2386 posts • joined 19 Sep 2007
Re: BMW should stop selling the 7 series because they sell more 5s and 3s using that logic.
@sabroni - The styling of a BMW doesn't physically change much between years either. The 8 has significant technical improvements over the 7 (faster CPU, faster LTE, bigger flash memory etc). The 7 remains in production, and has been bumped down in the range.
The X was never intended to replace the 7, it was a new high end model, just like BMW added the 9 series above the 7 series.
So, the regular run of the mill iPhone 8 ...
Sells better than the premium, much more expensive iPhone X (which is ONLY the third best selling phone in the world), and this proves that Apple have got things badly wrong?
BMW should stop selling the 7 series because they sell more 5s and 3s using that logic. This can only be an Orlowski rant given the level of thought involved.
(No, I don’t own an iPhone X BTW)
Re: Treasury notes
@TheVogon - and doing that would instantly remove the dollar as the worlds reserve currency and skyrocket the rates the US government has to pay for bonds. There is no simple fix for this, no matter what Trump would have you believe.
ARM not competive with a Xeon?
Depends on which chip you look at. A Cavium ThunderX2 for example provides 80-90% of the performance of a high end Xeon for 1/4 of the price. In some use cases it’s actually faster. THATS what’s causing Intel to panic.
Did the Reg really ...
want to slag off a charity auction?
It’s not something I’d want to buy myself, but there are plenty of folks out there who are prepared to pay vast amounts of money for rare, obsolete technology (old cars for example). If it floats their boat and charity benefits then do we really want to call them names and look down on them?
Re: I wouldn't trust Trump to make a deal at a car boot sale...
How does anyone make a casino go bankrupt? They finance it with a bond offering an impossibly high interest rate, then threaten any financial analyst with legal action if they try to point out that it can't possibly make money while paying off debt at that rate.
Re: No thanks
@Woodnag. Not in the UK. Offcom mandates battery backup for FTTP systems just like POTS.
Re: No thanks
@Woodnag. There are distribution boxes and grey (well, green in these parts) boxes in the current system. They have their own battery backup or are exchange powered. Why do you think FTTP will be any worse?
Re: No thanks
Erm, so does fibre. It comes with a battery backup system at the client end (I happen to know someone who has FTTP).
Let me guess
BT have been milking the copper network for as long as they can. Offcom have been cutting back on the amount they can charge for it, and they have been allowing it to slowly rot. At this point they say "please sir, if we can charge more money we can roll out this shinny new fibre network (except for the VDSL bits of it we're not going to mention)"?
Re: Or you could
Which will, no doubt, be far faster in operation and quicker to reconfigure, having no mechanical parts to move about. MEMS type hardware is useful for some kinds of work (think display systems, transducers etc), but not so much when it comes to logic gates and pure electronics. You want as small and fast as possible for that most of the time.
Russians poised to fire intercontinental ballistic missile... into space with Sentinel-3 sat on board
Re: Launch partner?
1) Its a German company, launching from a Russian base.
2) The launcher is quite reliable
3) The programming of the 3rd stage has been dodgy in the past. Programming errors are much easier to fix than hardware issues, and 10 successful launches in a row indicate that they have them solved.
4) Its much cheaper than an Ariane launch, and the satellite doesn't need the capacity that Ariane offers.
If you had the first clue about orbital mechanics you’d realise the above is wrong. The second stage is de-orbited and burns up rather than leaving junk up there. It would be far too expensive in fuel to fling it beyond earth orbit, and there’s far too much junk to allow adding to the pile.
Re: Oracle... don't make me laugh
" the worst vendor in the world from an InfoSec prospective"
Erm, have you forgotten about Adobe?
Has he ever come up with a story ...
that hasn't been subsequently been proved wrong, retracted and then an even more implausible one substituted?
Last thing I heard he was claiming that the hatch had accidentally fallen on her head.
What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA
Re: Only Mach 1.4?
Compared to a normal cruise of Mach 0.88? That's a 6 hour flight taking only 4, or a 10 hour taking 6:20
The US government basically turned their public against supersonic flight by deliberately flying military aircraft at supersonic speed, multiple times per day, across high population areas to see if they would object.
At the kind of level that Concorde cruised (around 55,000 feet) the noise wasn't too bad. While it was subsonic and in/outbound from an airport the noise was much worse (the Olympus turbojet, especially running with reheat, was in no way designed to be quiet).
Re: Clickbait headlines... (elsewhere) @dodgy geezer
Tesla are saying that they can’t retrieve the data yet (probably because their cellular link to the car is down), not that the storage media have been destroyed. There looks to have been a serious amount of damage to the car (partial front impact, with the concrete pushing as far back as the passenger cabin).
As to the suggestion that the batteries be moved to the back of the car, other than it messing up the centre of gravity (the weight being low allows it to corner well) what happens if it is struck from behind? The damaged batteries didn’t explode like a petrol fire (nor should they) so it wasn’t a major issue.
Re: Why not use the Downunder system?
The difference is that GPS/Galileo broadcast a time and position signature on a defined frequency. Pulsars MAY become useful for space navigation, but you'll never get centimetre level precision from them because the location of the source and the time offset are not as precisely known. If you have centimetre level precision (which GPS, even in Block III form - which currently isn't due to go live until around 2023 - can't match) then you can use the system then you can use it for precision airfield approaches or automated vehicles.
Re: Elvis has left the building
>you can only put just under two million records in excel so that's like 25 worksheets.
Erm, Microsoft make more than one program that can handle sets of data. Access for example lets you have databases up to 2GB in size, or SQL Server, depending on the version chosen, can handle terabytes at a time.
That’s just if you stick with MS. There are plenty of other database systems out there which can handle databases way larger than a puny 50 million records.
HOW many developers are they employing?
I make that around 54,000 man-years, even assuming $200K per man average cost.
Why on earth do they need a high performance AMD CPU/APU?
An ARM SoC should be more than fast enough for the task, and FAR cheaper.
Ah, you must be the kind of chap
who, if they need a baby in a month's time, goes out and gets 9 women pregnant.
Not all problems respond to having more resources thrown at them. Those that do rarely scale in a linear fashion. Google used 89 instances to get the performance they achieved with TensorFlow. Even with perfect scaling you'd need another 4005 instances to match the IBM system. Starting to think about the cost yet?
POWER9 is a new platform. IBM will build based on orders. It seems that even Google have ordered them for their data centres, so its likely that you will be able to use them via the cloud also.
Not all programs are available as source code on Github. Many of those that aren’t are leaders in their field.
Searching Google works better if you use real names rather than contractions (“Snap Machine Learning” in this case). New stuff will return less entries than active old stuff.
IBM are saying that they have a new, as yet unreleased system for their Power minicomputers that is significantly faster than TensorFlow. It’s up to buyers to decide if they want to pay for the IBM solution, and accept the supplier lock-in that comes with it. In a commercial environment the speed is often worth it.
Intel/Altera have a year to respond?
I think you'll find that this is a response to Intel's hybrid Xeon/FPGA designs that have been mooted for a while now.
Re: Oak heatshields
Wrong war, and wrong reason. They collected peach pits and nut shells during the First World War to make gas masks. Link: http://www.independentri.com/independents/north_east/opinion/article_38bfb054-bcee-59e7-b32e-f56d3f4c88a7.html
Re: In less than two weeks..
Enjoy the “new” car, but if you think it has:
1) the same performance
2) the same reliability
as a modern car then you are dreaming.
It was designed to run on 4* leaded fuel, and the original model was rated at 0-60 in 18 seconds. The newer MK II on unleaded won’t be much quicker then that. You’ll also be lucky to get 32MPG (current, faster, more powerful 1800cc models can reach into the 60’s), and then only on long trips. It’s not in any way aerodynamic in shape, it has an old-fashioned choke and non of the modern ECU systems designed to keep the engine running lean and efficient.
You’ll also find that the service interval is much shorter, the number of parts per service and time needed is higher, that things break more often and that replacements are harder to source.
Classic cars are not motoring nirvana or we’d all be doing it. You may enjoy the car and the extra work you need to put in to keep it running, but it is by no means everybody’s cup of tea.
Re: Its not just manufacturing that needs a solution
@Commswonk, the latest fast chargers are 120kW. A 1/2 hour stop for food and bladder relief should be able to add 180+ miles range, or about another 3 hours of motorway driving (by which time you'll probably be in need of another stop anyway).
MOST charging will happen at a slower rate over night and shouldn't stress out the power network. No, the whole fleet isn't going to migrate overnight, and no, everybody with an EV isn't going to need a full recharge every day, so moderate your numbers. It's more practical than you think.
Re: Its not just manufacturing that needs a solution
It has been thought out, you just haven't been paying attention.
They are fitting fast charging points at service stations, and supermarket car parks are getting charging points also. People who don't have driveways do tend to go shopping. People driving long distances tend to pass service stations. That's most of your objections demolished.
“We developed this in response to customer demand” does not absolve you of breaking rules. Try providing more data as part of your standard packages instead, I think you’ll find that works also.
Re: I hope that was an oversized glass
+1 for the Radio 4 quiz show reference
Re: *Ducks* @wallmeerkat
I didn’t say never, and it’s recoverable back to the prior version.
You can pretty much guarantee that any OS update will cause problems for some users. The trick is in how gracefully the system can recover if it does hit issues (iOS isn’t pain free here, but it’s not rocket science to put into recovery mode and restore things).
Re: *Ducks* @bigfoot780
You need to do a little research. Automatic updates in iOS is something you can easily turn on or off. It also tends not to brick hardware that it updates (older hardware may run slowly, but it still will run), and it is possible to downgrade to older versions.
The issue here is that Windows auto updated to version 10, without being asked and without the possibilty of reverting to Windows 7. In doing so it bricked the machine.
Re: difficult to find a PC that will be cable of doing over 100Mbps.
My thought also. 1Gb/sec Ethernet works out to be 80-100MB/sec file transfers. A half decent SSD equipped home PC these days can read and write at better than 200MB/sec.
By the look of things
They are using a full 4G base station as the backhaul. It’s more like a range extender for 4G rather than a full base station.
Re: Orbit / Broadcast Longevity
I'm not sure about his conversion factor either. I make it closer to 60,000 AAA cells. Source: http://www.allaboutbatteries.com/Energy-tables.html
Re: 9h with ScumBag Air seat spacing
Neither Luton nor Leeds have the infrastructure to handle an A380. There are only something like 13 airports in the UK rated for it, Manchester being one. Stanstead and Birmingham are on the list though.
And the amount they will actually pay?
Probably zero, as the directors leave to form another (remarkably similar) company and this one goes broke.
Re: Not really a patent troll
In this case they are licensing a design for GDDR6 usage, to which I say good luck to them.
In the past they were involved in the worst sort of patent trolling, where they were involved in the design of DDR memory standards and failed to disclose patents that the proposed standard infringed, and then after it was ratified they demanded royalties from all manufacturers.
You do know that Moore’s law says nothing about speed?
It says that the number of transistors that can be fitted on a silicon chip of a given size will double every 18 months.
Speed improvements slowed or stopped a while back, replaced by improved parallelism. We now have 16 core, 32 thread desktop CPUs. Design changes can fix most of the weaknesses that allow Spectre and Meltdown, but it will take them a while to filter through to live systems. In the mean time the reduction in speed does not mean Moore’s law has ended.
That’s just one example
Look at US steel production. The US government slapped a large duty on the import of steel back in 2002. Result: US steel production went down, it increased user costs and unemployment went up in associated industries. It was estimated to have cost 200,000 jobs.
Re: "Like I say, there’s no user guide to tell you what all the icons means."
Alistair, how hard is it to type:
“iphone x user guide”
into google, click on the first link that it provides (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/iphone-x), scroll down to where it says “Learn more” and click on the “iPhone User Guide” link (which gets you to http://help.apple.com/iphone/11/)?
It’s even item number 3 returned if you click on Support and then search using the same phrase on the Apple web site.
What do Cali, New York, Hawaii, Maine and 18 other US states have in common? Fighting the FCC on net neutrality
Re: Net Neutrality is not Net Regulation
“I thought that is was the other way around, that NN would prevent high bandwidth users being charged more”
Nope. Nothing in NN prevents an ISP charging based on available bandwidth and/or data usage. What it prevents is charging differently depending on where the data comes from, or blocking access to services. It even allows throttling of data like bit torrent, providing that it is done to preserve network integrity and it is applied in an even handed manor (e.g. you can throttle streamed video if capacity is getting tight, but you must throttle ALL streamed video, not just that from a competitor).
Re: Net Neutrality is not Net Regulation
“Which prevents them from providing a better service”
Utter tripe. They have carefully maneuvered things so there is little to no competition in the market, put up as many barriers as they can find to stop new entrants and are making money hand-over-fist milking their aging infrastructure. Nothing about NN prevents them from charging the user more for a better service. What they can’t do is charge different rates for the type of data rather than the quantity used, nor can they charge the provider of said data to service their users.
Re: And the daily letters are: FUD
The only thing they did was to throttle torrents? Did you RTFA? They blocked them and Google Pay to start with. There are other examples of them blocking (SIP internet phones), or throttling services that compete with their own offerings (video on demand).
Re: Poor choice of words..gives Emirates the opportunity to squeeze the hell out of Airbus.
No, they can’t. Firstly Boeing have discontinued the 747 and now don’t make anything remotely close to the capacity of the A380. Secondly retraining their pilots and maintenance staff to whatever they replace them with would be hugely expensive.
Adding to that, Emirates is not the only customer, it’s just the largest.
They made Athon CPUs until about 2010
The Athlon II was released in late 2009, so they are well capable of running Windows 10. MS are skimping on testing again.
Re: "All Samsung need to do now" @Pascal
Erm, Samsung HAVE a 10nm process that actually works and yields at an acceptable level (something that Intel have spectacularly failed at, their 10nm process is over 2 years late and still isn't ready for volume production).
As for the other part of the equation, that rather depends on how you look at things. They've been an ARM shop for quite some time (with the Exynos line), which has comprehensively beaten Intel in the mobile category. They can't whip up a competitive x86 design overnight, but they could start fabbing AMD designs for them in fairly short order.
Re: The turn of the millenium called...
>I can only see 9G/Mo for £18 om Giffgaff - what am I missing?
Giffgaf have gone down hill. They do an “always on” plan for £20, but throttle you back to about 380k beyond 9GB of usage.
If Three works in your area you can have 30GB of teathered or mobile data for £20,