1425 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008
This is not possible
Trustworthy Computing pledge, since 2002. You're saying that in 12 years a company with Microsoft's resources can't figure out how to safely display a jpeg? That is not possible.
Big Blue is not stupid
They never "bet the farm" on anything.
Nice to see them touting Linux.
I know the manufacturing constraint
His name is Hank. He lives in Torrance, California. He's a semi-retired VCR repairman. He's making them as fast as he can at 15 hours a week, but the repetitive motion is aggravating his arthritis and he's just not willing to give it more than that and ruin his health. He is thinking about giving it up actually, he shared over a pint.
Re: low cost?
$1,199? So that's £1,199. You forgot the transatlantic markup and VAT. In Australia that's AUD7,250.
Openfiler is free. You can buy support if you want it.
Milankovitch and the Galactic Year
People have already made these connections. The "dark matter" is in this case more likely ordinary rocks left over from the collision that formed the solar system on a galactic year collision course, than some thing we can't even agree actually exists yet.
Gloomy winter of the PC or Springtime in mobile
How you look at it is up to you, but change is happening.
Windows 8.x shrank
Shrinkage? Unpossible! But there it is in black and white.
The man is a priceless treasure
I can only hope that in his new role he provides as much entertainment as he has this last decade.
19 Billion for whatsapp
I asked then "How many wifi blimps for that?" It seems he's on it.
The third world is going to get broadband! Hooray. Hopefully we can get them to sell us everything that isn't nailed down. Seriously though, it will be nice to hear from them first hand.
@AC - I was not being critical of the man there, nor the rate of his giving. I wrote above there that he is both generous and humble. I have praised him here before for his work. It is not being critical of the man to say he could divest from one of his many investments without causing serious turmoil - it is only an assessment of the market situation being responded to. I didn't say he should sell it all and gift the proceeds. It is not for me to say he should give or not at all, let alone how fast. It's his money.
I am still not fond of his Beast. But that is a different thing.
Bill Gates has been selling Microsoft stock and diversifying since the 1980's. It is nowhere near the majority of his holdings. He could divest completely now and the available stock would not cause a problem. The emotional issues might though.
>I reckon its easy to be philanthropic when it doesn't hit your lifestyle or bottom line in any meaningful way.
Bill Gates himself said the same thing in his Reddit AMA. That his efforts are not as significant as those of others who have to sacrifice to give. Imagine that: generous and humble too.
Your VDIs are GPU limited. Congratulations on pouring a ton of money into solving every problem but the one you have.
SCADA and Windows
If the subject doesn't make you feel ill, you don't understand the situation.
Re: Specific Pacific Heat Capacity
They better hope not. The oceans can absorb enough energy to chill the entire atmosphere by 60C without warming the seas by one degree.
Re: Physics, Chemistry, Biology
It was biology that made the planet this cold in the first place.
Here's hoping they got a serious commitment to Linux GPU open APIs from Imagination Technologies. That will be critical to their success with these chips, and IT has been reluctant on that score in the past. "It's not our fault the GPU vendor won't provide that info" is not going to work. Ever. You chose the GPU. They didn't sneak into your engineering lab and insert it without your knowledge. It is your fault if the thing has no decent software support.
Desktop class processing
All day battery life
The times. They are changing.
Losing money not moving product
At least he has experience.
How many WiFi blimps
How many WiFi blimps and public access points would $19B buy?
It has cooled from the peak then?
Microsoft pride point: nothing else can use Office files
Let's examine that point in close detail. To whose benefit is that? Who has the power to fix it? To whom it it a nuisance? From whence does this incompatibility come?
Answer these questions and you know why you don't want it: It is engineered to thwart your interests. Its purpose is not to serve your needs, but Microsoft's.
The response to Google fiber is unanimous
"Come here next!"
That is a lot of cat pictures.
AC: you network sync these with your friends'. Don't you have Google Fiber?
Re: I doubt it
If they skim all the cream off Comcast's profits I won't shed a tear. Small towns that aren't cost effective should go the municipal route. Sharing the burden of infrastructure is what government is for.
Another step in the plan
Ultimately Google will be a major US cable TV and Internet provider in every sizeable town. Maybe in as many nations as profitable and possible too. This is a good way for Google to convert excess capital into ever increasing cash flow. Two years after installation these fiber customers become pure profit, $840/yr each. It also guarantees them equal access to the last mile, protecting their ad business.
Incumbent cable oligopolies have the same level of investment to pay as Google if they want to offer fiber, so Google is not disadvantaged. I can't foresee Comcast even putting up a good fight. They are still trying to sell the story that we don't even want this.
At least this time it wasn't Office.
I could not saturate 1Gbps
Well, I could, but I have no reason to. If I could get this at a decent price I would take it though. I would find something useful to do with it. I don't think people would have a lot to use it for now, but the few who do, why not?
By the way, 4k resolution VP9 encoded video is only 15Mbps for Netflix. Presumably you could easily do 50 of those at a time on gigabit without too much trouble.
I think this is more Google shoving the cable companies' "people don't need gigabit" back at them.
Microsoft iOS app
Of course there is no way a Microsoft app would try to destroy your iOS experience. The company has a long history of playing nice with others.
The new meat is bad
So buy the one that's halfway to its "use by" date.
Re: Game over.
They don't have to approve it until after the elections. That way by the time the polls open again we will have forgotten all about it. Expect major "politically educational" content and heavy pseudo news muckraking of the deal's opponents in the mean time. The timing is perfect.
Hang in there brave robot
Re: @Mikel, What are babbling about?
In the US political process although the President makes the appointments by law, choosing a few of them is one of the concessions given to a vice president to get him on board.
US Regulators are bought and paid for on this one. The cable companies own the FCC - past and present FCC Chairmen are cable industry lobbyists. Their media arms own the Justice department thanks to "Hollywood" Joe Biden's appointments - see "Kim Dotcom". They own the FTC. The US government is going to roll over like a puppy begging for a belly rub this time. This will be approved in record time. Opponents will likely be labelled enemy combatants.
You have to understand something. Media and cable companies hold huge sway in a democratic society - especially when the vote is always so close either way. Comcast and Time Warner cable own considerable content properties that define the culture and they own the video pipe that pacifies the populace in doses of four hours per day. They create and deliver the mental space that many voters live in. No politician wants to be their enemy because a few points this way or that define whether they keep their seat and either Comcast or TWC could promise that, but between them they can deliver it. These media companies control who sits in congress, who is president.
This isn't a merger. It's a coup.
They might start seeing resistance to their servers in China too now, since Lenovo bought IBM's server brand and will be bringing it home.
Honest mistake. Anybody could a done it. We believe you. Honest. Go on, back about your business. Don't you have some Scroogled ads to work on?
Seems more a survey of members of Mechanical Turk. And if you got your money that way, what would you be like?
These startups position their products as turbo-charging your servers so you need fewer of them, in order to justify the premium price. I have no idea why HP and Dell would not want to innovate on that level.
Re: ... and in next week's news
@Anonymous Coward - For the China thing will Bloomberg do?
Oh, did you mean the intention to be a patent troll? That comes from Nokia's earnings call. You will find it in their financial statements, but here is a report. "Going forward, we see opportunities to expand our licensing coverage to presently unlicensed vendors and to parts of our portfolio that are not broadly licensed under our current agreements."
As for the scenarios... those are scenarios. Mutually contradictory speculative possible situations. Scenario: "an outline of the plot of a dramatic work, giving particulars as to the scenes, characters, situations, etc"
Re: ... and in next week's news
Post split the remainder of Nokia planned to be a patent troll. China is blocking the deal because they don't like this plan. No telling at this point whether it goes through.
A number of scenarios are possible: Elop has discovered the value of a "plan B". The objective is to justify the Windows Phone decision by "proving" nobody would buy the worst possible Nokia Android phone. It isn't really an Android phone. To transition Android fans to Windows Phone gradually by letting them experience its amazing [sic] interface. And so on.
A Chromebook has likely got what they need. A performance boost and the price is right too.
Re: If they have to buy a whole new machine...
The situation with SCADA and Windows is what fuels my insomnia. How did this even happen?
"13 years. 13 years. 13 years is far too long to expect support."
But wait. They were still selling it on netbooks 4 years ago. I'll start again.
"4 years. 4 years. 4 years is far too long to expect support. Move on people! Quit whining!"
Hm. This has quite a different flavor to it.
Re: The problem with Video Conference adoption is still bandwidth
Google solved this. They have their own video encoding and streaming technology that is far superior to anything you have seen so far. It's called VP9.
Re: Why pay for Google?
@dan1980 - Yes, I was going with a bit of deliberate irony there. It seems I didn't overdo it. Good. There is no reason not to include a bit of fun here. So many apparently only come to spew bile.
Why pay for Google?
I actually know the answer to this one. For far too long the business model of selling technology to businesspeople has been "baffle them with BS". It drives huge margins when said people overpay. Maintaining high barriers to entry shield this berry patch from startups. Google casts about for high margin value systems like this to disrupt. They would not even consider doing anything if it was not disruptive. They have huge cash flows, so a high entry barrier to someone else is to them a tiny crack in the sidewalk.
Then with their superior technical prowess they deliver faster, more efficient systems. This by itself would of course never get anywhere, as people tend to stay with the familiar or poular even in the face of the obviously technically superior. Here is where the strategy to only compete where you can be disruptive comes in. Google has one weird trick. It's a forbidden occult technique for warping the minds of buyers, persuading them to make your product their own. They don't teach it in business school. Corporate America is doing their best to have it banned as anticompetitive. But Google brazenly uses this abhorrent strategy in full view of the public.
It's called "value for money."
Another PC maker begs off.
Surely this means the Windows PC is still in rude health.
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