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but fascinating imagery!
"Amateurs" have been following this for awhile as can be seen with imagery utilizing a 14"-15" Newtonian or Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope here: http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/477407-ephemeris-for-uranus-storm/ , with an updated guestimate for the ephemeris for the capably curious here: http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/477407-ephemeris-for-uranus-storm/ .
The Keck imagery shows you what Pros with a 394" reflector (or two) can get you. ;<)
Re: Why not ...
Nah... just cut it loose as a rolling release; call it "Cloud9"; and call it a day!
... to separate the network backbone and last mile ISPs from CONTENT and breakup the bundling. By removing owner$hip of the content the from the ISPs, (Comcast & Time Warner in particular), ISPs have fewer rea$on$ to monopolize bandwidth for them$elve$. Meanwhile the content owner$ and provider$ have reason to squeal like stuck pigs by removing their bundling controls and enabling the endpoint content purcha$er$ to choose on their own. This will provoke BOTH providers AND consumers to all scream for MORE bandwidth, if only to benefit themselves!
The situation WILL get worse. But by reclassifying ISPs as a utility it will get better eventually. POTS is doomed to be be replaced in the U.S.A. Real Soon Now... however, in many areas, (including mine), POTS is far more reliable than ANY ISP, but sometimes 19.2Kbaud (dial-up) is ALL there is, (T1 being unaffordable)! I have several friends near me who CANNOT get Cable, DSL, ground wireless, or reliable cellular signals; and the affordable satellite bandwidth is "Unavailable - Sold Out". Internet coverage is more than a head count - it also means DELIVERABLE COVERAGE AREA. There are coarse maps of cellular coverage that leave much to the imagination of the provider. Examine the best cellular coverage in Nebraska - Verizon's. I don't put much belief in G3 speed ratings but LTE is often little more than a wish. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile... check their coverage.
Now try and get detailed coverage area maps for ALL broadband. Not so simple - except for select areas - and the providers LIE. More rural businesses still need communications, too. Relocating is often NOT a viable option. Farmers, mechanics, stores, banks, merchants and trades of all sorts, and yes... manufacturers, including the top 3 irrigation manufacturers in the World are located in "rural" Nebraska. Nebraska is just one state with many under-served areas, there are many more to be helped!
Did the monkey learn?
The "British snapper" David Slater would normally have an unquestioned title to the copyright. However, as the stories I've read are told; the monkey retained possession of the camera for some time and took MANY pictures. Tilted, fuzzy, awkward, and otherwise, of itself and the surrounding environment. I'm unaware of any other pictures release from that series other than the "selfie". If the progression of images might show that the monkey actually learned, (even in a limited fashion), the proper distance an fashion to gather a proper "selfie" and/or other images; then SHE - NOT the "British snapper" David Slater is the true photographer and deserving of the actual copyright. A timeline of the camera's images delineating both "British snapper" David Slater's pictures and the monkey's that day might provide further enlightenment.
Perhaps the monkey is tired of recreating Shakespearean plays and the "British snapper" David Slater has appropriated other images of hers for his own use - maybe even with her tacit permission as a fellow nature photographer. ;-)
The monkey's "selfie" was extraordinarily well done and makes Jimmy Wales' version look like it was taken by an ugly stupid naked ape trying to copy a master artificer of imagery!
It may be libel if...
"In the March report, Gartner described NetScout as running behind the market on its architecture, feature sets and pricing, and said the company was “currently struggling to deal with new technical demands and rising expectations”."
is NOT accurate and/or the "Magic Quadrant" doesn't fit reality, or Gartner truly is "Pay to Play".
Gartner's report isn't just some blogger in his mommie's basement; but is supposed to be a purchased professional evaluation report.
Business vs. Government translation:
"The audit report [PDF] includes a number of recommendations, such as management consolidation..."
Business: Fire some employees and reduce middle management.
Government: Hire more employees and add another layer of management.
Re: BIgMac comparison
For many years one of the easiest, simplest, and fairest of changing a bit of folding money into the local currency outside the US has been to buy a bite at MickyD's - at a better exchange rate than the banks.
Though when I lived in Germany my personal preference was for the McRib. ;<)
For some reason the McRib is usually rather hard to find here in the states where pork in relatively inexpensive... however, even though due to the drought the price of beef has skyrocketed; the Big Mac's price has changed little. ?!?
A beer an a bite ought to go together... even if they're not sold together!
Re: If a Windows or OS X desktop computer
OK, I was overly broad in my assertion... obviously, neither Windows nor OS X is a development requirement. I still believe Samsung dreams of vendor lockin similar to GAPPS and their Play Store, Apple, Microsoft, and the new kid on the block... Amazon.
I would like a mobile device that can (eventually) handle a simultaneous mix of HTML5, Android (i.e. Sky Safari), and Linux applications (incl. XEPHEM w/Motif - yes, I know it's proprietary and ancient ), in a verifiably secure environment with fine grained permissions. Many applications will be stand alone with no internet access whatsoever. Others will control devices like Amateur Radio and Astronomy gear including imaging/guiding, and data exchange. Tizen, may be a useful base system to build around with capabilities that Google's Android may never enable... much less embrace, and vendors like Apple and Microsoft are unlikely to allow.
Cellular providers are problem unto themselves! Yes, obviously internet browsing and email are useful - though I'm no fan of Facebook; and video teleconferencing would be be a boon... but I frequent some areas where cellular, ground wireless, cable, and land lines are unavailable - and I'm in no rush to pay for a satellite connection. That doesn't mean I wouldn't enjoy stored entertainment or via a local network alone or among friends.
It may well be a pipe dream. Here in the states Blackberry's QNX (it is a nice micro-kernel) is probably a better short term work-around than Tizen to get past the cellular providers even with Samsung doing the pushing. I rather expect AT&T, and most especially Verizon (providing the best coverage in my area), to fight tooth claw and nail, delaying by any means possible relinquishing any control of their network or minor profit reduction another OS might pose. They're more likely to encourage Ubuntu mobile (with it's own share of proprietary code) long before allowing Tizen on their networks! The Sailfish and Firefox OSs' appear better choices to compete in the emerging markets where their Firefox can compete with feature phones; and Sailfish function as an upgrade with some Android compatibility courtesy of the built-in Alien Dalvik layer from Myriad Group.
If a Windows or OS X desktop computer
is a requirement to develop Tizen software...I'm NOT interested!
I have no intention of living in a walled garden to help build yet another walled garden around me.
MINT 16 Mega Mix...
based on Linux Mint Debian Edition (Testing) remastered with 10 versions courtesy of LINUX FORMAT (June 2014 issue LXF184) is working fine for me as the foundation of a true rolling release distro.
I see no reason to bother with chasing variations of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - to be reinstalled eventually as a variations of Ubuntu 18, 22, 26, etc...
It's All About Control, Taxe$, and Ex$pen$e$
By "localizing", the non U.S. countries are better able to monitor their own citizenry, and retain taxable services within their own economy. This also enables the NSA to have centralized data collection points to simplify the monitoring thereby reducing the NSA's co$t. Many governments will hand desired data without a hack; and as most data isn't needed the NSA's searchability is improved at a reduced co$t.
Re: "2013 was the year we ate our vegetables"
... but what consumers got was an ENORMOUS fart!
Quick, somebody send him some more kiddie games! (Preschool is fine.) BTW, don't forget to pipe in appropriate music 24/7... the theme from Bobby's World will do for a start. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqQjpTbHR0A
by willfully incriminating himself for the credit card fraud investigation; his next batch with 25 to 50+ years of consecutive sentences will be reduced by, maybe, four months?
With the government shutdown in the states Russia won't sell them the Polonium.
The elephant in the room
that no one talks about are the fees the cable companies pay to replace the advertising for additional revenue. The broadcasters would prefer to force viewers onto cable where they can collect their cut of the dosh. Unfortunately for the broadcasters, Aereo makes NO attempt to line their pockets with substituted adds by leaving the recorded broadcast AS-IS, giving the broadcasters one less leg to stand on for their arguments before the court.
Re: Eadon's theory of Techie "Waves" - TWO types
"The only punched cards I can think of that may not be so definitely digital are those used in the 2000 US Presidential Election. The 'hanging chads' on cards in Florida seemed to result in a quantum uncertainty whereby the cards were simultaneously punched and not-punched depending on who you asked."
Not quantum uncertainty; merely the legalistically politicized version of "fuzzy logic"! ;<)
Good Old Microsoft
Sure enough, Bing Translate FAILS, yet Google search succeeds - though they're pushing the Windows translation software Babylon 10.
Re: don't need a Microsoft account
Nope, the article left a bit of info out of the story. Windows 8.1 will be available for free through Microsoft’s Windows $tore rather than Windows Update.
Microsoft is desperate for vendor lock-in trying to follow Apple'$ example.
Re: Microsoftese at its finest
Oh joy! More vendor lock-in and proprietary extensions for "standards". Don't forget to pay extra to enable support for the common protocols you already use - "legacy" (non-Microsoft and previous Microsoft) protocols will cost more if you don't drink the new kool-aid flavors!
Try searching "us student data collection gates Common Core"
You'll discover that Microsoft, though the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is attempting to slurp MASSIVE amounts of PERSONAL data about ALL US STUDENTS and $ELL it!
This is merely another attempt at BIG BUSINESS monopolization.
Expect an explosion from parents of ALL political persuasions and FOLLOW THE MONEY!
for U.S. Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. It's with good reason Admiral Hopper was so highly respected by ALL; from the lowly troops in the field like me to the highest levels of government. Admiral Hopper was truly inspirational and VERY practical; especially when it boiled down to accomplishing the mission efficiently, effectively, and quickly! I appreciate the reminder of good times with tough challenges. I never had the honor to meet her.
I served in a different branch of service, but was well aware of her many contributions operating a 16bit Honeywell DPS6 with the GCOS6 (General Electric Comprehensive Operating System - a MULTIX [precursor of UNIX] follow-on) in the Army with a single core & 256KB RAM; and later as a civilian in a business later upgraded to dual cores and 2MB RAM supporting ~60 19.2bps terminals, band printer, and 3 250MB SMD drives with software compiled with the COBOL Admiral Hopper helped pioneer.
A great many "modern" coders should be embarrassed by their bloatware and poor multi- efforts. They don't even deserve the title "Programmer" as a nanosecond means nothing to them. "Mouser" would be more appropriate! All too often load balancing scarce CPU/RAM/Storage bandwidth and capacity is a foreign concept! In the early 90s I brought a Dr. Dobb's Journal of Software Tools to work, applied multiprocessing techniques, and reduced batch times by 40% - even with just a single core! The Senior Programmer grumbled, and helped update the company's COBOL programs; but told me "Don't Do It Again" (no Dr. Dobb's) as such techniques were "too hard". I left about a year later. Unfortunately attitudes like that in the Microsoft dominated PC world poisoned the software industry for many years. We're only now starting to catch up to where we should have been. Ye Olde COBOL so prevalent in the minicomputer and mainframe environments and much derided in the PC world was often vastly more efficient - especially with a Disk based operating system in lieu of the more commonly used RAM based operating system so prevalent today grown from DOS (big deal, it could actually R/W to a disk, but it was still all about RAM), and Windows (also RAM based). It's too bad Microsoft in the 80s and 90s never had their "nanosecond" and allowed "Programmers" to mess with the settings. A good mini/mainframe Operator, along with a bunch of TRUE Power Users know better, but Microsoft's NIH allowed microsofties to screw up what should have been a good Workstation for a very long time. The results can be seen today with WART - limited multitasking! (The new server file system is lipstick on a pig and ya still gotta defrag - but they DO have some good people writing some of the low level software from time to time, otherwise they wouldn't have set as many disk and network records as they have - but these are NOT your typical "programmers".)
If you don't have your "nanosecond" yet - make your own HOPPER TOOL. (I recommend plastic for fishing out hardware "bugs".) Fortunately, we're finally seeing improvements in many areas, i.e. consoles (really close to the metal), HPC, drivers, and demanding applications with the assistance of superior tools. Modern multi- techniques should be taught earlier as the thought processes are very different and should be applied to most stages of software development. It really is hard for many (most?) people to think this way. It's far better to discover early in your career you're not cut out for it and apply yourself to a different part of the industry where you ARE talented! Admiral Hopper not only understood, but encouraged such thinking; especially in the lower ranks! Making the most of available hardware should always be a "BIG DEAL" because the latest and greatest is generally "unavailable" and the reason why typically doesn't matter - you work with what you have. If such thought was considered to be "outside the box" her response would be "Get a bigger box!" - even if it's only in your head. "CAN'T" IS ONLY A CONCEPT TO BE AVOIDED!
Go fix W8 & leave (GNU)/Linux alone!
Bye Miguel De Icaza. Go ahead and let the door hit you on the way out. If you need a "boot to the head" I'm certain there'd be no shortage of volunteers!
A decent Linux based distro... (MEPIS in this case) was so "hard to use" my Mother Joy used Linux for over 6 years passing before her time @ 81. After I installed MEPIS 6 she REFUSED to use Windows after only a week. Still point & click, but NO DEFRAGGING (come on M$ - update for the current millennium!); free & useful software w/o the garbageware; no need for endless "free" or "cheap" utilities to add functionality that M$ doesn't provide, removed (TCP/IP printing with less than "Pro"!) , or for fixing stuff (REGISTRY) that other software broke; and really simple, painless updates w/o multiple reboots. Sometimes she liked to wait for an explanation of what they were for, but was tickled pink that they'd take place in the background while writing a letter, updating a spreadsheet, surfing the web, AND playing LOTS of Patience (wearing out the left mouse button yearly). She was definitely no "power user", but when her baby sister (20 years younger) was sending infected emails my aunt's technician really appreciated the info Joy pasted into the reply as CLAM caught them when the paid Windows AV missed and couldn't have fixed the infections (multiple) for weeks! Rock steady, easy to use, and choices far beyond need, and a patient, helpful forum, what's not to like?
Sometimes RTFM is NOT a good solution as they can be clear a mud. Many forums can be abusive to the newby - but I haven't seen that with MEPIS/AntiX. Perhaps Mint is similar, (though admittedly Mint software tends to be more current), Ubuntu forums OTOH...
All that's necessary is a willingness to learn - required by OSX, Win, BSD, Linux, Android, or whatever! BTW, I don't recommend Ubuntu nowadays - they're too much about profit and shooting their own foot. Mint is a nice choice, MEPIS for stable, SUSE for an Enterprise friendly, specialized distros for musicians, Apple if you don't mind $pending in the walled garden, Win for favorite/required apps, etc. - choice is good! ;-)
Call the interface Tiley and...
mandate animated tile based interfaces for a "helper" format in Windows8. We'll quickly see a new user interface for a rushed version of Windows9. (Think of Tiley as "Micro$oft Bob" inescapably embedded into the OS!)
Another talking point...
@ public star parties with my home brewed 8" (The Mortar).
My friend's 14" (the Black Mamba) shows M22 with fantastic detail!
Come One, Come All... see the Wonders of the Universe!
I ain't marchin ta that drum...
Nah, not for me. The Windows Only Clover Trail kills it for me... and W(A)RT is barely more than Silverlight running on a one lung OS.
A Windows Dummy Did IT!
From the Village Voice:
"-- a "police source" tells the New York Daily News that it "appears that a campaign staffer wiped the hard drives accidentally after mistakenly inserting a Linux system disc into a Windows machine.""
... and since so many Windows users mousing around never see anything they don't want to click WITHOUT READING IT FIRST, the resultant panic is automatic. There could also be a problem if a Windows user faced a Keyboard/Cursor boot menu where Windows is not the default choice!
Cross Compiling Slower Than Native!
The Baserock Slab ARM-application build server is a huge boost for development work. But as others have pointed out, the proof of the pudding comes when we see how fast the applications developed run on the same hardware. If cross compiling is less than 10% efficient; a native ARM @40% speed compiling twice as fast as a Core i7 might be >50% as effective. Would a 32 core ARM server function as well as a 16 core i7; and what would the difference in power draw, etc....TCO be for the customer?
If Android is going to function as a proper OS it needs to act like one! I like the way MEPIS groups permissions and restricts user access as needed (or desired - sometimes with a little fiddling). Permissions Functionality should be a simple, yet easy to use tool integrated into the OS - settable by the OWNERS, not Google, or the phone company; and all apps should delineate why specific permissions are required for what features.
Many features I'd leaved enabled, others would have certain permissions enabled only as needed, and a few would be routinely blocked, disabled, and not show on-screen (such as Facebook) - until I desire otherwise!
It's sh*t. It's Vista all over again!
Yup, it's change for the sake of change, (and vendor lock-in). WinMe3 is on it's way! (Many of Win7's best "improvements" were Vista "features" disabled.) Some of the nuts and bolts have been improved - but... meh. The server side file system has another layer of features bolted on, defragging is STILL required, etc..., more useless Window dressing, (Under Dressing this time - though it's early), - unless all you really want is a tablet, or a phone with near absolute vendor lock-in, (and fees), and enough substantive changes to require MAJOR rewrites by Win9.
Even my 81 year old Mother prefers something stable and easy to use like Debian/KDE based MEPIS. I couldn't drag her back to Windows - and won't bother to try!
"MySQL Cluster 7.2 will be able to process a billion queries per minute and 110 million updates per minute, Oracle claims, giving users a 70X increase in performance on complex queries. The company also claims 99.999 per cent reliability."
Does that mean it fails 1,100 updates per minute? NO THANKS!
ET's calling home...
... more (and faster) HyperTransport please!
Adobe's AIR & MS's $ilverlight are just lockin problems ...
looking for $olution$. Whether Linux is 5% or 1% matters little; but they shouldn't have been so quick to write off a more generic approach!
Many of my friends and I prefer various Linux distributions to a Windows environment. Even my 81 year old Mother loathes Windows - including XP or Win7. The update reboots, overzealous eye-candy, continual mousing around, and even defragging (still !?!) detract from a more positive user experience - especially with older/cheaper hardware. Though MEPIS isn't known for it's bleeding edge; it's reliability, ease of use, and a good support community without the extra co$t "gotchas" keeps her happy. ;)
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