Will nobody rid us of this meddlesome beast?
13 posts • joined 1 Sep 2014
Even if a poll prediction was accurate at the time it was taken, given the available data, the act of publishing and publicising the data could affect the outcome, assuming enough people object to the outcome and vote against it.
The fact that a landslide was predicted could have persuaded some people to vote Labour when they might not otherwise have been bothered to go and vote. And how would we know? Nobody took a poll to ask them...
Why is HPC more difficult now?
Why is it that 20 years ago SGI could easily connect together 64 or more Origin 2000 HPC nodes with damn big fast switches and use them as one huge parallel shared-memory NUMA machine under a single, coherent copy of Irix - but today you need Linux running on every node and then a combination of MPI and SSH just to get the blasted nodes to talk to each other?
One problem is that DevOps is becoming a bit like photography or web-site creation - just about everybody thinks they know how to do it, but most people's attempts are mediocre at best, and even fewer understand what it takes to do a good, consistent, professional job.
In essence, DevOps has been around for years, but it's only recently that it has been given a name and more formal definition. That has sparked a host of ideas and approaches, many of which conflict. At the same time, there's a vast slew of new tools available, each claiming to make life easier; but mixing the wrong set of tools can quickly create a system of unbelievable complexity, or force teams to work in counter-productive ways.
DevOps probably should be a stack, but in practice it's often a pile - that pile too often being a mixture of legacy systems, new and untested DevOps tools, hastily implemented automated testing and maybe a kludged attempt at continuous delivery.
If management isn't convinced of the need for proper investment in DevOps then it's a potential recipe for disaster. Becoming an Andrew Preview is only really possible if you have the full support of the management comedians around you ...
A "quantum leap" is actually a change of an electron from one quantum state to another within an atom - essentially an electron jumping from one energy level to another. That means an actual "quantum leap" is the smallest distance that it is physically possible for any entity to "jump". That would seem to be entirely appropriate for this announcement ...
Okay, so they've announced support - but no dates yet. Will it be in time for the Win10 launch? Will it be this year, next year or so far in the future that it's actually irrelevant?
I am pleased that they are finally acknowledging demand and catching up with 20 year old authentication protocols, but a vague promise that it will eventually become available is about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike!