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But who would want to use the "better OS" if it only played on a small subset of specialty devices? Go buy a "better format" HD-DVD and see how far you get.
Disclaimer: No flames about using a "dead" format please. It was for sake of argument and as a common-knowledge visual. Only flame for the fact this was a stab at a "OSX Rules, Wind0ze has Virii!" post
But there's a reason
Microsoft won't support it because such wonderful piece of software could do nothing but make their browser crash. Not saying that cruddy software [*cough* Flash *cough*] doesn't crash their browser already... Oh, sorry for the "crash browser" when it should be "crash browser tab," which then crashes the whole browser anyway....
Many people have lauded the boost in performance a Siesta can deliver, but many people ignore a minute detail: a Siesta "power nap" should NOT exceed a MAXIMUM of 30 minutes. Ideally, it should be 15-20min. This is the "power nap" time parameter used in most research (Google it if you must). So, the "up to 3 hours" of Siesta that some people prescribe to does more harm than good in productivity terms.
"Always an interesting discussion when someone says that a solution 'requires' SCSI or SAS, because you know SATA drives and controllers haven't sped up at all in the last 5 years. "But I need high throughput......""
Just made me think, off-hand, what would happen if a hard drive implemented 2 read/write arms (positioning the additional one on the opposite side/corner), instead of just one? Simultaneous data access anyone?
Mines the one with the patent application in the pocket.
Many companies mandate IE6 and WinXP due to problems vetting newer browsers/OSes. The Gov't in particular probably runs custom software that demands a certain browser or uses an out-of-date plugin that requires an older OS. I work in Healthcare and I know of several EMR solutions that either directly embed browser windows into their interface (thus requiring IE6 for instance, so everything stays working as intended), or uses some plugin for managing PDFs or images that is running 4 revisions out-of-date which only supports XP. Why? It costs money to buy licensing for the new plugin, or to pay someone to update the interface, etc. Until people start refusing to use software solutions that REQUIRE them to stay on older, more insecure, platforms, nothing will be done by those lazy software vendors.
Just slap a nuclear reactor in the back of the plane. Electro lasers powered by such would be more than capable of one-shotting a missile in a few seconds, not this horrid 1-minute crap. Hate to have to stem off 5 missiles at once.
Re: Apple isn't prosecuted for monopoly abuses because it isn't a monopoly
A <6% share of the "personal computer" market is not a monopoly. Saying Apple is a monopoly is like saying Nintendo has a monopoly on the Wii. If you don't like the iPhone, there's several other smartphones out there you can use. What? They are all crap? Then get an iPhone and live with the manufacturer's restrictions. It's called Vendor Lock-in. Get used to it.
A monopoly is only a monopoly if there are no other choices to be had.
"Second Life is a metaverse, not a MMO game."
Agreed. Even after sludging through the rant about how SL truly is a MMO "game," I still agree it's a metaverse and not a game. Calling it a game on the mere basis that you have a user that can "interact" (view and generate content), and can perform actions others can see/read, would make it essentially a graphical BBS. Should we start calling phpBB.net a game? Thought not.
"Really? I'm not a fanboi but the all too common BSOD in a medical scenario seems scarier to me then whatever you are imagining might go wrong with an iPad."
Last I checked, the physicians I know don't rely on their Windows PCs in a "medical scenario" that could be considered "scary" by any means. Of course, when your personal physician (of whom your basing your comment on) runs blind because his iPad ran out of juice and is no longer able to get help from a First Aid for Dummies app, I really will feel for you.
"iPad "equivalent" for Win 7???"
I believe the subtitle was "alternative." Wait, let me check...yep "alternative."
Would I use it? Most definately NOT. As you so annoyingly sum up, most all of its features FAIL. However, you my friend get a FAIL banner. Why? You assumed "equivalent" and it shows in your rant. This is a band-wagon item from an obscure(ish) company.
Items like this are never going to seriously compete against the iPad. Of course, if Jobs had the iPad run OSX (or simply allow multi-tasking), and drop the price a touch (I could probably wait 2 years and never have that happen), then there is no one that could compete competantly.
So, were the "chips" in question a Pringles-style chip, or more the "fish and chips"-type food? Oven baked or fried?
Can't possibly be IT-related, since I wouldn't want to get all that grease on my shiney keyboard...
Yes, a 6Gbps interface is about as pointless as a USB3 floppy drive. Even SSDs will have a hard time saturating SATA3 currently. For platter-based storage, probably the only effective means of using such a link would be for hybrid disks. Many high-performance storage systems have tiered storage: RAM-based --> SSDs --> HDDs (---> Tape). As data ages and is accessed less frequently, it's moved to a slower (but cheaper) storage location. A hybrid 3.5" drive that has 1GB of RAM, 32GB of flash AND 2TB of platter storage would be something that could be very nice to stick on SATA3. Perhaps using some semi-intelligent data location algorithm to stick (a interm copy of) your database/dlls/etc high-frequency stuff in the RAM for super-fast access, quick-to-access info in the flash (such as boot-required windows stuff, perhaps your favorite game), then store your MP3s, DVD rips, and your photo gallery, etc on the platters....
Of course, anyone that has the money and a bit of know-how has probably already set up a RAM Drive, an SSD, and mass storage in their computer anyway. It would just be convenient to offload all that hassle and headache into a "black box" of a hard drive.
Mine's with the patent application in the pocket, so I can troll on it later.
A cop I know was in a foot pursuit of a suspect when the suspect pulled out a hand gun and was firing at the cop (while still running btw). At that point, the officer emptied his entire clip into the suspect. Justified? Yes. Why? All shots from the suspect (6) did not hit the officer. How many could have potentially hit bystanders like yourself? Thankfully none did, but it was a risk that needed to be put down ASAP.
Chalk at least 1 up to "entirely justified." I'm sure most, if not all, fall into the same category. It's the 1 officer-involved shooting that has some grey to it that gets blasted (and hyped) by the media that makes you think that all police officers may be racist and quick-to-the-trigger.
The next time I have to buy solar cells for my house IN SPACE, I'll look you up.
I say just create these as shingles for roofs, and "plug" them into a circuit system on the roof. Make a building code to mandate their use (if it's within reasonable price compared to normal asphalt shingles), or at the very least gov't (or utility co) subsidize their use. A bit of tar underneath and you get roofing AND the entire roof surface for lecy generation. Siding might be nice, but too vertical for any real gain (unless my house was north of the Arctic Circle).
On the utility co. subsidizing note, perhaps have one of these solar array projects rent suburban roof space to reshingle and maintain. Sure, it's not a dedicated space in the desert, but your power generator(s) are on location to the people who need the power in the first place. Save on infrastructure!
What cool new features did KDE or Gnome add to their UI recently? Now take that list, write "New GUI Improvements to Windows 8" at the top, put it in a PowerPoint, and you'll have the keynotes for the Windows 8 launch party!
Don't believe me? They snuck in tab-completion and directory coloring to the command prompt, as well as program grouping on the taskbar for XP just after KDE did it....
The "Windows Genuine Advantage" title was most likely derived because only Genuine Windows installs would get a full barrage of patches. Originally, they planned on "no updates unless WGA is installed," but with the (obvious) bad reputation they had with security, they relaxed that stance and now allow "critical" updates to be installed without WGA, however you miss out on "important" or less updates. They figured that a large portion of the pirated versions Windows, still being vulnerable due to not getting SP2+ or patches, would hurt their "secure system" PR BS more than their bottom line would suffer from allowing these critical patches to be installed.
Microsoft probably employs the same development strategy for their websites as they do for their OS. We're just fortunate enough not to get the website-equivalent of the BSoD: a 500 error. :)
Of course, this is M$ afterall...they probably bought some company with a web portal for managing contracts and licenses and just strapped that on over their current eLicense database...thus they have no clue how the system actually works and they just put bandaids over bandaids. Wait, isn't that what they did with DOS?
Yes, I'm being cynical in this posting, but hey, I actually have to use the licensing system so I have first-hand experience with it, which is more than some (most?) of the following flamers can say. (yes, I'm assuming someone's just going to say "M$ sucks tard use Linux")
"Note the creative use of the word "enabling" to explain a change that disables."
Actually, Dell (arguably) built the hardware, thus determining what it was "enabled" to do. They chose to "enable" it to run qualified hard drives. If you buy it, you accept what it is allowed to do, downside and all. If I bought a scooter and complained that it wasn't able to go 90mph, or bought an iPad and complained that it couldn't run my Calendar AND Email at the same time (yes I just had to throw it in), then who's fault is it? Mine obviously for purchasing an item that has obvious limitations. Granted, a RAID controller is expected to run any interface-compatible drive attached to it, but now that it's known it can only run Dell-branded drives, it's now on the end-user for buying it.
I just feel sorry for them when they try to put a nice new SAS-enabled flash drive in there... Good luck finding a decent price at Dell.
Offer up our First Born?
I can think of many people that would probably offer up their First Born to Google just to get a 1Gbps fiber to their doorstep. Myself not included, but pretty close! So Google wants to do Deep Packet Inspection and index/datamine all of my Reg comments and figure out what I like to look up on Amazon.com, let them. As long as they only charge a nominal fee for their service. Having a massive datapipe to the home would open up a ton of opportunities for close-to-DVD quality video streaming or the like. This of course would put ENORMOUS strains on content providers, which would be obligated to buy more bandwidth, which will most likely be punted by none other than Google...see the loop?
I, for one, welcome our new Google illuminated dark fiber overlords. I'd trust them with my data more than the Gov't any day.
@A_USER: Positioning and Appeal to Authority
"...I'm OS agnostic, son, I can..."
Just a note, but a classical mark of manipulating and making an argument is the appeal to authority (the parenthetical inclusion of "son," in the attempt to demean/lessen the authority of the one being spoken to, and strengthen the authority of the one positioning himself as "older"), as well as the postulating of experience given by providing examples of a wide use of systems. Both are in attempt to make this rant seem a worthwhile source of information.
It irritates me to hear (read) people that have to resort to these tactics (albeit subconsciously) to make their point rather than standing on the shear logic and soundness of their argument. Of course in this case, we can see why the author resorted to such measures....
Where's the [Info] icon when you need one?
"where the scientist touches his iPhone like tablet to the computer screen and swipes a 3D image off the screen on to the tablet. He then walks across the room and swipes the image on to a window"
This would be EXTREMELY easy to implement if the whole "web-based OS" platform idea took off, where everyone's computers were simply localized data-chunking systems and your actually desktop is "out there." Then it's just a simple matter of dumping your desktop session to whatever device you desire. You can already do this with Citrix remote sessions or Virtualized Desktops, just not so seemlessly as in Avatar. With a 30mm range for the TransferJet, I don't see a huge need for complicated authentication. If they reduced the range some more and REQUIRED the device to be sitting on a landing pad of sorts, then it really should work just like a USB device IMHO.
I, for one, will assume a BIOS stopgap (you read it here first!). Simply because a stopgap would be (roughly) a quick implementation and potential retrofit for existing hardware. Switching completely over to an EFI-based solution would be the ideal, albeit more expensive, solution. Of course we have the chicken-and-egg problem once again... what Mobo manufacturer will switch ALL their boards to EFI without a drive that requires it? Who would buy a drive over 2TB that doesn't work on any PC (except on one Asus? mobo). Yes, Apple runs EFI and thus the "PC" qualification. Of course, they'd never sell a stock computer with 2TB+ hard drive space anyway. You're lucky they decided to up their drives to 640GB.
Next question would be, sure, the BIOS won't recognize the >2TB drive capacity (at least, anything above 2TB), but what about USB-attached drives? I would assume these drives would at least be usable as externals.
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The service executible just decrypts the virus from within the help file if the original virus is deleted. That is all it does, thus nothing would get flagged by a heuristics-type scan. A virus definition scan may pick it up if they thought of checking if a helper service was installed in addition to the actual virus, but it looks like an oversight.
As for the hidden virus, no virus scanner can remove it because it is encrypted (presumably with a key generated upon infection), and thus not something that can be described by a "virus definition." They best they could do would be to check the .hlp file for any non-standard info (hashes of all versions of the file perhaps?) and simply quarantine it if it fails. Granted, now they know, they should check for the service exe and quarantine the .hlp if one if this virus is found. But that's just sensical, and what would an antivirus be (especially McAfee) if they did something that made sense?
Latency to ship PCIe info across a presumably medium-length wire ought to be fairly high (compared to on-the-board channels). Slicing up the hardware interfaces does make some sense though, considering 10G ethernet can be hard-pressed to be saturated, let alone 100G in the near future. Shuffling RAM off the board and stuffing that in a nearby box seems a touch more daft to me. Serious OCers tweak timings to maximize the "laggy" link between CPU and RAM as it is. Pushing this over a connector, across a wire, into a processing unit of some sort, and back just sounds slow. Perhaps this could be supplimented a bit by a mega L3 cache or somesuch.
As for Single Point of FAILure, if this was used to host VMs running in some form of cluster enviornment, with a NAS-based setup, you could essentially afford the risk of an entire blade cluster going down, due to the "Live VMotion"-esque capabilities of VM systems. With all the cost and power savings (not to mention supporting hardware such as switches, rackspace, etc), one could afford to practically double their hardware to provide hot failover systems without incurring increased cost over a traditional solution. More computing power, with the same amount of wattage and (arguably) less money, with the potential for BETTER redundancy/failover. No wonders the slant in this story is toward extreme knife-in-the-back hype.
Apple makes some very pretty stuff. I, however, would never buy an all-in-one setup, even if it did have a 27" display. Can you imagine shipping your last year's worth of personal info and data off to Apple just to have them repair the screen? And if the screen was dodgy and they replace the whole unit, you better hope they mirrored the drive properly, and that the new drive isn't dodgy either.... Yes, you could make backups of the data (as you should be doing anyway), but it's still a pain not to even have the computer for the week(s) it takes to repair it, when you could have simply plugged in that old 19" LCD that your new machine's LCD replaced.... I just smell a design fail here. Not in usablility, but in the event something goes wrong.
You spend money on the "dying" technology so it doesn't "die" tomorrow and force us to work with semi-immature, expensive technology such as NAND-flash or "holographic" storage, spintronics, etc. This will give us that "ten years" to further develop these technologies to make the transition from they "dying" tech work more smoothly. Anyway, why dump more money into the "dying tech" of silicon-based CPUs? We have "working" quantum computers after all.... (yes, this is the same thing, so don't flame me claiming it isn't)
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"And as many active eBay sellers point out in the company's forums, once the math is worked out, the lower upfront costs are often outweighed by the additional expenses."
I could see such a large-platter device having power-draw issues. Also, laptops at 2.5" 5400rpm are fairly slow as they stand. Dropping further to 3600rpm and you'll take quite a while to full-copy one... Granted, if all you do is store your DVD/BluRay collection on it, the read-speed won't be such an issue. But for special-purpose use, rather than a "stick one in every computer" mainstream, the price-point might be slightly prohibitive.
You must be the parent that complained!
The issue we have here is the extreme (brainwashed?) religionists raising such a ruckus that the [silent] majority gets drowned out in the flood of [two] letters. All of these "sexuality" issues are because the parents of some children are so backwards as to forbid and scold (beat?) their children from mentioning anything of a sexual nature because "God has deemed it unseemly" or somesuch lunacy. If God doesn't want us having sex, perhaps he shouldn't have "created" our complimentary bits then perhaps? I see it more as a "here you go, now use responsibly" kinda thing. But that's just me.
Apparently you missed the numerous articles here on The Reg that go over the current Fail that is HTML5 video. Some developing bodies want to make money and push a hardware-accelerated codec. Others want a free codec so they can develop cost-effective browsers and editing tools. Since it's all up in the air at the moment, we're in for another round of IE5/6 vs. browser-community-at-large non-standard-DOM type battle.
The people may be ruled by a communist government, but doesn't mean they (the government) can't be capitalistic in their pursuits. Usually with people in power, it's all about the money. If you can keep your people from having it, it just leaves more for yourself....
Last I checked...
Last I checked, I couldn't pick up a 35TB hard drive... A 2TB HDD runs near $150-200, and I'm sure these tapes will be at a premium of near $200 each, but will probably reduce to $100 in a few years. Even with a $4000 investment in the drive alone, large data warehouses (think IBM, M$, Apple, US DoJ, etc) will eat these for breakfast and ask for more. Cheap(er) removable media is why tapes have been so popular, even now. Up until now though, they've only had 800GB (compressed) per cartridge, costing near $60-100 each. So, $170 for a 2TB HDD (very reliable if you make it past that 1st month vetting period), or 2 tapes at $140, yielding 1.6TB (2:1 compression, if you are so lucky. I'd say 2:1.5 for real-world [think of what Pixar would get...]). Personally, I'd take the HDDs myself, but I haven't (yet) had to back up more than 1TB of data in a single go.
"There was no way she could pay $2m so there was no point in even trying to get the money from her. But $54,000 might be possible, and as she is not exactly wealthy will also have a fantastic effect on her quality of life, and that of any children she may have."
And even if she does have to pay it, that's one more mom +children that's on welfare, and if statistics are anything to go by, those 4 children will most likely roll through the justice system again later in life... hopefully not for shooting me over my pocketbook.
Word 2007 can't scan an image directly into the document. You must use the document scanner, save it as a file, then insert it into your document. 'nuf said.
Of course, I do use 2007 for work, simply because I need to know how to show other people how to use the Ribbon. Have I found any features the old version couldn't do? No. But I'm probably not in that 1% of people who actually use them.
H.264 is popular because vid cards are being shipped with on-board decoding for the codec. Once Ogg is in the same boat (or On2 if the Google rumor is accurate), then the we'll have a level playing field. Until then, why does anyone care that their system is somewhat bogged down while watching a YouTube video? Do you normally troll over YouTube while waiting for your computer to crunch Maya or AutoCAD renderings? I thought not.... Then again, I just read The Reg while waiting for programs to install or M$ updates to patch on new systems...
This is great. They assume burning of fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming, but:
"though there was a "leveling off" between the 1940s and 1970s"
Isn't that the time frame of things like the V8 cars/trucks that got 8mpg, nuclear bomb testing, and coal-based power plants burning at full steam with next to no regard for emission filters? Granted they have most likely built more coal plants since then, but all have been tightly mandated on emissions....Perhaps the nuclear blasts were saving us! (not likely, but hey, why not jump to conclusions?)
Also, wasn't it NASA that calculates "average global temperature" by averaging select regions of the world, while neglecting regions of africa, Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, and large regions of the Antartic? Most of which are shown by satellite-based temperature-monitoring stations to have "normal" or "below average" temperatures....
Perhaps NASA just borrows data from our Climategate friends. Any Scientist's collected data has to be legit, right?
Don't get me wrong here. I full well believe something we are doing as a species is causing adverse effects on our environment. Just what that is? I'm probably as in-the-dark as these scientists, except I'm not publicising my stabs-in-the-dark.
Paris, perhaps the average temperature was raised by all the people she makes hot and bothered....
"What the hell was so wrong with just a simple Log-in / Password?"
Because a login and password is far too easy to automate. Heck, even some attempts at CAPTCHAs are far too easy to automate... I have written one that is about 98% effective. Granted that is just against a noisey number string....
The need for encrypting data before it leaves the location is common knowledge to any IT jocky (note, I did not use "pro") in the industry. What all is explicitly stated in HIPAA may be unknown to a fair portion, but the general sense is quite obvious: use secure passwords, use encrypted channels of communications, encrypt portable data, etc, etc. This company obviously did not follow such common guidelines, let alone a HIPAA mandate. Also, the only user in an organization that would have need for 1.5mil records is either an IT person, or someone who needed an IT person to get it... (think upper-management or research/development)
Just plain fail.
"But I suspect it means little more than having the option "Bing" in the Safari default search options."
Perhaps not. You can see the contract mentioned with Verizon to allow ONLY Bing as a search provider in their browser. Perhaps the iVault-of-a-Phone will lock down their Safari searches in a similarly exclusive deal for the right price....
Cheer up then. Parallels is developing a graphics card virtulization method (as well as other well-known entities such as VMWare). From what I hear, they'll offer what essentially amounts to pass-thru capability... How many <insert small-to-large span of time here> it takes to come out is anyone's guess though.
@ Neal 5
About the following (at the very least):
USN-887-1 libthai 2010-01-18
USN-878-1 firefox-3.5 2010-01-08
USN-877-1 firefox-3.0 2010-01-08
USN-875-1 redhat-cluster, redhat-cluster-suite 2009-12-18
USN-886-1 pidgin 2010-01-18
USN-870-1 pygresql 2009-12-11
I don't know about you, but I don't have a Linux box set up in a redhat-cluster environment, nor use pidgin as an email client, nor have python PostgreSQL extensions (nor PostgreSQL for that matter) installed. I don't speak Thai, so libthai is out (since I don't install language extensions either). You can chuck Firefox 3.0/3.5 out the window since that is platform independant anyway (and who doesn't run the most bleeding edge ALPHA version anyway? [sic to Win7Beta-still! runners])
Your 1000-long list of alerts is for any and ALL packages (and versions of such) that Ubuntu "supports" in their distro.
"I might just consider switching to an unpatched XP running IE6 out of box, with no firewall and no anti-virus"
And last I checked, this setup is infected in less than 6 seconds last I checked...PASSIVELY (as long as you're not behind a router, which apparently isn't even safe anymore either)
I must also echo the lament of having to use multiple Anti-whatever softwares to attack these problems (however each has merit in its own use). With IE8 at least, I've seen a marked decrease in the "auto-executing"-type malware and it seems to come down to a process of:
"Your computer have a Virus!!! Click here too remove!!" (misspell intentional btw) -> User click "OK" -> downloading.... -> Run / Save / Cancel -> Click: Run -> Windows: "Are you sure you want to run this executible?" -> Click: Yes, I'm sure (are they ever? REALLY??) -> BOOM! Virus.
Really, now it is just coming down to end-user computer dummy-mode (read BOFH for that wonderful episode) where they are just clicking "yes" to everything. So, end-user fail (hence the icon).
Of course, one would wonder who would open an attachment in an email that perhaps has spelling/grammer mistakes in line with "USA Department of Defence invite you too our Las Vegas show!" (see if you notice all of what's wrong in that statement) or other common spam-from-non-native-English-speakers issues.
@AC: Re: Cut them off
"China should be cut off from the world wide web."
Not only would this stop (most) hack attempts, but I do recall that a fairly large bulk of spam/virii comes from this region of the world... might at least alleiviate my spam filter from having to work so hard.
Yes yes, I'm aware of the M$-hijacked Windoze (l)uzers that are part of a spam botnet, but even that is tolerable if the developers are sitting in a sandbox.
Just wait until they start hijacking satelite internet feeds and have to get on the net that way.
"That would let you watch...from a (mobile) vantage point anywhere within the scene itself."
I would have to agree. I'd personally fork out for even a slightly bulky HD VR headgear kit if I could view my (insert show name/type here) from any vantage point. Just give me a small keypad with forward, backpedal, strafe/sidestep right/left, duck and jump (and perhaps a shoulder-mounted .50cal-type weapon just for fun. Would give a whole new meaning to "expressing your dislike" of a movie...two thumbs down? Try 2 Mike-Mikes to the face....)
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