* Posts by alcockell

10 posts • joined 24 Jun 2011

Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children


Re: There do seem to be a lot of Chromebook haters on here...

Easy - you go with citrix or similar and run virtual desktops.

CIOs, IT chiefs: ARRGH! What do you MEAN, HR just bought 400 iPads and didn't tell us


The other option - bring 'em all into a virtual desktop environment (like good ol' XenDesktop) - which IS under iT's control.

BAM! iPads are terminals - just running Citrix receiver...

BBC's Digital Moneypit Initiative known to be 'pile of dung' for years


Re: exceeds the annual budget of BBC4 and CBeebies put together

A good chunk of BBC4's budget would be music rights esp for fridays...

Look ma, no plugins! Streaming web video with just JavaScript


Re: Interesting

Except that Javascript libraries are compiled onto every chipset out there - as opposed to being tied to a toolchain that hasn't been compiled to less-used CPUs.

Ask PowerPC-based Mac owners who were left out in the cold when Adobe dumped that CPU's support after Flash 10.0, then the Beeb updated iplayer to need 10.2.

Infinite loop: the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story


Re: 3 inch disc

You might be thinking of a drive type that was released during the same timeframe - the BBC Micro had the Phloopy.


I remember Ian Macnaught-Davis reviewing these on Making The most of the Micro back in the day..

Microsoft Flash FLIP-FLOP: it's now IE10 default for Win8, WinRT


Re: will see more of this

Not just p0rn.

One big showstopper is BBC iPlayer.

Blinkbox to sell Game of Thrones series 2 by stream


Re: Unwatchable

Yeah - I noticed the same when I tried to stream it on my LG telly either after 9am, or outside 4-7pm...

Tried again today - still buffering like crazy. Suspect their CDN isn't man enough at the mo.. and they really need to get content close to users (as in CDN edge kit in ISP datacentres and on their core nets a la BBC). Especially as streaming to TVs require 2Mbps throughput...

Already logged with my ISP and with Blinkbox themselves.

BBC gives itself a gold in 700Gbit-a-second Olympic vid sprint


Re: Freeview

Go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/olympics - they have all the footage available until Jan 13 2013.

Google warns against ISPs hard on web filth


Non-technical proponents still thinking per-user authentication

Could it be the case that most of the proponents of this (the nontechnical ministers/MPs etc are still thinking in terms of per-user authentication? Still in a Prestel/AOL-type mindset, where IIRC there would be an admin user and other linked accounts with the rights managed by the account-holding "admin" user? And each user would establish a connection, log in as themselves, then kill the session at the end?

Not realising that with a router-to-router account, multiple comms paths and sessions are riding that? Could this misunderstanding be evidenced by how they talk about "logging onto Internet"?

While filtering to mobiles is technically feasible - this is only because the mobile phone is essentially a single-user device, so a SIM card identifies a specific named user, as opposed to a network pipe (which is the lowest level of granularity you have on a router's login name and password). Hence the only place you can feasibly implement per-user authentication and filtering is at the customer's end. Would also mean maintaining RADIUS authent on the local Wifi access point.

I suppose this could be designed into a local product... but it means understanding about running and administering local networks. Although an out-of-the-box solution could be developed and marketed...

Wired router - content filter - small domain controller/authent server - wifi access point. DHCP handled by the wired router...

S'pose what throws the more "paranoid" or less technical users was that initially the walled-garden providers (AOL etc) initially rode the phone line, then just rode a TCP/IP substrate. but people still logged in with their "screen name".

DRM-free music dream haunts Apple's app-store lock-in


Offer multiple-client licences...

... and maybe you have a point.

What IS annoying is how outside business and critical systems software, multiple-licence packs are not easily obtained. If the option was there to be able to legitimately get a 3- or 5-user pack for games, and possible to install them on networks rather than requiring the CD/DVD to be mounted all the time..

Running Call of Duty in a youth group is currently a real hassle when you want to keep the install media away from kids...


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