally as confused as I am now...
PS: We need a thinker icon that is not Paris...
Messenger vs Skype
The best hing about Skype is that it can behave as a telephone with minimal call charges. A client of mine in the Netherlands gave me a mobilephone but then complained about the costs as I am in England most of the time. So, I setup a Skype landline number, and make them pay my Skype bill. The total cost of my telecomm solution has come down around 50%. Good for them.
My wife uses Skype to call her family abroad and this lowers her telecomm bill by about £100 a month. Which is a Good Thing(TM) Patent Pending.
Not sure how valuable it is to have Skype integrating into Office except for the communicator and the various address books, but then again the communicator is used for a quick chat or when someone's phone doesn't work, so that might a nice idea.
Skype on mobile seems, indeed, rather pointless:
1) You need coverage to receive a skype call on your mobile
2) It is annoying that when you're logged in to Skype on various devices all devices start ringing at the same time
3) You more or less have a calling plan on your mobile anyhow
I would want to see what Microsoft does, if anything, with the callcharges. It could be a nice milkmachine that can be turned on like a tap: more or less money depending on how cashstrapped Mr Ballmer feels any given month... This is where my greatest fear is, indeed: While I trust Skype to do the Right Thing(TM) Patent Pending, I don't quite feel the same about Microsoft...
Maybe now is the time, though to stop that silly credit card restriction that Skype is running: Only three top-ups per month with the credit card, otherwise use Paypal. From where Skype came from, I can understand that restriction, but now that Skype and Paypal are not sisters anylonger, we can hopefully start doling out cash in a more unrestricted manner...
PS: We need a thumb-iin-the-middle icon...
PPS: Beer, as there is no coffee icon...
Before and after
once we were a people to whom the concepts of a smartphone, GPS or A-GPS did not occur. We were happy, and we were able to find the lost paraglider. People knew where I was, knew this only because they could see me there.
Access points, network SSIDs and the likes were known to people in the area, and they could connect if they had the right details / devices to do so.
We did not use location-based services simply because we did not have a concept of it. We were quite happy with that, as location-based services came through the frontdoor in the form of a newspaper, magazine, or other advertisement materials.
Nowadays, some service organisations find it attractive to be able to tell people that "ITPassion" is a wireless network located at 5 Anstice Close. Who should know this? Did I agree for them (and their followers) to know this? Should I care? Not so much... But: when it comes to tracking my location based on GPS data *readily available to non-government parties*, I feel very different. I don't want to be tracked by just about anybody, and the fact that the Telecoms Act indeed protects me in that way (so that only government bodies can find me, should they have the need to do so (that is proven beyond reasonable doubt in front of a judge)). Do I want that Google / Microsoft / Apple / Nokia / Samsung / Sony / Motorola / Blackberry / Somebody-knows-who-else can invariably track my location and use that to provide me with a ping that the restaurant I'm standing in front of, is actually rated 4.59 by 1239993 voters? Do I care what other people think of that particular restaurant? Should I care? Maybe they are kitchen-and-food nitwits and in fact the restaurant is crap?
I do agree that there are, indeed, situations in which it would be desirable to *know* where somebody is, mountaineering, paragliding, road racing, diving, etc come to mind. But then these situations would require *local* knowledge (think of how air traffic control works on a local basis). They would not need knowledge held by a third party that has no value in knowing these things. The ruse "but it is valuable to you that we know" is deemed in Europe (especially Germany) as Brown Thinking (because the Nazis also told the people what was good for them, or worse what they should be thinking).
Besides, we *all* readily state the Governments should know as little as possible. However, we seem to shed the reasoning behind that point of view aside when it comes to for-profit organisations. Or are you saying: I like CCTV everywhere, and therefore I don't mind Google / etc... knowing of my whereabouts... Shouldn't the reasoning be more akin to: I'd rather have Government knowing, because I (collectively ;)) elected them, rather than somebody else, because I (uncollectively(!)) did not elect them.
People should be more vigilent, and should have more common sense, and people should stop falling for marketing ruses. But then again, marketing is forceful, simply because people belief what they are being told (Google does not do evil, Google is good)....
Better late than never
the thing that gives me an uneasy feeling about this all is that there are indeed mission critical services run inside a bookstore, glorified as it may be... Why people choose to do that is really beyond me, equally as it is beyond me why people would store confidential data at the site of a known data miner...
I know it is the aspects of it being cheap and readily available to the nitwits, but aren't business owners supposed to take care of their data anymore? What happened with the stance that IT is merely a replacement of the good old secretary pen?
Also, what nobody seems to pick up, even fellow passionate IT professionals(!), is that most things that happen in the IT industry is merely a way to try and lure money from people without giving them anything back... In the grand scheme of things, we had a mainframe; then somebody decided that central wasn't good enough, and built an open system; now, some 30 or more years onwards, the IT industry is trying its hardest to build a mainframe on open systems, thereby going back to the centralised infrastructure we started out with.
Anyhow, Dear Clients (potential or otherwise): You have to remember that if you want disaster-resistant services, you better do IT in a way that suits your business, not in a way that suits somebody else's business... Or focus on the cost, but then, please, keep quiet when things fail. If you don't want to spend the money, fair enough... Just remember: Only the sun rises for free... Anything beyond that carries a service fee!
CEO - ITPassion Ltd
Re: "OMG, I hate Facebook!"
you state: "The point here is that Facebook has done an awful lot of work". Could you please specifically state how much work "an awful lot of work" actually is?
you state: "... Facebook ... its datacenters ..." You do *know* that Facebook as yet only has 1 data center, right?
you state: "Presumably, ... datacenter customers ... Facebook-style environment cannot be created" You are aware that 99.9 out of a 100 datacenter customer do not even come close to the needs of Facebook style computational power, I hope. Any ordinary LAMP (untuned!) server can service 10 requests a second with ease and no sweat. That would be 864000 requests a day. Or take 5 requests a second, that still is 432000 requests a day. Much more than many organizations need... Yes, there is the Scale For Peak Usage(TM) (Patent Pending) thingy, which leads many bigger companies to have 1 rack of servers geared towards delivering web contents. Even bigger organizations go for 1 row in a datacenter with racks of servers geared towards delivering web contents. Multiple data centers? Yeah sure: Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Rackspace. There, that's the whole list of clients that would have this type of scale. Big deal. These people either go with HP/Dell/IBM or simply build their own kit.
So for the normal market, the forces that are, namely Money and Greenery, do enough to drive down cost, whilst driving up eco-efficiency. HP/Dell/IBM have to play into this, as it simply means that customers who are deciding with which manufacturer to go take these two things into account. Decided customers will, though, state that Dell has just delivered 15% more eco-efficiency by whatever, so please, Leo A (HP), why don't you do a similar thing? or that Dell cramps more core into the same power and cooling usage or whatever. There is always competition. The competition must not be better, though!
So how big a deal is it? Not much. If I need 1 top-efficient server in my room, I'll just go to Oracle/IBM/HP/Dell (not necessarily in that order). Why? I know that it will integrate with the rest of the equipment in my room (like cooling systems). 1 rack of Facebook server(s) and I need to get into sorting out this evaporating water cooling thing they have going. Costs me more... Do I need it? No, not really...
Re: Closed-Source JS
Source code staring you in the face doesn't make the code open source!
As much as I like your (implicit) definition of "free software", for a piece of software to be open source, people have to have the ability to submit modifications. Otherwise it is just unobfuscated source code...
Re: And how exactly are we going to upload our customisations
why are you obsessed with security in software development projects and released code, when it is oh so obvious that you do not know the slightest about software development cycles and processes?
1st of April is meant to play jokes on world+dog. It is, however, not meant to show world+dog ...
oh forget it...
Re: Incorrect comparison really
you state that "With tape backup the purpose is no longer so much to restore data but to have multiple archival copies of data to choose from and to also comply with various data retention laws around the world", and further you add "Archival with disks can be done but it really is not the best use for them for numerous reasons including cost and long term reliability.".
May I object to your sentiment in the following ways:
1) Have you ever tried to restore from tape a piece of data that was stored on that same tape in 1985? (1985 being 25 years is not too rediculous: mortgage documents oughta be kept for the timespan of the mortgage)
2) How do you propose to show that disks are less reliable than tape?
3) How do you propose to retrieve the documents related to a court investigation that has so far lasted 3 years in a somewhat timely fashion when using tape, and, more importantly, how do you guarantee that the retrieved document is actually the document that they are after (unaltered, the last pulished version)?
While tape is good for disaster recovery purposes, tape is useless when it comes to regulatory requirements.
Neither tape nor disk is any good when it comes to the retrieval process. You need software for that, and that software should be agnostic in terms of storage media. Indexing multiple tape catalogues for that purpose is a nightmare.
Almost last, but not least, objection: Say your data has been taped up well before NDMP came about: How do you propose to retrieve (restore) the data? Do you always make sure that the new backup software you just purchased and started to operate can read all of archival tapes?
And last: what do you propose as the reason many "tape" libraries are now virtualised in a way that machines pretend to be tape-bound but actually use disks to store data?
My clear and present favourite for archving is disk, accessed through a structure-agnostic and storage-media-agnostig service such as SOAP or REST. For those access protocols, the data is just a BLOB w/o structure. The BLOB can and will be replicated to another location, with a retention period before the expiration of which the BLOB cannot be deleted and during which a minimum number of copies (replica's) can and will be enforcably maintained by the management software. The tape, OTOH, is a single medium that is most-likely not replicated, and surely not enforced-replicated to a number of tapes located in different geographical areas.
The IT field of storage is not something just about everyone can fiddle with, much akin that not everybody in IT is a good system administrator, or a good software developer.
Sir (Matt Asay),
the term "virtualized storage" actually means something else entirely than the used meaning of "storage for vitualized systems".
So again, I have to say that the IT Field of Storage is something not just about anybody can fiddle with. Taking your bootnote into account ("Matt Asay is senior vice president of business development at Strobe, a startup that offers an open source framework for building mobile apps") I would have to say that you either have no technical knowledge of storage or that your technical knowledge of storage applies to either the opensource software field or the mobile app field.
Having had a brief look on tintri's website, the problem with tintri's offering is that it is highly dedicated and nowhere near a brandnew idea. EMC's VMAX with Enginuity 58.75 (for example) can do exactly the same thing for many more application behaviours than tintri. tintri is thusly a niche player targetting the lower end of the storage market. Not really a market up-ender in the semantics that you proclaim.
Sir (Joshua Goodall),
I fully agree with your sentiment, and we both know that storage vendors actually try very hard to make storage virtualization a real reality (IBM's SVC, EMC's VPlex, HP's (rebranded) MPS200, Brocade's Application Module for which they sell a Data Mobility Blade to name just a few).
Having been around the block for nearly 12 years now, I must say that storage still is a huge barrier to virtualisation. Countless SMB's either use internal storage or a smallish mostly NAS-based diskcontainers as storage. True, most of those SMB's don't really have virtualization requirements, which is reflected in the 70% of enterprises that do not or did not yet virtualize their services.
There is also no offering available currently, that allows an SMB to outpace server-slice growth with storage growth: Hosting providers offer a direct link between amount of GB disk and amount of CPU&RAM.
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the problem with Google is not exactly that they favour their own services in search results, but that they have the ability to not show results linking to preceived(!) competitors. And "perceived" is meant to state that not only does Google not have competitors, it also can be arbitrary in that Google can make the choice of which company / website it doesn't like on its own. Case in point: FoundEm.
The problem for world at large, then, is that a virtually unbeatable marketing trendsetter cannot be trusted to behave fairly to all parties interested in reaching the same audience, because it has stakes for itself in reaching these audiences.
The only way out of this conondrum would be to find a not-for-profit organization that builds up and maintains a search engine to the same quality standard that is being displayed by Google. That would require massive private donations whereby entities that have vested business / political interests would not be allowed to donate (thereby missing quite a big chunk of available money).
Any for-profit organization building up a new and better search engine would seek to profit from it at some point in time. The only way to do that is by data-mining searches and connecting them to web behaviour from searchers so that, ultimately, targetted advertising becomes a possibility. And then the world at large ends up with Google II, which is no solution, as it will be the same "do no evil" Godfather that Google already is.
ITPassion would be willing to step into this market, provided, as a start, all ElReg readers donate £2 per month, so that:
a) a tier 1 CDN can be build up across the globe;
b) quality software (crawlers, indexers, crossreferencers, result rankers) can be created;
c) a database CDN can be setup and operated on the required scale;
d) public facing webservers can be setup to provide result showing capabilities.
ITPassion will guarantee, in return for the mentioned £2 / month from *every* ElReg reader, that this search engine will never ever track your IP address, online behaviour, or other useful bits that enable it to present targetted advertising. The only thing the search engine will track is click-through behaviour to favor search results that people clicked on, so that they get a crowd-pleasing factor in the rankings; all this withou knowing *who* clicked-through.
Open the email floodgates, I am more than happy to provide donation details to all interested parties.
Title is spelled correctly
Joe Fay -
1) "which has the Cloud its over-arching theme this year" - plain wrong.
2) "accomplish the goal of "every European Digital"." - What Digital? Digital Telephone? Digital Internet? Analogue Internet?
3) "for the ten per cent that are delayed" - It appears to be assumed that ten per cent are delayed. Where did you get that figure?
4) "This will be followed buy a " - Will be following a buy? Will be followed by a?
Opt out? Opt in!
Why is everybody talking about opting out of this? Hasn't it been google who opted us all in? In which they took our freedom, forced something upon us that we didn't have a say in whether wanted it or not... Looking at Egypt / Tunisia, maybe a revolution is what we need and get rid of google alltogether...
In which case it should be google who opts us all out of any advertising... though luck if that breaks their operational financial model... I never asked google to show me shit everywhere.. Hell, I've got Sky to get rid of the shit (and don't tell me that you have Sky too and that you are still watching advertisements...)
People should have the freedom to say: I don't want that or I do want that. Now we don't have the freedom, and the freedom is not when one can only say "I don't want that". Freedom is choice. Choice between three or more things: 1) Status Quo 2) More shit 3) No shit at all...
And then who cares when sites that merely run on adverts all of a sudden cease to exist... If you're clever you can show on your landing page that this site is operated using adverts. Leave if you have to, or else accept and be silent... That would be something for the reg.... Akin pron sites that will ask you to either enter and be 18+ or just leave... I i then *want* to read el reg, I'll stick up with the ads...
Do we need tracking? No of course not. When I buy a newspaper, nobody knows whether I acted upon a printed ad... On TV? Nobody knows whether I acted upon a shown ad... Why do they have to know for the web? Just because??? Bullshit! and do they know? No of course not. Only google knows...
titles should be optional at all times
FAIL, is all... Linux != Gnome && Linux != autofs
Re: Err.... (mhoulden)
"Did she not get any bank statements in that time? If so,..."
Did she not get any bank statements in that time? If not so, ...
Did she get any bank statements in that time? If so, ...
RE: But we're not dealing with countries
No, we're deailng with products that are equally available in multiple countries inside the European Union.
The EU mandates that such products shall be equally priced in every EU country.
For the case that got everything rolling, search for something akin "Germans buying VW Golf across border", where some long years ago Germans would go cross-border to buy a VW Golf, import it into Germany, and still be cheaper off compared to buying it in Germany directly.
You could argue the same thing with gasoline for your car. Or with clothes, or with anything that is sold in multiple countries in the EU, the EU dictates that stuff is equally priced. Simply to stop local shopowners going bankrupt because everybody goes cross-border.
Now this case: Sky Greece sells EPL for £5 in Greece, and EPL for £19.50 in the UK. That's thusly not allowed. Either the Greece have to pay more, or the UK people less, or both.
And there I sat over the weekend wondering who in the world would try to hack an open source website and for which reason...
So far I'm coming up empty...
Remember me on this computer!
"Oracle has blamed a lack of scarce resources (...)"
Isn't that supposed to mean something along the lines of there being plenty of resources?
A lack of something: some is scarce
scarce resources: a lack of resources
A lack of scarce resources thusly means a lack of a lack of resources. And that, by any means, means that resources are aplenty.
Editor / Journalist... Please read before posting....
* when the paper (The Economist) has an article with a linguistic error, I stop reading that article.
* when an executive manager churns out garbled emails, I stop reading them emails
* Writing about a developers' environment, and thus, by a stretch, writing about a language kind of makes me think that language is important enough!
And yet, Qtoktok....
If I were Google, I would obstruct to this too. Not because I wanted to show the world what a good corporate citizen I am, but simply because I promised to delete that unblurred image after 12 months.
In other words: If google were to come up with that image, unblurred an'all, everybody would be able to *see* that google does not uphold law, privacy nor its own promises.
The first posters saying "good for google" have had their hats skewed for even thinking google was defending the public. google is and always will be defending only themselves.
FAIL because, Qtoktok, looking at http://mashable.com/2010/02/26/eu-google-street-view-order/ will tell you what the case really is about...
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