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I think we have a Barbara S moment.

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I think we have a Barbara S moment.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28550035

Had no idea who he was till this all started. Wayback machine anyone?

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: Medical Doctor

I have to concurr with the question. MD's (specialist or GP) have to have solid basic analytical skills. Why is the GP not included in the "scientifc" folks list. Other than the fact that he agreed with the presented report.

To start with:

Gaia: Age ~2 Billion years.

SOL: Age ~ 4 Billion years. (Single largest influence on our climate)

AGW: event period <100 Years.

Solid Data regarding AGW: <50 years.

Lets do the statistical relevance on that stack of facts please.

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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ERROR:

Buffer overflow while creating index on table NO_FLY_ALLOWED

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Never ran into paracetamol.

But good lord I have to thank whomever concocted Naproxen. And thank the sweet lord that the patent has expired (at least in Canada).

Ex skater, I've done my knees in four times over the years, and I periodically pay for it, most notably after a spill during an afternoon with a paintball gun. In that case, pulled hamstring and two pinched nerves in my left hip left me basically flat on my butt -- Naproxen just plain works on things like my knees, and the hamstring issue.

I was fortunate and ran into a chiropratic intern that found the nerve pinches quite quickly. And as warped as it might sound, three massage sessions later the nerves stopped harrassing me. It was however about 5 weeks of stretching and exercising to get past the hamstring problem. That would not have happened without Naproxen.

I've found Ibuprofen keeps the pain to a dull roar with the knees when they decide to file a complaint, and the Naproxen makes it possible for me to do the stretches and bends that get them to toe the line again.

As for back pain, yes yes yes yes to the office chair. You have a bad chair, you might as well lie on the floor and have your kids use your back as a judo practice target. Nothing better than getting a chair configured to fit correctly.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Re: Odd

I'll second that fix Trevor, I've not one piece of paper relevant to computers in my past. Although physics might be relevant at some bizarre layer.

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Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives

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Re: We've just wholesale moved from OEL5 to RHEL6.5

Smart folks!!!

I know of an SMB that ended up locked in hard (Apache/Weblogic/OracleDB/OracleLinux) that had a huge support bill with oracle, and ended up paying me to come in and fix the issue. The competing (and I'm 100% sure that it was an ego-fest) support groups at Oracle could not untangle their own finger pointing. I spent 14 hours untangling things and presenting the solution that those teams could not coordinate over 21 days of issues. Considering the level of skills in those teams, I really don't understand why they could not pull back, regroup, and package the same up for their client.

Redhat has been utterly impeccable in their support on my primary employment. There are only 2 cases where I've had to hound them in over 10 years of the contract.

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HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs

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Re: Big Businesses *do* create jobs

"Big Business *does* create jobs — usually lots of them in one go"

The point of the article is the balance.

Big Business will create a whack of new jobs, much noise will be made about the new factory, but the fine print is

a) the government is subsidising the plant, and half the wages

b) the average wage paid in that new plant is likely to be 20% to 30% lower than the same job created by SMB.

c) the executives/managers all have golden parachutes made up of that difference accumulated over the lifetime of the dog and pony show.

d) the politician(s) involved will end up with one of those executive positiions just in time to close the plant, announce a huge reduction in costs to the company and move to a new location.

Sorry -- I think the screaming cynic in me got to the coffee before the optimist.

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STILL no move by Brit data cops over Google's 2012 privacy slurp

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ummm

Italian "Databinieri" -- wouldn't that be more like Iron Mountain et al, or is my pun detector on sensitive today?

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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Hmmm

Type out the hostname and mac address of the primary nic.

Likely unique string on the device. Generate the string from that..... Yeah, it would likely be fairly unique.

NoScipt for ages here... on all browsers.

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Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

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@ pakkuman

At least in my org, we have those drives sitting around for a month or three in storage.

Wipe/nuke/clean the disk before it goes to storage.

From storage to the shredder.

We need a "Big Honkin Magnet" icon.

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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

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Re: This seperates the "science" from the real science...

Here we have real science. It gets the data, it shows the images, it identifies the facts.

It puts the facts in the basket or it gets the hose. Again.

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They were searching for signs of intelligent life in the universe.

The Bebo blast convinced them there was none.

Depression ensued, followed by Mass Suicide.

There is a pun in there somewhere.

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Twitter takes on GOOGLE, swallows wannabe YouTube firm

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We need a new icon

For BrainBuzzFreeze.

Something like a brainfreeze from sucking back a Tims Iced Cap in 30 seconds.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Wow. FUD sprayers are *still* at the electric car?

I've finally had the pleasure of a ride in a model S. (85, not the 95).

WOooooooooooow.

The gent who took me out in his, has had it for just shy of 3 years. This is Canada, although not Tuktoyuktuk, it is still Canada. Last winter we had some *nasty* cold spells in and around our area -- According to this fellow,

a) the car cabin went from soul freezing cold to comfy in about 5 minutes. The heater is just fine thanks.

b) the house charger he has (75A) had the battery at full when he was ready to head to work, and in a three day stretch he noticed perhaps a 1% or 2% drop in battery charge *beyond* his normal commuting due to the temperatures. Certainly not the overhyped horsecrap 40% drop due to cold reported in a certain financial industry rag. ((think about Wellhead prices vs refinery price for oil before you comment))

c) average commute for him is 57km each way (about 34 miles) -- and on weekends the run to the cottage and back eats about 65% of his battery.... .he has enough room in the battery to potter about in the local town a couple of times and still not sweat it on the way home. He's seen (and this is a direct quote) "No appreciable loss of charge or range" over about 80,000km of use.

d) The one issue he has had was a fuse failure on an accessory circuit. A Tesla tech drove to the office in a repair vehicle, replaced the fuse, tested the curcuit and charged him nothing. *this* however is likely due to him having an "early adopter" status with Tesla.

It is incredibly QUIET. Both inside and outside. I'd almost be inclined to put some sort of noise maker on mine if I got one -- I live on one of those little side streets with 100,000 kids that like to play in the street.

I'll still make the point --> electrical delivery infrastructure will need to be heavily uplifted in Canada to support more than 20% of folks having a vehicle like this - BUT it will SO be worth it.

The oil industry will have a s**t fit about it but there is *SO* much *less* to go wrong on an electric car, and even if our energy source (here in Canada more likely Hydro electric, Nuclear or gas than coal or oil) isn't particularly clean, the use of electric will have positive influence on carbon emissions.

Still want one. Cant afford one, but still want one. Maybe a used one will come up sometime in my life.

Oh. And in my opinion, this thing is still sexier than any Porche, Mercedes or BMW. About the only sexier car exterior in my books is the original Vandenplas. (Sp??)

All standard controls are in the places you'd expect to find them on any vehicle. Gas and brake pedals on the floor in front of the driver NOT on the touch screen. Ticky thing on the steering column. Almost all the crud you need is on the steering wheel or on the Ticky things sticking out from it.

Now. STOP buying in to the horsecrap about range --> for normal day to day use, I have a round trip commute from *one* end of my city to the *other* grand total of 190Km each day. This car will certainly handle that. And more if needed. This is *not* typical or average in north america. And I seriously doubt that this is *average* in Europe either. Yes, you will have *some* folks who have longer runs in general, but not a typical day to day commute.

I will agree - the average "hybrid" available now is near enough to pointless as to be so when it comes to range on electric -- but for some folks they are a viable solution.

**and** Elon has effectively thrown his company's R&D out to the world to be looked at and improved on. Yes you might have to still write up some paper if you want to use it commercially, but now I could try building one of these in my back yard......

(hmmmmmm)

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If you like slipping your hand into Puppets, look for these certified types

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automate automate automate automate.

just get it done. You have a project to build 4 systems - start there - eventually you'll have a flow that works - once it works, it *will* demonstrate efficiencies and stabilities - which makes it easier sell to the app folks to butter the (non equipped) systems with the tasty tasty automation tool(s).

I've been using cfengine for this on linux with viperl to blow out vms from a linux command line. I still have to fight fires, but the **great thing** is that an edge case detected on one host in a corner of the datacenter that *does* cause a problem can be fixed across the environement fairly quickly - - despite the presence of burdensome paperwork, with automation. Yes I test things. Yes we have a few boxes that once were decommissioned that were pushed into a corner and hidden so we have test fleet. I had a huge advantage in that linux was a "new" operating system here once. AND I had the foresight to say "its going to spread like a weed" and plan for it.

Three aquisitions along the way and cfengine went on those systems too.

The biggest change I have to teach SA's coming in is to toss out the idea that "but the user says it has to be this way" is an acceptable reason to change a standard. There's always a way to get the standard and "what the user wants" to agree.

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British Gas Twitter account hijacked by mystery phishermen

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Valid question

Being a canuck, I've no idea, but how in hell does a national utility provide assistance to end users in fixing a boiler?

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AT&T plays Game of Thrones: Every bit as ruthless as HBO version

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Then there are the wildlings, north of the wall.

Need I say more?

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WiFi WarKitteh and DDoS Dog to stalk DEF CON 22

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Cats, Dogs and internet $$geddon

And it will all come to nought with herd of squirrells to distract 'em all.

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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

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Re: Sold!

Waving around a Big Disk:

I'm a system admin. I have anywhere from 3 to 6 vms running on my work laptop. A 1TB SSD is a handy place to put the virtual disks. And improves the HELL out of the performance of said vms.

I test clustering and (now) hadoop instance changes on these. Before we go to dev or qa. SInce I have to write out the instructions for the guys that drive the prod environment. Who happen to live in a universe far, far away. And have trouble if the possibility of an error isn't documented. And have trouble if the possibility fo an error IS documented. And......

Awww heck, can you tell I'm cutting changes?

Looks cool as drives go, but too small for me.

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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Elon doing his thing.

Good news, we can now go through and use Tesla's R&D in a collective manner to improve electric cars. (cooperative scientific progress is faster than solo!)

I just hope that someone somewhere is paying attention at the electrical infrastructure level -- at least here in the True North Strong and Free, we'll need some serious updating to our electrical infrastructure to meet the demands of more than 15% or 20% of vehicles being electric, and based on the fast charger concepts. Especially in HydroOne territory, where they've basically left the infra to rot since it was outsourced to private business.

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Move over, John Pilger, let us IT scandal-mongerers stick it to you

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Welcome back, not me.

Good to see your feeling better,

and I'll agree the list is appropriate for recovering from online scandal.

Mind you most public "figures" are too addicted to the "attention" to "go away" -- or to "learn how to look contrite"

I'll raise a glass at you on a friday sir!.

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New Reg "Alias"

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New Reg "Alias"

I nominate D.A.M's

Jimbo's Excellent HTML Store™

as a new alias on the Reg.

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

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Gentlemen NEVER discuss a lady's age

Just 'cause Gaia is.....

@ GrahamD, -- why do we see this here? Because the creationists will drag out the same old tired arguments as well. We can still enjoy kicking the literal creationists. Myself, I can rationalize an agreement for them, but they never listen. Thus I've given up on bringing them into the 21st century.

@ DAM, Kudo and upvote on "Jimbo's Store".

@ Magani, Agreed, looks like Marvin pinged that time.

I keep wondering when we'll be able to say definitively how long the dance has really been. It is constantly intriguing to find new ways of measuring the age of objects, and we have wonderful instruments out there that can tell us about things far, far away. I suppose this all just part of a journey. And like DAM, I rather hope we get to see ZenSunni along the way.

And AndyE -> it wasn't a slow printer, he didn't check the cartridges before he started and it sat there for 3 days waiting for him to replace the empty "magenta" cartridge.

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Let cloud apps manage your systems – if you have nothing to hide

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How big is the block of salt.

We're not talking in terms of MegaCorps here -- the article is clearly pointed at SMBs. Its doubtful that an SMB in a quiet little backwater of Canada is doing *anything* that would warrant the US flinging around the amount of weight required to stomp on the SMB's bid.

That said, I'm a fanatic for automation in any case. Even at home with 6 PCs, a laptop and three tablets. I'm also quite good with cfengine and I'm learning puppet. These suffice for my purposes, both at home, and at work. That I use them as an SSM simply takes time and expertise. I certainly realize (after some years of trying to get other SA's to look at these ideas) that having a toolkit to do it for you makes it *far* more attractive to the typical SA. And most definitely attractive to the typical SMB "swiss army knife" type SA. Me, I'm in Enterprise IT and have the luxury of not having to sweat DC configuration or print server setup -- guys on the frontline in SMBs have to do everything from changing the ink cartridges to configuring the BGP. ICK!

Have a wobblypop for a decently thought out and written article.

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Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Parallels bet on virtualization's surprising successor

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google's new excuse for sharing data?

... Eric Brewer in a speech at the conference. "We do believe in open containers." ....

Put a lid on it you silly man.......

<The one with the tupperware in the pocket>

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

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I think we need to try this phrasing

Touring Test was (in the) past. (Kevin going on tour soon mayhap?)

Certainly I wouldn't have called that a Turing Test Pass.

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NASA beams vid from space via laser

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Solar token rings

I see what you did there.

And the mental somersault I did to get there (considering 10Ge switching setup for backbone of a data platform) may just set this project back about 4 weeks.

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Compare Apple's and oranges: LaCie's hi-vis jacket-wearing disk is not for hipsters

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Salmon, apricots, apples.

Dammit now you've all gone and gotten me thinking about what I'm gonna barbeque tonight.

And I think I'm out of capers.....

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Vodafone: SPOOKS are plugged DIRECTLY into our network

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just a thought to consider -- transparency reports becoming fashionable?

http://o.canada.com/technology/internet/teksavvy-and-rogers-publish-transparency-reports-highlighting-the-extent-of-government-data-requests

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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aaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuughh.

Scarily enough I have a copy of welltris that still works. So much for this weekend.

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Patch NOW: Six new bugs found in OpenSSL – including spying hole

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yay. Overtime.

@DAM -> moi aussi. (for both)

@Dan55 -> I see what you did there.

@ AC -> Quick to fix in Open Source

Open Source isn't better only because of the many eyes. Open source has the advantage of (anyone) being able to say -> oh hell this has been here since day one.

Rather than with closed source *this is a new bug*. And not knowing. Furthermore "someone who specialises in security analysis" could have looked at OpenSSL any time they liked in the past. That someone who does has chosen to do so now, well, there's a whole other bag of discussion.

Might be wise to note that there's been a ton of money thrown at openSSL recently.

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US dairy biz in a churn over TPP

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TPP stalled by Farmers?

Thats cause farmers know (insert relevant fecal reference) better than most politicians.

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

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F/OSS Recovery/Restore software:

Just because I use it and find that 99% of the time it does the job quite well:

Mondorescue.

It is linux based. but it works. and it has a functional restore point shell that will let you fix hardware driver issues before the reboot.

Apparently someone was working on a windows version. You need *lots* of room somewhere that you can get to - but its effectively platespin for linux without the need for a reboot, root access from a remote host and other agents. WFM

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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Get better Dabsy.

It is toward the end of spring and the outdoors parts are more or less under control, and the SO is once again utterly certain I'm going to end up like an old cat lady hoarder with computer bits. Honestly I'm running out of spots in the house to hide the stuff that I just KNOW I'll need to fix some computer next week. Gonna have to start taking to the rafters in the basement to hide the bits.

It is (at least in my neck o the woods) faaaaaaaaar to nice a day outside to be stuck in the troll pit in the basement on a WFH day. Now, i have that weatherproof patch block and about 60 extra feet of ethernet cable somewhere. I see an evening project. (yeah wifi sure, but ethernet is just plain more stable. Especially with my neighbour's modern microwave in use by the herd of 'tweens hanging out at their house)

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Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

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we have a copy.

I know what my weekend will be spent doing. Will just have to wrestle the teenager away from *MY* game dammit!

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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Right form factor

Now, put in an AMD APU and a reasonable AMD addon video card, Dual Gig Ethernet (why does no one do this?) and an eSATA connector.

Firewall/OwnCloud/Slingbox/CIFS/NFS head.

Just toss intel out of the box and cut the price by at least 1/3.

I'm still happier building a gaming box myself. I can build a better, quieter, longer lived unit by hand for less than that price.

Steam wants 500Gb for install? Sounds like they need some real admins on the dev/qa team.

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Nod Labs forges one (Bluetooth) ring to rule them all

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hmmm. Might be worth a look.

I've never liked mice. -> trackballs and pointers (hate trackpads with a passion worse than mice) -

Possibly as a remote pointer it makes sense. Wired up properly two of them could be a gaming rig. Might be worth a look.

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Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

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Re: Wot IT shortage?

This:

"So, I call bullshit on this IT shortage. What there does appear to be is a shortage of talent that is able to understand technical issues their teams need to solve, that has little clue how to organise and marshall its resources and has no idea whatsoever what it they actually want to achieve from their IT departments. Fix those management issues and a lot of the workplace stress would simply evaporate. Hell, they might even be able to hang on to the IT talent - instead of it (us?) forever seeking employers who don't make headless chickens look like Mastermind contestants."

gets an upvote; BUT -> sometimes the IT talent can be JUST as much of a problem.

The SOLE reason for the constant "IT skills shortage" chant we've been hearing in the western world is to justify "Offshoring" and "Importing foreign talent" in an effort to drive down "costs". Part of this is that IT is considered at "technical" skill with specialization -> sadly -- I've found overspecialization to be the norm. Either that or "Its Not My Job"ism, but since it is considered simple enough to have "basic training" requirements, the thought is "anyone can do that". We as a techie herd might not see that view.

Both management (who need to up their game(s) to comprehend the cats they're herding) and the IT talent themselves (who often need to pull their heads out and observe the bigger picture) are consistently contributing to these issues.

In reality -- baseline IT -- generic stuff -- can be done easily and quickly (thus the concept of put it in the cloud) -- however most front line systems in any company contain far from generic elements and one needs to have a grip on the peculiarities and specifics of those systems. Those systems need to have support that has a deeper and wider view of things than just "app support" "sytems admin" "storage admin" "network admin" (etc etc etc), AND you need to have a team working on it that plays well together, more action than ego.

Furthermore, I've never run into any company (okay - fairly short list) that actually subscribed to "well known standards" for their overall IT deployment. So you need to teach new folks the "ways" (how to get systems on the floor, security scan rules, solution development process and approvals, change management process, etc etc etc )

IT in this day and age in any company of any size also needs to have half a clue about the LAW for chrissake. Your role could be putting you at legal risk, just because you're touching systems that have (various) legal mandates wrapped around the data they handle.

oh darn, I've gone off on a rant.

In any case, IT folks, I mean GOOD IT folks, need to be considered as something other than commodities or cattle. (yes I've met my share of ID ten T admins), but I've met quite a number of incredibly good ones as well.

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Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

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@IAS

No, not just you IAS. In my case it depends on which side of the screen the effect is on -- on the left I get full 3D results -- if its off to my right it drops. Something to do with my "flat spot" on the right cornea .... At least for the sake of the 8 year old's entertainment I'm willing to suffer the headache, but I came to regret every single minute of Avatar 3d.

Grumpy old guy since I'm dealing with a chain of folks that don't want to own their roles today ....

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Chelsea and Lilly got together?

So, ... thats when "Selfie" was recorded.....

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

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Re: Small correction for you El Reg

I see you found the helium enhanced beer IAS.

Beer, regular kind:

For the engineers that will be chasing down the leak, and for Spartacus to get back to non-squeaky.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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no armageddon here thanks

SSL libraries contain a code flaw.

That on SERVER processes will allow one to read RANDOM blocks of 64Kb freed memory.

This is not the internet Armageddon that its being made out to be. Yes, possible. Yes it might leak passwords, yes it might leak credit card details. It has NOT been effectively demonstrated in the WILD. You *really* need to have a pretty damned good idea of what you're getting back to make any sense of it.

I'm poking at my brand spanking new dsl router (yes, ssl enabled webpage, uses 1.0.1c). No server keys so far. 9 hours. Lots of HTTP headers, lots of utter garbage. Lots of (oddly) 0'ed pages. No keys.

Even better:

https://www.cloudflarechallenge.com/heartbleed

Try it. take a look at the crap you get back. At *best* I've seen 3 or 4 HTTPS session keys.

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

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Re: And pray that nobody used a web admin interface

Absolute kudo's to Cloudflare for making the point that its just plain not internet armageddon.

The data returned are randomized based on where there is free memory - so -- yes its POSSIBLE to get critical data. But -- 64K blocks on a machine with how much memory + where is the free memory.

Most of the stuff you're likely to get back is garbage. And good luck figuring out just what it was you got back.

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IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?

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skillset requirements in IT

Sadly - the number one skillset I've seen missing in IT is communications. If you cant explain it to someone in upper management it can be *very* hard to get leverage to solve the problem.

I've been in IT for (aaaaak) pretty much 34 years now. And working with my current employer for 15 of those. I recognize that gives me a huge advantage, knowing history on systems here, but I also get to play with the newer toys when they get here - because I can show a history of having learned new stuff, made it work, and work well. And in the cases where it was appropriate, having stood up, admitted I blew it the first time, and presented a solution to make it better.

I love digging into the new things, and getting a handle on them. Usually I only need a few days to get the basics, a few weeks to get the overall and a month or two to get conversant with the inner workings. IT would be boring without new toys.

I firmly believe if you aren't learning something new fairly consistently, your a prime candidate for being automated (or outsourced) out of a job. But then I'm a screaming cynic.

Back to my hadoop playground.

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Symantec scratches head over balance sheet, calls in JPMorgan

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Has anyone seen Carl this week?

Yo:

Icahn('t) -> look over there

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Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

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Idea for a patent law firm:

Sylvester McMonkey McBean - Patent Law.

(with respect to Dr Seuss)

Proves, you can't teach a Sneech.

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Microsoft in OPEN-SOURCE .Net love-in with new foundation

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apparently *nix desktops are worth looking at

A/V for linux anyone? (frisk's product is decent, but really, do we want that beast from Intel ?)

I do hope that the ASP.Net stuff is thoroughly severed from the OS connections it relies on now.

Personally I'd still not be inclined to install (.NET) anything on my desktop.

That said, despite DLL hell on the MS side, this will make some things (hint, games) more likely to see the light of day on the *nix side of the battle.

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New IPCC report: 8 ways climate change will throw world INTO PERIL

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global warming issues. Ask a Canadian.

After this winter I'll bet there are a *lot* more sceptical Canadians.

As for statistics. We (collectively) have about 85 years of *reasonably* accurate data. The globe is > 3 billion years old.

Don't blink.

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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

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Childcatcher

Re: >> The part about "A recent survey" just makes me think of the daily fail

I have for years used an email tagline.

The sum total of intelligence on the planet is a constant.

I think we passed 7 Billion last year did we not?

(oddly, its a relevant icon)

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Alistair
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Re: O.K. Alistair so what type and style of Press release do you like?

I personally prefer "blank". It leaves so much open to interpretation.

(you didn't specify, but just in case I'll get me....)

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