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Re: Bad idea
Much Java enterprise development is completing its move away from JEE now.
Servlets are the last bit thats not been replaced. Most Java web frameworks are removing them, and so a reliance on tomcat or its ilk, or have done already.
May it moulder in pieces.
Re: PC-like servers revenue is dying
Given that we are discussing servers, the story of the last 20 years is that of Linux and to a lesser extent windows pushing the other server OS' into various niches.
Are you thinking desktops?
Re: Old Age
Right wing does not equal centralised control.
Stalin was hard left wing in economic and social ideology, and was totally centrally controlled. Similarly, the Italian fascist government of mussollini was hard right wing in economic and social ideology, but also applied total centralised control.
The axis of political thought that you are looking for is totalitarian <--> libertarian, with the power being vested totally in the state or the individual.
This is orthogonal to both economic and social ideology.
Debasing the meaning of words does no one any favours.
Re: "No thank you, I've probably already switched supplier several hundred times today."
Speaking as a software developer. I would love to develop the back end that serviced that.
It would be epic.
Re: What about our copyrights?
"off-topic @Daivid Dawson: what kind of answer is that? It's ok for the government to take things away since they created it?
If one day the UK is to be hit by a meteorite, and the UK government decided to suspend all telecommunications, air and cross-channel traffic to prevent panicks and to only allow the "privileged" to safely escape the country, according to your reasoning, it's ok to do that since they created much of what modern society is made up of.
I didn't realise we're still a bunch of serfs under the feudal system."
In this country, Parliament is sovereign, so yes, if the government chose to do that, then that would be legal, which is a different thing to 'ok'. Legal and moral/ ethical are separate concepts I'm afraid.
Sorry you had to find out this way. I wish they would teach this kind of thing in school.
"Er, and other governments. The UK government can pass laws overriding the copyright it grants, but not that granted by the USA, France, Germany, China..."
Only so far as the law in this country respects those other countries laws. Which is what sovereign means. This is an important distinction! The UK has signed up to copyright treaties, so I imagine they would be respected...
Re: What about our copyrights?
Copyright is a legally granted monopoly given to the creator of a work.
Its not something that naturally exists, its a collection of laws passed by HM Government.
So, if the Government of the day chooses to alter how copyright is assigned to allow the British Library to scrape the UK portion of the internet, it is perfectly legal for it to do that, as it created the entire concept of copyright in UK law in the first place.
Re: Systems architect here
Then again, he once built a 3 ft extension to his house using the same design techniques he uses for bridges, so perhaps he was serious...
It is the most robust extension I've ever seen though. I'm pretty sure it will out last the house. All 3ft of it.
Windows desktop VDI
Hello. this is a question for a _potential_ project I'm about to embark on.
There's a charity that I have some association with, they've got around 30 windows desktops that are fast approaching the end of their working life.
They have to use windows for various reasons, but don't really have the cash to upgrade en masse.
So, I did a little pondering and thought, virtualisation.
If we could get a nice fat server (which we can) to host VMs, then the desktops can be kept, or gradually replaced with a rasberry pi or whatever.
The conundrum is what to install on the server. A full windows server 2012 is quite expensive, and I'm not sure if thats the way to go anyway (having very little recent experience of windows servers).
So, does anyone know what the best approach might be? My ideal would be something like openstack + some provisioning layer (thats free or cheap).
I've had a good look around and come across a few different projects, foss-cloud and its ilk.
I'm just wondering if anyone has any direct experience of VDI that could recommend a basic approach.
My ideal would be for some users to log into the thin client and be presented with their own desktop, including installed applications.
The other group of users should be given freshly minted VMs each time, although with their own desktop prefs from AD (or samba...)
Because Windows forces you to choose a secure password - and has far fewer remote exploits than Linux. 99% of Windows exploits require user interaction, whereas 99% of Linux exploits don't. This is why Windows get desktop viruses and Malware, but is far more secure and less likely to be hacked as a server system than Linux is.
Goodness me! Really? 99%. OH MY GOD.
We need to get those linux servers off the internets. now! Who's with me?? If we each take a datacentre, we can yank the network cables in the space of a few days. We'll save the world!
Oh.. er.. wait...
You made those numbers up, didn't you? well?
My note 1 has an in the air hover with the s pen working well.
Not a finger though.
Re: Why are the KDE desktop shortcuts penned in?
The 'penned' area is a plasma widget, same as any other, called a folder view. The background can contain as many folder view, or any other plasma widgets as you like.
I tend to have several pinned open on my desktop showing different folders, documents, downloads, dev root etc.
A single folder view could be expanded to fill the entire desktop, if you so chose, or to fill a small, vertical strip down one side of the window, with another folder down the other side.
The answer to your question is, thats the default look on startup, its totally modifiable, and very easy to do.
It actually appears that they would work very well for you :-)
Re: So... what happened to te water?
Heh, that would be solar wind, not state.
Re: So... what happened to te water?
The latest theory I heard was that mars used to have a magnetic field, which it doesn't now.
So the theory goes, mars had a molten core after it formed, and for a billion years or so after.
Once the core cooled and solidified, as mars is much smaller than earth, the magnetic field collapsed.
Once that happened, the state wind could start to strip the atmosphere, gases and water from the martian surface.
Eventually leaving the barren rock we know and love.
"..although it's not known if the agency counted Ben Affleck's attempt to portray believable emotion.."
Made my morning, thanks!
Re: XP Search Function
It doesn't work, and as far as I know, it never did.
It lies to you by not really searching in a meaningful way, and then gives you a puppy to talk to instead of the answer.
I always ended up searching using textpad or something like that.
How does rollout of openstack
Affect the use of JBoss?
To generalise somewhat openstack gives you VMs, it doesn't give you application stacks. That would be a PaaS job, like cloudfoundry (vmware) or openshift (Red Hat).
Either of those could (and indeed, probably should) be put onto something like openstack or vsphere.
They provide full stacks in the way that it is implied that openstack does. In fact, OpenShift, from Red Hat, is based on JBoss.
Re: Worst decision after the Gnome 3 pratfall.
Well good for you, you went off on one and didn't bother to read the comment I was replying to.
However, that is irrelevant, as I was actually, in fact, replying this :
"Guess this will be like Java, where adequate and usable languages will emerge over time (after much slaving, moans, lost money and time) that compile down to / can still be transformed into the one primary party-decreed big-brotherly language where their proponents can still say "but technically it's still X" without causing Papal writs against heretics to be issued."
Thanks for reading, or not.
Re: Worst decision after the Gnome 3 pratfall.
Java, the language, is actually pretty good. Excellent IDE/ tool support, well understood proper ways to do things.
In any case, the other jvm languages almost all compile straight to JVM bytecode now, which is unrelated to java the language.
Re: Obvious troll is obvious.
WebKit and jskit are forks of their KDE equivalents. So they didn't originate at apple, but have been improved there.
Re: Islamic hackers
Unfortunately, by the time egypt was conquered by the arabs, it was a backwater. The Byzantines were the only civilisation that I know of to successfully manage a transition from mostly urban population to mostly agrarian, ie they went backwards, and successfully so. The late Byzantine empire was a shadow of what we imagine it was.
Alexandria had a tiny population at the time of the conquest to that in previous ages.
In comparison, a couple of hundred years later, it was a centre of learning again, as it had been in centuries past, in an enlightened age overseen by the Caliphs.
In comparison, Europe of the time was pulling itself back together after the repeated collapse of civilisation. petty chiefs, warlords, revolts, summary executions, all in all a very unpleasant place to live.
Now ... we look today? The dominant civilisation of the middle east collapsed not a hundred years ago (the Ottoman empire for those that don't know), which had been decaying for a good while before that, in the same way as Rome did. The place was then forcibly ripped up and redrawn. Is it any wonder that things are still a mess? It took europe hundreds of years to achieve some semblance of stability. Holding the borders as fixed does no-one any favours either.
The above makes no judgement on, or excuses for, the religiously motivated. The reasons for the current issues in the region, are, however much more complex and deeply rooted than this, and we are foolish to forget that.
I believe that using history as a guide is a terrible way to predict the future, however it does provide remarkable insight into why things are the way that they are.
So, that was a really a long way of saying, its better if you really know what you are talking about before making pronouncements that can only be described as ignorant, which is ironic as that's what you are trying to imply of your targets.
This happens already. My local hospital reads data from the local GPs for patient information.
obligatory xkcd ref
This echoes one of the major differences between Common and Roman law.
In Common law, everything is assumed to be legal, unless a law is made to curtail it. In Roman law, the opposite is true. This is a gross generalisation, but it points to an alternate solution.
Instead of the (politically 'left wing') response of centralizing control to fix a perceived issue, the solution could be framed by asking the question, why is there even a law about this in the first place?
This is what I take from the article, instead of tweaking the edges of the taxi (or whatever) monopoly, shouldn't we periodically question whether it should even exist at all?
Re: Colour me unimpressed
I am the 99%.
Now make me a sandwich.
Re: Forever is a long time
Ooh, I know this one!
"If man survives for as long as the least successful of the dinosaurs—those creatures whom we often deride as nature's failures—then we may be certain of this: for all but a vanishingly brief instant near the dawn of history, the word 'ship' will mean— 'spaceship.'" - Clarkey.
And the dinosauruseruses were around for 160+ million years or so, versus a few hundred thousand for us.
But they are all dead now, like we all will be soon.
Seems nonsense to me.
You may write a site using a JS front end and a PHP backend ... buts thats the only thing I can come up with, and that just ain't the same things as JS on the server, which is then properly discussed in the last bit of the article.
Re: Results of the OECD are based on cross-country regressions
Correlation does not equal causation, certainly.
However, that does not mean that correlations should be discarded.
A strong correlation between two things is indicative of a relationship, and could deserve further investigation to discover if there is, in fact, a causal link rather than just a statistical anomaly.
Re: And I thought the UK was bad?
The basic assumption under English law is that one citizen most certainly can prosecute another person and they go to prison. The police are employed as full time "good citizens", who spend their time doing it on our behalf.
I get so annoyed with the term 'civilian police employees'. Everyone in the police is a civilian, some have warrant cards and wear uniforms. They are not the army, they are not a militia, therefore they are all civilian.
Surely it's a question of degree? Even then, China's economy doesn't seem to be suffering too badly given their relatively extreme position.
China has only just started to create its own IP. It has large corporations that manufacture, but they all grew up as outsource manufacturers, without their own patents, trademarks and the like.
They are starting to move towards that, and the Chinese government will be watching very closely. Observe over the next few years as China massively increases enforcement of intellectual property internally and externally as Chinese companies will actually make a profit from them doing so.
Re: Stupid, stupid move.
The use of "ordered to" and especially "commanded to" sound a bit odd to me
Heh. That didn't sound odd to me at all, but we've obviously understood different things...
With my children, I tell them what to do, I'd be happy calling it command, and then i fully expect them to do what I tell them. If they don't, which is infrequently, I coerce them.
Based of the above description, you will still have no idea what I am like as a parent. How do I coerce? What do I tell them to do? It's too ambiguous, just like the previous statements.
This is really quite off topic now, but I personally get quite frustrated by the lazy, condescending, assumption that equates discipline with abuse, which is what is being implied above.
It devalues real abuse, in my opinion (there's the magic o weird, again!).
Re: Stupid, stupid move.
On the other hand, if you need to YELL at your Son to get anything done is it any wonder he has no respect for you?
how did you make that leap?
is the OP a bad parent now in your opinion?
Well, guess what, your opinion is based on so little information that it is completely worthless, troll.
Re: Hefty Profits!!!???
I get 2.59% profit.
"Foxconn has bagged NT$57.8bn ($1.98bn; £1.23bn) in net profit for the first nine months of the year and revenue of NT$2.23trn ($76.3bn, £47.4bn), up 21 per cent from last year."
$1.98bn for 9 months, over $76.3bn. Which is 2.59% profit.
Still not awesome margins, but I'd be happy with an extra billion in the bank to spend on beans.
Re: "If only we were a sovereign nation capable of making our own decisions...."
She did also set out a plan to introduce a 'forum bar' (I think thats the term). Where a judge in an extradition trial will be able to decide that it would be better to prosecute here, and so that the extradition is denied on those grounds. This isn't currently the case. The implication being that this would've applied in the McKinnon case.
"which is recognised legally as Ecuadorian territory"
This is just wrong.
Embassies are not the sovereign territory of their operating state, and have never been recognised as such. The treaty that this flows from is the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), and has been signed by almost all countries (this is how 'international law' works).
The clause in question is this : " .. The premises of a diplomatic mission, such as an embassy, are inviolate .."
This means the host country can't go in, by agreement. It does not give a piece of the hosts territory away to do with as the recipient chooses, which is what 'sovereign' means.
There is a legal agreement that UK officials won't go in without prior approval by the ambassador, but thats a very different thing from having sovereignty.
Contractors are mercenaries ... I certainly am, anyway.
And what's wrong with that?
I go to work to get money. I do a good job for it, and get paid appropriately. I don't go for personal fulfilment.
It makes me extremely easy to motivate. Just pay me, and I'll work hard. Don't screw me around, or I'll leave with no qualms.
So long as the relationship works, it continues, if it doesn't, then it doesn't, this works both ways, and I like that a lot.
I see this as a very honest and straightforward way of working, and its done me well for a long time.
Quad core is overkill when few applications are massively multi-threaded, just optimise your OS or stop using hooky interpreted Java code.
please understand the difference between interpreted code and a JIT bytecode compiler, otherwise don't bother commenting on this aspect, as you look a bit silly.
Re: What in the name of ...
The image of the regal Cow as the apex predator of plants....
Very good, carry on.
I wonder if they mean GC pauses. In certain circumstances with a very large heap you can see a GC pause of a minute or two every so often if you have a very large heap (say, the 30gb in the article) and it needs to be GCd. That is in certain circumstances though. At that level, you need to start understanding/ profiling your heap usage and tune the garbage collection.
The big selling point when I used the terracotta product before it was the ability to have memory in use larger than that available on any one server. So you could keep huge object graphs in memory, and they would be split across the cluster, and serialised to disk as a backup. It also propagated thread messaging across the cluster (wait()/ notify()). Very pretty. That was 3/ 4 years ago, no idea what this BigMemory thing is or if its related.
Re: I am glowing with confidence
Re: No plan B? Seriously?
I'm tired of people taking money from taxpayers and whining all the time about how hard they supposedly have it. You don't have to work for your money. You don't have to lift a finger for it so you don't have any right to say how it should be paid or even if it should be paid.
I truly hope you're never condemned to live a life of someone forced onto disability benefits. It generally means you're in pain all the time, or physically damaged. Whatever the case, its not a life you would have chosen.
As a society, we have decided to treat people who can't support themselves with respect, and to support them. Personally, I agree with this decision. The results are not perfect, and the methods are sometimes imperfect too, but they are much better than the alternative.
We live in a democracy, not a plutocracy. Those who pay taxes do not have the only say over what happens with the money.
So, sorry dude, you got it wrong.
Re: Not breaking the law
That's the problem with analogies.
A closer analogy for network interception would be If I created a duplicate of your house, tricked you into coming inside, then took photos of you in the shower.
Re: There seems to be a problem in the calculations
Tidal barrage - will interfere with migration patterns, generally screw around with the estuary causing many known and unknown effects.
Wind - I want a cup of tea when the wind is not blowing, got it! Uses significant amounts of rare earths in the generators, which are necessarily not the larger/ massively more efficient ones used in large power stations.
Hydro - probably the best understood, but still involves covering rather large areas of nature with a shiny new lake. Hence a very limited supply of useful locations.
Geo - Yay! Not enough locations available with current tech... but looks good as far as I can tell.
Solar - Very significant amounts of rare earths required. What to do in the night time?
There are huge engineering challenges to be met in building the above at the scales needed. Sourcing the required rare earths alone is going to be prohibitive at current costs.
It is not irrational to point this out.
Neither is it irrational to say that a toy power installation is not representative of a commercial scale installation. You can make a solar panel that works without any issues.
If a large country were to convert to solar/ wind (for example, although it holds for most renewable sources as they are currently understood) in earnest, then the minerals needed to manufacture them would run out almost immediately, causing large price spikes; as these minerals are shared with other industries, it would make electronics, motors and the like spike in price as well.
Then there's the more basic commodities like steel, concrete and the like. These are already in heavy demand due to economic development around the world. It is not clear that sufficient quantities are even available, let alone that they can be had at a price that makes the project economically viable.
It is not a simple, or straightforward, thing that is being proposed.
I have an issue with people looking 10 years down the road and saying that we will have to endure power cuts and rolling black outs. I refuse to accept that this is somehow reasonable; given how much warning we have, it simply isn't.
If that is the projection, then we cannot 'wait on XXX', we need to build power stations now, of any description, so long as they will generate power when it is required.
Re: There seems to be a problem in the calculations
"When calculating the energy required, Page says we should assume a growth in energy use of 3x as the world's economies grow. He calls that "realistic"."
This is vastly more realistic that fantasising about energy consumption reducing. Its unlikely that energy consumption will drop in the developed world, and terribly unfair if it doesn't rise in the developing world. There are many times more people in the developing world... so, yeah, I'd say thats realistic.
"Then when calculating the GDP he says we should assume a "drastic" reduction in output because of those evil IPCC scientists."
Yes, that has been stated on more than one occasion that the most realistic way to drop CO2 emissions is to cut energy use. The two statements are in opposition, that's really the point. One is the demand, the other is what is going to happen. Guess which is which.
"Finally Page assumes that even when producing 4 million wind turbines there will be no economies of scale whatsoever, instead suggests we should "multiplying our $12tn cost figure a few times at the very least"."
The multiple was about including all the costs of building the infrastructure necessary to support the millions of turbines. Did you not see that? Economies of scale don't really exist in the way you seem to expect for building huge new road networks, electricity grids and so on. The technology is all there now and well refined, very little refinement economies to be had here, engineers could price out an implementation pretty well for all the support infrastructure.
There's problems in this article, but these ain't them.
Re: Argh.. the G-word again :(
(c.f. Australian Rules Football, a similar riotous assembly that seems to have arisen from a dispute about wanting to play Rugby during a cricket match)
Thanks for the chuckle, I might need one less coffee to be functional now.
Re: I hate per core licences
Well more like if you were charged some kind of registration fee for being able to drive cars on the road, and if you had a more powerful/ bigger car, you paid more even though you don't particularly take up more space or go over the road more.
Yes, imagine if the government levied different levels of tax on more powerful cars! The tragedy....
Re: I disagree
It's supposed to be a hangover cure. Ergo trying to per cure FRESH bread of any sort is out of the question under any circumstances.
That would be procure, as in, take great care to obtain. From the latin (etymonline.com) pro- ob behalf of, cure- curare, care for.
Nice fresh brown bread, butter, ketchup, good thick smoked back bacon cooked till the edge is nice and crispy. Optionally add a goose egg for taste (yellowest damn yolk I've ever seen from a northumbrian goose). Needs to be a big sarnie to accommodate the egg, but oh so good.
We need a bacon sarnie icon.
Re: Straw man
I see no reason why Sweden couldn't give out a guarantee not to extradite him to the US, and simply return him to the UK after the trial (and punishment in case he's found guilty) has been completed.
They'd be breaking their own legal obligations under treaties agreed. In the case of expulsion, I would expect that he'd go to australia. Why would the UK want him? Except maybe to prosecute him for jumping bail.
Re: Second time around.
This and all the other defences continually thrown up have been examined at length through the many court cases that have taken place before coming to this point.
Each one has been proven to be incorrect, ill conceived (based on confusing the swedish legal process with the UK or US one) or just wrong.
They are out to get him, yes, because he's accused of rape.