534 posts • joined Friday 12th June 2009 21:20 GMT
Yeah and it turns out its 2000 not the 1000 I was sure they initially announced so a good year or two yet! :(
Re: Crack this...
That having been said I'm only 4 votes off a silver badge so hands off the reg account!!
Re: Crack this...
That's just the point, nobody will because the juice isn't worth the squeeze. Facebook is not a bank so why would I set a hard password? Yahoo is of so little value to me that I doubt I'd act even if it was "hacked".
Not quite in the same league as the far more comprehensive Google study from the last decade which also covered heat and humidity among other failure factors.
You're probably also one of those people who zooms in on photos to test the Retina display...
I can definitely tell the difference between old iPad and retina iPad as well as MBP and rMBP when displaying photos and can honestly say that more dots would be better. Currently neither device is even close to what my DSLR outputs, or even my iPhone camera, and I am sure the photos would look better for it whether I can see the dots or not.
A good example I have is a photo of a marina. Without the Retina display some of the yacht rigging is invisible and some has jagged edges. With one, more of the rigging is visible and it is smooth edged. With a 4K resolution I would expect all of the rigging to be shown smoothly regardless of distance. Whether you can see the difference or not isn't important, it's whether there are enough people who need/want the device who can see the difference and are willing to pay for it.
As for the rumour, I'd be surprised if that resolution is used as it's just too different, forcing a change in form factor which is rare for Apple.
Re: To sum up
"What I do not see yet is which cloud this will sit in"
The Azure/Office 365 EU cloud I'd imagine in Ireland and Netherlands which, given that it's not sensitive data will be absolutely fine and (apparently) not subject to the Patriot Act. All this info is on the MS website if you choose to read it, the solution is actually pretty good now albeit still with a few limitations. The data centre will certainly not be in England (or UK) though, they don't have one which has been publicly disclosed for the cloud here and given how specific the documentation is I doubt they have an undisclosed cloud DC here either. There's an outside chance they might add an Azure pod to one of the Microsoft Corp DCs just for government of course, MS love to win government contracts one way or another :)
"If I were Apple? It's time for serious price cuts to the 5C"
Then thank goodness you are not Apple, since you don't understand their business at all. What people often seem to ignore is that computers and other technology really has not gotten cheaper over the last decade, it's actually quality dropping causing price cuts. Look at the MacBook range, cost is similar to a decent PC a decade ago and quality is excelent with attention to engineering where it counts (battery life a good example). Other vendors have laptops of this quality and they all cost similar. Now look at your "free" android phone and tell me if it's as good as a top end Samsung from last year. It's not, it's a worse phone in every respect and yet you're expecting Apple to sell last years quality model for less just because they have a better one out. Apple really don't need the business that badly, and the only way they would go bankrupt is if they race to the bottom with HTC etc. or if product quality and innovation stop - which is what killed RIM rather than price since if you'll recall RIM did have cheap crappy phones.
So Apple are selling fewer iPhones than before then? No? Aaah so market share percentage is a pointless measure of success then....glad you kept us in the loop :)
Re: @dogged (was: One point that is often conveniently forgotten ...)
"Can't you nazis get it through your heads - it's my human system and if I want to fuck it up that's my choice."
Do it in a cupboard and we'll leave you alone. Do it next to us and we will bother you about it. That doesn't make us Nazis, that just means we don't like what you're doing. I wouldn't like you sitting next to me if you shit your pants so why would I like you blowing your crap in my face?
Drinking alcohol sensibly is not the same as this since none of the alcohol ends up near other people. A drunk pissing on your desk is more like what;s happening here. There may not be alcohol in it but I still don't want it anywhere near me...
Re: Is this a story?
@15:56 GMT Anonymous Coward
This is some of the most sense I've seen on the Reg recently, shame you went AC.
Re: What's the target audience/use case?
This is what separates Apple from Samsung. At Samsung, a geek says "we should make X which is similar to what we have but with bigger screen" and the boss says "go for it". At Apple the boss says "WHY?!" and it only gets made if there is a good reason.
Re: "Just" 50,000 units sold
Sold into the channel, not to customers...
Re: "geeks who are hard to work with"
You mean typing as a geek who failed to implement what management wanted and then had to bodge something to save face. The problem is that most geeks have zero clue how a business works, and the vast majority think that lowering cost is always a good thing which often leads to underspeccing a solution which leads to failure when spending a little more would have given enormous business value.
The reason why people are outsourcing (what this article and the above comments are actually about) is because of geeks who are hard to work with. Many companies I speak to prefer the uptime record of Azure to having whiney geeks in their building who hold up projects.
Of course the reason I had to clarify that this is about outsourcing is because most of the geeks writing and reading the register have no idea what a cloud is. It's perfectly possible to have a cloud strategy with no outsourcing. It's perfectly possible to have a cloud strategy without having equipment outside your building. NIST have written and published a very clear definition of cloud which the main vendors adhere to. If a few more people read this (I'm looking at you Reg hacks) then there would be a lot more understanding instead of BS around cloud technology.
Well, lets hope he doesn't get chosen. The fact that Microsoft are willing to spaff billions on these projects is what makes them a great software house. I'd love to see Office properly supported on iOS but not if it's done to please shareholders and ends with driving Microsoft into the ground.
In the grand scheme of things 10k is very little, surely the government could find this somewhere and buy them a new roof?!
Good to see HP stepping up for the scanning. Obviously not entirely out of the goodness of their hearts but kudos nonetheless.
Re: Answering the Or's
@Coconnor55 I'm curious, is the elastic band there because it's easy, because the design was poor, or because 3D printing couldn't produce something with a robust closure mechanism?
I don't mean offense at the "design was poor" btw I'm just curious about 3D printing and have been told it has many and varied downsides.
Re: @ Steve Evans
@Nuke realistically using a DSLR with a hole to the outside world will nadger the sensor quickly enough with dust and muck that keeping interchangeable lenses may not be viable for long. Many photography/camera books explain this as the sensor becomes charged in use and therefore sucks crap towards it. You had a good point though.
The Fandroids will be along shortly to moan about recycling and why it would be madness to integrate CPU and switch on a chip since they won't be replaceable...
IBM do use these patents. They use them to make money in order to fund research and development into new products and ideas. They hold many patents for disk drives and CPU production - the microdrive came from their research into quantum storage. The research failed but they used what they learned to make a traditional drive platter fit into a CF slot. IBM do this all the time, and that is their business model.
Patent trolls on the other hand, do no new research and charge for patents which they often bought in. IBM have probably done more for the industry than any other single company so if they want to profit from their work I say let them as long as they are genuine claims.
That's the last thing you want before an IPO. One of the few companies that wouldn't actually need staff to remain profitable in the foreseeable future taking you to court for patent infringment. To be fair to IBM they did help to crush the wind out of Santa Cruz Operation so it's not like they are usually the evil ones.
I'd imagine this would come down to how long Big Blue have ignored the infringements and whether they waited for the money to roll in. If they didn't defend for several years previous it could go either way.
Or maybe join us in the future, buy a tablet and stop printing so much stuff out :)
Re: "everything is going to go at the speed of the lowest common denominator"
I actually disagree with this. In my experience on networking and storage it's entirely possible for things to go slower than the lowest common denominator. For instance if you misconfigure link aggregation of two GbE NICs, it's possible and probable that you'll get nowhere near 1GbE from it due to flip floppery in the network yet the slowest component might still be 1GbE.
The article was great though, if only more people would take note of the lessons.
Re: What do they have to hide?
I agree, the problem is only so large because so much government dealings are "secret". Given we elected them, realistically the vast majority of what these people say in meetings should be recorded and made public. Obviously there are exceptions for genuine security reasons, but everything else should be completely on the record and publicly available.
"you cant do that with some recent devices...particularly fruity firm devices - the iPad and Macbook Air spring to mind here."
And you can't fit that old upgradeable laptop through a gap 8mm wide. Consumers have voted with their feet, and although several people are very bitter that they are not on the winning side, that doesn't change the fact that the rest of us voted for portability.
Yes, your shitty old laptop is more usable now you fitted an SSD, but my iPad Air is more usable because I have it with me. Win for the iPad.
Yes, your shitty old laptop is upgradeable so you can keep on flogging that dead horse, but my MacBook Air doesn't cause permanent damage to my back while carrying it in a bag around London.
Yes, you may be able to replace your old battery, but I don't even need to carry the power supply because my modern devices last 12 hours with constant use while yours, even with your new battery and hours of cocking around with settings and stopping services, probably lasts "up to 4 hours" which we all know means 2 hours of actually using it.
No I can't upgrade my stuff, but it's so much nicer that I'm not bothered by that at all and will continue to buy the new versions while selling the old ones for slightly less than I paid a couple of years later - I lost around £100/year on the old iPad which works out at pennies per hour of usage. You may think I hate the environment, but in that time you've probably binned a lot more kit than I have!
Re: VMware Snapshots? For real?
"I do not know VMware Snapshots"
Then you'd probably be best not commenting on them. VMware snapshots are the work of the devil and should never be kept beyond 24 hours unless something really catastrophic makes removal impossible.
VMware snapshots are backward looking, and designed to be discarded when testing is complete, so the new data is put in a separate place which must be checked prior to accessing the original data. Two snapshots and you check two places. SAN generally uses forward looking snaps where new data "replaces" the old data in the original image so performance is generally unaffected until you perform a restore.
Yes, snapshots do have a place in backup, just not VMware ones. It's also arguable that you want your data out on the SAN as well rather than in a VMDK. Encapulation isn't always a good thing, and large data sets are more manageable using SAN tools directly on many SANs. NetApp is the poster child for this, where any VSS application such as Exchange or SQL lives on the SAN and is backed up directly and separately to the VM which just houses software.
"Are there any alternative models of the universe that explain the missing mass?"
@Dave 52, yes the creationists have a quite popular theory. Of course that one only works if science becomes a voting system rather than relying on any kind of evidence :)
Re: We know and they know
What do you mean unlikely to happen. Two years is plenty to design, test, build and launch a completely new space going vehicle, surely?
Re: Serve them right @Lusty
Oh I didn't realise we define easy as 10 seconds now. Not sure how you get a battery delivered in 10 seconds though, I'd imagine in reality the whole process is probably similar in time to the Apple process, and a quality battery from the phone vendor is probably similar money too. The difference being that Apple devices look nice and pack more into the case because they don't have a door and a big plastic battery to accommodate.
"you’re camped outside an Apple Store ahead of tomorrow’s launch of the iPad Air"
Ummm do you live in Australia? Almost the whole planet will have to wait until the day after tomorrow, 1st November, for their shiny fix...
Re: Look everyone
Oh I'm sure you could give examples of big documents being created in the suite. That doesn't make it suitable and doesn't make your experience pleasant, it just means that you carried on regardless. But at least you could skin the environment to match your desktop du jour.
Re: Serve them right
"I've never bought a landfill phone without a replaceable battery"
Are there any phones available without replaceable batteries? I feel you're trying to make a point about Apple, but since everyone with an IQ over 4 (ie most Apple users according to Reg commentard fandroids like yourself) knows that iPhone batteries are easily replaceable your point seems to be that your IQ is less than this :/
Re: Look everyone
@AC When I say gifted I mean that it wasn't written by the open source community but was a commercial product to which the source was opened when it failed commercially. Libre Office may be OK for many people, but it's far from being on a par with Office 2003 and certainly not up to writing large documents. My experience is based on continual use of Linux in various forms over the last 17 years. Yes you're right it's nice to have a nice text editor, but having 200 variations of a text editor and one very poor copy of Visio isn't helping the platform gain users on the desktop. All I'm saying is that it's time we either accept that Linux will never catch on for mainstream desktop use, or some of the open source coders will need to start coding things for other people to use instead of writing a new GUI or text editor every couple of months.
I'm not bashing Linux, I'm not bashing the coders. All I'm saying is that the coders fascination with installers, GUIs and text editors is doing more harm than good in terms of adoption rate. I say these things not because I dislike Linux but because I want it to succeed. I also say these things because I know that if some of these talented coders set about trying to fix the actual problems they would have it cracked in a matter of months.
Re: Fondleslab Disc?
@AC your comment is the opposite of why Apple are the top of this game. There are too many geeks who think whacking in a bigger screen and disk and just making it a few mm thicker are a good idea. This is the sort of mentality that made it so shocking that Apple brought out the MacBook Air and then the iPhone and the iPad - in every case they removed the extra crap that a portable device doesn't need to make a device that was portable enough that people actually started taking the devices with them and using them. You want a bigger device, buy a desktop. You want something portable, deal with less disk space :)
Sorry, couldn't see the correction link on this story
It's SCVMM, and "System Center Virtual Machine Manager" rather than SCVM and "Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager "
Re: BAD idea
"Brilliant idea, clearly just at v0.5, but upgradeable"
Yeah genius. Just at the time the whole industry is moving away from this sort of thing. PCs are dying on their ass and laptops are getting so small there's no room for even a DIMM module. I agree that lots of geeks like this sort of thing, and the downvotes I'll get for this will prove that Reg readers think this is a winner. A good business model though? I really strongly doubt it.
Sorry missed that :)
If this ever hits a fondleslab it would be a crap one. The iPad is 7.5mm thick and needs to include case and screen in that so this 7mm drive would make a tablet huge. This is also spinning disk so the tablet would be slow as mollasses and open to all sorts of mechanical failure to boot.
Re: Look everyone
@AC you're right the apps are a little better than they used to be, although in the list you gave you included a text editor, a commercial browser that was gifted and a pointless fork of the office suite that was gifted to the community which kind of backs up my point a bit - most of the coders are not working on apps for normal people to make the shift and as such Linux will never be mainstream. In the years I've been using Linux I've seen the massive rise of OSX, the rise and fall of Symbian, the rise of iOS and Android with full and rich application ecosystems being created for each and every one of them. In that time Linux has changed a lot less than people around here seem to think it has, the fact that @asdf is still babbling about drivers shows this well. If they weren't an issue it wouldn't even come up, but I still have driver issues on my standard HP Elitebook with Red Hat, Debian and Ubuntu even before I get to having no applications. Since I only use it for server admin it suits me fine as I have a browser and an SSH shell but when I need to do documentation I need Windows, Office and Visio. When I want to watch a BluRay movie I need Windows or OSX to do so legally and without messing about too much. The list goes on...
@Jedidiah, Microsoft can redesign the desktop as much as they like, they already own the desktop market because of the reasons I said above and so can now move back from apps to OS design if they like.
@tracyanne - go on then, share with the world what you DO with your Linux machine and perhaps I'll accept your point. Any fool can install the OS and call themselves a Linux user, what I'm saying is that there is then a limit as to what you can do with that computer due to a lack of finished applications.
@asdf if you delete the xterm icons you'd have even fewer applications to use!
If you mean from KVM then yes, you just P2V the VM and call the operation a V2V. I can't think of a reason Microsoft would make a tool to migrate to KVM, or even a reason large Microsoft deployments would consider KVM as a hypervisor since it lacks a lot of the surrounding cloud tools and infrastructure that Microsoft provide. SCVMM and other SC tools have moved on a lot recently and have even started making VMware look like they need to catch up a bit. KVM may be a good solution for those with a lot of Linux in the environment but it's no better or worse as a hypervisor than Hyper-V or ESXi, and Hyper-V would already be licenced in a Windows environment.
Going from VMware to Hyper-V there are some really great tools for mass migration available to MS partners.
We've redesigned the desktop. Again. Applications? Nah someone else will do those...
This is why Linux has never and will never catch on for the desktop. All of the development for desktop Linux for the past 17 years that I've used it has been on the installer, the desktop "experience" and text editors. Oh, and GIMP, GIMP is pretty good.
I've seen very little evidence of any applications being written to meet the needs of the users once they start using their computer. Even the office suite was a gift, and most of what happened to that since is the UI.
Sadly I don't think this will ever change because there are two kinds of users on Linux. Those using it as a server, and those writing the OS. Because nobody gets paid to write the stuff they won't use they don't write that stuff so all of the other types of user in the world turn to Windows or OSX. It's sad really, when I first saw it, it seemed like such a good idea.
Re: Ribboned for your pleasure
"'I'm American so I don't know the nuances of when English people say "uni" vs. "university"'
Of course the Oxford English Dictionary does include the word Uni separately, so perhaps that American knows British English better than certain obnoxious posters on this thread. Certainly better than those who think using Uni to shorten University is done to look trendy but for some reason shortening enough to 'nuff isn't.
"They wouldn't need "permission" under the copyright "fair use" policy where extracts are permitted for "reviews""
You consider publishing several full resolution copies of the copyright work to be an extract? I think photographers worldwide would disagree with you. Had they been low resolution versions or crops then I would agree with you but what you're suggesting is akin to me reviewing the Harry Potter series and posting the full text of several of the books with the article. Copyright law quite clearly says this is not cool.
"But how many people do you know that refer to gibibyte"
Actually the majority of enterprise storage vendors now differentiate between GiB and GB in their toolsets. Well Dell, HP and NetApp certainly do. The ones who are not playing ball are the OS vendors who are the only ones who could fix it. When you buy a hard drive of 1TB from a vendor, Windows should call it 931GiB so that morons would stop moaning about "formatting losses" and then articles like this would not be needed in the future.
"Windows at this point in time charge for new OS"
8.1 was free to 8 owners so you really can't say that until 8.2 comes out and proves you right :)
How to fix a MacBook
Go to an Apple store and hold up the broken shell of your device. Say the following..."Hello 'Genius' I had a whoopsie with my computer thing"
The 'Genius' will then hand you a new one or fix the one you had. They will more than likely also transfer the data to your new device.
Why do I give a crap how hard it is to do anything inside the case? I have people for that dahling.
All the prices are on the web. None of them are £1000 even after your AppleCare ends.
Apple have never responded before yet here they are agreeing to let you republish their copyright images! Perhaps you ought to use this contact to ask all the other burning questions they've ignored recently ;)
Re: I would like to point out...
The thing is, none of the truly successful tech companies have used any of those services while starting up, especially the taking people out to dinner nonsense. In the world of tech, people adopt your service/buy your software/play your game based on what it can do for them generally and these days word of mouth is sufficient advertising if your product is good enough to succeed. Marketing is useless to a startup because they wouldn't be running the type of campaign to need analysis. Lawyers on the other hand are all over the place, but are surprisingly good at working remotely when you ask them to.
Re: Dashed hopes @mmeier
"Your example is flawed.
All cars have standard 12 volt batteries of a standard size."
Your reply is flawed. Cars have in fact widely varying types and sizes of battery. It's true that most of them have a base voltage of 12V but they operate between 11V and 15V with capacities varying from 30Ah to over 200Ah depending on requirements with sizes between probably 15cm and 50cm in length.
But regardless, the reason batteries in iPads are a certain size and shape is because that's the space left over after the electronics go in. If you want a massive tabet with crap battery life then standardise on a square battery and fit stuff around it. If (like many of us) you want nicely designed, small, light devices with battery life in the 10-12 hour range then leave them to it.
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