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UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

cactopus Re:old != bad (189 comments)

What we don't know from the original article because there is a bit of sensationalist language in it is if the assumption that the VME system was installed on ICL hardware from 1974 and has existed and functioned ever since without update. Keep in mind that the current product is software-only running on x86/x64 gear from Fujitsu and is called OpenVME. There have been several intervening generations of hardware and software from 2900 to Series 39 to Trimetra/Nova and Supernova. How do we know from this article that they didn't buy or upgrade one or more times yet keep their apps basically the same (what works) on the same development platform? I don't believe the original 1974 hardware unchanged could cope with or keep up with business load for that department... I/O beast that it might have been for the time. It was probably upgraded/expanded in the 80's and 90's at least once or twice. The 70's disk drives alone wouldn't hold much (200MB and 40MB platters). That might not be a problem for a simple OS image, system files, and their apps but I think the data created would eventually start to fill available storage pretty quick.

about three weeks ago

Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

cactopus Re:Diesel (659 comments)

This is why I see the future being Tesla (electric), Diesel, and Diesel-Electric Hybrid (benefits of both). The alternative diesel fuels are easier to source and more widely varied (veggie oils anyone?). There really is no excuse to use a petrol-electric hybrid when a diesel-electric is better. Now if they ever discover a way to use Thorium efficiently, then there is probably option 4 out there.

about 9 months ago

Soylent: No Food For 30 Days

cactopus Re:Why all the negativity? (440 comments)

I totally agree with this. I'd eat an occasional pizza, mexican, mac n' cheese, or Indian meal as a treat and totally live on this kind of thing. I'd like to see it in dry biscuit or cookie form or perhaps gelatin too. I don't always want to drink my meals. Maybe even as a 3D-printing paste... or... solid biscuits and paste-filling (sandwich)

about a year ago

Russia Has Sights Set On Manned Moon Landing By 2030

cactopus Gingrinovich (207 comments)

Quick... someone send Newt to Russia.

more than 2 years ago

Pricing: Apple Defies Australian Government

cactopus Everything costs more in Australia (440 comments)

Why attack Apple for pricing products so they make the same profit in every market per person? There's no reason why a $39,000 Nissan 350Z (I had a 2008GT) should cost $67,000 AUD. Everything costs more over here. This is made worse now that the USD is less valuable then the AUD.

I'd say the Australian government should be going after the automotive industry and many others to lower their prices and cost of living substantially. It doesn't cost that much to put a car on a boat and ship it. Japan to the US? (Low US price). Japan to Australia (shorter distance) (price almost double US model)

more than 3 years ago

David Pogue Takes On Vista

cactopus Re:Or in other words... (533 comments)

The entire Kernel is developed by the open source community, let alone all the core-applications and libraries. Apple would have NEVER been Apple making the swith to x86 in such a (seemingly) short amount of time. Why? it has already been prepared for by the Open Darwin Team to make that step a long time before Apple even decided to change CPU-vendors. Yes, Apple doesn't even pay their Kernel developers!

This is totally false. Open Darwin did not exist before OS X. Open Darwin was the base system released to the open source community under the Apple Public License. OS X is based on NeXT's version of BSD 4.4 lite on top of Mach, and yes they did write the kernel or more precisely Andy Tanenbaum and Avie Tevanian of NeXT were the creators of the Mach microkernel and the guts of NEXTSTEP, OPENSTEP, and OS X (nee Rhapsody). OS X is not simply BSD Lite, nor an open source OS.

In addition, Apple did a lot of work with Linux on Mach (MkLinux) a while back as well. You have the entire process backwards. Apple is getting the benefit of open source developer's attentions and bug fixing after originally releasing the skeleton of their OS as Darwin.

more than 8 years ago


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