Re: JFC! do they actually test anything these days
Sorry, downvotes. Shirley you can't be serious? I know we're all supposed to be slaves to Cloud now, but I'd say 1/3 of my work is done over an ODBC.
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Psychrometer. We had one in 9th grade science here in the States. It's a method of measuring relative humidity by comparing the difference in temperature between a thermometer with a wet "sock" on it's bulb and a thermometer without said sock after whirling the hell ("like a psycho!") out of a shaft containing the thermometers connected to an axle. If the air is dry, the water in the sock evaporates and cools it's thermometer. The greater the cooling, the drier the air and vice versa.
That's the dry bulb bit. And I think they mean that they are cooling the air, but being transparent that they are doing so by increasing the relative humidity.
And then I guess the idea here is that humid air carries away more heat than dry air?
Downvoting the "suffer the consequences" commenter because I sense nothing but schadenfreude in your words, and, have you not noticed the entire theme of this forum? The evil business people almost never "suffer the consequences" (unless they are women, minorities, etc.).
Well this idea of putting in some other drive before sending the laptop to the shop seems to pose a bit of a catch-22 in my mind.
Say my laptop's got a duff headphone jack. I want the OEM or their agent to fix it. Won't this repair party usually be very interested in avoiding the cost of the service if they perceive that I have "voided the warranty"?
Regardless of my "right to repair/upgrade" my kit, I can only see this strategy ending in an interminable debate with the repair party.
Do you put a clean OS on the drive first? One that has all the drivers and sniffs just like the OEM one?
You seem to also have a "manufactured" cause for every complex topic. How simple and convenient.
I, too, wish that everything terrifying and bewildering about being alive right now had a clear and simple bottom-line answer.
Tho' I don't think I would like it much if my answer to everything was some mildly paranoid script about "them."
"When you figure out who 'they' are, the therapy is over."
Best of luck to you.
For whatever it's worth: we use Oracle "Fusion" ERP, which lives in the OCL. Even given all the ways that I think Oracle sucks, I a still positively shocked at how quickly our workloads are decached and VMs apparently resource-neutered during even brief pauses in utilization. Worse, when you do return and need things to "perk up", it can take literally 10 or more minutes for things to return to normal speeds.
My overall impression is that Oracle knows f-all about building modern VM-based infrastructure. Unless they also know that most folks who would choose Oracle are already willing victims, and will continue to pay no matter how poor the performance. In which case, squeezing every possible penny/CPU cycle out of their stack, no matter how ugly the consequences, makes perfect sense.
Also, I have used the basic OCL compute resources "just for fun" by running odds and ends on Ubuntu servers. Initially they were significantly more performant than the competition. But something changed pretty much overnight about a year ago, and everything was scaled way back. Oracle's 1 vCPU went from being 150% vs most to being about 80%. Obviously, YMMV.
Listen, we all know what is going to happen if you replace the Windows with Linux on Granny's computer: instead of a phone call or visit once every few months, it will be daily haranguing about "where is...", "how come I can't install...", "please come show me again..." Out of the frying pan and into the fire if your objective was fewer requests for tech support. I think the people who make a big show about installing Linux on the computers of friends and family actually want MORE reasons to be needed.
Sorry, I'm going to downvote anyone who implies that putting a different OS on Chromebook is such a terrible hassle.
I liked that that this one at least mentions the lack of real BIOS. True.
But take heart, if you want to do it, you can.
But one of the points of the article is that with the ChromeOS backup to one's Google account, you can quickly swap from one device to another without losing your 'place'.
You might not like Google's privacy policies, but I think you have to give them credit for creating a computer desktop with such superior continuity.
I'm on a roll with downvotes this AM.
Downvote on the comment about installing "real" Linux on a Chromebook because... Are you freaking serious? Have you tried this new thing called a search engine? Even if Google terrifies you, there are others you can try.
Wiping out ChromeOS and installing whatever you like is a reasonably simple and commonly performed task.
1. Win11 is the second most popular OS in the world. A lot of people are using it. So, yea, there are going to be a lot of pages on Google all manner of commentary about it, both good and bad.
2. I use Win11 on two machines. I don't like it. But it's never crashed.
3. In my experience, a computer that crashes a lot is usually because of cheap RAM or other crappy hardware. I could blame the OS, I suppose. But I don't because I know better.
Thank you! That was well more than the reply I hoped for.
I love the recursiveness of operating a desktop from inside a desktop. I remember the first time I RDPed to a PC from a connection already on RDP. I had to tell the wife and kids about that, I was so tickled.
I can see how some might fall in love with this game of mirrors. But it still surprises me to image someone basing and entire consultancy on the idea. It make me realize that maybe I could make a business out of some of my more quirky ideas.
Honest question (not trying to be a jerk like usual): what is the value proposition of these virtual desktops when the rock-bottom spec is still going to cost substantially more in a year than a similarly spec'ed real PC? I hear "reduced help desk, better image/update control" - ok. I think the damn terminals or people running the software to connect to the VM on their personal rig is likely to "cost" about the same in terms of support and hardware?
First the Queen, and now this? When will my heart stop weeping for the British people?
My org also bought Oracle Cloud. We just expanded our timeline by at least 6 months. I am thoroughly exhausted at analogizing the awfulness. I have been unable to explain to anyone who needs to understand (leaders, others who are considering) how profoundly and completely destructive Oracle Cloud is to any kind of functioning business process and value chain.
May I make a suggestion about migrating Oracle to the cloud? Don't. And by that I mean don't do anything with Oracle. Don't even look at it or talk about it or it's likely to run slowly. Don't even, seriously, just stop even reading this. Just you reading this comment is making Oracle run slowly. Everywhere. Stop it.
As a youth, in the 90s, I was gifted an AT&T computer from the 80s. It wasn't a computer that had come from AT&T. It was (nominally) made by AT&T. Between the cacophonous seeking and syncing of the ESDI 10MB disk drive, and a keyboard that really did intentionally bleep a bit with each stroke, the thing was a marvelous musical instrument. It was positively useless as a PC since it likely ran some archaic branch of Unix in the age of MSDOS and Windows ascendancy, but I turned it on and just played with it, often, just because of how beautiful it sounded.
So I think I understand that Linus can not risk exposing his home workstation to the Net in any kind of remotely accessible way. The fate of the entire Net itself could, in some not-too-fevered dream, rely on maintaining the security of that box. But then... Can he expose that box to the Net at all? And if so, what precautions must he take? And if now, how the hell do you test anything except maybe grep?
Oh, I could hardly contain my glee to finish reading the article and not just immediately jump to comment on this one. If they were disappointed that Infor was held together by "sellotape and elastic bands", I am most interested to hear how they feel about their new choice. My org is implementing Oracle Cloud Fusion for HCM, FIN and SCM. Let me see if I, too, can make some amusing analogies... "Byzantine lead pipe fitted together with paper drinking straws?" No... that's not really fair. "Russian space station Mir after a restoration by Tata Motors." Hrm... Tata might have actually improved matters... Nope. How about, "Big ERP whose only fitness for purpose is to drive the revenue that keeps Larry's yaght stocked with Scotch." That'll do nicely.
My down vote is attributable to the concept of a verification system based on scanned receipts. Such a system would not be simple to implement, nor practical for the average user.
Concerning flamingly negative reviews, I expect we have all found ways to contextualize such information as educated internet users. If, as a service provider, such as the complainant in the subject of this article, I have only received one flamingly negative review ever, the contextual clue to the customer is that I don't do much business and therefore may be lacking the experience to provide excellent service.
While I am very uncomfortable with the business model that yelp is accused of pursuing here, I don't think this complainant's case was even close to the adequate example to illustrate yelps abuses.
The clumsy "shield" system is for people that can't solder a stripboard...
Now, now, no point it trying to make it personal. I enjoy soldering, breadboarding and shielding equally. They all have their place.
Arduino was designed for experimenting. You know, popping things on, popping things off, switching things around, making mistakes; generally: learning.
Not all of us have become self-proclaimed mages yet, please be patient.