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* Posts by Aaron Em

1573 posts • joined 20 Jul 2009

War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

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Your *toaster*?

Could it be partly also a question of not buying crap appliances? I mean, if everything you own has a fiddly little LCD clock on the front, I agree there's a problem, but...

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Re: Excellent work.

Sure there is! Quite cheap too -- all you need is a large air gap.

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Re: Each to their own

And riding your bike gets you there quicker, I'm sure.

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Re: You forgot breeding

"Okay, then -- let's start the slaughter with you."

Won't make you a lot of friends, but I've found it effective in shutting down petty Malthusians when the necessity presents itself.

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Re: 80w

Why, it wasn't large enough, obviously!

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Must be nice

having ten thousand bucks to screw around with!

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Re: Surely

You do realize our Mr. Page is in favor of nuclear, right? Disregarding ignorant notions about nuclear being made out of Satan, it doesn't get more sustainable for that. Nuclear for baseload, plenty of spare power to crack water for hydrogen fuel to use in cars, and we can keep our current lifestyle going approximately forever -- whether that's a good thing being, of course, a different question altogether, but not one which has any bearing on whether nuclear makes more sense than wind and hamsters.

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Re: You forgot breeding

The Electron: You should've followed up by offering to heat his wife up for him. Bet he would've turned plenty green then!

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Re: 3) Pensions

Sure. Meanwhile, we, selfish assholes we are, cover for you at work when the principal calls and asks if you can come pick up little Johnny because he wouldn't stop trying to stick his hands up Sally's jumper, or whatever the hell goes on. In the end it all works out.

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Re: I actually do switch things off

"Fire safety", of course.

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Re: Excellent work.

What's really bad is when you have five UPSes from three manufacturers and, when plugged into mains, all of them show a 'Ground Fault' or similar indication and refuse to power up.

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Re: Each to their own

I like how you think spending an hour of your time, whilst saving five pence in your pocket, works out as a net profit for you. You must be a desktop Linux user.

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Re: Spot on

Yeah, no kidding. "Are you sure you know how to read that thing?"

Now, granted, my in-laws are damned fine people; in fact I do their IT support because their other son can't be arsed to do it without yelling at them for how stupid they are -- this from the guy who really doesn't see a need for silly nonsense like putting a firewall between a cable modem and a Windows XP box. Next time he touches their equipment for any reason, I'm going over to his house with a crowbar...

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Re: I'm fed up with gear without mechanical switches.

Yeah, and I bet the helpstaff who have to rebuild your machine four times a year would say just the same thing, too.

Since when are IT management allowed in here? I thought this was the room for people with brains in their heads. Bloody neighborhood, I suppose.

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Re: CHP is a snare!

The company selling it says it can cure a rainy day? Oh, what a surprise!

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Activists unite, declare 'Internet Freedom'

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Re: Wow

Moderate the level of the nuisance you present, such that it suffices to establish your political, i.e. professional, bona fides (this being the essential purpose of all 'activism' not undertaken by madmen), but does not suffice to convince the incumbent regime to promote you from 'noisy but harmless' to 'squash like a bug'.

Of course, if the incumbent regime doesn't have the 'squash like a bug' option in your case, or can't get away with choosing it, then you're really starting to get somewhere -- under the classical law of nations, which utopians shitcanned decades ago in favor of Guernica, Dresden, and Nagasaki, it is precisely this point at which the challenged sovereign is obliged to grant his rebels the legitimacy of treating them as rebels, rather than simply declaring them brigands and shooting them out of hand.

The modern term for such brigands is 'terrorists', and I bet you didn't think Bush & Cheney's "enemy combatant" nonsense was a step up in terms of well-treatment, did you? They knew the country wasn't behind them anywhere near enough to get away with summary executions, especially when every bullet would've made a fresh martyr, which sooner or later would provoke someone to run airliners into more famous bits of skyline.

Instead we got Guantanamo, the neocons' penalty box, about as cowardly as sadistic and vice versa (Slipknot at 110dB -- perfectly bloodless, vicious as hell), still more than enough to enrage the progressives (of course) while not presenting Americans with anything to be really uncertain about. Also not incidentally an embarrassment before everyone in the world over whom Whig historiography doesn't hold sway -- but, then, this being America, we were going to do that anyway.

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Happy

Re: Revolutionary Zeal in Cyberspace is EMPoweringly Addictive and Anonymously Attractive

Careful there -- even if it is one, it may be smarter than you are.

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Aaron Em

Wow

Just read it. To call it 'naive' does it no justice. One wonders whether they've even heard of the concept of sovereignty -- doubtful, I think, as one might then reasonably expect them to recognize that they have none and can establish none. You can say "We're free!" all day long, but it's not true unless no one dares try to put his boot on your neck, and as far as preventing that goes, well, "how many divisions has the Internet?"

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I liked it better

when John Perry Barlow did it fifteen years ago.

Meant nothing then; means less now.

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Apostrophe’s cause problem’s in e-health system’s

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I remember being young.

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Aaron Em

It's possible to have too much infrastructure

but my experience has been that having too much is far harder to achieve than having too little, and actually doesn't cause as many problems. Granted that something about MVC seems to foster this kind of excess, and granted that something like Magento is no fun to deal with at all, precisely because it has been over-architected -- but I'd rather work with that, than with a system produced by some balls-out cowboy who's never heard of anything and so doesn't see why it's a problem to produce half-megabyte-long script files which promiscuously mix database calls, business logic, and rendering code, unrelieved by even the slightest hint of sanity or maintainability.

MVC and heavy backend architecture in general -- hard to maintain? Sure! I'd rather that than impossible. Wouldn't you?

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Bad generator and bugs take out Amazon cloud

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Depends

Did you pay extra for the high-availability sheep-dragging plan?

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

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Coming from the faceless

that doesn't mean a hell of a lot, does it? I doubt his clients agree, for one thing.

You know, I'm really at a loss to know what the Guy Fawkes icon is even for, save to proclaim: "I don't know what the hell I'm talking about, and you may safely ignore me." About one time in four hundred, someone uses it to say something useful that they'd get in a lot of trouble over if it could be traced back to them; the rest of it is laughable noise, on the strength of which I assume most Guy Fawkes users are juuust this side of shameless -- not enough that they button their lips rather than exposing their ignorance, but just barely enough so that they choose not to embarrass themselves in a way for which they're responsible. Penny Arcade figured this one out years ago; I continue to wonder why the eldritch dogs in charge of the Reg comments haven't yet spotted the same...

...meanwhile, I eagerly await the five hundred anonymous idiots whom I'm certain will shortly come along and prove me right.

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Re: scaringly interesting

He pretty much is, it seems like. I don't know how you get into that line of work, but I'm damn glad someone in it is taking the time to spill secrets to the hoi polloi in the trenches, so we'll at least be able to make it less likely that the bullet we catch comes from the side of the line we weren't even looking at...

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Arts & social-sci students briefly forced to do useful work at Foxconn

Aaron Em

"Doesn't that sound like a really appealing place to live?"

What, a world in which things are what they are, no more and no less? Sign me up! Hell, I'll go back and strangle Wright, Pei, and Mies van der Rohe in infancy, just to make a start -- you just lend me a time machine, and I'll get started...

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Do you work in IT at RBS? Or at the next place to get hit ...?

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Re: Fundamental misconception.

Boycott away -- I never could afford college, so I'll never see a better chance to learn how to do your job!

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You may be a better engineer than I am

but I'm more likely to survive the giant balls-up with employment intact, because I understand there's a game and, distasteful as I find it, I know it's worth playing. It's that or sit on the sidelines, and being an unlettered hick with a big mouth means non-profit organizations find me unsuitable for employment, so I get to choose between "sit on the sidelines" and "miss my mortgage payment" -- and I guarantee you the bank is not going to inquire into the specifics of my high-minded sense of ethics as part of the foreclosure process.

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SAP is well named

If you think it's a good idea, it's evidence you are one.

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Aaron Em

Re: Objectivism married to Machiavellism?

...and people say I put my politics where they don't belong...

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Re: Help your manager look good?

That said, if he'll helpfully don a bullseye like that, he probably isn't bad to have on your team when it gets around to sauve qui peut o'clock.

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Obama is best Pres 'to beat alien invasion'

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Re: Not Doctor Manhattan....

Why not both? The man in the blue box and the man with the blue cock.

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Re: Superhero defender?

Died doing it, too. Doesn't help your point all that much, I think.

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"There's lots of them"

Course there are, mate!

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Amazon cloud knocked out by violent storms in Virginia

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Re: So, basically a land hurricane?

Basically, yeah. I hear it was a hell of a storm -- I wish I hadn't slept through it.

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Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE

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Re: "Care to clarify?"

Personal attacks again? No more than I should've expected; if you had any argument to make, I'm sure you'd be doing so. Clearly, though, in suspecting you'd have the wit to concede a clearly unsalvageable line of what I'll kindly describe as argumentation, I did you far too large a favor.

'Hope springs eternal', I suppose.

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Re: Well

(And I'd also quickly note that you don't have to send a carrier to the bottom to put it out of action; a carrier that can't launch aircraft is nothing but a big fat wallowing target, and all that takes is one good hit to the flight deck.)

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Re: Well

They don't need to; the American tool of power projection is the aircraft carrier. Moskits are awfully damn cheap by comparison, especially for the world's preeminent industrial powerhouse. How many seven-hundred-pound warheads does a Nimitz-class have to stop before it goes to the bottom? Probably not many. How many can the PLAN throw if they feel like it? Hard to say, but given the way our point defense sucks, I'm guessing plenty enough and then some.

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Re: 'Far too many religious nutjobs' indeed

Jedidiah: What you say is true -- now. Thirty years ago it was quite literally unthinkable except among the world's most radical Reds. No doubt this seems perfectly natural to you. It is not.

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Re: "Care to clarify?"

Sure -- in the same sense that I might "pigeonhole" by seeing a duck and saying "Hey, that's a duck." Whether or not it looks like a duck to you is of little consequence to me; a sensible person might go along with a mob in order to avoid a lynching, were he at risk of such, but only an utter fool permits a mob to tell him what he does and does not see.

It really does enthrall me to see so many people hiding behind the Guy Fawkes affectation to defend the current hegemony, while I detail amazingly unpopular opinions under my own given name. You've already been out-argued by a degenerate neo-Confederate mutant, and I should imagine that's painful enough -- surely you're not going to let me outdo you in public courage as well!

(And, yes, I know -- you're not using a name, so nobody will know that you, specifically, lost an argument with someone who thinks the United States should never have seceded from England. But you know.)

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'a rehabilitated White'

It's nothing to do with skin color, if that's what you're thinking; just as red is the emblem of revolution, white is that of reaction, and has been since I believe the French Revolution. (And, hey, we still use "left-wing" and "right-wing", invented to describe where people sat in the National Assembly, so why not keep up the color code too?)

Thus, by 'rehabilitated White', what I'm saying is that I was a progressive atheist myself, just as Red as Red could be -- until I wised up and found out just how thoroughly I had been lied to; it does something to a man to discover, having believed himself to be not religious at all, that he is in fact an unchurched Methodist more or less.

(Hey, you don't have to take my word for it -- or, at least, not this word right here. I've been commenting on the Reg for about five years now; all you need do is compare my comments from five years ago, and my comments in this thread, to see that I'm not kidding when I say I used to be a damnfool Red.)

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Aaron Em

'Popinjay' indeed!

I don't dress that well.

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Re: "Care to clarify?"

You poor confused man -- I wish there were something I could do for you...ah! Here we are: Dabney on conservatism.

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Re: 'Bonnie Prince Charlie'

Delightful coward! -- straight to character assassination, in the very best leveller tradition. Don't you ever change.

For the record, 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' is dead, and even a Jacobite would scruple at the thought of restoring a corpse to the throne. And, in any case, it's really not your place or mine to be deciding on precisely this king or that king, is it? Parliament going into that business seems to me to be quite where the present trouble started, and the whole point of calling myself a Jacobite is to make clear that I'm in favor of restoring professional government, not just to the Emerald Isle herself but to her wayward colonies as well. Who am I to tell someone, whose profession I do not share, whom in his field would best do a given job? To have the kind of knowledge I'd need to even attempt to choose wisely, I'd need to be a professional in the same field myself.

I know, I know, some half-baked argument about appeal to authority is just rushing to your lips -- but hold off canting at me just a minute and give a little thought to what I'm saying, and you may just find it makes a lot more sense than you're comfortable giving it credit for.

For example: Many of us here are systems administrators. Of those who are -- I'll ask for a show of hands -- how many administer our servers and network equipment by popular vote? Make decisions on equipment upgrades by public acclamation? Anyone? I didn't think so. Hell, most of us won't even let the helpdesk into our server rooms, and for Goddamned good reason!

Why is this? Because we are professionals, trained and experienced in our field, and that training and experience gives us the ability to better understand how to give our users what they need than our users do themselves. That is our job -- it's why, professionally speaking, we exist; if administering a datacenter was simple enough that any ordinary slob could do it, any ordinary slob would do it, and there'd be no more need for us. But it isn't that simple, and so we persist.

Now, tell me truly: Do you really think that governing a polity of willful human beings is less complicated than keeping a room full of computers fed and cared for?

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Sysadmins: Your best tale of woe wins a PRIZE

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Re: My favourite Helpdesk opening gambit...

"Either put on a rubber or buy her another drink, mate. Cheers!"

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Re: You made me jump!

Either that or a loud OH SHIT followed by frantic keyboard noises.

I like the idea of a steel fire door as a "file control system" -- apply it to the problem fileshare users often enough, and those gigabytes of MP3s just vanish like magic...

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Aaron Em

Thought for a second you said 'spliffs'

But that's not really a salesman's drug, is it? More cocaine or methamphetamine, really.

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Aaron Em

"It happened before I started working where I am now"

is another way of saying that you swallowed somebody's no-shit story all the way up to the sinker. Hey, we were all young once.

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Don't you love academics?

No.

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AMD and Intel mainstream desktop CPUs

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I am impressed

that you date the site's "decline" from approximately the same day you began commenting here. Arrogant, perhaps, but well spotted all the same!

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Re: this places drastic decline

I doubt he even knows you exist, and in either case, why should he care?

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