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BlackBerry chief vows: We'll focus on 'core devices' and on, er, NOT LOSING MONEY

CheesyTheClown

What's the need they're trying to fill?

It's been a while since I've seen a Blackberry product. I have almost no knowledge of them as they stand now. I know that there's iPhone and Samsung right now. There are a ton of ankle biters like Microsoft and HTC as well.

Consider that the entire ages 13+ market in the western world is already saturated and everyone who will own a phone does own a phone. That means that companies like Microsoft, HTC and Blackberry have to either convince people to switch or need to make their devices so cool and cost effective that kids will want them.

Also, almost all kids that will have budgets for smart phones when they reach 13+ will probably have been using mom and dad's last generation of phone for a few years already. So they will already have most of their stuff on either iPhone or Android.

What exactly is it about the Blackberry which makes it so that people would consider switching from either iPhone or Android to their platform. So far as I know, the only differentiating factor they've ever claimed to have is security. I actually would never ever buy a device which claims to be secure. That just means they haven't been targeted enough yet.. it also means to me that if that's their central focus for sales, they will be better at hiding when they do get hacked to avoid damaging their reputation for as long as they can.

Does Blackberry offer anything that :

a) Will make me look cooler to my friends?

b) Will make my life so much easier that I can't live without it?

c) Provide at least on-par media, navigation, etc... services with what either Apple, Google, Amazon or even Microsoft are already offering internationally?

d) Doesn't make me feel as if I lost something by moving?

e) Have they caught up on services like Siri style voice systems?

f) Can they do things like real time voice language translation services like Google can yet?

g) Can It run Office?

h) Is it compatible with major services like OneDrive, DropBox, etc...

This is why Nokia lost their asses. They sold phones while Apple sold fashion and Google sold services.

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BEHOLD Apple's BENEVOLENCE! iMessage txt BLACK HOLE finally fixed

CheesyTheClown

Re: F#ck me!

Agreed. When I heard the 6 was coming, I decided to see what it would be like to have one. So, I walked around for two hours a day with a toaster held to the side of my head to try it.

I came to the realization that no only did it look almost as stupid as using a tablet computer as a telephone (thing jumbo galaxy thing), but it was just plain uncomfortable.

I decided to stay with the phone which actually fits in my pocket.

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Will EMC swallow cloudy upstart? These analysts seem to think so

CheesyTheClown

Am I the only one...

Am I the only one which wonders why EMC even bothers anymore. Their storage solution has become so unusable that most of the largest customers I know of in a few countries left them. Their virtualization solution has become too messy and a gigantic unnavigable cludge of modules that it makes sense to look elsewhere to have something more cost effective even if it's not as complete.

I thank EMC for having been on of the great founders of many technologies. They were an amazing innovator. Maybe it's time they just rolled aside and let the new, more agile guys take over.

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

CheesyTheClown

Agreed

I've been calling myself Lord Darren for several years now and I have documents from respectable standardization committees validating my title as such. I also have students who refer to me as Lord Darren. My children when they want something refer to me "Lord Master Commander of the Universe".

As such it becomes much easier for people to more properly identify me as opposed to others.

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Breaking news: Man with Apple shares really wishes they were worth even more

CheesyTheClown

Another dumb ass investor

Guys like Icahn have become rich by investing in companies they don't understand. They follow trends and depend on hype alone to alter the value of a company. Today it was announced that the Norwegian company FunCom has made a partnership with Intel for one of their games. The stock is going wild. Up 23.5% since the announcement and based on normal Norwegian dumb ass investor trend will probably go another 10 on top of that before leveling.

First of all, the share holders have no idea what Funcom does or how their business works.

Second the investors have far less of an idea what Intel does or how their business works.

Third investors go nuts over partnerships which exist for no other purpose except for making announcements that sound positive to drive share value up.

I genuinely believe that there should be laws regulating and controlling what people are allowed to invest in. Icahn should probably be blocked altogether. He is a predator and does more harm than good.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

CheesyTheClown

It's an Apple product. Delete and reinstall

People complaining about performance issues should do as some of the others have mentioned. Spend an hour backing up your phone to a PC. Then delete the entire device to factory defaults. Then reinstall the entire OS. The pray your backup actually worked since it doesn't always.

It's an Apple product. It's not supposed to be reliable, dependable or fast. It's supposed to be fashionable. If your data is that important, then you aren't cool enough to use Apple.

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

CheesyTheClown

Effective?

I installed this encryption on a phone and took 50 pictures, opened the phone, desoldered the flash, JTAGed a few others and backed up the data and socketed the flash, remounted it and got through the PIN on average in 300 tries.

It takes 15 minutes in a lab environment. I plan on making some dough on personal data recovery from broken iPhones.

I just don't see this as effective. It's hardly even an inconvenience. I think I could build a briefcase sized robot to do the whole job.

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IBM goes gunning for Intel with Nvidia GPU-charged Power8 servers

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Re: It never ceases to amuse me

I almost got my ass kicked by a guy at Oktoberfest this weekend for playing that exact same type of word game.

Microsoft's NT was both of these things. It wasn't that MS turned OS/2 into NT, it was that IBM believed that NT was supposed to be the next generation of OS/2 until such time as MS said "we don't need to sell this to IBM". This is almost proved by the fact that early versions of NT actually shipped with an OS/2 subsystem and if I recall correctly, HPFS support. At that time, OS/2's desktop manager (can't remember the nifty name power something I think) was almost exactly the same between OS/2 1.2 and Windows 3. This is why it was so easy to port code.

IBM got really burned on that deal because as you mentioned, the VMS style kernel was substantially better than the half baked solution from IBM in OS/2 v2. The bad part for MS was that it took 12 years before x86 could handle such advanced technology gracefully. Now, I have a Arduino style board from Intel which is running the NT kernel... supported... by Microsoft. Who'd have ever imagined I'd be running Windows NT to change the color of an LED inside a cat toy?

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HEVC patent prices are out. Look who's NOT at the codec party: Microsoft and Google

CheesyTheClown

Re: Just one more step required...

I used to work for one of the patent holders on H.263 and H.264 and they actually used the possibility of patent payments as a means of lying their asses off for shareholders and hyping the stock.

Oddly, I don't see why this is a big deal for Google. It's a valuable decoder and avoiding paying the $25 million will probably cost them $50 million.

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ARMs head Moonshot bodies: HP pops Applied Micro, TI chips into carts

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Re: Ubuntu - Seriously?

This is a tool which is designed to provide DSP processing resources which will ship with development tools and support under one OS. Most of the features involved included shared memory access and synchronization between an ARM processor and 8 DSP cores.

I just can't imagine why the OS would even matter for you. I guess you want to buy a really expensive DSP box and redesign it from scratch?

BTW... do you actually have any idea what a DSP is or how it works and where you would use it?

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CheesyTheClown

Really?

TI's DSP toolchain has sucked fantastically for years. Their GCC tools for DSP are horrible. Their C++ compiler is trash. Debuggers are even worse in most cases. They keep building their DSPs as if they are trying to make them general purpose computing friendly. It attracts shitty developers who can't write pipelined code and then complain about how poorly the DSP performs.

The TI DSP just doesn't offer good performance per watt per dollar spent developing anymore.

These days, it is 100 times smarter to implement a system based for example on Altera's tools which start by simply providing a general purpose processor in a relatively small footprint. Then you can profile your code and develop VHDL, Verilog or SystemC pipelines to improve performance. This allows multi-stage single clock pipelines to be implemented directly in logic which will provide substantially more performance per watt. Even better, you don't even feel like you've been robbed because the compiler sucked.

It's a shame that HP did this... but I guess some dumb ass will buy a pile of these and write code that will never run on anything new. Seems like a stupid investment to use this technology and a very unlikely investment to pay off.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

CheesyTheClown

Who cares about Emma Watson?

Emma shower promise back when she was on her way to getting an education and doing something useful.

Now she's just a Hollywood airhead whining about being threatened with naked pictures. If she hadn't lost gray matter and just became a Hollywood useless person, it might matter.

She is such a huge disappointment and I hope my daughter is never ever like her. My daughter will grow up to have a brain and use it. She grew up with a brain and let it rot. I'd be so disappointed if my little girl ever grows up to be a victim like her.

I love her as an actress but I have absolutely no use for her as a person.

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EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper

CheesyTheClown

Re: For Cisco...

Why would Cisco want that flea ridden dog? They finally dumped them... Too bad it was for NetApp, but at least invicta is coming along well now.

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Re: VMware a positive or a negative?

Cisco just made a huge product refresh and it's all about Hyper-V, System Center and OpenStack.

Cisco doesn't even make new drivers build for UCS VMFEX on VMware anymore.

I don't think we'll see any love there. Besides EMC doesn't do anything Cisco can't do better with storage.

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Re: Enter Cisco from stage left...

Maybe, but VMware is Soooo 2012. UCS and Hyper-V is amazing and UCS with OpenStack is getting even more amazing.

VMware is so spread out that just shrinking their product line to what is useful would be a major problem and Cisco couldn't manage a software company like this.

EMC products are really just aging and collecting dust. They were interesting back when reliability cost a lot. But their performance is poor and they're just not so impressive anymore. Cisco doesn't need them and invicta already is looking MUCH better. Why would Cisco want to burden themselves with 10 year old rusty SAN tech? A 4U disk drawer with 40 10gig disks for near line is all they need to make invicta rock.

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Gigantic bazaar Alibaba WILL turn share price up to 11, er, $68 for biggest IPO ever in US

CheesyTheClown

Re: It may not be worth more than Amazon

Been there many times and never bought anything because every time I start to check out, the price goes up or I need to buy quantity 10 or something like that. I don't think I've ever found someone on there which wasn't an insane scam. :(

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Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables

CheesyTheClown

Re: No need to splice fibres to evesdrop

I was going to say the same. You can easily side tap a fibre. To maximize SnR, it's best to do it really close to the source if possible. A simple machine which consists of a small scale industrial ceramic shielded hole saw surrounded by a silicone sealed rubber boot can easily penetrate the shielding of the fibers and allow insertion of a tap. I don't think it would cost me more than $50,000 in development to build a deep sea robot for tapping 208 fibres with minimal loss and zero downtime. With $200,000, I could probably manage multi-wavelength as well.

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Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut

CheesyTheClown

Sarcasm?

This was sarcasm wasn't it?

If you don't constantly improve yourself, you lose value. I wouldn't hire someone who wasn't self motivated to keep their skills above and beyond.

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Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec

CheesyTheClown

No hardware, no docs

If they want the U.S. or Europe, they need to write documentation, books and training material in English. They need to make some desktop switches with enterprise features and get then out there. Give a few away even.

If I want a Huewei, I'll buy an HP.

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Tech starfleet: Will EMC Federation survive a Tucci departure?

CheesyTheClown

Smart guy!

Good thing he's leaving while they still have some customers. At the rate they're pissing off customers and moving from partner to friendemy status with everyone else, it's smart to leave before people notice he severely screwed that pooch.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

CheesyTheClown

But Samsung uses Android

I don't understand... Windows Phone, iOS and Android all suck... At variable levels. iPhone stability is questionable. Windows Phone Store only carries apps like "Get 50 hot naked pictures every day" which is categorized under "Family". Android is the OS which needs a google search engine because there's no hope or finding anything otherwise. Let's not forget it's slow as hell and personal hotspot requires a reboot every fourth time you use it. It's good that they make the phones large enough to store a laptop battery since a 4" model lasts 3 hours on a charge. Want an OS update for Android to get the new features? You should consider a new phone.

See what people forget about iPhone and iOS is that it sucks less. If no one is going to make a phone worth a damn, that's what we can aim for. Out of the three, it just sucks less. I think Apple should use that to sell iPhone too. Their marketing team should love it. Tag Hauer "Big enough to show that you're a slave to time from across a room crowded with stuffed shirts". Or Burberry "Impress the other ladies with your stylish old catholic nun looks".... Apple iPhone "We suck less"

I wanted a new iPhone until I saw how big they'd be. I'm upset though that summer vacation added some weight and my pants are a bit tight. Maybe this is the legitimate excuse I needed to buy new jeans. "I bough a new iPhone, I had to get pants with big pockets... And an elastic waste"

I'll test to see if it's comfortable talking into this weekend by walking around with my toaster held to my face.

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

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And I say there screwed by Symbian

Symbian sold a religion. While Windows CE would run on 1MB of RAM like Symbian and as well as Symbian and it would work on a 16Mhz CPU as well as Symbian, Symbian kept selling their OS to companies like Nokia and Ericsson as if it was revolutionary (and everything they did had to be a revolution... It was against the rules to actually learn from everyone else's mistakes, they had to make the same mistake differently and more fabulously), after all, Symbian didn't need lots of RAM or CPU!!!

Of course, we sat there at Opera busting our asses endlessly making a browser which struggled like hell to run by using every CPU cycle twice to somehow constantly redecode images because we couldn't even store one copy in RAM. After all, who needs RAM on a device which is a Symbian device.

We busted out butts making a browser that could run with that dumb ass priority active objects scheduler which guaranteed that there was no hope of running JavaScript. Symbian told us we weren't doing it right! We explained it's not us but the JavaScript and people should change their web pages. The entire web was supposed to bend around Symbian.

Then there was the fact that Symbian was so perfect, you didn't need a debugger or even printf(). That was an awesome example of OS stupidity. Who needs to debug software when if you do it the Symbian way, it would be perfect. Then there was the inherited UI stupidity where ever vendor would make a new skin by inheriting... This meant ever Symbian app had to be compiled for every different phone. Then there was the amazingly mind bogglingly stupid executable format which said that Symbian wouldn't need up by actually having and executable file format. No ELF, no COFF... They instead would build library exports using an EXE post processor.

Then there was the developer tool cockup. There was a point they actually wanted people to use the ARM compiler which cost $5000. They had their own ass backwards make system.

Symbian was the company who couldn't get one damn thing right and Nokia execs who didn't want to admit how bad they screwed the pooch kept sinking more money into it thinking it couldn't possibly get worse.

In the end, Apple and Google made operating systems and phones that started with an awesome operating system foundation. They threw RAM and CPU into the system and spent money extending battery life through intelligent hardware design that allowed the phone to power down circuits. Symbian died with the Psion and no one figured that out until 14 years later.

Symbian from the day they changed the name from EPOC32 was fish oil and all the people who perpetuated it should be used for misconduct. The engineers on the project (especially the moron who did the cleanup stack crap) should be blacklisted from anything to do with technology. They lied to everyone who then lied to everyone else. Symbian killed massive companies and little ones too. Everyone blames Elop, but the Symbian advocates killed Nokia.

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EMC has nothing to say on VMware sale plan

CheesyTheClown

Is EMC stillin business?

I thought EMC have up on storage. They also have up on making an administrator friendly virtual infrastructure. I thought they focused purely on pissing off their customers and partners these days.

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Not so ESXi? Open sourcery could help VMware win... virtually

CheesyTheClown

VMware is probably screwed

When VMware started, they were the only game in town. With VMware ESxi 6, they have moved further away from VSphere client and more to web client. To avoid Vsphere client, they took the crappy flash app (not web app) which they call web client and made it an exe. Web app now takes 2-3 times as many clicks and much more mouse (therefore hand) movement to accomplish even simple tasks than vCenter does. Keyboard support is not well designed and not well planned.

ESXi is ok with PowerCLI, but they lack any decent auto completion. Their help is hopeless. Their documentation has become unsearchable.

System Center has come A LONG WAY. Citrix Xen is nice. OpenStack is now usable.

I recently priced VMware for my data center and VMware wanted $7500 per blade for ESXi, Virtual SAN and NSX. It's limitations of storage per blade was terrible too.

What's worse is that each blade cost $5000.

I don't see VMware even attempting to compete with other vendors. Sure they do more... But the price is at least 3 times more than it's worth.

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

CheesyTheClown

Re: Just too expensive

I thought it was kinda cheap... I bought an i5 just to hold me over until the i7 comes out.

It was a lot cheaper than an iPad and a laptop. Much lighter too.

I guess some people don't have a real grasp of what money is worth to others

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

CheesyTheClown

Re: It'll be good in about 5 years time...

Agreed...

It's a good thing they're working on a new connector, but from the diagrams, while it appears to focus on usability, it seems like a "half way there" solution which says "Sure, you don't have to figure out whether it's up or down" but still has the drawback of requiring too much precision to get it in the right way.

The edges of the connector and the socket should have been tapered a bit to make sure that if you're trying to plug it in while driving or in the dark, you wouldn't have to wiggle and jiggle it to get it there. The major fail of this design is that it doesn't optimize easy insertion as well.

Apple should start licensing the lightning connector to other vendors. I am a convert who used to buy Apple everything until Microsoft put out Surface which is much better, but Apple still kicks major butt when it comes to cables. They did it right. I'd love to see a Surface Pro with a lightning port for charging and connecting devices.

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Dell slaps Intel Haswell brawn in monster Precision workstations

CheesyTheClown

Dell who?

They're that gray box vendor who ships in black boxes instead right?

I find it somewhat sad that all these years later, Dell is still shipping PCs and servers and their website makes it impossible to figure out whether they offer solutions as well.

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PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things

CheesyTheClown

PwC knows what IoT is?

Don't get me wrong, I've met tons of people from PwC and honestly, I wouldn't trust them to sit the right way one a toilet seat. I wasn't aware that they new what this Internet thing was.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

CheesyTheClown

Re: What?

I was curious... What contributions? It appears they bought patents. Did they invent anything?

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

CheesyTheClown

I have actually charged companies for my time

Honestly, I spent three hours trying to sort out a billing problem with my cell phone provider because their customer representatives pull stunts like this.

I took the time to find the correct method to invoice them and billed them my normal business rate of $300 an hour for the time used as well as the charges that they hit me with which needed to reversed, a total of $2200. Then I hired a collections firm to go after them and the fees increased to $2900 and I got paid.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

CheesyTheClown

Boeing huh?

Why not give it to Lockheed instead? I bet both of them can come in 10 years late and 500% over budget.

Who in their right minds would give either Boeing or Lockheed a contract these days?

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Intel reveals its FrankenChip ARM killer: one FPGA and one Xeon IN ONE SOCKET

CheesyTheClown

Re: Many FPGA vendors + ARM

Not necessarily, I would imagine they can get tools from Mentor, produce their own compilers and remember that Intel has shipped FPGA in all their processors for over a decade to deal with potential processor bugs. They're just making a much bigger FPGA this time.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

CheesyTheClown

Lots of great info... But...

Let's be brutally honest here. Nokia and many others lost their asses because they sold phones and operating systems and platforms.

What I mean is simple. Nokia never understood that Apple and Nokia kicked their asses not by making a better phone. The phone part is easy. They competed on fashion and media. The phone and OS simply wasn't relevant.

Apple started with music. Then movies. Then apps. Then books. They learned how to profit by becoming an international media distributor. They sold first on their terms and delt with the legal fallout after and just crushed all the other distributors in the business.

The phone is no more the core product than a purse is the core product to women who buy stuff to put in them. The phone is simply a fashionable way to put their stuff in. While profit on the sale of a phone is nice, it's all about what it is carrying. That's why apple is so focused on guaranteeing their profits on sales of media.

Samsung succeeded on Google's back. Ask Opera and Mozilla who have almost completely financed their desktop profits on peddling Google searches. Samsung made a phone that served as a fashionable tool to have the power of Google at their finger tips.

What has Nokia done? Sold phones. When they sell you one, they'll work to sell you another. Windows Phone could have happened, but even now, you are stuck with Bing, Internet Explorer and other substandard tools. There is no incentive to developers to deploy on Windows Phone either. Symbian and other Nokia platforms were worse.

So... Why do writers keep thinking the phone is what matters? I hate my iPhone, but thanks to services and media, it simply sucks less than the other options.

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Oh Sony. Have we learned NOTHING from SuperAIT?

CheesyTheClown

Wow... What a crappy author!!!

1) Beta succeeded on a massive scale (far more profitable than VHS) Sony sold tens of billions worth of Beta over a period of 30 years. Ever watched a VHS or DVD? That was mastered on DigiBeta. Every non-U.S. TV studio has tens of thousands of Beta, Beta SP, DigiBeta, HDCAM and HDCAM SR tapes sucking up massive physical storage space. The local TV network by here has a giant warehouse here with close to a million beta tapes which cost $30-$100 a piece to buy... From Sony. Want to replace them? No problem! Just find a hard drive system able to store a million hours of footage at 250GB an hour... And is reliable. BTW, MTV used Beta for all music videos which filled multiple warehouses.

2) Sony tape formats aren't about data storage. They're about film/video storage. A modern film requires 10TB+ to transmit in master format and substantially more for raw asset storage. A single film will be copied onto hundreds of tapes for distribution to post production houses around the world. A massively overpriced proprietary format is a good thing since it's the preferred method of delivery by companies like Buena Vista who found the best DRM is the kind which requires special machines which cost obscene amounts to own. They love $50,000+ tape systems for raw footage delivery. MPLS networks are still to slow for this type of stuff.

Get your facts right... You're looking only at the surface and what you would buy.

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

CheesyTheClown

I don't think investor is a fair term anymore

I have been trying to learn more about investors over the past decade. I've talked with starters, educators, millionairs and a billionair. What I have concluded is that stock trading is not investing. Stock trading is gambling. A large group of people, a generally under-educated "mob" simply follow trends and attempt to gamble on the gossip related to a company.

Until high speed trading, people would watch the news, read the papers, read blogs, etc... and wait for anything to be said publicly about a company. The news would then cause people to buy or sell, generally stocks related to companies they don't even slightly understand (such as Google, Cisco, etc...) and a trend will hopefully occur. The trend could then be used for short-selling shares on the way down or quick trading on the way up.

High speed trading removed rumors and gossip and simply algorithmically trade based on much narrower trends which have no logic or reason behind them. Traders/Investors would then simply gamble on a developer's ability to write a system that might statistically identify trends and act upon them.

So now, even less than ever before is the stock market based on the actual performance of a company. Instead it's based on the behavior of the trends. No education is needed by the investors and just a "big ol' set of balls" is needed to gamble and risk large amounts of money.

Here's the kicker. I was asked to write a trading system for high frequency trading. I was asked to do it irresponsibly and on insane timelines. The investor would provide the money (considerable amounts), I would provide the tech. I explained the importance of dry run, monitoring systems, cut-off systems, micro-accounting systems and more. I explained that there is no such thing as perfect code and an algorithm like this needs to be tested not just in the context of monitoring the market, but relative to how it would impact the market. He said ... "You're full of shit. I talked to a guy last week who said he could do it in two months". He hired the other guy. Yes, four years later, the system tends to make barely a profit.

This type of system and code is irresponsible. The thought process behind it is irresponsible. If people want to make a living gambling, then make a new BitCoin currency and gamble on that. But these people gamble on food, they gamble on our livelihoods and no... they don't produce profit for the planet. Only for themselves.. at the expense of those around them.

They always talk about pension money. Let's be really honest here. What good is tripling the value of a pension when the result is to increase the inflation before they retire by 3.5 fold. Their behaviour causes artificial inflation in the market which exceeds the growth of their investments. They leave their customer with less purchasing power than they started with. But they do however collect healthy commissions for doing so and are able to spend the short-term gain while it's still worth something.

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VMware starts invitation-only NSX training

CheesyTheClown

What exactly is NSX?

Ok... it looks a little like VXLAN. There's nothing on VMware's site that explains how this integrates with the non-virtualized network. It looks just like a layer-2 over layer-3 solution. How does it handle multicast? Does this mean I have to use their specialized "yet another inconsistent" web gui? Is there integration with vSphere?

Does it comply with any standards? Can I for example make use of a Cisco/HP/Juniper gateway when linking with non-NSX networks?

It seems to me like VMware doesn't know this or you would think they'd make it pretty clear on their web page.

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Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?

CheesyTheClown

Fantastic... this is going to be such a FAIL!!!

Cloud resources are NOT as mobile as guys like this think. Most companies depend on MPLS or dark fiber connections into the data center of their choice to guarantee quality of service. As a result, it can take months or more to be able to reroute traffic efficiently to a secondary party.

Computing resources are far too easy to simply build for yourself as well. Call a company like Cisco or HP (or if you're really really desperate, DELL) and ask for a data center in a box and they can ship it. If prices fluctuate too heavily because of market trading, customers will just go back to building their own data centers which will be extremely harmful for the planet.

Also, computing resources drop in value almost daily. How would the handle this? There's not a single system that makes any sense for this type of trading. Each time Intel or AMD release a new CPU, the value of CPU cycles drops because cheaper hardware can process more information. RAM drops fast as well.

Yep... this is pretty amazingly stupid. I should build my data center out in preparation of the fallout. I could probably make a fortune by just picking up customers who want predictable service and prices.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

CheesyTheClown

Please make it optional... some people aren't idiots

Honestly, I thought that the Windows 8 start screen and lack of start menu was one of my favorite design choices in Windows in years. I personally have Surface Pro tablets and also many Windows 8 desktops. I have rarely encountered technologies that improved performance and user experience like the Windows 8 start menu does when used properly.

I guess the problem is... too many of you whiney little bitches can't learn new stuff. :(

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

CheesyTheClown

Ugh!!! So much for new management

Surface is an awesome product. Xbox is interesting even when consoles are lame. Stephen Elop should never be in charge of anything. He's the biggest joke in the industry. How can you expect that guy to do anything cool? His version of cool is a bright yellow telephone which he presents while wearing a tie and saying "the poor people in the third world will love this"

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Bolshy investor pushes Juniper Networks into restructuring plan

CheesyTheClown

Re: Hedge fund restructuring

Odd... As a Cisco guy (not employee), I've seen virtualization increase sales and profits per port substantially. I guess those virtual networks don't come with a replacement for virtual cabling.

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IBM handing pink slips to Israel-based Diligent devs - reports

CheesyTheClown

Ahh business!

Buy a foreign company... Progressively move the technology and products to your main location, then fire everyone who made it to begin with.

Are we forgetting the next step? Disgruntled ex-employees use this as an opportunity to develop a better product, a transitioning tool and and leave you supporting only your die hard customers?

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CheesyTheClown

Even if I agree...

Are you suggesting that the developers are terrorists too or that they should be punished for guilt by proximity?

P.S. Not that I agree

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

CheesyTheClown

Worked well for Rome

By giving patricians a much higher voting weight than plebeians, it worked great for Rome.

Oh... Maybe someone should look up Milo and Claudios, pretty sure that wouldn't happen again.

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Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

CheesyTheClown

Re: Carp

I am a little confused by your response... I was there with you until you made the comment about reading speed and then discounting the benefits of higher speed due to 4k market.

First of all, at 270mb/s SD looks absolutely frigging awesome. Raw SDI signaling of SD video is truly amazing. I used to work a lot with film masters and often watched in original quality and it was insanely better. Higher frame rate is better. I recently saw raw 4K footage (which is heavily compressed since no one records at 12Gb/s) and raw 2k footage, both on 65" screens capable of 4k from 2 meters. Guess what? No difference.... Well until I looked at test signals which showed line art and hatch patterns.

4k is just not interesting outside of movie theaters.

So... 10Gb/s business case. To start with... Because we want to know if we can. For the moment, 4k is the only use case. At the rate which technology is evolving and the world is using it, real-time broadcast becomes less interesting except for sports and emergency information. So, we don't even need 10Gb/s for video.

Where can we use it?

- Offsite hard drive storage

Not so interesting since Google is also building Chrome which idealistically would run the app in the cloud too, so you only need bandwidth for remote desktop type of transfers.

- Remote gaming

Because running high frame rate games remotely is laggy, so eliminating latency issues with brute force instead of QoS makes sense. After all, QoS only works if you extend the trust boundary to the client which would be a nightmare.

- Video conferencing

Works pretty good at 384kbs in most cases, 9mbit for awesome quality, so even DSL should be fine. Most issues now are at the endpoint, not the network.

Honestly, I have no idea what the business case for 10Gb/s are. I personally don't notice the difference between when I'm on 1gbit at home or at a customer who has 40Gb/s access. The issue tends to be that the servers I connect to aren't fast enough to handle the load.

P.S. Downloading a film on iTunes from a PC with a 10Gbit NIC and a 40Gbit Internet connection rarely gives me more than 3Mbit rates.

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PSST! New PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled are out there – and will be into 2015, at least

CheesyTheClown

Some companies can't move

I personally love Windows 8... I like 8.1 a little less since they made the start screen more moron friendly (people hooked on Windows 7). I think Microsoft has developed a truly amazing new system and for the smarter people, it's insanely fast and efficient. I even have been seeing many people switch back because of it.

That said, I was talking with some friend who are upset about the official death of Windows XP because of issues related to their inability to move. Applications were written which were millions of lines of code by consultant firms and are too big to rewrite and are not able to be recompiled (not sure why). There are applications which shipped with dongles for anti-piracy which can't be installed on anything newer than Windows XP as well. Some people might say "stupid asses shouldn't have bought software which uses dongles", the alternative of course was not being able to do the job.

I don't see any good technical reasons that someone needs Windows 7 instead of 8. I haven't found any applications which ran on 7 but not 8, but there may be a few.

Oh... Since when has HP ever been shy about shipping 10 times as many products as a sane company could actually support? Look at their network in line now... Wow!!! Even their top networking guys don't have a clue about even what OS is running on their equipment.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

CheesyTheClown

Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.

All of the parents are Norwegian, but many are "footballers". I've learned the hard way during a father-son game of football when my son was 3 that Norwegians compartmentalize. When I was passed the ball, a normally very passive father smashed me in the chest with his shoulder, laid me out, took the ball and kept going. I was like "Isn't this supposed to be a friendly game?", the other guys explained that football wasn't a game, it's a sport and the kids should learn that. I later watched two boys, about eight years old practicing a football move where their fathers were offering tips. The move was how to smash into another player and steal the ball in a way that would hit hard enough to knock the other kid down without getting penalized for it. The fathers were saying "Good job, now try this".

One of my neighbors worked as a prison guard of ABB's holding leading up to the trial. He told me that the biggest problem was keeping him alive. They had to make sure he didn't kill himself and that no one got access to him.

Most Norwegians believe (rightfully so) that prison is about removing criminals from the public until such time as they have been rehabilitated. They then make an honest attempt to help rehabilitate them and ease them back into society. When they are released, they have programs such as student aid and others to help them reintegrate into the world.

All that being said, I don't expect ABB to make it more than 10 steps from the prison when he is released. One of those footballer fathers is going to be there waiting.

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

CheesyTheClown

Re: sounds familiar

I can't speak from internal knowledge, however I have developed software (large scale) on both platforms. I can honestly say from experience that Mac OS (pre X) APIs were amazingly difficult to develop for in C and C++ compared to Windows (even 16-bit). This generally was because Apple never bothered to add APIs for many tasks and also because when they did, you often had to spend ages searching through header files for functions since documentation was terrible at best, missing in most cases.

An example would be a simple task of changing a window title. You'd write code in assembler to wait for the CRT refresh, then alter the memory location of where the fixed length window title was stored before the screen was redrawn. This was the officially unofficial way of doing it because there was no API to change the title after the window was initially created.

Probably the biggest job involved in transforming NeXT Step into a Mac OS was development of the Carbon API which finally made full APIs for app development on OS 9 and later OS X. It was insanely difficult because the old Mac OS code was so littered with pre-object oriented APIs and other legacy garbage. Even the simple concept of a message loop didn't exist in the old OS.

OS X was a nightmare for developers since the good APIs were off limits from a C application and nearly impossible to reach from a C++ application. ObjC could call C which could call C++, but it didn't work well in reverse. This was solved around 10.4 or 10.5, but until that time, companies like Microsoft had to write Carbon applications because otherwise they wouldn't be able to reuse code from their other platforms.

If I were to speculate, Microsoft would probably have Mac versions done before Windows versions because they had 1/10th the features. No COM/OLE, no scripting, no support for apps like Visio, no publisher, etc... Office for Windows was just had many more features which had to work. Office for Mac was used mostly by individuals where Office for Windows was a business application.

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Is FCoE faster than Fibre Channel? Who knows? Just run your own tests

CheesyTheClown

FCoE and FiberChannel are both disgusting

As a long time operating system developer, protocol developer and most recently networking guy (pays a lot better and you don't have to think), I have to finally call bullshit on the whole iSCSI, FC, FCoE battle.

It's amazing how the networking world has forced us into buying overpriced junk to compensate for underlying issues which are caused by using a block communication protocol from the 1970s. We're buying all these fancy schmancy systems for transmitting and receiving SCSI over faster medias and forcing network MTUs to be increased, forcing single pathing, forcing insanely short latencies all because SCSI is a piss poor network protocol and should be abandoned.

This isn't 1978, it's 2014 and we should stop focussing on fixing this crap and instead design a block protocol which works awesome over normal networks and even better over reliable Ethernet.

A block protocol needs to have a basic 5 functions :

Open

Close

Seek & Read block(s)

Seek & Write block(s)

IO control.

In addition, it should be possible to queue reads and queue writes. Blocks shouldn't be fixed sized and shouldn't assume they need to map to physical hardware block sizes. Algorithms implemented by Doug Lea and optimized by others such as Lars Thomas Hansen are ideally suited for scalable block allocation and LUT virtualization.

As a massive bonus, to scale wider, it the protocols should have a high level block device zoning system as well as enumeration system.

Oddly, the amount of work that's gone into half assed solutions to hacking the SCSI square peg into the modern storage round hole has been a disaster. We are NOT at the mercy of OS vendors to support alternative boot protocols. We only need to implement remote block device support in the virtualization environment and on a server.

I have experimented with this using QEMU and VirtualBox and found it to be insanely simple to implement. My algorithms are not as well optimized as you would get from the Ph.D.s, but I was able to boot all operating systems with zoning, security, line encryption and more within less than a day of coding. In addition, I saw no reason to be forced into using "Big storage" from vendors like EMC and NetApp.

There needs to be a networking group made up of people who understand networks, how networking people think and also protocol design and block device technology in order to replace SCSI since SCSI is an ancient dog with flees.

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Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

CheesyTheClown

Re: An ARM world would be nice, but...

LLVM?

Would be nice if someone implemented a "fat-elf" (dwarf is already taken) shared library/executable format that could store x86, x64, ARM 32 and ARM 64 all in a single file. Would actually be child's play. Then just package an LD which can link fat binaries generated by four cross compilers.

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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

CheesyTheClown

Icahn and corporate governance?

When has he ever done anything in the interest of a company or the people who work at them?

Every time I've ever seen him do anything, it seems his only interest is to make a quick kill no matter the consequence. I hate the occupy Wall Street bullshit view about 1%ers, but Icahn is hellbent of giving them grounds. He's a predator, a very very successful one, but a predator all the same.

Hopefully he'll drive interest in the share, make his quick kill and sell out. But honestly, I can't imagine how his methods aren't illegal under insider trading. He invests in shares, the hypes the shit out of the share by making people want to rush and get in on the kill and then makes his kill at a peak. This is no huge deal except he invests large enough amounts and has so much impact that he is personally timing when the share will rise.

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