136 posts • joined 27 Mar 2012
Re: I don't think so ...
>>> also Pearl should be Perl
Maybe it's a new scripting language designed to be run in a shell?
Re: Hope they've sorted the legals
The car's probably not a problem. Typically cycling teams are sponsored in part by one of the three main drivetrain & component manufacturers (Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM), and there is usually a requirement to black out the names of any component made by someone who isn't a sponsor.
I bet it'll be an interesting discussion if the new team is part-sponsored by Shimano, and the main sponsoring name is the name of a key product by a competitor. Most people watching cycling and seeing the name "Bora" are going to think "I must buy some Campag. wheels" long before they think "I must buy a German kitchen appliance".
Hope they've sorted the legals
Bora is the name of a rather expensive (£2000+ a pair for top-end) wheels made by Campagnolo, an Italian manufacturer of cycling components.
Re: John Lewis
The VAT-back offer isn't specific to John Lewis - it's run by Lenovo. Applies to a range of their hardware.
Obligatory XKCD reference
Looks like XKCD is doing a "live" stream too...
Re: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Why do you say that software development is not suitable? It's mainly editing text, which is ideally suited for a remote-working scenario (protocols like RDP are very efficient for text).
It's a problem if the devs insist on downloading a 5GB repository to the local client, but provided you keep the source code, compile and link etc on the server end of the remote link, there isn't a problem.
Try a wireless extender like http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0055Y6PUA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00
My parents (why do we end up doing all their tech support?) had to get a WiFi signal up a level, and then through a thick external wall (an extension was added to the house, so an external wall now is inside the house), and the wall was made of granite blocks. Before extender - very spotty, dropped out 10 times a day. After extender, no problems at all. Much less hassle than running an ethernet cable.
Re: Where's the corresponding tape silo?
Thing is, a single replica implies twice the cost of hardware, power, cooling etc, never mind the bandwidth to keep the two replicas in sync. Often it isn't cost effective.
Where's the corresponding tape silo?
How do you back up that much storage?
"The system’s usable capacity depends upon the number of data replicas, two or three for example, set up to protect against data loss."
Data replicas, assuming they're on the same hardware, don't protect against a fire in the DC, or a few burly gentlemen on a dark and stormy night with sledgehammers and a Transit van.
Everyone apart from me, obviously...
>>> "I am sure everyone reading this has their email delivered to their phone already. It is just such a no-brainer, and it took me less than five minutes to get my Hotmail, corporate and private email all configured on the Lumia email client."
How does this work? Let's say I have a corporate Exchange Server behind a firewall, and a personal e-mail account accessed via POP3.
How does the phone even get to the Exchange Server?
When the phone connects to my personal ISPs POP3 server and downloads email, it's gone from the POP3 server. If I then connect later on from a desktop home computer, any new mail is then on the computer. Does that mean that half my personal email is on one system and half on the other?
I mst be missing something...
"The idea is that applications can directly use banks of these drives without having to go through complex filesystem software stacks"
Are they suggesting that applications write directly to these disks, rather than using the underlying OS's filesystem?
Customer / Mark Selection Strategy
There is a school of thought that far from being "a creative tour-de-force of logical ineptitude" these e-mails are carefully written, and the style, spelling and grammar are deliberate.
If you are running a business (and that's what this is), you don't want lots of people who ultimately have no intention of buying your product taking up time with your sales people. You want to filter out those who are never going to buy as soon as possible.
These e-mails go out to tens of millions of people. For a scam operation, you don't want lots of people getting hooked with the initial contact, and then for you to invest time and effort only for the vast majority to realise it's a scam at some point in the process and back out.
What you want is a few *really gullible* people to reply to you, so you can focus your efforts on those who are likely to ultimately part with their money. The purpose of the style and content of the e-mail is to provide that initial filtering. You'd have to be a complete idiot to think that there really is a Nigerian price who has just left you $10M in his will - and that's exactly the sort of person they want to contact them.
Re: FUCKIN LONDON AGAIN!
A business launches an expensive service in the place where there are lots of people willing to pay high prices for it and the underlying infrastructure is in place to support the back-end network needed.
I can't for the life of me imagine why they didn't launch it in the Isles of Scilly or the Outer Hebrides instead.
Re: The questions of communications
SIM card and a cut-down "3G dongle" in the meter itself is the obvious one. The supply side of the meter will always have power, even if the consumer side is turned off.
The actual government PDF makes for depressing reading
It contains phrases like
"Demand-side response involves electricity users shifting (or reducing) demand usually prompted by price"
which translated means
"we will charge more for electricity and gas at peak times"
"a proportion of savings experienced by suppliers may be expected to pass on to consumers"
which translated means
"We expect the energy companies' profits to go up as a result of this"
The good news is
"Licence conditions allow suppliers to access monthly (or ‘less granular’ i.e. less frequent) consumption data for billing and other regulatory purposes without needing consent. There will be a clear opt-out for daily collection of data, and an opt-in will be required for use of the most detailed half-hourly consumption data"
Whether the companies choose to honour a consumer's opt-out choice remains to be seen. My guess would be that they will encourage people to opt in by "charging less" for opted-in consumers, whereas the reality would be charging more for opted-out ones.
For cycling, ANT+ is fast becoming the de-facto standard for speed, cadence and power measurements, so provided it speaks to (or more accurately listens to) ANT+ devices, it should be OK for cycling).
You can do speed via GPS, but a wheel sensor is much more accurate.
Long-term battery life
My concern would not be the fact it needs charging every night (although that would be a pain without some sort of induction pad, and inconvenient even then - forget to put it on the pad as you go to bed - no watch the next day).
If it needs charging once per day when new, how long will it be before the battery gets "tired" and only has 50% charge capacity. At that point the watch keels over half way through the day, making it useless.
Opting out seems to be common
I popped into my local surgery recently, and said I wanted to opt out. The receptionist simply turned round, picked up a form from the shelf behind her, and gave it to me. I got the impression that this was an everyday occurrence for them.
Not sure that's true anymore. It certainly was when ABS first came out, but modern ABS systems don't let the wheels lock up. The reluctor rings provide sufficient speed information to let the system modulate the brake pressure up to 50 times a second as a wheel speed drops, and independently for each wheel, before any wheel starts to skid.
I doubt very much whether a human driver, no matter how skilled can
a) detect a skid in a few milliseconds
b) pump the brake pedal 50 times a second
c) provide different brake pressures to each wheel
Yes, but if the Caterham and 2CV had ABS, they'd stop even quicker than without.
Re: Prices - Need the exact model for a comparision, but...
Does that include all sales taxes? List price in the UK for a base-model X1 is £24,230, but that includes 20% VAT (our UK sales tax), so it's £20,190 ex tax, or about what you paid.
It's all very well saying that you don't want all the techy stuff, but when your small child runs out into the road on one rainy afternoon, I bet you won't be thinking "cars don't need ABS".
There are some things that these days cars *can* do better than the driver.
I agree it's rare - I just think it's bad for a car company to give a journalist a car to review when it's technically illegal to drive that car on the road.
It's the journo who would get fined, not the marketing bod from Caterham who thought it was a good idea for the publicity photos.
The spacing is wrong. It looks like the actual VRM is S16 OCC, and moving the O to the left is an offence, with a £1000 penalty.
See http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2001/561/introduction/made for the whole thing and http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2001/561/schedule/3/made for the precise layout details.
Was it supplied to you with that number plate? That's a £1000 fine just waiting for a bored traffic cop...
Nice PistonHeads reference, by the way.
Re: How can IoT stuff help me?
>>> Apart from the 'convenience' of remotely read gas/electricity/water meters (no need to be there to let a meter reader in once a year)
It's not about convenience for you. If the only reason was to make life easier for the householder, the utility companies wouldn't be suggesting smart meters for new builds, which usually have the meters in an external box, so can be read without requiring access to the inside of the property.
a) reducing their costs, while not passing those savings onto the consumer
b) implementing demand- and time-based pricing, to further increase their profits and to help load-level the demand.
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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