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Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 538

by garbletext (#36476054) Attached to: Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT
cloud SLAs are a joke. That's the point. If a cloud outage takes your application down, the appropriate parties to blame are those responsible for application design and operations architecture. You can't just take an app designed for a datacenter and naively move it to amazon and expect HA. You need to design for failure and automate the hell out of provisioning. The ideal is to either load balance across multiple providers or automate the living hell out of provisioning and backup until you can reliably get DR times in the 5 minute range.

Comment: Re:What's the point? (Score 2, Informative) 289

by garbletext (#29094939) Attached to: TomTom Releases iPhone Navigation App
Thanks for your useful input. I'm glad that, knowing nothing about the question asked, you decided to answer anyway.

This app behaves much more like a standalone GPS device that you can mount on your dashboard; it has preloaded maps, 3d perspective, voice prompts, offline use, etc.

I've been using garmin's GMobileXT on my S60 phone for a while, which is pretty much an exact port of a low-end Garmin device, except it has data access and can use AGPS for faster locks. It's kind of nice for trips but 99% of the time I just need a quick answer, and the google maps application is more than acceptable (plus, it's been getting better and better lately: now it's got street view, latitude, layers, transit directions -- it already owns offline apps in all respects except voice prompts and the fact that you have to constantly press zero to recenter on your location.)

Comment: Re:29 and cannot write the full ABC's in cursive (Score 1) 921

by garbletext (#28829505) Attached to: 26 Years Old and Can't Write In Cursive
They're hardly standardized. Looking at the wikipedia article on cursive, I was taught different forms of several of the capital letters. I find that a lot of cursive is contextual, words just turn into spaced humps with ocassional curls and vertical lines. It's no wonder that it's so hard to read.
The Internet

Comcast DNS Redirection Launched In Trial Markets 362

Posted by timothy
from the looks-like-you-want-xxy-porn dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Comcast has finally launched its DNS Redirector service in trial markets (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington state), and has submitted a working draft of the technology to the IETF for review. Comcast customers can opt-out from the service by providing their account username and cable modem MAC address. Customers in trial areas using 'old' Comcast DNS servers, or non-Comcast DNS servers, should not be affected by this. This deployment comes after many previous ISPs, like DSLExtreme, were forced to pull the plug on such efforts as a result of customer disapproval/retaliation. Some may remember when VeriSign tried this back in 2003, where it also failed."

Comment: Re:MPC Homecinema (Score 1) 488

by garbletext (#27449741) Attached to: VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got Better
By far the best feature of the Homecinema fork is its ability to completely remove tearing when you enable Direct3D Fulscreen in the Output settings. Every computer I've ever owned exhibits some tearing when playing 720p/1080p content, and it's especially bad on integrated graphics. Without exception, mpc-hc eliminates this.
The Internet

Safari Beta Takeup Tops Firefox, IE and Chrome 342

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the it-won't-last dept.
nk497 writes "The release of the beta for the next version of Apple's Safari browser last week helped drive Apple's market share above ten per cent. The Safari beta has gained users at a rate of about 0.5 per cent a day since its release, topping one per cent by day four. For comparison, Microsoft's beta of IE took six months to hit one percent, Chrome needed almost a month, and Firefox 3 took a week."

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