* Posts by HCV

115 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


International Space Station stabilizes after just-docked Russian module suddenly fires thrusters


Next fast-track mission

Emergency cargo flight with replacement underwear and cleaning supplies.

Blue Origin sets its price: $1.4m minimum for trip into space


" I do still feel there is scientific validity "

"Are a fool and their money soon parted? In this experiment, we..."

Texan's alleged Amazon bombing effort fizzles: Militia man wanted to take out 'about 70 per cent of the internet'


Isn't this basically "Live Free or Die Hard"?

Oracle exhumes ‘Older, Still Useful Content’ penned by Solaris and SPARC veterans


"... a bit of trapped gas?"


Meet the ‘DPU’ – accelerated network cards designed to go where CPUs and GPUs are too valuable to waste


East/West (between racks) than North/South (up and down a rack.”

"East/West" refers to traffic between servers in a data center, "North/South" to traffic going in and out of the data center. That's a more useful distinction than whether traffic is staying within a rack.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots


I remember they were very excited to announce that to mitigate problems like this, Windows now included a feature where you could schedule an automatic reboot.

Oh goody! You've invented cron!

iFixit surgeons dissect Apple's pricey Mac Pro: Industry standard sockets? Repair diagrams? Who are you and what have you done to Apple?


Stinking Bishop

It's a kind of cheese, and by the "name like Smuckers" test, I'm guessing it must be awesome.

Oracle leaves its heart in San Francisco – or it would do if, you know, Oracle had a heart


Re: At what point will San Francisco realize ...

In 2014, the City of San Francisco spent $167 million annually on housing homeless residents. By 2016, total spending (including housing and treatment) was believed to be $241 million annually.

Internet jerk with million-plus fans starts 14-year stretch for bizarre dot-com armed robbery



...two convictions for disorderly conduct and public intoxication...

...Adams’ “entrepreneurial spirit” in gathering photos and videos of drunk students...

Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life.

Pentagon beams down $10bn JEDI contract to Microsoft: Windows giant beats off Bezos


As Babylon Five once said, "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal."

Scott McNealy gets touchy feely with Trump: Sun cofounder hosts hush-hush reelection fundraiser for President


Re: Seriously WTF! ???

Argle bargle freedom wargle how dare you say things that I don't like why do you hate freedom

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand


Re: only 1200x1600

Yes, the pixels weigh more




Will you be able to scan directly from Photos, or do you still need to do that from Preview?


only 1200x1600

Well, there you go. If you had more pixels, you'd need a better stand.

Wondering why 'Devin Nunes herp-face' was trending online? Here's the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him


If I mention here that this is conclusive proof that Nunes is not the sharpest doorknob in the bag, will I be getting El Reg in trouble?

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches



Boeing is not an airline

Tech bosses talk kids' books! Could they show a glimmer of humanity? You only get one guess


the most coveted school in Silicon Valley is the Waldorf School of the Peninsular

Golly, I really hope that isn't true, because Waldorf schools are kinda... messed up.

Great salads, though, as long as you go light on the mayo.

(Also: "Peninsular"?)

'We broke a few things and will continue to do so... in a careful way' – Oracle's Reinhold on Java renovation work


Re: Microsoft should sue them.

Wait, what, publicity says good things about thing they're publicizing? Tell me more!

Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running


Re: FIXED: Halted machine on other side of the planet

Thank you! I've been trying to remember the "girl the plastic cover is named after" name on and off for years, and for whatever reason both my Google Fu and my friends' memories have failed me. I must travel in the wrong circles, or live in the wrong country.

Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month


Re: Shutting the Stable door

I think you're ignoring the enormous success they've seen in jacking Solaris licenses into the stratosphere.


I bet this will be a hot topic at JavaOne.

...too soon?

Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador


Re: 'There once was a time when [INSERT NAME HERE] were heroic figures'

Reminds me a lot of this

I guess it does if you squint just right: misuse of a thing in the service of a goal. Only in one case the goal was an odd stab at getting the United States to promote peace, the other's goal was stabbing the United States to promote Julian Assange.


Re: Heroes

There once was a time when Wikileaks/Assange were heroic figures.

See: Milkshake Duck

Oracle pledges annual Solaris updates for you to install each summer


Re: I guess its time to dump sun hardware forever

Exactly what "Solaris 10 mess" was fixed by Solaris 11.3?

Oracle ZFS man calls for Big Red to let filesystem upstream into Linux


Re: time to buy shares in high grade memory fab then

"Query, whats happening to Reiser FS these days ? It did seem better for OLT with lots of small frequent transactions."

It turned out to be murder to keep development going.

Vibrating walls shafted servers at a time the SUN couldn't shine


Re: "SUN"?

Just no. As a corporate name, it was never "SUN", and absolutely never "S.U.N."

The original SUN workstation project at Stanford preceded the formation of Sun Microsystems, and was never a Sun product. The first product from Sun Microsystems was the Sun-1 workstation.




Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple


The Dock is now more like the Dock on MacOS – namely, something that's trying to do two different things: launch apps and keep track of running apps. That was a huge criticism of Mac OS X for years

Huge. Huge, I tells ya.


Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit


"And yes backup beforehand you fools."

Thank you, Gandalf. Mind the landing.

Oracle softly increments SPARC M7 to M8, then whispers: We'll still love you, Solaris, to 2034


tick tick tick

...and talk of delays for Solaris.next

Screven said during the webcast: "Fall of 2018".

That's pretty delay-ey. If they hit that mark, that'll be 3 years between Solaris 11.3 and Solaris.next. It'll be 7 years after Solaris 11. Can you feel the continuous delivery?

Confirmed: Oracle laid off 964 people from former Sun building


It's a bit more than a "building"

The Santa Clara campus was Sun's headquarters of record at the time of the acquisition. It's something like 60-80 acres, IIRC, and has 20+ buildings.

Oracle staff report big layoffs across Solaris, SPARC teams


Phipps didn't say "all". He said:

Oracle laid off ~ all Solaris tech staff yesterday

"~ all", as in "approximately all." It's a geek thing, which is appropriate, don't you think?

MongoDB quits Solaris, wants to work on an OS people actually use


Oracle is canceling all sparc development and selling fujitsu boxes.


Sun people will remember OPL/APL. This sounds like the same idea, only with a brick wall replacing the light at the end of the tunnel.


Re: Cross platform

original MongoDB post lists multiple Solaris distros, none of which run on SPARC

Argle bargle, Solaris is SPARC only, no one uses it on x86!

Nobody in their right mind actually runs Solaris for anything vaguely important on anything other than SPARC!

I can tell you with great assurance that many companies on Wall Street, in retail, and in government, just to name a few markets, ran Solaris on their x86 systems for their very important applications. One of the US' largest supermarket chains ran their entire business on Solaris x86 at one point.

...whether many companies still do is a more interesting question, since Oracle has worked for the last 7 years to make it difficult and expensive to get Solaris for non-Oracle boxes.

Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork


Re: Screw the statistics. I'd use the best people I can find to do the job.

Someone on the Twitters noted that the fact that people like Damore can't see that diversity is important in creating quality projects demonstrates exactly why diversity is important.


Re: Thiel Capital

Come for the gouts of magmatic tat, stay for the teenage blood transfusions.


Re: asshe but

you should not fire someone because you dont like his political ideas.

But perhaps you should fire someone if they are a liability to your company. Or, more assertively: if someone is a liability to your company, you should fire them.

Mr. Damore has conclusively proven that he cannot work well with others. I would not assign him to any team of any composition, based on his documented thought processes and aggressive contempt for empathy,

In addition, he has put the company in a bind, internally and externally.

Therefore, I would give him the chance to exercise his right to be happy elsewhere, and at the same time make room for a more productive and less disruptive employee.


Re: Assuming They Don't Post Anonymously

Well, obviously /someone/ complained to HR

Or, HR reads the news.

Oracle's systems boss bails amid deafening silence over Solaris fate



If that is the case, it will represent conventional release cadence for Solaris.

Like a Swiss chronometer, it is, if by "like a Swiss chronometer" you mean "every November, or possibly October, unless it's April, or perhaps not at all that year."

MH370 researchers refine their prediction of the place nobody looked


"a machine equipped with all manner of navigational and gps transponder equipment"

There actually wasn't that much equipment, and very little of it had the ability to communicate with anything when the plane was over the ocean. The only device equipped to communicate via satellite was the engine diagnostic reporting equipment, which is what gave the two most likely paths that the plane traveled -- narrowed down to one when debris started to appear.

The pings from the engine recorder delivered no direct information about the location or status of the plane (other than engine performance stats), and only transmitted once an hour. That's an incredibly sparse amount of data to work with.

The fact of the matter is that an aircraft over the ocean, once it gets a certain distance from land, is not readily trackable.


Re: What can be learned of the crash at this late stage?

I would say the CVR is going to give very little information, because unless I'm seriously mistaken, it's only going to have the last 30 minutes or so of the flight, and anything of note that happened in the cockpit would have happened hours before then. (Unless someone really was hanging on to give a final soliloquy just before the engines ran out of fuel.)

The flight data recorder might note whether the plane was on autopilot, heading and such, but will mostly confirm what the very existence of the plane will indicate -- this is where it crashed by running out of fuel.

Separate from the data recorders, the most interesting information to glean may be indications of damage to the plane, perhaps caused by a cargo fire, which seems the most likely scenario to me.

The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film


"five vuvuzelas played from inside a lead-lined coffin"

Coincidentally, the name of Guy Ritchie's next movie.

Massive Oracle sales re-org to accelerate cloud cash drive



Oracle would not provide a statement... "in light of the fact this is a global story.”

Be off with you, you Brexiting island dwellers, you!

Linus Torvalds explains how to Pull without jerking his chain


"Linux kernel developers have gain given Linus Torvalds cause for complaint."

Is this "cheeky" British "slang" (or "chuffing")? Can you translate for those of us "across the lorry"?

Solaris 11.next plan brings continuous delivery of OS upgrades


I'm fairly certain the OP wasn't asking where the tech is, but where the open source is, and/or the community.

Solaris 12 disappears from Oracle's roadmap


Everything old is new again

“Future features and functionality in Solaris will continue to be delivered through dot releases instead of more disruptive major releases.”

"Solaris 11 follows a Continuous Delivery model…”

“It's likely to be the customers like that who asked for [no Solaris 12]. S11 takeup is steady, but slow, and neither customers nor ISVs will want the disruption of yet another major release yet”

I’ve seen this movie before.

After Solaris 10, word came from the executive suite that Solaris 11 would not be coming out for… a while. Possibly ever. Can’t spend all that money on ISV adoption, customers are ascairt, and so on. Let’s just keep on adding things to Solaris 10.

Customers would hear the “Solaris 10 forevarr” message (aka “continuous non-disruptive delivery”) and say, “that sounds great! So when do we get feature X in Solaris 10?”

“Oh, well…” —kicking of ground with toes ensues— “…that requires feature Y, which would require too much change for a dot-dot release…” (remember, as someone already pointed out, “Solaris 10” is really SunOS 5.10, so “continuous delivery” would come through dot-dot releases.)

Customers in general do not want anything to change, ever… except for, of course, the new things. Can we have all the new things, please? But don’t change anything!

When Oracle took over, they saw what was in Solaris 11 and never coming in Solaris 10, and listened to customers who wanted those things, and said, “ship that sucker.” Which took another almost two years, for a total of almost seven years between 10 and 11 by then.

(Oracle had a novel way of solving the adoption costs, though, by not spending anything on customer or ISV adoption. Which might explain the “takeup is steady, but slow” —after FIVE YEARS— part.)

The good news is that a big reason why “continuous delivery” was a non-starter for Solaris 10 was that all the features needed to make it work at all, most notably IPS, were in Solaris 11. So it will definitely be easier to do this than it was 10 years ago. The questions are how much Oracle is willing to spend on backporting how many features from Solaris 12, and at what point do you start fudging the line between what is and isn’t a dot release?

The rain gage to me, and what I’d be asking as a customer, is, “When do you expect to continuously deliverate zero-downtime patching?” since that is A) on the top of the list of Solaris 12 features they’ve been talking about, and B) something that if it makes it into Solaris 11 would be strong proof that “Continuous Delivery” is doable, even for something requiring what would seem to be major changes to the kernel.


"...I'm not sure if this is a major deal"

I'm not entirely sure how one would define where an OS ends and applications start

This is actually a pretty important concept. If you don’t have a crystal-clear boundary between the OS and applications, you don’t really have an OS, and application compatibility across releases is a vague fantasy rather than reality. This was the rap against Linux since practically forever: that the OS interface guide was called "the kernel source code."

“and whether a lack of development in the OS is a major deal.”

Spoiler: it is. OSes keep evolving, either with outright new developments (think DTrace in the Solaris world), or co-opting and integrating features that had previously been bolted on outside the OS (virtualized compute, virtualized networking, virtualized storage come to mind). Security continues to be ripe for development.

An example of how lack of development can bite you: When Oracle bought Ksplice in 2011, it was a unique technology, allowing Linux sysadmins to apply kernel fixes without rebooting. Oracle has been talking about how they've been working to get similar functionality into Solaris ever since then, with Solaris 12 as the target release, which would be cool, but at this point it would now be catchup rather than a leadership feature.

So yeah, if this move means functionality like this is seriously delayed or even dropped from Solaris, it will be a major deal. Ditto for their work on integrating Docker. Solaris Containers/Zones is already great, but but adding Docker integration would have been extraordinarily useful.

"Solaris doesn't have systemd. Oracle would have to do quite a lot of porting then to accommodate such a package."

The Solaris equivalent to systemd is SMF, which came in with Solaris 10 in 2005. It was considered to be heretical by Unix traditionalists, but it was a major leap forward in service management and reliability. It’s another great example of “development in the OS being a major deal”.

There’s a lot more to OS development than just keeping existing userland programs running, or even accommodating new hardware. It’s the underlying plumbing, carefully hidden away from the applications (or presented as new services with stable interfaces), where innovation can really pay off. Killing off Solaris 12, which has been in development for over five years, and trying to shoehorn that work back into Solaris 11, is going to make it even harder for Solaris to stay current with OS trends than it had been.

What I’ll be looking for is signs of any of the advanced work that was going into Solaris 12 (and there’s more than what we’ve been talking about here) suddenly making its way exclusively into Oracle Linux.


"What the roadmap does tell us is that the new OS will debut in 2017"

Or not.

The rather large box fades in and splays itself comfortably over 2017 and most of 2018. Generally in "arm-wavy roadmap" -speak, that means "Sure, 2017... or so."

Given that they're making a seemingly abrupt shift from Solaris 12 being the target development base for new features to Solaris 11, it doesn't seem likely that it's going to be ready any time soon.



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