200 posts • joined Tuesday 17th October 2006 14:04 GMT
Re: it'd be interesting
The interface issue is one reason why Juniper and Netgear are making big inroads on the old iron, like HP and Cisco. The downside is that their really hot tech is still very pricey and out of reach of any but the most dedicated midrange business, whereas just buying one more HP is cheaper in the short run, even if it's much less powerful. Since salaries come from a different budget, there will always be a conflict.
Re: Oh the conflict!
Libel laws are too strong because anyone with the money can basically get a ruling of defamation regardless of how far from libelous the message is, sometimes even if it's true! Meanwhile someone without money has no recourse for completely damaging falsehoods levied against them. The system is just plain broken, it doesn't need to be weakened or strengthened, just redone from scratch.
But they blend right in with Los Angeles' and San Antonio's oil rigs! Geez, what a waste of time and money.
Figures that Alito, Kennedy, and Roberts would dissent, since they'd be fine with dismantling the FCC entirely (all for entirely different reasons), but I'm surprised Thomas affirmed given his absolute hostility to the non-military Federal government.
I don't understand why he gets so much hate from some people, though. Yes, he's rather arrogant, like every CEO. Is it just that he's pursuing electrics instead of oil, though?
Amazon has to get approval to post even the first couple of pages. I've passed up buying multiple books because there was no preview, since I've been burned too many times by terrible authors that sounded great in the short summary.
Publishers and authors need to get their asses in gear before they get left completely in the dust, especially when it comes to out of print books that should be getting new life thanks to the digital long tail. Book piracy is rampant and incredibly easy online, and has been for two decades, and if they don't heed the wakeup call soon they're going to end up where the music and movie industries were a few short years ago. You can't stop piracy, but you can make it more convenient to purchase. The small and shrinking literate population is only going to move to where they are more appreciated.
Re: I already have a cellar full of very long life beers
Have you considered that the further wait may do nothing for the beer but increase its resale value and novelty, and it won't get less sweet? By then, you'd think that basically every chemical and biological process is dead, and you're just creating plonk.
At that point, wine is well into the stage where the only changes happening are the settling out of sediment, carrying with it any remaining flavor and pleasantness.
The economy is finally graspable!
Now that we have a proper measure of currency, are we someday going to see trends measured in Real Ballmers or Constant 2013 Ballmers?
Needs laptop support
Call me when an ultrabook gets Thunderbolt. Every interesting laptop I've come across in the last year that was going to include it eventually stripped it before mass production. When the U2442 dropped it, the laptop was no longer even close to worth the price tag to me. HDMI ports just can't handle external resolution higher than 1920x1200 no matter what the specs say.
Re: "Cisco revealed that it spends $US50 million annually fighting off.............."
Their revenue is $50 _billion_ a year, so it's only one-tenth of one percent. Say you make $50,000 a year, you'd be spending $50 a year on those nuisance claims, in their position.
They spend more than that on Cisco Live!, their conventions.
Re: Surely Not Invisible
Still invisible to RADAR, just because radar doesn't check for the absence of anything, only the presence, so they're a simpler target.
Nah, much too large for red paint to look right. Paint 'em blue with police box markings, on the other hand....
Re: Not a technology problem...
There are already lots of internet sites doing channel rebroadcasting outside of the normal reach of the law, and they've been around for many years, although the individual sites come and go. It's merely a Google away, but since most of them aren't advertised except through word of mouth, they'll never seriously catch on.
Re: Don't know I'd back Intel, specifically...
At this point all of the channels I used to love and want unbundled are now ad-infested reality TV. The whole Discovery Network is dead to me now, and Logo is nearly as bad. The basic cable channels have been horrible since back when I was a kid, too bad all the rest followed.
I could now live with nothing but Food Network, Cooking, AMC, and a few premium movie channels. Even if I paid the same as I do now, it might mean less commercials and at the very least my money is going where I want it to, not the ESPN juggernaut.
Many ebook transcriptions come from OCR+spellcheck, and are only updated if enough people report problems. I've found that professional versions are no better than your average pirated transcription/scan, and some pirate communities exclusively deal with proofread versions that are actually better than the selling copy.
Of course, real books have plenty of editing failures, too, so it's hardly unexpected....
Re: Its is amazing
A lot of people are constantly looking for subtext with their favorite stars. It's really no different from the people who breathlessly tell everyone about Harry and Hermione's eye-flirting in this one scene. With the gay rights movement just gearing up, you'd better believe a lot of people were looking for validation.
Re: Cheap, effective justice = DMCA takedown
Here's a sample template, there are lots on Google:
The great thing about a DMCA takedown is that it's free, fast, easy, and simple, and utterly safe as long as you don't perjure yourself. You don't have to be an American citizen to use it, it only matters that the company does business in the US and that you hold the American copyright, which is automatic if you're a citizen of any Berne Convention country (unless you've signed foreign rights away, of course). They may contact you to verify your contact information.
If you're the creator but not the rights owner, don't do it. You would be perjuring yourself and opening yourself to huge damages and an arrest warrant if you didn't answer to them.
Re: Examples are often useful
That'll probably be in the book deal wherein the whistle-blowers tell all and get a place on Stob's column.
> There are men in SL playing women, but they are dead easy to spot. So if I, as a guy playing a male avatar can spot them, I'm sure women can spot them even more easily.
If you can't verify by meeting everyone on the other end, how on earth can you make this claim?
Re: Better Than You Think
Well, Anon, if you branched out more you might know that Mechanize and its variants are available for nearly all current languages, all of them have multi-line string constant support, and multi-line regex via PCRE. (We all owe Perl that much.) Curly-brace vs pretty-indent is purely a stylistic choice. To be honest, choosing a language these days is more about your personal coding style than features anyway; every languages has the features, but they all have wildly different styles and quirks.
Heck, Perl in particular has both the old style unreadable, unmaintainable special variables, where it got the reputation for being indistinguishable from line noise in the first place, and the much nicer new named variables. You're given the choice to be a hacker or a polite coder now.
@BlueGreen, Mechanize is actually mostly a module to massage broken crufty HTML into a good clean DOM, which you can then run XPath or other queries on; the actual form-filling and browsing functionality isn't often used. It's basically a browser's "quirks mode" available to regular programmers.
The Juniper and Netgear stories are very appealing... until the price tag comes. The HP story isn't even appealing before the higher-than-the-competition price. At least with Cisco, you knew you were going to get reamed anyway. So yes, 10gE adoption won't heat up until ASIC makers bring the cost down significantly, or datacenters will just make do with bonded gE and leave it at that for now. You can significantly cut down on cable clutter with rack-switches that have extra 1gE or 1-2 10gE backbone links, at least, rather than the old "run everything to the core switch" paradigm.
Too bad a pair of 10gE backbone links more than triped the price for the juniper EX switches. They're so perfect in all other respects.
The ability to import and export CONTACTS. I have no idea why this was left out of the article.
Re: Not terribly impressive.
That quote you picked apart was Trevor Pott's, the article writer's, not Spalding's or the Foundation's. You might want to read a little harder.
The FAA won't change anytime soon.
How hard is it to allow stuff while taxiing and once in the air, while requiring it to all be stowed during takeoff and landing? Stowing for 5-10 minutes isn't going to kill anyone, but 10,000 feet is typically 15-20 minutes, by which time any danger has long past. The FAA is notoriously unwilling to loosen regulations, though; look how long 787 certification took.
I came to ask if anyone had seen "Your computer is now STONED!!" every few reboots way back in the day. :)
Re: Geeks have macs too
See, the ignorance always comes out when you press for details.
Can't grow beyond 80 chars? You've really never seen the command window properties? It works almost exactly the same way as in *nix shells! No multitasking? The whole OS does multitasking and cmd automatically runs any windowed program or service in the background, or you can use start.exe to start a commandline script or program in the background, or you can start multiple cmd windows if you need multiple things done in the foreground. And all of that has been around since WinNT.
Before slagging off on something you're ignorant about, at least try to find out if you're wrong first.
But I will accept that the copy-paste behavior sucks.
Re: Oh, that
Ancient, long-dead software held onto by a vanishingly small old userbase is an interesting definition of "their competitors applications."
Re: Is it just me...
The bugtrackers of various compilers (gcc & microsoft connect in particular) would probably give you a heart attack. Even if most of the bugs involve compiler crashes rather than miscompiles, those still crop up from time to time as well, mostly in new features or new optimization methods. Stick to features that were in the last version or two, and you're usually safe.
Re: you can do it yourself
That's the same as saying "You shouldn't have to tweak a product for it to use my preferred brace style." It has no clue what your favorite color is, although at least on Win8, it could do a better job of matching your base OS theme color. Different people have different wants, some love it and some don't; as long as there's a way to change defaults, the world moves on.
SX has never gone away...
They just changed the name to Celeron.
Re: Don't buy cheap bluetooth devices
That's good that you lucked into a long-lasting one, but my experience is that they rapidly lose their capacity and range after a year. After two, even a full charge only lasts 2-3 minutes at 1 meter max.
Re: The other part was the hardware mistake.....
ISA was originally proprietary to IBM! Though the license fees to access the spec were low enough that it barely mattered, and they were eventually openly published, but it certainly wasn't that way from the beginning.
MCA might have succeeded if it had followed the original path, but instead they jacked fees up like crazy and adoption never got off the ground. It was 6 more years before PCI was developed, sadly, a time when paying through the nose for MCA was the only alternative to the slow buggy mess that was EISA.
What were we talking about again?
Until the second-to-last paragraph I had absolutely no idea what the product was about at all, and there's nothing in here to differentiate it from other large databases. The content to fluff ratio was extremely small.
I'm quite firmly of the opinion now that this product is nothing but a potentially interesting small project encapsulated in buzzword bingo.
Re: Electrical Engineers To The Rescue !
Or just screw all of that and keep anything used regularly on the expensive fast disks, while everything, old or new, is on the stodgy cheap disks. It would cost more in manpower for one person to enforce that for even a mid-size organization than to just add another disk. Why is it so hard to extend the flash-cache concept that hybrid drives use to entire storage arrays? Supposedly the NetApp I work with has 15K vs 10K vs 7.2K tiered arrays, but it never works without a ton of manual intervention, to the point that we just say screw it and put anything large on the cheap disks, important or not.
Re: Yeah !
The value is that it can be 10-20 times as fast even in the worst case scenario than your 2TB spinning 7.2K disk. You sound like you have no idea why anyone every bought 10K or 15K disks, either. Despite your proclamation of pointlessness for storing your torrent collection, flash drive sales are growing by an order of magnitude every year, to the point that external storage drives will soon be the only use for spinning disks.
Re: Yet again - science story in bizarre mishmash of units
Metals are traded on troy ounces and pounds. That shouldn't be hard to grasp, and if it offends you, then the whole talk about markets is not for you at all.
Re: Fiat Currncies are Doomed.
The effect of dumping ten times as much gold on the market as currently exists on all of earth would be exactly the same as any country printing up ten times as much currency. The ability to mine precious metals off-planet while using them as currency would effectively make the metal a fiat itself, controlled by whatever governments or private companies control the mining and distribution. It would be no different from using diamonds as a currency, when DeBeers and the Russians can release as many or as few on the market any year as they want.
You fail, sir. No points are awarded for your attempt to fit an ideology into a completely game-breaking change.
Kickstarter probably won't be on the hook
The usual mode of operations in lawsuits is to fire them scattershot (the way the world is now I'm surprised that they aren't suing every individual user who contributed), even if most of the parties have no actual liability and will be dismissed with a simple response from a lawyer. It just sucks that they have to pay for one for no fault of their own.
Kickstarter has no responsibility to vet a project, only to stop selling it if forced by court order or agreement, so they're probably only named in order to pressure them into settling or so the court has jurisdiction over them. Clawing back a retailer's margin is significantly more difficult than infringing manufacturer's revenue, though the finer points of procedure escape me now.
I agree that LO makes a great free & easy replacement for Office up to 2003, especially for kids, who are more adaptable and use a much smaller subset of features. Unfortunately, they were at Office 2003 parity in 2006, and they're still at Office 2003 parity; even if lots of bugs have been fixed and the whole suite significantly sped up, the user still sees the same old decade-and-a-half-old interface.
They really need to dump that horrible Java-based Access clone with HSQLDB and remake it with a SQLite backend, which would be faster, simpler, and so much easier to use. That would instantly make LO the best SQLite administrator around, as a side benefit.
At least Apache is gearing up for huge modern rewrites, which Sun, the engineer's paradise, would never do.
Perfectly understandable to anyone who's used both.
OO and LO have no concept of usability, UX, or UI, and no one advocating or advancing them, and are extremely frustrating for new office suite users and transitioning users alike, while Microsoft continually hones their originally horrible UI into a very usable one. I can understand the reasoning. Office 2003 was just as bad as OO/LO about finding something you need, but newer versions make advanced features more and more findable. Yet I keep LO on my laptop, out of pride and moral support more than anything, I suppose.
For big customers like a city that would most likely volume license, Office 2013 is already officially available and supported. They might as well jump straight to it. Consumers will get it with an SP1 or rollup package baked in once the early adopters work the kinks out.
I'm just glad they didn't go with that 365 crap.
Re: Yet another hack at pushing BYOD.
That attitude works right up until a senior exec hears about how this or that device is now business ready. Saw it happen in multiple businesses with iPhones and now Android while stodgy sysadmins were still clinging to woefully outdated Blackberries. It'll happen with Win8 too.
Better to at least experiment and have some kind of policy ready to go so you're not caught flatfooted the day the demands come down.
The only experience I've had....
With PTT was the infamous screen, "Use of PTT will incur additional costs. Cancel/Accept?" when accidentally hitting one of the unreassignable buttons on the phone. Somehow, I doubt that's going to change much, other than being an accidental app or swipe instead.
Re: and win7 and assoc apps are ??
Awesome troll, but: Considering Office 2010 worse than 2007 outs you immediately (sorry, everyone in the world knows that 2010 fixed most of 2007's worst problems), and you talk about 8 clicks to do anything when you claim to be an old school UNIX admin and VT220 user; if you really were, you'd have long since stopped clicking and starting using the text-completion start menu beginning in Vista. I use LibreOffice at home and would never consider its insane menu-driven system to hold a candle to the Ribbon. Hope they fix that soon, and I hope it sticks in your craw.
I don't think you've ever used any of them, or even if you have, this post was pure troll.
Re: I for one
Tech blog readers are not the entire userbase of enterprise computing systems....
Getting people to click on the lower right corner when they need to do something is surprisingly painless. It's the same muscle behavior from 17 years of Windows, just invisible now, so it actually makes sense.
Boot up times
Five second boot up? Nice - but unlikely; boot times have been getting longer with each Proliant generation, to the point that G7 takes almost 2 minutes just to light up the screen and another 2 to finish its internal diagnostics and disk array initialization, then you finally get any add-on card BIOS startup times as well. I'd be glad just to see that cut to 15-30 again.
The new Atom server coupled with iLO sounds awesome - our power budget is already strained and adding new VM hosts is becoming a major chore. Networking is still more pressing than power for us, though; Procurve prices are still astronomical compared to competitors' better-managed equivalents.
Re: Any one notice the part
Thus this preemptive strike to the commission before the courts get around to ruling that the phone must be banned; if they can get a ruling that Motorola acted in bad faith it'll at least allow Apple to argue that any judgment should be stayed pending the immediate appeal.
Re: LastPass does this, and more
Financial web sites in general all have the most painful and useless password rules, presumably under the impression that if they make it too hard for legitimate users to get in, there's no way an attacker would ever be able to. Banks don't and never have understood network security, they're still grappling with the idea that a vault isn't enough.
Even the most progressive ones still have absolutely asinine password rules, like you can't use any of one set of symbols but you MUST use at least one of another random set. Oh, and any customer service rep will be able to tell you it over the phone, of course.
Ah well, I love my Password Maker, and LastPass is about the same thing. At least they're available just about everywhere, unlike Chrome, and don't require a network connection, unlike most password keepers.
And of course
When the current "framework" doesn't work, they'll already have a new one in the works, so that they can now point to that one to say, no, wait, we have to wait a bit longer to try THIS idea! And it goes, on and on forever.
Another round of hype
The idea that NoSQL would ever kill RDBMS for all purposes is just another round of hype-driven ignorance. It's another technology that all DBAs and DBMS developers _should_ learn so that they can incorporate it into their projects where it's applicable, and relational where it works best. It fills a niche that was incredibly hard to work with regular SQL, and NoSQL grew out of the lessons learned there, but it will always be a niche more suited to analyzing metrics than building web sites and other perfectly boring uses that RDBMS works great for. (That isn't to say that something else couldn't come along that does boring data storage and retrieval better, just that NoSQL isn't it.)
It's one thing
to complain about fragmentation between the current model, the 2 year old model, and the 3+ year old models; it's quite another to complain about fragmentation between the 4-6 current models and the boatloads of 6+ month old models, all of which excludes the useless cut-rate models constantly scamming bargain hunters. App devs can at least easily buy all the Apple platforms they care to support; trying to keep up with testing all Android platforms would be a nightmare.
It's like the console vs PC market: You might be able to buy into a better experience on PC, but you're guaranteed a certain experience on consoles without having to constantly tweak and fight untested setups.
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