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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.
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 ;)
uh, adopt cow boxes?
worked for one holiday season for Gateway ;)
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,"
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.
hot date with Ms. DOS
let me make your weekend complete: Int51
all the bond rating companies are whores
all we're arguing about now is the price.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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."
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.
actually, industry, metrology, shipping, etc. would howl
5 MHz is the frequency of WWV, the stable master-clock radio beacon used for numerous purposes such as calibrating test equipment, some time sync applications, and the like. you'd start a war sitting on that.
5 GHz, the X band, is heavily used for earthy microwave links as well as satellite links. phase and polarity are important here, so that's why Dish thinks they might get away with putting some omnidirectional cell phones in the middle. but because it's so widely used for campus data links, remote broadcast, security, and of course commercial satellite, uncontrolled use would start a riot, not a nice little setpiece war.
echoes of Lightsquared... some character wants to make extra money with no regard for what happens to long-standing licensed frequency usage. and like Lightsquared, this should be slapped down hard.
he needs help, all right
what's the number for "first call for help" services in Belize? at this point, he needs a 473-step program.
it's a conspiracy!
if those fum duckers don't bother to upgrade their browsers for still-live platforms, they should stop whining. I'm on PowerPC OS/X 10.5.9 at home, and all the whining and spitting from websites is nonsense, as they won't give me a "modern" browser.
IBM has a golden chain to its fabs
IBM also has a secure trusted DOD/government fab in East Burlington, and their Special Clients would have a huge say in the transfer or discontinuance of that facility. huge say. the other facilities in Fishkill are reasonably expected to be supporting the Vermont works, and since they still have a great need for Germanium on Silicon at IBM, I don't see them becoming fabless. if Big Blue has Intel x86 licenses, I don't see why they would want AMD in the first place for something they already have. this sounds like another "analyst" looking for multi-millions for basically doing nothing stoking the rumor mill for business.
IMPHO getting to be about time to start totally ignoring the "market analyst" on Wail Street, since mostly they are playing the old Pump & Dump.
go where the waste is, you FoolCC
98 percent of all spectrum is tied up in government allocations, particularly the military. go after the good stuff and leave the TV industry alone.
for themselves. do your own.
if it is critical to stay on the Wacky Wacky Webbiepoo, for instance, the savvvy operator will have multiple vendor redundancy. if it is life critical, say an airline's operations office, they really should have dual entrance points for those multiple vendors, with absolutely nothing in the network duplicated in the same CO, duct, or on the same side of the building. this can be engineered. it is costly as bringing the moon home to the kiddies. but this is considered full redundancy. smart companies have their crown jewel databases in multiple cities on live replication, so a tsunami or a bomb in one place simple means the inputs stop to the other databases until one of the redundants is made the working DB, and business carries on from another ops center. the business that has no internal backups is the business that needs one or two workers.
we already knew this from media statements
the bobbies long telegraphed that they would stop at nothing if Ass Angie stepped out of the embassy to put him in cuffs. there is nothing new here at all. it's a stalemate, and it's not going to end until Assange walks out the door. at least the hotheads who wanted to destroy the concept of envoy immunity got read the law in time.
you know, Apple got their start making blue boxes, and after being roughed up one night, Steve Jobs decided it would be more fun and profitable to make a computer. first out of the box was a bare board machine. second was nothing less than the all-in-one computer, although the monitor screen and tape drive did not fit in the case. with 16 pure colors and a few more dithered ones.
that provided the financial muscle and industry acceptance to get a view inside Xerox PARC, and the Lisa and Macintosh.
they weren't all just copy, unless you consider using Chuck Peddle's 6502 processor copying.
evidence has to meet certain legal criteria, and once denied, is not suitable for further court discussions. Samsung not pulling out the folder until after evidentiary hearings are concluded means they goofed big.
second goof is to deny orders of the court, and on that, a judge is absolutely top dog in the universe. if something is denied as evidence, you can't turn around and wave it in front of the cameras saying the judge was an idiot. this is contempt of court. remedies can include jailing responsible parties until the trial ends or until the judge's term ends (depends on the legal severity of the case), dismissal, or a bench ruling for the other side.
in other words, Samsung's media genius could get them out of the smartphone business in the US. and it could be used as a factor in other international trade commission cases.
look for a flurry of firings in traditional Korean style... .
the world's in a terrible state
but not like that.
RIM needs to just go away. the hardware business is zero. the brand is zero. Messenger might have been hot once, but the network is massive overkill. messages can be encrypted and transferred safely in publicly-standardized methods of transfer.
plow RIM under.
asking too much? for an OS code base?
mon, you slay me. it's called "forking." download, change the name, go your own way. initial development costs of nothing.
Nokia was truly in a world of hurt if "nothing" is too dear.
then again, they were, and Microsoft paid them to be their demo vendor. we all know what happens to Microsoft demo vendors in a couple years.
One suspects the presentation will be cancelled
for well over a decade it has been suspected that Fab Nation this and Fab Nation that have left little doors and little keys in their complex silicon. in fact, the folks who might be most suspicious, the DOD, have a very small list of security fabs in which all of their most special silicon is built, and in which the security weasels themselves can have trouble getting in. the old Bell Labs, aka Lucent, now IBM fab in Vermont comes quickly to mind... used to be they made custom chips for all comers, network and modem makers alike having the complex bug in the middle of the board fabbed at IBM. no such, any more.
Re: US telecom form factor maybe
which form factor is 24 inch wide racks, heights of 6,7, and 8 feet standard. but add in supports in class-3 earthquake areas and such, and the racks could easily be extended to 16 feet. the "battery" busses are positive-ground 48 volts nominal, which means 53 volts in the rack.
the kit is standard, stocked, 100 years old and all the costs are amortized already. you have heat, power, cooling, density, weight standards already.
your cost to adopt: zero.
getFacedbook obviously hasn't done any research.
idiots! prior art exists.
it was in the early 80s on CompuServe that I first downloaded a sheet of emoticons onto green-bar paper. they were older than that. both these outfits should be barred from importing electronics until they grow up and get wise. this krep is getting way, way old.
NEVER. Assume. Anything!
that is a violation of Rule #1 on any list.
it is axiomatic that anything significant in controls must NOT be accessible from outside, must NOT be operating on anybody's commodity hardware or OS, that there are no documented back doors, there should be no undocumted back doors for security, and the equipment should not be assembled where Sneaky Petes run wild in the streets.
so far, SCADA seems to violate half the rules, and typical implementations (hey, boss, why can't I troubleshoot a process problem in our nitroglycerin plant from my iPhone at the roadhouse?) violate all the rest.
these things, and I include the "smart grid" boobytrap for society here, should be on systems similar to 1980s car electronics, in that they are specialty devices manufacturer-specific, no hardware docs, no external access, oddball access protocols, and designed as real-time VSMs instead of apps on a commercial OS.
not a problem
sell the flooded plant in Thailand to somebody for a buck, and use the facilities that formerly-hitachi wanted to dump. note how they renamed global storage technologies as soon as a merger appeared possible?
oh, and the EU gets a say because if you don't get their OK, your products don't sell there. no pressure.
round up the usual suspects...
Windscale has been mentioned... the French reprocessing/service industry has not.
but my money is on Italy for creating bad Czechs....
prior art exists
the Cray II, I believe it was, had chips three-deep in the processor. that's why they had to run it submerged in flowing cooled freon. try that on your laptop.
it's just another Oracle catfight. why not just leave them behind?
Larry wants to strangle HP. he also wants to strangle the open sourcers over Java, Open Solaris, and Open Office. he thinks now that he has a vertically integrated shop, he can demand the whole dollar, not just the software piece. and that's always been the highest cost per seat in the database arena.
time for two things. one, SQL applications need to stop sucking up to database vendors, and write to SQL query... let whatever machine answers do its own thing. two, lots of other outfits have strong databases that scale from DC to daylight, including DB2 open or commercial, and Sybase. plenty of value-add software houses would like to underbid Oracle in your shop, too.
so do it. you don't need a dozen SunServers and Oracle to have distributed databases synchronized.
if the people don't follow Larry, he's not a leader any more.
also familiar to us ancients who had VAXclusters
simply put, there was a small flaw in the architecture there. if the cluster controller went away, the rest of the cluster looked for a new arbitrator. DEC had determined and enforced that the earlier a MAC address you had, the better qualified you were to serve as the cluster controller, since of course it would always fall back onto a classic VAX.
until.... the physical MAC address pool ran out, and they needed to start reusing hardware MACs for PC controllers.
if you've had a VAXcluster fall onto a 286 PC as cluster controller, you'd know empirically that you have to define a class of trusted systems that you always look for first.
way too early for the Sky Hype guys, although they could have read about it.
The Community appears to be dealing with WikiLeaks
in fact, there are a bunch of self-appointed tin-star sheriffs with a PC and a modem doing what governments cannot... DDOSing the 'Leaks and taking them, and their hosts, down.
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