* Posts by l8gravely

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Man wins court case against employer that fired him for not liking boozy, forced 'fun' culture

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Re: Their "fun"..

I've done the Six Sigma training, and most companies use it in the wrong way. It's for measuring and correcting the process when you repeat it alot. So having ten clients and doing some sort of six sigma methodology on how good/bad you are in solving their problems isn't going to cut it.

It's for when you make 10,000 or 10 million identical widgets and you want to make sure you understand their variance and how they fit the requiremetns. This is why it was invented by 3m (as I recall, could be wrong) for helping them make their product efficiently, and with the proper controls in place to keep it consistent.

One off projects aren't really the focus for this tool. The stats get all dogy when you have small numbers.

BOFH: Don't be nervous, Mr Consultant. Come right this way …

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Re: IMHO..

At least they're not YAML format....

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Re: Been there, done that

And of course if you've made any type of change in the standard ERP process flow to match how YOU do your billing, you're in for a world of hurt when it comes to upgrade to the next major version. Ouch, all those customization costs will come back in triplicate.

If you got the SAP/Oracle/whatever route, don't customize a damn thing besides the logo and address.

NASA details totally doable, not science fiction plan for sending Mars rocks to Earth

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Re: Here's hoping that it will work out

You'd think they'd actually test this in lunar orbit first... where it's cheaper and easier to send down some landers to test with. Yes, it's a totally different and more severe environment than mars, but it's simpler and less time consuming to test there and make sure the rendevous and transfer parts actually work properly. In any case, it will be a fun and interesting mission to watch!

No, I will not pay the bill. Why? Because we pay you to fix things, not break them

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Makita, not Black'n'Decker

I suspect you're thinking of the original Makita 9.6V drills with the long battery in the handle. Damn near idestructable. I had one for close to 25 years before it finally bit the dust enough it wasn't worth finding a new battery or replacing the trigger switch. The original ones had the simple on/off switch, the slightly newer ones had the squeeze switch for variable speed.

You could practically hammer stuff with the back end, and they would survive a drop from a suprisingly high place too.

Miss that sucker...

But the DeWalt 12V stuff is damn near a perfect replacement. Strong, light (not like the 18V and 20V stuff!) small and easy to use. And so much power.

To make this computer work, users had to press a button. Why didn't it work? Guess

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Re: Bad design

CommVault backup software is like this. A bunch of icons for status fields of tapes. No text when you hover over them either, so you have to remember what the hell they mean, and it's not always obvious. Or consistent. And no I don't want to keep referring to a cheat sheet somewhere to figure it out.

It's like Emojis. We spent all this time coming up with standard symbols (letters) which we can group into things (words) and now we have Emojis where you have to remember what the hell each is, and what they mean and they're all slightly different. Or completely different (eggplant anyone?) depending on context. Sucks.

So how do I say "Get off my lawn!" in Emjoi?

BOFH: The Boss has a new watch – move readiness to DEFCON 2

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I did the same for George Carlin, it was simply amazing seeing him up close and personal.

Tetchy trainee turned the lights down low to teach turgid lecturer a lesson

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Re: taking notes...

It was obviously a micro economics course...

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What a contrast from the previous week...

Google Cloud is super keen to keep certain customers on pricey Intel VMs

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Re: compute time is not the cost driver

Exactly! We ran into this with Oracle. If you run on ESXi you pay a license on all the cores available in that host. So a 4 core host which costs more than a 12 core host saves us money since we don't need more than that. But god forbid you put that ESXi host into VCenter, because now Oracle wants you to pay a license based on *all* the cores in the VCenter cluster. So if you have 4 hosts with 4 cores each, you have to pay for a 12 core license, even if you only ever run your single Oracle instance on four cores.

And since VCenter 7.x can now VMotion between VCenters... you can't just put your ORacle systems into their own cluster because "hey you might move that VM somwhere else you have more cores so you gotta pay more".

Bollocks. This is why I'm trying to push people to Postrgresql as the backend if at all possible.

Keeping printers quiet broke disk drives, thanks to very fuzzy logic

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WACCC on the Wang

When I got to Uni in the mid-eighties, they had the Worcester Area Campus Computer Consortium. And a bunch of Wangs down in the basement of the library to do term papers and such on. It was invariably referred to be saying you had to go "Waccc off on the wang" when you needed to do some work

Terminal downgrade saves the day after a client/server heist

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Re: Remote development

We had labs filled with X-terminals from (digs through trashheap of my memory...) NCD which ran great, were cheaper than the DECstation 3100s they replaced because we just got a big honking AlphaServer 2100 as the base system everyone logged into.

I miss tvtwm window manager still...

MX Linux 21.2: Middleweight Debian-based distro is well worth a look

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Best setup with an NFS home dir?

So I'm a long long time Unix/Linux guy, and I've got a home server with lots of memory/cpu for my main usage, and a desktop which I feel like I can blow away at need because I mount my home directory to it via NFS. These days this seems like a good idea, especially if you use brtfs anywhere. I've had horrible luck with SUSE servers using this and trying to upgrade. I had to blow one away completely because the snapshots got corrupted and nothing I could do would let me get back to a stable situation.

But anyway.... what do people with multiple systems at home do for their home directory setup? I like sharing it via NFS, but this doesn't work on a laptop I might take elsehwere. And then I have to remember which apps/settings I need to copy over to get something hopefully workable on the laptop. It's a pain. Been thinking of looking at Unision, but not sure it's the right solution either, since I doubt I want my laptop's files to really overwrite by main server files willy-nilly. Which is why I like NFS, because they're the same files no matter what.

And of course in $WORK we run Netapp filers and the computes all NFS mount tools/home/data directories. This is something that alot of vendors seem to have gotten away from since this isn't the "lone developer on his laptop" model 95% of all installs are done for. Except in large engineering/compute clusters.

PanWriter: Cross-platform writing tool runs on anything and outputs to anything

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Re: Enter candidate for dead simplest text editor

I prefer emacs and Latex for my documentation needs. It's crufty in some ways, but within emacs I've got my fingers trained for the basics of editing. Beginning of line, end of line, delete character, mark a block of text and cut/copy/move.

I've done this for decades. Even micro-emacs with the *very* limited subset of emacs movement commands is perfectly useable to edit latex (or markdown) documents.

There's also the WYSIWYG Latex editor 'Lyx' to do what you want here. And TeX/LaTeX is just as powerful as Markdown, it's just a different syntax, with alot more power under the hood.

But you know, that's the joy of open source and choices, people can use what they want, and offer suggestions on different ways to achieve the same end.

Now I do admit the use of pandoc to export to RTF so you can cut'n'paste it into other places in a formatted state is a *neat* thing. There are places where a GUI is a good tool. But not always. And not when you have to do something over and over and over again. Why else do people use 'Ctrl-S' to save, why have a key combination when there's a perfectly good mouse and menu bar where you can save all you want? Because it's not efficient. And as an author, I'm sure you are *very* efficient when it comes to pounding out words because you get paid by the word, and anything which slows you down isn't good. So the investing of time to learn a key set of shortcuts is well worth it.

And I agree 100%! I use emacs because that's what my fingers know for editing, but I don't use more than 2% of the power of emacs I'm sure. There's so much it does and can do and which people have added to it, but unless you try to learn it all and use it all, it just drifts away.

In a time before calculators, going the extra mile at work sometimes didn't add up

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Re: From Mssrs Pratchett & Gaimain

Sez you! I just brewed my cuppa this morning in an electric kettle like god intended, and while my mum was a brit, she never drank tea, only coffee, since she despised tea for some reason. Me... I drink tea since I dislike coffee!

'I wonder what this cable does': How to tell thicknet from a thickhead

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Oh god QIP....

Man, you just brought back horrible memories of QIP. I'm sure it was a great product, sometime, somewhen. But not when we had it installed.

There is a path to replace TCP in the datacenter

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Re: Half a Job?

Sure, you can get better performance with custom software and hardware. Homa's bet is that by targetting a specific niche area with known performance issues, and network latencies, and by putting the code into a library that's already well understood, you can gain alot of benefits.

It's not meant as a general replacement for TCP/IP, especially not at the desktop. And it's not meant to replace TCP in all hyperscaler instances either.

But for google/FB/AWS/HPC groups, if you can update a library and get better performance and not have to re-write your applications, that's a huge win. But this only works for a very specific use-case.

TCP/IPs strength is that it works over 5 feet as well as it works over 15,000 miles, without any change needed to the program. But as someone who spent alot of time evaluating different tools (bbcp, lftp, rsync_parallel, etc) and various WAN accelerators (Silverpeak, and some others I forget about now) it's not an easy problem. TCP suffers horribly from the Bandwidth-Delay-Product, which means that as bandwidth goes up, the default size of buffers needed for in-flight packets rises quite a bit as well. So you either increase your buffers, or your goto parallel streams, or you have applicances which handle this at the edge for you and basically lie to the application that their packets made it there and to just keep sending data.

So that's one instance (long distances, high RTT, high bandwidth) where TCP fails.

But Homa is attacking the issues at the other ends of the scale, sending data 100m between lots of different hosts. And efficiently using the link speed we already have, isntead of just buying ever faster (10mbs/100mbs/1g/10g/25g/40g/100g/400g) ethernet links. Who else remembers FDDI? Woot! Token Ring? It got high utilization rates out of existing bandwidth.

Ethernet wins because it just throws switching silicon at the problem. Which at short distances doesn't really address the problem Homa seems to be trying to solve.

I for one would love to see something like this get deployed, I'm sure all the big guys are looking into something like this because if they *don't* have to replace TOR and Core switches all the time to get better performance, then that's a win. They can amortize the huge cost over a much huger installed base.

And yes, Homa will never be a generic replacement for TCP/IP, it's not meant to be.

No one runs Infiniband over WAN links, it's not what is solves, but people don't whine about how Infiband can't be used to send cat pictures from the UK to NYC.

NASA delays SLS rollback due to concerns over rocky path to launchpad

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They should replace the crawler's tracks with SPMT

They should just replace the crawler's tracks with SPMTs in rows. Cheaper, faster, more capacity, infinitely expandable, etc. And off the shelf. Mammoet moves 10,000+ things all the time with these things. They're not rocket science any more.

BOFH: HR's gold mine gambit – they get the gold and we get the shaft

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Re: Out of all these...

He probably kneaded the job the most too...

openSUSE Leap 15.4: The best desktop on the RPM side of the Linux world

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Re: btrfs - ready for prime time. Not.

I will agree to a love hate relationship with btrfs after going through the upgrade process on a pair of SUSE 12-SP3 systems that needed to move to 15-SP3, where one system worked flawlessly, and the other got into such a corrupted state that btrfs just shat itself and I had to wipe and roll back to an old VMware snapshot and do the upgrade from that point.

btrfs just is NOT ready for use in a production environment, because it can hose itself so badly that you can't recover at all. For a home system where I didn't care about things, maybe. But for an application server which needs to be rock solid, no thanks.

It's not that I mind it getting confused and maybe losing some files, it's that when it DOES get hosed partially, it can't even pretend to fix itself or at least just destroy the broken file(s) and put them into a lost+found directory so you have a possible hope of at least recoving the files.

The system would boot, then go into read only mode so you couldn't login remotely, and even in the remote console, the btrfs filesystem was .... wonky. Super strange. Luckily I could roll back this VM to an old snapshot and all was ok.

But damn... it was painful. But! I do like SUSE, it's got alot of nice features. I just don't trust btrfs anymore.

Keeping your head as an entire database goes pear-shaped

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Re: Backups

Sometimes it helps to ask them why they're paying insurance premiums then, since we're obviously never going to have a fire/flood/catastrophe so it's just wasted money....

DigitalOcean tries to take sting out of price hike with $4 VM

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Re: Pi in the Sky

That's a good plan, but how many people support IPv6 properly? And if you want to host your own email server, it's also getting difficult. I was at Digital Ocean and they were fine, until they got blocked on all the spam lists. So I moved to Linode and I've been quite happy there.

But moving my main domain to an IPv6 only service just wouldn't work out well, too many systems and sites don't support it well enough yet.

Oracle really does owe HPE $3b after Supreme Court snub

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Re: Happy Days

Nah, HPE is the "you gotta buy an expensive license for our iLO remote management tool if you want to see the console at the OS level after boot" kind of screw over the customer type of company.

Now I admit it's a nice platform, but they should just give it away as part of the cost of doing business. I'll push people to SuperMicro even though their remote management tool is crufty. It works and works quite well, and I don't have to pay extra for a needed feature.

But all companies try to nickel and dime you to death, because too many people are focused on the bottom line to the exclusion of everything else. Idjits.

Not to dis your diskette, but there are some unexpected sector holes

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Re: Reminds me of my old Zenith Z89

Not only have I used the Z89, I've taken it apart in High School to add more memory, along with a companion Z100 upgrade system. Ah... fond memories (stockholm syndrome?) of using Magic Text, Peach Text and the like to do mailmerge mailing of marketing dosh.

BOFH: The evil guide to upgrading switches

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I waited until Service Pack 11 of my backup vendor's software before I upgraded and it *still* broke NDMP backups of my Netapps to tape. I hate hate hate hate hate hate all backup software. Though I have fond memories of Legato Networker and it's fairly sane design and command line interface that actually worked, or could be scripted if you needed to do anything more interesting.

CommVault? Sucks.

Netbackup? Sucks.

Bacula? Less sucky, but still not ideal.

All of these tools emphasize the backup, not the restore. Networker had this wonderful tool for browsing your backups and finding what you needed and letting you restore it easily, and told you which tapes you needed without hassle.

CommVault... no such damn luck.

Can you tell I'm bitter?

Help, my IT team has no admin access to their own systems

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I still support a fellow OpCo in my $WORK, but they're cheap and lazy and fired all their application support people. They had me on a two hour call recently trying to figure out some workflow issues in their application used by finance. I don't know shit about Java or the business logic, so I was kinda flailing, but much less than they were.

I kept asking them to just go call the guy who did all this setup years ago and now works for another different sister company and pay him a couple of hundred bucks to find and fix the issue.

But no... they're still too cheap to do that.

Google helps develop AI-driven lab machine to diagnose Parkinson's

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What are the false positive and false negative rates?

Fascinating stuff, but 79% is just too damn precise a number. And what is the false positive rate of the diagnosis? And the false negative?

I love leveraging computers for doing the boring repetitive stuff, but we also need to understand the limitations.

Saving a loved one from a document disaster

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Re: Imperrfect

I wish I could rember the name of the word processor I used on my C64 to write my papers. As a lefty I have terrible handwritting, mostly because I think my brain puts down words faster than my hand can write them. I can at least type almost as quickly if I need to!

but the C64 with a dot matrix Oki24 printer (used 8 pins in draft mode, 24 in "typewriter mode" but much slower, was a dream to use. As the writer said, being able to re-order paragraphs and fix my typos was really a great feature for me. Writing out longhand was such a chore and such a waste of time when I wanted to insert a new paragraph.

My writing got better because of the editing capabilities. :-)

Who else remembers having to buy the high-quality fan-fold paper to feed through the tractor feed of the dot-matrix printer (Okimate I'm pretty sure...) so when you ripped it off, the teacher didn't see the telltale little nubs on the sides of the paper.

I haven't looked back since, and refuse to write long hand for anything over a few words if I can absolutely help it. I don't know how authors who write books don't just toss their pens away when writing.

Hello Slackware, our old friend: Veteran Linux distribution releases version 15.0 at last

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Re: No Sendmail?!

I've had a chat with Eric the author of sendmail and even he admits that he screwed up the design of the language for the sendmail.cf file. He should have made it more human readable, but instead he optimized it for being readable by the machine instead. Oops.

I had an old boss and co-worker who were wizards at sendmail, we ran beta versions in production all the time and fixed bugs and added stuff while supporting the Uni. Impressive.

Me, I'm a postfix fan nowdays, I've been expunging sendmail where ever I find it because even with the m4 macros and the new config language,it's still ugly and painful.

The sins of legacy support and papering over of bad design decisions way in the past.... sometimes it really is better to take it out back and put it out of it's misery.

Breath of fresh air: v7.3 of LibreOffice boasts improved file importing and rendering

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Re: A label saga

Have you tried using 'glabels' instead? It's a niche tool, but it excels at printing labels and data and has a huge database of vendor pre-printed labels. Good stuff.

Linux/Unix/BSD? only though as far as I know.

Bonus features: Sony uses Blu-ray tech to simulate 466Mbps laser link from the stratosphere to space

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Somehow I just think that we're going to get interplanetary or even just in-orbital DDOS attacks sooner rather than later.

Bouncing cheques or a bouncy landing? All in a day's work for the expert pilot

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Re: Serial to VGA? All you need is an adapter!

Or Centronics printer ports.... or centronics SCSI ports! Or SCSI ports!

FDDI anyone?

Email blocklisting: A Christmas gift from Microsoft that Linode can't seem to return

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Re: I am not surprised

Then you're not going to get email from me, since my personal domain (25+ years now) is hosted in Linode and I run a clean domain on an IP address which is pretty damn static.

Yes, I understand your frustration, but I'm not the problem!!!! Sheesh.

Use postscreen, do temporary blocks.

Now I do admit in a fit of honesty that I should probably put my DNS into Linode's hands so that I can get the forward and reverse DNS entries to match up. That would hopefully help.

But honestly, I'm don't generate spam, I'm a 90% incoming only server, if not higher.

Software guy smashes through the Somebody Else's Problem field to save the day

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Hell, I just ripped apart my electric stove/oven combo, ordered the new part and swapped it in. The $400 I spent beat the $1200+ it would have cost to buy a new unit and have it ordered, plus the the time I would have spent looking or a new unit, negotiating with SWMBO over features and looks and such.

And I'm still cursing the cheapskate who didnt' put shutoff valves around the FHW (Forced Hot Water) heating system zone pumps, so they could be swapped out when they die without draining the entire damn system.

And when I got a guy in to quote me a new heating system because they noticed my oil tank is leaking a tiny tiny bit (in all fairness, the system is probably 40+ years old) he was surprised I wanted those types of valves, because most people were too cheap to "do it right" for his company.

The other guys said they "only" do it right from the get go, since they have to maintain it.

Qualcomm takes a swipe at Apple's build-not-buy culture (because it wants to sell stuff to Apple)

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Re: Chips on demand

It's called FPGAs, and it's where alot of companies do initial proof of concepts. I've supported a group making ASIC chips for customers for many years now and it's not a solo project. You have layout, simulation, DFT (Design for Test) and packaging/thermal specialists who all work together.

And then you have to take the logical design and tweak it to work in the actual process you're doing to use, which tells you how your transistors can be laid out and designed. Which influences your power, timing, heat and other factors of the design. It's all about tradeoffs.

So if you want Uni students to learn chip design, then go buy them some FPGA boards and let them loose. They will learn the low level VHDL part of the design, and then work their way up the stack. But doing the foundry work means you're going to have to also get hold of the Cadence or Synopsys software, and those licenses are expensive, hugely so. Mind bogglingly expensive since it takes teams of engineers to write and validate this software.

Oh yeah, I forgot about the team who does the design validation, making sure the customer's high level design actually works and passes the requirements. Fun fun fun!

AWS chops data transfer fees by massive extension of free tier – 2 months after rival previewed R2 Storage

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Re: Free for little me?

I;d look at Linode or Digital Ocean instead, you can get a $5/mon or $10/mon droplet which should cover your needs quite nicely. I run my own domain and IMAP setup on there. Linode is better for email, since you don't tend to get blocked as much as you do on DO, which is where I started.

Swooping in to claim the glory while the On Call engineer stands baffled

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Re: Hands On

Which drives my better half completely bonkers, since I'm know far and wide in the family as the one who will wander off and start poking at things. She gets shouty at me, though in a quiet voice in case the crowd around us figures out what I'm doing near (but not to!) the "Big Red Button" I've noticed and starting wondering about. Heh.

tz database community up in arms over proposals to merge certain time zones

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Re: Is the database really that big

Amen brother! I have to vaguely help mantain a database of old newspapers, and the contortions I have to go through to support sorting old dates is horrendous. It's especially tough in Europe where the calendars weren't unified for a long long time, so getting dates to agree between different countries is seriously tough work.

BOFH: You'll find there's a company asset tag right here, underneath the monstrously heavy arcade machine

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Re: I sometimes feel

I got into a fight with the wife eve and ever since it's been war!

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Re: Personal heaters

I've done this at my house, since the Garage plug was the circuit for the oil burner heating system. But I *also* knew enough to flp the breaker switch so that I'm not trying to power the street back through my feed. And this was only for an emergency when I was around.

Nowdays we don't have a genny any more, so I un-built my bastard cable. And yes, I know it wasn't smart/safe/legal, but it got me through an outage and kept the house warm and the fridge cold.

But if they catch you using one of these, all hell will break loose on you from the local electrical company. They will NOT be amused, or will your home insurance provider.

Hacking the computer with wirewraps and soldering irons: Just fix the issues as they come up, right?

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Re: PL/I … "think C with even crappier aesthetics"

Or the stupid language designed for sendmail... all those tokens are insane. Even Eric has admitted he messed that one up... and which is why I use postfix now, much saner.

Please, no Moore: 'Law' that defined how chips have been made for decades has run itself into a cul-de-sac

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Re: About time too

I want to say that most software bloat is down to two reasons, exception handling and abstraction. Both of which are critical to making successful programs that anyone can use. Most people don't realize how hard exception handling is in programming. 90%+ of all the code I write is handling exceptions, error cases, etc.

Go outside and pick up sticks from the lawn. Now tell me how you did it and how you decided what was a stiick and what wasn't. Computers are super fast as *simple* things. But the world is complex.

So abstractions help you manage the world, and reduce the load, but take up processing time. Watching my Nephew writing a discord client in node to return pictures of a dog doing various things was fun. Asking him if it handled other cases... we ran right into the exception handling problem.

So all the speed and performance we have in computers lets us do amazing things which are simple, but repetitive. But driving a car isn't simple, even though it feels repetitive.

Latest patches show Rust for Linux project making great strides towards the kernel

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Re: Next to learn

Yeah no.

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Re: Another dimension of complexity

You're mixing up two different types of errors in my mind. First, that of the language itself and it's libraries. Which have been fixed up and work quite well after 40+ years of development and use.

The second is "programmer" errors. Since not all programmers have 20 years of experience, they will continue to make the same old errors all the time. Just look at any undergrad (or even grad!) programming class to see this!

The C language is wonderful, and was pretty well designed for the systems of the day, but it's string handling is atrocious and makes it painful to do work that people need to do alot. This is why perl became so popular for programming, since it make so many problems that weren't trivial in C much easier to do. And other scripting languages also did the same.

But C excells at low-level system code, where you don't tend (then at least, moreso now) to do much string manipulation. And it's also a place where getting just enough abstract and away from Assember let you be so much more productive, but also you kept almost all the performance of well written code in assembler.

So I'm all for rust as the basis of most kernel drivers, it would limit a whole class of problems. It won't be perfect, but it really can't be all that worse.

Do you want speed or security as expected? Spectre CPU defenses can cripple performance on Linux in tests

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Can I just slow down everyone on my EC2 instance?

So my question is whether my 2x slowdown because I'm system call heavy also impacts un-related processes on the system as well. I.E. can I do a DoS on a system by just running syscall heavy apps, which don't actually use alot of CPU (to make it cheap) but also slows down everyone else on that core/socket?

That's the question that isn't answered here.

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?

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Re: I hate to say it, as I don't like the way they work...

I love how iPhone and facetime has made debugging stuff some much easier. I mean I have to tell the mum-in-law how to point the phone at the screen, but I can see what's she's looking at and give her pointers and train her without making the drive down and back. Which isn't far, but in these covid times it's good to keep distance.

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Re: I hate to say it, as I don't like the way they work...

I support my in-laws and getting the Mum-in-law a chromebook was best thing I ever did. Just occasional issues, mostly due to her not groking computers or technology at all.

On a side note, getting each of them their own Roku stick which can use my Netflix account has also done wonders for them as well. Esp since I forced them off their old DSL plan which just sucked in terms of reliability.

Housekeeping and kernel upgrades do not always make for happy bedfellows

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Re: Just over a billion years ago ...

Who else remembers the early Sun Ultra 140s and 170s came with a crap CPU fan that had to be replaced before they stopped working. Luckily you could prioritize them by the sound of the fan whining if you only had a few spares kicking around. And luckily they also had good over-temp protection in the BIOS so they would just shutdown if they fan bit the bullet.

It was a major supply snafu at first, they (Sun) doled out spares like scrooge for a while. Sometimes you could get them working again with some compressed air, but usually the bearings had locked up so hard it was obvious that nothing could be done.

Fun days...

You would expect a qualified electrician to wire a building to spec, right? Trust... but verify

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And what about frequency...

And let's not even talk about how Japan has 50Hz on one coast, and 60Hz electric on the other half of the country since their power grids aren't really interconnected...

And the US uses 60Hz, EU uses 50Hz and god knows about the rest of the world. Luckily most if not all power supplies don't seem to care much any more. Except when you get into the big stuff.

Oh, no one knows what goes on behind locked doors... so don't leave your UPS in there

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Re: Americans and tea

As an american with a british mum, I have found that "Tetleys British Blend" is the perfect one for me. Sssh... don't tell my Yorkshire cousins that I don't like Yorkshire Gold... :-)

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