I get at least 5 days battery on mine, and the UI strikes me as simple and easy to use considering it's form factor... I can't imagine a touch screen for example being that useful for my fat fingers?
116 posts • joined 14 May 2010
Re: Tag line...
Small mistake in article?
"and a move towards multi-user authentication is required"
Do you mean
"and a move towards multi-factor authentication is required"
Re: One password to rule them all
I think you under-estimate the risk here AndrueC. Tesco has to be secure, what happens if someone orders you Marmite!
You didn't think of THAT did you !?
Re: In my world ....
bigger/better car! pfff... we don't have cars down our street, I want a bigger and better bike than my neighbour, one with TWO wheels!!
Re: What's with all the Xen is obsolete talk I hear?
"requiring a Windows machine last time I checked "
Unless I missed your point, VMWare runs fine under linux and has done for many a year. I don't find it that hard to configure either?
Re: I don't know where to start
I don't disagree with your comment on Sybase and SQLServer, the author said "complete re-write of a little known database". Sybase was/is not little known.
Disks are not expensive.. CMON! ... but they do not perform as well as flash, so I agree that. The point I was making is that I disagreed with the author stating "It is time to re-think why data is stored on slow, unreliable disk, for anything other than recovery and archive purposes.". Disk is not that unreliable, especially compared with flash.
Tony: "The point about INT and IDENTITY is just plain wrong; It's in RTM which came out this month - I've a demo on my laptop here."
I wasn't aware that was the case, According to the MS Documentation:
There are only a few limitations when creating memory-optimized tables, in addition to the data type limitations already listed.
No DML triggers
No FOREIGN KEY or CHECK constraints
No IDENTITY columns
No UNIQUE indexes other than for the PRIMARY KEY
A maximum of 8 indexes, including the index supporting the PRIMARY KEY
So if it has changed then I'll happily stand corrected.
Don't get me wrong, I think Hekaton is great but it's not a simple "oh.. lets just re-config the table to live in memory" and then SHAZAM, AWESOME PERFORMANCE and then DONE!! There is more to it than that
Re: I don't know where to start
The number of licenses won't give you a clear picture here. MSSQL is vaslty cheaper than Oracle, so it makes a lot more sense to go with MSSQL for cost reasons. BUT, you will still see large organisations plumb for Oracle/DB2 for their massive databases (actually, I see mainly Oracle here).
So it would be interesting to see how many massive databases (I won't define massive, if the number of tables and rows make you think "oh fuck!" then that would be massive) are actually run on MSSQL compared to Oracle (and maybe DB2).
Re: I don't know where to start
Well Matt 21, let me help you here..
"Microsoft has quietly commenced its own seemingly impossible mission, a complete re-write of a little known database which will be released two years into the future, and will be known as SQL Server 7."
What you mean Sybase? Little known and failure, Did you research Sybase at all?
"Redmond's new database will compete with the entrenched kings of the database world, Oracle and DB2."
SQLServer 7 didn't in any way compete against the existing Oracle and DB2 installs. Only recently has it blipped on the radar, but only recently.
"It is time to re-think why data is stored on slow, unreliable disk, for anything other than recovery and archive purposes."
You mean floppies right? Cause Hard Drives with their various redundancy lead controllers (like using RAID perhaps?) seems to be the best long time storage available for reliability... Certainly this is NOT the case for RAM (not long term storage) or FLASH (not as reliable).
"One table at a time migration is practical, reducing risk without requiring expensive consultancy or new skill sets. All common data types are supported - only the less often used XML, CLR and max() types are excluded. "
But there are some glaring omissions aren't there? Like no Foreign Keys and Check Constraints, or how about INT IDENTITY.. are they in there as well... Nope, not yet!.
Hekaton is a great technology, but I think the author is seeing MSSQL through rose tinted glasses.
Now that's an impressive own goal!
Agree or disagree, I think that was his point.
Re: What is the fuss?
@Robert Long 1
Twitter didn't brake any laws in Turkey, which is why the Turkish Courts overturned the Turkish governments decision.
This was a clear attempt to block free speech in the run up for the election. That's the fuss here.
I didn't know AMD did a z80 clone. They did a 8080 clone which was slightly enhanced, but still this would not measure up to a 8088 processor. Z80 was an 8 bit processor with a 64k address space, the 8088 was a 16 bit processor with a segmented 1Mb address space... Apples and Oranges.
I miss Psion, I loved my Series 5 and I always wanted one of those Netbooks they made, they still kind of look cool now ... maybe I'm just a little sad ;)
Re: Can't see the point myself.
"And if you have that much code client side then perhaps you should rethink your whole design"
So if you have an enterprise application, with a JSON API and an HTML5 ui... then you going to have a bit of JS to manage. I'm not saying that's a good thing, but how else do you do it?
re: It is also considered incredibly non-GPL
So whats that got to do with the price of Giraffe feed?
What's your point? Does the license being non-GPL make it any less secure?
Bah! Rhubarb needs a more sophisticated pallet to fully enjoy ;)
Re: how do you explain the smooth scrolling transition of the road side bands?
Actually, that was quite interesting... thanks!
Re: You do talk some rubbish - tiled and scaled road?
Hmmm, are you sure?
"And at the same time an alternating colour palette was applied to each line to make bands of colour run towards the player."
"Space Harrier and Hang-On used the same system (though with just one 'road'). The big difference in Space Harrier was that its starting image was a series of evenly spaced strips running to the horizon instead of just a single road. Then with the palette shifts applied you got the familiar gingham-shaded chequerboard."
So how do you explain the smooth scrolling transition of the road side bands on OutRun and the Space Harrier ground at slow speeds? If it was palete shifting, then you would not see a smooth effect and it would be much more coarse.
"My Atari ST came with this, Carrier Command and Bomb Jack - legendary games, and conversions that were a lot better (imo) than the 8bit versions."
The Atari ST was a much more powerful computer than any of the 8 bit machines... being at the time a next gen 16/32 bit computer... so I guess that's why eh?
Re: Had enough of Microsoft.. start menu whingers
"It's not about choice, I don't get to make the design decisions, I only get to use what Microsoft, Apple, Canonical, et al, decide to provide. "
No. It really is about choice. I make choices all the time, i life and not just computers ... and I don't rely on people telling me what I want.
" At some some point in the evolution of their products all those vendors have to make a change & we consumers are obliged to accomodate those changes (by accepting or moving on)"
No. I am not obliged to accommodate anything I don't like... See me point about choice above.
"I developed my use of keyboard shortcuts"
So do I, in Windows 7 it works just fine.
"I'm disappointed that posters resort to personal insults while describing their point of view against others. "
So, I would suggest you tone down the condescending tone of your post to stop inviting them.
" I don't think that's necessary but a little profanity (in an adjective form) or terseness should be excused as we don't all have the time to post in verbose form and, really, is commenting that serious an endeavour?"
Again, do you see the condescending slant there?
How can you argue that we should not have a choice? How do you feel justified with that?
Are you kidding me?
"First, prices WILL increase."
Well other sites managed to compete on price without massive tax dodges. I call bollocks on that one
"second, the Gov will spend that money on shit that I (and you) don't care about."
Uhu... Actually the Gov does spend money on shit that I DO care about, like the NHS, Emergency Services (All of them!) and people in the Public Sector need them for their pensions etc.
"Consumers need to shut up before you ruin it for everyone."
LIke allow for fair competition, so that British business can compete with the off shore companies? SO basically, your telling everyone to STFU and your justification is that you can get cheap goods from Amazon..
"the X-bricks have to have uninterruptible power supplies (USB) in case a controller goes down"
Do you mean UPS and not USB...
Re: IT Managers (in a windows world) dream of
"The end result what our boss went out and bought us a bunch of laptops that allow us to do our jobs but the IT Admins are forever locking our laptops out of the corporate network."
...and when your laptops have a fault or stop working is it going to be your boss that fixes them or the evil IT Admins?
Re: Merkel's crocodile tears.
"GERMANY is the No. 1 intercept country for Russia and Eastern European countries,"
Can you post a link with the evidence on what you are claiming here?
I don't know about that, and stop calling me Shirly :D
How can a judge overrule a constitution
"A US district court has ruled that anyone calling themselves a "hacker" loses their Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and property seizures."
I'm not American so I don't understand how a judge can overrule a constitutional right?
Re: Silly Turkey
I must be weak.. I felt a little rampagey... :)
I hate having to navigate around the different encoding types, especially when the customer isn't sure on how they encoded the data in the first place! Even UTF 8 has it's issues... with or without BOM?
Great article, made me laugh.
I only want one option - "Disable Metro", is that in 8.1?
So... the articles author is moaning about a bug and not an intended feature.. and when brought to Twitters attention they fixed it.! So the entire article is a non event.
Re: If they make it cheap enough
A tablet with a keyboard, isn't that a notebook?
Worlds worst Director....
*cough* Michael Bay *cough*
Re: In some regards, he has a point though
"If you've got 3 hours to produce some content, it's the quality of the end result that matters, not how you got there."
Bollocks! It's very important to understand how you got there, if I am testing someone for their ability in my subject area I am more interested on their thought processes rather than the end result.
" It turns out I got marked down for using ditto marks to speed the job up and avoid the cramp that had crippled me in the past. Bonkers. If I'd been on a computer, I'd have copy/pasted a bunch of lines and made the relevant changes."
That kind of suggests you missed the point of OOP. If you find you having to duplicate lots of code (copy/paste/ditto) then you've got your model wrong, especially in an academic exam!
BYOD to exams seems to be pandering to the minority here. I am sure there are exceptions to this, be it some sort of learning difficulty or other and they should be helped... but this should not be the norm otherwise in 20 years time we will start to lose the ability to write. We already have a generation of people that struggle more with basic maths without a calculator.
Bah, Computers! I wouldn't go near one!!
Psion Series 5
I know you mention the Psion Series 5 in the Series 3 paragraph, but the Series 5 was the one with the ground breaking foldout keyboard and great display, you could almost touch type on that thing! The Series 3 was a toy version of the 5!
Also, were is the Z88?
Great article though :)
There is going to be a film about this guy...
That's how I want to go... :)
It's an OS... isn't it?
"I'm beginning to wonder if the answer isn't so much for Microsoft to choose between the two, but rather to deeply entwine the two into one product."
That just sounds awful to me. I think you should keep the demarcation line between OS and Application absolutely clear. Smashing them together will just make a more confusing and bloated OS which could reduce the choice people have.
RE: A modest proposition.
Hey, back off Marvin... Double negatives are great! Well done Register for creating a doozy ;)
"Redmond COULDN'T AFFORD NOT to make some changes" .. makes you think and hurts your brain! :D
Just because you can do a thing doesn't mean you should.
If you want Nostalgia then go and get an emulator, this isn't Nostalgia as it's not Sincalir BASIC at all, it's something else with the Spectrum Basic name on it.
Education? Are you kidding me? BASIC is not a great language to teach programming concepts, especially Sinclair BASIC!
and then FUN. Ah yes, I do remember that, and this may be fun for the person who is writing it but this as you know is subjective. So you could also say it's fun to criticize (correclty) someone writing Sinclair BASIC with a view that its Nostalgic, Education and ... well... because it can be done.
I played with Spectrum basic for a number of years, but couldn't wait to move away from the clunky/slow environment and as soon as I had saved enough pocket money I moved on to other languages. And that was my feeling in the 80's never mind now!!
With all those features bolted on it's not really Sinclair Basic anymore is it... This is someone who just knocked out a crap interpretation of BASIC and bolted a load of crap at the end of it to try and make it up to date.No one is ever going to use it., little point developing this.
I thought we were already in an ice age? Hence the polar caps?
Re: McDonalds already does this!
@AC, yep, ok.. McD's are not restaurants etc but what the hells that got to do with this discussion? Topic hijacking for your own opinion I suspect.
Re: Not all criminals are morons,
Basil, is that you ;)
@John 104 -
Re: iTards can all get lost
"Grow up Bob". Yikes, Bob obviously hit a nerve there.... you could be an adult yourself and just ignore the pesky kid ;)
Wow.. Nokia have a hit on their hands!
"bonk-to-pay" YESS!! What a great idea! Does it come with it's own Prophylactic? (Pun actually not intended!)
If our tax laws make it difficult for business to compete then why single out Game Dev's for special treatment? Shouldn't this be across the board? Maybe the case is we are just getting taxed too much to be competitive in anything without special exceptions like this?
Just seems, very unfair to everyone else.
There are lots of industries, business and people who could do with a tax break, what the fuck makes game devs any more special?