110 posts • joined 27 Mar 2012
Re: How many
"Strangely, I don't know a single person that's ever had a [malware] problem, and I suspect everyone else is the same..."
Those applications that do things like log your online banking keystrokes tend to keep quiet about it, you know. The whole point of most malware is that you don't realise it's there.
That would be the sensible thing to do. Two problems with that:
1) The court rulings are being made by judges, and supported by politicians, who think that "Google" and "the internet" are the same thing.
2) Getting the underlying site to remove the content is much more difficult. If it wasn't, the record labels, media companies etc. would have removed all pirated content a long time ago. Going after a big company is much easier, and makes it *look like* the problem is being addressed.
Re: It takes money
I suspect a lot goes directly into the founders pockets, but in a subtle passes-the-accounting-audit way.
Recently, there was an article on El Reg about Outsourcery - losing £3.6M on revenues of £3.5M, but somehow the two head honchos were paid over £500,000 in the previous year.
They may be hoping that the reverse is true:
"All the rest of my social group have paid for super-shiny-whizzy feature X, so I'd better pay as well, or I'll get left out"
The tricky thing with all these things is getting going. I take your point about chicken and egg, but the same could be said of the first telephone / fax machine etc.
Re: Fortune 1000 overlords SHELLSHOCKED into Bash patch batch
"all of our critical systems on stable, long-term tested software"
"apply security patches automatically within 24 hours of their release"
The first is sensible, but can't be true if the second is true. It can't be really considered stable if you change it as soon as a security fix comes out.
"The risk of a security patch tacking a system down is trivial compared to the potential consequences of leaving a known vulnerability open."
Not sure I'd agree with that. I'd agree it's probably less, but there's many a bug been introduced because someone was in a hurry to get a patch out. The original ShellShock patch has undergone at least two modifications after its initial release.
Re: @AC re: MS consultants
I don't know of any Linux distributions (or any operating system for that matter) that offers those either.
There may well be a large amount of "the grass is greener over there" being applied, though, which may well drive some changes.
Re: Fortune 1000 overlords SHELLSHOCKED into Bash patch batch
The trouble is, you really don't want to get notified every time one of packages that's installed on a typical Linux system is updated in one of the main repos. The signal-to-noise ratio would render such notifications useless.
Very few systems are truly "up to date" in that all the software is the very latest that's available. This is even more true for corporate production servers, which tend to be conservatively managed, with a preference for stability over security.
Re: Bottom Dock/Panel
>>> So much UI design seems just glossier and prettier but backwards in useabily compared with best 1978 to 1998 designs.
So presumably, you now "design" interfaces that look just like the ones from the 1980's? After all, they are much more usable, apparently. Care to give us an example of one you've designed?
Re: marketing shot
A single PCIe v3 lane runs a whisker under 1GB/sec, so if the memory on the card supports a maximum of 3GB/sec transfer rate, presumably four lanes is enough.
Environment too, not just economy
>>> And it has automatic stop start ... This is all done in the name of fuel economy ... It's a £200 option, so would need to save a lot on petrol-guzzling to justify itself.
It's done as much for people walking past the car as much as those paying for the fuel. Nobody likes breathing in exhaust gases.
>>> it has the highest output per cubic centimetre of any car in current production.
Don't think that's right. Some of the exotica has it firmly beaten (e.g. McLaren P1 at 191 bhp/litre, although strictly speaking not in production any more), and for more mainstream metal, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and Audi S3 are ahead (181bhp/litre and 148bhp/litre).
Re: Pedant/Correction Alert
I suspect all the units are wrong - "DIMM's 2 ms" doesn't look right either. I'm fairly sure I can read more than 500 different locations from main RAM in 1 second!
Re: How is it possible for Adobe's software to be so bad?
>>> How is it possible for Adobe's software to be so bad?
>>> They patch it several times a month.
That's *why* it's so bad. Any changes tend to corrupt the original design. A software engineer will tell you that the first place to look for bugs in any piece of software is the part that has had lots of bug fixes recently.
Who knows best?
>>> the company retained investment bankers Goldman Sachs to help it put a value on the division.
Am I the only one who finds it odd that a bunch of bankers apparently know more about how much a silicon foundry business is worth than say, a bunch of people who actually run a silicon foundry business?
>>> Those who sign up for “managed operations” pay $US0.02 per GB per hour support cost with a minimum monthly spend of $500.
I realise the article is only quoting the Rackspace web page, but how on earth do you measure support costs in GB? GB of what?
Service providers just as bad
We have some servers colo'd with a big ISP. Despite telling them that everything would be behind a single-IP firewall, so we would only need 1 address for our equipment, they gave us a /28 block, not a /30 block that we actually needed. That's 12 "wasted" addresses just for us.
The real world is far from ideal, and we need to be practical
>>> I do believe that the military should not have ANY computer attached to the WWW
By WWW, I assume you mean "the Internet" - they are different, after all.
How effective do you think the military would be if it was unable to exchange information with people outside the armed forces via e-mail, and had no access to the vast information available on the many web sites that are out there?
Imagine if you are in charge of specifying a new fighter for the RAF, or a new class of battleship for the Navy. Are you seriously suggesting that the military should type out all communications and post them using the physical mail? That's what "no computers connected to the internet" actually means.
>>> "the computer I use to post on Internet forums is not the one I use for work."
And let me guess - it doesn't send and receive e-mails from outside the organisation and you only ever use the browser to visit intranet sites, don't you?
Re: Perhaps more publicity needed?
I'd never heard of it either. I think what we need is some way that people could send you messages about things they think you'd be interested in without requiring your permission first.
It's always wise to make sure you understand if the person you are talking to has your first language as their first language. Quite often, a perceived insult is nothing more than a "translation error".
You get it a lot on programming fora: someone posts a question, someone else posts an answer, and the OP comes back with "I have a doubt about your answer". This gets interpreted as "I think your answer is wrong", and the responder gets offended, when in fact it usually means "I don't fully understand your answer and have a follow-up question", which is completely different.
Given the name of the Misco staffer and the fact they apparently work in Hungary, I'm guessing that English is an acquired language, rather than their natural one.
Re: cut in two places?
It's easy to explain - two governments were both placing taps on the cable at the same time...
Re: Freaky economics
I understand how economics and capitalism work - my point was the juxtaposition of the article title talking about halving prices and the article content saying they were *already* operating at low margins.
It's a curious definition of "low margin" where you can drop prices 50% and still make money, always assuming they are actually making money, of course. It wouldn't be the first time a business has deliberately run at a loss to capture market share and kill off competitors and then raise prices once they have a more captive client base. Not sure I'd want to get into that sort of fight with Google, though. Apparently they also have a few dollars tucked away.
>> cheap storage ... sold with ... relatively low margins
Relatively low? How much margin were they making before if they can drop their prices by 50% just like that?
That would be a big database - according to Wikipedia, a Rubik's cube has 43,232,003,274,489,856,000 possible permutations.
You don't get nuffin' fer nuffin' dese days...
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Oh good. The image on my web site might just go away one day, but if they stay, might have adverts plastered all over them.
If it's located in Mt Snowden, there's probably a leak somewhere!
Horses and Stable Doors...
* clip clop, clip clop, clip clop *
* slam *
Re: Is it me being thick or this makes no sense
I remember an article in BYTE magazine from the early 90's, talking about the new 25MHz and 33MHz 486 processors that had just come out. The author said that while the 33MHz would be good for servers, they would never be installed in workstations since no-one could possibly need that much processing power.
(Yes I realise this could be considered a variant on the apocryphal "64K is enough for anyone" quote")
I seems to me that every single technology prediction along the lines of "it's nice, but there's no need for something that fast" has been found to be false just a few years after the technology was introduced, and I can see no reason for it not to be true for this too.
128Gb DSL-equivalent to the home in a few years? I wouldn't bet against it...
No pricing information for Ceph Enterprise anywhere, just the "request quote" button, also known as "let us find out how much you can afford, and we'll price up to that level".
Re: A retailer, not an IT company
Quoting the not-so reliable Wikipedia and the ever-so-reliable Channel Register:
Amazon.com revenue: $61bn. AWS revenue: $2bn.
3% of total revenue is not "a huge business for them"
Yes, I realise that profit isn't proportional to revenue, but I've never seen profit (or loss) figures for AWS as a separate entity.
Yes, it's a rainy, miserable Thursday and I'm feeling *very* pedantic, but:
Bit surprised about the weight
I would say 1.2 Kg for an "ultra-light" is heavy. Technology (in terms of weight loss) doesn't seem to have moved on much. Seven years ago, Sony were producing a laptop that weighed less than this and included a built-in optical drive. (http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/sony-vaio-vgn-g11vn-t-23535/review)
Re: The ultimate jeopardy answer to life the universe and everything.
The question is "What do you get if you multiply six by nine" ?
I had to scrabble about it to find the question, but it's definitely the question. It gives the right answer. Of course, it helps if you work in base 13.
Lots of dead trees
Unfortunately, given how hardware and software changes over the years, it seems to me the only real way to make sure all this stuff is archived for future generations is to print it. We can read the Domesday book from a thousand years ago, because it's on paper*. We're having trouble reading the documents from the Olympics 16 months ago because they're in an electronic format that we weren't prepared for.
* or sheep skin or whatever it was back then.
Cynical - me?
So, a large online retailer releases a fanciful story picked up by all the media on what is reported to be the biggest online shopping day of the year.
I'm sure it's a complete coincidence, nothing more. Move along now, nothing to see here...
(So far, unjustified) paranoia
I have 4 OCZ Vertex 4, 2 in RAID 1 as a boot drive and 2 in RAID1 as a data drive. RAID 1 because I'd heard the horror stores, but OCZ Vertex 4 anyway because I picked the drives up at a price too good to miss. So far, not a hint of an issue with any of them.
Re: 30GB of RAM, 320GB of SSD, and 16vCPUs for $1.20 ..
There's other costs to consider - primarily power if you're self-hosting. But yes, in general, if you need a server 24/7 for months or years, cloud isn't economical.
I have a suspicion that one of the reasons this sort of offering succeeds in the marketplace isn't commercial - it's operational. An IT manager would have to jump through lots of bureaucratic hoops to buy that 10-core server of yours, whereas $800 per month can just be put on his corporate VISA. It costs more in the end, but sadly, it's often the case that controls put in place to ensure money isn't wasted end up costing more than they save.
It's very fashionable to bash IE, but the truth is that all the major browsers have holes. Firefox has fixed 12 critical vulnerabilities (defined as "can be used to run attacker code and install software, requiring no user interaction beyond normal browsing") in the last two releases. So, if you're running Firefox 24 or earlier, your browser has at least 5 critical vulnerabilities in it (see https://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox.html).
I don't have figures for Chrome, but does anyone really believe that all those Chrome releases that seem to come out every other day are only for new features?
Or you could just wait a while...
"We also understand that some people would prefer to have more identity choices. So we have been testing twitter, facebook and wordpress login options. We will be rolling them out over the next 7 weeks."
Lack of spelling no obstacle to writing for El Reg
Great - we can now edit posts. Do the improvements to the CMS include a spell-checker for the articles?
Skilled tecnical staff, not managers
>>> Plenty of lesser projects take more time and more people, suggesting the most interesting thing IT pros and their managers can learn from Graph Search might be how the project was managed
Since a number of studies have shown productivity variations of a hundred-fold in programmer productivity, the success is much more likely to be down to the quality of the people doing the development rather than of those who are managing them.
>>> How WD has managed to make the I/O faster isn't known. The spin speed, interface and cache sizes are unchanged between the old and new generation products.
My guess: they've either increased the areal density of each platter, or increased the number of platters, or both. Either way you get more data moving under each head for each rotation of the disk, so you get higher throughput without changing the rotational speed.
Re: Why all the pixels
Because most people don't think like you do - they just assume that more pixels equals "better".
See also: Digital cameras with gazillion pixel sensors supplied with cheap lenses that have terrible vignetting and chromatic aberration.
Apples vs Oranges?
As pointed out, some costs are in dollars and some in euros. But that's just the start of the problems.
Some costs are monthly (rack space) and some are presumably one-off (server purchase). In that case, a pricing comparison is only valid over a period of time, which I can't see anywhere.
Without all the detail, it's just a load of nonsense.
I don't think you understand the SMTP protocol. What I'm suggesting is that you don't connect to your own e-mail server and get that to relay the message - you do an mx lookup on the domain, and connect directly to the SMTP server that handles mail for the domain. That won't require credentials to allow inbound e-mail.
>> " These days SMTP servers commonly require a username and password"
Err, no. they don't. How would anyone send e-mail if the sender needed to know a username and password on the destination server?
Re: Is it really worth the effort ?
The CPU time won't be used to generate simple HTTP responses. It'll be used for face recognition and other image processing so that they can target advertising better.
Half the photos of you also include your car - sell you motoring stuff. Most of your photos are of you outdoors - sell you hiking boots and waterproofs.
Re: Digital signature conundrum
But to modify the signature, you need to know which pixels make up the signature. If you just change a few random pixels in the stream, your now modified copy still contains the verifiable signature.
Double very two years?
"Also CPUs tend to become 20 to 25 per cent faster year over year, so almost double every two years"
25% per year is a 56% over two years, not doubling.
Remote Access for Consumers?
"The ability to see what's on the customer's screen .. has hitherto been denied to consumers."
I'm sure that TeamViewer, LogMeIn and many others would dispute that.
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