Sounds like the scariest example of...
...Eisenhower's feared rise of an omnipresent, overarching military-industrial complex.
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...Eisenhower's feared rise of an omnipresent, overarching military-industrial complex.
...or you would know that desktops barely get OS upgrades - and even if they get a new OS it never happens like this:
"Yet most IT upgrade cycles take about three years, and most have just about completed a round of upgrades to take on Windows 7 and move off of Windows XP."
Err, no, wrong on all account. First, nobody upgrades OS on 3-4 years old machines, they simply get new machines when cycle is up, with new OS. Second there are some exceptions, like IT's or R&D's workstations but those are always far more up-to-date hardware. Third Windows 7 was released almost 5 (FIVE!) years ago, even if they bought a machine right back then, just missing the new OS, it would run Windows 7 rather inefficiently unless you throw in a decent RAM upgrade - and, fourth, just why on Earth would they bother upgrading 5-6 years old machines, spending a truckload of time making sure they get proper drivers, created installers, imaging, etc etc...?
It makes zero sense, at the low-end office desktop market segment it would cost more per machine than simply buying a new one with Windows 7.
Yeah, this is rather salting the wound - just come out and say "an error at PR after writing that piece which was never seen and approved by the mgmt" (wink, wink) and then we will pretend it never happened...
...but this way you are just saying "oh but he's great otherwise, really, he just didn't work for *US* that hard" because you are not saying a word about that awful press release, y'know.
...not a word about Seagate buying Fusion-io last June, regarding their 'all-flash masterplan'...?
Says someone who couldn't even grasp the basic story in the article. Talk about being a clearly stupid yet loudmouthed clown - ouch.
...should be the backbone of BB's new, highly secure networking services and products (including hosted/cloud-based as well as hybrid and strictly on-premise), I said this YEARS AGO, when they were still tinkering with BB10/Z10 after launch. It was obvious from the beginning and the arrival of the post-Snowden era made it ridiculously easy to sell, I cannot imagine what is taking this long to roll out new services...
...because there is no way on Earth they would buy enough backhaul capacity to support NYC-sized gigabit upgrades at current prices - because while financially easily doable that would seriously lower their average 1000-1500% (!!!) markup on every delivered bytes cable companies enjoy for years now, thanks to their sheer abuse of market, based on simple monopolies (essentially cartel behavior: for example in NYC they literally won't go into each other's streets.)
...and it all sounds great, indeed, but if I will have to buy a TV anytime soon (hope not) I will go with WebOS 2.0 & LG, until your Mozilla-based system is proven, sorry.
I mean the PR-blitz Skyera was able to generate back when it took off was mostly based on SkyEagle's much-touted, (at the time) sanity-challenging 20GB/s throughput per box, at ~$2/GB price, with 200-300TB capacity...? It was ~2 years ago - what happened to that?
Yes, it always shocks me just what kind of PoS scumbags can get regularly elected in Australia. I cannot believe how utterly subservient they are as soon as they receive a request from a foreign (!) power, how quickly they willing to simply go against their own countries' interests, even to the point when they completely abandon their own citizens (!) abroad... it's really shocking to me how cynical, disgusting and totally spineless subsequent Australian governments turned out to be - and I just don't understand why people keep voting for them...
Yeah, another self-appointed charlatan, always trying to spin everything such a way that it shows: Apple's world domination is imminent... it's a big business, to lick Apple's corporate @ss, remember. :)
Err, no, storage arrays are typically NOT running linux, they are typically built on some flavor of BSD, usually OpenBSD.
...that anyone is willing to put his critical services on MS-run cloud services must be an adrenaline-junkie.
I think there's something fundamentally wrong in MS' system design that they keep suffering from 'PLANET-WIDE' outages, year in, year out, for years now. Doesn't matter what is the bug, how it cascades into any bigger clusterfuck, it should NEVER be able to bring their whole cloud to its knees. I've never seen anything like that happening to our Google- or Rackspace-based services (and as far as I recall AWS also never had anything beyond region-level disruption.).
...with gems like these:
"When even senior sysadmins work on an iPhone connected to an Apple TV"
(Priceless. Senior... what? :D)
"Something has happened, right under our noses, so close we still can’t quite see it. It’s only when we get to the long shot, like my friend in New York, that the arrow of time reveals itself, arcing in a path from 10 kilo boat anchor to 129 gram super-thin super-smartphone."
(Right, because they serve the same purpose, right? I mean in your world only, of course. :D)
"“When I’m in the office I’ll AirPlay it over to an Apple TV connected to a monitor. What’s the difference between that and a desktop?”
My friend has worked in IT for a quarter of a century, and likes all the new toys, but when it comes to work, he’s incredibly conservative in his choices - that’s why he gets hired to keep infrastructure ticking over."
(Ahahahaha, this is soooo great it is self-explanatory. Sometimes I wonder if clowns like him ever read their stuff before they hit the publish button or they do but they just simply lost their ability to recognize the sheer nonsense in their own little precious pieces...?:D )
"Laptops keep getting smaller and more powerful, but we’ve now reached a moment when they’re less useful than our smartphones."
(Suuure. Like your - probably imaginery - friend who runs some giant retail sales network architecture but also gets involved on daily server administration yet he is much more productive on a low-res 6" smartphone that only runs its own, non-x86 apps, with very limited CPU and memory etc than a laptop with, say, 13"-15" QHD or UHD resolution, full-fledged remote desktop, unlimited multitasking, can make calls while doing something else etcetc...? :D)
"powerful devices that can cast to any nearby screen (Chromecast & AirPlay), browse any website, and run all the important apps."
(Except any website that requires Flash, SIlverlight or any commonly used plugin and has no fully-equivalent mobile version eg a giant retailer's sales intranet comes into mind... all important apps? You mean all that *exist* except the inifinite number of x86 ones that won't run? :D)
"Plus ça change."
(Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses, as my latin teacher used to say decades ago when someone gave some detailed, lengthy but completely wrong explanation to a question... please, do yourself a favor and drop the "futurist" attempts and go back reading Gibson and keep teaching - students certainly need input and ideas. Even if it's completely wrong like this. :D)
It was supposed to arrive just around now, with its insane 300TB (or was it 500?), 20GB/s performace, at ~$2/GB...?
"4. Low friction: as it collected by a middle man voters will not notice it much."
You really miss the point here, pal, hah! :D
If anything this actually just pissed off EVERYBODY, even their own voters, even the numb grandmas and grandpas because they like and listen to their grandkids more than to Orban's kleptocratic regime.
10k-20k crowd marched two days ago, didn't change Orban's mind.
100k+ crowd marched last night, essentially blocking some main arteries in the city, apparently sill wasn't enough to force Orban to back down.
This is mid-week - what's next...?
Orban is standing still yet the party elite took notice: the Hungarian press is full of anonymous party crooks voicing their fear that this very typical stubborn stance from Orban just triggered a huge backlash - and people were already cliching their fists, full of seething hatred, after years and years of watching this uber-arrogant, loudmouthed, kleptocracy running amok, dealing with a systemic corruption that's now unmatched anywhere in Europe, now also openly operating as a government-run loyalty scheme, as untouchable cronies and oligarchs took over the entire economy, blackmailing or forcing out or destroying anyone who wasn't willing to give up his hard-built business, cracking down on every civil organization that is not dependent from the government, perverting the entire justice system as well as using prosecutory powers as political and economical terror tools etc etc.
People are at a boiling point and at the same time the stodgy Ramses from Felcsut (the small backwater place Orban hails from; the village where he just - seriously!!! - HAD BUILT A SOCCER STADIUM BEHIND HIS WEEKEND HOUSE!), well he apparently became so disconnected he really don't see the coming hard turn and he's unwilling to brake...
...and all this was supposed to be a simple diversion from the super-embarrassing, very serious diplomatic mess of the recent travel ban the US just put in effect for state-run corruption, banning such gov' officials as the president of National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary, her VP of Taxation, and numerous, highest-placed other right-hands and chief oligarchs of Orban*, pretty much putting him on equal footing with Putin.
(* these are guys like the one called A. Habony, a short, practicing martial arts fellow, who famously sued every single news outlet for writing about his criminal sentencing when he, after almost running over them at a crossing, jumped out of his SUV and beat up a retired couple on the street, at broad daylight; classic low-brow mobster-style. Except one thing, of course: these guys lack any balls. They are just cheap cowards and greedy, tacky-folksy Central-European copycats of any 'decent' mafia - they don't have the balls you see from Eastern European mobsters or ex-military from the Balkan, they are only loud and aggressive because they took over the government and perverted even the laws to provide them cover, which they grossly misunderstood as being invincible - they are not, their days are numbered.)
It's a classic diversion tactics - after a long series of very serious diplomatic signs and messages about state-run corruption schemes in Hungary were not only ignored but also mocked, the US took the extraordinary steps and invoking executive order #7750 about corruption (signed by GWB) they outright banned a handful of gov officials and cronies from entering the US.
The list of banned people are not public but they were told if they are affected and some of it was leaked already: few of the PM's (Orban) right-hands, one of the them (guy name A. Habony) is among the 4-5 top oligarchs, he's the kind of guy - listen to this! - who famously sued every single news outlet for writing about his ordeal when he (practicing martial arts guy) after almost hitting them at a crossing, jumped out of his SUV and beat up a retired couple on the street... my favorite part of the list is the president of National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary as well as her VP of Taxation - this is CLASSIC banana republic stuff, right in the middle of Europe.
OTOH it speaks volumes that the European Union is just WATCHING all this taking place in the middle of the EU, unwilling to do anything while the US, long being a bystander, finally got pissed and immediately started swinging the hammer... good ol' US, they know how to deal with these stodgy, small-town Ramseses like Orban and his ilks. :) Funny things is that the US DID NOT publicize the story, they tried to deal with it silently, only letting the banned know - so what these idiot cronies do? They concocted a false story about AMericans taking revenge for tax investigations into American companies (Actually it's more of a brazen lie as the original corruption issue is exactly the opposite, that the US companies complained that the entire Hungarian market is distorted by outright tax cheaters, they are simply unable to compete when properly paying taxes with competitors who sell products well under its manufacturing price.) More about the story can be read everywhere but this is a better summary in English: https://hungarianspectrum.wordpress.com/tag/proclamation-7750/
...but the most troubling was not that apparently few idiots joined the crowd only to make trouble, it was the government spokesman (!!!) who immediately attacked Goodfriend on Twitter, in a ridiculously childish manner for observing the protest - the exchange speaks for itself, one can clearly see the effect of cronyism in Hungarian foreign affairs: https://twitter.com/GoodfriendMA/status/526798406422106112
Bingo. They replaced Supreme Court judges with sock-puppets, then proceeded to write a new constitution, then entirely new laws, reorganized the justice system, filling up the judges with cronies and hand-picked servants (fun fact: the chairwoman of the National Judiciary Office, the highest authority overseeing them is T. Hando, wife of the buy who actually wrote the new "basic law" on his iPad: J. Szajer, former VP of the ruling party until becoming MEP, now vice-chairman of the European People's Party in the EP*), while nationalizing as much as they can in the economy and handing it over to their oligarchs (in form of procured orders etc.)
* The Guardian wrote about it back then: http://www.theguardian.com/law/2012/mar/20/tunde-hando-hungarian-judges
Around here (US Northeast) it is the same, you should listen to VHF ch 16 (aka hail and distress) - but this is not mandatory unless you are a commercial vessel and once they have GMDSS installed they don't have to watch VHF16 anymore.
"Except that in the case of Bruce Schneier, he didn't complain about such surveillance when it was his employer doing it.
I guess spying on people is OK if it's for profit and not for the government."
Clearly sounds like either someone with no clue what's taking about....
...or perhaps is it that the smear campaign already started from NSA/GCHQ/etc?
Uhh, don't forget VP Belfiore, he's might have done more damage than Sinofsky. From the outside he's the classic archetype of the all-too-common unmitigated Ballmerian managerial disaster, that still just keeps rising and rising - no matter how big of a clusterfuck he produced Joe just keeps getting promoted: IE4, Windows eHome, Windows Media Center, Zune and the current ongoing royal fuckup called Windows Phone, with its missing features, continuously non-upgradable iterations year after year... aye and he's the reigning "UI design king", don't forget whenyou think about your current UX. =)
"Significantly cheaper than doing this yourself, when you take into account the cost of building and maintaining a data centre, buying licensing."
Sorry but it's BS, typical of clueless MSFT marketing monkeys. People don't build DCs, they build server rooms, with one or two racks. As Trevor pointed out Azure's pricing is nonsensical when it's compared to a typical one rack cabinet worth of on-premise server, storage and networking stack including 3-y/4-hr support. If you have decent bargaining skills I can literally guarantee you will beat your comparable 3-y Azure quote at l;east by 50% if not more. And there are the usage details where cloud also fails: having 10GbE to the desktop is a no-brainer, costs very little extra nowadays (I run 10Gb to our WS for ~4 years now) - imagine your internet AND/OR your VDI bill when you want to do something similarly high-end in your cloud...
...did mention that anyone with existing infrastructure can get a huge discount after 3-4 year from any server or storage vendor?
The reality is that the pure cloud-base pitch makes clueless CEOs and alikes excited (mainly because they believe it'd save money for their bonuses but they are wrong) but most CIOs/CTOs know that beyond basic docs/email/web/etc usage it brings its own issues and when something happens you don't even have the hardware in your server room with your latest data on it.
I firmly believe hybrid cloud is the best pitch cloud providers can make and MSFT is YEAAARS behind... they should brought out integrated hybrid cloud offering with Server 2012, at least in 2012 clusters, with a one-click built-in Azure feature-set: mirrored cluster config in Azure, default DR, backup etc. It's almost 2015 and it's still not there and Ballmer was still stroking his idiotic tablet & devices plans - incompetency at its worst, they wasted years and billions chasing something they have little to do with while letting a huge market opportunity slowly disappear.
Exactly, see my point above. MSFT missed its HUGE chance to define the hybrid cloud and make it super-easy for SMBs to transition to an Azure-based hybrid solution with their Windows-based server and storage infrastructure.
...shoot it - it was really-really awkward from the beginning and while it was only logical they quickly add/implement the hybrid cloud option (I actually expected it to arrive many years ago, that's why I gave it several spin around the 2008 R2-2012 transition) they never did it, it was always a rather clunky, complex system of all sorts of things plugged together, with constant issues.
As I recall AMD was already making ARM (StrongARM? XScale?) processors at some point in the past, like 10+ years ago...? Or was it some non-Intel x86 for embedded systems...?
WHaaaaa...? Tell me that's a typo.
...as many of us we predicted on these pages as soon as his name came up first, well ahead of his tenure and the eventual sellout. He was a beancounter with no meaningful experience, it was OBVIOUS he's there to bring down the price of Nokia's excellent hardware/design divbision and top-notch worldwide distribution channel, that's all MSFT wanted from the beginning, nothing else, and those utterly clueless idiots sitting on the board of Nokia went along with it, causing probably the single biggest shareholder loss in Finnish history. They ought to be sued off everything, even their apartments, cars, pants.
"The burning platforms memo was the biggest act of corporate suicide since Gerald Ratner described his own jewellery as a bit shit."
Yes, he should've been fired right there, on that moment, for melting down 50% of Nokia on the market in ONE F'N DAY. But then again, the board was full of clueless idiots who went along all the way with this incredible hostile corporate value destruction.
...he got a bucket of crap poured all over him time by time, I bet (FWIW I see the point behind systemd but the crap that comes with it defeats the pupose, I think and it should not be default in any distro.)
"Poettering said Torvalds' confrontational and often foul-mouthed management style is "not an efficient way to run a community" and that it sets an example that is followed by other kernel developers, creating a hostile environment for newcomers."
I'm fine with calling out LT for his foulmouthed posts etc but I failed to see the point about LT's mgmt style: he manages everything openly and it IS definitely a MUCH MORE EFFICIENT way than some kind of shady private dealings behind each others back, a practice that would emerge from any other mgmt style at this size.
"The Linux community is dominated by western, white, straight, males in their 30s and 40s these days,"
Yeah, sorry for us being white etc but it was developed and released by a Western, white, straight male, who is now in his 40s, just like many of us, his early users & backers, who kept pushing it so others took notice and started developing it. I could say it's part of the baggage, deal with it - but it's really a stupid, somewhat sinister point so I'd say just drop it altogether, you have zero argument here... no, it's not a closed (=racist) community and after laziness language and technical barriers are the two most common factors behind non-participation, not race, gender or sexual preference. Your point is just stupid, sorry.
"I perfectly fit in that pattern, and the rubbish they pour over me is awful. I can only imagine that it is much worse for members of minorities, or people from different cultural backgrounds,"
You're saying... what? You're white etc but you get all the crap due to your bad code so you assume minorities, 'people from different cultural background' make even worse contributions so they get even more crap...? That would quite a racist comment, don't you think...?
"in particular ones where losing face is a major issue."
Oh PLEAHSE, not THIS crap - this fake 'cultural sensitivity" BS is the lamest of all.
It is a TECHNICAL community, first and foremost, WITH ITS OWN CULTURAL BACKGROUND too and aside of treating everybody with basic respect NOBODY SHOULD GIVE A FLYING *&^%$ about individual 'cultural sensitivities', absolutely not, hell no. Say it out loud if (s)he messed up something, if (s)he's wrong - and the person should grow the hell up and take it or be able to defend his/her point if (s)he thinks (s)he's still right.
That's the only way to maintain a healthy conversation, PC BS should not be even considered, your suggestion otherwise is absolutely awful. What's next, if someone cracks a joke about something politically incorrect then he should be disciplined? Screw that - I want to see technical advancement, not nice chitchat about everybody's curry recipe, sorry. If you want that take it to forums that are in such business and start throwing your purses over there when someone does not like your recipes..
"As a result of the behavior of Torvalds and a few other core kernel developers, he said, he hasn't posted to the Linux kernel mailing list "in years"
So somehow, suddenly just now, you realized it was all awful back then? And just how relevant it is now? See, I'm perfectly fine staying on the reader side and can just skim over stupid posts - how come you, who knew it so well, cannot? Perhaps you're just missing the attention...?
" – although he added that the systemd development community is "fantastic."
Perhaps that has to do with the culture too, hmm...?
"If you are a newcomer to Linux, either grow a really thick skin. Or run away, it's not a friendly place to be in," Poettering wrote by way of advice. "It is sad that it is that way, but it certainly is." ®
No, it's not sad - it is simply just what it is. And yes, in part THAT'S WHY IT IS WHAT IT IS TODAY, that's how it grows.
...not a separate one, whoever says it should be separate is an idiot.
I start typing and starts showing ALL the results, categorized eg Programs, Communication (emails, chats, texts etc), Google results, Bing results (eg KB results) etc. Yes, all in one pane, that's the point.
No, that's 361 idiots there who does not get the whole point, who are stuck on their stupid, ass-backward ways of searching for things. It is slower, it is less effective etc to keep them separate - I bet I get stuff done a lot faster than they do.
"For example, what twat came up with the idea of combining the search bar and the address bar?"
You mean the same way Chrome is doing it for ages now...?
"Firefox and Chrome they'll try and install all kinds of shite by defaut"
Never seen FF trying to install anything. Chrome, yes, I recall - but then again, once you installed them you only update them and that means no 4rd party "shite" as you so eloquently put it...
...prices included (from the gent's club)?
...at least according to Red Hat:
More details here: https://securityblog.redhat.com/2014/09/26/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-shellshock-bash-flaws/
Huh? Having a proper touchpad AND a proper keyboard is probably the most useful innovation on a mobile device in years...
...I know, I know, a stupid clueless AC is a just a stupid clueless AC, no need to reply, I know.
...and keep making & selling high-end Xperia phones, Sony. Low-end might gets you numbers but will certainly cut into your profits, for sure.
Yeah, too bad the Xbone is not even capable to play games in 1080p - it's unlikely to make any dent in PS4 sales (HINT: it's 2014, nobody except a complete idiot buys a $400 console to play back torrented videos when literally any phone, tablet etc can do that.)
It's all free marketing talk without at least a ballpark number, sorry.
You realize theat they ALL USED TO HAVE it , TOO? It's just when TackyOS (a' la J.IVE) arrived they broke all provider (TMO) compatibility.
"so as the article notes it needs a T-Mobile-specific firmware for it to work."
It's actually not true as it's still not more than a couple secure extra packages installed - the keyword is "secure" so you cannot install yourself (in the early years I used to but then few years ago they made it much harder and subsequently they bumped up their coverage in NYC to the current level of greatness so I don't care anymore.)
'E.g, when you're a T-Mobile US customer"
...and you also happen to be a classic inbreeding redneck somewhere waaay out in the sticks - otherwise you enjoy decent signal on TMO practically everywhere like the rest of us do, people living in civilized (metropolitan) areas, approx 85% of the US population, according to the 2011 Census Bureau stats.
I, for one, am glad that TMO is not spending any money on covering remote man-hunting, gun-touting, sister-loving communities, religious sects and alikes. Once got to the point when in our civililzed areas we are all enjoying our daily 100Mbit LTE speeds and using VoLTE then I'll be fine with spending the profits on extending coverage to the nomads - until then they should pay for VZW (they save enough on housing, hah.)
...and trying to sell it as some sort of "new innovation" - WiFI Calling, brouhahahaha... I seriously cannot recall how many years ago T-Mobile started shipping every phone with WiFi Calling including iPhones running iOS < the tacky one (v7)...
...just how long the media will ignore the numerous Apple elephants in the room, only to save their stock investment...?
..., he's doing the same lunatic crap the angry, fat, bald, chair-throwing beancounter was doing.
...which it isn't - because then it would be a Sony one.
His own - it's been turned into a shrine.
After having to suffer Myslewski's constant barrage of pro-Apple propaganda BS for years it's actually sort of refreshing...
...especially for the price - and on top of that it sounds like this watch will offer a limited, narrow functionality.
I feel like we just made a jump back in time to the old 1994-2004 Apple, with its laughably overpriced but awful machines.
Nah, this is nothing like that, it is a valid option, they are just awfully clueless at marketing and execution, it seems.
This phone runs an Android fork and since Amazon is one of the few real app store owners they could easily make it successful - but not at this price point (market is waaay too saturated for this, they have to "buy in" to get meaningful market share) and definitely not by tying it to the most abhorrent, most disgusting, shittiest provider in America (they need to offer it through T-Mobile etc or AT LEAST make it available unlocked with an interest-free monthly payment plan with zero down payment.)
At ~$17/month w/ an extra year of Amazon Prime extension added to my account I'd get one for my wife to tame her oniomania - but the current offerings (AT&T or $450) are very far from anything I'm willing to even just seriously consider...