Re: He met his Waterloo
I expect a spell inside will scare the living daylights out of him.
77 posts • joined 19 Aug 2013
Is it much different, if at all, from the tech that allows me to pass through UK immigration by having me stand in front of a camera and then matching me to my passport photo, with no human interaction?
If it's complete snake oil, it seems unlikely it would be used for international border control? (I realise I'm leaving an open goal here for someone to slot in an easy one about the state of the aforementioned).
I did wonder why there has been zero Register coverage of probably the biggest Australian IT story of 2018 - I.E. Optus's disastrous failure to deliver World Cup streaming. But all is now explained as Simon was clearly preoccupied with other things.
Good luck with the new role, it's been great having your local coverage as well as these weekly On Call columns.
Mid 90s and very early in my career I was a lowly operator, on call for first line support. One morning in the early hours, my pager woke me, indicating a Pyramid minicomputer had gone down. Shortly after, another message about another Pyramid, then another, then another. Knowing that these machines were all next to each other, I assumed a power issue. I reluctantly got out of bed and made my way into the office.
Sure enough, once I arrived, the affected machines had no power. On the wall at the end of each row of machines was a switch that controlled that phase? (My terminology may not be correct, electrickery has never been my forte. But everyone used to call it a phase). The switch had a green on button, a red off button, and a light indicating its status. The light on this switch was out.
Standard procedure at this point would be for me to page the on call electrician. But given it was about 2 am, I would have to wait around for at least 30 mins for the electrician to get on site, who may just cycle the power then scowl at me wondering why I'd woke him for such a simple thing. I was also tired, young, over confident and a little laissez faire; so I decided to first just try cycling the power myself.
I pressed the green button first - nothing happened. So then, figuring it was off anyway, it maybe needed the red button to be pressed first to 'reset' things before it could be turned on. So that's what I did. At that point, things got a little quieter as another five or so minicomputers in that row which unbeknownst to me had been fine until that point, suddenly powered off gracelessly.
At this point I called the sparky. And the Pyramid team on call person. Fortunately things were up and running fairly soon and with no big issues. Whatever the power issue was it was something that needed the sparky. The reason the phase switch seemed to be off was... there was no bulb in the indicator light...
I got away pretty much unscathed because it was the early hours of the morning so little impact on business; I was on pretty good terms with everyone involved; and I think the sparkies recognised it was pretty stupid/dangerous to have no bulb in the indicator light on the power switch.
I reckon it'd have done better if it was compared against captions generated by Register commentators. It can't do much worse than 4 decade old Monty Python routines repeated ad infinitum, or a Cancy McCancerFace joke that the rest of the world realised was mildly amusing on first discovery, then halved in mirth value after every repetition.
Not sure why you think Citrix is a dinosaur.
I've been a Citrix (XenApp and later XenDesktop) specialist for 20 years. I've never been out of work and I continue to get hit up on at least a weekly basis by recruiters looking for Citrix skills. EDIT: I've literally just received a LinkedIn Recruiter connection request while writing this post. It will of course be trash, but it shows how misinformed the idea that Citrix skills aren't relevant is.
I currently work for a Forbes Global 2000 company (and within that 2000, we're in double figures) with around 150,000 staff globally, and we're well underway moving EVERYONE to XenDesktop.
So tell me again how the skills are irrelevant - <willywonka.jpg>
The issues I see around 'Citrix' (usually people mean XA/XD when they say 'Citrix) are:
1: There's a misconception that XA/XD reduces TCO. This is probably because Citrix used it as a selling point for MetaFrame in the early 2000s. Every time I see an article on here about Citrix, there'll always be a comment along the lines of "B.b.b.but we put in Citrix and it didn't reduce our costs!" It RARELY REDUCES COSTS. NOBODY PUTS IN CITRIX TO REDUCE COSTS.
2. There is a perception that it simplifies the environment. Hmm... it depends. It CAN do, but as earlier posters have highlighted, you need a very well designed environment with good Citrix people. If you don't have these, you will not have a good experience. Any muppet can mount a XenDesktop ISO and click Next > Next > Next - and pretty soon 'Yay! We have a Citrix environment!'. This is both bad and good. It's bad because it adds to the poor perception of Citrix. It's good because it keeps me in a job when I'm brought in to fix these clusterfucks.
3. Anything involved in the whole chain from client device to server is perceived as a Citrix problem. User's client is on a personal device riddled with malware? Citrix problem. User's network connection is a wet piece of string? Citrix problem. Citrix admins are asked to present an app that is a decade old, out of maintenance, was never written with virtualisation in mind, but it's business critical and no one will approve a business case to upgrade, even though it's highly unstable? Citrix problem.
Why Citrix is still, if not more than ever, relevant; and why for example one of the world's largest companies like mine are continuing to adopt it:
1. Security - everything is in the datacentre
2. Flexibility - work wherever you want, connect from any device you like
3. Business continuity - office has burned down? No worries, everyone can work from home and connect to their XenDesktop. Data centre has burned down? No worries, the XenDesktops are pooled across multiple sites and the data is replicated.
Citrix of course has it's problems - having worked with it for so long there are plenty of things I've bitched about over the years; and it's certainly not the only way of achieving the benefits I've listed. But the idea that it's a legacy product is idiotic.
(Fanboi icon because I'm bound to have some bias for something that's put food on my table for so long)
"One rather funny rejection of one of my comments (and I cannot remember by who) was when I called Stephen Fry a fairy*."
You can't even call Stephen Fry a fairy?!? Next you'll be telling me you can't even smear racial slurs on someone's car in excrement without someone taking offense! It's political correctness gone mad!
Fucking hell mate, get yourself into the 21st Century. If that's the kind of bigoted shite that's being moderated, then El Reg is doing a good job as far as I'm concerned.
Not much new. It's about 15 years since I was last at carnival but even back then I recall uniformed Police very visible filming the crowd. There may be additional technology involved now but I'm sure the decision to be a highly visible presence is very deliberate.
I see that argument, but she's not being 're-educated' for the opinion; she's being re-educated for acting on that opinion, in contravention to the law.
I don't really see it as much different to a drunk driver being forced to undergo an alcohol awareness course.
She could hold as many racist opinions as she wanted, no matter how abhorrent, and she wouldn't have been forced into 're-education' - until she broke the law. It wasn't a thought crime, it was an actual crime that tipped the boat.
She's allowed to have that opinion. She can complete the course and still have that opinion. What she can't do is act on it to discriminate against someone.
I realise you're going for a clumsy 1984 analogy, but from the various Orwell works I've read, I don't think he was rallying for the protection of racists.
From the ABC article:
"He is able to use the Opal just like other users, including topping the card up on his smartphone."
Well, yeah, because the smartphone app just updates his account on the Opal servers via his 4G connection - it's not making an NFC connection with the chip.
I can understand his reasoning. No doubt he tired of losing his card due to the daily kickings he's no doubt on the receiving end of.
I fear for the day he is rudely awakened from his Neal Stephenson-esque cyberpunk existence, when he gets on a rickety STA bus, has to stand because the only free seats are wet due to a leaking roof/windows, and can't tap on because the Opal system is down, indicated by a hi-tech plastic Coles bag placed over the reader.
If El Reg wants more women in tech, don't you think it's time to drop the Finbarr Saunders headlines and articles? I've been visiting for around 15 years and while I admit I used to find it funny, these days it seems like a relic from another era. While I like Alastair Dabbs articles for example, I cringe every time I see one of his 'Ivor Biggun' type jokes - which is on average every three sentences - and he's far from the only culprit.
In these more enlightened times, it's just more sad and pitiful than funny. Like seeing Jim Davidson on TV.
There's a far simpler method that I have observed through fastidious research and this very article supports my hypothesis.
All hackers wear hoods indoors while using their PC. Does your child wear a hood indoors? You may well be harbouring a hacker. The more l33t haxxo0rz will also sit in front of a backdrop of either binary, or random code fragments.
These are the real warning signs we should be watching for.
Used this a couple of years ago on a budget Virgin flight, Sydney to Narita I think. Didn't know it existed on the outbound flight so I didn't have the app ready. For the return flight I downloaded the app in advance and it worked perfectly. No issues connecting, no issues streaming, no issues full stop.
For a tech site I'm frequently surprised by the amount of luddite naysayers here.
How much these things cost, what they look like, what they do, etc. makes next to no difference to me. There are a myriad of thin clients that all do the same thing, whatever the OS, components, etc. - I couldn't care less which one I use as long as the components are up to the job - and for simple Office task workers that job does not require a lot of power.
What sells a particular thin client to me is how good the management suite is, yet these articles never mention it. Cheap does not appeal to me if wrangling the client fleet is like herding cats.
XenApp \ Desktop has been my been my bread and butter for 18ish years now and so I've spent a fair bit of time with thin clients over the years. These days however I would deploy a ChromeBox or ChromeBook before one of the traditional toasters and I know of a number of big rollouts that have done the same. I expect that might have something to do with the decline.
Pedant alert - when blocking with a samurai sword you would also use the flat of the blade rather than the back. Well, speaking as a Nidan in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. Perhaps other styles block with the back edge, but I find it unlikely as you'd have to change grip to block then change grip again to counter, or contort your body into a position that would leave you unstable and open.
@big_D That's quite understandable, but since this deal with Apple started to gain notice, it's been all over the mainstream media. Fair enough to say 'I don't listen to hip hop', but I guess these people claiming ignorance (not aimed at you) don't read any business news, don't follow the BBC \ CNN \ ABC \ replace with your local media broadcaster; don't read LinkedIn, etc. etc. It's all so unlikely that it seems like an affectation, to claim ignorance of a major pop culture figure as though there's some kind of neckbeard cachet in having a complete ignorance of the outside world. If it's a 'Britain's Got X Pop Idols' runner up from a few years ago then fair enough, but when people claim ignorance of these major figures, like Academy Award winning Actors, multiple Grammy Award winning musicians, etc. who have usually gained crossover appeal beyond their initial core audience, it's just so fucking tedious.
Protip - it's possible to be an IT gun and also know what's going on in the world. You might actually find your career benefits from it.
He's a very successful and highly rated music producer, a successful but not highly rated rapper; and a successful entrepreneur. I suppose you can be forgiven for not being aware of him - he's only been massively successful and well known for around the last 25 years or so.
I don't understand why they can't just use an artist page? I follow plenty of rappers on Facebook, for example Del the Funky Homosapien. I'm pretty confident that's not his real name, but it doesn't matter because the page is for him as a performer, where he can use whatever name he wants. It also allows him to seperate his public and private life.
This all sounds like a load of fuss over nothing. Drama Queens?
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