22 posts • joined Wednesday 12th April 2006 15:06 GMT
I don't own a Mac...
...but I will be asking my boss for one when this PC wears out so I never have to use this turkey.
Sync rate/BRAS profile and... rebates!
See my earlier comment for the financial idea, but most of you are over complicating the technical angle. It's simple - the maximum you can ever achieve is close to your sync rate (known to the exchange) and, more specifically, your BRAS profile (known to BT). Don't go trying to invent ways of measuring Internet speeds, it's silly.
An idea struck me while reading the comments - how about a rebate system that compensates those who have not received what they have paid for? Perhaps the rebate can be kept back until the end of the contract, giving the ISPs an incentive to actually improve the end-user's experience.
I've long thought that billing should be somehow related to one's sync rate with the exchange. Eith er a direct charge per MB/s sync (per day?) or an average over the month, etc.
But a new idea struck me while reading the comments - how about a rebate system that compensates those who have not received what they have paid for? Perhaps the rebate can be kept back until the end of the contract, giving the ISPs an incentive to actually improve the end-user's experience.
Hmm... zero g effects
Puffy face, nausia, hairdo all over the place, disorientation, dehydration, flatulence, nasal congestion, sleep disturbances. Still feeling sexy dear? Oh...
If only, cont.
...and offered wires-only installation and static IP addresses.
I have a vision of Mr. Ellison flexing his fingers through his knuckleduster while Mr. Page struggles to slip the ropes tying him to his chair.
$50 isn't worth anything?
So, we are not buying at $50 discount - how about trying a $100 discount? Yep, I'd very probably upgrade my 5-year old family PC at that point but I can't justify the money. Heaven knows we need to replace it, but c'mon, the WAF is high at the moment with all this doom and gloom around.
Admittedly, the vendor will probably make a loss at $100, but they'd better shift the stock as it's value is only decreasing anyway. Cut the losses.
To summarise: Discounts would still work but they have to be sufficient to make us want to open our wallets. Money's tight, idiot.
Soft keys don't help
Why don't the ATMs force the use of the PIN pad for more than the just the PIN? It strikes me that using it for all interactions would make this attack very hard and others more difficult.
I too built balsa planes in my youth and recall doping tissue paper very well. At one point in the '80s, I tried a shrink-wrap plastic covering which was light, very colourful and easy to apply. While these coverings would almost certainly be lighter than normal paper and PVA, I think they might stress the straws too much. Balsa 'gives', straws buckle. If you can afford the weight, go with what you've got.
I wonder if the mysterious latent performance effect is something to do with drive or controller-level caches? I'm guessing, but could re-tried reads cause extra cache to be consumed, thereby reducing the cache's effectiveness on the subsequent run? Additionally, I suspect that many of the successful reads were failures straight off the head but software correction saved them - could this cause more cache (or some other resource) to be consumed and affect a subsequent run? Regardless, the paper is light on cache effects at any level, which I find a little surprising.
Step forward, Secretary of State
I've read the act. Section 33-1 seems to be the problem. Section 33-2 seems to be the solution. The Secretary of State can issue an order clearing up the whole mess in one fell swoop.
About time, too
Don't most serious organisations in this world require some form of QA process? There's even a specific job title for the printed (and online) media: Editor. This is distinct from the role of Author, in case anyone's forgotten... and Moderaterix, of course.
Who can we trust?
I've been recommending Firefox/Mozilla for many years now. If they did something like this, I'd be recommending an un-install and issuing an apology to my entire family and most friends ('cept by bro, who's a Mac user and wouldn't know if he was being shafted). God knows what I'd recommend in its place though. Perhaps IE?
Well, good for them!
Yes, it would have been a great story, but I think we should be even more charitable here... they did, after all, allow Eclipse to run on the platform by releasing the patch. I know of one company that might have had a different stance... and they are new found friends of Sun.
Perhaps you could explore some of these 'BI' techniques for the benefit of those of us who are ignorant of them. Am I mistaking BI for 'data mining', by any chance? If so, why the need for a new name? Perhaps this is why academia doesn't appear to use 'BI'!