Re: this is not by choice
"used by about 6 people globally..." plus 13000 in Munich.
2107 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010
"used by about 6 people globally..." plus 13000 in Munich.
"This project got in jeopardy around 2003"
AFAIK the project only started in 2003 and it wasn't until 2006 that implementation started. By 2013 there were ~13000 workstations running a specific Linux variant based on Ubuntu but with a KDE desktop.
I also find it rather telling that MS claims that the move to Linux cost more than staying with MS but has declined to publish the study they did on this.
"and it is much cheaper than diesel anyway,"
I doubt that. A quick google got me 15L for £24.99 which is more than the price of diesel in these parts at the pump.
Have you a ref.for this cheap oil ?
"He is bound to find a bunch of share holders which believe his version of reality and vote his way."
That's the way companies work. If other shareholders are stupid enough to not check what he's saying then they deserve all they get. Generally large shareholders are NOT stupid and can employ people to check.
I wasn't thinking specifically of this case when I discussed returning shareholder value but in general it's true with the caveat that the shareholders would have to vote for the dissolution/merger/takeover of the company.
I've no idea of the motives of Einhorn, I'm just taking exception to the idea that shareholders have to accept what THEIR board of directors says. It isn't so. Remember the directors work for the shareholders. If I own part of a company and the directors either make a mess or merely collect a cash pile that they might be using to grow the business it's MY investment that is affected ( and of course the workers)
""When you buy stock in a company, you must agree with the way the company is managed""
When you own stock you own a share of the company. If you have enough stock or supporters then you are fully entitled to change the way the company is managed. That's why shareholders can vote.
Indeed if a company can't see any future in what it does it's the duty of the directors to return as much value to the shareholders as they can. One of the reasons for taking a company private is to avoid shareholder involvement, although like Dell you might end-up in regretting that.
"Alas my post was taken seriously by some. It was humour."
Sorry if I upset you - it's just one of my things. I don't care what a program looks like as long as it has the performance/stability/etc.
In my case being totally Linux only I use LO as I don't have much choice anyway.
"LO should divert all coding efforts from the engine and into the UI"
Oh yes, style over substance every time </sarcasm>
London is indeed a great city - but much of what people think of as 'London's' history derives from people from all parts of Britain -it may appear to outsiders that it came from London but on the whole it passed through London.
"so much of history came from this brightly-lit city."
so much of history came from the country whose capital is this brightly-lit city. - fixed that
"Ever seen flies on a touch screen ? I have last summer and it was hilarious - they are happy to open Control Panel for you or whatever ... close random windows ...."
It's just a bug
""Steam would of course provide a simple enough alternative - fireless steam""
Note : the fireless steam is generated from methanol + hydrogen peroxide + catalyst. This does not seem a realistic method for transport etc. Local, small scale generation of steam without heat maybe.
"he amount of current required is significantly reduced to within the scope of a standard car battery and unmodified alternator."
Perpetual motion then ! Should make a fortune !
All you need now is a low-cost, low energy way to make methanol & hydrogen peroxide. - oh wait !
Thermodynamics is thermodynamics - there is no way round that. The energy you get out + losses had to come from somewhere.
"Have to say its a great bit of kit. Great to use."
Good to hear but so many here would say it's barely usable because it can't run Office etc..
( Please note I wouldn't say that )
NYSE Trading Platform
The Universal Trading Platform for International Markets runs on commodity
Linux hardware and standards-based communication protocols."
"Unix servers experienced a revenue decline of 14.2% year over year "
Yes but Linux != Unix !
"People better qualified than you are chosing Windows server on a daily basis"
People better than you are chosing Linux servers on a daily basis .... Fixed.
"New York Stock Exchange uses SQL........"
First hit on Google !
How Linux Mastered Wall Street
"NYSE Does Linux
The largest exchange, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Euronext, is run on a Linux system that can generate 1,500,000 quotes and process 250,000 orders every second, offering acknowledgments of each transaction within two milliseconds. "
I've had a Asus 901 for years and binned the stupid travesty of Linux it came with almost immediately for Kubuntu. It now runs OpenSUSE 11.4/KDE , which installed perfectly from a USB stick and runs everything fine and that includes WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G dongle.
"Even if you could fire a "single" photon would it not hit the Aether particles and cause them to propagate as a wave?"
You can 'fire' a single photon.
What Aether particles ? Suggest you need to do some reading around this whole area
"Between my schooldays in the late seventies ....."
Ditto - only the sixties
"Am I right in thinking that unless you specifically need an incoming connection "
I think it is implementation dependent - if your device has an option for uPNP on/off its best off. They often default to on.
"Could you not do that just by writing some bad code?"
You'd better put more paper in the printer if you're making a million copies
.. has been known about for years. I turned it off on my router when it was new and that was 4-5 years ago
"if you could just grasp the concept that there are hundreds of *billions* of PCs"
So several dozen for each person on the planet then.
hint : population of planet ~7 billion
"no office or other Win application that requires more performance than I have."
I think you mean - that YOU use. There are plenty of applications that can use huge amounts of memory/cpu -the most general obvious being video, esp. rendering or transcoding 1080p/50
"Erm, you mean like Android managing to have more variants of Malware in 3 years than all versions of Windows have in 14 years?"
You really believe that don't you ?
Re: My top tip for Microsoft.
"n the real world nobody really uses Linux and open source on corporate desktops"
Absolute rubbish - I was in a group of 200 who had high powered Linux workstations years ago( 8+) , academics, CGI groups and engineers all use it. It may well be a small percentage but it's a very high-powered influential percentage. In my own area software tends to be ONLY written for Unix, Linux and maybe Macs
"I wonder how long it will be until hardware-accelerated codecs for this are commonplace?"
> I'm not sure I'd want to deal with a company whose director, or even a senior staff, have a
> history of bankruptcies, millions of pounds of debts, failed companies, etc"
Like many things it depends on the details, was it a well-thought out scheme that failed due to unexpected circumstances, suprise innovation from a competitor, market downturn etc. Or were the directors out-of -their-depth in some areas, dishonest, over-optimistic, poor managers etc.
"Inert gas extinguishers, or anything else, will not help much in a lithium ion battery fire."
Whilst I agree with this and have on several occasions in my lab career extinguished burning metal & metal hydride fires using special ternary powder extinguishers and whilst noting that these batteries are worst in having their own oxidant the use of inert gas would at least help to control any collateral fires in the vicinity.
"Some of us old timers had to learn the hex codes for several different processors."
What worries me as I get older is that hex codes (7E JMP on a 6809)are starting to be the only thing I remember !
dash dot dash dash dash
then it will need a humongous area of land
"that you don't have software maintenance if you don't buy the Windows flavour."
Certainly I build all my own desktops/servers and install Linux on them - for years I've had NO maintenance cost other than one flaky HD
Laptops are a more difficult matter - so far I've got by with 1 netbook (Linux from new) and 1 second-hand laptop (donated after a Windows Update disaster). I'm going to have to replace it soon-ish as various non-core bits are failing and the memory is becoming rather tight)
I'm going to have to look around rather carefully
"But that's one big if."
Absolutely. Si surfaces rapidly coat with SiO2 so I imagine the nanospheres would need to be made out of contact with air. On exposure to water I rather think they would change their shape rapidly and indeed if they didn't much unexposed silicon might be wasted or the reaction rate at least limited.
Overall this is just one scheme amongst others that could be used as a portable source of hydrogen.
The energy content of methanol is ~~6kWh /Kg so that would argue for a rather poor efficiency.
"HUGE double mattress slabs of silicon, and have them churn away"
Sorry the reaction with bulk silicon is VERY slow probably because the surface rapidly coats with SiO2
"I like the low-tech aspect of cacium carbide."
It's not low-tech, just old-tech - it needs a stonking 2000K arc furnace to make , don't know what the energy efficiency is.
" Water is a finite resource too"
Not really. Take this reaction 2/3rds of the water comes back from oxidizing the hydrogen in the fuel cell. The remainder is loosely locked-up in silicic acid.
There are plenty of uses for a 'refillable battery' although a generator is really a better name. Already large units are available for motorhomes and yachts that allow silent power production on a considerable scale for many weeks from cassettes of methanol ( not ideal I admit ). You could use solar or wind but the energy stored in even methanol is significant and allows for heavy usage in darkness.
An example here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vWvPwiQazI
A bit twee but it gives some of the current possibilities. As far as I can tell the running costs are ~~£2/day for a 600W unit
"bear on making the spheres cheaply"
The silicon is just an energy carrier - you need to put energy in to get silicon from silicon dioxide. Generate the hydrogen and consume it as efficiently as possible and you might get back a modest proportion of the input energy. There's no way round that it's just chemistry and thermodynamics. If you can get really cheap energy it might be useful for certain niche application - basically it allows you to store the equivalent ~45L of hydrogen in 28g of silicon (+water)
Energy costs dominate this with the proviso that making the nano-silicon particles may in fact dominate the process. Material costs are irrelevant as the silicic acid can be converted back to silica if necessary
The minimum energy cost is ~1MJ/mol (=28g) and may be a lot more
"Can you re-cycle the wast product?"
Yes, but you'd need to provide some more energy to dehydrate it - it's basically similar to silica gel that's used as a desiccant often in little bags with "do not eat" on them.
I've covered some aspects of the energy cost in a post further up the thread
(The whole business is a little like the old carbide process where calcium carbide + water produced acetylene on demand for portable lights.)
"All are big energy consumers."
I don't think your big is anywhere nearly big enough
Although I assume they are hoping to mine native nickel or nickel/iron from asteroids.
"Then it stated throwing up alerts and warnings and upgrade notices every time I launched it."
Funny, I'm now on v18.0, have used FF . from the beginning and don't know what you mean.
"to the ends of the unverse"
Truly a big bang !
"Those cleanup instructions from the EPA tacitly assume a hard surface floor. Wall-to-wall carpeting is very common; just try to scrape up spilled mercury from it!"
You obviously didn't read the information the EPA provided.
It concludes :
"What if I can't follow all the recommended steps? or I cleaned up a CFL but didn't do it properly?
Don't be alarmed; these steps are only precautions that reflect best practices for cleaning up a broken CFL. Keep in mind that CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury -- less than 1/100th of the amount in a mercury thermometer. "
Whilst the total amount of mercury in all CFL may be significant the risk from one broken one is miniscule.