96 posts • joined Tuesday 7th April 2009 09:18 GMT
Re: So. Linux then.
I'm interested as to how you get to "complete debacle"?
It was running behind schedule but thats about all I could find.
I was curious and so started to look for anything that could back that up. All I came across was a report by HP (disputed by Munich) that was paid for by Microsoft that Microsoft wont even release to back up its findings
Re: Micro USB charging
I would like to see induction charging on a watch.
My watch lives on my bedside table at night next to my phone. If I could just drop it on the charge panel with my phone that would mean it always gets charged.
Micro USB would be handy for the odd occasion that i'm not at home though.
Re: Nokia was right
except when Nokia was busy selling itself out the market was a lot different. There is a good chance that if Nokia had of combined Android with its expertise in making phones then they could at the very least be competitive with Samsung rather than a foot note.
Re: Is this a defence?
Interesting point however its not google associating Herr XXX with something nasty, its google reporting that other people are doing the associating.
If i tell my wife that a work colleague told me that his boss likes hairy dwarves and someone overhears am i liable for slander for reporting what someone else has said?
There could be an argument for slander charges against the bot net renter as they would be aware that they would be creating the association. Obviously that would be almost impossible to track.
Quality and return tracking could use some work.
I have 2 OCZ Agility 3 drives and I am pretty happy with them. I did however have to send one of them back after 2 weeks as after I wrote past 50% capacity of the drive it became non-readable.
Sent it back and it was replaced no questions asked which was fine however their defect/returns tracking web site constantly stated that they hadn't received the drive even though Royal Mail was telling me it was delivered over a week previously. Replacement drive just turned up one day and it has worked fine for the last 12 months
Re: Why Doesn't He Google It?
If you read the second to last paragraph you can see that's exactly what he is trying to do.
<quote>Vocal paralysis isn't a widespread condition, and there is a lack of case-study evidence for the condition. Page, therefore, is asking members of the public to contribute their experiences of the condition to the Voice Health Project.</quote>
Re: As a contractor...
I was in the same boat when I was contracting, I paid my taxes. I know colleagues that have massive daily tax deductions for lunch, transport, client drinks etc and pay very little tax every year.
I also know someone that was involved in a tax scheme that involved them being payed in rubles every quarter etc. They ended up getting audited and received a very nasty back tax payment request from HMRC that they almost lost their house over.
I used to view it as the more tax you pay the less likely HMRC would ever bother investigating; low hanging fruit and all.
Re: do not understand open source ... prefer not to be honest about it
if Open Source == fix your own bloody problems or hope to hell someone else does
Then Closed Source == hope to hell someone else does
Companies can provide open source software that you can download/install/use.
They still control the code for the project and provide fixes or features etc. If you don't like the pace/quality etc of the product then you can take the existing code base, fork it and run it as a community project if you wish.
OpenSource is not always a community of hippys doing things for the good of the IT world :)
As always disclaimer of use the best tool for the job applies :)
Re: Once again...
For the sake of clarity I should point out that the above post is in reply to Wardy1
Re: Once again...
Wow, way to reinforce my point of the view of OpenSource is a decade old!
to be honest I have no idea what your talking about.
I never said we created the corporate code, we use pre-existing projects as well as quite a few Apache products (many of them supported by RedHat directly)
How about having a browse of https://github.com/apache. All the code for various projects is there to download and use at your leisure.
We also use some open source identity management products that you can download the full source code directly from http://forgerock.org/openam.html. Its not on a public github server though so i'm not sure it stands up to your definition of OpenSource == Github !!!!
We are currently looking to migrate some of our Oracle database to PostgreSQL (I can't be bothered to pull the source links, you do it if you want to froth at the mouth some more)
Are you saying that if the source code for a project is not in github then its not opensource or that if there is a single proprietary component that talks to other open source components over standard communication channels then its not open source?
Yes you pay for support for each part, again wtf are you talking about?
I can agree that it means we have multiple support vendors for a solution as you put it. Its not currently caused us any problems but I could see that it may not be appealing to everyone.
Re: Once again...
only if you discount
A) the price
b) the lack of vendor lock in
c) the ability to download/compile/deploy the app ourselves from its source(we usually do that)
d) the ability to move support in house if we want to go to the effort.
e)no forced upgrade cycle (tired of raising a support ticket with IBM only to be told the bug is fixed in the next version and wont be ported back to the version we are using)
f)the ability and general availability of tools to allow you migrate your data to a different platform (related to point b i guess)
f) the ability to add features to the main codebase ourselves (granted, sometimes this does conflict with support agreements)
Its not always the right way to go. Its something you have to evaluate on its merits but drawing parallels from paid support on a freely available opensource product and closed source purchase/support is pretty tenuous
Two things with that statement.
a) it is correct currently but I suspect that it will change eventually. Baby steps to help them swallow the end goal and all that.
b) it is still a barrier to a newbie installing their first non MS distro. Its daunting enough to make that first step sometime without messages that intimate that your machine will be a spam infested, zombie bot by not running the latest Windows OS*
*Disclaimer: I haven't built a machine with UEFI so not sure of the message that pops up when you try and load a different OS.
lol flamebaiting aside, I love the irony in that statement!
Re: Once again...
I think a lot of people have a world view of opensource that is a decade old.
I'm my last 2 jobs I have architectured platforms that were open source that were worlds ahead of equivalent proprietary solution and that's not including RHEL that we use for all our servers.
I will add the disclaimer that I had a significant budget and was happy to pay for support contracts to go with the open source software.
Support for open source product X was about 3/4 the support cost of the proprietary software onto of the huge initial purchase price (don't even get me started on licencing confusion for load balancing VM clusters containing cpus with different thread counts and GHz)
If you simply go to sourceforge and download any random project and expect community support equivalent to what you get throwing lots of £££ around then you will probably be disappointed. However if you do your due diligence and select well established projects backed by companies that offer paid support you will generally come out on top.
Re: HTC One Black - no stock
well for me personally it was after buying the Desire Z for a premium price only to be told later that they wouldn't be updating the O/S even though it could physically support it.
There were also a couple of really annoying bugs with their sms and mail apps that I never received replies to etc.
It was a decent phone on day 1 but I will never buy from HTC again due to their post sale support.
Re: Not really anything to do with Linux....?
well a lot of it isn't. If a box pops up and asks if you want to install dodgy-package.msi and you click yes then it has nothing to do with Windows and more to do with the user.
Historically windows had so many infection vectors that could be exploited without any user interaction however that is, I believe, largely a thing of the past.
I have not said nor inferred otherwise so perhaps you perhaps you could actually think about what your saying before you hit the submit button in future?
Re: Come on El Reg
Android is a whole heap of fun, but its not a place to do business or put personal stuff aboard - but hey, everyone is doing it right!
There is all kinds of wrong with that statement. If you don't install random packages from dodgy warez sites and keep any sensitive details encrypted then you will be as safe as you ever can be with anything online.
If you want to have it made a little easier for you then you can go the walled garden Apple approach. If you want some flexibility/customization/usefulness then you go for Android.
Re: A Linux based OS with malware?
gaah, i don't wont to hear a whooosh but as I read it the malware wasn't in the app itself. I simply provides an advertising window within the app. Now this advertising window will then point at a nasty piece of code that the user will have to click on and install (assuming that they have third party package install allowed).
Not really anything to do with Linux.... ;)
traffic shaping for leccy companies?
I can understand the example of washing machines being switched off to deal with a sudden spike etc. I'm trying to understand why companies that make money by selling you energy would be interested in you using less of it. Maybe i'm being cynical but the only reason that I can think of would be to allow them to maintain (not upgrade/expand) smaller networks and utilize them at 99% similar to the way ISPs do traffic shaping etc.
I guess seeing as the power companies could then sack a whole bunch of meter readers our power bills will go down to reflect the lower operating costs? On a freezing day in hell maybe!
fast track to certification
As someone who has a lot of experience but few certifications in multiple technologies this would be great.
My boss is generally happy to sign off expenses for exams (if you pass) but not so keen on training courses etc.
I would be slightly concerned about the incentive for vendors to make people sit the same exam multiple times though....
I guess as a downside though, the easier certifications are to get the more required they become to get past the HR drones initial resume scan
Re: Hang On
I know i'm replying to a troll but i am curious. Android may be considered dominant but i don't think it is considered a monopoly (yet?). Do the same rules apply as the original Windows/IE decision?
~The fact that he is interested enough in these things to introduce them to a mainstream unfed consciousness is a big plus point, even is it goes a little wonky in the translation.
And I applaud him for that. The problem is that if you present something as fact then please make sure you get it right! Especially as he puts himself forward as a knowledgeable chap. Said mainstream unfed consciousness now may be fed but its just gorged itself on the equivalent of a 2am kebab that isn't going to really do anybody any good :)
Re: Say what?
Excellent, i'm going to buy some land at the end of Hong Kong international airport and charge a traversal fee for any planes entering my airspace
Beer because who would need to work after that!
zombies with keyboards
"This message did not originate from KRTV, and there is no emergency,"
Zombies are clever these days
ah spoken like many BAs we have around here.
Yes, long change lead times suck but we don't do it just because we like to piss off the business. Things like requirements gathering, design and testing (yes you should be doing it) take time.
I try and provide quick turn around Proof of Concept projects or adhoc analytics platforms when possible (budget and time constraints allowing) but some things simply need to be done properly.
I've lost count of the time the business has gone off in a huff because I've quoted 3+ weeks for delivery for a project where the requirements are vague, the required delivery date was last week and there was no budget for it.
Sometimes the business can hack together a solution that works for them and thats fine, usually however they end up crawling back when they have royally ballsed it up and someone is jumping up and down because they have provided the wrong set of numbers.
Re: In choices we trust ...
yes but i would rather choose who I want to trust. I don't want to be told I must trust company X and am not allowed to run anything from company Y.
I run a custom rom on my phone currently, i'm assuming this would make it hard to do things like that.
.com redirect changed as well
The regional redirect so that a UK user going to www.apple.com would be redirected to www.apple.com/uk/ has now also gone so you have to enter the full UK path to get to the 'appology'.
Re: Who's definition of open?
"The key Microsoft file formats, i.e. the Office document types, are all ISO standards."
ahh you would mean the ISO standards that were surrounded in controversy after it emerged that Microsoft rigged/bought off half of the voting members.
Microsoft file formats may have ISO certification but they are certainly not open
For me it has boiled down to sports.
I do like the movie channels but i would be perfectly happy to get movies through a VOD/netflix etc channel.
I've already decided that I'm dropping the subscription but i've been dragging my feet because I like sports (although I don't follow football which is 90% of the sport content)
If Sky Now end up with sports then that would be perfect. Sky can either get £0 from me or £something from me for providing what I want without all the crap i don't wont.
Re: Goddamnit science
I personally hope never!
I always want to be wandering about how the bloody hell X works
Re: FTTH is a waste of time
I think you need to be careful about the above numbers.
Infinity Option 2 (FTTC) 76Mb down 19Mb up £26 per month (plus telephone line rental)
Those speeds are probably only valid if you live within throwing distance of the cabinet and have nice clean copper lines. There will probably be 80% of customer that get +-20MB due to the age/distance of the copper.
At least with FTTH you know you are going to get the speed rather than some vague up to amount
"but it has failed to upset any media incumbents" Considering all the bitching the incumbents do about You Tube I would say they are rather upset. Yes I understand it wasn't in the manner that Andrew meant.
It is hard to provide content legally when no one wants to sell it to you though. I'm not sure You Tube will ever be the home of big names such as Game of Thrones, breaking bad etc but i suspect it will be the formation ground for many successful shows that will go on to be bought up by the big distribution labels.
Can all of the registers please stop fucking around with the naming please.
Every bloody week there is a new money making scheme and it is just going to end up confusing everyone and of course end up with every company having to maintain vast libraries of registrations (yes I know thats the point).
is it time for the registers to be become non-profit companies? I think they've started to lose sight of their purpose!
I find your statement "To be fair, Müller has been more than forthcoming on the subject of his associations with both Oracle and Microsoft as well as various financial institutions" to be genrous to Florian at the least.
From his own admission he was talking with Oracle well before the trial started and then when in a sheer coincidence starts working for them right when the trial starts and for the 'long term'. Now maybe that is just the way it went (Roulette odds for 00 maybe!) but considering the sheer vitrioul that came out of his blog in the lead up to and during the trial I find that highly suspicious.
Especially when it came out that he was flat out wrong about most of what he was spouting. If I was Oracle and he truly was independent of it all, I would be seriously considering rethinking hiring a consultant who was so wrong about things.....
I often wonder if that was why they used to be so popular. They would give a shipping date that was before anyone else and then constantly push it back. I used to be happy paying a premium for their gadgets because I thought I was getting it quickly but in hindsight I think I was just paying extra for hope :)
Erm, if I enter a product name in google it gives me a list of places to get it from and the best price under the heading of "shopping results for X"
I'm not sure its been there since 2008 though i guess.
Still FFS why do they keep granting vague process' patents!
As much as I dislike Conroy for numerous reasons. I really hope he sticks with this.
Yes it is costing a bucketload of cash and I suspect it will increase again several times before its completed (if it ever is) but its rare to see governments investing in this kind of capital infrastructure any more.
Can you imagine how bad it would get if they tried a wireless solution!?!?!
I do think they need to look at the consumer prices though, the listings i saw that were proudly showing how it was competitive with other broadband providers was a joke. Ok so you can compete with Telstra, but thats not saying much. The only people i knew with Telstra broad band were the kind of people that didn't know anything about it and just went with Telstra because they were big name brand. Anyone that had any knowledge went with someone else (Internode where I was) and saved 50% with greater caps.
As someone who switches between solutions architect and various administrator roles I think the problem is on both sides. I've seen plenty of corporate architects thrown down some grand plan which completely ignores things like legacy system interfaces, existing tactical fixes, diferent hardware requirement etc. IT then get lumped with implementing this plan that you can't question because its been delivered by God himself. Once you get bitten by that a few times you natually become wary of it.
On the other hand you do get IT departments that are so set in their ways that any change is exrtemely difficult to get implemented.
I suspect that a lot of push back from IT departments is due to the lack of communications between the architect and IT. IT don't feel like they have any say in what they are being asked to do, I usually find that if you get them involved in the process early then they are much more receptive and often provide useful feeback.
Take the entire IT department out for drinks before you hit them with the plan is also useful :)
patents serve more than one purpose
What a lot of comments miss is that patents also serve as a deterrent against other patent holders/trolls.
The problem is, if all of your patents are FRAND then you effectively can't use them as a defensive patent any more.
For example. Widget maker A holds a lot of FRAND patents which they spent a lot of money to create and are making moderate returns on licensing. Widget Maker B which is paying 1p/unit to Maker A for its FRAND patents then hits Maker A with a £3/unit demand for some design patent that it pushed through the patent office on Friday afternoon just before pub time.
Maker A is effectively unable to use its FRAND patents defensively and so has to remove funcationality from its device. Maker B now has a superior device which it pays very little in royalties for.
"There seems to be a disconnect between what young people perceive a career in IT to be and an acknowledgement of how this translates into the gadgets, smartphones and consoles they use on a daily basis."
hmmm do we really want people who can't join the dots together in something so simple :)
I'm not sure I want IT to be considered a cool industry, I preferred it when it was considered an elite industry and only the dedicated/actually interested wanted to do it. You know, back when it paid better before every man and their dog was an 'IT professional' :)
On an unrelated (and pre coffee) note when the hell did they drop the qualification that to be an IT architect you had to have a big beard and actually know something about the bare metal systems :/
true to form
Ah another AO article bashing google. Good to see the sun still rises in the east!
I'm not sure I heard all the handset makers wailing and ganshing teeth over the nexus phone and as for content, sure there may be more on the iphone however i can still get the kindle client and the play store does movies etc now as well as watching mkv (yes I know Mr O thinks its the worse sin in the world to watch what i own in a way that Big Content doesn't approve of)
I don't remember too many people moaning that the Kindle was being sold at a loss
A modern tablet well under half the price of a Ipad will be nice for those that don't have the luxury of spending a bucket load.
and i can't think of too many parts of the legal system that retroactivly removes things from the public domain i.e changing of copyright lengths.
I think its perfectly fair to say if we provide you with a never-ending monopoly on something then you can't complain too much if people want an easy and reasonable way to access it.
They just need to settle for obscene profits rather than ludicrous.
Re: Google are going to get royally screwed over this
"MS are licensing their patents out to the android makers - which for stuff they've perhaps spend many millions inventing is fair enough, and where it's gone to court the courts have generally agreed with them."
Except its hard to confirm that because they wont allow anyone to talk about what patents they are licencing etc.
"Also, both apple + MS have said that any patents essential for things like 3G, H264, WiFi and so on have to be licensed under FRAND, can't be used to get anything banned"
Of course its not surprising that they would take this stand as they generally don't own as many of those patents.
"If you look at their statements on FRAND and patents in general, MS's is actually the most reasonable"
I know Microsoft were big on their FAT patent which cost a lot of manufacturers
"Basically they don't want android copying iOS (which is fair enough I guess), but that means android can't have slide-to-unlock, nice scrolling and such."
Ah but IOS was happy to take the drop down notification bar a release or two ago....
Re: Google are going to get royally screwed over this
i'm not sure how you can say microsoft are being the good guys here? Didn't this whole drama start over Microsoft collecting money on each Android device sold etc.
Mind you I do agree that playing around with FRAND is going to get you slapped down.
I am curious as to who decides that FRAND applies to a patent as that could be rather annoying for a company to have to licence its patent out for 1p when a stupid patent on something obvious (slide to unlock etc) can go for several £ per device.
Re: Explanation needed?
One thing that pisses me off though is when you get something that is supposedly free to play and then get 10 minutes in and find you need to pay to continue.
Either be a> Free to play and make money off vanity items or b> just charge a reasonable price for the game.
Any company that releases a game, charges for it and then charges for major components in game gets that company banned for life.
"It's hardly an iron grip, though. Bid more money than Sky, and you get the movies. Perhaps someone in Silicon Valley might eventually consider that's money well spent"
Great so let start bidding wars on services leading to (more?) outrageous fees and draconian DRM for everything. Then there will be even more of those nasty freetard pirates that Andrew is always banging on about. But then again big media can do no wrong in your eyes hey?
You only have look at the rediculous money in football/Sky sports to see where this would end up.
dammed if you do
not always a fan of VM but there wasn't much else they could do. They took it to court and lost.
Perhaps annon should be taking on the media industry rather than third parties.
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