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As an aside, I'll wager whoever coined the term "deep dive" wasn't actually a diver themselves. When you dive deep, you make a plan in advance, to the minute, and then you execute it. If you find the lost treasure of Blackbeard but you have hit the limit, then you execute your ascent plan, and come back tomorrow. Divers who don't do this end up becoming a permanent part of the site. It's a product evaluation; what's wrong with calling it that?
I am an Oracle DBA...
... And I have no problems whatsoever with virtualization, since VMware 5. Before that no chance, the hypervisors just weren't stable or manageable enough. Maybe it's not politics, maybe we do know what we're doing, and maybe this guy is selling snake-oil.
Re: The mystery of the mysterious operatives
Judging from the state of the cylinders they're obviously members of BSAC.
Re: I doubt it
Not to mention that all the kit in a DC is powered by sockets *inside the racks*.
... and randomly read for MVCC.
Re: I doubt it
And no-one noticed the reboots in the syslog? No-one noticed the uptime looked a bit funny when they ran top (or equivalent)? No-one came in the next morning and wondered why their remote logins had dropped?
I call shenanigans.
Re: He's quite right
I'm a diver, and diving kit is much cheaper on the Internet.
But you can't get your tank filled on the internet, and no local dive shop can survive on doing tank fills alone... For that reason I've no problem paying a little more.;
Re: Right we get the point but
Don't you get it yet? Yes outsourcing IS cheaper... For the first quarter, or maybe the first year. Enough for whoever inked the deal to be hailed as a business genius and get his bonus and promotion. Then the wheels come off and you're over a barrel. Penny wise, pound foolish as they say.
Yes, you would expect this from Ruby "rockstar ninjas" but not from Python users, who're supposed to be grown-ups.
Re: Entropy: Big Problem!
No, red light can barely make it to 10m. There's still a little blue light at 200m. Below that, it's dark. That's why the fish that live down there, the ones that even have eyes, also have bioluminescence.
(I'm a diver).
Re: Chocolate Teapot
A carrier would have been damn useful for Libya, and may well yet be for Algeria.
Helicopter, because, y'know
I call shenanigans
Presumably Twitter pays salaries + benefits to get 24/7 sysadmin cover, working shifts, so that's not it.
Re: 100 meeeeellion?
Elderly counts in this context.
... it's the config file for the Tolkein Ring network
Re: Damn right
Doesn't that strike you as a little weird tho'? Can you imagine if the same applied to accountants and doctors?
"we are more software engineers than DBAs"
Which begs the question what is a DBA? I'll tell you: it's not the guy who knows SQL. It's not even the guy who knows a particular vendor's product. The DBA is the guy who takes personal responsibility for the integrity and availability of your organization's data, and gets called at 3am if there is a problem - and fixes it before business opens. If you think you don't need a DBA, then your business is exposed to a risk that may be difficult to recover from.
Re: BYOD Policy
The headlong rush into "The Cloud" suggests the mainframe-lovers were right all along.
Maybe organisations should listen to their IT departments...
Re: Fresh Darth of Bespin.
"What is the point of attacking a fixed line defensive position on a snow covered planet by landing slow moving walking(!) tanks miles away from the enemy?"
To be fair that one is explained in the movie - they had to attack under the energy shield the rebels were projecting above their base.
Say what you like about Zuck, Facebook's IPO was textbook. Maximum capital raised for the firm, minimum fees paid to investment bankers. Of course everyone who invested lost their shirts but hey, they're grown ups, they knew the risks.
Re: EE 'Doc' Smith? Larry Niven?
Right. Your mass goes up as a cube but the cross section of your bones goes up as a square, as you get bigger.
Dear God HP
Please just stop. In fact you should have stopped at AutoRaid.
Getting laid off from a big company is never personal, not for an ordinary worker. The share price drops and the CEO needs to be seen to be "doing something", so he decides to make "savings". The CFO will also be involved, and also the head of HR to make sure it's plausible (e.g. if all your COBOL programmers happen to be women, then laying them all off could be misconstrued). All this is happening at a level well above which anyone knows or cares about individual workers. The decide that the site at X is to close, or division Y is going to be sold, or that activity Z is going to be outsourced, and everyone who happens to work in it just gets thrown out with the bathwater.
But there's only so much you can outsource to India before the Indians realize that they can actually run the whole business and start appointing their own CEOs.... Cold comfort to all the workers, since the CEO will have made sure he'll be taken care of no matter what.
Re: Too right, typical Apple
In both price and performance, Commodore and Atari were superior to Apple all throughout the 80s. C64/800XL vs Apple II, and then ST/Amiga vs Macintosh, it was no contest. Arguably Workbench was much more usable than the contemporary MacOS too (i.e. the Mac didn't get multitasking until 6 OS versions later) and in colour too, so the famed Apple "design" doesn't really get a look-in either.
Apple gets to write history however as it is the last man standing from that era.
Re: a protest against tuition fees that doesnt work
This is actually how the Sorbonne in Paris works. You only need to be enrolled to sit the exams.
Re: Gnat's organ
Nothing was handed to anyone. That mind-boggling sum was the loan guarantees, which were never called upon and have now expired. The actual cash cost of the bank bailout was around £60Bn, the cost of acquiring the majority of RBS. To put that into perspective, it's around the same amount England spends on bailing out Scotland every year anyway. And if Millipede can keep his trap shut for a few minutes, that will eventually be sold at a profit to the taxpayer.
I can tell you've come straight from "Comment Is Free"...
Re: "Attention all women...
Oh please, call it "telegenic" for example and it applies to both sexes. Tony Bliar being a classic example, people voted for him "because he has a nice smile" and completely ignored any of his policies (if they were voting for his policies, they'd have voted Tory).
And while I am here...
... What makes anyone think government IT is any better?
Wait, who? The what assocation? Never heard of 'em. What are they selling?
And they'll all be paying themselves dividends, screwing the taxpayer even further.
You pay about a fiver a month and get unlimited messages to any other BB, it also has group chat. Jay Z was rapping about his BB in at least 2003, possibly earlier.
... Than the Eurofighter isn't saying much!
What is this "encrypted government only" lark? If I'm paying for it I bloody well want full use of it.
So precious snowflake developers will tell you, but it's nonsense, no amount of hardware will make O(n^2) into O(n).
"Normal people" have ISAs, y'know.
That doesn't mean anything; it is only very recently that Oracle themselves have started supporting Solaris x86/x64 properly, it used to lag so far behind the SPARC version for feature releases and bugfixes that no-one would ever gamble their business on it.
I'd go so far as to say Red Hat's entire business is based on exploiting this issue, since they were for a long time the only viable way to run Oracle on commodity hardware.
That's a pretty big leap to make. The Norks have been raised since birth to believe that conditions in the rest of the world are even worse and only the Dear Leader is keeping the forces of evil at bay. It's not that they're gullible, or even brainwashed, they've literally never been allowed to see anything else. Would they fight? Absolutely they would. The Warsaw Pact never did because the Soviets couldn't keep Western media products out, so the ordinary people got a hint of the truth about the West. The Norks need a few years of Baywatch and Friends to soften them up...
Oracle has just bought a storage vendor - Sun - and has not one but *two* VMs now, OracleVM and VirtualBox. The only reason to buy EMC would be to kill off a competitor, and as you say, he doesn't have the cash on-hand to do that.