From the looks of the comments, it appears that nothing stirs up a hornets nest (and downvotes) like:
3) Linus Torvalds
4) Linux Kernel.
From the looks of it, we might want to calm down.
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So, the users (not me, thankfully), will get a better performing OS. We can only hope, but I won't hold my breath.
Of course the conspiracy theorists will have all sorts of explanations on how this was done, probably involving all sorts of three letter agencies (from many countries) and Microsoft itself.
Prometheus modem for sale (a reference that goes back a ways).
Not using a "competitors" product if you are a client of theirs is only PR on your part. I suspect that the edict in your case was not the client's (Coke's) request, but rather an internal decision.
It is kinda like going to work for Ford, and driving up in a Chevy. You won't win friends, or in political speak, it is "bad optics". I suspect that you won't get fired, but you might be harassed a bit.
Life goes on.
Let's see... ACME Cloud services. Setup a server in my closet, and go from there. Even better if you conveniently "co-locate" on your clients premisses (as step two). What a way to go. Allow self administration as well. What a deal.
Just remember: "Cloud" means "Somebody else's computer that you have no control over".
And hopefully sometime last year. Most lodging facilities are double (at least) price in the path of totality, and by now are all reserved.
Me? Thankfully my sister has a beach house on the Oregon coast, right in the path. I'll be there. Last time (1979) her house on the Columbia River basin was right in line as well. I must have good karma.
While YOU may classify a chunk of software done, it may depend upon other software that is evolving and isn't "done". This automatically makes YOUR software NOT done as well. Sorry, this is a simple fact of life.
One can only hope that what you depend upon makes compatible changes which have little impact on your "done" software.
I suppose the only thing that is "done" is something that can't be altered in any meaningful way. The micro that controls my microwave oven comes to mind. Now we have "connected appliances" and again these are never "done", and we will all pay the price.
No, I don't need a connected refrigerator with a silly display. I need a box that keeps my soda & beer anti-warm.
If you need root access for some reason, you should know the root password and use su. If you don't know how then who are you anyway, and get off. Sudo is a pretty big crutch, and is used WAY to frequently. Sadly I have to use it as well, but that is a topic for another rant.
Rewind the clock to around 1980 or so. If IBM had not chosen Intel, they might as well be dust now. Probably making dram chips or rom's. Of course IBM did chose Intel (they had good reason to, they owned part of it), and history was written.
The x86 instruction set is not the best in the world, and has gone through many band-aids to get it where it is now. I still wonder why it is still being used. Only because of good compilers and the like and big increases in clock speed does it make any sense. Then again, what Intel gives in speed improvements, Microsoft takes away in bloated software.
Life goes on.
Me? I still like the 68k processors, but that's another story.
Is stare. Most people when doing these things are mindlessly looking straight ahead (as mentioned), but lack the ability to look elsewhere. Yes, you have good stuff in your main field of view, but the most sensitive parts of your eye for motion and light are at the edges. We evolved that way, as the things at the edges were out to get us, and having sensitive eyes there helped us get away.
Of course, what most of us are doing now is (wait for it) staring at the screen in front of us.
Anyone who knows about keypunches KNOWS that yes there is a TAB key on an 029, and it is called the SKIP key. You set the columns you want to skip to on the drum card as god intended (you did take that class didn't you). Thankfully you could select on an 029 which settings you could use (PROG 1 and PROG 2) so the first was Fortran, the second was your Assembler (which had different
tabs fields than the Fortran program did. When you used assembler, the skip positions were columns 10, 19, 37 as the proper gods determined. This allowed for 8 character labels.
Of course when you went to terminals (an ASR33 for sure), the software set things to have a tab every 8th column, so you used to after you typed your statement number in Fortran. Then tabs were ALWAYS set to 8 characters, and if you have a reasonable editor, it put them in for you even if you pounded on the space bar.
Of course when I was in typing class, the standard indent for paragraphs was 5 spaces, but that was a LONG time ago. Now it is 1/2 inch, which is the same thing on 10 cpi fix spaced fonts.
For the sales droid and the denim guy it probably wasn't a difficult choice. You see the Mercedes was probably the sales droid's own and of course he didn't want to scratch it.
As for the sales tactic, it is all to familiar. Really "cheap" up front, but the implementation and recurring costs are the ones that really kill you (hopefully the sales droid).
Is also that the year 2100 is NOT a leap year. That is going to make lots of things break. Microsoft had to do lots of things to make/unmake/make the year 1900 a leap year.
The simple solution to the Y2038 problem is to use unsigned as time_t. Then it is officially not my problem
Of course, governments are governments and they will ALWAYS screw up things.
You see one must have a cookbook, and kitchen appliances. In Miss Piggy's world she has them as well:
Cookbook: That's the yellow pages.
Appliances: The phone.
Can you say take out? I'm sure you can.
Sorry that this is a bit dated, Miss Piggy's guide to life was back in the 80's, but in many ways still applies.
The bits at 100Gbps are only around 3mm apart from each other if lined up in a line. Think of how many are in a simple 10 meter cable waiting to come out the other end.
Boggles the mind.
Now you need the processing power to do something with those bits as they spill out all over the floor into a bit bucket.
...not found for those "celebrities" that have fallen out of favor, or who really shouldn't be "celebrities" in the first place. Maybe that is why it gave the wrong name.
Maybe AWS has an alternative motive in the first place.
Of course the real reason things like this exist is to allow us "normal" people to know just who they look like that is "famous". Yeah, that's the ticket.
Cyber Crime as a Service.
Available here just distribute for me and get paid. Unlimited earning potential. Work from home. Suckers born every minute.
Oh, and to keep up with current trends... IRS coming soon to knock on your door, and remote fix available. Just pay here.
Will it never end? I suspect not if money is on the table.
...is what it looks to me.
Someone made an observation that in reality, you can't make even "minimum wage" (about $10/hr unless higher) driving for UBER. That takes into account cost of
gas petrol and other expenses. Sorry, I don't have the source, but considering that Uber takes around 25% of the fare, it might be right.
I don't know much about relocation (we have cars in Sillycon Valley), but the picture of a Basset Hound (aka Low-Rider Dog) is wonderful. It reminds me of my youth when we had two of them at home. They were nice (as pictured) tri-color Bassets, and some of the first on the west coast. My mom & dad were friends of the TV show "The Peoples Choice" which had Clio as the dog who had thoughts about the goings on.
That was MANY moons ago, but still fond memories.
Risks are risks, and we all deal with them. We must remember one thing:
"Life is a terminal disease"
And go about our business. If the risk went from 1% to 50% I might be concerned. Of course, if the risk doubled, it might spur the cure hunters to fine one. Positive outcomes all around.
Now after you have digested the above, one must remember:
"What is life, but to live it!"
Not a good combination. In the grand scheme of things, the cost of a data center appliance is the least of your worries. If you are getting server boxen in quantity the operating cost and software licensing will be costlier in the long run.
Data center items (see article on BA's fiasco) should be pretty "bullet proof" and reliable. This just isn't compatible with "low cost". As the saying goes: good, fast, cheap; pick two!
And a humble way of programming is to use an ASR33 teletype as your I/O device while you
code everything all up.
All in all a humbling experience.
Of course, the alternative before that was a keypunch and cards with a turn around time of over an hour, but I digress.
...it makes money. Same as SPAM emails. While Microsoft could make the locks better, and users could use proper protection, the real task at hand is to make malware exceedingly costly for the perpetrators. The only way to do this is for a government to go after them. The cost of the WannaCry thing was quite high, but from the looks of it, no government is going after the bad guys.
Of course, if executables were cryptographically signed and we could trust the signing, it might go a long way in helping out.
Unfortunately in the end, most users (I suspect present company excepted) are ill-prepared for the modern threats a computer faces, and will do stupid things given half a chance. I wish them luck.
Life goes on.
I understand they have this wonderful large hotel that they would like to sell to you. Brand new, never been used.
Probably complete with speakers in every room ready for "hole in one" Kim ready to indoctrinate you on a daily basis.
Oh, one last thing. You might have to live there, and nobody stays there either, as having a "disposable income" really is frowned upon.
Anything more than about $50.00 is jewelry. Those that spend more are just to have show-off bling on their wrists.
Me: My watch (of around 20 years) is one my VERY-ex girlfriend gave me. Replaced the battery many times, and have a nice twist-o-flex watchband. Served me well, and I don't need much more. Yes, watches have a LONG lifetime, something many "smart watch" people haven't figured out.
Many of the modern cinema audio mixes are done by lazy sound "designers". There is this silly 5.1 sound system that puts all the dialog in a single channel in the front, and rarely pans it anywhere else. Sure the "surround" stuff is nice, but only for blasting effects of car crashes and the like. One time (many moons ago) I watched a home video version (I believe it was) The Matrix. The dialog was AWFUL. There were many times when it got muddied with the LOUD effects.
Yes, the backing track for movies IS important, but (if anyone is listening) it is a background, not what the audience primarily listens to. Get real on effects as well. Loud doesn't make it better, sometimes being subtle it the way to go.
Of course the opening of Star Wars is great. I remember watching it on U-matic tape before it came to the video stores. I got stereo speakers there as well.
As for 4-channel audio. Most of the time it is terrible. If you have listened to good 4-channel audio, it can be VERY good. I could go further, but that would involve around 45+ years of history on the subject.
My escapade was with WiFi routers. Many moons ago, while I was visiting my mother-in-law, I noticed that there was an open router nearby. With much glee, I connected to it, and the joys of the internet were mine. The problem I faced was that I really wanted to continue to have access the next time I stopped by.
So, I looked at my routing and discovered the IP address of the router (in un-routable space), and connected to it. Then I found it needed a password. Not wanting to be locked out, I looked up the default password for this brand of router, and lo and behold, it worked nicely. With this wonderful knowledge I set about to password protect the nice access port and left the other things alone. This worked nicely for a few trips, but I later discovered that the access point had vanished from the list.
Oh, well, it was nice while it lasted. I didn't interfere with the normal intended access, and thought I was helping out by not allowing someone with malicious intent to do something nasty. Oh, yes, the statue of limitations has expired on this one too.
As for printers, a friend got a printer (dumpster diving as I recall) and set it up after polishing it up a bit. It was connected to an email account, and he got mystery printouts at times. I'm always amazed at the lack of security on such things. Don't they give classes on this stuff?
If you do your work well, you get rewarded with (drum roll) MORE WORK.
This is the bane of many service industries, which
Hell Help desk is just one.
If you are doing documentation, PLEASE write it for non-IT types. Take it home and let your significant other have a look (better yet is let your mom look at it). If they can understand all the lingo (you did simplify it, didn't you) then you are a step ahead.
In the end, we all need to deal with "other people" who aren't as blessed with knowledge of the inner workings of the giant machine we call "IT". These "other people" are both lazy and dumb (to some degree), and you need to train them on answering their own questions. Links to lmgtfy.com can get the message across.
Yes, we all deal with it, sometimes being a BOFH is the price they pay. Now where was that roll of carpet??
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