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Re: @Paul Crawford
"Hopefully the content makers will realise that you can't stop piracy, but you can make the paying option cheap enough and good enough (from the customer's point of view) to make the risks of pirating enough to stop all but the most hardened freetard."
You do realize that the whole point of this watermarked vid idea is to allow the customer to have a completely open, copy anywhere, backup as many times, view on whatever experience and is only meant to stop mass-sharing of the content (e.g. torrents, et al)? There are likely ways around it, such as if the watermark is some digital bits in the stream, doing a screen capture instead of pulling the raw data (or simply filtering out the bits or replacing them with other acceptable ones if it works like a software key...). The previous comment of embedding it as random one-off noise in the film, such as brightness, is a smarter idea, depending on the resiliency of being able to snatch the ID from a suitably short enough clip (there were comments of mashups to produce the whole length). Now, the download with a gift card from a coffee shop would need to be addressed, and short of a DNA sample and world-wide registrar, can still be worked around (stolen credit card numbers, etc). So no, as long as there's ways of digitally sharing data, there will be the possibility for piracy. It's just a matter of the level of acceptable mitigation.
ExaGrid is a small company that would fall under that "others" category. They have a pretty good scale-out method. Haven't used one myself in production, but was looking into them.
Missing a few details
Put two (or three) 512GB SSDs in Intel (software) RAID0.
Drop 3 Radeon 7970s in triple XFire and hook up 5 monitors to it for multi-monitor gaming. (gives triple vid cards a reason for being used)
Definitely overclock the CPU.
Drop another 3 or 4 4TB spindle drives in there for some real media storage.
Trevor, you should pit your D-Links up against similar-class Adtran switches. I've seen that brand used in environments and would like to see your test bench hammer out their shortcomings, if any. They're also within this D-Link's price range too...
"OS Support" would imply exposing to the programmer which is volatile vs non-volatile for the programmer to decide which one to use for which task. Database servers don't eat themselves in the event of a power loss event and can resume semi-gracefully now, and we don't even have non-volatile RAM for them yet. Why would you assume we'd be worse off than we are now?
"there is no tangible benefit to DDR3 RAM frequency above 1600 MHz. as this is not a system bottleneck for typical work station or personal desktop PCs."
Actually, AMD APUs have significant graphic-subsystem gains with DDR3-2166 (or any range stepping up from the horrid DDR3-1066 that is usually shipped with cheapo PCs). Intel integrated GPUs don't benefit much, but their GFX performance is horrid (comparatively) anyway.
"so DDR4 and faster frequency hybrid DDR3+ doesn't offer any value for server applications either."
Do note that with increased frequency, your memory throughput increases. Just because current programs don't make significant use of 22Gbps throughput over 14Gbps (most machines only have 4-6GB of RAM total anyway), doesn't mean that NO program could be engineered to do so, especially with knowing there's 256GB of NAND storage hiding in a DDR4 slot (hence the OS support requirement). THAT location is where I, as a programmer, would dump my table cache that couldn't fit into actual volatile RAM, as it's guaranteed to have better throughput and access/storage speed than a spindle drive. Windows could utilize it by copying the whole OS there too. A game could make use of it by stuffing map packs, texture files, etc in there rather than leaving them on a spindle drive. Clustered systems could make significant use as well. We'll have to see. However, no one will design for it if they don't have hardware to test on, nor likelihood of adoption.
HBO on AppleTV
You mean that after all the app censoring, that HBO really thinks they can get their night-time soft porn onto an AppleTV device? Will wonders never cease?
Re: What has this got to do with a Supernova?
This article should have been tagged with a [b]Watch This Space![/b]
And due to it being an Apple article, everyone missed the "Post-PC Era" jab. Of course, it won't be a "Post-PC Era" once everyone has a "Post-PC Device" and circles back to refresh their aging desktop/laptop. Then we'll be in the post-tablet era....
@Fuzz: If storage is a kind of memory and thus capable of being used interchangably since "no one thinks" something, does that mean we can advertise a 4GB Android device as havi g 4GB of memory, or perhaps I should sell you a desktop with 8GB of memory...that actually had 256MB of RAM with an 8GB sd card. Of course, you wouldn't be confused or misled at all, since anyone would know....
My corp firewall does SSLVPN. Should try using it sometime. Might just fix your problem. Unless you deployed a substandard device....
Re: No time to refactor
The worst part about QA, is how extensively have they QAd it? I've ran across loads of code that wouldn't have passed a proper desk-check, let alone unit testing. That's the code that needs to be touched.
"Google managed to up the memory on the low-end model to 16GB in October."
Writer fail. "storage" =/= "memory" Should stop spending so much time reading the boxes and actually know what you're writing about.
Re: lets just modify a typical Fandroid commentard on an iPad article
So, you bought a Nexus 7 for $199. A new, slimmer one comes out just a while later that is thinner, sexier, etc for $199. You buy it, now you're out $400 total, but have TWO tablets now. And you're roughly out the same price getting just the single low-speced iPad would have cost (iPad Mini is selling around $350 for the low-storage model).
The option to do Whole-Disk Encryption in TrueCrypt will encrypt the hibernation file as well. You are required to enter your decryption key upon start-up/resume, where it then decrypts the boot volume (with the hibernation file) and then continues to boot as normal. So even Hibernation with whole-disk encryption is safe for TrueCrypt installs.
Very much so here too. Storage XenMotion will be a great boon for us to shift VMs around when necessary.
Re: Turns out Apple holds a patent on the idea
Apple doesnt have patents beforehand, they take existing tech and repatent them. Therefore, Apple is currently preparing to patent said combined system...on a capacitive device...with rounded corners.
Re: Bit error rate
I think you missed the metric of these 4TB drives being 3.5" whereas your "60 drives in 4U" is for 2.5" drives....
Re: Limited use cases
"So it can't ever be quite as reliable as proper server-room storage with a proper backup strategy."
It isn't meant to be. It's for a small-biz of 6 workstations in Windows Workgroup mode needing shared storage. Setting up a workgroup share on the "boss's" computer isn't resilient enough. Buying a server with enough data storage is still going to be a single point of failure in an office where they likely can't even properly manage their own workstation failures. If you're reading this website, chances are you already exceed the mental capacity to run this software.
Re: Apple is running out of ...
I'm just going to be laughing next year as the iPhone5 becomes so woefully behind the times (it already is behind [some] at launch this year), that even sales people have a hard time justifying selling it over an Android/WinPhone8 (yes, a WinPhone will be in the running by then, and may even be a better option than Apple BION). Frankly, I'm not surprised that even the people I know that rushed out to upgrade their 4S to the 5 lost that cold, mindless look in their eyes when they beheld the utter lack of change/function/feature in their new expensive gadget.
Re: Misleading as ever
So IE8 users on XP may or may not be able to use Google Docs or YouTube. Gmail may eventually stop working 100% properly. Google search? I bet they keep IE8 alive on that due to marketing considerations. Nothing will outright break day1 with this "change." It may just partially break a year down the road after some new feature comes out. You act like it has the finality of a due-date for Apple pulling an app from the App Store or something.
Re: developers will be developers
Last I checked, a line-by-line code audit actually helps to streamline code and fix bugs (especially if you have to interpret it into another programming language). Unfortunately, it can also cause bugs since the "streamlining" process may cause typo or logic errors while they're attempting to condense or fix code. So, it's likely a wash on the other end, or leans more toward bugs (as it's new, untested code whereas the old code was battle-hardened).
Re: Gullible hacks...
It's been well demonstrated it was the poor choice in thermal compound under the heat spreader that made Ivy Bridge "run hot." Although, I must say that my IB i7 OCed to a modest 4.4Ghz has a 53.3*C (128*F) package temp, 37.2*C (99*F) core temp (according to AIDA64). On air (and no, not the turbine/jet engine kind). The cores don't generate much heat comparatively, it just gets bottle-necked getting through to the heat-spreader.
Oh, and 5% is actually closer to "3 to 15%" depending on your application.
@h4rm0ny: "Why on earth would you need a 720p screen on something that is 4"?"
I would actually like to see my webpages, not have some 500x100 header image or some such nonesense (register title image perhaps?) throw everything off the low-res screen TYVM. I suffered on a low res screen and it made web browsing terrible. 1280x800 gives a normal rendering so I can find what I need and move on with life. Not all of us are blind.
Re: its rubbish
"Yep, same old UI. That one the customers love, and know how to use..."
Ignorant customers love it. Pull out an Android phone and show them homescreen widgets (such as your email inbox or your calendar) and they instantly go "wow! that would be great to have!" Sure, you can launch an App, perhaps have to wait for it to open/load depending on your iOS, but having it on the homescreen is very convenient. We'll see how long until Apple steals widgets like they did the notification pulldown...
The only valid point you give is the "know how to use." Swapping a UI in a major way (Ribbons, in your example, or the Not-Metro UI of Win8) is a major problem. However, the transition can be done, and it can sometimes be fairly painless. Look at how Android added a task manager in 3.0+. I'm not a big fan of the permanent black bar on their Tablets, but the phone execution of 4.0 tasks is flawless. Apple could do the same if they tried.
So, they're calling the mini-dock a "Lightning" connector? Isn't this the same term AMD uses for their Thunderbolt-alike DisplayPort technology? I think someone may be getting sued shortly....
These spec lines read rather underwhelming. Not even a full 720p screen? Seriously? At least they finally got the camera to 8MP like all the Androids. The list of features they're enumerating to merit the "iOS6" tag sound more like the list of features you'd read about in Sense, Motion, or other GUI mods from manufacturers. Task switching, GUI overhaul, hardware-accelerated 3D, and SMP ALL TOGETHER may merit a full version bump, but being able to tweet from the notification pulldown and throwing a few app upgrades in merits iOS5->iOS6? Guess they're on the Firefox versioning system now: numbers for the sake of numbers.
Just use the Intel Z77 caching feature. Does the same thing transparently.
@AC: "Android phones of a similar quality are not much if at all cheaper than an iPhone on contract."
Nope. You can get a Galaxy Nexus for less than an iPhone 4, along with many other Android devices. Perhaps the reason more Android devices are sold is because they are more multifunctional? Heck, just having an SD slot means I have 64GB (32 internal, 32 on card) in my phone, with the option of 32/64 for a total of 96GB (plus the spare 32GB I can swap back in when needed). That capability along makes an Android device loads better than any iDevice for portable media storage and having 1080p recording space.
Re: Can you hear
@Metavisor: It's not in dispute that Samsung "copied" Apple. It IS in dispute, however, that the things they "copied" were truly novel and patentable (as demonstrated by all of the prior art provided, which apparently didn't amount to a hill of beans in the jury's opinion).
Re: I think that I should....
"...that Samsung had failed to present clear and convincing evidence that the patent was invalid."
Yeah, unfortunately, a mountain of prior art isn't enough to invalidate patents such as multi-touch or rectangular objects with rounded corners...
A big problem would be multiple users... Watching Discovery nature show that you don't like? Flips to Teletubbies! Or worse yet, it knows that you immediately flip from child shows (except when it's the kids watching), and the "Don't like this?" logic comes around and *flick* Oh look, now your kids are watching soft porn on HBO....
Re: And what did
Doesn't even matter if Moto used them or not (they may well have). Just ask Patent Trolls.
On the article however, it digresses into the whole FRAND crap again at the bottom. These 7 patents do not appear to be related to FRAND in any way, and thus, Moto could extort $30/device licensing fees if they so desired (coincidentally, that's how much Apple wanted to extort from Samsung to use a rounded-corner rectangular form factor...)
"I certainly wouldnt mind a car with half the range if it cost half as much to run."
"Wouldn't that mean it costs the exact same amount, then?"
@NukEvil: Nope. Half as much to run, at half the distance, is still half as much to run, you just get less range per fill-up. If it was half as much to run over half the range (note the change in word order and the use of "over"), then you're just saying it costs less due to reducing the distance driven.
Re: HDTV at 8k! Just wow!
1080p vs not, all I gotta say is my phone camera recording 720p (or worse), it's hard to make out gravel as anything more than a mixed-shade blur. 1080p, you can see rocks.
That is all.
From the article:
"Dealers sometimes try to make fake profiles harder to detect by randomly following some famous and some average people, or posting tweets grabbed from the Twitter stream."
Note the "randomly following some famous...people." What would be interesting is the unsaid: if Obama had any fake followers too. If the article's statement is to be assumed true, the accounts may be following one, the other, or both.
Let's correct a couple of things (so far):
Speaking of Apple: "...but it has dominated the smartphone and tablet markets for years without any significant hacker exploits."
So, the fact that each iOS version has been able to be rooted by jailbreakme.com isn't considered a significant hack/exploit? Not to mention the App Store's free in-app downloading vuln? For shame.
"...Apple has long benefited from treating security as a first-class citizen in its engineering philosophy."
Since when? Likely around 2003 when iOS was being developed. The article praises Apple over the "security-conscious" OSX, which is based on BeOS (Unix variant) of which Apple did not develop, but simply bought and slapped their GUI on top. The fact it was secure from the ground up wasn't Apple's doing, but something they lucked out in inheriting.
I'm sorry, but stating: "Apple has long benefited from treating security as a first-class citizen in its engineering philosophy. This carries through to the design of Apple's mobile operating system iOS, as well." followed two sentences later by "Apple, which was somewhat blasé about iOS security early on, releasing the iPhone with serious security design flaws, has since smartened up about mobile security." is so contradictory that it hardly requires commenting. You can't "carry through" a strong security ethic, but then say that they were "blasé" about said ethic.
Re: Apples innovation is more than I thought
"but everyone here must see that Apple's re-inventions have re-defined what people expect such devices to be like."
Nope. All the Apple walled-garden people bought each iDevice that was released (a phone in this case) regardless of how groundbreaking (or not) it was, and then used /that/ as the "definition" of what people should expect, be it better or worse than alternatives out at the time. I could hold the torch of an Acer laptop up as the pinnacle of invention, but that doesn't make it true.
An X shape does not necessarily have to be the shape of a +
^ note that the angles on a typed X (Times New Roman) are greater on the sides than the top and bottom....
Someone patented NextTag, Google Shopping, etc, etc. Only real "innovation" is that it can do this automagically for a whole list of items rather than one at a time....Oh, and the best route for brick'n'mortar shopping. Personally, I think Buy.com -> Amazon.com -> Half.com makes for an easier driving route.
Re: SSD Mounting kit
Also, there's some media-card reader/USB hub all-in-one bay things kicking around that have a 2.5" drive tray mount on the back of them for just this sort of thing. Loads of features for ~$20 (check NewEgg.com). Other option is to duct tape it to the side of your case or the underside of your DVD drive. SSDs don't have moving parts and are feather-light, so no problem.
Re: File systems on Android really need sorting
My Android device can store 1080p film with no trouble. >1GB files even. Might want to check again.
Re: Don't Apple do backups?
My thoughts exactly. His docs, pics, etc should be mirrored out there in the iCloud. If the remote wipe feature purges all data from the computer, whether the iCloud has a copy or not, and the question remains of why not, that's a fairly scarey situation to be in. Someone hacks Apple and now you run the risk of losing everything on all your iDevices before you get notification from Apple.
If I lose my laptop, remote wipe isn't my savior, it's the full-disk encryption and long password that saves me.
12:09am PST timestamp for The Register's question on the post-landing Q&A. Woot for representing!
"Why build one..."
"...when you can build two for twice the price."
So, they already have a rover design, launch and landing system figured out, and now experience with it. Why not just send up a second one? It seriously can't cost near as much as the first one since all the hard stuff is done.
Re: I completely agree, US Politicians are no better than two year olds that need a spanking
@Dan Paul: Apparently you're too busy frothing at the mouth to actually research your bias.
Either way, back to the matter at hand: an abortion regulation and weapon magazine restrictions amended to the Act? WTF? There should be a regulation/law/bylaw/whatever that prohibits amending legislation to bills that does not directly tie into the bill at hand. Of course, such a motion would never pass because it would be weighed down by amendments to ban McDonalds from Spokane, Washington, mandating the use of solar panels on gov't buildings in Alaska, regulating the number of corn farms in the state of Kansas, and reducing funding for toiletry kits for troops abroad.
Re: He who pays the piper
Not just peanuts. They could then outright REFUSE to license any SEP patents, and still run around the market anyway (of course running the risk of "damages," which amounts apparently to ~$2mil to block sales of the Galaxy Tab, so an easy trade while the courts run circles for years beyond the life of the product...)
"Corning's Gorilla Glass, which graces the front of every device worth its salt these days."
I believe Apple still refuses to use Gorilla Glass in their iDevices last I checked....oh, worth its [weight in] salt....I see what you did there....