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I wish MS would abandon IE versions and disassociate it with Windows
Purely from a technical viewpoint, what they do means there is always a significant proportion of users with different versions of the browser. This doesn't happen with Chrome or Firefox, users of these browsers are continually updated to the latest stable version, but with IE, particularly globally, you will always have some clients on really old browsers.
For instance, our website has Chinese users. This means everything has to work correctly in IE 6. A minority of our XP users still use IE 7 and 8, we have lots of IE 9 and iE 10 users, and more IE 11 users.
What this means for us developers is a non-ending game of whack-a-mole as we fix an IE bug in IE 6, only to see an unintended side effect in IE 9 - it drives you bonkers.
Do they really think people upgrade windows to get a newer version of IE?
Apache is phenomenally configurable in its mode of operation. If you choose the default chosen by most distributors, you get a mode of operation - prefork - where performance does blow. They choose this mode by default for two reasons, PHP and ease of use for their users.
PHP can run in two modes, an interpreter embedded in to the web server, or as a standalone process with worker children/threads that communicates with the webserver via FCGI. In the first mode, it is easier to setup a PHP app, simply put PHP files in a directory served by the webserver, in the second you need to configure FCGI - its not hard configuration, but it is extra work. Distros prefer not to do that, so prefer the first mode, however the first mode can only run in apache in prefork mode, therefore they choose prefork.
Each worker in prefork has a PHP interpreter active in it, whether it is serving static files or running PHP apps. This means you have more interpreters 'active' than are necessary - wasting resources. Plus, you can only handle as many simultaneous connections as you can handle simultaneous workers - regardless of what those connections are doing. So prefork is a dog, and to be avoided.
Apache has other modes. We use "event", which is a hybrid thread/process model, basically the same model as nginx, and guess what, it performs just as well as nginx. Plus, we can still use the billion or so apache modules out there. We have to use a fcgi-wrapper for our web apps, but this is good anyway as it allows us to control how many PHP processes are active at any one time, which prevents you having too many DB connections, which, if you've ever run a dynamic website will know, is usually the limiting factor of any hosted site.
nginx, as a bare bones web server, doesn't have the option of the prefork model, nor of embedding PHP directly in to the webserver, so you need to configure a php-fcgi wrapper for each app, just like we do for apache-event.
tl;dr - apache not dead, read the manual and learn how to configure it for performance.
Re: 10 Types of bosses
@ hammarbtyp that "small company" must have been quite big. Small companies don't have share options and are not publicly traded.
What drivel, who said anything about "publicly traded" shares? Share options can be had in any company where the ownership of the company is vested in shares, typically they are used to allow new equity investment or to provide an equity share.
For instance, Jim and Bob own a catering company, Jim has 50 shares, Bob has 50 shares. They have an employee, Phil, who is so essential to the business that Jim and Bob create an extra 20 shares, and grant an option to Phil that he can buy the shares for £20,000. This is a share option - if Phil executes the option, he will own 1/6th of the company, and Jim and Bob will own 5/12ths each.
hammarbtyp is describing a situation where Jim and Bob keep telling Phil that "you are so essential, we're going to have to see about getting you some equity", without actually doing shit. It happens all the time.
Operation Evil Empire
1) Build worlds best search engine
2) Show ads next to search results
3) Show ads next to other people's content, share revenue
4) Make fortune
5) Profile users actions so that you can extract more revenue from them
6) Make a list of the sectors of other people's content that we share revenue with
7) Expand in to the highest ranking sectors with well polished products, developed and funded by revenue from 2) and 3)
8) Goto 6
Agree we should stop aid to India tho' - or be honest and admit it's a bribe for trade and good relations.
I thought it was reparations for pillaging the Raj?
Re: Tragic News
"as Windows fades in to irrelevance"
I guess you missed Microsoft's record results last week?
Guess you missed the difference between Windows and Microsoft?
Re: Tragic News
Actually it's pretty cheap for what you get. Loads of functionality is now rolled into the OS that you used to have to pay extra for.
You might have had to pay extra - these are features that MS decided to use as price differentiators - as Windows fades in to irrelevance, differentiators are not required.
You could always use Linux and pay in time and inconvenience instead
Re: Clearly I am out of touch ..
Clearly too young to remember web pages with JS mouse trails .
Re: How is this going to help...
Crikey, since when did register forums merge with the daily mail?
Branson pays no tax because he gives all his income to charity - whether he lives on his island paradise is up to him. Whether you use your SHOUTY RIGHT WING BOLLOCKS typing or otherwise.
Sometimes when you are skiing, it can also be snowing. When it is snowing, the sky is white, the ground is white, the clouds (which you are in) are white. A big glowing red line in the HUD would delineate the piste from the off piste, and perhaps stop you accidentally skiing off a cliff in bad vis. Things that stop me killing myself I generally consider "useful" and not "part of the video game".
Similarly, if you're on a long piste, is that bloke in the black 1km downhill your mate, or just another person wearing black. Did they go left or right at the junction? Which restaurant were we skiing to again*?
Plus, skiing isn't necessarily sport, it's just spending some nice time in the mountains moving from place to place on skis. It's not all Ski Sunday grand slalom races y'know.
Re: Who will protect us?
Try wearing a pair of old tights over your head. You'll find this works well to protect your privacy.
Just don't go in to the bank and say "I'd like to withdraw some money please".
Why would I answer the phone when I'm skiing?
You don't *have* to answer the phone, you know.
Er, I think some people have read this as "Take work call whilst skiing". I'm much more in the "Knowing what restaurant to ski to for lunch" sphere of phone calls whilst skiing. In fact, if it was work, I'd probably ignore it.
If you think Oakleys are stylish sunglasses, you are the one doing away with the style component. Oakleys are tough, the frames are titanium, the lenses are strengthened polycarbonate and are interchangeable for when even tough is not tough enough.
You buy Oakleys because you are fed up of snow blindness from the ineffective anti glare coating on the gas station glasses, and/or have sun burn from the gas station glasses filtering UV-A and not UV-B, and/or are fed up of having to replace them for the 5th time this trip because you took a minor spill.
Besides which, you would hope most of it can be put behind the mirror blue lenses.
Re: Who will protect us?
Who is protecting you from being filmed on a smartphone while out and about?
Re: Twitter ticker = TWIT?
You ascribe a value per user and multiply by the number of users.
Mind you I did have Isabela excuse her self once to go and get her children early - mainly because there was a drung cartel gun fight across the normal road route.
You were one character away from a highly amusing typo - I'd love to see a "dung cartel gun fight" - "Eh jefe, these is MY caca de burro"
Re: Comment from the Cockwomble in question
We should be upvoting any comment with the term "cockwomble" in it over at the telegraph!
Amusing as that would be, going to the article, repeatedly viewing the article, causing more ad impressions on the article page - these are all things which will recommend young Willard's story as an exceptional piece of work to his editor, who will reward him with more work.
I bet he's found plenty of developers, but his idiotic "I'm gonna be RIIIICH" plan will be ill thought out, with no way of monetizing, require a huge amount of development, for which he is willing to offer only sweat capital.
The funniest offer I got was when one of my cousins suggested that I act as his unpaid system architect and project manager, overseeing and directing a team of indian/chinese outsourced developers who would develop his "travel website". His "site" had no way of monetizing users apart from ads, and would be based around some magical algorithm for determining what you are after, which he hadn't yet come up with.
Er. No thanks.
Glad you class yourself as a bumpkin, but 200m from the exchange puts you in the middle of the locale. Furthermore, your locale is large enough that your exchange has been unbundled.
This article is not talking about you, since you are, effectively, a townie - you live in an area where you have access to multiple wholesale providers, OFCOM would class your exchange as Market 2 (2-3 wholesale providers) or Market 3 (4+ wholesale providers, fully deregulated).
This article is talking about people connected to Market 1 exchanges, where BTw are the only provider. People like my old man, 8km from a Market 1 exchange, no ADSL2+, no 21CN WBC, 2 Meg on a good day and on a bad day nothing.
He's not trimming the hoof to "fit the shoe" to it, he's trimming the hoof because with shoes on, hoofs don't wear out like they are supposed to, the hoof eventually splits, the horse goes lame or gets laminitis, finally a certain K.Nacker has to be called.
Re: He has a point
Fuck me, could you not think of anything better to do in Southern Africa than watch Eastenders?
Re: Agree with Woz
The new devices do not offer the storage i want, nor are they really offering anything new for the price point... sorry Apple, but if you want to keep charging premium prices, you need to give us premium hardware.
Depends if you consider an ipad to already be premium hardware. Making the full size ipad thinner and roughly a third lighter is a premium enhancement. Giving the mini a much higher resolution is a premium enhancement. Saying otherwise is sophistry.
Re: Lots of old thinking here
Who said anything about RAID????
You did. You called it "3 copies in a cluster", which is what old thinking calls a 3 way RAID-1 mirror.
Not totally convinced
a) Another SAN. This time it is all ethernet, but that won't be routed through our regular switches, ergo another new SAN.
b) No filesystems. FS do offer benefits that kv stores can't. Snapshots, being able to browse, permissions, end-to-end checksumming...
c) No real difference over iSCSI or AoE and giving a raw block device to the kv store of your choice as backing storage.
d) Loss of bandwidth or ridiculously expensive adapters. Running this on GigE, you won't hit 125MB/s. Run on 10GigE, that will go up to about 1250 MB/s, and I'm not even including overheads here. Presumably you would have one, possibly two aggregated connections to the SAN switch, you're going to be hard pushed to even match the bandwidth in a single MiniSAS cable.
e) No mention of redundancy, which normally means if you want redundancy, store multiple copies on different disks. Eww.
Re: This is what the Surface RT should have been
Thanks for the correction
No problem, correcting people on the internet is like one of my top 5 favourite things that isn't a bodily function.
Re: This is what the Surface RT should have been
It's much more like the price people are saying the Surface should have been, AND it includes the keyboard at that price?
Article suggests no:
The Lumia 2520 … is keenly priced ($499); the $149 detachable Power Keyboard has a gesture trackpad
Re: Good advice, 5 years ago
Why does everyone on IT forums think they're an expert on things they literally have never ever tried to do?
I dunno, is it the same reason mumsnet and Claire Perry think they can tell us how to use computers?
You're alternative is going to result in a lot of people dying. The advantage of phages that they co-evolve with the viruses they eat so it is more difficult for a virus to completely out-compete them.
Except they don't eat viruses, they eat bacteria - the clue is in the name, bacteriophage, bacteria destroyer.
Nice try, no cylindrical smoking object.
Re: Interbreeding and species
This is oxymoronic. To a good first approximation, the definition of a species divide is that (fertile) interbreeding does not occur across the boundary.
If all things were nice and neat and tidy, then that would be a good definition of a species, however inter-species breeding is not uncommon, and whilst most interspecific hybrids are infertile, some individuals are not, which can lead to a new hybrid species. For example, ligers (lion/tiger) and tiglons (tiger/lion) are largely infertile, but certain individuals are not and have reproduced.
Besides which, there is a good argument for saying this it is intra-specific hybridization between H. sapiens sapiens and H. sapiens neanderthalis, both being sub species of H. sapiens.
Even if they are not sub species, interspecific hybrids forming new species is not unknown either - the Red Wolf may be (opinions differ) a coyote/grey wolf hybrid.
If these boffins are from Guernsey
Then you can just discount this as more inter-island rivalry
Re: It's all to do with the potential to watch TV
Everything you have said is wrong.
Re: "having a computer requires a TV licence"
Only if it is connected to an aerial. You only require a TV license if you have equipment capable of receiving a TV signal that is connected to an aerial. The only way they can determine if it is connected to your equipment is to come in to your house, and they have no right to do so, so don't let them.
Of course, if you do watch broadcast TV, you should have a TV license.
Well if I could actually get fibre, living in a flat in the centre of London, I might too have jumped. No-one is capable of giving me anything more than Be/Sky are already giving me now. Happy with my 19Mb/s and no bandwidth caps.
I am still with Be - have been since launch in 2005. Sky still haven't moved me over yet, and I'll change ISP if they remove my static IP option.
Still the network is lovely and quiet since most people have either migrated to Sky or left, and they haven't yet rationalised the uplinks - or if they have, I haven't noticed.
Re: so... surely there must also be the opposite ?
My cousins have a cat called Nancy, only they weren't too good at sexing kittens.
He doesn't seem to mind too much.
Re: That would be the Carter familly
At present? Microsoft have offered that for about 7 years via App-V and Softgrid and pretty much own that market space...
Well, MS own the "MS hosted containerisation" market, for sure.
PS: Solaris Zones are 9 years old, BSD jails are 13 years old..
Re: Oh dear...
Coz like mobe companies are so mega generous at not charging giga bucks for data roaming.
Oh dear, did you not read the article? This is not about roaming, this is about calling international numbers from your home territory.
Re: Since when...?
Since when it THC an hallucinogen?
Start taking it in appropriate quantities for the hallucinogen effect to take, well, effect. If you apologise the quoting from wikipedia, there is a famous autobiographical book called 'The Hashish Eater', by Fitz Hugh Ludlow, which documents his exploration of cannabis via an extract called "Tilden's Extract", which is a solid that you eat. One researcher said:
Ludlow consistently talked of “hasheesh” but in fact he took the solid extract of Cannabis Indica which was roughly twice as potent as the crude resin and ten times as potent as marijuana. A rough calculation shows that his intake was equivalent to about 6 or 7 marijuana cigarettes per dose, i.e. at the hallucinatory rather than at the euphoriant level prevalent in contemporary North American use.
Ludlow wrote of taking as much as a drachm of the extract (3.9 grams, .14 ounces) in his largest doses — if Kalant’s figures are correct, this is equivalent to a quarter-ounce of resin or well over an ounce of herbal cannabis.
Re: "loss-making postal service"?
No, it is being sold because the pension obligations of RM were crippling the company and the exchequer. By using financial jiggery pokery, that cost is taken away from RM so that a profitable company can be created that is not a state subsidised monstrosity. Without this, RM would still be loss making, and not a soul would have considered paying anything for shares in it.
You come here for the news?
Re: Fashion crime
Surely "legs or cleavage". "Legs or breast" is a bit OTT.
My first HDTV was a noname 32" piece of crap LCD. My second was a 42" 1080p Panny plasma, and it is fucking gorgeous. The dark bits are dark and yet have graduation, the bright bits are bright and the quality hasn't dropped in the 5 years I've had it.
I got my Panny from Richer Sounds. I ordered it online and went in store to pick it up, and 4 times the sales drone tried to get me to buy an LED instead. Even when you ask for the plasma they were trying hard to sell you something else, its no wonder Panny aren't selling enough.
Most wars might not be about religion, but the winners of wars invariably assert their religion over the vanquished. Its not two armies having a go at each other, but "plague of the firstborn" is pretty religious.
BTW, lots of your "non religious wars" have strong religious elements. The Korean war was between the largely Christian, western backed south, and the largely irreligious/personality cult north, where Christians are persecuted.
Rome and Carthage fought many wars, the later ones involving the Vandal Kingdom of Carthage and Rome where largely fought over the Arian Christian Vandals oppressing the Roman Catholic locals. The whole of Roman Africa and the Levant were overran with the Muslim expansion, a strongly religious war.
Muslims and Christians have been fighting over the Balkans and Eastern Europe for hundreds of years. Ottomans go forward, they go back ,they go forward.
Face it, since man could think he has been justifying killing other people because their sky fairies aren't his sky fairies. The justification for going and taking your neighbours stuff is not that it you want it, it's that you want it and he isn't of your (religious) tribe.
Re: It's a good start.
[Atheists] all killed millions of people and persecuted people of Faith. This is a historical fact
Pal, there aren't enough seconds in eternity to list out all the shit that "people of Faith" have done to "people of subtly different Faith".
My own research indicates 256 mb/s is well into the "inaudible" area, and my music collection, while archived in FLAC, is encoded at 256 kb/s VBR for mp3 use.
Yep, 256mb/s MP3 is very high quality. Probably not get many hours of audio on your MP3 player though.
Re: Sue them
The company didn't lie, they honestly thought BB10 would be a success. Investing is about taking what the companies say, taking what analysts say, understanding how the customers react and making assessed decisions based on that information.
This guy bought BB when it was clear to everyone they were dying, and now he wants his money back. Investing is a zero sum game, for people to win, others have to lose. This guy is a loser. Suck it up, princess.
Do you think a pixel precise time based watermark will successfully survive the rip, resize and transcode to be able to successfully determine with reasonable certainty which source the transcode comes from? The purpose of transcoding is to throwaway "useless" visual information that cannot be "seen" (controlling what is "useless" and what can be "seen" are the codec parameters such as bitrate and size), and I would have thought "invisible pixel watermarks" are probably something that would get pruned quite high.
I think you could have a field day in court arguing that their identification of you is a type I error, especially if not based upon the original media, but on transcoded versions of it.
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