Member since: September 2011

Areas of Interest: Cloud Computing, Hardware, Mobile & Wireless, Networking, Software


  • The EU has forced Google to remove search results for people if they request it. I’m a fairly private person, so in some ways it appeals to me. However, this seems awfully close to censorship to me, and I’m not sure I like the idea of people being able to remove things they don’t like by force of law. What do other people think?

    2 days 23 hours ago

  • Gartner released the results of a study recently that looks at non-relational technology in it’s data warehouse report. Obviously Hadoop has had an impact in data warehousing, in particular the challenge it has posed for traditional data warehouse technologies.

    1 week 6 days ago

  • Well, I know you said you have Unix experience, but it would also help to have some knowledge of Linux. That should be pretty easy for you to pick up. I think Cloudera requires Linux knowledge as a pre-req for Hadoop Admin courses. You really did not make it clear what course you were looking at, so I assume Cloudera.

    1 week 6 days ago

  • China is claiming that the iPhone poses a threat to the country’s national security, and there is talk about banning iPhone sales completely. China is not Apple’s largest market, with sales of about 3 million iPhones per quarter, but that’s still a significant amount of revenue that the company stands to lose.

    2 weeks 3 days ago

  • It should be fine without a converter. Just get a travel adapter that has multiple plugs and rock on. You can pick one up for about $40.  

    2 weeks 3 days ago

  • German magazine and newspaper publishers are suing Google for 11% of revenue made “directly or indirectly” from including their content in search results. I know that life can be hard for publishers these days, and any revenue is welcome, but this seems like it could be a case of the publishers making a strategic error.

    5 weeks 1 day ago

  • Interesting question. I am not a Windows RT user, so I did a little looking around out of curiousity. RT is built to run on ARM platforms, so that could be an issue. A potential problem is the fact that Windows Mobile OS is an obsolete OS that is based off Windows CE and was last released in 2010.

    8 weeks 45 min ago

  • No way that is happening in the US. There is a much greater tendency to protect people against corporate overreach in Europe. There is almost no political will to do so in the US. You can barely pass a common sense restriction on industrial emmisions in the US without someone screaming about socialism.

    8 weeks 4 hours ago

  • Well, you can use Wine to run Windows on Linux. However, there is less than 100% compatibility with Windows applications, so you might want to google “Wine” and the name of any software that you want to use to see if there are common issues.

    13 weeks 5 days ago

  • You didn’t mention when this is happening or what version of , but I’ve had it occur while using Chrome browser. I have simply shut down Chrome and restarted it, and had haven’t had any further problems beyond having it pop up one other time. Apparently Windows Media Player can also cause this to happen.

    20 weeks 2 days ago

  • It’s because of a trademark dispute with Rupert Murdoch’s British broadcasting company, Sky. There was a ruling by a judge in an English Court last year that said Microsoft had to rename SkyDrive to prevent confusion under trademark law. It just took a while for Microsoft to impliment the name change.

    25 weeks 6 days ago

  • Strange question, is it thesis time? One zero knowlede proof example that almost everyone is familiar with is the two coloured balls example. Let’s see if I can remember it: You have two balls, one green and one red, identical in every way except colour.

    26 weeks 3 days ago

  • The software is telling you to move the file into the root folder that you defined as your website so that if can keep track of your links and manage your site. If you don’t do it, you will probably have problems with broken links and have difficulty uploading files to your site when you publish it.

    28 weeks 6 days ago

  • It is a real problem, although probably not particularly common in light of the hundreds of millions of people online. Of course, relative rarity doesn’t mean jack when you are the one that is struck by lightning.

    28 weeks 6 days ago

  • I just read about the decision to allow passenger to use electronic devices during all phases of flight. Does anyone know if this applies to international flights as well?

    38 weeks 4 days ago

  • It’s the same software, but VMware Player plus is not limited to non-commercial use by license.  Plus also has some additional options and settings that allow for greater customization, as well as support for virtual machines created by VMware Workstation or Fusion Professional. 

    41 weeks 5 days ago

  • First and foremost for me would be account security: 24 hour server monitoring, offers SSL, etc. After that, I would look for high server uptime, 24/7 tech support, sufficient bandwidth limit without excessive charges for extra bandwidth, and up-to-date hardware. Fairly low down the list is cost.

    42 weeks 4 days ago

  • How can I change the rulers that are on the top and side of the PowerPoint window to display metric measurements?

    44 weeks 5 days ago

  • Judging from the reaction of the stock market, most people are firmly in the “it will help” camp. I think the importance of a CEO can be overstated, but they certainly have the ability to screw things up by making the wrong decisions.   

    48 weeks 4 hours ago

  • A couple of days ago there was an online survey, I think it was the Register, a UK based magazine, that asked folks what they thought of Snowden. There were 5 or 6 options, and of respondents, about 75% chose answers that were supportive of Snowden.

    1 year 1 week ago

  • Graphics may not make the game, but they can aid in the immersive experience. You point out that maybe looking too real would destroy the suspension of disbelief (I paraphrase, obviously). Don’t forget, this could also mean a photorealistic fantastic world, where everything that is normal is turned upside down.

    1 year 1 week ago

  • Google makes this information available for developers every month. They use a different method to determine what devices are in active use by only counting devices that access Google Play, which would be highly relevant to Android developers. As a result, these numbers are slighly different from those in the earlier post.

    1 year 1 week ago

  • I tried to install the Windows 8.1 my Fujitsu Arrows Tab, which came with Windows 8. I get an error message that tells me Windows 8.1 is not supported. How can it be compatible with Windows 8 but not 8.1, which is “just” an update? Is there a work around or anything I can do to install 8.1, or am I just out of luck?

    1 year 3 weeks ago

  • Make sure that you use a blank sheet of paper for printer cartridge alignment. I have seen people attempt to reuse old paper for this, and it can cause the printer to misalign the cartridges.

    1 year 4 weeks ago

  • As you said, it is still in beta. In light of the derision with which the icons have been met, I strongly suspect there will be some cosmetic changes.

    1 year 5 weeks ago

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