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No TKO for LTO: Tape format spawns another 2 generations, sports 120TB bigness

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Re: Lowest-cost archive medium

Please, NO!

DO NOT mention DAT and backups together!

The only media worse than DAT is VHS tapes. Even 8mm tapes were better!

Hear hear! I've had lots of different DAT drives and they've all been unreliable. Pretty useless really.

Whereas Exabyte (8mm), DLT/LTO have performed very reliably. Even QIC (I'm talking about DC600 and DC6150 cartridges here...) was fairly realiable. I did briefly try Tandberg's SLR and it seemed OK too, but didn't use it long enough to make proper judgement.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: O2 Refresh

Correct. However you would expect each upfront+monthly fees to add up to same (or at least similar) amount. This is not the case and the total to pay can vary greatly.

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Re: O2 Refresh

With the O2 refresh you get few options on how much to pay upfront/per month. Since we're talking about credit agreement you would expect cheapest overall price to be with the largest upfront payment (and thus smallest credit). Oddly enough that is not the case. Difference can be quite staggering actually.

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Behold our SPINNING DATA GRAVE: WD carts out 6.3TB cold storage drive

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Re: Short warranty for Archive drive?

I'm starting to wonder if we will see warranties which depend on time drive has been running rather than clock time. Warranty for 500,000 hrs run time would be far more trusted than it can sit in a box for 3 years and be fine!.

That reminds me of old Convergent MegaFrame that needed a swift kick on the case (or gentle whack with rubber mallet to side of the disk if your were in better mood) for the disk to start spinning. Some issue with lubcrication on the drives if they were powered off long enough to cool down completely. Think the drives were Micropolis or Maxtor but been a quite a while so I may recall the make completely wrong.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: Future Boy

But then a year ago I changed suppliers to someone cheaper and lo and behold, I no longer have a smart meter. It is still there, but apparently my new provider is unable to access it as it is Eon's meter. I have changed supplier again since and same story.

This is one of the more baffling aspects of the whole "smart" meters. Not very smart are they.

As I pointed out before in this thread, it would make much more sense (if monitoring is all they're after as they claim) to add a sender that reads consumption by induction pickup, reading the wheel or blinking LED depending in the existing meter, and sen that over via GSM. In that case changing supplier should only require change of SIM or worst case change of the monitoring unit rather than replace whole meter.

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

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Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?

You really haven't suffered until you've set up a load of diskless workstations booting off the network from a VMS server. Not only did the protocol stack have to be shoehorned into memory, the entire thing had to fit on a 1MB disk image.

Ah. My sincere apologies for resurrecting the memories that had been confined to the dark, nearly unreachable corner. I'll crawl under my rock and ...umm...dunno.. go boot a DECserver with MOP or something.

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Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?

Then came the PC, you could run TCP/IP in a system with 640K of base memory and still just about leave room for an app. This wasn't the case for OSI.

Anyone who ever had to work with DEC Pathworks would attest to that.

Ok admittedly it was mostly about LanManager, but it did support DECnet, LAT etc.

Getting anything to run (even with QEMM) was a chore. Packet drivers and Trumpet was much nicer.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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Re: Biting on the Apple

Re: Biting on the Apple

DNA: "...quite happy with Galaxy S2 until I dropped it..."

Apologies in advance, but this is too funny. Ready?

You're holding it wrong.

ROTFLMAO.

Sorry.

ROFL

Well. Actually I wasn't holding it at all and it fell out the pocket it was in and landed awkwardly causing the lcd to bleed.

Have an upvote for the gag though :-)

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Re: Biting on the Apple

Can anyone with a 3 year old Android phone say the same?

Yes. I was quite happy with Galaxy S2 until I dropped it and the screen broke. It was easier and quicker (and cheaper unless I found cheap lcd and did the fiddly bit myself) to replace the phone rather than the screen.

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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

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US corporations abroad

Generally the presence of of a corporation in another country tends to be wholly owned subsidiary that is incorporated/registered in that country. So MEGACORP would be most likely to have for example MEGACORP UK Ltd, MEGACORP Ireland Ltd which would be obviously governed by local laws.

So in theory the parent company in US could argue it does not hold/own the data, but its subsidiary does. Quite simple really (...in theory).

There are clearly parties in US (government or otherwise) who had great difficulty in grasping this. Microsoft seem to be forcing the issue in getting it resolved once and for all, which is a good thing (regardless of their motives).

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Re: ... so the same as the Electrolux Trilobite then...

Anyone remember the Dyson washing machine?

Yes. I had the CR01. It was actually very good washing machine. And at the time the only one with a large door and a large drum. Dyson's customer service for that was second to none. They kept upgrading the firmware and replacing all kinds of bits for no charge. Sadly in the end it succumbed to the drum rusting (yeah the split drum had a serious issue with that) and eventually seizing up. And the drum was from third party and the only part they no longer were able to replace due to no drums being available.

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Nevada to host Tesla gigafactory: reports

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Too many batteries

Forbes also reports analyst concerns that the 500,000 batteries the factory will eventually produce each year will be in excess of anything it can ship in vehicles.

This would give credence to a Morgan Stanley report in August that the 'leccy car maker's ambitions go far beyond ferrying around the bourgeois, and will see the Tesla brand popping up as static storage for solar power kit.

Not to mention that as already proven in electric car, the batteries could well be of interest to other electric car makers.

Or perhaps Tesla is considering expanding into delivery van market. US postal service might also be potential customer for electric vehicles.

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Verizon hit with $7.4 MEEELLION fine for slurping users' privates

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Marketing to own customers

Naughty. But hardly crime of the century. I somehow doubt Verizon's customers were getting as much spam as Virgin Media's customers do. Having said that 126 days instead of 5 is very sloppy.

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

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Re: time to seperate switching amplification and processing

I think a lot of TVs can achieve this already, having an optical output that can act as passthrough for whichever HDMI input is active at the time

If only we could get reasonably priced TVs without all the 3D/app/smart/etc gubbins and just bunch of HDMI inputs (not the meagre 2-4).

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Processors and HDMI

I finally upgraded it when it became useful to have a lot of HDMI connections, and then I had to buy an AV receiver, adding a tuner I never use, and front channel amps I never use, because no one seems to make stand-alone processors any more.

Hear hear!

I'm still clutching on to my AVC-A1D that I bought back when it was released and refuse to upgrade although I would love to have bunch of switchable HDMI inputs. Yes it is only 5.1, however it sounds absolutely great (both music and movies).

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

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Re: Cheesburgers and "The Cloud" !

Given all of that I think it's safe to say that this is a product for people that are both rich and a bit stupid.

Oh, so just because you don't need it or deem it value for money, means that ones who do are stupid? It may sound strange but different people have different needs and and some people will have workloads where this CPU would be very suitable for.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Re: Must have been an emotional moment

Ok. Have an upvote for the Star Wreck reference.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Daytime running lights in Canada

My cheap-o Toyota Camry automatically shut the headlights off when I killed the engine and opened the door. I've yet to find an American car that can do that.

Jeep Grand Cherokees have had adjustable delay on how long to leave lights on for after switching ingition off at least since 90s. I'm sure there must be others.

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BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

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Money saving options

"We have added extra money-saving options for low-income customers and for customers who only want a phone line for calls."

That's all fine. What I'd like to see is money saving option customers who only want phone line for ADSL and don't want voice capability.

I didn't think they even did lines for only phone calls (except the poor unfortunate people on DACS.

However BT would rather shove their various voice "Options" down punters throats even if customer really only wants/needs the line for DSL.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: Sir

I understand that almost everybody here probably download music and movies illegally, but at least, don't try to assert it's right and those people who steal for your downloaded should get little punishment because otherwise your download sources will drain and you're too coward to steal yourself...

When did anyone infer that upoading the movie was right? The point is it is not stealing. It is copyright infringement. I don't recall anyone even suggesting that infringement wouldn't be financially damaging.

As for the examples in your post, I'm afraid they're rather poor.

Posting someone's private photos online is not stealing, but has potential to break number of other laws depending on the exact case.

Stealing the Porsche is still stealing whether you leave a Trabant in its place or not.

Assuming everyone here downloads music and movies illegally is bad generalisation. Since you've been here long enough (judging by having a badge) you would know that actually in general commentards are not advocating privacy at all and more for the content owners to provide content in convenient and reasonably priced manner. I think you will find that a lot of commentards are payhing for their content via services like Netflix or Lovefilm.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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then use semi or fullfat UHT/Longlife Milk not fresh milk (it enhances the taste)

Err. NO.

Matter of taste of course, but UHT is disgusting and vile and makes coffee taste horrible. If fresh milk is not available, then black is the way to go (assuming half decent coffee).

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TV transport tech, part 2: From sofa to server at the touch of a button

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Thank you

Thank you for the very interesting 2 part series. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nice of VM to be fairly open about how it all works.

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you can look at your broadcast schedule, go back in time and pick the asset you want to catch up and it directly launches the BBCiPlayer app. Clever stuff.”

Erm. No. If you didn't have to suffer the horrible iPlayer, and would just stream the BBC stuff natively that would be clever stuff.

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

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Re: I'm not surprised they are increasing their prices

I receive so many glossy brochures from them, sometimes ONE A DAY in the post. They must have spent tens of £ on me alone, and I'm just one of millions of their non-customers.

I am a customer (similar situation to another poster where DSL would barely support 2-3Mbit/s) so no choice. I get twice as much junk mail from them as non-customers since I get "To the householder" and addressed to me as well.

I have manged to convince them to stop them to constantly calling trying to flog their mobile. Hasn't affected junk mail but at least that doesn't interrupt like a phone call.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: Why?

Vic - yup, I know, I have one ;-) but it'd be nice to have it displayed in a manner that doesn't require my phone to be in one of those bloody windscreen suckers.

Well you could always toggle HUD mode on Torque and lay it on on anti-slip mat on your dashboard (assuming your dashboard is not unsuitably curved for that).

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Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp

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Re: Joke Alert!

The D-link sometimes can't be accessed even by the owner with admin password and hardwired ethernet port, let alone by the wan access!

I had to needle-reset mine more than once because of this. But it was not the 865L.

I had couple D-Link APs/routers once upon a time (DWL-2100 or something along those lines) and they definitely had a habit of locking up after a while. Likewise they went through PSUs like mad. Come to think of it had some D-Link hubs/switches which also suffered from PSU issues. More than once had to have it replaced under warranty.

Do D-Links have PSUs that last longer than 9-12 months now?

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Looking forward to the end of Tuesday? You've patched this month's 37 Microsoft bugs, right?

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Re: The complexity of Adobe Reader is the main problem with it

By the same logic scripting should be removed from ms Office ..

It probably should.

However macros do have their places in spreadsheets. As they do to some extent in word processors (or we could go back to WordStar and MailMerge).

And of course nothing is ever enough. You start with some simple scripting capabilities. There are always some functionality that need to be added, and then some more. Vicious circle.

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Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'

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Re: Maturity is beginning to appear

Because it had a physical keyboard, yes? Sometimes I still miss my old Treo.

Just make a modern equivalent of Nokia Communicator 9xxx dammit!

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Khronos unveils OpenGL 4.5, broadens OpenCL 2.0 language support

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Re: It's all in how you phrase it

I concur. The cross platform aspect is undoubtedly the most attractive developers enabling them to "have it all" bar consoles.

Making porting from DirectX to OpenGL as easy as possible is a good thing and hopefully will encourage studios in DirectX camp to at least support OpenGL if not completely switch over (like fair few used to do in the 90s and people chose which ever was better supported/faster on their hardware).

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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Re: basic premise faulty?

The man was inventing personal encryption in an era when encryption science was considered WMD. Not figuratively - literally. There were export controls on PGP which led to its development being moved out of the US.

Not quite WMD, but munitions none the less. PGP 5 was exported legally as a printed book (since export controls only applied to electronic format), which was then scanned and proofread as community effort. Having being part of he proofreading effort I can say that the OCR at the time was not great.

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Oracle Database 12c's data redaction security smashed live on stage

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Re: Hmmm not so sure

"Data Redaction does not prevent

privileged users from connecting directly to the database and running ad hoc queries that back into pieces of sensitive data ( ie. it does not stop exhaustive ad hoc queries or other inference attack ). "

You would need to utilise Oracle Database Vault to stop privileged users seeing sensitive data.

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Not a load of Tosh: 5TB 'surveillance drive' from Toshiba hits shelves

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Re: Toshiba drives are shit

I don't think they've made a good drive ever.

Dunno. I have bunch of old 20-40GB 2.5 and 3.5" drives that just refuse to die and they've been abused a lot.

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Verizon to FCC: What ya looking at? Everyone throttles internet traffic

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Re: guaranteed minimum connection

What they should have been selling were connections with guaranteed minimums rather than lines with some mythical "upto" speed.

No ISP is likely to offer guaranteed minimum anytime soon. Linespeed (or the equivalent) is too dependent on conditions. That means that for fixed line (assuming DSL here) each customer would have to have "its own product" depending on what speed their line supports. With wireless it would be even worse since the connection parameters would constantly fluctuate.

The "up to", frustrating as it is to customer, makes sense for an ISP as a single product that can be sold. Having said the ISPs could (not that they ever would) price the "up to" product with "up to" price that matches the line speed and thus if you're at end of a wet string you would pay less.

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Meet Solaris 11.2, where SDN means 'Software-Defined Net profit'

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Re: Larry finally realises....

Shudder at the thought.

Or perhaps McNealy should've bought Juniper instead of StorageTek.

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Free 2004-spec AS/400 pops up in the cloud

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Re: It's still surprisingly popular in Germany

So far every large furniture store I've seen had one, as well as some large electronics stores.

And why not. It just worksTM

Bit like the recent news of OpenVMS living on. VMS clusters still trump most if not all recent clustering solutions.

New is not always better. Sometimes older tested and tried robust solutions are still the best (for the intended purpose anyway)

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We're BFFs AGAIN, say AT&T and Netflix after penning peering pact

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Peering

Given the recent articles about the spat between Netflix and Verizon (who by all accounts appears to have signed peering agreement) it seems uncertain how much this well help AT&T. Verizon seems to have done theirs in April and yet its customers report issues with Netflix. Sure some provisioning can take some time but three months? Also makes the public bickering somewhat odd if an agreement in place. I suppose that is where L3 come in being the carrier between the two.

Shall be interesting to see if AT&T fares any better than Verizon.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Re: Point of Issue

Don't blame the C language please. Despite its age it is still an excellent language, it still has relevancy and it is the language of choice for most safety critical systems. The issue here is poor developers and/or their pointy-haired managers.

Quite.

"AV engines were often built in C which led to vulnerabilities like..." suggests the flaws are caused by the chosen language. The language used doesn't directly lead to vulnerabilities. Sure it doesn't hold your hand and it will let you you stupid things. You're expected to be able write decent code. Shouldn't be unreasonable to expent competent coding from company providing security software.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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I actually thought about building an automated meter reader. We have an electricity meter with a flashing light and it would be easy to just count the flashes. I'm sure someone with EE skills could build a device that cost peanuts and ran on goodwill.

Indeed it has. Many times.

http://www.airsensor.co.uk/component/zoo/item/energy-monitor.html

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We don't need no new meters

If possible, we should look for a less expensive solution that gets the same job done. For example, rather than seeing your energy use on a wall unit, why shouldn’t you be able to view it online or through a mobile app instead? This would save us the estimated £228m cost of installing in-home display units (IHDs). Rather than installing a whole new meter, why can’t we just stick a small camera or reading device onto your existing meter which can regularly record and transcribe the current meter reading? And why can’t we just use an approved smartphone app for ad hoc readings today? This is now perfectly feasible and these readings should be accepted by the energy suppliers.

I'm shocked. Some sense finally. Replacing perfectly good working meters is pure insanity, not to mention the various issues should the meter be remotely controllable.

The simplest solution to instant readings for power companies (and far cheaper than new meter) would be using the existing induction pickups coupled with a small GSM (or other radio) that would periodically send updates.

Reading the meter optically is another (and perhaps more reliable) method and has already been done many times at hobbyist level. That dot on the wheel is rather easy to pick up (and saves trying to OCR the digits).

Also should you change suppliers, new supplier can provide their kit (or new SIM for GSM etc).

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NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark

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Heading for Marathon Valley

So the rover is controlled by Durandal? Better watch out for Pfhor. Maybe it turns out the planet is actually Lh'owon.

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HGST polishes Ultrastar SSD whoppers, stuffs with denser Intel flash

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Re: is it really enterprise grade

For enterprise grade I would be expecting SLC and not MLC.

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Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins

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My bold prediction is that we will see some return to circuit switching to run alongside packet switching in our public networks. That would most likely take the form of an overlay network and traffic would be split out at edge routers. For some types of traffic, for some usage and routing scenarios, packet switching is awfully inefficient and difficult. At some point it becomes easier to just circuit switch that traffic than it does to try and engineer an illusion of circuit switching over a packet switched network.

You mean like MPLS that many (if not most) carriers and ISPs use these days?

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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Netflix told us that, if we wanted to improve streaming performance, we should pay $10,000 per month for a dedicated link, spanning nearly 1,000 miles, to one of its "peering points" – just to serve it and no other streaming provider.) It then launches misleading PR campaigns against ISPs that dare to object to this behavior.

Well, Netflix is selling the product that needs that fat pipe so really they should foot the bill. On the other hand you could see it as the ISP footing the bill to better server its customers. However if the ISP foots the bill for the link then it should be able to do whatever it wishes with it. I don't see why Netflix would have any say what the ISP does with a link the ISP pays for.

This kind of ties in with the recent threads about the Netflix/Verizon spat on El Reg. There were discussions about where the "fault" lies and I did raise the question about peering arrangements and who actually should pay for what.

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

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Blasphemy

or that there's a #sysadminday tweetup in your neighbourhood.

Real sysadmins don't use twitter. They use wall/talk.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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kmpl? WTF?

Converting mpg to km/l makes no sense. In the metric world fuel consumption has always been in l/100km.

At a push I could've undestood making it mpl now that petrol is sold in litres instead of gallons in UK.

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US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'

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Withholding information

"We find these allegations deeply disturbing, and if true, they suggest that your agency is attempting to mislead or withhold information from the Congress and the American public," the committee trio wrote.

Erm, isn't that what three letter agencies (are supposed to) do ?

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

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Re: we are doomed

Actually that pedal to the left is merely an interface to an electronic device - i.e. 'brake by wire' - for more and more vehicles on the roads. As are the shifter and shifter paddles, as have been most dashboard controls for years. I tremble for a moment every time I climb into my Bimmer, before I race off to go weaving between lanes, sometimes using my turn-signal-by-wire.....

For accelerator, that could be the case. For power steering, yes has been done. For brakes, I doubt it. Brakes need to be as failsafe as possible so they're usually hydraulic. Even if the servo assist fails they still work even though they would require significantly more force to operate.

The only place I've seen electric brakes is in trailers.

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Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off

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Re: Double whammy for Oulu

That sucks. Really sucks. There are, I guess, bit over 100k or so in and around Oulu. So that's creeping up to nearly 1% additional unemployed.

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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Re: Xbone even more doomed

I would hate to be a Microsoft stock holder right now.

Have you actually looked at their share price for last month, year, even multiple years?

You'd hate to own some of this?

Any PS4 owner would actually really hate XBone to be doomed. Just like XBone owner would hate PS4 to be doomed. The competition is the only thing giving consumers some chance.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Devil's advocate....

Having said that, I do tend to dig in the manual for interesting details if I have a few minutes, because especially the radio tends to have all sorts of gadgets that can get in the way, like when you're driving along happily with some nice music and THEN THE TRAFFIC ANNOUNCEMENTS COME ON IN TOP VOLUME prompting a frantic grab for the volume control (and a near heart attack). If you cannot find a way to adjust that announcement volume (and it's often seriously hidden) you're left with the decision to forego them altogether or live with the risk of a heart attack.. It gets complicated if the manual is not in one of the languages I speak, though :)

That just reminded of the Top Gear episode where Clarkson was testing the M5 and could barely get a word in edgeways with the satnav.

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