Re: Cloudy badness
Thanks for mansplaining, bro.
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And, for good or for ill, you have a single throat to choke when things go wrong: Microsoft. A lot of businesses don't plump for support contracts with Microsoft, but they're certainly available, and you can always open a time and materials ticket. In my experience, Microsoft Enterprise Support is top-notch: they're highly knowledgeable, and they will absolutely work a ticket until the customer is satisfied the problem is solved. With Linux, the experience can be more highly variable, since there are so many distros with different support organizations; even with Red Hat, who are essentially the gold standard for enterprise Linux support, the support agents are allergic to getting on the phone or doing any sort of interactive session to investigate an issue.
"Why is the anonymous coward the only person in this thread who's not a disgusting excuse for a human being?"
The mods, perhaps not unreasonably, whacked my comment, but here's the reason for my homicidal rage: ransomware scum operate largely without consequences outside of the boundaries of the law, and their actions cost immense amounts of money, both directly and indirectly, and actual human lives.
Perhaps vigilantism is not the best option; I'm just frustrated at the apologists for the scammers and the victim-blaming mentality in IT.
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@Robert Grant: the point of diversity programs is usually to counter implicit bias, i.e. the problem of hiring exactly the same sort of person each time with the assumption that only, e.g. white males who came from a certain kind of engineering school are capable of doing the work in question. Diversity programs are ideally meant to open up the candidate pool to qualified candidates who wouldn't otherwise be hired because they don't tick the right boxes in regard to conforming with the hiring manager or interviewing staff.
As with all things, these programs can of course go awry, so I would not want to assert that they're perfect.
Conversely, there are plenty of other tech companies with robust diversity programs who are going gangbusters (Salesforce and Google leap immediately to mind). Maybe the cranky old white dudes should quit their bitching about having to work next to people not entirely like themselves and get back to work.
Or maybe something entirely else is at fault.
...cryptobros explaining how this is not ackshually a Ponzi scheme, and also how some new "innovation" in cryptocurrency will make it all better, and whatabout scams not involving crypto? What about those, huh? You don't sound so smart now, do you? I think you owe someone an apology!
BTW, wanna buy some apes?
"Maybe we should consider to reduce the influx of plastic garbage and prevent the problem instead of trying to solve a problem that persists because of our collective stupidity?"
Have you . . . have you met humans? For every person who think this garbage cleanup is valuable and necessary, there's probably another one who thinks it's Communist Greenie hippy crap concocted just to slander the holy name of unfettered capitalism.
Indeed. Certain denizens of these parts, with their complaints about "political correctness" and "wokeness" would receive a bollocking that would have them melting like a, uh, I forget the word . . . anyway, some kind of fragile crystalline ice lattice thingy . . . in the noonday son.
Well . . .
"Jackson is highly qualified to perform such a complex upgrade: as well as being a former Debian project lead, he also wrote Debian's underlying package-management tool dpkg. Jackson stewarded the release of Debian 2.0, the first multi-architecture version of the distribution, and the first to use libc6."
Perhaps you should weigh in with your qualifications and accomplishments before criticizing.
I doubt I can find the site now, but a developer wrote a post on his blog some years ago with a quote that I've etched (more or less accurately) into my memory:
"Most people don't know what sysadmins do, but if they all took lunch at the same time, you would run out of bullets defending your shopping cart full of canned goods from radioactive mutants before they had even gotten around to ordering."
I'm on permanent recovery (god willing) from being a sysadmin, but props to my former brethren and sistren!
I was with you, more or less, until this sentence:
"Personally I think this is exactly why the FDA and Big Pharma should be reined in by Fed and the market allowed to choose what needs to be done about excessive charges."
The FDA is a federal agency whose job is to, in part, rein in the pharmaceutical industry. One can quibble about its effectiveness in doing so (*cough* regulatory capture *cough*), but in practical terms, you're asking the federal government to rein itself in. Separately, the free market is the fucking problem with the health care system in the US. The health care industry charges what the market will bear in regards to health, and it turns out that, yes, people are willing to bankrupt themselves to stay the fuck alive. What most people want is to have "market pricing" reined in.
I regret that I have but one upvote to give this post. I give you high marks for civility, precision, and completeness.
See also: Dunning-Kruger Effect.
As I've gotten older, I have come to ask myself more and more, "How much do I really know about this subject? Am I qualified to be expressing an opinion on it?" When the answer to the latter question is "no," I try to keep my trap shut and pay attention to the people who are (or seem) qualified.
"Still, if systemd is so universally despised, why is it so universally integrated into linux distros?"
I think this question deserves more serious answers than it's gotten. Why have the Great and the Good at various major distros decided to adopt it, despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth? I certainly don't know, as I'm not embedded in the politics of distro creation, but I would love to hear more of an answer than "They suxx0r LOL" or the standby "Poettering suxx0r LOL."
"Trump did nothing important or lasting enough to speak of."
Except nominate three Supreme Court justices, who are busily dismantling two centuries of progress. But of course you're a land-owning white male, so the petty concerns of literally everyone else are not yours.
I suspect the most salient point is the one about regulation. Since 2008, banking concerns, especially large ones, have come under extensive regulatory scrutiny in the US. Also since 2008, many banks have been struggling (in comparison with the big tech companies, anyway), due to a combination of increased regulation, low interest rates, the need to keep adequate capital on hand, and increasingly cut-throat price competition in financial services, especially investments. For a tech company to take on the role of a bank, it would have to submit to drastically-increased regulatory oversight, which I suspect would not be welcome, in order to enter into a much lower-margin business. If faced with that option as a tech CEO, I would probably also go the partnership route rather than trying to form or buy a full-fledged banking concern.
I wouldn't otherwise make a point of stating this, but I sent Ukraine a sizable donation to assist with aiding their populace (which was, incidentally, matched 100% by my company).
Since you're pissing on other people, have you done anything to help?
And if you want to know how: https://supportukrainenow.org/
Your knowledge of history is woeful.
Conservatives love to ignore the fact that Republicans and Democrats have essentially flipped ideologies. There was a time when Republicans were more progressive and Democrats more conservative, but in the early part of the 20th century, they gradually reversed. So yes, the KKK membership were probably originally Democrats, but that is no longer the case. Regardless of party affiliation, the KKK have always been conservative.
HUAC: The House Un-American Activities Committee, headed by a Congressman you may have heard of, one Joseph McCarthy. The Red Scare destroyed a lot of lives, and it was driven by conservative reactionaries.
In the present day, it's Republican governors and state houses (most notably Florida) which have tried to clamp down on the publication of information about COVID statistics and fought against mask and vaccine mandates. I'm willing to believe that you personally have some anti-vax left-wing relatives, but as a political movement, it's the Republicans who have led the charge towards spreading disease.
"the Democratic party declared war on Christianity."
What. The. Actual. Fuck.
"You should really try to get a more balanced view of the world by looking for more balanced news sources."
Fair and Balanced (TM) perhaps? Perhaps you should crack open a history book.
It's funny when conservatives accuse progressives of "cancel culture" because doctrinaire conservatives have a long history of attempted cancellations under their belts. See, for example:
Lynchings of blacks, gays, trade unionists, etc.
The Red Scare/HUAC
Censorship of COVID spread statistics
Etc. Etc. Etc.
Remove the beam from your own eye before commenting on the mote in another's, if you please.
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