* Posts by EarthDog

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Elon Musk picks fight with Apple for slashing advertising spend on Twitter


Re: he should probably be trying to win friends rather than alienate them.

He's bought plenty

Investor tells Google: Cut costs now and stop paying staff so much


Killing off products could be a strategy. If your new product doesn't take off in x amount of time kill it. the alternative is the fallacy of sunk costs.


Let's turn it into a McCompany!

Let's race headlong for mediocrity in a downward death spiral like all those other tech companies (though it could be argued that Google+Alphabet is a marketing company that happens to produce tech as a side effect).

Take a one size fits all approach and let it become a McCompany with McJobs run by McManagers.

Just follow the instructions … no wait, not that instruction to lock everyone out of everything


We used to embed passwords for the test environ in documents as a safety. Much like the left-handed valve.


Training opportunity

I learned to use documentation for backup/recovery/installs etc. to new hires or interns for training purposes. There is nothing better at finding the bugs in documentation than a naïve user. Of course all training was done in a test environment.

Feel Luckey, punk? Oculus designer builds VR murder headset


A boon for the death penalty

Primitive nations with a death penalty would see this as a win.

Boffins find COVID changed the way sysadmins work – probably for the worse


Agile to waterfall

Has there been a shift from a more agile approach to waterfall? The quick survey they did has a lot of flaws but what do people think about this?


Re: Making changes

So basically, one person on the team became the embedded DBA

Catching a falling rocket with a helicopter more complex than it sounds, says Rocket Lab


take it to a soft landing area and then let the parachute do the rest.

Parody Elon Musk Twitter accounts will be suspended immediately, says Elon Musk


Re: This Is My Only Account

Money? That is so passe'. Payment in crypto currency only. I think I'll suggest it to the twit....

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


Re: The human race could be safe after all

Being a Yank I guarantee there is at least politician, perhaps several, who would jump at the opportunity.


Re: Manual is optional,

for a long long time in education there has been an understanding of learning styles. Some people learn best auditory, others by reading. Some prefer visual. Some are kinesthetic. Most people are a combination of styles. So the best way to teach is by lecture and text, then some sort of example like an instructional video, and then hands on.

Infosec still (mostly) a boys club


A friend of mine did a MS degree on Social Media, Geography, and GIS in disaster recover. Which required Geography, Programming, Social Media, Sociology, Database, and at least an intuitive understanding of Topology. Go ahead, tell me now Geography isn't STEM.

Soaring costs, inflation nurturing generation of 'quiet quitters' among under-30s


Re: Managers beware

Unpaid overtime.


Re: Not quiet quitting, work to rule

Most of them won’t


Not quiet quitting, work to rule

Basically what they are doing is not taking on responsibilities which are not in their employment contract. They contract being the *maximum* the *company* negotiated. they are not shirking duties or quitting, they are in fact meeting their responsibilities. If the company wants more than that they should either pay more or staff up.

They are not slackers or evil. The people who go "above and beyond" are suckers.

Google Maps, search results to point women to actual abortion providers


I sure did. He’s finishing my basement after all


Re: re: in the 'scripture'

About to head towards a facist state? This has been going on since Reagan. It’s only in the last 20 years ppl. Have begun to notice

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems


so why not make education free?


why not just make education free?


indentured servitude actually. Unconstitutional in the US.

Mars Express orbiter to get code update after 19 years


Re: It never ceases to amaze me ...

or blew up on the launch pad

Amazon fears it could run out of US warehouse workers by 2024


Re: Erm...huh?

That's AI for you...


public/private partnership for the reintegration of offenders into the slave, er ummm job, market

Tech hiring freeze doesn't mean people won't leave


Re: Allow me to warm up a bag of microwave popcorn...

I don't think I have the capacity to take these jokes anymore.

Foxconn factory fiasco could leave Wisconsinites on the hook for $300m


Re: A lesson learned...

so that's what, 72 jobs?

The Return of Gopher: Pre-web hypertext service is still around


Re: Gopher never dies

you should throttle down to 9600 baud to enhance the experience.

Voyager 1 space probe producing ‘anomalous telemetry data’


Re: 41 hours of latency sounds bad...

Compiled code does not imply correct code


Re: 41 hours of latency sounds bad...

Don't forget to run it through a simulator. The one you wrote before you sent the probe up so you test them side-by-side for months.

You do have a simulator, don't you?

Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests


Re: So technology works as intended...

clearly reading google maps


Re: So technology works as intended...

they're sandwiches.

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


Re: Happy Days

Keysight is what HP was when they were first starting out. Instruments and measurements equipment. Real engineering.


Re: First Amendment

Civil law is different than constitutional law, unless explicitly stated as in the bankruptcy clauses of the US constitution. That's why labor laws are needed. This is also hwy social media platform owners can restrict speech without strong regulation in place.

Open-source leaders' reputations as jerks is undeserved


Re: Arrogance and rude behavior are rampant in just technology circles?

In the shows I have seen Gordon was always kind to armatures. He often encouraged them and took time with them. The people who thought they were hot "stuff" and pretended to know more than they did were the ones who garnered his wrath.

So is it often in the tech world where self promoting charlatans with questionable skills can destroy open source paradigms in a short time. Unless corrected. And they should be run off.


High Standards

oft times the person with high standards who has to always "slap the wrist" of sloppy half bright monkeys who don't take standards seriously is branded the jerk, when it is the sloppy people who are the jerks. The sloppy people will create rework, breakable software (or other stuff), difficult maintenece, and basically just an ugly piece of work.

Hooray for the jerks.

Heresy: Hare programming language an alternative to C


Re: No moving targets

Exactly! I totally distrust a "on size fits all swiss army knife everything including the kitchen cabinet" approach. The fact we have to many programming languages, and tools sets, point out the problem with that approach. Stop looking for magic bullets..


Re: No moving targets

*The thing is, most of the new stuff was added because real people were using crazy workarounds to achieve what the new features add (if it could be done at all).*

That's a clear cut case of using the wrong tool for the job. This is because too many people do not have more than one tool in their tool box.

The pattern I have noticed is

1) Everyone uses programming language pLangX. It's a job requirement. But bloated or ill suited to many tasks.

2) Someone decides to clean up the situation and comes up with pLangX++ which works as intended.

3) Early adopters who understand the intent like it and begin promoting it.

4) As it gains adoption it shows up in job requirements books, training courses etc. begin to appear

5) Schools start teaching and managers hearing success stories begin requireing it.

6) pLangX++ gets pushed into areas it wasn't intended for and so new features are added.

7) eventually it becomes a bloated mess.

8) repeat cycle.

What a bunch of bricks: Crooks knock hole in toyshop wall, flee with €35k Lego haul


Re: piecing together!

I hear they are constructing a case

Server errors plague app used by Tesla drivers to unlock their MuskMobiles


Re: Internet dependency

But without it how can they track you and determine your purchase patterns?

A tiny typo in an automated email to thousands of customers turns out to be a big problem for legal


Re: A small percentage of the blame should go to the other RDBMS creators...

I see what you did there...

We asked you how your biz introduces new IT systems – and here are the results


THis can be dangerous.

From the article: *nearly half (44.6 per cent) of the direction came from the IT world: after all, they’re the ones who know technology best and, more relevantly, they know what tech (and therefore what products) are there to be bought*

Knowing the technology does not grant anyone special knowledge of the business ant The role of tech is to support the business. To do that they must understand it but in my experience companies love silos. Asking techies to understand a business is often much to ask for. The people to ask are the grunts doing the day-to-day work and their immediate supervisors, with some input from upper management for long term direction. But an attitude of "IT knows best" shouldn't be reinforced.

There's something to be said for delayed gratification when Windows 11 is this full of bugs


There's a difference between leading edge and bleeding edge. My time limit is usually close to a year.

There's only one cure for passive-aggressive Space Invader bosses, and that's more passive aggression


Re: Voted with my feet

Most of the jobs I've had revolved around w*king. The very important project that you worked furiously on for 5 weeks and then are told there would be a 180 degree change of direction rendering the last 5 weeks as nothing more than a furious w*king session. Then of course meetings....

Apple is beginning to undo decades of Intel, x86 dominance in PC market


Re: I guess the 6502/68000 aren't part of iApples's history?

And PowerPC, an IBM chip.

ChaosDB: Infosec bods could pull anyone's plaintext Azure Cosmos DB keys at will from Microsoft admin tools


Chaos DB

The name says it all. Seriously, not a name to give people a sense of security.

Keep calm and learn Rust: We'll be seeing a lot more of the language in Linux very soon


Re: Write C++ in any language

Most C++ and Java code I've seen could be written in COBOL w/ libraries.

Cisco warns 'unintentional debugging credential' left in some network switches can be abused to hijack equipment


No discipline...

I've worked as a sys admin, DBA, and QA. Talking with friends who have had similar careers we came to the conclusion that programmers have the self-discipline of incontinent baboons.

Chinese server builder Inspur trains monster text-generating neural network


Do they even know what the Turing Test is?

Here is the definition https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_test

Excerpt from the wikipedia article * a three-person game called the "imitation game", in which an interrogator asks questions of a man and a woman in another room in order to determine the correct sex of the two players. *

So no, generating text is not the Turing test. The AI has to be able to hold it's own in a conversation which will then lead a human to infer the correct gender the machine is supposed to be imitating. Or the machine asking questions to humans to infer the humans genders.

First, stunning whistleblower leaks. Now a shareholder lawsuit lands on Zuckerberg's desk


The Great Old American Whine

(in a nasal whiney voice) "I'm not responsible".

IPSE: More than a third of freelancers have quit contracting since IR35 reforms


Re: Just an observation

my dues as 60 USD/ month, about 44 pounds.