298 posts • joined Friday 15th October 2010 23:05 GMT
2) True, but conversely he's lucky it DID hit the relatively dense battery. The bullet likely would have still made it through anywhere else on the phone. If its risk of battery fire versus having a round in the chest, I'll take the battery fire risk. :)
Re: A split personality release
@Artic Fox: the studies I saw put it at 20% on "3D" which means almost many family households have ONE person that can't deal with 3D on movie night (and studios wondered why it didn't take off). Unfortunately, as luck would have it, I'm one of them, and it gives me a headache... Haven't seen the new iPhone OS v7 up close yet, but I'm scientifically curious now whether that would affect me or not. I'm surprised Apple didn't have at least ONE tester who reported an issue on that, and I'm surprised they didn't have a variable slider for effects ranging from "none" to "bling it on up".
@BenM 29 - I upticked you just for getting her back onscreen. However - one slight problem - Peri died during Trial of a Time Lord. (yeah they re-wrote it to magically bring her back at the very end in the weirdest way possible by marrying a barbarian king, but she didn't really make it. The Doctor was complicit in her death, which had to be undone)
Re: The geek in me is compelled to mention...
Having just read Lungbarrow (hard book to get now), I'd say that the Other wasn't evil, or even close to it like Rassilon and Omega who skated on the other side of the moral line. I think it likely that Hurt is the old McGann, particularly with that poster. The other option was the Valeyard, but I'd pretty much dismissed the possibility of him being the Valeyard after Capaldi was cast as the 12th Doctor. I'm thinking Capaldi should make a excellent darker Doctor leading into the Valeyard story arc.
Re: @ FredBloggsY - "Apps" - WTF?
:) Yes, "App" predates iPhone by at least 10 years, although I remember it being about 15 when app suites like MSOffice came began to make a big appearance. I think most of us had been shortening it in emails and such since the Compuserve days of yore before the internet was commercialized. You remember when you had to ride a dinosaur 10 miles through the snow, uphill, both ways to login (ah the life of a dialup modem at a blistering 2400bps). :) Who is really going to write out "application" in an email to other engineer types when you can see the cursor lag across the screen and you are being charged by the minute?
And with that, I now feel old...
Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone
"Vanity of vanities; all is vanity."
Uhh, no. I've had glasses almost all my life, so why would I care now about bifocals or reading glasses? You tried screwing around with bifocals and reading glasses? In between my parents, much older siblings, and my wife, I've seen how much fun that is. They are a pain in the kiester and most inconvenient to deal with. The longer you can stave that part off, the better. Here's a beer, it may not improve vision, but at least you won't care as much. :)
Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone
Bigger phones have their uses. Those of us with eyesight issues for instance, or even folks who rarely if ever use the phone as a phone, but use it as a tablet all the time, or folks that want multiple day battery life. Figure out what the requirements are, and fill the requirement. If its smaller, its smaller, if its bigger its bigger, but at least there is choice and variety in the marketplace.
Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone
Hear hear! When my vision went, it went FAST too... Didn't even make it to 45, *sigh*. My SGSII was suddenly not working for me at all at any distance, along with a host of other problems. I ended up getting a LG Optimus G Pro for precisely that reason. The 5.5" 1080Pscreen was a nice big, and sharp godsend, and it still fits in my back pocket or shirt pocket just fine. Still no reading glasses, yet. :)
Re: Not only Cloud...
@Geezer - That was my interpretation as well. Just the paper was skewed towards skewering (hehe) the cloud based angle.
If you have bad practices beforehand (and whose company doesn't have a few?), then "going cloud" will likely amplify your potential failings, or at least make it much more noticeable as you evaluate your legacy systems and processes that haven't been reviewed in YEARS.
Re: "most trusted services in the world if they actually desire to do so."
Steve - Don't you mean the proper ISO-8601 format of: 2001-09-11 ? (American and Euro date formats are equally crap for date sorting)
Double coat, and outta here. :)
I always thought the biggest difference was...
Geek = Intelligent, and all that, and really techno oriented. Probably watches Star Trek and like SciFi.
Nerd = Geek + "not only goes to Comicon, but goes dressed as their favourite Klingon." (for extra bonus points, the Klingon in question has to be the most obscure possible, and they'd be happy to explain it at length the significance of "ToR", credited as "Klingon #5" played by ..., who was at the back of scene 5, episode 12, on stardate 749024)
I'm mostly in the Geek category, but I do have Nerdy friends. :) Re-reading the above, I think it could be shortened to:
Nerd = Geek with Aspergers...
Re: I didn't feel, despite the accusations....
I had one of my fellow engineers tell me I was paranoid on the Microsoft security situation, only to find out I wasn't nearly paranoid enough after finding out they disclose the internally found security vulnerabilities to the NSA, and then leave them open for a while for intelligence gathering to occur. I hate it when reality proves the tinfoil hat types correct...
Re: To be fair...
Yeah, the Nexus4 was pretty nice, and changed my thinking about LG phones. I got the LG Optimus G Pro because of the Nexus4. The Optimus G Pro is by far the nicest phone I've owned to date. SGS4 hardware with a full HD 5.5" screen. (for the record, I was going to get the SGS4, but my eyes took a bad turn and I needed the (even) bigger screen)
Re: Does anyone actually take these endorsements seriously
I'd have to say, "it depends". You can kinda get a feel for things looking at someone's profile and the endorsements, as well as looking at WHO did the endorsing. Also when the endorsements are all over the place, without a seeming specialization, and Oracle endorsements made by someone's plumber, then its not too useful.
I have to say that I get some crazy endorsements on occasion that I'm really not comfortable with, and decline them, rather than letting them show up on my profile and "decreasing my brand value".
BINGO, you've got it, perfectly. Now if Apple is smart, it will quickly do some backroom cross licensing deals with Samsung in return for both sides dropping all suits. Apple is still in jeopardy on having its "soft" Patents invalidated if it continues. Best to go ahead and end the conflict sooner than later. Trading money back and forth in global courts seems to be a poor usage of Stockholder's money. :) The attorneys must be making out like bandits though...
Re: Waste of Space
I'm thinking the President should recuse himself for conflict of interest on this one. Any judge in a court case would do that under the circumstances. Politically for him, its a Kobyashi Maru scenario. What will be said if he allows the ban to go into effect is he doesn't want to look like he was bought off by Apple, so he intentionally let the products get banned to look tough. If he turns down the ban, its because of the money Apple (indirectly) gave him to buy him off. Either way it gets spun badly, so best to find a way to stay out of it...
icon, because Politics is always "D'oh!"
@Chris King - "And what the hell did VMS have to do with that ?"
Umm, hate to interrupt your "get off my lawn" moment (especially as I seem to be having a lot of those myself lately), but the NT kernel is the direct descendant of VMS. :)
Re: I can only WISH we had this show
Since the "Hollywood marketeers" generally do poorly remaking British Shows, that's a good thing. (American Coupling and Red Dwarf come to mind)
The IT Crows is on Netflix though.
Re: Mutually assured dullness
Near as I can tell, if NK does something really stupid, then it'll know what Poland felt like in 1939. The Chinese have a large base and are doing live fire exercises to remind lil' Kim to back down. Should he do something stupid, presumably the Chinese will stream in from the North, and Allied forces from the South and meet in the middle. I really don't expect a shooting war between the Chinese and US. With that said, AFTER Pyongyang falls, NK will be in a situation like with Germany after WWII. Lot of discussions and arrangements, partitioning, and such. All of it sub-optimal, and hampering re-unification efforts undoubtedly.
I don't know how brave he really is. Meh, if eventually captured/extradited by the US, he'll be put on trial, *maybe*, and and spend a few years behind bars, *maybe*. Not like he could be dropped and "lost" into Gitmo, he's too public a figure. The Swedish domestic charges are probably much more of a legitimate concern. The rest of it is him trying to puff himself up for later book sales.
I'd like to see him release some really good Russian or Chinese secret documents and see how long it is before he passes away of "natural causes". The Russians in particular have already shown how they deal with such things.
I do take exception to him primarily releasing just US docs though. If he was equally releasing data on everyone in the interest of "information needs to be free", then it would look more like he was sincere about it if it was everyone's dirt. But I suspect he doesn't want an anonymous visit from the FSB while in the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Overall I liked the article, but this typo on the last sentence is a bit embarrassing:
"... who can blaim him ..."
Re: SCADA Vulns
@Robert Helpmann??, you beat me to it.
One of the instances of SCADA code I'm aware of, is running on critically old/out of date Windows systems (as far as security hotfixes go, as well as still being 2000 and 2003 server), and still not firewalled off in an isolated network for at least some protection. The workstations around the SCADA systems are also critically unpatched, with an IT dept that tells the users IE 6 is the secure company standard, and Firefox is a security threat. This is a large US power company that has the best IT that lowest bid contracts will get it... If the other utilities are like this, we're pretty much doomed if a group of cracker/hackers decide to "throw the switch"
Sad face, well, it pretty depressing innit?...
Anywone else notice...
that Pigs can't operate a modern smartphone anyway? Their hoof is essentially a big fingernail. It just isn't going to work... Every time I see it, that's what I notice...
That was the part of the commercial that "offended" me. :)
Re: Is this yet another batterie breakthrough...
Well, I first read about what became LiPoly back in 1984 in "Popular Science" or "Popular Mechanics" some such like that. That didn't actually come into widespread usage until the 2000's.
Re: Funny but,...
@NoneSuch I agree. Cook had the opportunity, and the justification. The Cancer had made Jobs pretty much crazy in the last couple of years prior to his death. Unfortunately as I've seen from multiple family members in the last few years, Cancer (combined with the treatments for it, and then the treatments for the side effects for the treatments) have a tendency to make folks irrational, angry, paranoid, bat-crap crazy on occasion, and sometimes requiring a 24x7 watch to keep them from leaving the house in the middle of the night. Cancer is a mean SOB when it comes to stripping every bit of humanity from you before finally killing you off... *sigh*
Re: Backup Backup Backup!!!
Totally 200% agree. On the SSD equipped devices, I've got Crashplan running to the local SAN first and then remote to make sure I've got them backed up. I've had 2 go south so far, and unlike a "spinning platter of rust", there is no time to workaround a failure. SSD's either work awesomely, or awesomely fail...
Anyone else think that the votes is a good indication of the actual active users?
Title says most of it... I'm curious what the current active users are? (and by active I mean more than twice a week) Seems like most folks around me only check it once a week or so nowadays. The wife and daughter are on Pinterest all the time.
Re: Cloud backup
@lotus49 - Agreed. Crashplan for me has proven pretty good for backing up and restoration from local and remote backups. I backup the laptop both to my local NAS and to their server. The local datastore makes for really speedy restores, but should something catastrophic happen, having the offsite backups is good too. Its backing up changed files every 15 minutes, so it would be pretty difficult to lose very much data. I don't notice it running, it just gets the job done non-intrusively.
Had my laptop hard drive go suddenly *POOF* earlier this year. Replaced it, got OS going, installed Crashplan, restored, and kept on going without too much fuss. Its also pretty cheap for the "family plan" to backup every device in the house regardless of OS (Win/Mac/Linux). Pretty happy that it does what it says on the tin since not every product (particularly Cloudy ones) do that.
Based on my recent experience with SSD failure (father in law's went PHFFFFT with no warning at all), along with hearing horror stories from colleagues on the same, something like Crashplan that is doing "cloudy" backups throughout the day is pretty much mandatory with an SSD.
Yep - you nailed it - Basic Configuration... That would explain why I'm not detecting any improvement then in 15 odd years. I wonder how many other end users have the same problem?
OS/2 - that takes me back. RIP OS/2...
@Ben Rose I'm not going to take offence, largely because I agree with a good chunk of your email. :) Particularly the part about Email and Notes not being a good match. I still contend that Notes is an application development platform, and the email features put in are a proof of concept app that never got the proper engineering time it deserved.
So as one of the clueless idiots, I'll say that 8.5.2 is pretty current, but I have no control of it. I really can't tell the difference as an end user between that and 4.5. At least it isn't 4.5.2 when I was last on Notes. The office doesn't want to screw with it any-more, so they're just going to ditch it and install Exchange. If you lose some emails, oh well. I've seen the same with major Exchange upgrades in the recent past. Noone seems to get that concerned about it any-more surprisingly. Save your old emails off in a pst and keep moving...
I'll agree with you - Notes is generally improperly managed, set out with bad defaults, and generally setup for failure out of the box unless you have good admins handling it. How many companies have that? IBM is setting it up for epic Flail it seems. Doesn't matter how big or small the environment, Notes seems to get the short stick on proper setup. You sir might be the exception.
But if you think they'll hire a (proper) MCSE for Window/Exchange (and I'll add Sharepoint) - you'd be wrong there. Any idiot can click the next key and install them, that's all the salary that will be paid for, and there we get into trouble on the newer platforms... Lack of expertise is even more rampant there...
Exchange allows you to attach to it with whatever client you want, and setup rules however you want out of the box with minimal issues on the administration side and some serious ease of use on the end user side. (that's a big plus and and has hinted to earlier a minus, because now any idiot that can click the next button calls themselves a Exchange Admin and makes mistakes that won't be seen for a year or two when the system goes BOOM)
Re: Lotus isn't dead, but it is pining for the Fjords.
@Kevin Johnston - naaaa, you're good. No flames, but the occasional moth is always going to sneak through :)
My point as a end user is it looks like and acts like it did in the 90's... I'm not noticing any difference on the surface since the last time I used it, and back then it was a halfway decent upgrade from cc:Mail (anyone remember that one?). I know there have been upgrades underneath, but as of 8.5.2, it still hasn't reached the end user usability of Exchange/Outlook in 2000 and it had some serious issues back then. (not that I'm all that fond of MS, but they did get that halfway right...) It's gotten to a point where I'm about to go rogue at work and setup a quick and extremely dirty imap server just so I can use Thunderbird and quickly and *effectively* read/sort and find my emails.
I'm wishing that they would spent some engineering time on the front end so it matched the fairly good backend...
You've got a point about promotion - IBM couldn't market free gold to prospectors panning a Colorado river... Notes is the most recent example, but OS/2 comes to mind as well.
Lotus isn't dead, but it is pining for the Fjords.
Not sure why IBM expects customers to stick with it when the last major upgrade was in the 90's. Just little feature tweak updates would be nice... Like how the message filters are handled... Ugh...
If its priced right and you have the right requirements...
I'd go for it if it were even just 10 quid cheaper. I've got a couple of servers (1 NAS and 1 ESXi) that I use SSD's to boot from and to store anything thats needed quickly. The Mobo's are pretty new, but still SATA2... I'm not replacing them for some time, so upgrading from 64GB to 256GB for less than I paid for the 64's? Not a bad deal at all, and would speed my writes up. Why spend the extra for something that would never get used.
For enthusiasts with desktops? I'm going to agree and say "Wrong market for this". They've probably already got SATAIII interfaces, or will have them soon.
Laptops? Might be the same situation as my servers. If you've got a perfectly usable laptop that still has a year or so of life on it, and the mechanical HD is getting old - this might be the trick. *IF* the price is right.
Most everyone else has moved on to using Bluetooth anyway haven't they?
Wires are so 20th century. :)
I moved to Bluetooth Audio in 2006 (on the much maligned WinMobe no less and a couple of years ahead of Apple getting it), and getting rid of the wires and still being able to listen to music is awesome. Particularly when you are in an environment where if a wire catches on something, its bad news. Truthfully the whole hardwired dock thing is pretty antiquated concept when Bluetooth and DLNA are now well established. Apple should go to Micro-USB to satisify EU legislation, and drop the proprietary nonsense.
(with the above said and my personal opinion known, Apple IS making money on the proprietary dock nonsense, sooooo, the shareholders would be most cross if Apple dropped it and joined industry standards, at least until sales drop. Normally by that point though, its too late... Ala Mac in the 80's)
... and then they put Samsung chips at the heart of it and gave it a Samsung screen as well. There's enough Samsung parts in an iPhone that its almost a Samsung.
Apple's attorney isn't helping their cause by pointing out the marketing aspect ONLY. Apple's contribution is marketing, UI and API's, but it is telling on Apple being a marketing company rather than an engineering/innovating company.
Re: I see what you did there!
Fragmentation? Sorry, I'm sick of hearing that word thrown around. Its like the latest word to get Godwin invoked. :)
Most desktop distro's (by penetration) these days are built on Debian. Very little *effective* fragmentation at that point. Ubuntu has the biggest penetration, so support that (and you get Mint in the process). Done. (which is EXACTLY what it sounds like what Valve is about to do.)
Yep. Too mgt heavy and beauracratically bound
The current layer after layer after layer of management means no decisions can be made at all, much less quickly... A layoff of 1200 managers would do a LOT for "driving simplicity, speed of decisions, and agility" . Please reduce the sheer beauracracy which is stifling most any innovation. The talent is there, it just needs less "help" from above and turned loose again.
Giles, you could easily be right. Like I said, this *could* be the next Altair which ultimately changes the world. Or maybe it isn't... I just don't know if Intel or MS have noticed Pi *YET*. They're already surrounded by embedded devices running (most of our lives now) on something other than Wintel, so a cheap Hobbyist level board wouldn't normally be perceived as a threat. (or would it?) We'll see. :) Should be fun to experiment with in any event. I got plans for this baby!
Re: different beasts
Ogi, well, things move too fast to get much use from a turret's eye view. But for an after-action "report", that kind of thing would be nice to have and see just how bad a shot I am. :)
But yeah, CO2 powered cannons in turrets firing bb's to 1/4" ball bearings (or in Australia 3/16" to 1/4" ball bearings due to gun laws). WW1 to WW2 era ships (ala the Big Gun era). Been around as a hobby since 1979. Regular R/C has its pluses for easy entry, but if can get the code together for a Pi system for stuff like that (and have it available for other folks), it would add some extra features/functionality not available with a regular R/C controller. Combined with GPS, could have automated convoy's to shoot at. :)
Anyway - My point originally being that uses for the incredibly cheap Pi's are quite nearly endless, and that was just one example I don't think the Pi designers expected. :)
Yeah. You're reading too much into it, I don't think MS/Intel care currently. Although... The Altair started off pretty humble, and ultimately we had PC's grow to points that threatened IBM's mainframes. Who knows? The Pi as it stands now is PURE hobbyist/edu market though.
Re: different beasts
Agreed Ogi. Definitely different beasts. I plan on using the Pi in Big Gun R/C Model Warship Combat to replace the more conventional R/C guts while adding new functionality (like cameras, sensor readings and such that I don't have now). Some things are hard to tell from 50ft away with a 5-6' model ship on the water. I *suspect* the other robotic combat guys (ala the Robot Wars folks) will start doing the same.
The Pi ($25 for regular Pi and $35 for Pi+) can also get used in quantity with a lot more laissez faire attitude if your experiment doesn't work out. (and by not work out, I mean a release of magic blue smoke) Definitely a hobbyist board. Kinda like the Altair of old in that regard. I don't see doing that with the Intel board.
Penguin cuz that's what Pi runs innit it?
Re: What does it matter what its made of
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Re: Its the ITU's standard
Unless the ITU changed the legal definition of 4G (IMT-Advanced), they can SAY a company can call it 4G in a press release and not be sued by the ITU, but that doesn't protect the company from Government lawsuits and individual lawsuits because they violate the international standard set by the ITU. A press release isn't a technical paper on the spec, and probably hold little weight in court other than reducing the amount of damages that can be collected from Govt's and people suing. At least until the definition is *officially* changed 4G could turn into a Lawyer fest on a global scale... Until then the ITU won't get sued because its the international standards body, but anyone following the press release rather than the proper standard as written has their fannies hanging out.
Re: Its the ITU's standard
Well, the ITU is allowing non-4G speed devices to be labeled 4G for marketing (and it won't sue the carriers at that point), but AFAIK the actual legal definition of 4G wasn't changed. I looked to see if it had been changed, but looks like its still officially 100Mb/s on the go, and 1Gb/s while stationary for the 4G spec. Nothing to stop Government and individual lawsuits though, unless 4G specs have actually been downgraded. I haven't found anything saying the actual specs were downgraded, so it is still false advertising regardless of what ITU says in a press release. (unless there is a new 4G spec that has been downgraded and ratified)
From my own benchmarks, Sprint's WiMAX "4G" was only 6Mb/s and Tmobes HSPA+ is 37Mb/s. Neither is 4G, but at least Tmobiles is slightly faster than my Uverse connection.
@ P. Lee
"BYOD is an IT industry scam to sell management tools."
Oddly enough, I like the whole BYOD concept (using some sort of virtualisation to keep unencrypted corp data off ANY corp or personal mobile device - Laptops, netbooks, phones, tablets, whatever), but the same thought crosses my mind as well. IS it just a cool scam for expanding a market that essentially didn't exist 2 years ago?
Re: Complicated system is complicated
"A horrifically complicated system. So it'll be safe to throw a spanner in it then"
I'll see your spanner, and raise you TWO butterflies flapping their wings in Brazil... :)
Re: More importantly
responding to myself. I did find some benchmarks on Toms. My quick takeaway is that USB2 is their big holdup with UHS cards, so they went to USB3 for their desktop reader. The fact that the card readers on on phones/tablets are tied to the USB2 interface kills any chance of faster performance than USB2 is capable of. Looks like for write speeds it might still translate into faster xfers, but for reads it will not over a good Class10. Would UHS still be worth it? Possibly, but some of the Class10 cards are also pretty quick.
So if trying to figure out if one of these would help in an individual case, Benchmarks on the specific device would be required. At least until USB3 gets to the phones/tablets.
Re: More importantly
But I think that in spite of the Burst mode data transfer being lower in compatibility mode, normally sustained DTR should still be higher. I saw that doing some low end server testing when put newer SATA2 drives with higher data densities on older SATA1 interfaces. The DTR nearly doubled in spite of being on an aged/slow interface. I think we need real world benchmarks here.
Regardless, getting that much theoretical throughput for a MicroSD card is pretty exciting. I'm concerned about all the "weaseling" as well, since not all SDHC and SDXC interfaces have proven equal without adding "Compatible" claims on it.