All right, what's all this, then?!
So they needed a network audit before firing him. And they really needed an audit after he 'left'. And now they need a miracle? Oh, and an audit.
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I find myself agreeing and disagreeing with you. Code quality inside the product is most dependent on the quality in front of the keyboard.
Yet, when people sneer at a language, I like to point to this quote:
"Finally, a note of caution. This language, like English, can be a medium for prose, or a medium for poetry. The difference between prose and poetry is not that different languages are used, but that the same language is used, differently."
* underlying hardware isn't made or serviceable anymore
* underlying system software is not updated or supported anymore (e.g. compilers, libraries)
* original architecture no longer extendable (they've retired)
* application no longer maintainable (see above)
It's not 'legacy' even though still used, but legacy because practically and realistically "we can't go on this way!"
Without forethought and continual attention, software systems age and become fragile just as people do.
legacy: 4. A piece of ones' history left behind for following generations to experience.
"... which taught me the most important thing, which is realizing that what you have learned till now is nothing of what should be learned."
That'd be all of us then?
( Recently met someone who'd been through one of those boot camp thingies, and they had a look of - not deer in the headlights - but rather deer with auto grill imprints and fur smelling of tires. Like, "wait, I have to run that fast and faster just to survive?" )
A separate module, hopefully not super-glued into the previous architecture. I have my doubts though.
Would the architects have ever thought they'd change out Microsoft's renderer for Chromium's? Would they have spent the time to make that possible? *THAT* is where we can well imagine past/present/future fits of HAHAHahahahahaha....
A lot of early geophysical data tapes used very weird floating point formats, and for some it was as little as 6 or 8 bits of 'precision' with wonky small exponents affixed.
It was good enough precision to find last century's oil. This century they want to find your face in a crowd. Congratulations, you're resources.
No, no, they'll just rename the whole effort. Remember when they insisted all those boats in the South China Sea - *all* those boats - were working on reef conservation? Who knew reefs require missiles, artillery, and destroyers for defense?
No, they'll just insist they're now into marshlands conservation....
While not at all refuting the above reasonings about scurrilousness, I have another disheartening possibility.
After years and years of the stock market welcoming news of layoffs by *boosting* the stock price, companies have now decided to reframe everything in terms of layoffs.
Great news! We're hiring 2000 new people! (no, no, that's ambiguous, must rewrite)
Even better news! We're laying off 6000 people! (right! that's positivity!)
It's a topsy-turdy world we've got.
The contents of how many Olympic swimming pools would it take per satellite?
Although, to put a damper on the idea, there are a lot of scientists who'd be real pissed at you putting water vapour clouds _above_ the atmosphere and destroying their 'viewing' in infrared and millimillimeter wavelengths.
"... and make tweaks to its contract."
Maximum Unplanned Downtime (Per Year):
Requirement: Less than 26.5 minutes (aka 99.999%)
Performance: Approximately 11 hours (omg 99.877%)
I read this as the contract gets amended to state that 24.9 years of free support is added to contract years, starting next month.
(If you're going to lop digits off the end of our guaranteed percents, we'll lop digits off the front of your revenues)
for wild weather. I was once shown a building in Fort Worth Texas that was scheduled to be dismantled, because a tornado had twisted the 35 floor steel-frame building just enough it make unserviceable. Stick "building twists" in your disaster plan!
I figure every disaster recovery plan ought to be looked over by a Dutchman (floods), an Indonesian (earthquakes/volcanoes), and a Midwesterner (everything else?). There are some reasons for the crazed looks they have.
"Are the authors of the study suggesting that one randomly chooses masculine and feminine pronouns when talking in general about professions and trades?"
(I've been using the singular they for so long I'm astonished people are still hold onto their he things)
Don't forget 它 for "it".
More on point,
他们 -> they
她们 -> they
它们 -> they
Hey, we're cool as all three he/she/it third-person plurals go to the same place. We're sexism free, right?
they -> 他们
Oops, defaults to the 'he' variant. But what would *you* translate bare ambiguous words to? Remember, your
balls arereputation is on the line!
I am all in favour of more people knowing about Social Credit System. Replacing the Five Black Categories with this new greyish Social Credit is so much more flexible when you might need to suppress *anybody* at a whim.
Think of your worst SciFi nightmares, and this duplicates or betters it. Your social credit depends on what your friends, family and workplace say and do. If they are not totally compliant, you can't buy a car/house, get a good job, enter a good school or any at all.
This is collective punishment 'refined', inspired by the cruder solutions of previous eras in that land.
Deleted Aug 2 as 'promotional'. Nominated July 2, so not likely related to timing of ElReg article.
"Non notable and promotional. The various listings as "visionary" all derive from the same source:PR. The other references are just routine financing and similar., and do not satisfy WP:NCORP DGG ( talk ) 23:55, 2 July 2018"
Actually, how lucky they are. There'd have to be a 'Controversies' section after all this, right? (And no, a controversy still doesn't make you notable enough for an article)
"Oranges grown in the south are sweet, in the north sour" is an old Chinese reference to nations and supposed differences between them. The most interesting version of the story is all about counting diplomatic coup. So posturing has precedent, yes.
But... the pessimist can imagine four coming developments following from reasonable security worries.
One is that any business or industry that is credibly critical national infrastructure will be required to show not only disaster recovery style duplication of internal infrastructure, but also that one leg of that duplication employs only 'trustworthy' components. Think banks, local governments, energy companies, and the like.
Second is that it might become hard to find everything needed from unassailable sources. And so each state may find it necessary to sponsor and support domestic component development. Quite like China has been doing for the last few decades. Or, hey, like the fallout we've seen lately regarding GPS?
And this might be hard for hardware/software development, since the personnel devoted must also be unassailable (not on visa for instance). And so not only will governments keep winding the STEM, but make it more urgent through national service. "The Marine Corps builds coders!"
And then we'd come full circle. Would a company $here hire someone who has been in national service $there? Y'kno, weaponized?
A pessimist's thoughts are nightmares. I'm not suggesting the above, but am at a loss against the natural progression of ideas. What do you do to guarantee a nation's (or union's) security in the face of a hostile untrustworthy world?
Here I was thinking that "ad brokers" were basically "ad aggregators", but that's not really true. They are "hole aggregators", aiming to fill the holes on all those web pages. When they run out of jewels and gems, they fill the holes with turds, though wrapped in toilet paper sometimes. They turn your browser into a latrine. You knew this...
You mean gTranslate has gotten better then?
I've mentioned before that you can get from 'fragrant' (as in Hong Kong) to "sweet-smelting". I hadn't yet found that gTranslate can't figure out the difference between 'flying' and 'flat'.
Type in 'airplane' to get '飞机' in Chinese, then reverse that to get "open country". Oops.
That's what happens when your neural net gets lost in the outback.
Sigh. It's not going to be a "dirty bomb". The problem will be much quieter and therefore sinister. Somewhere someone is stupidly 'accidentally' spreading this crap all over some neighbourhood. And no one will know until the damage to people has been done.
Gotta love "In the summer of 1992, a utility worker for the Taiwanese state-run electric utility Taipower brought a Geiger counter to his apartment to learn more about the device, and discovered that his apartment was contaminated." Or "The incident was discovered months later when a truck delivering contaminated building materials to the Los Alamos National Laboratory drove through a radiation monitoring station."
Um, wow. When the BDFL (retired) is minded to point to the code of conduct and also remind everyone that maillists are public information...? It has obviously been rough riding herd on a federation of (some) foul tempers?
Two things to note here.
No misogyny, misandry, racism, classism, or other -isms were employed in the making of this debacle. Just people being much much less than ideal. Thus this is a good (?) example to point to, that there are way too many people out there who simply don't know how to play well together. Quit trying to out-Godwin each other, everybody loses.
From the nature of the interactions, you have the chance to be a much *nicer*, more *intelligent* person in print than in real life. When you forget one person's name in real life you've lost one future friend. When you forget your humanity on the web, you've lost your career.
"we give you a prestigious email address for nothing ..."
They were members of the organization. To me that implies membership dues. For a membership perk from my dues, I think I'd much rather have a prestige email address than a one-time t-shirt with some idiot logo variant printed on it.
But are they 'real'? When I'm running Ubuntu it's in a VM and for development. So by default it has one CPU, one monitor (in a window), only a portion of the whole memory, and a newly created virtual disk. In production I might go 'dark' and not report in to mother. Though hopefully the Ubuntu reporting can notice it is really running on a VM and so not influence the final numbers?
Flynn effect and its reversal are both environmentally caused (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
You hoped you were joking when you said this before, didn't you?
"Do try to get them done at a convenient time, people, because the download is at least four gigabytes and Windows installs usually take at least 30 minutes and require multiple reboots! "
A convenient time? People get to pick a convenient time? fvck that! I walk away for a bite to eat and the sneaky bastards say now's a good time... and after it's finished I get to reconstruct my working environment over much longer than 30 minutes... Oh the hatred!
Good grief. Do you know how this will be played to/by the Chinese internally? Read those second/third paragraphs again.
Every PRC kid has drilled into them how the country was raped by the UK/et.al. _only_ 180 years ago. That war (along with the Second Opium War, the Sino-Japanese War (first and second), the Western crushing response to the Boxer Rebellion (8 nations!) and all the other atrocities) is the primary justification for all the bad behaviour they are trying today. *Anything* can be rationalized as payback when you have been so humiliated. (they say, anyway)
It would have been so much better to have simply closed down ZTE and taken the domestic damage, rather than in any way appear to replay the Rape of China by the West. This could not have been done in a worse way!
Russia will always have its Tsars, China its Emperors, and America its yokels.
Think "speculation". The classic case of New York 'medallions' had the 'value' of a taxi medallion range from $25,000 (1962) to $375,000 (2005) to $1,000,000 (2013) to supposedly $200,000 today.
The price of a thing in limited supply (medallions/licenses) depends on the market. The government had nothing (and everything) to do with that speculation, at least in this system.
Unlike some other government systems, which figure the public purse ought to take advantage of speculation. "Hong Kong began license-plate auctioning in 1973"
There is controversy about it, but there is a continuing practice in our industry of rating people and ousting the lowest ranked n% each year. The same should happen for police depts.
In every crowd there is a small percentage that are responsible for the majority of misbehaviour. Getting rid of them, and being seen to do so, would go a long way to repairing the reputation of police depts.
We'd have to pay police better to get non-scum - I'm all for that. Insurance against riots...
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