* Posts by wolf29

11 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Mar 2018

NASA to launch 247 petabytes of data into AWS – but forgot about eye-watering cloudy egress costs before lift-off


Re: Cloud costing...

Cloud-costing seems to be designed to produce the loudest exclamation of dismay from your company's CFO every month. Since download quantity cannot easily be estimated (nobody in the Financial office ever having to have thought this way before) there is a tendency to under-estimate it wildly.

Clunk, whirr, buzz, whine. Shared office space can be a riot and sounds like one too


Re: Welcome to the world of the Tinnitus Sufferer

"The first written reference to tinnitus dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt. A medical text named the Crocodilopolis (dated to c. 1650 – 1532 BCE) makes a reference to a “bewitched” ear or “humming” in the ears. In an attempt to cure it the text recommends creating an infusion of oil, frankincense, tree sap, herbs and soil, and administering this to the external ear with a reed stalk. The Mesopotamians also referenced the condition and would chant to try and get rid of “whispering” or singing in the ears."

I think the "Blame the victim" explanations for tinnitus are just that.

https://www.hands-free.co.uk/a-history-of-tinnitus/ (not a peer-reviewed journal, but certainly a place to start as I sit in this little room with a branch-office server that sounds like Frank Zappa's grandmother's refrigerator. (has that constant dynamo hum) and my high-ringing tinnitus.

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them


Re: "Maybe the current outage is a sign"

Which flights in 1973 are those free drinks served on?

Brit banking sector hasn't gone a single day of 2020 without something breaking


Looks like they were talking about the Exodus 20 commandments. The first draught.

Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors


Re: So, now it's back to Think Of The Children

You can have my Golf clubs when you pry them from the caddy's cold dead fingers. (No caddies were harmed in the making of this comment)

Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'


Microsoft is enabling "Shadow IT"

Not surprising. Companies buying tons of licenses for office suites, and who will be fined by the BSA for having unlicensed copies (or where the license cannot be located) are leery of shadow IT where end users buy whatever software they want. Microsoft is still working from the idea that "Really, all PC users are hobbyists who are running a little non-networked machine to play with Basic programming."

They are really pushing for the world of cloud computing where a lot of companies are unable to control department-level shadow IT. At least in the cloud model, the licenses are sorted.

DXC Technology warns techies that all travel MUST now be authorised


Probably be followed by a moratorium on performing any personal business whilst in said bathroom.

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...


Re: Just to play devil's advocate here

Got to maintain a healthy shareholder value, after all.

Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)


Re: Start it off with an easier challenge

I love the implied "half-life of humour". I think that is why most knock knock jokes are entirely devoid of humour as one hears more of them more times.

There is also a music half-life.

Software development slow because 'Most of our ideas suck'


Homeostasis wins most of the time

"Lots of customers don't enjoy chnage - they know how to work the existing interface and if you force them to learn a new one, they could just as easily learn a competitors."

Judging from the continued desktop domination of Windows and Ubuntu Linux, users are much more likely to stay with the brand they have been with for a while, than to move to anything with a different brand name.

BT: We're shuttering final salary pension scheme


Re: summarily terminated

Short-term thinking naturally leads to short-falls in long-term initiatives. I reckon there will be an uptick in employment in the geriatric-hit field as soon as next Thursday. Watch the "help wanted" advertisements.

The obvious answer for the company is to sell out, and the new owner can sue to get the stagnant funds (unrelated to a living person) in the pension bucket out to pay for the purchase. This was how Bain Capital and other equity vultures operated, as I understand. The stagnant funds could be used to fund the ongoing pensions of currently living persons, but one way to claim a shortfall is to exclude such stagnant funds from your report as distributable. The stagnant funds are still accruing interest in the fund, but the money will never be distributed to pensioners. There could be billions in the fund that are being conveniently ignored to make the claim of an imminent shortfall.