* Posts by Turtle_Fan

236 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Dec 2010


Cache 'n' carry: What's the best config for your SSD?


Re: The best SSD config is SAS RAID controllers with SSD as cache

Oh learn to read man.

Where did I ever say that a controller failure results in data loss?

And spare the storage101 lecture for those who need it.


Re: The best SSD config is SAS RAID controllers with SSD as cache

I don't know if you're being silly or purposefuly negative for no reason.

Let's see...

RAID: What do you think is the array on the OCZ if not a RAID array of user replace-able flash memory modules?

LSI: What do you think binds everything together and keeps it going? An LSI SAS controller on top of everything.

And if you cared to look at the specs you'd see that there's anything from 15% to 30% overprovision of flash versus the nominal capacity.

So under which scenario is your combo any more resilient than the OCZ? If the controller card goes you're in trouble just as you'd be with OCZ (the data still gets preserved in both cases). If any of the disks packed up then you'd have resilience just as you'd have on the OCZ (well up to a point in both cases).

And btw, I mention OCZ just as an example, I'm sure that there are other suppliers of similar kit.

So, if anything, don't be so hasty with personal attacks :)


Re: The best SSD config is SAS RAID controllers with SSD as cache

Save yourself all this complexity and cost.

A good OCZ Z-Drive v4 is all you need: 2.8 GBps sounds like more than enough even for your needs.

Screw shopping around, assembling, setting up and fine-tuning. Since money is no obstacle for you, slap one of these beauties on and away you go.



Enquiring minds would like to know...

Why is it that in all SSD-related discussions, PCI-E based versions are never mentioned.

From what I could see (and have been using) PCI-E based SSD's tend to have the best performance compared to SATA III (6 Gbps) and due to the slot, they can accommodate sizeable capacities without any space limitations.

And yet, reading the reg you'd think they don't yet exist.

(It's not for lack of demo units, is it?)

Apple CEO Cook: 'Bizarre' shareholder lawsuit a 'silly sideshow'


To me it sounds like Cook wants to continue to manage like Steve Jobs did when he would not entertain any of the investors or allow any questions to be raised and had practically carte-blanche to do as he pleased.

Well, Tim boy, life's a bitch and you ain't getting that leeway.

Is social networking good for anything more than cat pics?


LinkedIn ain't too bad

For starters I receive way less spam from LinkedIn than most other sites.

Secondly I have had some really good job offers and leads. People found me on LinkedIn but didn't contact me via LinkedIn; they used traditional methods. In fact even my current job started life as first contact on LinkedIn.

Furthermore, it surely helps me in my procurement capacity when branching out to new locales and geographies, I have a nice pool of people to solicit help from, for leads and contacts and I likewise help out wherever I can.

If you set up the mailing options properly, then spam is greatly reduced.

Finally, I just ignore recruiters that don't spend the time to contact me properly and treat me as just another entry in their sad mail merge exercise.


Multi-billion Euro broadband fund obliterated by EU budget cut


DCMS Press Release Translated in Proper English

"We were hoping to give you a frank commentary and our views on the matter but then we had phone calls from 2 whips and a couple of No.10 media guys who threatened that unless we fall into line our minister is risking the naughty chair at the next cabinet.

So this is no time to be asking about axed future investment; this is the time to all come together in support of the inspirational leadership of our dear leader who can never set a foot wrong.

We sincerely hope we have not jeopardised our minister's chance for career advancement and wish you annoying journos could see what we see; everything's fine"

Amazon: We have great cash flow - it flows straight out of our hands


Question on this

So if outvoting the owners is not allowed in the UK for whatever reason, how has Murdoch been getting away with it till now? AFAIK the family is minority owner but majority managers.


We may dislike companies individually but the situation at Amazon is more or less consistent with Bezos' way of running the company. He has time and again shunned profits for the sake of expansion. His track record shows that he's usually right.

If anything, I'd characterise events as "same-old same-old" rather than either buying or a selling frenzy.

As for the profit or loss, when we're talking such marginal sums as 39M on 21B of sales, I'd hazard a guess that a lot of this structured and designed in such a way as to avoid having to pay any taxes. The loss figure is uncomfortably close to 0 be taken seriously.

I'm sure more financially gifted individuals than me could dig into their accounts find "royalty payments" or "consultancy fees" or some such gobbledygook that siphons off most of the profit.

Three years since his Sun gobble, what hath Ellison wrought?



I can see scenarios (purely fictional for now, but bear with me) where one would want to go all-in.

It definitely makes sense from a simplicity, standardisation and cost point of view. Which is why, for example, airlines of smaller size tend not to mix Airbus with Boeing craft. Similarly most air forces tend to standardise around a narrow range of platforms and engines.

On the other hand, the only way to avoid having your bank account plundered, or to be hostage to the supplier's whims is to actually be a shareholder of said supplier much in the way automotive Tier 1 suppliers feature most of their clients in their shareholder register.

Come to think of it, I'm surprised this hasn't happened already, actually.

Oracle 'fesses up: Java security flaws more than storm in teacup


"Oracle needs to take a leaf out of Microsoft's book and play nice with researchers."

Yeah right, the only thing Oracle plays nice with, is Ellison's egotism, sociopathy,vindictiveness and bank account.

Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped


Airbus side-sticks

You're both wrong I'm afraid.

The pilot can very well see the deflections and movements of the side-stick on one of the panels (the F/CTL page of the EFIS see also: http://a340gc.iradis.org/gallery/fctl_large.gif )

And don't forget that the pilots have a priority button and can wrest control from their opposite number at any time they wish.

To see a similar occasion when a stick was improperly configured and how a quick witted first officer took over and saved the day. (Google Lufthansa's "Papa-Whiskey" A320-200 incident report)


Re: @Graham Wilson


with all respect to your experience and knowledge, I think you can agree with me in saying that an electronic system can be just as thoroughly tested and just as predictable as a mechanical system provided sufficient testing is done on it.

Fly-by-wire has a multitude of other advantages apart from the main one of economy; both in civvies and military aircraft. For civvies think of Airbus and its application of normal and alternate laws to protect against load factor excesses, stalls and improve low-speed stability. In military versions fly-by-wire means that the Eurofighter can actually fly. Its design is for an inherently unstable craft that only become "fly-able" with the aid of computers which results in a extremely agile dogfighter.

Now, back to electronics, there are very specialised FMEA standards that apply to aviation and especially more os on electronics. Which is why by modern standards the electronics keeping the Airbuses aloft would be considered positively neolithic.

In summary, I don't see electronics as inherently more dangerous than any other newly introduced innovation and they should be treated as such i.e. with respect and healthy suspicion until they are proven by life.


Rare Photo

Link, or it didn't happen

Samsung demands Apple's iOS 6 source code in patent case


Re: And physical buttons

While I appreciate your frustration, which I shared till recently I must inform you that there are gloves out there (both thermal and work) that have a small patch of conducting material on the thumb and index finger ends.

Of course it's a pain and an unnecessary cost but when you next go for a pair of gloves keep it in mind.

Reuters rubbishes report rubbishing cheap iPhone rumor


Re: I can't see it... @Beau

Actually, try familiarising yourself with Merc's product line-up before spewing your bile.

The S series is anything BUT a small saloon nor is it ever intended to be in this market. The S has remained unapologetically big, mostly petrol and somewhat un-green. For its target market; it's way cool! Just ask any ambassador or limo driver.

OpenTV slaps Netflix with patent lawsuit



Where is the so called analysis in this article?

I think it's so biased that at best it should have been called opinion as analysis has some undertone of objectivity and lack of bias; whereas this sounds like Netflix's corporate counsel's reposte.

RIM is really in trouble when even Windows Phone 8 looks great

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Re: MDM != BES


Well guess what, this is one of the 3 main reasons (IMO) that users ditched BB as soon as they were given half a chance. Users don't care for the granularity you treasure because most likely it will mean that some bored IT busybody will decide to lockdown some obscure feature that users will find (to their surpise and disgust) they need but cannot have.

Bluetooth profiles and services anyone!?


@ "life in the IT management department..."

This is one of the 3 main reasons for BB's demise.

1. Severely underpowered handsets (sucked at multimedia, didn't do Wireless AP tethering till years after the competition, FC's on large heavy webpages due to insufficient memory)

2. Kinda sucky app store were everything is overpriced

3. An IT administrator's wet dream. Unfortunately, IT is (for better or for worse) seen as a necessary evil dealings with which are best minimised. Pity that It is no longer seen as an enabler, value-multiplier, facilitator that can unlock peoples' and enterprises' potential. Let's face it this very fine-tuned tampering with the device (bluetooth blocking, anyone?) just pissed users off and most were only too happy to ditch them.

I, despite being with Android, still yearn for a qwerty handset with the build quality, battery life and holster features of a BB. Alas, I'm in the minority as nearly no qwerty Androids are produced any more. As for the battery life, I begin to suspect that the reason for BB endurance was the (largely) absense of much of anything "smart".

85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one


If retails is anything to go by, the machines that still sport Win7 sell at a premium to the newer arrivals with Win8.

At least in the States.

Apple brand channels hefty profits to iThing maker Foxconn


Re: Hefty Profits!!!???

I sit corrected.

I actually got the quarterly figure and used it over the three-quarters figures.

So you're right. Ma bad.

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Hefty Profits!!!???

In what sector is a margin of 1.3% equal to "hefty profits"?

Those results are pitiful for such a large company. But then again, given the tax planning etc. those profits may or may not be an accurate representation of the reality.

The EMS sector's typical margins are in the low singles (4%-7%) but 1% is woefull.

Hmm, I think I'll order an iPad Mini on Amazon ... Oh no I won't


On the point of cars

I admit it never occurred to me that a soft-top could ever be a selling point given that whoever I spoke to about cabriolets (and there's quite a few here in Switzerland) they all complain about soft tops and their noise at speeds above 100kmh (65mph).

And as for Porsches in general if you exclude the Cayman, I can't say I like the looks of any but that's just individual taste.


Serves Apple right....

Apple shot themselves in the foot with that mini thing.

It's pretty much like the Porsche Boxster. While the performance may be similar to the real thing and most parameters are broadly in line with the 911 the only real reason anyone buys the Boxster is because they cannot afford the 911. Consequently what all Boxsters "scream of" is Couldn't quite afford the real thing and this is what I settled for.

This may work with Porsches but don't think it'll work with the iPad.

Sometimes, backbone and principles are more important and this move will certainly contribute to undermining Apple's image long-term. I mean, Apple managed to get an iPad (any iPad, for that matter) in a comparison with a Fire, something unthinkable with the proper pads (AFAIK Amazon didn't dare go on a side-by-side comparison with either iPad2 or 3; could be wrong though).

Asus gets paid handsomely for swallowing Google's Jellybean

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It's not just Android

Jellybean and Google aside, their tablet efforts aren't half-bad and they were actually the only company that had "low-balled" their initial production runs and ended up with shortages instead of unsold stock.

And while their tablet strategy was solid, they came up with what was unanimously deemed as the best ultrabook available. And to re-inforce their point they're pushing the same beautiful form to the desktop replacement, discrete GPU segment (losing the Ultrabook name due to battery life).

Combine it with solid support, frequent updates and a minimally invasive overlay and no wonder they're on to a winner.

Larry 'Shared databases are crap' Ellison reveals shared Oracle database


Re: Poor choice of title

One of the very few times I feel genuinely embarrassed and feel like putting a sock in it.

Despite frequenting this place for years, I must have somehow missed you.


Re: Poor choice of title

Poor choice of grammar and spelling, more like.

Happy birthday, Compact Disc


A monument to FAILURE

I present thee, the CD case.

Textbook example of bad design. Fragile and infuriating to handle.

I can't think of a worse industrial design.

UK electric car funding - another subsidy for the rich say MPs


Re: Charging - The ultimate answer

Agree on a uniform battery chemistry, size and container.

Have batteries much like you have propane bottles today. Stop at any gas station, pop out your current battery, put in a freshly charged one, paying just the electricity you purchased.

- RFID keeps track of batteries

- Massive economies of scale

- On-board circuitry can alter the basic output to whatever each car needs

- Should a new chemistry or better performing battery be made available, you can still utilise it by paying an upgrade fee.

Only problem: needs government sanction as otherwise, there is insufficient motive for all suppliers to conform, plus no-one working on next-gen batteries will be too keen on standardising and opening their patents to FRAND licencing. Too precious a competitive advantage.

Google defends drowning Acer's newborn Alibaba Linux mobe


Re: Keep drinking the Kool-Aid

Actually, they're both right.

Alibaba, clearly has nothing to do with Android and only modified their O/S so that it could run some (not all) android apps. There's no issue about copying or otherwise.

Google, is right to use membership of OHA to threaten Acer. If you're a member then don't go about doing incompatible stuff.

Simple solution 1: Go the Amazon way, fork it and build it NOT using an OHA member as your OEM. (Surely there must be others willing to do the job)

Simple solution 2: Go the Samsung way, have Acer build your stuff but make your O/S distant and not overlapping with Android (a-la Bada)

P.S. Morality, ethics and values play no role whatsoever when it comes to commercial decisions whether it's Google, Apple, Microsoft or Mr. Patel's cornershop.

Google whips away card, leaves just clouds in your Wallet


The best payment system I've seen so far

is the one called "CASH" in Switzerland and basically it is using your card's chip, you can load it with a limited amount (max ~200 GBP) from any bank's ATM.

All it takes is to insert the card and the amount is deducted automatically. No PIN's, no authentication steps, nothing. OK, it's not secure as loss of the card = loss of the money but this is why the amount is limited and acceptance is also limited on things like kiosks, transport tickets and vending machines, toll booths and the like.

In my view, that's where the speed of the transaction really matters. For my less frequent transactions, gaining 10 extra seconds is not a concern at all.

Microsoft preparing for diskless Windows 8 PCs


Re: Still haven't separated OS and Data

Yep. There's no limitation to map your profile and all that goes with it (documents etc.) to network location and keep it synced and up to date.

The problem is that this is typically slower, increases network bandwidth and can lead to data loss more easily than taking regular backups of your profile. Which why the IT dept. where you are is playing it safe and not allowing you to map things that way.

The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?


Well, the first comment still stands. PC and PC-ABS and even glass fibre reinforced plastic can be very hard or scratch-proof or have many other discreet characteristics depending on the application. Hell, there's poly-amid plastics that reside inside IC engines used a timing chain runners withstanding both heat and friction.

This however, does not change the fundamental, plastic is plastic is plastic. Is it better than glass or ceramics? Could well be; depending on the application.

Amazon unveils new hi-def Kindle iPad-killers


If you are going to come in here and slag anything off, have the decency to do it under your handle.

Let's see, you say Jeff thinks that if something can be sold cheaply enough it will find buyers. Well, that makes YOU the outlier for thinking that something won't sell regardless of how low its price is.

I'm not a fan of the fire, never have been but petty people bug me even more.

Pure Stream takes on AirPlay



Call me stingy,old fashioned or whatever, but £250 is approaching Yamaha/Onkyo DSP audio/video boxes.

This looks like a glorified speaker dock with just a sliver of functionality.

How is the £250 ever justified?

Judge: Apple must run ads saying Samsung DIDN'T copy the iPad


Go judge Birss

I wrote something similar in the initial decision article but it's worth repeating.

This guy is a breath of fresh air for what is otherwise a stuffy, bland and forensic legal system. Remember he's the one that dealt with ACS Law and he practically drove them bankrupt with his decisions while setting a healthy precedent.

I just love how he goes beyond just the "letter of the law" to actually speak everyday language and pass judgements much wider than just the legal point in question at the time.

Could we have more of him?

Valve to raise Steam for Ubuntu


@AC "comparing apples and orange boxes"

Saw what you did there, nice one.

UK judge hands Samsung win for being 'not as cool' as iPad


Go judge Birss

While not a fanboi of Apple nor Android, I'm beginning to form an affection for the judge given his past record on the Andrew Crossley scam and now this.

I certainly appreciate his outspoken remarks in his decisions that seem to go well beyond the usual stale, forensic style of most official court decisions.

Vodafone to let you roam in Europe at UK prices


I agree wholeheartedly, however even the rationalisation of call charges only came about when the commission had to ram it down the tel/co's throats.

And AFAIK back when the investigation started, data where much less prevalent than today.

'Unbreakable' Samsung Galaxy Note II to take on iPhone 5


Re: I really, really love the galaxy note

Queue dark cinema scene in climactic suspense, the immortal and unsurpassed Nokia tune on extra loud and....


Ten... dual-band wireless routers


Things must be grim....

When most people need an external AP.

Here is Switzerland, swisscom hands out a very nice Pirelli router that does all of that (simultaneous 5 and 2.4, gigabit, usb/nas, telephony, voip etc.).

It works a treat, the settings can be backed up to the cloud so that they can be auto-restored upon failures. It works 24/7 on heavy torrent usage as well as in-home streaming and 2 IP cameras. No issues.

Only snag: every 2 years it dies completely but thanks to swisscom I'm on my 3rd free one so no worries there.

16GB BlackBerry PlayBook flushed away by RIM


Re: Answers...

Thanks for the answers mate :)

Snag is, even at the rock bottom prices 2 PB's are still more expensive than 1 Flyer and considering I'd want it to play nicely with the rest of the tabs in the family, I think I'll have to miss out on the PB's.


legit questio

I'm looking to pick up one of the last PB's in my local shop's stock and would like to know:

1) Does it do skype video calls?

2) Seeing as it (I think) supports android apps is there any viable vid chat app that works?

Its only usage case is a grandma keeping touch with her grandchild from 3000mi away plus light browsing and picture slideshows.

I also saw HTC's formely extortionate flyer being flogged off on the cheap so I need solid facts prior to shelving the flyer over the PB.

(As an android fan, I find it comforting that last year's bleeding edge stuff is being finally sold at reasonable prices. I mean a 7in single core flyer at the price of my transformer? No way. Hell, most of last year's solid HC tablets are still usable today, if you can find them)

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB PCI-E SSD


Re: Linux?


It apprears as one logical SAS drive and can be booted and used just like any old spinny drive. I've tested with Ubuntu, Kubuntu and formatted it under ext 2,3 and 4, no issues.

I just get the nagging feeling that maybe Ubuntu is also doing some win-like auto defrag in the background and I don't know how to disable it.


So, no change there then....

So other than price (and even that, marginally so) what is different to the Z-drives of 2010?

Nothing much, unfortunately.

Mary Meeker's top technology trends


Re: A casino, not an investment vehicle

To the AC at the first post:

Don't be skewed. For starters all newly floated stocks are unavailable for shorting for a period of time (a week to 10 days).

Secondly don't begrudge the shorts. They provide liquidity were there is none, call bluffs and prick bubbles early and most importantly a bad short can and WILL ruin you regardless of your size.

Betting/investing on derivatives can be multiples more profitable when things are good but can equally spur turbo-charged losses if you're not careful. Even naked shorting is done on margin and margin calls have been known to put firms out of business.

Steve Jobs was top of the flops, says Apple's Tim Cook


Re: There is no such thing as a "Foxconn rebranding company"

Well, Foxconn themselves claim it ( see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/23/foxconn_international_phone_division/ ).

Whether it's a tasty meme or not is a matter of preference, but in any case don't take it too personally.

Why Zuck will go soft for Facebook Phone - and rebrand Android


Re: Hmmm

Hey Harmony, as I've come to appreciate your comments over time, allow me a small correction.

What your buddy said/wrote correct and not indicative of any issue either. Newly listed stock get around a week's worth of immunity from shorts, ie no shorting for the first week or thereabouts (depending on the platform). Shorting has been allowed on FB at least since the weekend.

Which is why further drops are coming now that naked shorts are coming into play and many 400lb hedge fund gorillas have a bone to pick with FB.

Finally, I'd be very sceptical about most of the selling coming from FB-ers. Employees are typically given a moratorium of minimum 6 months that they need to keep the stock before dumping it.


Re: Hmmm - Not quite

I may have no FB stock but have been shorting it like mad last week. So you CAN make money out of FB stock.

Researchers find backdoor in milspec silicon



I don't doubt your sources but in reality just how mission critical could the components in question be?

I'd hazard a guess, not very.

And yes, those of us that depend on others' tech for our kit shouldn't be surprised when there are hitherto undisclosed vulns.

Thanks for the sources