634 posts • joined 23 Oct 2006
EBay listings reveal longevity of the oculus go
There are many eBay listings for the Go, of which a large proportion say the item is in mind condition, boxed with plastic film still on.. I.e. hours of use.
This suggests that the novelty wears off very quickly, or it's cumbersome or uncomfortable etc.
Whether the oculus quest will fare and better is another story.
I failed to train my replacement
I was leaving a company which was cutting nearly half its staff as it was running out of money.
I showed the putative replacement the web control panel for the firewall whilst his boss observed. I made no attempt to explain in detail, just quickly shipped showed the key configurations like the vpn tunnels to explain which was which. There was a look of panic, and they asked whether all that was voodoo magic, but I said it was just everyday stuff, anyone should be able to do it.
They went off into a huddle. For the first time, the management realised my job wasn't trivial and maybe they couldn't find a cheap graduate to do it.
I've found that at best HT gives you 30% added processing power than one core.
When hosting VMs on linus, I'm careful to allocate virtual core siblings together to get some benefit from ht.
The competition from AMD's ryzen has finally forced Intel to start shipping complete cores in desktop and laptop processors again which is great.
Re: Had a close call
I had an urgent release to make and it was very close to christmas, and testing hadn't been done because people had already packed up and gone.
I was fairly confident my code was up to scratch, but then I was quite ill and really shouldn't have been working. I was talking to the head of software dev, X, over the phone and I didn't want to deploy as I hadn't had any sign off, no written record of any testing other than my own, and he told me to go ahead and announce it to the regular internal email list. Working for X had been a very unpleasant experience in general.
I made the deployment ready (java on tomcat). I sent a message to the release mailing list, which crossed many departmental boundaries - dev, sysadmin, testing, marketing - that I was deploying the release and that X had told met that it was OK despite the normal testing cycle not being done, then I hit the deploy button.
A few seconds later X rang, and said "you can't say that!". I replied "I don't understand, what can't I say?". X says "You can't announce that you deployed without the normal QA because I told you". I feigned a little innocence and said "but I was only repeating what you told me". He was exasperated and hung up. Fortunately the release was good and all was well. I think X had planned to throw me under the bus if it had been a disaster.
in some countries it's illegal to use a VPN service with severe criminal penalties. It can also be illegal to use VOIP services, including Skype.
Be sure to check before visiting countries in the middle east, but really, check for any country you intend to visit for any specific laws on internet use, whether you'd consider the use normal (vpn to work, cloud services, instant messaging and VOIP) as well as ahem personal (pr0n, movies, chat, social media).
I'd be happy with a full VDSL2/2+ 80Mb/s speed, but a long phone line means I can't even get the full 40Megabits/s lower tier, and my upload speed is just 5.5Megabits/second :-(
Needless to say, there's nothing that can be done, as Openreach won't deploy a closer cabinet, so that's as good as it's likely to get. Although the exchange has been unbundled, there's no competition for the last mile, and there's no virgin media service in the area either.
I recommend people have a play and build a TVHeadend server.
* listen/watch live
* set up timed recordinds
* keep your recordings indefinitely
* transcode recordings to other formats
* install minidlna and stream recordings across your LAN to various devices which support DLNA
* install Samba and make available over file shares for laptops and desktops
* set up a tool which scans directories and makes a podcast feed and then you can take your recordings with you on your phone/tablet etc.
of course, don't do any of the above if it will violate copyright. ahem.
I was helping a friend rip out his old kitchen and move light sockets etc.
He drilled into the wall and the drill bit suddenly jumped, and he commented "oh, I didn't intend to go deep enough to hit the cavity". I knew that his kitchen wall was an internal single-skin, and I looked through the hole and said "no, you've drilled into the lounge".
He thought I was joking. Then he looked through the hole and simply muttered "oh, bugger".
Fortunately his wife wasn't leaning against the wall at the time, which she had been only a few minutes before!
It's US$250 st Bestbuy in the USA, and £250 in the UK, which even after accounting for sales tax in the USA, means a hefty markup!
This article also failed to mention it's made by Xiaomi, so I imagine in due course when the exclusivity contacts lapse, you'll be able to buy one without the Facebook branding and spyware.
Mobileye's autonomous cars are heading to California. But they're not going to kill anyone. At least not on purpose
Re: Too many "accidents"
Here in the UK, the police say "incident". There are very few actual accidents, by which I mean a freak combination of wholly innocent steps which couldn't have been foreseen to lead to the crash.
Most incidents are due to specific mistakes which could have been prevented and lead to an unavoidable collision.
Re: Yeah right
VOIP doesn't need much bandwidth at all, a few tens of kilobits/second if that.
what it does need is power. old fashioned analogue phones are powered by the phone line, you don't get that with an optical fibre, and so a SIP ATA needs a mains adapter and battery backup.
how many people have cordless phones at home where the base station has no battery backup? I think probably 99% of cordless phone base stations have no battery.