1085 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
Sysadmin motto number # 94
Ignore any problem long enough and it will go away
Re: space vs bandwidth
Good point. But Mozjpeg doesn't seem very exciting. That 10% saving was with purely photographic images. The jpegs on most web pages are large coloured blocks, like the Register logo at the top of this page. That stuff already compresses into almost nothing anyway.
Also, any tighter compression algorithm is likely to use more CPU at the client end.
Re: PCs are now workstations?
The PC generates all content and remains the digital workhorse of society, and anyone who thinks it is going away, including Gartner, probably invested all their money in lastminute.com in 1999.
Re: Isn't it even worse for you ....
I heard on the radio that exploding in anger is actually worse than bottling it up. The "exploding" person is like to lose their temper again, and more often, because venting the anger acts as a kind of "reward". The more you vent the more angry you get.
Strange thing is people strapping huge expensive smartphones to their arms for music while running. Do they know an MP3 player would be tons better in that scenario ? and only £20 lost if falls off/breaks ?
In 1987 these types would be lugging an OSBOURNE 1 round the office, hoping to impress the boss.
It depends on the person and the training. I have listened to music in the gym, but it can be a distraction. For a start, when the heart is beating in the aerobic training range, your own breathing can start to drown the music, especially with "sealed" earbuds. While running outside, earphones tend to drop out, and blocking environmental noise (eg cars) can be dangerous anyway.
I have been in spinning classes where the music is so deafening you can't hear the trainer, that is so dumb.
30 meter rock and we did not discover it until late February. Yikes.
and another Eh?
Disks today are bigger than ever... When a 4TB drive fails, it takes... 20 hours to days for a single 4TB rebuild.
Disks are bigger but faster with it. Writing a 100 Mb disk to full capacity in 1990 took about the same time as writing a 4 Tb disk to capacity in 2014 (a few hours in both cases). Hence rebuild times should not be increasing in quite the way IBM would like to suggest.
It looks like a tasteless prop from some low budget 70's horror film.
Seems not sufficiently respectful for the memory of Steve Jobs.
Great purchase if your only friend is Wilson the beachball.
Re: Microsoft needs to adapt
"The failing here is that Linux was not designed with the enterprise in mind"
For Pete's sake. It originated as a server OS and was *born* with server OS characteristics. And that means enterprise.
AT&T -> Unix -> ... -> ... -> -> Linux
Windows was not born as an OS at all, but as a windowing framework.
I am an open source user with no Microsoft in the house for 8 years now. However, perhaps we need to be careful what we wish for, and the degree of zealotry on display here is unsettling. Of course it is bad, very bad, for MS to control and imprison customers the way it does. But if it collapsed, what then ? It is likely Google or another giant would look for a coup, and replace MS with an even stricter and more aggressive regime. Certainly the megacorps are not going to sit there for years watching everybody get free lunches.
And maybe the open source contributors, once they rule the roost, might start to think they should get paid a bit more than zero.
All I am saying is calm down, dears. Maybe a case of better the devil you know.
Re: A problem in the making...
... if you can find a company to equip you with software, and another to equip you with some hardware that can be built by multiple suppliers perhaps in tandem, you can shield yourself from economic wobbles, and don't have to face price increases.
And the money save won't go to waste! It will go on recruiting, paying, and training a fleet of people to manage that exciting, diverse supplier interface.
Re: Infrastructure ?
300 miles a week... so you lived 30 miles from work. A fair trek for a permanent job, for contracting not so much.
Re: Free, free, free...
Well said re the farm.
I don't get the Whatsapp business model anyway. It seems to depend upon small details in peoples' phone contracts. Eg. like many people, I get free unlimited texts with my package, so Whatsapp is no use to me. Other packages give say 5000 texts a month, again no scope for Whatsapp. Even where there is a benefit, Whatsapp simply moves the cost from your SMS allowance to your data allowance.
What I am trying to say is any provider can knockout Whatsapp with a few small contract adjustments. And making small contract adjustments is what the networks are good at. Seems to be a non-business.
Never played SH, but it reminds me of Quartet, another Sega release around the same time. Bit less fashionable but great multiplayer game. Music was catchy, by the same chap I think.
I know I know, grammar sniping is the lowest form of commentardery, but-
It’s the mainframe that often holds customer accounts – it’s literally where the money sits
sorry and all that.
Micro Live BBS
It's impressive that MAC was reading a BBS, ans people were posting stuff. Wonder what year that was.
"..with this, perfectly ordinary microcomputer..."
Fondly remember him intoning as above, drawing the viewers' attention to the Model A at his side.
Inspiring presenter and real expert (never knew he was a mathematician). A rare thing.
Re: Let me get this straight
"...IT departments... a new stakeholder... operations folks and engineers responsible for heavy machinery... butt helmets with engineers... IT will need to understand what engineers and operational technologists..." etc. etc.
What crazy book of nomenclature is this from ? These kind of ignorant terms for the technical world are rarely heard outside of the Radio 4 Today studio. Engi-what-now?
This new conversation may show IT in a good light, Steenstrup said, because IT shops have better software development processes than those in operations.
It's hard to comment on such wooly language, but the speaker appears to think that (if we take Ford Motors as an example) the powershellers in IT are better at programming than the C++ software engineers designing the adaptive cruise control for the next Fiesta. I give up.
It seems that any hard-to-guess password scheme will always be confoundedly hard to remember. This scheme is not an exception. It is easy to remember one location, but 23 or 123 locations would be no easier that 123 passwords. The same applies to the "keypad pattern" idea talked about a few years ago.
I would say large entropy and hard-to-remember is actually the same thing.
664 disk caper
I remember after the 664 was out, Amstrad started selling 3 inch "double density" disks for it. It soon emerged that these were identical the the "single density" disks already being sold for the 464, just re-badged, and more expensive. There was a fuss in the computer press, and it was something of an Arthur Daley moment for Alan Sugar (Minder was big), who shortly afterwards did the reverse-ferret and started selling just one type of disk, at the cheaper price.
I'm inspired by this article to order Sugar's autobiography. What You See is What You Get indeed!
Re: Sky's the limit
@ I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects
Hey bot shouldn't you be off ingesting Ulysses or something ?
The external modulator was rubbish.
The colour monitor was great. And it looked superb next the rented REDIFUSION telly that other home micros had to be plugged into. While you sat on the floor. Hey nice graphics Amiga, how they lookin' on the old FINLANDIA ?
Yeah that's right @AC. Alan Sugar was so useless, he took ownership of the 8 bit home computer boom, bought out his competitors, dominated the PC market, bought a football team, became a Sir, became a Lord. Now where is he ? Eh ? Well er, lounging round on his yacht in France, piloting his private jet, going on telly, being very fit on his bike, a top Twitterer, driving around his wife of 46 years in their Rolls Royce collection oh Alan where did it all go so terrible terribly wrong, if only you had -
Re: Time you went home
As I recall, colour screens sold far more than green, but Google draws a blank.
I hope that was the last time you were invited around, as you were a rude little oik.
No, he wasn't a rude little oik, he probably wasn't even alive at the time. Don't feed the trolls!
His mum asked me what I thought and I said "It's crap".
It has taken me 2 days to read every painstaking line of this great article, which I have enjoyed as much as the other 464'ers. Reg, you really shouldn't be giving this stuff away for free. Anyway, says Tony Smith:
I unfortunately never spent any serious length of time with a CPC....
I did. Using the 464 was a delight, like strolling around a splendid garden. Every part of it was bang on. The price was accessible. It was pleasant to handle. Even tiny details like the volume control were done well. Its abilities - programming in 80 cols, playing many games, doing serious word processing, using CP/M business apps - made it useful to the whole family and it became a true realization of what the 8 bit home computer had promised at the start.
My family went on to acquire green and colour 6128s, a 1640 PC and a PCW 8256, which, using Sage Accounts, ran the family engineering firm for circa 10 years. About that: staff would say how great the 8256 was, how quick it was to start and how bullet proof the hardware was. How often do you hear people in an office actually praise the server ?
Re: Badly configured
However multi-core, multi-threaded CPUs have an almost insatiable appetite for data. Any access latency is bad when the cores have to wait.
What cores are waiting for is an effective software model. Eg. my Firefox instance runs about 40 threads over 8 CPUs, but it is still almost as slow as it was in 2000. Tools like Gzip will hog 100% of one CPU to compress a huge media file while the other 7 sit idle.
Deduplication and similar technologies have stumbled through being great in principle but hard to engineer in the real world, so deployment is limited.
"No, I CAN'T write code myself"
Hearing that on the radio I crossed the room in annoyance to hit the off button.
And it's not called coding, it is called programming. At this rate, "coding" is going to become a flag word denoting the speaker is dumb.
Re: My Documents
That's why, on all my Windows computers whether XP, 7, or even 2000, I have the C: drive for the OS and programs, and I partitioned a D: drive for data only.
I have had the same /home partition going since 2007, while on another portion, Linux has been upgraded about 10 times.
But Redmond is discouraging that, pointing out that those who chose to do so “... will not be able to keep any files, settings, or applications when upgrading Windows XP, so they will need to back up all their files and locate any installation discs (or purchase confirmation emails) prior to doing the upgrade.”
because, to Microsoft, the idea of separating your OS and data partitions is an unknown concept. It is the norm in Unix since around '75, and other platforms before that. Admittedly, professional Wintel admins do it, kind of, by creating a D: drive, but that is plainly not what Microsoft assumes.
Searching the Reg' for "Cloud + Storage" mentions in 2013 gets you 44 pages of results. So let's take it as read that it's a hot topic.
Searching for Cloud + Storage anytime gets me 29 pages of results. Of the 20 articles on the first page, 10 are written by Chris Mellor. Hot indeed!
More of a Vangelis man myself.
Re: Oh, my!
I agree that music creators deserve to get paid fairly for their creations. Unfortunately the internet has never mastered micropayments, and instead Spotify et al follow vague and uninspiring business models that end up short-changing the creators. Mind you, even with CD sales, the original artist or composer, especially with classical music, can sometimes get a pittance (a few pence per CD) due to greedy music societies taking a much bigger big chunk.
We can still read ancient Egyptian scrolls after thousands of years. Because a scroll can just sit in a cave all that time. Not so digital data. It requires a digital infrastructure to exist always, and constant trans-coding due to technology advances. Even if you just lobbed a thumb drive into a tomb, would the machines to read it be around after 1000 yrs?
Some day a behemoth will appear offering proper social networking:
- proper confidentiality (a better word than privacy)
- customer retains ownership
- customer controls all data access.
ie. what it should have been from the start.
Re: Not like they're going to respect western IP anyway
For appley looks just try Pear. Surprisingly good.
Only if you have been listening to the energy suppliers.
Competition seems to work okay in the mobile market place.
I saw the Churchill Exhibition a couple of years ago. It was in a separate building, minded by an older chap in a tweed jacket who showed everybody around then left them to browse. He was passionate about it and his interest was infectious. He was also charming. Had it not been for him, we would not have stayed so long. I spoke to him on the way out, when he happened to mention that as well as minding the displays, he actually owned every item in the place.
"This will create a world class museum and heritage site which is a fitting memorial to the heroic Codebreakers of Bletchley Park making the site much more sustainable and accessible to growing numbers of visitors".
If so, my heart sinks. As soon are someone says "world class", you know you are dealing with idiots who will never listen. They will remake BP according to their own wants and you won't have any say.
Finally bought one after years as a Luddite. Smartphones can be amusing and help to pass the time in hotels, for example, Personally I still go for a newspaper if one is available. Really useful ? Only for calls/SMS. Everything else they do - the "smart" bits, a PC or dedicated device does better. He who uses the smartphone for everything is condemned to a UXP just as poor as the chap who eats curry with a Swiss army knife.
We are commenting on this ? Seriously ?
Re: Reg Commentard surely?
...skim the article, post a rant without reviewing the facts...
Words to live by.
Facebook raked in revenues of $7.87bn in 2013, up 55 per cent on the previous year, according to company filings published today.
The social network's latest finance reports show that in the final quarter of 2013 alone, sales climbed 63 per cent year-on-year to top out at $2.59bn.
The tobacco companies were riding a similar high circa 1967.
Best to submit your posts, tweets, and emails to the "would you say this in front of your mam" test, and re-write accordingly.
"Audiophile", especially the silly/expensive stuff, is relatively poor quality (sub hi-fi) kit sold to the domestic market, which p*ss-poor enthusiast magazines have been duping innocent (but usually non technical) music lovers into buying since around 1977. Monoblock amps, valves, etc .etc. have nothing to do with hi-fi.
Phew got that off my chest. Well the author says ...contemplative core... fabulous jolts as it climaxes... wonderful precision....It's like moving from a Trabant to a Mercedes." and so on and so on. That's great, but it sort of depends on what you were listening to before the sub woofer. I guess you were using rather small speakers ?
The article unjustified but well written. Fry may be annoying for many reasons, but he doesn't deserve to be assassinated just for making a few factual errors, and those debatable. This is not like his GPS howlers.
A better reaction might have been to send a compressed version of this article to the Torygraph letters page. Papers are usually reasonable about printing corrections, it might have got conversation going and improved understanding in the general public.
Unfortunately we don't need much encouragement to fling bile, and several head-banging commentards have already obliged, sticking the boot into Fry for no reason. Now Fry will summon a similar mob on Twitter (as happened last year) and we have defcon 3 for no good reason.
...applications are telling British and American intelligence agencies everything about you – from your location to your politics or whether you're part of the swinging set.
And even more shocking new research shows the pope is be a Catholic...