Re: Eyes glazed over
Graduating from the 300 baud acoustically coupled modem all the way up to 1200 bps modem was the big deal. No longer could I read the text at the same speed it arrived on my screen...
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Graduating from the 300 baud acoustically coupled modem all the way up to 1200 bps modem was the big deal. No longer could I read the text at the same speed it arrived on my screen...
No, they are called idiot lights because they are there as a cost reduction by bean-counters over functional gauges. Idiot lights only tell you when something HAS failed, as opposed to a gauge with an educated driver who can see that something isn't right and stops and has it fixed BEFORE it fails. Good examples are the ammeter gauge and oil pressure gauge.
I'll take the gauge any day over a stupid light.
The solution is SIMPLE. Have the update software check:
the machine is in warranty period + 7 days (7 for a reasonable time for the user to get with support)
warn user that the update could brick the computer, but it will be covered under support if reported before the end of the warranty period which is XX.
the machine is outside the warranty period - 6 months - 7 days
warn user that the update could brick the computer, and if so, Dell will sell them a new motherboard at a slight discount but they have to install themselves (or pay to have it installed), if reported before XX.
warn user that the update could brick the computer, and if so, Dell will sell them a new motherboard at full cost and they have to install themselves (or pay to have it installed).
Copyright Bryan Hall... :-)
I doubt many users, especially those out of warranty, will click OK - saving everyone time and effort.
Federalism at the FCC is a great move. Communities should have the say over where towers can be placed, instead of a group of people who don't have to see it day after day.
There has to be some fine print on it, right?
Oracle people say some idiotic things, such as we don't need as many datacenters. But if you want to run Oracle in the cloud - they are the best choice. We've tried the others - and I am not impressed.
Can you run a large Oracle database as quick on AWS or Azure as on Oracle's cloud? No. Not even close. For small lazy databases however, they are fine.
Want exadata? Of course nobody else has that, they are just generic white box machines.
How about RAC for full redundancy? Not possible due to a lack of hardware config at AWS and Azure.
In Memory? Well, to make use of that you need a large memory computer for that, and their's are smaller.
Of course the whole cloud problem is that to get the best performance, you really need to have everything IN the same datacenter. So if you have a mix of Oracle, SQL Server, HANA, Hadoop, Mongo databases as well as Java and .Net app servers - you have to pick one and suffer for anything that isn't native to the provider. Or... you could just run them in-house and configure them optimally yourself and save money, and not have to worry about them holding your data ransom.
Obama's promises were worthless anyway. If they believed them, they were fools.
I always enjoyed it having negative time.
So... it's already done - or what?
Sigh... we used to have hardware blitters to take care of this crap without using CPU resources.
Exactly - tape is the real, no power required, archive medium.
I read some old tandberg QIC tapes from the early 90's a year ago - and they still worked fine.
The Department of "Education" should be shut down as there is no need for such a department at the federal level. The EPA does have value, but does go way too far and needs to be constrained. For example, so called wetlands on private property. In the EPA's view, if you have a low spot on your land that occasionally collects water during wet periods, that's a wetland in in their view and they will be in your face if you decide to do something to change that, such as filling it in. This overreach is what lacks any sense and causes great anger towards them.
So - somewhat like multicast over Ethernet?
It just makes sense to send (broadcast) once - or at least once per target resolution, and then receive wherever instead of supporting millions of individual streams for live events.
What this tells us is that by using hybrid databases - Oracle with Hadoop specifically - is lessening the need for as much big iron running Solaris. The hardware is the cheapest part, the license costs are what drive you to solutions like Gluent has to reduce the Oracle CPU tax.
Oh I agree, generic run anywhere platforms are crap. This is only run on windows. Although it could run on other platforms with work, that was not the requirement so we took advantage of some native windows features.
The UI is very separate from the back-end. It does a lot of the data manipulation/creation with database code. Returned spatial features are also cached on the middle tier to enhance scale-ability. But the brute force editing and rendering of map data for both vector and raster is done on each client. To do that on the middle tier frankly would not work due to bandwidth restrictions and latency. I'm talking max 3G speed network connections (the pathetic DoD NIPRNET), so long-term caching of data on the client is paramount. Not to mention local printing to large format printers (aka plotters), multiple P2P connections from a client to multiple data sources (e.g. WFS, WMS, network shared shapefiles), etc. Just the P2P bit rules our using a browser due to the cross-scrip vulnerability crap, or a mix of HTTP / HTTPS data sources.
But back to "app" platforms for desktop / tablet OS's - the choice now is essentially compiled, locally installed and updated .net apps or whatever - or - Java, with JWS as a sort of hybrid between that locked-down environment and thin HTML apps.If there was a better, well supported hybrid environment, we'd be on it.
Everyone wants to kill Java. But what do you use for a rich internet client then?
At one time we thought Silverlight might be a good candidate. Dead now.
At one time we thought Flex could be a candidate. Dead now.
So what then to replace Java Web Start apps that download, install, self-update, and run like native installed apps?
UWP - Too phone centric! Cannot support multiple monitors, etc. Not to mention - windows 10 only...
HTML5 - You're smoking something. HTML is not a desktop application platform to replace installed apps. Not even close.
So we are stuck with it. Thankfully, JWS is not "Advanced" deployment (at least yet). Waiting for Larry to make it so... Yeah.
If they want to regain market share, at least in the database space, I think the solution is simple. Price it to match the market and include all options in the enterprise edition so that DBAs can use the features they need to get the job done without having to juggle databases between hosts with the right combinations of licenses. Additionally, recognize Vmware and HyperV partitioning as valid, since your VM tool has failed miserably.
I prefer the older city lights of my euro lights on my Corrado. They are bright enough to help others see you, without blinding oncoming drivers with ridiculously bright LED DRLs. I use them when its not fully sunny, but I don't want to burn up the "off road only" halogen headlights.
Forgetting Digital Research and DR-DOS are we. That and Apple's attack on GEM rather sadly did them in.
HANA. How exactly do I download a version to run on a VM on my laptop so I can try / break / fix things to learn how it really works?
Right, you can't. Which beyond a few SAP implementations, will go nowhere. That and the price shock for wanting that SQL report that ran on Oracle or SQL Server on HANA - can you say total rewrite?
HANA, like Montana - rubish.
Anyone who needs the power of a fat client without the installation and update headaches associated with one. Java Web Start isn't at all perfect, but it sure beats the alternatives.
...which is why you don't want to do physical (to disk, even SSD) I/O any more than absolutely necessary. Stuff it full of memory, reduce your buffer caches, and turn on the in-memory option with large buffers instead. Now your bottleneck is the RAM I/O speed due to SIMD instructions - and 12c isn't even using the latest version the CPUs have.
For databases that means logs. You don't want these any where near SSDs unless you want unpredictable, and many times horrible as in several second, write waits.
SSD's are great at random I/O both read and write, and sequential reads. But at least for now, they are horrible at large sequential writes due to the way they erase/write blocks. Large caches in SANS can't avoid that.
Exactly my reaction. Wow, she's an actual engineer. How did that happen? :-)
Good for them, there yet may be hope for AMD.
The best result, software patents are completely dismissed. Innovation wins, and lawyers lose - so we know that won't happen.
Second best, APIs are rulled as the generic interfaces they are.
The other option is so poisonous that the entire software industry will fail, leaving at best, a weak freeware / open source model since there isn't anyone worth a lawsuit. I really doubt that will be allowed to happen.
No doubt that Oracle might try to charge an unknowing customer for a false positive, much in the same way that MANY customers have probably been changed for spatial, even when they only use some locator functionality (hello ESRI customers). Many of their "detection" routines simply looked to see if there was an MDSYS schema, or there were any SDO_GEOMETRY objects in tables - both which are included with locator (all editions). So much so I wrote a complex function to go through every object in the database and log if it belonged to spatial, or just locator based on their complex definition in the appendix of which is which.
That they price this new option the same per processor as the base "enterprise edition" (much like a stripped down car with no performance options) is nuts, IMHO. Want in-memory - pay up. Want to partition your tables - pay up. Want to actively compress data in tables - pay up. Etc, etc. Honestly Oracle, want to increase sales and make your support users happy? Double the EE cost but throw in the works. Then us DBAs can really have a toolbox to tune for performance.
So far it looks like a winner. In a month when we get our grubby hands on it and kick the tires we should know for sure.
If I can avoid building and maintaining indexes and stats on billion+ row tables, and even get the same performance (let alone quicker) - it's a clear winner.
Hana's huge pitfall is HA and the cost of nodes. Don't want to have to wait (a long long time) while a node reconstructs and loads the data for a failed node, you have to duplicate the entire array as a mirror - at a huge $$ cost. Oracle is very expensive, but Hana makes it look like bargain-bin software by comparison.
Good news, as I have been watching (and putting off) getting a WQHD (2560x1440) monitor thinking 4K displays should be getting cheaper soon. I can wait a little longer and I hope they are serious about a true 4K monitor (4096 x 2160) instead of the "virtual" 4K (UHD) 3840 x 2160 units shipping now.
Odd. I've now had a work BB for over a year now, and somehow have avoided having it hit concrete 3 times a week. Are iPhone's somehow attracted to concrete? Or are iPhone's just rather slippery?
Seriously, I think it looks like a rather good design. But I'd only want it if they also made a leather case to put it all in that works as good as the BB one. I still get a kick out of people trying to find the answer key when I pull it ringing out of the case (it already knows you have "picked it up").
From every thing I have read, HANA is about the worst database architecture available. No one with other enterprise class database experience will even consider it. So putting pretty objects on top doesn't make up for the turd underneath the covers.
This feature has been needed for a long time. Finally we can control what gets run (from what I understand so far).
RIA's are important apps, not replaceable by simple HTML5 solutions. Some of Java (JWS), some are Silverlight. We can't just block them all, but uncontrolled executable code on clients has always been an issue. No more, so it seams in Java. About time...
So that's what happened to Obama's "birth certificate"...
If it offends you - don't eat there. I hate people who hide behind others (usually the government) because they don't like something or are offended.
If you have something to say - say it. If you can't man up enough to do that - go away you wimps.
...and visit with the Gov. He recently drank "fracking" fluid to prove it is safe. In the US, not a single well has polluted ground water, and the methods used now are far safer (thicker and more layers of casing) than those used for the previous decades. I'd be far more concerned about leaking fuel tanks at the local gas station polluting ground water, than these gas and oil wells.
This is just FUD - aimed at the beer drinking public.
You are dead-on in that the interconnect has become the bottleneck. But not due to lots of small I/Os - but rather less rather large ones, at least for the workloads we have. In fact large IOPS are rather unimportant, as are low-latency single (small) block reads. Large allocation units (think MB not KB) see to that. Keeping track of little 8K AU's is so 20th century <grin>.
Rarely do we exceed 3K IOPS during busy times. Our top waits are log reads (due to resync during large materialized view refreshes) and direct path reads - and both do large sequential I/O's. Put ASM in the mix with multiple FC cards with say 6 channels and we can really punish the SAN.
Multi-threaded parallel use is now the database norm, not the exception (at least if you want to get anything done quickly). Add to that lots of RAM, say 256-512 GB (so the former "hot" I/O queens now are pinned in memory), plus lots of flash-cash for when SGA RAM overflows (so you get get it back quick as needed), and yesterdays storage problems are nowhere like today's.
So forget about needing crazy high (but small) IOPS, think raw throughput.
Because... they heavily push Oracle Linux (Redhat with modifications to make it work better with the database), and of course on their own hardware. Soracle HW, Roracle OS, Oracle database - SRO?
Honestly, their kit is competitive price-wise, and if everything is on the Red-Stack then you do have one throat to choke. And better than that, bugs are usually discovered and a patch made available before you find it (unlike on other platforms where YOU are the test mouse). Having ran Oracle in production (in order for various companies) on Solaris/Sparc, Solaris/x86, Windows/x86, Solaris/Sparc, Solaris/x64, W2008/x64, and now AIX/P7 - I can tell you that is a good thing!
In fact - I really hope to move to the more price competitive Oracle stack - just to get away from the AIX "support" issue.
Don't we learn anything from Sci-Fi? Instead of blowing them up (making even more problems), or trying to move their path - just warp them through the earth.
All we need is a small spacecraft with warp technology and... Hey Jeff B, let's get going on this!
Of course their purchase of Sun Microsystems didn't hurt either. Not only did they pick up some Solaris VM technologies, but also the ever popular Virtualbox - the VM most people are much more more familiar with. No, not enterprise grade - but used by many more end users than VMware or Hyper-V.
I noticed that on the pit wall they had BB Bolds, not Z10's...
Amazing - Windows 8 isn't that bad. Certainly better than Vista, and a step up kernel wise from 7. And the $40 upgrade was a deal that made it make sense.
BUT... Redmond seems to have forgotten about all those HTPC's that they pushed just years before - coupled to expensive 720p projectors when they set up the 8 standards. Some idiot in charge decided that 1024 x 768 was the minimum size screen for any device - so that tile apps (that most of us don't care about) - would have space to run on those tablets. Well - except second screens that are actually movie projectors and um... won't scale properly to 1080p due to cable lengths for the ceiling mounts with thick DVI cables (not HTMI).
Hard coded minimum of no less than 768 - FAIL!
You do realize that Congress is full of progressives? Both parties are sinking the ship - just one blows bigger holes in the floor than the other.
Here is the record on votes against an amendment to recognize the protections of the 4th amendment over electronic communications. Let them know you are displeased with how they vote!
The LEDs themselves may still be good, but the crap electrolytic caps supporting them love to dry out an fail. Good luck getting them replaced under warranty.
On the other hand, most 20,000 hour incandescent bulbs generally make it to their designed lifetime - thanks to KISS technology, and then cost next to nothing to replace when they do.
Look, I am for LED and other new technologies. But only if they are good looking and truly economical to use and are not forced onto me by a tyrannical Govt.
Almost none of the old lights in town are LED based. Only new intersections or those that are changed or expanded use the new technology.
Like home LED bulbs, the new traffic LEDs are very expensive. Sure, you save on electricity, but the equipment costs and labor costs to change them far outweigh that.
Ding Dong the WITCH is... not Dead!
Well done folks. So - did you buy an UPS for that? ;-)
So... could we drop some of this in Washington? Lots of rats there!
"The US seems to be following in spending more than half it's budget in military related expenses."
No - that would be for "entitlements" Medicare, Medicaid, and SS. DOD makes up less than 20% of the budget - and that was while we were still in IRAQ.
Just drive the bombs across the Mexican border. A truck is a heck of a lot cheaper and easier to get places than an ICBM all the way from China!
We ordered 11 high-end developer workstations over a month ago - and were told they would be delivered the 8th of this month. That has come and gone - and NO ONE at Dell seems to have any idea when they will ship. Status says "in manufacturing". RIGHT....
They used to be on top of things - who knows what's happened inside...
I'm somewhat ammazed that the older internal antenna ASUS device won - and the newer (and compatible with alternate firmware) external antenna RT-N66U was not listed instead.
Oh well, even with the manf. firmware, it is a very solid wireless router.
As a long-time Sun hw user, we wanted to renew our database boxes and asked for a quote. They came for a meeting. All they (Oracle) wanted to sell us were crazy expensive exa machines. We don't need (and cannot afford) that kind of database - we just wanted to renew our db hardware. But they would not (could not?) answer simple questions - like how do we buy one with a 5 year warranty. Or - how much to keep failed hard drives.
So - we went Dell and no longer look at Soracle hardware. Idiots.
If the next steps are to really establish a working moon base - the Space 1999 Eagle design is much more practical design as a space workhorse than Enterprise. The Enterprise would be rather dull with very slow "impulse" ion engines don't you think?
Are you serious? Hard to tell... I guess that doesn't apply to Top Gear eh? :-)
I regularly pass a series of three or four semis (lorry's) on two lane roads out in West Texas around 120 MPH in my Corrado. If you don't - you may need to wait another 20 minutes for a chance of good clear road, going maybe 55 MPH in the mean time.
At least over here - we are to spend as little time in the opposing lane as possible. I have no problem with that myself! Not that it is really any different than a track day, other than the rather large "cars" I'm passing.
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