* Posts by DanW

11 posts • joined 6 Feb 2011

Culture, schmulture. DevOps, agile need to be software-first again


I suspect most people here are used to dealing with the majority of projects I've dealt with in my career - 2 weeks to 2 years in scale....

but not many dealt with a sub 1 hour build/test/release cycle :-)

Build (compile etc) took about 13 mins, 40 mins for test, then release

I never managed 24 releases in a day that I recall - 23, yes :-) Failures are expected in test, so 48 mins per test cycle (there were additional components such as digital signing needed for a full build that weren't needed for test to start) meant 30 were possible.

My recent teams dealt with Antivirus definitions as well as AV engine functionality - we dealt with Agile by definition, SCRUM was used as applicable (mainly the daily meeting component :-)) waterfall was how we described AV Engine features that took over 30 days to complete!

Oh - and AV researchers wrote engine features as well as vice versa, and the test systems came into the same group, so perhaps can be called DevOps too ;-)

History: Dr Solomon's, McAfee, Microsoft (Defender)

Billion-euro Intel EU antitrust saga goes on and on and...


Re: And the lawyers...

> If it prevented Linux or OS X from working then I think there would absolutely be a case there

It does

> but it doesn't.

It does

However, it's a driver issue, the same way the latest NVidia or AMD graphics cards 'don't work with linux'

...until the drivers are written/updated :-)

That's the same problem for Windows 7 - but *Microsoft* has made the decision not to provide updated drivers for the new chips for the old OS, although they obviously wrote them and provide them with the newer OS.

Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?


Re: "Windows 7 diehards"???

Sounds to me that Windows 10 was release ready, but Toshiba messed up with their add-ons / factory image

Samsung, not Nokia, fans' most favoured WinPho brand


If you want a card slot...


The Nokia 820 has one too - unfortunately the 920 does not :-(

Google boots out OpenStreetMap-nobbling contractors


Eric Schmidt never worked for Apple?

Perhaps this might change your opinion:


Windows 8 hardware rules 'derail user-friendly Linux'


XP won't run...

Which is nothing to do with Secure Boot...

XP needs a BIOS

UEFI *replaces* the BIOS

Vista was the first Microsoft OS that would boot on a UEFI system

(Note: Apple's bootcamp and similar systems *emulate* a BIOS on UEFI hardware to allow booting of operating systems such as XP)


@Dana W

Interesting name, given mine :-)

Anyway... Don't look at Macs, look at iPhones, iPods and iPads - actually a far larger percentage of Apple's revenue than Macs.


@James Hughes 1

I'd love to see where you got the stats from...

The stats I've seen agree with the supercomputers (top 500 is the definition I use here), but the other info I've seen comes nowhere close to the other numbers you recite.

Android bug lets attackers install malware without warning


Polite malware

I take it you are referring to malware like this...


Before attempting to infect the document, it displays this message:

Shall I infect the file ?

Mozilla: 'Internet Explorer 9 is not a modern browser'


Take a look at the specs...

For those of you who haven't yet looked, you should take a look at the w3c site for HTML5

I wouldn't recommend actually *reading* it unless you're a masochist or being paid to do so - it's very dense, and absolutely massive!

However... When you think about a spec as large as this one, where different parts of the spec are owned by different people (as it has to be in order to have any sort of realistic timetable) it's not surprising that there are lots of incompatibilities at the moment - it's still not expected to be signed off for another 3 years!

So - if you look at page x of the current spec, you can implement your code so that object A always appears in front of object B - and of course you claim you are HTML 5 compliant!

Unfortunately on page y of the spec it says that object *B* should be the one at the front - so if you're a different vendor you can then claim that *your* browser is compliant!

It's gonna take some time :-)

Open source to bust up Cisco Borg collective?


Virtualisation is the problem... as well as the solution

I would guess that Matt is trying to point out that many end users are *already* using virtualisation on x86 hardware... And this is the problem for Cisco.

If you have a physical box running 10 VMs, all of which are talking to one another - how does Cisco manage to monitor that traffic?

All of this traffic remains inside the one physical server - it never goes out to the "real" network - and admins still need to be able to monitor this traffic - hence they are likely to install a VM from this vendor (or another) given that forcing the VMs to send network traffic "off box" is significantly slower.

This then means that the admins have to have *two* sets of management tools/consoles etc - one for their Cisco, and one for this.

Some smaller shops may then choose to drop Cisco, and just go for a virtualised network stack

If this *is* the case then Cisco either has to a) Create their own VM that works with their existing tools and risk cannibalising some other sales or b) Modify their management tools so it will handle this vendor's stack as well as their own

or c) come up with another business model that I can't think of right now :-)


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