Re: This scenario was a dilbert comic strip
Ah yes, the very first dilbert cartoon I ever saw. Back in the days when life was not trying to outdo satire.
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Ah yes, the very first dilbert cartoon I ever saw. Back in the days when life was not trying to outdo satire.
it's up to the law to modernise itself to reflect technology.
What bright spark decided to allow keypresses on VSphere Client to perform menu actions? So if you don't properly focus on the console, you can type away and get prompted for "do you want to shutdown"? Fortunately I looked up and saw that before I got too far, but it was close.
(well, one of them). A major disconnect between management's understanding of security risks and the sysadmins understanding of security exploits.
is that there is not an easily digested metaphor that resists it's definition being butchered or co-opted for a cause. So you actually have to understand the core concepts and their implications. The fact that so many people now resort to metaphor to explain it (and badly most of the time) shows half the problem.
Stallman had a great idea (Free) but Torvalds wrapped the concepts in a model people mostly understood (Open Source).
Duty rumour was that NASA ground crew wanted to wear ape masks when John Glenn exited the shuttle on his second flight, fact or fiction?
"A system that marks a student down when they have given a perfectly correct answer just because they haven't given the answer the examiner was expecting is...
a great primer for some of the ar5eh0le managers you will meet in IT".
the uxxent is all wrong.
So, a silicon valley party has as much sex and drugs as if the characters from the TV series "Silicon Valley" had organised it (Erlich Bachmany aside). Quelle surprise.
It's just "Torchwood" in a different setting (but credit for the gay characters and the ginger minger)
"it's all cloud and we aint in the Data Centre business anymore" (I'm a Unix Sysadmin) Thanks boss, and also for the company aligning with Azure (windows based, oh double joy). I'm late 40s, looks like I might have to finish my RHEL 7 Cert and then try working for a museum or local government that has running copies of actual hardware.
But I test them like they could possibly delete the environment (and I insist on a separate playpen area to develop in, that replicates prod).
Part of the problem I have with DevOps is that there is no "preview" mode and the recovery method should something go wrong is long and convoluted. Surely the ability to revert a change should be paramount in a dynamic environment? (data as well as config?)
And I don't use scripts to text my girlfriend when I am working late, like this guy. https://github.com/NARKOZ/hacker-scripts
Did anything think about providing the capability for allowing our allies to launch and land non-F35 aircraft on these carriers?
"Sorry, F18 with a short fuel load we can't capture you, try swimming for the nearest arrestor cable carrier about 100 miles east of here"
that are part of the "Huka Falls Surf Club", they will subscribe to this sort of thing?
If you are a programmer who wants pain, try coding in ABAP.
The english language was forked? It's a brave soul who would draw up the git branch tree for the english language.
and I even tell them which type of components it is (backup drives or print interface etc) but I never tell them WHICH component! I want to see if there is an actual visible improvement that they can recognise and report.
Don't get me wrong, I love my Ops, they know much better than me how a system works day-to-day but they can also be guilty of wishful thinking and seeing false-positives if told that something has changed.
if you want to be ahead of the curve, ask the writers of Halt and Catch Fire, as their characters seem to anticipate and identify the big trends for EVERYTHING !
Am stuck building an obscure Non-Linux OS to house an Application written in an archiac language, and it struck me that designs for solutions do not identify the end of life process or ease of migration from them.
Shouldn't most Systems have a method of automated extraction of data in a common format for migration, or the ability to port code easily? It seems a waste of my time to build an out-of-date OS just to host an Application that could be easily written in something else. or is it the fact that it's my time being wasted, rather than the developers?
Actually, the problem commenters here had with Windows for Warships was that it added features to manage OS updates that would have beneficial to Joe Adminstrator, but that were only available to the MoD. (and that rattling of anchor chains you can hear is the ghost of RMS)
Great 80s synth riffs, the band Mi-sex have jumped on the re-union train down here in antipodean land lately, despite their lead singer dying in the 90s in a car crash (the bands Dragon and The Angels suffer the same problem but have still re-formed). Though they all lack the budget to bring them back via avatar a-la Tupac. Maybe they will just prop a photo up on the stage.
who was stroppiness personified when she did not get her way (she was a friend of the director who has vaguely promised that her application administrator role could lead to greater things and she was impatient to get to those things). When I complained, my supervisor said she had a medical condition (of the female kind) that caused her to be so short, so could I please excuse her behaviour?
Next time she kicked off, I pulled out a tape dictaphone (it was the 90s) and switched it on. She clammed up immediately. I took the dictaphone over to my supervisor, gave it to him, and said "I've found the cure for what ails her, it's either EMF or accountability".
I'm not on linkedin with either of them.
Have gotten used to the perpetual "no!" from our networks team, so wrote a script to generate several tests for things they used to blame without looking, to get them to man up and actually look at the issue.
We have call answering rolling readouts on our TV screens here for apps support, don't networks have something similar?
First you have to get the RHT to actually write it down. I had a manager ask me to basically reorganise my team to favour one person (newest personal recruit, personal friend of the director). I told him it basically changed the job role of 3 people, and that I needed it in writing. At which point he would look at his watch, go "Oh dear, I need to be somewhere" and skip out. This was followed by all of my own improvement initiatives being blocked based on something-or-other. (Repeat for 6 months).
My end game was to divvy up work based on the lowest common denominator (the newest recruit) and write prescriptive job taskings for everyone (I was being accused of bias against new recruit, so had to show I was treating everyone the same). Half the team left, they got in a new team lead after 6 months, then the other half of the team left (including me). The manager and director got booted at the next reorg due to high staff turnover.
Lesson; management hold the reins on tasking and can make your life more uncomfortable that you can make theirs. They can also blame faults from their lack of support, on you, because they are in those circles and you don't. The only influence you can have is on metrics they are evaluated by that you don't control (staff turnover, morale etc).
I am not friends with anyone on facebook from that job. Pity, I was there 11 years but the last 2 I would rather forget.
for who gets what and when and how much? And nobody thought to analyse that set of data and see how complex it actually was?
I guess his court hearing for extradition must be taking his focus at present.
Yep, had that one too, at 2pm of the afternoon before Y2K ticked over. Fortunately no major problems.
the street kids and bogans (read: chavs down under) will knock them out of the sky for fun and / or sell them round the back of the pub. it will become prohibitively expensive experiment that will make people realise: humans have not yet collectively grown up enough to deal with this sort of technology yet.
so I had quite a few calls from irate people insisting they had dialled the correct number and refusing to entertain the concept that I was not the police.
One memorable occasion was when a middle aged lady phoned up to complain about the immigrant family across the road having a "matrimonial disagreement". She was quite incensed about this, going on at length and not letting me get much in the way of a response in. Being rather annoyed at this distraction, I said "well, our armed response unit is on the range at the moment, and they are short their quota of darkies this week, so I will send them down in about 30 mins or so to sort them out". She all of a sudden went very quiet and said "oh. thank you" in a small voice and hung up.
I sort of felt guilty afterwards, and did scan the local papers for a few weeks, waiting for the headlines like "shock! police quota for immigrant violence" to occur (never did). Eventually I swapped my number with the fax machine and all was peaceful again.
make it faithful and accurate, and only 12 people will understand and buy it.
make it accessible and dumbed-down, and 1200 people will complain about it.
(Note the interesting ratio between those 2 numbers)
Always found support in the midlands to be 3-4 hours for one vendor, fascinating to hear that Yorkshire has much better response (but I guess they were paying for it).
its about Development processes (building updates into versions and releases, and deploying them). I am fighting a semantic battle with senior manglement at a customer site on this, and pointing out that Operations is also the process. I have been a Developer for my sins, and know how badly this will end if they are the sole driver of this.
And the automation is used for deployment of the versions and releases, to allow both the conventional and Agile methodology to be relatively painless.
were crowing that they had information on this issue that could sink Hillary's candidacy. Given this report, are they more or less likely to put this forward and potentially embarass themselves?
Last night, halfway across the country! belgium!
that had high IO workload (NHS, Mining companies, finance companies, Defence industries) but with the "virtualise everything and split into components like SAP" methodology, they are fast becoming redundant. Not going back to that particular brand (and note how many HP-UX jobs on the UK sites require security vettings).
on the next series of Silicon Valley?
I had one in the late 80s. A new documentary just released online called "bedrooms to billions: the amiga years", very interesting (google it, I shouldn't need to post a link). Am sitting down this arvo to watch.
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if you haven't first been an Administrator?
And as for Administrator jobs becoming redundant, not while my co-workers refuse to write anything down and hold it in their heads instead.
but only 3 cigarettes. That was a close run thing, let me tell you.
or as we called it in the 80s, "analysis".
who would have thunk? Didn't see any articles on El Reg about it today, bank holiday over there?
Nowadays, to really convince them, you need to stand buck naked in the middle of the room, stick your todger between your legs and spread your arms out and scream "I'd F**K me!".
(Disclaimer, if you accidentally get elected as a Tory Party member using this technique, don;t blame me).
I used to team together with 2 mates (one of whom now works in america for one of the big three, the other is a psychiatric out-patient, I am somewhere in the middle) for parts and postage on various Dick Smith Kits. If only a) electronics had not lost out to computers, and b) other retailers weren't doing it better and cheaper, and c) their brand name kit wasn't crap, things could have been different.
Yep I work for a government department (now as a contractor) and my favourite saying is "Security is also providing access to those who should, as well as denying it to those who shouldn't". It's both BTW, not one first then another.
I do manage to get on well with the local security administrator, who is prepared to find a way to follow the rules but provide the access in a reasonable manner. Just lucky, I guess.
More like the Parliamentary expenses scandal, where the leaker got away scot free rather than becoming a "celebrity" and / or a "target".
how can we get to the boardroom table (or cocktail cabinet or golf club) to pre-empt shadow IT, by campaigning to broaden the services IT proper offers to cover the need that spawned this issue in the first place?
The first problem with fighting battles on who provides IT Services is knowing there is actually a battle going on.
(me, I tend to provide hourly reports when things fail to my manager and his manager, even if it's 3am. That tends to get the root cause analysis focused on making sure it does not happen again.)
They decide to suck on the jobsian kool-aid? Steve comes back as an App and mentors the team?
Browser = Mozilla. Sorted now, very interesting article. Thanks for response.
Error 2035, thats what I think.
it's an indicator for acceleration and an unofficial mascot. It also shows when Zero G has been reached.
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