* Posts by Concrete Gannet

30 posts • joined 6 Jul 2010

Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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How about a watch that has the correct time?

I think it is insane that the time is instantly available to phones, Wifi access points and so on, and yet I have to adjust my *watch* by hand. In my part of the world, we don't have low frequency radio time signals, so a so-called "atomic" watch isn't an option.

The killer app for a smartwatch is that it will have the correct time, automatically.

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Jodee 'One.Tel' Rich spruiks .CEO sites for email LIKE A BOSS

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Jodee "One.Tel" Rich is also Jodee "Imagineering" Rich. His companies seem to have a habit of overgearing and collapse.

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'Fatal flaws' in Google's revised search antitrust overhaul, says Foundem

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What Google does with "GM"

Type "GM" and click on "I'm feeling lucky".

Sorry, you're out of luck.

You might have expected General Motors, one of the largest companies in the world. Or perhaps Genetically Modified food, a major topic of environmental and political discussion.

No, the best match for GM is Google Mail. And they have an objective Algorithm that decided that. Yeah right.

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SAP: We just can't gobble BlackBerry. We're stuffed with 'mobile solutions'

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SAP buying Blackberry makes about as much sense as...

SAP buying Sybase.

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Is the IT industry short on Cobolers? This could be your lucky day

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Integration Services replaced DTS in *2005*

Dominic,

I take your general point that ETL tools can be useful during conversion between different languages and systems. But DTS died *eight* years ago! The replacement is SQL Server Integration Services. If you want your candidates to be up to date, maybe you could be too. Hmmm?

Cheers

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Lenovo deal to buy IBM x86 server biz moving along fast

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Holmes

Operating

It's easy to achieve "at least $20 in operating earnings per share" if you control the number of shares. Just buy back enough of them, job done.

Can we have a substantive and meaningful goal please?

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NBN collapses* into chaos*

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Re: Bye, bye copper!

Like the freeway (motorway) system, the NBN is for business, and consumers getting some benefit is secondary.

While you can sort of download video over ADSL2+, upstream speeds are hopeless.

Businesses will leap at the ability to send digital content to clients, to have feasible remote backup, to update their web site in a reasonable time, to remote desktop into their systems, to have videoconferencing, ... in short, to create bits as well as consume bits. The NBN's wholesale price for 100Mbps down and 40Mbps up will be $38 per month. That is revolutionary. Any digitally aware smaller business will get this the moment it becomes available.

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Oz Bank share price dives after reveal of IBM/Oracle plan

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Re: good thing I don't bank there ...

"Irrelevant minnow"? Horse feathers.

NAB is 36th largest by assets in the world. All the Australian big four are in the top 50 banks in the world, see http://www.bankersaccuity.com/resources/bank-rankings/ .

Australia's banking sector is very concentrated, so the big four are very big banks in global terms.

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Optus to shutter Unwired

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What now for WiMax smart electricity meters?

One of the electricity distributors in Victoria, SP Ausnet, is using WiMax for communications to and from smart electricity meters. See http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/smart-meters/publications/reports-and-consultations/advanced-metering-infrastructure-cost-benefit-analysis/3.-technology-deployed-in-victoria .

This always seemed dumb from several perspectives:

- making a bet on the winner in mobile broadband standards wars

- an electricity company building its own base stations when perfectly good ones already exist built by people who know how to do it

Now WiMax is dead for any other purpose in Australia, surely SP Ausnet should rethink?

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Pacemakers, defibrillators open to attack

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See Karen Sandler's talk

Karen Sandler is currently Executive Director of the Gnome Foundation and previously worked for the Software Freedom Law Center, so she has a considerable background in open source software.

She also has a heart condition and her cardiologist advised her to get an implanted defibrillator. Which contains software. She asked to see the source code to independently verify the quality of the code that purports to possibly save her life. As the original article says, this code just might kill her.

Here's her story of what happened next.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XDTQLa3NjE

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Register SPB hacks mull chopping off feet

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Re: Converting to old fashioned units

Hear, hear.

"Baumgartner jumped from an altitude of 29,455m (96,640ft), hitting 586.92km/h (364.69mph)" and "in a pressurised 1,315kg (2,899lb) capsule".

No. Nobody measured the height to a precision of a metre, or speed to a precision of .01 km/h. If you quote two significant figures for a number, you're within one percent. Stop there. Expressing a round number in one system of units as a number with many significant figures in another implies a level of precision that almost certainly wasn't there in the original measurement.

There's the old joke about the curator in the museum who was asked how old the dinosaur skeleton was, and said "66 million and 4 years". When the visitor expressed surprise they knew the age that precisely, the curator said, "Well, when I started here they said it was 66 million years old, and I've been working here four years now."

I am always amazed in debates about metrication in Britain and the US that nobody looks at what happened in Australia. The sky didn't fall in, people. Really it didn't.

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Home-grown drone finds ‘missing’ hiker

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Great video here on the team's plan

The article doesn't mention that the winning Canberra time are open sourcing everything they do. In other words, their competitors next year will be able to build on another team's winning entry this year.

There is a great talk on the team's preparation by Andrew Tridgell of Samba fame at

http://www.youtube.com/#/watch?v=ML__e_ZcWiQ

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Windows 8: Life in a post .NET world – speak your brains TODAY

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Re: There is no Vs

Agreed. Microsoft's strategic offering for Web development is still ASP.NET . A big proportion of business apps use the Web, not Windows Forms, WPF, Silverlight or WinRT. .NET is not going away.

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NBN zealotry in the ultra-high definition age

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Don't forget *upstream*

While you can sort of download video over ADSL2+, upstream speeds are hopeless.

Businesses will leap at the ability to send digital content to clients, to have feasible remote backup, to update their web site in a reasonable time, to remote desktop into their systems, to have videoconferencing, ... in short, to create bits as well as consume bits. The NBN's wholesale price for 100Mbps down and 40Mbps up will be $38 per month. That is revolutionary. Any digitally aware smaller business will get this the moment it becomes available.

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Welcome, friend, to Metroland

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Happy

Genius. Thank you Verity

Very few writers can bring cultural allusions and sophisticated humour to discussions on IT. There is a bigger world out there and Verity draws connections to it.

Thanks Verity. We love you. I love you. Keep writing.

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Numbers don't lie: Apple's ascent eviscerates Microsoft

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Headmaster

Past participles

Why would you trust anything from an analyst who says "install base" instead of "installed base"?

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NextDC starts data centre work in Perth

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Watch connectivity to rest of world

I know of people who have moved away from a data centre in Perth, not because of the operators, but because Internet connectivity from Perth to east coast Australia and the rest of the world is woeful.

Things may improve when the Australia-Singapore cable is completed in 2013 (http://itechreport.com.au/2011/05/11/new-high-speed-cable-to-connect-perth-to-singapore/) but in the meantime, unless you're only servicing WA, I wouldn't advise using a data centre in Perth.

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Facebook IPO said to set value at $100bn

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Quick, buy a real company

The smartest thing AOL did was translate pieces of paper in a bubble company into shares in a real business - Time Warner. Time Warner buying AOL might have made some sense. AOL buying Time Warner was ludicrous. But only with the benefit of hindsight.

Zuck, if you can get your 100bn, buy a real company. Immediately.

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Aussie carbon tax in actually-makes-sense shocker

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Tax free threshold increase decades overdue

The reg reporter has latched on to the significant thing that the mainstream press in Australia seems to have missed.

The tax free threshold was an egregious fault in our system. It has been a third of what it should be. Fixing it will mean a million low income earners will no longer have to pay tax at all, and will have flow on benefits in simplifying their lives and removing poverty traps, increasing their incentive to find employment. It should have happened years ago, but it costs serious money.

If it takes a new tax on polluters to fund it, I'm in favour.

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PeopleBrowsr lands in UK

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Fool me twice, shame on me

Jodee Rich presided over not one but two spectacular corporate failures. First Imagineering, who were easily the biggest IT distributor in Australia. Then One.Tel, a telecommunications company.

Avoid.

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Is Microsoft's Javascript chief killing his .NET creation?

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OmniVM instructions nothing like MSIL

According to http://www.w3.org/Conferences/WWW4/Papers/165/, the OmniVM intermediate language was RISC like, nothing like the stack oriented MSIL and Java bytecodes. Curiously, the Parrot intermediate language is register based like OmniVM and the developers claim it performs significantly better then MSIL or Java bytecode.

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CEF used compile-on-install like NGEN, not JIT

The MSDN article on CEF at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms834338 makes clear CEF was compiled to native code at install time. So CEF does not rely on a Just In Time (JIT) compiler and is thus distinctly different from standard .NET practice.

.NET has the option of compile-on-install using a utility called NGEN, the Native Image Generator. Some of the experience with CEF might have gone into that.

I would love to see a detailed comparison of the CEF instruction set and MSIL/CIL.

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Amazon offers dedicated servers on EC2

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Re: hmm

@daemon_byte:

I agree that on the scale of sexist behaviour what happened here is mild. I also agree that it's unlikely Tim meant to offend.

But if a choice of words does cause offence (or causes a reader to never come back) isn't it a good idea to adjust them? I called attention to it to encourage Tim and Reg readers to think about the effects of what they say.

If I pointedly ignore you when it would be polite to acknowledge you, is that OK because I "clearly never meant to offend"?

If I call attention to habits and ways of thinking that are mildly sexist, I hope that would encourage people to think about what they do and say, and with a little awareness there might be fewer "real cases". I don't see how calling attention "undermines" real cases, unless you have an injustice awareness limit, so after you've had your fill of minor cases you will tolerate major ones.

I suspect I'm not the only one to think that Tim's words were already a sexist issue and I didn't make it into one. Indeed, one other reader has taken the time to say they agree with me. If your interpretation is different to mine, it might still be useful to know not everyone thinks that way.

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Attempt at humour crosses line to offensiveness

Timothy,

"It's the difference between having full-time girlfriend and a high-class escort service."

You're implying that your readers are men. Don't. What you're doing is "othering" (http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Othering), implying that women aren't in your audience and don't belong here.

I appreciate the humour in The Register, but this one fell flat.

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The Register and Australia-New Zealand

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Oz top stories shouldn't stick quite so long

I too am glad you're increasing Australian reporting. Your reporters aren't having any trouble finding stories, are they?

The one jarring thing is how long Australian stories are sticking on the Top Stories, when they are several days old and I've already read them. Local news good, local stale news bad. Maybe put a two-day timeout on them?

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Godson: China shuns US silicon with faux x86 superchip

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Linux

Linux won't need x64 emulation

Linux already compiles and runs on many processor architectures including MIPS. x64 emulation and QEMU are for closed-source binary x64 apps.

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How good a fit for a games console?

A low power advanced CPU with vector coprocessors? How good a fit would that be for games consoles?

The Playstation Portable currently uses the MIPS architecture, so Sony and games developers have experience with it.

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Casio touts 'Bluetooth Low Energy' wristwatch with 2 year battery

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LF radio watch sync not available everywhere

Why would anyone want a watch that doesn't tell the right time and requires human intervention to reset it regularly, if there was technology available at a reasonable price to ensure the watch does what it is supposed to do?

As John says, many mobile phones now obtain the time automatically from the base station, so passing it on via Bluetooth to the watch makes sense.

I would buy a watch that does low frequency radio sync (often called "atomic") if there was a transmitter in Australia, but there isn't, and there are many other places in the world that are too

Now that I live in a soup of mobile phone signals that continually broadcast the correct time, it's annoying my watch can't get to them.

Bottom line: I would buy a watch like this.

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Apple to buy Sony? Good one!

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Jobs Halo

Apple wants to translate a bubble valuation into a real asset

Apple's current market cap exceeds that of real megacorps like Wal-Mart, GE, the world's biggest banks, and all but the very largest energy companies.

Apple are very good at what they do but their business is not on this scale. The only way Apple will become a business of that scale is by giving up on what is distinctive and different about them, and in the process giving up on their current P/E ratio. In other words, Apple's market cap will shrink dramatically, and quickly, the moment markets perceive they want to become a true megacorp.

Apple now is like AOL at the height of the Internet bubble. Time Warner buying AOL might have made some sense (not a lot with the benefit of hindsight). AOL buying Time Warner was a joke for everyone but the AOL shareholders. The purchase translated massively overvalued paper into a real long term asset. It was the smartest thing AOL did.

Similarly, Apple stock has a bubble valuation right now, and will inevitably fall. We just don't know when. The smart thing to do is translate the current value into a real long term asset. It doesn't have to be Sony, but Apple could do worse. Maybe Sony's entertainment division, not the rest of the company?

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Microsoft's .NET at ten: big hits, strange misses

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Base Class Library *is* in ECMA standards

The article says the .NET Framework class libraries are not included in the ECMA standards. While that's true, it is somewhat misleading because important parts of the Base Class Library are there. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base_Class_Library for details.

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