1079 posts • joined 25 Oct 2008
Re: All credit to iD games...
Yes, Doom didn't need a math-co, but Quake did. I know because at the time Quake came out, I was using a NexGen NX586, which (for reasons that elude me) didn't have a math chip in it. So I missed the early Quake bus until I saved up enough for a real Pentium. I had to while away my time playing Doom Eternal, Final Doom, etc...
Re: Doom II
The Arch-vile alert sound remains to this day the only game sound that stands up the hair on the back of my neck. Cyberdemon? Pah, just mecha-noise. Spider-mother? Just a bug to squash. But the arch-vile meant I were about to have a minute or two of a hard time, and possibly get killed.
I miss the old days...
Re: An email...
I had a similar thought. I wonder if the spammers are already using the confusion to dupe users into providing their new credentials. Just a simple "Dear user, please reset your password again. The one you did earlier was lost by our server" email, followed by a relatively official looking login page, might trick far too many users. Never underestimate the gullibility of the user base.
New measurement of time between BOFH articles - how far your hairline has receded since the last one.
I do believe this is the longest gap in BOFH articles since I started reading them here in like 2005. I remember several years ago, Simon took off for like 3 or 4 months. This time, it seems ages longer.
"Next manager along didn't understand any of it, so ordered it ripped it out in favour of..."
The mark of a truly gifted Manager is that they can come into a new job and immediately decide to rip out systems that have been reliably ticking over for 10 years. All because they read a "Best Practices" article on a forum somewhere. That's why they get the big money.
Me, bitter? no...
"By providing a document in the kernel source tree that shows that all people, developers and maintainers alike, will be treated with respect and dignity while working together, we help to create a more welcome community to those newcomers, which our very future depends on if we all wish to see this project succeed at its goals."
Aw, man, Linux is turning beige... Bummer. I always liked LT's rants, they are some of the more entertaining and colorful aspects of this otherwise boring industry. Time for "safe spaces" and singing Kumbaya.
I used a small MicroTik router at a previous job. Nice little box for $30. Was handy as a "cheat" to let me get to equipment in an otherwise isolated VLAN. I was amazed at how many different ways that thing could molest an IP packet. The GUI interface was a bit rough, though, since it had so very many little knobs and buttons.
I was a Groupwise admin for 15 years, then migrated to Office365. Never used Notes in the least. For on-prem, Groupwise was hard to beat (at least through 2012 when we jumped ship) - it was fast, took care of its own databases pretty reliably, and was easier to maintain and upgrade than what I'd read about Exchange. But lack of integration with desktop apps (ie - "it's not Outlook"), and Novell self-destructing, eventually forced even me to say "we need to move". As an admin, the biggest benefits I found in O365 were the deep Powershell abilities (we won't talk about EWS, though), and the fact I never have to add another drive to the storage array.
Re: Ahhh, memories...
The one I always loved was the call of "The Internet isn't working", when the actual problem turned out to be that the user had set the browser's startup page to some obscure website Somewhere Out There, and that website was down. Did they bother trying to go to Google or Yahoo or CNN or anywhere else? No. Start browser, get error message, call IT to complain loudly. Lovely.
Re: So this great technical breakthrough was achieved....
Let's not be too harsh - there was probably a committee involved, and possibly high ranking members of the upper Management team. Meetings, lots of meetings to decide WHICH shade of dark, dark grey was most fitting, or should they switch to dark, dark gray instead? Meetings need donuts and drinks, which means caterers needed to be scheduled. And point-release reveals to the various mid-management teams. More meetings to integrate their better suggestions. More donuts. Finally the big release to the Executive Management team, and more meetings to figure out the most politic way to NOT integrate their horrible suggestions.
Surprising they got it out at all then.
“No, it’s too generic and we already have safety servers."
That made me snort. It's a shame you can only plant a crop in some fields every few years. Usually the cycle corresponds to the changing of the employment status of the Senior Beancounter. If there's nobody around to say "Hey, didn't you buy a new CMS server 2 years ago?" then it's time to do a PO for a new CMS server...
Re: One definition of insanity ...
"It should be noted that the first 6 posts in this thread were downvoted about 10 minutes after the first post was published."
So now we know what Darl McBribe is doing with his free time - trawling El Reg and downvoting any posts that denigrate TSG. Hard to believe tha anybody but a few lawyers still give a positive shit about TSG - the rest of the world hates them like a burning rash.
A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down
Maybe Microsoft's internal admins sometimes forget whether they're testing an outage in CrystalNet, or on the real Office365 production servers.
"Hey, let's simulate what would happen if we lost connection to all of our peering exchanges."
"Hey, why's my phone saying it can't retrieve my email anymore"
God, I hated RPG. It should've never left punch-card land. IBM (et al) should have never tried to make it Englishy. Leave it on the cards, in the proper columns, where it makes sense. Nobody tries to hand-code mag-tape data, but punch-card holes are just too close to being a real, physical object, so let's turn it into a language-like thing and torment people with it. Not saying it wasn't useful in the real world, but as a "language" it was as ugly as sin and as forgiving as gravity.
"Sell it at a premium, too, rather than claim to be cheap but actually be quite average in price."
Have you seen how much Huel costs? I looked at it when it came to the US earlier this year, and blanched at the cost. They sell it in lots of 28 "meals" for $66. That's the minimum I could find. For a "per meal" price of $2.36, that isn't horrible, but $66 is a lot to wager if it turns out I can't force myself to eat meals 2 through 28. So I'm sticking to ramen noodles for lunch...
When TigerDirect went kaput a few years ago, that really cut into the number of component resellers for "small" things - hard drives, memory, cards, new-old-stock Laptops, etc. NewEgg is my main go-to now, since we have a corp net-30 account, although I am not too pleased by their efforts at becoming a "marketplace" instead of a reseller - some of their vendors take far too long to ship orders. I use CDW-G every once in a while, but their sales people can get annoying and their prices are usually higher than NewEgg. Amazon is OK, but hit-or-miss on some things, and there's no "account rep" to ask questions of. At least with CDW-G and NewEgg I have an actual account rep for the rare times I need one.
I hope NewEgg comes out of this intact.
Re: Age is but a number.
"Why can't young people understand that old people are just young people who are older in age?"
Because that would require the young people to think about someone besides themselves for a second or two, and most of them do not have that capability in their skillset. It isn't called the "Me" generation for nothing...
"People may be afraid that automation will take away their jobs," said Alanna Brown, director of product marketing at Puppet, in a phone interview with The Register, "but automation has made devops practitioners more valuable to their organizations."
What about those of us who haven't drank the devops KoolAid? I guess we're less valuable now that the slick DevOps guys are in there, talking up the boardroom, showing all the gee-whizzy stuff that didn't even exist when we started 20+ years ago. We might as well be RPG programmers...
I would think the catch rate from this would be pretty low. I would think after 20+ years of "The Internet" that most of the folks who frequent pr0n sites (especially the aggregator sites like this one) would know the sites sometimes push crapware through their ads. It's not like this just started happening last year. Remember the old dialer viruses that would call 900 numbers in the Carribean?
Maybe the Millenials don't know this yet, that could explain a lot.
Re: Does that mean we can now drop the crappy Win10 interface?
"From the outset of Win8 (which was a much improved base OS) I have claimed that were Microsoft to see the error of their ways and give Win8 (now Win10) and Windows7 interface, all would be forgiven."
Totally agree. MS's subsystem folks did a lot of good with Win8/2012 and beyond, but it was all hidden by the hideous GUI.
Microsoft - the company that can write an entire "safe" programming ecosystem (.net) from the ground up, but can't figure out how to re-write the fucking "Start" menu from 1995 to work with their latest Windows...