129 posts • joined Thursday 28th January 2010 03:40 GMT
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.
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.
"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: 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.
Dropbox also provides an mobile app that can generate two factor codes for you. And Google does the same. The App functions very much like a a SecureID token. You need to establish the initial seed, and then it just calculates new numbers every 5 minutes.
Also, you are logging into Gmail, but worried about the privacy of your phone number? That doesn't make any sense. Phone numbers are less trackable than IP addresses. Especially, since SMS to non-mobile numbers is available.
Obviously using these over a shared file system would be stupid. There is no way to cache a shared file system, except in the array itself. But in the typical virtual server environment, one server to one file system, it should work well. And I don't know why it would need software? Caching has been available on RAID cards for eons, and has always been available right in the hardware. This is the same thing.
As far as the QLogic software, why do you need to use it? Other than setting the WWN for boot-from-SAN, configurations, which I could also set in the BIOS, I never needed it.
"I hate Windows 8 for desktop, but regarding RT I've got to agree with you.. the fact it will have such tie in with our existing infrastructure and security, renders Crap-Pads redundant."
With a lot of corporations moving internal apps to intranet/extranet web apps, what is the tie-in exactly? The MS "security" solutions aren't actually security solutions, but just policy controls to enforce corporate standards.
And if a corporate does write an internal app for the iPad, what is the likelyhood they will port it to Windows 8/RT? Given the Zune, and Windows Phone 7 fiascos, it would crazy to port anything to Windows 8/RT unless MS pays you to.
Re: AMERICA, F*CK YEAH!
"Yes, best you ignore the manned side... They still have one!"
For some reason, it is not common knowledge, but NASA can order up a Saturn V type rocket, with the latest tech anytime they want. It is how the Mars rover was launched. I think NASA doesn't make a big deal about this, as they would prefer their international partners handle more of the ISS freight.
In fact, dumping the Shuttles was a good way to reduce NASA's involvement in the ISS, which is doing only ho-hum science these days. The only thing that the ISS can do for NASA, is study the long term effect of humans in space. Though they did most of that with Skylab, years earlier. And the impacts of the hard cosmic radiation on the human body, and protection against such radiation are hard to study from a low earth orbit which is still somewhat shielded by the earth's magnetic field. They'd prefer to have Russia use the Soyez rocket to supply the ISS.
Not to mention, the US also has Titan IV Heavy, which launches the worlds largest satellites. The Titan IV is exclusive to the Air Force now, and not rated for human flight, but someone has surely thought about how to make it rated for human flight.
I think it is good idea that NASA focus on the science and "never been done before" stuff, rather than operate a fleet of space trucks. NASA leaned as much as they could from the shuttles and not much more "never been done before" R&D can be done on launch rockets. It is a just a thrust vs. weight vs. cost formula now, and ratio can't be changed.
Just don't negotiate so hard...
"NASA will surely be getting antsy with all the recent hiccups at Roscosmos. I wouldn't be surprised if they throw more money at SpaceX to accelerate the return of US space capability."
I'm pretty sure NASA simply doesn't negotiate the launch contracts as aggressively, because you get what you pay for. The Russian's can do a top rate launch, if you pay for it.
Re: Bobak Ferdowsi
Actually, we call them Persian-American's.
The gov't of Iran issued a statement of protest about the movie 300, because it implied that the king of Persia was gay or possibly bi-curious. So the current Iranian administration claims to be the inheritors of the Persian legacy. Big shoes to fill.
On the ITU...
The ITU managing the Internet would be a disaster.
The only example of this you need to know, is that in 2011, the ITU debated a length using email to distribute documents, and agreed that they would continue to use FAX as FAXes were the only compatible and reliable solution. In 2011. And this wasn't a minor decision by one of the many minor ITU minions, but discussed at their annual general meeting.
The ITU's administration of the country code database is rather meaningless. They would hand out country codes like candy, if any carrier actually listened to the ITU. Just ask Giblatar about how useless the ITU is, when Spain won't recognize your country code, for 20 odd years. Great work ITU. New countries rarely bother to get country codes, as it would involve re-numbering so several countries today are sharing country codes. Unlike the PSTN, TLDs don't determine your cost to access a domain, like a country code does, so new country codes aren't worth the pain, unless you need the address space.
"When I asked how do I get to Snow Leopard? I was told... Go get it on eBay."
Any system capable of running 10.8 probably probably included 10.6 already.
"So my 2009 MacBook Al (2.4Ghz C2D)"
And it should have included 10.6, as 10.6 was released August 2009. If not, it probably included an free upgrade coupon.
Probably makes sense for Amdocs
Amdocs charges at least $1M USD for their basic batch of services. While they are an outsourced billing and management, they are old school. They are a legacy IT services company that sells services to other similar companies. They are the "no one ever got fired for picking X" billing provider.
Given their ridiculous cost structure, throwing $100/year/server (or whatever) is probably a lot less than whatever they pay for their other servers.
Re: Wormtongue is running Nokia
"Killing a European competitor, for Microsoft, is the icing on the cake."
Nokia and MS aren't even in the same field, so how are they competitors? And second, MS needs Windows Phone to succeed more than Nokia does. Nokia may be out of the game faster, as it is just a phone maker, and will fail first if WP fails. But MS will most definitely fail if they fail to get some sort of mobile presence happening. Not to mention, Balmer's job is on the line.
But it hard to understand why MS osborned Windows Phone 7, just so their mobile releases aligned with their desktop release. It is probably already too late for MS. There flaghship phone maker is failing. I don't know why MS would even buy them, and after their terrible acquisition history (hello, $6B write off!), the MS board and investors probably will not allow Balmer to make waste another few B.
It might take 5 years, but they'll probably end up as some sort of "services" division of HP.
"This story is nothing more that a bad misunderstanding of what HTTPS is."
With Firefox search going https, it shuts down half of what these bad guys can do. If all of the Google tracking IDs are also sent over https, they are dead in the water.
Re: No sh¡t sherlock..
No, it is Microsoft's fault for announcing a completely new mobile OS before the previous version established any sort of significant market. It just killed Windows 7 app development. And there will no reason to offer Windows 7 apps that also run on Windows 8, as so few people actually have Windows 7. So app devs will just skip Windows 7. Microsoft just osborned Windows 7.
The fact that the flagship Windows 7 phone, the Lumina 900, probably will never run Windows 8, is just icing.
Re: Why should China care?
No one is really converging on the China model, especially not the US.
The reality is, that the the US has one of the most deregulated telecom environments in the work, and neither federal or state gov't own any stakes in any telecoms. And while there is talk of setting up country wide blacklists, and so forth, the ideas really aren't implementable. You don't even need to register fibre optic lines running across borders, as long as you have a right-a-way on both side of the border. There are thousands of points of access into the US internet, just along the US-Canada border.
You have to remember, the one group that Americans hate more than terrorists and child molesters, is other Americans. So listening to media reports about censorship is about useless as using headlines to determine the murder rate (news flash, the murder rate is going down despite popular opinion it is rising).
MTB is better than usbmass...
There is a MTP util for OSX: http://www.android.com/filetransfer/
@Probing Analyst: Unlikely. usbmass treats the device as a disk, so only the computer or the device can write to it at a time. And if you unplug the device while it is writing, expect the storage to be corrupted. And you are limited to the antiquated FAT32 filesystem at best. So, no, MTP is a lot better. MTP is basically a file serving protocol. MTP has been standardized since 2008, so I'm not sure what is taking Apple so long to include it into OSX. Other than the fact, that iOS uses its own file transfer protocol, and they don't want to allow OSX to work with other devices.
How is it diferent from the iPad?
The A500 has a bigger screen (10" vs. 9"), making it heavier. And the screen has more pixels too, so it isn't just physically bigger.
The A500 has support for add-in storage, so if you get the 16GB model, and it turns out to be lacking, you can add more. The iPad line will never have expandable storage.
USB can be run in host-mode, so you can connect cameras and other devices directly to the A500. You can even use a standard USB keyboard if you want. The iPad has a camera interface adapter, but it is quite limited in the devices it supports. The A500 doesn't provide much power, USB port when in host mode, so don't expect it to spin up big unpowered 3.5" hard drives. So just flash disks, and devices with batteries.
The A500 has more ports (ex. HDMI), none of which which are unique to the A500 over the iPad2, but none require special adapters like the iPad2. And you can use several at once, as there are separate ports per interface. I don't think you can use HDMI and USB on a iPad2 at the same time, for example. Could be an issue, if you want to connect a display and a keyboard at the same time.
"And it weighs over 6 lbs, which is a lot for a modern laptop with such weak graphics."
Dell lists it as being 5.54pounds. Given that the MacBook Pro 15 is 5.6 pounds, it seems pretty typical for the a 15" laptop.
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