688 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007
@Gene: It wasn't F/OSS, no, but I'm not sure where the "closed as hell" comes from, in that is was no more closed than any other desktop operating system. Be definitely caught a lot of hell from the Linux fanboys, basically for not being Linux.
@kain: No, BeOS was designed for its own system, the BeBox, which happened to be based on the same chip as the Mac at the time, which meant that porting it to the Mac would have been much simpler than porting it to x86 was. Gassee tried to sell BeOS to Apple, who wanted to pay far less for it than he wanted, and, of course, Jobs was making his comeback and brought NextStep in instead. Be then made a move to the x86 platform and tried to position BeOS as a competitor to Windows, which failed in part due to Microsoft's efforts to keep OEMs from bundling any competing operating system with their computers.
The lack of apps was definitely an issue, so Be pitched the OS at specialist users such as graphic designers and sound engineers who could make use of the pervasive multithreading and high responsiveness of the UI, but it never really took off in that market. It was definitely unfortunate, because it was the most responsive and advanced OS, from a user perspective, available in the market at the time, but the company didn't really have a notion of how to sell it, especially against Microsoft's market power.
Back in the day, BeOS implemented a filesystem (called, natch, BeFS), which did all the things WinFS was supposed to do. It used metadata extensively with a database-like filesystem which allowed applications to access and store various data types in the filesystem without an intermediate store. It was also blazing fast due to the filesystem index being a built-in feature instead of an add-on.
Unfortunately, Be took on Microsoft at the height of its power and never really had a compelling story about why one might want to run BeOS instead of Windows, so it has vanished into the dustbin of history.
Re: not a bug in the hypervisor
I'm reading it as a bug in one of the drivers provided by the VMware Tools package allowing privilege escalation in a Windows VM running the affected driver.
Re: Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?
Anything that takes 5 years to become less difficult shouldn't have been released in the first place.
You mean like . . . Linux?
Says it all, really
The previous code was just really horrendous," Meeks said. "Dialogs were constructed and drawn by hand – in fact, not even by hand. Programmers just sort of entered random numbers to lay them out, and it really looked awful.
This says it all. I believe this is the design philosophy behind all F/OSS and, indeed, all *nix GUI-oriented software.
Re: I'm not even going to pretend to care.
If you had $30 million in VC money riding on what someone else thought of your attire, I'm willing to bet you'd learn to care.
I haven't used Server 2012, but I have used 2008 R2, and I've found it to be robust and stable, and much easier to configure and use than any version of *nix, so I'm guessing that Microsoft has done some good work enhancing those qualities with 2012.
Note that I say this as someone who has deployed various flavors of Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Solaris over the years. I recall very well Microsoft's dirty tricks. Nonetheless, I'm willing to sing the praises of Windows as it now runs because it meets my needs and the needs of the business I support.
Finally, I'm entirely fed up with this knee-jerk fanboy mentality in the technology. Maybe you should try judging technology on its actual merits instead of engaging in childish my-sideism. Eadon, I'm looking at you.
Re: expect FUDD from Microsoft dupes
I notice that, like most *nix zealots, you ignored the detailed post which addresses your points and chose to focus on the troll.
BTW, I'm not sure what FUDD is. FUD is Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt; FUDD is presumably Elmer Fudd's XBox gamertag, and I'm not sure how that's relevant.
We here at the CRA . . .
. . . have no sense of humor that we're aware of.
Re: Won't take my money
I see what you did there, even if no one else did.
Layers upon layers
All that's happening is the next step in an ongoing evolutionary process. Over the past few decades, the number of intermediate steps between slow storage and fast compute has been growing, with on-die CPU cache, level 2 cache, level 3 cache, system RAM, HBA/controller caching, onboard flash cache, storage array cache, on-drive cache, and now array flash storage providing yet another layer designed to improve the speed of transfer from static storage to active compute. The slowest storage has essentially stagnated, from a speed perspective, merely growing in capacity. The next tier up, "fast" spinning disk, is itself turning into yet another intermediary layer for staging data.
All any of this means is that same as it always has: ultimately, the goal is to touch the disk as little as possible and keep the relatively small amount of data you're actually using somewhere else.
You think that mistyping slashes is a skill?
<FoghornLeghorn>It's a joke, son.</FoghornLeghorn>
The project manager, meanwhile - and this is a man who is known to have struggled for some minutes to find the main menu in the new FireFox - has written a Python program that interrogates his diary in Google Calendar and switches on the central heating in his holiday cottage in Wales so that everything is nice and toasty when he arrives for the weekend.
So, the typical Reg reader, then?
Hey, now, don't let logic, reason, and law get in the way of a perfectly good American Hate thread.
Re: Why not just buy a fully converged and integrated stack from one Supplier?
The idea of buying converged systems from a single supplier is often pooh-poohed as "proprietary", especially by suppliers who don't have the three technologies needed in-house, and the main three suppliers in that position are Cisco, EMC and NetApp. Both EMC and NetApp are trying to attract the attention of Cisco, the great converged stack prize, and hoping to be chosen as its preferred partner.
I think that might answer your question.
The problem with the "converged stack" theory is that it's the mainframe redux: you're locked into buying giant units of equipment from a single vendor. Virtualization ameliorates this issue somewhat, insofar as you can easily move your processing workloads elsewhere, but storage lock-in is especially pernicious since storage is the hardest resource to move away from. The discerning IT equipment purchaser will look for the opportunity to retain flexibility.
Also, take your Huawei shilling elsewhere.
Re: Again, sort of want
So, Dave 126, what you're saying is that the HD 4000 is slightly less shitty than the HD 3000 but it still basically sucks. Thanks for backing me up!
Again, sort of want
I could see really getting a lot of use out of this class of device. I could even live with the piddling RAM and storage. But Intel graphics? REALLY? If there's one thing I don't want in a tablet, it's a graphics processor which is slow yet hot and hungry.
There's your problem
Both the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ICS-CERT, which normally deals with security issues involving industry control kit, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are reportedly taking an interest in the issue.
Clearly the problem is excessive regulation by the federal authorities. They shouldn't bother the poor manufacturer with their intrusive regulations and requirements; they should just let the free market sort it out!
(This is what some people actually believe.)
Re: How much to play Monopoly?
I would totally buy that if someone made an electronic version of BattleTech or Car Wars to run on it.
It's all about the workflow
After using SCOM 2012 for a little while, I appreciate its power, but the workflow is still extremely awkward and inflexible. If Microsoft have made it possible to do hypervisor and VM management with the same ease and simplicity of vSphere, then this might be interesting. Any other commentards care to weigh in?
Also, in before Eadon's bitching and moaning about the evil of Microsoft and how there's some OSS version that is faster, cheaper, and more stable, and which will simultaneously ease all your virtualization woes while massaging your prostate.
Re: windows 8 came out, sales fell 26%
As other commentards have noted, people buy what they need. The only place anyone cares about who makes the software is your mom's basement.
Re: Mauro should get a job
Yes, but then he'd have to leave the comfort and safety of his bridge.
STOP LIKING WHAT I DON'T LIKE
I predict many anti-Facebook comments which amount to the above.
The thing is that Trevor is not just doing technical writing. If he were putting together white papers for prospective client or technical documentation, I would agree with your criticism, but he's writing blog-style articles for a publication renowned for its ironic or sarcastic tone, so an injection of personal perspective is absolutely called for. I don't personally find him to be a know-it-all; I get the impression that he's genuinely enthusiastic about the technology he uses and proud of the solutions he creates for his clients.
YMMV, of course.
Despite having a similar title, you work in a very different world with very different tools, and I'm always enlightened to hear about what other options are out there. Keep the articles coming!
Re: Hurray for rich nerds!!
My god, you're right! Cheap access to space will never benefit anyone! What possible use could it be to put things in space? And electric cars? Why even bother to innovate in that area? These rich guys should just take their money and spend it on giant impractical vanity yachts instead of trying to invest in the future!
Re: If you inject the same gene...
Or they might become filthy, antisocial, neckbearded basement-dwellers with a propensity for condescension and self-righteousness. Then you'd have a peer group!
HELLO? HELLO? YES, I'M ON THE PLANE!
The main reason I can think of to continue the ban is to retain some kind of peace and quiet on the plane. Screaming babies are bad enough, but the last think I want to endure on a 10+ hour intercontinental flight is drunks yelling into their cell phones. "HEY BRO, GUESS WHERE I AM!"
If I wanted to endure that sort of behavior, I'd go to the movies more often.
Re: @ Michael Luke
"Why the down votes?!"
Because you've shown yourself to be utterly devoid of a sense of humor.
Re: Well, obviously . . .
Ooh, look at that, you've earned the coveted Double Facepalm.
Noooooo . . . my point is that someone attempting to grab power via political machination is unlikely to forecast the fact that they're going to do so by admitting it, so a denial is meaningless. It is not confirmation of intent, per se. How seriously one takes the denial depends on how trustworthy one considers the ITU.
None of this should be construed as a statement of belief on my part that the ITU is in fact attempting any such thing. I was making a lighthearted off the cuff statement and have now driven this point as far into the ground as I can bear.
Well, obviously . . .
"Never mind that the ITU itself says no threat exists."
. . . they would say that, wouldn't they, especially if they were launching a power grab!
OS aside . . .
. . . the Microsoft Surface concept is exactly the sort of thing I would like to see--something with a thin tablet form factor and detachable keyboard (and mouse, ideally) which runs an OS that will run the same apps as my desktop (which the Surface RT won't, I realize, but the Surface Pro will). To my mind, that's less "confused" and more "functional."
Now, whether Microsoft's implementation of this concept is any good is something I have yet to investigate, but the fact that both Eric and Tim are willing to write it off without even trying it is a sign of a blind spot that Microsoft may be able to exploit.
Not really . . .
The ELA is a side-effect of the lock-in. The lock-in is the effect of having data and logic tied in with a proprietary system, migration away from which is expensive and difficult. The ELA is a way of ensuring ongoing support and upgrades for the buyer, and it also provides a tidy little revenue stream for the vendor.
I agree that losing this revenue stream would be disastrous for the vendors who rely upon it, but CIOs and other decision-makers need to see that a) migration to a competing platform or product is less expensive over n years and b) that it yields sufficient tangible benefits to be worth the effort in the first place. It's likely that there's no one who doesn't want, on some level, to migrate away from Oracle, but justifying the time and expense may be challenging, regardless of the ELA.
Re: What, no Rogue?
Nethack is being considered for the next induction.
You're using it wrong
Now if we can just get rid of the smug, superior gits who insist that everyone who uses technology differently from them is an idiot, the world will be a much better place. Sadly, the two go hand in hand:
Technology Zealot: "Why don't you just switch to <Technology X>? It's so much more awesome than what you're using!"
Me: "Because I want/need to do this thing over there which is unsupported by or outrageously difficult on <Technology X>."
TZ: "If you just employ <horrendous, semi-functional workaround>, you'll be fine!"
Me: "<Horrendous, semi-functional workaround> is semi-functional and horrendous, and I have neither the time nor the particular inclination to try to implement it just for the achievement of using <Technology X>. Also, the user interface looks like it was shat out by a five-year-old."
TZ: "Your a idiot lol"
Like I'd trust NASA. Everyone knows they're behind chemtrails, HAARP, the FEMA concentration camps, George W. Bush's hurricane machine, geoengineering, ESD, autism-causing vaccines, and all manner of other perfidy! There's no question in my mind that if they're denying it, it must be true! Time to bend over and kiss your asses bye-bye, suckers!
Sort of want
I would like a tablet that can run real applications at decent speed and which comes with a detachable keyboard. The Surface Pro checks all the boxes, and Windows 8 is growing on me, but I fear the build quality.
Aaalmost complete . . . you needed to throw in a Monsanto reference for good measure.
1) Lighten up, Francis.
2) I just upvoted *Matt Bryant.* I may faint.
Someone should come out with a new version of the TCP/IP stack, maybe with an expanded address space to cope with the larger number of IP-connected devices, improved automatic address assignment, built-in security, and a bunch of other cool functionality. Of course, you'd need to increment the version number, maybe twice even, from the existing version four.
I wonder what you'd call something like that and why it hasn't been widely implemented yet?
Looks like EMC has finally tried to deliver on one of their promises, which is to make Isilon a contender for VMware storage. I'd be curious to know what the hard numbers on the latency reduction are. Percentages are nice, but what is the actual range shift, one wonders.
Re: Fine looking cow
Central America is not a continent. Also, the Central Americans I talked to while living in Guatemala all indicated that they didn't consider Mexico part of Central America, possibly because they Mexicans take the same attitude towards Central Americans sneaking in as the US does with regard to Mexicans, except the Mexican border guards beat the shit out of people sneaking across then throw them back.
My vote . . .
Mine's the one with the jar of lubricant.
The tasteless comments by civilized and compassionate Reg readers show that there's plenty of cynicism alive and well here.
Re: HMS Pot, meet SMS Kettle
Hows about [sic] you keep your illiterate, sadistic jingoism to yourself?
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