* Posts by Chad Larson

36 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

Server vendors and the dead hand of commoditisation

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Solaris and FreeBSD

Both have, in addition to Zones (Sun) and Jails (FreeBSD) fairly robust tools for using SSDs (or other memory drives) within ZFS. The filesystem 'knows" what data is better cached, and yet is written to more than one place within the filesystem.

IBM answer machine makes chumps of trivia chimps

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a bit of whimsy?

I too was intrigued by the odd ball amounts. I suspect there was a bit of whimsy employed by the programmers in that algorithm. Like: the number has to end in 7.

But I'd be pleased if someone with actual knowledge spilled the beans.

Money gone, people gone: Oracle's open-source blowback

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Ok, which is it?

"Oracle had moved to prevent the original GitHub migration by claiming it owned the Hudson name – which it doesn't."

"That left Oracle owning just the Hudson name..."

Post-a-puppy woman hit with cruelty charges

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airplane hold

The cargo hold in a commercial airliner has the same air as the passenger compartment. In fact, there are ventilation holes in the floor of the passenger compartment to share the air. It's too much trouble to try to keep them separate, even if there were a good reason to do so.

OpenSolaris spork ready for download

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One word


Steve Jobs death-grips iPhone 4 reality

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There's a reason they all have it.

"...I don't care on how many other providers out there sell phones with the same problem..."

You missed, or are deliberately ignoring the point. All the providers have the same problem because IT'S PHYSICS. Steve can't fix it, and neither can anyone else.

Codeweavers CrossOver Mac

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Mac-like windows

"CrossOver even makes Windows programs look a bit more Mac-like by adding a new title bar complete with the Mac’s candy-coloured control buttons."

Parallels does this too.

Chattanooga devil dog eats cop cruiser

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He's just playing

The black and white doggie tearing off the bumper cover has his tail up and wagging, his ears are forward. He's just playing, like tugging on a rope.

No "devil dog" here.

MIT boffins on track of portable 60-watt seawater desalinator

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What is the status of Dean Kamen's Slingshot program?

Extreme pr0n suspect has his internet access suspended

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Could cause damage

"Whether this was in the same episode or two subsequent episodes is not made clear."

Ha! Good one!

WTF is this country called America?

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Must be a troll

The country south of Canada isn't America, it's the United States. Likewise, the country south of the United States isn't America, it's Mexico. America isn't a country, it's a continent (actually three of them). But I suspect you actually knew that.

Packing heat gets you shot, say profs

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skewed sample

For questioning, they selected people who got shot!

If I made a list of people who where held up, but not shot, how many were carrying?

EchoStar stumped in Tivo patent prosecution

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It seems obvious

License the TiVo technology. Then offer an upgrade to a =real= TiVo.

IBM turns back on server history

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Why, then...

...would they be looking at acquiring Sun?

AMD: 'At heart, we're a design company'

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Microprocessor inventor

"Back in the early days of the microprocessor (which was invented by Intel when it created the 4004 chip in 1971)..."

I believe a strong argument could be made that the Texas Instruments TMS1000 was the first microprocessor. See patent 3,757,306. That argument would be bolstered by the fact that when Intel and TI signed cross-licensing agreements on microprocessors in 1971 and again in 1976, Intel paid royalties to TI for use of its patents.

The Boss bitchslaps Ticketmaster

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confusing artists with promoters


The artists don't sell tickets. The promoters do. For the artists to be selling the tickets, they'd have to promote the show, a completely different business than performance (and one they'd generally do badly).

It works like this. A promoter (say, LiveNation) tells the artist's management, "I'll pay you $50,000 to play this here arena Tuesday night." He tells the arena, "I'd like to rent your venue a week from Tuesday." If they both agree, a show is on. Then the promoter hires himself someone (say, TicketMaster) to unload all the tickets to the seats in the venue for that show. The promoter sets the price he wants for the tickets. Ticket master makes its money off all those weird fees.

If the cost of hiring the artist and of renting the venue turns out less than the revenue generated by selling the tickets, the promoter makes money. If it does not, he loses. Either way (barring bankruptcy) the artist and the venue get paid.

So the artists like to do business with folks like LiveNation because they are very unlikely to go broke even if ticket sales suck, and LiveNation like to use TicketMaster because it doesn't cost them up-front money and TicketMaster has name-brand recognition.

Bottom line - If people buy the tickets at the asking price, those prices will stay the same. If not, the next promoter will offer the artist less money for a show ('cause the last guy took a bath) and the tickets will be cheaper.

This is generally a good thing. It's called capitalism. You could look it up.

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Charity of strangers?


"So, umm... HOW is the artist supposed to make money when you won't buy their music (and insist that they tour to make money), and then boycott them when they tour?"

Very good point.

iPhone gets virtual Windows desktop

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RDP for iPhone

There is a very useful RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) client in the Applications Store. There are also several VNC (Virtual Network Computing) clients. This Citrix client seems redundant.

Teachers give toilet CCTV top marks

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@Anonymous Coward and @Scott Thomson

"If I was a teacher"

I believe you meant to say "If I were a teacher". Or didn't you pay attention in class?

Sun to support AMP plus Linux

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Why would anyone use MySQL when they can get a =real= database (PostgreSQL) for the same price (free)?

Hackintosh maker gets legal greeting from Apple

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"I do hope that Apple fails and Psystar are allowed to sell OSX on their hardware if for no other reason than EULAs are evil and illegally strip us of our rights to use what we bought in the way we want."

I just bought this keen new axe. I want to use it to chop down your front door. Still think people should be able to use things they bought any way they want?

Fiorina threatens to get in McCain's antique cabinet

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Not only that...

"Having rubbed out the Hewlett-Packard brand, the HP Way and HP's competitive position against IBM and Dell..."

Not only is her sterling record at HP on the line, we must not forget her running Lucent into the ground whilst engaging in *cough*dodgy accounting*cough* to hide the red ink.

TJX employee fired for exposing shoddy security practices

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Dead Vulture


They got into the TJ Maxx (and therefore Marshall's and Bob's and others) by camping outside a store with a laptop, cracking the simple WEP key the store was using, and intercepting the data transfers between the wireless in-store terminals and the store back room system. The eventually got enough authentication information to log into the store's system. From there they created hidden back door accounts and started collecting information for them to get into the home office central computers. And from there, copied credit data on almost 100 million people.

'Secure' PayPal page is... you guessed it

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It's even worse

I frequently use Lynx to browse. It is text only. But places where I would want the most security (like banks) sometimes refuse to deal with a browser that doesn't do Javascript, let alone HTML.

Sun may shut off high-end MySQL features

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"Please, anyone with any success with large-scale postgres systems that hasn't noticed serious performance hits hit me back."

We use PostgreSQL for our production ASP product. We have MySQL on several infrastructure boxes as we use some tools built against it. So, I've plenty experience with both, and I dispute your statement. PostgreSQL is faster and easier to administer, and more full featured than MySQL on anything more complicated than serving up web pages.

The FreeBSD project just completed some performance benchmark runs on their version 7 release. The benchmark suite they chose included some applications that ran against an SQL server. They used both PostgreSQL 8 and MySQL. PostgreSQL outperformed MySQL in all tests by around 15% to 20%.

Plus, PostgreSQL scales much better. MySQL claims ACID compliance, but until recently didn't even support roll-backs. Etc, etc.

Not convinced? Consider this: http://jamonation.com/node/734

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I don't understand the objection.

"Anyone remember the early days of Redhat? Hundreds of people contributed for nothing..."

Those hundreds of people knew exactly what they were doing, and had no expectation of recompense other than peer status.

"... and then the bloke with the URL sold it as though it was his own."

Which it was.

IBM's EnterpriseDB stake: not what you think

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@Ian Michael Gumby

Sorry, the "dirty little secret" is PostgreSQL. I worked in an Informix shop for years before IBM bought them, and at my new company I introduced PostreSQL when they were considering Oracle.

PostreSQL is a full featured database, which lately benchmarks faster than MySQL.

El Reg decimates English language

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You've proven his point

Listing all those other examples just proved his point. More people than just you (Lester) are using decimated incorrectly.

Quick: What does livid mean?

Disintegrating wind turbine caught on camera

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...has taken the videos off line.

VMware sales slowdown triggers stock meltdown

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Drives me crazy

These kinds of stories make me nuts. So VMware has a majority share of the market, and grew its business, and the stock takes a dump because they didn't meet the "analysts" expectations.

Apple stock was above $190 just before they announced their Q4 numbers, which were the best quarter they'd ever had, and up 48% over previous year. Now their stock is around $160. Why? "Analysts" expectations.

Where do these people get all that power? If they could run a company, they would. Instead they sit in the peanut gallery and throw recommendations, and punish the company if they aren't followed.

The stock market is becoming a joke. Para mutual wagering, like at the dog track. "I bet I can guess which way that stock will move better than you and the rest of your lot can do."

Time was, people bought stock in a company because they respected the company and wanted to own a piece of it. They expected to make return on their investment in dividends.

Now, a company that pays dividends is considered foolish. That money should be spent on some kind of acquisition to insure continued growth. And growth is necessary because movement is the way these short-term investors make money. Never mind if the company is solidly in the black, holding down their place in the market, returning steady profits. No, not good enough! They have to grow so funds managers can hold their stock for a year and then dump it for a profit.


<here endeth the rant of an old fart>

Hogging the Trough: The EFF Strikes Back

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Not sufficient

"Therefore, it's acceptable for Comcast, as a matter of reasonable network management, to employ TCP Resets to prevent BitTorrent doing harm to the web browsing, standard file downloading, and VoIP sessions that are the typical behavior of the Comcast customer."

So your argument boils down to Comcast's behavior is acceptable because for them to do otherwise would be difficult and/or expensive.

Perhaps, instead, they should stop over-subscribing their network.

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@ Hate2Register

Sorry, dude. Asimov died in 1992.

Office update disables MS files

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@Bill Fresher

I think you're missing the point, which is rather than blacklisting some three letter extensions, Microsoft should have fixed Office so it can't be hijacked by a corrupted file.

"Validate your inputs" is like, programming 101. All those highly paid, big brain cased programmers they've got (those who haven't fled to Google, that is) and they still can't seem to get the clue.

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Scan the documentation to TIFF. OCR the files if you need to edit them. OmniScan/PaperPort do a decent job of that.

No email privacy rights under Constitution, US gov claims

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So that means...

I can legally read all the email on the Republican National Committee's email server?

Museum drops Watson talk in race row

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There shouldn't be such a thing

"James Watson's recent comments have gone beyond the point of acceptable debate and we are as a result canceling his talk at the museum"

And where should the line be drawn in what is "acceptable debate" within the scientific community? At one time it was beyond acceptable to suggest the earth revolved around the sun.

All assumptions should be subject to debate.