Re: Let them eat rabbits
Antron, not quite. Some of the flies carry truly fearsome gastro diseases. In an Oz summer, that is deadly if not treated quickly. So yes, even our flies can kill
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Most of us shoot the damned things,caught or otherwise. Brought in by some pom major whining "farmer always dislike a gentleman's pastime" Haven't found his grave yet to spit on it. Also, judging from the airhead city dwellers I have had to work with, or worse, meet at polling booths, most of them seem to think Disneys cartoons like Bambi are nature documentaries. Much prefer the Mr Hell show parody of Lion King.
to AIX 3.2.5. rlogin bug 30 years ago. Lovely being able to log into any box without authentication as root user. IBM ignored warnings until finder went public. You can tell the RAs did not hit the PHB levels. Almost as entertaining as HP Bug of the Week from late lamented Kernel Panic. Some of those were as gobsmacking. Now if only MS decided all objects arriving by mail were untrusted bt default, 40 years after Morris Worm we might be getting somewhere.
Offtopic, why has concept of bastion host vanished ? Data theft is much harder if clear separation of private/internal machines is maintained, yet so many intrusions seem to work because a mere firewall, if that, is between the Interweb and the internal servers. Or am I just too old because I think internal stuff should not be accessible from outside without at least TPA and external devices being clean slated every month or less. Stuff the BYOD policy. Recipe for leakage.
Given most of the local media, such as it is, has no news worthy of the name, so what.
Oz media seems to be obsessed with Trumpery, (ABC mostly) fatuous CGI objects (seriously, most of the characters in reality TV series look like good CGI fakes), and entertainers babbling fashionable buzzwords of the day. Al Jazeera, El Reg and a few other internet sites have become many citizens source of news, in all adult or nearly so age groups. The general skepticism about pollies extends to news purveyors with the added comment that it is always depressing so why bother. For you Poms, commisserations. It is sad how low quality the BBC world news has become.
No, not a beat up. Some seem to be insomniacs and can be seen during day.Saw one wander across a glider winch launch rope just as Take Up Slack given, which was rapidly followed by Stop Stop Stop. Time: Around noon in middle of big clear paddock, a long way from burrows. Local ones are mostly evening and early morning, not nocturnal. And given rural Ozzies being used to space, perhaps wombat got cabin fever from the lock down, like the rest of us.
James, why is this a problem ? Never had it in my HPUX boxen. One script, two links for start and stop and a third option for restart which simply call the stop start functions in the script. Not hard. AIX with its init scripts services manager and a strong preference for iniitab as in other unices. /etc/inittab had stop start respawn of services also if one died. No need for any stuffing around with scripts. AIX had a group of services which was neat and clean. Being able to restart all NFS rand related network services occasionly at one site was very time saving if unusual.
fair call. In Oz the basic reason is simple enough. The tertiary miseducated managerial wannabe elites (term used loosely) believe anything technical is simple. Most of them seem to still believe the myth of computers as magic. ie using a computer does not require the sort of thinking and planning as any other complex tasks. It just happens.
As a result, outsourcery to the smoothest talking. lowest prices vendor (perhaps with a donation here or there) and a cheap ill-trained and equipped staff take on the task with the usual results. With all the IT knowledge gone, the bureaucrats are entirely at mercy of the suppliers so they are frightened or gulled into not enforcing contract conditions. Perhaps the usual golf course conversations occur. Add in indifference and near complete lack of understanding of the consequences of wrong financial conclusions you get robodebt stuffup. That some of the Cabinet ministers were unable to grasp that 4 hours on hold demonstrated completely inadequate staff levels in Centerlink simply shows the levels of incompetence in managing the country that all major parties demonstrate in and out of power. Spent decades in the system, watching it get worse as Howard and successors like Rudd screwed the nation over.
<sarc> In view if IBMs move to decrease capacity, further outsourcing actions of critical Oz government IT will be immediately transferred to the efficient cost effective services of IBM. The contract will state how secure citizens data will be because its recorded on dead tree carcass. No need to specify what country it is stored in. </sarc> I wish I was going to be wrong but the PHB layer in Oz is so trusting, so naive, so confident. Yes, idiots
so has HP buried HPUX completely with its bootable image for server cloning also known as Ignite ? Personally, prefer AIX mksysb as bit more configurable once one knows which files to edit. Read no recent reference to ElRegs pithy Itanic perjorative either so assumed entire post ParaRisc plan a complete failure
however, the world gets weirder by the year. Whats next ? FBI or NSA being identified as t.rr.r.sts ?
Already known to have indulged in criminal activity. That is, if anyone else did it. I await the release of M$ Linux with the APT package manager and RPM packages, requiring alien, scripted in PowerShell. Local cats and dogs already live together in harmony
I think it was earlier. About 1994 when an outsider CEO came in who did not understand mainframe business model and merely saw a chance for a big one of bonus. management droid bonuses seem to be the motivating force for very short term decision making. To regenerate industries bonuses should be scrapped. One should not need institutional bribery to do the job one is paid for.
for what it is worth Cringely has done many articles on IBMs slow death
takes me back a decade or two. CSC (remember them, I thought not) tried this at Y2K bubble burst. InHuman Remains were deluged. Call was cancelled after a day or so in Oz. Odd how the best and brightest were first in queue to go. Corporate amnesia could be an interesting study for a psych student of big organisations. The valuing of mass stupidity make anti social media look normal
BABB Bashing Android Big Brother
BABS Boasting All Blue Screens
WILT Windows Intimidating Linux Traders
BUY Ballsed Up Yanks
A slightly more convoluted one from the huge infrastructure of support firms and individuals needed to keep MS products working roughly as hoped for
MEM Massive Ecosystem Manglers.
Perhaps a description of what usually happens in an IT monoculture.
NWD New World Disorder
I would suggest a cultural reference like a Borg derivative but it is inappropriate. Borg stuff usually works better than Federation hardware to the point the Feds copy or steal Borg technology. How about a few suggestions from the viewpoint of the Borg, referring the MS habit of being just close enough to common standards to confuse the gullible, but different enough to break the existing standards ?
NIHSI Not Invented Here, Steal It.
TMC Tomorrow Never Comes or is that a movie title already, referring the the Next Big Thing, which inevitably disappoints. Or is that IBM ?
Back to the fencing. A much more visible and useful post. Those broken wires can be seen at least. Mines the one with mud stains
@Richard: yes I remember a report ona MACHOs search concluding there are not enough massive Compact Halo Objects to be Dark Matter. Published about a decade ago. That left light stuff like neutrinos, aka WIMPS. Even they were ruled out. Where, cant recall. So we have the kludge of Dark matter and Energy to make the sums work right. I cant help feeling something is wrong with the models but no idea what . MOND does not feel right as it involves "special" conditions of a sort. But what would I know ?
AC, not as chilling as a previous government noted for its materialists adoring the zombie of marxism that allowed known organised crime figures into country, then defended it with ethnic bigotry accusations. BTW what exactly is creepy about his private beliefs ?
Many years ago working for a department with overseas branches, the customers at very remote site complained that sometimes their local unix computer was slow.
Dialed in and checked sar. No load to speak of, just system processes and an idle database. I did note screen refreshes were sometimes slow. Thinking network noise I tested network with ping, steadily increasing packet sizes from 64 bytes up to 4K. At 1 Kb size 50% of all packets were being dropped. Bigger and almost all dropped. A nearby colleague had visited the site in previous years, and mentioned it was down a long dark corridor in deepest subbasement basement. I rang the site admin and suggested they check the corridor fluorescent lights. On a whim I suggested about 75% of the corridor length. Two hours later a phone came in asking how the hell I knew a light was blinking on and off in seldom used corridor. Ah, the joys of deduction and luck
All second hand but, long time ago in Sydney, an expensive minicomputer was being unloaded by specialist computer/fragile equipment specialists from truck loading lane, outside the premises where precious computer was to spend next decade. Sydney taxi in a hurry rounded corner in left lane and high speed. Collected computer and half reloaded it back into truck. Write off natch.
and your point is ? He is a pollie, so what ? Not as scary as bad news messengers of the Green Grinches and their ilk. BTW, what has he said as an evangelical that is odd or do you have a secular sanctified belief system disguised as calm rationality that you wish to avoid defending ?
Oz fed gov wants mass surveillance via metadata retention, more snooping by nominally military focused chairbourne divisions but wants the hoi polloi to carry a fairly benign battery draining app to track virus infections. Meanwhile, Slurp, F*bitch and goggle have more than enough data on our movements from the Android and PC slurping built in. One would think a match made in hell. Then this morsel thrown out for News Corp. Ironically I know of no-one outside of ABC advertisements who trusts any of the mainstream media so whole issue is of little significance in long run. Unless this is cover for the slurps to quietly deliver all the required data and more to bored bureaucrats and po faced policedroids in the TLAs. Nothing like a fake fight to cover close co-operation. Or am I paranoid ?
who cares what language source code is written in ? As for underlying hardware, does it matter anymore outsiide of specialist cases like extreme conditions? What matters are human factors. PHB bean counters getting rewarded for cutting costs, not punished for not funding upgrades or determining if systems are still fit for purpose, secure and supportable. In short, a complete management and leadership failure. None of which matters has anything to do with languages. For the record, I like COBOL, verbose as it is but if properly written, it has three big benefits.
(a) source code is documentation if variables are rationally named. Again, human factor.
(b) Excellent control structures are mandated by language.. Again, code quality is created and maintained by humans.
(c) The DATA section forces thought and understanding of the data types. This is where so much goes wrong.
Would I use COBOL outside of business ? Probably not. C, Fortran or whatever is most suitable for problem, even if by some fluke a fashionable language might be a candidate.
I wonder if an outsourcery tax directly on boards and senior management of companies would help pay for the social costs of exporting jobs ? Things like unemployment. Not to mention the need to have realistic and enforced standards for hardware, so that random changes to standard sensors is discouraged. The recent plethora of different light bulb types as in sockets, not technology Oz is suffering from is an example, as well as ACs comment.
yeah right. So why is Airbus's latest next gen aircraft design a ripoff of the Boeing SpanLoader flying wing concept ? Lower fuel burn, more seats because tube on wings shape is hitting limits. Materials science means higher stress shapes can be considered, such as large triangles.
@David. Not in this part of the world David. 6 hours of security theater with 3 hours in air versus 3 by 18hour days on road across Oz. Nope, I prefer to fly. Air travel releases less CO2 for seat mile than even railways. Why ? No infrastructure between destination needed. Aside from that, Oz railways have track so bad the speed limit is 15kmh. Even 120 kmh is considered fast.
Boeings 777x-900 also in trouble. Engines this time so not Boeings outsourced coders. 737 air-frame has been pushed way beyond original design extensions. Pity they did not keep producing the 757 which was designed to be upgraded from start with bigger engines. Same with 767. In short, Boeing is in bigger trouble than just 737.
There appear to be slight evidence of concentric shells of galaxies and galactic clusters, with 2000 million light year spacing. Yes this challenges the isotropic concept. So more data analysis from whatever sky survey is relevant. Given the fudges to make Big Bang theory appear workable perhaps it is time for a new model. And no, I have no idea of what that might be. It is just a model where most of what is claimed to exist, but cant be seen or directly measured seems a kludge.
yes, NSW cops and roadside cameras do rego checks. Have done for years. Recently added phone in hand detection. That I could live with given the number white forward control vans that are always driven badly by psychopaths with at least one phone glued to side of head. Snooping has got worse. Heck, I recently was carting some sheep to an abattoir and got pulled over for a vehicle check, license check and magic tree carcass to prove I had right to move a trailer load of sheep. All in order but the urge to snoop was strong long before the latest bug started.
you mean eastern grey or red kangaroo? A big Red is about 2 meters tall and you need to be 2 meters away to avoid disembowling. Greys not as bad. About 1.5 meters tall and not as aggressive. At least the entagled one I let loose last month did not get excited while being freed from cord tangle. Perhaps NSW mountain wombats. Full grown the local ones hit a meter long, 0.5 meter wide and high. Usually not as wide, but local ones must go to pub more than others. There is one under part of my vege patch. And yes, they have been known to bite.
thinking the evidence for a Hadean period was shrinking. Earliest ( by whose measurement I dont know) suggests a cool wet world shown by old zircons. Even New Scientist published article on Hadean period belief becoming harder to sustain. Given the things that happen to rocks, assuming anything like water, pressure, temperature and enhanced radiation events seems to be guessing rather than empirical science. NOTE: tests have shown decay rates do vary under pressure and ionisation far more than expected. Bring back Poppers rule on what is science.
legacy databases ? Luxury that! More likely C-ISAM files aka indexed files. If a DB maybe IMS. Now there is a DB that will have skill shortages. Is DB2 40 years old ? C-ISAM on inside though. Can't see why recoding is needed if the issue is workload as others have pointed out. Upgrading hardware should work and that won't be free or fast even if possible. A full migration to new hardware will mean an updated OS ($$ katching $$$) and then the incompatibilities start, despite IBM trying hard for backward compatibility. IMHO, would be better to virtualise on mainframe emulator on a decent (gag, choke, splutter, Am I really saying this ?, choke) windows cluster running Hercules using a fast storage system. Should be able to avoid recoding but get boost in CPU, IO and memory speeds. Migrating data might be entertaining.
VXWorks ? You mean the OS used in Mars probes and landers that works for years on chips which are radiation hardened variants of PowerPCs originally ? That just works for years a long way from tech support ? Better coders in space work than mere aviation. Seriously, if this is been a known issue for 30+ years, why does not basic code testing get the stufup in basic acceptance testing ? A whole bunch at Boeing need to to sacked and banned from ever going near aircraft, or any other job requiring coding.
so the conspiracy theory circulating in China that this bug was engineered to panic the idiot West into crashing their economies so the Quin dynasties could be dominant again is false ? Given Chinese economy is restarting while ours is shutting down it is almost believable.
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