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erm, what's all the fuss about
This looks like a minor step forward to me. Still no TANs so once you get the login details you're laughing.
Does this keypad actually plug into the computer and secure the communication or is it external? In which case the authentication is still subject to MitM attacks. We're onto ones that encrypt the communication end to end here and have TANs for each transaction. All that and German online banking is still considered insecure.
Regarding call-centres: Nationwide usually routes calls round the branches which I've always found to be a pragmatic solution to the problem.
Embedded x86 as the future?
Seems to be the major premise of the article. I see your bloated x86 chips and raise you a cheap as chips ARM or MIPS that does the same job for less power so doesn't need as much cooling, is more resilient and lasts for longer on the battery. As others have noted hardware tolerances can be crucial for networks.
As regards open source strange to see the article plugging Vyatta but only briefly mentioning Juniper Networks, a staunch supporter of FreeBSD and sponsor IIRC of initial attempt to virtualise the network stack entirely. What have Juniper done to offend you, Mattt? A post that is ostensibly about open source turns into a vendor plug. Whatever the merits of the company or their product this counts as advertising in my book.
Sky initially only had a licence to broadcast to Luxembourg. BSB thought it had a monopoly on the British satellite market but unfortunately signals from Astra satellites bled occasionally over the borders of Luxembourg to cover the whole of North and Western Europe. So Sky's position is doomed by its own precedent. Remarkable how long they've been able to milk it though.
Germany is going IPv6
Deutsche Telekom, the largest ISP, is due to rollout out IPv6 to all subscribers by the end of the 2011 with other ISPs likely to follow. IPv6 should in theory improve routing which is probably a more compelling reason for adoption by providers.
Ticks all the boxes
Sounds like some incredible attention to detail in the UX followed by technical implementation and hopefully extensive testing. You've got to hand it to the Android team that they have gone from being an imitator to a leader in about 18 months.
Is .NET supported?
I 've run quite a few things through Wine quite well. Unfortunately I recently tried something that needed the .NET runtime and that failed to install. Time to give CrossOver a try, I guess.
One nice thing about Wine is the ability to run stuff that may be infected with impunity.
Compare and contrast
With the Adobe mobile experience study from last autumn.
Similar sample size but much more open about it being skewed.
Seagate is probably right in assuming that if current trends continue then SSD has a nearly impossible job of playing catch up with magnetic storage. And it's not as if magnetic storage is staying still, though investment in volatile magnetic storage may decrease.
However, will we continue to demand ever more storage of our portable devices? Music libraries probably max out at about 200GB but good synching means that most people are probably happy with a lot less on any single device as long as they have good access to the library. Video is, of course, what is driving demand for both capacity and mobility as the tablets become the PMPs we've always wanted and, thus, displace notebooks bought for this purpose. Even 64GB is going to look skimpy for a PMP when you take the kids on holiday. Do you hold out for more onboard storage or take 4TB disk-based library with you? Then, of course, there is network-based storage which is bound to become more popular as fast and affordable mobile networks become spread, though I suspect take up will be far from universal.
This may well mean that demand for notebooks slows or even decreases. Business users may start favouring speed over capacity (witness the popularity of the Macbook air in some circumstances). Reduced growth in demand and changing priorities will have a significant effect on the industry but the report is probably true to claim that the investment required to replace magnetic storage with SSD is too great for it to happen and additional SSD capacity will largely feed the demand for "other devices". It would take some kind of technological change which either greatly decreased the costs of SSD production (plastic chips) or another form of storage entirely comes along. In the meantime Seagate is probably right to pursue the Momentum strategy which promises the best of both worlds.
I've just replaced a nearly full 250GB, 5400 rpm drive with a 500GB, 7200rpm Momentum (4GB SSD and 32 MB cache) and performance is noticeably better even with the problems OS X 10.6 seems to have with concurrent drive access.
I still want one
The Que is *exactly* the kind of reader I want and I'd be happy to pay a premium for it. But your main criticism that Plasticlogic couldn't compete on the global market for what has quickly become consumer devices is entirely valid. Licensing the technology to companies with the necessary scale is where they need to go. But it will be interesting to see the colour stuff they claim to have come up with.
firstly on the laws of the land where any case is held. However, generally material obtained by criminal means is not accepted as evidence. But it can be accepted as a tip-off as to where to look for evidence that may be used in court or who to talk to. As to bank secrecy versus assistance in tax evasion or fraud there are usually limits on the amounts concerned when the authorities must be informed and bilateral agreements between countries usually explicitly forbid banks in one country from advising citizens in another how they made evade tax.
Tax evasion is pernicious and crack downs are to be welcomed. If the rich buggers concerned actually paid what they siphon off tax rates for everyone could probably be reduced.
Naked short selling is even more fun
You sell shares that you haven't even borrowed on the hope that you will be able to buy them in a lower price before you have hand them over.
Paying dividends is the best way to honour investor loyalty.
Bring back minitel
There's no margin in a refurbished machine for £100 it's difficult to see companies getting on board selling these unless there's a fat subsidy for it.
If you want people online it's better to give them some kind of updated minitel system for the "digital" town hall stuff. The new ARM-based stuff would be ideal for this but something piggy-backing on a Freeview set-top box might be even better, although I can imagine my mum, a refusenik par excellence, still having nothing to with it.
But, of course, this can't be done on the cheap. You can only hope to make the cost back on reduced costs for other services over time.
Let the figures do the talking
Google would only make this move if it was confident that the viewing figures make sense. HTML5 video is still nascent partly down to the codec problems - all the video on El Reg is still flash, iPlayer is Flash, Microsoft only support video in a beta version of their browser. The only platform where "native" playback is supported is mobile and there Google is increasingly well-placed thanks to the success of Android. iOS gets its own Youtube player which is presumably going to stay H.264, at least for a while or maybe Google reckons it can shoehorn WebM support in there. Apple, for its part, is probably planning to extend the walled garden so that video can only come from iTunes hoping to get more eyeballs and, thus, eventually some of the advertising revenue that everyone hopes will move from TV online.
The move is really about Google feeling confident enough that, via mobile, it will soon need fewer server licences for streaming Flash and can look forward to a certain amount of rationalisation server side. On the desktop - not being able to watch video is probably sufficient reason for many, those who can at least, to install a different browser as the current default ad for Safari in Youtube points out. For those of us putting video out there things just got easier as well - <video> with WebM wrapped around the <object> and <embed> for the Flash version.
As for the patent pool - if Viacom hasn't been able to get much from Google with its very clear cut case of copyright violation then Google are probably pretty confident of sitting out any WebM patent suits, especially with the limited jurisdiction of software patents.
It already is
If this pans out to be true then it is 1:1 the same as the iTunes music only for iPods restriction that was successfully challenged in Norway and elsewhere. Precedent in Europe at least. Of course, this may all be buried in some non-disclosure agreement between publisher and distributor and revenue-desperate publishers might be tempted to sign up which would mean individuals have to initiate action.
About the money - this is probably less about a chunk of subscription (as with app distribution the costs are likely to be the same) than it is about the possibly more lucrative advertising revenues of the kind of premium content that the iPad is likely to attract - The Economist is full of ads for Swiss watches - and "owning" the relationship with the customer: "If you like The Economist you might like..."
Regarding the app itself - as I was able to try before I buy The Economist on a friend's iPad I could read it with my existing subscription. Would be a real pity for Apple to drive a coach and horses through that.
You certainly don't need x86 for great video which is why phones now do easily 720p and higher encoding.
So, Mr. Salvator, when it comes down to it, what do you really need x86 for? The ARM design allows hardware optimisation such as video or cryptography on a per device basis. This is great engineering.
Keep up at the back
In Germany E-Plus has also successfully petitioned to run 3G on 900 MHz. Fun because they withdrew from the expensive 800 MHz "digital divide" auctions.
http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Regulierer-erlaubt-E-Plus-UMTS-Nutzung-der-GSM-Frequenzen-1156114.html (in German)
I think it's more likely to be "quantative easing", ie. freshly printed money that is driving this particular asset bubble but your point about pension cash being pissed up the wall on this kind of Ponzi scheme (what is the money for if not to pay earlier investors off?).
The perils of self-certification
Just like P3P this is just another touchy-feely attempt to to fill a gap in regulation. What's needed is consistent and co-ordinated data protection legislation that is also effectively enforced.
The wrong kind of snow?
Is El Reg affiliated with BAA? What kind of service is this? The slightest excuse and service drops to zero! Admittedly, it rarely rises above that level even at the best of times! I bet Mr. Haines hasn't sacrificed his annual bonus and is at this moment quaffing booze down some disreputable foreign bar! Bah, humbug!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and more stuff and nonsense in 2011!
Not all cores are created equally
ARM cores are not directly comparable to x86 - they have a lot less silicon and do less. This is the main reason why they use so little power. This actually makes an asynchronous, multicore architecture more attractive in the few cases where you do actually want two applications to run in parallel such as browsing and listening to music which we take for granted on a PC. Depending on the actual task and configuration this could end up using less juice than a single core, ie. the cores can run at different speeds throttling where needed.
I, for one, welcome our new multicore overlords.
You've got a point
Although I've less of a problem with the Ashes stuff (only listen to summaries and occasionally read the Aggers stuff) than the plethora of opinion pieces that the BBC has spawned. The football pages are full of stuff that should be elsewhere preferably where I'll never come across it. As Andrew Orlowski has cogently argued the web 2.0 stuff recycles opinion and buries journalism in the "me too" mire. BBC Online has suffered visibly a result of trying to create online pundits to match the talking heads they can have on the news.
Commentary is very important but should be limited scope and not too frequent so the journalist has the time to filter and distil an issue. Compare the special interest columns and blogs of, say From Our Own Correspondent, with the inane gossip pages about football.
"Magazine" > /dev/null. If I ever want to read the Daily Mail please put a bullet in my head.
Stephanie Flanders > dole queue
Who are the suppliers?
"suppliers were perfectly entitled to sell products were they wanted" [sic]
The law is indeed quite clear on this - you can sell to whomever you choose. It's important to think this through: Nintendo was free to choose who to sell Wiis to and how many to sell to them it was not able to say who Amazon could sell the Wiis to.
In the case of multinational companies it is also often the case that various national subsidiaries are requested not to compete with each other, which was the case for you. Yes, Amazon's policy may have as much been influenced by the terms it (or its subsidiaries) were able to negotiate with Nintendo as costs of redistribution and currency risk but that is not at issue. There was no restriction on grey market, ie. someone else selling Wiis cross-border*, whether directly or as an intermediary. Amazon may have decided that it could maximise profits by trading internally from say Amazon France to Amazon UK.
* One reason to think twice cross-border purchases is how to deal with returns and reclamations: buy a widget cheaply in Romania and try and get your money back if you're not happy. Here, the EU has worked very hard to facilitate mediation in such cases. And, with the introduction of the SEPA direct debit continues to try and offer individuals the same benefits of cross-border trading that accrue to large companies.
More recent case? Details are hazy
Wasn't there something a few years back where the as part of "The War on Terror" the Feds leaned so heavily on the New York Time to release their source that they did and the guy went to prison. Not exactly the same, admittedly, and Manning is in prison 'cos he shot his mouth off, but indicative that there is more than one way to kill a cat than fitting it with a diamond-studded collar.
As for Assange - he's turning into a one-hit wonder - so it's diminishing returns to go after him and give him "the oxygen of publicity". The Amazon, Visa and Mastercard shenanigans and the inability to close down the whistleblower infrastructure will have lastingly tarnished US foreign interests in ways that are probably not yet clear.
Maybe they should hire Apple's PR wizards who seem more effective at managing the dissemination of information and bringing down anyone who stands in their way? Otherwise: publish and be damned.
Speak Your Branes
Maybe you got moderated away because you're a self-important arse?
The vote wasn't about community input into the technical roadmap - read the report - but on a more vibrant eco-system including non-Oracle JVMs such as Harmony. Not that Oracle really cares about the ASF: Google is probably the bigger target as what wouldn't Larry do to get money for Dalvik for every damn Android phone out there?
Politically the repercussions of Oracle's strategy make time some time to unfold. Initially, it will no doubt be good for Oracle's business by allowing it to raise fees and increase their scope on its open source products. However, the move to freeze out non-blessed JVMs may cause problems in the academic community that has been so important in getting Java established as a language.
Wait and see
Probably makes more sense to use AMD's integrated offering now that the low power versions are available and continue to differentiate at high-end with discrete. Having AMD, Intel and nVidia as suppliers should help with price negotiations as well: Apple doesn't need Intel's engineering expertise as much as it did a few years ago.
Of course, there is also the possibility of using the Power VX stuff from the iPhone for graphics. The really would put the cat in amongst the pigeons!
That combined devices don't always have the market. Look at the success of the iPod despite the integration of a music player in most mobile phones for the last three to four years. Inasmuch as tablets are shaping up to be PMP with e-mail and browsing and reading as well, I'm not sure if people will consider them as better e-readers.
Battery life is readability in all lighting conditions are still key differentiators for readers, so apart from price there is continued pressure on size, weight and robustness: can I take one with to the beach? Are they cheap enough to be able to have more than one?
I'm still smarting that PlasticLogic's Que never hit the market - I want something for my technical documentation.
Who's the audience?
The video is revealing in the collection of geeks burbling on about technical details. Interesting comparison with his Jobness' revelations and demonstrations in front of a hall of cowed acolytes. I think this shows the Google is not yet going after the iPhone crowd. It's more a shot across the bows at Oracle: who needs Java when you've got Dalvik and *direct* access to the hardware?
The hardware has largely been commodified (NFC doesn't really matter yet but you can expect Apple to add it as soon as there are services, which bill via iTunes, that use it) so companies have to look elsewhere for differentiation. Until recently Apple's user interface was significantly different from the competition but that's no longer the case. That leaves the brand and fashion statement and the view from my street is that Apple is winning here by getting women buying the iPhone as an expensive fashion accessory whereas the initial iPhone buyers were generally style-obsessed gadget freaks. This strategy is great for margins but fashions are fickle which is probably why they are focussing on the iPad and a hermetically-sealed content delivery platform to go with it.
Wonder who'll be first out with a multi-core ARM-based phone?
It's not just about fibre to the kerb
If you've done any travelling at all in Germany or France you'll know that huge parts of the population do not live in blocks of flats in cities. And, to go really fas,t you've got to upgrade the wiring in the house All of a sudden, advantage UK.
The problem with such poor service in the UK is neither technical or geographic: it is quite simply a lack of investment in an economy fixated on a quick profit.
Marilyn Monroe wasn't blonde
Well, not naturally anyway. But even as a blonde she was nothing like Barbie.
Sarah, I think you've hit the nail on the head: the guy is very good at getting his post-pub philosophising well publicised. There are so many things that you can take apart:
* sex and, therefore, libido is not just about procreation. Largely about making babies, yes, but not entirely. Building trust is also important.
* smut films aren't made with real people
* I've read elsewhere but please don't ask for the citation that it's the women who choose their men and their preference changes over the cycle
* long legs and big "boobs" (why the female preference for the synonym for mistakes?) don't generally go together. So it's kind of difficult to idealise both Marilyn and Barbie. Personally I do find the images of Marilyn Monroe jaw-droppingly attractive and Barbie rather asexual. I've read somewhere that Barbie's appeal is related to her as role model - powerful woman. BTIYW
* what women think men find attractive and what men think is attractive are often very different things. We don't notice haircuts, jewellery, the myriad shades of pink and especially not shoes. Personality does count a bit.
* at the end of a long night it's any port in a storn, innit
But, at the end of the day, I'd like to being paid to do this kind of research. More fun than web 2.0!
E-mail, particularly IMAP, work great on Opera. In fact that may be my main reason for using it. Note, I don't do much server-side work as Opera automatically recognises mailing lists and other useful things. The new mail panel is fantastic for heavy mail users. The only thing missing that I occasionally need to go into Thunderbird for is PGP support.
Particularly encouraging to see the number of extensions out there. I'm not a heavy user of them myself but a script blocker that goes beyond Opera's built-in content blocker is nice to have.
Street View is not a public service
The images are not being used privately and Google isn't being altruistic. It is a commercial offering funded by advertising. Permission of concerned parties must be obtained and any appropriate fees paid in such cases. This is possibly analogous to the YouTube fiasco with Google hoping to sit out anything legal battles but if anyone does sue and win you can expect some class actions to come thick and fast.
Listen to it
Subscription also includes an excellent reading of the issue, cover to cover or selected sections as you prefer, which is great if you're on the move. Far more important and innovative for me than any device-specific application.
And the point is?
I don't really understand this article. Is the point that Drupal's army of crazed supporters are waiting to support you if you drink the Drupal kool-aid? (Hat off to Neal Stephenson for the metaphor). If so this is equally true of many CMS, which are indeed eating into the enterprise CMS business now that it has become commodified? And from what I have recently seen of Interwoven the bar for being an enterprise CMS seems pretty low. Coming from the Python world Plone, Pylons and Django spring to my mind as doing much the same thing but with fewer reported security issues. While this is good to see for anyone who remembers the obscene licence fees that CMS vendors used to charge it's not really news. Maybe the more important point is dangling the carrot of being able to switch vendors fairly quickly which the article suggests the "Gardens" thing offers. Certainly being able to get your data out of a vendors clutch is interesting for enterprise customers but not the main thing as migration is *always* difficult and nobody believes in plug and play anymore.
What does Lord Sugar know about copyright?
Laws do vary between jurisdictions but I thought that 70 years after the death of the composer was standard for music. Of course, that still leaves other rights which might be running out but then Disney got them recently extended for the early Mickey Mouse stuff, didn't it?
Anyway The Beatles: YSB.
Golgafrincham, a planet formally known as earth
On the first ship go all the important people: hairdressers, telephone sanitisers, middle management, social network entrepreneurs, etc.. Nobody will miss them and they won't miss anything as long as they can plug themselves into the interplanet™ and go on about how amazing they are.
It seems to me that the proposed solution if of little scientific interest apart from in the social sciences: some people can't resist wanting to keep on pushing on west and that some people are more disposable than others.
I think the high-level of integration between chip and chipset make this a bit of a non-starter. It would mean using the same proprietary connections as a Xeon and, thus, having to license them from Intel. Plus, one can assume that the actual ARM modules are quite a bit smaller than the Xeon's with their masses of cache.
As TPM says, real world benchmarks with comparative loads - web transactions with nginx and Postgres are likely to get tongues wagging. Can you build a data centre out of them without a cooling system?
While there might be value in an premium, paid-for VM (Zend's PHP runtime might be an example for this) I don't this necessarily applies to the underlying programming language. Languages have to be taught, and as part of good CS culture, this kind of supports the peer-review culture that is integral to open source. Enterprise customers are most likely already paying heaps to run Java application servers with Oracle or DB2. They are happy to pay for good stuff but there are limits.
Will the runtime be so much more cost-effective than more iron? What will IBM offer them? You do have to wonder that if Oracle squeeze its customers too hard they might look elsewhere for something that they bought because it was supposed to be industry standard.
Open source and free software
Just because some critical userland stuff is GPL doesn't mean that it all is, which was the criticism. Free software doesn't get any freer when you write it with a capital "F", that just shows you've been sucked by the brand.
As for BSD/Linux the next version of Debian will ship with the choice of kernels: FreeBSD or GNU Linux. And the increasing use of non-gcc compilers such as LLVM/CLANG also muddies the waters. FWIW: Ballmer did not coin the use of viral with respect to the GPL. It is generally attributed to Craig Mundie of Microsoft but I have seen it used by pro-GPLers to promote the "sanctity" of GPL licensed code.
End users do benefit from more permissive licences not least because it means lower lawyer fees. One should remember that it was FreeBSD that was at the heart of the legal case with AT&T which inadvertently helped to kick start the adoption of the GPL. In the end, of course, the regents of the university of California were fully vindicated and so the BSD licence has continued to thrive.
You agree with a device?
"I agree with Apple's Iphone".
Wow, does it provide other useful for tips for like in the modern age?
Apple's approach has little to do with resource optimisation and lots to do with control. Flash means that Apple doesn't control the advertising and this is why they restrict it. On the "idevices" they can afford to do this as long as they provide acceptable alternatives (usually in the form of dedicated apps) for the user.
There is, in my experience, little difference in energy between Flash and "native" video as long as like is compared with like: hardware acceleration available or not for both being compared. As for animation most of the SVG implementations use more juice than Flash and only IE 9 really shines at HTML Canvas due to hardware acceleration.
Flash remains an extremely useful wrapper that allows lots of different clients to have the same experience. Over time as things like SVG and HTML Canvas become more widespread there will be less demand for Flash but that isn't going to happen overnight.
Postgres has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years but still failed to get the media attention it arguably deserves. So very nice to see El Reg covering Pg West. And, whatever one thinks about McNealy (in my view it was his successor who made the really odd business decisions), he's certainly headline and I'm guess that many former customers will listen to what he says.
Back to Postgres: Enterprise DB's Oracle compatible version is fantastic for customers wanting to escape the kraken without too much pain. The MySQL migration tool looks quite good as well - need to give it a spin with a customers database to see how it fares - and is bound to reassure existing MySQL customers who may be looking to jump ship. Not that you need "Postgres Plus" for serious development but it is important to know that professional support is available if desired. I can't help thinking that the permissive BSD licence helps here: no lawyers required.
Maybe it's because Opera 11 is still "alpha"?
A bit odd in any case. I wonder if these are the tests submitted by Microsoft? Not heard of "foreigncontent" before in my readings about HTML5. Looking cursorily at the spec this I guess that this might have something to do with the contenteditable stuff which MS invented. I may very well be wrong.
Anyway I ran the tests on Opera 11 - there are some 404s in there but I the form to submit the results is broken: it is just a textarea with neither form action or button.
The tests are heavily skewed towards canvas with other stuff such as <time> not getting a look in. Still, even with these obvious deficiencies it will be nice to have a set of standard tests to measure some of the bluster by.
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