* Posts by disgruntled yank

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Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

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@Novex

Why should the database run on Linux just because the web server does? Some years ago I set up a (trivial) WSGI package on a Linux box that talked to a SQL Server database using FreeTDS. For what it did, it worked nicely.

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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burying the lede, at least part of it.

The former football player runs a barbecue catering company. How could The Register have missed this?

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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

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Oh, well

I change my LinkedIn password frequently, because I forget it so often. As for the email, there isn't much I can do but rely on the spam filter.

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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

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Umm.

It seems implausible to me that Trump could be elected. (Of course, it seemed implausible to me that he could be the nominee-apparent, and there he is.)

There is a great ambiguity in tech employment. On the one hand there are the H1Bs who are designing chips at (let's say) Intel or MIPS, and who have genuinely rare tech skills. On the other hand, there are the H1Bs who are doing basic CRUD or such work, and whose skills are not rare at all--it's just possible to pay them a bit less and control them more than the local talent. Do you really think that the replacements at Disney all graduated at the top of their class from IIT or ETH?

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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

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It doesn't sound that way

The rules went by classroom. Perhaps the USMA allowed students to select the econ section according to preference, but that doesn't sound like a) the USMA or b) a randomized trial.

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Yes, the police are awfully fond of their new tool, and indifferent to considerations of privacy, etc. That needs fixing.

However, there's stealing $50 of food by grabbing it and running, and then there's stealing $50 of food by pointing a firearm at the delivery guy. Before I commit further on this one, I'd like to know which it was. Would you describe the case at the head of the linked article as "stealing $200 worth of electronics", since the man was found with a cell phone stolen at gunpoint from a 77-year-old woman?

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Review legacy code: Waking dragons is risk worth taking, says Trainline ops head

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dragon-free zones

"There are dragons out there – if you are working on a legacy code base, or even existing code base."

Should one aim for non-existent code bases then?

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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

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Re: Of course corporate shills completely miss the point.

Actually, the King family has strong views about the "I Have a Dream" speech and the rights to reproduce it. Wikipedia has a concise summary of this.

But who is treating what like Beatles' song or a Harlequin Romance?

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It's World IP Day! Celebrate by making money from a dead teenager

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Strange to say

That I have known quite a few persons who have read The Diary of Anne Frank, generally in a paperback edition and at school. In no case did the purchase seem to bankrupt them, their families, or their school districts. Barnes and Noble will sell me a paperback for $7 or so. Powells will sell me a used copy for about $4. The District of Columbia Public Library has many copies available to borrow. Yes, somebody can be said to be profiteering, but No, this is not substantially suppressing cultural transmission.

I agree wholeheartedly that the American copyright laws are absurd--a bill that combines "Sonny Bono" and "Intellectual Property" in its title seems to me to speak for itself.

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Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection

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Moment of Silence

Music by John Cage, Lyrics by Marcel Marceau?

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Irish mum coughs to children's allowance fiddle

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Slow news cycle?

There must be hordes of Microsoft and Google employees getting traffic tickets or being caught out by the IRS. You'll never run out of stuff to cover.

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Pusher's purist: Five steps to reaching your DevOps zen

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baseline discussion at the coalface

Or was that a breakdown in the silo? Perhaps I have spent too much time in the Midwest, but all this talk of silo destruction calls to mind grain elevator explosions.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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Impressive

a. Unless they had one hell of a research grant, presumably they did their research from Australia, not the US or India.

b. So unless they used Skype, FaceTime, or the like, they took the men's word for beard quality.

c. On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog: how do they know that these were even men?

d. My experience of telephone polls is that I answer them with a fraction of my attention.

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Czech Republic to rebrand

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Interesting

Now perhaps the Moravians can sound like American college students and say "Czechia Privilege!"

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French thrash Brits, Germans and Portuguese in IT innovation

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Fascinating

"Research from MSP Claranet covering 9,000 IT decision makers across Europe flagged up France, Spain, and the Benelux countries as the most progressive regions."

A quick visit to Google says that MSP Claranet is a managed services provider. Could this have anything to do with the way the report measures "progressive"?

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Bezos defends Amazon culture in letter to shareholders

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Typo?

"provided personal details about some of the most critical former employers in an effort to undermine their credibility". Should that be "employees"?

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Twitter spends $10m on rights to cover Thursday-night NFL games

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Why not?

We should the referees be the only ones to live-tweet it?

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Bloke coughs to leaking US military aircraft blueprints to China

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Re: Good Thing

In all fairness, stealing blueprints is just espionage. Bieber proliferation is a crime against humanity.

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Re: Do you think there will be EU infrastructure funding

Won't tide and currents be a problem?

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Go DevOps before your bosses force you to. It'll be easier that way

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Re: questions

A profound question, and one that I haven't had enough coffee to answer. One sells a bill of goods, but buys a pig in a poke: can we start our reasoning from there?

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questions

Didn't Trevor Potts just run a longish rant in The Register, covering among other things his distaste for the way DevOps is sold?

Mindfulness?

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Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

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Lost revenue

Clearly, The Register should start requiring micro-payments for commenting on certain topics. Women and tech should be priciest, Linux v. Windows perhaps next, on through a gradual scale to free for topics so dull and technical that only the qualified with bother to comment.

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Oracle's old hands are supporting the support n00bs who support you

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Re: Europe

Presumably the Fortune 500 companies have budgets to match. Oracle seems at times to imagine that we all do.

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Europe

My geography may not be up to snuff, but I had always understood that Romania was part of Europe.

There are many things I like about Oracle software. However, if starting from scratch, I would probably go with Postgres, because of Oracle's costs.

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Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux

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Re: Repeat: there's no standard SQL implementation...

Indeed.

"and a well-behaving application shouldn't really care which SQL database engine it's talking to as long as it follows the standard."

Well, sure, if you go with the DHH thing about avoiding stored procedures. If you have umpteen lines of T-SQL or PL/SQL or Pg/Sql, life could be a bit harder. Pure SQL is fine for specifying states, but one usually needs to enforce rules about the transition between states, and when it gets procedural, each vendor does that its own way.

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Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull

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DevOps

'You know what doesn't help literally anyone? Another speech by some bloviating windbag about DevOps "culture" with zero practical discussions about how to actually get on with the practical side.'

I agree. However, I can think of a couple of Fridays since the new year in which The Register carried articles by DevOps evangelists to the effect that DevOps was the answer to pretty much everything.

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Eight in ten IBM Global Tech Services roles will be offshore by 2017

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hmm.

No doubt this has to do with a laser focus on Client Excellence.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Maybe not

In my neighborhood in Washington, DC, I often see an electric car parked at the curb, charging with a line run from the house. Admittedly there is no sidewalk there, so people walk in the street. Still, I'd think the main health and safety risk, if circuit is properly wired, would be tripping over the line. There is not a great deal of vandalism of cars around here, and I have always supposed the Netherlands to be more law abiding than the US.

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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Re: I looked into this a while back

He does play golf, and is said to be a notorious cheater.

I must recuse myself from further comment about Trump, because I spent the fall telling people that he would sink out of sight once Iowa was over. Clearly I have no more idea than the talking heads, but I do have something of a sense of shame.

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These Chicago teens can't graduate until they learn some compsci

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Another box checked off

On the Chicago Public Schools website, the a page http://cps.edu/SchoolData/Pages/SchoolData.aspx gives various data sets on student performance. The "EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT Growth and Attainment Report for 2014 and 2015", described as the city's primary assessment measures for students in grades 9 through 11, shows the percent meeting or exceeding college readiness levels for various subject areas in 11th grade as English 44%; Math 23%; Reading 21%; Science 16%. The readiness levels decline from 9th through 11th grade, so it seems unlikely that 12th grade, the last year of high school is much better.

So is "computer science" really what the schools need? And how much of it will you teach to students struggling with reading and math? I would answer "not really" and "not that much". There is a weakness here (and I suppose not just here) for imagining that a shiny curriculum is what a school system chiefly needs, and that having drawn it up, the work is all but done. I am not surprised to see Chicago believing it.

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Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

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Re: Minimum wage actually means $0 in the US

"And, as I would have predicted had I not given El Reg posters the benefit of doubt, the replies offer no word of criticism against the policy itself."

Because The Register is our go-to site for discussing restaurant wage and hour policy? I would be happy to see the policy change, and if flip to the back of the NY Time Sunday Magazine from a couple of weeks ago, you'll find a brief interview with a restaurant owner who has changed it. As for criticism, I'd need to know whether we are talking about diner crews on the early shift, who get tipped in change, or the staff in high end restaurants, who often do quite well. As an American, I am accustomed to reckoning the cost of the $x dinner as $(x * 1.2), and I feel slightly embarrassed in Europe where one does not leave a tip. I guess that if turn about were fair play, I could lecture the Europeans on this, but really I don't care.

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Re: Several Problems

Actually, I didn't mean to upvote this, I meant to inquire where Communist California is.

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Re: Minimum wage actually means $0 in the US

This is for tipped staff: waiters and their assistants. Out of all the near-minimum wage jobs I had when young, only as a busboy was I included in that group. At McDonalds I got the minimum wage, since after all, who tips at McDonald's? And employers are required to make sure that the tipped staff get at least the minimum wage when tips are counted in.

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Can DevOps be applied to the whole company?

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Of course!

According to the recent Register items on DevOps, it can be applied to anything: pancakes, breakfast cereal, auto bodies, etc.

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SimpliSafe home alarms transmit PIN unlock codes in the clear – ideal for lurking burglars

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problem

All the home security signs that I see name the local company that installs and monitors the alarms, not the vendors that make the equipment. Perhaps a bit of research on the alarm company sites would tell prospective burglars where to look.

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Failed school intranet project spent AU$1.4m on launch party before crashing and burning

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dancers

The pitcher Tug McGraw supposedly said that he spent 80% of his earnings on whiskey and women; the other 20% he wasted.

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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the witchery of archery

In some vernacular "pulling the long bow" means "making stuff up". So he could well be Olympic-class at pulling the long bow.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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Re: Cruel and viscious.

'viscious' is kind of like vicious, but sticky, and kind of like viscuous, but mean.

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Uber rebrands to the sound of whalesong confusion

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rates

From CNN's article:

“Uber used to charge $3 a mile. There used to be 10 percent commission,” said Uber driver Inder Parmer. “They dropped the price to $2.55. The commission was increased to 20 percent. Now the commission is getting increased to 25 percent, and the price is getting dropped by another 15 percent. I would just ask American public if their salary is decreased by 45 percent in two years, how will they feel?”

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rebranding

Meanwhile, in New York City, Uber drivers are furious about their rates being cut, and some have been sitting it out and protesting.

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

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The Bellman's Syllogism? What I tell you three times is true? (And The Register does seem to be a Snark-friendly zone.)

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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

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Re: Extreme water rocket

Actually, there's somebody in the US who maintains a web site dedicated to such incidents.

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Holy sh*t week forces Twitter top brass to go on ‘retreat’

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Meanwhile

Is Zuck sounding forth the trumped that will never call retweet?

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Ah, but

Will his song be up to the music-hall standards of "The Village that Voted the World Was Flat" in Kipling's story of the same name?

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Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

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Most curious

The new governor is hard-core Tea Party, and is out to shut down the state's involvement in health insurance.

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Four Boys' Own style World War Two heroes to fire your imagination

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Re: Strong nerves the man had.

Landing a Mosquito on a carrier? OK, I think he wins the afternoon's competition for crazy-brave (or brave, crazy) aviators. Of course, with a carrier you can manufacture your own wind, and so air speed can be a good deal larger than deck speed. The USS Hornet sent off a bunch of B-25s that didn't even use the whole deck, for it was steaming full speed into a gale.

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Strong nerves the man had.

In the critic Frank Kermode's memoirs, I find "Later we had Seafires, the naval adaptation of the Spitfire, which despite the adaptation had a very high landing speed, and the sight of Seafires toppling into the sea was almost commonplace." I wonder whether Brown ever had to be fished out. To be sure, Kermode served on an escort carrier.

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Re: Despite helping found the KKK...

What's minor stuff like the Fort Pillow massacre, after all? Hauptsturmführer Fritz Knöchlein would have seen nothing wrong in it.

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

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What next?

The Sepoy Mutiny?

Will our enemies be cowed? And why didn't John Bull think of this first?

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Full of fear at work: Blame the boss, or yourself?

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Re: Don't know

Or becoming a leaner organization could mean that the customers get the shaft and management team makes its numbers.

But I did not post my comment to assert that no organization could or should be made "leaner". Many can and should. I posted my comment because I wondered whether there was in fact thought behind it or we were just getting Bongisms without the facetiousness. I could have picked out the sentence to the effect that fear and change are mutually exclusive. Much change, some of it useful, comes from fear.

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