45 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009
Re: The future of Sysadmining.
There are web-based interfaces that work with it thought - like foreman for instance. Which I've been meaning to try out for a while. Just as soon as I get to the end of my infinite to-do list... :-/
I imagine this would be fairly easily implemented by getting the card processors like ccBill to require some kind of "R18" style meta tags on your pages or refuse to process for you. That'd get 99% of the legit pr0n sites and just leave 1% of lazy/non-plussed/confused folk and 100% of the dodgy ones. Solved!
Surely the vast profits from Bing! will see them through?
Re: Maybe there's still some snobbery as with self-publish writers vs. publishing company.
Possibly - yeah. I would have imagined that '50 Shades' would have altered that perception - but maybe not. I guess "real" publishers also still dish out advances too.
I'm not sure it's the artists who are clinging to the wrong model - possibly it's the record companies still taking ~80% despite them no longer having to maintain the physical stock & distribution - or even the infrastructure to host the content.
Though I admit I'm not sure why more musicians don't sell their work direct through Bandcamp or the like. Maybe there's still some snobbery as with self-publish writers vs. those with a "real" publishing company.
I've found Docker quite handy...
For instance, there's a package one of our users wanted installed on all the Linux machines. It's got a ready-built debian binary + dependancies, but nothing for any other distro we use so was going to mean a lot of hand-compiling & annoyance.
Enter Docker - install the app in a tiny ubuntu container with it's deps, then just run that container on all the other distro's. Job done.
Re: Why do we want the internet of things?
I've seen "The Thingternet" being used for it :-)
Not sure if it's included on the DVD, but there was also an un-aired pilot of Unearthly Child that you can pick up via the interwebs. It's very similar, but a few changes - and Hartnell's character seems even more malevolent.
Re: great article
I picked up an airport express recently as it supports being a wireless client for airplay streams. Has an analogue audio out so I could plug it into my existing hifi. Happily controlling from an android remote-control app and there are Linux tools if you want to integrate an Rpi too. Cost about 70 quid, but really saved me a load of hassle - ymmv :-)
Well, not quite on schedule, surely?
White pudding uses...
Innuendo's aside... I discovered recently that slicing a white pudding, frying it in a little butter 'till the golden brown - then stirring said sausage through the start of a beef bolognese makes for a very, very lush final result.
If we don't have compsci graduates...
... who's going to fill all those Haskell & Lisp jobs?
Not a fan of the SNP - but...
.. it was Labour who were behind the parliament building and the SNP were against the trams from day one.
Last time I was in Dixons...
... I was looking for an ebook reader or tabletPC. They had plenty of them - just they were all locked down to the desk with heavy security cables that meant you couldn't actually pick them up and hold them.
Surprisingly, I didn't buy from Dixons...
I have erased...
... all of the Syvester McCoy era episodes from my mind ;-)
Nicest comment I've seen so far..
was on twitter :
"@cobaltmale I like to think of the Brig like King Arthur... just having a nap, but able to return in his country's greatest hour of need."
:: does a big geeky tragic sniffle ::
But can you use other FS's on Windows? Not in a hacky "yes, it's just about possible" way - but are there production-ready alternatives? Coming from a more Linux-centric world where you can often choose a filesystem to suit the workload - I'm just curious. I seem to remember that Veritas had a version of vxfs for Windows - but I haven't really looked at that for years.
Anyway - just curious :-)
Read the headline and thought...
... "Surely Oracle haven't bought out the Hurd too?!". Then it dawned on me. I should get out more...
6th of July
It's not available to download for another week or so. I've used it in a few teaching labs for students and it's a whole lot easier than faffing around with "plain" samba or a direct LDAP->A.D connection. Hopefully 6.0 will clear up the last few issues I've seen with trust relationships in A.D.
Sometimes I miss yp mind you ;-)
I'd like to say
that is my new ambition to become a "dirtboffin". Top stuff ;-)
I manage quite a lot of disparate *nix systems using Puppet. http://www.puppetlabs.com/ . Free, open and very straight-forward. Works on OS-X too. It's more unix-ie than faffying about with Likewise/A.D etc, I find anyway. And a lot easier to debug ;-)
It might be good... but...
.. it's no AtariST ;-)
I got one about three weeks ago
And it really is the best thing "evah". Lying on the sofa with a g&t while a little robot scurries around cleaning the floor is a joy. My carpet is a kind of weird black corduroy affair (thanks, landlord!) that has always proven difficult to clean with a normal hoover - but the roomba got it spotless after about two goes.
But yes - it does make you start to eye the rest of your living space and feel a little guilty that you're not keeping it quite as tidy as the roomba would like. If nothing else, sweeping all the dust and detritus onto the floor seems to make it happier ;-)
'I'm an IT worker not an Assassin'
And lo, a new geek t-shirt slogan was born....
Sarcasm ftw ;-)
Politics in Who?
Look no further than the, ahem, wonderful "Sun Makers" or "Power of Kroll" for some 70's anti-class-anti-oil-shoving-it-to-the-man awfulness. There were some fairly overt ones in the Pertwee era too.
Give me William Hartnell wandering around a set muttering "Hm?! Ouh!" as he tries to remember his lines and figure out where they've hidden his gin... Happy days...
Coming ontop of the "Punch" comments from Khamenei it sounds like it's going to be an interesting week...
And yet today the Beeb are carrying this...
"Film of 'terror targets' released ... The footage was released to explain why police may stop people who are filming. "
It's not all bad news...
"Bingo Duty" is being reduced from 22% to 20%! Silver linings and all that... ;-)
As a bit of a mark of respect I've been watching some old Edward Woodward TV work recently. He did a show in the late 70's called "1990" [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990_%28TV_series%29 ]. It's surprisingly good. The government is rather authoritarian, nominally left-wing, rabid home secretary and endless privacy-encroaching laws with a special political police force who use threats, vaguely worded laws etc to control the population.
It's all a bit tatty in a wonderfully true-to-life British kind of way - worth a watch if you can find it. This story (and many other recent ones!) reminded me of it...
Is the free version of Virtuozzo which also does this - certainly with Linux. "Virtual Private Servers" which share the underlying OS. We use it quite a lot - it's really very good. http://wiki.openvz.org/Main_Page
Re. If these idiots...
I think the idiots you mean might well be gone, but the spooks and home office bods will still be there holding the tiller ;-)
Of children "need support from specialist services at any one time"? I'm hoping that a lot of that is just "go see the nurse for some dettol" type support and not some kind of social services kind... :-/
Whenever I read about DB's like this...
... I can't help thinking "Was the spec basically noms.prisoner_table, noms.prisoner_updates_table?". Maybe with a little acl_table chucked in. Then I see the 234m price tag and realise that either I'm terribly naive, or that they were buying Oracle licenses & consultants ;-)
... Seems to refer to a 128bit filesystem (a-la ZFS/btrfs/etc), not the OS as a whole. Who knows, maybe 128bit-WinFS will finally make it into a real release one day... ahem....
... we'll have our octo-core multi-gigahertz machines booting as quickly as a ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64 ;-)
Re: Chocolate teapot
There's an open-source package called SoGo (http://www.scalableogo.org/english.html) give you nice calendering and also has a free plugin for Thunderbird that makes it very outlook-like. Not that it helps if you're specifically tied to Outlook, but the functionality is there.
Re: Advice for geeks
..."Then make your watch explode."
Do Apple make watches now too? ;-)
Why don't Apple...
... Just start selling DRM'd Commodore 64 games via iTunes? ;-) Everyone's a winner ;-)
Couldn't it just be they're going to run it on apple hardware and it's actually just a half-dozen (very stylish) racks? ;-)
No "The Day the Earth Caught Fire"? The fools! ;-)
Kafka would be proud...
... Goes to dig out his copy of "The Trial"... ;-)
A lot of people want stability. Stability that lasts for years. RHEL (and CentOS) give you seven years of platform stability for each major release. Sometimes that means you will have "old" kernels or not-quite-bleeding-edge PHP by default but for a lot of people that doesn't matter - as long as they get bug-fixes they *like* knowing that the versions don't change for years on end.
If you have a project that depends on particular library/API/versions that might last five years or more it's an excellent choice. If you want more rapid turnover then there's Ubuntu or the like.
A lot of commercial (closed-source) packages are also built against RHEL versions (sometimes with SLES) and if you don't use them you're on your own. The application died after running a three-month long simulation and you lost everything? Too bad - at least you've got the latest compiz & gcc to play with...
I'm not anti-debian or anything - I happily run RHEL&clones alongside SuSE, debian, Ubuntu (and Solaris, AIX, IRIX..). Different OS's for different cases.
I think you overestimate...
.. what a very large number of people do with computers these days. A very large proportion of the people I know use their computer (usually a cheap laptop) to connect to the net (usually with a dongle), read their myspace/facebook/hotmail, look at a couple of websites, maybe watch a youtube video or two. Then they switch it off and go do something else.
I think we're getting into a very mature market where "pro's" buy the tools they need (dual quad-core, photoshop, lightroom, whatever) and most people buy what's cheap and "good enough". Most people aren't F1 racing drivers and are quite happy with a car that starts first time, lets them drive to tesco and get their shopping home. Then they stop thinking about their car. Most people don't buy a Canon 1Ds with ten L-Series lenses and an Elinchrom rig - they point their mobile phone at their mates and press "click". Those who really need that kind of kit will seek it out and pay the extra costs - but for the majority? They don't need it and don't really care.
I'm old enough to remember "ZOMG! You've got a computer in your own house!!!!!1111" and people being amazed by '10 PRINT "Hello! "; GOTO 10'. Part of me is sad that those days are gone. But gone they are...
This will be a little like gOS (http://www.thinkgos.com/). When you click the "Office" icon you'll get taken to google apps via Chrome. Probably with a basic file-manager to let you manage things from SD/CF cards & USB sticks to "the cloud" (porting Picassa seems a likely bet), maybe some basic printer configuration too.
I'd be fairly happy with it on a netbook - especially if they get back to the cheap "chuck it in your bag and go" feel they hard to start with before the price started to creep up.
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