They bought and ran down Sun Microsystems pretty comprehensively, you never hear of Solaris these days and other then those gawd awful Exa systems we rarely hear anything about the hardware.
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Am I missing something here?
History of Windows:
Windows 95 - This is cool, excited about Windows 98.
Windows 98 - This is rubbish, can't wait for Windows 2000.
Windows 2000 - This is really rubbish, so looking forward to Windows ME replacing this junk.
Windows ME - OMG this is rubbish, please please please release Windows XP.
Windows XP - This almost works, we may be heading in the right direction at last.
Windows Vista - We'll just stick with XP until Windows 7 comes out..
Windows 7 - Well it's better then Vista?
Windows 8 - This is so bad we're going to need an 8.1 before we even consider looking forward to Windows 9.
Windows 8.1 - It'll work as a sticking plaster until Windows 9 comes out.
Windows 9 - hello, hello, is anyone there?
Windows 10 - Where'd my Windows 8.1 go, and why did everything stop working after the update?
And at no point did anyone think, is there an alternative to Windows that just works?
You reminded me of the time I was on a conference call with a Scottish sales rep from IBM and my Indian boss (who had lived in the US for many years). My boss could not understand a word the IBM guy said so I had to mute my phone and type what he was saying into skype so my boss could have the conversation.
2FA? 2 sweet FA!
My company rolled out 2FA, now when you log in it sends a text message with a code you have to enter.
But it sends you the message to the mobile phone you're using to login.
The very same mobile that has your password cached on it.
And the very same phone that if you hold it up to the light you can see the the X or Z shape that people use to unlock their phones.
So 2FA is actually less secure than simply disabling password caching, you get the phone, you get the access.
'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature
Look, look, I'm punching myself in the face!
Blockchain makes perfect sense in an organisation that has loads of distributed IT hardware all on an internal network. But when it's implemented by a company that can't even produce a firmware patch that won't take down your entire business you'd have to be some serious kind of masochist!
Stop fiddling with other peoples stuff
There are many different scenarios that may cause you to have to fail over, this addresses just one of those scenarios. If Oracle could maybe put a little more effort into updating their applications to be more HA then we’d likely get a heck of a lot more of those scenarios covered.
I have literally sat under my desk on a telephone call because the team that sit next to me were making so much noise, think they were getting excited over the previous nights Great British Bake off or something. One of my employers office buildings is also 100% hot desk with unbookable meeting rooms, the marketing types love it but it's really depressing watching all the technical people walking round with arm fulls of books looking for a quiet corner every morning. I tend to work from home 2 days a week now just so I can get a solid 2*8 hours of work in every week.
Microsoft buy GitHub and everyone moves to GitLab.
Google or Amazon will buy GitLab or make a hostile takeover of GitLab in 2020 when it's IPO is targeted.
I will create GitVac ready for 2020 and then sell it to whichever of Google or AWS lost out on the GitLab takeover while having MultiGit ready as a startup for all the non commercial developers looking for a home.
Then my friends, all you code are belong to me mwahahaha!
Pretty standard for a US company
We have a forced ranking system, top 10% get a pay rise, middle 80% get a token pay rise, bottom 10% get put on a performance plan and get the boot 12 months later or as soon as the company feel they can do it without getting sued. You should see out management structure though, it's a thing of beauty, it must have been based on the design for the Eiffel tower it even has a dotted line lattice work!
Re: sustainable, clean energy
It does until it goes wrong and you send a massive radioactive cloud over half the planet, what would really be useful is if you could build a massive nuclear reactor somewhere far away, maybe 150 million km away or there abouts, then use some sort or receiver on earth to collect that energy.
Re: Over-hyped, over-paid and over here
I've often wondered why people like Tesla don't supply a range extender, a battery that'll fit on the car like a roof box, could easily gain a couple of hundred miles there, and if you could swap an empty one for a charged one at a service station that would be better, and have the whole thing covered by some sort of subscription/rental service.
Imagine if all the cars negotiated with each other and synced up their entry and exit to junctions and roundabouts. I only ride a motorbike because of two points on my journey to work where traffic flows cross paths and massive queues form, if the whole thing was automated and orchestrated by a computer it would be free flowing all the way.
You'd think that but you're thinking the average consumer is as intelligent as you, they're not.
Let's imagine the Daily Mail's parent company DMG bought a cable company and delivered cable for, say, 10% less than everyone else.
Obviously they're going to make the Daily Mail free to all those users and allow them to stream ITV for free so they'll easily recover that discount via advertising.
Non right wing media websites like the Independent would count to your usage and probably be throttled.
Huffington post would be all but blocked, far to lefty for DMG to allow it on their network as would the BBC.
So now you've got a significant portion of the population getting right wing propaganda pipped onto their devices for free, anything that doesn't agree with the media companies agenda costs you money or is too slow to be useable, these people don't really get that there is a bias, they don't know what VPN even stands for, they can play Fortnite anywhere in the country for free though so that's great.
You've got the basis for a good George Orwell novel right there!
If you wrote a really popular app, something that the average parent gave to their kids to keep them occupied on a car journey (and then inadvertently got addicted to themselves as keeps happening to my wife), then you slip in some code that uses say 10% of the phones CPU for mining while the app is running, and that's scaled across thousands of users, you can make a bit of token.
I'd expect that's really what this is aimed at.
Re: This underlines one more thing
United used to fly out of Birmingham, 50 minute drive from home, park up next to the airport and walk into the terminal, it saved about 2 hours on the journey compared to Heathrow. But United cancelled the service because of a lack of customers, I guess people were looking for connecting flights into Europe which Birmingham didn't have or they genuinely wanted a stop over in London. It sucks for the rest of us but that's the way it is.