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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

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Re: One trick I heard of..

If I were terminated and then stranded, I wouldn't have to ever work anymore. Whatever company that pulled that stunt on me would be paying for my retirement.

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Re: Do this

> I take it that you haven't heard of "pregnancy"

Revoked access can always be granted again. It's not like this is a one way process. You are only removing them from some database. You aren't actually killing them.

The worst that can happen is that you inconvenience someone that's been away from the office from a long time.

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Simply astounding.

The stupidity of comparing a trained network administrator with a nanny is just mind bogglingly stupid.

That analogy only (maybe) works if the nanny also is the legal guardian of the parents as well. The IT staff may well claim ownership of the IT infastructure because they are the only ones that know how it works and no one else is even capable of supervising them.

Nothing like a "nanny".

More like the nursing home that will wipe your butt when you are old and senile and no longer capable of taking care of yourself.

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Other professionals have to worry about personal liability for their mistakes.

The problem in San Francisco is that management beyond Childs was incompetent. They should have had an exit strategy for ANY employee and made proactive steps to make sure they would not be in precisely the sort of position they ended up in.

Other professions have standards and licensing to the point where they will tell upper management to "go pound sand" because they have a license to look after.

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Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

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Re: How do you seize a database?

If it was a database, the obvious question is "was it backed up". If they had a backup of some kind, the hijacking may not have mattered one way or the other.

"Hello? Iron Mountain? How soon can you ship me some tapes?"

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Re: What's so neat about it? @ckm5 @DAM

> Federal law still considers pot illegal. Local laws does not supersede Federal Laws.

Depending on the subject, that's a point of dispute. The powers of the federal government are theoretically limited with most rights and authority remaining with the states or the people. It's by no means an "obvious and settled" issue.

States can and have given the feds the big middle finger. (even without seceding)

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Re: Sounds like Tesco taking over the Hoover building on the A40 London

...only the Western hemisphere and Japan.

Similarly, the Stanley Cup could probably be called a "World Cup" because of all of the top talent that gets poached from all over the world. The NHL has to go on hiatus during the Olympics because everyone is off playing for their national teams.

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Groupon flees from army of angry GNOMES: Trademark bid for 'Gnome' tab scrapped

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Re: Web search?

They probably thought that "they could get away with it" and that these filthy hippies wouldn't be able to lob litigation grenades in their general direction.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Re: ooh, it all sounds lovely...

The Swiss army knife is a great analogy as those things have never displaced the many more specialized knives out there. As soon as your job gets big or important or it's what you do for a living, then you have to use tools dedicated for and designed for the particular purpose.

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Re: Fascinatingly myopic

...or the PCs are just terminals connecting to web applications.

However, they still need to be proper terminals. They still need a proper graphics terminal rather than some tablet. They still need all of the biggest and bulkiest parts of the PC form factor. Even if you could replace their PC with a tablet, the rest of the graphics terminal hardware would still be there.

You could just shrink the PC to the size of a NUC and then you have diminishing reasons to displace the PC.

Although ultimately tablets are only useful as PC replacements if you turn them into proper PCs first.

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Re: "and run all the important apps"

> Yes but in your example, you need one person with a PC used for such things,

No. In that example, ANY person in the office needs to be able to do those things. Not only that, they may have to do even more interesting things that the OP didn't even get into. He only went into ONE small subset of the given use case. He only touched on the tip of the iceberg.

Flexible powerful systems allow users to do interesting and surprising things.

THAT is the whole point of the PC. You are not stuck dealing with centralized IT management to give you permission to do something. You just fend for yourself individually or collectively.

Mobile devices have to lose the whole mobile device cripple management mindset before they displace genuinely general purpose devices.

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Don't be such a cheap b*st*rd.

> Why does it always have to be a genuine honking workstation actually sitting on your desk?

Ergonomics and efficiency.

The "workstation" isn't so much important as is everything else connected to it. It's the peripherals. Although a lame locked down OS running on some slow CPU like something out of the 90s isn't going to be helpful.

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Re: I love these articles

If the most interesting thing you do is powerpoint presentations, I suppose you could get away with either an ARM device or a weak laptop like a MBA. For anything more interesting, you're probably going to be out of luck.

It's nice to have meager expectations. Not everyone does though.

Plus all the tech everywhere has to support you. Not everyone is going to accommodate your Apple device (even in 2014). I suggest always having a contingency plan ready.

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Re: Stupid question

The problem with a "cheap" Windows admin is that you will likely get what you paid for. It's a platform that's all about the idea that you don't have to know what you're doing. A lot of people calling themselves Windows admins have no business being anywhere near a server.

The competent ones (Windows admins) will be much more like their Unix counterparts in terms of technical skills, understanding the requirements of managing servers, and price tag.

A cheap warm bodies probably make Windows more of a disaster than it needs to be.

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

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Not really.

The PI is only up to the task of being a general purpose device if you're really dedicated to the idea. That includes XBMC too. Even with a well optimized build, XBMC just wants too much out of a system.

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

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Re: Fail and fail hard

> If you are relying on HDD soft failure modes preserve your precious snowflake pictures it is you who has hard failed. Redundancy.

...which is much more feasible if you are not paying 4x the price you really need to.

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Re: Too many words

> it became apparent that unless you have a burning desire to record and keep for posterior every single episode of East Enders

Even a machine that's used for light gaming and the occasional bit of web surfing is still going to need a significant amount of drive space. Significant meaning an amount that is EXPENSIVE if you are only considering SSDs. It really doesn't take much in terms of personal media files or just GAMES to fill up a smaller drive.

Going strictly SSD only makes sense if you're made of money or the device is only intended to be a terminal connecting to some other machine with a decent amount of storage.

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Re: Why I use SSD

My kid has been abusing my spinny disk based Archos for years. The thing refuses to die. If anything, it's the battery that's the problem.

Hard drive tech moved beyond the 80s style fragility you are talking about a long time ago.

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Re: Reasons for traditional HD

It's funny you should mention that because enterprise storage vendors have had "tiered storage" for many years now. This is not a new problem. These dynamics exist even within the same disk technology (namely magnetic HDD). There's pretty much always been a cost versus speed tradeoff.

Just add various "grades" of SSD into the mix using the tech that's already there.

...again: not news.

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Old news.

This is old news. I was working with SSD storage back in 2001. The same issues and limitations existed then as they do now. People and companies are not made of money. Some big talking amateurs like to talk about how money doesn't matter but it does. It's a inescapable part of engineering.

Any solution you pose for any problem needs to be worth the cost.

That doesn't change just because it's 2014 and some blogger can get his hands on SSD tech now.

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Re: Nothing to do with BB's shitty browser then?

It's the "rare gems" that make the ecosystem. WinDOS has a number of these. MacOS has a couple of these. They're the killer apps that people think they can't live without.

Of course the rest can be total crap.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Phones as remotes.

My kid is also not bothered by the whole idea of using a phone as a remote. This is good because he lost one of the Roku remotes. It's a bit more awkward than a real remote but still usable.

It's interesting that someone dismisses this idea in principle because it's basically the big thing with Apple's streamer.

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Re: Wii Console

> It sounds like, at the moment, you are better off getting an old Nintendo Wii off eBay.

Nope. I had the in-laws setup with a Wii. The moment they saw my Roku the were like "why didn't you ever tell me about this. Buy me one of these."

"Hacking a Wii" isn't even an option there.

The Wii is a different tool for a different job.

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Re: There's no subtitles

> I can confirm Amazon doesn't support these at all, in the UK.

Well that's terribly disappointing.

Captions and subtitles in general seem like a neglected part of most streamers.

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Re: Obsolete?

Exactly. With a "smart" TV you are effectively forced to pay for crap you don't want or need. The built in media features are pants. The thing is likely spying on you too. It's far better to not waste the resources (carbon footprint and whatnot) and just let people buy the STB of their choice.

When I bought my "smart" TV, the price premium was the same as one of my HTPCs.

That TV certainly didn't deliver a comparable level of extra utility.

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Re: Plex?

The more important question is whether or not this thing can handle all formats directly like a PC copy of Plex or XBMC would. Transcoding servers require more power and noise than a respectable GPU.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: But against the backdrop of your British readership...

I'm fine with that as long as the cops are disarmed too.

They are also civilians with insufficient training or discipline to be trusted with "military weapons" if the average citizen isn't. If anything, the cops need to be de-militarized first.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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Huh? WTF?

> That "problem" should easily be fixed with 25£, which is the cost of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Firewire adapter :-)

Did you actually read that page? It's full of one star reviews.

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Re: Depends on your view...

> At some point, I bought two Macs. I could barely stand the usability of their desktop compared to my traditional Linux environments

Same here. I used Macs as Linux based HTPCs back when that made more sense. Tech moved along quickly and those Minis quickly became obsolete. After that, I had some Macs to play with so I could properly put MacOS through it's paces.

Suddenly I wasn't interested in recommending Macs to rubes anymore. I was far less impressed with MacOS and Apple software than I thought I would be.

Although, being stuck using Apple hardware is the single biggest disadvantage of using MacOS. Apple does it's best to ignore sound engineering decisions to favor unmaintainable novelty form factors.

This blast from the past 80s style soldered on RAM is just more of Apple's usual nonsense.

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> It's already *nix. Proper Unix, not Lunix.

Only to idiots that have never touched a "proper Unix" ever and only care about this stuff as some kind of lame marketing bullet point.

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Re: To think Apple once marketed the Mini as a server machine (do they still do that)?

> They don't market it as a server now but why would that need upgradable RAM,

Even my last Atari didn't have it's RAM soldered onto the main board.

A machine doesn't need to be a server. Maintainability and repairability is useful for ANY kind of machine. This is especially true given the fact that OS upgrades tend to demand more out of existing hardware. Plus tech tends to get cheaper over time making various kinds of upgrades more feasible.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: Why proud, confident or assured maybe?

Proud to be X is still just the wrong way to put it.

Perhaps it's a failing of the English language.

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Re: Free speech...

> Just because all these people have a different opinion doesn't mean we have to sit back and let them spew all this bullsh*t all over the internet...

Yes. Actually it does. Otherwise it's not free speech.

It's not free speech if it's only the things you personally approve of.

This stupid sh*t is why we had to flee to another continent.

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Oh. Puleeeze.

News? I thought it was painfully obvious. No "announcement" was required.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

> Last time I tried Linux and attempted to install Firefox I first had to find an installer for the distribution I was using.

It sounds like you were going out of your way to make things harder than necessary.

Although Linux download file types are really no worse than comparable WinDOS equivalents. Something like Firefox works the same way. If you are whining about Linux being hard then you're whining about WinDOS being hard.

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

> And yet you're preaching a UNIX-like separation of OS and GUI? It hasn't worked to push Linux into the mainstream, why would it work here?

The total LACK of a GUI never stopped WinDOS from being ripped out of the mainstream.

Linux not being in the mainstream has nothing to do with it's particular characteristics. MS-DOS had the market completely tied up before a single line of Linux was ever written. Actually it was the dominance and crapulence of MS-DOS that inspired Linux to begin with.

No. People have always been too fixated on running things like Lotus-123. They tolerated MS-DOS in order to do it even when better and cheaper options were legion.

The Windows 8 debacle even demonstrates how this is the case. The majority tolerate Windows for it's ecosystem despite the fact that the OS itself is a festering pile.

Microsoft BARELY has to acknowledge the needs or desires of it's customers.

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

> However ... “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses” as Henry Ford said.

Except this isn't some primitive physical item that is still inferior to what it's trying to replace.

This is software. It doesn't wear out and it's easy to change. Enabling your "Model-T" doesn't require shooting everybody's horse.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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Re: releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

...pretty much.

The Netflix versions of these are great until you realize that they are low quality or they have been "widescreened". Then you want to go and use your own copy.

TV in general has this problem. It seems to apply equally to broadcast TV, cable TV, and streaming services.

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Funny you should mention that.

Netflix you say? The funny thing about that is that the US subscription streaming services have already had all of Trek available for streaming. Don't recall if it's Netflix or Amazon Prime or both.

CBS is late to the party.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: Cultism

Apples were the playthings of the wealthy.

Commodore is who actually got computers into the hands of people.

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Re: Now that's just going too far

...and to that point specifically Jobs and Woz were no Henry Ford.

Apple kit has always been overpriced since day one. If anything, Apple is more like the pre-Ford luxury automakers like Mercedes. That's certainly the comparison modern fanboys want to make now.

The Ford of computing is more along the likes of Commodore or Sinclair.

If it were only up to Apple computing would have gone nowhere. The masses would never be able to afford it.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Pottering just doesn't get it.

Yes. This is something that the "progress for the sake of progress" crowd just doesn't seem to get. In the domains where Unix has it's most powerful stronghold, the one overriding consideration is reliability. It doesn't have to be fast It doesn't have to be fancy. It doesn't have to be usable by a trained monkey. It needs to be reliable.

It's simply insane that it's a server vendor that's pushing this crap.

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Re: Such hatred

> "Why do I get the feeling that a lot of the people that want to keep sysvinit have never tried to read a service script, let alone write one."

Not only have I read and written service scripts but I have done so quite successfully. They're just standard shell scripts.

On the other hand, my first attempt to alter Upstart scripts resulted in an unbootable system.

Individual init scripts can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. Init itself is very simple and difficult to sabotage without a lot of highly focused effort.

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

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Lies, damned lies, and marketing masquerading as journalism...

It sounds like someone has an axe to grind. I looks like some fanboy wants to distract from the fact that the PC part of Apple's business is now only 15% while mobile devices in general account for more than 2 thirds of Apple revenue based on the fanboy's own numbers.

Apple is an ARM shop pushing consumer electronics. It ceased to be a PC company a long time ago.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Re: Eric Raymond's (in)famous quote

The painter may need to take it personally. The painter may need to fix his work. Telling him pleasant lies might spare his ego but it's probably not what's really best for him.

Does the white lie benefit you or the person you're telling it to?

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Different day, same song.

> I can't imagine HBO going to market for less than netflix,

HBO already has a price structure with cable that places them at a higher price point than Netflix. I can't see them lowering that significantly. I am not sure they need to. They are already the classic ala carte premium cable option and always have been.

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The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

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Way to stay classy reg

You wouldn't want us to mistake you for real journalists.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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Re: As a parent I frankly disapprove

Once you hit 30, you have an increasingly greater risk of conceiving a genetically defective child. In some professions, you're barely going to be established by that age. In the US, you will likely be bogged down by student loans until that age (if not later).

Preserving the fresh eggs rather than trying to make do with the spoiled ones makes a lot of sense medically.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Those ugly data caps and whatnot.

I don't stream anything from my mobile device over an actual mobile network. The restrictions are just too draconian. If my phone could pick up something like conventional radio, that would not be such a bad thing. People like to call it a dinosaur but it (broadcast) is still a much better solution to the problem. Individual streams just don't scale.

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Jonny Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Re: I also watched this popular TV programme in the 1970's

The idea of minaturization in general was pretty common in the 50s. Pretty much anyone that read sci-fi in the 60s, 70s, or 80s could see stuff like the iDevices coming and probably imagined a number of their own that looked like "shameless Apple copies".

I thought up some "shameless Apple copies" of my own in the 80s. (Inspired by Asimov)

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