Multithreading in action
..... but they sometimes interrupt at the same time
137 posts • joined 15 May 2015
You don't even need to be away for 48hrs.
Reminds me of the time other elements of management at a former employer complained that the IT department was taking 30m longer for lunch than contracted.
They completely ignored the fact that we were contracted to 9am-5pm, but routinely arrived at 830am and stayed till 6pm or beyond.
It was raised by our manager to us that the others complained (he often was with us) and said we should cut back our lunch hour (and a half) to the contracted hour.
In the spirit of being told that our contract said 1hr lunch, we also noted the contract said 9 thru 5 and predictably ensured we arrived @ 9, and left at dead 5.
Time taken for the same moaning managers to wholly complain that there was no IT after 5pm ?? two weeks... if that.... first complaint - next day....
That is the problem, IT is never appreciated
I think many of us would argue that SQLServer Licensing and Value For Money was always an oxymoron.
Many corporates are taking the easy way out and L&S SQLServer into the Cloud. The problem here is the 'easy way out' is an 'expensive way in'
I understand they need to make money... but...
This is death by a thousand cuts really.
It wasn't long ago that Docker Hub charging was implemented and a limit on free pulls added. That caused all sorts of grief, and undoubtedly led to some people leaving the platform. In fact, we were seriously considering dropping it.
This though is different.
I'm a good example. I have some APIs I'm responsible for. These are Pythoned and Dockered.
They are my only responsibility, but equally I do probably two releases a year, and therefore probably need Docker twice for each release. Yes, it's only 5/7USD or so per month, but extrapolate that up by bigger teams.... for a few builds - is it worth it?
Very easy to end up with massive containers, and a lot of it it very nuanced by the order you do things, but also in choosing a starter image container that is too big/unnecessary.
For example, it's common to see people go for the standard Ubuntu image without actually thinking.
when I started with it, I did exactly that.
Until a colleague (and websites) pointed out I didn't need it.
We do a lot of APIs and whatnot.
Switched from Ubuntu image to Alpine image. Same functionality, not a massive size (depending on your requirements - c-libs are the issue here)
The number of contractors that have decide to go to employed status willingly seems to be growing for two main reasons.
Employers running scared of HMRC and don't want the risk of a fine because of incorrectly categorised contractors. My employer had quite a few contractors, and gave the predictable ultimatum before April. Join us officially as an employee (or else).
The contractor themselves - doors are being bolted shut in front of them, and there is no benefit to contracting for the extra few quid it gives, and zero benefits. Government departs and banking (mostly the latter) seemed to taking the hardline of no IR35, period). Those who still want to contract are either very well paid (to justify it), or have gone abroad.......
It is truly astonishing that Bezos feels he's been shortchanged, but let us look at the facts......
BO (so appropriate) offering was twice the price.
He would have an argument if he was as far along (or as close as) SpaceX on the deployment and usage with what is an astonishing launch capability in commercial programmes....... but he isn't.... so what justifies being twice the price? Is he expecting Nasa to foot his development bill to catch up with SpaceX?
BO has done the equivalent of throwing up a little helicopter on a rubber band, when compared to SpaceX.
When you look at the bus schedule and metronomic frequency that Elons Tribe has achieved, with reuse far in excess of expectations, the Nasa decision has to be one of/the biggest no-brainer decisions ever in the history of flight.
BO and the rest are probably 5 years behind SpaceX.
When I heard of the BO launch to Karman+, I wasn't filled with excitement - same with SRBs, though I felt SRB was more interesting because of the launch technique.
When I see a SpaceX schedule, I have to watch the launch (live or delayed), because it's a bloody miracle what he's achieved. You never get tired of watching the boosters return, standing up, on a rocking platform , in the middle of the Atlantic/wherever.
Bombardier courted Boeing, to be taken over.
Boeing made a huge mistake in not taking Bombardiers C-Series, because the C-Series was a great product to slot in to the Boeing series.
Unfortunately , it would also decimate the 737 market, since the 737 should have been put out to pasture 10 years ago, and I wonder if Boeing was still smarting from the MD takeover lessons learned.
As a result, Airbus stepped in - said thanks - and rebranded it the 220.
Airbus were not concerned about it decimating the A320 family, different mission profiles really.
Now, Boeing did have a purchase going on of Embraer, which they pulled out of in 2020, which is where your confusion lies.
Embraer spent a fortune reorganising to separate out the Military arm from Commercial. They are/were taking Boeing to arbitration as Boeing had penalties for pulling out...
I remember reading an article somewhere recently... might have been on El Reg. A cloud/data centre company thought they could repurpose all the free space they had spare for Chia mining and ultimately stopped because even they couldn't make money from it.
I still fail to see with any of the crypto stuff ..... 'WHAT IS THE POINT'?
As I have a Pi doing nothing much apart from providing me Wireguard into the house, I thought I'd look at repurposing it for mining on its spare cycles.
Tripped over a Monero article, where someone did that. I don't have the article to hand any more but the excerpt I do have is...
*In order to withdraw my Monero, I needed a minimum of 0.05 Monero, approximately equal to $5.811 USD. (Exchange rate at the time of the writing of this article.) At a pace of accumulating 0.000001410642 Monero per 8 hours, it would take me 3,762 years to reach the minimum withdrawal threshold of 0.05 Monero.*
I'm in the same position.
My other half will avoid the vaccines like the plague. This is in the belief that as we had Covid in December - we don't need it.
On the other hand, she thinks she'll get it again from me if I have a vaccine. She is a one of those who thinks that it's all a Government control thing as well, btu that probably come from being from a former Communist country
Having not used VS for some years (previous ASP.NET stuff mostly), I had a need to go back to it... though using VSCode for my Python stuff
My God, it was never slimline, but it appears to me that it has become even more bloated, slow than it was before! That and it's lack of intuitiveness.
My wife needed to log in to the HMRC portal, and this has changed.
In the previous tax year, she'd set up an Experian identity for it.
Experian is now no longer an option, but a Post Office ID is ... (what the....?)
Half the time Experian never worked, had some issue or other....
But.....don't they realise that now we have the vaccine, we can simply present our vax spot on the arm to prove who we are, while simultaneously downloading 8K movies into our heads?
Not very forward thinking are they
Standard working practice in most companies.
Unfortunately, new shiny tooling isn't the way to a relaxing life.
You can throw all the top-end tooling that comes along into fixing the issues, but if the underlying company process/culture isn't there..... you get the following flow to the new world....
SHIT --> REWORK --> NEW SHINY SHIT
You can't polish a turd....
Teams and Slack are as bad as each other....
Teams is forced because w use Office 365, so it's part of the corporate sub.
Slack is used by the devs.
As I have a foot in both vamps, I have to use both.
The biggest issue I have is that someimes, the apps startup and the content doesn't load... just a blank window. So I have to do a force refresh.
The second biggest issue is the god-awful management of previous chats/discussions. It's hard work navigating through it in a bigger corp.
Quite frankly, they are both only as good as the person who configured the environment/image/whatever.
I've seen more than my fair share of VMs which have the same volume of security issues as a collander
Same is true for containers.
At the end of the day someone needs to oversee all this stuff, and periodically run a security scan on them to see what new CVEs have come out.
For example, we use docker containers in k8s.
During deployment. they get scanned for CVEs etc
Once deployed, they don't get scanned for vulnerabilities ever again..... until, someone makes a change triggering a redeployment. At this point, you get buried under severe alerts because it's not the latest curl, ssh, etc, etc, etc.....
One of the arguments for not being proactive on the scanning is "It's in our AWS/Azure environment", which is bollocks. You're assuming your security on the cloud environment is appropriate, but someone misses something inevitably
The key is LOCK IT DOWN AT ALL LEVELS... as a matter of default.
Well you say that.....
My bunch use SCCM or Intune - not sure which... and I occasionally get bugged about the fact that my machine is running a patch version from the 'future' - i.e. not the companies official 'release'
Yep, I can't use Windows Update (even though I am a local admin) as they have it locked down, but I can use the alternate methods - mostly https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10
Like many oldies in the industry, now in my 4th decade, I sit at my desk and look at all the new buzzwords flying round, and 'new' concepts and think......
WTF are they talking about? It's not new, it's a reinvention of the wheel from before that is different in one of the following ways.....
0. It's round, has 5 spokes....
1. It's round, it has ten spokes...
2. It's square, has 8 spokes....
No such thing as new in this game... it's constant rehash, new shiny coat, s**t underneath, with the utopian promise that it's faster and cheaper, but after 6 months in real worlds usage....... isn't
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