More of this please
452 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: Cloud has several inherent disadvantages for parallel workloads...
I don't know about other providers, but AWS generally charges for download but not upload. I use this fact (along with the pay-as-you-go charging on storage) to encourage more efficient ETL and reporting. If they only store what they need to, and only spit out/download what they need to see as an end result, it's cheaper. This is in contrast to an on-prem EDW (for example), where some central project has bought/delivered the warehouse, and individual business projects don't care about efficiencies because they aren't paying for that big row of Teradata kit etc.
Re: "Without naming the machine's maker"
I just got rid of a 2014 5 series on Friday. I now cannot log in to the app on my phone.
Also, even if I managed to log in, the app checks the car's location. If it's more than 1.5km away from the phone, it refuses to provide any info 'for privacy reasons'.
The only hidden nugget on that car is Faithless's The Dance on the hard drive.
Geordie Bond Fan
Am I the only one pronouncing that as "Why-aye Specter"?!
Re: If only there was a way
From AWS Cloud Best Practices:
"Be a pessimist when designing architectures in the cloud; assume things will fail. In other words, always design, implement and deploy for automated recovery from failure. In particular, assume that your hardware will fail. Assume that outages will occur. "
Customers aren't paying for an infrastructure that does not fail - they are paying for things like elasticity, parallelism, and the transfer of capex to opex.
Re: Russians on Phobos?
A consensus among a raving gang of swivel-eyed conspiracy theorists probably doesn't count.
Re: There are also several web sites that specialize in IT gigs
Hey Beornfrith, thanks for sharing your story and being open. Although IT is generally conducive to working from home, one of the problems is getting your foot in the door first. So for example, I've never been able to work from home for the first few weeks of any new role, at least. This is partly to get the new recruit up to speed with the role, partly so others get to know you so you can all communicate when not face to face, and partly so the manager trusts the new guy, I suppose.
Maybe it would help if you offered the first x weeks of work for free? Hopefully, this wouldn't impact on your benefits, while allowing an employer to get comfortable with the idea of you working remotely, since from their perspective, they would have little to lose from giving you a trial?
Or, how about this. Learn something like dotnetnuke, develop a couple of sites (you'd need one for yourself anyway), then try finding work on 99designs or fiverr or whatever. Admittedly this could affect your benefits if you earned money one week but not the next.
As much as the following sounds a bit iffy, you could try playing the system:
1. Set up a limited company with your wife as sole director.
2. Said company then touts for work on (for example) 99designs, as above.
3. A job comes in, which is fulfilled by an unpaid volunteer (guess who?!)
4. Money is paid to the limited company. Paying that out to your wife would incur tax, but that's ok, because at least you've earned money to be taxed on in the first place, rather than losing benefits and having nothing at all in it's place.
5. You might reach a point where there is sufficient money in the company to take on an employee (again, guess who?!) at which point you drop the benefits and take a salary.
And all this time, your wife isn't doing much for the company, so no extra work for her. You get to use your brain, extra money comes into the house, and if it doesn't work, you've still got the benefits to fall back on.
Re: David Anderson
*You* think you've nothing to hide.
Or, as per my conversation with a colleague:
Me: "Do you mind me knowing you're Jewish?"
Me: "Ok, it's 1939, we live in Germany and I just joined a far-right political group, now do you mind me knowing you're Jewish?"
The point is, he hadn't done anything different, or "wrong" - it was the watcher - a hypothetical me - that was dodgy.
Bypass the watcher?
So mail comms are collected if the sender or receiver is overseas. If you wanted to talk to some ne'er-do-well overseas about nefarious stuff, that sounds like something you could bypass.
You (baddie 1) write message in UK and commit to disk
Replicate stored data via block-level replication to overseas data source
Baddie 2 looks at replication target disk on the other end, reads message, replies and commits to disk for replication in the other direction.
What's the chances that an encrypted block-level disk repl would be intercepted, read, and the deltas from multiple replications compiled into a legible text string? From the resource constraints and bureaucracy evident here, I wouldn't expect so.
I expect there's a bunch of other ways to do it too.
Do I *have* to take a pay cut to do it?
Re: "The farm decided to go with a more modern, off-the-shelf software solution."
Really? I need the loo - I'm going to count.
Worked in Houston at HP labs for a week
That was cool. The steak and the shrimp etoufe (spelling?) were good. The two HP engineers assigned to my project didn't know each other, we all got on great, but as per my colleague's (from Kansas city) advice, I was extremely careful around politics - their very own George W was POTUS at the time.
There was, however, an odd moment where one of the HP guys recalled a childhood memory (as a 15-year-old) of standing in the back of his dad's pickup at 40mph offroad while simultaneously wedging his legs in the bars behind the cab and wielding a rifle one-handed trying to shoot a fleeing deer or some other poor beast. Properly mental stuff. Only for the other engineer to exclaim that he had almost the same experience in his own childhood. No, seriously, I'm not even joking. The only reason these guys were't wearing sidearms was because HP had a company policy of no weapons on site.
Re: Odd modus operandi
" there will be a few dozen who have the talent, the knowledge and the tools to find out who is behind this"
Sounds like a quote from a new "Taken" film...
I have to 'go' before I go out on my bike, because cycling makes the turtle put in an appearance. Add to that the strain of climbing trees to dismantle spotlights, I reckon this guy must leave the house a good few hours before a well-timed deposit.
Re: Heading south to start a family holiday
"London closed to traffic" - that's a crazy statement right there.
Re: Very eerie in London
"first and only time that strangers talked to strangers on London transport."
That pisses me off about people - it's ok to talk to me when they're shitting themselves, but look down their noses at everyone else as long as they are feeling nice and secure? This happened when the lights went out on a tube train - suddenly they're chatty in the darkness.
I watched two pre-teen siblings do this - bickering for an entire holiday flight, until the descent got a bit rough and suddenly they were hugging each other. At least they were kids.
To the OP, thanks for sharing. A sad day indeed.
I know the Custom Support Agreement provides hotixes and updates (although only critical one, and that's as judged by MS), but does the CSA provide continued access to tech support - given that you need a premier support agreement in order to purchase a CSA? Or has 2003 tech support been killed as part of this?
Music platform for home
Hey folks, not sure if this should be here or in 'Consuming Passions', but here goes:
I'm moving to a house where the previous owner installed some fancy ceiling speakers for multi-room audio. Assuming that these are patched to a central point, can anyone suggest an appropriate music system? I'm thinking of a server that can see my iTunes library and spotify, and maybe rip CDs for example, and some sort of client in each room to choose the locally-played music. It would also be handy if there was an ios app version of the client.
I believe he wired cat5 throughout as well, but I guess wireless clients would be more user-friendly.
I don't know if he patched the lounge speakers into the AV for integration with the TV, but that functionality might prove handy.
Any advice appreciated.
Re: I can top anybodies.
"I say we take off, nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
I am reminded of the on-site tech who called me on the service desk (yeah, my first job) to ask if resetting the users password on the AS400 would resolve the SCSI id boot error on the workstation. Explaining that the client bios config had no concept of the os2 user, let alone the mid-range box on the other end of a 3270 session was like teaching Chinese to a toaster. The client config was a company-wide standard build, so it was either a one-off error or a hardware failure (and he hadn't tried a reboot). The best bit was that he got the password reset, rebooted the client, then because it booted ok, he called me back to call me a clueless fuckwit!
Re: Stuff kids say
Genius. I once blagged a ticket for a Liverpool-Fulham football match, separated from my friend and in a stand with the opposing Fulham supporters. Liverpool won 2-0, met with much hurling of obscenities by those around me, including the man next to me who was with his son (I know, great example!). At the end, this lad, probably about 7 yrs old, turned to his Dad, and pointing to me, says "he's not made a sound for 90 minutes, do you think he's a Liverpool fan?" His Dad said something like "No, don't be silly, be quiet", and I just thought was that he was one of the most observant people there. I wanted to tell his Dad, but chickened out!
Thanks Hollerith and Mayhem - the business units have their own devs related to the integration aspect, so there's no fooling them in that respect, but I see the points you are getting at.
Re: More common than you think
@x7 - good grief, I thought you were being sarcastic for a minute, talking about standing on the seat. Perhaps you're right, we should have embraced him (*ew*) as an innovative thinker!
Re: More common than you think
@Laura Kerr - Indeed! Took a while to get any cash through when the whole ship sunk, didn't it? Still, I enjoyed the after-work social life while it lasted.
More common than you think
A place I worked at launched an HR enquiry to investigate the source of turds in bin bags, left by the side of the toilet. The cleaners were going ballistic, and company emails were expressing concern for mental health of colleagues ("there's the loo, right there, so why else wouldn't you use it?"-type thinking), until what was thought to be a muslim chap owned up in confidence. He was devoutly religious, and perceived the toilet to be 'unclean'. Quite why he couldn't do the squat-stand like other self-respecting OCD geeks I don't know.
I like how the Police removed one of them, and left the rest on the street!
My thoughts exactly - the way to make this one work is produce a 360 degree cardboard template for 16 of those disposable things you get from Boots - what are they, about £7 each? Oh, and a shitload of confusion when you go through the faff of getting the old-school film developed and they get mixed up.
Still, that would kybosh the standardisation of 'critical' stuff about field of view etc.
The reg just devalued a credible technical article by including a large but completely irrelevant image of a hot girl on the front page, topical only because she's holding a phone. You guys keep rocking that last-century approach to attracting women into the industry.
Re: Shit happens. Hope they patch soon.
"most round here won't need to" - speak for yourself! :-)
I don't have a dev background, so all this is really interesting to me.
Re: Private = Privacy
The stated use case for hosting in different regions is the regulatory impacts. So if, with AWS, I choose Ireland as my primary location, and Frankfurt as secondary, then in the event that AWS still cough for 'the man', the benefits of multi-region hosting start to wobble.
'Course, given that there isn't a UK host region (yet), that still mightn't be sufficient for regulated industries.
Re: Five minutes of internets sleuthing..
Clive-sleuth + retina display = jaw-dropping desktop
Re: A little damage was enough
Indeed - 'Vulcan 607' by Roland White, mesmerising feat of engineering and logistics. I seem to recall something like 90 aircrew, 14 aircraft and umpteen in-flight refuellings. Don't ever tell the RAF that something is impossible!
I always used to smile when the Vulcan passed overhead at the airshows, leaving a series of blaring car alarms on the first couple of rows of parking. There would be people scrambling all over the place looking for car keys...
Also, XH558, thanks for keeping me dry while I ate my sandwiches under your starboard wing. Hat well and truly tipped.
In 2011 I set about deploying a strategic BI platform - everything from server tin to fancy front-end tools. I was challenged to use Openstack at the time, but I didn't feel it was ready. Ended up with Intel, VMware, Sharepoint etc, loads of capacity for new projects, sadly no chargeback capability, but looking back, I still think it was the right decision.
I wondered recently whether HDFS would provide commodity iscsi storage for an ETL staging layer using an extract-once, read-many approach, but ISTR the random reads and variable file sizes (and other stuff I can't recall) didn't make it very friendly. The more obvious GPFS appears a better choice.
I think there's an element of selective quoting - Cameron is implying that you can be an obvious baddie(TM) but as long as you obey the letter of the law, then legally they can't currently touch you, which is what he wants to change. Think extremist preacher who causes the media to blast the government as inept because said preacher is 'untouchable under this country's weak laws' etc etc...
Clearly though, if not properly thought through, this will be ripe for abuse.
Storage spending is where it's at! Says, er, storage company. With a dodgy methodology.
Why the criticism?
So then, no-one is allowed to ask for anything because there is always someone less fortunate than you? What a load of cobblers.
That said, at £500 between a group, I don't see why they don't just crack on. Add a bit of generosity from the likes of bpfh (above, re switches) and you're away. When I felt a bit remote in the Falklands, I ended up saving £3k in 4 months, get to it lads!
If you can't beat em, join em
Which is why, despite umpteen years in corporate IT, I now find myself taking time to acquire skills in AWS...
Re: "there is no derailleur....so the prototypes are fixies"
LOL at the idea of a fixie e-bike - you WILL pedal all the way to work... and past it... etc
Eye-opening stuff, including some of the horror stories in the comments. However, how many of these SAP instances are accessible from the corporate network anyway? If the host LPAR is in it's own network zone with only the appropriate ports open to permit access from an authorised front end, most of the risk is potentially from a malicious authorised dev/admin, no? Not that this is a small risk, but I can see why C*Os everywhere accept the risk...
Hey, thanks other commenters for the tips. (Netstat shows a connection to Twitter, when I don't even use Twitter?!)
I know I prefer OSX to Windows or Ubuntu, but I'm the first to concede that I don't know all the ins and outs of the OS.
Little Snitch looks useful. Seems there is also a rudimentary IDS called 4shadow - appears to just be a front end for a bunch of scripts/commands etc, but at only £4 I might give it a whirl.
@Beachrider - I'm not so sure. The Aster and hadoop products push them into the big data space, complete with their own hardware appliances. I wonder whether there is a combination of forces; industry hesitation (at least at the purchasing level) about how all this stuff is tied together, and why it's a good idea to have both a DW and Big Data platforms, the in-memory performance of things like SAP HANA, and perhaps recognition that if you get the data architecture and usage right, then cloud hosting, with it's "upload and process as much as you like, pay for the download" approach lends itself to analytics, and doesn't involve £3m on your own hardware?
Re: Fallen star
Doesn't surprise me, I worked with some genius devs who, once outside of the pure programming world, didn't seem to know one end of a computer from the other.
Re: "sexual health and wellness"
Blimey, that's an odd story. Seems I missed my calling!
Re: Why Hello Hans Blix
"Hans Brix you f***ing w@nker!"
My mate nearly did himself an injury laughing at *that* sex scene.
Re: Propaganda still winning hearts and minds?
Alternatively, perhaps it's merely indicative of the Reg being frequented by the kind of people that would rather see data and evidence than hyperbole.
But of course, rather like climate 'science', you conveniently ignored any possibility which didn't suit you. Funny that.
Re: Message Translated..
I was thinking more along the lines of:
Buy one window or door and get one free, ONLY at SAFESTYLE UK! But hurry, this offer is strictly time limited! Honest!
Any higher indeed. What bothers me most about this is that the capitulation of Starbucks, while great for UK public funds, has established a precedent whereby the government can look at something they don't like, realise there's nothing illegal, therefore set the UK lynch mob of media and screaming masses upon the target and wait for them to cry 'ok, ok, you win!'. How is this different from the insipid whinings about being tried 'in the court of public opinion' by Harman or Wacky Jacky or whoever it was a while ago?
Sorry, but it's a companies duty to act in the interests of it's shareholders. If I was a shareholder, and the company declared a £10m write-off 'because it seems like a fair thing to do', I think I'd be rather miffed.
It might seem like a good idea currently, but this is nothing more than tabloid-inspired lynching, and it won't be long before the same approach is tried on other things where we might not be as keen.
Re: Hang on a minute
David Bailey-n? (Try saying it)
Re: Also obligatory
Damn. I came here just to post that!