147 posts • joined 28 Jan 2010
Apparently Azure has 23,400 cloud hosting servers as opposed to 22,600.
Azure has a lead of 1,000 servers. But most shocking is how small the numbers are. Most Fortune 500s have more servers than Azure are claiming to be used for hosting web sites across ALL OF THEIR CUSTOMERS.
"Azure recently overtook AWS to become the largest cloud Windows Server hoster..."
Amazing. I didn't even know you could use Windows OSes on AWS. When did they do that?
And since Amazon never even includes revenue numbers for AWS (revenue is categorized as "Other"), and certainly doesn't provide any services breakdown, how exactly did someone find this out?
Re: Flying skills
"To keep the holiday fund ticking over Oppenheimer has grabbed a seat on the board of Goldman Sachs..."
Sort of. Goldman Sachs director compensation is unusual. They pay directors 3000 shares per year, which they can't sell until after they've left the board (works out to about $450K to $500K per year). That also means that being a director is not great, if you need cash fast. Plus, it is peanuts comparison to what Oppenheimer made at Apple.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
"It looks to me as if the daughter never disclosed those terms but only revealed the fact that a settlement was reached which by itself is normally hardly confidential."
The post reveals that money was paid. A settlement does not mean that any money changed hands. Settlements often involve no money at all, and are just ways to exit a civil suit with a no possible return on investment.
Yes, in the US a civil suit can be considered an asset. You can even borrow money against a civil suit in order to keep the case going. That is of course, if you can convince a bank you are going to win.
Re: Does this mean
"That my GPS signal will have to be broadcast to different satellites, for them to bounce to each other? Will I have to replace my squariel with a round dish then?"
No, the only drawback is that the ESA system only works during the day, as the signals are reflected off the Sun. (posted on friend's account by Stephen Fry)
"Laptops are good for this because they come with a built in UPS"
Given that the W530 has the same size battery as a Macbook Pro, but includes a desktop CPU, a discrete NVIDIA video card, and 32GB of RAM, that the built-in battery is best thought of as a UPS, not for mobility.
The dock for the W530 is rated for 170W. If you have everything running (and it is loaded with RAM), the battery life is probably about 30 to 45 minutes.
"there are sunglasses, there can be windows that reflect laser beams"
Not likely. The 20% transmission ratio of laboratory laser eyewear would probably have disastrous effects on a cockpit crew who must read instruments while flying at night.... The optical quality of such systems also becomes a factor because slight amounts of distortion or haze which may be of no concern in the laboratory may be a major concern to pilots flying at low altitudes and high speed. Also, there may be a variety of laser wavelengths/colors that may need to be defended against. If all wavelengths are protected, the goggles essentially are opaque.
Re: Plenty of blame to go around here
"The USB standards group is to blame for not having created a standard USB serial interface specification, which in turns means you can't have a serial modem dongle work out of the box."
Ok, but 3G/4G devices are network interfaces, so serial is not really the right protocol anyways. Most devices that I've seen appear as an ethernet device.
I think few readers have understood what this is. This is not about converting subscribing lines to VoIP. Those could and mabe VoIP now. The FCC doesn't care about that.
But the FCC regulates interconnects between carriers, in order to maintain what passes for a level playing field. Those interconnects are all DS3s and T1s, and SS7 over T1s. The FCC is now going to introduce standards so that carriers can interconnect over IP. Many carriers are all IP already, with the only TDM bits being the mandated interconnects with the local LECs.
Re: You can fix that bug...
"...Chinese scripts that fail to translate that some people have done" I think you mean MOST have done. When people get Chinese tatoos, they seem to just choose two to four words, but in chinese this comes across as gibberish. Chinese people find the use of chinese characters in tattoos by Caucasians quite puzzling.
Re: Coolers on the roof?
"Roofs get really hot in sunny places. Would it make any difference if the coolers were placed in the basement instead? I don't know - I am asking."
Chillers could be in the basement (I tried to do this on a project without sufficient roof space), but it would involve a lot more piping. But chillers still have to obey the laws of thermodynamics, so the heat has to go some place. Probably cooling towers, which need to be outside and high up. Cooling towers are pretty effective in a dry climates. In fact, from the article it is possible that they meant to say cooling tower, instead of chiller. Or they are using "chiller" to refer to the chiller and cooling tower package.
"Think people should take responsibility for their actions - guess it's the banks fault if your give your kids your bank card and PIN? At least Apple have tightened it up now so I guess that's better."
I suppose. Just give your bank card to your kid, and then file a complaint to the FTC for "unfair billing practices" for "unauthorized transactions". It seems that you are under no obligation to return anything. It seems like this would make Christmas shopping really inexpensive. Just turn your kids free in the mall for a day, and let them get whatever they want (up to your daily limit).
Re: This will of course filter down to the customer ?
"The cost for sending an SMS message will be purely the cost of sending 128bytes and an international call will be the same price/byte as downloading from a website?"
No, there won't be any need for SMS anymore. SMS monthly volumes have been in decline for the past 6 months as the world+dog have been switching to IP based message systems. SMS should die. There is no need for a special case messaging system, when you have better general purpose message system, on the same phone.
Re: Power supply
"People who had IP phones had no power for the modem/router/TA... Even some who had power lost service when a box up the street lost power."
Transitioning to an IP network does not mean that you will lose your POTS line. There will just be IP behind it, rather than a PSTN network.
The problem is that FCC in the USS and the CRTC in Canada have established regulations on how PSTN operators should interconnect, and those regulations all mandate TDM connectivity, based on T1 increments. That has to change.
Re: Who's next to visit the ISS?
"Who's next to visit the ISS? China or India? On the one hand China is ahead when it comes to (wo)manned space flight, on the other hand China has its own space station to use and India is advancing very quickly."
Neither country is a member of ISS program. So, neither.
Re: Oh crap.
"The ISS is a useless PR stunt. It does nothing to advance space exploration, on the contrary it (together with the equally useless space shuttle) is the reason no human has walked on another planet since 1972: the ISS and the shuttle have eaten all resources available for manned space exploration, and then some."
That is kinda of bullshit. The ISS costs NASA about $3B a year out of a $17B budget. So, it wasn't that one thing keeping you off the moon.
Lots of people, myself included, think that manned space flight, is in direct competition with space exploration. If you want to explore a lot, you need to leave the people back on earth.
"What's the advantage of Lightning over MicroUSB for charging? (Helping Apple to make more profits is not an advantage)."
It can be plugged in upside down. The plug corners are rounded, and rounded such that the plug centers more easily. The plug is a solid plug, not a shell design, so it is lot more sturdy. The contacts are on the outside of the plug rather than in a shell, resulting in larger contacts. The contacts on the plug and contacts in the jack are easier to clean.
I really don't know what the micro USB standards committee even did. Just made the USB plug smaller, and knocked off early? They didn't even try to make a good connector.
This is amazing. The C# compiler is written in C#! Amazing. And you can create a "read-evaluate-print-loop" (REPL)? I'll have to reearch REPL more, as I have never heard of it before. And syntax highlighting of C# can now be done with the C# compiler, rather than emulated via C++? Staggering. Microsoft has rocked the computer language world to the core today.
Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond
"So they will bring forward the date of stopping sales and support of Win 7 to .... next week?"
They have a plan for that. MS only reports Windows 8 sales, even though these sales are of right-to-use licenses, which also allow you to use Windows 7. So Windows 8 "sales" are great. It doesn't mater for their purposes if people use it. However, investors may want to ask about what the ROI on the Windows 8 development and marketing will be (probably Windows 9 will be released before they turn a profit on Windows 8). But Investors haven't been put off by the money furnace that is Live, as long as there are lots of Office dollars left at year end.
But if the Office business is disrupted, which is inevitable, because no business last forever, MS is in deep shit. The Office business supports Live and probably supports the Windows OS development too. It also keeps the XBox business healthy too. XBox makes money, but the Office covers up the fact that every 5 years, you need to add a couple of billion in R&D for a year or two, and then you get 5 more profitable years. For example, the Xbox 360 "red ring of death" debacle cost MS about $2B in the first year of release. The XBox business by itself isn't that appealing, and is pretty risky if you have some R&D screw ups.
Re: Another win for the open-source world
"Actually no! FreeBSD allows Sony to freely loot open source developers work without giving anything back to them. They will make hundreds of millions without sending even as little as a thank you card to FreeBSD community.
I don't see much victory for OSS here."
Actually, the BSD license is actually pretty damn important to the FreeBSD core team, otherwise they would be Linux developers.
And how do you know how much Sony is contributing? FreeBSD developers use freebsd.org email addresses and bios are not posted, so it is hard to know where their day jobs are. Sony? Apple? NetApp?
Seems to be an error in this article: there is 4GB of RAM on the top of the motherboard, but also another 4GB of RAM on the bottom for a total of 8GB. The article mentions the top RAM, but does not mention the RAM on the other side.
Re: get in there quick, limited stock
"They must be. They intentionally limit stock for every release and the iSheep still fall for it."
Umm... did you read the article? Supplies are constrained by manufacturing, which is not a deliberate limitation. And selling only 4 million in Q4 is bad. Real bad. Apple typically sells 5 million of the new thing in the first week. Selling 4 million over 4 to 6 weeks would be a catastrophic product release.
Re: Travel - it's like that...
"As for giving " name, address, workplace, ID number, birth date and phone number just to register for Wi-Fi" -- who would be silly enough to do that in this day and age? Birth date?"
This info is required by Chinese law. No internet access without a real identity.
So in the US, you can walk into any Starbucks and get free Internet without even logging in (but you may have to watch an ad). In China, that would be illegal, as all the real identity of all Internet users must be known at all times.
Re: Well done
"What an unnecessarily bitter, pointless article.
They've done more than you ever will to promote some classroom coding, sunshine."
Who is the bitter one? The Pi is a single-board-computer not the messiah. The Arduino was similar vaunted when it was released. It is still cheaper, and better for some hobbyist projects than the Pi. It didn't change the world either.
Also, note that Oracle bought Acme Packet, one of the larger VoIP SBC vendors. Probably in anticipation of landing Avaya, so they could sell packaged solutions.
And Metaswitch immediately dropped Acme Packet and rushed out their Perimeta SBCs, to avoid selling kit from a competitor.
Oracle's going to get into this market somehow. It is just a matter of who they buy. Or who else they buy. Maybe the'll buy Aastra next.
Re: Stupid design
"Another triumph of marketing over simple mechanical safety."
I have the previous model, which has basically the same shape, and it has never tipped over. The weight is mostly at the bottom, and it is wider than it appears. It fits well on my network table, so for me it is an ideal shape.
A 6" drop is unlikely to cause any damage to a modern disk. Not to mention, the drive is probably shock mounted too.
Re: An additional layer of security using the cloud . . .
"Since when is security automated ?"
Since when is security not automated? All mechanical locks are automated mechanisms. And they have been around for for about 6,000 years. So even for a Luddite, you are late to the party.
Re: As a general rule
"Companies pull their IPO's if they can't get at least $10 per share as most institutional investors have rules against buying shares in companies whose share price is below $10."
Kinda not true, as the issuing company can just reduce the number of shares issued, to make the issued price $10.
"I don't claim to understand the stock markets at all (even when I assume everyone there is just out to scam prices to their advantage, I still don't get how they operate), but surely it's quite simple Alan Sugar / Dragon's Den type maths from there on?"
Growing company's lose a lot of money. R&D eats up tons of capital. So early stage company need a lot of money, because they need to build something, before they have something to sell. If the R&D and business expansion was done already, they wouldn't need investment or an IPO.
Re: Wow, what a spectacular failure...
"Of a company, of a management team, and of a CEO. What more can be said?"
Actually, completing an IPO at price higher than the price the market is currently willing to pay is actually an indication of a skilled management team and CEO. If a the price spikes after an IPO, it means the company left money on the table. Usually, the CEO will face a lot of pressure to under price the IPO, in order to generate some profit for the initial investors who just want to make a profit the first week. But those aren't really investors, just profiteers.
Re: Bad. Very bad.
"Keyboard + mouse is superior to controls in every way."
So your existing keyboard and mouse is superior to all new input methods now and forever? How do you know that? It wasn't that long ago, when the mouse was new, and joystick users looked at the mouse and said there is no way a mouse could be used for serious gaming.
Re: Wrong solution to the right problem
"A windows embedded steam box with 2 fightsticks (King of Fighters XIII only good version ..."
Of course, because embedded Windows is the *obvious* choice for a fighter. MS lost the embedded market years ago, so put down the koolaid as it is starting to come out of your ears.
Re: In otherwords ...
"... Facebook and fellow internet.org memebers Qualcomm and Ericsson are trying to find a way to siphon funds out of 5 billion technologically illiterate people living below the poverty line."
Translation: Poor people don't need Internet. Anyone that comes up technical solutions to make a less expensive Internet, should ashamed for allowing poor people access to these things.
Rather paternalistic, don't you think? Are you also still waiting for India to come to their senses and rejoin the Empire too?
Re: I know it's Friday and all, but hey.
"Since Elop's infamous "burning platforms" memo, Nokia have gone from being the number one mobile supplier (and projected to stay there), the world's biggest smartphone supplier (and projected to stay there) to an industry joke."
But the platforms were actually burning in 2010. The world was going all-smartphone. The best-selling ever "smartphone" that Nokiaites state as their champion, didn't even have WiFi. You should probably read the Innovators Dilemma, which tracked multiple technological cycles, and how well run companies, become jokes. It turns out the bad decisions, were all made when you were thought they were well managed.
Nokia miscalculated on many fronts: they didn't predict an all smartphone environment and were heavily dependent on low margin dumb phones; they didn't recognize the importance of mobile apps (Symbian was an app development joke, and everybody else had more apps, even Blackberry); didn't recognize the importance of touch interfaces; didn't have a clue about content (Ovi was too little, too late), and somehow forgot the North American market entirely, which was initially the largest smartphone market (Symbian was DOA in North America). Not to mention, Nokia had horribly inefficient R&D, that used too many people to design too few products.
Let say Elop never worked at Nokia, and they kept selling Symbian... they sold about 28 million Symbian devices in 2010. But in 2011, Samsung sold 95 million, and Apple sold 92 million. Even is Symbian had continued, they would have been crushed. Nokia hadn't even completely updated Symbian for touch yet, and wasn't planning to release their new "UI Extensions for Mobile" until 2011, as part of Symbian^4.
Re: These guys seem to get that it's *all* about being able to run that legacy software
"Which raises the interesting question: if IBM could run z series faster on a Xeon, would that be a good idea (commercially)?"
You are forgetting that IBM already transitioned their mainframe CPUs. Their mainframe CPUs are basically POWER6 cores, with a different instruction set. But they have the same logic design, execution unit, floating-point units, bus technology (GX bus) and pipeline design style as POWER6.
This trend will probably continue. New z CPUs may just be special microcode on a POWER core with lots of cache (and ECC on everything).
Re: These guys seem to get that it's *all* about being able to run that legacy software
"Given that the zEC12 runs at 5.5 GHz and the fastest Xeon runs 3.6 GHz and you would have an emulation layer on top of that you would not run faster."
Yes, because clock speed is a very accurate way of comparing performance across completely different CPU architectures.
"I think that the shareholders were wanting them to cut out the partners in order to get a very short term result."
Cutting partners would have an negative short term result. Partners aren't employees, so there is no savings. And when you cut the partners, all of the partner revenue goes away instantly.
Cutting partners is a good LONG TERM strategy, but they will need to eased out gradually. If you use partners, the only way Dell can compete is on price, and partner/channel selling is the road that led to the failure of so many computer makers. Direct sales is the only to control the whole experience, and is something no other company actually has been able to do. Compare HP and IBMs atrocious eCommerce and fulfillment setups.
Partners just gave Dell more revenue at a lower margin. And since margin is dropping everywhere, the best strategy is go completely direct. HP and IBM can't follow them. I hope HP likes making printers, and IBM likes making big iron, because Dell Direct will take everything else.
Re: Requisat en pace
"Try it now and the police will have you before you've found the screwdriver."
Maybe in the UK, but in the the US you can get an experimental registration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homebuilt_aircraft
For instance, someone took one of these, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy_Moose, and installed a turboprop engine instead of a piston engine.
Re: Vendor panic
Yes, vendor panic, but not because of flash arrays, but because of applications that no longer require a SAN. EMC mentions using VMAX for HDFS, which hints at the real threat. HDFS doesn't need an array, and works better without one (but I guess if you have an old VMAX gathering dust somewhere...).
The advent of highly distributed applications like Hadoop that manage direct attachedl storage transparently, and scale processing and storage as nodes are added, is the real threat to SAN vendors. And Hadoop is just the first generation of this technology. In few years, SANs will be relegated to legacy business apps.
I recall a cloud vendor that had 2,000 servers with 6 direct attached SAS disks. NetApp told them they were crazy to manage direct attached storage, and they should with a SAN. So the cloud vendor pulled up their combined IOPS from Ganglia, and said we need a system that can handle this. Even NetApp's largest system couldn't support it, let alone the enormous costs. Arrays of servers will replace specialized SANs.
Re: MS has a big hole
"Supported enterprise Linux is far more expensive to license than Microsoft's server products - and costs more to run."
Spoken like a true Ballmerist. But RHEL doesn't have Client Access Licenses, so it is actually 50 to 75% cheaper. I think a lot of businesses just get the core Windows license and never buy any CALs. You will have a nice surprise if MS audits you (you agree to allow audits in the license agreement). RHEL licenses don't as many moving pieces. But RHEL is just a better product.
Re: Yeah right, and my saddlebacks run on Avgas...
@Jemma: "... straight from the kosher Apple charger..." Except it wasn't. It was a third party charger, not an Apple charger.
No one hates big US company's more than the Chinese, so if there was a way to stick this to Apple they would have. But the Chinese hate Chinese fraudsters that make junk that kills other Chinese more than anything else.
Re: Postgres? No, thank you.
"...ever tried to handle LOBs - aka "unstructured data" in Postgres?..."
Yes I have. It just works.
Re: yes but....
"Marissa better get over to Flickr, she has a fire raging there... 20,000 complaints about the new interface on Flickr and no response from Yahoo! since Monday."
And there won't be a response, as the 2013 Flickr is obviously better, and these 20,000 haters just hate change.
Re: Not surprising Apache hacked?
> They didn't, they hacked Cpanel-based servers ..
You should probably the read the article before linking to it. It doesn't say that only cPanel servers are being hacked, or they were hacked due to vulnerability in cPanel. It states that the "httpd" binary is being replaced on cPanel based servers, as opposed to installing a separate Apache module.
Here is the article: http://blog.sucuri.net/2013/04/apache-binary-backdoors-on-cpanel-based-servers.html
Re: Not surprising Apache hacked?
"As for how they got it in, I would assume they downloaded source for all three, compiled and are copying/replacing the binaries to infect the victims."
That doesn't how they got in either. The speculation among security researchers is something quite simple: ssh brute force attacks against the root account.
Re: Meanwhile in the real world....
"That performance of access to the data in the clouds you mention, will never meet the demands of large databases engines."
You are assuming the cloud doesn't have big database engines. This is the "convergence" mention in the article. Big Table and Spanner manage data sets bigger than anyone else, other than possibly Amazon.
Database vendors are under just as much threat from cloud vendors, as the vendors of dumb non-converged storage like NetApp and EMC.
Re: Meanwhile in the real world....
"The capabilities these Cloud offerings use came from the storage vendors who collectively throw a lot of money looking for better ways of handling the huge volumes of data..."
Umm... no. The technologies in use at Google and Amazon certainly did not come from the storage vendors. Read the papers on Map-Reduce, and Spanner. Paxos is pretty fundamental to these services, and no storage vendor did anything with this.
It's the classic Innovators Dilemma again. A new thing comes along with poorer margins and does a poorer job for the current customers, but is appealing to new customers. Eventually the new thing gets better and margins improve, and it kills the old thing.
"I really like imacs, but there's no way I'm getting one now. Apple, you just lost an until-now happy and loyal upgrader."
Upgrader? Just another word for a job killing commie taking jobs from honest hard working real Americans.
"The downvotes validate the OP's view that El Reg / El Reg Readers are do anti-Apple that it's clouding their judgement."
I think its rather the 10 beers that the average El Reg reader drinks before using the Internet that is clouding their judgement.
Sun it hot and grass is green...
Aren't all cancerous cells immortal? What isn't mentioned here, is that the disease was only found to be cancer, after genetic tests on some infected devils revealed that the tumors all had the same DNA.
If any human cancers ever became contagious, we'd be screwed as a species.
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