188 posts • joined 6 Oct 2010
Never mind that SSL fix...
[TheReg]"you'll be pleased to know, fixes the unread email count in Mail"
Actually, Apple release notes say:"Improves the accuracy of unread counts in Mail"
So its even closer to the actual unread count, but no guarantees yet?
Re: Looks like a black hole @Adrian 4
Think of it this way:
There is a finite amount of Bitcoins, 21 million or so. 744,408 bitcoins is 3,5% of all Bitcoins that will ever be available. 3,5%! The thief can sit on his loot for years and eventually turn those Bitcoins to something that is much more valuable then. Unless the bubble bursts that is...
Besides, the pro-Bitcoiners have told that all transactions can be tracked (like sequential bills) and thus the thief would immediately be caught if (s)he'd use those Bitcoins. Or was that just BS from their foaming mouths?
Re: what i really really DO NOT want
I remember a lot of those Bigfoots crashing sooner rather than later and some being damn loud. I also remember buggy firmwares with data corruption bugs.
If you can fit say, five 3,5 drives on space occupied by three 5,25" drives what's the point? The data density would differ that much if at all. 20 years ago many computer cases had many 5,25" slots whereas nowadays outside realm of enthusiasts there may be a single such slot already occupied by the ODD.
Are all those downvotes for all pro-HyperV posts from Microsoft haters or VMWare lovers, or both?
The AC post about HyperV having USB passthrough and disk expansion got 6 downvotes already. And that was purely informational post.
Re: Ubuntu preloaded
Do they? They probably ought to advertise it on their website then
The XPS range has models with Ubuntu.
"Why would you try and install a brand new CPU yourself?
Because it's simple to do and contracting someone else to do it costs money.
And if you did, why would you bend any pins?"
There's a lot of butterfingers around. The LGA pins are easy to bend if you even just lay one CPU corner on top of the pins.
(Although I assume that the new Xeons are like the rest of Intel's chips and have the pins on the mobo, not the CPU)
Your assumption is correct.
Now, why is El Reg bringing up the whole HP smart socket thing? The smart socket installation system has been around 2 years - since Gen8 servers were released.
Remember the LHC doomsayers?
With black hole predictions and so forth? Colliding particles is really extremely boring business as can be witnessed at the official webcams here:
"I think the EU expects that hardware should function for 5 years"
That's a bold statement. Can you back it with a reference in europa.eu website?
...or are you just mixing consumer protection with b2b sales?
Re: _ @Michael Habel
BIOS: Basic Input Output System
CPLD: Complex Programable Logic Device
No shit, Sherlock.
Since you got mad googling skillz there mate, why don't you explain what the CPLD does. Fan control, PDU, ...what?
recent ProLiants have built-in firmware downloader in BIOS (which failed to do anything every time I tried to use it
Try plugging the network cable next time you try. I've had no problems with the Intelligent Provisioning firmware update. It doesn't upgrade to later BIOS versions than included in the latest SPP packages, which is a long minus though.
HP has possibly changed their pronouncement and will offer "Safety and Security" firmware updates to existing customers. This brings up questions such as "How does HP differentiate between safety and security updates?"
The VP states in her blog that only BIOS and CPLD firmware (anyone care to explaint what that is?) are not available in the future unless under warranty/contract. I've never heard of a Proliant with BIOS vulnerability, nor have I seen a BIOS update release notes that resolves vulnerabilities.
"What are the other updates and what is the value proposition"
The VP states in her blog that only BIOS and CPLD firmware are not available freely.
and "Why would anyone expect to be charged to help HP support their products as they promised they would work?"
Promise? Since when did HP et al. promise their products would work? They'll probably promise to give their best effort or something similar and that's it.
"Maybe in America but in the EU it's 2 years and UK it's 6."
That 2 year rule is a consumer protection act. That doesn't concern b2b and I guess only 99,9999% of Proliants and other servers are bought by businesses. Small businesses aside I also guess most companies opt for a 3-year or longer warranties to have broken hardware fixed quickly.
I'm not a UK citizen and know next to nothing about UK law, but the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (I just googled it) seems to have provisions for businesses to exclude liabilities in a contract.
Or do you guys in the UK actually have a 6-year-warranty on everything - even in b2b?
Re: @Sandtitz - Can I get a refund...
You are right. You don't need a licence to drive a car. Perhaps I stoop too low on my quest to question your thinking.
Now, please indulge us and tell why you think you are entitled to get a refund for your old used vinyls.
Re: Can I get a refund...
No, you don't get a refund.
Similarly you don't get a refund for your old car if you lose your driver's license. You can, however, try to sell it to someone else. Same thing with your old records.
Try another straw man.
Then again those synth manufacturers have probably sold a lot of gear to people who were inspired by Jarre's music.
Re: Wow, it's just skyrocketing! @John Tserkezis
"Windows 8.3 will address the cheesy interface and make it as usable as earlier systems. It'll just cost you 6.4Gb of a Windows App Store download, with no chance of a separate downloadable service pack"
I too detest that 8.1 isn't distributed through Windows Update. Windows 8 will be prevalent for a long time because many users don't use the App Store and thus they don't get updated. (and probably aren't even aware of 8.1 update)
However, 8.1 can be downloaded from Microsoft and the upgrade assistant (or whatever it's named) offers creating a bootable USB stick or ISO burning.
"Maybe it is something that cripples the PC to be usable, otherwise it would be standard"
Se it's akin to SELinux?
Re: RE: Daley Thompson & joysticks
I think Quickshot 2 came with my C64, and after several other destroyed joysticks (including the Turbo) I settled on TAC-2. It was durable, simple and accurate.
Re: Überprüfen ist sehr einfach!
Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!
I'd say most if not all VS users know how to operate the registry editor. Is your mother a dev as well?
Re: Not Microsoft's fault @Sanctimonious
You can point fingers at any of the big corps. Despite raking in billions of dollars annually they have loads of vulns all the time. Millions of lines of code tend to include bugs.
Re: This is good @AC
"about letting AMD have the console market (at least this round of them"
They weren't even in the competition.
Intel has no products that could compete with the AMD graphics in 1080p resolution. They could have provided a cheap CPU and the GPU could have come from NV or AMD but a single chip configuration is easier to implement and uses less PCB space and the cooling is also simpler. Both of which brings the costs down.
Also I imagine Intel probabily wasn't to interested in the amount of time and money it would have taken their r&d teams to match the gpu capabilities AMD have in such a short time. They probably have a longer roadmap to achieving in that area.
Money doesn't help that much if they don't have the know-how to match the GPU.
Once in a while Intel is touting their graphics as a real contender for the performance crown, but fail dismally (i740) or fail to produce anything at all (so-called Larrabee). AMD and Nvidia one-upping each other all the time and this fierce competition really leaves everyone else in the dust.
Intel is content on providing good enough performance for casual gaming on low resolutions.
Re: @AC - @Sandtitz - @Hugh
I'm SHOCKED to hear that the anonymous cowards are ignoring me!
WTH? I've been reading these forums and I honestly (not really) thought that all the companies were switching to Linux. So who's wrong, You or the Linux-tards?
Re: not a bad machine but@AC 10:44
HP has historically had ridiculously high prices on their website. They're not Dell or Apple that mainly sell their stuff through their web store but they rely on resellers and HP doesn't really want to piss them off...
Of course it's still much more expensive than any similar OEM drive, but since when did any manufacturer offer their options on OEM prices?
Re: all very well @AC 12:58
Please post the specs of your model, you don't sound credible. 1080p (or 1920x1200 in 2005) was very expensive even in the "good ol' days".
Also, £800 in 2005 equals to over £1000 today when inflation is adjusted.
Am I the only one who thinks that fingerprint reader is convenient with logging into computer/websites/programs/VPNs etc?
Re: *just* 14 more months to upgrade? @MJI
You can run Full screen DOS programs (including graphics) in Vista/7 *if* you install XP graphics drivers. You will lose all the post DX9 -goodies (Aero, modern games) and DXVA acceleration for h.264 playback. I recommend using Dosbox if your programs/games require graphics or full screen.
Netbios over tcpip works fine in Vista and 7.
If you are mistaking Netbios protocol to Netbeui -> it can be done at least in 32-bit Vista but isn't supported - just like Netbeui wasn't supported even in XP!
I thought Google had that from the get-go on all their products.
Re: Is Windows trying to copy the StarTrek convention...
"Lack of a stable multitasking environment took me from 3.1 to O/S2"
I used OS/2 from 2.1 to 4.0. Each version easily frozen with badly behaving programs and the dreaded SIQ. And some very bad graphic drivers... I did like the GUI of OS/2 but NT3.5 and NT4 were ahead of OS/2 when stable multitasking was concerned.
Also you are talking about Microsofts dirty tricks (which are numerous) and praising Oracle and IBM. Please.
Watson needs a voice synth with jive module.
Re: What about Backdoors?
"Is OpenWrt secure? OpenWrt has had multiple root exploits, as has DD-WRT. Do we know exactly who has committed changes to each OpenWrt release?"
First of all, Belkin doesn't exabctly have a Midas touch when it comes to drivers, firmware, software. Quite the opposite really.
At least with WRT we can eliminate that part. Besides, you can verify the WRT source code yourself according to FOSS evangelists. Add to that the proprietary binary driver for the actual wireless radio chip from Broadcom/Atheros/Ralink without documentation...
Tomato was a splendid upgrade for my Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 AP's, but does Tomato support anything beyond 802.11g and has it been updated for ages? I have a faster internet connection than what 802.11g can deliver and my current Buffalo N's have DD-WRT fw installed.
Re: I got mine last Christmas @Colonel
Unless the "Running Crouton/Ubuntu 13.10 and installing UbuntuOne cloud storage (along with Libre Office, Gimp, Firefox, Thunderbird etc) I just drop a copy of what I need to print into my UbuntuOne folder and then use my aging Desktop to print..." is only a couple of clicks away and doesn't require any technical skills, printing is a big problem because the majority of people do have a problem setting up such complex systems.
It's really unbelievable how many people dismiss printing as old-fashioned and "not that big of a deal" as Jobs would have put it. Printing from "legacy" computers to "legacy" printers is easy. And when you print that 50 page PDF "through the clouds" on your meager 256kb uplink... it's just stupid.
I can sort of understand (not really) the lack of USB support for printing, but Apple's CUPS has been the standard on Linux and OSX platforms for ages. If they just supported PCL/PS over IPP protocol many people would be satisfied.
But no. Bastards.
Re: better, how?
"From a firmware point of view getting hold it it (via the web) is easier for the Dell kit, as getting any info out of HPs website can be hit and miss."
HP has a poorly performing website (404's and timeouts) and slow download speeds (probably runs on Itanic,,,), but I haven't had any problem finding drivers/firmware for any HP kit from the driver download section. (other than the timeouts of course)
The latest SUM v5 puzzles me, but the earlier versions did pretty well. It updates all firmware, software and drivers in one go, although most firmware updates require a reboot and some firmware updates are done while the server is POSTing, eg. HDD fw. Quite buggy software still.
Gen8 servers have built-in fw update, "Intelligent Provisioning". Practically replaces the SmartStart and FW Update DVD's.
Re: better, how?
Please enlighten, how are the Dells and Supermicros better?
Do their warranty services work faster and better than what HP can offer?
Do they have better software update system than HP?
Do they support more Windows/Linux distros than HP?
Do the offer better education courses than HP?
Do you get better telephone support?
Is the HP lights-out system weaker than competition?
Do answer, because I'm not that familiar with recent Dells and have never seen Supermicro servers. HP servers just tend to do what I expect them to do: serve well until decommisioned due to obsolescence.
For the record, if HP stops servicing out of warranty servers I'll be pissed as well.
"As for Wheels v Legs just how many energy conserving animals on Earth do you see with wheels?"
The reason for lack of wheels is due to the scarcity of sapient pearwood, although the following link claims there's other reasons for the missing wheels.
Richard Whiteley? Well, if you squint and don't look at the screen.
Jobs looks exactly like George Costanza. Google it.
Why yes, a RAIC-0 striped across 2 or more clouds. What could go wrong?
Re: Uhm, no?
"On my Windows 7 PowerShell is pinned to the taskbar and I can right click on it any time I need. On Windows 8 there is no way to perform that task straight from the start screen; you need to go to the desktop before starting PowerShell."
Wrong. Select the down arrow on the TIFKAM screen, right-click on Powershell and select Run As Administrator.
Also, you can pin Powershell to the start screen on the same context menu.
If you're a keyboard warrior like me, just start typing 'powershell' in the TIFKAM screen and you can launch programs much faster (IMHO) that way. Just like you could in 7/Vista.
Re: Bit nippy
I take you're talking about Celsius, not Fahrenheit or Kelvin?-)
They do serve beer in the NHL Winter Classic for example. The temp may well be in double digits negative.
While I haven't done that yet (wrong continent), I've downed many pints in hockey arenas where warm clothing is mandatory and breath is visible...
Re: Somewhat good news, but far from enough
"The OS has to be working in order to change boot options, so these are visible during bootup"
What? I've had no problems entering BIOS or selecting the Boot menu Windows 8 equipped computers offer. Because newer computer POST faster you need to be quick before the OS starts loading.
re: different versions
Home, enterprise, slates, phones. Isn't that four versions? Although the home and enterprise OS systems run the same code, so three after all. Then again 32-bit x86 systems don't run 64-bit and 64-bit won't run DOS software... And I thought WinPho was a subset of WinRT or something like that. And Windows CE is still available. So how many code bases do we have?
Can I run any selected 32-bit Linux ELF binaries on Android devices? If the software needs re-compilation what's the difference? ARM compiled software won't work on MIPS platforms without compilation and more or less source diving. Doesn't this apply to Windows and Apple software as well?
OSX and IOS are incompatible. Why aren't people whining about this? Apple, of all vendors, should have the means of unifying things because they're the sole provider of both OS's and the hardware as well. Rosetta made it work when they transitioned to Intel a decade ago.
Re: If it all goes wrong, just sue Microsoft @Nigel
>> Vic, you fail.
>Well, one of us does.
I agree. Vic, you fail.
Nigel gave an example or RHEL & 13 years of support to counter XP's ~13 years of support.
Yes, RHEL does support their latest products for 13 years - for a fat fee.
CentOS/Scientific support ends in 10 years. White Box EL seems to have been canned years ago.
Re: If it all goes wrong, just sue Microsoft @Nigel
Vic, you fail.
The cheapest RHEL equivalent for XP would be the Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Desktops. Even that requires a subscription for updates and in total costs a hell of a lot more than zero euros.
Re: If it all goes wrong, just sue Microsoft @Nigel
Take the cheapest RHEL equivalent and calculate the subscription costs for it for all those 13 years. That will be several times more expensive than XP Pro license ever was.
The "fix it yourself" attitude is also an unreal proposition. How many people do you know that are adept at squashing bugs in Linux kernel? How fast could a 0-day vuln be fixed and tested until it's production ready in a bank environement? How much would a team of such experts cost?
There's no kill switch in XP. I have clients that still use networked DOS and Win95 boxes.
"There's no direct upgrade path from 32-bit XP to 64-bit Windows 7 (or 8). Why not, Microsoft only knows. It's not as if nobody wanted it. They'd even pay for it."
Before lambasting Microsoft's policies, can you give examples of upgrading a 32-bit desktop OS from ca. 2001 to a 64-bit OS from 2012?
How many Linux distros support jumping from 32-bit to 64-bit when upgrading?
Next, try to upgrade your Fedora Core 1 (from 2003) to the latest 64-bit version. Jumping through the hoops may in theory be possible but I certainly would start from scratch.
Re: XP to Windows H8 @Richard
Why are you even contemplating on upgrading ancient computers to Windows 8?
I wouldn't bother even with Windows 7 on Pentium4/Athlon era CPU, and you'd still be limited to 32 bit OS on those processors.
What a complete non-issue.
Re: El Reg not a travel expert
I'm surprised TheReg doesn't promote "The English Riviera" or Blackpool. Or Stoke.
Re: D'Oh @Nigel 19:00
"can you tell me any [non-proprietary] language for which a compiler or interpreter exists on Windows but not on Linux?"
No, I can't.
But I think your statement of 'wide gamut of free software on Linux vs. the opposite on Windows' is incorrect. All those GCC compilers you are thinking of are working under Windows. Be it with help of Cygwin or MinGW, they are available and free-open, as you like to put it.
If the users are working within a Linux environment it is perfectly reasonable for them to use Linux in their computers. That I do not dispute.
Re: D'Oh @Nigel 19:00
"That in turn is at least in part because the Linux environment is open and provides a wide range of free programming tools, whereas the Windows environment is closed and does not."
To quote (a many times up-voted) AC earlier in this thread:
- evidence, please, for the wide range of free programming tools under Linux vs. Windows?
Especially in academic environment Microsoft (et al?) provide free coding tools.
Re: Many @Coward 16:12
My evidence is purely anecdotal. Many people have a dislike against Windows 8 without actually using it.
Many people prefer Windows over Linux even without ever using Linux. People just have beliefs.