Re: Yet again, screwed over by Google
Pinephone from pine64.
675 posts • joined 23 Oct 2006
at a previous job, there was an IBM server that needed to be moved from one computer room to another. It could have been unracked, lifted onto a trolley by a few people, and re-racked in half an hour. IBM's charge? over £2k.
we couldn't move it ourselves as it would have invalidated the support contract.
I've heard so many times that you can migrate your on-premise servers to the cloud in a more or less 1:1 mapping and let your cloud provider do all the work of maintaining uptime and data integrity.
And yet again we have proof that you still have to put in the effort to ensure you have geographically diversified replication and backups.
Google apologised and, somehow in the process of paying compensation, accidentally ended up owning Ghana.
"We're not sure what to do with it" said Sundar Pichai. "We're thinking of bulldozing the entire country flat and covering it with photovoltaic cells set at 30 feet above ground level, giving free shelter from the sun to the inhabitants. It will pay for itself in under 15 years and make us the largest energy supplier in the world".
One problem is that at the low end we have R-Pis and competitors, all sub $100 for the boards. At the higher end of that we have Rockchip RK3399 boards which tend to be in the $80 to $120 range depending on RAM, eMMC and wifi capabilities. All of these are built on older Arm cores - the RK3399 has A72 cores which are a good few years old now!
There's then a big jump to get boards with higher spec cores, and most of those for "professional" users as "board support packages" for businesses developing phones or tables, and cost many many hundreds of $$, far from affordable. You can look on 96boards and you'll find the Kirin 970 (Arm A73) at roughly $300. I couldn't find anything there with newer Cortex cores.
Then you have the problem that Arm don't have good linux support for their GPUs, usually a binary blob, and little or no 3D acceleration. AFAICT people end up using kernels and drivers from Android builds and then bodging a linux desktop on top of that.
Gigabyte have a cavium thunderx workstation, but for that price you can buy a pretty decent Intel laptop! The Socionext dev/workstation is over $1000.
So, really, it seems to me that Arm don't care about anything other than Android or small embedded devices, maybe they care a bit about Windows (with the new replacement of Windows-RT) but I wonder who's doing all the work on the GPU side to make Windows run on it? If Arm cared, they would be actively supporting native development on Arm-based workstations.
Apple are really doing their own thing, their processors closely resemble Arm processors when seen as a black box, but AFAICT their bionic processors (which are really good!) are completely custom design. I hope that they do release affordable devices like Mac Minis with Bionic processors, and they don't lock them down, so they can be re-purposed for other operating systems!
I do welcome the competition in the market, as I think there are many workloads where, say, an Intel Atom would have sufficient performance, and so an Arm would be too.
But if you look at the price/performance ratio of an AWS instance running Arm, it's not really different from an x86 server.
I tried to deploy some of $WORK's requirements on an Arm/Graviton instance, but other than the simplest service, I got into dependency hell, with some packages simply not ready built for arm.
The price of zero day vulnerabilities has been increasing over the years, very significantly for some platforms.
This suggests that either it's getting harder to find significant vulnerabilities, and/or that the value of a security break-in has increased a lot too.
So even if the "white hats" decided that trying to find vulnerabilities was a bad thing and stopped altogether, the "black hats" have a big financial incentive to carry on, and of course the latter will do their best to keep them secret which makes things less secure for everybody and reduces the chance of a fix.
Personally, I'd prefer to keep going with the good guys finding bugs and getting paid for responsible disclosure, I can't see a better way other than revolutionising the way software is developed so that such bugs are made unlikely or impossible to make!
I've played various games. Now, once I engage them in conversation, I ask if his/her (there are female scammers) parents are proud knowing their child is a scammer? Aren't they ashamed? Why can't they get a real job?
They usually hang up, sometimes after invective. Maybe, just maybe, it will make them think.
There are many eBay listings for the Go, of which a large proportion say the item is in mind condition, boxed with plastic film still on.. I.e. hours of use.
This suggests that the novelty wears off very quickly, or it's cumbersome or uncomfortable etc.
Whether the oculus quest will fare and better is another story.
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