* Posts by DWRandolph

21 posts • joined 30 Jun 2015

Hey, DevOps fans. We've got another TLA for you to write down: CDF


CI-CD = Perpetual Beta

The "move fast & break stuff" mantra is fine at the beginning of the R&D cycle. But has no place once you reach QA and GA. This cr*p of weekly (or even more frequent!!!) releases might be acceptable for a casual game, but not for anything considered Production.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs


Re: Easy to remember

Ummagumma is still one of my favorite albums

Happy Satellite Collision Day! It is 10 years since Russia and Iridium got too close for comfort


A bit of .. irony? One section bemoaning collisions and the danger of orbital debris. Then no comment on sustainability of clean orbits as swarms of micro-satellites are released.

How to stealthily poison neural network chips in the supply chain


Back doors can be very long term stuff. Think it was A Deepness In The Sky were one of the protagonists subverts a network using tricks over a hundred years old?

Software development slow because 'Most of our ideas suck'



I would rather not have my business running on software in a state of Perpetual Beta

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password


Re: This is a deliberate feature and it's because Apple cares.

When things are bad enough you have to use root, it is time to slow down and really think about what you are doing. Flailing about in a panic with full privileges often makes things worse.

I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs


Re: Gif.

I was in a group that pronounced SQL as "squeal", because it was such a pig on resources :{

Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user


Re: Every day's a school day

obligatory xkcd reference


About not laughing when someone genuinely has not learned something yet. Instead treat them as one of today's lucky 10,000

Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones


the Police cannot "protect"

Even with best intentions, training, equipment, conscientious staff, ..., your "local" police cannot "protect" you unless they are actually "local" - say within 20 feet. If they are not able to stop the miscreant _at_the_time_ of the attack, they are only a nebulous background presence threatening some possible future punishment. Any call for help with a response time greater then single digit seconds means I am responsible for the defense of me and mine.

Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers


Hi, I . . . uh . . . I work from home

This showed up in my Flipboard feed last week


911 OPERATOR: 911—what’s your emergency?

ROBERT: Hi, I . . . uh . . . I work from home.

OPERATOR: O.K., is anyone else there with you, sir?

ROBERT: No, I’m alone.

OPERATOR: And when’s the last time you saw someone else? Was that today?

ROBERT: Uh, my wife . . . this morning, I guess.


Retiring IETF veteran warns: Stop adding so many damn protocols


and the very obligatory https://xkcd.com/927/

But there is always someone who thinks the little shiny they just built is sooooo muuuch betttteeer then anything else that sheer common sense dictates everyone re-architect to use it right away!

These diabetes pumps obey unencrypted radio commands – which is, frankly, f*%king stupid


selected evolution

Here is one link to a recent demonstration of evolution in action. Several places picked up the story from Harvard Medical School of how fast bacteria adapts - very scary!


Speaking in Tech: Nope, sorry waiter. I won't pay with that card reader



`yep, I am a grumpy old bastard, but yet another vote for being able to read the actual content. If there is not enough content for a article, why should I waste my time with audio/visual fluff?

Text does not interrupt those around me. When interrupted I can just let the window fall to the background until ready for it again.

No, I am not a headphone-kind-of-guy. I want some awareness of my surroundings, and need to respond to walk-up questions.

BOFH: Follow the paper trail


Re: Ah, the myth of the rational person

Here is a slant on why the "system" night not want rational people;


innumeracy as the major driver of economic growth

One (storage) protocol to rule them all?



sorry, but as a cynical old bastard, I am compelled to re-post this whenever I hear the word "standard", especially when they are talking about new / consolidate / simplify :}


When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'


Who The Hell Did That?

My first impulse at some chunks of work is "What Were They Thinking?". Sometimes realize I was the one who wrote that, and ask "What Was I Thinking?". Often the answer is it was a workable solution, given the constraints at the time it was done. Sometimes things that worked then, do not work now after changes in scope or use; then I owe folk a beer. Even if it still works, I will shake my head and vow to never do crap like that again!

Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP


Re: constant traffic component of OpSec

Guess how much bandwidth you have available / choose to buy is based on how much importance you assign to this aspect of your security. It is just one of the onion layers to manage.

If you have X bandwidth, assess your criteria to assign Y% of it to "secured" traffic, then keep that Y% portion filled.


constant traffic component of OpSec

Along the lines of "everyone should encrypt everything", another old component of Operational Security is amount of traffic. Each site within a group should always be sending the same about of traffic to each other site. Random cruft when nothing is happening, then real data if something is going on. But those watching will not see a spike of traffic to realize what triggers when. You should never panic and send of burst of out-of-band / unusual traffic to flag your intentions.

Oracle laying off its Java evangelists? Er, no comment, says Oracle


Re: Story Of Mel

Mel is one of my heroes

Samsung to launch a Snapdragon 808-based clamshell smartphone


Re: The FlipPhone - talk to someone?

Oh yeah,that is right, it can make phone calls! Maybe once a month.

My NoteII is note book, historical activity logs, documentation, password vault, email, calendar, books, imdb, map, wiki, even the odd card game. even sms messages happen more often than a telephone.

Hello Tosh, got a downrated 6TB spinner? Yes, for slower workloads


disk reliabilty reports from BackBlaze

There is at least one place that has published some of their disk statistics;


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