148 posts • joined 7 Apr 2009
There goes my weekend.
I have no idea what to look for but I suspect that once I start tonight there will be a time dilation effect whereby it is suddenly Monday morning and my very angry wife is reminding me that its time to go to work and that I might want to eat/shower
No doubt they will get to pick it up for a bargain discount price while all the original investors get pennies in the pound back!
Makes for an interesting business plan
1) get company to commit to manufacture something that it probably wont be able to meet its targets
2) cancel very expensive contract based on breach of targets and force company to declare bankruptcy
3) pick up companies remains for nothing and get good PR for rescuing American manufacturing/job - Profit!
Re: It's free....
Wasn't the ooxml standard the one that Microsoft was pushing so that it could comply with European requirements that documents be saved in a standard format.
I can't understand your logic on why open/libre office wont work with Microsoft formats. Microsoft is the dominant player, a big argument for not using open/libre office is because of the lack of interoperability with everyone else using Office and the legacy of office documents laying around that is only compatible with MS products.
There is absolutely no reason why libre/open office devs wouldn't want their product to work with Microsofts.
On the flip side there are some very solid reasons that Microsoft wouldn't want competitors to be able to work with their products.
There is a good quote from wikipedia
If ISO were to give OOXML with its 6546 pages the same level of review that other standards have seen, it would take 18 years (6576 days for 6546 pages) to achieve comparable levels of review to the existing ODF standard (871 days for 867 pages) which achieves the same purpose and is thus a good comparison.
Considering that OOXML has only received about 5.5% of the review that comparable standards have undergone, reports about inconsistencies, contradictions and missing information are hardly surprising
If MS simply said that the format is closed and will not be made available, I would be fine with that.
The fact is that they forced a standard through ISO so that they could pretend to governments and organisations that their formats were based on open standards and that they wouldn't locked into a single vendor for ever.
Re: It's free....
yeah because there was no controversies over OOXML being 'fast tracked' through ISO certification with vote stacking and bribery etc.
Also, not sure what other major players actually support ooxml?
Nothing wrong with a company making money. I have nothing against the office 365 product but anyone who thinks that Microsoft aren't trying to draw people in so they can then lock them in using any means possible have drunk way too much kool-aide.
Re: Fundamental disagreement
on a similar vein i'm sick of recent releases of firefox trying to nanny my connections.
I stopped using firefox on linux as it simply refused to allow me to connect to a webmail portal on a server that I own that had a certificate with an invalid CN name. Yes I expect a warning but I also expect to be able to click through the warning to get to the page I want. I simply couldn't find the setting to allow to me to get through even after disabling all security checks I could find in the menu.
Then last night I was using firefox mobile and was getting OCSP errors that I had to disable in about:config to get it to run.
It simply takes too much tinkering just to browse the web.
Guy who sells equipment to created a tiered internet is against net neutrality!
Re: Lowest-cost archive medium
This makes me wonder if there might a business model for a consumer level tape backup service.
You register, I send you a prepaid mail back which you put your hdd/dvd/bluray etc and send in.
I move all the data to tape and send you back the tape with an index file of everything that has been copied over.
Restores work in the same fashion.
Yes its a slow service but I would take a yearly option to have that done for piece of mind.
they don't have the images.
They have a list of hashes provided by a child protection agency (or similar)
you have a fair point.
just goes to show that proverbially, once you've gotten away with murder, you will always assumed to be guilty.
not surprised on either front
Considering BT got away with the whole Phorm thing, its no surprise that ICO once again doesn't care what they do.
average user suffers again
yes, how dare someone who is buried in a concrete jungle and can't receive standard free to air broadcasts throw a few pennies to a company that is prepared to pick up the signal for them.
The user still sees all the adds in the original transmission which is not manipulated and which is all the compensation the broadcaster would receive from people out in the suburbs.
Yes technically it is retransmission but its just the cartels being bastards, The broadcaster just saw
an opportunity to double dip and went for it.
and lol at the portrayal of media companies as the plucky underdog!
ah good to see the kettle calling the pott black!
Re: The words in the title
I'm not in a DevOps team but there is a fairly sizeable one in the company I work at.
I recently sat through a presentation on how the DevOps team have setup their own architecture and it was the mother of all bundles of duct-taped cats!
They had hundreds of individual web servers with a one to one relationship to an application server.
Each application server only ran a single app and each app had a number of point to point connections to other app servers as well as back end infrastructure.
Absolutely no thought to scaling (except though more VMs at it) or performance outside of individual components.
They recently had an outage as the load of connections spread across two data centre sites were swamping the load balancers.
This was my first exposure to a DevOps environment so it may be affecting my view of the process as a whole, however I think that the majority of people will never be good at multiple roles but will never admit it.
The one thing that I did like was that whoever made a code release was on oncall support for the next 48 hours so there was a lot of incentive to make sure it wasn't going to fail.
Re: Like a motorway, perhaps?
I would say that its more like Apple pay ComCast City to build them a separate motorway/Lane for them and pay for the maintenance.
This then provides incentive for ComCast city to spend less on the common motorway in the hopes that other cities will pay for their own dedicated motorways because the existing ones are falling into disrepair.
how is it vulnerable?
Maybe I'm being slow today but I can't see how this would affect 99.5% of the user base.
If you put the device on your home network then any service that it exposes will be restricted to the home network.
If it is accessible from the web via a intermediate cloud service then the access controls can be restricted by the company running the service to require a password rather than having to physically update all the devices.
Yes, if you go to an internet cafe etc then you may be vulnerable to whoever is also connected to the network or if you've set your nas to sit in your DMZ however if you can do that you probably know enough to not have a no password access.
Not saying that its not a nasty security issue that needs to be resolved but not sure its worth doom prophecy of the article.
There are some strange points in this article.
It states that Netflix drops Cogent and peers with Comcast directly because of congestion. Presumably Netflix still delivers traffic to ISPs other than Comcast so they are infact paying twice.
Are Netflix now paying less for their Cogent bill as well as having to pay Comcast?
Why are netflix raising their costs to cover the new peering arrangements?
The reasoning that performance was poor because of congestion seems extremely odd seeing as soon as the Netflix cheque cleared the congestion magically disappeared! Either Comcast have a magical way of adding capacity to their networks or there is something fishy going on there.
I have heard that Cogent tend to skimp on their peering infrastructure and I would much rather some action to get that fixed rather than the slippery slope we are heading down.
If a ISP can feel free to ignore is public backbone commitments in exchange for juicy dedicated peering contracts where do you think we will be in 10-15 years.
Also calling this article as non-idealogical with all the references to 'well-funded net neutrality' and beardies etc while ignoring associated campaigning by big ISPs is frankly disingenuous at best
Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again
What 3 year degree course are you referring to?
I guess if your teaching a business course or similar then I could see the justification for it but I wouldn't call it IT skills
I don't want to get into a slanging match here but if you are only teaching students vendor specific base level products such as Office etc then I would suggest you are not teaching them IT skills.
grocery stores complaining
Of course grocery stores complain about the cost of the food they sell.
Large chains often manipulate the market so that they pay less at the expense of farmers. Do you think Tesco and co would have ended up selling horse if it wasn't a race to the cheapest supplier?
Re: As much as I hate to say this....
Except BTs network was originally provided by the tax payer.
If BT are worried they lack the capital for infrastructure investment then maybe they should have just spent a godzillion £ on TV rights.
Re: A problem in the making...
There may be multiple components to it but it is still a one off cost.
I've been lucky enough to get some good training in my career but it never came with a pay rise! I did get a pay rise after training once but it came with a new position/title/responsibilities so I don't think that counts
If the company is losing people after training them then I suspect the salary package wasn't appropriate to start with in which case the .
In the context of the article if you switch to a cheaper supplier then you may still be vendor locked but then you are with Cisco currently anyway.
Re: A problem in the making...
Its not always easy to focus on QoS.
As much as I hate myself for saying there is always going to be a QoS to cost ratio that needs to be considered. If you can get a slightly inferior product in terms of feature or performance for 1/2 the cost then you are probably mad not to take it (usual disclaimers about product having to actually be fit for purpose etc)
Also I hate seeing training always brought up in these discussions. Training is a once off cost (per employee granted) but as long as you are locked into an expensive solution those hardware/support costs will keep reoccurring.
I guess what i'm saying is that due diligence should be performed where the bean counters have input to the decision process but not a controlling interest.
I get how it hides itself in a shared library once its installed but how does it get there in the first place?
Presumably you would need root permissions install the shared library. Is there an update system compromised or could it be a rogue sysadmin?
If nothing else, the should get the RIAA etc industries involved because GCHQ must have copied and used LinkedIns content without permission.
Wonder who would win? ;)
Re: Ch Ch Ch Changes
when was the last time you were on ./ So many promotions badly disguised as stories.
Its not ruined yet but certainly spend a lot less time there than I did
Re: Some rules do need to be tightened
And the tactic works all too well.
I had a conversation with my mother not that long ago that I started by moaning about having to take my belt off when going through an airport checkpoint.
I said that next they will be wanting us to strip naked and then fly in airline provided surgical gowns.
My mum replied that so long as it keeps us safe from terrorism that's ok.
I'm still not sure whether to be angry or depressed at her attitude.
The USPTO certainly shares a good chunk of the blame.
It could have been Google, IBM, Msft or a host of other however, as usual it wasn't. They could also grab the patent and then not use it offensively however they don't do that either.
Plenty of blame for both parties.
I haven't time to read the interview transcript but does Woz actually says anything like that?
The quote says that he wants them to work together rather than singling out either company for not wanting to share.
Some flame bating from the author perhaps? Especially given Apples refusal to licence any of its 'patents' and quick to throw a sue-ball tendencies.
Re: Nexus 4 owner here - caveat emptor
I'm not sure what you mean by build quality issues in the nexus 4. I have one and the only complaint is the glass back but I use a cover so its not an issue anyway.
I have never noticed any screen inaccuracies and get 2 days battery use with light usage (including background tasks that sync backups and lot of push messages).
I don't use the camera much but the odd pics I take with it seem ok to me.
I wont be getting the Nexus 5 (unless something happens to my N4) and am hoping that a Ubuntu/Tizen/Sailfish phone gets up and running for my next phone because I'm not 100% comfortable with the direction that Google/Android is heading.
I find it funny that you think that Apple do hardware right after so many issues with home button breaking, dust in the screen in the 3's, various antenna issues in the 4, 5s accelerometer etc. It is a high quality product but not so good that its worth putting on a pedestal!
so the same committee that basically said move along, nothing to see here is now going to be in charge of determining if the laws need changing.
Anyone willing to offer odds on them making a proposal that simply requires all data to be routed through GCHQ with criminal charges against anyone who dares to question what is being collected. Of course the wording will be slightly different because they are doing it for our benefit and of course lets not forget TERRORISTS!!1!.1!1!!! with a side order of Think of the Children!
Re: Google's ISP ambitions
Why would you think its a backhaul rather than a simple saturation of the airwaves?
"Far from being gratuitous harvesters of private information, in practice we focus our work very carefully and tightly against those who intend harm. The law requires it. All our internal controls, systems and authorisation levels are built accordingly and subject to independent inspection and oversight."
how do they know which bits are interesting unless they grab it all and then analyse it?
If all internal controls, systems and authorisation levels are built around focused searches then which ones are there to cover the drag nets ones they have been caught doing?
<quote>Apple's argument was that since the iPhone is more than a phone (e.g. Is a computer/music player/games machine as well as a phone)</quote>
Well maybe they shouldn't have named it an IPhone then ;)
Re: Steam on Linux
I have the exact same setup as you (Mint 13 instead of Ubuntu) and it worked as soon as I installed the Nvidia drivers through the proprietary repository.
It was a single click process so I'm a little dubious as to whether i'm feeding a troll.
I don't play a lot of games these days but every now and then one comes along that I *have* to have. The last one was XCOM: Bureau. If that had of come out for Steam Linux I think I would have finally blown away my windows partition and freed up my SSD to move my linux partition on there.
A couple of big brand exclusives would probably be enough to build up a critical mass.
Re: Same old same old.....
Agreed, my last phone was a Desire Z. Loved the phone but never received an update and there were a number of very annoying bugs that were never patched.
Good hardware, woeful support.
Re: DR - never important until you need it
That makes it tricky then. I would be highly concerned at corrupted backup files.
Might need to update your asset registry with application version levels as well as OS
</quote>The real lesson here is "add the php config files to the nightly backup set."</quote>
except I don't think that would have worked here.
from memory the version of PHP that came with earlier versions of Centos didn't require a config entry to allow for short tags, its only in newer versions.
Even if you had the original config files it would still fail. At least that was my experience going from centos 4 to 6 where I had the original config.
DR - never important until you need it
Part of your DR plan is always about having a location to put it!
also no DR plan works the first time so an actual disaster shouldn't be the first time you implement it. It should be tested until the most junior tech can make it work
If they had a alternate data centre with 'gobs of storage' why wouldn't you have copies of the VM already stored and tested ready to bring up and have the latest backup data restored to it.
Also if you're having to build from scratch why would you install a different OS version? wouldn't you put in place the exact same version?
I was bitten by the php short tags depreciation a couple of months ago but it was for a planned migration so it wasn't panic inducing.
Re: Waste of time
How long before the message will be,
"Widget detected. Design too similar to patented product. You cannot print this model without buying licence"
Re: Sell it like this
ah except opting out wont be any faster because the filter is now at the isp level rather than at your house.
So every request made will have to be checked for naughty content and then checked against the "dirty people who want to see naughty things" list before you get to the good stuff.
Slower internet for everyone. Hurray!
Pint because i'm really depressed at where the world is heading and this might numb the pain for a few minutes
Re: No wonder Linux is falling apart
How many times does it need to be said. The kernel != Linux.
And you moaning about new versions highlights Linus' previous rant perfectly where devs were trying to sneak features into a patch that was meant to be for fixes only.
So basically he's trying to get everything stabilised and fixed while people constantly keep trying to submit new features and buggy/uncompiled code. And for this service that he is performing everyone keeps slinging shit at him for not being polite.
Give me a fucking break!
Re: Let me see if i got it right...
you really think he cares enough about what other people think to have to make up excuses to have a rant? People seem to really have it in for him considering they know nothing about whats going on!
um you do realise that Chrome uses the Linux kernel...
I don't think he's in any danger of having to do a programming job any time soon and I doubt he would be interested in a suit and tie management role anyway.
Re: (ab)using a position of power
Do you really think that someone that created the kernel that is used in millions of machines around the world (data centers etc) is ever going to be out of work for long?
How many people have to put up with it? It's a mailing list for an open source project...
Re: I'm torn
The problem is that everyone is viewing his rants out of context.
Even the article that states "Torvalds tore into Sharp’s kernel boss" . He didn't actually tear into him. He tells him that he needs to stop letting people use him to commit code that they know shouldn't be committed.
His rants are always about experienced people doing things that they know damn well they shouldn't be doing.
Maybe its not the right way to deal with it but bloody hell people just love to jump up and down, I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry at the indignant rage that was spouted when he 'threatened' to kill peoples pet hamster that were submitted bloated features to what should be a fix-only kernel patch.
I guess the people here who are offended are the type to mark code stable that hasn't been compiled ;)
Re: @Peter - don't rub it too hard
ok, ill bite here
AND that Linux hasn't really innovated much since 64 bitness and multi-processors arrived - apart from bug fixes, support for new hardware and a bunch o' stuff under the hood that users neither see nor care about.</quote>
So what else do you want other than a stable, well supported system?
Especially as this is the kernel and not Linux itself. i.e stuff the user doesn't see until it breaks
Would you rather they spend all their time creating new icons instead.
Re: Insecure server makes it OK?
I don't think there was a 'hack' however.
It was a poorly coded page that allowed you to enter random ICCID's it returned the customers details.
Its not like they triggered a vulnerability in the web server that allowed them access to files on the server etc.
missing the point
Maybe i've been a bit spoilt in the companies that i've worked for recently but why the hell isn't personal information stored encrypted in the first place? Its really not that hard to setup and requires minimum overhead.
Aside from that I would still want to be notified if my personal data has been leaked regardless of its encryption state!
Re: Giving for free, whilst the Security Agencies have to dig for it
agreed In this case the line is crap unless there is a free mobile plan somewhere that I don't know about.
The problem is that this 'better service' will only be for those who are prepared to pay extra every month.
Fancy reading the news as it happens rather than in 4 hours when our network traffic dies down. That will be 10p per page thanks.
If the base price of the package dropped then maybe that could work however I think pink unicorns falling from the skies would be more likely.
Re: Dear El Reg - Create a jobs section
agreed but at least they are marking them as promo now.
Its an election year with the incumbent government looking likely to be removed by a huge majority.
Once the election is over normal service will resume.
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