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Comment Re:no (Score 1) 255 255

I haven't had the pleasure yet, but surely those things can all be addressed/modified/switched off through policy settings? Sucks to be a home version user, but that's one of the reasons I never install home premium, on my machines, or customers'. It's very convenient to be able to customise things to my requirements (and my customers') with local policy editor.

I start with a basic policy template, and go from there. I assume Win10 will have the same facility in Pro and Enterprise versions.

Comment Re:Why do we need H.265? (Score 3, Informative) 184 184

You're mostly right, but JPEG2000 is the format specified for digital cinema encoding. Look inside that big MXF file, and it's a bunch of JPEG2000 stills. Been to the cinema lately? You're watching x frames per second of JPEG2000.

Widely used, just not widely known.

Comment Re:Legislate 50% less consumption? Good fucking lu (Score 1) 483 483

I did look at the warranty. Price of chinese-made el-cheapo trail bike? AUD$1000. Warranty? 30 days. The salesman not only kept a straight face, he told me "you won't need a longer warranty, these things are bulletproof".

Price of six-month-old second-hand Yamaha: ~AUD$5000. Still had 18 months of factory warranty.

My yamaha still goes - starts first time and just goes. My son's friend's el-cheapo bike? It goes, in between repairs and replacement of el-cheapo parts. He might be happy to settle for that kind of "reliability" at that price, but at least my yamaha will be worth something in 5 years.

Comment Re:Legacy system based on Fox DB (Score 2) 617 617

I worked on a system like that back in '83-84. I hope it's been replaced, but based on what I knew then about government IT policies, it's possible that it's still in use.

It used Foxpro to query a DB on as AS400, and use the data to "print" a plastic licence card, using an embossed wheel - kind of like a daisy wheel printer. The printer was primitive, with very little on-board memory, so the the print jobs had to be spooled entirely on the PC. The printer's on board software was also primitive, and we had to write our own routines to query the printer.

Comment Re:Lots more from AS400/OS400 (Score 1) 484 484

It's a bit hard to explain, and I really don't mean that in a patronising way. I guess I meant it in the way that you can't flag a non-executable file with permissions that could make it executable.

OS400/IBM i/whatever they call it now has a very robust object model and security system. A file can only be flagged "executable" when the system is happy to call it so, e.g. it's been successfully compiled. You can't just add ".exe" onto the end of a (for example) specially crafted mixed text+binary file in the hope of causing a problem, you can't patch binaries directly, and you have zero access to the binaries of the operating system, except of course via patches and upgrades sent from IBM.

My statement was a bit simplistic, sorry 'boot that.

Comment Lots more from AS400/OS400 (Score 1) 484 484

The hardware abstraction is a fantastic feature for a growing business - upgrade your hardware across different processor groups, and you don't have to re-compile your software.

OS400 has a compilable control language, and a command creator. Take your own utilities (equivalent to your favourite scripted/powershell jobs), compile them, then create a parameter-accepting command out of them, with optional menu-driven screens and context help.

DB/2. Not the best, but it's inbuilt, and accessible with system utilities/calls, using any language on the system, including control language.

Object-oriented - everything is an object, and you can't "accidentally" execute something that isn't a program.

Somewhat more sensible command abbreviations than *nix. For example, "display" commands always start with DSP, e.g. display system status is dspsyssts, display object is dspobj, etc.

You'd be correct if you said many operating systems have these features, but they've been present on the AS400 since 1988, and are very mature/stable. I live in hope that IBM or someone more talented than I will release OS400 for x86.

Comment IBM freezer adjunct (Score 1) 210 210

I bought my ex-employer's IBM AS/400 E35 for $10, including the following:
processor board (now hanging on my office wall)
memory boards
various I/O boards, e.g. ethernet, 5250, DASD controller, etc
hard drives
cooling fans
power supplies
service processor

After taking it all apart, I used two of the cooling fans connected in series with my 24 volt refrigerator power supply. Directed the fans at the 'fridge's fins and cut the compressor run time by about 40%

Comment Re:Horray for Taylor Swift. (Score 1) 368 368

Why doesn't Apple offer to pay the royalties for the 3-month trial period?

Consumers get their free trial, and many, if not most will sign up for the service.

Labels/artists will get their royalties, and maybe even see an increase in income afterwards when the service really takes off (assuming that it follows the success of iTunes music). Ditto Apple's income.

After all, who paid U2 for the free copies on everyone's iTunes?

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 4, Insightful) 277 277

The toshiba laptops in my supplier's catalogue nearly all come with "Windows 7 32/64bit pre-installed. Also supplied with Windows 8/8.1 media"

Now, why would Toshiba go to the extra effort to pre-install what is effectively a downgrade, unless 1. customers are demanding it and 2. it's a selling point - "you don't have to downgrade, we've already done it for you!"

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