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Comment: Re:lol wut (Score 1) 177

by ajo_arctus (#42053443) Attached to: Hands-On With Intel's "Next Unit of Computing" Mini PC

I see you saying

No, you don't.

need SATA 3


I see you also saying that you blow reams of money on Apple hardware.

No, you don't. I buy them as tools and carefully measure their return over the years. I use these machines in my business.

needlessly wasting money like a complete retard thats stupid.

Keep it classy.

Comment: Re:lol wut (Score 2) 177

by ajo_arctus (#42039565) Attached to: Hands-On With Intel's "Next Unit of Computing" Mini PC

Many of us use those expansion slots about halfway through the life of the machine in order to upgrade them inexpensively (like adding SATA 3.0 to a machine purchased when SATA 1.0 was still new)

Yeah, because not having SATA 3 makes a machine ununsable...

repair them when a specific component goes tits up (The NIC died? Thats a $15 card for full-on b/g/n wireless)

Yeah, because if a NIC dies then it doesn't matter that it's probably part of the motherboard chipset and all of a sudden you have an expensive repair bill. Not to mention that wireless cards *are* plug-in PCIe cards on these mini form factor PCs...

or to add specific functionality that only comes standard on much more expensive machines..

I think you might be havign problems understandnig/empathising with what a 'normal' person is going to want out of a PC. Not only that, but even us geeks get bored of the PC treadmill after a while. The last desktop I bought was an iMac in 2007. It's old, it's tired and it just stopped working reliably this past week or so. I cant' easily fix it, but you know what, I got five solid years out of that workhorse. I don't care that I couldn't upgrade it -- despite being a programmer, and therefore as much of a 'power user' as anybody, 2GHz of Core2 Duo has been plenty fast enough -- and, if repairibility had been an issue, I'd have bought 3 years of Applecare and retired it when the warranty expired.

The MacMini is an excellent computer if you want a small, silent machine that keeps out of your way. If you want a toy to upgrade and play with, it's not so great.

Comment: Re:A question (Score 1) 141

by ajo_arctus (#41716589) Attached to: Poor SSL Implementations Leave Many Android Apps Vulnerable

While I'm no expert on Android, I am a developer and I have worked on a pretty major Android app. We found that Android 2.2 and earlier had some bugs in the version of HTTPClient that Android uses, and this bug caused certs from one particular root authority (Verisign, IIRC) to fail. It was a major problem. It was a while ago now, but I think the work-around we went for was to effectively enable untrusted CAs on 2.2 clients. I can happily believe that the apps being talked about here, those with weak SSL, were all modified in this way to work around the Android bug -- the authors probably just made the 'weak-ssl-is-better-than-no-ssl' trade-off and shipped their apps. What else are you realistically going to do?

As it becomes less important to target Android pre-2.3, this particular bug will hopefully become a thing of the past. According to Google, 2.2 is now on 13% of devices, so we're almost at that point. 13% is still a lot though...

Comment: Re:New kind of ethics in town (Score 1) 123

by ajo_arctus (#41449443) Attached to: Did Microsoft Know About the IE Zero-Day Flaw In Advance?

I had indeed forgotten about these.
Probably because they never affected me.
Or anyone that I knew.

Because they got blocked by Anti Virus software on windows well before they became epidemic in scope.
And of course none of them bothered linux.

Maybe you have poor memory? These were big news.

I worked on a second-level support desk during the iloveyou outbreak, and a great many companies that we supported were affected. Likewise blaster and codered. I was a programmer by then, but I saw the damage on several servers that weren't firewalled.

Comment: Re:Kill XP? (Score 5, Insightful) 405

by ajo_arctus (#41384623) Attached to: Maybe With Help From Google and Adobe, Microsoft Can Kill Windows XP

Business users, that are locked to a certain platform that only support IE6.

I hear this a lot, and in some (but very few) circumstances it's certainly true. However, mostly it's not. Most internal web apps run just fine on IE7, 8 and 9 too. My feeling is that these businesses don't want to upgrade because the current tool (usually a Dell Pentium 4 with XP) is working just fine. Why would any sane businesses want to spend money replacing something that works perfectly well? Well, you and I know a few good answers to that, but we're not the decision makers here.

BTW, I'm a developer, and I wrote a lot of those apps that originally ran on IE, so I've seen this all the way through. There aren't truly that many apps that are genuinely IE6 only. Most run just fine on newer versions of IE, and often times FF and Chrome too. As a developer, even though I was targeting IE only back in the early 2000s, I actually used Firebird (which then became Firefox) to do most of my testing -- and I don't think I was alone.

Comment: Re:Unusually overt slashvertisement (Score 1) 30

by ajo_arctus (#40788003) Attached to: HP Offers Free Access To OpenStack

I hope that Slashdot aren't getting paid for that, because if it truly is an advert, it's one of the crummiest adverts I've ever seen.

I mean, I'm pretty up on 'cloud' stuff. I use EC2 extensively. I'm up on Java, I write quite a bit of that stuff. I recognise many of the buzzwords in the post but I don't have the slightest clue what they're talking about or what exactly HP are offering. And I don't care enough about this gap in my knowledge to click any of the links and find out, because I suspect it'll be a waste of time.

Comment: Re:Is this only for tablets (Score 1) 343

by ajo_arctus (#40595771) Attached to: Microsoft: Windows 8 To RTM In August

Apple use Microsoft's CDN quite extensively, along with theother usual suspects (particularly Akami). It makes sense -- between iTunes and their software downloads/updates they need to transfer a truly vast amount of data every day, and Apple aren't shy about using another service if someone else can do it better. I'm not aware of Apple using any other part of Microsoft's cloud (or any other cloud for that matter) -- e.g., servers, but maybe they do now days. Just as a side note/question, are CDN's considered cloud? Certainly akami pre-dates what we now call clouds, IIRC.

Comment: Re:Is this really a "death"? (Score 1) 134

by ajo_arctus (#40565185) Attached to: Another Death in the Cloud As Apple Kills Off iWork

I know you won't like it, and I agree with everything you say and more -- in fact, I'm a programmer, and when I see a problem (especially involving a CSV file) I'll quite often go so far as to write a one-off bespoke program to solve it. But we're at the very edge of the edge cases.

But we're different. Most people want their data to remain in the app they used to create it, because that makes most sense. That means they can find it again. Want to re-print that letter you wrote last year to your electricity company? Great! Just open the app you used to write it and boom, there it is. That's about as complicated as computers need to be for most people, and to be honest, they'll actually get more out of their computers as a result.

Thankfully, complicated desktop operating systems aren't going anywhere soon, so we'll still have our way (Linux and BSD will see to that, thankfully). It just won't be how most people do it.

Comment: Re:Is this really a "death"? (Score 1) 134

by ajo_arctus (#40557271) Attached to: Another Death in the Cloud As Apple Kills Off iWork

It's pretty simple really: You open an app, you get a list of your documents that have been created in or imported in to that app. If you get an attachment you want to open, it offers apps that are registered for that file type. There's no browsing of disks or folders. It's up to the individual apps to let you group and sort documents by metadata (which will be tailored to the type of data the app deals in, of course). It works pretty well, even if there are some frustrating limitations.

The cloud part is (or should be) transparent -- you open Pages on one device and create a document. Next time you open Pages on another device, it should be there as if by magic. It's still early days, and they haven't got it right yet, but they're working pretty hard on this stuff.

You can very easily see what they're doing. As geeks, we probably won't like it as much as the way things currently work, but it makes sense for an awful lot of use-cases, and it'll probably help them earn boatloads more money in the next decade or so. It'll also create a good deal of vendor lock-in, if they're successful.

Comment: Re:Only a little evil (Score 4, Insightful) 305

by ajo_arctus (#40525667) Attached to: Apple Loses Bid For Emergency Ban On HTC Phone Imports

It wasn't the way they 'included a browser', it was they way they attempted (and succeeded) to entirely destroy a competitive market by using the thermo-nuclear option of abusing their Windows monopoly.

And it wasn't the way they did it with the web browser, it was the way they did it time and time again (Dr-Dos, OS/2, DiskStacker, WordPerfect, Netware, Netscape, DirectX) and certainly more than that. They even tried to create a proprietary internet (and thankfully failed).

They don't seem so evil these days, but I'm sure they would if they could. Or maybe Ballmer's just a big softy compared to Gates? I don't know, I suspect that the competition in mobile and from Google has really dented their ability to be really evil.

Comment: Re:If it a'int broke... (Score 2) 284

by ajo_arctus (#40444001) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?

Why not? It's not friction that'll turn a 1 in to a 0, but simple entropy or cosmic rays (seriously). ECC RAM is designed specifically to guard against that kind of problem.

Friction can kill anything that moves -- fans and hard-disks. If a fan dies, either in the PSU, the case or on the CPU, you could end up with a server that crashes and has all kinds of problems. That's why real servers beep incessantly to let you know if a fan is dying.

And software can crash over time. I write software for a living, and a few months ago I had to change a bit of code I wrote in 2005 -- it was broken by a security update Microsoft released in November last year.

Anyway, OP is asking about cheap-skate ways to emulate Microsoft's expensive fail-over clustering options. The only real answer (I can think of) is replication/log shipping and something in the software that detects the fault and enables the fail-over without any on-site technical expertise. But he's going to need to talk to the ISV about that, not us.

Data Storage

Ask Slashdot: Syncing Files With Remote Server While On the Road? 239

Posted by timothy
from the hard-ways-is-best-ways dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Here's a scenario: you are on a vacation trip for a couple of weeks — on the road. Lots of pictures — 2-300 per day. Maybe some text files with short notes etc. You have a camera with Eye-Fi, a PC, and a phone with WiFi and 3G. Files ends up on the PC (mobile storage), phone provides Internet connectivity. Now, if you wanted to upload all files pretty much as you go — given spotty access to Internet over G3 and WiFi — what would be the best way to do that automatically; set-it-and-forget-it style? I would like them to end up on my own server. rsync script? ownCloud? Some BitTorrent setup? Other? I'm thinking of interrupted file transfers due to no network, re-starts etc. And I would not want to lose any files; including scenarios where files gets deleted locally — that should not result in files getting automatically deleted on the server as well. Sure; I could perhaps use something like Dropbox but that would take the fun out of it."

Twitter Bomb Joke Case Rolls Back Into UK Courts 174

Posted by Soulskill
from the 140-characters-of-terror dept.
judgecorp writes "Paul Chambers, the Briton whose joke on Twitter backfired, will be back in court following a legal stalemate, after more than two years. Chambers joked about blowing up South Yorkshire's Robin Hood airport in January 2010, and was arrested and fined for 'sending a public electronic message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.' His resultant criminal record lost him his job as an accountant. Now his appeal has been heard, but the two judges disagreed with each other, so Chambers will be back in court again."

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.