* Posts by Stephen Thair

7 posts • joined 1 Jun 2007

HP bails on massive Wi-Fi patent claim

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10Ghz?

The patent talks about "frequencies in excess of 10Ghz"... yet 802.11 is less than 5GHz?

As much as I want to see CSIRO stick it to the Yanks (CSIRO has a long history of being ripped off and failing to commercial major innovation) might not this pose a problem???

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VMware VMs cost how much?

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32GB for £600?

For server (eg DL580) memory? Bargain, where can I get some?

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Cloud computing: A catchphrase in puberty

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I appreciate the humour but economies of scale can't be dismissed...

The article made me laugh but I don't think that you can dismiss "the cloud" concept quite so easily...

Like Andy and Gianni above I date back to the days of CRJE and big IBM mainframes... so all of this has a wiff of "back to the future"... but these days I run Operations for a high volume website (50M pi/month, 3M unique users etc).

And frankly, it's a pain in the a*se!

So if someone can take away the hassle of managing servers, data centres, scalability etc so we can focus on the "value-add" stuff (i.e. the application) with serious economies of scale driving their price point WAYYYY lower than anything we can manage surely it's worth considering?

As I see it it is just another step along the "hosting lifecycle"... people went from their own "corporate data centres" to sticking their servers in "co-lo" to get the higher availability etc, then to "managed services" to outsource the low value nuts&bolts hardware stuff then to "managed application services" to give them even greater focus on the development stuff. "Cloud" is just one step further along.

Sure, maybe the Amazon and Google guys wouldn't know "service delivery" and a meaningful SLA if if slapped them in the face with a fish from the Seattle Fish Market but eventually someone is going to offer this service at a commercial level.

Even Rackspace are already getting into the act - check out Mosso www.mosso.com.

So is "The Cloud" currently whispy cirrus floating in cloud cuckoo land... maybe.

Will it one day be a nice fat cumulo-nimbus raining down compute cycles onto the people who want to focus on developing intellectual property in their applications and not run data centres... definitely.

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Reg server and chip hack molested by Gray Lady

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Laddee Boy... and your sister is hot!

Shame you are leaving Ash... the "Is Ashlee Vance a Lady boy" poll was one of my favourite... and your sister in that family group photo looked very cute, too :-)

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The music biz's digital flops - a short history

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So what's the answer Paul?

The article is interesting as far as it goes... hopefully there will be a part two that has some answers. It's easy to poke holes, but harder to come up with solutions.

Why Paris? She's all about poking holes.

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Will EV SSL stop phishing attacks? Probably not

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Spot on Eugene - it's marketing BS

Eugene is spot on - a standard web server cert is about USD$200 and an EV cert is about USD$700...

Same level of crypto - there is not any real security benefit in a technical sense.

All you are doing is paying the cert provider an extra $500 for them to do the identity checks they were supposed to do in the first place...

The whole raison d'etre of PKI was that the cert "proved who you were" and the cert providers were supposed to take reasonable steps to verify your identity before issuing the certs.

They didn't - hence the "circle of trust" is broken.

And now they want us to pay for them to fix it!

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RAF builds massively multiplayer flight sims

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Transatlantic latency was only 0.2sec in the recent trials, apparently?

errrr that's 200ms, right?

Which is pretty sh*te, in the corporate world, for a major network...

With the cost of "The War on Terror" at £430Bn and rising (http://costofwar.com/) I would have thought they'd be able to do better than that...

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