* Posts by Alan_Peery

307 posts • joined 14 Jun 2009


Wanna feel old? It is 10 years since the Space Shuttle left the launchpad for the last time


Re: Good.

Why waste time explaining the obvious to an Anonymous Corward?


A song for the era -- Rush's Countdown



Re: I always think of the great history of NASA backwards

The moon matters. Mars matters, The asteroids and their minerals will matter.

Systemd 249 release candidate includes better support for immutable OSes and provisioning images


Re: What part of "temporary" do you not understand?

What's the problem with creating a /tmp2 with the same permissions?

‘Staggering’ cost of vintage Sun workstations sees OpenSolaris-fork Illumos drop SPARC support


Re: Indigo?

I was looking for one last weekend. :-)

Or truth to be told, I was looking for an Indigo case, because MIPS hardware is old and you can get that level of performance and memory with an up to date and patched OS for much less money. The prospect of gutting the internal was still a sad one, and has stopped me from the project in previous times.

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout


Windmill blade delivery

may not be a problem.



Re: Yankees and roundabouts

There was a burst of minor accidents when Cheyenne Wyoming changed a major (for a town of 70k) 5-way intersection to a roundabout.

Because these were minor accidents it didn't matter that there was a nearby hospital -- it had been important before before the change.

What does my neighbour's Tesla have in common with a stairlift?


Re: EVs = bad for planet, bad for poor people, bad for practicality

In frantically compiling your listof exaggerated damages from EV cars, you rather forgot about the environmental damage from oil wells, fracking, pipelines or supertankers, refining, more pipelines or worse fuel tankers, leaking gas stations...


Re: EVs = bad for planet, bad for poor people, bad for practicality

There's also the basic fact that a lot of garages are too small for today's cars. The A4 Estate I drive would fit in my garage, but would require reversing in or climbing over the bonnet, and it's not a huge car.

I don't think you'd be able to even open the drivers door enough to exit an A6 Estate...


Re: Summon the lawyers!

Or perhaps use the more effective https://www.fixmystreet.com/, particularly as you don't have to carry a can of spray paint as mobile will suffice.

AWS cooks up Extensions API for Lambda serverless platform: Useful for monitoring, alerting


Re: that in a few years cloud services could be using about 6% of global electricity production

To some degree -- but if it's too centralized you have too much waste heat from cooling for it to be applied to something useful. In Stockholm the heat from at least one DC is used for district heating of business and housing, and this is an under-utilized synergy,.

With H-1B workers not exactly rushing to America this year, Uncle Sam plans to spend millions home-growing IT staff


UK knife homicides vs US gun deaths -> 1:10

sorry man, you really don't seem to know how to look at statistics. UK knife crime is both lower numerically per population than US gun crime, and much less likely to result in death.

UK knife homicides 2018: 283 from the chart here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42749089#:~:text=In%20about%20two%20out%20of,the%20highest%20figure%20since%201946.

US gun gun murders in 2017: 14,542 per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States

Adjusting for the US having roughly 5x as much population, that gives 1415:14542. The US DEATH TOLL IS 10X UK per head.

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies


It's flying pretty low, so easier to miss on radar.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother


Re: let's just make things as confusing as possible

Except that "allow list" and "deny list" are less confusing.

Jeff Bezos tells shareholders to buckle up: Amazon to blow this quarter's profits and more on coronavirus costs


Re: Robots don't get Covid-19

1) They can run more hours per day.

2) They can hold less stock in the warehouse to give more space for people.

3) They can rearrange so that the work stations are future apart. This may mean longer runs of internal conveyors, some spend for extra packing stations, and similar details.

All of those can be done without adding more space to the facility.


Higher hourly wages do certainly cost the employer more money for each hour worked, so to claim it's irrelevant if those employees are on zero hour contracts is pretty absurd.

It money well earned to those employees, particularly the delivery drivers who are more exposed, and it's good to see it happening.

Drones intone 'you must stay home,' eliciting moans from those in the zone: Flying gizmos corral Brits amid coronavirus lockdown


Re: Common sense, what's that?

And because the French police have gone mad we should?

UK government puts IR35 tax reforms on hold for a year in wake of coronavirus crisis


Re: The number of p155 takers ruining it for genuine contractors

And thus do they continue to overpay by 50%...

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump


Re: To be honest ... 95 & 42

Yes, 95% of people identifying as Republicans. But

"His approval among independents in this latest Gallup poll is 42% -- up 5 points from where he was among this group in January"


And this is before many people are aware of Trump's latest proposals, which include serious cuts to Medicare (beloved of older voters), Medicaid, Social Security and basic medical research.





Re: To be honest ...

With even a slight understanding of Trump's history it was pretty obvious that he would follow neither the non-mandated norms nor the laws surrounding the Presidency. Given this, early talk of impeachment was a simple matter of anticipation of a necessary and unpleasant task, and not "braying for impeachment".

There's more to come, because Trump clearly feels emboldened -- but laws still apply.

Virtualization juggernaut VMware hits the CPU turbo button for licensing costs


Re: Sadly

The down votes here aren't making much sense to me here. If it's working for you, what's with the down votes?

Unless people thought you should be happier with a solution that works for you.

At last, the fix no one asked for: Portable home directories merged into systemd


Re: Abandoned my home directory years ago

It may be optional for your home directory, but to make it work many tools that would otherwise manipulate things in /etc/ (shadow, passwd, group) must now be modified to make those changes into the distorted Pottering homespace dimension. Previously simple and reliable executables will become bloated and quite possibly unstable.

Managing the Linux kernel at AWS: 'A large team of security experts' dealing with fallout from Spectre, Meltdown flaws


Re: Schlaeger is doing the right thing

From the last time I looked at this, the performance increase from hyperthreading is not usually as high as 30%, but I don't have the time to dig up the more detailed refs at this time. It will always be dependent on the details of the loads (and the plural is important) placed on the cores.

But to add some more useful detail to the that general bit above, VMWare 6.7 U2 has some specific techniques that will reduce the impact from the security limits required by the processor bugs that have made hypervisors dangerous: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/performance/scheduler-options-vsphere67u2-perf.pdf

'We go back to the Moon to stay': Apollo vets not too chuffed with NASA's new rush to the regolith


Re: "To simply go and come back and say that we've been there again is highly unsatisfactory,"

While fitting within the time that Trump hopes to be in office -- which is the reason for the 2024 deadline. A deadline that allows for no prior landing test of the lunar module before it's full of astronauts...

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings


Re: the important thing

Why'd you stop? Couldn't face the music? ;-)



So we're going back to the Moon: NASA triggers countdown by firing up spacecraft production


Re: Pointy bit

Yes, it's missing the rocket as a whole, and the bit just below the capsule that corresponds to the Service Module from the Apollo days.

So it's a very incomplete purchase.

If you have enough of this type of gut microbe, you can get drunk for free after eating carbs


5% caucasians - vegan -> need for fecal transplant

I've been seeing coverage of fecal transplant, but not this particular variant. Do you by chance have a reference so I can catch up?

Cloud, internet biz will take a Yellowhammer to the head in 'worst case' no-deal Brexit


Re: How?

No, because he was selected from the Tory party as PM under the *rules* that the party happened to have at the time. Thee rules are not dictates by law, and are only under the influence of Tory party members.

Labor changing the voting regs prior in a way to favour Ed Milliband is another example of this separation.

Guess who reserved their seat on the first Moon flight? My mum, that's who


Re: Actually...

Nope. Try the armaments (as detailed above), the cost of the Vietnam war, abrupt oil price increase from the Arab oil embargo, and costs of remediation for decades of environment abuse.

It's happening, tech contractors: UK.gov is pushing IR35 off-payroll rules to private sector in Finance Bill


Re: Just asking (for a friend naturally)

Umm, the SA100 is for Self Assessment. If it includes a way to reclaim doubly-deducted NI, please point out which part of the form I am missing.

Seriously, I'll own you a beer!

We've Falcon caught it! SpaceX finally nets a fairing half after a successful Heavy launch


Re: Say what you like

To fail to acknowledge the role that leadership plays in accomplishing things is also deeply contemptuous of the role he has played in the success multiple organisations.

Halleluja! The Second Coming of Windows Subsystem For Linux blesses Insider faithful


Re: OS/2 failed for different reasons

I remember experiencing this stability issues. For a while at Tivoli post the IBM acquisition, my email signature was "I reboot OS2. I reboot OS2. It's my job.". :-)

Wow, talk about a Maine-wave: US state says ISPs need permission to flog netizens' personal data


There is no interstate commerce involved here

The contract is between the Maine customer, and the ISP providing service to that customer *in Maine*. It doesn't matter where the corporate HQ for that business is, or where web pages the customer is reading are served from.

Tesla driver killed after smashing into truck had just enabled Autopilot – US crash watchdog


Re: What's the point?

Except that's not the turn the truck is described as taking,which is *out* of the driveway to go northbound.

You're also south of the address given in the linked report, as you're on FL7 and not 441. Report says 14000 block of 441...


"If it can't see a huge truck, it isn't going to see a small child, or a motorbike."

Not necessarily true.

Higher up in the comments there was a suggestion that an "ignore the bridge" bit of code was getting confused, and applying that logic to the truck as it could see underneath it. If that's the case, then there is little implication to the system's ability to spot a child or motorbike.


Re: 10 seconds -- not on a *wet* road

Your distances align with official stopping distance estimates -- but note the "The distance will depend on ... weather conditions" caveat:


VMware now officially supported on Azure. We repeat: VMware now supported on Azure


Re: How does anyone understand the array of products from VMware?

And VMWare Cloud on AWS is really ESXi (with special drivers for networking) where you don't have a lot of the control that make VMWare work well in an enterprise setting....

Israeli Moon probe crashes at the last minute but SpaceX scores with Falcon Heavy launch


Peter Diamandis -- worth a study

Attribution fixed, thanks editor.

Peter Diamandis is still worth a listen to, even if he didn't give the summary/eulogy above. :-)


Re: So close Beresheet, so close.

Very informative post, thanks.


I think there's a misattributed quote

The article says

"We didn't make it but we really tried," said X Prize founder Peter Diamandis, who was at the launch. "The achievement has been tremendous and I think we can be proud."

I think it's actually Morris Kahn s(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Kahn, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceIL#Founders_and_supporters) speaking, not Peter Diamandis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Diamandis). Check the photos, and the apparent age of the speaker.

Both definitely rate consideration on this day. Mr Kahn funded a substantial part of the Beresheet probe personally. Peter Diamandis has had a significant role in moving space flight forward through a lifelong devotion to the topic as can been seen from his involvement in the Ansari X Prize (leading to today's nearly complete Virgin Galactic space tourism business), the Lunar X Prize (leading to Beresheet), the International Space University(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Space_University), SEDS (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Students_for_the_Exploration_and_Development_of_Space) and more.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it


Re: Why are physical checks needed?

Back in the 80s the frequencies would have been different, lower. Doesn't the higher frequency and smaller spot size mean that the local effects (trees, etc) would be more significant?


Coverage Crusaders!

Autopilot engineer drove off to Chinese rival with our top-secret blueprints in the glovebox, Tesla claims in sueball


It sounds like you should have raised this to management as an issue -- or fixed it and let them know what you've done.

SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability


Re: Well I never ...

Please leave the Donald outside these forums, we see enough of his disasters elsewhere.

Signed, a fatigued American...

AWS launches on-premises EC2 instances for reverse hybrid cloud


sbe == new attack surface

Add a few sbe instances, gain a new attack vector to your AWS cloud....

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that


Re: Oooops, dropped

Auto-answered intercom calls makes a pretty hostile working environment -- even if you know that it has been enabled.

DXC Technology utters words 'hiring' and 'digital' 105 times in Q3 earnings car-crash


Re: That’s strange...

Some clearly are, as I met a new colleague last week on account.

Yes, I work for DXC.


Re: That’s strange...

There are 218 UK positions listed on DXC's website right now.


Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup


Re: All your eggs in one basket

Which does not address the rogue admin threat, the leaked credential threat, or the billing screwup threat.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists


Sorry, not space yet

The border for space is 100 km.

While the US originally defined space as 50 miles up, no one seriously regards that as the boundary any longer. The US astronauts who went up under the original definition are grandfathered into the "astronaut" space, because anything else would be unkind.



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