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Proper backronyms required
Standards at SPB are obviously slipping! Why on earth was HAB not REbranded to REHAB before launch? Where will this madness end? Proper science needs proper backronyms!
Re: I love My Chrome… Fed up with “Chroooooome”
The ads served have little to do with your choice of browser and a lot to do with the cookies that you allow the networks to serve. Clear out your cookies, check their settings (disabling third party is a reasonable solution) and install something like NotScript.
Yes, you are invisible to them, thought I suspect the proportion of such users is very small in respect to the overall population sample. The bigger problem is you have no idea which sites are included are, therefore, where the inevitable bias is. The counter argument, of course, is the pseudo-random distribution of websites included but that is to discount both network effects for acquisition and the bias towards professional service providers for larger websites: The Register itself does not use statcounter.
Re: DEAD CAT UPWARD DEATH SPIRAL ALERT!!
@Shades - don't feed the troll.
Re: Meanwhile, in the antipodes...
@Pomgolian - interesting stats. Statistics for particular sites are almost always more helpful because the obvious bias needs little accounting for. Particularly transactional sites have everything to gain by scrutinising the numbers in detail.
We saw a slight uptick in IE use in early March which has since fallen off.
For other aggregated stats, Akamai now provides worldwide figures at the somewhat pompously named "Internet Observatory". There is a considerable bias in the set (very American, corporate and entertainment sites) but the sheer volume of data and the dependency solely on UA adds credence to those of us who use script blockers and, thus, never appear in StatCounter's figures.
And we're all very happy for you.
Re: Legislation of it's age
Sorry, you're glasses have misted up. Trafford Council was one of the first offenders to be caught, wot me mister? I ain't done nuffink, selling information from the electoral register and from other databases to interested companies. I think this was pre-web so can't find a link but the ability to peddle personal data was one of the carrots being offered to councils to try and sweeten the poll tax.
That's because SQL is interpreted language (kind of).
This is the key security issue. Although the risk has been long understood and there are generally pretty reliable ways to pass data in separately so that is cannot, in theory, be run as code, it must be converted in SQL at some point and AFAIK most of SQL escaping techniques have in the past been breached, though I can't remember a server-based library having problems in the last few years. In the event of a breach additional precautions can be taken to limit the scope of any subsequent attack. But all this takes time and planning and you want to get your services out there as soon as possible.
Re: What about the testing ?
So who were the incompetent penetration testers who missed this flaw.
Who briefed the testers on what to test for? You do realise that in a great many countries the kind of software that you need to carry out penetration testing is considered and you may need waivers not just from the customer but also the software developers, the data centre operators, and maybe even special dispensation from the local law enforcement, etc. Even if you do get those permissions testing takes time and it is axiomatic in software development that no one ever allows enough time for testing.
Add to that the current paradigm of growing as quickly as possible with whatever works, depending on keeping your best programmers sweet until you IPO after which point, you want to replace them with cheaper ones who are expected to manage, maintain and extend largely undocumented and untested (see above) code.
While I do agree that the sum isn't really commensurate this kind of research shouldn't be done for the money. The kind of research that is done for big bucks is the stuff that you generally don't hear a lot about. The Economist recently ran an interesting article about the sort of professional services that companies are willing to pay handsomely for.
The error is reprehensible for, as has been noted, allowing both SQL injection and excessive permissions. The spirit of openness and at least some kind of peer review should, however, be welcomed. If companies think that this can replace paying for proper reviews then they are likely to learn the hard way.
Very flawed comparison
The comparison should compare like-for-like workloads. FLOPS is an interesting base for comparison but is just that: a base. The cost of power of the whole system should be factored in and If you need Peta-FLOPS of computing power then it might become a real-headscratcher as to how you can do that with commodity hardware today.
Long-term actually owning any of this hardware is going to be too expensive for the calculations that "always manage to outgrow the available hardware" but getting a price for say 1000 Peta-FLOPS for 100 days may soon become a reasonable possibility. Isn't this where Google is aiming to be? Could be mucho-millions in it from the scientific community if they, or anyone else, can deliver.
The best phone is the one you have
I reckon an increasing number of people look at their phone and wonder why they should bother "upgrading" it. Maybe the US will develop sensible phone tariffs which don't punish people for not getting a new phone every contract renewal. 10 - 15 USD ARPU anyone? You know it makes sense.
Re: License madness
However I do think it's a real shame that licensing concerns prevent the inclusion of this in the linux kernel.
Why on earth would you want the file system driver in the kernel?
As for wanting to use ZFS: if you really need the features then it's probably worth looking at some of scale features that Solaris/Illumos offer. Best tool for the job, etc.
As for licence madness: the GPL was set up to provoke precisely this kind of conflict and try and force GPL onto other projects. Reap as you sow, done by as you did, etc.
Don't forget that US can't doesn't actually have any terminals that can produce LNG. It has quite a few ones that can accept it rusting on the Gulf Coast with maybe one or two being converted to produce it. However, once they get going then that gas will be sold to the highest bidder and they currently all sit in Asia where the spot price is far higher than in Europe.
Re: Don't Worry
Germany isn't "raping Cyprus for cash". Along with Finland, the Netherlands and others, it is setting strict limits on how much money it will lend to Cyprus. They are bound to do so by treaty.
By the way, the levy on savers proposed by the Cypriot government, contrary to media speculation it was not the German government who suggested breaching the deposit guarantee, would be roughly similar to that which has already been imposed on British savers since 2008. Still, let's not let facts get in the way of some good, old jingoism!
Nail on head
Of course, the uncertainties of energy policy over the last 20 years haven't really encouraged investment, but what you say is the main problem.
Russian production is actually stagnant and will be kept that way to maintain prices.
What gives you that idea? There are still billions of boe of gas available in the southern North Sea gas basin with new fields coming online all the time.
AFAIK British North Sea gas production has <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_gas#United_Kingdom>already peaked</a>.
Jim Dale does it better…
at least when it comes to reading the Harry Potter books.
Re: The lady doth protest too much.
Is she still around? Had to live through one of her talks. Who the fuck gave her a degree let alone a PhD?
could crucially give Tokyo the tactical upper hand over China in the on-going cat-and-mouse game between the two over supplies.
This makes for snappier copy but is simplistic and wrong. The market is global and has already reacted with Mongolia positioning itself as the new supplier with projects like "Oyu Tolgoi" dwarfing anything coming out of China. Ultimately the price and the environmental standards are dictated by what consumers like us are prepared to pay for our next piece of shiny, shiny.
Well that one IS sort of reasonable. Theoretical calculations follow, not based on any specific case but a feasible example....
Oh, I agree. It was one of most egregious mistakes of the current government, against the express advice of the then minister, to reverse the previous law on phasing out nuclear power and reverse that decision only two months later after having signed contracts with the power companies. The matter is now with the courts and as property is protected by the constitution I think it has a high chance of succeeding which is why I expect we will have to pay and why the current minister is throwing up smoke bombs about the renewables cross-subsidy.
Also a leaky nuclear plant wouldn't be very efficient and that wouldn't be very German would it
Oh, I don't know. The nuclear plants here don't have a particularly good record for efficiency just for making money for the owners which they do pretty shortly after being turned on. Or even after being turned off: we're looking at claims from up to € 20 billion from the owners about them being closed early. Against that background it's hardly surprising that the current environment minister is keen to talk absolutely anything else!
I think the point about using in Python is that many of the users of HPC are scientists with no formal training in programming. Python has several libraries like NumPy that have made it popular in diverse scientific domains and the are companies that also serve and support them. I think the combination is what continues to make it a popular language for scientists. CERN has some nice graphics that illustrate the increase in Python code once the code for heavy-lifting (usally in C++ or FORTRAN) has been written. Benedit Hegner covered this in his keynote at the German Python conference last November. An hour long and in German and thoroughly entertaining.
Talk about apples and moonrocks
ARM confounded analysts during its fourth quarter growing sales by 19 per cent while chip giant Intel saw revenues down 3 per cent compared to a year ago.
Even with a slight drop Intel's profits are still enormous.
And then further down "Intel is throwing Atoms under ARM's wheels". Er, no. While Intel has indeed got Atom's to impressive performance/power levels so that the couple of phones with them compete favourably with ARM based stuff, the chips are still significantly more expensive than ARM chips and depend on Intel's better fabrication techniques.
Of course, ARM faces risks in the future. But so does Intel and, as Intel insists on being a manufacturer those risks are higher - sinking billions into a new fab is considerably riskier than trying out a new chip design. The rewards of success are also higher but those fabs just get more and more expensive to build.
Next to the fabless versus fab is also the difference in business culture. ARM's culture of co-operative competition amongst its customers and occasionally with them (Qualcomm, nVidia, PowerVR) and Intel's attempt to monopolise through instruction set. AMD only exists because IBM insisted that Intel licence a second supplier of x86. ARM's model is more in tune with component suppliers in other industries.
As for servers: there is now very little difference between Intel's CISC and ARM's RISC. Intel went RISCy with the Pentium and everyone has been adding instructions to their chips since MMX. ARM still gets more done with fewer transistors. Servers are likely to profit from exactly the same kind of commodification of components that has benefited Intel over the last 15 years. x86 has remorselessly gained market share from Power, SPARC, MIPS, etc. proving that new chips have a chance. This has meant vastly improved toolchains and compilers in the process from which ARM stands to benefit and the APUs of AMD and nVidia are starting to point the way: yes, a single instruction makes life easier for the compiler but if you can offload number crunching to GPUs then you will just get so much more bang for your buck. If ARM's big.Little architecture can demonstrate this kind of switching in real life then we can expect hybrid servers to really take off. x86 translation can be provided in hardware if necessary as the designs for the necessary silicon (Transmeta) already exist.
But it is also simply naive to put ARM up solely against Intel. Unless Intel goes fabless they are not competitors. Rather Intel is competing increasingly with nVidia, Marvell, Broadcom, Qualcomm, TI, Samsung, et al. and the competition will increase as the PC market fails.
Re: But, But
Two things - RSS has no push mechanism and polling is resource intensive; but I think the real reason for people staying away from RSS is the inability to forward stuff to the friends with important comments like "OMG!", "LOL!", etc.
Re: No AMOLED
AMOLED is awful, in my opinion
And I prefer the higher contrast, … the point I was making was about the suitability outdoors which is a sine qua non for me. I wear polarised sunglasses which make LCDs compare even worse.
The blue does degrade overtime, but my phone is nearly three years old and still looks fine. Power consumption is typically than LCD higher when looking at items with lots of light colours (whites, yellows, greys, etc.). This is counterintuitive as the same process is being used to create light in both circumstances, LED-backlit LCDs using arguably more. It's to be hoped that the process engineers will continue to chip away at that, thought to have been slated for the S4 but apparently now due to make its debut with the the Note III.
Re: No SD card??
HTC is segmenting the market with the One X, V and S. They all have pluses and minuses but nothing has them all with the X seeming to fail because it doesn't do SD cards.
I actually think HTC have a point about not offering removable storage because, at the file manager level it might confuse. But for most people using media via apps that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
I don't think that AMOLED is a merely matter of choice, the screens are also significantly easier to read in bright sunlight. That SD card, and a dedicated camera button are what are keeping me on my Samsung Wave, which nearly three years in is still giving excellent service although it looks like the (removable) battery should probably be replaced.
It could have been worse
I've voted Liberal all my life, but didn't vote for …
If it's any consolation, if wasn't a coalition it would have been so much worse.
While I appreciate the sentiment I have to disagree with the statement: they have both a majority in parliament and also an absolute majority of votes cast. In British terms that's an unusually strong mandate as many recent governments have had majorities in parliament with well under 40 % of votes cast.
Re: Cisco is the problem, Skype is good enough
I've had lots of problems with video on Skype and wouldn't recommend it for corporate environments where the video certainly isn't good enough to go on a big screen.
Re: Do they actually pay up?
Full details should be available from OfCom or the ICO. But, in general, it's a fine so the money should go into a pot which might be used to provide compensation for victims. For the fairly obvious reason of avoiding people trying it on you don't get money for reporting alleged abuse. If the regulator determines that abuse has taken place then it might be possible to sue for damages, though one of the reasons for the fine-based approach is to avoid suits attempting to obtain excessive damages. I hate nuisance calls and always report them*, fortunately we don't get many in Germany, but they do not generally impose a significant cost. One of the things they do here if someone is adjudged to have committed abuse is to cut their, and by extension, their provider's access to the telephone system. I suspect this, as much as the higher fines introduced last year, is a good deterrent.
* to do this don't slam the phone down, however tempting, but note the details of the call. If there are a lot of calls then you can get the phone company to add a trace, this costs money which may or may not be claimed back, but will allow them to establish the originating network.
Re: hate python with a passion
What total retard decided to use invisible whitespace to denote code blocks?
Someone with a better idea of human cognition than you.
It seems that Google has finally got round to providing some of the added value search results that Cuil was trailing a few years ago in a sidebar.
Re: "culling little-used or unprofitable products"
I suspect 500,000 really is a small number where user accounts are measured in the hundreds of millions. But I suspect that isn't the point. Any such service that Google offers binds resources to maintain and run it. Where is the pay off?
Re: Once bitten...
This is the internet generation which has the memory of a goldfish and the attention span of a kitten.
Android into maintenance mode?
Sounds more like Pichai is being pulled off an unimpressive product (Chrome OS). Maybe he's being given the resources to scale Android up for notebooks, maybe they just want to back port the web app code to Android.
Android is more or less "done" so it makes sense to move Rubin onto something new to keep him interested.
Re: So what, indeed...
Except when they don't
For distance you have to use fibre because of the invariable ratio of power to distance squared and this limits you to light frequencies, by no means all of which are currently being used.
Radio propagation is well understood and, while, there are still plenty of bands available (the ITU carves up spectrum in not the most efficient way) you have to trade bandwidth for propagation.
The developments are complementary and impressive in their own right. Squeezing more out of an existing underwater cable is cheaper than laying a new one. Reducing power consumption while boosting data transmission will be welcome along the chain: in the server but also in the switches of the various NICs.
With a bucket of salt
Not including the market for Google's paid for mail and office software is a gaping hole. Actually, it's easy to pull the whole thing apart. And, as any fule no: it's not revenue but margins that matter. It wouldn't surprise me to see IBM making more than IBM from what it provides.
Amazon's services are popular and have enabled a raft of services. But it's not suited to every task and gets quite expensive if you use a lot of computing power.
Re: a sad day
Is this yours?
I use Podcatcher.
This is irksome because Flash is a prime target for targeted attacks and asking consumers or corporate users to turn it off, like Java in the browser, isn't easy because the technology is so widely used on the web.
I humbly contend that it is not as irksome as having the machines compromised by an exploit. I, for one, welcome Adobe's frequent release: better patched than gaping. Corporates can usually disable plugins by policy.
Re: Standard smug response.
And in Opera I have to click on plug-ins to run them. Doesn't that make me clever? However, how am I going to know in advance whether a particular item is compromised or not?
It depends on the nature of the exploit as to whether it can fixed quickly or not. Both Chrome and Firefox have extensive automated testing setups so there is no reason why they can't push out patches quickly. For details on what they have patched see the release notes.
Even Microsoft no longer encourages its use. It is now pretty much limited to providing the DRM for streaming services.
Re: Prize funding?
HP wanted the bragging rights and MS prefers to pay shills to write on forums that everything is hunky-dory. I think Google has an open policy for Chrome bugs and, of course, has just closed the competition for Chrome OS which had a measly $ 3 million as prize money.
Re: Wrong place
Why not hold it in Vancouver and it's simply naive to think that hackers are only in Russia and China. There are plenty all over including Israel and the US or doesn't the name Stuxnet mean anything to you?
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