176 posts • joined 28 Jan 2010
Re: Why 400 days for men and 300 days for women?
"Very few mammals exhibit the menopause.... it basically just us and whales. Why would it be a evolutionary advantage for a female to stop producing offspring? "
Because the genetic quality of the eggs declines significantly with egg? Children born to mothers over 40 exhibit more birth defects, higher infant mortality, and every other problem sort of problem in greater abundance than young mothers.
So it is not a population control issue. Long lived species eventually have to have a menopause or risk introducing so many flaky genes into the population, that the entire species suffers. Short lived mammals don't need menopause.
Re: So how much...
"But think about it... Apple buys the plants, gets the money back, now has nice, shiny new plants for sale at no cost to them."
I know some people can't pass by a great deal. But it isn't such a great deal if the plants can't produce sapphire of a type and quality suitable for screens. And a reasonable production cost, which has been the issue with sapphire so far.
And Apple loaned GT $359 million. Since GT is in bankruptcy, that money is gone. If Apple bought these plants, all they would be doing, is returning money to themselves.
Also, why did GT setup so many facilities? Screens are small, and can shipped easily. Gorilla Glass was originally produced at only one factory to both keep costs down, but keep quality (and integrity of the process) high.
Re: I still dont see why this needs to be fixed in search engines anyway
"The content should be amended, if indeed there is any good reason to do so, search should just be search. It seems a bit lazy to target search instead of content."
No, it is a free speech issue. News sites do not have to amend the public record. Any laws forcing sites to remove or amend articles wouldn't stand up. They would be struck down as a violation of free speech, if they were passed at all.
However, going after the search engines is easier from a legal point of few, since you are not forcing the original author or publisher to amend the public record, so technically you are not violating free speech, just making it hard to find. So the law stands.
But why do Europeans pass crap laws that are intended to circumvent free speech to being with?
"I suspect Windows Server 2012 R2 is still a much faster NFS 4.1 Server. And is somewhat easier to cluster and manage. And includes tiering / dedupe"
Windows 2012 NFS is not in the same category. Gluster supports NFS only for compatibility. Gluster isn't intended to be a NFS server. It is intended to be used as large scale block storage via its own API. How many super computers store their files on Windows 2012 NFS? None. How many super computers use Gluster? Almost all.
But now, the world likes virtualization, so storing VM images in Gluster seems like a good thing to do. KVM and Xen will get native Gluster support in their respective hypervisors shortly. And big cloud operators like the idea of using Gluster over some under performing hardware from NetApp or EMC.
Re: this ain't NFS chief.
"Don't know what "value add" enterprisey crud Red Hat throws on top of glusterfs..."
Redhat is Gluster, so they don't throw stuff on top, when it is all Redhat all the way through.
"As a lay person, everything I hear about shingled drives gives me the willies... I will never buy such a drive."
Don't worry. Such drives may never appear in the channel for you to buy. Millions of SMR drives have apparentlyl shipped, but apparently shipped directly to a cloud host (probably Amazon and Facebook). I can't even the find the model numbers for these drives.
Given that the big 5 (Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft) account for about half of all purchased computer hardware, more and more products will simply sold directly to the customer. It kind of sucks being a distie these days.
"I can tell you first hand since seagate introduced shingling ive seen the average life of drives when used in raid arrays go from 3 - 6 years to less than 1 year."
That is surprising since Seagate released its first shingled drive (SMR) in 2014, and it is not clear whether those are actually shipping to end-users right now or not (it appears that most SMRs have been shipped to a cloud provider). Your observed failure rate had nothing to do with SMR, and you probably have no SMR disks. Your other observations are probably similarly accurate.
Re: Interesting form of words
"United States v. Causby 328 U.S. 256 says he doesn't have too."
Actually, no it doesn't. The way United States v. Causby is applied in the US, is that the navigable airspace is public domain. But that airspace also requires compliance with FAA. But this drone was flying below that limit, so technically it is was trespassing. Unless, they obtained permission from the land owner to fly there.
Even Causby obtained compensation from the US gov't, as the aircraft were flying at 83 ft, as the US gov't had to obtain an easement to fly planes through the immediate airspace about his property.
Re: Not surprising
"Try OpenVZ, it has a ton of tweaking features like this. I still can't figure out why Docker and LXC re-invented the wheel (poorly)"
Because the OpenVZ patches have never been accepted into the mainstream kernels. Now, that cgroups and namespaces are in the mainstream kernel, OpenVZ is dead. The OpenVZ devs have never been able to keep up moving their collection of patches to the newest kernel release. OpenVZ is still stuck on kernel 2.6.
And the OpenVZ devs know this, and are now adding cgroups/lxc support into vzctl, so you can provision LXC-like containers via their tools. Eventually OpenVZ will just be a wrapper around cgroups and namespaces.
Forward Error Correction (FEC) on Ethernet is already patented:
Implementing FEC in addition to TCP retransmits makes the most sense. TCP retransmits are the hammer approach. If packets are dropped, data transfer is really slow, but it won't fail. Adding FEC to the layer just reduces the number of errors appearing in Layer 3. And Layer 3 errors will just be gross errors (ex. someone unplugged the cable for a few seconds), which no FEC algorithm will be able to repair anyways.
"IPv6 ... requires tearing up the entire internet to implement it."
Provably wrong, since none of the backbone providers have done this. I'm turning up multiple backbone connections for a regional carrier now, all with simultaneous IPv4 + IPv6, and all backbone carriers are basically doing the same thing.
"You need to buy at least one new everything and to implement it securely you need to often replace "one new everything" with "several"."
Implement securely? What are you even talking about? Even if your 1999 firewall doesn't support IPv6, your 2014 firewall supports IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously.
Re: \O/ Freedom \O/
"Just don't ask it to acknowledge the existence of your website if you say something it doesn't like."
Provable false. Just Google "Google Criticism" and find blogs and articles on this very thing.
Re: Out of curiosity ...
"3. Because they are constantly threatening war - they've declared war on the US twice this year. One day they might actually follow through, and then we all get an entertaining show."
More correctly, they've threatened to start fighting. An armistice was signed in 1953, which is just an agreement to stop fighting. North Korea and the US have been in a state of war since 1950, as no peace treaty has ever been agreed to.
Re: Totally wrong type of rocket,
"It would be much better to have more smaller rockets and a reusable crew capsule. Assembling things on orbit in multiple launches would give more flight time for Astronauts and experience in orbital assembly."
Because a manned mars mission would still need orbital assembly too. Food, water and air for about 6 years? Plus, fuel to make the return trip? Plus reserves? Even the biggest rocket in the world is going to have to make a few trips to lift all of that to a decent departure orbit.
Re: @Ledswinger Hmm@A J Stiles
"After all, we are continually hearing about the "100,000 dead" in Syria. (Without any remotely credible sources, however). But what about the million-plus dead in Iraq? (Plus at least as many wounded or crippled"
And your sources? The Lancet survey reported 654,965 excess deaths related to the war 2003 war. And Lancet survey reported the highest number of deaths of any credible sources. 1+ million is an exaggeration.
"... and 4-5 times as many driven from their homes and, in many cases, their country)."
Sources again? You are saying 4 to 5 million people left the country? The fact that the population of Iraq increased from 25 million in 2002 (just before the war) to 32 million in 2012, shows there was no mass migration.
There is a lot of media exaggeration about Iraq. Its true it is a very violent country. The murder rate in Iraq is 8 per 100K vs 1 per 100K in the UK. So Iraq is 8 times as violent as the UK. But Brazil has a rate of 25 per 100K, just to put that in perspective. So Brazil is over twice as violet as Iraq. Venezuela is 53.
Re: Very puzzling and disturbing.
"These are bitcoins held by Silk Road for the customers/users? Not his personal bitcoins. So by a bit of a stretch, if the CEO of Paypal were charged with similar crimes, Paypal could be shut down and all assets or at least accounts could be seized???"
No. These Bitcoins were offered back to anyone who could prove ownership. No one came forward, and claimed them, so they were sold. This is sale of unclaimed property, not a sale of seized property. There is some more of that that will go for auction after conviction.
Since most of the money moving on the Silk Road was for illegal goods, claiming the funds was probably unwise for most of the owners, just like how money found during drug busts is never claimed either.
"Seems risky for the perpetrators to me. Wouldn't any legitimate company just shut down the account as soon as a security researcher informed them they were being used as a C&C server?"
That goes for any C&C protocol. But the solution is already known: use lots of C&C servers, located via a hash function. Or lots of Dropbox accounts via a hash account. Dropbox needs just needs to stop xyzlkajsdfklzvc, xyxkawerup, and xyzupweas from signing up free Dropbox accounts.
36 core processor, and the cores are called "tiles"? I've seen this movie already. It's called Tilera and they are shipping these CPUs. Microtik uses them in routers. http://www.tilera.com/products/processors/TILE-Gx_Family
"So Verizon now says that those customers will get a full two years of service that they were offered. Shouldn't they also give a few extra months as well for the trouble those users went through? Nope, not the Verizon way."
Well, Google has already given the customers $150 in credit, so Verizon should be reimbursing Google for already doing that.
"How lovely, so now disgruntled employee on his/her last day can take down whole company and permanently turn off the lights leaving the building. It's in the cloud folks, and it'll be there until wind blows it away."
And that is not unique to the cloud either. There are many accounts of disgruntled employees scheduling "dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1m" to run on all in-house servers as they are leaving. Nothing new here. Plus, I've been called into to investigate a hack on in-house servers, where the attackers deliberately wiped Active Directory and IIS metabases on all servers. Because once you get into the domain, you get into all servers on the domain. That company also lost their entire business running on those servers, because while they had backups, reconstructing the configuration took two full days, by which time there were no customers left.
Re: Way ahead of the access layer
Backbone volume is increasing at least 30% per year.
Re: Entire article fails to mention the other factor...
It is fiber optic, so several kilometers at minimum, depending on the output of the transceiver.
Distance is not really a problem, as there are people doing 400Gbps on fiber today for 100+ kilometers, but as 40 discreet 10Gbps channels. This is just standard WDM in use for 10+ years. The only thing special about 400Gbps ethernet, is that the WDM is done at the media layer, so it appears as one logical circuit. Eventually, telcos will be able to chuck all of that WDM gear, and just use ethernet directly on the glass, right off their core routers.
Re: Run away
"Quite. SQL Server already does all of this perfectly well - plus a whole lot more, and it might not be free - but its reasonably priced and at least it doesn't involve Oracle..."
I think you mean, more expensive than Oracle. SQL Server prices have increased rapidly, and it is no longer "reasonably priced". Plus, it doesn't actually have this fabric feature either.
Re: Please correct your use of "live migration"
"...you are an idiot for using this term to refer to an upgrade path :)"
Or not. From the Icehouse release notes:
* Live Migration Support
"...UK Windows Phone market share of over 11%..."
Feb 2014 was 10.1%, down from 11.3% in Jan 2014, and down from 12% in Aug 2013 (ComTech Survey).
So I'm sure the Lumnia 930 will right the ship.
Re: Isn't it funny...
"All the recent American attempts to design new rocket engines (with the shining exception of the SpaceX Merlin) have failed completely."
The US hasn't really attempted to build any new engines. And the US isn't really a singular group. This satellite was launched by the NRO. Normally the NRO used Titan IV Heavies, but they were really expensive. So they switched to the Atlas V, built by the United Launch Alliance. If you have the cash, the United Launch Alliance will put up an Atlas V for anyone. The Atlas V is scalable to various sizes of payloads and different orbits.
However, NASA is pretty close to obtaining a domestic RD-180. Except, until recently, there wasn't any reason to spend the money to do so.
Re: Isn't it funny...
"That the USA seems to have enough money lying around to launch dozens of spy satellites, but when they want to send a couple of people to the ISS they need the russians to do it for them ?"
Because the "I" in ISS is for International. NASA don't run the ISS. NASA has been kicking in about 40% of the ISS budget, which is a lot given how many countries are involved. So it is just a matter of fairness for Russia to contribute lift capacity to ISS. It is the least they can do, as their space toilets are garbage.
Re: ..a multimillionaire already ..... can afford to walk away
"If Notch has decided he's got enough money to pass up Facebook millions then he clearly has a moral compass that's missing from a lot of the psycopaths at the top."
Umm.. what millions? Facebook isn't forcing money on people. And Facebook isn't paying anyone to port games to Occulus Rift. At least not yet. But they will probably have to, as "exclusives" are an ever present aspect in the gaming market, which involves paying developers to keep a game locked to a certain platform.
I find this whole "Facebook is evil", and that Notch is so principled walking away from a deal that wouldn't even have guaranteed making him any money, narrative pretty daft.
If you want to see his "moral compass" at work, try raising some money on Kickstarter to make a Minecraft Movie. He won't even sue you. He just calls some Silicon Valley buddies, and you just disappear from the Internet.
Re: Here's more sensible analysis...
No plane could be on fire, but somehow continue to fly for another 5 hours. And the fire somehow destroyed the transponder and the backup transponder, and the radio, and incapacitated the pilots in the first 30 minutes, but somehow the autopilot still worked?
Pilots want this to be equipment failure so bad.
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.
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