That looks brilliant. Well done!
825 posts • joined 4 Sep 2009
Is there any evidence that it can make any money? When it's a mass spying/intelligence-gathering tool for the Chinese government then I guess it's okay if it makes a loss. However, if it can't be monetised by Larry and his band of merry men*, then it's time is rather short, I'd say.
Being Oracle, I'm imagining a horrific re-branding to professional users, to encourage professionals to make twats of themselves in 30 second video segments.
Horrific. I guess someone in Oracle thinks money can be made from it. Selling ads? That's about it, isn't it? All the worlds largest applications (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok) are just glorified ad-selling platforms.
I don't read it like that. They are not going to replace their site SCADA systems. Their systems have been developed over many years. They use the Scope SCADA system from Servelec, and a mixture of PLCs on site to control processes, and RTUs to bring selected parameters back into the central SCADA system. It's been built over many years and they are not going to throw it out.
This is about taking the end-point where all the *selected* site data ends up and migrating it to the cloud, where it can be stored in data lakes and mined/queried by data scientists. In that respect, it makes sense in so far as that is the solution that world + dog is adopting, however I think the project cost savings that are often espoused by the cloud vendors are exaggerated.
They could do the same thing with their rack of servers in a server room. They could even run FaaS/serverless etc. locally if they want to develop in a 'cloudy' way. It's all open source.
Have to agree. It just works. They're also pretty much indestructable. Mine was in such a sorry state after falling out of top pockets down flights of stairs, falling into sinks full of washing up and just generally being abused that it became a sort of office joke. Everyone was routing for it.
It still works. The battery isn't very good, but it still works just fine.
When I was in working on a pipeline project in Turkey it literally saved my sanity. In those days, one could stream BBC radio programmes using RealPlayer, which was really great at streaming with very low bandwidth requirements. It was perfectly possible to stream radio programmes using the 6310i as a modem (using the bluetooth connection) even with the 6310i's lowly GPRS modem. Worked a treat.
Great phone. And great car kit, too!
Anyone that has studied the GDR (East Germany) and, in particular the Stasi cannot help to see certain similarities. The only difference seems to be that Google is (currently) collecting all this information with a view to making money from it. How long until they allow governments to make use of all the information they have on you? Are they doing it already and being silenced by the governments that they are giving this information to?
If you are meeting up in a hotel with a 'friend' for a bit of clandestine frolicking, what is to stop Google from identifying both of you from your voice patterns and hence determining that you are together in the same hotel room?
You know what, that doesn't sound like a bad idea at all.
If it really could be designed as a 'relief' valve for flooding areas, then:
* Provides potential relief in times of extreme flood
* Provides low carbon transport alternative for goods
* Provides additional opportunities for leisure pursuits
* Creates jobs, especially during the construction phase
* The downside? The NIMBYs that would want it anywhere near them (though if it could be used to relieve flooding they could possibly be persuaded).
* We can't do anything cheaply any more. It would take a barrage of consultants 10 years just to conclude that "actually, this could potentially have the potential for potentially being quite a good idea. Potentially.". That's before construction even starts.
Yes. This is the scenario that I recognise!
The problems are pretty much exactly as you have described them:
1) The client often does not have a complete picture of all of their own requirements. In fairness, in large projects (e.g. ERP) that would be used by stakeholders right across the organisation, trying to assemble the right collection of knowledgeable stakeholders is like trying to herd cats. Imagine a company that runs it's engineering from Aberdeen, London, Stavanger, and Oslo, and its HR and purchasing from Delhi (like the company I used to work for).
2) The requirements, become 'written in stone' even when contradicting/impossible requirements are pointed out.
Agile *can* help in the user requirements elicitation, but you still need to be engaged with the correct stakeholders, otherwise what you get back is a load of assumptions and guesses in some areas, and solid information in other areas. It's a nightmare.
I would add Forth to that list due to its ability to extend the language using itself.
But yeah, your point still stands. Forth is so niche it's not on anyone's radar.
> Doing it properly means no buffer overflows
All a side-effect of C not having counted strings. It's the biggest cause of buffer overflows in the history of the language. In order to know if my buffer is big enough to accomodate a concatenation of two strings I first have to walk the entire length of those two strings looking for a zero. Ridiculous.
It's like crack for system architects, too.
A certain regional water company has relatively recently started shoving all of its telemetry and SCADA data into Azure data lakes. All of it. Terabytes per year. Now, Azure data lakes are very cheap - it doesn't cost much for the data to just sit there, so fair enough. However, when the time comes to do something with that data, that's when they've got you by the shorties.
There will be so much data that it will need to be partitioned in some way before you have at it with something like Hadoop (or whatever the MS equivalent is), which will mean:
* An IT project in its own right within the organisation;
* Hiring of big data analysts/specialists;
* Hadoop/Map Reduce specialists;
* Additonal cloud resources the churn the data, partition it, validate it.
And then, when you realise how much it's going to cost you also realise that they've got all your data. I mean seriously, what are you going to do? Ask them to post it to you on a USB stick?
I thought the idea of cloud was you hired the infrastructure for the time you needed it, churned, got your results, and span it down. Just like it was in the 60s and 70s. But modern IT departments seem to be falling into the trap of 'the cloud' - presumably because it is easy to use, and can be very cost effective. But you need to strictly control what you're using it for, and so far I'm not seeing that. Therby it becomes a false economy; they're merely shifting the costs into a different column.
It would be useful if user data AND apps could be portably moved around, but you can't really do that in Linux/Unix because when you install something, the various files that make up the application are sprayed all over the hard disk. As a relative Linux newbie it still pisses me off. I have to go hunting for config files, and the log files are somewhere else, and the binaries are somewhere else. Bah. I suppose it comes from the earliest days of Unix?
...Siemens S7 TIA (PLC programming system). Other than that, I've moved over to Linux entirely. I booted my Windows box just last night (it's an old Toshiba Tecra 32 bit laptop). I partioned the SSD in half, and installed Lubuntu next to Windows 7. It's like a new machine.
Just who are these 'future settlers'? Have they been consulted. Have they volunteered to go an live on a hostile lump of rock some ~230,000 miles away from their home planet, or have they been 'volunteered' by someone else?
You wouldn't get me up there for all the tea in China! And that's a lot of tea!
Oh, I'd managed to forget about that.
I had to learn how to use Crystal reports to get reports out of a SCADA system. On site. In the Abu Shabi desert. With only the help files.
The problem was: Once the word got out that "knew crystal reports" I was instantly elevated to Guru status and got given every bit of fucking CR work going.
Now I need to go and curl up in a ball under the desk for a while!
Hey thank you very much for that! Just checked it out on Argos. My 9 year old son has taken to using his mums laptop (he's not allowed to use mine!) for Roblox and all that other nonsense. It's his 10th birthday in March. Guess what he's getting for his birthday!
Have a beer! -->
Seems that Netbooks like we had around 8 years are just as powerful as a Pi, and you could carry them around no problem. Why they didn't take I don't know. I still have my Acer Aspire 1, it's nearly ten years old. It's showing its age with modern OS, but runs the lightweight Linux builds just fine. Surely something with the same form factor would be welcome today?
30 Year Boeing Quality Manager Says "Fly Something Else", Refuses To Fly On 787 Dreamliner
"John Barnett was a quality manager for Boeing for 30 years before he was transferred to South Carolina to work on the 787, according to Big Think.
It was there that a new leadership team who had previously worked on Boeing's military projects began overseeing work on the commercial airliner.
Barnett says that team lowered safety standards significantly. He stated: "They started pressuring us to not document defects, to work outside the procedures, to allow defective material to be installed without being corrected. They started bypassing procedures and not maintaining configurement control of airplanes, not maintaining control of non-conforming parts — they just wanted to get the planes pushed out the door and make the cash register ring."
They're never going to write another operating system. They are going to slowly migrate over to Linux. Windows is not where their money is anymore. It takes a shit-ton of human resources to support it and fix it, on an on-going, never-ending basis. I have a friend that is a product evangelist at Redmond, and even he thinks Windows is on its way out.
The boundary between Linux and Windows will slowly blur in the coming years, I believe.
As a fairly recent convert to Linux (Mint), I'm with you on this. The OP mentioned a 'Linux fuck fest' - I know what he means. It certainly *used* to be like that. I remember my first dabble with Linux in the late 90s/early noughties and I was put off by the level of vitriol and downright nastiness on the 'support' forums.
However, it is not like that today. If you check out the Linux Mint forums (for example) you'll find it's a very friendly place.
I generally find that, in the event of a 'problem' (i.e. *me* not knowing how to do something) somebody has already asked the question and a solution has been provided. In these cases, I don't even need to post anything; I can just passively read the information and adopt the solution.
Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2020