* Posts by HCV

99 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


Tech bosses talk kids' books! Could they show a glimmer of humanity? You only get one guess


the most coveted school in Silicon Valley is the Waldorf School of the Peninsular

Golly, I really hope that isn't true, because Waldorf schools are kinda... messed up.

Great salads, though, as long as you go light on the mayo.

(Also: "Peninsular"?)

'We broke a few things and will continue to do so... in a careful way' – Oracle's Reinhold on Java renovation work


Re: Microsoft should sue them.

Wait, what, publicity says good things about thing they're publicizing? Tell me more!

Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running


Re: FIXED: Halted machine on other side of the planet

Thank you! I've been trying to remember the "girl the plastic cover is named after" name on and off for years, and for whatever reason both my Google Fu and my friends' memories have failed me. I must travel in the wrong circles, or live in the wrong country.

Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month


Re: Shutting the Stable door

I think you're ignoring the enormous success they've seen in jacking Solaris licenses into the stratosphere.


I bet this will be a hot topic at JavaOne.

...too soon?

Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador


Re: 'There once was a time when [INSERT NAME HERE] were heroic figures'

Reminds me a lot of this

I guess it does if you squint just right: misuse of a thing in the service of a goal. Only in one case the goal was an odd stab at getting the United States to promote peace, the other's goal was stabbing the United States to promote Julian Assange.


Re: Heroes

There once was a time when Wikileaks/Assange were heroic figures.

See: Milkshake Duck

Oracle pledges annual Solaris updates for you to install each summer


Re: I guess its time to dump sun hardware forever

Exactly what "Solaris 10 mess" was fixed by Solaris 11.3?

Oracle ZFS man calls for Big Red to let filesystem upstream into Linux


Re: time to buy shares in high grade memory fab then

"Query, whats happening to Reiser FS these days ? It did seem better for OLT with lots of small frequent transactions."

It turned out to be murder to keep development going.

Vibrating walls shafted servers at a time the SUN couldn't shine


Re: "SUN"?

Just no. As a corporate name, it was never "SUN", and absolutely never "S.U.N."

The original SUN workstation project at Stanford preceded the formation of Sun Microsystems, and was never a Sun product. The first product from Sun Microsystems was the Sun-1 workstation.




Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple


The Dock is now more like the Dock on MacOS – namely, something that's trying to do two different things: launch apps and keep track of running apps. That was a huge criticism of Mac OS X for years

Huge. Huge, I tells ya.


Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit


"And yes backup beforehand you fools."

Thank you, Gandalf. Mind the landing.

Oracle softly increments SPARC M7 to M8, then whispers: We'll still love you, Solaris, to 2034


tick tick tick

...and talk of delays for Solaris.next

Screven said during the webcast: "Fall of 2018".

That's pretty delay-ey. If they hit that mark, that'll be 3 years between Solaris 11.3 and Solaris.next. It'll be 7 years after Solaris 11. Can you feel the continuous delivery?

Confirmed: Oracle laid off 964 people from former Sun building


It's a bit more than a "building"

The Santa Clara campus was Sun's headquarters of record at the time of the acquisition. It's something like 60-80 acres, IIRC, and has 20+ buildings.

Oracle staff report big layoffs across Solaris, SPARC teams


Phipps didn't say "all". He said:

Oracle laid off ~ all Solaris tech staff yesterday

"~ all", as in "approximately all." It's a geek thing, which is appropriate, don't you think?

MongoDB quits Solaris, wants to work on an OS people actually use


Oracle is canceling all sparc development and selling fujitsu boxes.


Sun people will remember OPL/APL. This sounds like the same idea, only with a brick wall replacing the light at the end of the tunnel.


Re: Cross platform

original MongoDB post lists multiple Solaris distros, none of which run on SPARC

Argle bargle, Solaris is SPARC only, no one uses it on x86!

Nobody in their right mind actually runs Solaris for anything vaguely important on anything other than SPARC!

I can tell you with great assurance that many companies on Wall Street, in retail, and in government, just to name a few markets, ran Solaris on their x86 systems for their very important applications. One of the US' largest supermarket chains ran their entire business on Solaris x86 at one point.

...whether many companies still do is a more interesting question, since Oracle has worked for the last 7 years to make it difficult and expensive to get Solaris for non-Oracle boxes.

Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork


Re: Screw the statistics. I'd use the best people I can find to do the job.

Someone on the Twitters noted that the fact that people like Damore can't see that diversity is important in creating quality projects demonstrates exactly why diversity is important.


Re: Thiel Capital

Come for the gouts of magmatic tat, stay for the teenage blood transfusions.


Re: asshe but

you should not fire someone because you dont like his political ideas.

But perhaps you should fire someone if they are a liability to your company. Or, more assertively: if someone is a liability to your company, you should fire them.

Mr. Damore has conclusively proven that he cannot work well with others. I would not assign him to any team of any composition, based on his documented thought processes and aggressive contempt for empathy,

In addition, he has put the company in a bind, internally and externally.

Therefore, I would give him the chance to exercise his right to be happy elsewhere, and at the same time make room for a more productive and less disruptive employee.


Re: Assuming They Don't Post Anonymously

Well, obviously /someone/ complained to HR

Or, HR reads the news.

Oracle's systems boss bails amid deafening silence over Solaris fate



If that is the case, it will represent conventional release cadence for Solaris.

Like a Swiss chronometer, it is, if by "like a Swiss chronometer" you mean "every November, or possibly October, unless it's April, or perhaps not at all that year."

MH370 researchers refine their prediction of the place nobody looked


"a machine equipped with all manner of navigational and gps transponder equipment"

There actually wasn't that much equipment, and very little of it had the ability to communicate with anything when the plane was over the ocean. The only device equipped to communicate via satellite was the engine diagnostic reporting equipment, which is what gave the two most likely paths that the plane traveled -- narrowed down to one when debris started to appear.

The pings from the engine recorder delivered no direct information about the location or status of the plane (other than engine performance stats), and only transmitted once an hour. That's an incredibly sparse amount of data to work with.

The fact of the matter is that an aircraft over the ocean, once it gets a certain distance from land, is not readily trackable.


Re: What can be learned of the crash at this late stage?

I would say the CVR is going to give very little information, because unless I'm seriously mistaken, it's only going to have the last 30 minutes or so of the flight, and anything of note that happened in the cockpit would have happened hours before then. (Unless someone really was hanging on to give a final soliloquy just before the engines ran out of fuel.)

The flight data recorder might note whether the plane was on autopilot, heading and such, but will mostly confirm what the very existence of the plane will indicate -- this is where it crashed by running out of fuel.

Separate from the data recorders, the most interesting information to glean may be indications of damage to the plane, perhaps caused by a cargo fire, which seems the most likely scenario to me.

The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film


"five vuvuzelas played from inside a lead-lined coffin"

Coincidentally, the name of Guy Ritchie's next movie.

Massive Oracle sales re-org to accelerate cloud cash drive



Oracle would not provide a statement... "in light of the fact this is a global story.”

Be off with you, you Brexiting island dwellers, you!

Linus Torvalds explains how to Pull without jerking his chain


"Linux kernel developers have gain given Linus Torvalds cause for complaint."

Is this "cheeky" British "slang" (or "chuffing")? Can you translate for those of us "across the lorry"?

Solaris 11.next plan brings continuous delivery of OS upgrades


I'm fairly certain the OP wasn't asking where the tech is, but where the open source is, and/or the community.

Solaris 12 disappears from Oracle's roadmap


Everything old is new again

“Future features and functionality in Solaris will continue to be delivered through dot releases instead of more disruptive major releases.”

"Solaris 11 follows a Continuous Delivery model…”

“It's likely to be the customers like that who asked for [no Solaris 12]. S11 takeup is steady, but slow, and neither customers nor ISVs will want the disruption of yet another major release yet”

I’ve seen this movie before.

After Solaris 10, word came from the executive suite that Solaris 11 would not be coming out for… a while. Possibly ever. Can’t spend all that money on ISV adoption, customers are ascairt, and so on. Let’s just keep on adding things to Solaris 10.

Customers would hear the “Solaris 10 forevarr” message (aka “continuous non-disruptive delivery”) and say, “that sounds great! So when do we get feature X in Solaris 10?”

“Oh, well…” —kicking of ground with toes ensues— “…that requires feature Y, which would require too much change for a dot-dot release…” (remember, as someone already pointed out, “Solaris 10” is really SunOS 5.10, so “continuous delivery” would come through dot-dot releases.)

Customers in general do not want anything to change, ever… except for, of course, the new things. Can we have all the new things, please? But don’t change anything!

When Oracle took over, they saw what was in Solaris 11 and never coming in Solaris 10, and listened to customers who wanted those things, and said, “ship that sucker.” Which took another almost two years, for a total of almost seven years between 10 and 11 by then.

(Oracle had a novel way of solving the adoption costs, though, by not spending anything on customer or ISV adoption. Which might explain the “takeup is steady, but slow” —after FIVE YEARS— part.)

The good news is that a big reason why “continuous delivery” was a non-starter for Solaris 10 was that all the features needed to make it work at all, most notably IPS, were in Solaris 11. So it will definitely be easier to do this than it was 10 years ago. The questions are how much Oracle is willing to spend on backporting how many features from Solaris 12, and at what point do you start fudging the line between what is and isn’t a dot release?

The rain gage to me, and what I’d be asking as a customer, is, “When do you expect to continuously deliverate zero-downtime patching?” since that is A) on the top of the list of Solaris 12 features they’ve been talking about, and B) something that if it makes it into Solaris 11 would be strong proof that “Continuous Delivery” is doable, even for something requiring what would seem to be major changes to the kernel.


"...I'm not sure if this is a major deal"

I'm not entirely sure how one would define where an OS ends and applications start

This is actually a pretty important concept. If you don’t have a crystal-clear boundary between the OS and applications, you don’t really have an OS, and application compatibility across releases is a vague fantasy rather than reality. This was the rap against Linux since practically forever: that the OS interface guide was called "the kernel source code."

“and whether a lack of development in the OS is a major deal.”

Spoiler: it is. OSes keep evolving, either with outright new developments (think DTrace in the Solaris world), or co-opting and integrating features that had previously been bolted on outside the OS (virtualized compute, virtualized networking, virtualized storage come to mind). Security continues to be ripe for development.

An example of how lack of development can bite you: When Oracle bought Ksplice in 2011, it was a unique technology, allowing Linux sysadmins to apply kernel fixes without rebooting. Oracle has been talking about how they've been working to get similar functionality into Solaris ever since then, with Solaris 12 as the target release, which would be cool, but at this point it would now be catchup rather than a leadership feature.

So yeah, if this move means functionality like this is seriously delayed or even dropped from Solaris, it will be a major deal. Ditto for their work on integrating Docker. Solaris Containers/Zones is already great, but but adding Docker integration would have been extraordinarily useful.

"Solaris doesn't have systemd. Oracle would have to do quite a lot of porting then to accommodate such a package."

The Solaris equivalent to systemd is SMF, which came in with Solaris 10 in 2005. It was considered to be heretical by Unix traditionalists, but it was a major leap forward in service management and reliability. It’s another great example of “development in the OS being a major deal”.

There’s a lot more to OS development than just keeping existing userland programs running, or even accommodating new hardware. It’s the underlying plumbing, carefully hidden away from the applications (or presented as new services with stable interfaces), where innovation can really pay off. Killing off Solaris 12, which has been in development for over five years, and trying to shoehorn that work back into Solaris 11, is going to make it even harder for Solaris to stay current with OS trends than it had been.

What I’ll be looking for is signs of any of the advanced work that was going into Solaris 12 (and there’s more than what we’ve been talking about here) suddenly making its way exclusively into Oracle Linux.


"What the roadmap does tell us is that the new OS will debut in 2017"

Or not.

The rather large box fades in and splays itself comfortably over 2017 and most of 2018. Generally in "arm-wavy roadmap" -speak, that means "Sure, 2017... or so."

Given that they're making a seemingly abrupt shift from Solaris 12 being the target development base for new features to Solaris 11, it doesn't seem likely that it's going to be ready any time soon.

Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim



I asked my smart meter if there was any credence to any of this. It said, "chill."

EMC crying two SAN breakup tears


Mr. Language Person appreciates you holding the line

Thank you for saying "on-premises" despite EMC's slide saying "on-premise".

Ghost of DEC Alpha is why Windows is rubbish at file compression


One Step Beyond?

"...touting Alpha as a step beyond anything else on the market at the time. It was mostly right: x86-64 didn't arrive until the year 2000."

Er, what? Even if you define "the market" as being "the market for processors desperately hoping to split the 'Wintel' atom", that still isn't true.

Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat


Canada Man

Florida thanks you.

SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts


Re: Eh?

I'm thinking El Reg needs to call a close to their experimental "Proof Automated Reading Is Sexy!" module, and hire the requisite callow intern.

Mozilla 404s '404 Not Found' pages: Firefox fills in blanks with archive.org copies


Doesn't strike me as a good idea at all

I really don't like it when my web browser tries to outguess reality. If a page is missing, that's data of a sort right there. And instead showing me what is by definition outdated information? No. Don't.

I'm especially not crazy about the potential for a chilling effect. Sites will quickly learn that they can't actually delete a page -- unless they request that it be deleted from the Wayback Machine, too!

I've already seen archived sites get wiped from the IA at the request of a new domain owner. This is going to cause even more disappearances.

Kaspersky so very sorry after suggesting its antivirus will get you laid


Kudos, Kaspersky

It takes a real man to apologize.

HPE promises users Itanium server refresh next year. In Dutch!


Re: Christ, just put it out of its misery now

I forgot about the intermediate step, there -- thanks.


Re: Christ, just put it out of its misery now

The VMS-derived OS that runs on Itanium is called "OpenVMS".

HP-UX was at one time promised to get an infusion of VMS file system and cluster technology, but that never happened.




Now how hard was that?

Ad agency swipes 'unnamed bloggers' for calling out its cynically fake 'save a refugee' app


I am following their lead

...and returning any and all awards to have been issued for my perpetual motion app, which *WOULD HAVE* provided limitless energy for the world, until you meddling kids went and spoiled it.

Sea of outrage after 'migrant-spotting app' turned out to be bogus


Well, as Tay pointed out, you have to know things about stuff to instantly recognize how ludicrous the very premise of this app is. And to be able to prove it, you *really* need skills beyond that of basic journalism -- or at least be smart enough to ask someone who does have the skills.

We're in a world where people are *shocked* to discover that yes, a jet airliner can disappear without there being satellite videos that will show exactly where it was for every second of its journey. And people want to feel good about being able to help from their armchairs (slacktivism). If wearing pink cures breast cancer, can't we solve the refugee disaster by swiping right? Don't we *deserve* the opportunity to know that downloading an app will fix everything??

Well, someone else downloading an app, really. I'd download it myself, but it looks kind of boring.


"ALL BUT useless?"

I suppose because it actually shows the weather for Misrata, Libya?

The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware


Re: I wonder when Microsoft is finally going to pull the plug.

"FYI ... X86 has been "RISC" since the "Ppro" in 1999"

Why? Because, you quote at us...

"the highest performing CPUs in the RISC line were almost indistinguishable from the highest performing CPUs in the CISC line"

That has nothing to do with x86 being "RISC". That has to do with *high-end* chips being possible in either RISC or CISC implementations.

In the *low* end -- which is what the OP was talking about -- the difference between RISC and CISC is that if you're not lugging around a large instruction set, you can implement a reasonably powerful core (or lots of cores) with a *lot* fewer transistors, meaning significantly smaller size, and much lower power.

What would be a proof point for this? I would look for a "CISC"-bound company getting out of the low-end chip business. Oh, look at that.

FAA doubles Section 333-exemption drone ceiling to 400 feet


"Who nautical miles" are bigger on the inside.

Oracle traps its cloud inside own tin boxes


Re: what is

Presumably they mean these boxes are built from Oracle's X5 systems, which in turn use Intel E5-2600 processors.


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