100 posts • joined 5 Sep 2007
Might as well mention the AIT
Kudos to the fine people at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), an international university located north of Bangkok, for playing an important part in this project (Hi Kanchana, Olivier :-))
Thailand was in dire need of such a neutral exchange point.
It's not really a new tax
I'll repost an edited copy if the second part of my message which has been deleted by a moderator, probably because it was addressing a serious French language error in the title. The title has changed, no French there anymore. However I think that the second part still is relevant. So here it is:
I'm not going to defend a new tax, but as far as I know the way it would work is that people who don't own a TV (at least not officially - see what I mean?) and who don't pay the TV licence ("redevance audiovisuel public") yet would start paying it if they own a PC, tablet or smartphone.
Nowadays each household pays this licence fee ONCE, regardless of the number of TV sets owned. My understanding is that this would be extended to these new devices. It's NOT an extra tax on the price of a purchased device and therefore it's different from the private copy tax. It's basically trying to collect this TV license fee from just every household, which makes sense in a way.
Re: Don't give Aunty Beeb ideas
On the other hand, it's my understanding that you British people pay a significantly higher TV licence fee than we do as of now. If I'm not misled it's 145 pounds vs. 131 euros (103 pounds) for us (it's bound to be bumped by 5 or 6 euros next year I've heard)
Don't tell Hollande, that'd give him ideas too... ;-)
I have used CP/M-based 8080 boxes with 8 inch floppy disks to teach Cobol programming in the early 80s (so yes, I'm a criminal according to Dijkstra). Nice memories. I liked it. It was compact, simple and elegant, with these fancy command names... isn't "PIP" sexier than "COPY"?
On the other hand its descendant Concurrent CP/M 86 was my first experience of a real multi-tasking, multi-session O/S with screen flipping when only dirty hacks were used to add some very primitive multi-tasking for non-interactive processing to MS-DOS. It was a great O/S well ahead of its time. Too bad it never picked up.
With the amount of internet censorship currently being put in place in Thailand by the military junta, I don't expect that this cable will provide a much improved internet experience to people there. Traffic has has started slowing down dramatically since the Great Leader has announced that no effort will be spared to stamp out "inadequate" network activity. Can't help but thinking this is due to filtering equipment being put online (by incompetent and lazy people as usual in government agencies there).
And in the foreseeable future I would definitely count Thailand among the potentially explosive countries that might cause trouble to this shiny new data pipe. Especially since according to the cable map found online, it lands in the unrest-ridden south.
Fortunately, it seems to be an end point.
It's my understanding that he was speaking of the speakers, not the earpiece.
How much of your phone conversations take place in speaker mode?
Anyway, such not-so-good rendering at both extremes of the audio spectrum is irrelevant to human voice.
I'm not saying that this couldn't be regarded as a serious flaw for other uses, though.
One good, one bad
Based on recent history, I'd say that ``Windows 9 will convince Win 7 and Win 8 people to upgrade, XP will finally die and then'' ... Windows 10 will be another massive failure :)
Re: The U.S. should move to chip-and-PIN anyway...
Yes, chip-and-PIN cards can cause a lot of confusion, even in unexpected places.
I had to teach Budget staff at Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok, Thailand a couple of months ago how the thing worked. They were extremely confused and about to tell me "sorry sir, transaction rejected" when their machine asked for a PIN code. Fortunately, Thai people usually are friendly and open, so they happily accepted my telling how european cards work :-)
And yes, that was unexpected at the counter of a multinational car rental company in a major S-E Asia airport! But hey, this is Thailand :-)
Re: Prius attracts ridicule?
Priuses sell quite well here in France as well. I guess that government incentives for electric and hybrid cars help. They now amount to a sizeable share of the taxis in Paris.
No ridicule in this, really.
Re: No way
@AC: ``What do you call decent apps?''
Nothing fancy really, and at 50+ I'm beyond fiddling with the latest gadget apps, believe me. I just want something that does the job.
Just an example: I've spent half a day trying to find a free battery app that gives a working battery gauge tile updated in real time. Couldn't find any. None would refresh unless I explicitly open the app.
It's been like this for just every basic app for which dozens of perfectly working free variants can be found on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
@AC#2 (so many ACs here...): sorry, my wording was ambiguous (English not my native language). The keyword was cheap, not plastic. I don't expect a titanium casing in this price range, but the back cover of my 100EUR no-name Chinese Android clone looks so much more resistant to shocks and scratches than this thing... And the 520's button buttons are terrible, really.
``Nokia's cheapo Lumia 520 Windows 8 phone will be better for most people than an iphone 4''
Let me tell you my first-hand experience: not, it won't.
My employer has inflicted 520s upon us as our new business phones. I was curious at first. I mean it, I really wanted to like it. Now I hate it from the deepest of my soul. These things are anything but usable: cheap plastic casing that makes any basement bargain Android phone look like a well-built object, buttons which look like they won't last a year, imprecise touchscreen, abysmal battery lifetime... and I won't even mention how much the O/S sucks, how much you can't find decent apps.
I'm kind of a Android fanboy, I admit it. Therefore I naturally tend to despise iPhones.
However I would trade this ugly Nokia 520 thing for an iPhone 4 *anytime* with much, much joy.
At least an iPhone 4 is usable.
Re: And this is news? @Kebabbert
``HP (OSF/1, later rebranded as HP/UX)''
Huh? HP-UX existed even before OSF/1 was born.
OSF/1, from DEC, bought by Compaq which was then bought by HP, has its roots in Ultrix, DEC's port of BSD 4 which ran on VAXen and DEC MIPS workstations.
One should not mix BSD and FreeBSD/OpenBSD. Sun never had any interest the latter ones. Their own SunOS was a port of BSD 4 too until it became Solaris, which is much more SysV than BSD.
Their x86 port of Solaris doesn't share any code with OpenBSD/FreeBSD AFAIK, apart from what comes from their comon BSD 4 roots.
As for the conspirationist theories... please, spare us from these. It won't take long until someone links this to 9/11 too.
Re: They should cut the bad quality and/or unsupported lines
They're not doing that bad in the smartphone/tablet market IMHO.
Their Liquid E2/Z3 smartphones have a pretty impressive features/price ratio, and their build quality is way superior to the chinese rebrands.
The latest incarnation of their entry-level Iconia B1-710 tablet seems to be selling quite well too.
Re: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?
Funny that I had already made the same comment before, but my post was deleted by a moderator.
So many people don't change the default passwords anyway, by fear of losing it. Ask any EMC engineer how many Clariions on customer sites still have the default admin password...
Correction: Ultimate Rotation Control isn't a free app
It's an excellent little app that does the job nicely and I have bought it. It's cheap, but it isn't free
Yes, and their DB customers as well
We have a bunch of Oracle DB-based apps whose cost to migrate them to another DB would make my head spin (provided it's even technically feasible) so we're stuck with them.
Despite paying ridiculous amounts of money for this service, their support is slowly approaching the point of being unusable. Unless your DB has crashed and burned, chances to get a reply from requests made on their dreaded Metalink (the slowest thing on Earth) within a week are close to nil nowadays.
Re: Love Swiftkey
So do I. With proper training, it feels like the bloody program reads in your mind. Almost scary.
My only gripe is about the two separate versions: phone and tablet. I'm sure there's no good technical reason for this. The same program could certainly handle both. It's more like a marketing trick to force people who have both a phone and a tablet to buy two licences.
Re: An application restart is required
Indeed, I get "an application restart is required" every bloody time I go back to the welcome screen from the app using the home key and want to enter it again. Then, 3 times out of 4, I'm greeted by an "Unfortunately, The Register has stopped"... and back to the welcome screen where I have to start the app once again. Won't stand this for long, the app is likely to be heading towards the recycle bin soon and me back to the mobile site, I guess.
Ployer Momo9C tablet, Android 4.0.3 stock.
Waze ? for what ?
This information, if true, puzzles me. What Apple really needs at this point is good quality maps. This definitely isn't Waze's strongest point. Its maps are only barely usable in areas of high user density. No satellite views or reconstructed 3-D views either (well in the version I use at least). Just flat road maps.
Also there's a long way to go for Waze to match Apple's "it just works" religion. It's still kind of buggy.
Don't misconstrue me. I am a Waze user and and find this little app extremely useful and fun to use. I'm just wondering what Apple would find in this product they can't do in-house.
No innovation anymore in the server business
HP... they used to have unique, innovatively designed server blades. Although the P-series (BL20p/BL30p...) and such had some design flaws (especially the BL35p was quite unreliable), they were a dream to manage compared to whatever existed at that time.
Then came the C-Series. The BL460c especially had a mature, clean hardware design, excellent reliability and much improved and more integrated ILO (hardware management and remote console).
Then... nothing. The newest models have inferior hardware design IMO and nothing significant has happened in terms of integrated, centralised administration.
In the meantime others have come up with much more advanced concepts like virtualised WWN/MAC addresses (eg. Cisco).
HP are lagging behind now.
Trevor, this has to be the best comment I've read on El Reg for quite a while. Thanks for the reading.
I could I written every word of it, except I couldn't (English isn't my native language).
You've perfectly summarised the amount of frustration we've reached, us IT professionals, seeing our everyday work tool becoming less and less usable. We are sacrificed by MS because we are considered as not significant compared to the consumer masses. Someday this timebomb will explode in their faces, or so I hope.
A bit more generous here in France ?
30 € voucher, eligible to all buyers from the major distribution chains (Darty, Auchan, Boulanger etc.) as well.
However shipping charges are not covered.
Lenovo just gained a bunch of new customers...
Me included... and I was a long-time HP buyer, both as an individual and in my business.
Re: It's impressive
XNU itself is based on Carnegie Mellon's Mach, another open-source project.
Dual-SIM phones are very common in Asia. Cheap no-name chinese (not too)smartphones such as iPhone look-alikes are almost all dual-SIM. Even real brand phones (I've seen several Samsung Android dual-SIM models sold).
Re: You get what you pay for
Care to give us the company name and model name anyway?
Re: On the plus side..
Some companies use online chats. I like this. Here in France Sosh (the low-cost mobile phone subsidiary of Orange) do almost all their customer support on forums and online chats. I've never waited more than a couple of minutes before having someone online, and the wait is free. Having written interaction also helps a lot having clear information passed back and forth and allows one to keep a record too (I certainly wish I'd recorded some phone conversations I've had with various customer support lines).
Of course there are situations where you can't use Internet, so they still have a regular customer service phone number, the same as Orange's so it sucks. I suspect Sosh's customers get a lower priority too. But they strongly push their customers to use their company-sponsored forums and live chats. That's part of the deal for having bargain prices on their monthly plans.
Re: KLM much worse since Air France tie-in, I wonder why?
Although I would tend to agree that the AF-KLM merger has taken the worst of both sides, this exact same story happened to me when calling Etihad's Guest (frequent flyer) phone number. They kept me on hold for about 5 minutes before telling me to try again later and they hung up.
You know, these middle-east airlines so much praised for offering much better service than our european legacy companies...
And when I eventually make it through, the person picking up is in the Emirates, so nothing to do with a French call centre.
Same DB as Orange's?
This outage coming just a few days after the 10 hours almost complete black-out of Orange in France looked a bit suspicious already. But now they provide the same explanation: customer DB failure with no apparent usable online backup of the DB. Weird, really.
Don't blame HP for killing the Alpha. Blame DEC themselves. The have completely failed to promote and sell it and Alpha was very, very sick already even before Compaq bought DEC. Yes Alpha was great and insanely ahead of its time, but DEC has failed everything but its design.
I've been in a 100% DEC shop (mostly VMS, some Ultrix) for many years and they still are the best years of my (long now) career. VMS' tightly integrated clustering is unmatched by any *nix until nowadays as far as I know. Ultrix was OK, a true-blue BSD I liked. Spent several years in the board of our local DECUS chapter. Nostalgy, nostalgy...
Do you actually work on HP-UX or are you basing your judgment on its state in the days of Tru64?
HP-UX 11iv3 actually is a very decent production-level Unix. I have worked on Solaris (a lot), AiX (quite some time), Tru64 (a little bit) as well as many variants of Linux and *BSD and why there are bits of HP-UX I strongly dislike such as the reboots still needed for way too many product updates, I have to say that it has generally become a mature and extremely stable O/S with everything I need: LVM/VxFS, ServiceGuard for clustering etc. On Itanium, its level of support for HP-PA legacy apps is awesome, with excellent perfs and the ability to import whole HP-PA systems as simili-VMs running at close to native speeds.
I do a lot of HP-bashing here so no fanboism.
Re: 52MPG ?!?!
Come on pals, this is a PETROL engine. My own 2011 Polo that likely sports a close cousin of this engine (3 cylinders, 1200CC) eats between 5.2L/100km and 6.0L/100. This converts to 54-47 mpg in your strange units if I'm not misled (most online converters seem to be for US gallons). I think it's pretty decent for a petrol engine, so at 50 mpg the Up is in the same ballpark.
Re: Do they know what they are doing?
Look at the /system/build.prop file on your tablet. Chances are that the chinese manufacturer has faked the device ID there in an attempt to make it able to download more apps from the Google Play Store.
My cheap chinese GB tablet must count for nearly a dozen activations ...
...because I've spent hours hacking into build.props, faking other device IDs to make it seen as compatible with more apps in the Play Store. At least Play Store certainly sees it as multiple different activated devices devices now :-)
No class action in France
...as far as I know. People keep calling for it.
Re: Linux computer? (AC@07:27)
`` practically all Android slates that sell for < ~£120 use ARMv5 processors''
Quite wrong. Most of the recent low-cost chinese Android tablets use the Allwinner A10 SOC, which has a Cortex A8 inside hence ARMv7.
ARMv5 ? haven't seen any in ages.
Re: Linux computer?
Android (up to Gingerbread) runs on ARMv6 CPUs too (e.g. the Telechips TCC8902). It's kind of slow, though, especially with only 256M RAM.
I expect to see a port of the CyanogenMod fork of Android ported to it someday.
Re: Compared to Raspberry Pi
Hmmm... I have an ARMv6-based tablet clocked at 800 Mhz running Gingerbread and it's a real dog.
It can't run a significant amount of software for Android too (e.g. Skype video) because of the CPU's generation. I don't know how better than the Telechips TCC8902 in my tablet this VIA CPU could be, but I wouldn't expect it to be a performer compared to more recent (and very cheap too) SOCs like e.g. the Allwinner A10.
Re: Chrome or Chromium?
I use Iron too, been using it since the very first versions and I love it. It seems to leak memory significantly less than both Firefox and Seamonkey when I leave it open for days with a handful or windows each having 10+ tabs.
It feels so good to have all the niceties of Chrome without Google spying on me (well, spying a bit less since I use Gmail and I have an Android phone and tablet).
Long life Iron, keep up the good work our German friends at SRware. I hope they will continue maintaining it.
Beer, because Iron is German-built.
Re: Personal Experience (Nortel can die as far as I'm concerned!)
``Their kit can't be crap, because even cheap stuff which breaks all the time is more expensive to operate than expensive but proper technology.''
Well, this statement is only true if you take the beancounters out of the overall picture. Unfortunately they tend to go for the cheapest offer disregarding the cost of our time.
That's the precise reason why I'm stuck with Nortel (now Avaya) crap where I work. They were the cheapest tender and now we have to bear with their brain-damaged L2/L3 switches for the next future due to corporate-level contracts.
I've had the "opportunity" to witness things happening on these boxes that I'd never seen in my 25+ years as an engineer, such as MAC address jumping from one VLAN to another in bridging or ARP tables for no good reason, loop detection kicking in and taking down links when there's no loop in sight and much weirder and equally harmful nonsense. Despite the incessant firmware updates, of course.
How good is their gear nowadays really?
I really wonder. Back in 2000 or so I was working for an ISP in a S-E Asian country and Huawei was trying hard to sell us dial-up access routers (ADSL was unknown there at that time).
We were using very expensive Cisco gear that wasn't flawless either, but the evaluation boxes brought by a handful of "engineers" they had sent to us were really pathetic wannabe copies. They looked like hand-made prototypes and the software had a very incomplete but servile imitation of IOS' command-line interface.
Their boxes were crashing like hell, needing constant power cycles. I don't think any has never been put in production, despite their being less than 1/4 of the price of the Cisco routers.
And the "engineers" :-) ... they really looked like they were coming right from some remote rural area in China. Not speaking a single word of English of course (many people speak Chinese in this country I was living in, so that wasn't so big a problem). Didn't have a clue, really.
I see Huawei gaining big markets nowadays, so I presume they've gone a long way since then.
Ah... old OSes on big floppies :-)
A breathe of nostalgia... the last OSes I've booted from these things were:
- UniFLEX 6809: such a good tiny Unix on a 8-bit processor, don't know if anyone here knows it, it was serving half a dozen ASCII terminals in 512K of memory (OK, when running on faster storage than floppies I have to say)
- C-CP/M 86 (Concurrent CP/M): the first non-Unix really multitasking O/S I've seen on x86, long before M$ had anything to offer. It had the same kind of virtual consoles Linux has.
Re: Cynical; moi?
8 1/2-inch floppy disk? dont' think they ever existed. That's 8-inch in my memory.
"...can still be thought of as RHEL-ish" (R-hellish ?)
Re: Lets be a little realistic here...
Ouch. Not end users maybe, but for the rest of us dealing with thousands of desktops and a whole bunch of terminal servers in our businesses, that's bad news. Or any kind of server for that matter. Which 2003/2008 server doesn't have RDP turned on nowadays? we don't manage these from the console anymore. Of course many desktops have RDP turned on too, because "you know, when I'm away but on the company's intranet, I *do* need to access my computer to work". This vulnerability does seem to have all the ingredients for the popo to hit the fan.
Busy approving the updates on our WSUS and planning reboots of the server farms now... because the darn thing *does* require a reboot, of course.
Believe it or not Thailand *is* a prudish society. I know this sounds weird for a country known to be the favourite destination of sex tourists of all kinds, but this is the truth.
Precisely because the youth are kept in a state of ignorance of sex things and are incredibly sexually frustrated, prostitution flourishes and youngsters tend to do all lot of silly things like unprotected sex. Don't mix the prostitution for foreigners and the one for locals, though. They're two completely different businesses with the latter going on much more underground.
And yes, I've lived there for many years far, far away from the foreigners' ghettos so I kind of know what I'm talking about.
Re: In my limited experience*,
This and having a shock-proof screen.
Capacitive? hence glass? First time drop or walk-over will be fatal.
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