* Posts by Thomas 6

47 posts • joined 9 Aug 2012

How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

Thomas 6

DevOps!=Bullshit (at least some of the time)

I work for a consultancy. We promote agile practices. We promote DevOps.

I have worked in multiple teams where DevOps is a 'thing' and, hands down, they have been the most productive teams I have ever worked on.

What that means is that the team was responsible for the product. From building it to deploying it to supporting it. There were people on the team who specialised in operations as well as people who specialised in development.

However, everyone was responsible for everything.

Devs/Testers/Ops write code.

Devs/Testers/Ops deploy code.

Devs/Testers/Ops provide support in Live.

Where I have seen it not work is when the DevOps 'team' is just another team that exists between Dev and Ops. Instead of one wall, there are then two to throw things over.

These were multi-million pound accounts and led to the practices we put in place being used more widely within both companies.

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Brit uni blabs students' confidential information to 298 undergrads

Thomas 6
Flame

Re: Another reason to ban Outlook.

'A' priority, not 'THE' priority.

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8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

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Re: When is a car not a car?

The question is: when is a car not a vehicle?

If it were a toy car, for instance, this would not neccessarily be classed as a vehicle. Especially if it had non-moving parts.

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Police pull up van man engaged in dual carriageway sex act

Thomas 6

Re: Priorities

Quite frankly, the police have their priorities entirely correct here.

Burglary - potential damage to, and loss of, property

Dangerous driving - potential loss of life

I know which I'd rather have the police focus on (not exclusively)

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Uber's Movement dumps data on city planners

Thomas 6

Re: Big city slicker.

"Want to know how long it takes driving the limit to get fron 32nd to 78th? Ask a taxi driver..."

Erm, isn't that what they'd be doing by looking at the this?

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

Thomas 6

Re: The question is...

Same here.

Very few of my deliveries are time-critical so I just get the £1 Kindle voucher. It does mean that if I want 2 things I order them separately though which has to hurt them on delivery charges!

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Slacker or Team playa? Microsoft's Mr Business takes on messaging's corporate raider

Thomas 6

And Giphy

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Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

Thomas 6

Re: Why ?

Below are the Internet download speed recommendations per stream for playing movies and TV shows through Netflix.

0.5 Megabits per second - Required broadband connection speed

1.5 Megabits per second - Recommended broadband connection speed

3.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for SD quality

5.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for HD quality

25 Megabits per second - Recommended for Ultra HD quality

You barely reach the recommended speed for standard definition (which can look terrible on an HD TV). And that is for one device. Most houses have multiple devices connecting at once, e.g. mobile phones, TVs etc.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

Thomas 6

Why do sysadmins know that the users are using weak passwords? If the passwords are visible in the clear then the sysadmins are not doing their job properly.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

Thomas 6

Re: No marks to the following:

Which mobile phones do not have a caps lock? I believe on both Android and iOS that double tapping the shift key turns on caps lock.

I have no idea what exists for Windows.

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

Thomas 6

Re: a week and 2 engineers

The comments on the Express story are atrocious.

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Unpatched, passcode-free smartphones. Yes, they're everywhere

Thomas 6

Re: Re:

The difference here is that Microsoft sell a completed version of Windows which is installed on a device. Google create a version of Android which is then modified by the OEM before being installed. Google have no control over these modifications therefore cannot release a 'fix' that will work on all devices.

Google have made attempts to address this and supply a lot of updates via the Google Play Services. It is, however, an issue that will continue to plague Android unless a better solution is found.

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US watchdog POKES STICK at Google's Android over rival-blocking allegations

Thomas 6

I think it is a bit rich to accuse Google of these things. Whether they are 'guilty' or not, they are not even in the same league as Apple when it comes to blocking rivals.

Google may have the numbers but Apple has the dollars.

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Court KOs irate Apple iMessenger woman's bid for class-action face off

Thomas 6

Re: Next Case...

I shall assume that you are being deliberately obtuse. If not, then I struggle to comprehend how you even managed to post this given your obvious development difficulties.

For the sake of the argument I shall summarise the issue for you:

1. Person A has Apple phone with iMessage switched on

2. Person A switches Apple phone to an Android phone

3. Person A is no longer receiving all of their text messages because Apple is still processing them through iMessage which is not compatable with Android

4. Person A does not want to run iMessage on their Android, they just want their text messages delivered.

Now could you please explain your analogy and how it relates to the story.

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Testing Motorola's Moto G third-gen mobe: Is it still king of the hill?

Thomas 6

Re: Inflation

I think the originals were around £120, although there were deals around that brought them under £100.

My Moto G 2nd Generation 4G (bit of a mouthful) was £140 earlier this year.

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Thomas 6

It's a shame that the price point has increased (although, perhaps inevitable). I have recommended the Moto G from the beginning, being responsible for probably a dozen sales across the versions, including the Moto G 4G that I am using at the moment.

Does this give another company room to enter the market with a good, cheap phone?

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

Thomas 6

Re: Request line

I am also a Guardian reader who had no visible signs of frothing whilst reading the article.

I can't say that I was a fan of all of the language used (e.g. “Suck it up, honey!” being more my attitude, you want the blessing of children then there's costs that go with them) but the content of the article is something that I have been saying for a long time.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

Thomas 6

0800 numbers are free with Three. They made a big thing about it a while back. If you are being charged, you may still be on an historic price plan.

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

Thomas 6
Joke

That is a long flight!

"Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'"

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Gaze upon the desirable Son of Alpha: Samsung Galaxy A5

Thomas 6
Flame

How important are the looks of a mobile phone? People pay a lot of money for a phone made out of expensive materials (that are often easier to damage, don't wear as well) and then put it straight into a case.

If you're going to hide the phone anyway what does it matter what it looks like?

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

Thomas 6
Holmes

Re: Pedanting...

Well played, sir.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

Thomas 6

"I don't touch the damn thing unless I have to, it applied it's UI 'improvements' and rendered hardware obsolete on it's own."

"It" = "the other half"?

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The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

Thomas 6

Re: My nest is on track to pay for itself in year 2

"Secondly, what sort of person locks themselves IN the house?"

I would guess most people. Do you leave your doors unlocked when you are in the house, even when you are asleep?

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Chinese coder's got 99 problems and getting hitched is one: Huge iPhone woo plot FAILS

Thomas 6
Joke

Re: he just had to gimp on the last one, didnt he

Talking of round numbers,

http://www.xkcd.com/1000/

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

Thomas 6

I had to put in a complaint to Virgin Media about their email campaign which was offering the Big Kahuna bundle for only £X more than I currently pay.

Unfortunately for them maths was not their strong point as I worked it out that it would have actually cost £X+Y more (can't remember the figures but Y>5).

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You dirty RAT! Hong Kong protesters infected by iOS, Android spyware

Thomas 6

Re: Still don't get it...

Because not everybody is happy being told what they can and can't do with the device that they have purchased.

This applies to Apple mostly but I rooted my Android phone mainly to get rid of all the crap, e.g. Facebook.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

Thomas 6
Joke

Re: Nothing wrong with Pay as you go

I agree. All those people posting unimportant things on the internet. Good job we superior people have better things to do...

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

Thomas 6

Re: kickstarter

This is true but you know exactly what you are signing up for in the beginning. If you want to fund projects in this manner then KS is not the place to do it.

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

Thomas 6

Re: Billing issues.

"I've had various other issues with T Mobile (aka EE) making apparently random deductions, usually to do with apps updating unasked and once with an accidental dial (thanks touchscreen)."

No offence, but how was any of that T-Mobile's fault?

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Teardown gurus iFixit play with Fire – Amazon's new mobe

Thomas 6

At least the Kindle Fire phone is difficult to repair due to the complexity of the design and not due to the manufacturer just not wanting anybody to repair it.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

Thomas 6

Re:The fun part comes if you try to take defective US kit to a UK retailer for repair..

I bought a pair of Uggs for my girlfriend in New York a few years ago. Pretty much the first time she wore them she scuffed her toe on the curb which made a hole in the boot.

We got in touch with Ugg in the UK and they arranged for a free replacement with no fuss. We did buy them from the actual Ugg store rather than a reseller though so not sure if this made a difference.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

Thomas 6

Optional

This is the beauty of Android though. There is choice.

If you want a front facing camera, don't buy this phone and get one that does - Moto G? You can't expect a low-budget phone to have all of the features of a high end phone. You do get to pick which features are important to you though.

The only issue I have is how much knowledge the customer has up-front. As a front-facing camera is pretty much the norm, I would expect it to be on all phones unless told otherwise.

I was caught out with this by the Nexus range's lack of FM radio (it is an obsolete technology apparently, albeit one that is infinitely preferable to internet radio outside of major cities and / or any place where more than 2 people congregate). It wasn't enough to stop me going back for another one but I would have felt better knowing in advance (I know I should have read the specs more carefully but it is easier to spot the things that are there than the things that are not).

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

Thomas 6

Re: Could it be what is on offer in the shops/online?

The cost quote was in the context of the entire comment.

In the early days of HDTV (or 3D / smart TV), the customer paid extra for this feature. Now it is on all TVs, there is no extra charge. It is just part of the cost of the TV.

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Thomas 6

Re: Could it be what is on offer in the shops/online?

Try finding a 48in+ TV that isn't HD. Plenty of people have HD TVs but only use SD.

3D is just something that comes as standard on TVs now whether you want it or not. It isn't something that really adds to the cost.

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John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry

Thomas 6
Joke

Re: Oracle & TATA?

Don't worry, they've got a guy from Accenture to project manage it.

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London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

Thomas 6

I think you are getting confused. Us in the north are benefit scroungers. We don't have enough money to be genuine tax dodgers. Those are all in the south.

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One day we'll look back and say this was the end of the software platform

Thomas 6
Linux

"For now, Android doesn’t have to be much better; and only a widespread consumer revolt (which is hard to envisage) will force either Samsung or Google (or both) to improve the rotten UX and performance with well-written native code, and better design."

Somebody is not a fan of Android.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

Thomas 6
Pint

Re: Lord Jesus Christ your Creator

Not au fait with the ridiculous Trinity doctrine then?

Beer 'cos it is the only sane response to an insane world

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

Thomas 6
Alert

I'm gonna need a bigger house

It plans to put 53 million smart meters into every home in England, Wales and Scotland by 2020 (Northern Ireland has its own policy).

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Hey mobile firms: About that Android thing... Did Google add a lockout clause?

Thomas 6
Big Brother

Google apps optional

The manufacturers are able to use Android without using any of the Google apps and plenty of devices do run Android without them.

All Google specify is that if you want to use their apps then you have to meet certain criteria.

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Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

Thomas 6
Thumb Down

A free €100bn

Just where does this €100bn come from?

Would workers get higher wages to pay for it or would they just spend less on other things?

By providing a free service, they enable people to pay less to multinationals and more in their local shops.

The less I spend on emails the more I spend on apples (at the greengrocers!)

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Jammy b*stards: Admen flog chocolate bars with 'Wi-Fi-free' zones

Thomas 6
Holmes

Re: I just don't get it...

Going with their slogan "Have a break, have a Kit Kat" I think they're saying have a break from modern life (i.e. tethered to a smartphone) and have a Kit Kat.

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Thomas 6
Boffin

Re: Puzzled re. legal jamming

I assumed they were jamming the GPS signals so that they could practice what it would be like if GPS was knocked out.

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

Thomas 6

Re: Offline mappage

Not sure why you seem to be so upset about this. I have admitted that the solution isn't perfect by any means. It is, however, better than not having GPS at all. I have noticed it is a trait of certain fans of products, both Apple and otherwise, to not only to forgive a missing feature but to actively argue that it is better not to have the feature at all. This is not behaviour that I understand.

Maybe I wasn't clear previously but I only tether to download a route as it drains battery to leave it on too long.

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Thomas 6

Re: Offline mappage

I agree that the offline aspect of Google Maps is not perfect and is obviously limited to what has been downloaded beforehand. However, the combination of this feature plus the WiFi tethering feature of my android phone means that having GPS on my WiFi only tablet is extremely useful.

I appreciate it is not perfect but I would imagine there are few people who would rather not have GPS available.

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Thomas 6
Devil

Offline mappage

There is also the point that Google Maps can be downloaded so can be used offline. Very useful on my N7.

Icon: Well we are talking about Apple.

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Amazon Kindle Touch Wi-Fi eBook reader review

Thomas 6
Meh

Re: How?

Before I begin let me state that the Kindle is probably my most used and most loved gadget.

However, the major failing for me is the library side of things. My Kindle can store 1400 books according to Amaazon. Finding anything in that would be impossible. I currently have around 150 on there (most sideloaded using Calibre) and it is already bad enough.

Collections are a good start but are very fiddly. If they want to make it better a simple way would be to allow multiple-selections to be added to a Collection in one go e.g. select all Steven King and transfer to Steven King Collection. At the moment each book has to be moved individually.

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