* Posts by spireite

137 posts • joined 15 May 2015


Oh! A surprise tour of the data centre! You shouldn't have. No, you really shouldn't have

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Multithreading in action

..... but they sometimes interrupt at the same time

Fired credit union employee admits: I wiped 21GB of files from company's shared drive in retaliation

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Re: the data IS effectively the credit union

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

SQL Server beta for Windows Server Containers terminated 'with immediate effect'

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Re: Don't believe the hype about SQL Server on docker

SQLServer on Docker..... even as a SQLServer-based bod, I couldn't see the point.

Having a massive container just doesn't sit well to me.

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Re: Microsoft is actively ignoring all what is not Azure

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'

Docker Desktop no longer free for large companies: New 'Business' subscription is here

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Could be the death of docker

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?

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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)

GitHub's Copilot may steer you into dangerous waters about 40% of the time – study

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Re: it tries to conjure blocks of code that function as described

Even today, the ability to understand Scottish is difficult...... "Alexa, I said Celtic, not Shell Tick"

In 2006, Amazon debuted EC2. 15 years on, HashiCorp says firms blowing their cloud budgets is all part of the fun

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To be honest, most companies are now trying to pare their cloud spend to the bone

Another UK government limb that can't get IR35 right: Court service pays taxman £12.5m

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Stone dead....

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.......

Blue Origin sues NASA for awarding SpaceX $3bn contract to land next American boots on the Moon

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Re: I hope Elon Musk appreciates one of Spacex's biggest assets right now.

So you could say she was the Death Knell for Jeffs ambitions

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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.

Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space

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Re: they are now the last known digits of Pi

My optician told me my eyes set is better than perfect this year.... it's 20/21.

Starliner takes off ... back to the factory and not space

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Re: Maybe they should just stick making planes

I would suggest that what the Starliner is, is a lawn dart from a very great height. This is in comparison to the 737Max lawn dart from 38,000 feet.

I wouldn't trust Boeing to manufacturer a dart to throw at a Winmau at this point.

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Bombardier... wrong.

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...

Fancy joining the SAS's secret hacker squad in Hereford as an electronics engineer for £33k?

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Re: A prayer for those forced to use Teams

With the best will in the world, you can' t afford a Vantage on 33K/yr

You'd think they'd be paying a decent salary. Unless the real salary is a secret.

SpaceX Starship struts its stack to show it has the right stuff

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Re: Taxes

Boca Chica is in Taxes

Paperless office? 2.8 trillion pages printed in 2020, down by 14% or 450 billion sheets

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Re: Deal breaker

You sure about the using of old floppies?

Plenty of grandfathers are disappointing grandmothers!

Ch-ch-ch-Chia! HDD sales soar to record levels as latest crypto craze sweeps Europe

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Re: Too late

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.*

The Register just found 300-odd Itanium CPUs on eBay

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AMD discovered the Opterons?

.... for years I thought it was Captain Scarlet

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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Could only run on Esso fuel....

....and have you noticed the amount of swearing the tank drivers have?

They all have Turrets....

WireGuard VPN gets native port to the Windows kernel

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Re: WireGuard is the best

Fullflow Gigabit speed hardly matters when the vast majority don't have the same net bandwidth into their router surely?

If I'm running on a typical MIPS router, hooked into bog-standard 76/80 fibre, it's not going be noticeable is it?

Microsoft to require proof of vaccination from on-site staff, pushes back full reopening

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Re: At the risk of attracting many downvotes..

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

Stack Overflow survey: Microsoft IDEs dominate, GCP and Azure battle behind AWS

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VS vs VSCode

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.

UK chancellor: Getting back to the altar of corporate dreams (the office) will boost young folks' careers

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Re: Er ...

Some of the best ideas have emerged from a watercooler discussion in my decades.

Never had the same result whilst yapping at the urinals though..... not so flushed with success in that environment.

International Space Station actually spun one-and-a-half times by errant Russian module's thrusters

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Official name for a rotation unit?

Henceforth, known as a Scoville unit - as we know it's chilli in space.

Verified: UK.gov launching plans for yet another digital identity scheme

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Gov Identity

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

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Like the NHS Covid app??

....so when I walk into my bank, my bank account details and logins get spaffed to everyone within 2 metres over Bluetooth....

Not only is Hubble back online after outage, it's already taking photos of the cosmos

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Re: Life without the shuttle

Lets's be honest, what more incentive do you need than Cmdr Deering ?

Impromptu game of Robot Wars sparks fire in warehouse at UK e-tailer Ocado

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Re: "The Register understands that thousands of orders have been impacted."

Your post has been an eyeopener... You've no idea how much that's impacted on my understanding...

El Reg visits two shrines to computing history as the UK lifts coronavirus lockdown

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Re: You didn't notice RCM then

To be fair, never heard of you..... though I do know a few retro curry places

What is GitOps? This is the technical introduction you've been looking for

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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....


You can't polish a turd....

Windows 11 still doesn't understand our complex lives – and it hurts

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Re: A prayer for those forced to use Teams

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.

Smuggler caught with 256 Intel Core processors wrapped around him in cling film

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Thermal compound?

They must have been concerned that the thermal compound was brown surely??

Updating in production, like a boss

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That is what I refer to as 'First Abnormal Form'

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer

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Was he found by Alejandro Vicente Garcia?

Containers have security problems and flexibility issues. VMs will make them viable

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Tomarto - Tomayto

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.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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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

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Re: Here here

But Windows is a POS to many....

Mensa data spillage was due to 'unauthorised internal download'

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Leek reports a leak.....

Is he also Welsh? or born in Staffordshire?

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language

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Re: There are two hard problems in Computer Science

That'd be a Coq au Van

There was a crooked man who bought a crooked M1 iMac, and we presume they lived together in a little crooked house

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Re: Can I get...

When I was in my teens, there was a girl in my class who used her feeler gauge too often for our liking

TCP alternative QUIC reaches IETF's Standards Track after eight years of evolution

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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

Tesla owners win legal fight after software update crippled older Model S batteries

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Re: Silly people...

You say that, but the reduced capacities mean that people are paying more for recharging them as they get less VFM. If they are charging up the same leccy, but it translates into less distance.....

Personally, they have a point if the above is true

Man found dead inside model dinosaur after climbing in to retrieve phone

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Alive... status change...

Or to put it another....

Was, (before)

not was (not was)


Linux laptop biz System76 makes its first foray into the mechanical keyboard world with dinky, hackable Launch

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The price is high....

.... and I'm moving on.....

Logitechs my number one.....

Waymo self-driving robotaxi goes rogue with passenger inside, escapes support staff

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I once had a dodgy taxi ride by that name in London

Oracle sues Envisage claiming unauthorized database use amid licensing crackdown

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Three virtual guarantees in life....

Death, Taxes, and an Oracle lawsuit

Mammoth grab of GP patient data in the UK set to benefit private-sector market access as rules remain unchanged

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I assume it is this!!


RIP Spencer Silver: Inventor of the Post-it Note, aka the office password reminder, dies

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Re: Yes, but what's his gravestone going to be?

Won't matter but you can keep peeling his epitaph off forever

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Re: keyboard

Personally I've always been suspicious when I find a sticky keyboard



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