* Posts by carrera4life

24 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Sep 2011

HPE crams unloved software down Brits' throats – then charges them $9bn to swallow it


Re: HP's """machinations"""

So you've sold them?

Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!


Its only taken 40 years (approx)


Spirit of the Ghost: Taking a Rolls-Royce Wraith around France


It's a tank with a once reverved badge.

A Rolls Royce should be the epitome of taste.

This BMW does not count.

Oracle plugs socket numbers on DIY Standard Edition



Threads, cores and sockets. They are not interchangeable.

The new restriction, if applied to , say, a T5-2 (2sockets, 16cores per socket, 8 threads per core), means I can run Oracle SE-2 on said system. However, I cannot now run two T5-2 in a 2 node RAC.

(Hmm... One would have to use a T4-1.... or something with only a single SPARC socket...

... http://www.oracle.com/us/products/servers-storage/servers/sparc-enterprise/migration/m7-next-gen-sparc-presentation-2326292.html)

"When licensing Oracle programs with Standard Edition One, Standard Edition 2 or Standard Edition in the product name, a processor is counted equivalent to a socket; however, in the case of multi-chip modules, each chip in the multi-chip module is counted as one occupied socket. "

There, clear as daylight, right?

"Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 may only be licensed on servers that have a maximum capacity of 2 sockets. When used with Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 may only be licensed on a maximum of 2 one-socket servers. In addition, notwithstanding any provision in Your Oracle license agreement to the contrary, each Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 database may use a maximum of 16 CPU threads at any time. When used with Oracle Real Application Clusters, each Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 database may use a maximum of 8 CPU threads per instance at any time. The minimums when licensing by Named User Plus (NUP) metric are 10 NUP licenses per server."

It's not restricted to "2 threads"

Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope


Free energy.

i would like to see less reliance on Middle East oil, and for that reason alone, an alternative energy source to power personal transportation is welcomed.

I just do not see that moving from oil to electricity is going to be cheaper in the long run; the increase in electricity generation will require significant investment in generation and delivery capabilities. Once the switch is made, the cost will increase as that is where companies and governments will extract their fees.

Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit


A Porsche spider (sic)

There used to be an independent garage close to me that imported various old Porsches from California. Fairly often they included spiders. Which type you ask ....black widows.....fun finding them all....

VR rift OPENS UP: Total Recall Technologies hurls lawsuit at Facebook's Oculus


Re: At last! The business use case for VR

Can't think what to say...

*plugh* or *xyzzy*


Am I the only person here who remembers "Virtuality" (the UK company launched with a valuation of £80m back in the '90s) that produced, amongst various products, a VR headset?

Odd that these two US companies are slugging it out; I wonder if a third will enter the fray and scoop the prize from their grasp.

(I invested, lost it all)

LOOK OUT, Brits – is that a Facebook LASER-GUN drone above us?

Thumb Down

Just because....

Just because it's perfectly possible to push a pea up a hill with one's nose, it doesn't mean this is the most sensible approach.

(Apologies to Christopher Strachey)

US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf


Re: USS Ponce

My next door neighbour was chief petty officer on HMS Hermione and as part of the Royal Navy's family day, I was fortunate enough to spend the day on board, mostly in the ops room. Firing blank rounds from the mortars was amazing, as was the "attack" fly by of the harriers...

You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an immense heaven


Re: quadrillion?

The clue should be in the name; quad million ergo 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

But for some reason we now all defer to *that* other numbering scheme.

The Greeks got it right :-)

Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6


Re: Good @ Yet anotheranon.....

Fancy his parents naming him Dick Pick....

MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines


Re: Is it me?

You must be kidding. Most banks offer below 1% on savings; those accounts that offer 2% are capped with respect to the amount of cash one can deposit.

Dixons selling £68k gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire iPhone for Xmas



If sold to an oil sheik, Russian oligarch or premiership footballer, then cheap at half the price. What other way is there to extract money from these people so as to ensure that funds spread downwards through society?

When individuals horde their wealth, we all become poorer as a consequence. I say double the price.

US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes



What gets me is that, here we have an individual that chose to work in the security industry within both the CIA and NSA and yet is concerned by both organisations activities even though both are known for what they are.

How did he pass vetting? Was it his intention to infiltrate from the beginning? If one signs the official secrets act (or the US equivalent) then this is binding and any contravention is seen as breaking the law.

Astroboffins to search for mega-massive alien power plants


Re: Danger

Too late! I am Morninglight Mountain

Android spat loser Oracle ordered to toss Google some change


oracle and sun Microsystems.

twice in 2 days you've referred to Sun Microsystems as a subsidiary of Oracle; the company that was once Sun Microsystems ceased to exist following the acquisition by Oracle. there is no such subsidiary.

Oracle pumps out Q4 financials in premature release: See? We're OK


Re: and Itanium is dead

Unless there is a cast iron commercial agreement stating that software vendor X will support hardware vendor Y's chip set, isn't it up to X to decide what platforms its software will run on?

I always thought software companies chose hardware platforms on the likelihood that someone would actually buy both the hardware and the software; if no one buys the hardware, why would I care about the software?

I can't sue Sainsbury's simply because they stop selling my favorite product; I'd need a contract to be able to do that.

Number 10 shuts wallet on closed-source IT projects


"The government has convinced the CESG, which sets security standards in government, to address this issue with a statement saying open source as a category is no more or less secure than closed proprietary software."

What makes you believe that CESG thinks *any* software is secure? All this says is that CESG will apply the same rigorous standards irrespective of where the software originates, it says nothing in favour of open source derived software.

Facebook ninjas scale wall, pluck iPhone techies from Apple's garden


Re: Facebook smartphone

I can live without a Facebook phone, heck, I live without Facebook.

Facebook underwriters accused of hiding forecast


Re: Look on the bright side

FB makes... hmm, nothing. It's an vehicle for *advertising*. I have no intention of sharing my private details just so that i can be targeted by commercial organisations.

Apple, Microsoft and Intel *all* make real products, something FB doesn't .

Facebook's Googly IPO delivers on Sun man's vision



Never heard of it..

GCHQ code-breaking challenge cracked by Google search


So what...

So Google found the page that offers you the chance to APPLY for a position. You can rest assured that even if you used Google to find this page, it will be of little help once you're asked to demonstrate your abilities.

I really do not see what all the fuss is about.

Oracle rises for Unix server push


Re: Matt Bryant

He's passed out on the floor...