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11 posts • joined 10 Aug 2011

Microsoft withdraws software silos from Germany in patent war

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Re: I wonder...

Arguably one of the most insightful software patent posts ever.

Thanks!

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Blizzard ponders World of Warcraft for iPad

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Re: Class selection

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Intel Xeon E5s pruned for single-socket workstations

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Coat

$4k for 2 CPUs sounds pretty reasonable...

Although it certainly looks like an insane amount of money to someone used to bashing together a PC from a box of parts.

On the other hand if you're a Pro make a living out of your Tools it's a much better option than an $8K PCIe card with 1/10 the power.

Anyone want to take a bet that if Steve's favorite line of "one More thing" gets used today we'll finally see some new MacPros announced today?

If not they have to be soon, but will be A LOT more than $4k when fully specced.

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Server virtualisation: How to pick the right model

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XCP

One of the better kept open secrets of open source virtualization is XCP, and it's new sibling Project Chronos (a full port available for Debian/Ubuntu using apt get). Both are essentially FOSS versions of the $pendy Citrix Censerver (Talking Enterprise/Platinum editions, not the freebie base edition.)

One of the cooler new features is a hybrid Storage Model, enabling a pool of servers to access shared storage, but have each host automatically replicate the virtual disks to local storage as they are accessed. The net result is local disk performance after the initial read from the remote SR.

Doubly cool if the local storage is SSD. :)

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FCC's net-neut rules now official

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WTF?

@FFS

That patent's pointless...

Ignoring it being 5-15c to send a 163 byte "Packet" for many users ( may explain AT&T's mobile broadband pricing!)...

1) use UDP

2) use GRE to encapsulate "Traffic Contained Protocols"

3) use whatever error handling the "Traffic Contained Protocols" has built in to request retransmits and deal with the inevitable out of order packets that will be involved.

Profit.

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EMC exec flames El Reg

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FAIL

Fact - EMC are Bloody Expensive

Marketing spin dosen't constitute smackdown.

Truth is, despite the expense, CIO/CTOs love EMC because they know their jobs are safe buying storage from them. EMC gear breaks just like everyone else's, but the quality of their support and post install team is rivaled only by their sales team.

If you're building datacenters for Bulge bracket banks or the Government there's only 2 players in the game - and HP are struggling. At that level Nextenta are not even close for contention. It's not just about price, it's about knowing you've got a solid solution. Speaking of which I admire EMC's restraint for not lobbing the obvious brick back at Nextenta - so tell me about the impact of the Oracle aquistition on on the longevity of your core OS and plans to shift away deo

it.. Fugly!

At smaller sites the likes of Nextenta and my personal favorite QuantaStor (If you've never heard of them they're REALLY work a look) come into play.

Speaking of QuantaStor, they behave very much like a tiny EMC in terms of customer service and support. Their features are great an their pricing is good, and they know who their customers are and what they need.

Nextenta are using tennisballs to take in an armored division. Poor choice of strategy, even though they're using some sporty tennis balls!

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How gizmo maker's hack outflanked copyright trolls

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There's a lot more to this than tweets

Something I've been doing for years, and now the triple play CableCOs here in the USA have started to do too is use video overlay like this to flash up caller ID when the phone rings.

Works great, no need to interrupt the movie and go get the phone if it's a Telemarketer. Works even better if you mute the ringer before you sit dow. Now all you have is a couple of seconds of a name & number at the bottom of the screen.

The bugger is you need to be watching content from the STB. If you're watching a BluRay you're screwed. This device opens the door around that.

My dodge is averything goes through my HTPC, so I can overlay anything I like on the TV (Monitor really) before it gets onto the HDMI cable. Chumby makes the same thing practical for "The Consumer".

The only people who may have a case against it are Intel as they are picky about getting licencing fees for HDMI. That doesn't sound insurmountable.

Finally the NY Hall of Science is down the road from me, think I might go to the "Maker's Fair" sounds fun. Particularly if I wear my "I void Warranties" T-Shirt...

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Sid Meier's Civilization

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Loses it's charm abruptly...

This brings back memories, awaesom game and truly addictive.

Having played for hours every day over a couple of months (Uni Student + summer break + no commitments = bliss), I reached the point where I struggling to find a way to improve my best score.

Then it happened... Got into fight with the (soon-to-be-ex) girlfriend, and next game went on a global rampage that would have made the real Mr Khan giggle like a scoolgirl. When I'd wiped out the last competing nation the game ended and I had beaten my previous high score by a factor of 5, and the game only lasted 2-3 hours.

Once the penny dropped that the utopian dream Sid Meyer was pushing didn't jive with the rewards of being a brutal dictator I got bored pretty quickly.

Was fun until then!

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Google dumps TV flop on UK

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Google Quietly bought SageTV recently...

Which is "interesting" given what it's core is capable of.

At first glance it looks like yet another media center app, and a somewhat clunky ui.

Under the covers it's very nifty and flexible.

Think of it as all the best bits of XBMC (sage's default Ui is based on an xbmc theme, has the library functions, and very similar approach overall), MythTV (many front ends hanging from a backed), TiVO (intelligent recording / predictive recording if disk is free and nothing is explicitly scheduled), recording HDTV and streaming it to "clients" (1080i/720p), Place Shifting (thin clients on mobile devices to your own private system), and a whole bunch more.

sageTV is also very DVB friendly and multi lingual support is excellent thanks to a strong following outside us borders.

No idea wtf The Cf is planning on doing with it though as it's not very "Cloudy"

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London rioters should 'loose all benefits'

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FAIL

Better idea.. Anyone want to start a counter petition?

Vengeance may sound good but only makes matters worse. The core problems are a lack of employment and respect for how cushy life in the UK is. No matter how squalid and impoverished.  A more creative approach would be sentencing rioting looters to MANDATORY employment. Community service with a twist- a few months / years helping to rebuild <insert name of country> after a recent war and atrocities (or natural disaster) will provide material overseas aid, and teach the lesson that helping others in greater need than yourself is better than mindless violence fueled by materialistic greed. Maybe a few would apply those lessons when they come home and contribute to society. Finally, it would make one hell of a deterrent with a low number of reoffenders... Free suntan or not.

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