* Posts by spodula

421 posts • joined 7 Aug 2009


Imagine your data center backup generator kicks in during power outage ... and catches fire. Well, it happened


Re: This would never have happened at a certain broadcaster I used to work for.

They are still about. Apparently they are quite popular in certain parts of the US truck modding community, pretty much because they are built like a tank and can take a lot of abuse.


Re: This would never have happened at a certain broadcaster I used to work for.

We had something similar to that in a location in rural yorkshire.

There was a powercut for about 10 hours overnight and the diesel generator kicked in.

Power came back on around 6am before everyone came back on.. Unfortunately the email that was supposed to be sent automatically was dutifully sent via a email relay that had been decommissioned, so no-one was the wiser.

Unfortunately, we had another power cut later in the day. The generator ran for about 40 minutes then run out of diesel and conked out. I cant tell you just how much fun that was to deal with.

Desperate Nominet chairman claims member vote to fire him would spark British government intervention


I think they are hoping the new bunch of wasterels will be slightly better than the old ones using the premise that they would have to really go out to be worse.

Linus Torvalds hails 'historic' Linux 5.10 for ditching defunct addressing artefact


Re: RISC OS did this in the 1980s

Because Linux's architecture is derived from an experimental system written in the early 70s, which no rational individual thaught would still be in use 60 years later.

Whereas riscos was written from scratch by a bunch of people who, Probably werent thinking of end-dates either, but had different design parameters and decided to represent their dates differently.

Microsoft will release a web browser for Linux next month. Repeat, Microsoft will release a browser for Linux – and it uses Google's technology


Re: "This means Linus Torvalds has definitely won, doesn't it?"

I'm sure microsoft are devastated with their 78% desktop market share. (Apparently Macos is next with around 17%) They mostly seem to make their money from Office these days, and have done for a very long time.

source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/218089/global-market-share-of-windows-7/ (Ignore the title, its actually all desktop os not windows 7. I suspect its an old article that gets updated every few months. the last being june.)

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault


Re: Ever done a good deed, only to have it thrown back at you by an angry user

The best advice was given to me by my Uncle. (Who used to fix PDP-8's on Oil rigs back in the day)

"Just tell them your a bus driver. Its easier that way."

Of course this doesnt apply to family, who mostly know different alas.

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets


Not least of whuch because in the US you can protest against trump.

In Russia, the Kremlin would have you all shot or disappeared.

You overstepped and infringed British sovereignty, Court of Appeal tells US in software companies' copyright battle


Re: Watch Out USA...

Mutated Anthrax... For Duck huntin'

That upgrade from Java 8 to 11 you've been putting off? UK fintech types at Revolut 'quite happy' after a year in production


Re: Modern Problems require Modern Solutions.

There is a few moving to Amazon Coretto as well, but as thats based on OpenJDK, it probably adds up to the same thing.

We've only encountered one issue so far, and thats one app that uses JavaFX. Were just going to re-write it as what it does is pretty simple. Everything else just.. works...

ServiceNow pulls on its platforms, talks up machine learning, analytics in biggest release since ex-SAP boss took reins


Re: ServiceNow is great

Even better when your ticket goes around the houses and finally gets sent back to you with a message "Fix this pls..."

That and its so b*ddy slow, and since the last update, it seems when you update one of your tickets, it seems to select a random ticket to return to, (Which has messed me up when i wasnt paying attention)

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage


Re: They still haven't learnt

I remember having this conversation with a HR person as there more or less in the same boat.

A good IT function (Or HR function), that gets stuff done, runs smoothly and tends not to get noticed.

It only when things to to sh*t that people start noticing you.

But by then its too late as its usually been caused by management wondring what we need all these expensive nerds around for anyway, and the best ones have already been pushed out.

Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report


Re: Alternatively

Personally i would prefer to see the ridiculous senior management pay cut first.

Tech can endure the most inhospitable environments: Space, underwater, down t'pit... even hairdressers


Cigarette smoke.

I work at a publishing firm, Years ago, pre-ubiquitus-internet, we had a remote working setup, which was basically a program the editors could enter their data in, comments, annotations, ect, and once a week they would come into work (Or post the disks) and upload it all into the main system.

We had a problem with one particular user who was saying her (company supplied) system was constantly crashing, so as i was relatively local and involved in writing this app, i was asked by IT to pop over than figure out what was going on.

Once i got there and took it apart, everything was covered in a really thick tar. The buildup was so thick it was actually acting an an insulator on the CPU heatsink. Seems she and her other half smoked about 40 a day each and the poor computer having had this punishment for about 2 years had just had enough. So i took it away (After wrapping it and the keyboard in a Tarp), and after discussions with the IT guys in the car park, we decided we didnt want it anywere near the building, pulled the HD and binned it.

She was given a new PC with strict instructions not to smoke in the same room as it...

Need 32-bit Linux to run past 2038? When version 5.6 of the kernel pops, you're in for a treat


Re: Can someone...

Embedded systems. Small, low-power stuff where the power and expense of a 64 bit CPU are vastly overkill.

South American nations open fire on ICANN for 'illegal and unjust' sale of .amazon to zillionaire Jeff Bezos


Re: Who's going to bet..m

It wouldnt be outside the realms of possibility to modify a DNS server to create their own .amazon domain and ignore the official one, but forward other requests on, then get people to use that.

Kubernetes? 'I don't believe in one tool to rule the world,' says AWS's sassy Jassy


You would have to be pretty damn special to give up the industry standard architecture for a single vendor locked in version.

I assume therefore there are significant discounts if you use the AWS version?

Thought you were good at StarCraft? DeepMind's AI bot proves better than 99.8% of fleshy humans


Bit light on details

I seem to remember the last time they claimed this breakthrough, it only worked on one of the hundreds of maps in the map pool, and it was playing against a grandmaster who wasnt playing his best race in the game.

Oracle demands $12K from network biz that doesn't use its software



I've used it for development. Its convenient to spin up a quick windows or linux box which your willing to destroy. Using it in production is just silly though.

Fairytale for 2019: GNOME to battle a patent troll in court


Re: Prior art not that important

Yeah, but in the US they have granted patents on perpetual motion machines.. so i don't think a great deal of checking goes into these.

Apple blinks on iPhone repairs, touts parts program for independent tech mechanics... sort of


Re: We'll see

There about to be hammered by multiple right to repair bills. They are doing this to try to get the legislatures to soften them.

Not certain it will work, because the the people who are really pushing for this are the Farmers against companies like John Deere. Legislators Ignoring all those loud nerds is pretty much a given at the moment, but you going against the farmers looses you elections in many US states.

I suspect they will still manage to blame Facebook and Google somehow.

The Empire Strikes Back: Trump discovers $10bn JEDI cloud deal may go to nemesis Jeff Bezos, demands probe


Re: Trump should keep his nose out of this (fat chance!)

Defense procurement has *always* been a way of funneling money to favored companies. I suspect El Prez is just upset he hasnt had a look-in at this collection of pork.



I would be surprised of Oracle get a look in. There cloud offering is generally considered to be a bag of poo run by a company that have a bad habit of running audits when they are bored solely to piss off CIO's.

I would have expected the competition to be between Microsoft and Amazon, same as it usually is for big cloud contracts. Mainly because those companies have the reputation and skills.

I dont know about IBM's offering.

I can understand why they consider single vendor a good idea in this case, even if its not usually though. The weakest part of any infrastructure is the edge where it joins to other foreign infrastructure, and i can understand them wanting to keep that to a minimum.

Microsoft has Windows 1.0 retrogasm: Remember when Windows ran in kilobytes, not gigabytes?


Not an entirely fair comparison

as both the Amiga and Atari ST had large portions of their OS's in Rom.

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings


Re: Hire immediately

Yeah, i did that as well on our Uni vax. Thaught i was so clever at the time. (Obviously I wasnt).

Fotunately (for me), i didnt actually deploy it. I suspect that would have been last-straw territory.

I think i was on a list of troublemakers, as i was smart enough to cause problems, but not smart enough to be any good at it, and the Vax Sysasmin at BIHE really knew his stuff.

Other things i managed was writing scripts with busy-wait loops (inadvertently), doing strange things with directories, and logging on someone who was banned for doing nothing but playing MUDs all day as well as lots of things i dont want to admit.

Saying that, i did teach myself C and C++ and write a chess program in DCL on that box as well.

Frankly, looking back at it, as i wasnt even a computer science student (Electronic Engineering), i was suprised i wasnt just kicked off it.

It's official! The Register is fake news… according to .uk overlord Nominet. Just a few problems with that claim, though


Its less to make money from the name, and more to prevent fraud.

I'll just clear down the database before break. What's the worst that could happen? It's a trial


Re: never trust a PM

Depends. When we clean out machines around here, we tend to move usable stuff such as ram and sometimes disks, to the remaining (Usally test or toy) machines.

Assange rape claims: Complainant welcomes Swedish investigation's reopening


Re: re: It's well known that the Ecuadorian government didn't want him anymore.

If its repeated by Ecuadorian officials then yes.


If the thing you were doing earlier is 'drop table' commands, ctrl-c, ctrl-v is not your friend


Re: Not an IT guy but..

I suspect he was using a certain database beginning with "O" and ending with Larry Ellison's yacht, where things like "truncate table" and "Drop table" are executed immediately regardless of transation status.

Amazon consumer biz celebrates ridding itself of last Oracle database with tame staff party... and a Big Red piñata


Re: Sale of the Century

"So the real question is what the Minions do to piss off Amazon?"

I suspect one audit too many. Oh, and probably not an insignificant amount of d**k waving by Larry.


Re: Sale of the Century

Oracle has been loosing ground for years. Its debatable whether at the very top end they are still at the top, but for most normal and havey relational database usages, they have been overtaken in ease of use by pretty much everything else in the market.

Rather than accept this and try to do something innovative about it, they have doubled down on screwing over their existing customers.

Only an idiot would develop a new product using an Oracle back-end.

Are you sure you've got a floppy disk stuck in the drive? Or is it 100 lodged in the chassis?



Depends on the Era. I have a bunch of 720k floppes from my Amiga days in the late 80s and 90s that still work fine. The quality seems to have gone downhill from about there. I personally wouldnt trust any floppies manafactured after about 1995 at all.

My original BBC Elite disk 5.25" floppy still works fine.

Oracle asks Supremes to snub Google's Java API copyright protest – and have a nice cuppa tea, instead


Up until this case, every one thaught that API definitions didnt fall under copyright, because they are functional definitions and didnt have enough of a creative step to be covered.

Max Schrems schreds another 'blockade' to challenging Facebook data transfers in Austria


We've asked Facebook for comment.

"Oh shit.." - Facebook.

Huawei to the danger zone, ride into the danger zone... Chinese giant denies America's secrets theft, fraud charges


Re: Political Posturing from the top?

"North Korea is next door to these fields, who knows, they could become the next oil/gas rich state?"

So in other words, what your saying is that liberally Oiled NorK's in Korea are likely to be a thing in the near future?

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin



Stay classy: Amazon's Jassy gets sassy with Larry


Unique capabilities?

Try installing legacy fat client applications on a locked down Windows desktop machine and you will see the uniqueness..

No-one else makes it anything like as difficult to install their database client when you have to install the whole 1.3Gb of dross, most of which you will never use, in a non-standard location. (24 years on, and Oracle *still* havent figured out "Program files"). (Oh, and you cant use program files anyway, because some things in there dont work properly if you have filenames with spaces)

Or the fact its basically impossible to install on a headless server without installing X and all its libraries or VNC,

Or the fact its so uniquely embedded in so many places, people dont dare rip it out despite Oracles "Innovative" and "Unique" pricing structure ...

Well, it is the Empire of enterprise IT... Oracle's Ellison plans 'Star Wars cyber defense' for his second-generation cloud



TBH, i dont think Oracle's technical capabilities are in question, its Oracle itself.

No-one wants to deal with them unless they absolutely have to.

There a deeply unpleasant company to deal with, especially their sales droids.

Chinese tech titans' share prices slump after THAT Super Micro story



I Hope someone can get one of these chips! i think a public Decap to see how they work would be interesting!

US JEDI military cloud network is so high-tech, bidders will have to submit their proposals by hand, on DVD


Oracle are pissed

IBM are no doubt pissed that their prefered method of Decks of punched cards and QIT60 tapes are no longer being accepted.

Golden State passes gold-standard net neutrality bill by 58-17


How about not throttling firefighters during a major emergency?

or not adding tracking cookies to everything you do unecnrypted on the net?

Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot


Re: Amazing

"Hello, i'm clippy.

I see one of your solid rocket boosters has exploded.

Do you want me to help you write a stern letter to the JPL?"

Better late than never: nbn™ DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade starts


Ah Australian broadband.

The only developed country that makes the US system look good.

Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan


Frankly yes. Even tho he and the company he runs is basically evil, There both Rank ameturs compared to Larry, Oracle and more importantly, the Oracle money squeezing deparment.

Amazon, for instance, dont send in the auditers every time there looking low on sales targets or you diss them publically, or because their bored.

Oracle? A strategic priority for CIOs? Nope, says Goldman Sachs


Re: Nice DB with baggage issues

30 years ago when it was the only serious game in town for medium-large size databases (Other than DB2, which has always seemed to me to be more a way of selling IBM services), they developed this attitude. I've never met anyone who has said that dealing with Oracle has ever been a fun experience.

They are seriously behind of modern technologies, They require loads more DBA support than everything else, especially MariaDB and SQL server both of which just ... work.. , their large object support is a joke, They still havent figured out "Program files" on windows clients yet, which causes issues for locked down client machines, making deployment using most automated tools a pain in the arse, Its expensive and exposes you to random audits when they feel their short of money. Why would you?


Re: No one in their right mind starts a project with Oracle.

Yes, we recently had a brush with Oracle's audit deparment. They didnt find anything wrong, but wouldnt beleve it. (I work for a pretty large international business).

And thus it was handed down from on high that no new projects are to use Oracle databases. (Not that we have been doing anyway)

We've also got to write feasibilty reports for moving all our existing stuff off in a 2 year timeframe.

Its nice in that we've got a couple of MariaDB and NoSQL boxes out of it.

They managed to *really* P*ss off our CTO.

A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years


I seem to remember one of the options is to compile it with the wine libraries.

Of course, this relies on you having the source code.

This is from a long time ago.

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


Re: type 'reboot' in the local console instead of the remote one

"It's not like it sentences your firstborn to death or anything."

You've obviously never dealt with senior product managers.


And me.. although admittedly in my case, there was a "Learnnig experience" which proved the point to me.

Don't read this, Oracle... It's the rise of the open-source data strategies


"Who chooses a cloud first then decides later what they want to use? Only idiots. Or MongoDB users"

Or the people paying you money to develop things and have heard about this "cloud" thing and want in. (There are a lot of these)..

I dont know *anyone* who would consider using Oracle for a new project. Even if you can get past the licencing aspect, that Stupid installer needs to be taken out the back and shot, along with the intern who wrote it. (It is ridiculously difficult to install on a headless server, and you have to install unnesseery stuff you will never use again like all the X libraries, and I think its really about Oracle figured out "Program files" on Windows Clients and servers. Its been over 20 years now)

Administration is a pain in the arse, unlike every other modern database. (I remember DB2 comming close, but that was a long time ago)

Its possible at the very highest end, that Oracle may out-perform other databases, but how many people really ever use the full potential of an Oracle installation? Or even a MySQL installation for that matter?

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom


I'm guessing

I'm guessing this was written as some kind of bet?



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