* Posts by Ashlee Vance

105 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Apr 2007


Reg server and chip hack molested by Gray Lady

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: See you on the other side

I start on Sept. 2, mate. So, guess it depends on fast I type.

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Comments

Oh, Solomon. How I will miss you.

Sadly, my leaving won't make you any less angry.

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Oh dear...

In fairness, Otto and I had agreed to leave together a long time ago. Can't get into our relationship here, but we're closer than sisters.

Hadoop: When grownups do open source

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

RE: Re: Journalistic niceties LOL OMG FUNNY!1!!! erm, sorry...

All of Ted's stories have the Fail and You moniker visible from the homepage.

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Journalistic niceties

I'll use this comment as a jumping off point for a note on Ted's stories.

Lots of you are griping about his language. I'm rejecting almost all of those comments. Save yourself some time and write something constructive. It might get published.

Please don't torture yourself by reading the stories if "bad" language offends you. Otherwise, just relax and enjoy the ride.

Teradata keeps warehousing money

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: CMO, Teradata Corporation

Astute and accurate? How dare you!

There will be no day making here.

Power6 meets Tukwila meets Rock meets SPARC64 in chip death match

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: ServerPrime guys?

I'm under NDA with ServerPrime, so not able to comment. We usually try to avoid NDAs, but I wanted the inside scoop on this thing. You'll be hearing from them soonish. That's all I can reveal.

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: On show or being talked about?

I thought the real question was will Dave Ditzel wear his "I tried to kill Intel and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" shirt.

AMD thanks Ruiz for courageous ability to lose money

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: @ Sorry for being stupid but...

Oddly, this horrific struggle has escaped documentation on the internet.

It took place during the Barramandi Famine of 1912. One need only find a Tasmanian schoolchild and mention 1912 to get the full story.

Someone should set up a Wikipedia page on this.

Here's the multi-core man coding robots, 3-D worlds and Wall Street

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Sun Not First

Power4 was dual-core and arrived at about the same time Afara was working on eight-core chips.

I certainly consider Sun the leader in the multi-core era, as it was the first mainstream vendor with a very, very aggressive design thanks to Afara.

If you want to count dual-cores as multi-core, so be it.

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: immense challenges

So, you've got the new 128-way desktop from Dell too then? Or did you go with Apple's iFrame?

EU thumps Intel with more anti-AMD charges

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Doh

We're seeking to get very redacted documents unredacted.

Fastscale sends Windows Server to Weight Watchers

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Does crow taste good?

I wish.

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Does crow taste good?

Ah, well, indeed I did. To Fastscale's credit, they recognized my brilliance and influence and apologized profusely for the odd NDA tradeshow policy. Any start-up that figures out how important I am, moves from Fail to Maybe.

Putting a mule on a cloud: one man's battle with Amazon S3

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Code sample got all bashed together

Aye, that was my fault. Should be better now, you whiney bitches.

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: "computing" is a "doing" word David

I knew this was coming and, as editor of the story, will address now to stop a flurry of comments.

As I see it, computing is often used as a noun as well. High performance computing being on example. Business computing being another.

Perhaps I have gone too far, but am sticking with it for the time being.

Sun and Fujitsu ride Unix boxes to four-core country

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: A Great Upgrade to Sun's M-Series

Well, well. I'm glad to see a Sun executive taking time to comment on our story even if they're refusing to speak with us in an official capacity.

Sun's Niagara 3 will have 16-cores and 16 threads per core

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Boost

I have a clock speed but could not second source it, so wasn't comfortable reporting it. What I'm seeing is equal to the current clock on Niagara chips, so all the performance boosts are coming from threads and cores.

OpenSUSE 11 a redemptive OS with a Mactastic shine

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: I wondered why downloads from opensuse.org were so slow---

I believe it officially goes on the download page tomorrow.

CherryPal out sweetens Apple with 2W, ultra-cheap PC

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: iTunes?

Yeah, that's exactly what I asked Seybold, regarding the local storage and apparently missing iTunes for Linux. I dunno. He had some weird smile when he answered the question. The only thing I can guess is some cloud like thing where you're storing the songs somewhere else, but I can't imagine why Apple would agree to that or why anyone would want it.

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

re: re: "Mac OS X-addled machine."

I was really speaking more from CherryPal's perspective and the relative bloat that is either Vista or Mac OS X when compared to an embedded OS.

Still like my Macs, while disdaining Apple PR>

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: "Mac OS X-addled machine."

Remind me which bias that is, mate.

Comcast rolls out brand new bandwidth throttles

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Errrr Ummm

That is the same RB, as far as I know.

It seems pretty in keeping with The Register's style to allow for difference of opinion on something between our reporters. (RB is only an occasional contributor.)

That said, the barbs in the comment section don't strike me as the most productive or civil way to go about things.

Google takes another bite out of NASA with 42-acre research center

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Really?

Mmm, they're both old SGI compounds. Like we say in the story, SGI bought up a ton of properties in that area off Shoreline.

Privacy? Forget it. Sell your brain and desires to the highest bidder

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Deja vu

Er, please be aware that the Moderatrix does not moderate <i>all</i> comments. Your smooch has landed on a sweaty Texan man with a belly quickly distending toward middle age.

Dell squeezes cloud into a shipping container

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Hmmm - pot, kettle

I'm from Texas. I can both work things like a rib and rib with impunity.

Er, and besides that, I think the links only back up my statement.

Build a 14.5 watt data center in a shoebox

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: 14.5 W is huge.

The 14.5 watts included the 10 watt Buffalo NAS.

Ubuntu man says Microsoft's about to 'swallow a hand-grenade'

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Geeze Ashlee

You've lost me. I thought I was making fun of you.

Apple gets into mine-sweeping, missiles and storage

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Sigh...

It's true. Steve clubbed me like a baby seal. How his brutality relates to my cruel coverage of PA Semi's military deals is beyond me.

Sun chum Oracle pushes database buyers to IBM

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Oracle Databases on Niagara

So, you're suggesting eBay is in its right mind then?

Only insanity would lead Apple to make a mobile chip play

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: 13W 2 x 2GHz 64bit PPC = not hot and noisy

Well, yes, you're right about Mercury. I've written about them a fair bit, but they certainly do sell servers, which was the relevant bit for this story. Back to my booze.

IBM shakes up the server game with lean, cool iDataPlex

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Ashlee - do your homework please

Do my homework? How dare you!

I drank my way out of college specifically to avoid that.

But even with my booze addled brain, I can see that this is not IBM ordering some SKU from Taiwan's finest. Living, breathing engineers were involved here. I've talked to them.

If you look at the case, you can see that they save on fans and power units at the very least. It's also half the size of anything Dell can offer, which, as mentioned, affords some unique data center rearrangement.

Dell's Cloud program does have the variety of motherboards and liquid cooling available, but I think you're kidding yourself if you think that equals this box.

Back to the Jack. Burp.

IBM smacks rivals with 5.0GHz Power6 beast

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: VIsta

I'm told that Vista buns in at 47 on the hot cross linpack benchmark and 817 on SPEC_finger

MokaFive pumps virtual PCs through the cloud

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Tenuous Link

But, Andrew, I WAS trying to be funny.

I vow to strive toward higher accuracy around my religion-themed OS reporting in the future.

Intel wants to get into heavy petascaling

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: @Anonymous John

Bad puns? I'm not familiar with these concepts.

IBM waterboards PA-RISC Superdome from HP

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: @Ashlee

And miss the chance at that headline? I can't see how that would be possible.

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: @Scott

Hmm. I'd say someone missed the point.

You took that as a glowing story about IBM's benchmark prowess then?

Google's riches rely on ads, algorithms, and worldwide confusion

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: google aren't maintaining their monopoly by any illegal means I can see

Mmm, Google does hire evangelists. Jeremy Allison, of Samba fame, was hired as a "Linux evangelist" for example.

There is quite a bit of bias in Google's results. Ever noticed how Wikipedia crawls to the top on so many searches? PageRank is bias.

A Shaolin monk, Warren Buffett and a Russian mobster walk into a bar…

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: CLIPPING!!!#@%

Regrettably, clipping is real tough to fix in post production - at least with my skills.

The big problem was a software crash with the main copy, which made me use the back-up that's connected to the mixer. Sadly, I obviously had the levels set too high on the back-up machine.

Am rather inexperienced with this audio stuff, so if anyone has suggestions on fixing clipping in post, please send them along.

My sincere apologies on this one.


Xerox bets R&D future on pap

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Reply and Invitation

In real life or Second Life?

Just kidding - I think. Looking forward to it.


Canonical fires up box Landscaping business

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Link

That's the link Canonical is pointing to as well in their statement. They obviously don't have the site ready.

Ambitious China firms military and commercial R&D ties

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Wholly In Defense of Holly...

Holly fixed now. Sorry, lads.

VMware at the four front of management

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: "four front" ???

Just to avoid a mess of confusion, the horrible pun I was aiming for revolves around their FOUR management products. I apologize but am declining to change the headline because I can't think of anything better.



On the open source implications of Dell's rodent abuse

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Pie

I'm going to hit all three of these comments in one go.

Anonymous - please relax. Two of the people make open source software. I use it - a lot - and have an Ubuntu laptop, as we've discussed in the past. Think you should hit a valium before something serious happens.

Joke boy - no idea what you're talking about.

Pie person - I'm a fella and can cook, but that's Matt's pie recipe. I believe he's a man.

SaaSy Dell 2.0 buys MessageOne for $155m

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: "Ragging" on Mike?

I wasn't really ragging on him, just adding some often overlooked history. Of course, he still took a big risk and made it work. It's just that not all people are afforded that luxury.

IBM explores 67.1m-core computer for running entire internet

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: The internet is not the web!

Please pay more attention to the bouncing ball.

Lessig gives up on Free Culture

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Missed the point

I realize this is what Lessig claims but have a look at his blog these days. He's obsessed with politics and now firmly part of a much less interesting clan. I'm with Don. This man is more concerned about being a religious leader than change.

Intel to tell all about roaring 96GB/s QuickPath interconnect

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Intel's missing the point again

Not quite, mate. Quickpath is heading to Xeon right after Tukwila.

VMware sales slowdown triggers stock meltdown

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Giving it away?

Mmmm, their profits actually increased since they've been giving away Player. Their rate of revenue growth is now predicted to slow, which is certainly a factor of the company's size. I think the bigger deal is how quickly VMware will move from around 90 percent growth to 50ish percent. Few people expected such a drop so quickly.

Sun's war against clarity and business continues

Ashlee Vance (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Ozzie

That's an innocuous post? I'd have thought a $18bn company changing its entire business model rather noccuous.

The point is that Brian doesn't say Sun will move the shared network.com service it offers today. In fact, he says, in as far as he says anything, rather the opposite - that Sun will have no systems left to offer such a service. He never explains where internal Sun IT ends and outward facing Sun begins with this plan.

Since he's talking about his company's entire business changing, you'd think one or two details might help. Awful lot of coverage on his first post for it to be called innocuous.