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Re: I dont get it...
I suspect Oracle would prefer you didnt because you would only be paying for one oracle instance, rather than a number of them, but its perfectly ok to do it..
Oracle dont care how many instances you run, they charge on total cores or users.
EDIT: And I see I'm a bit late saying that as soemone else said it a week or more ago. Oh well.
Presumably the outrage is because companies that host their own systems never have outages ?
Re: But slowly – over time
.... but they do gradually become vulnerable due to new bugs being discovered, which now wont be patched.
Re: LOHAN contamination.
<<In fact a concentration in the upper atmosphere that is high enough to detect in a single sample drawer implies a concentration in space that satellite dust collection experiments would have found by now.>>
I suspect it implies a concentration thick enough you wouldn't be able to see the planets let alone the stars.
oh dear ......
"A doctor can have entire day or entire weeks of data right on the device," Yaseen says."
"and lose it, to be found in a wide variety of locations" I say.
NOot true that only Apple asks for this
You wrote "and was told by her bank that they had never heard of private companies asking for this information."
This is not at all unusual for many third party online travel companies. (Usually, the ones with the worst reputations.)
Re: Access speed has only been mentioned once so far.
Haha, Someone asked me if I could help them upload their music and photo collection to a cloudy service recently. We decided not to bother when it transpired it would take over a week of non-stop data transfer to upload it all.
Whats the issue? Its not necessary to wait and watch whilst it uploads!
And once its up there, incremental updates will take minutes to hours, but again that requires no watching
I think my photo/music took 2 weeks to upload. I guess it would take a few days to get it all back from the cloud, should I need to (its also stored on a connected hourly backup disk, plus a "disconnected" local USB drive (connected and backed up to every few weeks, but disconnected when not in use in case of malware or idiot user error) but that would be acceptable for what would be some kind of significant disaster like fire or flood.
Fraid not, this happened to a friend of mine recently, got rid of his iPhone but messages sent by colleagues still went to a non existent iMessage account.
I dont know how you tell Apple you are no longer using your iPhone and get them to stop? Perhaps after a few days when they stop being received they do it automagically?
Re: Same as Apple
If there is ZERO profitability, which is what you seem to be asking for, the company selling the product wont be around very long, wont be able to provide updates, support, enhancements, new products, etc etc. How is it working out getting updates and add ons and bug fixes and new apps for those who bought WebOS tablets?
Now, this is not to say a product can't be overpriced, of course it can (though that's mostly a subjective assessment), but to assert as you do that "products with low or zero profit" are what is required, is ludicrous. If a company is selling products at "low or zero profit" its failed for that product and whats more, will fail as a company if it keeps on doing that.
I also see no evidence that Apple fans are praising the company for having high profits, unless by that you mean, people who are fans of the company from a stock price POV, eg Apple Investors. Thats entirely separate to fans of the products.
Re: Tim Cook fail
but no way he releases a half baked maps service before its ready.
hah !!! Steve's companies had multiple half baked products, people only remember the ones that worked. Newton, Lisa, neXt, Mobile Me etc. No one who recalls Newton's handwriting recognition (or more accurately, non-recognition) would ever start a comment with " no way he releases a half baked .."
How would you know this, since there is no pricing announced by any UK or US network (AFAIK) ?
Indeed, it would seem the dock was appropriated from Acorn or ARM in any case.
Good outline here http://www.dailytech.com/Analysis+Samsung+Copies+Apples+Launcher+A+Dubious+Claim+at+Best/article25544.htm
Re: Near-beer. "Small gains in productivity in the office"
On the basis of your examples,presumably all Word users should migrate to Vi as that would tremendously increase their productivity?
" thing that Apple don't make,"
"Hey, you know that thing that Apple don't make, yeah, well I want sales predictions for it."
So you don't think that before a company makes a new product they get sales predictions for it then?
Your position would be, presumably, they make stuff at random, then see how its selling?
I know Clive SInclair and Amstrad and lets face it even Apple (remember Lisa?) tried that in the early days, but they just don't do that kind of stuff any more as it didnt work (just like those products in fact )
"I find it difficult to imagine how anybody came to that decision"
"Over the years some departments have outsourced their IT strategy. I find it difficult to imagine how anybody came to that decision"
Ooh, they want to have their cake AND eat it too ?
Once they outsource, either traditionally or especially to "the cloud" then IMO they lose the right to set IT strategy, thats for the sourcer to decide, they have to be able to decide the best way to fulfill governments requirements without interference, or they just get teh worst of all worlds.
Whats the point in outsourcing, if you want to decide how its all done in detail ? Do it yourself in that case.
If you lease a car for 5 years (outsource) or rent one for a week (cloud) in neither case do you direct how the manufacturer builds it, or what components it uses. You may choose or reject a renter if you dont like the cars they have, but you don't rent from hertz but insist they have to supply a Ford but with Honda brakes.
Re: Why somewhere else?
"The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old and the Universe is nearly 14 billion years old. This means that there was up to 9 billion years for life to evolve elsewhere before the Earth even existed."
sorry, your maths is wrong because in this case 9 is not the answer, it took billions of years for the elements upon which "life as we know it (Jim)" to be created in early generation stars, and then spread around the universe and then conglomerated to form planets.
So probably much closer to 3 or 4 billion at most.
And at fairly low speeds, that material then needs to get to another planet, and then fluke into some situation where the DNA could actually do something - odds for example of a bit of chicken aka dinosaur DNA doing anything are roughly zero. Maybe a bacteria but then, you have to give it another 3 billion years to evolve to dinosaur alien overlord type of life (it took several billion years for life here to spew enough waste product (oxygen) for large life forms to be able to exist.)
So all in all, not much time at all and certainly not 9 billion years.
Re: In other trades...
"In other trades where you receive goods that turn out to be stolen and then make money selling them on, isn't that being called a "fence?""
Not where you unknowingly did that, no it's not.
Did you have any other questions?
Sounds just like something out of "Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground" by Kevin Poulsen - companies using cheap SIs to install systems with no thought to security.
Talking of stupidity ...
what do you mean by ."..especially with their attitude toward Open Office" - thats nothing to do with Oracle any more !
Re moving everything to SAP, have you ever heard the expression "cutting off your nose to spite your face" ?
Nope, not unheard of at all
"Announce a new strategy & then wait for more than a year to execute on it: unheard of, pitiful."
Not unheard of, this exact thing happened maybe 30 years ago when Osborne announced a new better portable PC and their business promptly died as everyone waited for the new model and stopped buying the existing ones.
Whats pitiful is, even with such a classic lesson from history, these morons went down the same path but with an even longer wait!
Lynch him for stupidity, by all means.
Sure it happened ..
... and Amazon have (a) pledged VERY publicly it was their mistake to do that (even though in fact they were selling the book (unknowingly) illegally, that's why it was withdrawn) and that they wouldn't do it again even in such circumstances.
Now the OP may not believe them, but they have said it, very clearly and unequivocally.
Any OS writer or book reader app *could* withdraw any book they wanted. If "could" is sucha concern, well don't buy an iPad, dont buy an Android, don't buy any third party book reading app, all of those *could * do whatever they wanted with a book you bought.
Or you could believe that some individuals and even corporations can make a mistake, and actually learn from that, and you stop cutting off your nose to spite your face for the sake of what might happen in some set of highly unlikely hypothetical circumstances. Its not even as if, in the case of 1984, you could never read that book again.
"if Amazon's new tablet is going to use color e-ink"
eInk is for eReaders, the refresh rate is nowhere near what you'd need for a generic tablet and nor is the range of colours.
Colour eInk will undoubtedly come on a future Kindle, Amazon have said so, its just a matter of when it reaches the right price point.
"if, with enough money, as stated, it is possible ..."
"....why the negative, long-winded article?"
For the bleedin' obvious reason you'd spend more money extracting the metals, than they are worth, DUH !
"There is always some button"
Nope, that the issue, there isn't ALWAYS "some button". Google "drive by installs"
" I do like how if a MS Windows based machine gets malware ..."
... its down to a problem with the underlying operating system, yet if a Mac gets beasties then it is all, 100% the users fault."
Yes, that would be because thats the case.
I a large proportion of the time, it IS split between the MS WIndows platform and the user, whilst in the Macs case it is ALWAYS the users fault.
"proves that other platforms are not immune to malicious software"
That should read "proves that idiot / naive* users are not immune from installing malware whatever platform they are on"
* delete as applicable. Preferably literally.
Celerity - a perfectly cromulent word
Fail on your fail
You said "it's heavily subsided hardware designed to make Amazon A LOT of money in the long-run from overpriced ebooks."
No, " it's heavily subsided hardware designed to make Amazon A LOT of money in the long-run from CHEAP ebooks."
Amazon at one stage actually refused to sell these overpriced books , which the publishers wont allow them to discount as a condition of sale. Check out the pricing differences between books where "the publisher has set the price" and ones where this isnt so. Its marked.
The publishers havent learned the lesson of the music industry. Eventually the pirates will teach them and hopefully quicker than the EU which will likely come up with a recommendation in about 2025.
You missed out the bit where apple says....
... if you didn't buy the content through us you cannot access it.
That is, if what Sony says is correct"Apple.....is telling Sony that it “can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, >>>>>>>>or let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the App Store." <<<<<<<<
The really sad thing here is ...
..whilst these moronic twats were investigating this, they were checking one less person, so maybe someone with an actual bomb or rifle could have been swanning past them.
People like this should be fired as they are obviously too stupid to actually detect a real threat.
"Did you miss the bit where it said it was stolen"
.. no but what difference does that make?
Had she backed it up with a removable USB drive (as simple on a Mac as plugging it in and clicking on "yes" to the prompt) she could have recovered from fire, theft, flood, coffee, mechanical failure or abduction (of the laptop) by aliens.
Its so dumb on so many levels ( here's my laptop with 4 years unprotected work on it lets put it on the parcel shelf whilst we leave the car) , you've got to wonder if instead she actually had done no work and this was a way of covering that up.
What a tit !
OK it was stolen, but an OS corruption, a disk fail, a spilt cup of coffee or 100 other things would all have lead to the same end.
Money transfer tracking - unlikely.
"can't the money transfer be tracked and help find the people involved?"
I doubt it because the money transfer will no doubt go to one of the other gullible fools who answers an advert for "working at home" which involves taking payments into your bank account and then sending it on elsewhere for a small payment each time. With a chain of these pr*ts left to pick up the pieces when or if the rozzers do turn up.
"Cloud computing is another style of utility computing.... "
" ..Cloud computing is another style of utility computing, but it clusters cheapo servers together instead of using a large monolithic machine "
Well THERE'S your problem, because that is not the definition of cloud computing, you have confused how it's often provided, with what it is.
What it is, is computing resources provided over the internet, usually with contractual conditions where it is provided with matching small increments of cost for small additions of extra use, for short periods of time. Now , I'm sure you could enhance or pick into that definition, but however its defined, the type of computing resources used to provide it should never be part of the definition.
For example, a cloud computing service could equally well be provided by shared use of a stonking great mainframe, as by many cheapo computers. Indeed, going back 40+ years, a mainframe timesharing setup fits the definition of cloud computing.
"Tried to find a good Android tablet ..."
Give it a few months, they are coming.
Isnt the point ...
"Uh... isn't the point people are trying to make, that if I buy a book, "e" or otherwise I should within reason be able to do what I like with it "
Nope that ISNT the point I am responding to. Thats a perfectly reasonable argument, perhaps you can make that, and I'll respond *(see below).
The one I"m responding to is the pure and simple "cant lend it to a friend" argument.
They dont say "it damages my inalianable right to wipe my arse with it", they say "I cant lend it to a friend".
IME ,when you lend a book to a friend, you never see the bloody thing again anyway, so you are better off without that particular freedom.
* as a starter, there are many things I cant do with real books, which I can with ebooks.
For example, I acquire the practical freedom to reread a book, because the reality with paper books is, I give them away because of the room they take up, so I actually cant reread them. Thats a freedom I GAIN. (I recently took 4 bags of books to a charity shop). I did that every year.
Another freedom I GAIN is the one to take 10 or 20 books on holiday with me, one that airline restrictions and practicality imposes on real books.
As I don't wish to paper my walls or wipe my arse with books, I'm not bothered about losing those particular freedoms.
The other right I DO NOT lose, which anti-ebook proponents sometimes talk as if I do, is the right to still buy actual paper books. Larger format textbooks for example, books with lots of illustrations or pictures, are IME better in paper and I continue to buy those. 'ordinary' format paperback format fiction and non-fiction,and textbooks with few illustrations, are better as eBooks. They are always cheaper compared to new books, and sometimes cheaper even than second hand ones.
Lending books - a bizarre argument
I often see this advanced (mentioned here a few times) as an argument against eBooks
"Hah! Try lending your ebook to a friend"
But why would anyone base their decision on what book format to buy, on the basis of whether you can lend them to a friend??
"hmm, think I'll buy the hardback as the print is larger and Fred has difficulty with small type. Pity, I'd have preferred the cheap paperback or the even cheaper eBook."
Let the cheapskates buy their own books, I'll buy what suits me thanks, not what might suit some unknown person at some indeterminate time;
"Fred, do you want to borrrow "Stuck In the Past"?
"No thanks, I had that on my Kindle already, and it was rubbish".
"some eejit has overlooked the need for a fallback process"
Indeed, even my local dentists office has the wits to print off tomorrows appointments at the end of the preceeding day in case of a computer glitch in the morning.
"Doesn't she know the first rule of journalistic sourcing: Wikipedia"
Indeed, as it has the useful side benefit that if there isn't an article there, you can always write it yourself and then quote it. Though in this case the lazy would-be journo would it seems be unlikely to be arsed to do that.