129 posts • joined Wednesday 20th September 2006 20:29 GMT
Re: For people who don't think Google Glass will make them look nearly geeky enough...
Oh, they will! These people appear to be thinking bigger than Google, and it they can keep up the momentum and funding, and get sales, then Google's device will become obsolete very fast. They are also likely to have a stronger relevant patent base for this than Google.
I suggest the weight and bulk can be reduced by having some of the computing power, and power, in a separate enclosure linked to the glasses by a disguised fibre optics and power cable; so no need for any radio electronics or noticeable heatsinks, in the glasses.
If this is done right, they should look no more out of place than sports sunglasses; however I think the screen resolution needs to be a lot higher!
Get some NFC Card Sleeves damned fast!!!
NFC Card issuers should be DAMNED ashamed for not providing full RF sleeves for ALL NFC cards; I had to buy some of Amazon marketplace because my negligent bank did not provide one for my debit card, and I was wary, for good reason!
Beware the cards have to be fully in RF sleeves, because an NFC tester at work noticed that if they are not fully in my sleeves, they can still activate!
Criminals will cotton on to this damned fast!
The NFC card issuers who don't provide RF sleeves should be sued for negligently enabling 'drive by' theft!
Re: But you can already get..... at a stupid cost!
A nice /expensive/ backwards toy, but not much useful power.
The Biolite is very expensive toy, to fund donation of the larger version for 3rd World households, and has a small cooking area for a camping stove; it has been tested to take ages to get hot enough to give some trivial excess power output after driving the air-intake/cooling fan up to speed, and you are not going to want to nurse it for hours to hopefully charge a portable device! You can buy several beefy Li-ion battery packs for the same price; enough to keep mobile devices running for several days!
I looked at various themo-electric power sources before, and they don't look worth the significant cost, and are still quite inefficient, so provide poor power conversion e.g. even an in-development C.H.&P. central heating design I saw could only generate a mere 500W of electricity, from many Kilo Watts of gas combustion heat, at quite a premium total price!
It would seem more efficient to make a portable fuel cell, or gas turbine generator.
Just use ZFS: ZRAID2, ZRAID3.... etc
ZRAID will detect the problems before you do, unlike conventional rubbish RAID 5 or 6, so will automatically move the data to good sectors, so no need for data correction; I also use ZRAID2 (much better than RAID6) because it is nice to have the extra genuine safety when a drive fails (one WD Red did, replaced in warranty); this is arguably faster and cheaper than mirrored RAID5.
Google+ for Android already p's me off
WTF do I want to see my devices _in public_ for, let-alone on some fake social media site *, that's so dumb, it has horrible security vulnerability implications too! Criminals would love all that extra information to target you or your possessions, even crack the devices to go rogue on you!
* Social sites are not social, they are spy networks which give you the delusion of social iteration, while you make yourself look an utter vain ass.
What a complete FUBAR Moron he is.
No, no, no! 'Smart Meter' are not, they are RFI bombs!
At least with my WiFi router I can set the signal strength just enough and schedule a turn-off overnight, to give my body a rest, but these so-calls "Smarter Meters" will be 24/7 RFI pollution to Weather Radar and people too!
So expect a lot more doctor and hospital traffic when these are deployed!
Anyhow the power supply companies can p-off if they think they will get control over my appliances!
Cut the fake-eco power subsidies, and you'll ironically save a lot of power and money!
A deflection field failure could occur for several reason e.g. particle impact in the wrong place, and unless detectable, boom, or at the very least lots _more_ Neutron radiation exposure; yes Fusion gives off lots of Neutrons, so there had better be enough Neutron shielding between the engine, and the engine controller and payload! Oh, BTW, the Neutron shielding will eventually become Radioactive and transmuted, so better be easily replaced if reuse is a consideration.
All this supposes a reliable and affordable system can be produced; if so, maybe we could produce a Fusion version of an internal combustion engine for power generation; yes it's rather low tech, but may work.
Solution = Ban Fraction Reserve (fraud) Lending and shut the central banks which enable it.
It really is this simple, but the bankrupt corporatist states and politicians, and greedy, money for nothing, bankers hate this idea. So they setup this misdirection and propaganda to mislead you as to the real cause and solution. To put it simply City Traders would mostly be out of business without Fractional Reserve Banking, and it's far worse offspring, derivatives!
The solution is to have a limited amount of real money, rather than exponentially inflating fiat (fraud) currency, tell the state to sod off with bankrupt socialism and regulations, get out of the way, and let the market price goods accordingly. Boom and bust is far less likely or as extreme in this environment and no money needs to gets destroyed, so deflation would be normal and nothing to fear.
Manufacturing not services!
This is not a real entrepreneur, rather a useless p' artist who they will regret hiring. The conservatives, like most political parties are wasters and con artists who have no clue about genuine Capitalism; the prevalent Corporatist crony 'Capitalism' has a limited lifespan before is crashes and burns.
Service industry pushing is cretinous because the real wealth is generated by manufacturing, as Germany, Switzerland, and China well know; yes even Switzerland makes most of its money from manufacturing, not banking, or other vapid services, that is why Switzerland is an active participant in the devalue your currency war!
Get a real 2nd opinion, cancer can be beat
He should do a bit of research; there are ways to beat cancer, based on down played hard science, which the pharmaceutical industry and cancer charities really don't want people to know about, because it reduces their nature plagiarist profits and wasted guilt tripped funding!
I'd love to see more Culture novels, because their message of Anarchist tech is a breath of hope during this doomed Corporatist quagmire.
Government is the problem, so get rid of it to see MUCH greater price drops than a mere 30%.
I'd vote for http://libertarianpartyuk.com/, to end the Fascism of government *, and only vote as a stop gap for the UKIP; never for the more Fascist Conservative, Liberal and Labour parties! Seriously Socialism is a fracked up version of corporatism, corporatism (Fascism) is a descent of Feudalism; so it's clearer to just call them all Fascist!
* thus ironically the end of the need to vote in farcical government elections.
AGW is basically a fracking (self?) deception from government funded 'scientists'; so much counter scientific evidence exists that AGW is a farce of an idea, so please STFU AGW trolls!
Re: people don't go green to save money only!
Are you joking, stupid or just plain fracking thick?
Colder is the opposite of warmer!
This is one of the many reasons why Anarchy is a better than any government
All forms of government boil down to corporatism, feudalism, and thuggery; it is evil slavery which must be dissolved and never reintroduced!
There is no compassion in government; because all governments are parasites which can only steal to 'help' others.
Anarchy is just the lack of government; there can still be law, order and negotiation via a viable market mechanisms like the Irish used to have, before they were eventually conquered.
Re: forget remote control, I want the iron man vision
Probably one of the better replies, because Iron Man's suit provides proper HUD, ample processing power, cooling area, and uses his Arc Reactor to provide ample power too!
This is p*** poor substitute for /proper/ eye HUD.
Having an offset display at a different focal length only compounds the distraction potential, and the voice recognition will require networked computing currently; so cloud tethered overkill. Better to put all the voice recognition in a local device, like say a mobile via a BT heatset, with enough processing power to do it locally.
This is just more cloud misplaced BS; in Sci-Fi this kind of appliance requires 3D displays, complete transparent optical overlays (e.g. in contacts), or machine eyes, not fragile overpriced consumerist trinkets.
I expect the users will get cooked skin from the hot (risky much!) Li-on battery, hot CPU/GPUs and image projectors, and a get frontal lobe and eye cancer from all frequent pulsed Microwaves from the Microwave transceiver in the glasses.
We have the technology now, so add protection to vehicles for reduced insurance premiums!
Yes, people should not be distracted, especially with complex activities like extraneous listening, talking, seeing, and associated thinking (something us introverts are well aware of); the extra body disruption from higher intensity Microwaves from a mobile struggling to stay in contact with a possibly distant or attenuated cell tower, inside the Faraday cage like steel vehicle body probably doesn't help either!
So accept that people will fail sometimes, and add sensors outside the car and actuators inside to smoothly auto-brake/steer if something is getting too close; how hard is that?
Don't expect any sense from the state; it often only looks at symptoms and blindly punishing the offender, less so addressing the actual causes and proper remedy for the hurt parties! The market is the best place to address this, by making it too expensive to not have counter measures or prevention for being distracted or stupid.
Laws of Supply and Demand; what bunk
Read Steve Keen, he thoroughly demolishes the Neo-Classicals' BS laws of Supply and Demand.
Peoples behavior is not linear and can be counter intuitive; price rises can even boost demand!
Look at cigarette smokers, how has price affected them?
This is the Hegelian Dialectic BS in action, look for the causes e.g.
* some (probably government funded) group starts a scare to trigger a campaign for the government, to "do something", so that the government can make fake a solution, but never a genuine fix!
* government taxation (aka robbery from people and business, shrinking moral and jobs)
* government regulation (shrinking jobs and stifling productive businesses, so shrinking moral),
* government protected big corporations (stopping small business growing and replacing these zombies),
* government banned less harmful plant extracts (tarred as drugs), rather than ending support for harmful pharmaceuticals and dangerous artificial food additives (both made by big business)
which can make alcohol more harmful!
See a pattern here? Yes, government.
Read Rothbard to get a solution.
Quantum processing is a fantasy and APTs can be shut out.
Quantum processing hasn't scaled up, and doubt it will because I think it is based on a mystic premise, so I don't regard this as a threat or a solution in the Cryptography arms race. APT only works if it can get access to the unencrypted data or Cryptographic keys, so keep key stores and raw data processing at a higher privilege levels than APTs can't get to.
All my public network servers are run on restricted user accounts in isolated VMs, with monitoring security software, because I expect them to be attacked and they are, but it does the attackers no good :) The default of running all services at high privilege levels is stupid; it is asking for trouble!
Re: The difference between Steve Mann's glasses and Googles version is ...
Attacking the Steve Mann's image is shallow; granted, his image has some poor esthetics; however he does make very valid points, especially about how nasty it is to make optical systems work well with Human eyes, and both images look like prototypes, including Googles! I wear Ti glasses to correct eye defects, including Astigmatism, so can literally see serious problems with both examples!
Anyhow ...., a lot more work will be required on eye mounted displays and cameras, for technology, ergonomics, and esthetic appearance, before they become practical.
I doubt side image projection will be usable unless the screen is at a fixed angle and position to the eye(s); this requires a fixed screen, the offset one Google Glasses have will be tiring and jarring to use, and a fixed orientation screen and camera will be jarring due to varying eye orientation, and made worse by body movement. It will be nonsense to have to move your head rather than move your eyes to change camera orientation (even tablets are more usable than this), and mono vision seems dubious for eye displays.
* Use a full glasses design (possibly in Sun Glasses format), with a moveable camera hidden in each used lens or a central pod, a thin, high resolution, and directional light emitting screen layer in each used lens, and pupil tracking to move camera orientation, and to display images appropriately.
* Use prescription, contact lens with embedded light emitting screens and possibly cameras, with safe wireless power and data transfer from (and maybe to) frames close to the lenses; this removes the need to adjust the image for pupil orientation, unless for orientation based image enhancements.
Any camera should preferable be hidden and have maybe have a visual indication it is enabled/disabled, otherwise it will encourage violence like Steve Mann experienced.
I think Google have really underestimated how difficult usable glasses displays will be, especially with cameras, and would be wise to at least discuss this with Steve Mann, rather than just ignore him, because it may speed up their work.
FreeNAS 8 does me fine for LAN use.
FreeNAS 8 (a custom FreeBSD 8 build with ZFS etc.) works pretty well for non-clustered use, it supports massive volumes, dataset and file sizes, also volume extension, scheduled replications, and the usual NAS servers.
I personally would not trust storage not using ZFS, even clustered storage, because this may have the same consistency problems as RAID1.
It maybe that a virtual ZFS filesystem could be layered on top of multiple slave iSCSi ZFS instances, and implement clusters with RAIDZn and volume extension.
Just an idea.
University and other structured learning environments can be useful for some, not all.
Early on I tried to get ahead without higher education qualifications, but got stuck, so had no option but to eventually do a degree.
University and other structured learning environments introduced me to subjects and ways of thinking which I would not have look at anything like as quickly, if I had stayed self-taught e.g. OOP, RDBMSs, Networks, etc. You can also get detail on areas which do/don't work, so you know why, can recognise them, and have good reasons to welcome/fight them in future e.g. several project management and development methodologies were so hyped, but crashed and burned :)
Degrees are only sensible if you pick something you are interested in, are smart enough, and they provide new insight and knowledge you can use; otherwise they are pointless. Governments need to realise that most people don't need to go to university, because this only leads to excessive drop outs, useless graduates, and a pointlessly expensive education arms race; proper apprenticeships and vocational courses would be far more valuable for most people.
Yes, the right degree matters; early on I saw what a mess a recent Geology graduate made of some commercial computer work because he bluffed a position, but was clueless at development and problem solving, so bailed; I a recent Computer graduate promptly sorted out the software and got it working excellently; I left later, to get more interesting work and money.
Just because there is loads of information on the internet doesn't mean you can learn everything alone, there is still a huge amount of rubbish and deception there too; a lot of relevance, and comprehension still has to be learnt from interaction with other people, and online interaction may not be adequate to provide this. It takes a long time to form good mental BS filters and stuff still slips past!
Not original ideas and poor execution
I was given a Bayliss Torch; I was not impressed, it was expensive, used NiCd cells and a filament bulb, at a time when LEDs where already good enough; the design was bulky, hard to use, and failed after little use. I've see a lot better and MUCH smaller dynamo battery light designs; in fact a RockTrail one I have is the size and roughly the shape of an Duck egg, and very easy to use.
A dynamo, batteries and lights has already been done many times before, including for bicycles, so plenty of prior art; so nothing worth patenting. Anyhow, patents are like walking sticks for healthy teenagers, a completely pointless liability, which just get in the way of healthy business; Bayliss really failed because his products simply weren't good enough.
This just shows how FUBAR the whole idea of IP is, it is state supported corporatist farce.
IP legislation makes trolling like this possible, and probable, with net cost to everyone but the trolls.
If you want to get paid; innovate, and keep producing new stuff; don't expect to stagnate and keep getting paid multiple times for stale old ideas.
Switching to Diet Coke is a dumb alternative; water, tea, or coffee are safer than any fizzy.
Diet soft drinks commonly contain Aspartame aka Nutrasweet, a re-purposed anti-ulcer drug, which is a proven carcinogen, excito-toxin (excites cells to death), and makes you drunker when in a mixer; Aspartame should have stayed banned, as it had been by the US FDA until it got corporate captured! All fizzy sodas shorten your lifespan, both standard and diet; it just happened faster with this stupid women.
Diet Coke sweetener with Stevia will be better; however they are still plenty of other harmful chemicals in Coke e.g. various acids, etc.
Electric vehicles are a joke until storage density and infrastructure get MUCH denser.
Tesla is a state funded White Elephant because the technology is not even close to good enough; electrical storage technology and charging capacity needs to be an order of magnitude better to really be practical.
Potential Mechanical energy and especially Chemical energy are much quicker to refuel with, and have much lower cost infrastructure than electricity; that's just the way it is, due to current materials and infrastructure limitations. Basically to refuel, say a car, should take no longer than fuelling a big lorry with diesel, excluding the time connecting and removing the refueling gear.
The real solution for longer distance will probably be Hydrogen or Natural Gas vehicles; Gas is easy to transport or make on site (for H), and it will be very fast to fuel a vehicle with; you could even have swappable tanks, which is vastly more practical than then the silly idea of swapping huge, very costly and slow to charge batteries. With some careful design Gas tanks don't even have to be dangerous.
For shorter distances mechanical energy in high pressure compressed air could be more sensible, and much much cheaper, even with advanced high pressure, light weight, composite tanks.
Electric vehicles make no sense without beefy distributed power generation infrastructure (e.g. many commodity Thorium reactors), and seriously high power 'flash' charging cables.
Re: Maxwells theory of electromagnetic wave propagation
That duality relies upon the dubious Copenhagen school of Quantum Physics being correct, and that is not proven; worse still, some clever experiments have already shed doubt on quantum particle entanglement theory. I suspect that QE data transmission is not secure from sniffing, so doomed to fail. I also suspect that Quantum Computing will be proven to be wishful thinking.
The reality is probably that light is not a limited human concept like a particle or a wave, but rather something like a cloud, vortex, or string of energy, or a hyper dimensional 'intrusion' into 3D space time, which only seems to have particle and wave like properties.
We are probably limited by our current concepts and senses of a 3D reality as to how reality actually works; reality probably works in a lot more dimensions than.we are currently aware of, and this probably explains why weird stuff appears to happen from a limited 3D view of reality.
Copyright Protection Should Not Be ("Free" deleted)
The article was another confusing pro(stitute) IP Brain Fart, and a real stinker of one too!
Our "Democracy" is an illusion to sucker the less rich majority of the population that they have power over something; however most of the really critical (to the rich) decisions continue to be managed for the rich, so the only power we have left is to oppress ourselves with new burdens like taxes and poorly thought out regulations for the "free lunches" which are most definitely not free. Oh, how the rich, with their tax accountants and other loopholes, must laugh at us!
Intellectual Property is a hoax created by statute, it has nothing to do with property (physical stuff), only fiat for rich and unproductive rentiers, aka parasites!
Copyrights and Patents are sneaky theft of freedom by the Government (for favoured rich) at the point of a gun, or other suitable weapon; they have nothing to do with rights or Capitalism at all!
The greater freedom and Capitalism of the internet has quickly revealed how absurd all these old frauds are, so labelling these opinions on fuzzy liberals is stupid, because all sort of people are recognising what genuine freedom should be, and IP is only one of many sick old Sacred Cows which we recognise must be culled.
It's not that simple.
Yes, raw cloud data is vulnerable to snooping, and downtime too! However, there is nothing to stop you from storing encrypted files on the cloud.
No, your single desktop drive is not safe; I have lost everything due to a head crashed drive, in the past, and most file systems do not actively look for creeping sector corruption!
No, mirroring is OK, but not a good idea for data you must never lose, especially with typical RAID controllers or software RAID, because file correction may not be detected; however it is better than nothing, especially if software driver or hardware RAID1. Backup is _not_ mirroring!
If you want reliability and data security, I suggested you built a Midi PC low power FreeNAS box and use at least a raidz2 mode ZFS volume (4 or 6+ even number of disks), then set-up the AFP service for your Apple devices. Partitioning is obsolete for ZFS, Datasets are way more flexible.
ZFS is designed to be really good at spotting dodgy hard drives, cables, disk controllers etc. early, so any developing issues can be resolved well before any data loss occurs e.g. my new FreeNAS box quickly found a dodgy WD Red 3TB drive, and automatically detected and mapped around iffy sectors on another.
FreeNAS also supports client & server rsync (including SSH), and scheduled replication so you can add another FreeNAS at another location, or have different boxes on different UPS's or anti-surge power strips.
What about the costs they don't mention and the obsolete thinking involved
The huge amount of hardware required will not be cheap, to put it mildly, higher demand will cause significant price inflation for raw materials and product, especially for vital materials like Silver (Solar panels etc.) which is hard to extract and the above grown stocks are being rapidly depleted and is still grossly under priced; of course I already know this for other applications, so I am already heavy Silver!
We have to consider replacement and maintenance costs because the power generation density will be much, much lower, so a lot more hardware. A lot of this hardware will not last as long as conventional power generation gear, so significant rollover of hardware. Solar arrays will also need to be cleaned regularly to remove light obscuring material. Disposal or recycling could be quite costly, especially for larger structures like wind turbines; this will be quite amusing give the cost criticisms for dismantling extremely power dense nuclear power stations.
There will also be external 'pollution' costs which need to be considered, wasted space, higher maintenance costs for structures which power generation gear is retrofitted to, higher deaths of birds and clean up of the carcases etc.
There is a new wind generator design in development which looks to be much more efficient, more reliable, can directly drive pressure based energy storage, so much better than archaic wind turbines, and as a bonus has not blades to kill birds; it will likely wipe out the wind turbine industry and require a lot of costly disposal and recycling of obsolete wind turbine installations, and cause a lot of political fallout!
Just build loads of distributed small Thorium salt fission reactors, and stop wasting time on low tech 'eco' nonsense, and the pointless and hugely costly wars in the middle east, so that we can look at/for more exotic even higher power density energy sources like fusion reactors. Mr Fusion already!
Socialists are by definition mathematically illiterate, because they can't balance an equation.
All tax you charge corporations eventually gets passed onto the customer as higher prices for the tax and admin costs, as it is with VAT; excessive tax encourages business to leave and make a base in lower tax countries, this drastically reduces tax income.
No tax is free, the cost is always passed on in some form or other, the politicians are either lying to you or morons when they suggest otherwise!
This is the tragedy of a modern democracy, it ends up being run by career politicians and mandarins who have bribed the population with 'free' benefits so that they can stay in power and loot the taxes; so they keep growing the drain on the economy until the lenders dry up, taxes are too little, so the country eventually has to default and instantly make all the now dependent Zombie Socialist Suckers much poorer!
Given the rate that state debt levels are rising, I expect that a default of some form will happen within a decade, so I'm busy storing my savings in something of genuine value, so that I don't suddenly end up much poorer as the pound suddenly devalues even faster.
If you are not averaging at least 10% annual gain on your investments or other savings (you do save?!), over the years, you are a sucker paying the inflation tax. A lot of inflation is hidden from you by BS government statistics, sly product manufacturers, and sly retailers.
Re: Up to them really...
I have so many IDs and credentials, I have a secure program just to manage them all; so they'll have fun tracking me, he he.
Buy a decent PSU, and have a suitable (NOT WATER) fire extinguisher handy!
A decent PSU will often not contain Acid paste electrolytic capacitors, so not fail so messily; reasonably priced PSUs can now be found with solid capacitors, so will not cause this mess. The ironic thing is, the most stressed capacitors are on the AC side of the switching transformer, so there is no reason why any powered components should be taken out by a failed PSU!
The mobo and CPU would have been fine if a powder or better a CO2 fire extinguisher had been used; any sensible home owner should have at least one fire extinguisher suitable for electrical fires; these are regularly on sale in discount shops, often for cars, so no excuses!
Re: not enough bays
These off-the-shelf NAS may be pretty and small, but they have tiny disk capacity, poor and noisy cooling, cheap PSUs, and they all use unsafe logging filesystems.
My MIDI PC box has two hidden filtered 120mm slow quiet fans to keep 5 hard disks cool (total space for 8 dampened disks), has a cool dual core AMD E-350 Mobo with 8GB RAM, and a very over rated PSU, to hosting FreeNAS 8.3; it is quiet, attractive and only uses 50W; all at a big saving on an off-the-shelf NAS, and more capable too. I have upgraded the OS several time since the NAS was built; no rebuild required.
My next FreeNAS box will have a lot more capacity and possibly a low power i3, given I realise that although the CPU was not stressed at high load, the I/O bandwidth probably is, so I need to go for a more powerful mobo and CPU.
There is plenty of support and quicker too for FreeNAS, given they have full docs, a forum, and an IRC channel on-line, this easily beats most commercial support e.g. when an OS upgrade messed up remounting my RAID array, I discussed dthe issue via IRC, a fix for the issue was rolled into an update release, and I was up and running again within an hour; IMO better than phone support :)
Re: A good job for the MIT robot lab, allied to Lockheed-Martin
That was a cool story, and they were actually cybernetically enhanced stray Dogs, kind of like RoboCop, with Jet engines, used as guard dogs; they'd probably make damned good ratters, given one took out a passenger Jet! :)
Build and use FreeNAS 8.3 boxes, over costly and flawed File Systems in of-the-shelf NAS
Yes, cloud capacity and ISP capacity are a joke for backup, and I've seen 80Mbit UK fibre regularly get congested; also, I would worry about data corruption too, if I was not sure that the data was stored in a ZFS parity RAID! The worst problem is actually the latency and data transfer time; this will be at least an order of magnitude slower than local or stored backup disks; this is the main fatal flaw for cloud backup and WiFi backup too!
RAID1 is not good enough, because standard RAID 1 won't protect you from hidden in-line or on disk corruption; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZFS
DVDs are not reliable; I have seen so many unreadable disks and corruption that I stopped burning DVDs years ago, even a cheap USB flash stick and cheap bare USB hard disk are better!
FreeNAS includes support for:
* Commodity and some high-end PC hardware
* 32-bit and 64-bit CPUs
* trivial installation, given it runs off a small flash stick of at least 2GB.
* config backup/restore via a web browser
* OS updates via a web browser, with digest check
* scheduled snapshots (with configured timeout) for each ZFS Dataset, so that multiple earlier snapshots can be viewed _LIVE_, which is even better than differential backups, especially if the Dataset is used directly for storage.
* scheduled push or pull replication and rsync, and scheduled backup.
ZFS v28 include support for:
* 128bit storage addressing, so only limited by hardware!
* multiple software RAID models
* Single, double or triple parity RAID!
* ZFS Datasets, so none of this stupid fixed size partition nonsense.
* concurrent transactional filesystem processing, rather than common unsafe logged filesystem processing, so filesystem can never be corrupted.
* heavy duty data corruption detection and repair
So you could have a primary FreeNAS box, and keep swapping one or more slave FreeNAS boxes, so you are never without backup.
Plenty in features.
Loads in the manual.
One happy FreeNAS user :)
Tiny monitor, very weak Android hardware
What's the point? How would Smart (huge) TVs every be under thread by this inadequacy?
24" is the minimum for new monitors, especially for TV, and this will look VERY dated when 4K TVs arrive.
There are already above 1080HD tablets out at 10".
The price is a joke.
Re: Something wrong here
If you read the article, the flexible lenses are only for ease of implantation, so the eye will not vary their focal length!
BS, it's an acronym, as inG.I.F. i.e. hard G
We only say Gif as a contracted form of the acronym, much like a I say squeal for SQL :)
anyhow, PNG is way better than GIF and better that JPG when you need details to stay intact.
Concurrency should be mainly handled by the OS, true; however the language compiler/VM needs to know about concurrency and all the niggling details like threads and CAS to work properly without needless locking or race conditions.
Java has explicit support for non-locking in the java.util.concurrency classes so that you rarely even need to know about the java Thread class which wraps around OS threads. I have migrated a lot of horrible Thread and synchronized code to use the java.util.concurrency classes so that the JVM can handle this nastiness rather than me.
Writing and debugging concurrent code is hard, because you need to let stuff happen asynchronously without contention as much as possible, and only add locking where this can't be avoided.
I'm on the http://www.javaperformancetuning.com/ mailing list so that I keep up to date with what works and what causes pain at various scales, including for heavy duty applications.
Where are the /free/ Micro Kernel OSs; I think that says it all!
The only use I have for BSD is the specialised FreeBSD dist. FreeNAS running my RAID box, because it too long to free it, so it was bypassed for Linux by most free OS users. No, I don't have or want any iCrapple devices.
I had an Amiga twice, I thought it was brilliant because the message passing made lots of stuff really easy to do, and did usable Multi-tasking unlike most other computers then; however Amiga OS is irrelevant now because it was not set free; such a missed opportunity!
Linux is massively successful because it has always been free; true a better new OS may eventually replace it, maybe even a Micro Kernel, but it must be free; this is where the toy OS Minix failed hugely, and Tanenbaum was talking complete nonsense then to say that Multi-tasking was not critically important for any practical OS, especially a Micro Kernel!
As for http://www.haiku-os.org/ and http://common-lisp.net/project/movitz/; you are taking the piss, the first "car" is a hobby Alpha concept car, so not safe to drive away from a test track, the second "bicycle" is more like a unicycle with a solid wheel, no tire and no brakes, so not practical!
All the arguments for central / monopoly planning are being progressively demolished and humiliated e.g. Steve Kean's critique of Neo-Classical economics aptly demonstrates why extrapolation of supply and demand behaviour from individuals to groups of people is utter nonsense and why the results are so different!
I thought Ruby was not so great as a practical language, and this proves it; also Ruby on Rails faces competition from Grails (Groovy on the JVM) too.
Scripting style code is fine for small tasks, but can be painful for maintenance and performance, as this illustrates.
Apple need AMD then
Apple do not have sufficient experience, expertise or resource, yet, for cranking out high performance ARM rigs [e.g. 64 bit ones], even with pinched staff, so will external help.
The hardware could be fun, given lots has no support for ARM 32-bit, let-alone 64-bit, this include drivers!
There will be much upset over not just the OS, loads of application software, and I doubt GNU, Linux, or BSD has great support for ARM 32-bit and 64-bit is not probably not adequately supported yet, to provide a reference for migration!
It'll be quite painful.
Only a tiny subset, including some complete junk
I've used the Commodore PET (at school), VIC-20, C64, Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200, but saw none of these then amazing machines listed, WTF!
The VIC-20 and C64 stomped all over Sinclair's Z80 rubbish; none of his amateurish stuff ever interested me.
The Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200 made the Atari ST look stupid, and kept me going into the age of cheap PCs.
If Commodore had not been so blinkered, they could have taken the Amiga much further, rather than getting side tracked onto consoles.
The Archimedes like the BBC B was WAY too expensive for what you got, so I never even considered them.
It is a crying shame that the nasty instruction sets and system buses of the Z80 and 'x86' CPUs were chosen instead of the 6502 and 680x0 family, fortunately the descendant ARM CPU now owns the mobile sector, and will hopefully soon be nipping at the heals of the x86 family, for the server sector.
In my opinion Microsoft and others are still catching up with ideas in the Amiga OS and software, and still haven't caught up in some areas! I have used GP Software Directory Opus since the Amiga and now on Windows machines, because it still blows away all other Directory tools, especially the pathetic Windows Explorer.
I have no plans to own any Apple hardware, the only Apple machine which ever impressed me was the Apple 1, the Macintosh was horrible, the rest is quite frankly over priced junk.
See Mises.org - to summarise, IP is an artificial and corrupting state priviledge, not a right.
These state ideas are based on many obsolete legal and economic fictions, these corrupt the economy thus suppress genuine Capitalism.
All legal (fictional) support for state protection of ideas is anti-capitalist; Corporate (legal fiction) support for state protection is irrelevant.
IP is not real property; once it has been published, it is just another public idea.
Ideas are intangibles, therefore not property, however much you deceive yourself that they could be.
Only Physical items can be property.
Copyright is BS, patents without stored physical models are BS.
The fictional legal system may not like this, but reality is physical, period!
Re: Yes, lets focus on short term cost increases...
Rubbish, the market should take care of this, with the right incentives; most of the currently proposed/implemented 'eco' 'solutions' are uneconomical i.e. they will ironically result in HIGHER net construction and maintenance energy costs than current proven sources of power, maybe even be net negative power generation infrastructure for their full lifespan!
The amount of power saved by feasible, better power usage is trivial, and far most costly to retrofit to existing infrastructure; it will not make up for the power stations lost due to the frankly suicidal Fascist EU energy policies this government are allowing and assisting to be imposed on us!
Until there are practical and high enough capacity power storage system near so-called renewable power facilities they will not save any net energy and will actually cause extra cost to in addition to the uneconomical construction and maintenance for these facilities, due to the requirement for backup conventional power generation capacity.
Nuclear, when done correctly, is always net positive power for it's lifespan, even with shutdown costs.
This country needs to build new generation Nuclear Power plant sharpish, like Thorium Reactors, which are designed to never reach melt-down stage or release nuclear material during an unexpected event.
BS for need for on-line access
I have at least two Android apps which can download free OSM maps, well inside 2GB, which work fine as an accurate turn-by-turn GPS, with just a GPS sensor on, and WiFi turned off.
There is no excuse to leave a GPS sensor out of any modern tablet!
Re: Inquiring minds... look harder and stop falling for corporate propaganda via the MSM
Apparently the thermal effects are NOT the problem; the problem is _pulsing_ Microwave radiation which penetrates the body and interferes with DNA use by cells and bio-electrical signalling; recent studies have shown a clear link between pulsing Microwave radiation and cell mutation, cancer and cell death!
Covert state organisations have known about the effects of pulsing Microwave radiation for years; you will notice that ex-soviet and Nordic countries are especially strict on exposure to pulsing Microwave radiation because their military did a lot of research on it.
The field strength, exposure and effects are especially strong for mobile phones and DECT phones; long term use has shown cases of cancer in the areas of the body where a mobile phone is most used/kept e.g. the right hand side of the head and in one case between a women's breasts, because she kept her phone there! You want to see the reports about mobile phone cells located on or near to populated buildings, the effects on multiple people show why this should never be allowed!
You will see little of this in the (corporate owned) Mainstream Media, and even some states (e.g. USA) suppress research in this area, because if the facts became widely know, the mobile phone industry would tank overnight, and state employees would not want to use their Microwave work radios either!
I have WiFi (but have a router scheduled task to switch the WiFi radio off over night, to give me a break), and refuse to have a mobile phone because I noticed discomfort when I used one, and chucked my DECT phone when this also caused discomfort.
That's 2D thinking, what about 3D
If heat pipe cooling channels were built-in, the *PU or memory could become a thick-film stack of wafers or even a deep wafer, so removing a lot of the need to shrink components.
From what I read graphene is apparently going to replace silicon as an IC substrate, and because it is so strong and thermally conductive, it should be ideal for a heat pipe cooled 3D *PU or memory.
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