2030 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009
Re: So, to sum up.
My tablet has never made my lap uncomfortably warm.
Re: Popular for suits
I don't wear a suit - it's a condition of my employment, in fact - but I do use an ipad. Not whilst I'm developing software, that happens on a company laptop.
Perhaps Cook just got his language wrong. I certainly find that there are occasions when the ipad does replace an actual computer. Here are some use cases:
Sometimes when I come home from work, I have computer ennui, and I won't turn on my home PC at all that night. I'll still do stuff online, I'll just do it on my tablet.
When I go on holiday now, I often won't take an additional laptop with me, I'll just take the tablet.
Tablets are much more social devices than laptops or PCs. You can pass them from person to person, flip them around etc. It's a more engaging way to interact with technology.
At $JOB we do have a company tablet that the suits can book. We sell subscriptions to web content, and the suits like to use the ipad to demo our sites to small groups.
To me, it sounds like you have a chip on your shoulder about people who wear suits and own ipads. Did your wife run off with a suit wearing fruitophile who ran over your dog?
Re: I just hope...
Everyone has their hard disk horror stories. I know different admins who will all swear against a different brand of hard disk - "Don't buy IBM/HGST/Samsung/Seagate/WD/Maxtor", delete as appropriate.
You should expect an annual failure rate of about 7% on consumer grade drives, so if you have 100 servers with 4 drives in each, you're going to be replacing a bunch of disks each year.
Re: an understanding of what is required culturally to work in a Chinese office
What an interesting hobby you have. I didn't see a single "squat toilet" in China.
Re: an understanding of what is required culturally to work in a Chinese office
Hi James! I think you have misunderstood China for some stinking cesspit of a third world country. I was working in Shanghai, living in the Bund (ex British colonial quarter, very nice), where everything is shiny and new. The toilets in the office were like reclining in large armchairs, and were cleaned every 30 minutes.
The real downsides are the pollution/smog, which can get epic, and being a white man in Shanghai meant people are constantly trying to sell you food/gadgets/women/drugs - all quite cheaply. The most important phrase you need to know is "bu yao", and if they don't get the hint "zhen de bu yao".
an understanding of what is required culturally to work in a Chinese office
When I transferred over for a while, the main cultural differences where that we could smoke in the building stairwell, you can order chinese food to your desk, and it is mandatory to play several hours of starcraft at your desk in the evening after work.
I know several people who will not touch OCZ SSDs for enterprise work - apparently very shaky.
If you compare it to a regular informant, say a group of bank robbers. An informant within the group may offer use of a premises to run and store the heist goods in, which allow the cops to monitor and observe everything. Would that be entrapment?
IANAL, but I think for it to be entrapment, the informant would need to suggest the job and provide the material assistance. If they simply provide assistance, then I don't think it is entrapment.
Re: Why always London?
Because the cost of running a startup in central london is exorbitant. A single room 'office' in a central location, like what Telefonica are offering, would put you back in the region of £2k/month. A tiny flat is in the region of £1000 pcm, and that is a long way from the business centre. In Merseyside, I would imagine that things are significantly cheaper.
London is also the financial centre of Europe (arguable) and the cultural and economic centre of the UK (distasteful but true), so you have lots of companies that may be interested in what you are doing (and hence you may be able to sell to), and you also have access to a diverse job market - London is packed full of young, well educated EU graduates.
Liverpool doesn't have the depth of talent and skills you can find in London. You're more likely to make a successful startup in London than in Merseyside, and Telefonica aren't doing this to be cool, or to be sociable, they're doing it to make $$$.
Spot on. AMD are trying to make out like Matt is a nutty weirdo doing crazy things with their processor. He's not, their processor has an errata. End of story.
Re: You are forgetting something
I forget, when did universal suffrage include Cisco, Qualcomm, Novatel...
All large corporations in San Diego, all whose business grows with the growth of internet traffic, all who have no desire to see traffic levels fall with a dropoff in piracy.
I'm not saying he's done a bad thing - it's good that we can read the unabridged text. He is not doing this because he's a super-cool guy on the side of the little guy though.
I don't know about his balls
But check out his congressional district, specifically which large companies are HQed there. All politicians have masters.
[..] Garda officer had forwarded work emails to a personal account
See icon. Epic, and no messing.
Unless of course, the Feds knew that they were monitoring that Garda officer's email, and got them to forward the email deliberately.
Re: Slowest place in England? It just isn't
West Bergholt is also one of the most prestigious villages in that area, lying as it does in unspoilt Dedham Vale, in the heart of Constable country.
It doesn't seem incongruous to me that if you choose to live in a rural idyll, you don't get the services that are available in more developed areas. A few miles from West Bergholt are areas that have excellent network connectivity.
People need to think of internet provision as an attribute of a house, just like they do for proximity to good schools etc. You don't move next to the shittest comprehensive in the county and then complain about the quality of local education.
Re: Rural France
My old boy's house is ~6km as the crow flies from his (insanely rural) exchange in Suffolk, and gets a good 3.5Mbit, good enough for HD iplayer some of the time, he runs a vodafone suresignal over it as well, as well as Skype and Facetime, no bother.
His place in the Alps is ~2km up the mountain from the town + exchange, and yet there he only gets 0.5 Mbit, which is just about enough to load the weather forecast - forget skype.
Re: El Reg units
There's an HD version?
Please tell my boss I have to urgently take the afternoon off for 'personal reasons'.
Re: "dumb bit pipes and mast maintainers"
3 thumbs down, but no-one can actually say that you do get operator branding on the iphone, just downvote because they don't like that fact.
Re: What is the point of TextFree?
No, I really don't have to understand that.
Presumably, at some point, someone knows whether it is a cellular phone or not. At that point, the telephone call can be interrupted and a voice comes on and says "This is a cellular number. You will be charged to make this call at your cellular rate. Please hang up to avoid a charge".
Not hard, was it?
Re: "dumb bit pipes and mast maintainers"
Actually, you can tell you are not an iPhone user because you are complaining about the operator and manufacturer branding being pre-loaded onto your phone. You don't get that shit with Apple.
Re: What is the point of TextFree?
TextFree, just like this article, are ludicrously US centric. Most countries went with GSM, and already have almost free texting.
It is only the US that don't have cheap texting; a direct consequence of their failure to include texting as part of their original cellphone specs meant it didn't take off over there.
Texting is also huge in emerging markets, but users there are more likely to use SMS/MMS as a cheaper option to using data.
I lost "full functional control of important systems" at the weekend, but I'm not trying to extradite the barman.
Re: Laugh, laugh, laugh at the ACs
Hi. Not anon. Still <3 Be.
At least Be a) fess to the issues and b) fix them eventually. Once a BT backhaul or peer gets overloaded, that is life.
Re: Re: Wow!
Be is unlimited. There are no limits. None. Nil. Nada. Null. Not a sausage.
Be is exceptional quality, except when it is not. I've been with them since launch (2007), there were a couple of months in 2009 where quality was bad - not enough backhaul, high pings. I hadn't noticed any BBC issues, although I'm not a big user of iplayer.
Wouldn't it be better to install the app, and then when the app requests access to your location, be prompted as to whether you wish to allow it or deny it.
Similarly, a Facebook app may wish to have access to your contacts, and should say so when you install it. In addition to this, the OS should also notify and prompt the user when it tries to actually access this data, and the app should cope with the idea that the user may say no.
If the user trusts the app implicitly, there could be a setting to control which apps can always access particular information.
I don't get why this is so tricky for both Apple and Google. Apple at least do it better with location, you can force iOS to prompt the user before allowing an app to use location, but IIRC things like the contacts are freely accessible for an app, and it is only the curated aspect of the app store that stops apps from taking this data.
Re: Re: Re: Time for the Western World to wake up, stop doing business with China!!!!!
It's not xenophobic to say 'China' or 'Chinese'. It's really very xenophobic to insist that the Chinese are constantly trying to steal all our secrets, destabilise our currencies and 'bankrupt the middle class'.
Hope that helps!
Re: Time for the Western World to wake up, stop doing business with China!!!!!
Apparently they are unsatisfied to be on the verge of bankrupting western world middle class wage earners across the globe by driving down the cost of labor but now the Chinese cannot understand what a legally binding contract means.
Really? Yellow peril? Cmon...
Besides which, you have a non-argument. Inflation in China has been a steady 5% for quite some time, it won't be too many more years until we are the cheap option for China, not vice-versa.
Re: @Pete 2
A fully functioning linux machine……… with binary blobs necessary to control the interesting parts.
One solar mass is equivalent to 1.98892 x 10³⁰ kilograms
Cmon reg, that's useless. How many Olympic swimming pools filled with mercury is that equivalent to, we need real-world units.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 hitting a download speed of 49Mb/s and 12Mb/s up
Awesome. Do we all get one cell per device, or will it be like 3G, and won't work particularly effectively when there are 20,000 people trying to access it (welcome to the City of London).
Re: Re: Re: Re: £100
Yep, my bad there. I read it as 'USB keyboard' and missed the very crucial thing about it also being a case. I was actually commenting that a USB keyboard vs a keyboard integrated into a case has downsides, and not about your keyboard in particular.
Nice to sneak in a personal insult at the end, but hey, I have an ipad, so I'm lucky to only be called a freak. Carry on.
Re: "From your choice of tablet it would seem you value cost over quality."
You actually think a £60 tablet is quality?
Re: Re: £100
Your £10 keyboard has a cable, doesn't integrate into a case, and doesn't allow the tablet to be angled appropriately. It may have only cost £10, but if you want those three features it would be a waste of £10.
This keyboard is bluetooth. Cheapest bluetooth keyboards are ~£20, good ones ~£50
The case looks to be well designed, providing a variety of stand positions and viewing angles. Good ipad cases range from £20 - £60, depending on the quality of the components - anything with real leather (sometimes even real imitation leather) will be towards the high end of that.
Personally, I wouldn't buy it - already have a nice case and bluetooth keyboard - but if I didn't, this looks like a good case.
If it gives you £100 of utility, then it is worth it. If you don't like the price, then don't buy it. From your choice of tablet it would seem you value cost over quality.
We bought Proview's worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago.
Make your mind up, was it worldwide rights, or in 10 countries. 'Worldwide rights in 10 countries' makes no sense at all.
Re: Is Apache today really still that good?
The first thing to realize is that for most web servers, the speed of the webserver itself is immaterial. You typically find you will reach the limits of your database server or your network before the web server becomes slightly important.
The second thing to realize is that benchmarks 'showing' nginx to be faster than httpd are largely incorrect, or rather, are a result of a poorly configured httpd. One of the biggest complaints about httpd performance was the performance under the prefork MPM, which was typically chosen as the default MPM by distributors.
The MPM determines how httpd runs. The prefork MPM has one master process, which forks child processes and allocates requests sequentially to the children. It's how webservers worked 20 years ago, and allows things like PHP, which have non thread safe extensions, run safely embedded in the webserver - which is why distros choose it as a 'slow but works' default.
A better choice for MPM are the worker and event MPMs. The worker MPM has a hybrid multi-proces/multi-thread model, which massively increases performance, and the event MPM is similar, but has dedicated threads for handling KeepAlives. These don't work well with things like mod_php, but then neither does nginx - you don't get mod_foo for nginx. Instead, with nginx and httpd-event, you run your PHP and python web apps via FCGI/WSGI.
In 2.4 MPMs are now loadable, so the choice of the distro maintainer no longer limits you. The other big thing is that event MPM is no longer 'experimental' as it was throughout the 2.2 series - although that didn't stop us running it in production for the last 5 years. The third highlight is mod_proxy_fcgi, which allows you to dispense of webservers on your backend app servers when using httpd as a front end proxy.
When httpd is configured like this, it is easily on a par with nginx.
Says you. UNIX isn't dying here.
Re: Freame's friend's child? Really?
Kids freakin love ipads*. My 5 month old nephew literally cant get enough of it, if you can hold it upright for him, and keep him out of the itunes store, he just loves mashing at it with his hands and seeing things happen.
He's particularly adept at the 4/5 finger swipe, which my chubby man hands still only get right every other attempt.
Obviously he isn't 'using' it - but he engages a lot more with that then his other (static) toys!
* Anecdotally. Sample size 1. Tablets tested - ipad, ipad 2.
Re: SSDs great idea, but...
ZFS's raidz (available for Solaris, FreeBSD) allows you to have masses of online storage on slow disks, and accelerate reading and writing by adding cache and log devices on SSDs. It gives you all the write speed of an SSD, all the time knowing that your data is backed up and an SSD can be removed or replaced without data loss or issues.
Read speed is a little more problematic. Actually thats BS, sequential read speed is excellent, IOPS suffers if the data is not already in the cache stored on SSDs, and for significant loads you would want as much cache as your working set.
FWIW, on my home filer I have 6 'EcoGreen' 1.5TB drives - aka the slowest cheapest drives I could find - accelerated with one 60G SSD split in two, with 30G for cache and 30G for write log, all using onboard SATA. I get sequential read speeds of about 400MB/s (in cache) and 550MB/s (not in cache), and write speeds of 400MB/s (I've never managed to overflow the intent log).
I guess what my long winded post is saying is that SSDs are genuinely useful, but I only see them as accelerators and cache for real storage.
IANAE*, but couldn't you do this with an array of balloons held together in a ring. The platform is suspended below the ring, and shoots the plan through the ring.
Re: Here's an idea..
Technically, all bureaucrats are serf serving.
Strange. I agree with almost all of the arguments put forth in the article, but still disagree with the overall conclusion.
I think making a success out of the TV market will be harder for Apple than cracking the mobile phone market. Unlike the mobile market, TV makers are already competing against each other for smart features, and an Apple TV would not be significantly better than competitors at launch. The original iphone had very few real competitors, which is why it has had such a strong following.
The big 'in' Apple should have is their controllers - iphone, ipad, ipod touch - which should allow them to give a highly polished UX. Despite this, there is nothing stopping other manufacturers from also adding controller apps to ios, so even that isn't a good lock in.
How people buy TVs is also wildly different to how they buy phones. A user who would upgrade their phone every other year is much more common than a user who will upgrade their TV every other year. Also, TVs are sold on price, price and features so I can't see an Apple premium being too appealing.
At $JOB we predict consumer trends, and we've been gagging to predict this trend (smart TVs) for almost 3 years, it just never looks likely to succeed. The reason why is content.
People buy TVs to watch stuff on them, and the content is locked up by the corps that currently profit from that content. For Apple to break the UK, for instance, they would need to be in bed with Murdoch/Sky, and to have all that content available on their device, and I cannot see the dirty digger ever giving up his content.
Re: Re: @A. Coatsworth - Surely not!
I find your lack of faith disturbing.
"""Artist Radio [..] a handy way to discover new things."""
No it isn't. It's a handy way of listening to random dross from vaguely related artists. It's almost as useless as the 'Radio' feature, which lets you select genres and decades, and will then proceed to assault your ears with the most random shit ever recorded.
I'll get downvoted for mentioning Apple, but Apple's "Genius" mode is the only automatic playlist generator I've used that generates something I'd actually listen to.
Re: A weekend's access eh?
A weekend of multiplayer only. No single player.
Re: A mystery
A cheap turd is still a turd. Why pay mildly obscene for a crap phone, when you can pay obscene for a good one.
Let me look into my crystal balls
Mmmm. With remarkable clarity, I see the greatest chunk of the money going to Accenture, Siemens, Capgemini, KPMG and IBM.
The thing with these lego sets
Impressive - yes. But all you can do with them is make the specific design on the box. If you mix these with other blocks, then you probably won't be able to even do that again, and all the 'custom' blocks that make this look good probably can't be that re-used.
When I were a kid*, lego mainly came in a big box where everything went. You could build whatever you wanted out of it, as long as you wanted something slightly blocky and in varied colours. With these sorts of sets, surely kids just are always wanting their next fix. It can't be good to train kids to anticipate these things like their next crack fix, certainly not for the parents wallet.
* Here we go…
Boil the water in the kettle first. Noobie mistake!
Completely gone off SciFi TV series since BSG
The ending was just awful. 10k people get to 'new earth', 3 guys stand around and say "what shall we do with this technology, the likes of which we've barely got, I know, lets sling it all in the sun", and the rest stand around nodding.
It would have been better if the bloody cylons had won and killed everyone.
Kavanagh complained they were treated like a criminal gang
Where as in fact they were a grouping of individuals who come together to allegedly commit criminal offences in collusion with bent coppers whom they bribed to interfere in police inquiries.
IE, nothing like a criminal gang. It is upsetting to these criminals^Hjournalists to be treated in this way.
They wanted FRAND terms, were not offered terms that were FRAND, and so said 'fuck you jimmy, see you in court if you want something'*. Seems reasonable to me.
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