* Posts by Smirnov

18 posts • joined 10 Dec 2016

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here


Especially when the core of your OS is built from code they built...

FYI: Mac OS X is not built on Linux. If anything it took a few things from FreeBSD, amongst NextStep and others:


UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: UK has the resources

"Do you realize that the UK existed and was very successful a long time before the EEC/EU?"

Yes, when it was still plundering other countries.

At later times, not so much. British goods were generally considered as badly designed, unreliable crap, and the country itself was known as the "Poor Man of Europe", in a worse state than Greece has ever been, which had to seek shelter under the EEC/EU umbrella to save it's sorry asses from declining to true 3rd world status. Somehow this doesn't really ooze 'success' the way you think it does.

The remarkable bit is that, after flourishing under the EU umbrella, Britain seems to be hellbent to go back to being the "Poor Man of Europe", a wish that appears will soon be granted.


Re: All a bit unnecessary?

"The UK cannot be allowed to win from Brexit, so fair negotiations are not on the table."

The thing is that this aren't negotiations.

This isn't like a business deal where both sides try to squeeze out as much as possible, the UK decided to leave so it's up to the UK to declare how it plans to do that, including the Irish border, and what it future status it seeks (mind you that this can't involve talks about trade deals). Simple as that. The EU may offer a little help here and there but from side of the EU there isn't really anything to negotiate, which is why their position has not shifted from day one.

If only Brits, and especially Britain's government, weren't so utterly clueless about how the EU works, BREXIT wouldn't turn out to be such a drama.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.


Re: Just add wireless charging

> The standard Apple ones almost seem to be deliberately designed to disintegrate after a year or so.

Which is why I use cables made by Anker. One is in my backpack and has seen so much abuse it's no longer funny, but it's still working fine.

The Apple cables all look like the disintegrate if looked at from the wrong angle.

It's good to be the king: Dell gives HPE hell at top of server charts


Which features are these that iDRAC had over iLO? I wonder because from what I can see iLO has mostly been superior to iDRAC.

Does iDRAC finally have a standalone console, something that's been available for iLO (LOCONS) for years, or do you still have to go through a web browser for a KVM session?

I also prefer HP's RAID controllers (which use Microsemi Adaptec controllers) over Dell's Avago LSI based controllers.

But other than that I agree, HPE has been going downhill with its products and services.

HP is turning off 'Always On' data deals but won't say why


Re: Won't ever buy anything HP again

Well clearly the card you bought wasn't compatible then, was it?

And if that's the reason you won't buy HP in the future then you better stay off from pretty much every other laptop manufacturer out there as they all block unsupported WiFi cards in their BIOS, as this is a requirement to get FCC approval for a device which emits RF radiation.


Re: A very rare "In defence of HP" post

I'm sorry but that is not true. Centrino was Intels brand name for laptops which had an intel CPU, intel graphics and intel WiFi adapter. Centrino had no other requirements than these three, and no, intel did not require laptops to lock up if a non-intel adapter is inserted. HP, like Lenovo and pretty much everyone else in the business market, offered the same systems they sold as Centrino also with non-intel WiFi adapter as an option, although they then could no longer use the 'Centrino' label and benefit from intel's marketing support.

The fact that most laptops lock up if they find a non-approved WiFi adapter is something completely different and totally unrelated to Intel's Centrino campaign. It's a simple measure laptop manufacturers use to make sure only approved WiFi cards are used in their laptops, which is important as WiFi means there's RF radiation leaving the laptop's antenna, which is why manufacturers test laptops and WiFi cards to ensure they maintain compliance at all times. For this reason a laptop BIOS checks the ID of the WiFi adapter and, if it's not one of the models that has been whitelisted, locks the laptop to prevent potentially unintended EMI.

The way around that is to check which cards are supported by a specific laptop, and then just buy the exact part number. For some laptops there are also hacked BIOS versions available which remove the block. Also, there's a way to enable the card by cutting/overtaping a specific pin on the WiFi adapter's connector, but that comes with other downsides. So the best bet is to just buy a compatible card.

Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush


Re: MS lost it with Server releases after 2008-R2

What do you have against Server 2012 R2?

I'd say MS lost it with Server 2016 and Windows 10.


Re: I have a Fujitsu Celsius R650 workstation

>>so a limit of 4 does seem reasonable

>Err no!

> I have a Fujitsu Celsius R650 workstation dating from 2007 running XP Pro x64, it has dual quad-

> core Xeon's. The 2012 R670 gave the option of dual Xeons with 6 cores/12 threads and a choice of

> XP Pro x86 or x64, Win7 Pro 64 or 32.

So what? These all are still 2 socket machines, irrespective of the number of cores.

> So it would seem MS don't really want this version of Win 10 to be used on high-end workstations,

> unless they mean a maximum of 4 physical processors...

Which is exactly what they mean.

BTW, normal Win 10 Pro runs fine (well, as fine as it can be said for this POS OS) on my HP z840 with two 8 core/16 threads XEON E5's and 128GB RAM.


Re: NT4 had a 4 core limit (server OS also) in the base OS

Back then there were no "cores", only CPUs (Sockets). And while NT 4 Server supported up to 4 CPUs, WindowsNT 4 Workstation came with a 2 CPU limit (NT4 Server Enterprise Edition supported 8 CPUs if I remember right, for multi-CPU x86 servers like Tandem Symmetry S20).

BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die


Re: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Global Edition

I just ordered a Blackview BV8000 Pro - MediaTek P25 (which is faster than the SD625), 4180mAh battery, 6GB RAM, 64GB flash, 5" FHD screen, IP68, Dual SIM, Android 7 with regular updates, all for GBP220. From what I gather 3 days should be possible with light use. Plus the phone seems to be built like a tank.


Re: That's a good way to kill a Lithium rechargeable battery

"Running the battery down beyond 25% ... that's a good way to kill a Lithium rechargeable battery."

No, it's not. It's complete nonsense. Yes, Lithium-based rechargeable batteries lose most of their capacity when discharged too deeply but pretty much every device will switch off long before that point arrives.


Re: Actual testing would be nice

@m0rt: I agree re the unnecessary personal attack but other than that he's right. Most newer phones, when exhibited to a similar low demand usage, will manage 2 days or more. Heck, my current iPhone SE manages 2.5 days with a similar use profile, and this phone has a measly 1624mAh battery. Same with my old BlackBerry Passport (3450mAh battery). It tells you pretty much nothing how long the phone lasts when actually doing stuff with it.

You wrote that you suspect Andrew's phone gets a lot of real world use. Well, it won't, because for pretty much every user 'real world use' is something completely different. That's why credible reviewers use certain tests to find out how long the phone will last doing certain tasks, because contrary to your statement this does actually tell you how long the phone will most likely perform in your own use scenario. For example, if a phone say lasts 5 hrs playing back videos and 3hrs playing a demanding game then you know that per hour video you'll use approx 20% battery capacity and per hour of playing roughy 33% per hour. And from that it's pretty easy to calculate the drainage for your personal use case.

The article could pass as a first hands-on review, but it's far from being a credible test.

Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak


Re: Why oxygen generators?

Not all combat aircraft use oxygen generators (OBOGS), others like the Tornado use LOX (Liquid Oxygen) in a bottle.

The reason for prevalence of OBOGS on modern combat aircraft is that it's easier to maintain (handling LOX is pretty dangerous), also there's no need for replenishment as OBOGS extracts the oxygen from environmental air. The downsides of OBOGS are that it's difficult to monitor, and it's pretty much impossible to detect oxygen contamination.

As a flier, I'd go with LOX any time.

Xen Project wants permission to reveal fewer vulnerabilities



"It's turnkey, freely available, and comes with management tools, not dissimilar to ESXi."

And as far as I know still relies on crufty old EXT3 as file system for local file storage, with all the drawbacks that come with it.

Oh, and building a local ISO repository is still torture.

XenServer is nice if you have large external storage arrays but on servers with local storage (pretty much the default for small and medium size businesses) it's nowhere near ESXi.

Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin


Re: Do not want

Exactly that. Why the hell would I want to live amongst people that believe Trump is a good choice for President?

Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable


Re: Out of State

"Whilst, yes, Trump would be the last person to vote for in this case, you are wrong about the Trumo voters - most of who voted for Trump for these very reasons, but were too stupid to realise he was feeding the bullshit."

Not much different to Brexit where people fed up by austerity, bed room tax and other government shenanigans decided to protest by ejecting their country from the single largest market on earth - after having voted the same lot that caused all the misery in the first place voted back in again just a year ago.

Churchill was absolutely right when he said that the best argument against democracy is a 5 minute conversation with your average voter. Stupid is as stupid does.

Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP


This is not just a UK problem...

This isn't just a UK problem, it's a global issue:


(it seems German's media is a bit more thorough when researching issues)

In short, MS hosed up DHCP in one of the updates.

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