This seems like a good move. But I wonder why IBM waited till now to acquire Red Hat. My own belief is that IBM should have acquired Red Hat years ago. $34 billion is a lot of money to pay. It will be interesting to see what happens in any case.
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Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money
G.fast makes lot of sense in older areas where it is primarily copper twisted pair. With G.fast it is possible to achieve speeds close 1 gbit depending on the distance and the condition of copper. It is possible to achieve speeds of up to 1 gbit with distances of 100 meters or less. The great thing is that the telco's can lay fiber as needed and use the existing wiring. So let's say there is area where the copper is in bad shape they can lay fiber closer to the homes.
Now that the the threat of competition from Google fiber has faded the cable companies and AT&T are interested in spending money for paying the costs of acquisition. More and more. people are are migrating to streaming services such as Netflix. So there is currently little incentive for them to increase broadband speeds. Ultimately Netflix & Amazon may have help out if they wish to dramatically expand their business.
Oracle is a good product, but their licensing fees are exorbitant and many or most of their customers are fed up trying to find ways of migrating away. As for Larry he will eventually try and make the changes necessary to stay relevant. The big question is if Oracle can make the changes fast enough. Much of the challenge is cultural in nature and that will be hard to change. Before Oracle's challenges were primarily internal in nature and still is. Today Oracle faces major challenges from Amazon & MS in the cloud market. The upside however is that Oracle has huge revenues and big customer from big companies it can rely on. So this still gives Oracle a lot cushion while they change.
Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers
Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help
IBM has more business and IT capital than any company today. They consultants that have experience various fields. IBM has hired health care professionals or insurance executives for example. While it's true IBM will have to cut back. They key for IBM is reduce personnel on the basis of skills and knowledge as opposed to pure costs to the company. The other thing to remember is that despite all the hype of clouds and there still many companies that don't trust cloud computing and or have no need for it. Even with all the security promises cloud providers make they still cannot guarantee that the data will not be hacked. This is one reason why IBM's Z-14 with their end to end encryption has been so successful.
I still prefer FF due to because customizable than any browser around. But Mozilla needs to work on solving some persistent problems with FF. Memory is a still a big issue. A easy way to fix this would be include memory free as part of the install or as a recommended addon. The other problem is that there this sites that FF refuses to load. Video often refuses to work with FF as well.
I gave up on OS/2 after Serenity Systems mislead people about OS/2. Serenity Systems originally told customers that they had been authorized to make approved code modifications to OS/2 Warp. IBM never granted and permission to do so. Serenity systems was only authorized to provide new drivers and a new install process I believe.
OS/2 had a lot of promise and it might have overtaken Windows if the marketing was better. OS/2 was way ahead in client server technology back in the Win/95, 98 days. The other problem is that IBM mishandled the IP rights to OS/2. I never understood why IBM did not hire MS as contractor to write the code for OS/2. MS used some of IBM OS/2 code and merged it with the Windows code. MS then claimed it then owned the rights to the code.
Today OS/2 is irrelevant as OS.
Firefox needs to fix basic issues
FF is still my favorite browser, but Mozilla needs to fix some issues like memory leaks and web page compatibility. Firefox still has not solved the memory leak issue. I run FF64 and it gulps memory like crazy. I will be running FF for a 1-2 hours and it will use 4 gigs of memory. FF needs a tool to see how much memory each add-on or plugin is using. Having to go into safe mode and test each add-on is a big hassle. Another possiblity would be for FF to contribute to memory fox and keep it upgraded. Memory fox used to have a clear memory button. But it went away for some reason.
Video playback web page display is still a big issue in FF. There is 3 or 4 times a day when I am unable to properly a page or video in FF. This is one reason why I use Chrome view to see those problematic pages with Chrome.
OS/2 failed because IBM has had this aversion to marketing over years. It is only recently that IBM appointed VP of marketing. Prior to the OS/2 Warp launch IBM had announced that it would launch a big advertising campaign But about a week prior to the IBM pulled the resources. There was lot of people and companies that were considering switching to OS/2 Warp. But MS launch a huge campaign for windows 95 and rest was history. IBM should have pressed it's advantage with client server computing. OS/2 was years ahead of Windows at the time.
Part of the problem is that MS has not clearly explained and documented the upgrade process. The upgrade process keeps chainging. Win10 installed release 2, 3 times on my system. The update process is actually good. The data that is sent back to MS actually is diagnostic info so that MS instrument and correct errors on a users system. When the scrolling feature stopped working. Windows update sent out another update later that day that fixed the problem. The problems is that this has confused companies and raised doubts. So they are delaying deployments, which is probably a good thing until things settle down.
This acquisition is a win win for consumers and AT&T. Fiber to the premises (fiber to the home) is expanded by 12.5 million. This also gives AT&T the ability to free up bandwidth over twisted pair where it is needed. AT&T is required to maintain net neutrality as well. There will also be more competition for high speed internet as well. This also gives AT&T the ability to compete in foreign markets for satellite TV.
Govt IT needs to be more centralized.
Today the fed govt is spending roughly $13 billion on IT security and yet we are still seeing breaches by China and others. Today we have all these various IT departments and they are free to do what they want. So now we do not have a uniform security implementation among various branches. One issue is how to manage this without creating another massive bureaucracy. One way would be to have regular round table meeting among the various IT dept's. Another possible option is to have internal security auditing for the whole federal govt.
Lotus Notes was a great product, but IBM did not market the product and let it die on the vine. IBM has always had this strange hangup about spending money on advertising. Back in the OS/2 days IBM was talked about launch a ad campaign for OS/2 Warp and suddenly pulled back at the last minute. The other big problem was that IBM was only interested in market to their existing customer base. This worked well for years, but the problem was that MS slowly chipped away and notes became the minority in the market.
I really like FF on desktop. FF desktop is by far the most flexible and customizable browser. That said Mozilla still needs to work on the memory leak and font issue.When I select browser to use my own fonts the box and button icons do not display properly. FF also seems to have a lot of problems playing back certain types of video's which is annoying. The wide array of plug-in's is by far the best.
Mozilla android mobile version needs a lot of work. I prefer the dolphin browser because the tabs are displayed on top like the other desktop browsers. In many ways it seems like Mozilla has ignored the mobile browser since it's initial release.
Perhaps the shuttle has a multi-role mission. It stays aloft in case it is needed for anti-satellite attacks or counter attacks. The other possibility is surveillance or course This would explain why the shuttle goes on such long missions.It also serves as a possible repair and or probably a satellite repair vehicle. I am wondering if the shuttle has ever docked at the international space station.
Re: Pass the cost on?
Netflix is the number one downloading application on the web so they should help out in some way. Now Youtube is the number 2 downloading web app. Both Netflix and Google have peering and caching servers. The difference is that Google has many more since they have more dark fiber. So therefore Google's load is much less on the internet providers networks.
Ballmer was the wrong CEO for the wrong time. Ballmer did a moderately good job, but he stayed to long and made some huge mistakes. When Apple came out with the tablet it should have been a signal for a immediate response from MS. MS waited to long to come out with a tablet and it will be difficult if not impossible to turn the tide. These days I rarely ever seeing anyone using a Surface tablet except at a MS event or UG. In typical MS fashion MS ignored their customers and came out win8 and awful Metro interface. Much of the problem is that MS switched to a closed internal beta process whereby only a small portion of the company beta tested Win8 and 8.1. Even their Technology Evangelists did not have access to the final version until a few weeks before the win 8.1 was launched. So now MS is left with win 8.1 which many people still hate the interface.
In the Ballmer simply stayed to long. 13 years is a long time for any CEO. It will be interesting to see what happens with a new CEO. I am not convinced that Alan Mulally is the right choice. My own feeling is that MS needs a leader that has a good IT background. One can argue that Gerstner did not understand technology but he was unique.
The SR-72 is a impressive concept. The problem is that it the projected production will not be available until 2030. So more funds are needed for R&D to accelerate the project. By the time the SR-72 becomes available the plane could be outdated by competing planes. The one good thing is that scramjet development is continuing
I am extremely skeptical that Surface sales has increased. I rarely if ever see anyone using a Surface tablet except at a MS event. Even then only see someone every few months using a Surface tablet. Personally I think MS is fudging and shifting numbers to make it seem as though Surface sales has some signs of life.
Google needs to do a better job of keeping the Android market free of malware. There is no excuse for Google to allow malware in the Android market. Now supposedly Android is secure according to Adrian Ludwig Google's security chief. Android has a layered defense model, but most of the malware is coming from apps that are installed via text message and or from phoes that have older phones (http://qz.com/131436/contrary-to-what-youve-heard-android-is-almost-impenetrable-to-malware/ ). There is another govt report that indicates that 44% of phones are still on Gingerbread, which is more vulnerable to attacks. The other attack vector is via fake Google play domains. Much of this makes sense if you think about it.
So therefore Google needs to require phone makers to keep their users phones up to date and or make it easier to do so. Most users want to be on the newer versions of Android anyways. Companies can secure Android BYOD devices by requiring users to be up to date on the latest version of Android or helping them to buy a newer one or supplying them one. Educating users safe use practices and having regular scans of the devices for vulnerabilities would help as well.
Ultimately more must be done on Google's part to educate and enhance security in the Android community.
The Scram jet has been envisioned as orginally part of the Space plane/bomber (http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_05_02_2013_p0-575769.xml ). The idea is to deliver a bomb or missile at great distances in 30 minutes or less and then return to back. The space plane could also drift aloft in in space and be ready to deter countries like N Korea or China. The scram jet is still in R&D phase and will take some time before the technology is perfected. There are other uses such as space laser platform. A hypersonic missile is possibility, but I doubt it will be used in a ICBM.