* Posts by a_milan

26 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Apr 2013

Intel's 10th-gen Core family cracks 5GHz barrier with H-series laptop processors


Did anyone say *when* these will be available in consumer products?

Please stop talking vaporware as if it is actually available in quantity in actual products... (as opposite of AMD)

Windows 10 Slow Ring update strides confidently into 2020


Windows 10 from 2004.... sounds about right given its quality and stability!

Dollar for dollar, crafting cryptocurrency sucks up 'more energy' than mining gold, copper, etc


What about the costs off transport, smelting, waste disposal?

*coin cost is all-inclusive - perhaps a full cost calculation, from raw ore thru refined metal is more relevant for comparison.

Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!


"Almost every tool is the best one for something (even perl and javascript, I'm told)."

But one tool is best for almost everything (perl, I'm told).

Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read


Did they also build potholes?

Manholes with stolen covers? Occasionally with a tree branch inserted to highlight it?

Bus stop grooves? Speed bumps? Really vicious near-square ones?

How long is a googlemobile suspension expected to last anyway? Or do they intend to make it go soooo slooow so as not to make any difference?

If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware still on top?


Re: Why Hyper-V is a non-starter in all situations

For me, this was the point of the article - virtualization is solved problem, management is the next battlefield. And so far MS SCxxx is what's killing Hyper-V.

From what I've seen (in a mixed shop, half Linux/Unix, half Windows), you need 60% more Windows sysadmins for comparable server landscape. on virtualization, Hyper-V seemed to take at least 100% more work compared to VMWare - we had it for 4 years but killed it off because of this.

Major difference is that Linux guys typically also do SAN, backup and storage, so turn out to be at least 100% more effective for the money. There are such multitasking Windows guys (and gals) but those are much much rarer beasts.

Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts


Banks (and Apple) must be accountable for fraud

As nicely pointed out by Bruce Schneier a while ago (https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/2005/0415.html#2), until the financial institutions are held accountable for fraud, there won't be an incentive for them to build proper user data protection and identity verification.

In this case Apple should take some share of responsibility but it seems their mechanism is reasonably safe, and far above what banks are doing.

'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...


Re: Copyright "strength" is irrelevant

... or reform copyright to make it only assignable to individual humans as authors for a strictly limited time (20-50 years).

Make it non-transferrable as well, and retroactively make all transferred copyrights invalid.

There you have, free artist with power to control their own work.

Only it won't happen. So all copyright MUST be abolished, since it is nowadays the primary tool of corporate oppression.

Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays



... a scientific proof that XIV is the right idea.

REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff


This nicely encapsulates all of Apple support.

Spent two hours on the phone trying to have my account details changed, with several escalations, and the whole outcome? Retards blocked the account. Lost all the settings and high scores.

Thankfully I didn't buy anything from the store, and with this experience most probably never will.

Important is that every time time they f**ck something up they say "Are you happy for me to ...." No I'm not happy, unless you solve my problem. But latter is not part of the script.

You know what today's movies need? More drones


Aren't most movies cpu-driven nowadays anyway?

How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'


It should be noted...

...a part from HTC, no other vendor actually improved on stock Android.

Add operator pressure, awful software bundles, and typically no updates within phone's lifetime, and Silver starts looking like a real good deal.

Apart from HTC, again, but it didn't pay off to them...

Don't let the SAN go down on me: Is the storage array on its way OUT?


Re: Is the SAN on it's way out?

Spot on - properly sized and bought midrange storage nowadays along with a SAN and some VMware can do lots of stuff very very cost-effectively.

Achieving the same kind of performance, ease of management, predictability and utilization with any other technology is simply not possible, IMO.

Ten gig ethernet is still way off on ease of configuration and management; you need a separate LAN for data traffic, separate settings (jumbo frames anyone?), etc. etc. Adapter prices are comparable these days and Cisco switches easily beat 8G FC on price per port (which is ridiculous), add to that essential non-understanding of data traffic issues from LAN admins and you have a firm business case for SAN.

How many people are willing to put it down on paper is sadly a different matter altogether.

Skyera unveils rival-crushing 21PB-a-rack flash monster


Re: Apart from the NSA...

Correct, you can already store all the porn in the world in one array (in HD) - this resolves the issue of "how many streams can you run concurrently?"

Optical archival system - where to buy from?


+1 for LTO

Grab a LTO4 or 5 drive, and change to every other generation.

The real question is how much data you want to back up, what backup/restore granularity you need and what software you will use to index it all

HDD's are simply too big to be practical, difficult to remove with a consistent backup set and a total lottery if they will spin up when you need the data afterwards.

In this respect, MO is probably the best, but too expensive per GB and availability of a working drive 15 years hence is probably zero.

So LTO remains the "sweet spot" - reasonable capacity per-tape, tapes can be removed and stored elsewhere, cheap and quick. Question is, can Drobo feed a LTO drive?

Crimelords: Stolen credit cards... keep 'em. It's all about banking logins now


Re: Lazy users,Lazy politicians

Microsoft almost single-handedly created market for third-grade developers with Visual toolbox that promotes learning lists of functions by heart (remember MFC? or .Net?) instead of understanding the underlying issues.

Unfortunately nowadays majority of commercial software is written by underpaid people who just can't be expected to be concerned with anything but delivering the minimal required functionality with absolute minimum of effort. Yay IT industry!

Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play cricket


Thanks - it's always refreshing to see such a well researched and referenced article!

Eye spy future HP Moonshot server nodes


It's hard for me to see the purpose of stuff like this - if you want/need performance, you go with HPC stuff, whatever is flavour of the day there.

If you need cheap web and DB servers, buy only a few and virtualize.

In either case, the combination of slow(ish) CPU and limited memory makes little sense.

Am I missing something?

PC makers REALLY need Windows 8.1 to walk on water - but guess what?


Re: since 2007

Major problem today - can't get anything near as good as the screen you have in that "old" LT.

Instead of improving the parts you actually use (screen, keyboard, RAM) manufacturers have been bled dry by Wintel duopoly.

The sooner they're both gone, the better for manufacturers and customers alike. Sadly.

Huawei unwraps Ascend P6: World's slimmest smartphone


Re: Looks good!

>> I just do not understand why it's so hard to get a laptop with a resolution better than 1366x768 for around £500 or less

I guess for a couple reasons, bearing in mind that screen is probably the most expensive single component within a laptop:

1. Wintel tax has brought actual manufacturer's profits to near 0, so they have to make some money anywhere

2. Microsoft has as yet failed to bring its OS into late 20th century by auto-scaling fonts and UI in accordance with display's physical size as opposed to pixel count

3. MS is trying to present their crap as value-add, although they haven't input any value in IT for the past 10 years - so the laptops must cost 1000+

CIA spooks picked Amazon's 'superior' cloud over IBM


Just to recap - out of five technical areas, Amazon is judged slightly better at 3, really better at 1 (but a "demo" should not really count for much) and IBM is slightly better at 1.

Justifying 50% higher price on such evaluation would not hold water with any semi-competent procurement department. Or the tech guys are unable to write a proper RFQ, just know which toy they want?

BT links with Huawei raise national security concerns, say MPs


Re: They are merely copying the Americans

Completely correct.

And if the Parliament (and their worldwide counterparts) are so concerned about security of their citizen's data, why not look into eg. Microsoft, a known security hole generator and proven snooper of supposedly private communications?

After all, they still fully control over 90% of places where data is being generated, viewed or analyzed, Huawei is nowhere near that kind of dominance.

New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for


Nice phone, pity about the UI

....just what I've felt with Lumia (granted, 820).

Upgraded to 4-year-old HTC with Android after a month or so with Lumia. Great hardware, lovely camera, bright screen.... but everything software is backwards:

- can't get a good free ebook reader

- no file browser

- you must use skydrive to store your stuff

- if yiou get multiple apps for the same thing, each app downloads a separate copy of the file (if it manages to be compatible with it in the first place)

So it's back to Android and Aldiko, thankyouverymuch

ZX Spectrum cassette player lost? There's an app for that


If only

... the iPhone had a tiny hole for a screwdriver to "tune" the tape head....

Think enterprise software is complex? Check out the licences


Forgot Microsoft?

Microsoft deserves a (dis)honourable mention in this article - just try to work out what you owe them, especially if you try to run any kind of application on Windows server in VMware...

As many posters agreed, all of these licensing schemes are designed only to maximize profit and wrangling space and try to make tie-ins look more palpable.

For example, to a CFO or just about anyone outside IT it would seem that MSFT and ORCL offer competitive virtualization platform, whereas in reality they're simply not worth the asking price.

Microsoft nominally gives Hyper-V for 0, however you must license Windows Server Data center edition, plus SCVMM if you want to actually use it, plus maybe you need SPLA (maybe not), maybe you need External Connector (maybe not)... . the list is effectively infinite and changes every 6 months or so, yet the value delivered is far less than VMware Enterprise+.

Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?


It's hard to remember which came first - crappy Apple players or crappy music production values...

I do remember being astonished that my friend's then-shiny-new iPod sounded like a normal cassette vs. CD when compared with Sony Walkman phone. And that with same headphones and same tune.

Ten years later, all music is produced to iStuff quality standards, and there we are.

Although being totally honest, Beats are decent headphones - I got a pair and although they can't replace Shure's that I broke, they aren't half bad either.