Jupitus in Opposition?
I suppose a funny fat man with a beard couldn't do any worse than the current lot.
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I suppose a funny fat man with a beard couldn't do any worse than the current lot.
Having run out of people to whom they can sell mobile phones, the mobile industry is very excited at the thought that it can sell contracts to your television, fridge and all your lightbulbs.
Just awesome :)
But they also couldn't offer me their CORE service of sharing my information with MY friends.
Facebook's business is monetizing identity. Providing tools that you find useful is a side effect of that.
Er, well, yes. But why deep frying them? Looks like there's half a pint of the golden stuff in there.
But why are you deep frying the spices?
Install the certificate in chrome? Takes about 30 seconds.
Seemingly, the fact that the grey haired 40 something had been doing the job commercially longer than the fetus interviewing him had been alive counted for nothing.
Perhaps the interviewer picked up on the fact that his potential new hire viewed him as a "foetus" and decided there would not be an effective working environment between the two of them?
A suitable cooling system means a DC that has enough cooling and power per rack to give you what you are asking. DCs are designed with a specific wattage per rack.
Since everyone wants more power and cooling, if you want more than the average, your DC provider is going to ream you for it.
Its real world failure numbers for a specific type of load.
If your real world load is not the same as theirs, I'm not sure you can tell too much from this.
Personally, I think their entire premise is bogus - "How many disks do you need to plug in to a server so you can just leave it for 4 years?" is not a question that needs answering because the opex of providing someone to support your boxes is dwarfed by specifying an array of that size (in terms of extra initial cost, extra PDU, extra rack space).
They haven't even eliminated the person to maintain the server - every server needs an admin or two, even if you don't have to go put disks in it occasionally.
All of this to satisfy the 0.01% of technically savvy El Reg reading (or writing) customer base. Really?
Nope, not to satisfy that - although it is a wonderful side effect. The main benefit is that you no longer rely on DHCP servers for your users to get service, and therefore your users never have no internet because of an overloaded or poorly configured DHCP server.
Be used to have innumerable issues with their DHCP servers; as a static IP customer paying £2 extra a month these never affected me.
Removing components that can fail provides a better service, and is a good thing.
If BT (wholesale) can rent my line to CheapFoneCo for £8.95 a month, which I then rent from CheapFoneCo for £10 a month or whatever, why the hell can't I just rent my line from BT (retail) for £8.95?
Because BT Wholesale are not allowed to offer services cheaper to BT Retail than they do to other providers. If BT Retail only charged you £8.95, their would have to be purchasing it at a lower price than £8.95 to account for costs.
Eh? You couldn't order FTTP without having a copper phone line first? You sure you don't mean FTTC?
With FTTP, BT don't even install a copper phone line, the phone line is provided VOIP over fibre and then distributed over your home wiring. They still make you take the "fibre phone line" however.
My flat has the choice of BT FTTP or Hyperoptic FTTP, Hyperoptic charge £2.50/month for a phone line (also VOIP), but at least its optional.
Just because a kernel is modular does not mean it is not monolithic. Linux is a modular kernel, but it is also a monolithic kernel. You can load a driver for your TV tuner, but it is loaded in to kernel space - ergo, monolithic.
NT is a modular kernel, but it is not a monolithic kernel (its a hybrid, like OS X).
It gets blurred a bit in Linux, where things like the sound system are partially user-mode daemons if you use a sound daemon like esd or pulseaudio. However, the sound daemon will use kernel mode drivers (ALSA) to communicate with the sound hardware; a true microkernel would provide a mechanism for communicating with (almost) any device, with the device specific bits happening in user mode and not kernel mode.
To go back to the TV tuner example, Linux provides a whole raft of TV tuner drivers. They all run in kernel space. BSD doesn't provide any TV tuner drivers, but provides a kernel mode character driver that can be used to communicate with USB devices. The Linux drivers are then run entirely in user space, communicating using this simple kernel driver. Performance + inability for a TV card to oops your system.
Way back, I quickly learnt to avoid buying O'Reilly.
I found that, too often, their books were full of irrelevant padding.
How do you know anything if you don't read O'Reilly?
Sure, there are some duds (I'd avoid "UML in a nutshell"), but in general they are just awesome - and in some cases, irreplaceable. If you did apache module programming with apache 1.3, and you didn't have O'Reilly's "Writing Apache Modules With Perl and C", then you were missing the only documentation of APR that existed for 1.3.
Compared to other publishers, O'Reilly are a by-word for quality. I remember one "book" from Packt that consisted 1/3rd poorly written project diary and 2/3rd (mostly machine generated) Java. It did not teach me XSLT.
They want their 3D charts back
I remember some research being done by the US army on drugs that would help dampen memory formation or emotive context.
I wouldn't take "The Bible", but perhaps just one edition of it - the King James Bible ("the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language").
More commonly used idioms were penned by the translators of KJ, notably Tyndale, than any other English author, including Shakespeare, eg "feet of clay", "reap the whirlwind", "filthy lucre", "take root", "the powers that be", "the blind leading the blind", "no rest for the wicked" and apparently 250 more.
There is some good stuff.
However, on some level I do wish they weren't spending money inventing the new ways to be cool. No-one's website fell over because it is hosted in httpd and not unicorn.
Dwarf planets are not planets. Planets are objects massive enough to be shaped by gravity (tick), not undergoing nuclear fusion (tick), cleared out all the space around the object of smaller objects (fail).
It's like saying "If Bob is a gorilla, and Bill is a gorilla, how many humans in this room?!"
There is definitely something wrong with the interconnect between Virgin and Sky.
I get on average 1mb/s (often lower) downloading movies from Sky while a Steam game will come in at 12mb/s
There are so many reasons for getting a slow speed from a particular provider, it is much more likely to be congestion within Sky's network or capacity of their links rather than the connection between Sky and Virgin.
I'm on synchronous gigabit FTTP (Hyperoptic) in Central London, and can only download from Sky at around 8Mbit/s (1MB/s), whilst Steam and other well connected provider's downloads come down at between 400-700Mbit/s (50-80MB/s).
I still don't understand why this tax haven is permitted to be part of the EU. Their entire country's economy is predicated on fucking over the rest of us by providing low taxation headquarters.
In most countries in the EU, there can be some differences in taxation levels, like Ireland and Netherlands, but even the Double Dutch pales in to what you can do if you are based in Luxembourg.
Technically, a patch that fucks up more than it fixes is not "ready".
Works for me in principle - until it collides with UK political reality, when...
So we can't have nice things, paid for in a sensible way, because in the past we haven't managed to do it? We might as well stick with our current system and just continue to fade in to insignificance, because cynicism?
Seems like a bit of a barrier to progression.
Naive backwards thinking. The answer should be "YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES", however it has not been phrased properly.
We should absolutely sell off our bandwidth. It absolutely makes sense to use mobile communication frequencies best suited to communicating with mobiles.
It makes absolutely no sense to deliver IPTV via wireless. If you are in a static location, it also makes no sense to use wireless infrastructure for a permanent connection.
Spectrum is valuable stuff. We absolutely should sell our spectrum to whomever will pay the most for it, and use the proceeds to provide a real public communications backbone in the UK. FTTH is what is required, not in towns but everywhere. The 3G auction produced enough money to pay for every home in the UK to be lit.
So, 1) Sell bandwidth, 2) fibre up the country with the money, 3) allow operators to use their newly freed up bandwidth.
In one step, we've paid for the modernization of our internet infrastructure in a way that no other country in the world could match, we've maximised the usage of our spectrum to allow our communications to be more ubiquitous and by making FTTH universally available, we're not limiting the access to information to the rich.
All by flogging some radio spectrum...
There is a famous French song 'Dès que le vent soufflera - Scélérats" by an artist called Renaud which has appropriate lyrics
Who came first, "Renaud" or W C Fields?
This is the most concerning part of the whole tale. You'd hope that ICANN staff were a bit more savvy than my grandmother.
You might hope that, but why would it be the case? Because he works for ICANN, the receptionist also knows how to debug BIND?
Kim Jong Il was a huge hollywood film fan (over 20,000 DVDs) and, despite being a ruthless dictator crushing his own people, apparently had a sense of humour. He probably enjoyed parts of Team America, given it lampooned America almost as much as the Norks.
Kim Jong Un is a fat spoilt kid in comparison.
So you think "rogue state after me" is bad, but you then admit that "rogue state is irrelevant to being attacked". So, what, you just don't go outside?
Really? The telcos borrowed to buy. The telcos then took the interest charges off their profits, and the tax revenues dropped afterwards.
All Brown did was bring forward taxation
So you're saying that if we had simply given them the spectrum, we would have reaped the same revenue in taxes as we received from the auction? Somehow I doubt it.
Point went over your head pal. If you have a "terrorist threat" against an event, and as a response you cancel the event as it "may be unsafe", you're not "fighting terror", but publicising it.
The only way to fight terror is to completely ignore it and go about your life as if it does not exist.
By shooting yourself repeatedly in the foot.
Yes, any other text editor. I used my words so that you can understand my thought process - let me restate it again since it was unclear - no other text editor is better at editing text than vim.
Yes, I am aware of the alternatives. Yes, I have used sublime. It's a really good knock off of many of the best features of vim. It has no features that vim does not have, and has downsides that vim does not have. Hardly compelling, even for my "projects" as you put it.
Translation; "Why can't they put everything in a text file? We peaked at version 3.0 of vi, so why are people wasting time on anything further? Here's my command cheat-sheet, what more could anyone want?"
Please, enough with the hyperbole - vi 3? The best version of vi is clearly vim 7, but I'd take vim 5 and up over any other text editor or IDE.
A monopoly can use its monopolistic position in one industry to increase in size in another industry.
Like, I dunno, using your vast revenues to buy up footie rights and bundling them with your internet.
If you read their list archive, this wonderful reply to Cherie Ellis from Russell Coker:
I think going for #LCAAuckNZ is just a continuation of the problem. Much as "server-hugging" is now discouraged I think we need to start discouraging hashtag-hugging. I mean the very point of a a hash function is to prevent collisions.
A quick Google indicates that sha256 is generally considered secure so I would therefore suggest that our official hashtag be:
$ echo "linux.conf.au 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand" | sha256sum
I am happy to see that this hashtag is unique in both Google and twitter. Now while some people might say that putting a 65 character hashtag on the end of each tweet is excessive I think it is the best way to go forward to avoid these problems.
I would therefore request we go with:
as the official hashtag for Linux.conf.au 2015.
Proper geek humour
How does a large critical opensource project not use free tools?
The answer is that these are not large opensource projects, they are mostly tiny opensource projects that receive little to no attention apart from "make it continue to work". Large opensource projects are the ones that lots of people want to work on.
The moment I got my first ISP account ever, I managed to see people trying to get into my Linux box.
That would be some time after 1987 then?
So, why can't we have our international games shown live on free telly in England?
Firstly, for the important ones, you can. It is only friendlies which Sky have the license to. 6N or WC is FTA.
Secondly, the reason you can't watch them is because your union decided to sell the rights to Murdoch.
Any decent company who cares about security blocks Youtube
Generally its about reducing the amount of time people spend looking at cat videos, but yeah ok…
if Java is used on their corporate intranet I strongly doubt they will allow Linux desktops on their network.
Everybody here agrees it is plain silly to run antivirus on a Linux server.
He's right, clients fucking love it when you serve them up virii. Of course they accept it completely when you explain that their users uploaded the virus to your server before they downloaded it, they don't blow their top and go to one of your competitors at all.
Wallets have been routinely targeted by thieves for a while now. Isn't it easier to keep track of one thing than two??
I don't take my wallet out of my pocket on the bus and play with it, I learnt my lesson when I was 7.
replacing several credit cards, loyalty cards, cash, drivers licence, RAC membership and god knows what else with a phone you carry anyway isn't a crap idea.
Yes, replace cards with no intrinsic value with a £500+ gadget that has to be charged every 18 hours and get routinely targeted by thieves. What could possibly go wrong…
Skype is available on both Apple's OS X and iOS. I Skype with my friends on their Windows machines from my iPad and Mac all the time. Not to mention, use Skype Out to dial phone numbers. Skype is completely platform independent.
Yes, Skype is wonderfully multi platform - you can call SKYPE users on windows from SKYPE on your ipad.
You cannot call Facetime from Skype on Windows though can you, which was in fact the point - well done for ignoring it, have you considered a career in politics?
An article about enabling WebRTC using Skype components. So you can call WebRTC from IE.
How does this relate to calling Skype from WebRTC? Do you thin MS will abandon Skype?
That eliminates the headaches that arise if, for example, you've got Skype but your family prefers Facetime and your employer wants everything to happen over Google Hangouts.
Does it? Does it really?
Looks more like this is just yet another wasteground - you can't talk to people on Facetime, you can't talk to people on Skype, you can't talk to people on Google Hangouts.
If all these things were redesigned for WebRTC, then you could use any WebRTC client, of which this is one, to talk to any other client. In reality, none of the people you want to talk to are using WebRTC.
Of the providers I listed, I can only see Hangouts ending up WebRTC enabled. Facetime and Skype are platforms to drive you to purchase related technologies (Apple devices, Windows licenses), you don't drive that by allowing any old client to talk to your platform.
…for the last 10-15 years we are still stuck with more or less the same 24 Mbit max offerings unless you live "on top" of a tele station.
You had 24 Mbit internet in 1999? Kudos, I was still on 512k.
"Gideon". At least troll him accurately.
What do you think the difference between "vegetable spread" and "margarine" is, apart from the spelling?
Having said that, I do prefer "vegetable spread" over "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil".
If your intake is reasonable then exercise will reduce your weight, if your intake is enormous so will you be unless your an athlete in training.
Argument from fallacy; if your intake was reasonable, you would not need to lose weight.
Exercise makes you "fit", it does not make you "not fat" unless the exercise tips your intake from a net surplus to a net deficit. Extra exercise accounts for such a small amount of your calorific expenditure, and an even smaller proportion if you are overweight and unfit, as you will find it difficult to do considerably more exercise than you are currently doing.
Exercise is "double good", but if you want to lose weight, cut out food and exercise more. If you want to lose weight, and only have the will power for one of those things, choose "eat less".