1980 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
Re: Nice idea, but...
A Windows style installer is nothing more than a crude script that spews files everywhere. It does this because there is no sense of process control on Windows due to it's heritage as a single user system. It may have the appearance of being easier because it doesn't really do anything except in the most crude fashion possible.
You just push the shiny button and hope for the best.
Although sometimes even this isn't even good enough as Windows software still has dependencies.
Linux package management automates and centralizes everything. Even if you do stray off the reservation, chances are the package manager will be able to rescue you.
Re: Nice idea, but... X marks the spot.
The video card issue may very well be a genuine support issue given the age of the hardware. I would not be at all surprised if the proprietary BLOB driver doesn't include support for that card anymore.
Although I would be surprised if the libre driver dropped support.
These people might not be able to run Win7 either for similar reasons.
Re: Object: It's not just about storing stuff...
Anything that displaces the conventional file system is likely to require that same displaced file system under the covers. It may be invisible, embedded in some highly proprietary storage layer. However, sooner or later something is going to have to address it in conventional terms. That might even be the end user or admin. Less abstract elements of systems don't suddenly go away when a better abstraction is found.
A file name (or something like it) will likely continue to remain the most efficient path to an object regardless.
Re: "the guesswork of capacity planning is eliminated"
> I can see you missed the point of
Adding more capacity on a whim? From the likes of EMC? For only the cost of a single employee?
Surely you've never actually had any experience with this sort of thing.
Re: Format war
What war? In order for there to be a war, there needs to be 2 armies on the battlefield.
I only see one.
Sure, you hear a lot about the other guys but you never really see them.
I can get USB3 gear without seeking it out. It's just there. It's all around you and even if you don't seek it out, you may find that you've bought it already. TB is something you have to specifically go out of your way to try and find. You can't bolt it onto an old system (like you can with USB3). Even if you try to buy an entirely new system to get this stuff there are still fewer devices and vendors to choose from.
This right here, us in the peanut gallery, we're the only thing resembling a "war" on this matter.
If you think there's an actual format war going on then you're just a stupid fanboy.
Re: Blah blah blah -@AC 14:24
> I've visited the US and they don't have my fingerprints.
Do they do this in the non-US citzen line? I just got back from a trip to Europe and I don't recall seeing any mechanism or apparatus where they could/would get your fingerprints.
Re: Blah blah blah -@AC 14:24
> You missed the bit where Apple said
I have a bridge to sell you.
Re: Local Storage vs Cloud
You whine about the slowness of WIFI and USB2 and then declare that local storage is silly.
That's such obvious nonsense.
You have just demonstrated the reason why local storage is better. If wired connections are too slow then wireless ones certainly will be. That's not even getting into the problems of reliability and availability. Then add in bandwidth caps and international roaming.
Re: Like Henry Ford said....
> This drive is a very fast horse in a world of Model T flash storage.
...which reminds me of a Tom Selleck western where some jack*ss in an early auto gets himself stuck in the mud. Tom's horse has no problem with the mud and gallops off triumphantly into the sunset.
Re: One really has to ask
Most consumers are stupid and need someone to lead them around by the nose. If some well advertised company doesn't offer a product, then it doesn't exist. This is the case with beefy media players. The rubes don't see the potential of a 500G tablet so they don't demand it from Apple. They are content to be force fed whatever the guy living in the castle on the hill wants to give them.
A fat Archos is great because you can load it up once and largely forget about it.
The problem with underequipped media devices is that you always need to futz with them. You have to constantly decide what you do or don't want on them. UIs don't impact this problem.
You sound like someone declaring "but I don't need access to my whole music collection".
Re: The arrogance!
That is classic American fundie/neocon rhetoric right there. Their inability to oppress me is somehow violating their fundemental liberties.
It's MY speech that we're talking about here. It's not Verizon's. Verizon wants to interfere with MY speech. That's THEIR idea of "free speech".
Re: Switching from big iron to x86 virtualisation
> But there are no high end SMP Linux servers for sale and has never been,
The largest SMP server was a Linux server sold by SGI.
Also, large workloads may very well do better with some form of clustering which marginalizes the sort of large NUMA box you seem to be fixating on. This applies equally well to commercial Unix as it does Linux.
Also, a big Unix server is more likely to be more akin to a virtualization solution than something required for a "big problem".
Re: Surprise? NOT
> Can Linux do (reliably, no matter what distribution, any kernel 4 years and younger) do:
> Voice recognition
> Handwriting recognition
...probably does it better than Microsoft products considering what platform is the mobile market leader.
Although even on the desktop, that's all down to 3rd party products anyways. So you're basically crowing over the fact that Microsoft is the defacto standard. Says squat about the actual OS.
> Q; Who really uses a custom programmed APP?
This is Microsoft's bread and butter. People don't run Windows because of the stupid word processor. They run Windows because of all of the obscure little apps you've never heard of. Some of these might not even be targeted for the current version of monopolyware.
...and plenty of companies use customized and custom software.
Re: Show MS how you feel....
> Are they trying to kill Linux by being one of the major contributors to the kernel
They are no such thing.
Re: The message isn't clear enough yet?
> We do not want linux
The only thing WinDOS has to offer is legacy applications and Microsoft seems bound and determined to kill those off. World+Dog only uses Microsoft's OS because it has been considered the default desktop platform for 30 years and every obscure app that doesn't fit into their new model runs on it.
Re: What does plagiarism have to do with Fitness to Practice?
> Breach of patient trust
Due to lying or cheating someone else? Really.
No. "Breach of patient trust" is something like falling asleep on duty or prescribing something to a patient when they are allergic to it. Nonsense that happens out of the operating theater really doesn't matter.
You know: the "do no harm thing".
Even a pervassive inability to get your bills right doesn't qualify as "breach of patient trust".
Re: Struck off and die?
> A doctor must behave like the wife of Caesar,
Good luck actually holding up that kind of absurd standard.
The problem of course is that while you are busy creating a standard that no honest man can satisfy, the rest of us will have to suffer for it while all of the competent people that care about their profession are cast out. The only people left will be the really hard core sleazebags that can game this kind of system.
Nothing to lose a license over...
Things to lose your license to practice over are things like causing real harm to people through fraud or incompetence. A guy that performs an unnecessary procedure on you and then mutilates you should lose his license. Nonsense like this doesn't even come close.
Copyright on what exactly?
Since when has a simple list ever been protected under copyright?
This has squat to do with "digital technology eroding the rights of artists". There's a very real legal question here that has nothing to do with technology. Can you copyright a list? The answer to that should be NO in any decade. Tech should have nothing to do with it.
Not sure about EU/UK ideas in this regard though...
> Can this new HDMI standard daisy chain independent displays?
I don't want my PC or my home theater to be wired up like an Atari ST.
Power over HDMI is something useful though...
Re: Bring back 5¼"
I don't think the naysayers have ever touched this stuff.
Re: One Crucial Thing MS Didn't Get
> You really want a world without MS? Imagine it properly, not with your rose tinted spectacles.
Sure. There has never been a time that I have not viewed the Microsoft alternative of something as inferior and undesirable. It's only their monopoly lock on desktop PCs that ever allowed them to shove their crap down people's throats. As soon as you give people a chance to pick something else they will.
The failure of Windows on phones and tablets and phones is a clear demonstration of this. So is the limited success of Windows in the server room.
Allow people a choice and they will choose something else.
> HATE takes energy
I more pity Microsoft these days. There are less impotent threats to worry about these days.
Re: Microsoft will never be able to challenge Google.
> But Android is absolute dross
Keep on telling yourself that. Doesn't make it any more true. Won't help you compete in the market.
YOU are the perfect illustration of why Microsoft is in the toilet right now.
Re: RIP Nokia
> The only thing that has brand awareness in the *consumer* space. Phones account for less than half of Nokia revenue, ISTR
That says more about how much Nokia has screwed the pooch than anything else. They were once a giant and now people are trying to distract from the fact that they aren't anymore.
> women should not have to alter their appearance to be more male to be accepted in the workplace
That's life. Get used to it.
I "dress down" at my current job. I do this because everyone at the job does this. I have some nice tailored pants that fit me better because I am a tall guy. However, I don't wear them because they would stick out.
Everyone that starts out here comes to work on the first day too well dressed.
Everyone remedies that by the next day.
You adapt to the social environment. "Girls" that are supposed to have better social skills should have no problem with that.
Re: Sexist numpty & Reg titles
You have just defined "normal woman" as "being a pretty thing".
Congratulations Gloria for helping to perpetuate a pathalogical cultural norm.
Re: Sexist numpty
It's a dog eat dog world out there. If you stop to smell the roses for any reason then you will get grief for it It doesn't matter what your gender is. Women just have the disadvantage of an activity they can't delegate to anyone else.
A jerk hiring manager will give you grief for a 6 month absence regardless of your gender.
Being less dedicated to your day job will put you at a disadvatage compared to others that are.
You make your choices and then you get to live with them.
Re: Boys club
The idea of wearing bland practical clothing should be nothing new to anyone in an IT job since this also tends to be the case for the relevant University students too.
Re: The tape is dead,
Tape was a distinct improvement back in the day. It was not nearly as bad as some people are trying to say it was. It's just that better and newer stuff came along after it. Tech improves and old stuff gets discarded.
It was a victim of the tech cycle just like what it displaced.
Re: Uploading 10TB
10mbit still isn't squat for large file transfers.
It's nothing to brag about or lord over others with.
For something like 10TB, even fully wired local GigE really isn't fast enough.
Depends on the data...
Your personal papers... perhaps not.
Your media horde? Sure.
The real problem is getting it there.
I have been having that very problem for the last few days. Decided to recently beef up my usage of cloud storage. It's been synching for days now. Dunno when it will all finally make it there and i's a relative pittance compared to 10TB.
Don't even want to think about how long it would take to push my big data into the cloud...
Re: the Beast from Redmond and their camp followers
> Take off those rose coloured glasses, the crap wasn't because of windows
Windows was a mess built on a foundation of sand. At any point in it's evolution from DOS, it was worse than anything else out there both in terms of features and security. Apple even had some nice commercials highlighting these details until their new messiah came along.
Tablets are a welcome relief to a monopoly-ware product from a totally crass company.
Pretty much everyone else has more pride in their products and it shows. The underlying technical details do matter quite a bit.
Re: Surely it's becoming apparent
> I don't know what you've been using, but most modern WiFi routers come pre-configured and need no more than a web browser to adjust their settings
That doesn't mean that a tablet will be any good at dealing with that interface. There are still plenty of websites that do poorly with a tablet. This one right here is a good example.
The fact that you are pushing the idea of "special printers" just demonstrates how messed up the tablet market is. That's a solution for a problem that really shouldn't exist to begin with.
Re: People may dislike Windows 8...
> ...but they'd rather not buy a PC at all rather than install Linux, according to these figures
I have a bunch of Linux boxes spread around doing different appliance type things. I have a beast of a desktop box. I'm probably the PC industry's last best hope for new hardware sales but even I find that I will not likely buy another PC until I need to replace a failing bit of kit. Even then, I will likely replace that failing bit of kit with more of the same rather than opting for an "upgrade" of some sort.
The rise of the tablet is a nice demonstration of how most people don't need to upgrade (PC) computing capacity and much of the previous "growth" of the PC industry was upgrades to computing capacity.
Tablets have reset the cycle to some degree but even that's limited.
Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....
So called usability experts seem to have a problem with the idea of "the right tool for the job". This is despite the fact that this idea is kind of embedded in the new paradigm. New devices won't necessarily displace the old ones. Microsoft missed the opportunity to create a tablet that works best with it's own "ecosystem" while sabotaging it's own flagship product.
The PC is a form factor and a level of end user control. Each of these independently have their own uses and use cases for which they are the best available option. Trying to ignore that in the rush to embrace the new shiny shiny is just stupid.
Although everyone appears to be making the same mistakes right now.
Re: Originals were great?
Ford was doing bit parts before 77 and still getting more work as a carpenter.
They may not be on Netflix but they are on PPV streaming services.
Bill is his own punchline.
Bill's putdown only seems effective if you look at the situation in the most superficial way possible.
Gates is an old man that has retired from business and is now trying to salvage his reputation. What was he like when he was actively building his company? Did he care about the poor people in Africa? Did he even care about making cool products or doing right by his customers?
No. He was a crass monopolist.
Retired bill versus current Google twins is not the real comparison to make here.
What was Gates like in his prime and how does THAT compare to Google?
Re: MySQL GUI tools?
IBM could put the full weight of the collective behind MariaDB in a highly public way and it would not make a dent in their DB2 sales.
Oracle and DB2 users just aren't the same crowd.
Dual licensing not uncommon.
If you own the code, then you can license it any way you like. You can license it as GPL to some people and under a more restrictive license to others. QT was originally licensed in this manner.
Thinking that a BSD-timebomb license will buy you anything is just daft.
"Liberating" your project with the BSDL just means that Oracle can gulp up your old work and doesn't even have to buy you out.
Although the most valuable thing about MySQL is probably the trademark.
Re: Hourses for courses?
> Large files served up fast?
> Lots of scope for the "adult entertainment" market perhaps?
The problem with that is you have to be copying to another copy of the relevant hardware or you are going to bottleneck immediately on whatever that other thing is (network,storage).
It's like getting excited that your new spinny disk can do reads at 160MB/s when everything reading from it will be bottlenecked by GigE and limited to a mere 100MB/s at best.
Re: What I can never understand...
> WHY DO YOU CARE SO MUCH WHAT APPLE DOES??
Raving fanboys were talking as if Apple was going to take over the world and subject everyone to their nonsense regardless of whether or not we actually wanted it.
Geeks deprived of choice tend to lash out. This works for idle threats and being told that we're obsolete and irrelevant.
Pay back's a bitch.
Re: A twunt of the highest order
> Beer because I swear Bill Cosby is drunk half the time.
The dude is ancient. He's probably not drunk. It's probably just some form of dementia.
Re: I think Rush needs to get out more
> Why does he have to attach politics to computer based products?
He's a raving fanboy and his day job is conservative radio troll.
> Do you really think that people still buy the iPhone because of the name, or manufacturer / "badge"?
Although that is a far less meaningful declaration now that Apple has become a minority player.
However there are plenty of crap products that manage to thrive (likely through marketing and critical mass).
Re: In case anyone really cares about why this happened
What happened is that a US regulatory body was overridden by the President.
This is like Bush contradicting the EPA on climate change.
Samsung managed to meet whatever burden they needed to achieve for the relevant lower level beaurocrat. It's just that someone higher up the food chain overrode that.
That should be disturbing regardless of your brand or party affiliation.
Re: People are like golden retrievers!
> Why so serious?
> But seriously, if I saw that the first thing I'd do is call the police and hide in a closet. That would scare the shit out of me.
Run in the house, arm the alarm, and load the shotgun.
Re: How is it different from a Smart Android Dongle?
> HDMI is less functional and less convenient.
That would be my main interest in this thing. Already got the HDMI thing going on now and it seems like far too much of a kludge.
For $200 you can get an entire ION system ready made from the local electronics retailer.
If they're trying to charge $200 for just an Atom board with no spiffy GPU, then they are simply on crack.
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