Re: But that's not how it works
Maybe the HIV stuff was just a bunch of handwaving to throw-off the scent. What he _really_ did was create the first humans who can fly...
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I guess if an Executive VP says it, it's gotta all be true, right? And he's in no way trying to steer people's thinking or opinions about Oracle. No, he's just pointing out things, and those things just happen to make Oracle look better. In a better light. Less like a 1200-pound troll, more like a dainty little fairy, floating about granting wishes and making the world a generally better place. That's Oracle. Oracle is good. Oracle would really like you to understand Oracle. Once you understand Oracle, you will understand that Oracle is good. Don't you want to love Oracle now? Oracle loves you. Oracle loves everyone. Oracle is love. All you have to do is say it - "I love Oracle". Can you say that? Can you? For me? For Oracle? Good. Don't you feel better now?
"... and can be researched."
True, Google has made that relatively easy. But at the same time, Facebook et al, have made "my favorite things" not that much harder to data-mine. And really, if someone were to cold call and ask my favorite color or my favorite cake flavor, I'd be less suspicious than if someone called and asked my Mother's maiden name. So why are these companies putting their trust into info that we don't consider "confidential"?
"a limerick about "Boris Johnson and Sheep Abuse" is not the actual answer to who my "Best friend in 3'rd grade" was."
I don't disagree, but the problem comes 3-5 years later when I've forgotten the password to the site, and have to remember which pile of steaming dung I used for my BS answers so's I can get the password reset, or "authorize" my login on another computer, etc. That's when the "made up" answers come back to bite me in the behind. And if I had sat and thought out a "real" answer, well, in three years, would I still choose the same real answer for something that I only vaguely remember from 35 years ago?
Like the 20 year-olds who think those of us in our fifties can still remember who our favorite 3rd Grade teacher was, or what our Grandfather's favorite color of necktie was, or who our "best friend" was in 8th Grade, or what we had for lunch on the third Thursday of September in the 10th Grade? Those little annoying bastards who seem to be writing all of the "Secret Questions" that websites use nowadays to prove you are you. For them it was only 5 years ago or so, but for the rest of us, it's measured in decades. Hey, Skippy, I don't remember whether my middle-school Principal parted his hair to the left or the right, nor do I remember what my favorite song was in 1981. And why do the questions mostly seem to be about "opinions" - Best or Favorite? Why not stick to facts - mother's maiden name, mother or father's birthday, anniversary, number of siblings, etc. Those things don't change and DIDN'T REQUIRE ME TO REGISTER AN OPINION OF THEM AT THE TIME.
Sorry, old man getting cranky here...
A couple of weeks ago, was in Home Depot with the Mrs., looking at counter tops and kitchen sinks. It was a spur-of-the-moment stop. We didn't talk to any sales reps, just browsed around in the store. We didn't make any purchases. For all intents and purposes, we weren't customers that day. She had her iPhone in her purse, but didn't use it at any time. My phone stayed in the car out in the parking lot.
On Facebook the next day, several of the ads I saw were for kitchen sinks at Home Depot. I can't recall seeing many Home Depot ads on FB before, and most certainly never saw an ad for kitchen sinks before, nor had ever posted anything about kitchen sinks. But somehow those bastards knew we had been in Home Depot and had been looking at kitchen sinks. Not sure who's the bastard in this case - Apple for tracking via the iPhone, Home Depot for providing location data to within a few feet even though we never touched any WiFi (if they even offer it?) or agreed to be tracked in their store, or Facebook for weaving all of those strands together to desperately try to make a few potential pennies off a click for something their algorithms said my wife had been perusing.
That really hammered-home the point that these fuckers are tracking our every move. If I were in the tin-foil hat brigade, I would say the gubermint doesn't need to build an Orwellian tracking and control system, the corporations have already built most of it for them.
"I do remember reading in a "how to repair PC" type book about RAM errors caused by cosmic particles."
I remember seeing that several times back in the 90's as well. If memory serves (heh), they all said the useful lifetime of most RAM was 10,000 years, by which time cosmic rays would have caused too much damage to the crystalline structure of the memory for it to still be reliable. I guess any deep space probes would be subject to this, mostly because they'll be the only things to survive for 10,000 years.
Yes, Doom didn't need a math-co, but Quake did. I know because at the time Quake came out, I was using a NexGen NX586, which (for reasons that elude me) didn't have a math chip in it. So I missed the early Quake bus until I saved up enough for a real Pentium. I had to while away my time playing Doom Eternal, Final Doom, etc...
The Arch-vile alert sound remains to this day the only game sound that stands up the hair on the back of my neck. Cyberdemon? Pah, just mecha-noise. Spider-mother? Just a bug to squash. But the arch-vile meant I were about to have a minute or two of a hard time, and possibly get killed.
I miss the old days...
I had a similar thought. I wonder if the spammers are already using the confusion to dupe users into providing their new credentials. Just a simple "Dear user, please reset your password again. The one you did earlier was lost by our server" email, followed by a relatively official looking login page, might trick far too many users. Never underestimate the gullibility of the user base.
New measurement of time between BOFH articles - how far your hairline has receded since the last one.
I do believe this is the longest gap in BOFH articles since I started reading them here in like 2005. I remember several years ago, Simon took off for like 3 or 4 months. This time, it seems ages longer.
"Next manager along didn't understand any of it, so ordered it ripped it out in favour of..."
The mark of a truly gifted Manager is that they can come into a new job and immediately decide to rip out systems that have been reliably ticking over for 10 years. All because they read a "Best Practices" article on a forum somewhere. That's why they get the big money.
Me, bitter? no...
"By providing a document in the kernel source tree that shows that all people, developers and maintainers alike, will be treated with respect and dignity while working together, we help to create a more welcome community to those newcomers, which our very future depends on if we all wish to see this project succeed at its goals."
Aw, man, Linux is turning beige... Bummer. I always liked LT's rants, they are some of the more entertaining and colorful aspects of this otherwise boring industry. Time for "safe spaces" and singing Kumbaya.
I used a small MicroTik router at a previous job. Nice little box for $30. Was handy as a "cheat" to let me get to equipment in an otherwise isolated VLAN. I was amazed at how many different ways that thing could molest an IP packet. The GUI interface was a bit rough, though, since it had so very many little knobs and buttons.
I was a Groupwise admin for 15 years, then migrated to Office365. Never used Notes in the least. For on-prem, Groupwise was hard to beat (at least through 2012 when we jumped ship) - it was fast, took care of its own databases pretty reliably, and was easier to maintain and upgrade than what I'd read about Exchange. But lack of integration with desktop apps (ie - "it's not Outlook"), and Novell self-destructing, eventually forced even me to say "we need to move". As an admin, the biggest benefits I found in O365 were the deep Powershell abilities (we won't talk about EWS, though), and the fact I never have to add another drive to the storage array.
The one I always loved was the call of "The Internet isn't working", when the actual problem turned out to be that the user had set the browser's startup page to some obscure website Somewhere Out There, and that website was down. Did they bother trying to go to Google or Yahoo or CNN or anywhere else? No. Start browser, get error message, call IT to complain loudly. Lovely.
Let's not be too harsh - there was probably a committee involved, and possibly high ranking members of the upper Management team. Meetings, lots of meetings to decide WHICH shade of dark, dark grey was most fitting, or should they switch to dark, dark gray instead? Meetings need donuts and drinks, which means caterers needed to be scheduled. And point-release reveals to the various mid-management teams. More meetings to integrate their better suggestions. More donuts. Finally the big release to the Executive Management team, and more meetings to figure out the most politic way to NOT integrate their horrible suggestions.
Surprising they got it out at all then.
“No, it’s too generic and we already have safety servers."
That made me snort. It's a shame you can only plant a crop in some fields every few years. Usually the cycle corresponds to the changing of the employment status of the Senior Beancounter. If there's nobody around to say "Hey, didn't you buy a new CMS server 2 years ago?" then it's time to do a PO for a new CMS server...
"It should be noted that the first 6 posts in this thread were downvoted about 10 minutes after the first post was published."
So now we know what Darl McBribe is doing with his free time - trawling El Reg and downvoting any posts that denigrate TSG. Hard to believe tha anybody but a few lawyers still give a positive shit about TSG - the rest of the world hates them like a burning rash.
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