Re: Symptomatic of a bigger problem
Quite right Meg Whitman should get back in the kitchen
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YOur missing the point Alan. You calculate $/TB, which makes the DRAM stuff monstrously expensive. How many databases need 282TB of spinning disc?
If you find the right problem, e.g. speeding up Oracle, then its a lot cheaper than moving to Exadata.
BTW Kove claim 5.2Miilion IOPs, at 8useconds latency, and it only costs $180K/TB
Dyson, invented a more efficient way of sucking up dirt, without using a bag, that was new, and so innovative. He also spotted that using a ball was better than a wheel for steering said vaccum cleaner. Again an innovation as no one had thought of it before. They didn't patent a plastic canister with stretchy hose and brush attachment, cos is was alreday out there!
Apple "did" in my opinion develop the scrolling sw, and they should get royalties for this and other novel features, but a rectangle with rounded edges, just smacks of americam pritectonism, as always! Cro Magnon man may have realised that smooth and round was better than pointy and sharp, to live with that is, rather than for sticking in a wild animal
Many Universities do a very bad job of this, very long overruns in delivery and usability. This is due to poor procurement, one group dominating the procurement, e.g. Physics, as well as rubbish project management by the main contractors, which is often, partly, caused by the University demanding xMillion cores by £8:50.
At least at Daresbury and RAL, they have some people with an idea of how to buy something at a fair price and make sure it works.
Common denominator is Intel. When Apple was a non-x86 vendor Intel wanted them, so they offer big discounts. Apple being pretty bright tie these prices in for several years. The Taiwanese were with Wintel, so pretty much had to accept whatever margins they could get, with Intel creaming off big margins.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Tegra3 based Android laptops from Acer, Asus and Lenovo??
I must say, if I had been asked what OS I would like on a tablet, (in January), I would have said Windows. Not that I don't hate Windows, but because I would need: Word, Excell, PPT etc. I have subsequently had access to an iPad, (errindoors') and it's a joy to use. Simple, intuitive etc. I also use LibreOffice which is pretty darn good versus Office.
If asked again, I would put Windows in 3rd place, behind Aple and Android tablets.
Maybe we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Windows empire?