* Posts by Matt in Sydney

5 posts • joined 4 May 2014

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system

Matt in Sydney

Ahhh, nostalgia. We need all these stories in print, BOFH style, maybe different coloured bindings for fact and fiction. At least it wasn't a real time inode reconstruction...

Australia finds $1 BEELLION to replace No-SQL DATABASE

Matt in Sydney

MongoDB ?

Indeed, and the growing popularity of similar databases - (MongoDB could carry M204 data quite happily) leads to more questions. Latest release of M204 has intriguingly included JSON features that seem to recognise this. It boils down to performance. As more transactions are end-user based (i.e. not employees) a performance hit is probably acceptable. The sad fact is that a lot of the complexity revolves around methodologies and processes. As with any workflow based system replacement, the workflows need to be addressed to really make a dent. Workflow performed for free does not matter so much ? In any case it is a lot of money to spend that could be deferred another 10 years and the saving could pay for the effort to maintain a current system many times over. It's not as if SAP or DB2/ORACLE are cheap.

NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

Matt in Sydney

Re: times have changed

Actually, unless you transcode (for bitrate, volume etc.) they are still "marked" with your itunes id ? Your heirs would not be "entitled" to the material.

The great virtue of YouTube as it always has been, is to reduce email bandwidth consumption. If you remember we had people sending 5MB videos left right and centre on 4Mb/s networks, (or worse, 9600bps lines). Much more sensible to send a link.

Similarly with twitter, prior to Mosaic, when most of us were using text based email where the headers where larger than the payload, we were concerned that sending binaries was abusive behaviour and that messages should be limited in size. (In fact it was everybody dowloading Linux and playing MUD that was probably to blame, as four-colour porn was not that great, and ascii-porn was awful.

So noble an idea, and yet people tweet crap.

So can we just consider youtube another act of google philanthropy and move on ?

Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

Matt in Sydney

Re: Recent news on Page 2

The test should be :

If I was given the camera by a professional photographer, and I took my own selfie, would *I* own the rights to it, even though this was the intent of the photographer ?

In my opinion I would, however I am a natural person. The photographer may argue that if not taken by a natural person, he at least has a claim to "derivative" works. All that would be required is a little cropping or resizing and the derivative work is protected ? The simian in question is unlikely to protest, so squatter's rights for the work could be claimed as there is no true owner ?

Another thing to consider is any payment of fees by a professional photographer and the expectation that works created could be used for commercial purposes in return.

In the first instance, even though it supports provenance, it was a mistake to admit that this was a selfie, and *not taken* by the photographer, even vicariously.

Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?

Matt in Sydney

Re: Any auto backup solutions?

But we are not typically talking about laptops here, or backyard data centres. We are talking about buildings the size of a warehouse with multiple layers of redundancy and sophisticated robotics to maintain the array.

The devices will be obsolete before the expected end of life in any case.

At home, we all take our chances, and diarise to replace in 5 years regardless ?

I cannot see myself using the same laptop in 20 years, they are disposable, although many enterprises still run servers well over 10 years old for legacy applications.

It will soon be hard to buy platter based DASD, It will go the way of the CRT television.

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