* Posts by A Non e-mouse

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Have it all: BlackBerry to port crown jewels to iPhone, Android

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Thin margins

If it takes 10 million units to ship before you stand a chance of making a profit, margins must be darn close to zero.

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HP Services engineer dispatch tool 'broken', say engineers

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This is another shining example of people in offices making decisions about things they have no real connection with. Before designing something, get out there are meet the real users and see how they really work.

I think it was the boss of Kwik-Fit who insisted that everyone spend one day a month working in one of their garages to really understand the needs of their front line staff.

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Just want a simple, low-power GPU for your smart-gumble? Try using your Imagination

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WTF??

The PowerVR G6020, which is aimed at smartwatches and embedded stuff where a slick 2D user interface is preferred over 3D might.

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It's aimed at gear that needs 60 frames-per-second on a 720p display

How the heck does a watch need a 60 fps 720p display?

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Old Fart

I don't have a mansion and the 32" LCD TV I bought a few years ago still seems a bit overkill for my place.

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COSMIC FATTY from the DAWN of TIME simply can't exist – astroboffins

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It's this kind of discovery that keeps science interesting. You think you understand something, then someone comes along and provides an example which pours cold water on your hot theory. Frustrating? You bet. But it gets the ol' grey matter going - and that's what gets the boffins out of bed in the morning.

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

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Headline

At least El Reg didn't take inspiration from another Prodigy song ("Slap my *ahem* up")

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Fibre Channel's looking a bit flat. Bad news for these three firms

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FCoE

Ironically, FCoE, once see as a great threat to Fibre Channel , has not materialised..

FCoE was touted as lowering the entry cost for fibre channel as there was no need for fibre, dedicated switches or NICs: "It's all just ethernet".

But when I looked at FCoE, you needed specialist switches & NICs to run FCoE which weren't much cheaper than real fibre channel gear - and you were then on the bleeding edge/uncharted seas of technology.

I think iSCSI becoming more mature (and standard & interoperable) has sealed the fate of fibre channel.

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Google’s privacy policy: Italians probing a little deeper

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Microsoft et al

..and improvements to its data storage and deletion mechanisms.

I hope they're going to be paying a visit to Microsoft real soon now. www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/22/microsoft_to_store_deleted_exchange_online_mails_forever/

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One rule for the rich and powerful...

Google will have to be fully compliant with the measures by 15 January 2016

So Google are given a year to become legal? I bet if my car had a broken light I wouldn't be given a year by the plod to fix it.

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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

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Emergency Services

Just be careful with moving your phone number around the UK. If you're making a 999 call, the emergency services like to know "where" the number is in case your call gets cut off. With mobiles and landlines it's easy for them to trace back to the billed address.

Oh, and if you're providing wholesale VoIP to a business/site, always make sure there's a way for people to call the emergency services. When doing VoIP roll-outs, we tend to leave fax machines on normal exchange phone lines and make sure there's a basic corded phone nearby to use.

(This applies not just to VoIP but to traditional telephony too.)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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YMMV

"Your Muffins May Vary"?

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Home Office wins appeal against £224m e-Borders payout

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And once this is all over, how much will have been spent on lawyers fees?

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Qualcomm, ARM: We thought we had such HOT MODELS...

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Re: What I Took From the Article

ARM was designed from its early days as low power. PowerPC & SPARC were always intended for servers (& desktops) where power is/was less of an issue.

A more interesting question is: Why didn't MIPS take off? This has been used in low(er) powdered devices.

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Re: I'm not sure that ARM are in trouble here.

Quite. It feels like that author has some grudge against ARM. He says that ARM are currently at the top of their game with mobile phones and then complains that it will take a couple of years for their next strategy to full kick in.

At the top of your game and planning for when things go bad? I think that's careful, sensible, forward planning.

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Hey Apple - what's the $178bn for? Are you down with OTT?

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@A/C Re: Andre Reui (sic)

I get Freesat and I often see André Rieu on the schedules.

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@SuccessCase Re: BBC Death

BBC Content has been dumbing down for years. Look at what happened to Tomorrow's World. They slowly dumbed it down until it was like dishwater and then canned it.

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M0n0wall comes tumbling down as dev throws in the trowel

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Re: Financial models matter

Sell to the makers, not the victims of your software

Actually, MS didn't really "sell" to the makers. They strong-armed the makers and said "Pay us a license fee for every PC sold. Oh, and if you sell a PC without out software, we'll jack up the price (Or not sell you cheap OEM versions of software)".

The only people MS sold to were executives.

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Hey, NUDE CELEBS! Apple adds SWEET 2FA to iMessage, Facetime

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Pointless Picture

Surely this article is the perfect example of why mandatory pictures at the start of an article are silly.

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TITANIC: Nuclear SUBMARINE cruising 'Sea of KRAKENS' may be FOUND ON icy MOON

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The document points out that submarines aren't very aerodynamic..

Anyone else read that and immediately think of the whale in H2G2?

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Traditional enterprise workloads on an all-flash array? WHY WOULD I BOTHER?

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I’d like to see more vendors be honest about the use cases for their arrays.

There, fixed that for you.

(Of course, we all know what chances there are of a vendor being honest....)

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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"The networks are all getting better, period"

The carriers may be improving their networks all the time, but are they doing it quickly enough to keep up with the increasing demand for both voice and data?

I recently found out that as cells become overloaded, they decrease transmit power to try and keep load under control. So as the networks get busier, the cells actually cover a smaller geographic area.

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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Re: Developer... sense... tingling...

But Microsoft said there's no need to identify what version of Windows a device is running:

www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/09/microsoft_explains_windows_as_a_service_but_how_many_versions_is_too_many/

And just like any Internet service, the idea of asking ‘What version are you on?’ will cease to make sense – which is great news for our Windows developers

(Yes, I know the article is really about Windows on the desktop, but the gag was too good to miss. It's Monday: Cut me some slack!)

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TalkTalk may begin making 'Three style' low-cost mobile moves

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Calling OFCOM?

BT will look for considerable extra benefits [with] deep integration of its wireline and wireless assets

So the biggest telco in the UK (already under "scrutiny" by OFCOM) is going to merge its systems with the UK's largest(?) mobile operator and use its combined size to drive down costs.

Nope, no competition problems here...

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Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

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WTF?

...asking ‘What version are you on?’ will cease to make sense – which is great news for our Windows developers.

How can he say that, and then go on about multiple LTS versions of Windows? The man speaks with a forked tongue...

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Elon Musk: Hover rocket? Check. Hover ship? Check. Let's DO THIS

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Re: Soft land test

..perhaps a heat proof fabric attached to floating pontoons..

I suspect that would make it much harder as the fabric wouldn't present such a good, solid radar signal.

They've proved the basic tech with their tera firma take-offs and landings. They're now taking the next step in trying to bring a craft all the way from space. Landing on a platform at sea seems like a good safety trade-off (as tera firma doesn't roll around as much as a vessel on water)

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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Re: Monty Python

You should try The Bugle podcast.

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Hang on...

- If the government spy on all my communications without telling me, that's illegal.

- If the government says we're going to spy on everyone's communications, that's legal.

I'm not sure how this squares with the right to privacy.

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Ofcom can prise my telly spectrum from my COLD, DEAD... er, aerial

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Re: "Broadcast is efficient"

The massive problem with going to IP broadcasting

There is already a solution to this problem: Multicast.

It's been around years. Some networking guru showed me UK TV being delivered live via multicast IP a while ago.

The problem is that the ISPs have to enable their networks to support Multicast. Fewer ISPs have multicast than have IPv6 enabled.

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APT devs are LOUSY coders, says Sophos

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Re: When I saw APT I thought of this

Which, the model or the real thing? Either, to be fair, deserves one of these ->

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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Makes me wonder if we shouldn't start organising a campaign to poison these data pools with false information and drive the value down.

If I see no reason why a website needs my personal info, I make it up. I usual offer:

Mr. T. Blair, 10 Downing Street. London. SW1A 1AA

DOB 1/1/1970

Phone Number: 020 7946 1234

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Dish, the FCC, and a sly trick to leave American taxpayers $3bn short

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Politics & Business

It's always good to see such a clear separation of business and politics. I'd hate it if politicians made laws based on how much they were paid/influenced by big business.

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National Lottery website goes TITSUP again

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Fix?

However, the underlying cause of the technical issue has been identified and the site is now back up...

My reading of that is that they know what the problem is, they just haven't gotten round to/managed to fix it yet.

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BY JUPITER: The science behind Friday's Solar System light show

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The Matrix

There is only one Matrix film.

Does anyone think there is more than one? Why would they?

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Atlassian HipChat service popped

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Re: what?

It depends on which one-way encryption method was used.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Maybe they should have called it the Raspberry Tau.

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Re: What's sadly still missing is a common plattform

Er, isn't that the job of the operating system? From the venerable WIkipedia article on operating systems.

For hardware functions such as input and output and memory allocation, the operating system acts as an intermediary between programs and the computer hardware.

With the aid of the firmware and device drivers, the [Operating System] kernel provides the most basic level of control over all of the computer's hardware devices.

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

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A&A ++++

Can I be the first to post a massive big up vote for A&A.

The joys of not having to deal with Mickey Mouse call centre staff is wonderful. (Either for technical or billing problems)

Sure, they don't officially provide out-of-ours support, but a few weeks ago when there was a problem at night, I jumped on IRC and their tech support staff were already on the case.

In the case of ISPs, big is most definitely NOT better.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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Sorry Cookie old son, your latest mega-multi-core monster device is just a bit overkill for me at the mo.

I think the top-of-the-range mega-multi-core monsters are overkill for almost everyone.

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Where Apple is still not playing is in the low end market, with nothing to challenge the Landfill Androids, [...] and Cook said nothing about attempts to take a bite out of that territory.

Apple have never competed in the low end. They only do high end, high margin.

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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FTTP

I idly looked into FTTP when moving into a new place. At the moment, when you pay for install (If it's available from your exchange), you're paying for the civil works to dig up the street and lay the fibre. Of course, once that's done, anyone downstream of you can use the same ducts at reduced rate :-/

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ZX81 BEATEN at last as dev claims smallest Chess code crown

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Although the ZX81 had 1KB RAM on board, not all of it was usable by programs. System variables and screen display took up some of that 1K. (If you used the full screen, you'd use 793 bytes of RAM!)

Oh, and that 1K ZX Chess was actually done in 672 bytes - using just over half of the ZX81's RAM.

Source: Wikipedia.

@ werdsmith - I agree with you on the chess front ;-)

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Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

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Solaris was already loosing market share to Linux by the time Sun open sourced Solaris. It was almost a last throw of the dice to keep Solaris relevant (and alive)

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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Re: I'm no storage king

I think you're confusing RAID 4, 5 & 6.

RAID 4 has a dedicated parity disc.

RAID 5 has 1 extra disc for storing parity data, but that parity data is spread across all the discs in the RAID group.

RAID 6 has 2 extra discs for storing parity data. Again, that parity data is spread across all the discs.

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Costs

the cost of calling someone to replace a dead drive far outweighs the price of the disk

Someone's making the wrong comparison. You need to look at the cost of replacing the disc versus the value of the data on the disc. I suspect the disc is tiny in value, compared to that of the data it holds.

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HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

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You're leaving out the managers who take a lot more than £60 per hour. How many managers per engineer/programmer..?

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Fraud Vs Incompetence

I always struggle to workout if public sector IT projects are a disaster due to people being on the take, or if it's everyone involved being incompetent. How can they repeatedly waste so much money on IT projects that fail?

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The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

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Where Oracle is weak is in supplying public cloud providers and web-scale app service suppliers such as Amazon, Facebook and Google

To be fair to Oracle (Not something I'm comfortable doing) IBM, HP, Dell, Cisco, et al probably don't have much traction in that area either. Don't Facebook, Google, and I'm guessing Amazon, cut their own servers?

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NASA greenlights SpaceX and Boeing to carry crew to ISS in 2017

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Re: Playing the party line

It's little things: like invading an independent country

The Russians are just following the example set by Uncle Sam.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Re: Microsoft web browsers...

But wow, I still hate Microsoft browsers, I often wondered if they did it on purpose, in an attempt to get developers to make it work on IE, but break it on others?

Yes they did.

But they also went one better. Their systems browser sniffed and sent CSS/HTML that displayed wrong on other browsers to suggest that IE was the only browser that worked correctly. ( www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/11/hakon_on_ms_interroperability/ )

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Re: Sensible companies don't allow Chrome at all. Mozilla is far better.

Take Dell iDRAC - to run the remote console you can choose between ActiveX or having Java enabled in the browser - and you really don't know what is worst.

You should try Cisco's servers. They need both Flash and Java.

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