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Comment: Re:Server 2012 already looks like Windows 8. (Score 0) 322

by Mkx (#47520955) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
OOP is, IMHO, over-rated. And you can use whatever you want from bash if built-in functionality is not (good) enough for you ... just as you can use .NET from powershell.

And don't whine at the syntax, bash inherits legacy from Thompson shell (yup, that's Ken Thompson we're talking about) via Bourne shell. And that legacy starts in 1971. And legacy is good for many things.

If you want smething more modern, you're free to use whatever interpereter language (perl, python, Tcl, Erlang, Ruby, PHP, Emacs, TeX, ...) as your default command line interpreter.

Comment: Re:Great, he's re-invented the X station of yore (Score 4, Informative) 87

by Mkx (#43279897) Attached to: Bezos Patenting 'Dumb' Tablets, Glasses, Windshields

Neither the X station nor the dumb terminal "receive pre-rendered content".

You're not entirely right. They both receive partly pre-rendered content. Dumb terminals receive data about which character they need to display at certain (relative) screen location, however the shape of characters is done by terminals. X terminals receive parts of display content pre-rendered as bitmaps, they don't invent any of contents. Indeed they don't receive exact display contents in full and every time (eg. acording to refresh rate), they need to re-assemble full display content from incremental updates received from the mainframe/X client ...

Comment: Re:Wow! (Score 1) 216

by Mkx (#41245153) Attached to: AMD64 Surpasses i386 As Debian's Most Popular Architecture

And for years, Linux was still the only mainstream OS that had good 64-bit support. The only thing holding users back were a couple of proprietary desktop applications that are now finally becoming fully obsolete. System administrators have been able to run full 64-bit Linux on their servers for what, 8 years or so.

Back in year 1999 (yup, that's full 13 years ago) I was using my desktop Linux (Red Hat Linux 5.1) on DEC alpha, which was fully 64-bit kernel and user space. We've been running Linux on some seroius DEC alpha machines instead of running DEC's own UNIX implementation (OSF/1) because it actually behaved better.

After I changed my employer in 2002, I had to downgrade to i386 version (being much more stable than amd64 at the time).

Comment: Re:Sweden: "a few cents for the infrastructure" (Score 1) 314

by Mkx (#40723275) Attached to: Fair price for an unlimited wireless data plan?
The thing is that with state-of-the-art equipment (not considering antiquated nor cutting-edge equipment) the price/performance curve tends to be flat at the low-performance part and then starts to rise towards high-performance. Meaning that at certain capacity upgrading it is not cost effective any more. At this point, one can decide either to upgrade anyhow and handle the increased price/capacity in some way (eg. charging customers more for same service) or not to upgrade and keep consumption under control.

A bit rough example: if you eat say 2 Big Mac per day, each costing you a $, why doesn't McDonalds offer you eat-all-you-can for 60$ per month? This would make their income the same as it is today, right?
Because many users would over consume and/or start throwing food away (even more than they already do). Which means that they'd have much higher costs ...

The fact is that many of heavy-users of unlimited (or nearly unlimited) plans abuse the bandwidth they've given.

Another common misconception is that telcos still pocket absurdly high profits. They do fine, but their profits dropped a lot. A decade ago, most profits in mobile telecommunications went to telcos and telecom equipment manufacturers. Only small share went to VAS providers and handset manufacturers. Recently things turned upside down: most money goes to VAS (Google et co. through advertising money) and smart handset manufacturers (Apple, Google, Samsung, ...) while less money lands n pockets of telcos and consequently telecom equipment manufacturers. One can not make real money selling infrastructure and unlimited plans are final proof of it. And to add a nail to the coffin: there are only a few telecom-grade equipment manufacturers and the competition between them is not as fierce they want us to believe. It's much less fierce than in general IT industry meaning prices are not always falling with sale volume as one would expect.

In short: as telco industry slave (I'm working for them) I can tell you that things are not nearly similar as in general IT, so one can not make direct comparisons.

Comment: Re:Sweden: "a few cents for the infrastructure" (Score 1) 314

by Mkx (#40708983) Attached to: Fair price for an unlimited wireless data plan?
You pay things metered because this is a perfect way of keeping consumption under control.

It's not actual transferred bit that costs telco. It's overall capacity that costs telco and if overall consumption is kept under a certain threshold, capacity of infrastructure can be kept lower and thus cheaper.
Did you ever notice that 100Mb ethernet switches generally cost slightly less than 1Gb ones and the 10Gb ones are quite significantly more expensive? Ethernet switch is not consumable, it's infrastructure (among other things).

Comment: Re:Sweden (Score 1) 314

by Mkx (#40708969) Attached to: Fair price for an unlimited wireless data plan?
A proper telco-grade base station consumes whole lot of electric power just to provide coverage. And some more to actually pass bits to/from users. It really depends on electricity prices, but that can raise to a few hundred euro per month. If there are only a few users with unlimited wireless broadband plan in the covered area (and thus they enjoy high speed), then their subscription only pays electricity of the base station. There's also backhaul and core network which also associate some expenses.

Those bastards telcos actually want to get their investment paid back in a decent time frame and also make some profit. Old (copper) infrastructure had paid back the investment way back, while new infrastructure (fiber, wireless) did not.

Comment: Re:50% is not necessarily a large number (Score 1) 359

by Mkx (#40683049) Attached to: Another Elon Musk Bet: Half of All Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric

If the global economy wasn't in such a precarious state, gas would be over $5/gallon *now*! In 2032, $10/gallon gas will be a fond memory.

Talk about US petrol prices. In Europe, petrol price is in vicinity of 1.50€ per litre (likely even more), which is in neighbourhood of $7/gallon.


+ - European Operators Stockpiling nano-SIMs ahead of iPhone 5 Launch->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "European telecom operators are seemingly confident that iPhone5 is going to come with the nano-SIM slot and for this reason they are stockpiling such SIM cards, as noted by Financial Times, indicating that the iPhone 4S successor’s launch is more or less round the corner. “Since Apple has succeeded in getting a newer, smaller nano-SIM standard passed, Europeans carriers are now reportedly placing orders for the tiny new chips in anticipation of the launch.” Read the report. The nano-SIM design is 40% smaller compared to current designs of micro SIM found in many smartphones."
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+ - AskSlashdot: Lack of status updates by firms a common problem?

Submitted by dsushant
dsushant (2686227) writes "Recently, I encountered a problem while seeking POI data sets. Some companies had announced plans to provide access to data. However, there was no further news & I had to contact them for updates. This led to a series of email's & expected delays.

I'm not sure how many people face this situation, leading to duplication of effort for the same updates. While I have set up a wiki (, its utility is dependent upon contributions based on similar experiences with other organizations. Do you think this is a problem worth solving?"

Comment: Re:Awful article (Score 1) 121

by Mkx (#34472462) Attached to: Australia's Outback Could Get Web Via TV Antenna
In Europe, EU commission passed a decree that we'll also have digital dividend. Frequencies between 790 and 862 MHz will be freed of TV and will be (in some countries already have been) sold for 4G mobile networks. It's a good thing that EC required that ... in some countries (mine included) those frequencies would have remained in (D)TV domain.

Comment: Re:Since you asked... (Score 1) 600

by Mkx (#34310156) Attached to: Best IT-infrastructure For a Small Company?

Somewhat tangential, but are there dialects/programming languages in your locale that use semicolons to separate parameters in method invocations?

I wouldn't know. I'm not huge fan of CS translations and localizations, at least of those that go beyond proper localized output of data (numbers, dates). I've seen examples of actually translated programming language (Pascal to be exact) which made me sick. Which means that whenever I do programming I end up typing comma as parameter separator and dot as decimal separator. I hate using localized version of OS (Linux or Windows) that backfires me while using its calculator ...

Life would be so much easier if we could just look at the source code. -- Dave Olson