* Posts by Bryan Hall

86 posts • joined 12 Aug 2006


Super Cali optimistic right-to-repair's negotious, even though Apple thought it was something quite atrocious

Bryan Hall


Could we add HVAC manufacturers to this list? They don't want to sell you anything such as replacement blower fans, etc. unless you are a "licenced professional". And if you do somehow manage to get a unit or part, all warranty is void This is complete rubbish as there is nothing complicated with installing a replacement fan, etc.

This is just another example of the current control freak society who thinks nobody should be able to do anything for themselves and we all should be completely dependent on "professionals" who they can further tax (license) and control to make themselves feel more powerful.

Webroot dunked in Carbonite: Should be quite well protected – if it survives the freezing process, that is

Bryan Hall

Let me guess...

The subscription price for web root will soar soon. Yeah...

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'

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Re: The US can't be too careful

As crooks go, he's not doing well. He made a lot more money before he ran for President.

US told to appoint a damn Privacy Shield ombudsperson already or EU will take action

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"You have zero privacy anyway," Scott McNealy told a group of reporters and analysts Monday night at an event to launch his company's new Jini technology.

"Get over it."

True more now almost 20 later than then.

Hello Alexa, Siri, and Google assistant.

You wait for one IT giant to show up with its sales figures, then two come at once: Red Hat, Oracle

Bryan Hall

You obviously know nothing about databases and data interfaces. If anything, people are moving current Oracle db applications to Enterprise DB due to the Oracle compatible interface, and new systems to Postgres to avoid vendor lock-in.

Aurora is a joke using a mix of old mysql and old Postges code. It's just the new shiny object that idiot managers think we should use.

Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

Bryan Hall

There is a place for both web apps and native apps.

Not everything can be a web app - and not everything should be a native app.

Choose wisely and use what makes sense instead of trying to make the square peg fit the triangle hole.

US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials

Bryan Hall

10A - use it!

There are parts of the FCC that make sense at a federal level - such as broadcasts of high power that can easily cross state lines. 5G certainly does not fit that bill and should not be regulated at the federal level. The states / cities should tell them to stuff it since the FCC was never recognized by a constitutional amendment to start with.

Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

Bryan Hall

Re: Total Malarky. This is abject stupidity

For New Orleans, it's not that the sea is rising faster than other areas (this is - hardly at all) that is the problem, it's that the land is sinking. It's built on weak sediment from the Mississippi river, not bedrock - this is to be expected. Time to move to "solid" ground (technically no such thing as it's all a thin crust on a bunch of molten core material).

Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Re: Itanic was wildly successful ...

Not to mention that thing called multi-tasking. So what it each app is optimized when the scheduler then dumps you out to run the next thing in que. THAT was the main technical problem with the EPIC approach as far as I could see. Great product for a serial processing mainframe... :-)

CIOs planning to snub Oracle for other cloudy vendors – analyst

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Audits and Cloud Tax

For us dropping Oracle it came basically down to two things: Audits with Oracle people who don't know their products and licensing so they try and unfairly screw you over (partner - yeah right). Cloud Tax - only allowing 1 "core" per license for x64 on anything but their own cloud (so yeah, it IS faster by default).

Can you say - hello PostgreSQL and SQL Server? PostgreSQL for the heavy lifting and spatial databases, and SS for the sleepy databases where the app can use whatever platform.

Don't read this, Oracle... It's the rise of the open-source data strategies

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How is Mongo a migration target from Oracle? It's not a relational database...

PostgreSQL - absolutely. That is where the majority of our Oracle databases are migrating to. And with the PostGIS extensions, it also replaces the Oracle Spatial option as well for the location part of your data.

The only other database that is of any interest that isn't open source based is NuoDB, due to it's unique scaling abilities especially for use with containers.

Of course, MS Sql Server has the same problems as Oracle - old monolithic technology at a high cost. Why anyone would build anything new with either SS or Oracle is a mystery.

Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0

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For Oracle Spatial - just use PostGIS

We are migrating away from Oracle. On the spatial databases that is to PostGIS (PostgreSQL). While not a direct conversion (EDB is no help there), it really isn't that hard.

For new non-spatial work, if it doesn't need to be elastic (most things) - PostgreSQL. Otherwise we are looking at NuoDB for things like microservices.

NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

Bryan Hall

Technical term

The technical term for this operation is shock modulation. Much preferred to hitting, whacking, or banging.

Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you

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The entire software world is not about services and web apps! And not every app can even connect to the internet. There are heavy-duty apps for things like CAD and GIS that need the grunt, memory, and draw speeds that only a local, non webby apps can provide. In addition, these also hit multiple sources (especially for GIS) to render the current view, something that the cross site vulnerability prohibits in a browser. Plus - multi window, multi screen.

We have (still) a Java Webstart desktop application for managing world-wide telecom plants. When silverlight became a viable option, we started to write code for that to replace the JWS application. Then MS killed silverlight and left us no other better MS solution.

So why don't we trust MS? That's why - wasted effort.

It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive

Bryan Hall

FairTax anyone?

Why don't they just admit it? The US tax code is insane. No rational person would suggest this as a way to collect money to pay for anything. And all those so-called simplifications over the years have only made it worse.

Time to scrap it and start over. Stop this holding a gun at you for your wallet when you try to get ahead, and do like other sane countries and collect the tax at the register when you buy new durable goods. That's fair to everyone, and keeps tycoons and trust fund people from dodging all the taxes the rest of us have to pay.

'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear

Bryan Hall

Re: Paging Mr Musk

Exactly. When I saw this article I was thinking - Tesla.

They won't even sell you parts to fix your Tesla if it isn't certified. Not the same thing as using 3rd party parts - but just as wrong. For a "green" car company, they sure aren't pro restore and repair.

2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

Bryan Hall

Self-driving cars anyone?

Isn't this the line of GPU's NVIDIA was pushing to power their NDRIVE SDC modules?

Maybe that is what UBER was using? Ooops.

Fog off! No more misty eyes for self-driving cars, declare MIT boffins

Bryan Hall


Self-driving advocates say that because of all the sensors these vehicles have, that they are much safer than a human river. But in the released UBER video it's clear that the forward facing LIDAR and / or ultrasonic sensors would have easily "seen" this pedestrian before the headlights illuminated her - but the software completely failed to do anything with all that information. It had plenty of time to slow down and then drive to the left around her, but it did nothing. And given the "nothing to do" role for the human, he became completely inattentive and failed as a backup as he could have at least tried to swerve to the left once he could see her.

PS - Either the camera video stinks or those headlights are useless at anything over about maybe 15 MPH. Better headlight technology is much easier (and cheaper) to implement.

The Java release train is moving faster, but will developers be derailed?

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No JWS - Oh Joy...

JWS is/was an awesome way to keep desktop Java apps always up to date. Although we actually started to migrate that GIS app to Silverlight at one point - before aborting thanks to fickle MS, we were pleased that JWS continued to be supported.

So for a future re-write - now what? What technology exists to keep a desktop app up to date (pull updates) in a cloud-like environment besides JWS? Anyone?

And no, it cannot be re-written as an HTML app - it needs to access multiple site data sources at the same time (CSS kills that), talk to PS printers to spool out large format maps, support multiple monitors, etc. In other words, it's really a desktop app - launched, installed, and updated from the "cloud".

Vermont becomes fifth US state to boot up its own net neutrality rules

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This is great news! This is how our government system is supposed to work, with problems solved in a decentralized manner at the state level.

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

Bryan Hall

How about...

The software formerly known as JavaEE.

Or maybe just some unpronounceable symbol.


Beat Wall St estimates, share price falls 5%. Who else but... AMD?

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CC has to be a rather big part of the story on why AMD is doing better. NVIDIA and AMD both have a hard time trying to ship enough GPUs to meet market demand. How could you have a bad quarter when you sell everything you can make?

Expert gives Congress solution to vote machine cyber-security fears: Keep a paper backup

Bryan Hall

Anonymous - why?

In addition to using a paper fill in the box and optically scan it method, I would like to see my vote tied to me. I have never understood this compulsion to have it be anonymous, other than to disallow the possibility of verification against individual voters to allow fraud.

I would like my vote recorded, and then be verifiable by myself online. The lookup key? Simply the sequential number of my place in line against the voter registration book I sign in against. Multiple books just start with different thousands (10001, 20001, etc).

We survived today's Amazon news avalanche to bring you this: Yes, a managed Kubernetes service will be a thing

Bryan Hall

Cloud lock-in

Get out of that Oracle lock-in, use our Amazon Aurora, AWS' cloud-based MySQL/PostgreSQL-compatible relational database and lock-in with us instead...

So how is that better?

Net neutrality nonsense: Can we, please, just not all lose our minds?

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Not a broadcasting issue

The FCC should have no say over this, period. The FCC was created to regulate a fair use of public airwaves - that's it. What happens on fiber and coax should not even be in their wheelhouse as it has nothing to do with that.

In short, KISS. The less government is involved with something, the more innovation and lower the cost it is due to choice. The more they are involved the beyond what is absolutely necessary, just costs us all money.

Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

Bryan Hall

Re: I knew it was a mistake

Pull the navy out of the middle east and just buy American gas. Problem solved.

Oracle users meet behind closed doors: Psst – any licensing tips?

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Re: "the murky world of licensing and software asset management"

I actually think that SAP has the right idea for how to license databases in the current world of multi-core CPUs - by total memory per server.

Let me use whatever features I want, with as many fast cores as I can throw at it - only with a memory limit based on whatever I've licensed it for. Total memory use is much easier to control than real core / hyperthreaded core / vCPU.

Oracle promises ‘highly automated’ security in self-driving database

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Query deleted data

"Another claim Ellison made was that the database would contain a feature that permits queries to be made against data deleted a day earlier."

Ummm - Larry, your Oracle database has had that feature for a LONG time (10.1 I think around 2006). It's called flashback query, and you can keep data for more than a day!

Larry (or your current assistant) - RTFM (or not so fine in Oracle's case) before you go say stupid things.

Oracle promises SLAs that halve Amazon's cloud costs

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Re: Half the cost of AWS - easy to achieve after Oracle doublies License cost on AWS...

Exactly. I keep wondering when they are going to hit us running on Azure.

Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

Bryan Hall

Re: Crikey - $800???

Spies need them. Small, high capacity, fast.

You don't want that copy files progress bar to not make it to 100% before you are forced to leave - do you?


'Other' may yet become the biggest and most useful cloud

Bryan Hall

Licenses drive cloud

Generic cloud providers are great for mostly open source or home-spun software. But there is a very valid place for PaaS / SaaS offerings from commercial vendors due to more favorable licensing, maintenance, and support. Now these offerings may very well actually run under one (or more) of the big vendor's cloud umbrellas, but in some cases like Oracle they don't, and that should not be a problem.

The point is - a single cloud strategy is difficult if not darn well useless when you have lots of commercial software products involved. A multi-cloud strategy just makes sense by letting each vendor tailor their offering on whatever clouds work best for them. Then the cloud-to-cloud connection becomes the important factor.

Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

Bryan Hall

Re: Eyes glazed over

Graduating from the 300 baud acoustically coupled modem all the way up to 1200 bps modem was the big deal. No longer could I read the text at the same speed it arrived on my screen...

Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

Bryan Hall

Re: Foolproof is not enough

No, they are called idiot lights because they are there as a cost reduction by bean-counters over functional gauges. Idiot lights only tell you when something HAS failed, as opposed to a gauge with an educated driver who can see that something isn't right and stops and has it fixed BEFORE it fails. Good examples are the ammeter gauge and oil pressure gauge.

I'll take the gauge any day over a stupid light.

Dell BIOS update borks PCs

Bryan Hall

The solution is SIMPLE. Have the update software check:


the machine is in warranty period + 7 days (7 for a reasonable time for the user to get with support)


warn user that the update could brick the computer, but it will be covered under support if reported before the end of the warranty period which is XX.



the machine is outside the warranty period - 6 months - 7 days


warn user that the update could brick the computer, and if so, Dell will sell them a new motherboard at a slight discount but they have to install themselves (or pay to have it installed), if reported before XX.


warn user that the update could brick the computer, and if so, Dell will sell them a new motherboard at full cost and they have to install themselves (or pay to have it installed).



Copyright Bryan Hall... :-)

I doubt many users, especially those out of warranty, will click OK - saving everyone time and effort.

FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US

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This is great

Federalism at the FCC is a great move. Communities should have the say over where towers can be placed, instead of a group of people who don't have to see it day after day.

There has to be some fine print on it, right?

AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

Bryan Hall

Roll your own instead

Oracle people say some idiotic things, such as we don't need as many datacenters. But if you want to run Oracle in the cloud - they are the best choice. We've tried the others - and I am not impressed.

Can you run a large Oracle database as quick on AWS or Azure as on Oracle's cloud? No. Not even close. For small lazy databases however, they are fine.

Want exadata? Of course nobody else has that, they are just generic white box machines.

How about RAC for full redundancy? Not possible due to a lack of hardware config at AWS and Azure.

In Memory? Well, to make use of that you need a large memory computer for that, and their's are smaller.

Of course the whole cloud problem is that to get the best performance, you really need to have everything IN the same datacenter. So if you have a mix of Oracle, SQL Server, HANA, Hadoop, Mongo databases as well as Java and .Net app servers - you have to pick one and suffer for anything that isn't native to the provider. Or... you could just run them in-house and configure them optimally yourself and save money, and not have to worry about them holding your data ransom.

Trump's lips sealed on surveillance, complains EU privacy chief

Bryan Hall

Obama's promises were worthless anyway. If they believed them, they were fools.

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

Bryan Hall

Re: Microsoft time

I always enjoyed it having negative time.

So... it's already done - or what?

Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

Bryan Hall

Blitter anyone?

Sigh... we used to have hardware blitters to take care of this crap without using CPU resources.

Did Oracle just sign tape's death warrant? Depends what 'no comment' means

Bryan Hall

Re: Obituary

Exactly - tape is the real, no power required, archive medium.

I read some old tandberg QIC tapes from the early 90's a year ago - and they still worked fine.

Republicans send anti-Signal signal to US EPA

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Overreach is the problem

The Department of "Education" should be shut down as there is no need for such a department at the federal level. The EPA does have value, but does go way too far and needs to be constrained. For example, so called wetlands on private property. In the EPA's view, if you have a low spot on your land that occasionally collects water during wet periods, that's a wetland in in their view and they will be in your face if you decide to do something to change that, such as filling it in. This overreach is what lacks any sense and causes great anger towards them.

LTE-Broadcast has broad deployment models. What it doesn't have is the iPhone

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It makes sense, so it probably won't happen.

So - somewhat like multicast over Ethernet?

It just makes sense to send (broadcast) once - or at least once per target resolution, and then receive wherever instead of supporting millions of individual streams for live events.

Solaris 12 disappears from Oracle's roadmap

Bryan Hall

What this tells us is that by using hybrid databases - Oracle with Hadoop specifically - is lessening the need for as much big iron running Solaris. The hardware is the cheapest part, the license costs are what drive you to solutions like Gluent has to reduce the Oracle CPU tax.

Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

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Oh I agree, generic run anywhere platforms are crap. This is only run on windows. Although it could run on other platforms with work, that was not the requirement so we took advantage of some native windows features.

The UI is very separate from the back-end. It does a lot of the data manipulation/creation with database code. Returned spatial features are also cached on the middle tier to enhance scale-ability. But the brute force editing and rendering of map data for both vector and raster is done on each client. To do that on the middle tier frankly would not work due to bandwidth restrictions and latency. I'm talking max 3G speed network connections (the pathetic DoD NIPRNET), so long-term caching of data on the client is paramount. Not to mention local printing to large format printers (aka plotters), multiple P2P connections from a client to multiple data sources (e.g. WFS, WMS, network shared shapefiles), etc. Just the P2P bit rules our using a browser due to the cross-scrip vulnerability crap, or a mix of HTTP / HTTPS data sources.

But back to "app" platforms for desktop / tablet OS's - the choice now is essentially compiled, locally installed and updated .net apps or whatever - or - Java, with JWS as a sort of hybrid between that locked-down environment and thin HTML apps.If there was a better, well supported hybrid environment, we'd be on it.

Bryan Hall

Everyone wants to kill Java. But what do you use for a rich internet client then?

At one time we thought Silverlight might be a good candidate. Dead now.

At one time we thought Flex could be a candidate. Dead now.

So what then to replace Java Web Start apps that download, install, self-update, and run like native installed apps?

UWP - Too phone centric! Cannot support multiple monitors, etc. Not to mention - windows 10 only...

HTML5 - You're smoking something. HTML is not a desktop application platform to replace installed apps. Not even close.

So we are stuck with it. Thankfully, JWS is not "Advanced" deployment (at least yet). Waiting for Larry to make it so... Yeah.

Oracle execs get that shrinking feeling

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If they want to regain market share, at least in the database space, I think the solution is simple. Price it to match the market and include all options in the enterprise edition so that DBAs can use the features they need to get the job done without having to juggle databases between hosts with the right combinations of licenses. Additionally, recognize Vmware and HyperV partitioning as valid, since your VM tool has failed miserably.

Uber and Volvo take on Ford in race to launch self-driving vehicles

Bryan Hall

Re: Got fed up of being flashed.

I prefer the older city lights of my euro lights on my Corrado. They are bright enough to help others see you, without blinding oncoming drivers with ridiculously bright LED DRLs. I use them when its not fully sunny, but I don't want to burn up the "off road only" halogen headlights.

Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

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Re: open source people universally hate Miguel.

Forgetting Digital Research and DR-DOS are we. That and Apple's attack on GEM rather sadly did them in.

CIOs aren't loving SAP's HANA. Yep, somebody's afraid of commitment

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HANA. How exactly do I download a version to run on a VM on my laptop so I can try / break / fix things to learn how it really works?

Right, you can't. Which beyond a few SAP implementations, will go nowhere. That and the price shock for wanting that SQL report that ran on Oracle or SQL Server on HANA - can you say total rewrite?

HANA, like Montana - rubish.

Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

Bryan Hall

Re: Who the hell uses Java nowadays?

Anyone who needs the power of a fat client without the installation and update headaches associated with one. Java Web Start isn't at all perfect, but it sure beats the alternatives.


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