2327 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009
Re: 25GB is not bad, IMO
Well, three have gone from "unlimited data, unlimited tethering" plans to "unlimited (well, 25GB but that's close to unlimited, right?) data, unlimited tethering (as long as you limit yourself to 2 GB or less, we won't limit you! Unlimited!)".
It's still pretty good, but not that great..
nice if there was an attribute you could set on an IP datagram that would control the region of the packet, and would only allow the packet to be forwarded to hosts in that same region, otherwise dropped
Yeah right, if that had existed at the start of the internet-era, ISPs totally wouldn't have been only selling geo-limited accounts.
"Oh no sonny, no transatlantic pipes for you, get back on your local internet with our local services."
I found it crazy that they have no ticketing system, and everything seems to run on the concept of "managed insanity", where most things are sort of working and people will make enough fuss if they aren't.
I'm used to when you have a problem with an isp, you raise a ticket "I've got no service", someone takes that ticket and progresses it until you do have service. With BT, you have to ring them up and fight through the system to get through to the right team, having done so there is no guarantee they can fix it (they are just the team you need to speak to to fix things, they don't actually fix things), and you can't ring them back directly.
Actually, you can "email them" (which means "fill in a contact us form on the website"), they aim to respond within 10 working days..
Technology can be used to aid or hinder CS, BT use it to hinder it, to discourage you from calling in, but other companies (Be CS were excellent) use it in a positive way. One line of 1st line support, dealing with customers, fixing simple things, dealing with account management. If they can't deal with it, they make a ticket and hand it off to 2nd line support. 2nd line either contact you directly with the fix, or pass it off to an engineer to do proper support. The whole process simplifies everything down, less people on phone calls waiting for the "right team" to become available.
I'm currently in the phone tree of hell that is BT. BT seem to have determined that customer support is a cost, and they must minimise that cost. Only certain teams can deal with certain things, but you can't ring any of those teams, you must make a computer understand what you want (it won't), and then the computer will put you through to one of those teams.
I'm sorry, put you through to the queue for one of those teams.
So 3 minutes of automated machine, then 15 minutes of holding, and you've got through to a human - result! This person can take all the details of your case and sort it out, surely?
Nope. This is the broadband team. You need bt infinity support team. Let me transfer you over. The first drone puts you on hold, and then rings through to the right team. I'm sorry, rings through to the queue for the right team. You are then on hold, whilst a BT drone is also on hold waiting with you.
15 minutes more holding, then you are finally there, right? Nope, they need to co-ordinate with the order management department - BT infinity support can't change order details, silly!
I had reached my limit with BT on Friday, told them to cancel my scheduled fibre phone line installation (on the basis that they promised instant BB activation - the fibre is installed and lit, they just needed to flick a switch, and that each time I call to find out why it's still not working takes 1+ hrs). My final words to the guy on Friday: "To confirm, you've cancelled all the outstanding order, the engineer install and anything related to me and BT" - "Yes" - "Thank you, good bye".
Having done all that, today's dance with BT is because they "confirmed" over the weekend to remind me of the engineer install booked... 20+ minutes so far on hold...
It's a good question, but the answer is, depressingly, simple.
830 words in 10 paragraphs simple?
Re: What foods have a barcode?
Eggs can have barcodes, although more commonly just a "best before" date - it's hard to retrain the chickens to draw the straight lines.
Re: Single player is onanism
I like atmosphere, suspense and immersion as much as the next person, I just prefer it to be provided by real people rather than a machine's script, and I don't play a game so I can get to the next cut-scene.
And yes, I expect that any game I play will require skill, and that playing the game should increase my skill at it, and thus my enjoyment.
Single player is onanism
I only play multiplayer games these days. Single player is just playing with yourself for your own pleasure, except you never orgasm.
Take Starcraft 2 (I did). Playing against a machine is nowhere near the skill level to play against a human.
If you just play against the machine, you get lazy and slow, because you can be lazy and slow and still beat the machine - you never get better. Play against other people, and they will destroy you - because you are lazy and slow from playing against the machine. You will get better, but only from more playing.
And it is more fun - infinite varieties of fun, not just "oh this level again, I know where the AI is set up, where their weak spot is, and I've got 5 minutes before the map triggers them to even come my way".
Humans are sneakier, more competent and more surprising than a machine, and it's much more fun to play one than an AI.
@JDX: Looks like they also have no problem skipping multiple versions of Windows - Vista, 7, and now 8. Guess they'll probably skip 9 too?
Re: "enough grunt to take on tasks that would leave the Pi panting in exhaustion"
Invalid comparison. You are comparing a general purpose CPU decoding H264 against a chip designed to decode 1080p H264 content.
It's even more invalid if you take in to account that the minnowboard itself has dedicated hardware for H264 decoding (via VAAPI; your EeePC does not).
If you did a true CPU comparison, for instance, how many PPS can this shift, or IPSEC tunnel throughput, you would find that this is vastly more powerful than the RPi. RPi is a very cool and inexpensive piece of kit that can be used for a lot of things, but some things it cannot, and you might want a slightly more beefy CPU.
For instance, this thread is about using RPi as a router and it's limitations. RPi has no GigE port, and acting as a NAT router, can't even fill it's 100Mbit FE.
This minnowboard has a gigabit port - the Atom CPU probably wont hit 1.2 Mpps but it will get a damn sight closer than a RPi. It's also significantly cheaper than an equivalent high end router board like a Soekris 6501-70, which is ~$450, although that does come with a slightly higher spec Atom CPU and multiple GigE ports.
It largely depends upon the game engine and how it's lag compensation works. In very simple games like the original counterstrike (and, to a lesser extent, source), then someone with a 10ms ping vs someone with a 90ms ping will have *vastly* better game play and the ephemeral "reg" - when you have your crosshairs over someones face and press fire, does the game register a hit or say "sorry, try again".
In games like this, ping is crucial.
Re: World Police?
What a load of bollocks, it has nothing to do with trade agreements.
They are suing Baidu, who are a US registered company listed on NASDAQ and regulated by the SEC, based upon the search results they offer to US users.
This is why the US court has jurisdiction, not some "interference in the ability of American companies to compete in the Chinese market".
Is there an app to speed up those morons who think they can walk and use their phone at the same time, but actually walk slower than an old fat lady with a shopping trolley.
Re: Comedy gold
Why fixate on fixed line? Because of the USO, which propagates the monopoly position.
BT didn't invest in that area, the tax-payer did.
Another example, I just moved to a new house. The new house is pre-wired with BT infinity. In order to move my phone service and internet there I had to fight through the BT infinity sales team. BT use their USO to force me to at least discuss (repeatedly) that, no, I don't want your internet, thank you very much, just the phone line. Yes I'm sure. Please stop talking about BT Sport.
PS: In the area I linked to, you're lucky to get 2G service. There is BT, or there is nothing.
Re: Comedy gold
You misunderstood which bit was "comedy gold" in "one time state monopoly" - it wasn't the "state monopoly" bit.
Re: I'm disappointed
Pluto is a "dwarf planet". This is a "dwarf planet". Eliding context fail.
Re: What else is out there ?
But they do transition the heliopause each orbit - which is super cool.
Re: Is Windows 8 fundamentally broken?
The standard problem with this is that intuitive isn't a tick-box property. Linux is intuitive for a UNIX user; SQL Studio is intuitive for a Windows user. Nothing is intuitive out of the box, as everything relates to previous experiences.
What utter crap. UI/UX design and A/B testing has clearly demonstrated in a scientific manner that there are simple UI idioms that *do* make a user interface intuitive - particularly a well known WIMP system.
MS completely changed that interface in an effort to "win" touch. Ubuntu did the same thing with Unity, GNOME with GNOME 3, both for the same reason and both with the same result. All three continue to make efforts to reduce the differences with each point release.
Sure, anyone can learn to adapt, however why should we when we can continue to use the same interfaces we are comfortable and efficient with?
iOS (and most Android for that matter) is not intuitive because it is "cool to learn", but because it is impossible not to work out what to do. I've never had to show anyone how to do anything on a tablet, not one "family support" call, and yet they all have them. Windows Vista, Windows 8, those I get plenty of calls..
Zuckerberg's main problem
Eleventy billion dollars in the bank, but all the hollowed out volcanoes have already been snapped up.
Re: 5 people editing one document simultaneously
It's actually extremely useful on corporate google docs, I don't know about Office.
You can configure "viewers" and "editors" so only approved people can change it.
Each user sees where the other users cursor/selected cell, so you don't really get conflicts.
There is only one version of the document in existence, so it doesn't accidentally get wiped out when Bob from accounts finally completes his section and puts it on the share.
You can chat to the other people viewing the doc, and they can see your cursor/position to see what you are talking about.
You can (just about) use it as a poor man's Trello.
However, the most commonly used example in our org is:
"Hi everyone. Can you fill in your row in this spreadsheet with your home working details over the xmas/easter/etc period please"
If the delightful lady who penned this missive reads this article, I'm afraid you have just trolled her and are now eligible for a 2 year sentence the next time you visit these shores from lovely Spain.
It definitely doesn't compare to £1800 worth of separates - in fact I doubt it compares to £500 of separates.
Google aren't in the hardware business? Who do you think owns Motorola?
Re: NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett: Go To Jail. Go Directly To Jail…
On the contrary... a great many people, myself included, are saying loudly and plainly: "Disband the spies, police and military, and by all means, bring on the terrorists!"
And then voting Democrat or Republican.
..deluged with Trojans..
The capitalisation of 'Trojan' gives mind to America's #1 brand rather than the malware.
Re: GigE over Coax
Yes, 1000baseT is rated for a maximum cable length of 100m.
I'm moving house next week, in to a block served by hyperoptic, they run fibre to each block and then 1000baseT from the central point to each flat.
Re: So many WTFs!
world police how? He was arrested in Seattle for a crime against an American company. Not sure what you are getting at.
He didn't commit the crimes in America. They are charging him in America. They are American crimes because the company is American. Hence, TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE - someone does something wrong somewhere else in the world, America involves itself.
Missing from the story is how someone who works in Russia and Lebanon ended up arrested in Washington without extradition. Presumably MS asked him to fly over for a chat...
So many WTFs!
Confidential data allegedly uploaded by Kibkalo to his personal Windows Live SkyDrive account…
…emails sent from a mail.ru account to a Hotmail address maintained by the blogger. The two allegedly chatted about the illicit exchange of information using MSN chat.
How not to leak from your employer.
Russian national Alex Kibkalo was arrested yesterday and ordered held without bail
Kibkalo, who worked for the software giant in Lebanon and Russia
Kibkalo, who was based in Lebanon at the time of the alleged leak
The case is filed as US v. Kibkalo in the US District Court, Western District of Washington.
TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE
The suggestion is not that hardware manufacturers absolve themselves of the responsibility to write their own firmware by calling in the "amateurs". They're free to do that, of course, if they want to see their sales plummet.
The idea is that after writing their own craptastic drivers that they then publish the code. This lets competent people look for security holes, and allows the amateurs to fix or re-write the code.
It also allows other competent people to look at what commodity chips the hardware manufacturer has put onto the breadboard and produce a knock-off for virtually no investment.
It also provides insight into any proprietary algorithms you use, eg wifi firmware frequently has (had?) proprietary rate algorithms, and nVidia and ATI keep the very proprietary bits of their drivers in their firmware.
Shuttleworth doesn't care about any of that though, since he is an ideologue and this gets in the way of his faith. Yes, it would be fucking awesome if we had at those bits and pieces, but it would suck balls if it meant that hardware was either more expensive, less readily available or not developed.
Re: Trade secrets
AMD have been publishing hardware specs for years. Nvidia started more recently - because it was to their advantage.
Bad example I think - AMD started publishing hardware specs for their graphics cards after they separated out the proprietary bits into loadable firmware modules that you load and run on the card. The firmware then provides the "hardware interface" that is described in the specs - this is what Shuttleworth wants to remove.
strum, science is a model constructed from scientific hypotheses. What is the difference between climate change hypotheses and scientific hypotheses? A scientific hypothesis can be tested.
Climate science produces models that describe what happened in the past in order to generate current measurements. The model takes historical data, and churns out the right number for today - hurrah!
We then look at the future predictions of that model and turn it into policy and taxes, but at no point is that model tested - it fits the old data, and it is right now, and that is good enough seemingly for most people.
It also seems that when you have new historical data that then doesn't fit the existing model, or changes the model forecast, then the implication is that the model is wrong, and it is tweaked until it gives the forecasts that are desired.
Re: Code ripped from projects
There shouldn't be comments at the top of a file declaring ownership because you should not "own" the code you write, it leads to terrible confrontations when someone refactors or otherwise rewrites "your" code in a way "you" don't like. Oh snap.
Re: Unbelievably expensive
That's what fridges, freezers, and store cupboards are for: you stock up in advance, then cook as and when you see fit.
What if you don't live in SmugGitopia?
Re: Unbelievably expensive
Do you only get hungry when your convenience stores are open? Never been hungry after 5pm on a Sunday?
Plus, you aren't taking in to account that all the time that you are walking to the convenience store, shopping, walking home, making the dough, making the sauce and so on, I can be sitting on my arse watching TV.
You can still pick up a decent 1TB drive for about 60 dollars, working out to the low price of $5 a month over a year versus Google's $9.99.
This is why you are a journalist and not an engineer or an accountant. Your drive costs you $5 a month, but you have not taken in to account the costs of the server to put it in, the electricity to power it, and the network connection to make it accessible. You would also normally buy hard drives that last a bit longer than a year, so running the depreciation over one year seems unnecessary.
Re: De-Dupe on a gloibal scale
They might run dedupe on specific datasets, but the example you gave - uploading audio to the Play Music service - definitely would not use dedupe, it performs psychoacoustic fingerprinting to the file, and only uploads if it does not already have a match for it.
Dedupe is insanely expensive computationally, you need a really good dataset for it to be useful.
Which bit of that was the joke?
Re: @Tom 38
No John, I did not forget that the patriot act puts any US registered company in the NSA's pocket.
You however failed to grasp that the entirety of my post was that US registered companies choose to be US registered. They could choose to not be a US registered company, if what the NSA asked them for was so abhorrent - they make out that it was, now that we know about it.
Re: Or do you really think it's going to all be okay even in 100 years time?
Actually, the worst we can do is fuck it up so badly that all the humans, possibly all the large mammals die.
Give it a couple of million years, the old girl will get going again.
Re: I know the Reg hates Google but
None of these companies have a choice in 'co-operating' with the NSA, it's all done at the end of a metaphorical gun barrel. Point your hate in the right direction, the US and UK govs.
No, you are absolutely right, when the NSA comes to those companies, they have to obey. Except those companies do have one thing they can do - they do not have to have physical nor corporate presence in the US. If google were *so* upset about it, after the first order came in they could have announced that they were upping sticks and moving everything outside of NSA's explicit reach.
"Due to the current political climate and state intrusion we can no longer operate in the US. Please direct all queries to Fort Meade."
Re: I can rotate my widescreen TFT into portrait mode
Yes you can rotate it, but I've yet to come across a desktop OS and monitor that automates the screen rotation … Windows 8.n, MS's tablet OS, can't, likewise Linux.
Well, I personally I use FreeBSD, this works pretty fine for me:
> $ grep xrandr .xinitrc
xrandr --output DP-0 --rotate left
xrandr --output VGA-0 --rotate left
I guess you meant "automatically detect what way up a screen is".
Re: I know it's contentious in a free internet
Its alarming just how many routers one can find in the internet with open admin logins and for which the name 'admin'; and the password '1234' will actually work..
This only became a problem when ISPs forced/cajoled router makers to allow the possibility of remote logins by your ISP. There should be no management interface of your router on your WAN iface. Ever.
Re: Are they blond?
But Dell aren't charging for distribution, they are charging for installation, configuration and support of the installation. If Mozilla isn't careful, then Dell will just stop offering this service thereby ensuring that the only browsers available are IE via the OS and chrome via Google nagging...
That is just weasel words, they are charging you to place firefox on some media and deliver it to you. That is basically the definition of distribution.
The cost paid is above what you would pay if you did not have firefox distributed to you.
Plus, no-one will ever choose to pay an extra £16 for Firefox. If they know they want it, they will know to install it themselves, if they don't know they want it, they will forgo paying for things they don't want.
This is basically a rehash of the Dell/MS tax on PCs with no OS, I wonder how much they are being bunged now drive IE usage. Of course, now Dell are privately owned, we need never know.
A fridge that can order you milk when it notices you are getting low
I don't get it, how will fresh milk make me feel better?
The other thing with ikea kit is that a lot of their pieces - and I don't know if this is accident or by design - are precisely the right width for 19" rackmount kit. Yep, instead of seeing it as "the 4th goddamn coffee table we've looked at this morning", look at it as "my new AV unit and projector mount".
Ideally the test subject that stays on the ground should not have been to space before at all, in order to properly test the effects. Mind you, you wouldn't want to be the one left behind.
Re: An event horizon for economists?
I suppose if you're spending $3bn in opex, sometimes it can be worth speculatively spending $50m in capex to try and reduce that to $2bn, but delivering 4 times the capacity.
Plus facebook imagines itself a disruptive company. You don't pay IBM $50m when you can put some geniuses in a shed with some credit cards - much more disruptive.
The point of the exercise is to knock things up quickly and cheaply from commodity components.
Yeah, but they did it by defining their own commodity components in way of the open compute project. All that stuff is custom, but its now "facebook custom".
If facebook said "We're going to order $100m worth of 5" SSDs each year for the next 10 years at least", there would be companies falling over themselves in Taiwan to assemble them for them, and anyone else using OCP spec kit.
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