46 posts • joined Thursday 25th August 2011 20:32 GMT
Damn, I wanted to be the first
It could also be a very effective scam (buy and then sell as Twitter shares for 1000 times the value)
Element 119 is the item popular in UFOlogy, and only one with a very large nucleus, all these elements produced in labs are very light variations, and you need to remember this when talking about the decay and usability of a heavy element created in a lab.
There are a number of scientists who believe in the possibility of more stable elements, but they would have to be forged in some very specific environments, usefulness of them? who knows
I'm sure she has a successful career option in HR ahead of her, making sure management are protected and employees are left as the scapegoats
Re: For the low low price of $1295!
ACM are making huge strides here, with a code of conduct, huge investment in real research and a program to develop their professional support, hopefully towards something which might resemble this in the future.
The membership is around £170 and for that you get access to a huge research library and a magazine that more closely addresses technical aspects of IT than any other industry magazine I have seen.
They outclass the BCS by a long long way, and are probably the closest we have to a genuine body of people who actually have technical skills, rather than spouting marketing waffle and charging a fortune for the reports.
Re: Good company though
"Paying for the 2.5Mbps upload never worked, the modem would re-sync down, even though the trigger for the resync seemed to be a dropout on the upload (even though the upload speed without the high speed download never had any problems)"
That should read that changing the upload affected the unchanged download sync (which dropped out), even though it didn't drop out at that speed with the slower upload sync, something that seems to indicate a fault of some sort
Re: Good company though
Say goodbye to that now you with Sky, they'll push traffic onto Be's network from the massively oversubscribed Sky line and service will plummet.
Also if you've not used 150GB a month then you haven't got anywhere near hammering a broadband connection, I expect a fair few more letters and emails will be going out now the media industry are in charge.
Also Be delayed rollout of Fibre by 2 years on everybody else, took something like a year to fix the backbone connection onto the iPlayer getting overused (which still has problems from time to time)
Like many independent ISP's they degrade, and they are about to degrade a lot faster, I wouldn't let Sky anywhere near our home, and especially not near the internet connection.
Paying for the 2.5Mbps upload never worked, the modem would re-sync down, even though the trigger for the resync seemed to be a dropout on the upload (even though the upload speed without the high speed download never had any problems)
I switched to BT subsidiary plusnet for reasonable priced unlimited Fibre (including a genuine assurance from the docs that 300GB is not going to get throttled or punished), what is more the Fibre with its 8 times faster upload, and no definite cap (unlike BT), and no massive price (unlike the other performance provider at around £50)
Be did a good job for us all in all, we never got letters about the usage, but seriously, it's time to switch, very good ISP's never get better, and the Be you know and love died about 2 years ago when they stopped planning ahead and decided to cash in, Sky will destroy them (what's left of them after the subscriber exodus that has already happened)
Do the same for the Pro and upgrade the screen to ultra high res as an option and I can see with some further revisions of Windows 8 they would start selling.
I know this wont be popular
Re: What a brave and principled politician
I think claiming training costs is better than not training at all, which is a fundamental problem with modern capitalism, (as long as the training is training, that the company does lose money, rather than get trainees to do work for little pay and then claim tax rebates/reductions - as in the current exploitation of the terrible apprenticeships scheme launched by this government)
Re: XBox One vs PS4
It's not that straight forward, developer knowledge and deployment on the platform is significantly more important for the first half of a console cycle, and who wants Sony with their even more arcane repeated violations of customer rights in the name of IP and copyright protection.
I don't understand attacking Microsoft on the XBox, it's where they have really excelled, supporting smaller and larger developers on the platform, unlike Sony initially, and it's clear the games are going to be made, so why does launch titles really matter for the long term success of the console? I guess you need some momentum, but it's not a make or break issue any-more as long as some big titles come within the next 4 months, and others are planned for release shortly after.
"An insight into the nature of Chinese Communism can also be found in the report's “notable increases in the participation of workers in union committees and a corresponding decline in management participation in such committees”. And there we were thinking that a Communist country would have lots of workers on union committees! Silly us."
And there I was thinking a) that communism is largely miss-implemented, and abused (see Orwell and Animal Farm), that the socialist aspect of communism is largely not implemented (China is now a capitalist country anyway), with gains taken by those who hold the means of production, and not by the workforce, worker rights have virtually nothing to do with classic communism.
What it translates to is lots more money from healthcare software providers for all the pharmacists that need to upgrade the systems which interact with the NHS system at a huge cost (or pay massive sums of money -even larger sums of money) to get their own past the QA processes needed for interacting with the NHS system.
A silent way to further milk the healthcare system of money, only deferring the costs to pharmacies (many smaller ones which will then end up closing)
Re: Development Tools for the next quarter century...?
The register's persistent right wing rhetoric is beginning to really piss me off, once apon a time it was a tech magazine that presented balanced-ish tech news, not one more rag full of spin to add to the existing pile of right wing shit to help pretend this is how most of the population thinks in the west to push people rightwards.
Wow the test heavily distorts the results, and it could be more indirect with less leading questions
Well then they are ripping you off, I put together number of these servers with battery backed raid and all can be done for under £250 if you know how to bargain hunt (I did say auction). Of course if you go to a fixed price reseller who might say send soliciting emails to non tech savvy businesses, you might pay over £1000 for a G5 server kitted out with stuff.
The most powerful a DL385 G5 with 2 VT-x capable quad core CPU's, 16GB of ram, a VT1000 quad port network card, a P212 with 512MB BBWC and a P400 with the same, 4 10K 300GB SAS disks, an additional single boot disk for the hypervisor, this cost about £450 a year ago.
The cheapest DL140 chassis without disks I saw sell, had 2 Xeon 5160's and was £50, I've picked up a working P400 from the US for £12, you can even cut costs on the batteries replacing the cell and keeping the management electronics if you really want to.
The only think you need to be careful with is the disks, I've had 1 fail in 18 months from about 15, but I also learnt fast not to buy disks from people with ratings of under 50, and check every disk (3 Ebay cases issuing a refund), as some sellers sell working disks which fail on a full scan (this happened twice)
I've also had one dodgy server which went very cheaply, which I didn't check until it was too late, and all the signs were there that it was bad before I completed the transaction, along with a £12 replacement fan board expense.
Of course, the electricity is another matter.
If you care about the cost of an enterprise iLO license and are using multiple machines, then you can save a bucket load more money than that by buying pre-built usually lightly used entry level servers, replacing the disk infrastructure with something more capable, to build a small datacentre. Now though I expect something with full virtualization support (the i7 Xeons or AMD's not quite equivalents) would be a better target, at probably less than a white box.
Sounds to me like your buying the wrong brand, HP have had basic Lights out via WebApp for nearly a decade at least as standard even on the lowly DL140 G3 (G5) servers we have, which set you back under £100 on Ebay at auction, and can be fitted with decent memory and raid (a DL160/DL360 G5) provides the disk performance by default usually for a little more, and 6 2.5" bays.
I can't help but feel any lack of acceptance is down to the fact that she hasn't demonstrated any competence as a developer, and that is far more important than your gender.
I actually found that her using the term nerd insulting, it rubs me the wrong way in the severest of ways, as it undermines my ability as a developer to imply that are marketing and media professional see's herself as having the same technical skills as a software engineer or physicist, it reminds me of the Facebook I f*cking love science group, and the BBC article framing her contribution for female scientists, when it has f*ck all to do with science, and there are thousands of women and men who deserve a BBC article far more than that.
The worst aspect of this is that it undermines the real battle in cultures that genuinely do have serious issues, not just in IT, but in any profession.
The main issue preventing transfer of manufacturing to the US/EU is the way China taxes exports of rare earths. Destroying pay and conditions in the US (and now the UK) is not going to bring about any significant improvement in manufacturing that relies upon these materials until this sourcing problem is resolved.
Apple should have cancelled the contract with the Company that charges fee's, not just had a word with them, frankly it disgusts me.
The people that think it's OK to work at 14, sorry, but an education is important, not just basic skills, but advanced or trade skills, people who have degrees cannot even get jobs in the UK, frankly that families feel the need to forge documents is a disaster, education is the biggest regret of adults, and these kids are probably being robbed of choice through financial pressures on the family, it is not OK.
And it is exploitation, as you can pay kids in the UK (16 year olds, yes they are kids) half the wage of a 25 year old (even with our minimum wage structure)
And 60 hour weeks, what is the point of living, it's not like these jobs are skilled and enjoyable
Re: Caps and throttling
I'm glad I didn't go with BT as i didn't trust them, although Plusnet is owned by BT. FTTC has lived up to its reputation for us, the enhanced upload is more important than the extra download
They do offer a premium option too for an extra £5 where you can increase the priority of your P2P and unidentified connections over other users (I expect the unlimited users get priority over budget users too)
I cap torrent downloads at around 1.5MBps down and 100MBps up as courtesy and only run them now and then every few days. Be were very good with torrents (our usage with them was 150-300GB a month)
Eclipse (3 years ago) were terrible, and Sky have recently admitted that they have capacity problems that are affecting some users quite seriously.
Plusnet are the first to offer an unlimited relatively unthrottled connection over fibre for under £30 which I think is really impressive (as long as it stays OK while the contract is running I'm happy)
I haven't seen many places where the service was so poor, the worst was an 8MB line connected over BT to a virgin non-cable service in Coventry, which frequently dropped out or paused, which is really surprising.
We are 1.5 miles from the exchange and still managed 13Mbps on copper with a faulty line of some sort which stopped the 2Mbps upload working.
Contention I thought was governed by the ISP (as you can have 50:1 or 20:1) where does this take effect? how does LLU based services change this type of issue? (honest questions, I don't know) I guess if this is down to a large distance from the cabinet, a cabinet a long way away from the exchange, or a really poor cabinet line it would cause these types of problem, but I really thought such severe problems were limited to more rural areas, and a few patches here and there.
Some of these might be resolved in the above cases by new cabinets or FTTC as it is rolled out more.
I still think a number of popular ISP's and the chosen packages are a major factor in a significant percentage of cases. There is BT broadband or sky broadband in just about every house/flat here, although it's low density buildings (in sim city terms)
I guess I can only go on my experience and generally I have not seen an 8Mbps line transmit at less than 4Mbps in most cases.
The engineer that fitted the openreach modem did say it was the fastest connection he had seen, but I didn't take it seriously given the Virgin and BT both have 80Mbps+ services in theory
I'd question these stats, why was the fastest connection blatantly slower than anybody on a decent cable or fibre connection.
As for the up-to, just choose a provider who offers an estimate, and ignore the up-to, and ignore the cheap packages, as they will prioritise you out during congestion. If they fail to deliver the estimate ensure you can cancel the agreement/contract, and based on recent news avoid Sky.
Follow those rules and all but the most unfortunate 10% should be capable of sustaining a connection that can stream a few 720p media streams.
Many of the streaming problems are also potentially (in the case of Be and iPlayer) a problem with capacity between a service and its connection to ISP infrastructure, this also could be why they seem to have slow speeds, the other reason is that your 70Mbps line is not 70Mbps for streaming, I really don't trust Virgin at all, and they also have capacity problems in some locations.
Finally, if you are not paying for a connection of over 2Mbps, then you really cannot complain about poor speeds, however poor your current speed is it will still probably be 4 times faster than 2Mbps on an up-to 8Mbps line.
I also don't see where all these contention complaints come from, if your speed drops by more than half during busy times (and you are not on Fibre already), and these busy times are most of the day every day, then there is a problem, and changing ISP is a good place to start, or paying more.
Re: Worldwide collider project
Think it might actually cost more and be much harder than a massive collider.
I see Andrew is getting an Army of pro-copyright followers, personally I'd rather know in advance so as not to click his articles which are always the same old propaganda.
While some may suffer, the damage of not offering a lobby to compete with big media is far more destructive, unfortunately they only way to balance the power seems to be to take a few of the small guys as collateral damage.
I think its worth it personally, fight a balanced argument and you might have more credibility
Surely if you have won money you are entitled to that money legally, with at most a reasonable fee for processing the withdrawal?
If the T&C's are inherently unfair they are unlawful, especially if they are not disclosed or hidden behind complexity
Americans piss me off
1. VISA is not going to cut of an entire country over this
2. You have no right as a nation to dictate to anybody else who or what they do with their money
3. You no longer rule the planet, and are a nation who is past its peak (although your corporations rule you)
4. You are not at war with Russia, and China has nothing to do with this article, neither does Russia
5. Socialists are not communists, there is nothing wrong with a free health service and fair wealth distribution
6. Your corrupt capitalist system has made slaves of you all and has brainwashed you all into enforcing your slavery blindly (although us Brits are in the same position, were just led to believe democracy exists to keep us in-line)
7. Not every little incident is a reason to go to war or tout bullshit chest beating bollocks, you are not the great USA, at most your the great corporate shill.
Now I'm finished I'll get my coat... :O)
Sounds to me like the tories jumping on the populist bandwagon
Whether a useful skill or not, kids are not interested in Radio (directly), they are interested in things that can play movies and games, and run software, that they have some existing relationship with, that they can build their skills from.
You don't introduce advanced shit until the basics are there otherwise you destroy confidence and interest.
I've no doubt the guy is clueless, and even this is not likely to be his idea.
Once apon a time
The W3C was here to push good cross-platform standards.
Not be a mechanism for the advertising industry to try to avoid data protection, privacy and ethics regulations.
No static IP and a terrible fair use policy
I called BT who do not offer a static IP on the service apparently.
They also have a fair use policy which includes extensive curbs on P2P during 16 hours a day at the weekend, and during 8 hours of the day in the week.
I am happy to wait for Be to deliver a usable service, since Virgin and BT seem only interested in people who are likely to limit use to the BBC, a few iPlayer programs and email, who have no technical knowledge.
What's-more exchanges enabled in December are still not available to customers.
Tiered management (re 360/160/1xx)
HP have tiered their support for a long time, with 3xx series with full enterprise support in management and deployment, 1xx with limited deployment support and good management support, and various others with a lightweight management capability, making virtually identical server chassis usable for three areas, compact 19" rack dense compute (or blade variants), entry level low cost servers, and enterprise ready servers.
While my experience is with Generation 5 1u and 2u servers, other than dropping some DL1xx servers the G7 (and probably G8s) are following the same model.
This article seems to have digested a press release without really understanding HP product lines at all.
Especially when that company has fleeced other services, cough *bbc* cough under taxpayer control with questionable ethics.
3 x DL140 G3's, with HP P400 BBWC RAID (1 incomplete) 1 with VMWare ESX, the other will be a linux KVM as yet undecided
1 x DL385 with a P400 internal and a P212 additional BBWC RAID, and quad LAN again with a Linux KVM host when decided
1 x IBM X3550 with Quad LAN, and BBWC, again waiting for the version of Linux KVM to be decided
the VMWare Machine will host 2-3 Windows 2008 R2 machines, currently one is set up bar a few niggles and will have just a few websites of someone living here switched over in the near future, the other machines will be a more capable version of Windows R2, one for building software and one for additional functionality beyond basic web servers when and if needed.
This machine also has 3 Linux VM's currently just looking at Web GUI based KVM Management software.
They stopped pushing out Java a long time ago, largely it was still a challenge getting everyone through, I think .NET is the new platform of choice, it has VB for those that struggle with a more typical code structure.
Rotating Supply of Charged Lead Acid Batteries
Why don't the have Lead Acid Batteries charged daily at addresses of sympathisers locally, delivering them in a group daily, to improve the available power, and limit the impact of immediate vulnerabilities if things (such as the bike for example) are taken.
In addition there is no need to have a Mac, in fact its almost offensive, tools or no tools, single core lower power laptops and netbooks are dirt cheap, and can be configured in advance to replace almost immediately a lost device, as well as run on less power.
On top of that having a single hub is a single point of failure, carefully located batteries with a single device and a phone could make any police action completely ineffective in the short term.
Very impressive engineering, but in terms of Management of IT resources, there is a clear lack of skill. Centralised hubs are especially vulnerable.
One of the first things I do is switch off power save on the disk on a Windows install. I have no hard evidence, but the sound of the disks, which appear to literally get their power cut, is enough for me to have issues with it.
My Experience is that Seagate are usually very reliable.
Seagate's main weakness seems to be triggered by an unstable power supply coming into the property (for residential users), ie Card meters. I have only seen three Seagate Disks fail in 10 years, and all of them were subject to this environment, and all failed within 12 months of being in such an environment after running with no problem before this.
Its the only case where I can say Seagate may be inferior and might not be a good choice.
Ellison is an a*seh*le
Anybody who has such a lack of respect, such a big mouth, and who is happy to slaughter open source free software by any means necessary is not worthy of respect.
I've never resented or disliked a person so much.
The IT industry as a whole is better without him, he may benefit Oracle greatly, but at a cost to the industry and its innovation and scale.
With a Linux community Like this
1. Quick to respond with anger or with a self assigned superiority complex, or down rate placid points of view that don't agree with their own.
2. Childish enough to criticise Microsoft Windows even though its not even mentioned in the article with the tiring $ symbol, rather than respect peoples right to choose.
3. Reciting experiences of Windows performance and stability issues from what seems like a century ago.
4. What seems like absolute user revolt against the idea of a successful Linux distribution, to feed into that superiority complex.
Is it any wonder there are problems with GNOME and Unity. Its time the Linux user base pulled their head out of their own arse and contribute constructively, positively, and about time they showed some respect to others and their choices, and grew up a little with the Microsoft hate speech.
And yes I have experience and use Linux and Windows 7 on different machines with different goals, I am fortunate enough to have a balanced opinion and a bit of respect for users of each and the reasons they choose to do so.
I forgot to mention
The sexist paraphrased( "A computer desktop is not a place for a woman") drivel!
..Yes, the article does say 2011, my screen hasn't become a doctor-whoesque portal to the past after all.
Politics != Science
I'm talking about a much wider issue than CO2, I am talking about our impact on this planet as a species, and our general attitude and approach towards how we treat it.
There are far worse things in the atmosphere produced by a whole range of natural and man made processes than CO2. Eradication of natural methane storage to enable population growth, built on unsustainable economics. resulting in less CO2, more resources needed, and less rainforest. For me the extent to which we contribute to climate change is not actually that relevant, and, as I understand it, it is possible this evidence means we my actually have made a more significant impact on the climate, it could go either way when the research is processed and examined.
I am not defending the tax system, its a terrible solution, I don't understand why people are attacking science using political solutions that clearly are more of a revenue stream than a solution, the two are not the same.
I if we stopped governments backing big companies to cut down the rainforest for an unethical attempt to solve the oil problem, and introduced measures to stop the population expanding at the crazy rate it is, CO2 wouldn't even enter into the debate anyway.
I too do my best, I don't drive, my only sin is being a techy, and in some ways that can be quite bad, although I keep track of which companies are really not trying (Nintendo for example), I too am frustrated at policy, and politicians only too happy to spin something into a money earner for their mates at big companies
What I am saying is, its time to take a sensible more aware approach to how we use our planet, if for no reason other than preserving the earth and its resources in a more sustainable way for thousands of years to come, and then press the government to introduce measures to stop things such at the deforestation of the rainforests, Simple things like using nuclear fuel rather than giving in to scaremongering by the green campaign until a better solution is developed, lowering fuel costs.
The policy is not OK, the ideology is, policy needs to target the real issues, but without an issue that has potentially grave consequences for us all, those doing the most harm will be especially guilty of not acting ethically and with responsibility, especially now as companies are beginning to define borders, and become more influential than countries.
I once heard a phrase that if companies were people, they would be clinical psychopaths. I am on the side of people, lets not get science and ideology mixed up with political spin and bad policy.
Just because human influence might be anywhere from a little to a lot...
Does not mean it is not important, and does not mean it is OK to continue exhausting the Earth's resources and polluting the environment.
The climate scientists are only playing by the same rules as those in opposition, we just have a tendency to expect a better moral and ethical standard.
On top of this, unfortunately, the general population will not do even simple things, such as sorting most of their rubbish, using small cars or hybrids for short and inner city journeys, and so on.
And businesses, especially the powerful ones, are much harder than individuals to persuade to change their behaviour.
Ultimately its still the right path to follow, and really not that much work.
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