I am/was a self confessed Gitlab fan boy, I spent a week sniggering when Microsoft bought Github. But then Goldman Sachs invested in Gitlab and it became obvious which way this was going. I guess it's just what happens, you develop some great software, you attract the attention of the big money, get dazzled by the bright lights and gala luncheons and sell your soul to a corporate bank.... or Microsoft.... or Google...... or Amazon..... But I guess that then creates the space for the new upstarts to come up with a better idea.
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If you see a drop in sales in anything across the EU that's one thing, if you see sales remaining stable but only dropping in one country then it's another. So in this case you look at what's going on in the country that has the anomalous drop and look to see if there is anything that might explain it. Pretty much everything in our news is related to Brexit so it's not a massive leap of the imagination to immediately blame that.
You might well then do further research and interview someone like me who says:
I work for a global company who is obliged to keep large amounts of HR and financial data as well as our email servers within the EU, if we leave the EU then there is a big chance all of that and my job will have to relocated back into the EU, so no, my credit card is staying in my wallet and my laptop is going to have to keep going until I know what the future holds.
I installed virtualbox on my Win 10 laptop and then created an Ubuntu (other distros are available) virtual machine on it which I do all my work on, I use portable apps to backup that virtual disk to a USB drive so when my laptop borks after an update or just overheats because Windows defender has gone mental, I just get a spare off the desktop IT guys, install virtualbox and carry on. It's a great way to isolate yourself from a lot of problems and makes the device you're working on disposable.
Am I missing something here?
History of Windows:
Windows 95 - This is cool, excited about Windows 98.
Windows 98 - This is rubbish, can't wait for Windows 2000.
Windows 2000 - This is really rubbish, so looking forward to Windows ME replacing this junk.
Windows ME - OMG this is rubbish, please please please release Windows XP.
Windows XP - This almost works, we may be heading in the right direction at last.
Windows Vista - We'll just stick with XP until Windows 7 comes out..
Windows 7 - Well it's better then Vista?
Windows 8 - This is so bad we're going to need an 8.1 before we even consider looking forward to Windows 9.
Windows 8.1 - It'll work as a sticking plaster until Windows 9 comes out.
Windows 9 - hello, hello, is anyone there?
Windows 10 - Where'd my Windows 8.1 go, and why did everything stop working after the update?
And at no point did anyone think, is there an alternative to Windows that just works?
You reminded me of the time I was on a conference call with a Scottish sales rep from IBM and my Indian boss (who had lived in the US for many years). My boss could not understand a word the IBM guy said so I had to mute my phone and type what he was saying into skype so my boss could have the conversation.
2FA? 2 sweet FA!
My company rolled out 2FA, now when you log in it sends a text message with a code you have to enter.
But it sends you the message to the mobile phone you're using to login.
The very same mobile that has your password cached on it.
And the very same phone that if you hold it up to the light you can see the the X or Z shape that people use to unlock their phones.
So 2FA is actually less secure than simply disabling password caching, you get the phone, you get the access.
'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature
Look, look, I'm punching myself in the face!
Blockchain makes perfect sense in an organisation that has loads of distributed IT hardware all on an internal network. But when it's implemented by a company that can't even produce a firmware patch that won't take down your entire business you'd have to be some serious kind of masochist!
Stop fiddling with other peoples stuff
There are many different scenarios that may cause you to have to fail over, this addresses just one of those scenarios. If Oracle could maybe put a little more effort into updating their applications to be more HA then we’d likely get a heck of a lot more of those scenarios covered.
I have literally sat under my desk on a telephone call because the team that sit next to me were making so much noise, think they were getting excited over the previous nights Great British Bake off or something. One of my employers office buildings is also 100% hot desk with unbookable meeting rooms, the marketing types love it but it's really depressing watching all the technical people walking round with arm fulls of books looking for a quiet corner every morning. I tend to work from home 2 days a week now just so I can get a solid 2*8 hours of work in every week.
Microsoft buy GitHub and everyone moves to GitLab.
Google or Amazon will buy GitLab or make a hostile takeover of GitLab in 2020 when it's IPO is targeted.
I will create GitVac ready for 2020 and then sell it to whichever of Google or AWS lost out on the GitLab takeover while having MultiGit ready as a startup for all the non commercial developers looking for a home.
Then my friends, all you code are belong to me mwahahaha!
Pretty standard for a US company
We have a forced ranking system, top 10% get a pay rise, middle 80% get a token pay rise, bottom 10% get put on a performance plan and get the boot 12 months later or as soon as the company feel they can do it without getting sued. You should see out management structure though, it's a thing of beauty, it must have been based on the design for the Eiffel tower it even has a dotted line lattice work!
Re: sustainable, clean energy
It does until it goes wrong and you send a massive radioactive cloud over half the planet, what would really be useful is if you could build a massive nuclear reactor somewhere far away, maybe 150 million km away or there abouts, then use some sort or receiver on earth to collect that energy.