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Comment: Re:WinAPI Windows (Score 1) 318

by petermgreen (#47530401) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

The questions are

1: will MS continue tying winRT to the windows store and charging people for the privilage of bypassing it?
2: will MS be able to extend/enhance winRT so that one app can give a good experiance on both desktop and mobile?
3: will the developers buy into it or will they stick with win32 to maintain compatibility with the massive installed base of older versions?

Comment: Re:Why would I want "special magic things"? (Score 1) 318

by petermgreen (#47523067) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

pro-tip: not all keyboards have Windows keys!

Not all but certainly the vast majority.

The bigger problem with global shortcut keys is remote desktop tools, VMs etc. Will the global shortcut be picked up by the outer system? the inner system? both? (IME it's usually the outer system but I haven't tried win8 yet) what do I do if I want the other one?

Comment: Re: H-1b should not be used for lower-level worker (Score 1) 222

by petermgreen (#47522135) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

AIUI the problem is that the H1B abusers advertise a position with a low-level job title but a high level set of requirements. In this way they can appear to be paying the prevailing wage for the "position" while actually paying a lot less than they would pay for a similarly skilled american.

Comment: Re:this is great news! (Score 1) 94

by petermgreen (#47515981) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

Depends where in the UK you are.

Some areas have competion between virgin meda cable and openreach FTTC. At the other extreme some areas have no cable and phone lines so long/shitty that they can't handle DSL at all. Many providers have caps or "fair usage policies", especially in areas that don't have LLU.

Comment: Re:Why ODF? (Score 1) 163

You can't assume that ASCII will be more readable than any other binary format.

Yes we can, the combination of simplicitly and ubiquity mean it is highly unlikely we will lose the ability to read it.

UTF-8 is a little more complex but the encoding method can still be described in less than a page, the harder bit is what to do with the code point sequence you get from decoding but for most widely used languages* that is a simple table lookup.

Do you have any tools that can open and read PETSCII?

Well you might end up with swapped case and block-drawing would be a mess but you could read the actual text by just treating the file as ASCII.

* The exceptions being languages like hebrew, arabic and some indian languages.

Comment: Re:Why ODF? (Score 2) 163

Which is WHY it's important that big guys are doing this.

When you are the little guy there is a lot of pressure on you to conform to the standards set by those you work with (and that may mean not just using MS office but using a specific version of MS office), when you are the big guy you SET the standards and require other people to conform to them.

Comment: Re:As it should be (Score 1) 230

by petermgreen (#47507641) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

There are legitimate reasons for asymetry on DSL and cable

On DSL upstream and downstream have to be given seperate frequency slices out of the limited bandwidth available on a typical phone pair (which lets not forget was only designed to carry voiceband). So you have to tradeoff upstream speed and downstream speed and for most users it makes more sense to tradeoff towards downstream. Having said that I do think it's scandalous that symetric services are insanely expensive compared to asymetric ones of comparable total bandwidth.

On cable the technical reasons are even greater, cable networks are designed for broadcasting TV with a high power transmitter broadcasting through the high-loss (due to the splitting/padding) network to a lot of receivers. Upstream traffic is going against the flow which means it has a lower acceptable transmit power and a lot more interference present at the receiver.

On the other hand with fiber the only reason for the asymetry is artifical crippling (making it harder to use P2P, run servers etc)

Comment: Re:aaargh! pinheads in the IT. (Score 1) 230

by petermgreen (#47507107) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Split-tunnel pretty much kills the whole point of using a VPN.

Depends on what you see as "the whole point of using a VPN".

Afaict there are three main reasons to use a VPN

1: you don't trust the provider of your internet connection
2: you need to access IP-locked resources on the internet
3: you need to access resources on a private network that is not directly reachable from the internet.

"Split tunnel" kills reason 1 and probablly also reason 2 (unless there is some complex routing configuration in place). It certainly does not kill reason 3 which is often the main reason for using a VPN.

On the other hand forcing everything down the VPN kills the ability to use resources on your local network (a PITA if you use a network printer) and means traffic to the internet is wastefully forced to take a roundabout route to it's destination.

Comment: Re:What about (Score 1) 230

by petermgreen (#47506989) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

From what I can gather both comcast and verizon bullied netflix into paid peering by refusing to expand peering with any carrier netflix used or tried to use as an upstream.

When netfllix paid up to comcast they got massive improvments in connectivity to comcast customers, when they paid up to verizon they didn't.

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