the stories you hear on r/realms or r/minecraft are horrific - minecraft players are being migrated to MS accounts, and in the case of issues, trying to get hold of a real person is a nightmare. In the case of realms which is subscription based, it is poor form - they are paying customers.
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What if Chrome broke features of the web and Google forgot to tell anyone? Oh wait, that's exactly what happened
Re: Just using UNIX text editors can be a challenge
> So while you may wish VMware admins are more generalist I find many know nothing other than Windows. While they may have used 'vi' once or twice, if editing a text incorrectly is going to bring down an entire ESX farm you don't want them touching it...
At my org, I find the windows guys have a wider breadth of knowledge than the eunuchs guys....
We have windows guys who can 'get by' in a shell, but their equivalent eunuchs are completely lost on a windows server....
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Re: re: this seems like a sensible middle ground.
>A thoughtful response. But I think Apple are big enough to just say not.
Except the Chinese ICT market is big. (I mean rally big). And Apple, ultimately wants a slice of that pie. And if the CCP says "you want to operate in our country, then here's some images we want you to scan for"... I bet Apple bends over.
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Ah, I see you found my PowerShell script called 'SiteReview' – that does not mean what you think it means
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Lots of smokers vs non-smokers stories, but one from the UK:
Having a pub lunch in Bristol (?) ... dense fog inside, so decided to take my meal and pint outside... found a (BBQ table style of thing) table to myself... not many smokers outside (weather wasn't 100% suitable).
Halfway through my lunch a guy sits down at my table and lights up. I politely say "excuse me mate, do you mind?". He says "if I don't like it I can choose to go somewhere else"... I reply "yup, just like you can choose to be a cunt". He was speechless at that.
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Dev creeped out after he fired up Ubuntu VM on Azure, was immediately approached by Canonical sales rep
I have 4 Ubuntu VMs in Azure for work (1 prd, 2 nprd, and 1 monitor running percona)....
I haven't been contacted at all... or maybe I have... I haven't logged into LInkedIn in about 3 years. OK... just logged in - nothing apart from cold calling slave traders "You'd be a perfect match for my client with your Azure skills"... yeah, right.
Why was this guy targetted?
Re: Been there, done that.
Years back (at a .govt.nz) on-call was a 'gentleman's agreement' with the business... then one particular business group wanted a formal contract (something to do with an FTP process they wanted nursing - it was very specific). I agreed to be part of a roster of 3 (I think)... it was money for nothing - the FTP process normally ran at about 3pm, so it wasn't going to be an A/H problem. Also, the extra kiwi pesos in my payslip weren't insignificant.
The process was to cut the helldesk phone over to a mobile... no IVR, so users didn't know they were going thru to a cellphone. You'd get the odd user ringing thru saying something like "oh I didn't expect someone to answer - I've forgotten my password"... and my response was "Sorry, I will log a ticket for you and someone will look at for you in the morning" (this is exactly what the on-call variation/contract said).
I would get the occasional one saying "oh, the other guy last week helped me" (and I would die a little inside, but re-state my position, expanding on what the on-call arrangements were, ie, they weren't paying for after hours/on-call support, so they would have to wait until the next business day - mostly the users were understanding, eg I've just got back in the country and I didn't even know what the time was, oh well, suppose I should sleep - yes, yes you should :rolleyes:)
But then one day we had a very specialised (and temporary) (read self-important) business group needing to get a report out ... they rang through after hours to me with some kind of problem - can't remember what it was - printer wasn't working, maybe... how the holy fuck I was supposed to fix that remotely, I don't know. Gave them my usual spiel and they said "oh [Desktop Manager] said there was someone on call to help us"..... hmmmm... news to me, so I told them so, and they said they were going to ring [DM]... ok, fine, she's not technically in my chain of command, so she can't tell me what to do. 1/2 an hour later [DM] is ringing me, and I bluntly said "At what point did you think it might be a polite thing to do and give the oncall person, me, a heads up that this business group needed help?"
She was a shite manager and spouted some bollocks about this group's report was needing to go to the PM's office. I said something about 'lack of planning on their part doesn't make an emergency on mine". The stupid thing was if she had just given me the heads up I probably would have helped if I could (grudgingly). But because of her lack of common courtesy, I dug my toes in and quoted the on-call contract I had signed. She threatened to go to her boss (who was my boss' boss)... I told her go for it and when my on-call rotating was finished that week I was resigning from it... leaving them only two people on the roster.
I can't remember what the outcome was that night, but I kept my word and resigned from on-call, and while I missed the money, it was so good not to have to worry about that damn phone. Even though it was 1 week in 3, it was still a PITA - couldn't go away, couldn't go to the pub, couldn't go to the pictures.....
Fast forward a few years and they tried to bring 'proper' on-call.... for the whole department, not just that one business group. The remuneration was calculated a slightly different way, but when you applied the numbers, it worked out to be about 60% of the original agreement (so you want to pay me less for supporting more?)
I refused to sign the contract variation.... I had several 'conversations' with senior management & HR, but by this stage I was unioned up, and I would copy my delegate into every conversation. and I would relay the above and the union rep would say "he kinda has a point"
These days I'm at an IT outsourcer in a specialised role operating "in the cloud" (whoooo).... so no on-call (business support hours only, and even then 99.99% outages are ground-to-cloud connectivity related, so don't talk to me, talk to network support)
Ahhhh... these forums are a bit like therapy! Icon cos I feel like I need some stress relief now.
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Re: A HUNDRED AND FORTY QUID!?
Working for a .govt.nz I was at an HP breakfast, and I won (random prize draw) a fairly decent (back then) HP Projector (est 2-3k Kiwi Pesos).... as I was at the breakfast with my manager and his manager, and as we were walking back to work, I said "Just got to take a quick detour" and popped into my wife's work, and dropped off the projector into her office.... got to my work and boss/boss's boss said "where's the projector - you going to declare that?"..... My response: "What projector?"
I kept it as my main TV was a tiny tube-based thing. Friends would say "want to come over to watch the rugby on my 48-inch TV?" Nah I'll watch it on my 3m screen, thanks.
Then HD became main stream and the projector is now in a box somewhere.
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The Note stylus
I have a Note 9, and I mostly use the stylus when playing SCUMMVM games (ported old click'n'point adventure games)....
I thought when I first go it, it'd be great for quick note taking..... nope.
Occasionally use it for sketching a diagram that I can't visualise in my head (eg, trig calculations in my DIY projects around home)
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> The LaserJet printers were the reason HP had a reputation for making solid reliable printers
HW-wise, I agree with you, but there was a point (~PCL5) that the SW side of the equation became a complete nightmare... kernel-mode drivers for a printer?!?!?!?!??! grrrr. No! Bad driver! No biscuit for you.
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QR-code based contact-tracing app brings 'defining moment' for UK’s 'world beating' test and trace system
We've had something similar for a while (covid app with QR codes at businesses. Scan code, adds an entry to your diary stored locally).
During Lockdown Season 2, it became compulsory for businesses to display a code (our health ministry website has a tool for generating the code, which you can then print off). Some businesses took it a step further - display a code and a manual sign in sheet: Please do one or other or GTFO.
As for supermarkets and other areas with lots of patrons: displaying multiple codes helps. Also, as a nation, generally we have gotten pretty good at scanning: as you approach, you get your phone out, launch the app, start pointing it at the sign. I'm had it register from about 2-3m away.
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Yeah, that Zoom app you're trusting with work chatter? It lives with 'vampires feeding on the blood of human data'
We are using it at a client's (a govt.nz) site (paid, I think), because it is easier to get going with multiple vendors and the client themselves than say teams (we use teams as well).
I just looked at my last Zoom invite and it had this stamped on the bottom: "Use Zoom for meetings which are classified up to a level of 'In Confidence' ONLY"
I assume the client put that in there, it's in a different font to the rest of the invite info.
Icon, just because.