I dimly remembered that Clangers was also aired on our local SABC back yonkers ago when I was a wee tyke...
1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010
Here in SA you will need to wait for an attendant to come and fill your car for you.
They have some sort of electronic key fob on the pump which need to be triggered by its counterpart which the attendant have on his person. (Think it is meant to stop theft of fuel).
So you rock up, attendant activates the pump, and fills you up, then you pay (or drive off if you want to feel lucky). To counter that sort of thing, all fuel stations have cameras all over the place.
And currently we're paying over R15 for a litre of engine juice. :(
Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...
The Cloud = another man's computer. Somebody else's responsible for the hardware and other things such as cooling, electrical supply etc etc.
The Cloud = as soon as somebody else's experiencing DC issues, you can do nothing.
Your own server = you are fully in control of things and you are responsible for everything.
So therefore people who go over to cloud-based solutions want to offset part of the responsibility of their businesses to somebody else, whilst paying peanuts for that, and expecting no problems.
Surprise. Whether you're in the cloud or hosting it yourself, you will still get issues, no matter what you do.
Re: Five nines of uptime
Once a month: An engineer makes a mistake and everything's dead on a Friday afternoon.
A law need to be passed that anything critical must not be done on a friday afternoon, only on a moanday morning (or, even better, tuesday morning).
This will allow world+dog techies to collect their beer at pub o' clock and not having to waste their friday afternoons wrestling with issues some daft ******* caused in the first place.
Ick - googled myself and had a shufty at the images - only two pictures was of myself - and the rest... some was pictures which I've posted yonkers ago and is now on some other servers (which made me go WTF) and the rest is of people I don't even know.
HTF did google got a screenshot of my OS/2 Warp 3 desktop? o_O (did not display when safesearch was ON, but with safesearch OFF...)
Had the dreaded update on my Lenovo X260 Stinkpad - and nothing seems to be amiss...
I've resurrected an old HP 7600 desktop PC, added some extra RAM and loaded Linux Mint on it, for the kids @ home. Not going to stick with M$ anymore, next thing you know is that they hosed all existing Win7/8/8.1 installs with a funny windowsupdate thing.
Mistakes will continue to be made and Windows users can expect a lot of data loss not to mention productivity loss to be the inevitable result.
Thanks, but NO thanks.
I reserve the right to receive calls on ONLY one cellphone. And most certainly won't like it if every single gadget decide to give me a tinkle in order to let me know that person X want to talk to me.
Chances are it'll be either a cold caller, telemarketer or spammer.
One device is easy to manage - just put it on silent and ignore its frantic buzzing. A whole host of beeping and whirring devices? Not so simple...
Re: But ... I don't want more cores.
Heh, reminds me of something back in the OS/2 days - somebody soundproofed their PC - then put a resistor over the terminals of the CPU fan to keep it slow as OS/2 doesn't cook your CPU.
Was a really quiet PC.
Nowadays it is like McDonald's farm, a fan-fan here, a fan-fan there all fan-fan-fanning.
You get fans with LED's and allsorts of blinkenlights. Why?
And some components (esp RAID cards) with passive heatsinks really get hot, I prefer to have these cooled with active cooling. More noise. Plus dust is the bane of fans.
In the end it may be better to just get a bar fridge, stick everything inside with a couple of fans and have a really quiet PC (until the fridge compressor kicks in). And have a filter inside which'll filter the air continuously.
With this and the Visa shambles last week, is a cashless society really the best idea?
I have to agree - it is tempting to go 100% cashless, but then you'd stuck up the proverbial creek sans paddle should Mr Murphy decide to poke his grubby fingers in where they don't belong.
Cash still is king. Plus it feel nice to fan some large notes and pretend you're the richest in the world :)