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But unfortunately. the human pilots information only contains the out of tune text "go stick your head up a pig".
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But unfortunately. the human pilots information only contains the out of tune text "go stick your head up a pig".
> Imagine if, when OpenSSL was flawed, or MD5 was cracked, we could
> just mark it as obsolete, mark an upgrade path, and EVERY piece of software
> that dealt with them worlwide was updated to use a replacement library or
> object class as soon as it was next executed?
And watch as some minor behavioural "fix" in the new version (on some other part of its functionality) causes many of those applications to break.
Behavioural dependencies can be very subtle, no amount of unit/integration testing will cover them all (100% is not enough, people will depend on officially "undefined" results).
Real world backwards compatibility can include leaving in some bugs…
> Would you care to have that stock under your own control, in your own warehouse, or would you prefer to rent space from a warehouse space provider?
Neither. I would prefer the supplier keeps it in their ownership until I call for it (and take ownership) when I have an immediate use for it (this can lead, because I've already got an order for it, to me effectively having ownership for a negative amount of time).
> IaaS is a load of shit
Often yes. The costs of buying VMs in the cloud is.
But not always.
For example your steady state is a couple of decent servers and a moderate database: using IAAS will cost more than putting your own servers into a DC. However if you need to scale that to eight servers and a big database (black Friday, sales, run up to Christmas, and similar periods) then suddenly the numbers change.
If your peak load is not much more (within a factor of two say) then having fixed resources makes sense. But if you sometimes need far more for short periods then outright purchasing makes less sense even if the "normal" periods are more expensive. Not paying for those extra six servers 80% of the time is enough of a saving to more than cover the cost of IAAS rates for that 80% of the time.
And that's before considering there are significant savings on IAAS when you purchase your base capability on an annual basis rather than daily.
For a non-trivial business the sums may be very different depending on which LoB application you're talking about.
> The world's first 'webcam' was rigged up at MIT to see the level of coffee in a filter machine.
You linked to the page which in the *first sentance* says Cambridge University. Which is named for Cambridge England.
A certain location in New England is also named for the city, and there is apparently also a seat of learning there. But the coffee pot and webcam existed in the original.
Building a complete custom app for iOS is even more expensive than adapting a working web site for the form factor (and browser limitations).
Separately: is Safari becoming the new IE6: everyone has to support it, but it costs more to support than all the others combined?
> I am a Windows sceptic, of course, […] given the awfulness of Win10
You start by assuming it is bad. And then it is: what a surprise.
Please do not pretend to perform any analysis where you've already determined the conclusion. (I'll withdraw that if you confirm you're a management consultant when, of course, your job is to confirm said management's choice.)
> Indeed, why El Reg persists in conducting monthly "analysis" of the noise contained in someone's over-precise Excel spreadsheet cells is a mystery.
From the article:
> down just .01 per cent from its August share
I would be surprised if the underlying data could justify +/-1 percentage point margins; I expect it is closer to double that.
Any smaller change is statistically meaningless.
> Why pick a fight if you think you'll lose?
Remember "Unbreakable Linux"?
That seems over complex (and would require massively more PCIe channels) when SSD drives already handle parts of the flash failing (and are thus over provisioned with flash on creation).
Just treat a chip level failure as part of the same process. If a sufficiently large proportion of the flash is out of action then it is time for drive level replacement.
Much like the process HDDs go through to remap bad sectors until there are no more spare sectors left on the drive.
As I discovered recently local file storage, and not particularly quick local file storage (destination was a 5400 RPM disk) can quite happily saturate 1Gbps Ethernet.
On folders of moderately sized files (~10MB) transfer was hitting the network buffers moving at a net rate at about 950Mbps.
(Of course when the copy hit folders of small files, sub 4kb, the net transfer rate tanked :-(.)
Barcelona's Cathedral was completed centuries ago.
Do you mean Sagrada Família? But that's not (nor going to be) a cathedral.
I doubt it will happen. SSDs are so much quicker for random ops already that the necessary investment for spinning rust, their microcontrollers and firmware would never pay off.
Cheaper to invest in (near) real time replication from SSD array (satisfying the applications IO needs) to a high reliability array (batched writes and otherwise focus on lifetime).
> Those are blazing fast .......
That said, having a 961 (the, currently available OEM version), the term "ludicrous speed" starts to make sense (for example on startup the BIOS part is unnoticeably longer than OS boot time).
> since most cloud providers do not seem to be certified to anything;
But not all. Eg. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/trustcenter/Compliance/default.aspx
Includes one for UK.GOV (towards the bottom).
[This is no way a suggestion that Azure is "secure" (whatever that means), just that there is at least one provider that is getting certified.]
> test it properly first
Please define "properly" for this purpose.Without that definition you fall into the trap of trying to prove a negative.
> Unless you're trying to support IE on Windows XP, you'll rarely find a case
Make that pre-SP2 Windows XP. SNI client support was added in SP2.
If your client's are using Windows XP without SP2, then they have bigger problems than a few security warnings. But as Chrome now requires at least Windows 7, they won't get the warnings anyway.
> this is simply a [malware] disaster waiting to happen
Only if someone manages to break the signing and thus create a replacement file that works as an update with the same signature.
When downloading updates direct from MS today they are downloaded over HTTP, not HTTPS. But the signatures are downloaded on HTTPS and checked against the patches downloaded without a secure channel. This avoids the overhead of encrypting the patches for each client while performing the same content validation a secure channel would given (remember TLS both validates the content came from the correct server and hides the content on the network: the latter is irrelevant in this case as anyone can download the patches already).
Some coverage elsewhere (eg. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37247077)
Quote: "Local emergency officials described the incident as a 'catastrophic abort during a static test fire'."
Sounds like an sudden unscheduled disassembly.
> "Information and Computing Technology".
I thought it was "Information and Communications Technology", everyone outstide government and education would just use "IT".
>The fact that you think computers can do more than one thing at a time, rather
> than spend a tiny amount of time doing one thing then swtiching to another one,
> shows a staggering lack of understanding
And when was the last time you used a computer without multiple CPUs/cores?
Current systems really do multi-task.
> the figure was bumped up a mere 0.1 per cent, from 0.5 to 0.6 per cent.
I know journalists are not famed for their mathematical skills but this is a technical publication so needs calling out.
An increase from 0.5 to 0.6 is a twenty percent increase. It may only be 0.1 percentage points, but 0.1 is a large proportion of 0.5.
> through 29m of solid ice?
This is glacial ice: transparent.
The ice we normally see is full of crystal flaws and is therefore optically translucent.
Given a few thousand years of serious compression (under a km of ice) these flaws are force out and the ice becomes optically clear.
> 15 years ago a typical business workstation would have and realistically need perhaps a 20GB drive
I think you mean 25 years age: start of the 90s, 40MB was large buyt increasingly common.. A decade later – after the millennium – hundreds of megs if not a gig was normal.
> Microsoft documentation is well-known for being accurately unhelpful.
Usually a case of reference documentation is not helpful until you know the basics. Oracle takes this to the maximum: unless you know a lot about the statement already the reference documentation is completely unreadable (often within the first few paragraphs they're talking about edge cases dependent on database version and/or option settings).
> Wow, we are a load of language snobs, aren't we?
Not really, not (until now) a single mention on Clojure, OCAML, Haskell, …
> Is it also possible to request a language that is less noddy
Indeed, what's wrong with Ook, a Befunge, or – perhaps best – whitespace?
> Sigh, another example of how the Internet market has become just another way to screw money out of businesses.
TP-Link chose to use different domains for those functions rather than just a URL (or IP address). That they failed to maintain functions they created is their failure.
It is nothing to do with the massive expansion of TLDs.
If you look at section 2 of the paper it says 24.5 Mpc.
For this purpose I'll round that to 25 Mpc. Which is 7.714e+23m.
IIRC one linguine is 15cm so that's 5.14e24 linguine, so – just so I can use the prefix – 5.1 Yottalinguine.
> What *would* be extremely useful is running Windows software on Linux.
That is coming: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/DevelopersCanRunBashShellAndUsermodeUbuntuLinuxBinariesOnWindows10.aspx
> I think (but may be wrong) that stars normal fusion process can create atoms up to iron[…]
You're not wrong.
Fe-56 to be precise.
> Also, FWIW, Chrome for example ain't exactly svelte once you add up all the various processes' RAM use.
That will seriously over count on virtual memory based systems because on such systems there will be significant sharing.
On contemporary OSs memory usage is a not a simple topic, there is no simple way to count the memory usage of even a single process. For a start what do you mean by "memory usage": working set, commit, private allocation, address space allocation, or …?
> machine's much-better-than-a-ZX-Spectrum keyboard
There is damning with faint praise, and then there is this statement.
Is it possible to have a worse keyboard (outside of some ruggedised niche)?.
> It is not clear from the blog whether this is a custom version of SQL Server 2014
> used internally by Microsoft, or whether it is the production release.
No it isn't a custom internal version, but the SQL Server used in Azure is not the same as the version you would deploy locally. See Books Online reference for lots of differences. That said they are mostly the same.
> anyone running SQL Server 2014 in SQL Server 2014 compatibility
> mode is likely to suffer issues with massive over-allocation of memory to
> queries and stored procs.
"is likely": no, not likely. Otherwise current users of SQL Server 2014 (which has been around now for almost two years) would have noticed.
However you could hit the same bug: in which case raise a support issue to get early access to the fix.
A much more detailed write up:
The latter includes some rather low level details...
> I appreciate that was probably very old code... but you do realise that changing case in ASCII is just a bitwise operation?
Only if it is truly ASCII: 7 bit encoding, nothing accented.
Once you need to deal with wider encodings or outside the USA then it breaks down.
Even if all the characters are unaccented it will not work (see Turkish I Problem).
I don't know: give users HTML5 and then they'll also demand TLS for pages with a login.
And indeed we should have these things.
Perhaps when you catch up with the rest of us in 2016? :-)
> That's one of the very few XKCD strips that confuses me
> the internet grew faster than any technology has ever grown in the history of man and yet it never failed, faltered or fell over
It may never have failed but it has certainly faltered.
I can't be the only one who remembers the "Great Internet Worm" of 1988, when some 40% of the hosts online were taken out.
> Does that mean that, due to relativity, there is a tangible time difference between the inside and outside of the disc?
Yes, since any velocity or space-time distortion will give a change. But I doubt it will be much.
Assuming the outer edge of the data area of the platters is 3", I get a linear speed of 21.6m/s.
Which gives a adjustment, of special relativity, of 0.0026%.
However, this is non-linear motion so general relativity applies. Which reverses the effect. But I've no idea by how much.
> I'm 'writing' using a computer font, I'm stuck with a single set of characters
No you are not.
Look up "Font Stylistic Sets": a single (Open Type) font/typeface can include multiple variations of each glyph; which can then vary contextually (shape is influenced by surrounding characters).
Unicode supports this with Variation Selectors.
Even Word (recent versions) supports this. Select a suitable font (eg. Gabriola) and use the Advanced tab of Font settings to change the stylistic set. Compare sets 1 and 7 for obvious differences.
> Also, the chart shows shipped capacity
Someone has a spin they want to push, and has designed a chart to help that spin.
Consider units would have the 8GB section an eighth the height and the 10GB section a tenth. The latter would essentially disappear.
That said, net revenue would perhaps be a more useful scale but unlikely any of the companies publish sufficiently detailed sales data.
> Depends on what Microsoft includes in Cloud Revenue - these figures are quite easy to manipulate by any party.
Exactly. I seem to recall reading on these pages that MS includes Office 365 (to work Amazon has no equivalent).
However, like much in accounting, where the lines are drawn is completely arbitrary. If MS is using Office 365 to fund Azure development by making use of it, then so be it. In much the same way Amazon started AWS based on its own internal need for computing resources.
> get messed up by patents and trade secrets
Patents: no, they're published anyway.
Trade Secrets: if the company goes bust then that's no loss; if they choose to end support then they have chosen to reveal those secrets.
Ie. it is still their choice.
> but there are two ways round this :
And the third, and well established in the business software world: escrow. If the vendor goes out of business customers get all the design and software information, including source code.
I would push for more: either the manufacturer must fix security issues in a timely manner (eg. 7 calendar days for remote code execution), or make the entire device – hardware and software – open source (including any tools required to maintain and update it).
So either update yourself or let others do it,
> Have an upvote, but I would never allow my connection to AD to
> have the achilles heel such as needing an internet connection.
Hence the approach of running one AD tree in Azure and another in the office(s) with a trust relationship between them.
This is only worth it when you have enough resources in Azure that the centralised authentication, authorisation, and group policy justify the extra infrastructure (much less than previously) and cost (including someone to do the admin).
> It would take more time to crack MD5 using current technology than[…]
No, it is done, and has been done, repeatedly. Creating a second document with the same MD5 hash requires small resources. This is old news.
Hence dropping support for MD5 in certificates across all crypto libraries.
I suggest you update your crypto knowledge from the 90's.
> Eset, just get Eset nod32, not the cheapest but its worth it..
Please no. Thankfully getting rid of it here.
Lots of random "ESET needs attention" popups without any information about what triggered the pop-up. Log full of "Could not download updates" but no error message.
Its detection might by good, but its UI and error handling is crap.
> issued for non-existent domains
Even better would be to use an internal CA that is not trusted (by default) by browsers.
Thus anyone else seeing the certificates would get an error.
> Is it difficult or something to have Outlook say "this email has more addressees than your default allows. Are you really sure you want to send it?"
In 2013 it is the default (a warning certainly appears with a mailing list with 21 entries, so the limit is below that).
Equally in Exchange you can apply an ACL to mailing lists, so only selected users can send to the bigger lists (been true since at least Exchange 2003).