* Posts by Michael Hoffmann

245 posts • joined 12 Jul 2007

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Web site admins: Brace for weekend traffic surges from iOS devices

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Do they...?

But do those Androids dream of electric sheep on the weekend?

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Newest Microsoftie Xamarin releases cross-platform mobile SDK as open source

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Minor nitpick

Apparently to *build* an iOS app you no longer need the Mac either.

I know that because only last night, during a weary red-eye hack session. I was trying to merge several branches that had gotten away from me (yeah, yeah...) and just trying to get them to build. When I finally succeeded, both locally, as well as on my Windows build box controlled through Bamboo, at around midnight, I noticed I didn't even have my Hackintosh VM up and running. Still need it to run the sim or deploy to the iThing, though.

Still a bit befuddled, maybe it will come to me with more caffeine.

(the icon is actually me resting my weary head on my hand)

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

Michael Hoffmann

Two things I wonder about

1) How endemic is it? I mean, what percentage of males in IT commit these crimes (and yes, I consider it criminal behaviour)? A single sociopathic, misogynistic lose has a huge "force multiplier" nowadays and can reach hundreds of women anonymously. Is this the same minority of sick weirdos responsible for as many as 50% of women in IT receiving this sort of abuse?

2) Is vigilantism an answer if the police won't deal with it? >.<

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Jenkins 2.0, where the devil have you been?

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Thought it was just me

But from the comments, I can tell it's not: I really, really wanted to make Jenkins work. Maybe if 2.0 had been out and really production ready. But in head to head and in demo to the powers that be (who are actually tech savvy), Bamboo won out by a large margin.

Once Bamboo was running, remote agents and all, it's done. With Jenkins (1.x) I felt the fiddling never ended.

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NSW Dept of Education IT system still in slow-motion collapse

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Why?!

I stopped reading at "SAP".

Why? Just, why? Years of reading tech journalism and I have yet to read about a successful SAP implementation that didn't come out 5 times over budget. Or that didn't fail outright.

I mean, people bitch about Microsoft, they moan about Oracle, but SAP just seems to take the cake.

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Amazon attempts rule fudge to take exclusive control of new dot-words

Michael Hoffmann

despicable.moi? </minion>

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Video folk, you'll love the 96TB, 2.6GB/sec LaCie 12big HDD

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Re: Units !

Uhm, it says 2.6GB/sec and 2,600MB/sec. I don't see any Gb. Seems fairly clear - or was that changed after you wrote your comment?

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Job ad promises 'Meaningless Repetitive Work on the .NET Stack'

Michael Hoffmann

I was tempted...

Pity it's in Brisbane. Was actually in the process of giving him a ring until I caught that (I scrolled down before I looked in the upper right corner).

I'm fortunate enough that I'm currently working in the absolute opposite - let's call it "Buzzwords Done Right". I therefore have no idea why I feel this strange attraction, yet I do.

Us nerds are weird...

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Lizard Squad back to blast Blizzard’s gaming hub

Michael Hoffmann
Joke

Re: Any Claims?

Pandas?

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Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Memorial...

Are 2204 lbs of gold enough for a life-size statue of Steve Jobs on Infinity Loop? Holding an iThing in one hand and with the other pointing at... oh, I dunno, the main Foxconn plant?

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Trailers Site?

Stupid question: Apple's own movie trailers website (apple.com/trailers) demand QuickTime. What are they proposing for that? "Only access our trailers site through QuickTime on a Mac"?

That's one approach to marketing, I guess...

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Re: Those humans-

Don't you want me, baby? Don't you want me? Aaaaaah!

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Submarine cable cut lops Terabits off Australia's data bridge

Michael Hoffmann

Microwave?

Not by any means a telco specialist, so honest question:

Has a multi-hop microwave link from the mainland ever been considered? Line of sight should work, IIRC - say, Southern tip of VIC, King Island, northern TAS.

Even if just for backup purposes such as this.

Are there technical/financial/environmental issues why this wouldn't work?

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

Michael Hoffmann

Disappointed...

And not one single shopped photo of Merkel as Palpatine with a "and now witness the power..." caption.

Or would that now be the General Hux speech?

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Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Re: unspecified techniques

"Much more civilized."

Using a lightsaber would also be more civilised. Obi-Wan said so.

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Secret Service Silk Road scammer in the slammer

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

From 71 months to...

Off the cuff, anybody have an idea what the 71 months are now going to turn into?

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Hackers mirror 250GB of NASA files on the web

Michael Hoffmann
Alien

Too much X-Files watching

This actually brought back memories: in the early noughties a similar event occurred when Romanian hackers stole some GB of data they obtained by hacking into the South Pole computers.

They then proceeded to try and blackmail the NSF and the Antarctic Program to pay up or the data would be released to Show The World The Truth. The FBI even got involved, but it was somewhat clear that the dorks through that they had stumbled upon data on the Soopr Sikrit UFO bases: the X-Files series and movie wasn't that long ago. The truth was out there, the hackers had found it and the NSF was going to pay ransom or the world would find out about the nefarious alien bases at the South Pole!

In reality, of course, this was science data on the various elementary particle experiments going on there - neutrino/muon/etc detectors and such cool things. And yes, this data would enter the public domain anyway after a 2-year (IIRC) period in which the principle investigators got first rights to write their papers and publish their findings.

For me the outcome was that I was sent to the Antarctic (incl South Pole) to assist the science teams with system lockdown and security awareness training. A once-in-a-lifetime experience I will cherish forever.

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Seagate’s triple whammy: Disk numbers, costs, and flash

Michael Hoffmann
FAIL

Kodak moment

Am I the only one who thought the CEO's snitty comment on spinning rust vs flash was similar to Kodak's dug in heels re: film vs digital?

We all know where that ended.

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Billion-dollar blood-test unicorn biz Theranos 'putting lives at risk'

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Re: Ouch!

Ah, but their feted CEO Elizabeth Holmes is quoted as saying ""I think that the minute that you have a backup plan, you've admitted that you're not going to succeed."

https://twitter.com/stanfordbiz/status/558357949395894273

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Xamarin releases version 4.0 of its cross-platform mobile developer suite

Michael Hoffmann

IDE mark up

What doesn't make sense in their pricing approach is that the jump is essentially only for the ability to use Visual Studio instead of their vastly inferior Studio product. This despite VS itself now essentially being free in a near feature-complete (for just about any "amateur" developer) version.

It's a pity. I found it quite satisfying to learn mobile app development from my already familiar C#/.NET base and see my app appear on both an Apple and an Android device, each with their own look and feel with most of my code base shared in PCLs. I don't play the religious wars thing. But the artificial limit of what ...? 128KB before it tells you to get a business license or not use VS anymore is just ridiculous.

Would have expected that Microsoft as the True Big Boss now would rein them in, but apparently all sides there are quite happy with the state of affairs.

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Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

Michael Hoffmann

First thought you wrote "more of a nerd thing", then started to clean my glasses, then thought that either is true...

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Strong dollar will deal death to US firms' overseas growth

Michael Hoffmann

Re: Fantastic!

<desperately thinks of counterpoint> Uhm, I heard the Aussie women won theirs?!

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Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Fantastic!

This is great news for Australia! Our manufacturing and high-tech industry can vastly improve on our exports with the collapsed Aussie dollar playing to our advantage!

What's that? We HAVE no more manufacturing? We never really had a high-tech industry? We only have coal and cattle? And China isn't buying what we're digging out of the ground anymore?

Oh dear... did somebody tell our mongrel politicians (regardless of the party)?

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Sexy sock puppets seduce security suckers

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Like SWMBO always says...

... there is nothing dumber than a man with an erection.

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

Michael Hoffmann

Re: Real men use command line

I thought that was troll face, not smug face. You kids and your memes...

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Michael Hoffmann
Happy

Real men use command line

Here I semi-guiltily felt like a bit of a curmudgeon and dinosaur for always switching back to a Cygwin command line session to do all Git SCM from there instead of the VS built-ins.

That icon is intended to be a "smug face".

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Red Hat unleashes EL 7.2 beta on a waiting world

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Re: Time to look into it.

You know, even 2 months ago I would have likely downvoted as I loathed systemd. Now however, after first having to dive into it because a client insisted on using RHEL7 and then - like you, grudgingly - making an effort to migrate my various home servers to CentOS7, I've gotten used to it.

Maybe it was the lobotomy (scars healing nicely, thanks for asking) or the North Korean style brainwashing by Poettering...

Seriously though, once you "get used to it" you just sort of shrug, adapt to the new commands and move on. Is creation of a new service still a convoluted mess? I think so, but you use a cheatsheet and only do it once anyway, then send those templates around via your OS management system of choice.

I guess I'm just too old to fight any longer. Let the younguns carry the torches and pitchforks.

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Quickstart Bar

One of the first things I've been doing since Windows 7 upward - and which happily still works in Windows 10 - is get the XP Quickstart bar back. I hate the "pin" stuff.

Add a toolbar, select %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch, drag it to where you want it (traditionally towards the left just to the right of the start button), unselect Show text and show title, et voila! One click joy for my favourite apps, like mum used to make them. Or something.

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Dead Steve Jobs' life and times are being turned into an OPERA

Michael Hoffmann
Headmaster

Not Christine

It's Chrisann Brennan.

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Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass

Michael Hoffmann

Sad

For years the USAP was immune to major cuts, due to "strategic presence and claims" considerations, but ever since the moronic US government shutdown that seems to have changed. Back when I worked down there it was even closer to 3,000 people (including various outer camps). Now McM must look like a ghost town.

Never mind the decline in religious belief, what about the decline in science? Though I expect the penguins and seals are happy about the reduction in "alien abduction" style poking and probing.

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Backup upstart Code42 is in a world of Payne

Michael Hoffmann

Headline scared crap out of me

CrashPlan is the ONE backup product I recommend to non-techie friends and family (and I'm talking of the level that would normally get them admitted to an Assisted Computing Facility) and which even they actually understand and can use.

Worst case, you can use the "Friends" mode and just have them pump they data to you and you bundle it into your own.

Please, just don't mess with that! It has saved me so many hours of "you know computers, I lost this file can you help me get it back?" and it truly just bloody works.

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Pluto revealed as KING of the Kuiper belt

Michael Hoffmann
Boffin

Re: The Dwarf King

In keeping with naming after gods of the Roman pantheon, it might have to be something like Bes. A dwarf god originally of ancient Egypt but, like many others, adopted into the Roman Empire. Popular among the legions, it seems.

Might even be fitting: the "foreign non-planet" is "adopted" into the pantheon of the "proper" planets.

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The Empire Strikes Back: Disney tractor-beams StarWars.co.uk from Brit biz

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Somebody has to do it

Disney: give us all your starwars domains.

Abscissa: but you let them lapse! We picked them up 2 years later and now had them for 10 years. Selling authorised merchandise. What's the deal with that?!

Disney: we have altered the deal. Pray we do not alter it any further.

That's not a coat, it's a huge black cape...

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

Michael Hoffmann

Re: Prior claim

Ha! I own the multiverse, you still owe me rent for your universe.

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Australia's digital technologies curriculum parked AGAIN

Michael Hoffmann

ICT in Schools

Interestingly, whatever is happening with this, seems to be causing lifesigns in the ICT in Schools program. CSIRO actually sent an email, apologising for the silence, assuring me that despite the LNP slaughter at the organisation (*), the department(s) had survived and confirming whether I was still interested.

Maybe it's just my hubris, but I think such a program would be of more use than trying to teach primary students Javascript.

(*) The lady used a more polite form of phrasing the changes they'd undergone.

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

CERN Moff Tarkin

You would prefer another target, a hadronic target? Then name the particle I grow tired of asking this so it will be the last time: *Where* is the supersymmetry?

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Eject!

So, jettisoning of the tests will leads directly to jettisoning of the pilot, I take it?

Coat, door, on my way...

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

Michael Hoffmann
Pint

Thank you for this!

Awesome article. German born, I was actually an expat, growing up in the US, but then returned in the early 70 when my muscially formative years began. Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk had so much influence on me that I *still* listen to mostly electronic or at least electronic heavy music. Though much of it with a born-by date no later than the late 80s, with a few exceptions. I did miss the Can and Neu! days.

You can find the not-bad BBC doco on Youtube.

Can't quibble much with TD's best years, though I'd personally go up to maybe Logos and then it was all downhill. When you started to see TD albums classified as "New Age" you could only go "sic transit gloria mundi".

Overall the influence of those greats is felt throughout Germany's music. Techno, industrial, even gothic: in their dominant forms all arguably born in Germany and out of the krautrock influence. Mildly interesting counter-example would be the NDW (German New Wave), which was influenced by British New Wave/Synthpop (Gary Numan et al), with those UK worthies influenced by Krautrock.

Here too, I believe there's a decent BBC doco on Youtube? I believe I watched them back to back, but during a painkiller addled hospital stay so my memory may be hazy.

Beer, because that's what I'd like to have while getting together with authors, readers and commenters of this article to discuss until unconsciousness! ;)

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NBN 'working' on pay-for-fibre-to-your-premises product

Michael Hoffmann
FAIL

Re: A small payment will make it manageable

If it were a mere $1000 per km, I'd hop on it, even if I had to take out a second mortgage, sell the wife, or prostitute the cats! 6km from the nearest NBN planned estate... heck, $5K/km and I would probably have a serious sit-down with the Financial Planner Who Must Be Obeyed.

But of course, we're talking about yet more options for already over-crowded cities with some of the highest real estate prices on the planet. Instead of using technology as a means to shift populations and companies into regional areas.

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Will there be a Redhat of Linux .NET?

What I mean by the somewhat strange title is whether Microsoft will not just open source the .Net stack with resulting releases on Linux, but will there also be a "enterprise pays for support" option?

You know the companies I'm talking about. The ones who, faced with CentOS vs RHEL will always go for the latter because that way "we can call someone if things go wrong". And consequently forbid deployment unless they can actually send an annual cheque for support to somebody.

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

Michael Hoffmann

LHC Reboot

I'm surprised nobody else has commented yet that the LHC itself hasn't even been run at full strength yet.

With the 2015 reboot they'll finally cross the streams at maximum beam luminosity (or some time after appropriate testing to make sure the magnets don't melt again ;-)

If after that massive influx of inverted femtobarns they still aren't sure, the Danes can re-open their case for their new SSC under Copenhagen.

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

Michael Hoffmann

Not a ban per se. Just hangs them upside down in a scorpion put with an upside down sign saying:

выучить слова

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We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

Michael Hoffmann

Re: Figure out the pricing...

Do you know that if I hadn't been reading Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" series, I wouldn't have understood what you were talking about!

Good way to learn about London in a brilliantly entertaining way, I must say.

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Michael Hoffmann

Re: Figure out the pricing...

I'm his carrot provider, we have to renegotiate the contract if I have to become his agent as well.

It did occur to me after posting that he shares the name with a certain British war hero of the Napoleonic wars, hence a UK registry "hammering" that domain with a premium. Oh well, I'll keep an eye on it and wait for the air to come out of that particular over-inflated balloon.

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Michael Hoffmann

Figure out the pricing...

... nearly impossible.

As an equestrian, I thought I'd look at registering a .horse domain for our club. Then, for the heck of it, one for my horse's name.

For the club, it's 19 Euro/year. For my horse's name.... 2,000 Euro/year! Wha...?! Can't find what the criteria are.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

What this world needs...

... is a 4GHz 6502! ;-)

Ah, the memories. Cut my teeth learning Machine Language and Assembler on it, then later on the Z80 with an add-on card for CP/M.

*sigh* *cue kids today/back in my day/yorkshiremen rant*

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

Michael Hoffmann

Systemd is "dumbing things down"?!

Well, thank you very fucking much, because now I know that my problems wrangling that miserable beast must be due to dementia setting in.

Off to cry in a corner then call a nursing home...

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Never quite got...

... the point of "wanting your old job back".

Really? Why would you want to work at a place that treats you like that again? And that will put you on the top of the next inevitable round of layoffs?

Is it a calculation to get back to a steady income in a holding pattern while immediately searching for something else? Or not having a "got fired" stain on your CV?

Seems like the stress of going to work back at a horrid sh*thole while job hunting would be better avoided by taking the payout from the legal settlement, recharge those batteries and then get into the job hunt refreshed.

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Australia's Digital Tech curriculum looks to be shelved for another year

Michael Hoffmann

ICT in Schools

I wonder if this holds for other initiatives as well.

After much hoopla and "welcome on board, so excited to have you, speak soon" by CSIRO for joining the ICT in Schools program, there is now deafening silence.

Guess each and every cent is now being sent to fight ISIS or do unwarranted surveillance of Australians at home?

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Australia mandates* cloud use by government agencies

Michael Hoffmann
WTF?

Subtitle...

So, it's really NOT mandated, going by the disclaimer of the subtitle?

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