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Microsoft parts Azure cloud, reveals NoSQL doc database

swschrad

sounds like a front-end to Excel

the alternative technology would be data-in, random scraps - out. Prior Art Exists (tm) ... any CompSci student's 100-level projects, or the "test your luck" search option in Google.

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Trundle, trundle, FLEEEP: iPhone 6 production grinds to halt

swschrad

next they'll say there aren't enough Intertubes to use the phones on

I think we have to have a miracle here. All pray to the great Steve that gave us the nonreplaceable battery...

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Bitcoin on ATM? Pfft! We play DOOM on ours

swschrad

GTA on your car's entertainment/control console

but not using anything stupid like an Idrive handle, use the paddle transmission shifter controls on the steering wheel. this permits maximum carnage for the court charges!

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Things that make you go hmm: GlobalFoundries hires ex-IBM chip fabber

swschrad

300mm fab? what are they making, power tubes?

that's some hefty silicon, folks. forklift chips? 100,000 watt Zeners? IBM concert amps?

I could believe 30 nm, perhaps. but that's 2000 technology, too.

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Fridge hacked. Car hacked. Next up, your LIGHT BULBS

swschrad

I should think that would be the Ti-D-Bowl man

lose the little boat from the ads, gain a printer for all the helldesk tickets. "weak flush at 85th and Central, mens, 3rd stall." "low paper, Edgington Court Starbucks, mens." "geysers and Sharknados, use extreme caution, 10th Crossing subway station, you can't miss it."

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swschrad

why, the National Electric Code, of course

those are your AFCI arc-fault detecting breakers. but you don't need to put ethernet on the power line to whack those. all you need is a reasonably good 17 meter ham rig in a car. 17 seems to be the hot ticket based on the length of house wiring to the AFCI breakers.

the good news is that vendors have figured it out and are reconfiguring their filtering.

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swschrad

they'll fix it when New York City starts strobing

or maybe when generating stations start playing Mozart, speeding up and slowing down.

or when self-driving cars start line dancing on the freeway.

if they still can...

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Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

swschrad

how about "greenmailing shitbastard."

that OK with the court?

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

swschrad

ALL source material is compressed

vinyl? RIAA curve in/out. digital? hacked and (occasionally) regenerated.

this on top of the compression/expansion, noise gates, preamp distortion, microphone effects, and multistage processing loss of definition all throughout the recording and duplication chain. tape has a 50 dB range with nonlinearities on the low end, and processing like dbx adds additional artifacts. digital recording is itself a series of compromises.

so to start with, there is no "true" fidelity in a commercial source.

I have always had my doubts about the 30s and 40s RCA research that "7% distortion is the point at which the human ear detects." that's as good as they could measure pure tones. and every improvement such as the feedback loop, beam-power tetrode, and differential amplifier stages iimproves on that.

in the beginning and the end, we have analog. careful use of analog technology across the chain provides fewer machine artifacts and a more realistic experience.

I'm smelling more ways to try and push 1-inch transducers and chips and calling that excellent.

when it's just another ploy to get me to dump all my stuff and buy new.

the push side of the market is looking desperately for another gimmick, while the pull side is way tired of "it's all crap, but this is better." we don't want to stuff the landfills and spend all over again out here.

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Apple abruptly axes Aperture ... Adobe anxiously awaits arrivals

swschrad

GIMP runs under OS/X, they say

free-as-in-beer and real spiffy. I have it on my WinSlows box, and like it.

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Dell exec: HP's 'Machine OS' is a 'laughable' idea

swschrad

wouldn't you like to replace all that legacy with one OS, too?

not to mention, The Machine is the perfect way to kick underperforming, overcosting Itanic out the window into a dumpster conveniently parked underneath.

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swschrad

suppose MachineOS is actually a selector?

friend IBM probably has ten OS running on a Z-series mainframe by now, from JCL to containers holding windows, linux, and the like. if MachineOS is the manager for a bunch of system-containers like that or like Citrix, it looks like a chameleon, it shifts like a chameleon, but the user thinks they're running a native whatever. if the core and memory are agile enough, why the heck not? that's not new. not a 10-year project, either.

we've had a lot of new OS developed since the Univac 1, and there are always a bunch of young guys who want the chance to gin something up from scratch and get their name in the books.

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AT&T: We will right many of world's wrongs if allowed to slurp DirecTV

swschrad

how can they say that?

practice. they have yet to work up to saying with a straight face "we will also put 4D in your flying car and pay off your mortgage if you bundle satellite, landline, and Uverse with our beer of the month club." but I'm sure the training sessions are scheduled...

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When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

swschrad

and that forces you into their naming scheme?

actually, if FumbleNet slips you 50 IPv6 addresses and says have fun, you can still private 6000 machines behind one of them if you want. use one for web servers. one for mail. one for arranging those secret stock trades. and bank 46 of them.

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swschrad

like all those local news videos coming out of ow.ly?

surely it could take down the net! film at 11 on WACK.TV

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swschrad

just create a new .azure domain

and keep reusing the same old 10... addresses behind another bank of next-up routers

yeah, it's the same thing as a Stephen Fry joke, but has enough detail to prompt a meeting, so they can't do any real damage during that time

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

swschrad

so every new domain/user generates another server farm, eh?

BZZZTTT.

a new domain name creates a new table in the core DNS servers.

a new domain entry for a new destination creates a redirection record.

the redirection record can be pointed to any IP address, V.4 or V.6, generally through a MX record. if it points to an existing web site, no IP address is created, the old one is used.

if it's a service on a hosting company, it may be a virtual server within the private network of the hosting company, and everybody in the world is using 10... private networks without bothering anybody else, because they never go to the net itself. the internal link is in the hosting company routers.

so, BZZZZT. your suitcase can fit in anybody's car without making a new car for it.

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HP: Customers, partners are fleeing IBM x86 since Lenovo System x bid

swschrad

HP is in step with the times.

they understand spying. hell, the board has done it on each other.

((typed on the work HP because I'm not at home with my HP laptop, just so you know))

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Livermore lab opens Catalyst super to industry users

swschrad

turn that machine RAPACIOUS

Really Awesome Pictures About Cats International Official Universal Server.

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Latest IE flaw being actively exploited

swschrad

don't get the shakes

you'll drop your card deck

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Sony bosses will return bonuses as firm preps for BILLIONS in losses

swschrad

because the goofs just keep on coming without being fixed

that's why Sony is now Baloney.

but don't worry, as soon as we roll out our 5D Hyperspace interactive TV that puts you in bed with that fancy lass, it will all pick right up again. promise. really. trust us.

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

swschrad

an endless spiral of bad choices here

and the worst one was programmed in, "keep searching, dammit."

at some point, to stay real-time and operational, the ATC system should have just flagged the U2 as a bogey and red-boxed it on radar. controllers could either contact it for intentions, or notify Air Defense Command.

which brings up the question, why fly a U2 through LAX controlled airspace anyway? aren't there enough TV station helicopters chasing white Broncos down the highway, they have to put a U2 up as well? all that blank Nevada test range they could turn and burn in, and they decide to fly over LA.

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

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Alert

obviously, the sun is a terrorist!

but they're having trouble lining up volunteers for the mission to take Old Sol out...

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Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

swschrad

for those who said buying Motorola was all about the patents...

buy yourself something nice tonight, you earned it, you gypsies, you.

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Amazon patents caches for physical goods

swschrad

prior art exists.

it's called "branch stores" and "warehouses" depending on the depth of the shelves.

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

swschrad

Arrr, me mateys, now ye friends all hand over yarrr loot, too

Icann is just a greenmailing pirate, that's all he does. buy some stock and bring a gun into the boardroom. other men, better men, send two guys who look around, flick ashes on the ledger, and say, "Nice little business ya got here. shame if anything happens to it. we'se here to sell ya some insurance, cabish?"

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Intel shutters BRAND NEW chip factory as PC market storm rages

swschrad

more like pining for the fjords

in any event, Intel has one hell of a woodshed now, in case they need to take some project planners to one. and no witnesses!

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FCC honcho: Shifting our crusty phone network to IP packets starts now

swschrad

not for now

present IP interconnects to the global PSTN are done by translation to a TDM backbone. you can keep that for the forseeable future, as long as equipment is made and supported, fake it on breakout cards that tie into gigabit ethernet backbones that are well-proven in the field, or replace it all, as SS7 replaced signal tones to kill the Captain Crunch era. plenty of technology to plod along with.

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swschrad

what 48V?

power over Ethernet is not supplied from the central office. an IP phone that has a wall wart is not powered from the central office. you can't deliver office battery tens of thousands of wire feet to a DSL box, because the current it needs is way beyond what you can run that distance. remote-power DSL stuff typically uses line power on multiple pairs of 300 volts delta at low power, which is the capacity of the wire plant, and typically takes 6 to 8 pairs to supply enough current. there is still not enough for a fiber-controller DSL system.

with IP phones, you don't have central 48V battery, which last disaster I heard of when even battery plant died, in New Orleans, only lasted 6 days when AC and generator fuel all ran out during a hurricane and flooding.

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swschrad

not for 911 location

911 is the big bugaboo for IP. with wireline, somebody picks up the phone at 123-666-6666, by definition it is within up to 100 yards ($40 wireless handset) of the connection point at 123 Anywhere Street. it is NOT with IP, you can unplug the phone and set it back in anywhere, assuming the building infrastructure doesn't tie specific ports on the data switch to specific cubes.

consider BigCo, office complex two blocks long, with operations in 60 other US cities. the network is collapsed going into the IP phone network, so the San Fransisco branch office, East, looks to be in the same location as Puerto Rico's devices plant. so where do you send the ambulance if the guy on 111-666-6666 calls, gasps, groans "my chest!" and the phone hits the floor.

that one has NOT been sorted out, and CANNOT be sorted out unless the IP phonesets use GPS. which incidentally does not work inside buildings.

not just disconnected from geography, but disconnected from reality, as far as emergency services is concerned. a tough issue.

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swschrad

not so fast, there, cowboy

in fact, the legal structure now in the US is such that the legacy telcos are open to all with a business card and a tie on the legacy networks at wholesale rates as competitors... and everything else is closed. so WhoopieNet doesn't get to compete with fiber-connected TelcoNet customers, because that is not a "legacy network."

at present, this is a minus for the telcos and a plus for the cable companies, because they are not "legacy network," either. unless it is ALL opened up to competition, perhaps based on c-tags or SNAP headers to route the billing, anything else is discriminatory and prohibited by monopoly law of 110+ years duration.

so that's a big political can of worms the FCC has in front of them, and no mustard to ease the path.

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Report says Microsoft has divided CEO list into possibles and probables

swschrad

Elop has fine credentials

he was sent as a missionnary to Nokia to spread the smallpox blankets among the savages, plunder the treasures for the Softies, and leave shiny baubles and firewater. later, of course, he brought the natives under control and came home to great applause again.

another merger conquered. perfect Microsoft leader credentials.

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Fancy knocking off early? Just run our fake computer crash 'virus', say admen

swschrad

not the first time

I've had a screensaver stashed for a decade that rotates various BSODs, the spitting image of a paranoid motherboard. but it got old fast. in a real crash, the phone queue system would go away on the desktop, and without a proper logout. so that is no dodge.

in my old TS days, I would just put another yet another VT240 keyboard under my arm, adopt a stern expression, and walk quickly out of the building for a little calm and reflection ;)

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Acer kills CEO job before CEO starts: All goes Wong after Wang pull-out

swschrad

uh, adopt cow boxes?

worked for one holiday season for Gateway ;)

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FCC: How we'll RIP 'n' REPLACE OLD phone system for new IP tech

swschrad

about time FCC got off the dime

ATT first asked for a rulemaking and standards two years ago. inside the telcos, the IP phone has been popping up on desktops strongly the past year plus. I was playing with a "now it's abandoned, now it's back" Centrex/IP interconnect system 6 years ago, but our company couldn't sell it because internally, business had committed to IP telephony. if ever you get a chance to get inside a central office with permission, you will probably see rack on rack on row of ESS systems turned off, with power lights on only occasional cabinets. the rest are kept for "spares in place,"

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Classic telly FX tech: How the Tardis flew before the CGI era

swschrad

on ChromaKey (tm)

which was availiable in the mid-60s in NTSC, and was a patented and trademarked development of RCA. as usual, what was beastly expensive in the 60s became affordable to local stations by the early 70s, and widely licensed. our little TV stations in Fargo and Grand Forks, ND had Chroma (the licenses did not convey ChromaKey (tm)) on both Visual and Grass Valley switchers.

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'It seems that the OSes and devices are based on the Devil'

swschrad

hot date with Ms. DOS

let me make your weekend complete: Int51

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Moody's eyes up Sony's debt: Hmm... junk? Bam! Shares drop 11%

swschrad

all the bond rating companies are whores

all we're arguing about now is the price.

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swschrad

yeah, it started going downhill after the rootkit

they do have some good products. but the company never really changed their tone after using Neil Diamond as a pusher for kernel skulduggery, and they continue to march at the head of the parade of lockdown for technology. so trust among the True Believers is pretty... nil.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

swschrad

and of course, it would be a new line of business

the history of the Skunk Works is that they always generated something nice when the moths in the safe started getting really, really hungry. but the trend is for the pilot of the future to need a nice comfy seat and a low-noise environment in an office, rather than a high-G suit and a working pee tube.

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'The NSA set me up,' ex-con Qwest exec claims

swschrad

nonsense, it was a pump-and-dump

Evil Joey Nachos KNEW Qwest was going to lose Federal contracts. he KNEW his minions outside the C-suite were not raking in billions of dollars free from the Internet, there was this little thing called "building out" that would eat a lot of the money. and he conspired with the 5 others indicted (who all did plea deals) to cover that up long enough to sell a tubload of his stock before the shit hit the fan. he poured money into KPNQwest in Holland until KPN had enough and pulled the plug, and still blithely told the stock callers, "We'll just light our own fiber," that of course being the part that pushed KPN to the brink.

Nacchio was duly convicted and jailed and made to pay back far too little of his ripoff, and he's got a lot more in common with Spoonie and Juice, two failed drug dealers, than he had with his peers in telecom.

It is too bad he will not make a farewell tour of Qwest facilities. We have been waiting patiently for him...

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HP storage: more possible backdoors

swschrad

revenue enhancement mechanism

you all realize that classically, the backdoor also represented a revenue enhancement and retainment device. "OK, Mr. bigshot, so you're not renewing your support contract. May I remind you that on the 31st, we will recover our software at the end of support?" mostly when the ripcord is pulled, the customer quickly signs up at a, ahhh, less-special discount.

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Stay away from the light, Kodak! Look, here's $406m to keep you alive

swschrad

Re: Kodachrome

Kodachrome is very, very dead. Kodak got out of processing it a decade ago, leaving one processor in Kansas who bought their plant. they drained the tanks two years ago and scrapped the machine.

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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

swschrad

fun stunts with VMS/Vaxclusters

the Vaxcluster was so robust that any machine on the cluster could become the controller. whatever NIC had the lowest MAC address was next in line. so one day, the whole college was running abnormally slow, and I started chasing around to find out why. turns out the 11/780, which was the usual controller, had a creepy NIU cable, and when it bumped and was blown away by the cluster when it came back, my 286 PC with Pathworks became the cluster controller. replace AUI cable, reboot the PC, and life goes on.

also taught me a valuable lesson about minimum bend radius on cables. the whole cluster start bouncing one fine Friday afternoon at end of finals week. I had a loaner SNMP 1.0 console at the time, and between that and the console printer found out all the AUI cables were shorting and bouncing both VAXes. now, this was momentary. but as I alluded, VAXclustering was so robust that it had a primitive for reboot-anything. if a node missed a heartbeat or two and then came back on, the cluster controller would send a "EFF YOU, D I E !!" message to that machine, rebooting it.

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Picture this: Kodak could get out of bankruptcy as early as July

swschrad

Far as I'm concerned, Kodak killed itself in 1979

they had developed the first digital camera and light sensor. they had the world by the tail, except for that pesky portable ENG camera stuff. they thought they could keep a toehold with the E6

Ektachrome process.

fail.

the older color reversal stuff, E4/ME4, you could mix the chemicals in dog pee instead of water, run the stuff pretty much anywhere from freezing to boiling, except for the color development stage with its 1 degree window, and the film came out great.

E6 was seriously tempremental, almost as bad as Kodachrome, which required masters-grade chemists diddling the mixtures. the best film we got out of our processors at our TV stations was a murky blue-green mess. I got good slides in a laundry tub of hand tanks, but nobody in the TV business could get the process system working without a pH meter and fiddling the mix twice a day.

it was obvious at that point to anybody who wanted to look over the fence that Kodak was drunk on its own history, and they didn't bother checking with anybody else any more whether they were relevant.

how it took until 2011 to catch on, is not surprising.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

swschrad

Monster? audiophool. 12-gauge speaker wires: audiophile

stunning physics fact: copper is copper, is 98% of the conductivity of pure silver. why not buy it at 1000 feet for $67.00 (THHN 12 gauge single wire) instead of 16 gauge Monster zip cord at 30 feet for the same price? then you truly get a straight wire with no gain and no discernable loss, and for 20 times the distance.

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Fujitsu says sayonara to semiconductor biz, thousands of staff

swschrad

meanwhile, at Oracle...

do please note that Sun Microsystems pretty much gave up its own chip development and server manufacturing a few years ago, letting development partner Fujitsu do all the heavy lifting. oh, look, there appears not to be a partner there any more! will Oracle have to spend a penny to keep their captive hardware company alive? methinks you can look at the mess that Java became to guess the answer...

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

swschrad

you fail to see the (flawed) logic

there is a Surface RT because there is a mobile windows 8. they are meant to be complimentary without being welded to each other, as the RIM tablet was welded to the crackberry.

Surface RT is System Lite, and the winphones are System Lite-lite. pros need not apply. Chair Boy has more expensive stuff for you. only you can't use it because the live tiles stuff keeps hiding your work.

I don't really buy the logic, because it's a screwy tool to me, but there y' go.

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

swschrad
WTF?

the badly inbred Phelpses of WBC are plain wack

they're a "church" like klansman David Duke was a "church." WBC is a collection of inbred dimbulbs that, reading their bibles upside down, has determined that everybody who is not guzzling their Kook-Aid is pushing the gay revolution, and thus 10 pounds of sin in a 5 pound bag.

they go to prove that there are indeed abnormalities on the tails of the distribution, and until God sorts them out, I favor marginalizing them to the fullest extent possible in society.

meanwhile, you go, "anonymous."

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McAfee takes time off blogging to concentrate on being chased by police

swschrad
Holmes

disinformation

he's probably hiding in plain sight as the Minister of Information in Caracas, Venezula. well suited to the role. and El Presidente wouldn't notice.

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