and Andy Townsend
20 posts • joined 16 Oct 2009
This is principally a German political and business problem
There's an excellent Economist article - http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21615602-germanys-opposition-american-technology-firms-short-sighted-and-self-defeating-googlephobia
In summary, it says that the issue is that German companies have been caught on the hop and don't have any genuine contenders in web businesses and are now looking to bury Google and other US tech companies.
And to the poster who tried to tie the Microsoft and Google cases together as if one wasn't significantly worse than the other - for shame. Microsoft went out and destroyed competitors. Google's "crimes" are minor in comparison - but should still be investigated.
This case is about politics pure-and-simple - mostly German - but there are plenty of other shameless ambulance chasers from the rest of the EU.
Re: Loong term view
I heard about one you've missed out - although it's not strictly to do with deployment.
I understand that Microsoft will always patch your environment with the latest fixes - whether you want them or not and regardless of whether it breaks what you already have. No rollback either! For me that makes it a deal breaker.
You haven't been following the UK libel laws closely then? There have been a huge number of libel cases in the UK in recent years where a plaintiff not based in the UK can be sued by someone also not based in the UK for libel just because an article may be accessed from the UK. It's legal tourism and it's not much different from this. Google for "justice eady" to see what's been going on - its fair to say he's a maverick.
Where angels fear to tread ... ?
"the filter has to go between the ariel and the booster".
Re: Nexus of Forces
At the risk of alienating a certain religious group. It sounds like an L. Ron Hubbard "book".
PRS650, Calibre & prs-plus
I've got a pair of PRS650's and I too had "fun" with the awful Sony desktop software. I installed Calibre and it's perfect for updating the content - I didn't look too closely at the Sony software but Calibre looks like it beats it hands down. I've also "upgraded" the internals on the 650 with prs-plus - http://code.google.com/p/prs-plus/ - and it makes a huge difference to how the 650 works. It's much more intuitive to use than the standard Sony os. Recommended.
Re: I wonder if this gets downvoted ...
Wrong, wrong, wrong. A simple search on google - heard of that? - would reveal that the US have had a grand jury empanelled for over two years specifically for this purpose.
So, to keep it simple for you. Are you going to downvoted. Yes!
So what happens to all of the "224,162 cores of AMD 6-core Istanbul processors" after this? Hopefully they get recycled or reused?
Don't drop them on those seats...
... or put them in the door pockets!
Continuously variable transmission - it's a sort of automatic and it's what Daf's used to have in the 70's.
Check the NYTimes
Trevor Pott @peter39
I think I agree with most of what you said, but this bit
"nor can I imagine them changing the fundamental structure or formats of their cloud
without giving a reasonable amount of warning beforehand"
would have had me howling with laughter were I not at work! I can think of plenty of ocassions where Microsoft have changed their software entirely to prevent fair competition. In addition, these changes are always made when Microsoft can take predatory advantage of them. The thought that they wouldn't do this in the cloud is beyond belief - I suppose you could have been being ironic?
But this could apply to any of the other cloud providers! As usual the punters are screwed from both sides, we need standards and we need them now!
Orange email dead?
They appear to be having an other huge problem with their email at the moment. I'm not a customer, but a friend asked me why their email wasn't sending. I checked the web address - smtp.orangehome.co.uk - and it's not accessible. I use opendns at home and it traced the issue to the dns servers at pol.co.uk. There seems to be quite a bit of traffic on the forums at orangeproblems.co.uk - that might be worth someone at the Reg investigating?
The My Virgin page ...
for my account has an interesting piece of "news".
"Urgent customer news
Due to a major System failure we are unable to take customer calls at the present time. We are working very hard to rectify this problem.
we will inform you of any updates as soon as possible.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause."
North East too - last night and this morning
I had problems last night from about 8:30pm and had to reset my v+box. It came back up after a very long reset, but was v. flaky. It hung again and I tried resetting it - this time io just woudn't come back up, so I powered it off! In the meantime I tried ringing the service desk - and got the "too busy" message and disconnected. So tried the internet - no connection! Have tried powering up the v+box this morning - and it's still hanging at the same point. Very frustrated!
We must stop meeting like this!
My sole concern here is that of the survival of Sun. Yes, Oracle don't have the greatest record of "maintaining" products that they buy when they compete - or nearly compete with their own products. But I do think that interventions by Monty and Richard Stallmann are disingenuous at best - I don't think they are representing anyone's interests but their own in this matter!
But, in the global scheme of things, there is actually quite a lot of competition in the database arena - in open and closed source applications. Probably more than in any other area of software? I just wonder if Sun hadn't paid so much for MySQL, whether there would be quite this much furore. Would there have been similar "issues" if IBM had bought Sun and thus acquired MySQL to add to it's little stockpile of databases (db2, informix, unidata, etc.).
Finally , MySQL is open source. Monty has already forked it, and there's nothing to stop Oracle just canning all the MySQL development team and leaving it where it is now. Where would that leave MySQL users? Pretty much where they were before Sun bought MySQL AB out. But I can't see Oracle doing that anytime soon. They are going to need the revenue that Sun selling support contracts for MySQL brings in, and support contracts won't get renewed without innovation.
All in all Oracle buying Sun is the best option of the ones available. An independent Sun is a non-starter from here on in, so we might as well get on with it. My two-penny-worth.
Lars - thanks for clarifying the situation. Can you explain who got the $1billion that Sun paid for MySQL? It's a while ago now, but I seem to recall that Monty was in charge of MySQL AB when Sun bought them? Perhaps I'm wrong in my assumptions and Monty made nothing out of the sale?
Sorry Lars have to agree with Victor2 - Widenius does seem to do things that suit him and him alone. I'm not convinced any more that he has the best interests of MySQL users at heart - if he ever did! Oh and I can't see anything in Victor2s post about Monty owning 51% of MySQL, or anywhere else in the comments or the article.
So .. you seriously believe that Microsoft have a good record in this area? I'm not an MS fan, but I'd be very wary of letting Microsoft go anywhere near this purely on their past record. What the headline doesn't make clear though is that there are some "sensible" companies other than MS in there. However, I still think that a competition on the lines of AES would be better. It's not like the other companies involved actually need the money!