* Posts by DaemonProcess

23 posts • joined 8 Apr 2011

No wonder Oracle exec Kurian legged it – sky darkens as cloudy tech does not make it rain


live by the sword and die by the sword

If you believe in the capitalist free market system and you do well by it, then you must also be prepared to suffer when people stop purchasing your wares. Larry is one of the world's greatest salesmen. Like Donald, he knows that it doesn't matter what you say as long as you close the deal ( while being lawyered-up to the nines). If he goes into politics then he will be unassailable.

UK.gov went ahead with under-planned, under-funded IT upgrade? Sounds about right


fundamental bad idea

In my poor, semi-informed opinion vetting is the last thing you should try to automate. Paper is so much more secure and there should only be one copy of it. The moment the data goes electronic it's integrity is subject to a quantum of confidence.

Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all


need for speed

Yep, no excuse for poor service and monopoly in metro areas.

But for rural areas, the distances are so large and the lengths of cable/fibre are so great we'd be talking 10s of billions to refresh it all. Same for Australia - just search for images of 'Overlay Australia' and you will get the picture of how big it really is - same size as Europe, same size as the USA but with far fewer people in the middle.

One problem is ownership. In the USA, if you own something you are god and the slave-master. If anyone tries to take it away or force you to share it then you can claim socialist nationalisation which is downright un-American. Ever since the practical monopoly of Standard Oil was broken up and then found not to fix anything but rather create multiple small SOs (one of which is Esso) removing monopolies has been regarded as a no-fix idea.

Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon


Second Foundation

R. Daneel Olivaw was his name and I finally got to him at the end of the Foundation series. One of my favourites. I wonder if Japan will do an Elon and send an Asimo to sit there.

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design


get out quick

Once when I was plugging in some storage in a machine room, at the other end I heard 3 electricians stood around a lifted floor tile arguing about which wire was the blue phase. When they finally agreed it was the black wire I hot-tailed it out of there before they connected it.

Thankfully I didn't hear a bang.

I had previously been in a building that had 2 phases connected together by accident one time and it wasn't nice. The bang was huge - like a direct lightning strike, it also blew up the substation in the corner of the car park. People in the same room as the incident were wandering around dazed for minutes, like zombies.

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look


Re: And this is bad?

Because if the web UI gets too functionally efficient you won't linger on the site and notice an ad. Also they need to keep going backwards in usability in order to keep giving you a reason to upgrade. Ever noticed how the functions you really need and use the most are always buried in the 'Advanced' sub-window. This has never improved.

Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens' data – just Friday things



Then I suggest they all start using Whatsapp, if they haven't already.

Your F-35s need spare bits? Computer says we'll have you sorted in... a couple of years


Long lead times are nothing new for an aircraft at the start of it's service. Tornado engines took over a year to build and ship for a long time. When you buy an aircraft you should keep long lead time spares for the next 10 years. Back in the 90s the RAF had some spares that were 30 years old and yes they had wasted money on certain items that were hardly used while other items became unexpected consumables. I'm sure the same is true of the navy and army.

The UK is already completely reliant on the USA for defence, there's no going back now. If we dared to buy Mirage or Saab there would be repercussions - the USA could simply start refusing to repair F35s until we changed our mind. The top end example of UK/USA reliance is AWE is run by a joint company with Lockheed Martin being the majority shareholder, according to the FT.

AWS won serverless – now all your software are kinda belong to them


excellent article

People may not agree with the article's conclusions but it makes them think.

You are allowed up to 100ms per function call - in a small selection of scripted languages (or Java) with (currently) the first million calls per month free. I guess a pure executable linked module in their web server would be a security no-no. There's no perl either but it's probably too efficient for AWS to make much profit and besides it's yesterday's language.

I think cloud vendor lock-in is going to be similar to owning a mainframe. Consider on-prem serverless.

Amazon are masters of cutting their own throats for market share and the proof can be seen in closed shopping malls all over the US and town centres in the UK.

Most IT contractors want employment benefits if clobbered with IR35


socialist agenda

The Revenue has had an agenda of forcing the whole country onto PAYE for at least the past 30 years, maybe 40-50. I should know because I used to be a collector of taxes myself and I saw the attitude of the Revenue staff in 1993. The absolutely resented anybody who took a risk and set themselves up as a business and made some money. The clever ones bailed out.

At the top of the Revenue and in the Treasury I am sure that the Sir Humphreys have been trying to hoodwink successive chancellors into making it law to tax all dividends as PAYE for all this time. When Gordon Brown got in they found a sympathetic ear and he introduced IR35. What I found most disappointing was that it was George Osborne who went the extra leg and started increasing dividend tax, mainly because the country was bailing out the banks and going broke, when the Treasury saw it's chance to fight entrepreneurs even more he signed up. So now I won't vote tory or labour or liberal or anyone to the left and as a pro-european, not anyone to the right either.

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails


anything but Unity

Unity was the only desktop that I rated worse than Vista. Ouch.

It was clearly an attempt at providing a free and simple desktop to newbies who cannot afford Microsoft or Apple. I applaud the attempt and it definitely had some nice features if you had a personal supercomputer, but the result for me was slow bloatware. After a month long battle I backed up all my files and went elsewhere so that I could some memory left to actually run an application. I installed Mint Cinnamon, then Bodhi, then Kubuntu, then Solaris (for a laugh), then Ubuntu 17.04 ... what will be next.... The comment about backups/restores is very pertinent and reveals a key weakness about us and change. By changing desktops a lot I am also part of the 'change' problem. My main excuse is 'your release is not supported any more'.

Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP



Have the Intel guys been using these to mine coin already?

We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier


another angle

Nice article encouraging thought. I would only argue with one little point made about the amount of information in a CD being greater than that which speakers can re-produce. Based on my own experience in my music studio when I connect my cheap headphones directly through my budget amplifier to my professional microphone I can turn the volume right up and simply not be able to hear myself talking into my own ears - the reproduction through the system is so perfect because it is so un-touched. But when I record what I say at 16bit/44.1Khz PCM and play it back at that volume it blows my ears off. My advice for those people who want excellent reproduction is therefore to avoid the hi-fi shop/magazines and look at professional music production equipment, starting with studio monitors and a small mixing desk which can both be bought at a fraction of the cost of a high-end amp and speakers. Then spend the rest of your money on clean power and good quality source - preferably live and real.

The cute things they say

Paris Hilton


" My computer appears to be frozen. It is slightly chilly in here this morning, would it help if I moved it closer to the radiator? "

Seriously though, many of these stories obviously point to a lack of training, on the user side and also on the IT helpdesk side. So many wasted hours.

Companies have made the decision that it is cheaper to employ a helpdesk to answer lots of calls than it is to train all staff in basic use of technology. Instead, recruitment adverts specify all staff must be pre-trained elsewhere at someone else's cost. In fact that statement goes across the board these days doesn't it.

Vietnamese high school kids can pass Google interview

Paris Hilton


I didn't understand the question.

Was there an associated diagram?

Microsoft building poo-powered carbon-neutral data center


Morale totally destroyed

Don't pooh-pooh the poo-poo...

Great idea, I hope it works for them, where's there's muck and all that...

Author of '80s classic The Hobbit didn't know game was a hit



Ah, the first adventure game I ever completed. I really loved it. . I also wondered at how they managed to fit it all into the 48k memory. But those were simpler times, when people really could get close to the device and make something useful without spending a grand on a compiler/ide/debugger.

I liked the fact that with "Inglish" the user could add to the atmosphere by adding in your own adverbs and adjectives, which would be repeated back: "You violently attack the vicious warg with the sword." I don't think it made any difference to the outcomes, but we could pretend.

This game stood up against many others created for 8 bit computers and still did up to 5 years later.

Such a wave of nostalgia you created with that article. Many thanks.

Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit


Why? Well...

The first mistake MS made was to look at the declining sales figures of PCs versus the growing sales figures of tablets correction iPads and decide that tablets were the exclusive future. This is not a logical conclusion. It merely means that tablets are a new device for working in a new way - ie on the coffee table, in meetings or other places where notebooks aren't convenient. Many people will still upgrade their notebooks and desktops when the time comes.

MS might get some sales in business - people may stop taking their iPads or notebooks to meetings and take a tablet with Metro on it instead. I guess thats the thinking - sell them a licence for their work desktop with full office suite and also sell a licence for a Metro tablet - Ker-ching! They may also get some sales in the home browser / minimal functionality required markets if people haven't already gone " iApple, do you?".

Microsoft tripped up by Blighty's techie skills gap



One reason for the M$ skills gap is the cost of Visual Studio versus the cost of a linux distro, gcc (or your preferred language) and all the free developer tools you need. Balmer went for profit and Microsoft are paying the price, along with their suppliers etc.

Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?



I am for Joaquin Phoenix (moody Johny Cash meets scheming infantile Comodus).

Guess I'm not such a fan after all. Its probably because of the patent wars.

Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'


what is a desktop for?

Gnome3 and Unity are both so different from what we had previously that they prompted me to think from scratch again about what a desktop should be for.

the answer was - launching apps, seeing what is running and killing apps. Both unity and gnome3 mske all 3 of those things harder and seem to be trying to turn my device into a tablet.

i found myself using the command line again until i remembered a sleek desktop that loads in under 1 second and under 100 meg, saves cpu for the apps. i re-discovered Enlightenment.

RAF Eurofighters make devastating attack – on Parliament



The BBC news this morning said that only 3 Typhoons are currently capable of dropping bombs due to a lack of spare parts. Maybe the RAF could press the BBMF Lancaster back into service, at a stroke increasing it's capability by a third?

[ that was a joke btw ]

Facebook 'open sources' custom server and data center designs



Thousands of open motherboards.

I take it that the designers have checked about potential safety issues with all those microwaves. Or do the engineers have to wear Faraday suits?

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