* Posts by devilsinthedetails

7 posts • joined 18 Oct 2019

Who knew? Hadoop is over, says former Hortonworks guru Scott Gnau


Re: “unique” proprietary data platform.

Work with Cache and Iris in our product and still very fast and stable with great support and flexibility. License costs can be awkward depending on your usage

Just don't call it MUMPS, they don't seem to like that, trying to get away from the legacy image.

Electronic health records firm Epic Bristol bags £454m in UK deals as creaking care sector chases digital transformation


Re: another closed system with no upgrade path

I haven't much experience of EPIC but the platform it is built on has interoperability and Healthcare data technologies built in so I would doubt very much if this really was a closed system. Additionally, it very much has to play nicely with other systems in the US.

I suspect there were some niche bad experiences with a UK implementation that have now been ironed out.

My own experience of US Healthcare software being brought to the UK is that initially there are teething problems as the NHS functions very differently to US Private Healthcare.

BOFH: Gosh, IPv5? Why didn't I think of that? Say, how do you like the new windows in here? Take a look. Closer...


off topic - interesting

Just found this, though you may have to use a translation service if your Norwegian isn't up to scratch. Thought the name and functionality was amusing, though I might just be easily amused.


When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games


Re: Re:software engineer

Well I "design", "build" and "use" software that can be a logic/functional "engine", could control or run a "machine", and build and manipulate data "structures" all of which is done with "technology". In addition I believe I am "working artfully to bring something about" when designing and creating software to fulfill a specific need.

I don't call myself a Software Engineer, especially as my role encompasses more than this, but cannot see an issue if someone chooses to do so, hanging onto antiquated definitions rooted in the purely physical realm from a time when "digital" did not exist are ridiculous in this day and age.

As others have mentioned, where there are safety or other concerns for specific roles/pieces of work then of course I agree certification should be required but there should be certification for the specific role or application of skills, not a blanket requirement for anyone using a term which in modern times is accepted in various fields of work.

Also, I guess some definitions are more progressive than others:



[ en-juh-neer-ing ]



the art or science of making practical application of the knowledge of pure sciences, as physics or chemistry, as in the construction of engines, bridges, buildings, mines, ships, and chemical plants.

the action, work, or profession of an engineer.

Digital Technology. the art or process of designing and programming computer systems: computer engineering; software engineering.

skillful or artful contrivance; maneuvering.

BTW, don't the US also call a Train Driver an Engineer? I assume there is an exemption for this.

The silence of the racks is deafening, production gear has gone dark – so which wire do we cut?


Remember to plug in the servers

I recall visiting a customer site and the IT Director was very proud of the brand new computer room and shiny new equipment with a UPS in each cabinet until I pointed out that the large expensive multinational IT service company who had fitted it all for him had only plugged the Monitor and KVM for each cabinet into the UPS, no protection at all for the servers and network gear.

Don't look too closely at what is seeping out of the big Dutch pipe


I had an old school firend who worked at a UK game developer called Climax, cue the inevitable call in by my superiors as email and web monitoring had picked up traffic to their site, they ended up being the ones red faced when I asked if they had checked the site, of course not, and then showed them the reality of it being a legitimate company.

In solidarity with its broken email hosting, 123-Reg's '24/7' support lines also fall over


Downward spiral

I used to work with Tim Brealey, who started 123 and WebFusion with his brother, in the dim and distant past. Very nice guy, shame he sold it to HEG, it has been downhill ever since especially after GoDaddy bought it all.


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