525 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010
Re: Oh the security....
Since when are email servers and office apps "complex systems"?
When you're a small business and can't afford a full time IT person who can do all this for you. For this type of company, a cloud (or back in the day bureau) service is a no brainer.
As others have mentioned, it does seem expensive. Then they want $500 for a second 4G modem? I can pick up a 4G USB stick for under £100. So what am I getting for the extra cost?
So after posting losses in two out of the three full years since Jones took a seat on the board, it is little wonder that the Dragon wants to buy the whole business rather than uttering those fateful words, "I'm out".
There are two key skills an investor needs: Knowing when to invest and knowing when to get out. Only a fool continues to throw money into a business when there's no end in sight. I'm guessing Mr Jones believe there's still some worth in the business, and hence, a way to make his money back.
According to IBM, rebuilds are radically faster (minutes rather than hours)
Let's assume a 1TB drive. A typical speed for a HDD is 100MB/s. That gives a time of just under three hours to write 1TB of data to the disc. Still in the hours territory.
Let's look at it the other way. Let's say the rebuild of our 1TB drive is done in 15 minutes. That requires a write speed of just over 1GB/s. No HDD is this fast, nor are the current SATA/SAS-II interfaces. (Although Wikipedia claims faster ones are available)
Now a current SATA/SAS-II port can run at 6Gb/s or 768MB/s, so if we saturated a SATA-II port, we'd require just under 23 minutes to send the 1TB of data over the interface. (Assuming no protocol overhead)
Once you increase the drive size, these times will proportionally get bigger.
So how are they going to rebuild a 4TB drive in minutes?
- Competition hotting up
- License revenue could slow due to hardware getting faster/bigger.
- Partners could make us look bad.
...give the car a cheerful and sunny disposition
Let's hope they don't give it Genuine People Personalities.
Wasn't it a few years ago that Intel were investing in research & software tools to auto-parrallelise code because they realised that CPUs were reaching a limit in terms of clock speed.
If a (few) meaty cores are really required, why do Intel sell processors with 10 cores?
I am so confused about what's going on here.
Microsoft buy Nokia who make Windows phones. Just as the deal is settling down, Nokia launches phones running a competing operating system because Microsoft's is too expensive (This could either be license or hardware costs) and they're haemorrhaging market share.
Shouldn't this be ringing massive alarms bells in Microsoft?
There are of course certain exceptions such as the main engines of the Space Shuttle, which were re-used although much of the rest of the launch stack (fuel tank and strap-on boosters)
The SRBs were re-used. They separated off before the vehicle achieved orbit, came back down to Earth (OK, ocean) by parachute, were collected, refurbished and reused.
The only part of the shuttle which wasn't reused was the external fuel tank.
1 - It sounds very similar to Assisted GPS, but with the maths done in the cloud rather than on the device.
2 - To do the maths in the cloud, you're going to need to fire up a radio (Either WiFi or 3G/4G) to send & receive the data & results to the cloud. How does the power consumption of using the radio compare to the CPU power to crunch the GPS numbers?
Re: I'd pass that test @PyLETS
Please correct me but I thought it was illegal to record a conversation unless all parties knew and agreed to it?
Oh no....It's much more "fun" that that ;-)
Add another layer of indirection...
I've been saying this for years. It gets even worse when you consider higher level VMs (e.g. Java, C#, etc)
- The language VM is designed to isolate the application from the operating system/processor.
- The operating system is designed to isolate the application from the hardware (and other applications).
- The hypervisor is designed to isolate the operating system from the hardware (and other operating systems).
There is so much duplication of isolation/abstraction going on here.
One of the reasons I think it's arisen is because applications kinda assume they're the only application running on an operating system. So a second application can come along and do something to the environment that upsets the first one. DLL/Shared library hell is just one example of this. I remember working on an Oracle system a few years ago. Oracle refused to support us if we installed Apache on the same system as the Oracle Database. But if we virtualised them both and ran them on the same physical server, Oracle were happy.
Another reason is that applications are often coded to expect a very explicit setup. I've seen PCs built with four or five versions of Java installed as each application was hard coded to only run on a particular patch/version of the JVM. I've also seen applications say "We only support Windows X, with Service Pack Y, and Hot Fixes A, B & C"
I can understand where VMWare are coming from. But at the minute their "O/S" is a very basic O/S. They'll add new features into their O/S to flesh it out, until, it balloons and we accuse them of bloating their system with unnecessary features and doing a Microsoft.
But you'll just end up with application vendors saying "We only support VMware Version x.y.1, not x.y.2" (This is already happening with some vendors...)
Then someone will invent a hypervisor for hypervisors...
But what punishment would the ICO give to all the public sector organisations found breaching data protection?
an Anonymous-affiliated hacktivist claiming to be called The Messiah
They're not the Messiah. They're very naughty boys & girls.
If this system was just to allow hospitals & GPs within the NHS to share data about a patient for the purpose of patient care, then I think opt-out is fine.
But giving access to any of this data to third parties should definitely be opt-in. What I don't understand is how can the government can avoid any Data Protection issues here? This secondary use of the data is not consistent with any (implied) consent a patient may have given a doctor.
Re: Stop bashing the Microdrive, it wasn't that bad
I remember buying an Interface 1 & MicroDrive for my Spectrum. It took about six months to get a combination of Spectrum, Interface 1 & MicroDrive that all worked together. At the time I was unaware of the hardware changes being made to the devices as Sinclair fixed problems. The changes I've read about in these Retro articles kinda make sense now.
Once it was working, it stayed working for a few years. (Although I do remember having to reformat MicroDrive cartridges periodically as the tape stretched.)
Microsoft have been building market share by offering Lync at a very low cost compared to the Cisco/Avaya/Siemens competition. I've heard of deals where Lync was added to an existing MS license deal for a very small price increase. (Which does raise the question, how many Lync licenses have MS sold because it's cheap to get, and how many are actually in use ?)
This aggressive pricing, in turn, is forcing the competition to lower their costs. The most obvious example of this is where Cisco suddenly made their Jabber presence add-on to CallManager free.
One thing that is making corporates nervous, though, is there hasn't been much said on the Lync/Skype roadmap. i.e. will they merge, or will one be binned?
Re: Caveat emptor
I had a look at those Oracle press releases (and the slides). It's very refreshing to see such blunt language in a corporate press release. Mike Lynch really hasn't been telling the whole truth here.
Re: Xenophobes rule..
People here do seem to be confusing xenophobia and inexperience.
As Tom 38 mentions further down, an idiot from any country will write bad code. It doesn't mater if they are from India, China, the UK or the US.
The BBC should be split into two halves.
One half should be funded by the public purse (taxation, license fee, whatever) and do public service broadcasting. e.g. apolitical news & current affairs, documentaries, etc. Maybe even trialling new technologies.
The second half should be either advertising or subscription funded (but not both, it shouldn't be another Sky) and do the rest of the commercial pap.
Re: History often comes with rose-tinted specs
when a hard disk they fitted wasn't compatible with his PCs.
I thought that it was a duff batch of HDs supplied to Amstrad that was the cause of the problem. I seem to recall that Amstrad sued the HD manufacturer and eventually got a load of money. But the damage to Amstrad's reputation was too great, and they never recovered in the PC market.
According to a website called "The Register" Amstrad got $140M from Seagate.
One little quirk of the CPC machines was there centronics printer port. It was only seven bits wide: The eighth bit was robbed for the strobe line. The Amstrad printer had a DIP switch to switch between expecting seven or eight bit data. There was a company that produced a little board and a software blob that did some magic to give you a proper eight bit port.
Something forgotten from the review was that you could connect up to 32 external 16K ROM chips to have instant access to software. I remember having an assembler, word processor, spell checker (dictionary was on floppy) amongst other things on-line all the time. I seem to recall a company making an alternate disc operating system for the CPC too.
I also remember (was it DK Tronics?) launching a 256K RAM pack, plus a 256K RAM drive. Some magazine did a tear-down and showed that you could turn a RAM drive into a RAM pack by changing a solder joint. I bought a 256K drive for peanuts, from a guy who couldn't solder and "broke" his (rather expensive) add-on. 15 seconds with a soldering iron fixed it.
I ended up having so many add-ons for my CPC that I blew the PSU in the monitor. (Fortunately, it was just a fuse, but it went as I was drawing too much current on the 5V line). I bodged a PC PSU to drive the motherboard power.
As you can guess, I was a massive fan of my CPC. I learnt a lot about computers from playing with that thing. Not sure where it is now *sniff*. Might have to go and hit EBay.
Re: Great article
I think you only needed the Amstrad sticks if you wanted two joysticks.
The 9-pin D joystick port could support two joysticks. The signal lines were shared, but something in there was a line (something like power) which allowed the machine to differentiate between the sticks. To use the second joystick you just needed a simple adaptor to split the lines.
Re: When are posts moderated?
So what triggers auto moderation, then?
When are posts moderated?
Sometimes when I post a comment, it appears instantly. Other times, it just says "Awaiting moderation" Now, I can understand if a particular story has proactive rather than reactive moderation for legal reasons (e.g. current court cases).
But sometimes, I'll post one message on a story and it'll appear instantly. Yet a follow-up message posted, say, an hour later, sits awaiting moderation for hours. Other times, posts to what I believe are innocuous topics are held in moderation.
I'm not complaining about the length of time moderation takes, just questioning when moderation kicks-in.
"You can't get fired for buying IBM but you can for Lenovo, so you may as well just buy ours instead!"
Because if IBM can't make enough money out of a 14% market share to stay in the game, we sure can with a mere 3% market share.
For those who mention that Linux already runs on ARM, I suspect VMware really mean "porting Windows apps"
The problem with generic levies/taxes, is that you don't know who's getting the money. Is the money really going to the niche artist you like (that everyone else hates) or the big-name artists who already have way too much money? Or is it just going to the pockets of the record industry fat-cats?
Re: A stitch in time
Doesn't that just mean that Ofcom employs crap lawyers - who don't know how to draft regulations that are actually legal?
I suspect it means that the legal money pot at Vodafone, O2, EE, etc is *much* bigger than the legal pot at OFCOM. If you're a multi billion pound company, spending a few hundred thousand pounds on lawyers to delay, or trivially amend a rule, might make business sense.
I've seen it mentioned several times that the private sector has deeper pockets for legal costs than the public sector.
Re: If the big companies need to do it ...
Was it the Rolling Stones who cancelled a tour because they claimed tax rule changes made it unprofitable?
I remember going into a Three store a year or two ago. I noticed their in-store desktops were still running Windows 2000. Support ended for that years ago.
I suspect Windows XP will be around for an even longer time after official support ends...
Lenovo may have bought IBM's x86 server division, but did they also buy any expertise to build an HPC system? Any hardware vendor can sell you a few million dollars/pounds of hardware, but you need skill to turn it into a well performing system.
They've been moving in this kind of direction for a while. You can get add-on modules to some router lines which are basically mini x86 computers. Then there's the work on IOS XR to run an IOS like system under the QNX micro kernel.
The only piece of the jigsaw missing is having line interface cards with standard (PCIe/USB) interfaces. Then you can have your Cisco router running as a software process on an x86 server. (Or for Cisco, ideally, their UCS boxes)
I suspect IBM will stay in the storage space while they think they can differentiate and still make a reasonable profit.
Desktops and x86 servers have became commodity: Everyone selling identical boxes at wafer-thin margins. A tough environment where you need large volumes to make a tiny profit.
The Sinclair keyboards may not have been the best keyboards ever invented, but many of us discovered computing through the likes of Sinclair's machines. Like the wag above who mentioned the RAM pack wobble problem, we all know these weren't the best things out there (How many replacement keyboards were there for Sinclair machines?)
But we're not looking to buy these things because they are better, but because they invoke memories: The re-creation of these objects take us back to the early days of our (future) careers (and possibly our child hood too)
I wonder what the figures would look like if they included semiconductor companies made themselves. (I'm thinking of Samsung at least, here...)
We sometimes wonder why we aren't more often mentioned
I suspect it's to do with the language on here. I'm guessing it's not the sort of stuff the mainstream media wants to be associated with.
Just think of all those children saved from nasty peados by the blocking of these morally corrupt files. It just goes to show that the government's filters are working.
After years of using a free service, users are outraged at actually having to pay cold hard cash for it.
Broadcasters penny pinching
The problem I have is with the broadcasters: They compress the hell out of the picture to be able to cram more channels in.
The "big" channels, are OK. But as soon as you start to hit the lesser viewed channels, or the +1 channels, the bit rate (& hence quality) drops like a stone.
I wonder if the author is confusing OpenBSD and OpenSSL.
How do other ISPs do it these days when they send engineers out to do the install?
When I last dealt with BT Broadband, there was a test username & password you could use. All it would allow you to do it get a private IP address and redirect all traffic to one server to access a page which said something like "It works".
It was a useful feature for both BT engineers and users.
Don't forget W12K
Don't forget that Windows Server 2012 has that abominable user interface too. Can we expect a service pack to replace that crap?
Re: Some possibiities...
amanfrommass, is that you?
Re: I have looked
Code should not cause compilers to issue dozens of warnings
How many compiler errors does closed source software produced when it is compiled? I don't know, do you?
Sometimes, though, compiler warnings can be wrong. Anyone remember the Debian SSL security issue? Some well meaning maintainer tweaked the code to remove a compiler warning. The only downside was the compiler warning was a false positive and altering the code to remove the compiler warning caused all the SSL certificates produced by that bit of code to be easily crackable.
As people discover more security vulnerabilities, compilers and other tools get better at picking up potential problems (and not highlighting false positives either - see the latest LLVM/Clang release)
Outside of the drooling masses, who purchases anything online?
Those of us who don't want to be attacked every five seconds by sales drones desperate to hit their targets?
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