* Posts by Pierre 1970

39 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Aug 2020

Open source PostgreSQL named DBMS of the year by DB-Engines

Pierre 1970

Re: shame about pgAdmin

Generally speaking (and with a grain of salt since MS SQL Server fill my fridge) I've found that the achilles heel in this GPL DBs is the official Admin client. Lack of features, lack of consistent look and feel, slow.

I do disagree when the solution to that is the use a 3rd party tool as the Admin interface.

You're so worried about AWS reliability, the cloud giant now lets you simulate major outages

Pierre 1970

The regular outages are business as usual... in AWS you usually architect your solution base on that. And for the big ones...they are so creative and original in nature that I cannot see a way to simulate that.

Six pack of sub-Neptune exoplanets hang tight around nearby star

Pierre 1970

Re: Music of the spheres

That is what I like to call an educated guess...with far more enfasis in the guessing part

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater

Pierre 1970

Oracle will open source its database

Because they realized that they've already made a lot of money and enough is enough

You get a Copilot, and you get a Copilot – Microsoft now the Copilot company

Pierre 1970

Clippilot (tm)

See above

Introducing the tech that keeps the lights on

Pierre 1970

Re: No requests, no retry, that’s why it takes ...

An asimetric data pipeline, data cuasi-diode, etc.... I definitively like this idea more than the one for the article.

CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it

Pierre 1970

Re: "supposed expert who turned out to be anything but"

A real computer wizzard should also know that your computer at work is a part of a bigger structure that need to be maintained, supported and upgraded. So, even if he always knew the solution it must report it because:

1) Is part of the rules

2) Can retrofeed or spot a more general problem

3) Somebody else is being paid for that

4) etc

Of course, being empathetic implies that if you have the required knowledge, you should help isolating the issue, gather extra information to help the diagnose, even change something and test the porpose solution, and so on.

Sorry Pat, but it's looking like Arm PCs are inevitable

Pierre 1970

Re: Strategy

That's my definition of cutting edge technology

Lost your luggage? That's nothing – we just lost your whole flight!

Pierre 1970

Crash course on DBA duties

I'd been working as a senior BI consultant but made redundant. Decided to live and work in my home city (pre remote working days), could only fine jobs as a DBA (semi senior because of my age)... I got a job and I assumed that I'll be joining a DBA team so I was confident that I coul cop with the new role. But what I found was that the previous DBA almost died in a car accident and the replacement was anxious to leave the position, so after the first 2 days he went on vacations and never returned, so I was left alone with all the duties and of course nobody in IT knows a thing about DBs except installing them....first think I tried to discover was how the heck the backup system was working and if I have a way to restore something in case of a disaster.

Google wants to takes a byte out of Oracle workloads with PostgreSQL migration service

Pierre 1970

Yeah, right!

The problem with this is that the suppliers of such "cheap" services trivializes the migration and operation efforts, as the changes that developers must take into account when switching RDBMS technologies. And all of the managers buy that without the slightest shade of doubt and the risks involved.

In the short term they all look almost the same (all of them can manage a SELECT * FROM TABLE and adhere to the ANSI standards ) but then the issues arise and the lack of proper skills in the "free" DBs is enormous when you get into troubles.

Samsung realizes behaving ethically is good for business, says compliance boss

Pierre 1970

Why is "obvious"?

"Mega-corp has mastered the complexity of numerous technologies but it took several scandals to impart this obvious lesson".

If this is so obvious, why on earth the same happens again and again and again...

Official science: People do less, make more mistakes on Friday afternoons

Pierre 1970


Publishing the article on a Friday is almost an order to just avoid making any mistake so I'm going to stop working for the rest of the day.

If you want a big brain, make a habit out of daytime naps

Pierre 1970

Re: Cause and Effect

or penguins!!! https://youtu.be/s-TNpI0Lrjc?t=73

The ZX81 finally gets the keyboard it deserves

Pierre 1970

Wooden keyboard

As a teenager, after three broken membranes of a ZX Spectrum clone, I'd decided (and of course due to the lack of budget) to construct my own wooden keyboard made of wood, a bunch of screws and a sheet of bronze in order to make the key contacts.

Worked like a charm except for an strange flickering of my black and white TV set. At that moment I didn't know too much about electronics, filters, capacitors and things like that.

As an extra embellishment I made two DB9 ports connected in parallel with certain keys of the matrix in order to resembled a Cursor joystick and connect an old Atari joytick to it.

Unluckily I've lost it and have no photos.... I sincerely hope that as a last homage it made part of a barbecue in my parents house.


PS: Since I'm from Argentina, the barbecue is the correct way to incinerate old memories :-)

AI weapons need a safe back door for human control

Pierre 1970

Re: AII upgrades?

Artificial Systematic Stupidity.... I think you are missing an extra "S"

Pierre 1970

Re: AII upgrades?

Nice acronym ...but I still prefer Skynet

Hey Siri, use this ultrasound attack to disarm a smart-home system

Pierre 1970


Apple has already patented an iDog, which is a device in the shape of a classic dog (with rounded corners, of course) in order to detect the attack and alert the owner with iBarks . Until now they couldn't manage to solve the issues with Siri ordering tonnes of dog food with each complain of the puppy.

Bank rewrote ads for infosec jobs to stop scaring away women

Pierre 1970
IT Angle

Calamity Jen

After reading the first 5 o 6 lines of the article, I automatically though of the way that Jen was hired as IT Manager in Reynholm Industries.

AWS strains to make Simple Storage Service not so simple to screw up

Pierre 1970

AWS won't resist too much time before saying: "You are all holding the bucket the wrong way"

US Dept of Energy set to reveal fusion breakthrough

Pierre 1970

Re: Imagine what this might mean for the people of the world:

Just imagine all the world talking and singing in high pitched voices for centuries .... In you face, Maria Carey!

What's up with WhatsApp? Messaging platform suffers outage in the UK

Pierre 1970

Re: I'm taking a guess:

You didn't miss any permutation.....and is even in ANSi coding

Liz Truss ousted as UK prime minister, outlived by online lettuce

Pierre 1970

Yeap...just forget the hand of god

Pierre 1970

As an argie, joining Monty Python and Borges in one sentence made my day, if not the week, month or even the whole year.

Darth Vader voice actor James Earl Jones allows AI to take over the role

Pierre 1970

"Rouge one"... yeah, the indiscriminade use of lipstick in that fake animation was disturbing....

Open source databases: What are they and why do they matter?

Pierre 1970

Re: Tooling for devs

AFAK, there is no management and administrive tooling as the one for SQL Server Databases. I'm working also with MySQL, Redshift, MongoDB and no client get no even close to that.

I've to agree that in this new days of Devops methodologies the way to go is go back to scripting all, but for certain task, having the managements tools, both graphical and text, provided by the main vendor should be a must.

(and yes, I'm old enough and definitively not fond of this new shiny web consoles)

SpaceX demonstrates that it too can shower the Earth with debris

Pierre 1970

Re: Raising the odds?

C'ommon, don't be shy, Why not adding a lightning strike to the recipe?

Scientists use dead spider as gripper for robot arm, label it a 'Necrobot'

Pierre 1970

Re: Syringe & Liquid

Obviously glue is for cheating all of us in order to get the legs sticks to the objects.

How a botched kernel patch broke Ubuntu – and why it may happen again

Pierre 1970

Re: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now...

Ouch...my bad...I've thought that the reference was to Panic of The Smiths.... Pure music iliteracy

Pierre 1970

What's next? "This charming man" when they borked the help pages?

Three Twilio developers charged with insider trading

Pierre 1970

Re: Profitable development

I'll prefer the plot of "Office Space" specially the part that they made a mistake with dot and commas (as far as I remember)

China's chip-making ambitions face setbacks

Pierre 1970

Re: Give it time

Anyway, as the article greatly explain, is not as easy as I thought (never it is, BTW).

You should read Section 8 of the Unix User's Manual

Pierre 1970


20 years ago I've really enjoyed when a TCP/IP IBM redbook came to me just by luck.

I just don't know is they were the most accurate/precise/whatever but, for me, was the first time I've read a technical book both complete and also well writen.

Then 10 or so years later I've found another Redbook about Data Warehousing (my topic of interest) and again the same sensation of good quality reading arised.

(please forget my grammar, no native english here)

Open-source veteran PostgreSQL emits release 14: Tweaked, scalable, and ready to get heavy

Pierre 1970

Re: View from MS SQL User

It's nice to see hands on comments on GPL DBMS from people who (as I) have been working with Mainstrean DBs (SQL Server in this case) for many years.

Great post!

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?

Pierre 1970

Re: "Only problem was keeping all my devices in synch"

yeah.... When I'd finally decided to use a password vault, I've faced the problem of accesing and synching from multiple devices. Google Drive (because is there for free) work like a charm between my both PC and phones.

(using KeePassDX in the phones downloaded from Druidics, not from GooglePlay)

Big Tech workers prefer 3 days at home, 2 in the office. We ask Reg readers: What's your home-office balance?

Pierre 1970


It can be helpful to see the correlation between the 2 questions in the poll.

Eventhough currently the bast mayority is working exclusively from home (question 2) I'd like to know what percentage of the people not working enterily from home now, accept their current conditions or prefer others.

World+dog share in collective panic attack as Google slides off the face of the internet

Pierre 1970

Re: Try again *later*

I'm pretty sure this could apply as a new official Vulture unit....the Cloudwatch* is the time between retries in order to see if the cloud troubles were fixed...

(*) Ok, ok, I already know that this name is already taken by AWS :-(