"It isn't completely out of your control, there are a number of things you can do to control costs in a cloud environment,... applying limits etc."
And then the limits get hit just before month end.
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"ideal for SME's"
Maybe not even them. I had an occasional client who had an engineering supplies business - store-room, several counter terminals and printers, office PCs and more printers, all running on an in-house server. As a customer, I can go to a branch of a national chain of builders' merchants and the transaction is handled through a server sitting there in the office. If their comms went down how would they manage with the data on somebody else's computer? The small business, maybe, but a catching up after a couple of outages wouldn't leave them very pleased. The national chain - maybe the beancounter says No - must record it properly.
"I've taken my own stab at defining serverless here on El Reg."
Maybe another stab is needed. I went back on the link. I didn't see anything that looked like a definition. It just moved rapidly into discussion AWS Lambda which I take to be an example but didn't offer anything I could recognise as a definition. If it can't be defined then it's not surprising we regard it as just another buzzword trying to sell us the idea that running something on somebody else's computer is a better idea than having control of what's essential to running one's own business.
"A visit to the branch and an internal call to their appraisal team discovered the reference agency didn't have my correct previous address."
It's good that you sorted it out. But in the event that an adverse decision with a demonstrable financial loss were to be made on demonstrably incorrect information from a credit reference agency wouldn't it be a basis for a libel suit?
I'm not a huge fan of OpenSLL "Management Committee", since all they do is jump on to an encryption standard
Jumping onto standards is vastly better than jumping off them. In fact, it's the right thing to do. Just make sure your chosen standard doesn't involve an magic constants provided by the NSA.
"The problem most lay-people have is that they think that the Earth's climate should be unchanging if we did nothing."
And we then have two types of not-quite so lay people. Those who think we should do nothing so it won't change and those who think it isn't changing whatever we do. Both are doomed to disappointment: the climate will change irrespective of whatever we do and sea levels relative to land (which I think underlies a lot of concerns) will also change, not necessarily the same way in different places.
"his is only an opinionated observer's view"
And boy, is he opinionated!
It's quite simple. If he knows how to run a photocopying (or anything else) company better than anyone else why doesn't he just do a start-up, put his own money into it and run it himself. I'm sure we'll all follow the results with interest.
Once upon a time the govt. thought it would be a good idea to encourage a local semi-conductor manufacturing industry. So they imposed a tariff on imported components. Just on components, not on assemblies which included such components.
Looking at any PCB manufactured back then it had a lot of components stamped with all sorts of countries as source of origin. It would have been quite infeasible to build a product locally which would have avoided paying tariffs on such components. It was cheaper, therefore, to buy in stuff assembled abroad. All it did was damage the local electronics industry.
We still have that tariff. We still don't have that big semi-conductor manufacturing industry. We buy stuff fully assembled from China.
Something I read recently reminded me of this.
"As of 11:30 PM EST US the website was up and appears to be functioning normally."
"where in order to do fucking anything you have to go to fucking terminal command prompt"
Let me guess. You've never even seen a modern (say less than 20 year old) Unix-based OS let alone ever used one.
That doesn't mean I'm not about to fire up a terminal emulator to run the 10 updates KDE has just alerted me to. I do that because it's about an order of magnitude faster to do that than faff about with a GUI which, under Linux, is still about an order or magnitude than the Windows equivalent with all those reboots and so on.
" Intel on the other hand is wanting the security fix to be opt-in, which as Linus rightfully states as insane."
AFAICS Intel seem to be saying that, at least in the short term, their only option is a performance-draining one which they want to make opt-in. That doesn't preclude them having a better option in the long term, even if they have no present intention and are forced into it. A flag which says "I'm fixed" could mean fixed by having opted in on the immediate option but fixed by a redesign in the better, long term version.
The boot-time, user-settable flag would be the choice of speed vs security. With a fixed design this would become a no-op because the user would have security and speed.
The run-time, read-only flag would simply tell, if clear, that any mitigation needed would have to be in S/W. If set the S/W itself would have any indication of whether it was set as a user choice or by the redesign.
This would only work if, speed issue apart, the microcode and hardware fixes were equivalent from the user point of view. Intel clearly aren't going to be able to deliver the full, no speed penalty fix that Linus - and the rest of us - want in the short term via microcode changes. If, however, they were able to deliver the "I'm fixed" flag that Linus asks for as part of the short term microcode fix then they'd be wise to listen to him. In the meantime Linus - and the rest of us - are going to have to live with what can be delivered in firmware changes to microcode.
"That deal, which allows firms to sign up by self-certifying to the US Department of Commerce"
Self-certify what? That they're wide open to any US official that wants access? Until the DoJ/Microsoft case is resolved we can't even be sure that data is safe with US providers even if it's never off-shored.
The NHS needs an effective data guardian.
"people only have so much money to spend"
This is a foreign concept to a certain breed of sales type. I offer as an example the numpties who sold me my last* car and within weeks were sending me marketing texts.
*Most recent but quite possibly also ultimate. Being retired I do relatively low mileages so the car might outlast my driving career, miserable thought that it might be.
"the agency endorsed the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, seemingly at the behest of the National Security Agency. She said that processes have been put in place to ensure such slip-ups do not happen again."
AIUI the generator was weakened by the use of specific "magic" parameters. What procedures would protect against that in the future, short of never trusting a word the NSA says?
"Presumably there is some reason why simply slapping VAT on digital advertising doesn't work?"
VAT is collected by the vendor (free of charge to the tax authority) but paid by the buyer. If the buyer is a VAT collecting business they reclaim the VAT they paid by deducting it from the VAT they collected before passing that on to the tax man. Ultimately VAT is paid by the consumer.
I've no direct knowledge of VAT on digital advertising but I'd expect it to be charged already; assuming it is it will work in just the same way as VAT does elsewhere. If you buy something that's VATable and digitally advertised you'll be paying your share of the VAT on the advertising, even if you never saw the advert.
"Intel (or anybody else) shouldn't be selling CPUs still at this point that are still vulnerable"
So what are they going to sell instead? What system level products are ready to take it? And who's going to roll out software recompiled for this mythical product?
The reality is that users still need to get kit installed and can't wait several years for redesigned products to become available.
"Only if they think they can survive in the Rest of the World market without the US market."
Companies already based in the rest of the world survive; the rest of the world is bigger than you think. There'd be nothing to stop an ex-US company setting up a US subsidiary to deal with that market or just coming to a franchise arrangement with some little locally owned outfit.
Sure, I'll concede that you can get all intellectually crafty and point out that money is, largely, just numbers in a spreadsheet somewhere, but it'd be odd to call these banks "software companies".
AFAICS with banks, at least in the UK, closing branches hand over fist software companies are exactly what they're becoming and they're nowhere near good enough at it.
"I was grinning along as I read this until I got to the bit about the drum of telephone cable."
On one of our house moves one of the juniors in the removal team admitted to being an apprentice joiner. And that he was scared off spiders and even disliked their webs. I think he was training for the wrong job.
"I was grinning along as I read this until I got to the bit about the drum of telephone cable."
I have a drum of Cat 4 (yes, that's right) if you need it.
The best stock of telephone cable was taken when a manual switchboard was decommissioned in 1976. Not very long but a really thick bundle of tinned single cores with all sorts of different coloured insulation. It solders beautifully. I've been snipping bits off to hook odds together, repair PCBs with broken tracks etc. ever since.
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