* Posts by Tom 38

2682 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Lenovo are wrong

But has she suffered $10k worth of harm? For seeing some bikinis?

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AMD's new Carrizo: The x86 notebook processor that thinks it's a GPU

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The Carrizo APU conforms to HSA 1.0, .. The HSA 1.0 specification is due to be published in the next few weeks.

Unpublished specs are the easiest to conform to.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: UKIP

I was thinking of Georg Ludwig, Elector of Hanover, but yeah, there is a long list.

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Re: UKIP

It's impossible for foreigners to win noble prizes; to get gonged, you have to be born British (I think).

You are thinking of US presidents, we have no such limitations. Most of our nobility are French and we even let a funny little german guy come and be our King.

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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

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It's a shame that those VoIP-based call centers can't get their act together though.

There are no non VoIP call centres.

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if you have had a proper lightbulb moment you should be thinking: “Who needs a number?”

I had to re-read the sub line to check whether this was a Steve Bong article.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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My employers moved from a hand rolled Lotus Notes DB for HR and someone handing out payslips for payroll, to an awful 3rd party software for HR and payroll is "in the cloud".

The HR software requires IE 7 or 8. The Payroll site requires IE 9+. Neither of them work in anything else, and I use FreeBSD...

Now that we don't have to maintain our own HR software.... we spend longer managing the updates that we pay the vendor for.

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Facebook security chap finds 10 Superfish sub-species

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Re: Level the playing field

You don't have to use linux, you can use BSD, FreeDOS, Plan 9, BeOS, CP/M - anything you like!

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: What is it with advertisers?

This is the problem: "Advertising *doesn't* work"

Some of the smarter advertisers know this. They know their jobs are less than worthless (in that a lot of advertising probably harms the brands being promoted), and built on a lie, and they're panicking

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. No!

They aren't panicking in the slightest. Although advertising is largely bollocks, the client doesn't know that and feels they have to compete with their competitor. It's nothing to do with the advertising company or the consumer, ad spend is driven by corporate fears of loss of business.

As companies go to the wall, they will often spend more and more on advertising in some mad attempt to bring in more revenue.

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Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

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Re: 3 TV's

very few people have ethernet cabling throughout their house

Before broadcast TV was launched, very few people had coaxial distribution networks throughout their house. Now everyone does. Gee, I wonder how that happened.

Most (well thought out) new builds have ethernet plumbed in like they do telephone and aerials. Annoyingly, the people who put up my place thought I would want a phone socket in my master bedroom rather than a data socket, unlike every other room in the flat.

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Evil CSS injection bug warning: Don't let hackers cross paths with your website

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WTF?

see icon -->

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AT&T suddenly finds demand for 1Gbps fiber in Kansas City – just after Google arrived

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Re: Nice bandwidth if you can get it

Hint:

Mbps - Megabits per second

MB/s - Megabytes per second

Meg - name of a cat

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Sympathy for the devil

NB: I don't work for GDS!

These sorts of projects inevitably have these sorts of reactions. The project is a simplification project - take all the shit on 300 websites, condense it down to one standard and get rid of all the useless crap.

There are two ways you can do this,

1) you can spend many many years enumerating what all the useless crap is, design a system that encapsulates all the needs of those 300 systems, work out a fully complete plan to move it all over, and execute those plans.

2) work out the rough basis of what is required, the "minimal marketable features", implement them, handle whatever fallout there is, improving the new system to the point where it works.

Clearly they went with option 2, its "agile", and its much quicker to initial delivery.

With option 1, you should get a lot less of these issues, but this is not what has happened historically in government IT. By trying to cover everything, requirements grow to the point where the project is a massive behemoth that can only be tackled by one of the usual outsourcing suspects, and often has requirements that differ wildly to the point that the project may not be possible to be delivered.

So, they went with option 2 - its the cheap option, we're a cheap country, we have to put up with the cheap implementation. If they are truly agile however, they should now be identifying all these new user stories that they need to implement, and continuously improve the site until it does do what is required.

With agile, the proof of the pudding is not in the eating; invariably with agile it will taste like shit first off, but it should mature in to something suitable for purpose.

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

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Re: Custard

If it could turn one half in to Apple and Blackberry Crumble and one half in to custard, that would approximate one of my happy places.

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Re: Question

I hope you can catch the flavor of the question.

All hope is lost.

CERN controls very small particles using magnets, accelerates them to high speeds around a ring and then hits them in to other things very precisely to see what happens.

These very small particles fly around us at high speeds all the time, its just without isolating and controlling them precisely then you don't know what has hit what else where, when and at what speed, and if you don't know that you can't tell anything from it.

So back to your question...

If a big bang is re-created, will the creators be gods?

The big bang? The moment where all the matter that is, was and will ever be throughout existence was compressed in to the space the size of a pin prick? You're worried that a bunch of physics geeks firing two protons at each other in Switzerland will cause that to happen?

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: FOSS for all...

So start with a mandate that NO non-FOSS software can be used AT ALL, within a useful time frame, if no alternative exists.

That way we can start to fund the "add feature X" to "program Y" for the use of "project Z" to bridge the gap.

These are called deliverables/milestones. We have them on grants, if we don't meet them we don't get year 2.

Er, what do you think these losses are? You contract your developers to make the features you want, they develop them, they aren't suitable, "they dont get year 2", and a £1m write down is reported in the reg.

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Pass

It supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10 and JBOD arrays.

Snore. Nothing fancier? ZFS? LVM? Bueller?

Multiple RAID volumes are also supported but because it uses the EXT4 file system the maximum for any volume is 16TB.

Ext4 supports volumes up to 1 exabyte, but only with a larger block size. So what is actually unsupported is using a non 4kb block size on ext4. 16TB sounds a lot, but its not - buy this, put 4TB disks in it, wait 3 years, upgrade the disks to 8TB disks and you are over that 16TB limit.

Price: £235 (unpopulated) RRP

Just shy of £60 per bay..

I am probably slightly beyond the target audience - too tight and too demanding. My current home storage server has enclosures with 32 bays (just 16 populated atm) for around 28TB of ZFS storage, for which I paid roughly the same as the Thecus..

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Proposed US law could deal knockout blow to FBI in overseas cloud privacy ding-dongs

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Re: For the clueless...

Yes, The House That J. Edgar Built would never think of investigating people's personal lives for no reason.

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Gov.UK tells Londoners: You too can cash in on the 'sharing economy'

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Re: Isn't it wonderful?

It would be more wonderful if:

1) An MP was only allowed to have one job (MP)

2) That job was paid the average UK wage.

3) They had to live where they're the MP.

4) They make up the rest with graft?

In one single blow, you'd make it so that the only people who were MPs were those who are solely interested in power and exploiting that power.

Besides which, who becomes an MP for the wealth? Most of those coming from outside of politics would have taken a pay cut when elected as an MP.

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NO BRAIN needed to use Samsung's next flagship mobe

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Re: Mobile users trailing behind web surfers?

If you actually hit the monkey though, you win a prize.

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Ericsson and Qualcomm in BONKERS 450Mbps 4G test lab demo

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Re: Not so fast..

Given the likely signal strengths involved, it's probably that your AP will start interfering with your phone rather than the other way around.

Entirely unrelated, I once fell for the allure of wireless, bought myself a fancy logitech 2.4 GHz gaming mouse and a fancy logitech 5.1 surround sound system with 2.4GHz wireless rear speakers. Both work great, but if you listen to music whilst using the mouse, every other packet the mouse sends seems to be dropped, which makes for an "interesting" gaming experience.

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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Re: Collateral Damage from all this.

Farmer's markets are good, but you have to live close to the source. Imagine being in, say a London or New York city and trying to find a farmer's market.

I grew up in East Anglian countryside, on a farm, surrounded by farms and farm shops.

Its 50x easier to find a farmers market in London than it is in the countryside, because "farmers" (traders) like to come to areas where there are lots of people, and not lots of farms - its good for the margin.

There are traditional, established markets like Peckham, Walthamstow and South Ken, but there are also irregular artisanal farm traders setting up shop all over the place, eg in Stratford shopping centre on a Sunday, the regular market is replaced by "french"* farmers.

* mostly from Kent.

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Re: More neutral language please

On the right track, Zog. 'Discount' implies a reduction of some kind, but Aldi, Lidl don't discount on previously higher prices, they're just cheaper than the others.

In FMCG terms however, it means they purchase goods to sell from the discounter channel. Aldi and Lidl have low prices by buying things that are cheap when they are cheap and selling them cheap. This means that everything in there is cheap, but if you go back every 3 weeks, it won't have the same range of stuff in them.

Tesco/Sainsburys/Morrison tend to keep the same products in stock most of the year, baring seasonal line items.

Its not derogative, it just describes the business model.

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Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference

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Re: Are AMD and nVidia on board?

I'm deadly serious about the DirectX API being an open standard. Lots of Microsoft technologies are open standards. Why not this API?

First, take DirectX.

MS has always used DirectX in two ways, as a marketing tool to sell OS licenses (Want DX10? You have to buy Vista, not available on XP, Want DX11? You have to buy 7, not included in Vista), and as a way to lock games makers in to Windows and Xbox. Lock in does not work with an open standard.

Secondly, OpenGL already exists. OpenGL is a real open standard; the development of the standard happens in an open environment where any member of the Khronos group can contribute. Anyone wanting to use a standard graphical library on multiple platforms will use OpenGL.

DirectX has Microsoft behind it. OpenGL has AMD/ATI, Apple Inc., ARM Holdings, Epic Games, Imagination Technologies, Intel Corporation, Nokia, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment, Adobe, Amazon.com, Blizzard Entertainment Inc., Codeplay, Ericsson, Google, Huawei Technologies, IBM, LG Electronics, Lucasfilm Ltd., Matrox Graphics, Microsoft Corporation, Mozilla, Oculus VR, Panasonic, Pixar, Renesas Electronics, Synopsys, Texas Instruments, Unity Technologies, Valve corporation, VIA Alliance Semiconductor, VMware....

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Re: Are AMD and nVidia on board?

I have always wondered why Microsoft never created an open standard from DirectX

Seriously?

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Re: Spotted what's missing?

I'm hoping that they have all these things as layers that you can drop on as you will. Boom! No more churches or tumuli to distract me!

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To be a little bit fair to Google maps, looking at Google's street view, the road into OS HQ does have barriers so is clearly private property.

OS maps include vast amounts of information that is on private property. Being fair would be to point out how shit a map that is generated by driving a car around public roads can be.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Re: hmm

ARM SOCs are nothing like what people understand as a PC.

Which is why ARM is getting EUFI.

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

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Sympathetic - to a point

The cited case is of a "hi tech firm"* in the most connected part of the country, doing things with digital media, who decided "Wow, this place is awesome to set up our business, it's cheap, there's a trendy barrista on the corner and we're only yards away from the Spread Eagle!"

They didn't take in to account highly available network connectivity, or they would have chosen somewhere where they could get cheap connectivity.

Another option, if you make your money in digital media, is to, y'know, fucking pay for a leased line like the rest of us. Available throughout London for less than a monkey a month, probably less than they spend on coffee.

* They most assuredly are not, they are a hipster "digital agency".

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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Re: What purpose?

Don't forget the Police also have access to the DVLA database so they can match your face to your driving licence if they stop you, amongst other things.

They can look at specific records in the DVLA database. They are not allowed to search through each photo on the DVLA database to compare it to CCTV, and then use that as "evidence".

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Of course nobody wants to be in an identity parade in case they get wrongly fingered for a crime. But if the police have a photo of somebody they want to interview, and there's no match in the PND, I don't see any technical reason why they couldn't run their face recognition technology against facebook.

I hope you see a moral reason sometime soon.

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Netflix goes TITSUP WORLDWIDE (Total Inability To Support Usual Programming)

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Simian army irregulars?

Did the chaos monkeys escape from barracks?

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China and Russia start again with this UN internet takeover bull****

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Re: Really?

When they can promise they can stop their countries being filled with spam, hackers and "security" holes then I will care.

According to Spamhaus:

As of 04 February 2015 the world's worst Spam Haven countries for production and export of spam are:

1 United States Number of Current Live Spam Issues: 2553

2 China Number of Current Live Spam Issues: 1270

3 Russian Federation Number of Current Live Spam Issues: 759

4 Japan Number of Current Live Spam Issues: 561

In other words, globally the US is the largest source of spam, and causes the same number of issues as the rest of the top 4 combined.

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Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

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Re: "If only there was a great, sane and helpful place around me for my local gadgetry needs"

This isn't capitalism working. This is the wrecking of a classic corner store brand just so a few elite can make a killing. The Shack was a sacrificial lamb.

What a load of left wing bollocks. Radio Shack has/will go bust because of two reasons:

1) Consumers don't buy things in components like they used to, they buy entire gadgets.

2) People who do buy components all buy online, rather than go to a store to do so.

To the elite 1% who sucked RS dry. Enjoy your palaces in the Hampton's, your cruise ships in the Caymans, you total C*nts!!!

I know Americans don't get irony, but when you moan about the 1%, you do realise you are the 1%, right?

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Re: Thinking about uninstalling flash for good

It makes you wonder what they are doing with all the money that they forcibly extract from the viewers.

The BBC is vastly underfunded for what we ask it to do. All of their awesome tech is delivered on a shoestring budget by people who should really be working elsewhere and making a whole lot more money. I don't like that they spend so much money on slebs and dancing shows, but it seems to be what people want to watch.

PS: Why does their OCSP list got out of date information? Probably because the person who is fixing that is fixing something more important at the minute. Particularly given that OCSP is a dog, doesn't serve its purpose (particularly in this scenario, no client certificates to revoke, so OCSP is controlling revoking the server certificate) and most browsers will silently ignore invalid OCSP information, I'd imagine its fairly low down the list.

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Obama's budget packs HUGE tax breaks for poor widdle tech giants

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Instead, a 2008 study [PDF] by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that of the $362bn that was repatriated to the US, more than 90 per cent of those funds went straight back to shareholders

Fucking shareholders, reaping benefit from their investments. Where do they get the cheek?

As we all know, any money returned to shareholders just goes in to their McScrooge like money pit, never to be seen again.

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BY JUPITER: The science behind Friday's Solar System light show

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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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Dixons Carphone clings to EE, Three in Phones 4U bullet dodge

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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 :)

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

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Re: you won't defeat the object

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.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

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Re: Looks tasty

Er, well, yes. But why deep frying them? Looks like there's half a pint of the golden stuff in there.

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Looks tasty

But why are you deep frying the spices?

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Google boffins PROVE security warnings don't ... LOOK! A funny cat!

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Re: I've seen and bypassed this message.

Install the certificate in chrome? Takes about 30 seconds.

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Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

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Re: 20 years, near enough...

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?

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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Re: Real estate costs

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.

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Re: Something new every day

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.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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Re: Static IPs

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.

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Re: Answer me this...

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.

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'Linus Torvalds is UNFIT for the WORKPLACE!' And you've given the world what, exactly?

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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.

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Re: Green for O'Reilly

Way back, I quickly learnt to avoid buying O'Reilly.

I found that, too often, their books were full of irrelevant padding.

Without words..

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.

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The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

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2001 called

They want their 3D charts back

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