2058 posts • joined Monday 15th June 2009 08:00 GMT
Millenium falcon. It might not be computerised but I so wanted a millenium falcon. I wanted a big trak too but never got one.
I did get one of those sideways scrolling LED mini arcarde boxes instead (with coloured acetate along the sides to add a coloured filter). That got played with for quite some time while.
Re: If not free...
there are big strings attached to the £15 offers though otherwise businesses would buy a boatload of perpetual licenses and never bother upgrading. MS would lose money hand over fist without their other business licensing models.
I bought 30 W8 "home" licenses when they were cheap simply because my MS license lets me install whatever I want onto an already licensed machine (it could be win 98 even - ever wonder why win98, ME and 2000 licenses STILL sell on ebay for silly money?).
I cant see them ever giving windows away for free without a serious license overhaul that would force many companies to consider a big linux jump.
Re: EasyNet too
easynet are unbundled though aren't they? I thought they used their own fibre backhaul too.
Re: Err, No
We're running a fairly budget setup, netgear "dumb switch" for iSCSI, 748TS for core. Jumbo frames for iSCSI onto HA R610 cluster. We are using hyper-v though (vanilla 2012 not R2). SQL, exchange, DC and WSUS on VMs with a FOG, squid internet accelerator and openVPN pair of VMs too. So for less than 10k inc VAT we have a SAN and a HA pair of R610s capable of running decent amount of VMs. All with 3 year onsite. So if these new boxes are pitched at SMBs then I wouldn't bother. If they are pitched at DB monsters who want 144TB of SSDs then I'd talk to a specialist about tailoring a SAN.
I don't use the R610 LOM for anything other than DRAC. I put a quad intel card in straight away and run the iSCSI (pair on MPIO) and bonded LAN through that. I cant give you "off the top of my head" iops or throughput but I know I ATTO'd it for shit'n'giggles and got a smidge over 1GBs out of it - so MPIO works ( http://i44.tinypic.com/nqpwg2.jpg ). Never had a single issue in the 6 months ive had it running. I have no idea what controllers are in it. Drives are 600Gb 15k and ive set them up as a carved up raid 6 'cause i'm paranoid (having been burnt on a double drive failure on raid 10 rebuild once); hence the hit on the write performance as you can see.
Compared to our DA disk setup we had in our previous physical servers ive been able to switch OFF the air con in the cabinet since moving to a pair of R610s and they are much smoother (and easier to backup)
Re: Err, No
You can buy a recon MD3200 with 3 years same day onsite from the dell marketplace (thats what I did 6 months ago) for 6k stuffed with 8Tb worth of 15k drives (it was worth it for the same day onsite!). Pick your modules for iSCSI or SAS plus you can expand them and they are proper SANs.
10k here will only buy you the unit so it doesnt seem like a good deal to me. If you are talking about 144TB of SSD then surely the units are peanuts compared to the cost of the SSDs therefore there are much better SANs out there with proven records.
Re: Self driving cars
Granted I passed my car test close to 30 years ago and I needed to stop and apply the handbrake at a stop sign. My class A is only 20 years old and I have to stop and foot down but not necessarily transfer to foot brake as at lights.
Re: Due Diligence
Convince the mob or Yakuza to buy one. That might make them rethink their strategy.
Re: It's not really a surprise
Out of my 6 original OCZ agility drives I have zero functioning (they have been RMAd since). some were replaced with other agility 2's early on - both of these panic locked within 2 weeks - subsequently all were returned at agility 3s. However, of the 4 replaced to agility 3 all 4 are still running I do not know about the other 2 agility 3s(they havent come back to me at any rate). The RMA path these took were fantastic, each drive circumnavigated the globe (they track each leg of the journey which was nice).
Originally they were in a raid 10 array in an openfiler box. Spinning rust has replaced them as a high cap storage rather than an iSCSI speed experiment. For laptops that need a bit of speed I now use samsung TLC 840s. cheap for the capacity.
I might just have been unlucky but according to the forums I think not. So out of 6 drives ive had a sum total of 8 RMAs (all replacements rather than repairs to the original SSD). Not surprising they went out of business.
Re: Yup, the UK price is a total rip-off
If you dont like it then dont buy it son. Ranting on a comment thread about something that is perfectly useable to some people is just daft.
The $199 is only on the 32gb model and sans taxes (still unbalanced vs the UK £279 but the UK shows VAT since VAT is the same across the UK unlike US taxes). Sure a deal if you want one. The 64gb one isnt discounted but is in the UK.
And what does Mickey$oft mean anyway? Sure I get the M$ moniker that is thrown about but what is the Mickey bit for?
Re: Still $100 too much
locked bootloader wouldnt matter anyway as its RT isnt it? Not like you can do much to it.
Re: Oh really?
The chilling fact about that is the shotgun approach. America contacted every country on the planes flightpath to refuse airspace. All the countries complied against a sovereigns plane.
ye gads the NSA must have had some serious internet browsing history for those people.
Re: this should be good
Next step is sweden will drop requests for him to give evidence. Once that happens he'll leave the embassy and get porridge for breaking UK bail restrictions :-)
That was of his own public choosing too. Oh the irony.
"A lanyard strap would have helped."
Jebus, a lanyard on a phone?
Re: Can anything else play random Albums in FLAC?
Re: And a lovely player it was
cpu cycles are just 1's and 0's so they are little.
bitcoins can be tangible, if you write the numbers on a piece of paper; they are (afterall) just a string of numbers. gold can also be traded without physically posessing it.
It can also be said that art is only paint on some canvas.
Re: all down to $/GB
data recovery might have something to do with it too.
Recovery from HDDs is possible and relatively "easy". Recovery from SSDs is not so.
Re: Some context
The above made money though. Shame the PI couldn't have had £1 added for future R+D purposes.
in our school. Learning to code? Not sure. Learning to install Linux onto memory stick? Yes.
Re: The gift that keeps on giving
Id rather they add the fee to the device so I can have an SD port. Shame my S2 doesnt support 64gb SD cards my 32 is full :(
Re: El Reg not a travel expert
Southport has better restaurant. Ho Lee Chows is fantastic (on rotten row).
Re: Excel does try to be helpful, I just wish it wouldn't.
just change the default formatting to text for those columns. Easy (we use roll numbers padded with leading zeros - effectively text as no mathematical calulations occur on them).
companies like native apps because you can make them do plenty of things under the bonnet that you cannot inside a browser. Native apps can happily ask users to sign away their privacy rights and raid your contacts, habits, location etc. They also have habits of waking your devices when they feel like it. At least a browser app is controllable.
Take a point with a facebook app. Try that will all the notification bits turned off then try uninstalling it and using the browser version. At least with the android version my battery life SHOT up (at least 25% over a typical day).
because not only are they toothless advertising watchdogs, they arent magicians either.
Re: mangled english....
contention ratios would be relatively meaningless on cable though. It doesnt work the same way. You could be on a completely no cap 100Mb service. If the whole street is on the same and also like to download perfectly legal ISOs of windows 8.1 then you'll find you get a trickle anyway. If you live in the countryside with noone else on cable then you'll get 100Mb all day long.
FTTC may well suffer the same. That pipe back from the cabinet has a finite capacity too. If your cab is full of EVIL-DOWNLOADING-DATAHOGGERS(tm) I imagine you will suffer the same fate.
The nasty part about VM is that they will throttle you anyway - even if noone else is near you.
Re: @Unlimited - if ipv4 addresses are so rare
Even if you dont have a fully integrated IPv6 internal network your firewall should be able to 6over4 for you anyway, then get your server to ipv6 what you need. That way you can still have an IPv6 for your web/email/whatever server and leave your internal network (mostly) alone.
Re: IPV4 best for the general public
maybe he has a shit router? Quite a few enterprise firewalls only started supporting IPv6 in the more recent times. MS couldnt be bothered to update their firewall (TMG) so canned it instead.
Perhaps if the naysayers wait long enough then someone big will release their IPv4 back to the pool and utilise IPv6 instead - then you can buy more!
no TLC SSDs? yes there are...
Samsung have been running TLC drives for a while. I have one in fact. As for endurance.
200Tb is more than i'll write onto my drive and although that particular TLC is remapping it still has a LOT of remap area to go.
Im sure facebook will have a "fundraiser" with many MPs in attendance (to promote their "charities" of course). That should let things slide for a while.
Re: Bricked or somewhat confused. @Khaptain
I think it is safe to assumed they have no technical knowledge if they have not only bought an RT but are still using it (without taking a brick to it).
Re: Tap it and unwrap it
good thniking. If not a chocolate orange I wonder if there was a toy inside it?
Re: What are the alternatives?
ironically enough, the thing we missed the most was microsoft script editor- it was perfect for robotC lego scripting.
Re: No need for M$. to bother
Assuming you meant google apps or Libre Office; Did you also explain to the IT guys at the school how to lock down default templates for pupils but leave staff templates available for editting (per user logon)? Or how to disable spell check and grammar check for the exam logons? Or how to lock down clipart for certain (younger) users to a shared area?
Libre office is great but it isnt the be all and end all for enterprise environments. We do use LO and tell the students to install it at home but we dont use it as a primary package simply due to contraints administering it.
Re: Joking, yes?
£27 per full time member of staff licences every pc in the school for office, windows, & all the CALS we need. That is hardly huge sums of money. It used to cost much more to add on student use - we never bothered. Staff could always install office at home -providing they were using it to prepare for lessons....
The difference is, MS licensing means I can look for an MS skilled technician cheaper than I can find a linux skilled technician for the same jobs: exchange, server and windows technicians are 10 a penny whereas zimbra, debian and ubuntu ones are not (googleapps? put all our email, storage and apps in the cloud? err no thanks). Whilst this seems counter productive, at the end of the day I have a budget in order to fit things in and a level I wish to maintain; If a windows server, windows desktop, MS office and MS exchange does this then what is the problem? As it stands now (for me) an MS solution is cheaper and just as usable as a pure FOSS one.
Ive said this time and time again, software is a tool for a job - pick the one that fits best for the job. People who blindly shout "DOWN WITH MS, FOSS IS THE WAY" simply sound like EADON and clearly have no idea how schools function (or how tightly run the budgets are - including man hours!)
Some licensing models practically give office away anyway. It depends on what you are doing and how you centrally manage rollouts of software etc.
Libre Office is a pain in the arse to configure centrally for my 400 PCs that use different "levels" of users. Some users might be allowed to change templates, some might be able to set global styles, some might have the use of grammar and spell check (exam users cannot for some exams), some users can change themes etc etc. Office lets me do all of this through group policy whereas libre office does not. In fact, in libre office you need to set certain registry entries (plus "local machine" of all places - GRRRRR) and change files within the installation directories - these areas are normally locked off to ALL users this presents a problem, either I treat all LO users as "one" or I lax my security to enable additive changes.
Some GPOs can change certain settings as SYSTEM but others need to be run as user.
So LO might well be FOSS but the upkeep costs me in time and man hours. Office is fire and forget (has been for me since 2003 anyway). Note I *do* maintain a LO installation too as IGCSE ICT mandates multiple packages.
Re: If you get them young and you will have them for life
I believe a school should use a balanced approach and the most suitable tool for the job. For some schools this could be office, for others an open source approach. It also comes down to money, if you have a complete linux environment then indeed it is a no brainer. If you use windows with other software that requires CALS then the EES licensing offers office quite cheap combined with the CALS and upgrade licenses. Afterall for iGCSE ICT you need to show more than one office productivity app anyway so we run libreoffice and MS office.
At the end of the day for some schools this will be a good thing, for others it wont.
Re: Please, please
Technically scottish (and NI) notes arent "legal tender" in england and wales, no more than BoE notes are legal in scotland or NI.
It is up to the party to decide if the note is as-good-as-it-says-it-is
Re: Can someone explain...
it is primarily based off Mcdonnell D DC-X though and since that had a contract to scaled composites they are simply reexamining work done by a bigger team. Sure they are making it work better but not innovating (it is fantastic work nontheless)
Re: *scratching head*
with no organic meatbags to worry about it can be pretty sharp on the acceleration too.
If it goes wrong you might have a big fireball at the launch site.
Re: How do you make men stare at a pound of fatty tissue?
redirect link? check
at work? check
not clicking? check
Re: Ford - The Car-Jackers Choice
who'd want to jack a focus? Sure if this was an S Class merc or an overfinch range rover. I cant imagine much of a black market for a 1.4 diesel focus.
if the person is bad enough to need autopark then the one time it fails means they dodged a higher insurance premium the other 99 times. Still a win for the bad driver.
Re: Is it clever enough....
pheasants arent too bad. Grouse seem to be made of concrete up here in the borders. They tend to simply punch through the plastic grille and get embedded on the intercooler :(
Re: How useful!
wonder what happens if the sensors get covered in flies, goo, bags etc. I have an older ford that has adaptive cruise control and that has failed to spot things before now.
Re: "HI" is Morse Code laugh
my brain was forced to access its dusty recesses.
da di da dit da da di dah
Re: That's incredibly muscular specs.
im sure valve will have special deals with nvidia though. Priced cheap enough and it will clean up the game market for steamos or windows as they are damn good spec boxes.
A decent quality PSU should be fine. 250W rated titan and 84W i7 leaves over 100W for RAM, hdd, board and powering peripherals.
Ive been using a (now aging) 350W enermax for my i5, SSD, 6850 and 2 HDDs for some time now. It powered other similar TDP stuff before that without issue. Sure like most components it wont be able to supply 350W after a few years but no blue screens so good to go.
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