* Posts by lesession

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Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing

lesession

How The Register works

Press release arrives from Puppet

Press release is roughly hashed into an 'article' about how wonderful DevOps is

Repeat

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Got a software development and deployment story?

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A 'Continuous Lifecycle' of vacuous talking shops with zero relevance to the real world.

Still if all the buzzword bingo wallahs are herded into a conference hall for a few days to compare the size of each other's containers, it gives the rest of us some time to get some actual development and deployment done without them getting in the way.

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Re: Real world experience

I would upvote that comment multiple times if I could.

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MH370 final report: Aussies still don’t know where it crashed or why

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The X Files came up as an answer on Pointless last night. Co-incidence? I don't think so ...

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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Wow, lots of the downvotes from the fanbois.

The iPad is still what it has always been, a limited functionality device perfect for sofa-surfing and web-browsing, not worth considering for anything serious.

The latest upgrade further attempts to blur the distinction between the iPad and a proper computer for actually doing work on, and as usual with Apple makes a complete between-two-stools dogs dinner of it.

For God's sake Apple leave the iPad alone. SInce well before Jobs died, Apple have been focused on being a social status signifier and a leisure computing brand.

If sections of the organisation really still want to pretend they're touting a serious OS for doing actual productive work on, Apple should concentrate on forcing people to spend well over the odds for the MacBook UltraThin SuperShiny (or whatever the laptops are called these days) rather than trying to make the iPad an all-singing all-dancing device.

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: TBH

In murder mystery stories maybe (IIRC one of James Runcie's Sidney Chambers Grantchester stories revolves around that scenario), but [citation needed] for that happening in real life.

And can I be the 94th person to point out that the original sentence suggests that the injury was caused by a rubber knife, which had been switched into the place of what was expected to be a real one?

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Continuous integration platforms are broken – here's what needs fixing

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Yet another Puppet press release

Typed up as 'news'.

Is there some constitutional imperative that every time Puppet put out some guff about DevOps, someone from the Reg has to write it up as if it was news?

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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Re: Simple tech is good

Yeah I've recently started doing that too.

Doesn't take as long to sync, way less battery drain on the phone, and gives me back control over what gets played, rather than some semi-ransom decision Android makes on the basis of what I finished listening to five journeys ago ...

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The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node.js next on menu

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Re: Switch Case

I love the way the if .. else suggestion gets 167 upvotes.

167 people who have no idea that the difference is and what the switch case is for ...

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Er, Ofcom, please tell us more about Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky bid

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Re: Fit and Proper

Don't forget all the appalling stories coming out about the hounding of families from Grenfell Tower and the Manchester Arena bombing, and the fact that the only reason it was the Daily Mail leading the assault on GOSH in the Charlie Gard case was because the Mail bid more money.

Murdoch's 'journalists' methods in 2017 are every bit as disgusting as they have been for decades, they (and their cronies and employees in Westminster) just pretend that as they are supposedly no longer hacking people's phone messages, everything else is above board.

Murdoch shouldn't be allowed to run his own mobility scooter, let along vast chunks of the UK media.

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How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)

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Re: Linux 1.79 per cent (was 1.55 in Jan)

And there is the problem with the linux community in a nutshell.

A linux variant that's actually used outside the geekspace? Disown it immediately, cast it out into darkness!

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State of DevOps: Everyone's slinging code out faster

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For Goodness' sake

Does El Reg have to regurgitate every puff piece from Puppet as if it were gospel?

Is there no fact checking, independent scrutiny, or investigative thought being put into the process that takes these DevOps advertorials from inbox to website?

The Reg is usually the site we can rely on to call out ridiculous fawning over a bunch of chancers who have managed to stick a snappy label on a bit of repackaged half-baked synergistic blue-sky thinking technowaffle, not the site that's shovelling it out as fast as it comes in.

Come on Vulture Central, you are so much better than this.

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How do you do, fellow kids? Grandpa Puppet gets down with Docker

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'Used' as in 'evaluated for ten minutes, binned as laughable, and yet they still can't get off the bloody mailing list five years later so they're counted as a user.

Does anyone else remember AOL calculating their 'membership' by 'the number of free software CDs they'd given away?

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Can you spout digital bollocks? London is hiring a Chief Digital Officer

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DevOps

They should just go to the DevOps conference you're constantly pushing at the moment and throw a brick to choose their candidate.

Any one of the knowledge-free buzzword-wibblers that feel the need to attend a conference about the fairy-fart that is DevOps should be more than sufficiently fluent in techno-bollox to take the London CDO role on ...

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Have we got a new, hip compound IT phrase for you! Enter... UserDev

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We definitely need a new CamelCase industry buzzword

How about DoBO (Department of [the] Bleeding Obvious?

Because that's where this whole article is straight from the top drawer of ...

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

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FAIL

All mouth and no trousers

And so yet another linux grand scheme crashes and burns when exposed to the glare of actual reality.

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DevOps: The spotty faced yoof waiting to blossom

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Re: Limited sample volume..

I was on a Microsoft day recently and they titled it

Application Lifecycle Management and DevOps with Visual Studio

and the day was very useful on the new ALM stuff in Visula Studio. I went along for that, but was hoping as a side benefit to get some non-bs clarity on exactly what DevOps was.

On the day DevOps was mentioned precisely once, in the introduction.

So basically, like all the DevOps noise on El Reg, it was just there as a buzzword to hook people in.

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Deploying software every day is... actually... OK – what devs tell their real-life friends

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Request (sorry, 'story'): DevOps flag on articles?

Please, please, please, El Reg, can you start clearly marking all DevOps puff pieces with DevOps in bold at the start of the heading? that way anyone who actually knows the slightest thing about development in the real world knows that they can ignore that article because it's just another press release from Puppet rewritten as if it was a Reg article.

Puppet are obviously practicing wheat they preach though, seeing as how they bang out a new 'release' every time they change a bit of punctuation (and The Reg dutifully copies it out and puts it up as 'news').

Thank you, carry on.

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DevOps is for all, says DevOps pundit-in-chief. He doesn't have it in for the BOFH, honest

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xkcd

With apologies to Randall Munroe and xkcd 1691 ...

Are you holistically enacting the DevOps paradigm, or just taking the time to to do things right?

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Are you consulting a flowchart to answer this question?

--Yes-->

You are holistically enacting the DevOps paradigm

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Storage greybeard: DevOps, plagiarism and horrible wrongness

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Re: And then...

I have a one word answer for that - leftpad ...

However the article confirms what I've suspected for a long while - that DevOps is the latest bit of hooey invented by recruitment parasites/'consultants' to complicate job adverts.

Bring back CRUD!

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Reskilling to become a devops dude could net you $105k+

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Shortage in made up term shock horror!

Since the whole DevOps thing was only made up by recruitment 'consultants' about 6 months ago it's hardly surprising that there's a supposed skills shortage.

I can say 'cloud' a lot - so far as I can make out that makes me a DevOps ninja. 105K please.

This is recruitment agency marketing tripe masquerading as content; I thought The Register was better than that.

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

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Excuses excuses

All in favour of this idea and it should come to the UK as soon as possible.

This is not a civil liberties issue, it's an ego issue.

There's more than enough verified proof out there that text and mobile use whilst driving causes accidents. The only people who continue to deny it are those who are self-assessed as being such genius skillful drivers that the law should only apply to other lesser people.

No phone call or text is more important than the life or significant well-being of another road user; yet we all, every day, see people driving along texting or on the phone.

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Become an Andre Previn in your time: DevOps for star conductors

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Re: Management comedians

And there was I thinking it was just the latest meaningless buzzphrase you put on your CV to get past the HR droid sifting the applications ...

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OpenBSD website operators urged to fix mind-alteringly bad bug

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Re: I hate this.

Tuvalu? A Pointless favourite, although South Sudan seems to be gaining traction

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Microsoft gets Edge on blocking ad injectors

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Proxy

One thing the latest version of Edge does seem to have finally fixed is the ability to work correctly behind a proxy.

Which is a big step towards making Edge a viable consideration as a default corporate browser as corporates begin to roll out W10.

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Re: Another MSFT omnishambles

Another insightful piece of evidence-based commenting, so thank you for your valuable contribution.

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At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

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Re: Well...

Asking people to back up anti-Microsoft statements with FACTS?

You're new here, aren't you ...

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Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

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FTFY

XP was simple, and a hit. Vista was confusing, and a flop. Windows 7 was simple, and a hit. iPhones are expensive, but simple, so users are willing to pay a premium. Android dominates the market for cheaper devices.

Windows Mobile is a flop. Windows 10 is simple, and a hit.

Oh, and remind me of the OSX and (50 Shades Of) linux total install bases again?

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Cambridge University Hospitals rated 'inadequate' due to £200m IT fail

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Re: Bah!

At last, someone commenting who actually knows what they're talking about!

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We are the Knights who code Ni!

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Re: Do your worst

With a little path running down the middle

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More UK broadband for bumpkins, but have-nots still ain’t happy

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Countryside Alliance doing something valuable shock horror!

Maybe they're not just a single-issue pro-fox hunting group after all. It's only taken them 8 years, but they've finally found something valuable to do with all that critical mass of tweed and brown corduroy!!

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

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Only for people who really, really can''t cope with any sort of change whatsoever

Stardock's business model is dead.

There is nothing that Stardock or ClassicShell do that can't be achieved by 5 minutes in the Taskbar properties and / or by right-clicking on the Start button.

Microsoft dropped the ball big-time by removing the start menu from W8, but now, ooh look, it's back. I can quite understand Stardock's need to maintain their revenue stream by trying to persuade the hard-of-thinking that there's still a need for their product, but Start8 is now more than ready to join Mosaic, Clippy, those shell replacements that emulated W3.1 windows in that accursed new-fangled Windows 95, and third-party autoexec.bat editors in the dustbin of history.

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NHS trust's crack IT squad claims its first digital upgrade hits

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Puff piece

Did this actually get any Register input at all or was it just cut & pasted from the Trust's press release?

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'Backronym' crowdfunds itself into Oxford English Dictionary

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Re: New pro-Vitamin B5 Tile Grout, for that fresher, long-lasting whiteness

And I hope your teeth are also completely waterproof!

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Headline of the day

Not even read the story yet, but beer to the sub who came up with that Register headline classic ...

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

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Why we keep 'falling for it'

Developers keep 'falling for it' because

1. A service or API gets launched in a blaze of publicity

2. The senior director who thinks they know all there is to know about technology reads about it

3. They insist that it is built into the product

4. The developers present all the reasons why this is a very bad idea

5. The senior director insists it is built into the produce

6. The developers get on with it

7. The senior director boasts to the other directors that yet again they're ahead of the technological curve.

8. Three years pass and the API is pulled

9. The senior director blames the developers for wasting company resources.

10. the developers produce the email trail.

11. The senior director shuts up about it.

12. Go to 1.

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Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

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Re: Pot, kettle, black

With my deeply cynical hat on, I'd wonder whether Google are actually going to sneak out a fix for the Chrome memory issue at the same time as this release; then, when Chrome performance improves after this fix rolls out, they can let it be known 'off the record' that it was obviously the Flash issue was the real cause of Chrome's performance issues all along ...

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Windows 10 hands on: Build 10074 is for the brave - but it's pretty snazzy

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Re: Office 365 integration

I do wish I could update this comment more than the mere once ...

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NatWest and RBS' mobile banking apps go TITSUP

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Sorry, there's people who actually still bank with RBS?

I left after the great IT crash of 2012 revealed that they'd outsourced all their key functions to two clerical workers in a Mumbai call centre armed with a dial-in token and with a low-res scan of the instruction manual ...

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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So, just to be clear, the Reg's early assertion on the day that this was caused by Windows devices was just utter and complete b*llocks then?

Well what a surprise.

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FUMBLE! NFL app drops privacy ball just before Super Bowl Sunday

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Well I suspect the Pats equipment guy they're trying to pin DeflateGate on will be shortly getting far more than their online security investigated ...

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Re: Pointless latest update

Because The Register believe that linux runs on fairy dust and the breath of unicorns, whereas naughty bad Windows doesn't and therefore that's why the outage has had such an effect ...

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

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Re: Windows 10 ?

Is this going to be this release's 'bring back the Start menu'?

Every thread, every build, every discussion about W10, some wag is going to jump in and make a hilarious comment to the effect of 'where's Windows 9'?

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Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

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Re: Whatever.

Whereas your contribution, on the other hand, is ...

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Video?

I can't make head nor tail of the time lapse video. It looks to me like every single star in shot is jumping about like a drunk at an office disco.

Is that the rock in the middle or a scratch on the lens?

If this is the quality of imagery they're working with no wonder they don't spot these things until they're sailing straight past ...

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Super Bowl's SUPER BALLSUP: CBS broadcasts Wi-Fi password

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'Welcome here' - odd, because that's exactly what the Broncos defence said to the Seahawks, every single time they got anywhere near the end-zone. So much so that they obliging handed over a safety with the very first play.

Hopefully both the Broncos and the command centre will hopefully be beefing up their security in the off-season.

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Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN

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Raymond Chen

As Raymond would say, 'That rather relies on us being on the other side of that airtight hatchway' ...

If the black hat has already managed to get sufficient elevated privileges on the device to execute this exploit, isn't the game already over and the device already owned?

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Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all

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Re: not on madn aa

> Also it appears to LACK an opton to upgrade with installed aps in place.

That's because this is a full operating system ISO for developers to test and develop on - the in-place upgrade is still being held back until 18th October.

As it says in the article and on every other bit of coverage on the Interweb.

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Yelling at mobes while driving just as bad as texting

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I'll 'watch out for bikers' the moment they start watching out for me. Round here a couple of the roads I regularly use are regarded as test tracks by bikers out from Manchester, and I've lost count of the number of times I've met some moron coming round a blind corner on my side of the road.

Like text-drivers and phone-drivers, I really don't mind if they want to kill themselves, but if they take me out as well I'll be extremely peeved ...

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Internet Explorer makes modest gains against Google Chrome

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Re: Lies, damned lies and ...

http://www.xkcd.com/978/

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