* Posts by Dave 13

26 posts • joined 26 Jun 2009

Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Evidence at the trial

As an avid cyclist, I think they should add front&rear cameras with a 30 second video buffer so the person who hit you with their car can be prosecuted for your death. This would be enough alone for me to buy the helmet. I've noticed an increasing number of front&rear GoPro cameras mounted on bikes lately.. expensive.

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It's a boxless, super-flash, hyper-converged world: But what'll we do for BULK STORAGE?

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WTF?

Jumpin Jack Flash

We've gone to all-flash on the tier-one storage (HP 7450) and backup to the cloud. Looked at cloud storage overall but response times were a bad joke. Speed of light will dictate what's useful and what isn't, not trendy CIO swarms flocking to the latest thing.

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HP starts a memristor-based space program to launch ... THE MACHINE

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Vision

Great to see some visionary thinking at Silicon Valley's seminal company. I wish them the best in this long and somewhat risky journey. This is the kind of thinking that might have saved Intel from the coming oblivion of the x86 architecture at the hands of Arm and spinoffs. Go HP, go..

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Mushroom

Wag

I suspect what we're seeing is the DPRK version of Wag The Dog - meant primarily for internal consumption and the establishment/preservation of Dear Leader Jr's power. That said, it could easily go horrible wrong and tyrn the DPRK into a nuclear wasteland. China is the key.

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Texas Higgs hunters mourn the particle that got away

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Facepalm

Better yet..

..what's in store for the LHC? In 5 years might it look much like the old SSC site? As several posters mentioned, where do we go from here? No obvious next step for the LHC..

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US officials confirm Stuxnet was a joint US-Israeli op

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Obama action figure

Obama wants so bad to star in his own fictional action movie that he'll harm US national security to thump his chest about his 'exploits'. I can see the packaging for the Obama action figure trumpeting his Stuxnet and Bin Laden cred.

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Samsung Galaxy S II punters get a lick of Ice Cream Sarnie

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Pint

Just a quick thought on productivity. This morning I awoke to find my corporate-managed laptop (Win 7 - arg..) totally banjaxed due to the latest patch wad. So I just used my Samsung Galaxy 2 to get my work done till my laptop can be restored. I find Android pretty much does what I want need doing, and if it had bluetooth screen and keyboard I could just use it without much thought instead of my Win laptop.

Who needs Wintel, separately or combined?

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Oracle gives Solaris 11 final spit and polish

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FAIL

Sosueme

Larry killed Solaris with his insane support pricing increases and the bullet he put in OpenSolaris' head. Good luck with Solaris 11, most customers are running away from Oracle as fast as they can.

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This just in: Brussels shatters CRT cartel

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FAIL

The EU is asleep at the wheel..

..and collecting a paycheck. Seriously, folks, they make the US DOJ look like gazelles. And places where they *should* be a roadblock (Oracle buyout of Sun comes to mind) they just putter around and eventually allow it.

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WTF?

Tax

When's the last time a tax or 'disposal fee' was actually killed when the reason for imposing it went away? Never. Taxes are forever, remember that.

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Oracle rises for Unix server push

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FAIL

Been there..

Sorry Larry, you're too greedy for my tastes. I'm in the process of moving off my old Sun iron onto x86 and off Oracle DBs (and Apps too.) I was in your camp till you shafted me with the HP BS then elected to only support your own Linux flavor, then only your own VM flavor - you know, I'm seeing a trend here.. How long before you announce you're not going to support Power?

The only folks likely to go for the T4 are those who can't move off SPARC for arcane reasons or those too stupid to avoid your taxes.

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Oracle rejects Google's man for mediation

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What's it all about, Larry?

Looks like Larry (E) is getting his panties in a wad because Larry (P) sent an underling to mediate with. Since when does Ellison get to pick who the other party sends to meetings? Does he think this is an America's Cup match where the Yacht club runs things? Piss off.

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IBM guns down Neon's mainframe accelerator in Texas

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If you can't change it, you don't own it..

Just *why* would any sane person use a mainframe these days?

Anyone?

Bueller?..

(Sound of crickets chirping)

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'Upgraded' Apple iMacs lock out hard drive replacement

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Magic=proprietary guts+marketing money

It seems the acme of corporate tech magic is to take commodity parts (memory, CPUs, hard drives) and wrap them up in mystery and 'magic'.

Take the iPad, iPhone, iMac, Macbook, and any other Apple product and you can see they charge astronomical prices for commodity parts. The difference in price between the 16GB and 64GB iPad is $200. Would you pay $200 for a 48GB of flash? Going price is about $60 on eBay.

If you can't open it/upgrade it, you don't really own it.

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Dell crams two four-way Opterons into cloudy server

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FAIL

and then??

So, you fill a 42U rack with 21 of these and you now find it draws 32 KW and you can't power it or cool it. Sounds like progress to me..

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Guru: Oracle's storage strategy is 'screwy'

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FAIL

Larry's wallet

The only place Exadata scales is in Larry's wallet..

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Ford cars get draconian parental controls

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Speed ^, Volume v

How about an option that inversely links radio volume to max speed? Wanna go over 60? No radio to distract you. As a father of 3 teens, this sounds pretty damn good.

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Oracle sues Google over Java in Android

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FAIL

The Larry

Forgive me for being a bit cynical, but you have to wonder why Oracle didn't sue any of the wireless carriers or handset makers. Could it be that Google has something Oracle wants other than deep pockets? The value of Sun in the long term to Oracle may be its IP vault. "Sue the bastards" isn't much of a business strategy but if you're sitting on top of Sun (dwindling value), it may be all you have.

Larry strikes me as more of a Go player than a Chess master. I wonder what his endgame looks like here? Quash OSS as a philosophy? Make all bow on bended knee to The Larry? Pardon me if I look elsewhere for my DB, HW and Middleware needs..

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Oracle's Java police derailed by Google TV

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Coat

De Facto -vs- De Jure

Sun had the same fixation with control as Oracle seems to. The "you can't have it your way" attitude and rampand fragmentation killed Handset Java (J2ME/CLDC), while Android could only have flourished under a name other than Java. SavaJe was Sun's last attempt to de-fragment and wrest control of mobile Java but was to little and waay too late.

As with many pseudo-standards, evolution will trump lawsuits in the Java/Android world. Oracle can try and mount an offense of Android, but why? Revenue on mobile java has slowed to a trickle and Android phones are a runaway success. Oracle's best bet would be to swallow it's (considerable) pride and seek peace with ASF and welcome Android into the Java fold. Failure to do this will just make Oracle look like fussy old farts.

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Mozilla sidesteps iPhone code ban with Firefox Home

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Welcome

Zen of users

"When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion."

— Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values)

Clearly, there are two kinds of mobile users out there - those for whom it's just a tool to get things done and those for whom it's a religious/cultural/style exercise. That the former are willing to make or improve some of their tools makes them likely android users is fine with me. That there are hordes of the other kind is also fine with me.

My confusion is when the respective camps complain about each other's app model and control. It is what it is, folks - life is full of little choices, some of them hard.

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Nokia: digital SLRs are doomed

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Go

DSLRs are much more than sensor

It's not a replacement, but a merger. I think you'll see DSLR cameras at the upper end (Canon/Nikon, etc) begin to have more communications and computing functions in the near future. Today's DSLRs are *much* more than just a sensor with some glass in front. I'll admit that mobile phone cameras have come a long way, but would you film your daughters wedding with one?

To see what someone who knows what he's talking about is thinking, look at Thom Hogan's site: http://www.bythom.com

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'Switch to Century Gothic to save the planet'

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Boffin

Open Office

Century Gothic is not one of the supported fonts in OpenOffice 3 (at least not on my Mac), so phooey on the author. Arial pleases my old eyes.

But there is a bigger issue in this story. When Liberal Arts Colleges hire from their own graduate pool they tend to dumb down their own IT departments, creating droves of yes-people with pixel-counting methodologies and overly simplistic theories.

I supported a corporate tech-writing group "way back then" when we got a "save money or die" edict from on high. They came up with numerous new requirements - like font changes and thinner paper - ignoring bottom-up suggestions such as fewer inch-thick printouts in the first place.. Sometimes the bottom line really is the bottom line, but in this case the changes actually increased ink/paper/energy use. Technology changes, but people stay more or less the same.

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Sun's Sparc server roadmap revealed

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EU proctologists

With the EU doing way, way more paranoid "due diligence" than any sane person would think normal, Oracle and Sun really *can't* collude on plans until the deal is finalized. Way to go IBM/HP..

All Oracle can really do at this point is what they're doing now. Saying what they plan without any real ability to execute (yet.)

I'd not bet too much against Larry and his boys, they have a habit of winning, ans Sun has been declared dead more times than I can remember.

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Google polishes Chrome into netbook OS

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Pint

the sound of one hand clapping

True enough that this is a threat to Apple as well as M$. Who wins? *We* do, as competition will only improve the offerings and drive down prices. There is a limit to the number of market players for applications ecosystems like MacOS/iPhone/iTunes or Windows/Win Mobile of maybe 3 or 4 major players. With Goog's customer base, they can certainly be one of them. Can't wait to see the fireworks..

If a chair is thrown in the jungle and no one gives a shit, does it really matter?

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HP switches to DC for telcos

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Depth

Sun (Oracle Real Soon Now) does a pretty good job with "twisting" their X64 and Sparc NEBS rack servers into a 20" depth formfactor. And the relaxed NEBS standards mainly apply to new construction, not existing installations so are somewhat limited in application.

These systems look much like commercial HP kit with new power supplies rushed through NEBS Cert. Looks like all the other HW vendors are licking their chops for Sun's telco market. I'd expected a more complete offering from HP though.

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Rogue knob could ground space shuttle Atlantis

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WTF?

Red X

I know of a C-130 (a fairly special one) where a socket wrench socket fell into a maintenance opening between the inner and outer skins of the plane, making sounds like a pachinko game till it came to rest somewhere in the belly of the plane.

Nothing short of un-riveting the front belly of the plane would retrieve it, and even that might not work. They marked the plane as "not flyable" for a week while they thought hard on the problem. Eventually, when it was becoming an issue up the chain of command, they said WTF and just flew it anyway.

I'm guessing that won't happen here for lots of reasons.

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