"I'm not sure what you take from the article but maybe you should read the previous article as well to get some understanding."
Even better, go and read the actual post.
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"The real issue is not scripts but a lack of a proper life cycle including a rudimentary spec (why are you doing this), peer review, testing, version control, and documentation."
You say that as if they're good things - which they are, of course, as is repeatability. Because, as you say, scripts are small programs these can be applied and more easily than into manual operations; even if the latter are written down in your ops manual as an - errrm - script you still rely on the operator following them.
You should not be relying on them for everyday tasks, or even "every year" tasks, because you're just opening yourself up to problems.
This is just what you should be using them for. As you say, you can get them ratified, check into the source code revision system of your choice or whatever in order to have a repeatable set of operations on which you can rely. For rarely performed operations this is even more important than daily ones.
Effectively you are then doing software development, whether you're a tiny one-man operation or a huge multi-national, and the same standards as you'd expect a software developer to use should apply - testing, verification, dummy-runs, early bail-outs, stop on every error, etc.
Yes. Why would you fly by the seat of your pants doing operations manually when you have this option?
I would also suggest that the differences between scripting an operation and performing it manually is little different from performing it "manually" (on a computer) and actually doing the operations in person.
1. It can be reviewed by yourself and others. That way it can be checked for errors, including typos such as rm -rf ~fred /*
2. It's repeatable. If you have a saved script that was successfully yesterday you know it will perform exactly the same operations today and tomorrow which you might not do yourself if sitting there thinking "Now what did I do next?".
"That's no different to saying that thieves operate a better service than the original manufacturers."
The journals get their material written for free, edited for free and refereed for free. Then they sell it back to the sorts of people who wrote, edited and refereed it and, they hope, will write, edit and referee the next issue.
I'm finding it difficult to decide just where to place the idea of theft here, especially when I see JStor charging for access to stuff I wrote for a very cheaply produced and distributed publication.
"have shared storage"
Genuine question...what's that got to do with a router?
It's something a lot of routers offer these days - stick a USB socket on the side of the router and let the punters plug a thumb drive into it and it appears on the network. The good news is you don't have to use it.
"My Google Nexus 5X is pretty much everything. It''s my plane ticket, train ticket, bus ticket, tram ticket, taxi ride and method of paying for most transactions < £30 (and many other things)."
Looks on with sympathy - but not much.
"A voxel is a point on a 3D grid."
It's actually a small volume, not an actual point, just as a pixel is an area on your screen. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voxel
Hence the description: "a group of points within each voxel" (my emphasis).
OTOH what's a "trainable deep architecture"? It sounds like a ventilation shaft above a railway tunnel.
"Yes, I know most people refer to VED as Road Tax, but that doesn't mean it is."
Shhh. HMG don't wish people to know that. They want them to go on thinking that VED is spent on roads and NI on health and social services. If people didn't believe that they'd have to start thinking about a transparent taxation system.
"not taxes for taxes' sake but specifically to fund road improvements and maintenance"
We've been here before. There used to be the Road Fund. Then it was morphed into the VED, sucked into the Treasury and the roads see less and less of it. In part new roads and bridges which the Road Fund should have financed have instead been built on a toll basis, taking us back to the late C17th.
Impose a new tax to fund road improvements and you'll see (a) even less Treasury funding for roads and (b) the Treasury getting its hands on the new tax.
"The law applies to all of us, not just those who can afford expensive lawyers."
Yes, of course. The majority of Apple customers won't be able to afford expensive lawyers to protect them against government overreach so it's just as well that Apple are doing that for them. I'm glad you appreciated that point.
"Wanting to check out the phone IS a valid line of investigation."
If there was a chance to unlock the phone using the dead man's fingerprint and the investigation flubbed that they really don't have much of a leg to stand on in insisting the Apple do, at massive public interest cost, what they failed to do. I wouldn't like to be an investigator explaining to a court why I failed in the first place and why I think someone else should make up for may failure.
"Wanting to check out the comms of these scumbags is a valid line of investigation - regardless of whether it eventually yields fruit or not it would be irresponsible not to and down right criminal to prevent them doing so if its possible."
The problem with your reasoning is that this isn't a cost free option and I'm not talking about financial cost. It's a cost in terms of the security of every phone of that type and, by extension every type of phone because this is what law enforcement really want. And it's not just the security of the phone itself, but of the contents and hence of the owner of those contents.
To provide such backdoors would be a trade off between two public interest issues. A crime investigator is not in a position to make that choice, especially in relation to a specific case. I've not even seen evidence that the political overseers of crime investigators have sufficient understanding to make that choice.
"Your government is using you as lab rats. They want to find out how many fatal traffic accidents by autonomous cars you are willing to tolerate."
Either that or the AV industry is using the government as lab rats to find out how many fatal traffic accidents bring down a government.
"There are actually special satnavs for trucks that know all about restrictions."
I'm not sure how effective they are.
Most if not all the routing websites seem to know that the junction at the bottom of my road is too sharp a right turn for an HVG so will advise me to turn left and then turn back to avoid that. Because they don't ask what sort of vehicle I'm in I assume that they're taking restrictions into account when they know about the,
But the same websites have traffic cross over the route I'd normally drive out to to pick up the motorway and direct them down a twisty set of lanes from which the larger vehicles have had to be rescued. So I'd guess in that case that the navigational databases are sharing data which doesn't mark this as a bad route for HGVs.
"They're much simpler roads than inner city or small town traffic."
Or rural routes.
Another aspect of rural routes is navigation. It's bad enough already with drivers following satnavs. At least the driver can (eventually) form an understanding that he's gone wrong and decide to call for the local HGV rescue to haul him out. I wonder how far an autonomous vehicle would carry on.
"At the moment the intellectual pygmies of Westminster are trailing through the newspapers the idea of paying the EU €40bn for the privilege of the Germans being able to sell their cars to us."
I thought it was the other way round. If not all those car workers in Sunderland, Derby and Swindon are going to have a nasty shock when they found out what they actually voted for.
"(just look at what happened to Borland) - open source made that business mostly unprofitable"
I think Borland was waving a revolver and looking for its feet way before there was sufficient competition from open source. A good indication is to look at the approach open source took to Borland's old territory: Lazarus looks a lot more like Delphi of about v7 than what followed.
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