* Posts by Caoilte

68 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Dec 2007


30 years on, Debian is at the heart of the world's most successful Linux distros



In 1998 I installed Debian Hamm, Postgres 6 and JDK 1.1 on a new AMD tower and started learning them all. They weren't the most popular at the time (that would have been Slackware or Mandrake or Redhat / MySQL, Perl and Pentiums) but they felt like the future.l and I'm glad they've all done well.

YouTube's 'Ad blockers not allowed' pop-up scares the bejesus out of netizens


Re: ..

They run other experiments, eg lots of people leave videos running in the background so they will sometimes pause them if they think you're doing that.

Atlassian to dump 500 – by email – in the name of 'rebalancing'


Re: How about... not hiring so many newbies?

> So, basically they've just grown the workforce too fast.

Alternatively, they trained up a load of juniors and have just got rid of a lot of expensive staff engineers.

Popular password manager LastPass to be spun out from LogMeIn


keepassxc all the way!


keepassxc all the way

US Air Force chief software officer quits after launching Hellfire missile of a LinkedIn post at his former bosses


Re: Water-agile-fail

Depends on the documentation. Lots of companies/government departments require you to create reams of documentation for each release that is completely useless as soon as it is written but which fulfills a box ticking exercise.

I think it comes from a time when releases required hundreds of manual interventions. If a system is properly architected and the release process is properly automated then there is very little which can go wrong and a lot less which needs to be documented.

Arm says it has 'successful working relationship' with Chinese joint venture run by CEO who refuses to leave


Re: This is a no-win for China

Yup. The Alstom/Siemens high speed rail tech transfer from 2004 being a very very famous example.

It's straight up looting at this point. Senior executives within Softbank probably got a hefty bribe.

You're not imagining it. Amazon and AWS want to hire all your friends, enemies, and everyone in between


Most people I know who went to work at Amazon left the moment their joining bonus stocks vested (usually 12 months). Mixture of tech and middle management.

The last paragraph of the story doesn't make sense to me.

>>> One insider suggests that the worst thing that could happen would be for AWS to get all the staff it wanted. "I think the company would slow down… because people would feel like they were able to take the pressure off themselves." <<<

Even if they got all the staff they wanted a quarter of them will quit from stress and overwork the next quarter anyway. These people aren't putting the pressure on themselves. :eyeroll:

The only thing which will slow Amazon down is people getting wise to the fact that the minor bump in appeal to your CV of having passed through their meat grinder isn't worth the daft interview process, below average comp and soul crushing work pressure. That or TRPF.

'Unikernels will send us back to the DOS era' – DTrace guru Bryan Cantrill speaks out


Re: I've used non isolated OS before and mistakes bite hard

I wouldn't want to write a unikernel app in C for this reason, but MirageOS is written in OCaml and either that makes pointer mistakes impossible and the entire program simpler to verify correct before deployment or we're not ready for unikernels. Given how free Haskell/Scala code tends to be I can believe that OCaml is similarly reliably correct.

Day 2: Millions of HSBC customers still locked out of online banking


Re: Every time I read a story about a huge banking titsup happening...

I've never heard of any problems with Nationwide, but do you actually have any evidence that their systems are any more modern than the other banks?

I got the impression this was an industry wide problem (exactly what you'd expect given the game of musical chairs played at board level)

Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts


Re: Build me this...

All that on a 4" screen with removable battery and I would also be sold. Until then there's just nothing compelling enough to make me dump my nexus 4.

How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it


Re: There's more to this than identiry theft....

This will certainly make it very hard to be ethnically Chinese and work for the US government, but I wonder if that might not have been the case already.

Inside GOV.UK: 'Chaos' and 'nightmare' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites


Re: Agile everything

'Peace of work' - my main problem is that they hired contractors.

Gov.UK inhaled G-Cloud, spat out framework – ex-lead claims


I'm enjoying this level of openness. We didn't see it on previous government buildouts and I think that is why some of them managed to spend hundreds of times more before getting cancelled.

Every successful programme of work contains basket case projects that should get canned early and may not for political reasons.

This may be one of them. With the heat on like this, we may get to find out.

I just wish The Register wasn't so openly gleeful about solely pouncing on every misfortune and could give the balanced view as well. I guess they've read the clicks - but first dotcom boom around this (then: proudly) "rag" used to float above that sort of laziness and read between the lines.

Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene


Re: ... and these are the people the west supports

They supply 12%, so ummmmm no. Sorry. There would be pandemonium


This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO


No, sorry. The WTO is evil.

Take your example from the book (which I haven't read). There are two problems,

1) You ignore the political capital required to support change. If the Canadian government are unable to offer jobs to local factories to produce the solar panels then they lose some of the support they require to pass legislation that will (inevitably) require higher taxes. This could be enough to prevent them from ever being able to pass similarly progressive legislation.

2) By introducing these feeder tariffs - Canada makes its own manufacturing economy less competitive compared to a country using (for example) just coal power. If it cannot protect its own industry from the losses it suffers because of this then the legislation will get rolled back in due course.

The WTO has created a race to the bottom. This suits financialists because they can play the ends off against the middle but it has disempowered individual country's ability to act unilaterally on a whole host of global problems (eg deforestation, pollution, global warming). Even if you force local actors to clean up their act - they'll likely just export all their bad habits.

If you weren't so blinkered you'd understand this. Honestly I don't know who thought it would be a good idea to get you to review any book at all (shouldn't there be a fondleslab you can drool over instead?).

Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012


I don't know, you'd have to ask the accountancy multinationals who advise the government on setting taxes and corporations on paying them.

Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'


So many bum assumptions,

1) Lower Inequality between nations and lower inequality within nations are not mutually exclusive.

2) If we're going to talk about rising inequality within our nation, why not talk about rising inequality within developing nations?

3) Since the 1% within our nation _runs_ our nation we have to contend with rising corruption that both undermines our growth and stability and feeds on itself in an un-virtuous circle of further growth in inequality.

4) The transfer of growing inequality between generations is as pernicious to our growth and societal prospects. Smart kids from poor families have no prospects. Below average kids from rich families end up running the country.

Your whole article read like a smoke screen. You knew your conclusion, "1% holding a third of the country's wealth is trivial" and you worked back from there.

Is good that you mentioned Branko Milanovic - but it also seems odd you didn't mention Piketty at all.

THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models


Re: All been done before

I've run that program already. The answer is 42.

Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch


errr they've already got a big office on the Holborn Viaduct that they only just moved into.... bizarre.

Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?


The problem with economics is that to the tidy mind it offers superficially attractive remedies to very complex problems.


Re: Build council houses

Enforce a use it or lose it. The supermarkets have massive land banks.

'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder


Could you elaborate on what's faddish about GDS, Andrew?

I've been quite impressed by their work (as shared on their blog https://gds.blog.gov.uk/) and I count them as one of the few successes of this government (as evidenced by the so far smooth rollout of the new polling database - in comparison to the recent e-borders payout).

I can't tell if your bile is aimed at GDS specifically or government in general, but I would be saddened if it turned out that a political bent for libertarianism undermined an appreciation for well managed agile engineering practices.

'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct


AWS is cheaper than outsourcing your data centres to Accenture...

London: Hey Amazon, wanna slip your speedy packages down our tubes?


shame it doesn't work

in chrome

Infosys set for $35m fine over US visa naughtiness



$35 million sounds like "the cost of doing business" ie a slap on the wrist...

Something a bit more punitive might have helped. Not to mention criminal charges and jail time for US Infosys execs and execs of companies who outsourced to them.

Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper


Re: Gee Plus Only (for now)

youtube yes, gmail no.

Although you can't do much with google talk any more if you don't have g+.

Since I don't want G+, I can see the very real prospect of being forced to re-acquaint myself with email servers and bayesian spam filters again.

Continuous delivery: What works (and what doesn't)


Re: The fact is CD needs a lot of resources - and not everybody has them

These things are possible. I remember this talk covering some of how you can approach the solution,


However, the best way to deal with the problem is not to have it. If you can adopt a component architecture (SOA, Microservices, plugin frameworks etc) with loose coupling then you should have a component simple enough to perf test for anticipated use and to be able to put it live without requiring downstream releases.


We're still missing mature open source frameworks to support CD

There isn't an application orchestration engine (that I know of) as mature as the Puppet/Chef infrastructure tier and this forces us all to a lot of painful in-house custom work. I've used Glu and Capistrano and both have problems. Asgard might work next time I'm on AWS again.

Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report


Buyer Beware

These aren't selling. Flea markets in ME/Asia are full of marked down units.

Good news: Debian 7 is rock solid. Bad news: It's called Wheezy


Re: Conversion

As a long time Debian user who has to use CentOS at work, I can see why some of the differences could grate.

Have you tried CentOS by the way?

The UK Energy Crisis in 3 simple awareness-raising pictures


Re: Burning Gas = Electricity

It's more efficient to use gas in homes than in power stations. Gas is an excellent store of energy and you get a lot more power out of burning it in your home than out of burning it in powerstation sending it to your home as leccy (losing 40-60% during transmission) and then turning it back into heat (and losing some more).

We should stop using gas in power stations. The only reason we do is because it's cheap and easy to throw up a gas turbine whereas it takes years of planning to build equivalent wind turbines or work out where you're going to bury nuclear waste.

Brit robot programmers banged up for £500,000 tax evasion


Re: The only difference..

Yeah, but they can loan it to yourself.

Silicon Roundabout £50m THING to spew 200 startups A YEAR


ministers need a building which

makes a nice photo op....

Microsoft: TypeScript isn't a JavaScript killer



These extended Javascripts are not going to fly until they offer debugger support in their languages and on most major browsers.

The mental overhead of writing in one language and debugging in another is too high.

Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest


Is it time to switch back to Enlightenment again?


Oracle claims complete cloud suite


our company uses their cloud expenses app

it works very well, the assumption being that it is to discourage employees from filing expenses...

Climate sceptic? You're probably a 'Birther', don't vaccinate your kids


Re: your skepticism is confused


which is why they need to be balanced by other sources (wind) across a continent wide smart grid (where the productive day is also longer) and storage solutions can be made use of (eg Norwegian water storage, but there are other ways).

The Against the Grain podcast explores this a little bit.


your skepticism is confused

Because you can't imagine how the human race could beat global warming you refuse to believe in it. That's quite normal. It's not rational, but then few people can think rationally about such an abstract subject.

However, as a tech journalist, I wish you were more inquisitive and read the non-military news. We've just opened super-connectors with Iceland (Geothermals) and Norway (Hydro storage). Siemens (Desertec) is building super-connectors to Morocco where solar concentrators offer a rare-earth elements free method of generating vast amounts of electricity.

Against the Grain just broadcast a really good interview with Gar Lipow on this subject, where he goes into some detail on the technological solutions we already have and how we could pay for them here and in the global south. Simply put, If there was cross-border state investment in expanding the projects I described above we could generate 70% of our energy from renewable sources in less than twenty years.


Also this week's Analysis explored the topic of political prejudice in some detail and why people have trouble adapting their opinions on these subjects


Both would be worth while listening to and would offer a lot more of value to you and other readers than the sort of sensationalist pap that I'm more used to seeing in the Metro free-paper.

Chinese man's six-ton balls save lives


Re: 300 patents?

They learnt well from US (who did same thing after kicking Britain out).

Shoreditch's sparkle smokescreen leaves BBC journo 'tech-struck'



Shoreditch was so named because it was originally the City of London's open sewer.

Can you feel a bit of the glamour now?


Always the problem with incubators is kicking out the startups which don't succeed.

To me Old St === insurance. Mind you, plenty of insurance internet startups...

Nationwide Building Society website goes on the blink


The Nationwide website is on the blink every day. The hilarious thing is that that they seem incapable of grasping the fact. Maybe the servers are fine and is just the network bridge to the internet outside of swindon towers which is foobarred.

Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros


I liked Ru's answer best

We're at our most adaptive and in a position to learn most when we're young.

At a university you are guaranteed to be challenged to a certain minimum level and to spend all your time constantly learning new things.

You might be so lucky in your first job, but you could easily get thrown in a corner and taught a lot of very bad habits.

If you are hugely ambitious (this probably matters more than smarts) and are confident that you can drive yourself forward then a degree probably isn't necessary. For anyone else, you might get lucky - but you'll probably drive yourself down a dead end career.

If I were an 18 year old today I would get a degree in agricultural engineering. Lots of very old farmers about to pop it and a huge shortage of fertilizers coming in the next 40 years. You stand to make a mint.

Lancs shale to yield '15 years' of gas for UK


what happened to el reg skepticism of press releases?

These are their estimates and don't include estimates for the damage that drilling will do to local economy (destroying farming).

How to go from the IT dept to being a rogue trader



I've not read anything that good on the Register for years. many years.

Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5


ff4 was painful

It might be because it attempted to migrate my profile (I remember that being why firefox 3.0 was so painful).

Anyway, it slowed all of our computers (mac + linux) down too much.

Much happier back on ff3.6.17.

Top CEOs agree: US is down the crapper


the problem is short-termism in business and government

It's businesses which sell their IP down the river to China for a quick boost to earnings (no doubt linked to Executive bonuses). It's businesses which undermine the loyalty and pride that most employees want to have in their workplace just so they can save a few bucks that look good in one single quarterly earnings report.

And then government goes and copies all the worst things about businesses.

Why bother studying when it's increasingly just rote learning for the benefit of school league tables and of no benefit to your future career at all?

Why bother healing people when you can get them more ill and then squeeze more money out of them (or in the UK: why bother healing people when the most important government target of the week is empty beds).

These stupid targets are set by governments who think everything should be measurable just like in a logistics business or pizza restaurant.

Only the Germans and the Chinese (and a few other smaller economies) have a systemic respect for the complexity involved in and flexibility required in running a modern country.

And I blame big business for that because it was their policy to lobby for and support braindead governments less likely to oppose them.

Hoxton social media types hit by Silicon Roundabout power cut


depressingly negative provincialism

We should be celebrating the ability of these companies to attract VC and even generate profits.

Where there are independently wealthy trust fund kiddies dabbling in trendy nonsense, they deserve to be skewered but there are far more of those types draining oxygen out of the talent pool through internships all across the city.

Name dropping Nathan Barley is a tired cliche that was already pretty old when the tv series came out five years ago.

Navy Carriers: We want two or no votes for you, Tories



The only thing which makes sense is to hook up the whole shebang with the EDF. Why would we want a navy which isn't integrated into Europe?

Alternatively, if you're an anti-European we should just get rid of the navy and rely on the Americans.

Either way, there's no more point going it alone. Hasn't been for years.