102 posts • joined 16 Jul 2010
Re: I wonder
>Stars may be unlikely to collide but they do risk being slung out
>of the galaxy and losing the protection against cosmic rays which
>the galaxy's magnetic field
But at least it takes them out of the Slow Zone and into the Zone of Thought..
Re: Yes I predict it will be exactly as terrible as Y2K!
>Sorry to hear you had such a boring Y2K. Where I worked, programs
>were actually fixed, and vendor patches applied. Not a sticker in sight.
Likewise. And then the next set of vendor patches applied as the previous set had broken another facet of y2k compatibility..
I'm looking at you Microsoft! Strangely enough, all the unix machines we were patching were much less hassle!
>first remote-controlled robot to enter the stricken Fukushima nuclear facility
.. that it's the same robot being used in Brazil!
"unprecedented customization opportunities,"
ie "We'll put so much tat on it that it'll run about as fast as Windows Vista on a 486.."
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
>Can I have a computerless car, please? Also, no complicated electronics.
Points at 1966 Morris Minor on drive. No electronics *at* all. Electrics, yes. Electronics.. no.
And a nice bloke wot does when things go wrong. Me - I just herd things that go beep.
Re: "a small doohickey comprising 32KB of battery-backed RAM to hold the firmware ..."
>good old-fashioned EPROMs (the UV-erasable kind)
Which (cough) allegedly worked fine for using in various sideways ROM boards on the BBC. Or so I'm told..
EPROM blower? What EPROM blower?
Re: Maybe I'm just too old...
>...but you say "Sigourney" and I think "cast iron bitch with a pulse rifle".
And a nice line in personal exoskeletons..
Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code
>The danger is that the VPs and managers of the future will think they can "code" because they did
>some parrot-fashion HTML and Scratch lessons at primary school.
When I was at primary school HTML didn't exist. Neither did home computers. Even HTMLs daddy (SGML) wasn't defined until 1986 (by which time I'd almost done^Wfailed my A levels..)
Kids today eh?
Re: I'm waiting for a character update ....
>a bottle and a half of wine (or corresponding amount of concentrate) every day. That is alcoholism level
>consumption by any standard.
Not in the Georgian era.. I seem to recall that a gentleman of the era would routinely get through 2-3 bottles of wine a day.
Strangely enough, I appear to have just bought two Georgian-pattern high-capacity glasses. Hic haec hoc!
So now all we need..
Is someone producing low-cost ARM-based servers that can be easily scaled (so I can afford a baby one at home and work can afford a rack-full).
Then I can ditch the expensive and noisy Dell 2950 I have at home and put in some nice quiet ARM servers to suit all my virtualisation needs,,
Well - one can dream!
"The Nokia 770 Internet tablet is a wireless Internet appliance"
I have one (and the 800 that came after it).
Nice devices (for their time) but I really, really wouldn't call them a tablet! I mostly used mine as an ebook reader (with fbreader) or as a GPS device with NavMan.
Good for the time, but nowhere in the same league as a proper tablet.
>why Israel isn't in both NATO and the European Common Market
You think they would trust either? Or want to be in either?
>EE has been moping up the MVNOs
Re: maybe one day
>Worked for the Spartans.
For a limited amount of time..
Re: Will they still be around next year?
"Lync, Microsoft’s enterprise-focused communications suite brought its parent company $1 billion in revenue during its 2013 fiscal year....Lync grew 30% in the fiscal fourth quarter,"
Probably more to do with the fact that they massively increased the price rather than it selling like hot cakes..
>Additionally the scanner doesn't store data that can be used to map the print. It is stored in a hashed form.
This is really, really not a new idea - a company I worked for had this in their fingerprint scanners ten years ago..
It has several advantages (can't reconstruct the fingerprint from the hash, takes up less storage than a fingerprint image etc etc) but does require more CPU (or dedicated chippery) to make it work properly.
Re: Ballmer shmallmer
AKA - 'badly done attempt to copy unix CLI that uses an utterly inconsistent set of random mandatory capitalisation in the parameters'..
Re: Pretty much says it all
We were looking at (and had funding ready!) for a company-wide Lync rollout. Which stopped dead in its tracks and the money got spent elsewhere.
Two things: license costs - the license changes between OCS and Lync were huge (for us anyway) and the fact that 90% of the Lync functionality was available via a (much cheaper) addon to our new VOIP system.
MS' arcane, confusing and (increasingly) expensive licensing structures are starting to be a major source of concern to us - whereas 2 years ago those licensing costs would have been just about acceptable, now they are starting to be a major component of the cost of projects. And given that MS has changed the rules on us three times in the last 12 months, license cost fatigue is starting to set in.
Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....
>As several other comments have said here, Microsoft should have made 2 different versions of the Win8 >OS: business (Explorer UI) and consumer (touch UI). Microsoft may not like hearing that, but it's the truth.
There is another factor - MS succeeded in the 90's and early 2000's because of another factor - getting students to use their products. This has a cascade in that (when those students go into business), they will inevitably push for the tools they are familiar with. Whilst students don't necessarily initially have the traction to change toolsets, over time those students *do* gain those capabilities.
So the MS long-term plan goes as follows:
1. Accustom the future product decision-makers to our technologies
2. Wait for a while
Unfortunately for MS, this hasn't worked for a while now. Students (especially CS students) have little exposure to the MS stack (other than maybe their laptops) - they are far more likely to be using open-source tools like Eclipse than VS (free innit!)
In the corporate setting, things like AD are still some of the best tools around. But we are increasingly putting in linux-based appliances that interface with AD rather than MS products - it's not hard to see a future where AD is the lone MS product installed with a whole series of non-MS products interfacing with it.
And that future probably worries MS more than losing a consumer market where they have never been profitable.
Re: I don't even use twitter but...
>Pretty much everything the Egyptians ever wrote on Papyrus has been lost through decay or fire.
And the best medium? Clay tablets (as long as they don't get too wet) - especially as building fires just bake them harder whereas stone tends to shatter.
Oracle and Microsoft..
.. the perfect storm of incapacity..
Re: Gosh, this takes me back...
Started with Slackware (kernel 0.99pl14 no less! - all those floppies..)
Flirted briefly with Redhat
Moved to Mandrake
Stayed (briefly) with Mandriva
Flirted with openSuSE
Moved to Ubuntu
Moved to CentOS
Still using Astaro Security Linux..
Re: It's a slippery slope down that rabbithole
>You might even start growing a beard ;)
Started with pre-v1 Slakware (check)
Likes CLI (check)
Has beard (check)
Has a server at home with multiple VMs (check)
Haz cats (check)
Is there any hope for me?
Lets not forget..
The complete farce that was the NHSNet (run by BT). In a previous life I had to deal with them when asking for filtering changes on our 3rd-party NHSNet connection.
They required you to email back a signed form.. I offered to fax it to them and discovered that they didn't have a fax machine (and got told that they couldn't accept it by fax anyway since "that wasn't a legal method")..
>Google is opt-in. People use it for personal\business benefit and advantage.
Oh - the optimism of the young..
It's all in the brand..
As other have said, Microsoft/Steve B seem obsessed about 'the brand' - hence you get Windows RT (can't run regular Windows stuff), Windows Phone 8 (can't run regular Windows stuff) and regular Windows (15 flavours, prices variable depending on how much Microsoft think they can charge you) which can run some stuff but not others (and in a corporate context have gradually shifted the licensing goals - the result of which is that we are actively thinking of migrating our in-house SQL Server stuff to postgres running under Linux (CentOS 6.4 most likely)).
The *Brand* ruled everything. And everything had to be tied in to what the Marketing types had assumed would make positive brand associations (ignoring the fact that, for a lot of people, MS Windows isn't a positive brand association at all).
So you have an artificial tying of everything to the Windows brand, creating confusion and uncertainty. Apple got round that by *not* selling the iPhone as "OS X for Phones" (packaged it as something new even though it shares a good deal with OS X), Google got round it by not selling Android as "Linux for Phones". They both had a clue.
Microsoft? Not so much.
Re: No Linux SysAdmin will buy into this rubbish
>I think you've missed the point. Hyper-v is a hypervisor, it's also free. You don't need to install Windows in >order to use Hyper-v, although you can run it on top of a Windows
Hyper-V is part of Windows Server. You require Windows Server on the host in order to run Hyper-V.
Re: @AC 15:26GMT - Microsoft FAIL
>Except hyper-v is free, support costs, just like Linux. If you think you're not locked in to RedHat because you >can go to CentOS or SuSE, think again.
Hyper-V is free *if* you already have Windows Server..
>Oh and Hyper-v is free, no licence required.
Provided you have already bought Windows Server.. and all the many and various CALs that Microsoft deems it essential that you need before you can actually use it..
Re: Who cares
>The odds of being eaten by a lion as you walk down Main Street are a billion to one - but once is quite >enough.
Remember - you don't have to outrun the dragon, you just have to outrun the halfling that's between you and the dragon..
>For all Microsoft's many - many, many, many (many!) - sins...they make some of the best technology on the >planet.
Correction - they take other peoples ideas, tweak them enough to be incompatible then use them to dominate.
Example? Active Directory - at it's heart it's kerberos with enough MS extensions and tweaks to make it incompatible. Sure - the toolset surrounding AD is nice, but the basic technology and design certainly doesn't come from MS.
SMB? - Came from IBM and ended up with MS because of the various OS/2 collaborations.
Re: Allow me to reciprocate (@ AC 2nd July 2013 08:21 GMT)
>As opposed to paying through the nose for -often- substandard software, and spending months of your life >trying to understand MS product's license terms or trying to get help from MS 'support' (for lack of a better >term).
And my particular hate - CALs. You buy the server product, you buy then desktop product. You then have to buy another imaginary license (or more than one depending on the 'features' you want - often optimised to make sure that the most like feature sets are spread out between standard and enterprise CALs) to actually enable you to use that shiny new server feature that you thought you had already bought..
Or as I call it - making you way three times for the same thing.
Re: An open letter
>So when does marketing become sales ?
Marketing are the people who hold the customers down while Sales screws them..
Re: Is Tim London based?
There are a hell of a lot of jobs outside London (horrible place - I grew up there and have no intention of ever living there again!)..
Even in the public sector, the idea that you must be based in London is fading fast - MOD has (largely) moved to Bristol, DVLA is (and always was) in Wales..
Re: Resolution is less important than screen size
>Yabbut... the current glo fits nicely in the back pocket of my jeans. The new size is a touch big for that... the >bezel does seem proportionally larger than on the glo.
Just out of interest - how many ereaders do you get through? Frankly, fairly fragile electronics like e-ink screens don't belong in jeans pockets of any type..
Re: 32GB of books?
Try 1 book/day (or one every 2 days if it's a bigger book)
Coat? Yes please - mine's the one with the baggy pockets from years of carrying books..
Re: Spamhous must really be hurting those parasites
>It's about power and control. Spamhous have achieved a powerful position and can now effectively decide >who can send email and who cannot. They must use this power responsibly. There used to
Wrong on soooo many levels. Spamhaus publish an RBL. It's up to server owners and ISPs to decide whether they use it or not.
Re: Spamhous must really be hurting those parasites
>Let's put the blame where it belongs. It is not Spamhaus' fault you can't do what you want; it's the SPAMMERS' >fault you can't do what you want. I'm sure you're 100% legit and would never send
Indeed. And while we are at it - all those mailservers that don't bother checking the SPF entries to see if an IP address is allowed to send mail for a domain - well - you are the ones causing me to get hundreds of bounce messages to my home domain because the spamming scum are forging emails that look like they are coming from my domain. And no, my server isn't cracked. No, my home machines are not running any worms or trojans. If the mail servers bother to check the source IP, they'll find it's a US IP address (mostly) and NOT AUTHORISED TO SEND EMAILS PURPORTING TO BE FROM MY DOMAIN!
Bah. It's almost enough to want to you nuke the source IP.
Re: Another Research Paper Brought to You by the University of the Bleedin' Obvious
>It's no coincidence most are also religious: i.e. people who see 'faith' (the ability to delude oneself that the >palpably false is true) as a virtue and who are happy to kill anyone with the temerity to point out 'facts' (the stuff >that proves they're talking b*llocks).
Ah.. another "the edges cases apply to everyone in the class" idiot.. Maybe you should espouse a bit of scientific reality and ask yourself whether what you wrote was based on fact or the sort of blinkered unthinking prejudice that you lambast others for..
>proving that the ancient Empire's influence reached far into the area.
Was there ever any doubt? It's well known that Rome conquered that area fairly early on and it stayed Roman right up until it came part of the Byzantine Empire
.. that there a big moves in the US to (in essence) replicate the system here where a losing litigant pays the other sides costs. That would cut the patent trolls cases down to a handful since they would be liable for big bills if they lose (rather the current situation where a patent troll has very small costs vs the targets very large costs).
Of course, they'd then just declare Chapter 11 (hence vacating the judgement), transfer the assets to a new under-bridge-dweller co and rinse, repeat..
>I really cant understand why the damn thing wasn't working fully on the ground I mean who the hell would >choose to do a remote upgrade over that distance! A little bit far for a mobile engineer to pop out to reboot the >damn thing if it doesn't go according to plan.
Anyone remember Traveller RPG? Computers there were pretty tine anh had a limited number of program slots..
Talk about life imitating art!
And will they..
.. have an enterprise store-type environment? Or is it just me that hates the idea of individual users having their own customised (and outside of IT), undocumented setup?
Allowing controlled plugins, good (under some circumstances! - how are they going to work if said employee is out of reach of Internet access for some reason?)
Allowing individual people to have customised, uncontrolled setups - bad.
>Err , what? If they were mission critical my friend you'd have replaced them years ago since the hardware your >win 3.11 must be on its last legs. If your business goes under because you couldn't
You've obviously never worked in a small manufacturing company.. where I used to work we had a number of old Win 3.11 machines (386's no less). The reason? We had a custom-designed card and software to run the machine That Did Everything and said card refused to work in anything faster than a 386 and the software was DOS-only (and no - we didn't have the source because it was written in 1994 by a long-departed contractor).
Cost to replace? A lot - both in terms of time and lost production on the machine. Did I mention that we only had 2 cards (1 didn't work properly and was being used as a spart-donor for the other)..
.. is it just me that thought that the article referred to a fairly naff Gallente frigate?
Re: But "Splinter of the Mind's Eye"...
> ...is probably best forgotten, given the relationship between Luke & Leia...
I have a copy of that at home somewhere. I wonder if it'll sell well on some of the more outre websites?
Re: Valuable stuff?
> E.g. Swindon. You might even get government funding under "urban regeneration".....
Oi! You could at least wait until I'm on holiday. Although, even then that would harm my cats and I would be displeased.
I reckon it's all a cover-up for the new orbital Anvil delivery service..
I wonder if..
.. you get these asteriods in high-sec systems and what proportion of mexallon and noxium they contain?
What is this "click on the email address" thing you speak of? I didn't know that Elm had a GUI interface..
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