* Posts by TheBadja

15 publicly visible posts • joined 25 May 2018

Microsoft Teams outage widens to take out M365 services, admin center


"Those who attend offices may also wish to consider “walking” to a “meeting room”, a facility established with the express purpose of allowing teams of people to interact." and spread COVID.

Academics tell Brit MPs to check the software used when considering reproducibility in science and tech research


One significant problem is the MP's are now professional politicians, and rarely have any STEM skills at all. They don't understand software beyond using Facebook and Twitter, and even then, they have assistants to do this. One prominent Australian MP was caught out because he didn't own a smartphone to be able to present his vaccination status at a pub for entry.


Re: Career development disguised as science

Someone said that scientific paradigms don't die because new studies disputing the findings, they die because the scientists supporting the paradigm die.

Boomi busts out of Dell with $4bn sale to pair of private equiteers


Re: bomi?

If you want to integrate Salesforce, then Salesforce has an integration tool. If you want to integrate with Workday, or ServiceNow, they also have their own integration tools. But if you have (like many large organisations) a portfolio of hundreds of specialised applications for specific parts of you business, with different API's, file uploaders or even none (database access required), Boomi integration sits in the middle and talks to all of these. It used to be called the middleware layer, and there are advantages in separating it from the applications - particularly when you want to move vendors.

Windows 11 in detail: Incremental upgrade spoilt by onerous system requirements and usability mis-steps


No reason to upgrade

I haven't seen a single compelling reason to upgrade. Then again, I hung onto XP as long as I could and then upgraded to 8.1. I only upgraded to Windows 10 when I bought a new main machine with it installed, and liked it enough to upgrade my laptop and spare machine.

Windows 11 looks like Vista or Windows 8 to me - a version to avoid as long as possible.

Ofcom swears at the general public for five days during obscenity survey


The problem with rating obscenities is that their effect depends very much on context. If my son is playing games on the computer, I'm quite used to hearing "No fucking way" all through the night. I hardly even hear the obscenity. However, if my boss at work replies to my suggestion to a way to improve the workplace "No fucking way." this is grounds for a complaint to HR about their bullying.

Everyone cites that 'bugs are 100x more expensive to fix in production' research, but the study might not even exist


Mythical Man Month, Brooks, 1975

The source may be “The Mythical Man Month” by Fred Brooks, 1975. This could be the original source for the IBM notes, as Brookes worked for IBM. He certainly had a study that showed the true cost of projects was 100%-300% more than the initial budget estimates.

Annoyed US regulator warns it might knock SpaceX's shiny new Texas tower down


The correct title is Pedoman Musk. According to Musk, in South Africa Pedoman is a term of endearment.

Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'


There was once a major outage on Sydney Trains because of an intermittent failure on a router in the signal box. The IT network was configured in failover with a pair of routers in load sharing.

One router failed - any the second router took up the load. Should have been fine and the failed router could have been reloaded at leisure.

However, the failed router, now without load, restored itself and took up its part of the IP traffic - and then failed under load. Repeat multiple times per second and packets were being lost everywhere.

This stopped the trains as this disconnected the signal box from centralised rail control.

Trains stopped for hours as the IT network technical staff couldn’t track what was going on, then needed to physically replace the faulty unit. Of course, couldn’t get there by train, so they had to drive there in traffic built up due to no trains.

NASA pulls the plug on InSight's mole after Martian surface bests boffins


Re: Huge failure - No actually it wasnt

If you know what you are doing, it isn't science. NASA rolls the dice and does better than they should, given the unknowns.

Australian state adds AI number plate readers to GPS tracking of corona-quarantine busters


Re: It's not being done for the indigenous people

Cov-SARS-2 is a Coronavirus. Like sheep are mammals. So it is perfectly correct to call this a coronavirus crisis.


Re: It's not being done for the indigenous people

In general, Australian authorities are VERY aware that remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders communities are at risk during this coronavirus crisis. They are being given priority in testing like other high risk groups.

Elon Musk gets thumbs up from jury for use of 'pedo guy' in cave diver defamation lawsuit


Pedo Guy Musk

From now on, he can be known as Pedo Guy Musk - as by his own admission, "pedo guy" is only an insult, not defamatory.

Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived


Teams is free to corporates

Corporates buy Office 365 for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Exchange - must haves in most enterprise sized businesses. Upgrade to premium and you get Teams, SharePoint (which many want anyway) and Skype for business. All done with one signature from the CIO.

Forget about usability or features, corporate IT departments are looking at the dollars and ease of getting it approved. Why would any corporate even consider paying for Slack?

Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke


Re: Any NRA comment?

What a country. Children go to school expecting to be shot and answering your door to police can be fatal.