730 posts • joined Wednesday 18th April 2007 11:16 GMT
Wyse P25 / 45
Nice to see that thin clients are still as cheap as they've always been... $400 list for the P25 (around £330 in the UK from what i've seen) and $845 for the P45 ! FFS - it's twenty quids worth of graphics performance (retail, if that) plus a bit of compression..... Suns Java clients were a ridiculous price for essentially a 2D graphics card, but at least you had a key card to take from machine to machine that keyed into your current session. I've been rather fond of Wyse hardware over the years but sheesh they don't half like to make a margin (not the only ones, I know).
Re: Are Disk Drive Vendors screwed (by flash)?
"Are Disk Drive Vendors screwed (by flash)?"
No. There is currently no one storage medium suitable for all uses, that much is surely obvious - the mix will change as it always has, new technologies will create new niches and infiltrate existing ones, old ones will present an effective usability advantage or disappear... wasn't it ever thus.
"Can Seagate and WD catch up? Shapiro would think not. They are utterly screwed."
"You thought only Google dodges UK taxes?"
Nope. You ?
"Now I have the job of converting the last 10 years worth of presentations into Keynote for the next time and keeping the PowerPoint and Keynote presis in sync."
Blimey mate - what did you do in a previous life ?
Beer - because you'll need it one way or the other.
Attributions for graphics / images.
Please consider stopping publishing them without any, e.g. the asteroid graphic in this article, which has none in the visible text or in the source (just a link to an internal regmedia JPEG). The fact that the graphic is present in the linked in page on the NASA site is not really good enough, and i've seen too many on here where there is no link between the two at all. It is far too common at El Reg - kindly mind your manners or i'll have to set Orlowski on you... what do you think they are - orphan works ?
Re: German law requires that consumers know exactly what their data is being used for
In German, it will be expressible as one, very long, but very precise word.
Re: Like it much ?
"Och! Come on, now. Is there any need for that? It's not Daily Mail mode. I demand an apology and a correction.
It's Register mode.
You are, of course, correct - I just didn't want to be quite that rude... ;)
Like it much ?
"And - shock - it phones home to the cuddly ad giant" ? Well, as you later point out it's actually "reporting back to the Chocolate Factory when things go pear-shaped" by "reporting crash status codes back to Google".
So which is it ? The headline grabbing hyperbole, the latter more intelligible statements about error reporting (something many OSes support for good reasons) or both ?
You can just say you don't like them you know - many don't - without resorting to Daily Mail mode.
@RAMChYLD Re: It will never catch on
"Wait, people actually stand for the national anthem in cinemas?"
The noise you just heard was the point flying past you very, very fast..
Re: "Fallen Angels"
"where scientists are a persecuted minority, like heretics in medieval Europe, hiding from the angry masses of people who want to kill them in unpleasant ways."
Spooky... 1991 and they predicted the comments section of El Reg...
"You are correct James, strange that that is omitted in the main post though.."
Strangely enough, I thought all the comments about lack of video out were some odd humour I was missing ! However, seems not - luckily, from the article..
"The Black’s six-layer, 85mm x 53mm PCB holds all the above plus an HDMI port, 10/100Mbps Ethernet and a cylinder 5V power jack."
That's been in there since I first read it, honest, so not just dropped in.
Re: There is more to Linux than Ubuntu
"RPi doesn't run UBUNTU!!!! FFS! <BZZZT!!!>
RPi is RISC/ARM architecture. Ubuntu runs Intel 386/AMD-64 CISC processors.<BZZZT!!!>"
Last I looked, Ubuntu ran on ARMv7 onwards - and there were no plans to port stuff to support ARMv6 (as used by the Pi) so your first point is correct, your second probably incorrect (as I assume it was intended, difficult to say as it's rather vague) and your buzzer (IMO) is very annoying.
"Took me all of 12 seconds to find these among dozens of others. Try searching for 'windows phone performance"
I didn't say it wasn't fast, or wasn't functional or wasn't smooth - I said i'd not seen it said it had a reputation for all of them at the same time as stated in the article.
...followed by a thumbs down but no evidence. Let me be clear - I don't care what OS in on the phone, neither am I flying the flag for any phone OS at all. Couldn't give a rats arse. As I said, I like a lot of what I see in Windows Phone but I have never seen it mentioned as having a reputation as "the most smooth, fast and functional smartphone OS" - until now. That must have been one hell of a quick reputation to gain, and i've missed it completely. Show me what i'm missing and where it's mentioned - that's all.
"Other than that Windows Phone lives up to its reputation as the most smooth, fast and functional smartphone OS."
It doesn't have that reputation - at least not in the world I know, or can reach through reviews, blogs, the world press and so on. Don't get me wrong, it has some very nice features indeed - Kinect aside, some of the best stuff from Microsoft for decades IMO - but i'm not sure where you get this 'fact' from. I'm willing to be educated, but until then i'll put it down to yet another little invention of yours.
Re: No, Mr. Schmidt.
"I am expressly NOT trying to REdefine capitalism. It's the whole point of the bloody post. Which you have seem to have missed completely."
My issue is that you're trying to add in little nicities that you feel should be followed by Google, or any other capitalist entity, e.g. an expectation of contribution to society. Not having these does not prevent the entity engaging in capitalism - as much as you, me or anyone would like to have it so. The initial description you had, as bullet points, are fine and vague enough as far as they go.
"My fault for using difficult words. Oh well."
Ah - school yard insults - how entertaining.
Re: No, Mr. Schmidt.
"No one, Mr. Schmidt, can order you to pay taxes if you are not so required by law. But don't hide your cowardly ass behind capitalism. Because capitalism has fork all to do with it."
Yes it does - you trying to redefine capitalism to bolster your argument (not awfully well in my own opinion, YMMV) does change that one bit.
"Greed, on the other hand, has EVERYTHING to do with it."
The two are hardly mutually exclusive, now are they ?
""literally trying to answer questions about life, the Universe and everything"
I'm fairly sure that the LHC is not trying to find the answer as to why beer tastes good or why real geeks prefer Linux or why dogs are better than cats."
It is answering questions (i.e. some questions) about those things, not every question. A single question about 'life, the Universe and everything" can be just that, a single question - aside from your pedantry about someone using a well known phrase.
"It's still a fantastic experiment though, which is now causing uneasy problems for another dodgy hack of a model - Cosmic Inflation."
I can agree that it's fantastic and with inflation being a hack - prediction-wise an elegant one granted, at least when some conditions are tweaked, but only elegant in the way that a sticking plaster can be IMO.
How very self-observant.
Re: SUSY is already dead
"And, given String Theory depends on SUSY - this absence of SUSY is a PR blow for that too."
Some string theories involve SUSY but string theory per se is most certainly not dependent on it.
Re: @AC 1103
"This subject really does bring out the tin foil hatters."
I find your naivety infinitely less irritating than your apparent belief that no-one knows better than you.
I really don't think that describing methods and elements of software design using Randomly Capitalized words is really an answer to anything, neither is the massive abuse of the (supposedly metaphorical) noun 'architect' - don't even get started on its increasing use as a verb. Rehashing old ideas of viewing businesses using analogies to evolved structures, such as organisms, is also somewhat trite and un-helpful.
...and "Systems Thinkers" ? Oh do fuck off..
"Rather, Ofcom's job is to provide enough radio spectrum for the government of the day to do as it wishes. "
Was that an attempt at humour, trolling or pig ignorance ? Difficult to tell... you don't like the Met Office much either, do you ?
@Eadon Re: Cold winters, Wet summers
Thank you for bringing the same reasoned arguments to this debate that you do to OS related threads...
"The conventional wisdom is that once users are locked in an online software store they will never leave."
No it's not - the conventional wisdom is that once users have some tie-in, that will act as inertia to moving... same as many other situations. Don't sound quite so good a story that way though...
Re: So, essentially what you're saying is
"Now is a good time to buy?"
That's what a lot of this is about - it's been happening enough, and with enough poking at from suspicious origins, that it's almost certainly deliberate manipulation, e.g. disrupt a key point or two, watch Chicken Little reaction drive down price, buy. A few cycles of this and you can start getting some profit without making massive buys on the lows, or otherwise drawing attention to yourself. It might have been interesting if this blog had dug a bit deeper into this.
Oooooooo - hello sailor !
Seriously - would you be a sailor on a ship called 'Ponce' ?
@dogged Re: P.Lee @ 29 March 07:00 z
"On the nuclear, where rae you going to store the waste
It's not 1981 anymore, you know. Nuclear "waste" is simply reprocessed into usable fuel, a process that is currently over 97% efficient."
I'm very much pro-nuclear, but this is drivel - the last bit being not even wrong.
Re: > scrawl "except for ZFS which is ok so far as we're concerned" somewhere in the middle of GPL2
"clang isn't enough if it is still using binutils."
Is llvm-as and llvm-ld/link usable instead, in a clang-based work-flow, or have they got rid of them completely now ?
If you honestly think "a conspiratorial view of the press" is "barmy", and hence without an element of truth, you are either naive or an idiot. Given the circles you sometimes frequent and your insight into a number of technical and social issues, I find it hard to believe you're naive. This doesn't make true every random theory of the big, bad, bogey man of the the press some would have one accept, but to wish away the idea that the mass media can, and does, have an effect - and sometimes a deliberate one being the point - on the world at large and politics in particular beggars belief.
Re: Rebrand it with a different name, say it's chock full of "male enhancing" minerals
"If you ever get chance, try shark, it's good food!"
I'd love to !... not had the chance yet, although had the odd bit from some of its relatives. We also used to get fabulous conger here until they shut the fish market down, now it's like hens teeth, i'd like to see that in the super-markets as well.. gorgeous.
Re: Rebrand it with a different name, say it's chock full of "male enhancing" minerals
"Very true it's all in the marketing, just like the angry anti veggie crowd who have no issues eating cheese on toast."
That, honestly, is a phenomenon i've not come across before - great mental image though..
"A major reason I hate celeb chefs is they take a cheap food (rhubarb, cod cheeks, pollock etc) and feature it and all of a sudden it costs a sodding fortune to make a rhubarb crumble. "
..then leave the cod cheeks and pollock out of your rhubarb crumble mate - save yourself a fortune.
@Lee D Re: Fantastic!!
"So it doesn't matter how clever the physics are (and this certainly sounds like snakeoil to me, but I can't be bothered to research it precisely because of that)"
Cool - just for a moment I had thought you hadn't researched it because you haven't got a clue what they're on about.
"Solar just isn't practical, even with 100% efficient devices (that don't exist). What you gain in "free" energy, you make up for in rare earths, areas of land required, etc."
Even better news - I stupidly thought for a moment that it might be useful in some parts of the world as part of a total energy generation scheme involving other fuels. Just as well you let 'em know it "isn't practical".
"Quick search on google ..."
Thanks - but that wasn't the entire point, and not limited to this article.
Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare Earth Hi-Tech Company
Back in the days when I was at school, this is what I would have called our band (or our first album maybe).
Could you post an attribution for the image of David and Goliath please ?
Re: Nothing new.
"Swimming pools, sailboats, garden gnomes, faux waterfalls ..>"
Concrete jewelry has been around a while too.
"mostly coveted by folks with absolutely no taste."
Concrete can look spectacular, it can look shit and probably everything in-between - eye of the beholder and all that. To its credit, at least its not prone to making sweeping generalizations.
"They also have their own fork of OpenSolaris "
Yep - i've not been following them but I hope they're contributing back.
"which makes them an interesting cloud provider to watch."
"It's a shame we don't see The Register have more articles on them and Nexenta."
Agreed, IMO there is a lot to like about Solaris in open or semi-closed state. I've started dabbling with Nexenta a while ago - originally for a home NAS project two or three years back - their stuff was very nicely put together with the obvious benefit of ZFS. In light of recent Linux GUI "innovations" I might try the OS on my dev laptop again (wasn't quite there last time I looked).
"... Joyent employs at least one of the guys who wrote Dtrace (Bryan Cantrill), and are constantly improving it."
Good - I hope they're committing the non-client-specific improvements / specials back to the code base.
"If you want features added to dtrace for say... your specific database workload, you either host your infrastructure with Joyent and request those features, or try to hire away the guys who are writing the code."
That's fine for specific needs - not knocking that (although see comment above) but I was somewhat fucked off with the general tone in the article which seems to imply that Dtrace is some unique and wonderful invention of Joyent.
"The company, which has taken money from the CIA's investment wing In-Q-Tel and Samsung Ventures, is deepening its collaboration with Joyent to gain customers and also to use cloud's [sic] integrated dynamic tracing ('dtrace') technology"
Ermmm - why would you need to work with Joyent to use dtrace ?
"It's probably nothing more than ... an attempt to undermine development of the only serious competition to fossils -- i.e. nuclear energy."
You're right - only the FOOLS whose hats are made of THIN TIN cannot see this !!
(although I agree to a large extent with your PV comment)
Re: Follow the money
"The are also supposed to have all the problems and issues already worked out and the pilot is just to iron out the kinks."
One mans kinks are another mans issues or problems - the pilot plants in different industries i've known about most certainly had shake-down of inherent issues, and looking for additional ones due to scaling and extended running times, as part of their remit.
..her eyes are focused just above your head - the urge to look up is very strong in this one... it's like Skype with the un-initiated.
"The GDS wants to hire bods to fill very Google-sounding roles such as data scientists, product managers and user researchers."
They may sound shite - but there's nothing particularly 'Google', or any other single company, sounding about those titles, and the middle one is decades old at least. They may be the source of a lot of crap, but I doubt this was one... was this stuck in so you could get a catchy headline by any chance ?
Also, could putting millions of people out of work be considered to be "do[ing] no evil?"
You know, just for a moment there, I thought you might be becoming every so slightly melodramatic.... close one.
"It annoys me there is no notepad++ for OSX. Yes I know there are built-in tools and probably better ones for OSX, but a consistent set of apps is nice for those of us who have to skip between multiple OS very frequently."
Your choice entirely of course but.. have you not found anything multi-platform that you like ? I have to flit between a few platforms, less now than before admittedly, and either Vim or emacs do for me (not so much Vim for Python however).. there are others of course, just my preference over a lot of years, and i'm not particularly flying the flag for either.
Your preference obviously - genuine question as i've never heard of notepad++ before - i'm just curious.
TextPad ? NotePad ? Programming editors.... really ?
Re: Prize funding?
"HP paid 480k of the 1/2/ mill?
You'd think Google, Adobe, Mozilla, and Oracle would be able to come up with more than $20k between them if they were serious about security"
..and Microsoft ?
"Posted Friday 8th March 2013 12:50 GMT Tom 13
Re: Prize funding?
Sadly despite the obvious need for this sort of security proofing, none of them are really interested in it."
Why do you say that ? Certainly as far as Google is concerned, they have been paying for exploits for a while now and the Pwnium contest had quite a fund on it to encourage breaking it....