CLOWN acronym - Can't Lift Off Without Nuclear?
780 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011
Third party switches (the most common I came across was the 1000v) were a solution for their time, but largely one in need of a problem. In the early days of DvSwitches, they were worth a look, but as DvSwitches evolved, the need diminished. For many customers, standard switches were sufficient, with network teams preferring to manage at the physical layer.
Of course, VMware's focus is now on NSX, so the only surprise is that it's taken them this long to pull the plug.
I'm one of those rare beasts - A happy Windows Phone 10 user with Continuum. Even more astounding is actually how useful it is. I've plugged my phone in for PowerPoint shows, written documents, browsed and successfully tested virtual desktop access with it.
Windows Phone may not be as popular as Android or iOS, but it actually got the concept of the phone being used to propel a laptop/desktop device just about right - enough so that others are looking at the idea with interest.
There's probably a few reasons why the CPU isn't merged with the DSP as you suggest. Firstly, it's developer kit, so it isn't quite product optimised for mass production - an all-in-one SoC would be more expensive and take a little longer to develop (though cheaper down the line when mass production occurs). A separate CPU and DSP means if their maths were wrong, they could change the CPU for something meatier without too much redesign. The marketing drones also have the opportunity to offer more powerful models for those who want to splash even more cash. Though dissipating the heat from a 24-core Xeon might be an issue...
"But it still doesn't change what the Mail published, does it?"
You rather miss the point - You're basically punishing them for the sins of past generations of editors and journalists based on your present day political bias.
Remember also that many media outlets were rather keen on Stalin's Russia in the mid 40's when they were doing a fine impression of a steamroller over the remnants of the Nazi hordes - do we accuse them of being Reds-under-the bed too?
"That would seem to be missing out the production costs of the fossil fuel and its distribution to filling stations?"
Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of the electric car (I remember electric milk floats as a lad), but before you start the high-ground moral willy-waving, if you want to bring fossil fuel manufacture into the debate, out of fairness, we should bring in the impact of:
- Rare-earths used in the necessarily larger electric motors.
- Cost of manufacture and transport of somewhat heavy batteries. This is not cheap tech here, sadly.
- Cost of running and maintaining nuclear power stations (including decommissioning, nuclear waste goodness), wind turbines (tend to be in lovely, scenic places that are conversely expensive to maintain), coal and gas power stations (say no more!).
Electric really isn't as green as you'd like, but it's an improving compromise.
Tesla's product has much going for it.
Firstly, it's not beaten by the Electro-car Ugly Stick as so many hybrids and other fully electric cars tend to be - such as the Prius or the BMW i3. What is it with designers? They stick their brains into duurrr as soon as they find it has anything other than petrol or diesel (except Fiat - they'll do it anyway - go look at the Multipla).
The next big one is range, as others have no doubt posted. This car, let's face it, is aimed at the Rep Machine market. Therefore, 100 mile commuter/shopping trolley range isn't going to cut it. Even 220miles is lean - particularly for a sales rep, but it's certainly in the right direction. It's this last factor that will win over the converts - if it's cheap to run, has the range and looks good, then it's onto a winner.
Though there's still the whole charging issue too that isn't fully addressed. The availability of public charging points is improving, but is still thin on the ground and takes a long time. Home charging simply won't be possible for many (example - Terraced houses with on street parking). Now, if you could replace the battery with a nuclear reactor... :-)
Big corporate mentality. Get smaller, more controllable entities to do the work for you and then take all the credit and profit if it works. If it don't, blame the subcontractor in an expensive legal case.
They're far from unique - how many western IT hardware manufacturers make all of their kit in their own factories? Many even outsource much of the design too.
Agreed - For Britain to hit the top spot is like divide by zero - it ain't happening. We have so many opportunities to moan about stuff (weather/politics/traffic/food/cyclists....), and this makes us happy - all very illogical and yet very British.
Certainly enough to turn to alcohol.
Surely, a family sized pool depends on the size and composition of the family.
A family of Chinese dwarfs adhering to the old one-child-per family rule wouldn't require a big pool at all, while a good catholic family with poor dietary habits may need a really big one (probably not far off Olympic size).
Then, you'd think the family would pick a pool depending on budget and what they want to do in the pool.
Too many variables here to consider. I'm confused. I need beer.
The EU referendum divides opinion whether on the left or right (Good examples - Tony Benn and Enoch Powell both opposed the EEC in '75 - against the Tory and Labour party lines). So, in the interests of impartiality, let me edit the last line for you. given the same could be said of Comrade Corbyn's New Old Labour (after all, the once anti-EU activist is now towing the pro-EU line).....
Whatever all these silly businessmen and workers think, the main thing is that the referendum has prevented Labour voters choosing UKIP, which is the reason we are having it.
After all, what's more important: keeping delirious left-wing EUtopians in parliament, or the UK economy ?
Actually, I had an Orange SPV back in the day. I omitted them on purpose, which, perhaps I should have clarified. These were stylus driven PDA operating systems with phone functionality stuck on - so more a PDA that you could make phone calls on than the modern Smartphone. While useful, they were very much a sign of the times (ah, the iPaq, HP Jornada - all good fun). MS had that much of the (very business oriented) market at the time because it was they and Blackberry - no retail user friendly Apple or mass market Android to steal their thunder. No easy to use App Store. No 3G data. Need I go on?
7 was a true Smartphone implementation with a finger (rather than stylus) derived touch interface, an App Store and all those media and messaging apps 'we love' - so a whle different world to the early era. Unfortunately, for the reasons I stated earlier - it was too little, too late.
Don't get me wrong, if my phone went bang right now, I'd probably risk Windows 10 - mainly on the basis of better the devil you (partially) know.
I have a Nokia Lumia 1020 on 8.1 - and a fantastic phone it is. WinPho 8.1 is a great OS with the apps and features I need - Cortana works well, the 41MP camera is great, even if the CPU has barely enough grunt to drive it. But its getting older and I'm probably going to want a replacement. But what to do?
Apple - I had an iPhone 3G and a 4 (plus I have a 4S from work). Would I buy one now? Good gracious they're massively expensive for what they are. Their hardware is nothing special (My 3 year old Lumia has a better camera for one) and iOS isn't nearly as slick as it used to be. Not to mention, they have a real habit of stitching up customers with older devices.
Android - I've tried it, and tried to like it. Trouble is, for all its flexibility it's too fiddly and inconsistent. Not to mention, there's always rumblings about lack of vendor support and security issues. Let's also remember that Android is a product of Google - the true, world-dominating data-monger.
Windows 10 Mobile - MS don't know what to do. It needs backing or killing off, not this limbo situation. Again, great hardware at good prices - but the declining support and poor quality release code, caused as much by indifference by MS as much as it is the market, will be its undoing. A 950 or the rumoured 1050 or Surface Phone might be nice, but is it worth investing in a device on a platform that might disappear?
While the hardware is moving forward nicely, at the OS, it's stagnated into too narrow a band - essentially a duopoly of Droid or iOS - MS had a chance, but being late to the game and mismanaging it after that has left its future hanging on the precipice. Not a particularly attractive choice in any case.
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