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Didn't Facebook try to get everyone to use its service for messaging by giving all users an email address? How well did this take off with its end users...?
Hint: It didn't. They dropped the service a while ago.
Microsoft exams are far too much "tell us how Microsoft views the world"
All vendor courses and exams I've been on have been like this. I've generally been fortunate and had honest trainers who say "The vendor says X, but in the real world it's Y."
In test for SQL certifications we ask you to actually create an SQL query
Really? It's taken them this long to come up with this ground breaking idea?
Support, support, support
The number 1 problem with Cisco's DevNet is support.
The developer forums are like a barren wasteland with people asking questions and no-one providing answers. No Cisco employees hang out there and few other people are able to answer questions. (Contrast this to the main support forums with plenty of helpful people and Cisco employees)
You can log a support call with Cisco: Providing you pony up $2,000 for the entry level developer support. When you do manage to pry the credit card out of the boss's hand and log a support call, they're not fast at getting back to you. It feels like the support engineers know no more than the customer.
Their API documentation isn't bad - except for the documents that require over 2GB of free RAM to open.
Re: There is a reason that competent USENET programmers ...
"Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them."
Circuit switched data
This all sounds suspiciously like circuit switched data to me. I thought Ethernet was to replace circuit switched data as it was simpler & cheaper?
I wonder how long it is before they decide to use 53 byte packets ;-)
5 seconds of fame
From the release notes of the very first portable version of LibreSSL:
"This is intended as an initial release to allow the community to start using and providing feedback"
I think this corner case bug is more feedback on a .0 release of a piece of software rather than a massive security scare.
At least the LibreSSL people took the bug report and fixed it within a reasonable time frame.
Remember people: Writing security & cryptographic code is hard. Very hard.
The 13 TeV setup will ... collect as much as 150 times as much data as the previous 8 TeV configuration.
Why will the 13TeV setup collect more data? Are the detectors upgraded? Will it run longer than the 8TeV setup did?
10 & 40Gb/s are already in the market. The 25Gigabit alliance website doesn't really say much (Other than a press release)
Not sure how far off 100Gb/s is.
Vulnerable individual is a generic term to mean not just an under-18, but someone (possibly over 18) with learning difficulties.
Grumpy old git
Is it me, or does most of this just sound gimmicky, designed for those with more money than sense?
I can't see that any of these "toys" are going to make you a better/faster/safer cyclist. About the only useful gadget is a cycle computer for monitoring basics like distance, speed, climbs, etc.
Facebook has doubtless built a rig tuned to Instagram's needs, so it is probably not reasonable to draw a conclusion that AWS can't keep up with the house of Zuckerberg's data centre skills.
Er, no. Facebook has an infrastructure and software stack tuned it's particular workload. Amazon is just providing generic compute (& storage) infrastructure.
Reinventing the wheel
Those of us with long enough memories will remember that one of the reasons Firefox was forked from the Mozilla browser, was that Mozilla was based off the large behemoth that was Netscape Communicator. Firefox's claim was that it was lean and fast: All extraneous features were stripped out.
How long before they add an IMAP/POP email client inside Firefox and complete the circle?
"Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes"
How much of this is for Google to guarantee bandwidth, and how much to make it harder for the spooks to intercept the data?
I believe that in the early days the regulations said each operator had to run their own network. I believe it was to encourage service differentiation and competition. It's only recently that things like mast sharing (and then network sharing) has been allowed.
So who is funb? The board of fun?
If only there was a link with every El Reg article where you could submit corrections such as these...
The assumption of espionage was given further weight because attackers added slight delays to the time between the issuance and execution of the victim's trades
Personally, I feel all trades should have an minimum delay.
Re: It's not "magic".
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"
(c) Arthur C Clarke.
D'you think they grow magic mushrooms on their magic island?
That could be the Jabber presence stuff. That comes with a Lync connector out of the box,
Re: Cisco leading in the VoIP market?
Cisco doesn't play in the low-end VoIP arena (Well, they try to with CallManager Express, but..) They're strength is in the larger arena e.g. 1K+ endpoints. (Out of the box it scales to 40K endpoints and CallManager can scale to 100K+ endpoints if you ask Cisco nicely)
Is Cisco as cheap as Snom, Asterix, etc? No.
With Cisco, you're paying for the management ecosystem, in built high availability and access to their 24x7 support (Which, when your system is down, actually works!)
Most of the handsets are quite nice too. (Well, we'll forget about the 69xx series - something Cisco are trying to do very quickly too!)
Disclaimer: I run a large CallManager system.
Re: Cisco + collaboration standards?
To be fair, all of Cisco's collaboration kit started out as a buy in. Cisco didn't write CallManager, etc.
What Cisco are doing, is buying all these products in and gluing them together.
Oh, and you do know the 7937 (Polycom based conference phone) is now End Of Sale and has been replaced by the 8831 (Cisco designed)...
There are lies, dammed lies and statistics...
If it's handset independent, it's a great feature. Now, will it require replacing all the existing base station controllers, or is it just a software upgrade?
Re: Missing from the list...
Just remember that Unify/Siemens have just said goodbye to a large amount of staff.
You can get WebEx as an on premise solution if you don't want to use the cloud.
Re: Combo Upate
The way MS/Windows handles lots of patches really narks me off. Why do they make it so painful to re-install Windows and get it up to date with patches? Can't all their engineering brains sort this mess out?
My PC's not working...
Re-told to me by a support desk person...
User: My PC's not working.
Helpdesk: Are there any lights on the front?
User: No, and nothing happens when I press the power button.
Helpdesk: Can you check the PC is plugged into the wall and is switched on at the wall?
User: It's hard to see round the back as it's quite dark now the lights have gone off...
"Protests aren’t the answer"
Er, aren't protests one of the basic ways a group can express their unhappiness over a matter to those in power?
@Cliff - Re: You could be right
There you go, using common sense and real numbers. You'll never make it in the financial world.
These investors aren't going to make their money by the company making money. They'll make their money by flogging off their shares to more gullible idiots.
Re: Solving telemarketers
All that blocking calls with no CLI will do, is expand the use of fake CLIs (That's calls which have a CLI that is not a valid dialable number) These usually originate from overseas. OFCOM need to add a rule which says that calls with UK CLI must originate in the UK.
That way, for most people, you block/ignore anonymous & international calls. I know this isn't perfect, but no anti-spam system is perfect.
Since anonymous call blocking became a bit more mainstream, I've seen more UK companies transmit some sort of number; Usually a non-geographic number. (The only except being the local police: They insist on sending no CLI. Grrrr....)
Race to the bottom
The UK mobile carriers are engaged in a race to the bottom. They're doing all they can to cut costs to reduce tariff prices. But in the process they're cutting money to the rest of the business (customer service, billing, tech support, etc) Even the spend on network upgrades and expansion is as little as they can get away with.
Re: It's a sinking ship
It's been taking on water for a long time....
Re: Its all about blame
As an IT executive with in house IT, when sometime goes wrong, you can pull staff from (almost) anywhere to chip in and get things working again. If you treat your staff well, they may even offer to work silly hours to help you and the company out.
As an IT executive with outsourced IT, you can fire off ranty emails (and swear down the phone if you're lucky) and....?
I the days before "cloud", and when Novel were still alive, they had a tool (in beta) which allowed you to run commands on all your NetWare servers at once. It was useful, but then Novel wiped the tool from the face of the planet. I did some asking around, and was told that Novel pulled it because it was too easy to use and too many customers were shooting themselves in the foot with it. I was heard tales of people deleting NDS from every server in the tree with the tool. Ouch!
I feel sorry for that poor sysadmin. It's going to be a while before they get over this. The only glimmer of hope, is that Joyent don't sound like they're going to hang the sysadmin out to dry.
Have a beer to drown your sorrows.
At the lower end, I could see a MacBook Air with an ARM CPU being an interesting idea. But ARM isn't know for it's higher performing CPUs, so the higher end MacBook Pros and all the desktop Macs I can't see moving to ARM. As others have mentioned, by having an ARM CPU machine, you would also loose the ability to run Windows on the machine.
Also, running your O/S on multiple CPU architectures, and persuading your ISVs to write their apps for both CPU architectures doesn't doesn't sound easy. I know iOS and MacOS are based on the same kernel, but there's more to an O/S than just a similar kernel (Just ask all the Linux distributions!)
IMHO, the best way to make this fly would be to get the Transmeta people they took over to crank out ARM/x86 translation tools.
All hail the Nokia 6310i!!
Security Vs Usability
The trade-off between security and usability is never easy. From what the article says, it seems BMW have made a fair attempt at trying to make the system secure, but easy to use by non-nerds.
Is it perfect? No. (But is any security system perfect?)
Is it hideously broken? No.
The company plans to rebuild the forum on a different software platform.
Am I the only person to read that as:
"We knew the forum software we were using was shonky, but as it was just our user forums we just couldn't be bothered to fix it."
Battery, battery, battery.
I'd have thought that battery life to run the GSM/3G modem would kill this.
My unqualified suggestion for the best way for a smart watch to work, would be to run it as a dumb* device for an existing smartphone. That way you keep the power requirements as low as you can in such a small device, and do all the heavy lifting on the paired smartphone which has a larger battery and better screen & keyboard.
* By dumb I mean not running any apps, and with minimal i/o. Think Bluetooth headset on your wrist with a simple low power display and a couple of buttons.
Re: about to deploy a few containers
No obvious way to "vmotion" a container to another host(I believe it's not possible)
I believe there are several projects aiming to either migrate a process to another kernel (i.e. host) or write a process and its state to disc, and then restore it later on.
However, I have no idea if they're actually usable....
Re: Oo Exciting..
The advantage of containers over full virtualisation is overhead. There's less overhead with a container, and they can often be created quite quickly. With virtualisation, to create a new instance you have to do a full O/S installation. (OK, things like templates can improve this)
Re: Back to the Future?
Virtualisation abstracts the hardware from the operating system (kernel). The O/S thinks it's running all on its own, but the virtualisation is simultaneously running multiple (different) kernels. (Para virtualisation actually requires the guest O/Ss to be adjusted to run under virtualisation. In this case, the O/S has a vague understanding that it doesn't actually have exclusive use of the hardware)
*nix containers are a step up from normal process isolation, further isolating processes from each other. Normally, all processes see the same file system, can see all processes running on the kernel, share the same user accounts (e.g. root), etc. Containers isolate processes so that they have their own directory tree, list of visible processes, user IDs (e.g. different root account), etc. BUT all these processes are running within the same kernel instance. The kernel just sees them as a group of processes. The kernel can place limits on their use of the hardware (e.g. Memory, CPU, disk & network I/O)
With virtualisation, you can patch & reboot each system independently. In containers, because they share the same kernel, you have to shutdown all the containers to patch & restart the kernel. (Although projects like kSplice are trying to do away with that need)
So he's sold some Cisco shares at $24 a pop, yet bought another load of shares at $17 a pop. If you could make a 40% profit, wouldn't you?
I accept his total number of shares has shrunk, but maybe he's looking towards his retirement and wants to liquidate his assets? After all, if you have a large number of shares, selling them slowly is a much better way than dumping the lot in one go.
Data reduction only works if you know what to throw away.
I've read several times where researchers re-analysised old data, and made new discoveries.
My Browser/OS/Whatever is better than yours
Oh PLEASE can we stop this whole "Don't use that, it's buggy, use this" ranting. It feels like I'm standing in a primary school play ground.
All software, whether open source, closed source, old or new has bugs.
Where's the Moderatrix when you need her?
Re: Tracking users
Maybe the government should be involved in this? They could set up some national agency relating to security and that agency could keep tabs on what everyone is doing.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes
So we're all to implement systems and controls to restrict what sys admins do. That's all fine and dandy.
But who's going to monitor the people giving out the rights to sys admins? Who's going to monitor the logs of all the sys admin activity?
The more complex you make access control and security, the more likely it is going to be turned off or worked around. (I've seen this *so* many times over the years)
Somewhere along the line, you're going to have to trust these pesky "humans" to only do what they're told.
- WPC Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
- Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs
- X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture
- Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?
- Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?