240 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009
Real sysadmins couldn't be bothered by social media...
Re: Some nice messages
One of my FAVORITE things as a sysadmin is telling a dev they can't have root. It's even more fun when they ask why...
GURPS like a tax form? That's what I thought of when I saw 3rd edition rules. Best part of GURPS was that you could use what you wanted, and throw out the rest. Space adventure? No problem. Fantasy? Steam Punk? Whatever, change the tools, the rules stayed the same. I still can't understand why it didn't get wider adoption.
Way back in the day we tried D&D, Rolemasters (RULEmasters is what that one should have been caled), RuneQuest (still have the original set), Traveller, and others. None compared to the simplicity of GURPS. Well, maybe RuneQuest, but combat sucked. How many times can you get clipped at the knees and end up on the ground before you have had enough? :D
Re: So variable
My Sony receiver is probably 8 years old and going strong. Much to my chagrin. I really want a new one with HDMI switching and keep waiting for this one to die, but it just WON'T!
That said, the Carosel DVD player I bought along with it died within 2 years.
And then I did it again. I bought a Sony BD player. It really is nice. I have an android app I can use to control it via Wi-Fi, and it does all sorts of neat things that I don't use. :) Chances are, when my Vizio TV bites the dust (is that ever going to happen?) I'll buy a Bravia or whatever the latest is just so I can integrate my controls.
So, they can do SOME things right, just not much compared to days of old.
Re: Rhetoric vs Reality
Pretty sure Apple WERE on the brink of going under. Might want to take the Apple Kool aid glasses off...
As for the service. Seems spendy to me. $10/month for a mere 2 hours? Off peak even? No wonder it tanked.
And with the already ridiculous insurance rates in the UK, that has to be pretty steep.
“Data Directive litigation troll”.
Better a data directive litigation troll than a marketing troll. The worst of the worst. And yes, he should sue them for liable.
Bandwidth Not The Issue
The issue isn't bandwidth for these guys. It's coverage. I would gladly switch from AT&T here in the states, but not to Verizon (bad experience). However, the only alternatives have been these two other players, both of whom have dismal rural coverage. Combining the two will make a bigger company with the same problem. Not sure how this is a benefit to the consumer...
Cloud Computing Is Here To Stay.
Why? Because that is where big companies and small are putting their money. If you want a slice of that money, you had better be ready to play the game. Executives think it is nifty because they fall for marketing BS. Executives are the ones that let you keep your job.
You have two options.
Become an integrator of said systems and make them work for your current employer.
Become an engineer for a company that provides cloud computing services.
Well, technically you have 3, do neither and find yourself in the bread line in 5 years because your skills have become irrelevant.
Personally, I am with most of the posters here, and don't put anything I value in the cloud. Come to think if it, I don't put a thing out there. I'd rather have my data on my systems. That being said, my last two jobs have been with one small and one large [software company in Redmond] SaaS providers.
Obama Talks a Lot
Obama has been "Talking a mean game" for years now. Thing is,his words are worth less than the air used to speak them. He is a total joke and laughing stock. No wonder his administration is keeping mum on this. Too bad, really. He could actually do something good and speak for neutrality and maybe put this one to bed once and for all. Then again, maybe he is getting a kick back for keeping mum.
However, this isn't the 90's and what Google will end up with is another variant of their Nexus line. Some will buy it while the rest of the world + dog will continue to buy what they see in the mob store of their choice. If carriers don't pick these things up, then they won't sell. Period. The introduction of Silver and the theories stated here forget the deep relation that mob carriers have with manufacturers. These guys want their value add software on the phones to tie customers to their services for long periods of time. Introducing a clean Google version of software that is already Google, but without the carrier bits is going to turn them off (the carriers), leaving this one for sale on the Google store only.
Not to mention, Google is becoming less and less popular as people become aware of how much of their daily lives they are sucking into their marketing machine. I can't see the public welcoming a pure Google experience with open arms at this point in the game.
Still, an outage of much smaller scale than the last time around for MS and AWS..
At today's current stock price $571.94 (pre split), each share holder is going to get an amazing .5% earnings. Note the decimal point. They may be paying out large sums in total, but the investors are taking it up the arse on this one. They only way an investor is going to make money on Apple in the near future is going to be to SELL before their market value goes in the crapper...
What a perfect end to the work week - Arguing about Apple! (one of my fav pastimes)
It has been 4 years and 22 days since the iPad was available for purchase
Whatever the interval is.... The point is that since the iPad, there has been zero new product release from Apple. No, wait, I take that back, the mini pad. But then, that was just a panicked interation to compete with the Kindle Fire and Nexus tablets. And iterations don't count.
One thing no one has mentioned here is the stock split. A 7 way split to drum up some interest from lower dollar investors should certainly be a warning sign that this company is in trouble. Couple that with no real new product release in years and you surely have some very nervous people in Cupertino. Yes, they are sitting on mountains of cash, but one has to wonder what the bleed rate is these days.
Apple capitolized on two existing markets in their recent past: Cell Phone, and portable music. Both of these industries were already well established markets that have seen fantastic growth over the last 10 years due to miniaturization. The PC industry has taken a hit from this, and I wager that Apple is in no way insulated from the decline.
That pretty much sums up all 3 of their market profiles. Watches? Digital wallet? Spouting nonsense about the newest product being "just around the corner" while Japan, Korea, and China are wiping the floor with Apple? None of these things are going to make the company beeelions of dollars in the coming years. They will decline into also ran territory in the next 10 years. Unfortunately for them, there won't be a Steve Jobs to come back to the company and rescue them as he did the last time they almost went bankrupt. When that day comes, we will all suffer agony at the hands of Apple fanbois who remember how it used to be...
Not really. Does no one here remember that idiotic red dot app that people went nuts over several years ago? I Am Rich was the name.
Act Like a President...
Maybe if Obama acted like a world leader instead of "one of the guys" he wouldn't have to deal with this sort of thing?
taking selfies is fine if you are a private individual, but I'm sorry, I expect more mature behavior out of my president. Unfortunately I'm stuck with this idiot for a few more years...
Looks like the ring adapter for external lens mounts that Canon uses on the PowerShot series...
And don't give me crap about "Break Away" features. That is Apple's fancy way of saying that at some point the plastic will break, just like anything else in the world...
Trustwave notes that most users, it seems, don't encrypt their wallets, which seems somewhat rash to The Register. ®
No more rash than the entire idea of non-insured digital currency...
@AC. Yes, throwing money into the street probably would have been just as smart with less hand wringing in the end.
Mine's the one with the old fashioned wallet in the pocket, full of insured debit/credit cards and real cash money...
Re: Sad Prius Driver
Lol. You obviously didn't do your research before buying a VW. They have the most dodgy electrical systems out there. Well, maybe next to Mercedes. Can't tell you how many times I've seen new VWs going down the road with shorted tail lights.
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
You might want to watch this video before you continue to extol the virtues of 60s heavy metal...
Am I missing something here? I tried Opera a few times and it was rubbish. Slow, awkward, and generally not pleasant to use. Then they started charging for what everyone else was giving away for free. What is the draw then?
And this guy is also out of touch with reality. Mozilla? FF is a POS and is buggy. It stopped being the "good" alternative browser years ago.
Jassy, criticised private clouds for inadequacy, as a futile attempt by legacy IT vendors to build sand-bagged walls trying to hold back the rising tide of the public cloud.
Says the man offering his own, larger, offering.
JustAGeek said it best. Only YOU care about your data. The big players care about overall reliability, not specific customers. A smaller shop might sell you a private cloud solution and be able to provide you with far superior support in time of crisis. And it is fairly obvious that the big players, while having a variety of offerings, and lots of big infra, are woefully not ready for prime time. If your business, as one of my former employers was, is riding on the AWS and it goes down (like it did last year), your sites are down. Period. That is NOT good for business no matter how you spin it.
I applaud the effort! This sort of idiotic trademarking shouldn't be allowed. If enough devs do this there is no way their legal dept can keep up with the case load. :)
Mines the one with the Skittles in the pocket...
I was interested after reading the title because I use a Nexus 7 on my fishing boat for GPS chartplotting. It is a cheap way to get nav and while reasonably rugged for a tablet with the Sidio full case on it, it worries me in a salt environment. Something like the Panasonic would be great. Too bad it has Windows RT. I know a Linux distro could be put on it but then I'd be fighting with drivers and the like. No thanks. I'd rather be fishing on my time off than "working" :)
Mine's the one with the 20 pound King Salmon rotting in the pocket...
if it "came with" ???
Since when does the fruity firm GIVE anything away? If it was indeed an apple i device, and did make it to market as a phab, you can bet your ass that the base unit will allow hand held calls, and an official, white BT adapter will be available for 3 times the market price of other BT headsets...
"The car is becoming the ultimate mobile device,"
Um. I thought it already WAS the ultimate mobile device. Seriously, who pays these people to say such idiotic things?
Re: Well when you can't nick others R&D...
They are ALL rubbish, not just Samsung's. As the poster above said, it is a solution looking for a problem.
Re: Such memories.....
I played the full X Y axis cabinet once back in 88. It was awesome. Spent most of the time upside down...
I remember having crowds behind me when I played Darius. For some reason that game clicked and I could make it all the way through on one life. Never got me any chicks though!
Arguring on the internet! ;)
I find that the large battery is pretty freaking nice. I can go 2 days with light use, 1.5 with heavy. Runs everything I need without lag, great display, good fit for my eyes. What more is there to want? Also, it isn't that heavy. At 4.59oz, it is a mere half an ounce heavier than the iPhone. Not much to complain about there. Oh, and I can put an SD in it and have as much storage as I want without paying a bull shit premium for it thank you very much.
Oh I don't think so. I have an S4 that I bought on purpose. Far more powerful than any Apple kit. And a screen that you can actually read without glasses...
Re: Not quite what you wanted
Oh, I had forgotten about Tente. I also got one of thse one year for Christmas. And yes, grossly incompatible with Lego.
"To a late 1970s kid, those silver switches, the fake wood and the whole design seemed glamorously American"
And indeed it was! Mine had a great glitch that I exploited for amazing high scores in Space Invaders. If the power switch was jiggled during power on, it would allow double shots. You could tell if it worked or not by watching the spalsh screen. Two shots in succession meant that you were ready to smash alien invaders!
What a surprise to see the FX570. I had that calculator and have held on to it for a nubmer of years. Alas, when I pulled it out of a box last year to give to my middle school kid, the unit wouldn't power on any more.
Safe in the 'Cloud'
Our shop uses git for code repository. Mostly because someone thinks its 'neato' and 'everyone is doing it'.
As a security minded sysadmin I think it is the biggest, most idiotic thing in the world to put your closed source, private business software out in the cloud so that it can be subjected to any number of vulnerability probes, DDoS attacks, or what ever the flavor of the week is. This puts your customers at risk, and puts your company at risk by putting your business critical source code in the hands of those who have nothing to do with your money making and assure you that it is secure.
I'm all for cloud storage of..., no, wait, no I'm not. I'm to paranoid to put ANYTHING out there. Pictures, letters, documents, you name it, I'll keep it close to the chest at all times when it comes to my personal data thank you very much.
Mines the one with the bag of popcorn in it.
this is BS
OMG! I had totally forgotten about Prodigy and ComuServ. Earthlink, netZero, others?
Here is a good laugh.
aren't those purported iPhone 5C colors a wee bit unsophisticated?
Gotta keep it cheap looking so that it doesn't compete with the vaunted iPhone 1 meeelion.
you are looking at them wrong
@Gavin Park Weir
You are so cute when you are clueless. ;)
At my shop we have a 10gb/sec connection just for our corp traffic. Our dedicated backnet is also 10gb/sec, strictly for our operations traffic. Our front end is 30bg/sec if I am not mistaken. We aren't traders, just a SAaS business with average bandwidth needs. It is pretty common...
Solution is Easy
Stay off of porn sites and you won't be subjected to this crap.
Wow. That advert made me throw up a litte.
Wearables. Meh. I'd like to see them pull it off. Then I could watch and laugh at all the drones with their new Dick Tracy watches.
Surprising, really. I picked up an S4 for the wife when they came out and then one for myself a few weeks later. Fantastic kit. Plenty fast, smooth operation, etc. Easily rooted too. I have no worries about it being powerful in 2 years. It is powerful now, why wouldn't it be powerful later?
And at the time they weren't easy to come by, at least not in black. That would assume either large numbers of phones flying off shelves (as indicated by the 20 million figure) or a lower supply. 20 million is still a huge amount of phones to ship.
Ah, I think you are right. Wow. IOS users have been faced with that crap for how long? How embarassing!
Game Center Looks Childish
The new game center home screen looks like something you would find on any of the numerous flash or java powered game sites my kids play on. In other words, like total crap. Apple seem to have gone from sleek minimalist to throwing a bunch of crap on the screen and hoping the drones will love it because it is "new".
I certaily hope the new iPhone is not just more of the same form factor with the new IOS on it. If it is, then it will probably be the death knell for Apple mobile. Skinny screens and nice build only go so far...
DARPA is a government entity, not a private business. THAT is the difference there.
Government in the US is supposed to be for the people, not for the government. It is more and more becoming for the government and less for the people. As a tax payer, I'm sick of it. End the entitlements, end the back room deals, end the pork barrel spending which is just payback in a thin disguise. Put the government back to work as intended, a steward of the country.
Go ahead and TD, if you don't live here you don't get it or don't care if you do. Keep looking at shiny things.
2. The taxpayers got their money back with interest. Why do you care how the government invests if they are making a profit on it?
The government is not/should not be in the business of investing or making a profit. Period. Tax payers don't benefit from this particular loan because we won't be getting a check back for the money we loaned out (with interest). The powers that be will just spend it on something else. So, no, it isn't a win for us. Also, you can't compare this sort of thing to money for a tank a jet or whatever. Those things are national defence (somewhat...) and are for the greater good.
That being said, good job Tesla for paying back and keep up the good work. The 4 door looks great.
Also, this is a far cry better than Fiskar and the 5 billion that we wasted on that back scratching pay out.
Re: "How about you spend that fat cash on making a better product "
Only problem with the Mac PC commercials is that eventually it backfired and people started loving the goofy PC guy more than Justin Longs character. Snarkey cool dude only goes so far before it starts looking like smug cool dude, which no one cares for...
Wrong and Right
You lot are all wrong on the beer thing. I've had my share of British beers. Boring. Guiness? A stout? Ahahahaha, barely. It's drinkable mind you, but here on the West Coast there are numerous stouts that put it to shame. Its my last ditch go to when nothing else good is on tap. Cascade hops are good and what the brewers are doing with those and other hops is fantastic. Imperial IPAs are some of the most complex tasting beverages you will ever drink. And the 9-11% alcohol doesn't hurt! Best part is, with the revolution in brewing going on in this country, you can find a quality micro brewery easily. My small town of 8k has 3!
And yes, Microsoft is in the toilet. Windows mobile is so so and Windows 8 is a first rate pain in the ass to use. They had better do something very quickly to clean up their mess or their market share is going to take a long dive into oblivion.
Oh, and no one is screaming about it because everyone loves to hate Microsoft and everyone LOVES Apple, right?
Nice to see R-Type on there - one of my all time favorites and something I still play on MAME from time to time.
wow. A lot of nonsense on this article. Definately a lot of folks who have never used handguns but like to talk the big game. I'm not a soldier, but I do own handguns (for now a privelege of being a US citizen). My fav is the Glock 19. Utterly reliable, simple, and accurate (and as stated, easy to take down). It isn't elegant or fancy, but it gets the job done.
As for rounds carried and stopping power, do some reading on combat engagements, the US Army did after WW2. They found that the caliber of a weapon is far less important than the number of rounds you can throw at the enemy. In engagements with enemy forces, it was multiple shots to connect, not awesome Jon Wu style gunfights with massive editing to make the good guys look good. With that in mind, lighter caliber rounds and more of them are the adopted theory that the US took, hence the AR series of rifle. Light ammunition, more of it, and the ability to saturate a target area. Same goes for a hand gun.
Re: Shoulda gone with Akamai
Ya, but Akamai is expensive. :D
We use it here at work and our management keeps coming to me asking if there is a cheaper alternative. I keep saying,yes, but when was the last time we had an outage because of Akamai? The answer is never.
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