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Comment Chicken or Egg (Score 1) 219

In the server space we've gone through the same thing. Sun introduced the T1 with 8 cores and 32 threads (now 64 on T2). Lots of software wasn't suitable for this type of horizontal scaling. But over a period of five years, that changed dramatically.

On the desktop, you can expect the same. For now, not many desktop apps will take advantage of the additional cores. But if Intel would have stuck with 1-2 cores, no software will be written to take advantage of multiple cores.

Chicken or egg ....

Comment Wireless by the Cable Companies (Score 2, Insightful) 238

Well said!!

Let's hope that the various cable companies like Shaw here in the west and EastLink in the Atlantic are stepping into the cellphone market. Here in Calgary, ten years ago Shaw gave Telus a beating when it came to Fast Internet and currently they make pretty good inroads in the VoIP market.

On the other hand, also the pricing of cable companies seems to go up-and-up with no end in sight. So also they could use some more competition.

Comment Re:Password strength vs. Validation Rules (Score 5, Insightful) 499

It is not just the mandatory password changes that increases the mess. It is also that each and every site has different validation rules. If I could use one-and-only strong password for many sites, then I could remember that. However, some sites _require_ special characters, while others _forbid_ it, etc, etc. So each time you end up inventing something on the spot, and then two months down the road you've forgotten it.

I guess that I've 50 passwords to remember, so if I can't do that with just a few (I don't use the same password for my online banking as for my slashdot login :-) then it quickly becomes Post-it time again. Or worse, that little file on the PC desktop with a list of userid/passwd combo's.

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Former Exec Says Electronic Arts "Is In the Wrong Business" 180

Mitch Lasky was the executive vice president of Mobile and Online at Electronic Arts until leaving the publisher to work at an investment firm. He now has some harsh things to say about how EA has been run over the past several years, in particular criticizing the decisions of CEO John Riccitiello. Quoting: "EA is in the wrong business, with the wrong cost structure and the wrong team, but somehow they seem to think that it is going to be a smooth, two-year transition from packaged goods to digital. Think again. ... by far the greatest failure of Riccitiello's strategy has been the EA Games division. JR bet his tenure on EA's ability to 'grow their way through the transition' to digital/online with hit packaged goods titles. They honestly believed that they had a decade to make this transition (I think it's more like 2-3 years). Since the recurring-revenue sports titles were already 'booked' (i.e., fully accounted for in the Wall Street estimates) it fell to EA Games to make hits that could move the needle. It's been a very ugly scene, indeed. From Spore, to Dead Space, to Mirror's Edge, to Need for Speed: Undercover, it's been one expensive commercial disappointment for EA Games after another. Not to mention the shut-down of Pandemic, half of the justification for EA's $850MM acquisition of Bioware-Pandemic. And don't think that Dante's Inferno, or Knights of the Old Republic, is going to make it all better. It's a bankrupt strategy."

Comment Re:Virtualization is your Friend (Score 1) 605

Agreed, I did OS/9 diskless real-time programming in the past, or sw development for robots as another example. For that you need root access. But anyway, you will not (you even don't want to) do that type of development on the same PC you're using for email.

As you also said, the majority of developers are doing stuff ranging from VB, Java to SQL, which can happen nicely in a VM

Comment one address per two world citizens (Score 3, Informative) 460

Agreed, look at it another way: 2**32 is four billion address, which is one address per two world citizens. OK, I could share that IP with my wife, but given the number of devices in between us, that won't really work. Now I know, that places like Africa currently don't follow the pattern of "personal" computers, but how long will that last.

More realistically, given that my phone, web-server, car, camera, email, GPS unit, home security system, etc. all should have their own IP address, we need at least 20x what a 32 bit address space can provide. And then you've to add the 'wasted space' so that we can allocate blocks of addresses in a logical fashion.

So yes, IPv6 is the only way to go, if you like it or not. Couple of /8 blocks or NAT won't help us.

Comment Virtualization is your Friend (Score 5, Interesting) 605

In modern times, I would give them no admin rights on the box itself, but you could provide virtual machines for them on which they can do whatever they want. The argument that they need to do things that "really, really" :-) require access to the bare metal, doesn't hold anymore, because the applications they are building will anyway need to be able to run in a virtualized environment.

I've done many audits and project plans on this topic in the past, and the issue is always that developers are split personalities: on the one hand they are standard corporate citizens that need email, calendar and word, which must be rock solid and therefore IT controlled, on the other hand they do their development work that requires freedom over their box. In the past the best solution was always to give them two PCs (or a thin client for the standard desktop work), but today I would solve this all through virtual machines.
 

Comment Re:Speaking for myself as a Swedish brick driver, (Score 1) 438

In the end, I find the best way to figure out where something is made is to look for the "Made in XXXXXX" statement.

Which especially for a car tells you nothing. If it says "Made in Mexico" (for arguments sake) it only means that final assembly happened there. The engine could be put together in Korea and the brakes coming from Portugal.

Comment Re:More power is nice, but has everyone forgotten. (Score 1) 323

That's why my Fujitsu P7010-D was/is such a fun laptop: only 10.5 inch wide-screen, but with a 1280 x 768 resolution. That's way more pixels/inch than normal. I have one dead pixel, constant blue on, and I just don't notice it. Simply because the pixel is so small.

This laptop is 4-5 years old, with a Pentium-M probably still faster than an Atom, has a 3-5 hour battery life and a built-in CDRW/DVD. Yes, it is a bit heavier than a netbook, but the size is the same as your typical 10" netbook.

The only BIG BIG difference is of course that at the time those machines went for prices over 2000 dollar. Compare that with what you pay now for your 10 inch netbook. Those extra pixels didn't come cheap....

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