Re: They have their uses
The rest of us buy a Bluetooth handsfree headset for a tiny fraction of the price.
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The rest of us buy a Bluetooth handsfree headset for a tiny fraction of the price.
Depends if you are going to use it for backup purposes then the costs to recover is to some extent irrelevant, and you switch to someone else by simply dumping your existing "backup" and taking a new one to a different provider.
You are aware that trans fats occur naturally and having zero trans fats in our food is basically impossible if you eat anything with any source of animal fat in, and that includes milk. So unless you are a vegan you will continue to consume trans fats, though the levels of consumption will drop.
Put simply there has been no iron based materials in a spinning disk for some considerable period of time now. The platters are either Aluminium or glass and the coatings are none ferrous.
But if all you want is the UK catchup services, then a NowTV box is far better value than anything else. They seem to be out of stock of the £10 ones, but you can get one for £20 with a 3 month entertainment pass, and then flog the pass on eBay for a tenner. Best bit is you are getting Mr. Murdock to in effect give you money because Sky are subsidizing the box. Even better you can side load the Plex or Emby (aka mediabrowser) client onto the box.
Er go check you facts. The vast majority of slaves transported from Africa (we are talking 99.999% and upwards type figures) where rounded up *BY* Africans for sale to the slave traders. Anyone who thinks Europeans sailed up to the African coast jumped out and rounded up people to ship over the Atlantic is a deluded idiot. Africans were UTTERLY complicit in the slave trade, and without their participation it would not have been possible. When in 1807, the UK Parliament passed the Bill that abolished the trading of slaves. The King of Bonny (now in Nigeria) was horrified at the conclusion of the practice saying
We think this trade must go on. That is the verdict of our oracle and the priests. They say that your country, however great, can never stop a trade ordained by God himself.
In short no side in the slave trade is without blame.
50% of a 77% turnout is 35%. The number of votes cast for the SNP in the election was about the same as those that voted Yes in the independence referendum, and that was *BEFORE* the collapse in the Oil price.
Personally if I was David Cameron I would ram fiscal independence down Sturgeons neck. I would have it coming into full force in April 2017, which is slower than Salmond wanted, because he was going for *FULL* independence in May 2016. When faced with the reality of devastating cuts to public spending and/or massive tax rises that fiscal independence would bring the SNP might just not do as well next May. Of course if the SNP did not win next May you could back peddle on it :-)
Business taxes is the difficult one, we know the SNP plan is to have a lower rate than England so they can leach taxes from England by getting multinational corporations to relocate their headquarters to Scotland. Two solutions to that in my view, the simpler one is just match anything the SNP do and play a game of chicken that Scotland will loose. The more complex one is say force companies with a profit over say £1m to make up the difference lower Scottish taxes based on percentage of turnover generated in the rest of the UK removing the benefit of a multinational relocating to Scotland to avoid tax and sinking the SNP's taxes plans before they get out of harbour.
The other thing I would do is ram another independence referendum down the SNP's throat. When the loose for a second time they are going to have a hard time calling a third for decades, by which time there should be no oil left and their economic plans will be in complete tatters.
You have a right to remain silent, aka you don't have to answer the Police's questions if you don't want to. It would also be in those sorts of scenarios unwise to answer any questions put to you buy the Police unless you where under arrest and had a solicitor present.
To be honest the best platform for something like Civilization is a tablet. It's head and shoulders above a PC.
Neon is much much more expensive than Helium. So while Neon does not when released into the atmosphere escape into outer space as Helium does, and thus not be lost to humanity, it is more expensive. That said it probably costs a few pennies for the amount required to fill a drive.
"As the older more conservative voters fade away, and as SNP support continues to climb, a new referendum is inevitable, just a question of when."
As a No voter I would like to see another referendum this year, I suggest September the 17th. This time we can put to bed the total and outright blatant lies that where the economic policy of the SNP. Unfortunately there won't be one for a generation by which time the closet Tory "I' all right Jack, we have oil now sod you." policy of the SNP will be dead and buried as there will be very little oil left.
Had there been a Yes vote Scotland would now be staring down the barrel of economic ruin. The SNP's calms of prosperity where all based on a price of ~$100 a barrel for oil. Now at half that there would be a massive black hole in the Scottish government's finances that would only be pluggable with massive unsustainable borrowing or austerity that would make the current round pale into insignificance.
It would have been the Darien Scheme all over again.
Assuming your broadband connection is up to it, the BBC iPlayer HD stream is 720p as can easily be ascertained by using get_iplayer to download a stream to disk and examining it to your hearts content. So in reply the BBC iPlayer HD stream is better than an SD broadcast.
The live sport consuming massive amounts of bandwidth is entirely fixable with multicast and BT Openreach offer this facility across large portions of their network in a product known as Multicast for Generic Ethernet Access. It requires that your router supports multicast and lots don't, however broadcast TV over IP has been fixed through the use of IP multicast for some time now.
There is no such thing as a Z2 Compact. There is a Z1 Compact and a Z3 Compact. Probably because the only real difference between a Z1 and a Z2 is the IPS display, and the Z1 Compact has an IPS display already. I have the Z1 Compact for reference.
Pushing IPv6 implementation is easy, new regulation prohibiting IPv4 CGNAT unless the provider also offers IPv6. Large fines for those not in complying.
If you then find CGNAT on your IPv4 to be a problem you can switch to IPv6.
Yes I would because it is a very specific form of spam that they are complaining about and I don't have any matching spam in my inbox or anywhere on three PlusNet accounts that I have checked.
So the question is if said database has been breached why has the spam not been delivered to the none PlusNet email addresses for these three accounts?
My Occam's razor is at this point telling me the spammer got them from somewhere else.
Only iron oxide is rust, all other metal oxides are just that oxides. So given the platters are either glass or aluminium, that the recording layer is devoid of any iron based materials there is no "spinning rust" in a hard drive and it has been that way for many years.
Sorry but you can setup your email at PlusNet so that all email to *@myid.plus.com gets delivered. It is one of the features of their system and has been like that since well longer than I care to remember certainly more than an decade. That said I have the wildcard address directed to /dev/null another very long standing feature, though I can remember a time when it was not.
The amount of spam I get on my PlusNet hosted email account is very limited ever since they included virus and spam filtering by default rather than an optional extra. I have personally not received the spam in question, and one would presume that if the PlusNet database had been compromised that the spammer would have spammed all the addresses harvested not just some.
That last bit suggests to me that the spammer has managed to harvest the email address from somewhere else. Where and how is the question.
There has been no iron oxide in hard disks for over a decade at a minimum. The whole spinning rust notion is complete nonsense. Hard disks have aluminium or glass platters coated with magnetic materials that don't include iron.
A "cordless" kettle has to be placed on a special base. Funny because I can simply drop my Z1 Compact onto a special base just the same. In fact "charging bases" exist for the whole Xperia Z line up. In the past I had something similar for a Nokia 6310i. So to answer your question mobile phones can be more like a cordless kettle, that yours is not is down to the choice you made when you purchased the device, just like you can still buy corded kettles.
If you have to have a Office 365 subscription and are therefore forking out money to get your "unlimited" OneDrive space then it is by definition not free but part of a the Office365 subscription. I am surprised the ASA has not called them out on that.
The lack of frost fairs on the Thames has everything to do with London bridge being replaced and the embankments being built. Put another way the winters of 2010 and 2011, where plenty cold enough for the Thames to freeze, but it came nowhere close. It did not freeze in 1947 and 1963 either. It is unlikely the Thames will ever freeze again in London.
I would happily agree to the condition to give up my first born child safe in the knowledge that such a term is unenforceable in the U.K. at least.
Just exactly how does that work with the download feature of iPlayer then? They actually advertise it as being suitable for taking stuff on holiday, and in my experience it worked in the France on my Kindle Fire HD earlier this year.
Basically if energy usage continues to grow at around 2-3% even if we converted tomorrow to fusion reactors in a few hundred years we would simply boil the planet.
Given DigitalGlobe are a U.S. based firm and that they are launching for a polar orbit from a U.S. military base I think it is perfectly reasonable for the U.S. government to limit what they are doing.
Want to set up a company outside the U.S.A., build your satellite outside the U.S.A. and using components that are not under U.S.A. export restrictions and then launch using none U.S.A. launch vehicles outside the U.S.A. you would be good to go selling what ever resolution imagery you want. That is presuming other governments don't also put restrictions on what you want to sell...
Mobile coverage in my house is hopeless due it would appear to some sort of iron (aka magnetic) based compound in the bricks. However a femotocell soon fixes that and all the networks will provide one if prompted. Even at £100 it would be small beer in comparison to the cost of a house.
What is more important is good internet connectivity, aka can I get FTTC, FTTP or cable. Clearly the people in the survey are rather clueless.
So in an office environment a 2G voice signal is just fine because for data there will likely be WiFi which offers better throughput for a lower cost.
If you give your kids a tablet of any description that is connected to a credit or debit card and they are not 100% supervised then you are asking for trouble.nn
Take a look at the Shimano Nexus and Alfine range of hub gears available in 7 and 8 speed versions. They are aimed at commuter bikes however, their big selling point being the much lower maintenance and the possibility of using full chain guards to reduce chain maintenance. They introduced an electronic shifting model last year. There are also 8 speed Sunrace Sturmey Archer hubs these days.
The Treaty of Versailles confiscated the Asprin trademark as part of war reparations from Germany. So in USA, UK, France, Russia there is no such thing as brand name Aspirin. One presumes that parts of the world that where in the British Empire in 1919 can also claim the trademark is not valid, as could fragmentary parts of the victor nations so Ireland, Belarus, Ukraine etc. are also covered.
It has been some time since a hard drive had any iron in their platters. They started being made out of aluminium and then even glass many years ago, and the coatings don't contain iron. Why are they referred to as spinning rust?
Personally I would have though an updated AC100 with a 1368x768 resolution screen and a Snapdragon 801 processor (quad core 2GHz ARM with 2GB RAM and 16GB flash) would have given something that stands out from the pack of me too Chromebooks.
Funny the archive life on the side of my LTO tapes says 30 years. You probably want to shift the data onto newer tapes sooner because of issues with tape and drive compatibility, so if your data is on LTO3 you probably want to move them to LTO6 in the next few years. That said I did a several hundred TB LTO1 to LTO4 migration five years ago. Anyone doing large scale archiving should have a tape robot so they can just load the new tapes, set the software off and forget about it. Took several months but so what.
Personally I would like to see a law that means ISP's have to provide IPv6 *BEFORE* they are allowed to implement carrier grade NAT. That would force the ISP's to get off their backsides and actually implement IPv6 rather than putting it off.
I would also like to see a law that forces equipment manufactures to offer firmware updates to things like network printers to offer IPv6 if they don't already. Say anything produced in the last five years.
RAID6 even with 4TB drives gives rebuild times that are bigger than one would wish. Fortunately there are solutions to this, Google for "dynamic disk pools" to see one fix, it is like 8D+2P RAID6 but is done at the block level. Of course this is for large numbers of drives.
Lets get past this no GUI by default is total rubbish. Server core is the Linux equivalent of running an X11 server with TWM and some xterms, except they are newer and prettier. You still need a video card, with appropriate driver and you still get a graphical interface. It is by no stretch of the imagination a text interface that could be redirected over a serial port for a headless configuration.
Anyone that claims that server core has no GUI has absolutely no concept of what that actually means.
The Z1 Compact has the IPS screen as well and predates the Z2.
I was surprised as well. LIDAR is surely a much more useful application than a smartphone projector, and to go mainstream my self driving car is going to need something a bit more compact than the current mechanical scanning LIDAR variants that Google and the like are using.
Given it is a SAS drive and HGST's 600GB 10,000rpm drive is ~200GBP, then a lot lot cheaper than the equivalent 400GB or 800GB SAS 2.5" drive which for 400GB is north of 1000GBP at the moment.
Yeah SATA drives are cheaper but you don't get a dual ported interface or Data Integrity Field (DIF) 520 byte sector sizes. If you don't know why either of these might be important you are not qualified to comment.
LSI and presumably now NetApp have patents covering that. So potentially the whole array has to go offline because just reporting a bad block on the ones with the parity errors is not possible do to patent restrictions.
Note I have personally suffered a parity error on a RAID5 rebuild on an LSI/NetApp Engenio array. It was an interesting case, involved some maths to work back from the block on the RAID array that was duff, through the LVM and then the ext3 file system to find the effected files. Able to then mark the blocks as good again in the array controlled (which left them as zeros), delete the files and restore them from tape.
Anyway don't blame Dell as that is covered by a patent.
GPFS native RAID is not going to be cheap because it is only an option if you buy your servers, disks and shelves from IBM who are not known for selling cheap disk arrays. Last time I looked you even had to buy IBM's racks. Plus it only really works if you want file system with your storage. If you want block storage go look elsewhere. A Dell MD3x00 will be much much cheaper and with the DDP give you all the same benefits.
The way to think of it is you take say a 4U 60 disk enclosure stuffed full of disk, but instead of doing RAID6 over a whole disk you break the disk up to say 1GB chunks and then do a 8D+2P RAID6 on the chunks which you scatter over all the disks. You then LVM treat the RAID6 chunks as PV's and throw then into a VG and carve LV's out of them. Every disk is then left with some of the 1GB chunks free, enough to cope with however many "hotspares" you specify. When a disk then fails all 59 remaining disks are involved in the rebuild of the damaged RAID6's of disk chunks. The rebuilt bits then get scattered over the remaining disks. Obviously you need to keep track so no RAID6 has more than one chunk on a single drive.
NetApp have something similar in the Engenio/SANtricity range called Dynamic Disk Pools. IBM's XIV also did something similar but using RAID1 which is a bit rubbish for storage density. Of course none of this comes into play until you have a large number of disks. As such traditional RAID is not going anywhere fast for most people.
My guess is that the real problem with a render farm hand off is the interconnect. Rendering frames for a movie is trivially parallel; each frame can be rendered utterly independent of any other frame, so while a node is rendering a frame it has no requirement to communicate with any other node, till it gets to the end when it needs to upload the frame to a central storage area. You can happily do this with gigabit ethernet.
However for a real HPC cluster that would not cut the mustard and you need high speed low latency interconnect, either Infiniband or something similar. Retrofitting this into an old system is simple madness.
Something not mentioned is that in the U.K. at least a University with a campus agreement (that's all of them as far as I can tell) get Office365 thrown in for free. Quite a few have given up on student email at least and stuffed it all into the cloud. Some have pushed all their email into Office365. The value proposition is very very compelling.
So he is spending illegally gotten gains (remember Microsoft is a convicted monopolist) to rehabilitate his image and I am supposed to like him for doing that?
My personal feeling is that the Muslim bastards who are hindering the Polio eradication program in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria as some sort of Christian/Western plot are utterly evil and should all be rounded up and tortured to death for crimes against humanity.
"What would really be truly revolutionary would be for the car manufactures to agree a standard for car "entrainment" systems with an open API so tablet/phones can link in seamlessly and be controlled from the steering wheel/stalk controls whether you have Andriod, iOS, Win8m or even Blackberry via an installed app"
It already exists and guess what it is called bluetooth. Your car stereo and phone need to support the correct bluetooth profiles for it all to work, but I can assure you that when they do it does indeed work.
Except it does not appear to have been adopted by Dell in the slightest. I have for example just downloaded a BIOS update for a PowerEdge R810 released less than two months ago.
For any large amount of data doing it in house is hugely and I mean hugely cheaper. Over a five year period 500TB in the cloud will cost over two million USD. For that sort of money you can buy the storage build a data centre and pay the staff and still have a significant amount of money left over. Then for the next five years the data centre comes free.
Then there is the simple fact that there is insufficient manufacturing capacity for flash to change the equation radically in the near future. It takes at least a couple of years to bring a fab online so capacity is known for some time ahead. Flash manufacturing capacity is only a couple of percent for hard disk capacity let alone tape.
Also where are the cloud providers going to store this data? Magic pixie dust or something?
In short neither disk or tape is going anywhere fast.
Actually I think you will find that the boiling point of water has not been 100°C for nearly 60 years now. Since 1954 it has been under standard conditions 99.9839 °C, and if you use the ITS-90 calibration it is even less at 99.974 °C. Kids of today eh.