Re: This puzzles
That's not the Devops way.
495 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009
I does look a lot like a honeypot that has been busted and a mad dash to arrest and cease stuff to put a front out the world.
If your interested, the internet archive has copies of what their web site used to look like:
Which went all quiet around Dec 2018
There seems to be a big Canadian connection, and here is the archived web site for one of their 'resellers':
As I've said before. Since it seems that any old MBA can run any type of company. Why don't you outsource the management functions to a board as a service company. Which will efficiently run yours, and several other companies business, bringing economies of scale, time efficiency and cross pollination to such functions as strategic planning, corporate marketing, fat bonus negotiations, golden parachute schemes, corporate merry go rounds, and many other vital functions.
The joke part is that it might actually work...
Not necessarily dog slow. It depends up on how the message passing / switching between kernel actors/modules (or whatever you OS of choice calls them) is handled. Not too dissimilar to the normal issues around context switching from user space to kernel space for things such as system calls. They do have some inbuilt advantages as well. Device drivers tend to run completely in user space and so don't have the inconvenience (mostly) of having context switch in and out of the kernel for each buffer load of data. They also tend to fit better on top of distributed computers or multi-threaded CPUs.
Declaration of interest; I spent some time working with Chorus Systèmes getting their micro-kernel UNIX OS working in a performant manner on an ICL massively parallel (well for the time) computer which I doubt any of you would have heard of because only three were ever sold. Again, for the time, it wasn't too shabby on the speed front being much faster for large database operations than the other equivalent UNIX big iron boxes of the time.
Micro-kernels are a thing and have been for a while and where well developed at the time LINUX was a gleam in Linus's eyes. I'm sure that many reasons for LINUX not being a micro-kernel can be trotted out but I can't help thinking that its monolithic nature is contributing in large part to the problems being described.
Send an robot to Mars with loads of sensors to do science stuff. Collect bucket loads of data from those sensors. Then, whittle the data down to what you think you might be looking for via a black box algorithm. Dump the rest and send back the Readers Digest version of the data. Sounds just the job.
It is the same as Monte Carlo opening a casino in the 1800's so
suckers patrons could travel there and be parted from their money, enriching the country. Only works if your small and the country's around you cooperate by providing you with a unique market. In this case keeping gambling illegal.
It was doomed from the start. It was illegal to use them on the roads and also illegal to use them on the pavements. The only place you could legally use them, was on privately owned land. I suspect that if the bicycle was invented now, it would suffer the same fate.
By the way, so are electric scooters, illegal that is, but that doesn't seem to be stopping them. For some reason, the law isn't being enforced. In fact I believe there is a review into making them legal on roads in some places/circumstances. It seems the transport revolution came too late for the Segway.
Ascension would be a better choice, nearer the equator and absolutely British. It's south of the equator (~5 I think) which might be useful too. Already got an RAF base with a long runway, an ESA space tracking station, the BBC world service transmitters and some no name agency listening posts (proximity to undersea cables just a coincidence). Oh, and lots of albatrosses.
So you desperately wanted a service but didn't want to pay for it. You then found a 'free' service on the internet that seemed to provide what you were unwilling to pay for. All is good, until the dawning realisation that there is no such thing as a free lunch and that you are in fact paying for the service by having your identity monetized. No shit. Who would have thought.
Or perhaps just ask their buddies in the NRO what they do to reduce the observability of their spysats. Perhaps they have and sun-visors are the way to go but they didn't seem to feature in their old musings on the subject (link (pdf))
p.s. Yes I know is mostly to do with RADAR stealth, but visual stealth is also a thing.
So I'm officially old. The university I attended in the late 70's had a Pascal Micro Engine (link ) which always intrigued me. Pascal has had an enduring influence on me, although it's I/O sub system sucked . Of that type of language I always liked Modua-2, a sort of grown up Pascal before N Wirth got obsessed with OO and Oberon.
The IT industry in general and the USA large IT corporates in particular, are ageist by design. That's not to say they don't discriminate in other ways, but the cult of youth is very strongly embedded and structures and practices are in place to support it. Having lived and worked through the change, it's not been good or pleasant. When I started it was common for technical colleagues to have been working for more than forty years at the firm (or it's predecessors). When I was last working for a USA corporate, the average tenure amongst the doers was five years. If you didn't shuffle up the greasy pole and slide over to the dark side in management, the large growing target on your back was plain for all to see. And don't get me started on the incredible shrinking number of women and the obsession with reinventing the wheel.
I'll get my coat, it will be the one with specifications, designs and testing plans in the pockets...
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