I'm starting to get just a little scared that the BOFH and PFY are getting affected by huggy feely team building events and other such dross. letting the Architect live might be acceptable negligence but not only one but two management goons make me fear that even the bottom drawer hammer might be replaced with a foam rubber version!
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Finding a USB charger in the jungle is just slightly easier then finding a banana powered one.
In my opinion you missed the most obvious one.
an adobe of bugs!
for those of you not familiar with the word here's a definition.
adobe : A building material consisting of clay mixed with straw or dung.
i.e. a pile of s..t!
Me and my windows 7 live a happy life together for the foreseeable future it looks like, just as I predicted.
Is there any reason not to simply put Oracle up against the wall and let the firing squad do its job? I'm quite sure that the good Oracle does (Lets face it it's probably a negative number.) for the world is alot smaller then what Android does.
Why is Microsoft allways trying to reinvent the wheel?
Sure Microsoft want its share of touch thingys, but by focusing on that to the exclusion of everything else in win 8 and refusing to listen to more or less every single person that tested it they ended up with a os about as liked as malaria.
Now for pr reasons they for some reason stay on numbered releases but skip 9 and jump straight to 10 and yet another desktop that give me headaches by using to high contrast and saturation by default and all those 90 degree sharp corners with no (well at least inconsistent) shadows etc. To me the desktop still looks like it has moved back more or less to what it looked like in the late 80s early 90s just in higher resolution, that is not the desktop I want to go back to.
Why microsoft refuses to give people what they want (mostly an updated win 7) that they would easily push out to everyone but forces out what to me still seems to be a product that needs at least a year more of development to be consistent is beyond me. Touch and desktop usage are so fundamentally different that trying to force one single interface for both will just not be a good experience for either so just give me my nice looking updated aero desktop with all it's performance hogging transparency and rounded corners and add a touch mode that is then actually touch friendly instead.
Mines the one with the windows 7 install media.
I agree with what you say, though from what I understood without doing any additional research shouldn't it be just as plausible to exploit any security vulnerabilities allowing code execution (even within the sandbox) of any installed app to be able to get at this?
I feel that there are basically two main options for why this has not been fixed yet.
We are apple, we don't care.
The issue is a design flaw more then an implementation flaw and thus they have no clue of how to plug it without breaking everything or doing big rewrites of loads of core components, thus involving tons of management at all levels of the company and burying the "project" in glue.
If as the article suggests the plan is for cold data, then in many situations the data already archived will never change and thus the rewriteability is not much of a problem. I would be more concerned with the classical issue of optical disks for backup/archive and that is a to high price/GB ratio compared to possible advantages to make much sense.
The hardware requirements should not really come as a surprise to anyone considering the need to render at a high frame rate.
The windows only release is not really surprising either considering that a vast majority of the customer base especially if you factor in the hardware requirements, will be on windows.
Re: Peer-to-peer trusted system updates?
Because you have almost but not quite reached a sufficient level of paranoia.
Once you start seeing flashing red lights and reach for a helmet while heading for the bunker complex, then you are well on your have a basic working level of scepticism and paranoia.
The more information is released about windows 10 the more I feel I will live a happy life with windows 7 for yet another release cycle.
I fail to see in what way shape or form this will benefit the vast majority of users. Sure big enterprises with very locked down environments fine. most SMB style operations, not very much, home users not in any way.
Not to mention you need a separate patching regime for the Hypervisor and mini windows to keep them secure as well as the normal windows update mechanic will be unable to touch them.
If you deploy a whopping big parachute the only thing you can be reasonably sure about is that you won't land anywhere near where you want to. The point is that rockets are rather large hard to transport so as soon as you land somewhere else then your designated landing spot you will be faced with the problem of how to explain the new garden decorations to some unsuspecting pensioner.
Re: AAANNNDDD it's gone...
While you are correct I think the reason tape is not on everyone's desktop for backups is because for some unexplainable reason tape drives are priced the same way printer ink is.
Re: Streaming does have its advantages
Or you would just get killed because your internet connection is worse then your competition.
Re: I don't know about quantum stuff, but I do know about frustration
You need to make sure the stupidity field is strong enough to cause an interaction of high enough energy to create real and not only virtual frustrinos. These experiments need to be conducted under extreme care though as the predicted properties of frustrinos indicate that they will accumulate in the core of the non stupidity field generating entity. Given the frustrinos surprisingly long half life, they risk accumulating to a critical mass causing at best a violent outburst and in worst case a stroke.
Not really, the money wasting f-tards will just listen to whoever channels the most dough into the offshore bank accounts as usual, so do it the Vimes way and follow the money. Then we can tell right now what the results will be in n years when they actually decide something.
Re: The UNIVERSE will end on Friday
I'm sure that already happened last Friday!
Re: Creative solution of the year!
Or to stay in with what CERN would do, just pass one very very big spare magnet above the ashes and pick up the needle with that!
Re: He'll be missed in my house
You didn't just happen to have Susan as a teacher did you?
mmm Douglas Adams... Now I need to get my copy of The long dark teatime of the soul down from the bookcase.
This obviously can't be right! The bastard on the side of a helldesk drone!!! Sure there is the common enemy but still... Unless this is just a ploy to get the drone to take the blame for some blunt accident waiting to happen...
It does seem like the recommendation I have made lately to friends and family asking my advice on new computers to format and do a clean install does carry some additional merit apart from getting rid of crudrefuses to uninstall properly.
Am I just stupid or is there something fishy here, first they move stuff to AAC, fine standardising. then they cancel shoutcast in the same format they standardise on, what am I missing here?
What I would like to see (but what will never happen) is that when a standards body clubs through a standard then all patents involved in that standard should be rendered null and void in relation to that standard. That would make standards truly open but would not allow usage of the patents outside of the standard.
Drastic action needed!
As one of the people footing the bill, I would very much like to state that while it's not my idea and I would never condone such an action, I have full understanding for anyone who would propose to exile anyone involved in this together with the macs used to a hole in the ground without internet connection and fill it up with concrete!
El Reg measurement units are of course the standard units of choice for the discerning reader, but does it need to be updated to take account for the advances made in palaeontology? Since our beloved Brontosaurus has apparently never existed, do we need to redefine to some other similar species of sauropod?
Re: Belt and braces
Started reading that link, and sure some of them might just possibly have an almost measurable effect on sound in a room by dampening out resonance in walls and vases, but I really like the make sure all screw heads are aligned horizontally bit :)
Re: I'll see your audiophile cat 5 and raise you
No, that is called vacuum.
Malt whisky.... there's an idea, is it best to immerse the storage in Higland park 18years or an Ardbeg 12 year? I suspect that the Ardbeg is better for Jazz and other smoky music, While the Highland park probably improves the fidelity and complexity of a good Mozart opera!
Yet another backup software woe
I have finally after way to many years of patchy manual and less then regular backups of my home system, taken the plunge and invested in some new disks to use solely for backup.
I have quite a lot of junk that needs to go into the backup but most of it is static, the total size today is about 2.8TB of backup data and grows "slowly"
The backup scheme I want to use is as follows it has holes but those I can live with and is the compromise I have come up with.
3 disks are used.
1x 4Tb disk for the full backup which after being done about once every 6 months rests in a offhome location ie My parents house for those house burned down recovery situations.
2x 1Tb disks for a differential every other week or so, and the second for daily incrementals. The disk with the differential backups will be offline when not used and only the daily incremental disk constantly plugged.
Now to my problem, having used and been pretty happy with acronis backup before I tried to use that but realised that it was just not able to do anything without having access to the full backup and tries to do a full backup (which will obviously not fit) instead of an differential / incremental.
Can anyone recommend a program that manages to do differential / incremental backups without access to full/differentials, that is user friendly enough that I don't have to spend a weekend trying to set it up and is either free or has a realistic pricepoint for home use?
It's not that I'm not aware of the physics wall it's just that I just don't think that we should be even close to that wall for the applications we are talking about. While of course the largest issue is the quality of the copper there has been so much increase in speed and "smart" solutions to problems that I just fail to see that for the last 10-15 years we are still stuck with more or less the same 24 Mbit max offerings unless you live "on top" of a tele station. What other communication standard is still the best available after such a long time?
Wouldn't it be a more fruitful pursuit to work on increasing the reach of lower ~100Mb tech so as to be able to reach more households with decent speed, each new step seems to be just faster with even more limited reach. This tech now seems like an extreme niche application to me bordering on a waste of money even putting it on paper..
All this being careful and aborting for any small reason really has to stop, there needs to put Jebediah Kerman in charge, then there will be a launch as long as the rocket is still standing on the pad! Be it leaky fuel tanks or hurricane winds!
Not being British myself I can't really judge the state of healthcare but if it's anything like Sweden I would hazard a guess that the underlying issues are a lack of budget keeping up with increased wages and increasing population combined with increased cost and complexity of many treatments.
The cost of in this case a smoker is not the cost of an individual, a single individual contracting lung cancer will of course be a net expense, though looking at the whole population of smokers, the percentage that get cancer or any other expensive illness from smoking is low enough to be offset by the decrease in life expectancy and treatment of age related diseases. When looking at total costs, one can't look at individuals but must examine the entire population.
While I don't condone counterfeit components or any such, I wonder how FTDI was thinking here as there is no way that this will be good for them.
The fake chips are supposedly "very good" and virtually impossible to identify.
Assuming these chips for any reason end up in the supply chain they can potentially float around the world many times before finally ending up in a product, thus even your reputable local contract manufacturer may end up with a batch of dodgy chips for no fault of there own.
If you are using / planning on using a FTDI chip today and have the ability to swap would you bet that you will never get a dodgy chip in your product and go with them or replace it with something from a company that don't have a history of bricking stuff causing your company major expenses, loss of goodwill and perceived reliability among its customers.
If I were in those shoes they would be out as fast as I could change to something else.
Re: Can someone tell me...
When taking images with mostly any kind of scientific camera, the camera itself is monochrome. Everything you get is a gray scale image, most often with a 16bit depth. In front of that camera you then insert appropriate filters, if you want a colour picture you take three separate images using a red, green and blue filter, these are then combined during processing to give you a colour image. For most scientific endeavours a normal colour image is of very little interest and therefore the filters used are very rarely simple RGB filters so if you want to make a colour picture for public consumption you have to make do with whatever filtered images are available to you and then blend these together so as to produce something natural looking. For many occasions it's actually better to present a gray scale or false colour image to highlight details since the eye has
Re: A mass of 2*10^30 kg hydrogen by itself is sufficient to initiate a stable fusion reaction
Now we just needs to build a smallish water tank to put it in to generate steam for our turbines!
Re: Totalitarian architecture...
I believe this just showcases Apples lack of hpc experience. Anyone could tell them that a simple ring interconnect would be bad, atleast they should have gone with a 5d torus or a tree!
Re: While they could end up behind bars for several reasons,
While I'm about as much of a lawyer as I'm a flying squirrel and usualy do my estimates of law based on the concept of comon sense, which ofcourse actually has nothing to do with anything involving lawyers, I'm fairly sure that blackmail not nessesarily needs to involve money, if you threaten someone with something (say publishing embarrasing pictures) unless they do somehting you want (for example resign your job) I feel we are definitely in the area of blackmail. If not after being manhandled by a group of lawyers atleast to the common sense
In that particular case I would say that Copyright infringement is the least of there problems when compared to the significant time behind bars for blackmail they should rightly end up with.
Considering the heritage of quality operating systems it has to build uppon such as BOB, ME, Vista and not least 8 I have a couple of thoughtful ideas.
Windows Uncle..... Seeing as bob's your ...
Windows Door..... As it might see even more people looking for the exit unless it's actually good.
Windows Patio..... Might want to add extra heaters.
Windows !8..... For obvious reasions.
Windows Start..... You asked for it and we grudgingly put it back.
Windows Bus..... It's not the interface formerly not known as metro we promise.
Re: Something missing in this article
They did state they had zero tolerance for antisocial behaviour and sitting quietly in your allotted chair writing in a notebook instead of merrily romping around guzzling down Fosters (or other alcoholic beverage of your choice) is surely antisocial.
Is it waterproof?
I can just imagine the scene, expensive big yacht pulling up to a pier and suddenly goes full throttle and rams the small insignificant boats ahead.
Well captain care to explain what happened.
I was standing on the bridge wing to get a good look at the distances to the pier when a light rain started to fall.
Well.. the IPad got a little damp and decided to go full speed ahead.
While what you write is definitely true in general, I feel that in this particular case I have a hard time to see the usefulness of relatively slow moving moths in most disaster situations. On the other hand It comes very naturally for me to think of military and three letter governmental agencies being very interested in small manoeuvrable surveillance drones with long endurance that are virtually undetectable in a natural environment.
The 8 times mass is strictly speaking not true in this case as we are talking about a type 1a supernova that is supposed to have a white dwarf progenitor (i.e. what our sun will end up as) so I would be more conserned by surviving the red gigant stage of the sun. Then ofcourse we would need to get a second red giant in close orbit with the sun to transfer some mass via Roche lobe overflow to the white dwarf surface.
I was getting seriously afraid that we might be at a million to one odds here that in accordance with Terry Pratchett would have almost assured it to happen, but I'm quite confidence the odds are way worse then that, so we should all be safe!
Re: This is not a validation of Microsoft's Metro strategy
While the metro interface doesn't FORCE you to use touch, the entire design paradigm for it is heavily touch focused.
As an ordinary computer user with a mouse I don't need large uniformly coloured slabs to be able to click them with the mouse cursor, I'm perfectly happy with design elements way to small to be useful in a touch environment.
For ordinary desktop work I fail to see any valid reason to use touch in favour of a mouse for any reasonable task, why then force a desktop userbase onto a design that even if not unusable is far from optimised for desktop work. Having metro as a chocie of interface would be just nice as it is useful for some circumstances where touch is a nice feature. but just leave me an option never to see the crap on my desktop.
For Google on the other hand this paradigm amkes sense, many systems running Chrome OS and almost all running Android are portable without a keybord or "convertible". The userbase for these devices are also commonly used to a touch environment and the ergonomics are not as hideous as they are for a desktop.
I feel that the big "thing" that the tape market has missed is realy home users., while not using as many tapes as companies the possible installbase is huge possibly making up for lack of individual volume through sheer numbers.
As I see it now there is currently no viable way for a home user with alot of data to keep backups and archive copies that is realistic.
To me the "ultimate" system for home use needs to fulfill a few criteria to be worthwile.
1. Physical size. The "unit" must fit inside a standard tower or for an external unit be no bigger then a shoebox.
2. Storage size. Must be sufficiently large that at most a few media units are needed for a full backup of a larger home system.
3 Has to be able to keep archive data.
4. Initial up front cost has to be low.
5. Cost per backup has to be reasonable. Has to be able to keep a few complete backups wihthout serious cost escalation.
6. Has to be "offline", if malware can whipe your backup you might aswell be without one.
7. Backup / restore time has to be reasonable, and require minimal interaction while running.
If for home use we limit ourselves to the following (I might well have missed some)
Optical disc - fails misserably on 2,5,7
Disc (usb style) - while not failing to bad anywhere the combination of wanting more then one backup and cost/backup makes this unatractive
Disc (NAS style) - Same as above but potentially vulnerable to malware on the backuped system.
Cloud - While I'm not fully up to date with costs for home solutions and there ability to rollback changes that has been pushed, it nontheless fails misserably on the speed requirements, an initial backup of 5TB of data using my home ADSL connection with 2 megabit upstream speed is not going to be done anytime soon, and I'm fairly sure no sane person wants to wait for the full recovery of said data either.
Tape - Aces most of the points not relating to cost where it fails misserably on upfront cost.
I fail to see any reason why a LTO tape drive has to have the seriously inflated pricetags thay have today. Sure there may well be significant development cost but that is what volume is there to combat. That leaves only extortionate licensing costs or just the regular corporate markup to warant the pricetag.
A low cost unit would be able to tap into a whole new market.
I just fail to see how this can not be easily alleviated by a XOR pass with a good prng with the seed as the first bytes in the stream to encrypt, then you would get a stream to encrypt that is close to perfect from an entropy point of view.