Re: I NEVER get tired of saying this
Very well, thanks for asking!
Careful and steady as she goes.
Not clear about the purpose of asking in the context of this article specifically, however.
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You know, some days I think, it could be fun for a cynical old bastard like me to write for The Register. I'd fit right in.
Then I read an article like this, behold a True High Priest Of Saint Cynic - and recognise that I just couldn't cut the mustard! I am but a candle against a blue giant star.
It's way too early in the morning and it's been decades since my high school stochastics classes, but uhm... yes, it does follow:
Given a large enough sample set with normal distribution (which such a population would be) you indeed get the "50% of a group are below average".
Small sample sets, such as your example - and sadly just about everything you read in the MSM about "averages" - you're of course absolutely correct.
Now, we can discuss whether the set of Facebook users follows a normal distribution, as opposed to already being warped towards the ... gullible spectrum of the population... that's a whole different question!
... the testing ground for non-GDPR supposedly Western liberal democracies to see how far they can push while still saying "at least we're not Russia or China".
Even if one day you can't even fit a sheet of toilet paper in the gap.
I still don't understand what this will achieve even IF they force tech companies to use broken encryption. Anybody with half a brain cell will simply run their own unbroken crypto on top of whatever broken layer sits underneath. Is the end game that in that case they wave iron rods around while glancing meaningfully at my knee caps until I give in and hand them my own keys?
Could someone explain the author's issues with proponents of copyleft?
Calling them lunatics and loons seems harsh, what am I missing? Is that deserved? Are we talking "information just wants to be free" neck-bearded fundamentalists here? Or did one of them once piss in the author's cereal?
What also confuses me is that coffee is a hot climate crop. Just look up "coffee belt".
Even if the area covering the current (already hot and tropical) coffee belt gets TOO hot, then won't that merely shift the crop areas further into higher latitudes?
This isn't academical: it's already happening with grapes for various wines: areas that weren't suitable at all can suddenly grow cold-climate grapes such as Riesling or Pinot (*). Areas that had grown those grapes are becoming viable for Cabernet and Shiraz. I'm speaking from what is happening in a 200km radius in our own wine growing regions, seeing the changes and speaking to growers.
(*) which isn't the first time. Once upon a time during the minor warming period in the dark ages, England grew some acceptable varietals for a short time. Source: Oxford Wine Dictionary
Can't believe I'm agreeing with Trump, but the abuse of H1-B (and 457s in Australia) had gotten ridiculous.
Disclaimer: I myself had benefited from the H1-B program back in the 90s. Back then it still worked as intended: the hoops my employer and I had to jump through to prove that I was required and could not be found on the local market (which was true back then) was mind-boggling. Especially also proving that I indeed made greater or equal than other employees due to my skillset. I witnessed the change first hand as it became ludicrously easy to ship low-paid "IT experts" in by the bucket load. Yes, I know what they made. Yes, they replaces US workers. Yes, I witnessed coworkers or friends/family losing their jobs after training their replacements. No, I no longer live in the US, thank goodness.
What descendants would that be? By the time the LMC arrived there already won't be a habitable Earth any longer.
"The luminosity of the Sun will steadily increase, resulting in a rise in the solar radiation reaching the Earth. This will result in a higher rate of weathering of silicate minerals, which will cause a decrease in the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In about 600 million years from now, the level of carbon dioxide will fall below the level needed to sustain C3 carbon fixation photosynthesis used by trees. Some plants use the C4 carbon fixation method, allowing them to persist at carbon dioxide concentrations as low as 10 parts per million. However, the long-term trend is for plant life to die off altogether. The extinction of plants will be the demise of almost all animal life, since plants are the base of the food chain on Earth.
In about one billion years, the solar luminosity will be 10% higher than at present. This will cause the atmosphere to become a "moist greenhouse", resulting in a runaway evaporation of the oceans. As a likely consequence, plate tectonics will come to an end, and with them the entire carbon cycle. Following this event, in about 2–3 billion years, the planet's magnetic dynamo may cease, causing the magnetosphere to decay and leading to an accelerated loss of volatiles from the outer atmosphere."
Missus and I were working outside on the horse arena yesterday.
Fat spider runs over her hands while holding a sleeper board.
"Ugh, that's an ugly spider.... oh shit, that's a redback!"
Gloves! Thick tradie's gloves always and everywhere! After you've twisted and crunched them severely every time before putting them on. Because redbacks love hiding *inside* gloves when given a chance.
Why doesn't El Reg have an Australia-with-overlaid-skull-and-crossbones icon yet?
It *is* default!
However, if you are delegating control over a bucket within an account, you end up with some herp-derp for whom "IAM 101" might as well have been in Minoan Linear A who, after 2 failed attempts at secure access, just sets public on their bucket.
This is a ... I believe in the UK the favourite term is now "backstop"?
Quote: "This, Yahoo! says (citing agency officials), culminated in a 2012 incident in China where 30 agents working for the US were caught and executed.
The CIA does appear to have lucked out when it comes to Russia. The Intelligence Agency ring fences its Russian activities and the report states that intel chiefs were quick to harden up its Russian communications channel at the first sign of trouble."
Because for the CIA the Cold War never ended and there is still a Soviet Union bugaboo - instead of China. But hey, they already own all manufacturing, the tech bigwigs catch a cold when China sneezes, so I guess they recognised that that horse has bolted.
I deal with this stuff every day and while I'm not quite in the "hot garbage" camp, Atlassian software is like "there's some good stuff screaming to be let out".
The problem seems to be that it all should be torn down and rewritten, instead they just add yet more layers of enterprisy Java/Tomcat/Catalina.
Their QA is absolutely atrocious, I've had to deal with two showstopping regression bugs between *minor* version upgrades just in the last 2 weeks. Rollback without also rolling back the home directory and database is largely a lie (the supposed ability to do so is documented as "should work, no worries").
Functionality that used to be or should be built-in is increasingly outsourced to the marketplace - where you pay extra to third party vendors or Atlassian.
In 2018 you still can't execute fully unattended automated installation ab initio. The convolutions I - and others on the Atlassian forums - have had to do to get around this (especially for cloud deployments of the server products) are just frightening. Sometimes I look at my Cloudformation templates and weep.
Bugs and badly design configuration makes encryption-in-transit and at-rest a nightmare to set up. Another "forget about automating this".
OK, so maybe it *is* hot garbage.
Can't put my finger quite on it, but the downward trend seemed to really start - and accelerate - when they went public.
There is one exception: I love Bamboo! It kicks Jenkins' balls, it kicks CodeBuilt/Deploy/Pipeline to the curb. I've evaluated the lot like 3 times in the last year (there's a lot of pressure to go Jenkins) and every time I've come up with "out of my cold dead fingers".
*sigh* my dream spec Athena comes in at AUD4K. Still less than a similarly configured Dell though - and you can't even *get* a Macbook with similar specs.
It looks like they don't deliver o/s or am I DST-change-addled and blind?
EDIT: alas, indeed:
Entroware currently ships to the following territories using DPD:
United Kingdom (Shipment service: next working day for UK mainland)
Republic of Ireland
Wish I could disagree - I mean, you'd expect that with increase in features and capabilities comes a cost in increased resource usage.
But man, VS just has crossed that line into ginormous bloat, with much of it getting in the way.
I look at my daily work with IDEs and find that what used to be all VS is now VSCode or Jetbrains (who wisely make you use a different more stripped down IDE for each language/framework even if they're based on the same underlying "engine" as opposed to one massive Swiss Army knife from hell).
I used to maintain my Jetbrains sub for access to Resharper and a little bit of the IDEs. That has now pretty much flipped and it's all about being able to jump between PyCharm, CLion, Ryder and Webstorm. Horses for courses.
... the female night elf has been doing a jiggle-bounce animation in idle mode every 30 seconds since 2004.
(and has a dance that certain people still get up in arms for, even though it's directly based on that of a French singer, said French apparently far more laissez faire about such things).
I can see Alibaba moving into the upper right quadrant by sheer size once it becomes quasi-mandated within China and they even start pushing the other 3 out of the country.
But would any Western organisation seriously consider using Alibaba? Whatever you may think of Google "Do no evil", AWS "Steamrollers R Us" and Microsoft "We CAN change our spots, honestly, meow!", shoving your data into the PRC just seems a step too risky. Regions outside of China notwithstanding.
That said, how much do you trust the US-based Big 3?
NSA or PLA... decisions, decisions...
I have used it extensively in Visual Studio for C## and Python and it works well. The again, for all I know it's things like ReSharper (which you mentioned/linked) which makes it actually usable? I've not run without for so long, I'd probably be paralysed without it.
That's not a good thing, it just occurred to me... I should mend my ways.
Am I missing something about all these S3 fiascos?
Just how do you DO that? You have to actively make a bucket or object public, S3 will bitch at you "are you certain?" and then it constantly has a reminder/warning "blabla you have public buckets/objects, this is not secure, you may want to reconsider blabla".
That's in the console obviously, but frankly I have the nagging suspicion that those who commit these blunders would be out of their depth using CLI/SDK anyway.
So, just how incompetent are your cloud monkeys that this happens all the time? Is that a rhetorical question?
Yes, your static website has to be public, but does anybody use that for anything but error failover with a few HTML pages?
Bucket policies, IAM policies... there's bloody wizards that do hand-holding for the CLI/JSON impaired!
Just don't get it.
I'm curious as to how they would do that. It's a 5 line user-data script to add a custom account and add that one to sudoers - and user-data is run as root.
Not that I'd be surprised to hear what they do to prevent that - can't even bake your own AMIs, they filter all user-data, *prohibit* user data (or cfn-init/cloud-init)? I'd love to see their IAM profiles :P
How that is to ever lead to a culture of innovation (as opposed to copy-catting) is beyond me. But as long as our corporate overlords are happy to have our daily tat produced by cheap and oppressed quasi-slave labour to sell it at max profit here, I suppose the system works.
I do have a baritone voice (though, until I get rid of this lingering cold, more a basso) and a friend who is an opera soprano. I wonder... with some coaching by her... and the appropriate "uniform" (short sleeve shirt with pocket protector and a tie, natch)...
Of course, I will now be humming this for the next month or so.
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