1069 posts • joined 11 Jul 2007
"Brit and Yank data watchdogs ink deal to share..."
...I'm confused: I thought GCHQ and NSA already have such a deal in place, for long years now...?
"It's interesting that Brian Transeau -- one of the most technically cutting-edge musicians on the planet -- "
"still maintains and uses, among his other kit, a Mac running OS9 as part of his studio."
Thanks for the lunchtime laugh, I really loved this joke. :)
Re: Bandwidth starved
That's 40GB/s, obviously, it's just a (very usual) typo, clearly. As much as I don't believe half of what Nimbus claims and even without my previous dealings with the CEO (think of a snake oil sales guy) I'd certainly never put all my data on a box where the CEO directly deals with everything, down to customer support, where staff members usually leave or laid off within a year (see El Reg reports from last year as well as Nimbus' disastrous reviews at Glassdoor) etc etc I still *DO* realize that the hardware design must be capable, that's not the issue (the issue is the shocking mismanagement and the horror stories you can hear from insiders.)
Re: I'll Stick With This...
I'm not sure what unit you have tested but Skyera's upcoming SkyHawk (the one with the built-in switch in the back, with its weird 30-port gigabit option) is actually limited to 2.4GB/s, according to my recent discussions with them - their next-gen unit, SkyEagle, with that promised 20GB/s, is nowhere near to mass production, and even its first (beta) iteration will come half-baked, with only iSCSI & NFS supported, SMB3 is only slated to arrive toward the end of this year.
And no offense but I'm very doubtful you will have anything in June... for starter unless you have a paid a TON of money to participate in a non-production-grade unit's beta program - speaking of which, how much was your price tag? Since I know the real numbers getting a correct ballpark number would quickly settle the second point, namely my misgivings about your claims...
I hope Skyera will come through and indeed turns the market upside down but based on the prices I've seen I don't see it happening before a fully mature SkyEagle hits the market around this time next year (even Skyera admitted it is likely to be the real timeline for en masse shipments of fully-featured, production-quality units.)
Re: A fool and his money are easily parted...
AC from MSFT wrote:
"Many try it for the headline price. Most of them end up dumping it for Office 365..."
Haha, you MS trolls are so easy to spot... yeah, y'know it's usually the other way around - right after one of your regular monthly, hour-long, system-wide outages that brings everything to its knees... something Google barely had, if any.
"One of the largest issues with Google Apps (other than the inferior feature set and lack of a desktop version) is that MS Office documents often don't display and edit correctly."
One of the largest issue for MSFT with Google Apps (other than being 100x faster and 1000x easier to use than anything MSFT ever managed to come up with) is that once you switch over you practically STOP caring about Office docs altogether - the ones you receive look/show up just fine but new ones you will create in Google Docs anyway. It's practically a death sentence for Office and since MSFT still haven't managed to pull their corporate heads out of their corporate @sses they still do NOT offer a full-blown browser-based Office for everyone...
Mmm'suuure... another classic case of "I think I'm so smart that I actually know everything those rich fuckwits know but don't ask because I cannot explain it" aka trying to sound smatr only makes you sound really stupid, y'know
Re: Mi aerodeslizador está lleno de anguilas
Nem veszem meg ezt a lemezt, mert meg van karcolva.
Re: QNX is Blackberry by name only
"Ah, I was wondering about that. I use a Z10, and a PlayBook for that matter, and whatever else one might think about it the BB10 UI framework certainly allows a dev to produce a well polished result."
On top of QNX BlackBerry also bought an entire (Scandinavian, of course) UI/UX design team, famous for their beautiful, elegant, high-quality designs (for Samsung, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Disney, Motorola, PayPal etc), to do a full reboot in BB10 - it was The Astonishing Tribe aka TAT: http://www.tat.se/
I, for one, love the UI design of BB10, it's far beyond anything I've seen on Android, no question about it (forget iOS and it's Jobsian cheesy-glitzy, low-brow older versions or its downright cheap-looking latest iteration.)
They were full of awesome mobile UI ideas even before BB acquired them in late 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7_mOdi3O5E
Although apparently seven of the TAT founders have left BB since and started their new firm called TOPP - see http://www.toppstudio.com/ - still, buying QNX and TAT were the two BEST-EVER acquisition by BlackBerry; these two practically saved them from completely going out of fashion, for sure.
Re: QNX is Blackberry by name only
Well said, CM - and you didn't even mention its horrible memory or process thread mgmt, limitations (eg max 16 or 32 processes???) etc. It was clearly not meant to be deployed in environment where they were pushing it into with BS marketing claims...
Re: Makes perfect sense as QNX...
Of course - if you want to go faster you don't use the Windows/you keep your Windows shut...
Makes perfect sense as QNX...
...is FAR more robust than anything MSFT ever produced - there's a reason why it's one of the most commonly deployed industrial-quality RT embedded OS, nothing comes close from MSFT (please, PLEASE don't even try to mention this abomination called Windows Embedded, that's an utter PoC and likely Ford just learned that in a hard way.)
And people often don't realize but it in-car systems DO make a very lasting impression. My single encounter of a rental but brand new Lincoln MKX couple years back during a NYC-DC-NYC round trip convinced me to never look at the brand, primarily due to its utter junk entertainment system (froze up around every ~15 mins, up until he point when it completely froze to death, around halfway back to NYC, leaving us with no music, no radio, nothing whatsoever - heck, even the driver's small console was frozen between the main dials! Yes, it was MSFT's In-Sync crap.
...720, not 1080 - yes, it's got one extra row of icons but still runs in 720, check the specs.
Nevertheless the whole article misses the main point: BB's Hub clearly MOPS THE FLOOR with anything I've seen so far on Android and I DID spend months hunting (and iOS7 does not come close to even Android, forget BB10 in terms of communication or multitasking, it's downright pathetic how far Apple has been left behind while "Sir" Ive was tinkering with his 'fabulous' color wheels and typefaces...)
Now that BB10 comes with a full-blown Android inside I'm looking forward to either a price drop on Z30 or a new, updated high-end BB10 phone and I'll get one (though I will also hold onto my Xperia Z Ultra for certain work situations, its 6.5" display allows me to NOT have a tablet and not to carry my 12" ThinkPad everywhere, not to mention the morning greatness of reading the new under the shower, thanks to its waterproof nature.)
Re: Defending its keyboard IP?
But that's just you, a naive, not too well-read fella: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/02/19/ryan_seacrest_iphone_keyboard_blackberry_patent_spat/
Joking aside it's pretty hair-raising, sure - a personal pet-project of Seacrest, this not too sharp but clearly clueless clown: he got used to his old BlackBerry's excellent keyboard but he wanted it on an iPhone and he's stupid & arrogant enough to think he can just get it done, not giving a a flying frog about anyone else's rights...
...now that he got into hot water he probably hired a bunch of expensive lawyers, thinking he will get out of this - nope, he will pay dearly, either way but most likely TWICE, to BB AND to his lawyers. Good riddance.
Re: Tegile runs OpenSolaris + ZFS
Also Tegile is getting SMB 3.0 ready, slated to be fully supported in 2H14 as I recall, instead of supporting cherry-picked features like NetApp did in v8.2: http://www.netapp.com/us/media/tr-4175.pdf
Re: It's all about balance of payments
"All those stupid enough to assert "but Comcast' customers are paying for their service so Comcast should just deliver." Like hell! The true cost of delivering HD-streaming video from the likes of Netflix isn't REMOTELY included in your bill even if you have the cross-subsidized triple-play packages. What Comcast should do is charge customers who want to use Netflix during 5-10pm a nice $20 extra a month."
Ohh, PLEAHHHSE, spoken like true scumbag corporate executive, with his twisted, super-money-hungry, greedy, lying mouth...
...it is EASILY COVERED IN YOUR WHOLESALE PRICING, YOU LYING SHILL - you PAY ~1 CENT FOR EVERY DELIVERED GB, just who the hell are you trying to convince with your BS claims, seriously? Anyone access to wholesale pricing can confirm that YOUR AVERAGE PROFIT ON DELIVERED BYTES IS AROUND 1500-2000% as far as bandwidth goes so you better shut it and remain silent.
It's all about keep pushing up your profit rates and get your bonuses, you snake - but don't worry, WE WILL BLOCK YOUR MERGER, for sure.
Does it come with auto-leveling audio when recording video finally, AGAIN?
Sony used to be the ONLY game in town for recording at live events but last time when they had this awesome feature was in my Xperia arc with its original Gigerbread (v2.3) OS - as soon as you have upgraded to ICS (v4.x) it lost this ability, all recordings sounded like distorted sh!t in a loud or noisy environment so I reverted quickly...
...and it's been many years now and I was hoping Sony will get its mojo together AGAIN, bought Xperia T - no dice, Xperia Sola for my wife - no dice etc, now running on the biggest phone on the planet (Xperia Z Ultra) and still no go for any live show recording, I still have to pull out my Xperia arc, running Gingerbread (recording @720p30 but at least reasonable sound quality, after that first half a second that auto-leveling takes to kick in...)
...should I really drop Sony forever? Or will these idiots pull their heads out of someone higher-ups bottom part and start paying attention to us, customers?
I know there is a FAMOUS disconnection between the Japanese engineering team and the Western (American & European) channel/design/sales/support/etc but seriously, there's no Sony Ericsson to blame anymore, it's OBVIOUSLY the incompetence of the Japanese top management, what should happen to catch their fuzzy attention...?
You are confused - patents NORMALLY reference other patents eg
Sony Ericsson's 2004 patent http://www.google.sc/patents/US7505796
MIcrosoft's 1998 patent http://www.google.sc/patents/US6359572
Apple's 1990 patent http://www.google.sc/patents/US5128672
which in turn lists
ITT's 1983 patent http://www.google.sc/patents/US4633227
and so on.
It's all up to the parties to sort it out - which, due to its stupid & arrogant investor, Type simply refused to do hence the lawsuit against them.
Re: Windows 2008R2
Most of us were, actually, as 2008 was half-@ssed release and 2003 was horribly outdated by 2010.
Regardless, for an architecture touting its performance etc 2008R2 is way too old and outdated to be used for benchmarks.
Re: 1500-2000% pure PROFIT
You are clearly unable to even read - I am talking about DELIVERED BITS, how did that become total profit rate of VZ?
Seriously, I think some people should really just remain silent, it would save them a lot of public embarrassment.
Re: Overly aggressive throttling?
Also the difference is that cable companies, unlike restaurants, make around 1500-2000% pure PROFIT on every delivered bit (yes, that's PERCENT) while bandwidth is getting CHEAPER (unlike food prices which are rising) yet their services are GETTING MORE EXPENSIVE EVERY YEAR so the last thing anyone wants to hear is their whining about not having enough money or bandwidth available...
...no, it's just part of the usual scumbag play to please Wall St, interested only in short-term returns so CEOs can get fatter bonuses. Scumbags abound.
Salvaging/rescuing Windows will be the real litmus test of Nadella...
...as it won't be easy, for sure. For starter he must do a 180 on that utterly idiotic, pointless and obstructionist new GUI, make it optional, easy to turn off and put the old Start Menu back especially in Windows Server. Second he has to figure out what's next...
...I'd say they should make the DESKTOP version FREE of charge IF you are willing to sign up for its Azure-integrated, cloud-enabled version - this means you agree that they could pull a Google and start mining your (anonym) data in return...
...of course if you do NOT want to provide access to your (anonym) data or you need OFFLINE use etc (eg corporate deployments) then you should buy the OS, flat-out, like you do today except it should be $50 OR LESS and should not require more than a phone call to activate...
...and finally I'd also consider a stripped-down, lightweight free version, works both online and offline, for low-end laptops, netbooks, tablets and other mobility devices, that only comes with the new GUI etc - a point where Windows Phone, Windows ReTarded and Windows finally made into one product instead of the current mess.
In short, no Pro vs non-Pro plus 3 more versions and other lunatic ideas - one full-featured desktop version, free w/ cloud-based usage data mining or paid w/o any usage info or cloud requirement and another lightweight version for all mobility devices (x86 or ARM.)
Yes, Satya, you can call me if you want to hear more about this very simple yet powerful product line... :P
Re: Some people regret the lost jobs of horse carriage maintenance.
"This being a problem how?"
Huh? May I ask how this would not be a problem, if I may paraphrase someone clueless...?
It MUST BE BLOCKED by the FCC, FTC, DoJ...
...and about half a dozen OTHER regulatory and oversight body, commission or watchdogs, both federal and state...
...I mean C'MON, SERIOUSLY???
And Comcast had the audacity to argue it is GOOD for the f'n customers???
Jesus in heaven, TWC is ALREADY one of the worst, most anti-competitive, biggest monopoly-based scumbag provider here in NYC, playing the most disgusting bundle/lock-in games and Comcast is EVEN WORSE - how on Earth would this go through, SERIOUSLY?
If this deal passes I will make sure that NOBODY in my circles gives a flying f'n cent to Democrats in the next few years, for sure. This rotten deal MUST BE STOPPED AT ANY COST.
Re: It should be blocked by the anti-trust authorities
EXACTLY. The entire US market is run on monopolistic BS corporations talking about "business" while they are running nothing but an oldschool utility monopoly WITHOUT regulatory oversight (FCC never stepped in to stop their scumbag bundling practices, FTC never enforced ANY direct competition) so practically in NYC they sliced up the city and they NEVER ENTER EACH OTHER'S STREETS...
...yes, it's so obvious yet no regulatory body EVER attempted to even investigate it. Corruption and scumbags everywhere.
Not that Elop had any clue about mobile phones or development or operating systems 2-3 years ago...
...and that's not to say he knows a lot today but definitely more than when he became the head of the biggest mobile phone vendor, thanks to its clueless board (oh, sweet irony!)
Re: Sad but true.
Unique to Apple, my @ss - WebKit was nothing but a fork of KHTML, the engine under Konqueror, KDE's default browser and back then also default file manager, I remember (I was an early supporter and huge fan of the Konqueror project - the default file manager now is a more streamlined utility but Konqueror is still going strong as a browser AFAIK.)
Says who? :D
BUt hey, thanks for showcasing just how out of touch Opera devs & their miniscule fanbase were... vT was always the living embodiment of this kind of arrogance.
Haha, the mail client was the biggest PoS I've seen in a long time - they REFUSED to support HTML mails FOR MANY YEARS, despite countless forum topics.
Opera was tone def and arrogant, no wonder they couldn't build a significant user base thus sustainable business model.
Err, right but let's stop with the BS: actually the ONLY thing that's not shutting down is the forum, EVERYTHING ELSE is shutting down.
And yes, Vivaldi is nothing but vT little pet project to take over the content: https://vivaldi.net/en-US/blogs/entry/how-to-migrate-your-data-from-my-opera-to-vivaldi
Re: the browser need to conform to lousy coding
It's about the ratio - even Firefox v4-5 didn't have problems with sites, while Opera ALWAYS exhibited a lot of problems with a LOT of sites, simply out of arrogance eg for MANY YEARS they refuse to even support gzipped site content, only offering a download instead of actually loading the page... practically no other browser had such a dumb, arrogant, hard@ss policies toward online content like Opera had.
Well, von Tetzchner can kiss my...
...rosy browser - while his product was ahead of other in many ways it was also one of the slowest-supported, slowest-developing one out there, taking YEARS to implement a &^%$ mail client, still refusing to support HTML-formatted mails etc etc.
Icing on the cake was their usually arrogant behavior, apparently stemming straight from the top "von"...
...OTOH what was more troubling actually their sometimes downright unethical practices: during my serious last attempt to switch to Opera I was already syncing my profile for a couple of months, using on my O login, when for a few days in a row in an online argument with a dev I strongly criticized some of their lackluster developer performance - ie calling it a junk or a pile of shit - on one of the dev blogs and suddenly a day later my Opera login stopped working. Yes, they banned my Opera login.
No, not from the blog or forum or whatever - from the ENTIRE OPERA NETWORK, essentially taking all my passwords, bookmarks, history, everything hostage and not only never giving anything back to me but couldn't tell me if it ever will be deleted (FWIW the login was still active but banned 2 years later.) Tried to engage some higher ups, pointing out that such behavior is actually clearly illegal by EU laws, not to mention privacy issues etc but all I got was a half-witted secretary writing me some arrogant, half-assed responses from her boss (do you believe that their heads were so far up in their corporate asses that they didn't even bother replying to emails themselves???)
I wish they could stick around and provide a choice but with this kinda behavior von Tetzchner should just STFU about his time at Opera - to me it really looks like he was the one that drove it into the ditch before he left as he couldn't build the proper corporate structure and scale up thus couldn't make it into a serious competitor, giving it enough firepower to sustain R&D/innovation etc.
PS: let emphasize that I DID ADMIRE their little innovations, their different approach etc and I always thought their time will come right when social media takes off a big way - imagine all these things handled *properly* by the browser - but Flock, RockMelt etc came and disappeared and Opera didn't do anything except stopped developing even its own engine and became just another Chromium skinning project... and this is the result of a long process, one that started well under this guy who now, in hindsight, claiming 20/20, as they always do.
It seems to be nothing more than an attempt to save the audience of MyOpera forums (which is shutting down, another sign of demise.)
Re: Really happy with Opera 15+
Yes, that was my forever issue with them, for some reason they couldn't understand that while it would be the ideal way in reality websites WILL NOT change their lousy ways and the browser need to conform to lousy coding... from a consumer product company it was arrogance at its best, I think.
Re: Apples vs Oranges
You didn't pay attention - read the article again.
The author very clearly states that Fusion-io's ION Accelerator appliance is an all-flash unit, that's why he compares to other competing AFA offerings, very correctly.
The second product called ioControl, is indeed a hybrid array - and he didn't compare them to those AFAs, and even its product manager only mentioned XtremeSF and XtremeSW, EMC's server-side flash and its software.
...I loved the options VAIO offered eg hybrid graphics several years ago, very lightweight yet sturdy carbon casing etc. They were a bit heavy on bloatware but that's not much of an issue to fix. As far as support goes they were nice but often didn't follow up - my wife's current VAIO is still waiting for a new DVD drive, I had the yellow repair paper in hand LAST JULY and still not a word from Sony Support... warranty expired by the end of last SUmmer so I'm curious if they will ever respond to me? I'll wait exactly one year then go back to the main store in the Sony Tower in Midtown Manhattan, asking about my replacement drive... :)
Is she related to Sergey Brin's wife...
..., the founder of 23andme, Ann (?) Wojcicki...?
Ballmer did WHAT?
"Ballmer has done the heavy lifting on One Microsoft. He even bought a phone company."
Jesus, enough of this inane crap - Ballmer was the most clueless person among all CEOs during his tenure (yes, that includes Apotheker and Whitman too), he didn't do sh!t, especially nothing "heavy lifting", blowing money without the slightest clue randomly on everything shiny is his specialty, likely over 50% of his decade-long acquisitions were a total LOSS (aQuantive, Navision, Tellme, Yammer etc.).
Elop, Ballmer's hitman never had a chance...
..., he is just another corporate beancounter like Ballmer with similarly zero relevant experience, he never had a chance against Nadella - nor did any outsider as long as Gates & Ballmer stayed on, no big CEO would come over from their cushy jobs and try to perform a full makeover with these two watching over their shoulder, no way.
The selection of the former head of the Server & Tools unit was the most obvious choice, I always said it, among his peers (business division chiefs) he and his team were the most solid yet most innovative performers he has a drama-free, no-nonsense, low-key style, with no grandstanding while delivering junk that forces the entire company to go along with stupid decisions product after product (a' la Sinofsky & Office, Windows etc) and he is an ENGINEER, fergadsakes - enough of this onslaught of *&^%$ stupid, loudmouthed yet clueless, arrogant, fat@ss MBA-types, sales clowns, beancounters and their ilks!
He's a beancounter FFS, with no relevant experience whatsoever, don't confuse his Trojan hitjob at Nokia with actually running a monster like MSFT.
If no clean hand is available from outside then Nadella SHOULD get it...
...I was saying it from the beginning - server business is booming, far more advanced than any other, shamefully amateur, broken, crappy business Sinofsky and his ilks left behind (eg Windows, Office); I am pretty sure he probably hated the retarded touch-oriented UI that was forced onto his baby (Touch GIU, on a f'n server OS, seriously?) and he more or less was able to deliver on time and on target (sans the utter mess called System Center and its 1+ year compatibility lag behind new Windows Server versions...)
Re: Capacity On-demand
It's not 4 years but 3 or less and again, saving 20% until you stay under 60% utilization, only to keep paying it FOREVER vs 3 years later not having to pay anything but support - which is, I must add, will remain FAR-FAR LESS than previous lease payments (because only a complete idiot with no clue about procurement, with no negotiation skills or purchasing in general wouldn't get the initial 3-y support already bundled in, with another 3-y extension price also spelled out in the PO.)
With all this in mind I'm not sure why would anyone run unsupported units in production... that being said there are several usage scenarios below mission-critical roles for older storage systems as long as they have redundant parts (eg if I had to retire an EQL box I could still keep it somewhere in production as it comes with practically everything redundant inside, all we'd need is a couple of spare disks on the shelves.)
Re: Capacity On-demand
Actually you didn't get it at all.
First it's not "most" but "certain" CFOs prefer OPEX over CAPEX, secondly it not really OPEX vs CAPEX - it's owning vs renting, both paid the same way, in monthly payments and, most importantly, only showing savings until you don't go over your default utilization quota (normally around 60% of your total storage) and even that is just around ~20% when compared to monthly payments w/ $1 buyout at the end.
Re: Not a Hybrid array
Exactly, you can add up to 72TB in expansion chassis (under Specifications, at bottom): http://www.tegile.com/products/zebi-storage-arrays#tab-1
Re: Sacre Bleu
Yeah, that's the famously scumbag EMC Symmetrix pricing model from the 2000s... thanks but no thanks. Fortunately Tegile is not exactly the same (albeit still not something I'd prefer, for sure.)
Re: Capacity On-demand
Might sounds nice but in return for some 20-30% lower initial payments you will actually NEVER OWN the box, you are RENTING it forever - try selling that to CFOs...
Re: Not a Hybrid array
Yeah except Tegile's Zebi architecture is a true unified SAN/NAS solution while XtremeIO is a block-only dedupe/compression offer (and will be forever as EMC won't compromise Isilon sales) - they are not even close.
BTW XtremeIO's GA was announced by EMC back in 2013 November so let's just drop the nonsense.
Except it's not even available on any at least half-decent (=GSM) network here, in the US...
Dear Jesus... is that a bowtie?
I mean Jobs always dressed horribly, apparently he had no taste (and I'm talking about everything, not just clothing: remember those god-awful, cheesy Mac designs? Or was it "Sir" Ive who committed those visual atrocities like the leopard-print background, plush-furry-feeling iOS etc?) - but this bowtie with a white shirt is really goes beyond anything a sane person would put on himself (forget knowing it's going to be a promo photo day)...
It was ~20 minutes...
...and Calendar, Drive etc was still working (my phone's Gmail client seemed to be syncing as well.).
Very annoying but it was the first one that affected us in years and I still consider us luckier than users having to deal with Microsoft's hours-long, system-wide outages...
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