Pity they didn't make Europa back in 2010....
1410 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010
Re: To be fair....
The Windows fat client was the lesser of the two evils. I've been playing with the HTML clients (vSphere & vCentre) since they started as early Flings, and I'm surprised that either are ready for prime time.
Re: fool around with 28 GHz
You start to wonder why they're bothering, and why they just don't use WiFi, if range is so bad.
Re: Web-o-trust, smmeb'ol'thrust
Here's the thing about a self-signed certificate: how do I know that you issued it? If I don't have a method of independent verification...
Because the CA's have such a good track record for diligently checking every certificate request and only issuing them to the correct people....
Re: 12.5% of the nutrients needed for a single day?
I think the point of their food stuffs is that they're not just energy, but all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fibre, etc., etc., that they think a human body needs.
Re: Network diagram is insufficient
Absolutely. The famous example is Leicester Square<>Covent Garden. There are many YouTube videos of people walking it faster than taking the tube.
There are also often quicker ways of getting between lines than by using the obvious tube interchanges. That's why Oyster has a feature called "Out of station interchange". Some stations are linked inside the Oyster system so exiting at one and entering at another within a certain time period counts as one journey and not two.
And if you want to get really clever, you use Geoff Marshall's StationMaster app to show you the efficient way to change lines at stations, as the signs don't show you the efficient way - just the way they want you to take.
The thing that puts me off moving to Andrews and Arnold ISP is that apparently Talk Talk is part of their backhaul.
From the A&A Website:
It is important not to confuse the carriers we are talking about here with retail offerings from other telcos. For example, BT Retail offer various broadband services, and whilst they use the same back-haul network, the services they offer depend very much on their business model and their equipment which is different to ours. So just because you have heard bad things about a particular retail offering does not mean their carrier / wholesale back-haul network is bad in some way. This is particularly important when considering issues such as shaping policies or censorship - the back-haul networks we use are transparently passing PPP packets between you and us and we bypass any such measures used in their retail offerings.
Also, TT Backhaul is selectable, depending on the service you want from A&A.
Microsoft & Nokia
How on Earth could Microsoft spend £4.6 Billion buying Nokia, and then in the space of a few years throw the whole thing out with the trash?
[TalkTalk is] haemorrhaging customers
Let's see: Assuming the 150,000 customers details leaked were all current customers, the 9,000 lost customers is around 6% of that figure.
6% customer churn in a quarter doesn't really sound that big to me.
Is Australia starting to get an American complex? Does it think that this law will stop people in other countries de-anonymizing the data?
@Pen-y-gors Re: Ofcom = useless
Just looked at their tarriffs - make the rail companies' ticket pricing look simple! There are an awful lot of complicated essential extras, and the prices can be VERY high!
Their Home::1 package is quite simple: Pay £25 per month for 100GB with no filtering. Or pay £10 extra for FTTC. Or pay £40 for 1TB download. Sure, you can make your own tariff, but the Home::1 package is good enough for a lot of people.
Yes, the tariff is more than the likes of BT, TalkTalk, etc. (I reckon I could cut my broadband cost in half by going elsewhere) But their 1st line support staff are more like the others 2nd or 3rd line support staff. And this doesn't just stop at the technical side. Their billing support is good too: One time, they emailed me to say that they were going to give me £10 compensation before I'd even noticed the mess their billing system had made. When was the last time you got cold hard cash out of BT or TalkTalk for their screw-up?
A very happy A&A customer.
Re: WARNING: Rant incoming!
The problem is that the average consumer only cares about the (headline) price of the product/service they are purchasing. Support staff are overhead, and companies try and lower overheads to keep their prices low to attract customers. This means support staff are paid as little as possible and overloaded with work.
Good support costs. I bet many El Reg readers know this, and probably pay more for their broadband because they're with smaller players who focus more on overall quality rather than subscriber quantity.
All animals have some form of supervised learning, usually delivered by a device called a "Parent".
What makes Facebook's AI wonks think they can beat thousands (millions?) of years of evolution in learning?
MS needs to simply produce an updated version of XP...
They did. It was called Windows 7.
Re: BBC ??
I watch a fair bit of BBC4. Unfortunately, the programs do tend to repeat quite frequently.
Re: arguably the UK’s most famous ginger man
In fact.. just get Boyle in to do a guest episode. I'd watch topgear for that.
Yeah, but after the lawyers had vetted the show, how much would be left?
Re: Wot no Babbage?
Don't forget the bikes
You should also warn visitors about the bicycles. In Cambridge, there are a *LOT* of them. Also, watch out, as many roads that are one-way for cars are two-way for bikes.
Re: EDSAC & buildings
That looks like the inside of the range of buildings that front onto Free School Lane.
I feel it's a bit unfair to be posting BSOD pictures back from 2011. Shouldn't there be some kind of time limit on how old the BSOD picture can be?
Re: Good day to say this.
We have problems with our un-staffed sites. We give BT instructions that before they set-off for site, they are to call us so we can meet them there.
They turn up, find no-one around, ring some random number and bugger off when they can't kind anyone. And then have the check to claim we refused them entry.
Later on, when we (finally) met up with the engineer, we ask them if they read the notes on the call about contacting us, and get told "Oh, I never read the notes"
They're absolute muppets. No, that's not fair on the Muppets...
I'm still no better informed as to how to protect against DDoS attacks....
Re: What's really changed is the development tools
Er, you have read the history of the ARM processor? From the Wikipedia page:
"A visit to the Western Design Center in Phoenix, where the 6502 was being updated by what was effectively a single-person company, showed Acorn engineers Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson they did not need massive resources and state-of-the-art research and development facilities."
@Voland's right hand - Re: So what if I do not have one?
The other day, I followed a chain of links from this esteemed website, and ended up on a Wikipedia page reading about how shaped explosives are designed & used in nuclear bombs. Quite interesting I found - especially the bit about where they use air gaps in the explosives to help shape blast. But having now read up on explosives and nuclear weapons, I'm obviously a terrorist and need to be locked up for the good of society.
Build an app on
RedshiftOracle and you will be running it forever on AmazonOracle – you are locked in, baby,” [Larry] said. “So if AmazonOracle raises its prices you better get out your checkbook.”
I remember years ago VMWare were talking about embedding a virus checker in the hypervisor to scan guests in real-time.
I guess they couldn't keep the performance of that approach.
...10,000 of the top million sites..
Er, so that's 1% then?
Re: My printer not HP's
Why should HP or any other manufacturer prevent me filling MY machine with liquefied dog turds if I want to, what has it got to do with them?
Money. You'll probably find that the printer is sold at close to cost, whereas the ink is sold at a massive profit.
Many consumers make their initial buying decision on the up-front costs, rather than recurring costs. Other examples of this business model include mobile phones & razor blades.
If the two developer teams were made up of volunteers, then this duplicate work could be excused as people scratching their personal itch.
But I suspect the two teams are employed by the Mozilla foundation to work on Firefox. Which means one of them is wasting their time & Mozilla's money, so someone at the top is asleep at the wheel.
There millions of folk world wide who dont want nor can use a so called smart phone
With Microsoft killing off the basic Symbian Nokias, we're having to scratch around for disposable phones for maintenance & cleaning staff to lose, drop, etc.
However, operators have said they need to consolidate to raise investment cash - now that world + dog now has a mobile phone contract
So everyone is using your service and you can't make money from it? Something sounds wrong here.
...how operators can move away from the traditional mobile contract revenue.
Ahh, I see the problem. You came up with a business plan 20-odd years ago and haven't updated it. Now you're complaining that the world doesn't fit your business plan.
...noting that some countries have 10-12 operators. "So sometimes if one operator lowers the price: what can you do?"
You basically have several ways to persuade someone to buy something from you rather than a competitor:
- Brand Loyalty
It's your choice how you you want to go.
@m0rt - Re: Do people care?
They say it was seen, but what proof are they offering? Surely they have to provide you with the information in question
I seem to recall that, with the police, they refuse to show you their evidence unless the case goes to court.
I'm sure I got a parking ticket one time and the notice said "Pay £X fine now. If you want to see our evidence, pay £Y."
It makes you wonder if the police, councils, etc. are copying the mafia's modus operandi....
VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly
@dajames - Re: If the government had better tests...
It's even easier to keep your waiting lists down by refusing to allow people to book an appointment more than a certain time in advance.
A relative had one better: If it looked like the hospital weren't going to make the deadline, they'd just take you off the waiting list. You'd then re-apply and go to the back of the queue.
When you're waiting for heart surgery, "deadline" gets a whole new meaning...
Re: If the government had better tests...
In the UK, the government set targets for the National Health Service for dealing with patients. They were surprised when they discovered that hospitals massaged the rules to hit the "letter" of the target without hitting the "spirit" of the target.
If you set someone a target, they'll find the cheapest/easiest way to hit the target, which may not be done in the manner you intended.
That Cisco BSOD isn't a real BSOD.
All that message says is: "You asked me to parse some XML and you gave me garbage." All you have to do to exit it, is to press the "Exit" softkey. It's not rebooting the phone, just exiting the attempt to parse the XML and return to normal phone operations.
@Lotaresco - Re: Do printers really need to be connected to the internet?
I think you've missed the point: All this IoT hubris is aimed at the consumer who has few IT skills (and even fewer security skills!)
Business environments have been doing remote management & access on all sorts of devices for decades. (And still can't always get it right!)
A little bit more nuanced...
The story is a bit more nuanced that the El Reg article leads you to believe.
The El Reg article implies that Linus wants the firmware supplied with the kernel module. The issue is that for some devices, the driver is generic and the firmware can be written be anyone. Hence the firmware BLOB can come from a standard filesystem which isn't available until the system has booted further than initial module initalisation.
Whether the patch author's approach for tacking this problem is correct, though, is for clever minds than mine to decide upon.
Re: 13 seconds?
I always wonder why it takes Windoze so long to get a keyboard working when other O/Ss manage it in a second or so.
Can anyone explain?
Re: Also the Lazines Factor
There have been articles which describe how some companies buy popular apps from their authors. Then, in the next update, the app is riddled with ads, etc. It could be that your apps are been bought by malvertisers.
Wasn't the difference with Psystar that they were shipping MacOS on their machines? Whereas this outfit are just flogging a laptop that could run MacOS if you supply it yourself.
Several people have commented on how infrastructure should be in the public ownership, then others say how the UK isn't a shining example of what happens when infrastructure *is* in the public ownership. But the UK infrastructure is actually heading in another direction: Non-profit (or heavily regulated for-profit)
Rail: First, everything was nationalised. Then everything went for-profit private sector. Now, the infrastructure (Rails and some stations) is a government backed non-profit (Railtrack) and the trains are run by for-profit companies.
Phones: Again, everything was nationalised. Then for-profit BT was formed. Then BT was slowly split up, and Openreach (last mile cables) is slowly being pushed towards a non-profit standalone entity.
There was a similar piece of research done on spreadsheets generated by financial bods. They found something like 10% of spreadsheets contained errors affecting the calculations.
But can it crack safes too?
@Steve Davies 3 - Re: Please!
Microsoft is a bug factory
To be fair to Microsoft, all software has bugs. The real question is: Does their software have more bugs than other software vendors? Or is it that they *appear* to have more bugs because their software is used by more people than other vendors?
Statistics: A slippery phenomenon indeed.
Bing, Google, etc...
The problem with maps from Bing, Google, etc is that the information they hold has not been specifically drawn together. Instead, Bing, Google, et al take a load of datasets and try and automatically link them into a map. The data isn't always accurate and there's no human involved to provide sanity checks.
Re: This should be one of the easiest taxes to collect ...
I saw one of these naff police documentaries a while ago. The copper was saying that the in-car ANPR notifies them of so many suspect cars (Tax, insurance, MoT, "wanted for questioning", etc) that they ignore it a lot of the time.