296 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007
"something that isn't backed by anything of value can have value?"
Like "money" you mean?
Not that I'm a fan of cryptocurrencies either, but you know.
Re: Lateral Thinking
"sugar is the new tobacco"
No you've got it all wrong. Sugar is really good for you and not a slow poison that people have been suggesting for years. Go ahead and consume copious amounts, and us fuckwits will probably die of piousness before you do.
What's all the fuss about?
I spend most of my day inside a terminal, and occasionally dip out into mail client, chat, or Sublime. I can do this quite happily on Linux, Mac or Windows. There's very little to chose between them. As a contractor, I often don't get a choice anyway, but they all have their little foibles and niceties. I've used all three at home as well over the years, until the Mac blew up. And then my kids needed to use Windows only conferencing software, so had to scrap Mint and switch to Win 10. But really that switch was pretty painless, and it generally just works.
Is it a religious thing? I don't get it.
"at a distance of one-inch, a clothes iron emits..."
perhaps. But you don't walk around with an iron strapped to your body for most of the day, and have it on a stand next to your bed at night. Surely it's a sensible precaution to keep your phone in another room*, don't keep your phone in your pocket all day and switch off wifi at certain times of the day (switch off wifi? Is this guy nuts!? Goes into palpitations)
* even just so the sodding thing doesn't keep you awake. With constant dinging, buzzing and too much blue light at night.
Re: A true paradigm shift!
Dataless. That's the future young man! If only all our apps don't need any data, then there would be no need for any sysadmin, or security.
Like Kevin Spacey?
it's already doing 17.46 km/hour
That doesn't sound right.
"it's already doing 17.46 km/sec"
Riiiiiight commentard. And I'm sure if GMail stopped working for several days, everyone would just sigh and say "Oh well, we haven't paid anything for this so it's fine".
We have come to rely on these things, regardless of whether we're paying or not. And we are paying anyway, because these things are ad supported plus they harvest all the data. But the added "friction" of having to pay directly for these services mean that most of the people that use them, just wouldn't. They would organise things with email / txt or whatever they used to use.
"Alternatively, are there other sites that provide this service?"
That's the question I was wondering. I haven't found anything similar (not looked THAT hard though), but have tried several sites such as Google Groups (which is pretty much sort of usenet) but they don't work quite the same way. Like allowing attachments, and having admins for the group.
Re: Yahoo are irrelevant & shit
Really useful article.
If you've just left school and want to get into coding.
For the rest of us, I suspect this is bread and butter stuff. Are there really still SysAdmins around who don't know this stuff (apart from at the local council)
it posted a US$72.9 third-quarter net loss
That's pretty much the cost of a meal out? They could have cut expenses ever so slightly and made a profit.
Re: Perl.... Arrggh
Sounds like you had a bad book.
Pixelbook costs $999, don't hold your breath
That's a bit like saying, Google Pixel phone costs £700, don't hold your breath (on Android).
Other Chromebooks are available, and they are the perfect computer for many of my friends and people like... my Dad. People who aren't very good with computers, and just do email and web browsing, etc.
*** And people I wish would leave me alone and stop asking me to fix their bloody computer. ***
I think they have a future, but not for people who read The Reg. For their friends though? But let's wait and see.
I think that sums up the state of how we got where we are now. Well done.
I'm guessing many of the haters in the comments are 50 somethings, or retired and just don't get all these "new fangled buzzwords" and think that "we did all this devops stuff on mainframes back in the 70s".
As someone who's seen it actually working in practice, I can can tell you that Agile / Scrum / DevOps *can* work... but done wrong it can spit out a crappy product just like any other method. It's not about being like Twitter or Etsy or Facebook or Google... but they DO have some smart people and there's a lot we can learn from them.
The downvote button is the second one along.
Re: A Mystery?
Because people don't stand up to bullies like this, and they just try to avoid them and stay out of their way. Or leave and go somewhere else, which must be bloody difficult if you are a patent clerk. Unless you have ideas about new Physics theories?
Anyway, they should all walk out and refuse to work until this pig is removed and stops doing even more damage.
You are shitting me?
"Can’t someone simply wander through those images, stalking you via a breadcrumb trail of EXIF location data? Of course they can."
Wait, what!? You mean they don't strip the shit out? I had *assumed* they stripped that shit out, and it wasn't available unless you explicitly clicked the "add my location" button. Silly me.
Are you SURE my location can be simply pulled out of all my images??
Arachnophobia issues aside
Entomophobia issues aside
There, fixed that.
Re: I'm OK
5..4..3..2..1.. boom. It's guessed your "disposable" email prefix. Ta da.
a lot of humans are, frankly, terrible drivers!?
Rubbish. Most humans are much better than average at driving. Just ask them. ;-)
Could be useful.
As people move workloads to the cloud, the tin that's left behind could be useful for non-prod environments and you've already paid for the hardware.
£3.25 TWICE the price?
£0.75/kg in Tesco. I think you're out of touch with the price of things.
And also Onion Goggles ...
... work brilliantly.
But between "the first powered flight" and "planes as a form of relieable mass transport" lie untold billions of R&D money and roughly six decades.
... however, technology changes MUCH faster than it did 100 years ago. So something which took 60 years, could nowadays be done in 15 years. Or even faster if the military feel the need.
I think these will be commonplace sooner than a lot of people (here) think. And a bit later than a lot of investors seem to hope.
COTS still needs to be installed and configured.
And to do that install manually could take a long time, and be error prone.
Take something like Documentum which can take around 1 week to install by following a massive Word document which tells you all the step-by-step instructions. Very easy to get wrong and very difficult to automate. You would be much better off choosing a package which can be automatically installed and configured with Chef, Puppet or Ansible. This is still DevOps.
You can forget about Continuous Integration for the COTS aspect, but if you are then further customizing you'll likely need that too.
As for Agile, I think you are conflating two different things here.
In the above scenario it would still make more sense to develop your Config Management scripts using scrum and in sprints, delivering a working solution at the end of each sprint.
Now, when it comes to SaaS your argument probably does make more sense. You aren't going to "do the DevOps" if you are using standard Salesforce.
Shame it won't be supported for a while, but if someone starts a new company (and if that was me, I'd just call it Riak forget Basho) then it could well live on.
I guess this is a lesson to learn when working with Open Source technology. The support can just disappear, but you might still be able to get hold of the "talent" via some other means.
about 12 per cent of servers run non-Windows OSs!?
That doesn't smell right at all.
Save the women and children first!
That's pretty much what people do (when given enough time - 4 seconds - to think about it).
So, it's basically OK to replicate this behaviour in automation? As neither a woman or a child, I don't feel entirely comfortable about that.
What about skin colour? Or hair colour? Would most people choose to eliminate a ginger first (yes, I'm one of them too!)
I'm not sure I'm liking this RotM future.
"...fibre to the premise..."
So, basically they like the idea of having fibre?
Or should that say premises? Either that, or El Reg adds [sic] ??
Re: Looks like Microsoft is copying Apple... again...
That doesn't really make sense. When any storage device dies you can kiss your data goodbye if you haven't backed it up. So you should be backing up anyway. To cloud or to drives that you rotate and store off-site, it's up to you. Or to another computer, using CrashPlan or similar.
The only difference here is that if the motherboard or memory dies instead of the SSD, you'll effectively lose your data.
You mean Ryan Gosling? Get your DevOps memes right, Register. ;-)
Don't worry, no programmers were harmed
That's in very poor taste considering... oh wait, it's you Iain.
Re: The beauty of virtual machines
"Of course every reboot, all changes were lost"
That's not how VMs work.
Re: low pay
You think people earn more than £65 an hour for cleaning car windows? And what universe do you live in exactly?
Seems like a good idea...
... if you're an advertiser.
Even better stick screens on the inside of toilet doors, as you are likely to be sitting for a couple of minutes instead of 15 seconds drying your hands.
I think this would be a terrible thing, as personally I have some of my best ideas sitting on the loo... but that's not going to stop advertisers now, is it?
Re: How do you handle the legal part of governnance?
Most of that compliance can be written into acceptance tests, which can be automated. There's your formal sign-off. DevOps is ITIL on steroids. :-D
Did you take money for this? It reads very much like a promo.
AWS certification is what most employers are looking for, or at a pinch Azure. But all the cloud providers are so different that this would have to cover them all, or be very watered down.
Still "be able to" attend court?
Surely most people would want to just let the computer system do it rather than going to court if they are going to plead guilty anyway. But why could it not be optional? Allow people to decide to plead guilty and let the computer sentence them, or they can go to court and let a judge sentence them and get the same outcome? I bet the vast majority of people would take the automatic system, and avoid the hassle and time off work, etc.
This is not new
Talk to the customer. Show them what you are working on regularly (Agile) and pick their brains for how the system should work better and what they actually need to do in real life.
But also bear in mind that many "users" just want a faster version of what they already have.
Really you need a Steve Jobs to show people what they have not imagined possible yet.
The real UserDev will come when you can just speak to the AI and say "Design me a system to do X" and a few seconds later something appears. But really we don't need any more stupid words to describe things we've already been doing for years.
Yeah, don't you just hate them. Wait... what's that at the top of the article?
And pretty much every fucking Reg article. Dumb stock photo.
Like the one I'm looking at in your "spotlight" bar on the right. Man in suit, typing on a laptop sitting on top of a giant cartoon style bomb. ha ha ha ha. So funny. I get the metaphor, but please just stop it.
It's like using clip art in the 90's. Lots of people did it, but that didn't stop it being cheesy.
Been reading Sci-Fi?
Problem is when you read Iain M. Banks or Neal Asher, you can get wrapped up in that way of thinking as if it's inevitable and going to happen in the next few years. We are nowhere near getting neural lace, and Musk saying it's 3 years away is just crazy. (That was from a Vanity Fair article). Someday, perhaps. A.I. could happen sooner than many people think, but still decades away before Jarvis is really meaningfully useful.
Yeah, was a bit surprised for that to pop up while sitting in a coffee shop!
Re: 'Murder ... bodies ...'
yeah, that was kind of the point of the title.
Re: I have no love for Facebook...but...
Why? Because they are investigative journalists, and it's in their mandate to give the people they are investigating a chance to respond. Also, it makes for a better story as they can report that FB have done something or nothing about it.
If it was just reported straight to the Police, then we the public would be denied the chance to be outraged ^w^w do something about it.
Yet another reason to quit FB.
yeah, exactly. This story is made up BS. Would never happen. What about following due process? You can't just fire people like that.
Mind you it does say "C-suite" so perhaps it the good ol' US of A, you can.
future isn't virtual robot buddies replacing humans?
Well, it is.
But we're not quite there yet. Years or decades at least. It's kind of inevitable this will happen in "the future"
What about Brunel? (and dozens of others)
Or do you mean most successful living engineer?
Depends how you define most successful I suppose.
“stand-up design thinking” instead of sitting around a table like a committee and talking for hours, you stand arond a white board and pitch in with ideas. The meetings go much more quickly, and you tend to focus on the problem. Post-It notes might be involved.
People don't tend to sit there checking laptops and phones.
It does actually kinda work, but I can't think of a better name for it.
few took developers seriously?
I think you are forgetting Steve Ballmer.
Time to watch this one again.
An array of lenses?
Why not have an array of lenses on the back covering, say, the top half of the phone back? You'd have to hold it at the bottom. With processing, you could then get a similar amount of photons as with a dSLR, but it would be nice and flat. Tiny lenses are incredibly cheap, this would only add a few £ to the phone overall and would make photography so much better.
Make your own candles!?
Did you know you can make your own candles? Get some wax, wick, melt the wax, dip the candles. You can probably make your own wax and wick as well.
Same applies to the pencil.
Why not keep sheep and knit your own clothes?
This article completely ignores the economies of scale. And specialisation.
If Amazon/Google/MS are hosting hundreds of thousands of servers then it makes sense that I can spin up a shared VM on those servers, which will probably not be 100% utilised (the VM, not the server). Heck, I can even shut down my perf test environment when I'm not doing perf testing, and stop paying completely. On prod, I can spin up extra app VMs when I need them using auto-scaling, and then spin them down when demand drops. And then I stop paying. And lots of other reasons too.