Revenues of $500,000 would imply a workforce of less than 10 people. That seems a reasonable definition of a startup to me.
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Re: How is this protection against patent trolls?
The protection against trolls works in two ways: firstly, the pool will be able to act for any member that is challenged (think of Microsoft's dubious cases about FAT); secondly, over time the patents of companies that join will not become available to trolls for future abuse because they're already cross-licensed.
Re: uber experiences....
They reviewed my previous trip and gave a refund so the later trip was the same cost as the former
Which is virtually admission of the charge of employment…
Uber seems to do well in America where local taxi services seem disorganised and rarely run in the interests of passengers. The solution there is to beat Uber at its own game and provide more convenience, capacity and flexibility. But it is wrong to assume that this is the case the world over.
Re: What's not to like?
At the risk of coming over all Tim Worstall
Oh, I think you'll find he's got all the arguments in favour of discretional pricing and how it maximises value.
The fact is that Hollywood has for years been dumping content on poorer countries (and tolerating piracy) to get people used to their superior (well, it generally is) product so that they can raise prices in the future. For some content owners, I'm thinking of channels like HBO, however, this could be a boon as it could allow them to cut out the middlemen: sell to the whole of Europe via a single subsidiary in, say, Luxembourg or Ireland.
Network connections being kept open to serve ads and track users mean that the phone's radios have to be kept on.
Still, it's a novel approach to website performance.
The term "paleoamerican" has been used for a while to distinguish some inhabitants of the Americas from what we now call "native Americans. See http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21602193-new-fossil-helps-understanding-about-how-americas-were-colonised-history for an example.
The more fossils and ancient DNA we find the more complex migration turns out to have been. But the size of the oceans, particularly the Pacific, did put limits on many journeys. With the right wind and currents a raft might conceivably make it but there was no way people could carry enough fresh water with them.
What it comes down to is largely politics on interpreting migration patterns. Do the Celts have any more right to the British Isles than the Anglo Saxons and Vikings? Not that this is any kind of apologist justification for past crimes: the treatment of the indigenous population by European settlers has routinely be dreadful.
Split the company
Sell-off the moving of physical product and concentrate on the digital services and AWS.
Re: Congratulations on repeating exploits before they can be fixed
Do you have evidence of that or are you just trying to adopt vox populi here?
Yes. Microsoft and Adobe come in for a lot of criticism including from me but they have both responded to recent 0-day attacks in less than a week. Oracle has also vastly improved its patch release speed. Apple has previously taken months to release upstream security fixes (to Java in the past, more recently to openssl) especially to Safari and then there this is clusterfuck of their very own making.
Re: Congratulations on repeating exploits before they can be fixed
Len, time will tell; Apple didn’t fix CVE-2015-1130
Apple's record on fixing bugs is worse than Microsoft's, Adobe's, Google's and Oracle's. I guess it doesn't seem to matter if you can convince your customers to buy new hardware rather than sue you for negligence.
Re: Congratulations on repeating exploits before they can be fixed
Congratulations on repeating exploits in detail before they can be fixed by anyone…
Someone pass me the clue hammer. Or maybe it's a troll trying to go for the record number of downvotes?
Well, next time I'm bored in the shopping centre I can have some fun in the apple store.
Why bother there? Proper malware gets installed onto boot images at the factory…
The existing CEO is leaving because he's had a better offer and so now they need to find someone else? This is not usually the sound of success.
MariaDB has been stealing business from MySQL – among them Google – as companies fret about Oracle's control over the project and product.
Postgres has been stealing more and more valuable business. Oracle is doing a reasonable job of cleaning up some of the weirder shit in MySQL.
And with Postgres you can have mission critical, ie. must not get lost or corrupted data, with an optimised binary JSON store for the transient shit that fuels the interwebs.
Re: Why do these primitive databases excite people so?
MongoDB has no relationship (pun intended!) to MongoDB
er, perhaps you think one of those Mongos should be a Maria? ;-)
Don't believe Google – believe us!
France has a history of genuinely favouring open source. By and large this has helped keep the French IT sector active and helped avoid some outsourcing.
Office 2016 will now ask you what format (OOXML / ODF) you want to use as standard. I spend a fair amount of time working my way through the OOXML specification and there are some maddening inconsistencies and errors in it. I can very much imagine many of the Microsoft developers jumping for joy they no longer have to work with it themselves. ODF is a far better specification though by no means perfect.
To their credit Microsoft has continued to publish the details of what are essentially proprietary extensions to OOXML and the extensions are generally a considerable improvement on the original, which looks like decompiled BIFF mixed in XML bullshit a lot of the time. Office 2013 will even let you save as "strict OOXML" with the disadvantage of this being the least interoperable version, largely because it uses different XML namespaces. The last time I checked it wasn't supported by LibreOffice or OpenOffice but that may have changed.
The big problem for LibreOffice and OpenOffice, and the opportunity for Microsoft, is that LO and OO are worse to use. I gave up on LO because it routinely crashed doing things like saving to PDF or loading a single page invoice with an embedded logo. OO is more stable and has the better UI but is getting little developer love. Microsoft has the money to pay developers and you can see this in the upcoming Office 2016 which has toned down the worst of the 2007 / 2010 distractions (I hate the ribbon) and particularly Excel has features which "power users", generally in the finance industry, are happy to pay for.
Microsoft has also, if somewhat belatedly, discovered the mobile market where OO and LO have yet to show. For things to really change then we're going to have work out ways of paying more developers to work on OO and LO (merging codebases at some point might be an idea).
Last but not least, I'll side with almost anyone agains the time-wasters at the FSF.
There's no real doubt that a SpaceX alternative would be cheaper and probably better
I would say there is considerable doubt. As for the 1970s technology jibe: all rockets are 1940s technology.
Yes, the Space Alliance is beholden to the behemoths but that doesn't mean that they can't eventually come up with the goods: it's not as if they don't have damn good engineers. Part of the historic problem of cost-plus overrun was politician-driven mission creep. Though on some of the really pioneering work you can't really do anything other than go cost-plus, which is why DARPA still does it.
In any case, any discussion of launch vehicles really ought to include Ariane which continues to quietly go about the business of commercial satellite launch. But also as the space programmes in China and India progress we can expect to see even more fruits of "lean innovation" across the industry. Who's to say that the Chinese won't be offering 150 tonne launchers 10 years from now?
Vivaldi is also shit and highly crashy
Re: The king is dead !
The IE team has been much more engaged in standards than Apple over the last few years.
Actually, since IE9 the relevant developers have been working quite hard to implement web standards but were hamstrung by backwards compatibility due to the clusterfuck that is ActiveX. Edge is the result of the realisation by management that maintaining support for that kind of stuff, that they have been actively discouraging since Vista, was not compatible with actually updating the browser.
Where IE 8 is required it's easy enough to run a thin VM with IE 8.
Re: Kernel mode fonts
then the GDI could be taken out of the kernel and brought back into userland without affecting compatibility.
Thanks for the detail!
Didn't Microsoft kill GDI in Vista? Certainly on any machine beefy enough to handle WPM the font-handling should be the responsibility of the graphics engine, hopefully running on the card.
Re: Adobe crapware again?
Well, consider that font handling is a basic OS function (meaning it gets used all the time) AND that graphics drivers are in kernel space for performance reasons, how else are you going to get smooth and speedy font rendering without tons of time-wasting context switching?
I think this is the root cause: x86 is dreadful at context-switching which is why the decision was taken to put stuff that had deliberately been kept out of the kernel into it. I suspect it didn't make as much difference on the DEC Alphas that early on were given equal status to x86. Sigh, another instance of where the Wintel duopoly stifled innovation and quality.
The UK market has lagged behind other countries, using DVB-T/MPEG-2 for FreeView when the rest of Europe was implementing DVB-T/MPEG-4…
The UK was a pioneer with DVB-T, which is a niche player in countries like Germany (satellite dominates) or the Netherlands (cable): so much so that some of the private companies want to drop it completely. The switch from analogue to digital in Germany was also forced through much faster than in the UK but with fewer channels and none in HD.
However, I don't see what any of this has to do with the licence fee. In Germany it's a pro-household and includes PCs. No exceptions like the UK has. The fee is comparable, and just like the UK, about 50% of it goes towards sport. Want cheaper, universally accessible TV? Require more sports to be free to watch.
Costs of digging up the road to individual premises are fine, when you're not doing a whole street at once.
Actually, the way to do it is dig up a whole street at once and combine it with whatever other utility work is required. Individual access invariably means expensive resurfacing down the line. While you can't expect private companies to pay for this*, the state can quite easily and it's better use of capital than giving it to the banks. It can also afford to calculate an ROI over a longer term which means lower rentals. Higher take-up could conceivably lead to higher productivity, or at least higher market activity.
* Well that was until the central banks started to hold interests rates down artificially. Correctly pitched (reasonable annual return, say 5%) and this could be attractive to pension funds who are starting to get worried about cashflow. "Correctly pitched" means: not as fecking stupid as the promised returns on the proposed new nuclear power station. The state would also have to sweeten the deal for more remote areas where the sums otherwise won't add up.
Re: I wish ...
Yep, I'm not seeing much change. Spamassassin on the server and a learning filter on the client (are you listening Microsoft?) mean it's a low level nuisance: about 10 spams a day get through spamassassin, the mail client recognises 80% of them.
Re: Mere mortals, they are not.
For the life of me I cannot imagine that Dark Matter exists.
It's a weird name for an observable phenomenon (the way galaxies rotate) that cannot be explained by anything else, including your suggestions.
And it's a welcome return to champion PR man, Matt Asay… Namedropping and "boosting" his friends' stuff is what he's best at.
Meanwhile, the performance of ReactJS has recently been questioned: https://aerotwist.com/blog/react-plus-performance-equals-what/
I can't quite say the same for Bargain Hunt, Homes under the Hammer, and other such useless crap. All these programs do is let other people know how rich/poor those on the show are, compared to the host.
My mum loves them all, even admits to being slightly addicted to them, but not for that reason. She loves the stories about the antiques and likes to see how the houses are redecorated. When it comes to sneering about other people she's olympic material, but she virtually never makes negative comments about what she says.
Property and possessions and the trade of them are bourgeois obsessions, just like technology is for us geeks.
A wide remit is required
The original BBC Charter was successful because it gave the Corporation sufficient leeway to try things out, without fear of government interference. This has allowed the BBC to try things out and be one of the pioneers of new technologies. And it does this throughout its history in radio, television and more recently in the internet. Does this lead to mission creep? Absolutely, which is why periodic review, both by its governing body, and when the Charter is up for renewal, is important.
The licence fee provides a backstop so that ratings chasing is important but not the categorical imperative. It's not just about entertainment, though the principle of universal access is inshrined in this, but also about informing and educating the public. In a competitive environment the BBC both leads by example, and may help create new markets as it does so, as well as a follower of trends (I'm thinking here more of commissions for Dennis Potter, et al. than yet another celebrity show, though they too have their place). It's also a talent factory.
It must establish and stick to its own definitions of quality. The dumbing down of news production in favour of emotion since Greg Dyke makes me weep. I used to read a lot of new on the website but do so less and less and it becomes just another peddler or rumour and PR. I really don't give a fuck what someone says on Twitter; I may want to know why they said it. Less speculation, more facts and analysis: I can live with well-argued editorials from experienced journalists. Reanimate Brian Redhead and drop the confrontational interview style: if someone is stonewalling, take control back. If they won't answer the real question, let them say nothing and make sure everyone knows.
Oh, and I want to be able to listen to TMS all over the world, though Guerilla Cricket is proving a worthy substitute.
What CIOs say
But CIOs tell The Reg that if they do a desktop refresh, they'll move from Windows XP to Windows 7
I can't believe there are that many corporates still on XP. Those that are left are probably paying for extended support or praying that their security procedures are adequate.
But for many companies Windows 7 is there to stay. No one will be migrating this year that isn't getting a helping hand from Microsoft. Most CIOs will give it at least a year to see how the "public beta" works and what the market thinks of it. Any large scale migration will then be at least a year in the planning and another in the execution, giving Microsoft more time to fix issues. This is just how things worked with the move from XP to 7. Vista and 8 were the "thanks, but no thanks" versions.
New versions of Office on the other hand should do quite well.
IE 8 is required for stuff that was written explicitly for IE 6. Migrating some of that shit is sometimes very expensive and difficult: the source code may not be available.
I think reddit is heading fast into MySpace and yahoo! territory.
The numbers seem to indicate otherwise, but it might be harder to monetise them. I've not used Reddit but I can imagine that the market for this kind of very hands-off approach is pretty big. This is one of the reasons I stick with El Reg: we have a large degree of freedom in our comments.
Facebook and, particularly Twitter, have had to kowtow not least because they've embraced by mainstream media.
Lastly If margins are lower for Apple for Apple Pay transactions in the UK, so what? They aren't doing it for the per transaction margin, which whilst nice is not a big business for them. They are doing it to sell phones.
Whilst Apple can indeed ignore the margin, it isn't really adding the feature to cell more phones but to bind its customers to it even more – it gets to mine all the sales data.
However, the market will be determined as much by the merchants as by the customers. Merchants will favour anything that reduces the time of the transaction and avoids cash. Something that gets used for buying a pack of chewing gum is more important than a credit card replacement (outside the US, because in the US you can buy a pack of chewing gum with a credit card, I've even bought a stamp with one).
Personally, I'm still waiting for something that is more convenient and useful than cash which is universal and also helps me budget.
Independent IT security consultant Paul Moore (one such critic) noted: "I'd rather de-couple my payment card from a mobile device. It's safer IMO. #ApplePay doesn't solve a problem I don't have."
Can't really argue with that.
Interoperability is key and payment systems are fairly well regulated in Europe, hence the far lower margins.
Re: 2x1600W PSU?!?!?!
True, but you shouldn't be comparing with Xeon. These servers will excel if they can do more per U than Xeon, but only if the jobs don't need the x86 single-threaded oomph. Proxies, webservers, etc.
Profits are still healthy
Even worse, Client Computing's margins appear to be growing ever tighter. The unit's total operating income for the quarter was just $1.60bn
So, it still accounts for 50% of turnover and more than 50% of profits. And even if they are reduced, those margins are still mouth-watering when compared with the competition.
Re: C'mon Intel, go ARM
The problem for Intel is how could they go ARM and maintain the profit margins? Things might be different if they'd kept their StrongARM stuff, but if you see how much money they made with x86 since they sold it, you can hardly blame them.
Re: Chrome sleek and fast, Firefox bloated and slow
With Chrome you have to count the memory used by all the processes. For a while now most of the browsers have been employing very aggressive caching strategies which means keeping as much stuff in memory as possible. This is a sensible strategy on devices with enough memory, which is generally the case with desktops.
The strong dollar is starting to affect earnings across US business: expectations are of 4-5% less for Q2 YoY (source The Economist). Expect more belt-tightening and financial experiments across the board.
> Why not Windows or even Linux?
I just wondered that too... considering the close POSIX similarities between the two.
What do you think POSIX has to do with it? If it's using QT then its probably reasonably portable, but if they're using MacOS' own libraries then it's much less so.
The Linux market for paid for desktop apps remains tiny. See if you can get a Kickstarter for the $500,000 mentioned.
Choices...choices... A never-ending subscription for Photoshop, or an excellent alternative for a one-off payment of £30?
Great to hear that Serif have finally started developing for MacOS! Been using PagePlus off and on for over 20 years.
Another good alternative to Photoshop for different platforms is Photoline: http://www.pl32.com/. However, it's difficult to dislodge Adobe from their perch. For many companies the cost of subscription is small compared to any possible loss of productivity that might accompany retraining.
Mind you, I don't think Adobe see Flash as anything like as important as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Wouldn't surprise me if they drop the runtime if they can get into the business of DRM for browsers. The development tools are the money spinner and can already produce HTML5 content. Flash is important for media rights management.
We need to be honest about this. Without seeing the code it's very difficult to tell about the quality of the code. Given the frequency, and severity, of exploits, there are obviously some problems. The ability to escalate an exploit in Flash to gain control of the machine is, however, as much a problem with the architecture of the OSes as it is with Flash. Of course, for certain things like video-conferencing access to hardware is required. But this is a key thing: is it possible to develop a restricted version of the software that does not need admin permissions to install?
Adobe doesn't just write Flash (based on a codebase that Macromedia developed). but a whole load of other programs. I note that their also using Coverity. Would be interesting to know if this includes Flash and what the reports come up with.
Amid the hyperbolae
If you don't want to outright uninstall or disable Flash (because you want to watch BBC iPlayer, non-HTML5 YouTube or Twitch.tv videos, or play poker online, or something like that) consider telling your browser to only run Flash files when you tell it to – "click to play" in other words.
Finally, some sensible advice. Flash is everywhere because it's useful, for varying definitions of usefulness. Nevertheless, the best thing is have it deactivated by default. Of course, the vast majority of users won't bother, just as they don't bother with most other security issues.
Disclaimer: I don't write Flash and am not a fan of it. But I know how difficult it is to do cross-platform video. Would we really be safer in a world of Windows Video, Quicktime, OpenVLC, an other plugins? And how are the media rights extensions working for you?
"Nobody takes the time to rewrite their tools and upgrade to HTML5 because they expect Flash forever. Need a date to drive it."
Policy by tweets… don't you just love it? :-/ And who's going to pay them to do this? Facebook perhaps?
Where's the cross-platform solution for media rights holders?
Re: Money is not the ONLY dimension that matters
Google use very little off-the-shelf technology internally (most of it is highly proprietary, especially the high end stuff) and release practically none of it back to the world because it is what gives them their competitive advantage.
This would be pretty much the same position of every other software company. The primary duty of any business is to make money for the owners. In SaaS you have to keep some things back.
But I don't think it's fair to say that Google doesn't give back. It plays nicely in quite a lot of projects. Specifically, with regards to Hadoop, it was Google's research into MapReduce that got the project going. So, it doesn't release all its system management software, but it did release Golang, which it developed inhouse for systems work. And it did this early, with no strings attached.
It may be slightly less whalesong than 10 years ago (and a good thing to in many respects) but all the people I know at Google are still able and encouraged to contribute to open source projects.
That's standard in pretty much every contract.
Re: IPSs who provide only IPv4
The article doesn't make it particularly clear as to whether the OS will manage its own tunnel even on an IPv4 only connection, it should be perfectly capable of doing this, but this does possibly open up new attack vectors. One of the advantages of being behind a wired router is that it's one more machine that needs to be hacked before people get to mine. A lot of routers also have reasonable firewall defaults.
But I don't want to be alarmist on this. I suspect that Apple is making the switch because IPv6 on LTE could have noticeably lower latency than on anything running IPv6 NAT. Then there is all that extra information to be read if privacy extensions aren't enabled. Practically no need for cookies with persistent IPv6 addresses.
Not really an issue for me as my router is dual-stack supplied by my ISP (Unitymedia). Privacy extensions enabled, of course.
ISPs that don't get their act together on IPv6 do not inspire confidence.
Workaround for routers?
Most of the major operating systems have had pretty good support for IPv6 for a while now. Adoption has been hindered by ISPs, websites like El Reg, and routers. I suspect a large number of people have routers are only configured for IPv4 and that isn't likely to change anytime soon. Will this allow the computer to setup a tunnel through such routers? How will that affect the firewall function of the router?
Re: And folks wonder why I ripped it out years ago?
And aren't you the clever one?
While I am actually impressed by the speed at which Adobe is releasing patches for these bugs – faster than say Microsoft of Apple for similar issues – I'm not defending them. But the root cause for our vulnerability is a dependence upon browser plugins for features that browsers don't have but that we users want.