146 posts • joined Monday 15th December 2008 14:41 GMT
Re: still crap, try harder
and perhaps you missed the "S" in Serial. How many lines does that require again?
still crap, try harder
I'd have thought the obvious design would be a round connector which would have no orientation requirements at all - e.g. a headphone jack type of thing. Or did I miss something?
I've had a synology ds413j for a while and while fundamentally it's a great piece of kit, I would strongly advise anybody buying one of their NAS boxes to avoid the 128MB models, and those with slower CPUs. The web interface is too slow to be usable. For those of you using squeezeboxes, the server software is great, but won't fit properly into such a small amount of RAM either.
Re: Doubt it
...but tapes and disks aren't the same thing.
ssd's will replace rotating disks because they *are* the same thing.
all down to $/GB
Rotating hard disks will last as long as their advantage in price and density does.
It will be interesting to see what the traditional storage manufacturers do in response to cheaper, denser SSDs. Have they been holding anything back?
the problem is...
.. that this is a report on consumer grade drives being run in a datacenter operation - i.e. 24x7 at constant (presumably good) temperature and with low to zero accesses occurring. Which doesn't match what happens in a consumer device. e.g. Typically a PC gets turned on, and the cold drive is immediately thrashed senseless by an OS and apps starting, used for some amount of time and then shut down again later. Presumably a /typical/ consumer drive spends most of its time powered off.
spot the yum jockey
"it is still a somewhat manual process to unpack and install, but I was able to do so within 12 minutes on a few boxes.."
> put a fucking microphone in the water
That would be a hydrophone then.
that is all.
you missed the opportunity
for a headline along the lines of "tenda backdoor probed"
modern life is rubbish
I was using the BBC radio player app alarm feature until recently on my android tablet, which sits in a dock near the bed. Most recently, it woke at 7.00 one morning as usual, started playing radio 4, at which point the availability of the network connection clearly prompted the thing to opportunistically check for updates, which it found - specifically one for the BBC radio player, which was then promptly partially uninstalled before failing to update... all in all leaving me with about 5s of alarm. Which wasn't enough. I woke an hour late with a vague recollection of the events.
> Booby-trapped documents associated with the attack include an announcement for a joint US-Mongolia military exercise called Khaan Quest 2014.
Re: Seems mildly relevant.
prior art, I'd say!
96kHz? Is that it?
Gigabytes of space going begging on a BD disk and we get a doubling of sample rate from the 30 year old CD standard.
Needs to have ultra high resolution, 2.0 and multichannel versions of the music, plus lyrics, high resolution album art, promotional videos, photos, making of... and anything else they can think of putting on there. Try harder. Or don't have my money.
Re: Permanent 4 wheel drive
> Next time it snows take your foot off the beans around a roundabout. I was going slowly but I incorrectly went for a gear change and suddenly a had car that started to oversteer.
Well, snow has a way of magnifying your mistakes. Lift-off oversteer is a known effect on many different configurations of car. Changing gear on a corner is a mistake in any event. As a biker, it's a complete no-no. I don't see where quattro, torsen or anything else could help you if you attempt a gear change on a roundabout in the snow. You probably just need a bucket of tinsel and some patchwork trousers :)
Re: Permanent 4 wheel drive
Actually it's better than that, on newer generations there's an input from the throttle position sensor and more torque is sent to the back wheels if there is potential for loss of traction - i.e. you've stepped on the gas.
In the event that you do unexpectedly lose front traction, I believe it's a 1/7th rotation of the wheel before it's detected and the haldex does its thing.
the medical staff still went to work that day, and the patients still turned up, with appointment letters in hand, and were turned away because "computer says no"?
WTF, why not send them in? What have I missed?
Re: Permanent 4 wheel drive
I had a A3 3.2L with 2nd gen haldex until about 4 months ago, and before that a couple of other gen 1 cars. I was always sceptical about how much power was reaching the rear wheels until the haldex diff died. Then I entered a world of spinning front wheels, torque steer, and general fear and loathing, especially in the wet. In the snow last winter, before the diff failed, and with some half decent winter tyres on (Avon ice touring ST) my weekly commute from Dorset to even snowier Belgium was a breeze.
My experience with haldex is that the only time I was aware of the transmission "shuffling the power around" was when I was pushing far too hard. And the limits of the car's grip and traction were very high.
Surely the rdrand thing is trivial to prove or disprove by writing a small piece of code to call it a few million times, and look for low entropy in the results..?
Nothing tempting me away from my nexus 4 there.
Re: I've got one in brand new condition
Yep but it was super cheap, so I took a risk.
First and last time I fell for Apple hype.
I've got one in brand new condition
Bought it in 1996. It was so unusably crap I chucked it in the loft after a couple of weeks trying to make sense of it. It's still there, and works - I fired it up a couple of years ago, and it's still junk, even with the rose tinted specs on.
Re: Moore's Law has been dead for years.
> If Moore's Law was really still in effect, we would all have 50ghz CPUs today, instead we have roughly the same speed as 2006, just with 8 cores.
Moore's law predicts a doubling of transistors on a chip. Nothing to do with clock speed.
You tosspot. What's the price of someones watch got to do with self respect?
Anyway, the Casio F-91W is an icon! Classic design and extremely functional IMO. I own an automatic omega, and it's heavy, innaccurate and a liability. The Casio kicks it's backside in every single aspect apart from bling factor.
"it’s funny how quickly old habits start to kick in, as I wound back a slightly slack pre-recorded tape with my little finger pressed against the sprocket, without giving it a second thought"
I don't know whether anyone else found this, but the classic BIC pen is a perfect fit for the spools. For those of us who were unwilling to spend precious battery life rewinding tapes in their personal stereo, you could simply skewer the cassette with the hexagonal pen and whirl it round for a minute or so until you'd manually rewound the tape.
I don't understand the current compact cassette nostalgia wave. I hated the damn things, I can only assume those who like them never had to really use them back in the day. Thank $deity for digital music players.
Re: Nokia submarines
> Would punters break any laws if they bought a Windows phone just to root out Windows and run other software on it?
No laws worth the paper they're written on. If I buy a piece of hardware, I'll run what the hell I like on it.
In other news..
Whitehall are said to be funding a hydraulic gate slamming mechanism which will be fitted to all stable doors for activation in the case of any horses bolting.
This icon ------>
LOL, yep my irony detector was completely offline.
I will indeed get my coat now.
Sobriety is not working out for me, I'm off to buy some beer.
You dozy plonker.
The quotes from the astronaut describing the issue in first person should have given you a clue that he survived to tell you the tale.
Plus, this story was in the news a while back.. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23339578
> And there is, of course, that one throat to choke. How much would you pay for that?
Quite a lot if your name is Charles Saatchi.
Re: what could possible go wrong?
> You are perhaps thinking of something with the thickness of air conditioning ducting?
And you're perhaps thinking that US gun ownership stops at 9mm handguns :)
what could possible go wrong?
A metal tube, with a partial vacuum, and capsules full of squashy humans travelling at 760mph, 30s apart through deserted countryside. It's not as if our gun-toting friends are known for say, taking pot shots at things....
Need to pull over -1g for the whole 30s to avoid a collision, if one stopped suddenly. That's a long time especially for a yank who's pushed a greasy burger, fries, and a litre of fizzy coke down his gullet just before hopping in.
For us microsoft dislikers, this is pure entertainment. Pull up a chair, open a beer and watch.
To paraphrase Clarkson: more fun than watching the entire french air force crash into a fireworks factory
and how did Sony get the customer's information?
I'm thinking back to the rootkits that Sony were deliberately distributing in their media not so long ago....
Smells of IBM desperation to me. They're not in the game of giving anything away for free. Apparently they think the only chance they have of a future for power is to attempt to get traction with the open source crowd.
low latency is good
Since you'll need to swap to these things since you pulled half your memory out to make way for them.
Re: Real World Priorities
> In the real world, if you're moving small files around, any modern disk will move them "instantly", so the small file performance is of little concern, unless you're moving a huge number of them.
That's not the disk though, that's the cacheing on your OS accelerating your reads by holding recently read data in memory and instantly acknowleging writes before they've actually been commited to disk.
Do the same operation again with synchronous write semantics and a cold read cache and you'll see a massive advantage to the SSD.
> Where this drive excels is when moving/saving the sort of files that normally send you off for a coffee and few games of freecell (like opera recordings, or HD video).
What sort of shit heap have you got on your desk that means you have to get coffee while it copies files?
> poke fun at them, perhaps, but 'asshole' is just plain insulting, and not that funny
Yes but these are people filming us without our permission. I am *really* *not* *happy* about this. They're arseholes, and I don't care if they don't like it.
> perhaps we could grow the fuck up a bit
er, is this an oxymoron? If you don't like bad language then I suggest you stop fucking using it.
Re: Oh the irony...
fat fingers, sorry.
As far as my grammar and spelling goes - polain, english, etc, I'm not claiming to be a professional journalist am I?
"..increases repair costs and creates more e-waste"
AKA waste in polain english. What extra does the "e" give us?
> But still: heat-sinks in closed boxes do work.
it's hard to tell the difference between a heat sink in a sealed enclosure and a heating element inside a closed oven, though, isn't it?
not moore's law but...
While we'll always lap up faster and faster CPUs, I'm wondering what the supply and demand scenario is for storage. Is it not possible that the current 1TB+ drives are providing more storage than is necessarily being asked for?
"Writing apps for the Pebble requires a Unix-based machine: either a Mac running 10.7 or 10.8, or an Ubuntu 12.04 box, officially."
Ubuntu isn't UNIX, officially.
What would have happened if he'd seen that figure, and dropped dead of a heart attack?
I reckon it's worth a trip to the beak to see what he can wring out of them.
- October 2005 - $6 million A-round funding
- July 2006 - $12 million B-round funding
- September 2009 - $10 million C-round funding
- February 2008 - $15 million D-round funding
- November 2009 - $10 million E-round funding
Alphabetic/Time linearity fail.
Why do you think it shouldn't?
Definition of SINISTER
archaic : unfavorable, unlucky
archaic : fraudulent
: singularly evil or productive of evil
a : of, relating to, or situated to the left or on the left side of something; especially : being or relating to the side of a heraldic shield at the left of the person bearing it
b : of ill omen by reason of being on the left
pcie is a dead end, no?
I'm not sure why you'd want to spend $$$$$ on either of the two companies. PCIe flash cards are surely a stop gap until 12Gb/s stuff becomes commonplace? The PCIe cards are not hot swap and occupy valuable expansion slots that may just not be available in every server.
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