* Posts by ckm5

312 posts • joined 24 Aug 2013


Red Hat gets heebie-jeebies over MongoDB's T&Cs squeeze: NoSQL database dropped from RHEL 8B over license


That is very true

In the last several companies I've worked with, I've actively discouraged people from using software not supported by their cloud provider.

Why? Because the whole idea of using cloud based infrastructure is about offloading large chunks of maintenance to someone else. Rolling your own just defeats the purpose.

Amazon takes aim at MongoDB with launch of Mongo-compatible DocumentDB


Re: So a US tax-dodging megacorp can patent 'rounded corners'...

Please explain how using a piece of open source software in accordance to it's license is 'ripping off free software built by others' - which, as a sentence, seems to be contradictory - how can you rip off something that is free?

Failure to find a viable business model is not the fault of the users....

And, before you lecture me about licenses, I've actually co-authored 2 OSI approved licenses, so.....


If it's open source, no one is ripping it off...

Love how El Reg's shill bought into MongoDBs PR blitz about people using their open source software were somehow 'ripping them off' by following the licensing terms....

MongoDB's failure to figure out a viable business model is not the fault of users. It is not the responsibility of users of open source to fund venture backed startups.

If they wanted to monetize their software, they should have released it under a commercial license, but then they would have had to pay for market acquisition instead of getting it for free from the open source community.....

Mainframe brains-slurper sues IBM for 'age discrim', calls Ginny and biz 'morally bankrupt'


Sound like a business opportunity...

Start a company that only hires people with 15+ years of experience and rent them back to their old companies for 100x the price. Take 20% give the rest to your staff... Rinse, repeat.


Why should they have loyalty?

Pretty much all employers have shown zero loyalty to employees. There is no reason any employee, young or old, should show any loyalty......

And firing the people who know how to do shit is a perfect example for any 'millennial' of why they shouldn't stick around...

Silicon Valley CEO thrown in the cooler for three years, ordered to pay back $1.5m for bullsh*tting investors


Don't fake documents

It's one thing to exaggerate your potential, pretty much everyone does that. But faking documents is a big no-no.


Re: Ok, now this is FAKE NEWS

Says someone who has no idea, has never worked for a startup, has never raised money and lives nowhere near any VCs.

Anyone asking you if you have $2m in revenue is not a VC, that should be your first clue.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


Re: Wow, blundering around like freshly castrated cattle.

Shotgun with plastic pellets or rock salt from a helicopter. Hell, even a blast of water would do it.

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'


Re: Just say "Yes Sir"

I always travel with a clean laptop & phone, have for almost 20 years.

Why? Because I don't trust anyone, particularly hotel staff. Getting my laptop stolen would be a nightmare for work reasons. Getting my phone stolen might lead to all sorts of identity theft problems I don't want to deal with.

No need to hide anything - I just don't want to deal with the consequences of having stuff stolen.


Re: Good luck

Unless they revoke his citizenship (which is pretty much impossible as he was born in the US...), he has a right to be in the US.

Stay classy: Amazon's Jassy gets sassy with Larry


Re: Redshift was announced in 2012!

@mr_anonymous_Oracle_PR_flack Those top 10 lists are bullshit - the only people who put out any information about the size of their data warehouses are the ones that have something to gain from the PR....

Fact is a ton of people have moved away from traditional vendors, including Oracle, because their shit just doesn't work in modern, high performance distributed systems - Netflix made this point years ago when they tried a traditional BI stack and it failed miserably.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz


Re: Maybe ask the Bluebox guys at IBM how well things went


The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box


Not possible

Leonard's code is perfect, he said so.

Redis has a license to kill: Open-source database maker takes some code proprietary


Re: "when you contribute to an open-source project, [...] you're not going to get paid for that"

"Sure, and then go to live under a bridge alone (and be careful about trolls!), while Google, Amazon, Facebook & C. make billions out of your efforts... and it doesn't look they are making the world better, actually it looks they are making it worse."

While it's undoubtedly true that most 'cloud' companies were enabled by open source, there is a lot more to their businesses that just using some open source software.

It's kinda like saying that because you can machine parts, you are capable of building a car....

Fundamentally, it's not really about bits of code, but how they are integrated, managed, maintained and marketed. After you've figured all that out, you need to figure out how to make money.

For most large internet companies, the answer is not 'we sell code' but 'we sell eyeballs'.... Which is exactly why this whole discussion is kinda inane - Google et al are not selling code, they are selling access to people. Even AWS is not selling code, they are selling access to a blob of compute time/resources the details of which are irrelevant.


I'm pretty sure that Google employs more open source developers than pretty much any other company. It's easy to forget that that was the point of open source, to allow people to contribute to the development of software and have their work be visible by others. It was not really thought of as a way for people who voluntarily contribute to monetize their code directly.....

Fundamentally, there is no such thing as an 'open source economic model'. Open source can be a strategy within another business model, but it is not, in itself, a business model. That is the problem with this whole 'Commons Clause' thing.

Disclaimer - I spend years helping a lot of large & small tech companies develop open source strategies, including some in this article - also helped create the Linux Foundation.


Re: Suicide

All this is going to result in is fragmentation. It's not good for open source but the fundamental problem is that people expect to be paid for what is, in fact, a voluntary contribution.....

Rights groups challenge UK cops over refusal to hand over info on IMSI catchers


To quote Benjamin Franklin "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

The fact is that the crooks that you should worry about are well aware of IMSI devices and either use burner phones, land lines or have bought/downloaded IMSI spoof detectors (like this https://github.com/CellularPrivacy/Android-IMSI-Catcher-Detector).

The public has a right to know about who has devices that can be mis-used for political or personal purposes so they can watch the watchers.

Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound


Re: Hire car data

Even in the US, where there are virtually no privacy laws, a phone number is considered PII and it subject to data control laws.

I would venture to guess that the GPDR considers a phone number PII.....

Google to build private trans-Atlantic cable from US to France


Re: Google braced for giant Android fine from EU

It's more likely due to Brexit and the fact that most (all?) trans-Atlantic cables terminate in the UK. Having data going through a 3rd country with different laws (esp. when added to the GPDR) is likely to be an issue.

They probably needed more capacity anyway, so bypassing the UK was just a routing decision.


Google was down longer

Outage started at 12:16 and, according to our tech support @ Google, took out all of storage and most of networking SDNs worldwide. Affected companies included SnapChat, Spotify and Pokemon Go. Even Google's enterprise support portal was offline.... Had to resort to the phone and call support....

For us, we noticed almost as soon as it happened and migrated to a backup system in ~10 minutes. Which is good as an extended outage can cost our clients upwards of $1m/hr.

I was surprised the Reg had no story about it, it was a pretty massive outage. It seems every time AWS belches there is a story about how AWS is doomed, Google must have much better PR people...

Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination


You mean like email? Or the phone system?


Re: use one that you can plug into




Beside, your suggestion also costs money https://about.mattermost.com/pricing/ and deploying open source is not free, either in dollars or time.


Re: Slack is down! OMG

My inbox currently has 70k+ unread messages - to say email is close to useless would be an understatement...


Re: I never even noticed

No, email is borderline useless for realtime communications. When you have teams across 3 timezones, it's pretty much invaluable. Besides, my email is flooded with vendor spam and other useless correspondence, so chances are I'll just miss anything significant.

Yeah, you could use IRC, but Slack has all these third party integrations that make our lives a lot easier.

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands


It does have emergency stop if (eg) the car in front of you slams it's brakes on, but as explained up thread, it might not be able to 'see' stationary objects.

That's ridiculous - my 10 year old Volvo can 'see' stationary objects and will warn about them loudly, as in windshield flashing red and lots of warning noises.... No automated braking as it's too old for that feature, but cruise control will dramatically slow down the car if engaged, including downshifting for engine braking.

Happens sometimes if you are in a long left turn lane cut out of a median and there is a control box or other square-ish object on the other end of the turn lane (but on the other side of the cutout) which you may be approaching rapidly as you reach the left turn point...

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name


Re: How about

Guess your friend is never going to use Linux? Or countless other pieces of OSS that MSFT has contributed to?

It's all fine and good to fight the good fight, but not when the fight ended centuries ago.

Let me give you a hint - Linux and OSS won.

"If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won." - Linus Torvalds, 1998 - http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9810/01/whylinux.idg/

Not moving on is just childish.

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata


Re: "because the liberal press sat on it"

Don't feed the troll, it only encourages them

Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine


Re: Bah!

Apparently they found evidence he had a fantasy about this sort of thing. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/03/danish-submarine-builder-accused-murdering-kim-wall-had-films/

It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs


Destroys all saved data

Fucking annoyingly, the FF update destroys ALL your saved data, including all your saved login data.

I've used FF for donkeys years and never had this problem, but now I've lost possibly hundreds of logins.

Oh well, just another fuck you from some engineers who couldn't give a shit less about user experience.

WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction


Re: "A third country might offer a new couch"

Technically, as soon as you are issued a diplomatic visa for the country you are going to, you are granted diplomatic immunity. Theoretically you need to 'preset your papers' to the local foreign ministry, but in practice just the issuance of a diplomatic visa is enough. Most countries will just issue a diplomatic visa as a matter of course - you often need them when traveling from A to B....


Re: Here's a question

The Israelis have done this more than once. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordechai_Vanunu

US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death


Re: Follow the money

There are somewhere between 4000 and 7000 tech companies in the US, all fighting for survival. Collectively, they are driving roughly 30% of the US economy.

That's what's at stake.

China will be perfectly to have said tech companies. They are already taking the lead in clean/green tech and free trade.

Just keep working at making China great again, because that will make great future for your kids.


Re: Likely won't pass, but...

Until, you know, Love Canal*. Then everyone else in the world can point and laugh at your stupidity.

* "national symbol of a failure to exercise a sense of concern for future generations"



Re: "The floor of the Senate"

Said someone on the internet who has no idea how government actually works in the real world....


Re: The More I read About the US of A....

Might want to get your facts straight. Republicans were the ones that abolished slavery: https://www.cnn.com/2012/08/25/politics/cnn-explains-gop-party/index.html

Democrats were the ones that wanted to keep it going.

(ninja'd, figures)

The current crop of Republicans are not about slavery or discrimination, what they are all about is pure, unfettered capitalism in the worst sense of the word. Free from any moral or societal concerns, with the rich getting richer and the poor getting screwed (which is their fault, 'cause they're, well, poor).

They are also cynically trying to bankrupt the federal government to justify massive cuts to anything than looks like income transfer from the rich to the poor, eg. social security, housing/food support or any sort of health care.


Re: The More I read About the US of A....

It's been a third-world country in many ways for some time. And I say that as someone who voluntarily came to live in the USA..... At least there is not much low level corruption and salaries keep you out of starvation.

Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich


Re: Thomas Claburn - Define Wealthy

It's probably easiest to define as what percent your earnings fall into. I would argue that anyone in the top 2% of earnings is 'rich' (over $400k/year in the US)+. Of course, a lot depends on geography as well, but I have yet to see a geographically weighted earnings percentage chart.

Just as a side note, in San Francisco a family of four is considered below poverty if they earn less than about $105k*, which in some parts of the US would make them rich....

+ http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/income-rank/index.html

* see https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2017/2017summary.odn


Re: Math

The side effect of this is that your health insurance is likely to double or triple.


Because there is no longer an individual mandate and programs like Medicare are going to be cut, thus massively increasing healthcare costs overall.

And most of the deductions for medical care have been eliminated. Never mind the cap on your mortgage deduction. Whatever you do, just don't get sick until a sane group of politicians actually decide they care about middle income Americans.

I'm in the top tax bracket, so my taxes will be going down enormously - at least 7%, probably more as I will restructure payouts from my company to give myself a roughly 20% tax cut (from 39.7% to 20% passthrough). I still think this whole thing blows.

Basically, anyone middle class in a very affluent (e.g. successful, growing, job-creating) areas is being screwed over, and, if you are a millennial (or younger), you are doubly screwed. It may not be clear right now, but creating a $1.5 trillion deficit is just a excuse to cut that much out of the federal budget. And if you don't think that's going to affect anyone making less than $500k, I have a bridge to sell you.

Sloppy coding + huge PSD2 changes = Lots of late nights for banking devs next year


One of the big problems is that no one understands how the Cobol-based software works.... Otherwise it would probably have been re-written ages ago.

Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace


Re: "They'll be back."

People always bring up AutoCAD. What percentage of end users use AutoCAD?

A major function of local governments is building permits - almost all of these are based on digital plans these days. It's also possibly the dept that brings in the most revenue in the entire gov't and one where compatibility with the outside world is extremely important.

So, probably quite a few end-users use AutoCAD or AutoCAD compatible systems, most of which only run on Windows. Let's not even discuss GIS....

How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico


Re: Standards needed

Being without power & water for six weeks after a major disaster is rightly called a slow recovery. And now generators (which have been running non-stop because there is no power) are failing - http://www.bradenton.com/news/weather/hurricane/article183526446.html There is no excuse, in a first-world country, for 20% of the population to be without water and thousands more at risk due to emergency systems breaking down.

By compairson, 96% of Houston had it's power back (http://abc13.com/96-percent-of-centerpoint-customers-have-power/2340044/) 10 days after Harvey, Puerto Rico, not so much, only 41% is restored 7 weeks after Maria (https://www.buzzfeed.com/nidhiprakash/most-of-puerto-rico-just-lost-power-again-after-a-line?utm_term=.clekQRDDAv#.vhqaW8mm6e) and it's not exactly back to normal...

Really, this is shameful. Lack of cell service is even more shameful given how easy it is to deploy portable cell towers (cf. any large crowd gathering, sports, music festivals, etc)

That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail


Because it's not like there isn't ANY competition in cloud services.....


Re: The title is optional. And possibly a giraffe.

It depends on what you are doing - if you are relying on auto-scaling features it would be very hard to replicate without spending a shedload on standby hardware. And the associated personnel to maintain it all. For quite a few online-only businesses, that delta is their profit margin.

That said, anyone using AWS or any other provider would do well to architect their backends to they can be moved between providers...

Oh Brother: Hackers can crash your unpatched printers – researchers


Re: Tip of the iceburg...perhaps.

That doesn't mean they are 'on the internet'. Pretty much anything on most internal networks can get out to the internet, that's vastly different than having a public IP. There is (usually) at least a NAT firewall between the requesting device and the public internet.

In the scenario you describe, it's pretty much the same as requesting a web page - you send some data and get more data back, typically processed for you in some fashion. That doesn't mean the contents you get back are necessarily safe, but that's pretty much the case anytime you request data from a remote server.


I agree. Having been through several brands, Brother is on the better side. Epson is the worst, in the 'kill it with fire' category.

And I'm with @lewisrage - if you are stupid/clueless enough to put a printer on the internets, you'll get what you deserve.

Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?


I can travel to Paris from Marseille (400 miles!!) for 25, in just under 3 hours.

IF the system works, which these days seems hopelessly broken. I visit my mom every few years. She lives near Dole.

In the past, it was pretty easy to get a TGV from Paris to Dole in the afternoon and the cost was roughly 75 euros each way. Travel time was about 1.5 hrs.

The last time I went, there were no afternoon trains and the only evening TGV running was fully booked. Via a combination of other trains, it cost me > 100 euros and took ~6 hours. Which was awesome after a 17 hour flight.....

The French train system used to be great, these days, not so much. It's shockingly expensive, more expensive in many cases than air travel in the US, and so many trains have been cancelled that getting from A to B is nigh impossible unless you book six weeks in advance (which negates elegant convenience of train travel...).

And when I was in Paris last fall, a Metro ticket was 2.50 euros, not 1.10.....

Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud


Re: £1,149

It's easy to laugh, but for people like me a phone is a business expense and I don't really pay for it. And as a primary computing device, I don't mind spending $1000 on it - that's 1/2 of what I would have spent on a laptop 5 years ago. Having a larger screen in a smaller form factor is a huge plus when working in the field. Never mind that most people will just buy it on credit for ~$35/mo.

Is the price point outrageous? Not really. Not when you consider a Palm Treo was ~$600 in 2004 (about $800 today) and Blackberries were $800 15 years ago. Even a modern top-of-the-line phones are $700-$800, this is only $200 more. If $200 is an issue for you, then you should be rethinking your priorities and buy a much cheaper or second hand phone.

I think these will sell out easily - Apple will be laughing all the way and walking away with all the profits....

Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways


Re: Time to Migrate?

AWS, Rackspace or Backblaze would be better choices....

Wonder why Congress doesn't clamp down on its gung-ho spies? Well, wonder no more


My "representatives"* are Pelosi & Feinstein

And they have already decided that "intelligence agencies" should put cameras & microphones in every single house in the country for "national security" reasons. /s

Short of a revolution, nothing is going to change if the two representatives from the most liberal place in the country are all for surveillance....

* representative is a word to be used only loosely, it's been a long time since either party has actually represented anyone not giving them $$$

HPE waves bye-bye to 36 years of executive experience


HP destroyed by a complete lack of vision

And it started with selling off Agilent and ended with missing out on cloud by not capitalizing on all the work they did for Amazon.

The eccentric, engineering focused company from this old commercial is no more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3XwTq_BPKM


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