Re: Amendment 4 anyone?
It never has been, but it has never been allowed to be challenged.
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It is indeed very bizarre to see these newer-generations-of-Reg-writers (where did the rational, older folks go?) pick on a failing social media site as if it was tech-news-worthy, for no other reason than them disagreeing with personal opinions of the owner. The reg has gone to shit. Guess they gotta pay for hosting *somehow*.
No doubt about it, as someone who runs both Power and SPARC gear, I cannot believe people continue to pay the IBM POWER premium. The cost is staggering. The management software/middleware, just plain terrible. But hey, at least they started packaging OpenSSH with AIX 7.3. Only took em 20 years to catch on. :-D
Hah! Yes indeed...apparently the election-is-going-to-be-hacked mis-information is coming from the 'right wing' according to this article...hmmmm...let us see what they say after the GOP sweeps. I'm going to guess the 'left-wing' will be the one spreading the 'election was hacked' mis-information as they did during their Russiagate years.
Now I've seen everything. The first cloud provider, realizing most of its 'valuable' customers are hybrid-cloud, and are likely to stay that way forever, is going after their on-prem competition. This will not end well for Amazon, but I'm glad they're at least trying. Google is doing the same thing, but is pointing their customers looking for a physical 'as-a-service' offering to HPE. Much more pragmatic move in my opinion.
"Selling the Gateways through the channel means AWS has the muscle to challenge on-prem storage vendors like never before."
^^^ This is a bit of a stretch. Amazon's storage box cannot hold a candle to any existing large storage array. They're decades behind.
"The Great Resignation, which began in spring last year and continued until the fall when the quit rate in the US climbed to a two-decade peak, is forcing companies to consider ways to retain valued staff."
Ways to retain valued staff are varied, but mostly boil down to this one thing: give your people raises to *at least* match the real-world inflation. In the US this would've been between 12-16% last year. I work at one of these tech behemoths, and by and large, everyone got 2% (unless you threatened to quit). Why would I not scale down my productivity by 10-14% in such a market as dictated by market conditions?
I agree, this struck me as an odd way to start this review. As if setting us up for the rest of what is to come.
Frankly, if my choice of network kit (some bits I'm in charge of currently) comes up and it's between Cisco (way overpriced, and with known backdoors, and a very poor security record) and Huawei (moderately priced, "alleged" backdoors [none alleged by actual infosec pros but by beaurocrats], and *some* bungled releases from a security perspective), it'll be an easy one to make.
Hmmmm. The best thing for *everyone* for the *long term* (as in hundreds, thousands of years) is no vaccination, and very little medicating of society period (yes, that means people will die). If you want targeted vaccines for the feeble among us, go right ahead, but it makes zero long-term sense to mass-vaccinate healthy people, especially the young.
Nah...I was involved in helping google figure out basic data center power, DC cooling, Linux, UNIX, storage issues after they acquired a company I worked at, and proceeded to screw the pooch on a thoughtlessly executed data center migration (that was wholly based on marketing of the new location [in their words - "to enable us to hire younger engineers"], *NOT* on any technical requirements post-acquisition). They truly don't know what they're doing when it comes to data center ops compared with companies who had been doing it 6+ decades. Their engineers I worked with believed all workloads were easy to understand and troubleshoot. It was beautiful watching them scramble as they failed to understand one protocol after another. :-P
>For just one, where are all of these new experts with access to every app's source code supposed to come from?
I was one of these "experts" as you call them. It was part of my sysadmin gig. Maintain the tool chain, audit new toolchain requests, continuously audit the infrastructure, move slow especially when devs want you to move fast, etc. This wasn't exactly a safety-critical industry either - we made consumer electronics - tvs, computers, phones, cable set-top boxes, walkie talkies, etc.
Most of us were laid off, I suppose you can just re-hire us from the unemployment lines?
The goal is not to get access to *every app's source code*, the goal is to not even allow the app onto your network to begin with. It's really not that hard man. This place where I worked at was around 2004 timeframe, and it was for sure happening decades before then in safety-critical work spaces. Lets stop making excuses for doing the responsible and prudent thing, for the sake of cheap, low-quality and often unsafe goods.
Yet, I used to work for an organization just like this, and validated 3rd party code as part of my sysadmin duties *not* because somebody specifically asked me to do it, but at that time, it was just a standard part of the day job in my opinion. It was simply the right thing to do. Turns out society and our customers just wanted cheaper and cheaper shit, and eventually they got it. Enjoy the fallout folks!
Hopefully you're speaking of Google and not tech industry in general.
With regards to Google, software engineers are some of the highest if not *the* highest paid people in the company. There are many making 700K+ in salary alone.
The truth is, like at all other places of business, a small handful produces most of the company's value, a giant several handfuls produces a little value, and another small handful shows up and putts around producing no value.
I have a feeling most folks commenting have not tried to buy a new car in the last few years. I drive a 2016 Honda Fit, because it was literally the only new car I could afford. Since then, inflation on new car prices has skyrocketed. The maintenance on an average EV is definitely lower in cost and frequency, and the performance cannot even be compared to an average ICE car.
With all that said, yes, absolutely, animal transport is by far the 'greenest' option...I think we should go back to that.
There is no generalization involved. Worldwide, we're *all* in a better place than we were in the 80s. Do you remember the 80s? I grew up in the middle of the revolution in Eastern Europe. I remember standing in food lines/bread lines and our currency collapsing overnight, twice. My kids have never even seen a soldier working a national curfew/martial law, let alone tanks rolling down the street. They've never seen completely barren store shelves. I've never seen the poor be so rich. Amazing how quickly our perspectives change.
It's fairly tough for me to believe so many people are ignorant about the improving state of the world (especially poverty - which keeps shrinking and shrinking). Granted I didn't grow up in the US, but no doubt we're all better off now than in 1980. In 1980 my comrades were getting dragged into the woods and shot in the head. At least now some of us get a trial.
Not sure why all the calls to 'small numbers' of people still running FC or Infiniband. I've worked at 12-14 different companies of different sizes (from 12 person startups to 300K employee engineering behemoths) in the last 21 years and all were running critical workloads on FC, with some more scientifically inclined shops running Infiniband. Is the author suggesting that mid and large enterprises are running app and db workloads mostly on local storage? If so, that has not been my experience.
> Yet some right-wing a-holes are so sensitive about this that they had to transform it into 'all lives matter'*.
What a weird assumption and attribution to make. I'm a left-wing anarchic communist, and I can only reasonably conclude that "all lives matter". Anything else seems highly suspect, and illogical.
I'm not arguing whether it's *possible* to have high quality ISP service to the boonies. I know it's possible, as I have a good friend running Fiber right now in Indiana without any issues at one of the last co-op ISPs in the state.
>....but the point is precisely that the best solution for everyone would be cheaper, good terrestrial broadband.
My point is, that's great that it's the *best* solution for everyone, however, it has been 30 years, they've gotten 250+ million bucks, and this "best solution" has not materialized anywhere that I know of. Starlink, as with Musk's other businesses, may just light the fire under their assholes to start running fiber out here. Currently, one of my friends a few miles away is switching from his provider - HughesNet - to Starlink, and is seeing impressive performance and lower latency. It is *literally* the current solution to his and likely my problem.
> In short, broadband operators will tell everybody living in the sticks "sorry, not interested, try Starlink". Regardless if people can afford it or not.
So do you want to know what the alternative for people like me out in the "sticks" currently is?
I'm currently paying $99/month for 3Mb down, and 56Kb up async DSL for Centurylink - my county's only ISP provider. I will gladly pay the same price for up to 10-20 times the bandwidth down (according to some current users).
You know what my "broadband" operator that received hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government over the last 28 years in order to "serve the underserved" users tells me now when I complain about their offering?
"Sorry, not interested in offering you a better service. Are you saying you actually get 3Mb down where you live? That's very surprising, as you're so far away from our POP, we can't actually even guarantee that you get a signal out there. You're SO LUCKY!!!"
Wish I could give you more upvotes. I run an 8 soon to be 9 year old Motorola Droid 4, mostly for its unmatched physical QWERTY keyboard. I admit, I use it for texting, notes, and as an ssh client more so than a phone, but it certainly still handles phone calls without fail. :-D Assuming I can keep finding the batteries, and that I can keep builds of LineageOS booting, I hope to run it another 8 years. Yes, yes, of course completely 'insecure' if I can no longer update LineageOS, but then, I tend to use my phone as a largely publicly accessible device that all phones on our current mobile networks truly are.
You're severely confusing the ACA and a nationalized healthcare as seen in Europe. The ACA aka Romneycare, was primarily designed to force *more* customers onto private insurance company plans. It worked, United Healthcare is steadily in the Fortune 5-10 since the ACA was passed. Thankfully the mandate has been mostly rolled back (at least the unconstitutional fees have). We desperately need a "nationalized" healthcare system in the US, though its much more likely to function if created at the individual state level.