* Posts by Andy Howarth

8 posts • joined 23 Nov 2010

Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

Andy Howarth

Yes you could build you're own with FreeNAS for the price of these but I went the other way and picked up a NetGear ReadyNAS 104 for £110. 4 bays, same GUI and similar size to the 314 in the test. It's a lower spec CPU/RAM but all I wanted was a Time Machine target and NAS for storing music and videos.

It's a boxless, super-flash, hyper-converged world: But what'll we do for BULK STORAGE?

Andy Howarth

Can't see this happening in proper corporate environments any time soon for two reasons:

1. How many large organisations actually run their own infrastructure rather than outsourcing to HP, CSC, TSys etc? Most of these have no incentive to move data to the cloud

2. How many large organisations know enough about their data to feel safe moving it to the cloud? With so little known about what is actually sat on all the disk arrays the safest option is to leave it where it is. Particularly in industries where they are regulatory or information protection considerations

Getting it right on the second attempt: Sony Xperia Z1

Andy Howarth

I've been a bit of a phone tart in the last year, Xperia Arc, Lumia 800, Asus Fonepad, iPhone 3GS - after I dropped the Fonepad and then back to the Arc before getting a Z1 in early October.

I almost went for a Z Ultra but after doing the whole Dom Joly thing with the Fonepad decided that the Z1 is about as big as a pure phone needs to be. Battery life is impressive, the screen is OK and it's certainly rugged. It even survived being dropped down the toilet by No.1 son.

The biggest downside was making sure my two kids realised that mine is the only waterproof phone in the house before they dunk test my wife's iPhone 5.

Everything Everywhere's 4G: Why I'm sitting this one out

Andy Howarth

Re: "the communications equivalent of the change the jet engine made over steam".

Sorry to be a pendant but there was one train that used a jet engine. The prototype of the Advanced Passenger Train was powered by a gas turbine. It was a feat of British engineering that tilted round corners 20+ years before the Penadildos entered service but it had enough teething problems that BR scrapped it and stuck with the HST instead.

Not exactly the staggering mythical success that EE have in mind I think.

They may of course be thinking warships in which steam has been replaced by gas turbines but again not exactly a commercial success.

UK's first Stealth fighter in successful catapult test

Andy Howarth

Typhoon with a tailhook?

If we're tied in to buying more Typhoons than we need then how difficult would it be to beef up the undercarriage and fit an arrestor hook? OK maybe folding wings too.

I'm not an aircraft designer so am perfectly willing to accept it might be impossible or stupidly expensive but has it even been considered?

I'm sure BAE could find a way to do it if the alternative was us buying Rafales. We could offer them a deal that we'll finish both carriers with EM catapults if they can do that and convert the Typhoons for less than the cost of the alternatives.

So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

Andy Howarth

Have to agree

Agree wholeheartedly but I think that Market Forces would also be a good choice. City types ramming each other off the road in Docklands :)

DARPA aims to make renewable power practical at last

Andy Howarth

Add the mass onsite

Maybe a complete flywheel with that kind of mass would be a problem but what about the skeleton of one that then has additional mass added.

Hesco bastions are a good example of this where what's transported is merely a container that's filled with earth, rubble etc on site.

I admit, there are lots of issues around balancing etc but to me converting it to some sort of kinetic or potential energy makes most sense.

Latest military-research boon: Game interface to rule them all

Andy Howarth


Is this not just a case of DARPA showing Avatar one too many times in the works canteen?


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