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If Oracle want APIs copyrighted
Lets start with an experiment and copyright SQL. If they're still happy with the idea after, say, 5 years then they can start to look at others.
Re: ..."a whopping 80 per cent of crashes ... involved male drivers"
Is this figure correct? Are you sure about it. I thought the figures showed that women have more crashes overall, its just that men have more bigger crashes.
Re: Resistance is futile
> Then HP could put them up on a shelf, join hands and dance around singing "we have something you can't have."
Nah, HP will let you have them, no problem, you'll just have to sign an EULA agreeing that you won't use it for Oracle SW.
Ha, didn't you read the article, Stanene Inside won't work, its just the Stanene Outside, that's the mutts mound.
Re: How many are waiting for Windows 8 to be "retired"?
Not sure about waiting for it to be retired, but I've just taken advantage of the chance to buy a W7 refurbished PC because it comes with W7Pro and not W8, so that's one sale lost to them. Wish I could switch to Linux on the desktop, but although I earn my living mostly from Linux these days, my customers systems are only accessible via Windows and the stuff they pay me for requires actual office, even if just in case something is different. I can't see why any small business would want to buy a new PC in the current market, you can get a familiar product for a fraction of the cost of suffering an unfamiliar one.
I was about to go buy one. It seemed just the device I needed. I'm about to move all the main computers out to a garden office which leaves me needing something I can use in the house and I'd rather have a larger screen. Sometimes the 10" of a regular tablet just isn't enough.
A lesson from history
You would have thought that given the lessons of history that any German leader would naturally distrust any form wireless communication.
Re: Doubt it
Before disks became affordable people used tapes like you use disks now. They did random IO, very slowly. Tapes also needed to keep stopping and starting, watch any old SciFi film with rows of tape decks in the background and all the weird stuff they did to reduce the inertia of the bit that was starting and stopping all the time.
There is one other significant difference between tapes and disks. It is easier to take tapes out of the drive and put them in the firesafe.
Re: BMW and Mercedes
I think there are significant differences between the mobile business and the car business. The likes of Apple don't make their own phones and they don't make the components that go into them. Whereas MB make their own engines, gearboxes etc... as well as the main body of the cars. Sure, they have a supply chain, but I suspect they are less dependent on buying a few common components available to all their competitors.
Re: Biiiiiiig Changes
> The logical conclusion of the claimed performance and characteristics of memristor is startling. The only storage anywhere in a computer will be directly attached to its CPUs, just like RAM is nowadays. No SATA, SAS, PCIe SSDs, Fibre Channel, nothing. Just DDRx (whatever the 'x' has become by then).
One problem with this sort of flat design is that the more devices you try to connect to the CPU, the longer the access latencies will be. We've seen this already in designs with memory controllers built into the CPU (and previous generations) where memory expander needs to be deployed to increase the SIMM socket count the memory access times degrade significantly.
The bit of the memory that is performing the role of longer term storage is still likely to want to be connected by some form of interconnect with longer range potentials. You'll still need to have a second copy of all your valuable data 100+ KM away from the primary copy to cope with major disasters.
Serve them right
for gluing them in in the first place.
Re: Oh, really?
> On the bright side I guess this means we'll soon be seeing revenge porn on Facebook.
No, porn is offensive. Even breasts are offensive. You can't show breasts.
But I guess that while its not OK to post revenge porn on FB, it will be acceptable to carry out revenge beheadings and post those videos. But after all pictures of breasts are far more offensive than pictures of people being dismembered.
Has society got some serious priority issues here?
Re: I don't think so
"If it ain't broke, you don't fix it."
NB. This does not apply to aeroplanes!
I thought it applied to aeroplanes too, just that with aeroplanes you need to check everyday and in every way that they "ain't broke"
Instruments of torture
I thought Government had to promise to forego these as part of joining the EU
Re: Even Win 7 is iffy
> You obviously don't work with foreign language keyboards.
My main job involves working with people all over the world connecting into some Windows desktop servers in the US, I can tell you that M$ aren't perfect on that score. Lots of countries keyboards don't map correctly with the Windows remote desktop platform running from a Windows desktop (mostly W7) through to Windows servers.
Re: I don't think so
> XP isn't nearly as dependable or sturdy as Win7. I had to reinstall everything every few months with XP. But with Win7, never, unless it is just to clean out the digital garbage that builds up.
Of course your mileage may vary, but my Desktop has been running XP for over 10 years and has proved more stable than my W7 machines.
XP isn't sufficiently broken for anyone sensible to actually want to throw it out and spend all the money required to replace it.
Most sites will only replace it when the systems its running on break or are no longer fit for purpose.
The likes of MS seem to constantly fail to understand this fact. They think people will throw out their working stuff and replace it with this weeks shiny thing. Life just ain't like that.
If it ain't broke, you don't fix it.
The only good advise
The only good advise I've ever been given by a MicroSoft employee was when one who happened to work in their fraud department suggested telling this annoying erks when they ring up
"That's interesting, could you let me know your company details, as you see I work for M$ anti fraud department"
and seeing how fast they get off the line.
Personnally I've found that to be faster than my normal response of
"You're a lying bastard aren't you"
Faster, but somehow less satisfying.
Re: Oh dear...
I simply touch the Skype icon instead
Coz like mobe companies are so mega generous at not charging giga bucks for data roaming.
Of course using Skype via WiFi saves a fortune, one Dork of an ex Mate once managed to run up a £1700 monthly mobile bill without any data, just by talking too much when abroad. Skyping has saved me a not particularly small fortune over the years, but you do need the free WiFi to match if you don't want to run up and even larger bill.
They 'sold" how many?
And now, next question please, could you please tell me how many MS employees there are in the UK?
So now, please tell me how many you sold to people who's job wasn't dependent on buying one?
Re: Microsoft Surface - the one used only by those forced to
they wear a lot of blue
Maybe they like their screens to match their outfits, very colour coordinated
Re: 6 million unsold stock?
Yup, with warehouse rents it would, literally, be cheaper to give them away. But what do MS do -- oh,yes, introduce another one !
Maybe they've got another giant warehouse they need to fill.
Re: With less money you will do more
> Yes, and regulations are in place to make sure they make a profit by creating products and services users are willing to pay for, not by creating cartels and monopolies that force users into submission.
Well, I'd argue that the regulator has no place in forcing suppliers to create products that users are willing to pay for. That is what the market place should do. I'd agree whole heartedly that the regulator should be stopping monopolies and prosecuting those involved in cartels.
My point was that at a time when mobile companies are being asked to invest heavily in new infrastructure, they as companies, will focus there investment where is will reap the maximum return on that investment.
Re: With less money you will do more
They'll likely to do more by investing in more profitable parts of the world.
Sorry, as much as we might hate it, they are there to make a profit.
When you power it up for the first time it will ask you which OS you want to run.
If you click 2 it will then ask for a credit card to pay the Windows license fee.
You'll then think bugger, I'm not paying and try the back button, but too late its pay for Windows or its a brick.
Re: for the greater good
> I wonder if it is possible to capture enough water from the breath of blow-hard politicians to drown them?
and while we are at it, capturing the heat from all the excess hot air would solve our energy shortages for ever.
Re: Nothing will make airships viable.
> Well that graphene stuff would make them pretty well.
And why not use hydrogen - we should be able to make it workable now.
If you can make the material strong enough you can scrap all that heavy old hydrogen or helium and just go vacuum. The lighter than air gas is only being used to displace the heavier air.
Re: I don't think it's fair...
Sounds more like Telsa need to work with the fire authorities to find the best way to handle fires on their vehicles and then to make sure that fire-fighters in target market places know how to handle them. The fire crew arriving at this scene will have started off using the techniques they've been taught.
If a new kind of car is going to need a radically different way of fire-fighting, then there is going to need to be a whole lot more training needed all of the a sudden.
Every other bloody laptop make is engaged in a match to the death to see who can be first to make a screen with just one (wide) pixel. The average screen res of phone these says far exceeds the average res of laptop.
I might hate Apple, but at least they realise that some people would actually like to have some pixels on their screens.
sending nude pictures wasn't the way to the heart of the opposite sex
Nope, but it lets you bypass their heart and head straight off to somewhere more important.
Get it right and the heart will follow later.
And we all thought
Microsoft's blue screen of death was bad.
Re: padding the numbers with Freeview
They're also underplaying the numbers of FM radios since many phones include FM and they're conveniently choosing to avoid these numbers.
Re: Another brick in the wall.
Looks like the NSA just declared war against the rest of the world.
Everyone spies on their friends.
Every Government in the world spies on their allies
That's how they (think) know they're their allies.
Turning up for work
Apparently they have already lost a bonus they used to receive for turning up to work
Most companies in most parts of the world offer a bonus for actually turning up for work, the common name for this bonus is called "PAY". I though a lot of Greece's problems was that in the past many employees were able to claim the bonus, AKA PAY, without bothering to turn up for work.
Re: SCSI bad?
and iSCSI is the underlying protocol for most, if not all SANs.
Errrrrrrrrrr is it?
News to me.
or did you mean "SCSI" rather than "iSCSI"
all the real SANs I've worked on have used FC and there's no need for the IP layer there.
Re: Cliff if there were ever a cabling construct that was the work of the Evil One...
Only the original SCSI cables which looked like an overgrow Centronics connector were the work of the devil. Once they went to next generation you had to be a little careful not to bend pins, but it never seemed like rocket science and once in the plugs stayed in (unlike the overgrown Centronics ones), especially if you had the screw in versions, but I never lost even one of the clip ones. The later higher density ones never gave me any trouble, unless you count PCI cards with two SCSI connectors sitting side by side so you needed to special super narrow on 1 side plugs to fit in.
Re: Great, you've spilled the beans
Why has Oracle hidden the price cut? Vulture South's money is on the ExaLogic platform being superseded ...
More likely given their recent results, they've hidden the announcement because they don't want to announce to the world they've started a fire sale to shift their HW which clearly no one wants.
Re: Why oh why
No Druck, but I've written a lot of code on other 64bit CPUs, both PA and Itanium. I've also written code to use 64bit FP registers in 32bit processor to boost memory bandwidth of apps bottlenecking there. Back before 64bit CPUs became common place.
A quick glance at the ARM instruction set shows they've increased the number of available registers without increasing the size of the instructions. So at least one persons' theory as to why I might be wrong doesn't hold any water. I've not checked the addressing modes. So I don't know whether ARM has the equivalent of the W bit in the PSW.
But where you've got a 64bit CPU that can run in both 32bit address mode and 64bit address mode, you should try benchmarking application that fit inside the 4GB VAS and seeing what runs faster. My experience is that optimising pointer size is a valuable technique.
Re:Java on Android
“This will not be true with Android, by the way. The Android Java app and native app environment will need support from Oracle, who owns the Java environment
I'm not sure where you've been for the last few years while Snorable and Google fought this out in court but the Java in Android has nothing to do with the Java from Snoracle. This has mightily pissed off Larry the yachtsman, but the judge through out their case. Pity because if Oracle had proved that you can own an API, then they'd have owned every cent they ever earned to Big Blue.
Re: Why oh why
But in terms of moving raw data, if a register is twice as wide, it can hold more in it
That's just the issue. When moving data a 64bit register can move 1 64bit pointer or 2 32bit pointers at the same time. That is why the 64bit code is slower. Note that I didn't say 64bit CPUs were slower. It used to be common practice on 32bit CPUs with 64bit FP units and 64bit datapaths to use the FP registers to do data moves, again because you could move twice as much data in a single operation.
I've not looked at the ARM instruction set, but if it can execute code in either 32bit addressing mode, or 64bit addressing mode and still use all the new CPU registers, it should be able to do lots of things faster than the old 32bit CPU, but it still doesn't necessarily need to be running in 64bit addressing mode (where you get pointer bloat). Again, I've no idea of the organisation of the ARM CPU's cache, but typically copying works faster when you vectorise the load and store operations and load a couple of cache lines into the CPU then store those cachelines out again. The increase in the register count will definitely help here.
My argument wasn't against using 64bit HW, it was against unnecessarily increasing the size of pointers, which you get when you use 64bit addressing but less that 4GB of address space.
Re: Why oh why
your code recompiled in 64 bit mode should be faster.
Normally 64bit stuff runs slower not faster.
Programs handle lots of pointers.
64bit pointers are twice as big as 32bit pointers
therefore the dataset for 64bit code is bigger than the dataset for 32bit.
Since we spend a lot of time moving shit around, moving bigger shit is slower and moving smaller shit.
Hence 64bit code is slower than 32bit code.
However, having 64bit datapaths mean you can move data faster.
The new 64bit architecture sounds like it has many advantages.
I don't know, but I suspect you can probably compile the code into 32bit mode while still getting the architecture advantages of the new chip. Therefore the new 64bit chip might prove fastest running new 32bit code.
Give me a hammer and I'll get a damn site more bits out of an iPhone than 64!
Now watch all Western European Mobe companies go bust overnight
This will be great for the mobile phone companies in the less developed parts of Europe. As recent reports carried here on El'Reg point out mobile calls in some countries cost more than mobile calls do in other countries. Once roaming charges are banned then there will be nothing to stop customers in more expensive countries signing up with mobe companies in cheaper countries. This is how competition is supposed to work after all. The companies in the more expensive countries will then lose all their customers over night. Or more likely over the life time of a phone contract.
So the next question is, when all the UK's mobile providers have gone bust because they can't compete with Estonia or where ever, who'll run the UK mobile phone networks?
Not trying to knock the idea, just thinking out loud and hoping that this has the affect of driving down the cost of local calls.
From my point of view this behaviour is really puerile.
From mine, your posting is puerile, Linus is able to make comments on the kernel mailing list that aren't PC because he has the respect of the audience he's addressing. They know what he means. He doesn't need to kowtow to dumb conventions that might govern most business discussions, any more than you don't need to worry about being all PC when you're chatting to your mates down the pub.
Re: Never realized the Reg was so butt hurt.
And I can't believe the Reg is suggesting we all hew to the standards of Human Resources.
Tell me, has any company with a HR department ever been successful?
I thought the natural development line for companies was
1) Get set up by brilliant ideas people
2) Grow to the point where they acquire and HR department
3) Go down the tubes rapidly.
Isn't this how things normally work?
Re: Naturalist! = evolutionary biologist
Even I know Attenborough is wrong, just from reading ...
The human race evolves very slowly in human timescales ...
I suspect that he's both right and wrong.
The human race will probably be evolving in terms of resistance to certain infections. A "good" flu pandemic is likely to kill off staggering numbers of people despite the best efforts of the drugs industry. So the post pandemic population is likely to have a higher natural immunity to that strain of flu. So to that extent he's wrong.
But we also help all sorts of people to procreate that couldn't do it naturally. IVF is allowing unsuccessful genetic pairings to have offspring. So this is stopping evolution from removing these people from the gene pool.
As to survival of the fittest, well we might not like the results of "fittest to reproduce" in a so called advanced civilisation. Outwardly successful people tend to have fewer children, so are choosing to not be genetically successful, in terms of having large numbers of offspring and so pass their genes on as much as possible. While typically those who've been less successful in the modern world are much more likely to have more kids and so are more genetically successful.
As they say, the future's bright, the future's orange.
We'll evolve into a species with a natural predisposition to spray tan.
Re: Fingerprint scanning less secure than a PIN?
Your mates, being mates, decide that this is the perfect opportunity to
Nah, that's old hat.
If they was real mates, they'd carefully sandpaper the prints off your fingers while you were asleep, then you'd be f*&^ed next time you needed to make a phone call.
Even if you had locked your phone in the car.
It's just not in the same league as El'Reg's "Snooping Email for Fun and Profit"
It wouldn't be the first time I've bought both the Kindle and Dead Tree version of a book. There's something emotional about books that an eReader doesn't match, but they're a damn efficient way of carrying them around and reading them.
I've been waiting for this.
- World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...
- Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE
- Pics Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year
- Microsoft teams up with Feds, Europol in ZeroAccess botnet zombie hunt
- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?