* Posts by Jim 59

1695 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down

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Not sure why people are down on disk drives. They still offer capacities larger than SSD at a fraction of the price. 2 TB for 50 quid. How long will it take SSD to match that? If you want more reliability, RAID.

In the enterprise, of about 180 HP drives here (HP 2.5"), only one has failed in 2 years, and that was only degraded. The failure rate of older 3" units has been a lot higher.

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

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All your PoS belong to us.

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Love-rat fanboi left bobbing for Apples in tiny Japanese bath

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...his beloved collection of overpriced blahware

Lol. P G Wodehouse could not have put it better.

Pay rise for Mr Martin.

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: Harm..

It also depends on your search bubble. Use startpage.com or similar to avoid it.

According to Google, loads of my blog articles are on the google front page. But that is only because I visit my own blog so often. startpage.com shows me the real ranking, as a stranger performing the same search would see it. Sure enough, my articles appear much further down.

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Re: So....

"Google are being accused of artificially increasing the rankings of their own services ..": Why should they not, as long as that doesn't conflict with the agreements they have with their paying customers?

No reason at all, so long as Google is open about the conflict of interest, and makes this clear on the search page.

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Re: So....Then it's a Duck

Not a monopoly, and no one EVER forced you to use it. You made the choice to do so.

Nobody said people are forced to use a monopoly. You may not want the item at all.

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I demand a Goodfellas mash up.

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Re: So....

Contestable monopolies cannot be exploited because to do so brings forward that contesting.

In other words: don't worry about monopolies, the free market will sort them out. However, with a monopoly, there is no longer any free market in existence. Ergo, no sorting can occur.

Examples are poor. The Chinese rare earth affair can be discounted as it was clearly not a monopoly in any recognizable form. Being the sole supplier in a market is not sufficient to have a monopoly. As for Rockerfella reducing prices - again, being dominant with a natural commodity is not a monopoly in itself, and Standard Oil didn't behave like one, according to the author.

The Czech supplier having having a shrinking market share - this argument is so slight it almost proves the opposite of what the author intended. All it shows is that the monopoly is still being established.

Google has several of the features of a monopoly in search:

- they dominate the supply

- they dominate in other related areas

- they leverage these positions horizontally, each to strengthen the other

- no effective market operates in these areas (search)

- there has been a corresponding lack of innovation and change (in search) for 10 or 15 years

and mostly:

Google behaves as if it has a monopoly in search. It walks like a duck, it quacks like a duck...

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Google pulls plug on... again

They should never have been allowed to buy YouTube.

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Thank heavens for the silicon chip: A BRIEF history of data

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Good Grief

is my only comment on this story.

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Flying giant octopus menaces New York

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Re: DDBs?

You're waiting for one, and then 13.2 to 19.8 come along.

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Google now supposedly favouring https sites too, but I don't see much sign of it.

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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According to popular rumour, people in F1 are almost exclusively arrogant berks, while people in motorbike racing are cool, friendly and approachable.

Don't shoot the messenger! I know nothing of either sport, no idea how true this is and I am just repeating the rumour.

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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

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The other thing gaming laptops are good for - apart from gaming - is just to be a desktop PC replacement. Smaller laptops, "notebooks" and the like, apart from lacking power, don't have the hardware and ports needed for general computing life. Eg DVD, USB, ethernet, VGA (for multiple monitors or overhead projectors), SD reader and so on.

Yes, you might argue DVD or whatever isn't needed, but life is simpler if you have it.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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Dear Reg

Give me an official Logowatch article or it didn't happen. And two of those words better be "josticks" and "whalesong".

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EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

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Good grief. One of the worlds most powerful unelected officials is actually accusing Google of being unfairly dominant.

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SMACK! EU set to hit Google with 'abuse of dominance' rap

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Companies "pushing their own products" is good, and is in everyone's interest, until it gets to a certain point of overarching dominance. After that, the company uses its own position to remove competition from the market, and is no longer in everyone's interest.

Cf What MS did to Netscape - result - no browser progress in 10 years.

Cf What Google does to Yahoo - no search engine progress in 10 years?

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So the EU is actually accusing somebody of "abuse of dominance" with a straight face.

You couldn't make it up.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: Question

@Howard Hanek are you a bot ?

You sound a bit like amanfrommars after he has calmed down a bit.

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The old tower looks like a very strong structure. The new one looks like a weak structure, and the cables seem to be much closer together. They've done all the tests, right ? Remember that Open University programme where they built some towers in a quarry then chopped a wire to see how they would withstand big twisting forces ? They they used a machine to pull one cable until a tower fractured ?

They've done all that right ?

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Great to see that the Beeb has not strayed from its formula:

- all programmes to be forced through a PC mesh so fine that what comes out of the other side is just mush.

- Presenter to be pretty, with no relevant qualifications, experience and probably no interest in the subject matter.

- Anything outside the arts to be treated non-seriously, usually with a contentious/polemic argument to make it palatable to the ballet fans (here, it was the Java/C howler). BBC thinks the black jumpers will switch off unless they hear the word "punk!".

- Men and boys to be ignored, or if that cannot be, made to look stupid. Men and boys' confidence to be lowered, and boys made to feel useless and surplus to requirements. This despite the soaring male suicide rate and poor school performance.

...if it had been like this in the 50s, Attenborough and Moore would never have looked into a TV camera.

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Self preservation is AWS security's biggest worry, says gros fromage

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"Thoughts of exposed customers give Bill Murray sleepless nights"

Lol. Any customers in particular?

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Off topic but car built-in satnavs should be portrait, not landscape (as they invariably are).

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Tale of the tape: A happy Easter present from Quantum

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We'd guess it's because DXi deduping backup box and StorNext scale-out file management product revenues have grown strongly and outpaced the continued decline in tape product revenues.

Did anybody phone up Quantum to ask ?

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Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

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Time to order a role of black insulation tape.

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How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

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Re: I'm a republican…

Agree with Gordon 10. Look around the world. Constitutional monarchies are the most stable places, even better than republics.

Personally I like having the monarchy. The royal family are an important link with our history and part of British identity. They are also a bulwark against extremism and totalitarianism. Anyone wishing to break Britain, or turn it into a dictatorship (like the armchair Marxists above) would have to break the monarchy first.

They can be justifiably critisized of course, but that doesn't really change the above.

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Tin-rattlers want to digitise lady engineers' historic exploits

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Remember: an Engineer is somebody who wares a hard hat for work. That's appears to be the message from the Register, and from WES too (see their website).

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: disinformation

120 V single-phase in North America and Japan, 220-240 V two-phase in most of the rest of the world

IIRC the US and UK are both 3 phase systems. Most power goes into 3 phase motors in industry. Dwellings get one phase at the familiar domestic voltages. As frank ly points out, houses in a street get alternate phases for balance, and you can sometimes see it where the wires are overhead - a "drop cable" to each house from one of the 3 main street conductors (each on a different phase).

I guess the US spins it generators at 3600 rpm, giving the 60hz. We are more relaxed in the UK, with 3000/50Hz.

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Not sure about the USA, but UK smart meters are a slow motion train crash. A huge gov IT project that is showing even more signs of failure than usual. A thing nobody wants, being badly implemented, driven by the mistaken but implacable idea that it will save energy. All evidence to the contrary being ignored, vested interests buzzing around like wasps...

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Somewhat disappointed to discover this story was not a Stephen Fry outrage.

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"The top lines are considered our freeways. The bottom lines are our distribution lines taking power directly to homes," a Pacific Gas and Electric spokesperson told CBS. "So when the two collide, they’re at different voltages and the higher voltage wins out, causing an overload."

What the flip? Who designed this power distribution system ? It should have just faulted out at the substation (or wherever). As for this spokesman, he shames the electric company with his daft talk of "highways", and high voltages "winning". Ugh.

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Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket

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Big, economical and easy to live with

A bit like The Register.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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I guess the market for new phones is people buying their first smartphone, or converts from the other side (Apple, Android). People who already have an S3 or S4, say, aren't going to foam at the mouth to acquire an almost identical black cuboid with a better camera but few other benefits and storage/battery drawbacks.

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S6 no longer offers a removable battery, nor a micro SD card slot. Samsung reckons fast charging mode takes care of the first issue by delivering a promised four hours of use after ten minutes of jolting

No expandable storage ? No removable battery ? Don't want one then.

As well as offering flexibility, a removable battery can be renewed. These things have a limited life, if my media player and laptop are anything to go by.

Removable storage lets your phone follow Moore's law

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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"What you mean is that "the truth hurts"."

No. He means the tone of the post sucks. And he is right. Huge tonal suckage.

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If a router firewall doesn't block all connections when it says it does then that's a serious problem

Agreed. This an issue of BT misrepresenting the behavior of the Hub firewall. They said it blocked all incoming ports, when they knew it didn't. Next case, please.

Oh and the HH3 is leaves port 161 open too.

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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Sounds like something out of Red Dwarf.

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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Before gTLD revolution: "Yeah let's go to the Register web page. Bound to be theregister.co.uk..."

After gTLD revolution: "Yeah let's go to the Register web page. Find the telephone directory so we can look up their telephone number and ask them what their URL is".

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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IMO music and satnav are not important enough to be on the "binnacle" and should be relegated to a second screen as they often are.

And I wish computers would butt out of car ventilation. In my Nissan, you can turn the fan up full, and what you get is an on-screen graphic showing an increased fan level, while the fan does nothing. Over the next 10 seconds or so it slowly ramps-up to your chosen speed. Guess Nissan thought this was cool, or restful, or something. It isn't. Just turn the fan up already, like right now. Like my Astra did in 1995.

...from the 230PS 2.0L TFSi model I drove. Top speed is a limited 155mph ...

Hmmm. Are Audi being econimical with the truth ? I think it would take more than 230PS to get this car to 155. Then again, are they actually claiming 155 is possible, or just saying there is a limit in the software...

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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According to one report the plan was to hover outside a cell window while the inmate reched out to grab the booty. A seemingly hairbrained scheme likely to end with a crash or lost fingers, as well as immediate detection by the prison guards.

Simply catapulting stuff over the wall seems like a better idea.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Re: Dot Matrix?

Before about 1987ish, utility bills (phone, water) bore the unmistakable appearance of having been line printed.

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ARM plans to win 20 per cent of the server market by the year 2020

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Re: The problem is still the lack of a decent common hardware plattform

...Windows is overwhelmingly winning

This is an obvious troll comment, but I'll bite. A datacentre contains a goodly amount of both Linux and Windows, various other Unixes, and the occasional mainframe. Windows did exactly as you describe in the late 90s - muscled in on midrange at the cost of propriety Unix systems. But from 2000 on, Linux did the same to Windows.

Nowadays the heavy /specialist work is often still done by proprietary Unix on proprietary hardware. The medium work is done by Linux on commodity hardware, and the light work (eg running basic network services to support the desktop) is done by Windows. The natural order has remained fairly unchanged.

Oh and Windows is still king of the desktop, the king of embedded is Linux.

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Backing up cloud applications is never easy but Asigra gets it done

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Ahem...

" and SANs and clouds and lion and tiger and bears."

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Pass the Lollipop: Google creepily warms to body contact with Android lock function

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If it like the existing "stay" feature thing, where the screen won't blank so long as you are looking at the phone, then it will be nothing more than a battery consuming gimmick which nobody will actually use.

Like much smartphone functionality (apart form the camera), accelerometers in these devices are just toys.

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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Even with the pixelation ?

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Lol. The Mail was slobbering over it this morning, describing the model as "flame haired" etc.

It is probably a bit too revealing for a clothing catalogue. But I'm surprised that an advertising code applies to online catalogues.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2998827/American-Apparel-advert-banned.html

(maybe NSFW)

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Microsoft shows off South Korean PC-on-a-stick

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Re: There are a number of these things around or announced

Not sure. Shortly after a product like this launches, people start to say "I can have a tablet for the same price, complete with screen". Linux on a stick makes sense, because everything can be done over SSH, but not windows. The clue is kind of in the name.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: Decompression is fast

My puny 120 MB C: was embiggened to a 240 MB H:

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Re: Whatever happened to code optimisation?

No. Instead they pull in 10 libraries, which each pull in 3 or 4 others, which link to others which...

Hey presto! Hello World in only 25,000 lines !

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Re: Don't stop there

They have no problem fitting Windows 2008 server on a single DVD. Do the same with Win 10. If the user needs to re-install, they re-install. Also offers recovery from failed disk, which on-disk recovery images don't.

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