Quick bit of history: Graphcore was spun out of XMOS, which in turn took on the legacy of INMOS who invented the massively parallel transputer chip way back in the early 80s. Maybe the transputer's time has finally come :)
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Hamish was concerned that Google had just announced Android Meerkat.
Re: There's a message on their contact us page:
> all password and payment information is and has always been safe
Technically correct: passwords aren't exposed, and you don't get full credit card information.
However, they're being extremely dishonest by not mentioning all the other crap (ordering on others' accounts, seeing all their addresses, etc, etc).
After realising just how expensive Twinings had become, I recently tried a variety of other teas and settled on Clipper as being an excellent replacement. So good to see it scoring nearly top marks.
I'm confused as to how Typhoo took the top spot though - never got on with it myself.
Clients like iOS Mail don't allow you to plugin that kind of functionality - they'll only display messages exactly as retrieved from an IMAP server. Therefore LinkedIn has to divert your Mail client to retrieve the entire (altered) message from their own mail servers.
It's still a terrible idea though.
Ho-hum... I've updated http://isthereadecentmapsappforios6yet.com/ with a link to this story. Looks like I might need to keep the domain registered for longer than I expected...
One penny. Two pence.
Lovely, friendly Adobe
It's nice to know that at Adobe only has the best interests of its customers at heart.
Oh, no, wait, they're a bunch of money grubbing little shits who annually screw over most of the creative world by charging obscene amounts for their software.
Glad we got that one sorted.
The key word is "and"
"opening the casing or housing of a device AND adding, removing, or altering the internal components"
So just opening it isn't an example of abuse. Buggering about with the insides is.
Is it not possible Mr Farrell heard Steve Ballmer's comments (but not the retraction, or chose to ignore it), and simply repeated them?
The reason we first considered virtualisation was the ease of restoring a backup: since the hardware is always the same, you can restore a backup straight to a new VM without worrying about Windows suddenly finding New Hardware.
However, after we found out what else you can do with virtualisation, we've gone a long way beyond that. We now use VMWare with VMotion, with 2 beefy poweredge servers and a decent SAN. VMs can be moved seamlessly between the 2 physical servers in order to do things like hardware maintenance or VMWare upgrades, and also to balance load.
We have a third VMWare server off-site (but cunningly on the end of a private fibre link) to which we make vreplicator backups: this means that if our server room burns down we just click on the remote server's management interface and hey presto, all our servers pop up again with only a couple of hours' data lost.
Having the nightmare of hardware failure taken away is like having an enormous weight lifted from you.
Being able to make clones of a VM and test upgrades on it is the second best benefit.
Not worrying about the hardware costs of buying a new server when wanting to run a new service is also a big boon: it's like shifting from pay-per-minute dial-up to always-on broadband.
We're running about 15 VMs per server: a mix of Windows and FreeBSD mostly, some high power (e.g. mail), some low power, but there's still plenty of room for more.
@mark - £44.05 * 18 months is £792.90, not £729.90. Which might make it a less good deal.
USB is consumer level
Surely the problem with USB is that there's no guaranteed throughput - all devices compete, and the latency can be quite bad. This is why, for instance, firewire audio cards are much better at recording in real time than USB audio boxes, which have a significant delay.
This doesn't matter so much for bunging a hard drive into your desktop/laptop (so long as you're not doing really high end video work), but it does matter for servers. eSATA is particularly good for expanding either your server or your existing disk array with another large box of disks (and it's a lot cheaper than fibre channel) - I can't imagine USB 3 making many inroads there.
This week's Private Eye makes the interesting observation that the commercial funders of this new Change 4 Life campaign are, for the most part, food (often junk food) manufacturers... and not one video game company.
Odd, then, that the advert about early death doesn't show a kid stuffing his face with chocolate, burgers, crisps, etc...
It's not political correctness to get rid of Cockshut Lane... it's just saving money on replacing/cleaning the sign when it gets repeatedly vandalised. Shame to lose it, though.
It is the full 2.5%
If you reduce the VAT on an item from 17.5% to 15%, that's the same as applying a 2.13% discount to the original "inc VAT" price.
So they are giving you the full VAT discount, but by reducing the total price by 2.13%. Makes perfect sense.
Mythbusters tested the "bullet on a campfire" myth, and found the bullet exited the fire with a pretty low velocity: the reason being, there was nothing to take the recoil when the powder lit. They also found a bullet in a hot oven wouldn't even make it through the glass door.
More likely the woman just got shot (maybe by herself?) and wanted to hide the fact.
Superior battery life?
*cough* http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-hdd-battery,1955.html *cough*
The iPhone 3G costs £99 (at least the 8GB version does), which was less than £110 the last time I looked.
To refute something is to provide convincing arguments and/or evidence to the contrary. To deny something is simply to say "I don't think it's true."
Politicians and managers have been lying about refuting things for years now, just because it makes them sound better. Same with "sea change" (oh, so fish have eaten the eyeballs of the NHS, have they?).
"I suppose I am refuting it"... classic. Idiot.
pi is the ratio of diameter to *circumference*, therefore drilling through the centre of the earth would result in a cable about 2/3 the length, not 1/3.
Moreover, that would only be the case for, for instance, UK -> New Zealand fibre. Cable length from UK to the East coast of the US would only be reduced to about 95% by going directly through the earth, which isn't really worth the effort (although it's probably a lot easier to get through than all the molten stuff in the core).
I was at an event a couple of months ago where Alistair Darling spoke. He mentioned visiting a school once where a surly pupil complained that "we don't make anything in Britain any more." Darling said he retorted by pointing out that a business just down the road from the school had developed "the chip that made the iPod possible."
So I suspect Chinese whispers to Brown made him spout this nonsense.
Compare and contrast the fair use policy for iPhones: http://www.o2.co.uk/assets/O2HybridNav/Static-files/iphone/iPhone-FAQs.html (click on the "What is the fair usage" FAQ), and now the little asterisk that's appeared here: http://www.o2.co.uk/iphone/o2tariffsforiphone/existingcustomers .
I phoned up to get an explanation, which I've posted at http://www.hs4cl.com/2008/01/29/a-better-deal/ . Not too bad, but it's very sneaky to do this - bet they don't mention it in any info they send me.