816 posts • joined 20 Jun 2009
so seriously critical files were kept on an acessable server ?
what happened to air gaps for classified stuff ?
Re: 100M records? 75M photos
>> All run on NT4 on a DEC Alpha, one of the most stable Windows platforms I have ever seen.
Run that kit. Was stable but had memory leaks that would embarrass a politician. Was NT4 after all. But I digress. How often in IT do we find that staff who have done studies in the technology, worked competently in it for years are over-ridden by some suit with not a technical clue for non-IT reasons ?
is this familar?
Sounds something like Beos packaging of applications. If not Beos, this has been done somewhere in FOSS before. Have to fiddle with it when bandwidth allows as I think it worth exploring. Seems like a way to bring microkernel stability to a monolithic kernel model if my limited understanding is correct.
given the current Oz manglement culture of putting HR droids, beancounters, so-called project managers aka bullies in charge at obscene wages and a blind belief in giving all contracts to known poor performers at higher cost than inhouse, I now encourage my grandchildren to avoid IT. Long hours, dropping pay, mounting paperwork and joyful bureaucratic obstruction make it too stressful. Aside from that, anything involving ACS rings my alarm bells.
A final niggle is the observation that some of the best IT staff I have worked with did not have tertiary qualifications while some of the worst did. A few work conversations discussed this issue and came to the general conclusion that a degree indicates very little, despite it being HRs lazy way of assessing applications. A few more years and the children of non-elite Oz will only have the options of pre-Castro Cuba.
Do not like to rain on your parade, but avoiding optimism is the only sane way to cope with current employment problems of everyone given the last 4+ governments hostility to increasing local employment options.
This is a surprise ?
SOP for NASA now I thought. Musk and Co may yet get their day if the USA lasts long enough.
Will the NSA tender thru a proxy party ?
Think of cost savings of mutual code sharing for government bodies. After all, KGB and CIA spooks used to drink together in locations of mutual interest. Either way, freedom will be lost.
Re: Business vs. Government translation:
Fire public serpents ? Often those most needed are fired, especially the technically skilled ones with a track record. The PHBs get a bonus and pay rise and a bunch of freshly minted graduates infected by the latest fad are hired by oursourcerer-de-juer to "do project". Still Qld Health beat USSA Social Insecurity with their $B1 fail, showing Oz fails are world class.
Agree with other commentards that government military purchases are often stuffed up by interference from pollies, sometimes for ego, sometimes for who knows reasons. The technical assessments are over-ridden. This means the public servants cannot do their job or are made irrelevant. IMHO, ministers and PHBs in charge of departments need to be de-protected so that a major FAIL hits their superannuation, jobs and private finances It might encourage accessible recording of the reasons for decisions. And the term "commercial in confidence" be made an automatic disqualification from tenders being accepted, except for price until contract awarded. Fixed price contracts have much to recommend them. Encourages due diligence on part of tenderer. Now how do we get candidates with basic tendering skills elected ? Sisyphus, meet spin doctors ?
Re: My 2p
@Mike: >> But that's where we are - it's an industry dominated by risk-averse beancounters with next to no vision or imagination.
Aren't they all ? maybe not the space ship guys.
Re: Pointless "research"?
@Gordon11: What about the duly qualified who do have disbelief in the current cultural creation myths ? Or has Received Truth returned from the Middle Ages to the pseudo secularists ?
Re: The most worrying thing in Aus...
@Mahatma true, because the federal government provided economically perverse incentives from taxpayer funds to do so. Why ? Lack of rational advice but lots of lobbying. About time to make all political parties self fund from citizen members only with a cap of say, $5000 per election cycle. And bring back the week or two news blackout for an election so the final days hysteria can be displaced from election day. Yes the bloggers will go nuts, but only the true believers will notice. Also, applying truth in advertising laws to all political groups, NGOs and charities will improve their trustworthiness, especially as deregistration and banning of officeholders might clean out the Stygian Stables of the current ruling elites.
Re: AGW == socialism
@ chrspy: term socialist undefined and used mostly as a pejorative term. However, I note that green schemes seem to require subsidy, ie money transfers from individuals, industries and activities that do generate money. This is could be loosely defined as a socialist activity because the government is actively altering the economy for non-economic purposes. Worse, quite often for no effective purpose. As I have typed before, I will take greenies seriously when they begin to practice what they preach. Live in rural mud huts, use teleconferencing rather than flights to expensive remote resorts, adopt subsistence lifestyles or support nuclear energy, as a few of them do despite execration from the true believers. All things central urban greenies do not do. At least their desire for mass human die-offs is not hidden, but only as disguised racism. All those nations breeding should live as we tell them to and avoid industrialisation. Still talk of overpopulation, despite the worlds population going to drop overall by 2050 on current trends. In the developed world, some nations already have a problem with population decrease. I fear it is only a matter of time before health care for the over 70s will be reduced as an economic measure. Joe Haldermans Forever War described the start of this thinking well.
The above discontinuities between professed belief and practice perceived by those who bother to think are probably part of the survey's inconsistent findings. No actual knowledge on human effects on climate are required to see the inconsistent behaviour. Bit like Oz gov warbling about budget emergency but abolishing taxes on wealthy non-citizens while increasing costs on citizens. One does not need to be an economist to perceive the talk and action is contradictory.
Re: @ Denarius - Where the heck do we find so many idiots ?
Genetics ? hmm, let consider. Since less than 25% in the 1960s had a convict ancestor and its way lower now that suggests you are right for the wrong reason. Pommie aristocrats and successful con merchants came here and bred, becoming another ruling class. Mkes sense of the senseless.
Re: Seen a wedgetail eagle lately ?
@Michael. Wedgies were shot for years for taking lambs. Seems they were cleaning up carrion mostly. Wedgie pair over the hill from home never bothered my sheep and lambs anyway. Now if only the wedgetails would develop a hunger for foxes that a clot of a pom introduced here...
BTW, isn't Antarctica a better counter weight than Oz ? Oz is so lightweight in most things, except stupid governments. Where the heck do we find so many idiots ?
Re: Seen a wedgetail eagle lately ?
car, shmar. chickenfeed. try hitting one with a plane, or worse, having one have a go at your plane. The loud bang was heard 3000 feet below and two miles away. Plane made it back OK but entire tailplane checked and horizontal stabiliser needed a rebuild. The characters who fly fabric planes have a well founded fear of Oz bird life. Fortunately the local ones around my airfield mostly ignore us when we use them as thermal markers. One nearly rammed me on an inland flight but literally grabbed air with wings and legs extended to brake before it stopped short of my starboard wing tip. I think we both were distracted by the flock of ibis thermalling ahead for different reasons. The one time I left helmet cam behind, mumble mutter. This supports idea that feathered legs have aerodynamic use, but I suspect mostly as airbrakes to allow speed control in swoop attacks.
As for car damage and off-topic, emus, the Oz version of flightless birds are regarded as much worse to hit than a big roo in the Oz NW and WA. Those skinny legs break and 50kg of annoyed bird arrives thru windscreen.
Seen a wedgetail eagle lately ?
Big with feathered legs, or at least the ones I try to avoid hitting have. They fly well and must land accurately. How else could they get onto those tall nests of sticks in trees with food for the chicks ?
looks worth investigating
lower density areas with nodes having big borders might benefit with this. A lot of edge condition phones and data modems might gain speed. As it is I notice my phone does change towers occasionally.
Re: It's the beginning of the next Maunder Minimum.
Evidence for assertion of "will soon increase again from the minimum," James ? All knowledge is provisional, theories are not knowledge. Models are thinking aids at best, stumbling blocks once they become received truth. Cycle 24 has not followed most models and differed from all of them so far. We need at least 3500 years of data to be confident about the effects of the known solar cycles to be confident. Some evidence from isotopes exists, but is understandably disputed. As for the term climate science, just a media mumble. Meteorology is a recognized science, but climate science ? Which climate ? Desert, oceanic, coastal, tropic coastal ?
As for current warm spell, still not as warm as Roman and cooler than Minoan. What I do not understand is the obsession of NGOs and bureaucrats with creating energy shortages and making CO2 emissions worse. eg Germany burning more brown coal, everyone creating more CO2 for concrete to be used in windmills that wont produce enough electricity to be worth the effort. Asbestos coat on figuratively.
Re: Beg to differ...
ITIRC the odds of success just before launch was 50/50. NASA expected one in 6 Saturn Vs to go bang. That none did suggests they built better than they knew. The skin of the LM was the thickness of a soft drink can or thinner. Busting it was possible. Bloke I admire most was the Apollo13 systems guy who did 3 days computation overnight to get return orbit parameters out for damaged Apollo.
The days of risk taking are over for western humans. Unless its bailing out waster bankers. Private sector just as constrained as NASA due to more pervasive safety laws. OTOH, Monda is right. No legacy job creation schemes and a cost effective focus on goal mean Musk et al have a good channce of selling LEO lifts. What profit is there going to Mars ? See Nivens short story "I'm in a Hole" about an asteroid miner caught in the gravity well of Mars. Selling transport for research probes for sure. For raw materials, not a hope. Better to explore the various Trojans and metallic asteroids methinks.
sign of times ?
a culture obsessed with bad news, addicted to FUD and consoled with anodynes of pop "culture". Real achievement almost ignored. Just as previous nations made their big achievements, then faded rapidly, were the moon landings the high tide of the USA ?
Automation is the sensible thing to do, but not as exciting. Settling the New World was also dangerous, risky and mostly not cost effective for generations. Still it captured imaginations which very little does now. New bling that rings just is not the same as a Saturn V thundering skywards with 3 men in a can.
this is Telstra you realise ? Nice to see another ASR aficionado here.
sure thats right ?
anti-anonymity is what NSA want. Do you mean anonymising/anonmymizing ? Or am I more weary than I thought ?
what makes ASIO think many of us hand over data for any purpose ? All data hoarders are loathed for the same reason. Websites that demand any purchaser create an "account" with name address phone etc to buy something and one more expletive deleted password to remember reminds me of a late unlamented electronic shop that drove many purchasers crazy with demands for same data. It sparked lampooning anecdotes on alt.rec.humor. Lately I have not bought things simply because of snoopy Buy Now pages.
If ASIO or the rest of the servile servants of the USSA want to snoop, let them convince an court in an auditable reviewed process. Given the cliches delivered by the current AG as received truth, nobody is watching the watchers. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Re: Stupid on the most basic of levels
not so sure about that. Bandwidth is one thing, QOS another. Is all traffic equal, even in a data center ? I suggest to the outside user, probably, but to applications using backend services, definitely not. One wants a critical financial lookup and update to happen ASAP, while a webpage refresh can drag on. I do accept that bandwidth is cheap inside data center, but this project is aimed at hyperscale centers, so it is outside my experience and I suspect, almost everyone elses.
Given that carrier grade TCP/IP can utilise the hardware around 90% before performance degrades, the claims seem suspect. However they were done in a Real World situation with measurable changes. Were those changes in queue lengths significant to outside user ? That I did not see answered. Regardless, still worth doing to test alternative solutions. Given that individual network nodes make decisions based on local information, unable to optimise the whole network state, a central controller might have a better performance if it is managing the total network state which this seems to be addressing. Need dedicated control channels and very fast silicon though.
thank you for the reference
I do have a dopelganger so two of me can be arranged. I thought you might want the Sestertius for commentards thoughts though. In these August pages let items of real value be discussed rather than later debased items of currency. Coat is the toga.
why does this remind me of IBM
buy something to extend shiny shinies to sell, then smother acquired firm with a layer of suits. I note that marketing to high end of IT market is also not working for any firm. Electronics of all types are commodities and priced accordingly. But then, we all expected this kind of death for Nokia for how long ?
Re: Once a trouble maker always...
Absolutely correct. In an election and count one is trying to maximise trust. Even if this annoys the media commentards because it may take days to be sure sometimes. Paper is auditable, unlike electrons. Way, way back in the day when I brushed up against AEC systems they did care about security on their big systems. What concerns me is that AEC management have stated the AEC does not have the resources to properly check the voting rolls. That scares me. Successive governments have cut the public service as part of the magical efficiency mantra. Now the chooks are coming home to roost, with diarrhea. A cynic might suggest that this is part of a plot to subvert Oz democracy. But production code in VB ? Even more terrifying.
and the PHB suite
is untouched. Yep, still drones galore around the PHBs insulating them from the Real World. I am surprised that IBM had any new customers. But most big US derived multinationals are the same. The only question is when will the implosion come across the USSA when the Real World imposes itself in a way that can't be ignored by professional brown noser protected aristocrats. Feel sorry for those ho did their best to be rewarded with more overwork and a pay cut.
not much use from the little mainstream media I read. Just helps the PHBs identify targets for HR to persecute. Just waiting for the Fat Man to claim more powers for the spooks needed because of MH17. As for this legislations workability, some coffee spots and bars around Canberra will become dens of iniquity under this piece of paper. Ah, an excuse to drink on the job! Now it makes sense.
given the citizens largely dont care
it is a lost cause. Only public noises that mention UN these days seem to be social engineers or panic merchants. Usual FUD from the Fat Man yesterday if we don't encourage additional snooping and data retention. Odd given that under Oz law, such as it is, there is no restraint already. Loyally serving his masters in the USSA I suppose. Perhaps costs should come out of pollies superannuation and secret police budget so auditing of activities can be done by forensic accountants.
manglement is always right
obviously time to
sell off CSIRO after defunding it. Proper research done in Oz might suggest Australians do not have attitudes appropriate for colonials, supinely waiting for crumbs from our masters.
Re: I call bollocks on this.
you mean the pros stopped doing cold war spycraft ? You know, the non-goverment operators the yanks trained to annoy the russians once. The extensive snooping by our spooks during cold war stopped so many terrible crimes. hang on ...
now it makes sense
some of the comments on polls and articles around what passes for mass media defy reason and common skepticism. Some of the phone polls I had inflicted on my shell pink lughole when I had a landline were like this ElReg effort. One could only choose a "correct" response, anything else was categorised as undecided.
you mean movie makers still have not realised
that crap movies dont make money ? One gets tired of rehashes, repeats, remakes and same old, same old.. And theater prices for snacks, dont get me started. I digress. Since when has evidenced based approaches to policy ever been done ? Cant have that, too many pressure groups might be told to shut up.
Re: According to the abstract
Oxygen I get. Big insects in Devonian indicate maybe guess 30%. But brighter sun ? Everything I have read suggests a cooler sun in far distant past, assuming we have an accurate model for sun like stars. ITIRC one of the current conundrums in astrophysics is why the Sun is so stable for so long.
@Stevie 1) You mean WIG aka Wing in Ground effect. Lots of designs and some even flew. All based on Dr Messerschmidts work around WW2. Known long before that. Used on first powered flight around world to cross oceans as reduced drag cut fuel consumption. The ground proximity reduces wingtip vortices, hence energy loss, similar to winglets.. Best WIG wing shape seems to be a reversed delta with point at back, with significant curve down.
2) Soaring aircraft work really well with GE as the effect is related to 1.5 times wingspan as a rule of thumb. Not to be used by gliders as safety research shows it is dangerous for unpowered flight as one tends to get strained thru fences, trees, whatever. Far safer to manage energy and stay flying at safe speed. OTOH, nice to extend the glide after final flare on hangar flights as one can be below stall and "float" along runway. Note, runway, not paddock..
4) Not sure what you mean. Assume additional drag from fresh lunch. Same thing as for eagles. A bit more drag so it depends on wind strength and swell height.
5) Dynamic soaring has nothing to do with thermals. It relies on a rapidly increasing wind speed as one gains altitude aka wind gradient. Due to ground friction the greatest wind speed change occurs within 50 feet of surface, which suits birds. Done it once in rotor. At 5000 feet ground crew could see the plane rocket up. Weird having nose pointing up steeply and have ASI stay just under Vmr for 30 seconds. Like a winch launch if you want the experience. So the steep wind gradient over open ocean could generate enough energy to support big birds in flight dragging a sizable snack.
Re: According to the abstract
@P. Lee. you should not question the key article of this cultures faith, "the present is the key to the past." Gets school children of all ages upset, Real boffins may test Einstein 10 ways a week and that's OK Upset R Dawkins and your can be in Trouble.
Ekronoplane aka Caspian Sea Monster had about 10 turbofans AFAIRC. Like a speedboat lots of power to get off water into wing in ground effect. Once in ground effect most engines could be shut down or back to flight idle. Many birds use dynamic soaring, especially seabirds. The latest glider designs are capable of this if the pilots can handle rapidly changing G loads. Would be probable that a large bird with those soaring wings would be able to use dynamic soaring on large ocean swells like albatrosses, even if this meant it restricted possible landing and breeding sites. A similar argument can be made for the larger pterosaurs. Not able to flap, but brilliant soaring animals. Smaller birds do dynamic soaring. eg swallows in right conditions. Look for birds diving across wind, turning into wind and climbing, then going cross wind again. It is using the increasing wind speed as it rises to maintain airspeed, thus gaining potential energy.
bleeding edge research ?
Noble goal, given that brain stores memory in a very different manner than machines. At least the money is not going on the next round of death manufacturing. My coats the one with the MRI symbol
Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?
@Pete2. Agreed. Why voice control is not the goal of the next level of PC and tablet UI design I don't know. Natural language processing has improved to the point it should be feasible. But then, M$ tried helper agents producing much rancour instead. And sites like DamnYouSir still indicate even Apple have issues. However, M$ application GUIs have become worse IMNSHO. Is this a sign of a generational change or another example of a failing education system ?
thanks Phoummala . Your assessment confirms my decision to skip Win8. entirely. Now if only Office returns to something usable. in the meantime OfficeLibre works in a familiar way, but not so complex Word docs with tables can display badly. Even KDE has gone insane IMHO. I used KDE for over 15 years but have gone to OpenDesktop derivatives, but due to the balkanisation of the Interwebs sometimes I have to flash up a windows OS to do something,. I hate stuff that moves without express orders to do so. I hope Win9 will look like the best of the Windows desktops, Windows 2000. Stable, light, fast, familiar. Ducking for cover...
Elysium on Earth ?
the mega rich have the ultimate gated community ? I think they deserve each other. BTW guys, any further info on whether the NSA really classes ElReg as Bad Guys (tm)
Re: don't forget the silent partners
I was wondering about that. IoT looks like a solution looking for a problem, but when you think it might be something some-one else sees as a problem it becomes reasonable.
Re: Potty Trouble is
Boris, you did not read the articles published 20 years ago on how to build a nuclear device published in USA and copied in Oz among others. Data came from publicaaly released information. The point was just how hard and dangerous it is to make nuclear devices for the builders, not targets. No way to tell, but I suspect it might have encouraged non-nation actors to skip the idea. Meanwhile, while nations can make such devices I wonder what the effect of using a nuclear device by anyone in the Middle East might do to the various fighting groups there ? My enemies enemy is my friend is a stupid idea, but a common threat can create the oddest bedfellows.
Re: Potty Trouble is
no the west would not. Too many don't believe in evil of any kind and would ask what we did to upset islamics. The ruling elites would want to ensure they get to cream off war profits first. Just as happened after Sept 11 attacks.
Re: Trouble is
Boris, Boris, Boris. Spook troll are you ? You should know that competent spies assume that all comms may be tapped and agents followed. NSA et al is nothing new for the bad guys. The few new bits like remote turning on of mobile phones on was spotted soon after the first drone strikes. The degree of surveillance of people who have nothing to with war de juer is the issue Snowden blew whistle on.
Re: Something to think about
USSR diplomats were kidnapped once in Lebanon civil war. Within hours beaten to death bodies of male relatives of local insurgent leaders were being thrown over compound walls with a note saying one of these every hour or less until our people are back, safe and untouched. Anything Russian was left alone after that. Apparently they speak the same language as the locals.
Does Rumsfeld still believe in in "Once you have them by short and curlies, their hearts and minds will follow." ? Now here is the $64 question. If the spookeries surveillance was worth a damn, why is ISIS and current mess a surprise ?
Are you sure Steves not had a name change ?
Usual hopelessly optimistic crap. Yeah, 3 day weeks, paperless offices yada yada yada Who the hell wants to be interrupted by some self-obsessed droid while having a life or worse, "help" choosing clothes? I believe wetware to wetware interfacing solved that.
Thumbs up for those who noted an hour or two of quiet solitude can help one think.
Re: business as usual
Trolling or medication not working? Your comments might apply to some top echelons, but not the vast majority of coal face staff. Found more bureaucracy in private companies. Whats connection between politicians and the public service which only gets kicks from each change of government ?
Re: Liquid WHAT?
yes, a real pity the reports of room temperature superconductors have not been replcated ove the years. Odd to think of liquid nitrogen as warm though :-)
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