* Posts by Alan_Peery

262 posts • joined 14 Jun 2009


Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that


Re: Oooops, dropped

Auto-answered intercom calls makes a pretty hostile working environment -- even if you know that it has been enabled.

DXC Technology utters words 'hiring' and 'digital' 105 times in Q3 earnings car-crash


Re: That’s strange...

Some clearly are, as I met a new colleague last week on account.

Yes, I work for DXC.


Re: That’s strange...

There are 218 UK positions listed on DXC's website right now.


Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup


Re: All your eggs in one basket

Which does not address the rogue admin threat, the leaked credential threat, or the billing screwup threat.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists


Sorry, not space yet

The border for space is 100 km.

While the US originally defined space as 50 miles up, no one seriously regards that as the boundary any longer. The US astronauts who went up under the original definition are grandfathered into the "astronaut" space, because anything else would be unkind.

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship


Re: You'd have to be a Dummy,....

You're pretty sadly behind on what SpaceX is achieving with its booster reuse. The boosters aren't coming back badly damaged (barring crashes) -- they're coming back clean enough that the old design would be accumulating on the shelf if there weren't mission where throwing away the booster makes sense.


Re: You'd have to be a Dummy,....

Why should a perfectly good launchpad sit idle, even if it was originally built for secret military launches?

Vandenberg allows polar orbit launches, which makes it doubly useful.

IBM sits draped over the bar at The Cloud or Bust saloon. In walks Red Hat


Re: Clouded vision

> What CentOS does to this day is not a free version of RHEL. It's something

> different. It may be free for individual developers, but for the likes of

> Google or Amazon it is definitely not free.

Please point to the the portions of the CentOS website that support this statement, because you're not describing a situation I recognize.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz


Umm, share price means little. Compare stock market capitalization (price * shares issued) to get a useful comparison.


Re: Fuck !

Exactly my first thought.

Outside of Japan, Fujitsu KILLS the K5 cloud with 'immediate effect'


Re: Hands up: who'd heard of it before this article?

They would have been marketing to Japanese corporates in need of computing in other regions. If the project had been Japanese led that might have worked, but if the projects were initiated outside Japan then you have to have mindshare where they were started. People choose what they've heard of, and heard of being used successfully.

I hadn't heard of it either...

Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active


Re: No explanation?

You're not seeing the issue. Setting the "I'm not here" setting and then keeping an eye on which of your colleagues are online isn't very very open. If they can't see that you're in, there's no reason why you should be able to see that they are in.

Soft eng salaries soar by 25 per cent – and, oh yes, devops is best paid for non-boss techies


Re: From the "no shit, Shirlock" files:

It would also mean horrendous commutes, from a cost & times and discomfort perspective.

Have you worked in a high density metropolitan area?

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)


Re: Reg -- AMP technology

No, AMP is much more than removing the comments section. Here are two posts I wrote up a few months ago:



'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks


Missing from the press release -- CVV status

The press release from BA says "financial details" but fails to specify if the CVV was also disclosed, or it is was not as it was only held in memory during the operations.

Curious omission.

It's official – satellite spots water ice at the Moon's chilly poles


But how much will it break down in vacuum, even with the intense sunshine?

Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition


Where are the missing e-ink tablets?

Why should a tablet not have an e-ink screen? There are cases for full functionality with a screen fully visible in sunshine -- even if that screen has to be monochrome.

Azure certifications are awful, Microsoft admits, so it has made new ones


Discounts for the first 300 is miserly

Come on Microsoft, you're a behemoth. Do you really only expect a few people to take the test, and need the revenue?

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle


Re: What about disturbing others?

People are not all the same. Some thrive on interaction, others can't handle interruption. Don't assume that someone doesn't car or isn't productive because interruptions just because interruptions bother you.

Micro Focus offloads Linux-wrangler SUSE for a cool $2.5bn


$164 million was six months income.

OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears


Re: Let's start a list...

Any two processes running at the same time. There's no need to confine ourselves to looking at the benefits that accrue to a single process when we have lots of processes on our systems.

Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust


Re: So... uhm...

Except with most companies, you have a work day, and if you go for a walk in the evening and find a pretty rock for your collection at home that doesn't become the company's rock.

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'


Re: host file?

Sounds like you should look at the OnePlus 6....

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX


Re: Yowzers!

And don't forget the Russians, with their PNUTS nuclear engine in their back pocket:


I'm running role playing game (think D&D, but with rockets and James Bond) with the ideas you have aboveand PNUTS.

Web uni says it will get you a tech job or your money back. So our man Kieren signed up...


Re: Shortage ?

Ben Carson should go back to being a surgeon -- he was an asset there.

UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row


Re: Huge betrayal of trust

Some years ago I had to figure out if the two and a half years of accruals I had towards the five year minimum required for entitlement to the IBM DB pension was worth anything. I decided it wasn't, and made job choices accordingly.

The world would be a more just place if the court had proven me wrong.

Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'


Re: "Like a human"

Lorry puts on turn signal, road train parts to let him in.


Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug


Re: ugh

Maybe the processor bug makes a function call fail, and that failure is caught by an exception? Unless the exception logs a message that could be a silent cause of slowness.

Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet


Re: How about

That's why you send a robotic ship ahead that makes the fuel for you. You only launch when the refining rocket says "I've got fuel, any takers?"

Kill Google AMP before it kills the web


Re: No opt out for end users -> extortion

So what word do you use to describe this situation?

"I broke your experience of _____, you have no choice in the matter, and I profit".

Because that is exactly how I see the situation. You may disagree, feeling that the experience is not broken, but failing to give a general and easily accessed opt-opt is not right.

Having consulted a thesaurus "coercion" may be more appropriate, but extortion isn't far off.


No opt out for end users -> extortion

It breaks my search history, as I didn't go to the originating website.

It breaks my offline reading with Pocket, as I can no longer search for articles the same way.

That's the start of the issues, I've posted elsewhere in the comments in more detail.


Re: ".. it'll look like it's from a legit new organization endorsed by Google."

Send a link to that post to The Guardian -- both the editorial side, and the web site administrator side.

Tackling the AMP users one site at a time. :-)


My AMP critique from back in December

Originally posted at https://plus.google.com/+AlanPeery/posts/7E8cRhfx587, I hit on some different aspects of why AMP is a technology that should die.


Speeding up the Web, what could be wrong with that?

Google has implemented something called AMP into the Google+ Android app, and on a post there I ended up writing a substantial critique of AMP.

AMP is a new Google technology I'm not fond of, because

1) It's breaking my reading and bookmarking workflow and

2) It centralizes more power with google and

3) It might hurt the originating website's viability and

4) For the same original URL, users in Google+ (and probably soon Gmail) get different URLs depending on what device they read on and

5) There's no easy way for me to opt out that I have found

In very quick summary, an "Accelerated Mobile Page" link points back to cached content is substituted for the direct link to a website if that website opts in. The page loads faster, but the link points back to Google rather than the original site (leading to complaint #1 as I can no longer track by site, etc), and Google knows I have followed it (#2) and the website doesn't get the traffic (complaint #3) though there may be a reporting mechanism I am not familiar with and they do have to opt in.

I'm only getting a grip with how AMP shows up now, and it changes depending on where you're reading content. When I first read the original post I was using my mobile phone, and the URL shown in the Google+ post was an AMP style URL -- so I edited the URL by hand into a normal URL by hand as I thought the original poster had posted an AMP URL. Looking at the original post in the a PC web browser I saw the normal URL. We suddenly have two URLs instead of one which makes confusion possible (#4).

The final bit is that I haven't been able to find a way to disable the AMP mechanism from affecting me personally, as Google+ doesn't make this an option(#5). This means my workflow is broken, as the URLs I add to Pocket for offline reading when I am using my phone don't reference the real website.



The original URL, with some editing so you can see the URL fully:

http:// www.smh.com.au /world/us-election/trumps-tech-adviser-peter-thiel-backs-utopian-technology-less-sure-democracy-20161116-gsqrnu.html

The AMP'd URL that I see when using my Android phone:

https:// www.google.com /amp/s/amp.smh.com.au/world/us-election/trumps-tech-adviser-peter-thiel-backs-utopian-technology-less-sure-democracy-20161116-gsqrnu.html

Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors


Re: Only one question

Next time use the vote instead for the Liberal Democrats -- who have a sensible policy in this area if memory serves...

Gang-briefed by IBM bosses in Hawaii? Nah, I'll take redundancy


Re: The Island with Bear Grylls

Not if you have been forward looking, and ordered bags with built-in flotation device using the company cards...

TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen


Needs broadband is ridiculous in this day and age.

For most people, yes. But for the frugal or the very income-limited, there is a huge role for over the air reception. Hopefully with a PVR, as the benefits of time-shifting and advert avoidance are huge.

>my entire setup - with all those boxes and necessary cabling - doesn't come to

>half what that guy paid for his TV. Probably not even a quarter. And I've

> had the same setup for nearly 10 years now,

Did you add the cost of your network into the above computation?

Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'


Re: Trust Jimmy Wales to make decisions for us?

Why is a comment like this made as Anonymous Coward? If true, it's neither embarrassing nor likely to be something that couldn't be said because the policies of the person's employer requires clearance first.

SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist


And where is the quarterly/annual confirmation of snooping continunce

Just because you said Yes once, shouldn't mean you've said it for all time...

Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear


Re: re Why do you need the intermediate server, which is just another thing to go wrong?

Don't you turn your heating down at night?

Or when you leave the house for 12 hours? If you don't do this, you're wasting money heating an unoccupied house.


Sounds like you've found some nice kit on Amazon, stuff that would be hard to dig out amidst everything they carry. Could you post links to the kit?


Re: re Why do you need the intermediate server, which is just another thing to go wrong?

You just assumed the household has a regular occupancy pattern. That's not true for all households, and those with irregular patterns do have a use for "warm up the house, I've arrived back from the sales trip" functionality.

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


vi and emacs -- the Janus faced god of editors

The wise man sayeth:

The manifold path of editing on the world of the file system is best followed by worshiping both aspects of the true editing god(s), vi AND EMACS.

Clone it? Sure. Beat it? Maybe. Why not build your own AWS?


Re: AWS vs the real world

With the cloud, you get a list of risks as well -- you just don't get to read them.

Just wait for a hurricane to hit AWS-East and you'll see what I mean.

Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins


Re: Obviously a real bummer for the Theives Support Association

I think you've got it backwards -- this makes it *much* easier for thieves.


Re: So...

This will make it *easier* for devices to be copied at the border, as they will be out of the traveler's hands and thus more vulnerable.

Today's WWW is built on pillars of sand: Buggy, exploitable JavaScript libs are everywhere


Re: Lots of shouty, no content - because the topic is messy

The scope of this topic could be described as list of websites -> list of libraries -> library -> list of vulnerable versions -> list of vulnerabilities in each version -> technical details of each vulnerability. The paper only looks at the first four components. If you're looking the details in components 5 & 6, start with the list from component 4 and consult each release note and CVE.

I'd argue that the list from component #4 (mentioned on page 4, point 4 of the doc) is the most valuable point from a deployment strategy, because it would allow you to check your version(s) against that list and patch. The problem is that the javascript library world is poorly managed, because there are approximately 400 (!) versions across 11 libraries (pg 4, figure 1), so the list is simply too massive to include.

Uber hires Obama's attorney-general to review its workplaces


Re: Re:Why? and then we ask ourselves why women in are few and far between

> the same as enrollment in university CS

Seems you should be taking the population into account, and not just grads. If you're only hiring grads, you're practicing age discrimination.

Lap(top) of luxury: Porsche Design revs up 2-in-1 Windows 10 slab


Avoided a big error in the Surface Book

The tablet portion has a USB port, something that is missing in the tablet portion of the Surface book. Lack of USB connectivity in the tablet means a lot less flexibility.

It's a USB Type-C 3.1 with Thunderbolt.

GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail


Re: All of the above notwithstanding, it's a bit hard to understand use of rm -rf ...

After you're done with the copies of data you're holding in a temporary filesystem, you clean out the temporary filesystem.

Just make sure you're in the right filesystem... :-(

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to outsource global IT team to CSC borg


Re: Déjà vu

There was the minor fact that Worldcom had been indulging in *lots* of financial shenanigans completely unrelated to EDS work, IIRC.


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