812 posts • joined Saturday 16th June 2007 23:09 GMT
How about we just go ahead and say that *everyone* invovled, both sides of the government, the councils, the Health Department, Queensland the country and IBM are all equally incompetent.
It doesn't actually solve anything, but at least we feel better. Unless we're health department employees and still wondering when we're getting paid...
Re: Enterprise drives are NOT designed to be more reliable
"...potential failures can be identified before they become actual failures..."
Except you can't. Most failures occur without warning, compared to WITH some type of warning. The most reliable _statistical_ way of predicing failure, is knowing one drive out of particular batch has failed - statistically, the others in the batch will fail at about the same time. (perhaps not down to the minute, but over the service life of the drives, batch numbers are a reasonable indicator).
"...and better error handling/correction so they can get by longer in a degrading state to give you time to replace them..."
Enterprise drives are usually built more conservative in nature, which is where the reliability comes from. If it were a mere firmware change to improve error correction don't you think this would bleed down to domestic drives? After all, if you can offer a better MTBF than your competitor for the same price....
I don't see how it could work. And no, a PDF doesn't cut it, I want a real-life demo.
I've played with acoustic coupling of various types over the years, along with analogue data recordings, and all of them, bar none, were so flakey I would cheer with joy if it actually worked at all.
And these guys expect me to believe they have it working over 20 metres? Yeah right. I want a real-life demo.
"...why in the hell are counterfeit consumer goods even on your radar?"
Because they were paid off(*) by the fashion handbag cartels, who's $5000 per handbag gouging is threatened by the $100 knockoffs.
(*) Allegedly. I mean, fucking handbags can't be more important than terrorists, so being paid off is the only answer left...
Re: Regret buying one
"Congratulations, you just learned that RAID does not equal backup"
Nor power stability. Lose power at just the right (wrong) moment, and no amount of RAID is going to save you.
Re: I use...
"I've been running a DS411j for a few years and Synology issue regular updates to their software. They don't appear to be a company that has problems with long term memory when it comes to supporting their product."
Apparently you've never heard of QNAP. Lots of upgrades, lots of new features, none of the old bugs fixed.
Re: Drive sizes?
"To test this I set up a RAID 1 array with two WD Red 3TB disks"
Why the fail? It's probably the drives the reviewer had on had to test. Besides, you don't NEED 4Tb drives to test what's in the specification list anyway, nor to test for performace.
"Too much compared to buying an HP microserver, a couple of HDD and putting whatever OS you want on it."
Cost isn't the only or best consideration.
Pre-build NAS boxes are neat, small, relatively frugal on power consumption, *REALLY* easy to deal with trying to work out which drive failed out of your eight (did you number those drives? Oops), and best of all, even if you're so hung over you start looking for sharp things to poke in your eyes, you can still set it up and have it functional very quickly after unboxing.
Re: What have I missed?
"...IP Camera function..."
As far as I'm aware, the CCTV camera free software is good for one camera - more and you need to pay. You'll need to read up on it, as there is some discussion that as a camera suite option, there are better choices out there. Sure this one lives on existing hardware - but that's something you need to evaluate if it's critical to your needs.
"...WD Green edition..."
Not suitable at all for an always-on home/office environment. It auto-parks the heads periodically, which makes sense on a desktop, but in a NAS environment it'll kill the drive fairly quickly. The WD Red is a better option - it's basically a Green with modified firmware to not park the heads so it doesn't self destruct as quickly. Yes, you're paying a premium for an option that USED TO BE FREE, but they have to make their money somehow. The WD Enterprise series are even better suited, have a better MTBF, and faster, but the cost is probably not justifed for this lower end NAS.
This suggestion is cheaper, (I have one as well), and most certainly justified with cheap drives as it only gets used intermittantly so I can travel with bulk data. However, it only works with up to 3Tb drives, the DNS-320L can deal with 4Tb drives, and you're heavily limited on "applications" if that's important to you. The newer Synology DS214 in this article can also deal with 4Tb drives. Do your homework and see if your small NAS can deal with 4Tb drives, as it would not be worthwhile going for a "cheap" sellout early revision if you need to upgrade later.
Re: Meh… EULAs
"I doubt that. Instead of killing your first born, try "I owe Microsoft one million dollars for every second I use this product". Giving money is legal, but I don't think it would fly either."
No, you perhaps don't understand. The EULA isn't the place for pricing, nor the licence agreement. But if you said something along the lines of "you allow us to charge your credit card for in-app purchases", and bury the actual prices somewhere else in a two point font that's hard to read because of the background, that's legal.
Take for instance the CandyCrush (children's iPhone and Android game) scam that's being run now on TV. By law, they're required to state their fine print on screen. They do, with an intentional low resolution still image, where the text is so far obscured due to a small font that it's undreadable, in front of a background that makes it even less readable. So you go to their website where EVERYTHING works perfectly as you'd expect - except the "Terms And Conditions" link, which is obscured behind some odd java. Working past that and reading it reveals their host company is a gambling outfit. Yep, they're trying to start them young.
But too late, your six year old badgered you into buying into it - and you didn't read a damn thing.
In Australia, there is provision for getting out of contracts you (technically) agreed to, if you were "badgered" into it. This was primarily to allow for the rouge power retailers and long distance phone setups that became well-known for berating pensioners into buying their wares.
But that doesn't work if your six year old was the one in your ear....
"State and federal governments lovingly eyeing off a billion-dollar windfall..."
Even though they've been consistently saying it'll cost more to collect it than the gain is worth? Even though that was the reason they took it out in the first place? No, it is the three big retailers who have been whining about this all along (not mentioning any names, they know who they are).
I'm buying some gear right now that equates to about two-thirds of the local Australian price. And that's accounting for GST too. This has gone far beyond "saving the locals" when you get price differences of hundreds.
So here's to your thinking that you're going to make money by forcing GST (two fingers, and a rasperry sound).
It's really sad they're not actually available
But what's REALLY, REALLY sad, is that I checked.
Re: Meh… EULAs
"People seem to think that if something is in the EULA, it must be binding. - If you agreed in an EULA to kill your first-born, guess which response would be legal?"
Everything in a EULA is absolutely binding unless there is a constrasting local, state, federal, international or other law or legal allowance. Killing your first born, or, obtaining money by deception is covered. So they *could* in theory put it in there, but it's not legally enforeable.
However, stealing IOPS by deception is not covered by any other law, so they're allowed to do that. The EULA stands. It's slimey, but it stands.
"Released late 2014, that's a while to wait :| NBN might actually make some progress by then... haha ahh."
Are you kidding? If it's planned for a late 2014 release, there is the time to market the product, increase your customerbase, and, with a bit of luck, actually make money on this long term venture.
It means the NBN isn't going to encroach on their business for at least the next decade. So, the Foxtel people have projected that the NBN isn't going to see widespread rollout till at least 2024.
Sounds about right then!
Re: Radio Silence in Cars ?
"so in other words most buyers of digital radios don't know they have one"
I don't think so. The Radio function built into Digital TV sets here pick up no more than a handful of stations. All of them some flavour of either SBS or the ABC. Tuning them in is part of the TV tuning setup, it is in no way separate. I suspect they're a subset of the digital TV standard that just caters for just audio.
I have a real DAB+/FM radio reciever, and it has many, many more stations, 61 at last count in Sydney (metro area).
Wait: "Apple tax"?
Didn't microsoft have prior use of this? Or did Apple just not think to patent the idea yet?
Expensive, locked in, conservative services...
Apple knows all about that...
Re: One other benefit...
"The tee-totaller would absorb as much alcohol through evaporation, as you would inhale unabsorbed nicotine from a vaper's e-cig"
This was a concern, and I looked it up and ran some estimations. There's that little nicotine left over, I couldn't realistically be worried about it.
My major concern was the particulate matter of regular tobacco. My sinuses react quite aversely to it, so much so, the smell of tobacco instinctively sets me off as a "precautionary" measure. If the vaporiser is using tobacco flavoured juice, I'm going to react. If it's indoors, you're going to get hurt.
To show this is purely a phsycological reaction, I've been near fruity vapors, and actively sought it out to sniff some more.
But since tobacco isn't going to go away any time soon, I don't see my stance changing. I didn't choose to have a screwed up body, deal with it.
"To be fair it's apparently a software fault."
From their specs:
"Operating temperature. Surface is designed to work between 32°F and 95°F (or 0°C to 35°C)."
That means, it's certified to work within that temperature range with no strings attached. If it's overheating when running flat stick - it's a hardware issue. Intentionally slowing it down to keep it within the temp spec is a piss weak technique - even if it is common practice. (Oh boy, the things I could tell you about some of the gear I've seen that fixed faults in firmware....)
"while they were impressed with the production value of the commercial and even the positive message behind it, they still didn't want their music associated with something that was designed with the sole purpose of selling a product."
"Girls - to do the dishes. Girls - to clean up my room. Girls - to do the laundry."
I guess they'd rather have their music set the women's movement back 50 years?
If the current crop of 12 year olds around here are anything to go by, if it doesn't sport an Apple logo, it won't cut it. The coolness factor on anything other than Apple branded kit is so low, you need to use quantum mathamatics to work out how dorky you are to even suggest it.
Apple laptops are actually useful. Even though you're not likely (going on odds) to see them on your job, there's enough transferrable skills there to still be useful. Coolness factor is low, but viable.
Apple tablets outstrip anything else in their coolness factor by a million times, but the odds on seeing ANY tablet in a corporate setting is near nill, as well as the minor issue of zero transferrable skills.
So, their obvious choice is an Apple tablet. I can't understand why you suggest Windows and *nix. What? Were you hoping they would learn something? They're 12.
"In one such centre a 15-year-old boy died after severed “therapeutic” beatings – leading to a crack down on physical violence at such facilities."
And that's the way it should be, we can't have gamers running around amok, society will crumble. Now excuse me while I do some more "scientific research" on GTA.
Re: !Subtle under tones
"However, for all the stupidity of the advertising, Microsoft does have a point. Chromebook is a bit useless without a decent broadband connection."
Agreed. Their marketing champaign is sleazy at the least, but they're still right, chromebooks are pretty useless, especially so if you lose your internet connection.
"Can't you put something more useful on the Chrome hardware like Windows?"
Sometimes. They're not just plain ordinary Intel PC boxes.
With at least one, you need a hacked version of the firmware (along with the risks of bricking that go with that), then you can load ordinary windows onto the laptop.
With others, it's impossible. So no, it's not a seamless, easy and cheap way to get a wintel laptop.
All you need to do is add a bit of radioactive waste, and you've got yourself a perfect B grade!
"from a daily mail article"
Well, there's your problem. :-)
Re: Circuit breakers
"Isn't the wiring in the house supposed to contain a circuit breaker that will trip if there is a short circuit or an overload?"
You're thinking of earth leakage current safety devices, and they're not fitted everywhere. At least here in Australia (not sure about the policy of other countries), they're manitory for new installations, but for existing installs, only if the owner specifically requests an electrician retrofit it - and then, if the panel is old and not compatible, it has to be replaced - ends up being quite an expensive retrofit.
Short answer is, even in this first world country, most don't. If you're talking third-world, there are enough non-qualified electrician installs that will probably give you an idea of how many have it.
Long post alert:
Since everyone voted you down, and not for entirely valid reasons, I'll try answering.
"1) Can you be "Electrocuted" at such low Voltages Now I don't know Apples direct Specs. But, I gather its likely somewhere in the 5V 2A range. Like it is on my Samsung Phablet(s)."
As others have mentioned, it's the amps that kill you, not the volts. Not quite right. If you equate electricity to water, amps would be the volume of water, and volts would be the pressure. You can have a substancial volume of water waiting to bowl you over, but if there's no pressure in the garden hose - nothing's going to happen.
Likewise with electricty, it's considered 30mA (0.030amps) is the maximum safe amount of electricity you can have pass through you, without reliably killing you. But that's only part of the story - how many volts do you need to reliably push 30mA through you? That's the question - the are a WIDE range of conditions that affect how many volts are going to be presented to your skin, not only that, your skin conditions vary WIDELY that affect the number too. Short answer, 5 volts is considered nowhere near enough, 110 is considered plenty.
That's where the faults come in. Due to the cheapness, unreliability, and outright dangerous design practices of the fake chargers, it's possible for the mains voltages to appear on the 5v low voltage side.
THAT'S what kills you.
"2) If (Cr)Apple know People are dying 'cause they can't afford to purchase a Device Legal Charger (Kinda begs how the can afford the JesusPhone to begin with!?), then why cant they just bung them in to the actual Package?"
Two points, it's not Apple's job to police the fakes. It's a good idea to - after all, the fakes are considered to be rubbishing their name - but it's still not their job. Apple has a strict sales system that means, if you want an Apple product, you MUST go through their outlets. If you buy them on eBay, rest assured they're fakes. The users know this, make no mistake about it. They can't prove otherwise, but I'll bet in their respective afterlives, they're thinking that ten bucks wasn't worth it.
Second point, the mains wall wart is not included to reduce the inital cost of the phone, and knowing you MUST have a computer to use it at all, they let the user decide. This is not an Apple "thing", it's common practice, and personally, I always use my USB ports to charge my phone.
A third point you didn't mention but is still worthy: Why is Apple implicated in this issue, when technically, ANY phone manufacturer is suseptable to fakes? Easy. Apple marketing for some time now, has been centered entirely around not so much the relatively modest products, but around what they stand for. The "name" if you will. Apple users commonly buy because of the name, so much so, that even their fakes must have the apple design and name. Yes, the marketing is of Apple's making, but still not their fault, every other fashion label that's considered famous (and even some not so famous one's) do exactly the same thing.
There is a plethora of third-party no-name cheapies that are sold to just about every phone market (including Apple). All of which exhibit the same issues, or at least have the potential issues, but let's just say that users of other brands are perhaps not so driven on name of pheripherals, rather than function.
"Bonus Question: Why hasn't the EU smacked (Cr)Apple down yet for not switching over to the MicroUSB Standard(s) yet?!"
It's not their job. There is no law that says you MUST have a partiular interface, even if most everyone else does. It's great for us CONSUMERS if they use a standard interface, it's great for APPLE if they use a proprietary one. They're a business after all...
Wait: "Gross Monthly nookie incident index", is there really such a thing?
And if so, like some of the other posters, I'd like to debate the accuracy of those "official" numbers.
Report: Fishermen under-report how much fish they catch. Everyone surprised.
I thought everyone knew that's how they make their money.
Lose on the one-off console, and make money on the games - even if you have to take the game cloud server offline to force users to upgrade to the next game.
Works great, until Sony shot themselves in the foot with the PS3, which works rather well as a media centre, you never play games, and you never have to upgrade again. Bargain. I know lots of people who do exactly that.
They went back to their core money making system with the PS4, a black box that plays games and fuck all else. Would be interesting to see if people are still willing to do that, or perhaps go for a PC based gaming system that would cost more, but do a better job. And it plays CDs, and DVDs without a fucking firmware upgrade too.
"Sorry, your iHearingAid device cannot go above level "5" volume, lest it cause hearing loss"
Oops, too late.
"In Britain we use Centigrade, we threw out Fahrenheit with the dinosaurs guys"
You're still in the dark ages, it's called Celsius now.
"If the existing SMR drives are so sensitive to vibration that other drives spinning freak them out, then how does FB manage installation of new racks? Do they have to shut down whole racks of disks?"
It's mentioned in the article. One drive of the fifteen on each 1U blade can be powered up at any time. There is enough physical vibration separation between each blade to allow this. From my count (from the photos), there are 32 blades per rack, so that's 32 drives powered up at any one time, out of the 480 drives per rack.
Extrapolating the maths, of the stated total of 1Pb per rack, that's 30Tb per blade, 2Tb per drive. It's also stated, the facility has a total capacity of a thousand of those racks. Total 1Eb for the facilty.
That's a WHOLE lot of kitten photos...
Re: It's really sad
"Radio is electronic. Are we allowed to change stations?"
I upvoted you on this (regardless of the smart arse droids who downvoted you).
In Australia, we have strict (but on subsequent observation) fair rulings on phones.
Any handling of a phone aside from the answer button is illegal, and the phone must be mounted in a factory designed mount (if you need to press a button). Exceptions are, if you don't need to press the phone button (handsfree), the phone can be stowed anywhere aside from your lap. You're also allowed to briefly handle the phone in order to pass it to a passenger for answering. GPS units fall under 'navigational' devices, and are entirely legal as long as they're also mounted on a factory mount, and can be 'fiddled' if you need to. But the phone can't be fiddled.
Handling microphones of a CB radio is entirely legal, be it a fixed radio, or hand held unit. Entirely legal.
There is a special provision if you are in your early twenties, female, and drive a small car that mommy and daddy bought for you: You must hold your phone to your ear, send/receive texts, and facebook everyone you know of the preceeding phone calls and texts. I haven't been able to find documented evidence of that in law, but based on common observeration, it obviously must be allowed.
It seems like some of the posters here have never even done or seen any DNA test, so are making claimes that are just rubbish.
I've had this test done, and noted no misrepresentation on what I may or may not have. Not even close actually.
Ajacent to each DNA marker, is a reliability index based on the number and type of studies that have been done on that marker. All it states, is that of all the people tested with that marker, x percent have a particular disease, and the following studies have been done to show this. No more, no less. It doesn't mean you have that disease, it doesn't mean you'll never get it, if you already have it, it doesn't mean the DNA marker is responsible for it. Or not.
It is merely a statistical indication. No medical practitioner is going to base a cure or treatment on DNA statistics - believe it or not, they base it on YOUR OWN chance, based on your CURRENT actions. Shocking. They might recommend that you lay off your daily diet of pork chops - but shockingly, they're going to do that even if you're not statistically susceptable to heart disease.
As far as I can tell, the FDA is trying to enforce a "caution, coffee is hot and may burn your lap if you spill it" disclaimer - mainly because people are idiots.
The same idiots who go to herbmongers who "prescribe" a diet of specific herbs and spices and state that will cure their cancer. Yes, they're still around. Yes, both the herbologysts and more so, the idiots.
I complained to google that it didn't work for me back when it was first done.
And over the last three months, I've received eleven identical "We have reviewed your request and concluded that it does not qualify for blurring or removal" auto messages.
I was not trying to have it removed, I was trying to have it 'friggin work.
This isn't the first time they've done this, nor will it be their last.
With no disk inserted in an affected DVD drive, it would simulate a disk with their bluebirds utility. Along with autorun, so if you were stupid enough to have that enabled, it would insist on reinstalling itself every time.
Their firmware update introduced absolutely no changes except bluebirds was taken out. They _insisted_ it was for the betterment of its customers there too. They also _insisted_ it wasn't malware, regardless of the fact that it _silently_ installed itself, without any user confirmation, agreement to do so, or any indication in fact.
I'm sure there were other examples, but for me, I gave up on them a long time ago.
"don't take it personally" my arse.
Was I working with quantum machinery 20 years ago and didn't realise it?
I've worked on a whole range of equipment that changed its behaivour just by me looking at it.
Usually it would fail, come in for repair, work perfectly while I was looking at it, then fail ten minutes after the customer got it back. It was called "Technician Syndrome" (yes, that's where the name came from).
These boffins manged to make something functional out of something that was pretty much the bane of my existance. Cool.
I'll have the dolphin burger please, yes, the one in the CFC-based styrofoam box, I'll eat it in my non emmissions-controllled car that uses lead-based fuel. When I get home, I'll drink from my super high alcohol homebrew beer, that was chilled in a refrigerator using an R22 refrigerant.
No-one can stop me because somewhere in the world, each of these are entirely legal. Right now.
And I'll enjoy them today, because tomorrow I'll probably die of cancer.
"and agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us and our designees to make use of the rights you granted."
I didn't think that one contract can legally oblige you to sign following contracts. Sure, if they're all laid out on the desk at the same time, you can read and sign at your will, but "any necessary documentation that may be required" doesn't quite do that. By my understanding, it implies there's going to be more contracts, but we're not going to tell you which ones till you get past the first one...
Would be interesting to see who'd be desperate enough, or naive enough to take it on.
"I've found SSD to be more unreliable that disk. Anyone have MTBF comparison figures for decent SSD vs decent disk?"
Or more importantly, real-life figures on failure curves, now that we know there is no direct correleation between MTBF and real-life failures.
At least the robots will never commit suicide and blame it on their managers.
When you're writing the firmware from scratch, it's easy to leave that functionality out.
Not going to make a squat of difference.
Here in Australia, they'll unlock it at the end of your contact, but holy hell, they'll make life unlivable if you try.
My sister tried it some time after the end of her Vodaphone contract with the intent to "hand me down" the phone to mum. Yeah, good luck with that.
They promised to email us the website and details, but after repeating a number of different emails, we were forced to come to the conclusion that either everyone at Voda is dyslexic, or illiterate, or idiots, or all of the above... Don't start me on being policitally incorrect, we were all royally pissed by this stage - was a fucking month and half, three or four email addresses, and stuff knows how many phone calls.
Once we did get to this hitherto mythical website, it didn't work. (not that was hard to use, the numbers just didn't work) More phone calls later, we managed to get them to do it over the phone.
This was good month and a half with (supposedly) dozens of emails back and forth and who knows how many phone calls later (no idea actually, because the calls were split between my sister and myself), it finally worked.
It's easy to say they "allow it", but it DOES NOT mean they'll make it easy for you, of this, I can assure you.
I cannot says this enough NEVER EVER EVER EVER "buy" a phone on contract. Do an outright purchase, or do do without. Don't come crying to me if you can't do anything with your phone outside of your original carrier at the end of your contract. Heard it enough here, and I'm sick of it.
Re: XP 2.0?
"Windows 7. Great, you cannot run full screen MS DOS .exes"
Try Windows 7 x64. It won't run ANY of my old dos code. I've been meaning to port some of it anyway.
"He predicted that a hypothesis known as M-Theory, which points to the existence of multiple universes, would soon be proven true."
I eagerly await a "Sliders" remote control, so I can get off this multiverse.
But with my luck, it'll need some weirdo nuclear batteries, and the box will say "batteries not included".
And the first firmware upgrade will brick it.
And the warranty won't cover firmware upgrades, nor the fact I Jim Robinsoned a "Mr Fusion" portable reactor to make it work.
Fine, I'll just stay here then.
My sixth sense tells me there are very few posters here who actually understand what RAID is, nor how the different types of RAID work or that there ARE different types of RAID. More so, that there are different implementations of the same RAID level.
Firstly, drive mirroring is actually RAID 1. Saying RAID is bad and mirroring is good, only shows your ignorance.
RAID 5 is not "RAID". Look it up, RAID covers a fair range of options. The important ones notable on domestic NAS arrays being 1, 5 and 6. Might be worth looking up 0 as well, even though it doesn't form any redundancy, it can improve performance.
Just because your shitbox PC can't access files during a rebuild, doesn't mean ALL implementations are like this. My Synology box (and my QNAP for that matter) are fully functional for file availablity, and built-in software availability during rebuilds. In fact, if you weren't actually looking at it (or listening to the alarms going off when one of your drives failed), you wouldn't even notice aside from the slower speed response.
I've been goofing off with RAID for two decades, have NEVER come across availability issues during failures or rebuilds (again, aside from speed issues).
Fair use always has strings attached.
And said strings are getting shorter and shorter.
It just ain't "fair" anymore.
Re: Let's generalise this a bit
"...but teaching them their consumer rights and some basic law would be useful."
That would be terrible.
BigCorp would no longer be able to get away with rorting the nation's youth.
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