Re: The human factor
Rule #1 - Continue to fly the airplane
If the readings seem strange for no apparent reason, revert to standard speed and settings. The plane should then continue to fly as intended while you sort out the problem(s).
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I haven't noticed any difference over the last 10 years. We have the same providers here in the OKC area as we have had at about the same costs for slightly faster speeds.
The biggest changes are right around the corner between 5G to the house and the various LEO satellite providers. That should finally provide some much needed competition beyond the cable vs twisted pair duopoly.
Instead of this "old fashioned" binary light system - how about two LED bar graph lights?
One green that starts full then decreases in size until it is time to switch to red.
One red that then starts full then decreases in size until it is time to go back to green.
This way you can see approaching just how much time is left and judge (or ignore for idiots) when you need to stop, or can get going again. No more - yellow was too short - arguments.
It seems to me the biggest plus of 5G won't be for mobile (at least in the US), but data distribution for the "last mile" to homes in subdivisions that are not economical to install fiber into. Put up a roof antenna for 5G, and you get high speeds without the cost of that low return infrastructure.
FYI Trump is behind Clinton in the total number of these at this point, and about even with Bush and Obama.
If their software has actually been shown to be coded to forward duplicate packets to a questionable target when triggered (not by normal diagnostic means), this seems quite reasonable for any president to declare a national emergency against.
Could we add HVAC manufacturers to this list? They don't want to sell you anything such as replacement blower fans, etc. unless you are a "licenced professional". And if you do somehow manage to get a unit or part, all warranty is void This is complete rubbish as there is nothing complicated with installing a replacement fan, etc.
This is just another example of the current control freak society who thinks nobody should be able to do anything for themselves and we all should be completely dependent on "professionals" who they can further tax (license) and control to make themselves feel more powerful.
You obviously know nothing about databases and data interfaces. If anything, people are moving current Oracle db applications to Enterprise DB due to the Oracle compatible interface, and new systems to Postgres to avoid vendor lock-in.
Aurora is a joke using a mix of old mysql and old Postges code. It's just the new shiny object that idiot managers think we should use.
10A - use it!
There are parts of the FCC that make sense at a federal level - such as broadcasts of high power that can easily cross state lines. 5G certainly does not fit that bill and should not be regulated at the federal level. The states / cities should tell them to stuff it since the FCC was never recognized by a constitutional amendment to start with.
For New Orleans, it's not that the sea is rising faster than other areas (this is - hardly at all) that is the problem, it's that the land is sinking. It's built on weak sediment from the Mississippi river, not bedrock - this is to be expected. Time to move to "solid" ground (technically no such thing as it's all a thin crust on a bunch of molten core material).
Not to mention that thing called multi-tasking. So what it each app is optimized when the scheduler then dumps you out to run the next thing in que. THAT was the main technical problem with the EPIC approach as far as I could see. Great product for a serial processing mainframe... :-)
For us dropping Oracle it came basically down to two things: Audits with Oracle people who don't know their products and licensing so they try and unfairly screw you over (partner - yeah right). Cloud Tax - only allowing 1 "core" per license for x64 on anything but their own cloud (so yeah, it IS faster by default).
Can you say - hello PostgreSQL and SQL Server? PostgreSQL for the heavy lifting and spatial databases, and SS for the sleepy databases where the app can use whatever platform.
How is Mongo a migration target from Oracle? It's not a relational database...
PostgreSQL - absolutely. That is where the majority of our Oracle databases are migrating to. And with the PostGIS extensions, it also replaces the Oracle Spatial option as well for the location part of your data.
The only other database that is of any interest that isn't open source based is NuoDB, due to it's unique scaling abilities especially for use with containers.
Of course, MS Sql Server has the same problems as Oracle - old monolithic technology at a high cost. Why anyone would build anything new with either SS or Oracle is a mystery.
We are migrating away from Oracle. On the spatial databases that is to PostGIS (PostgreSQL). While not a direct conversion (EDB is no help there), it really isn't that hard.
For new non-spatial work, if it doesn't need to be elastic (most things) - PostgreSQL. Otherwise we are looking at NuoDB for things like microservices.
The entire software world is not about services and web apps! And not every app can even connect to the internet. There are heavy-duty apps for things like CAD and GIS that need the grunt, memory, and draw speeds that only a local, non webby apps can provide. In addition, these also hit multiple sources (especially for GIS) to render the current view, something that the cross site vulnerability prohibits in a browser. Plus - multi window, multi screen.
We have (still) a Java Webstart desktop application for managing world-wide telecom plants. When silverlight became a viable option, we started to write code for that to replace the JWS application. Then MS killed silverlight and left us no other better MS solution.
So why don't we trust MS? That's why - wasted effort.
Why don't they just admit it? The US tax code is insane. No rational person would suggest this as a way to collect money to pay for anything. And all those so-called simplifications over the years have only made it worse.
Time to scrap it and start over. Stop this holding a gun at you for your wallet when you try to get ahead, and do like other sane countries and collect the tax at the register when you buy new durable goods. That's fair to everyone, and keeps tycoons and trust fund people from dodging all the taxes the rest of us have to pay.
Self-driving advocates say that because of all the sensors these vehicles have, that they are much safer than a human river. But in the released UBER video it's clear that the forward facing LIDAR and / or ultrasonic sensors would have easily "seen" this pedestrian before the headlights illuminated her - but the software completely failed to do anything with all that information. It had plenty of time to slow down and then drive to the left around her, but it did nothing. And given the "nothing to do" role for the human, he became completely inattentive and failed as a backup as he could have at least tried to swerve to the left once he could see her.
PS - Either the camera video stinks or those headlights are useless at anything over about maybe 15 MPH. Better headlight technology is much easier (and cheaper) to implement.
JWS is/was an awesome way to keep desktop Java apps always up to date. Although we actually started to migrate that GIS app to Silverlight at one point - before aborting thanks to fickle MS, we were pleased that JWS continued to be supported.
So for a future re-write - now what? What technology exists to keep a desktop app up to date (pull updates) in a cloud-like environment besides JWS? Anyone?
And no, it cannot be re-written as an HTML app - it needs to access multiple site data sources at the same time (CSS kills that), talk to PS printers to spool out large format maps, support multiple monitors, etc. In other words, it's really a desktop app - launched, installed, and updated from the "cloud".
In addition to using a paper fill in the box and optically scan it method, I would like to see my vote tied to me. I have never understood this compulsion to have it be anonymous, other than to disallow the possibility of verification against individual voters to allow fraud.
I would like my vote recorded, and then be verifiable by myself online. The lookup key? Simply the sequential number of my place in line against the voter registration book I sign in against. Multiple books just start with different thousands (10001, 20001, etc).
The FCC should have no say over this, period. The FCC was created to regulate a fair use of public airwaves - that's it. What happens on fiber and coax should not even be in their wheelhouse as it has nothing to do with that.
In short, KISS. The less government is involved with something, the more innovation and lower the cost it is due to choice. The more they are involved the beyond what is absolutely necessary, just costs us all money.
I actually think that SAP has the right idea for how to license databases in the current world of multi-core CPUs - by total memory per server.
Let me use whatever features I want, with as many fast cores as I can throw at it - only with a memory limit based on whatever I've licensed it for. Total memory use is much easier to control than real core / hyperthreaded core / vCPU.
"Another claim Ellison made was that the database would contain a feature that permits queries to be made against data deleted a day earlier."
Ummm - Larry, your Oracle database has had that feature for a LONG time (10.1 I think around 2006). It's called flashback query, and you can keep data for more than a day!
Larry (or your current assistant) - RTFM (or not so fine in Oracle's case) before you go say stupid things.
Generic cloud providers are great for mostly open source or home-spun software. But there is a very valid place for PaaS / SaaS offerings from commercial vendors due to more favorable licensing, maintenance, and support. Now these offerings may very well actually run under one (or more) of the big vendor's cloud umbrellas, but in some cases like Oracle they don't, and that should not be a problem.
The point is - a single cloud strategy is difficult if not darn well useless when you have lots of commercial software products involved. A multi-cloud strategy just makes sense by letting each vendor tailor their offering on whatever clouds work best for them. Then the cloud-to-cloud connection becomes the important factor.
No, they are called idiot lights because they are there as a cost reduction by bean-counters over functional gauges. Idiot lights only tell you when something HAS failed, as opposed to a gauge with an educated driver who can see that something isn't right and stops and has it fixed BEFORE it fails. Good examples are the ammeter gauge and oil pressure gauge.
I'll take the gauge any day over a stupid light.
The solution is SIMPLE. Have the update software check:
the machine is in warranty period + 7 days (7 for a reasonable time for the user to get with support)
warn user that the update could brick the computer, but it will be covered under support if reported before the end of the warranty period which is XX.
the machine is outside the warranty period - 6 months - 7 days
warn user that the update could brick the computer, and if so, Dell will sell them a new motherboard at a slight discount but they have to install themselves (or pay to have it installed), if reported before XX.
warn user that the update could brick the computer, and if so, Dell will sell them a new motherboard at full cost and they have to install themselves (or pay to have it installed).
Copyright Bryan Hall... :-)
I doubt many users, especially those out of warranty, will click OK - saving everyone time and effort.
Oracle people say some idiotic things, such as we don't need as many datacenters. But if you want to run Oracle in the cloud - they are the best choice. We've tried the others - and I am not impressed.
Can you run a large Oracle database as quick on AWS or Azure as on Oracle's cloud? No. Not even close. For small lazy databases however, they are fine.
Want exadata? Of course nobody else has that, they are just generic white box machines.
How about RAC for full redundancy? Not possible due to a lack of hardware config at AWS and Azure.
In Memory? Well, to make use of that you need a large memory computer for that, and their's are smaller.
Of course the whole cloud problem is that to get the best performance, you really need to have everything IN the same datacenter. So if you have a mix of Oracle, SQL Server, HANA, Hadoop, Mongo databases as well as Java and .Net app servers - you have to pick one and suffer for anything that isn't native to the provider. Or... you could just run them in-house and configure them optimally yourself and save money, and not have to worry about them holding your data ransom.
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