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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Bigbutt Re:They have a point (293 comments)

It's likely I was coding before you were a twinkle in your father's eye. I've done my share of programming in the past. As a sysadmin I find I can code to my heart's content without having some project manager or manager breathing over my neck to get some buggy code out. If you had actual systems admin skills, you'd understand that we need to work together to get your code out to production as seamlessly as possible. That means working within the constraints of the environment your project is destined for. What that doesn't mean is that you can pull some Linux distro of the week out of your ass and expect it to be deployed into production without issue or complaint. Depending on the urgency of the requirement, you might get it deployed, but I guarantee you, you will be working on the next version with a supported operating system.

If you can't understand that dev, qa, and ops are a team, then perhaps you should come out of your mom's basement and check out the real world.

[John]

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Bigbutt Re:They have a point (293 comments)

Humorously I am doing my job. My job is to ensure all the servers are patched appropriately and that the environment runs smoothly. This means regular patches, resolving hardware and software issues, working on projects to deploy new systems or apply new versions to existing systems, and of course the numerous meetings to discuss important issues.

I patch our lab environment before patching anything else to ensure production isn't adversely affected by the patches. Of course the lab can't exactly match production but we do our best. Next up is QA so incoming applications can be tested on a production like server. Next is Production once both areas are patched and standardized and no issues discovered. Finally, assuming the developers are willing to be patched, the dev servers are patched.

Now I don't always get to patch development servers in part because you're working on something or other and can't be bothered. And unfortunately there are times when you're done with a package and you present it to QA only to discover it doesn't work there. A few times because of a patch. Which means I have to break out of what I'm doing if possible (you're not my priority by the way) and patch your system so you can identify and fix the problem.

So I am doing my job.

[John]

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Bigbutt Re:They have a point (293 comments)

Seriously? You want to be involved in the patching process of all the servers? I appreciate that, but damn dude, talk about a waste of time. After a bit, getting e-mails on the patching of our 1,000 Unix systems might get a bit tedious. Especially when something breaks in production and it's traced to a patch that you signed off on. Do you really have that much free time?

See, I have no idea if a patch that appears to be necessary on my server will affect your application. So you'll get to see all the patches that I'm intending on applying. And since your environment needs to match mine... Well because your software will eventually be deployed into my environment. So I will insist your environment be as close as possible so you experience the problems before it gets into my hands. That way I'm not trying to figure out why your software isn't working or worse yet, the application guys aren't in an incident trying to figure out why the timing is off which will affect 17,000,000 users forcing a report to the FCC and an urgent change request is sent to you and your group to be worked 24x7 until the code works again.

Wouldn't you rather your server work like a production server? So when you're done with your code, you _know_ it works in production and you can move on to the next project without having to worry about being dragged back in to fix some problem?

[John]

about a week ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Bigbutt Re:All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (287 comments)

Honestly that's what I was thinking. Study Physics. Even if I don't get a degree, it might be a lot of interesting and fun stuff. It seems that I'd need to really attend College to do that though vs night courses or the local CC.

[John]

about a week ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Bigbutt Re:All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (287 comments)

Yea, no degree and I'm a Sr Unix Admin. I am investigating pursuing a degree, more for personal education than career advancement though. At this point, I can't see how a degree would improve my chances of keeping my job or getting a different one should this one fail :)

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Bigbutt Re:Bloody Idiot (588 comments)

We need an 'Anonymous Idiot' user for some folks apparently.

Post the links to proof or STFU.

Google search showed 81 people killed by vaccines in a year but hundreds of thousands are killed by Malaria in a year. Polio killed thousands of people a year. The Spanish Flu killed about 30,000,000 people.

Herd Immunity: When the English and Spanish came to 'The New World', the native populations were wiped out by Small Pox laden blankets.

Honestly, just STFU.

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

Bigbutt Re:Knowing your tools (136 comments)

Or engineering or development.

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Bigbutt Re:Discrimination of girls is bad and unethical (673 comments)

Hey just as long as you are considered part of the Majority you are perfectly fine to be discriminated against.

Sorry, but women are 51% of the US population. They're the Majority. Unless you're talking about IT of course :)

[John]

about two weeks ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Bigbutt In App Purchases (240 comments)

Don't have any of those so I don't have a vampire attached to my phone or tablet. I do buy the occasional app though. Most recently Carmageddon from a referral from here in fact.

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

Bigbutt Re:repeat after me (88 comments)

As someone up thread said, if your model depends on ad revenue (in app ads), then Android. If it's app purchase revenue, then Apple.

Which also makes your statement true. If you're not buying apps for the Android, you have nothing tying you to the platform. If something new comes along, you'll jump to the new sparkly because you have no money invested. With Apple, you're buying apps. So you're throwing away the money you've paid.

I have quite a few apps on my iPhone that I would have more of a problem bailing on because I've paid for them vs my Android phone that I'd punt in a hot second and without a second thought. Same as the Blackberry I used to have. The benefit was the physical keyboard but other than that, no reason to keep the BB around once I got the iPhone.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies

Bigbutt Re:Offtopic - April 1st joke? (94 comments)

Yea, my volume is now off on my laptop. Where's the checkbox to disable it?

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies

Bigbutt Re:This work needs to be in the open (94 comments)

You need to stop watching Big Bang Theory :D

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Bigbutt Re:Could it be food? (558 comments)

I lost a good 30 lbs when I went to Athens for a month to work (270+/- to 241). The change in timezones messed up my feeding time so I wasn't hungry during meal times. Plus hiking all over or taking metro in my off hours. Add in the number of folks who smoked (which also kept my appetite down) and it's not hard to lose a few lbs.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Bigbutt Re:Shifting thresholds (558 comments)

A previous girlfriend of mine had bailed on her ex when she caught him chasing the neighborhood 15yo girls. She took her kids and cat (Morgan) and moved in with her sister. But she couldn't have cats in the house so she left Morgan with her other sister. Unfortunately she left Morgan on the back porch for a year. Never brought her in and being a dog person, never paid any attention to her. When we went to get her, she had pulled tufts of fur from about half way down her back to the end of her tail (she was a longer hair tuxedo cat). We took her to the vet to have her checked and nothing was found wrong with her. After having her at my place with the other cats I already had (my daughters both bailed on their cats when they moved out so I had three, then four with Morgan), she recovered however was pretty looney for the rest of her life (the awesome kind of looney; old lady looney :D ).

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

Bigbutt Re:News for Nerds? (173 comments)

Well shit. Then this is a news for everyone on the planet. I expect everyone is nerdish about some things. How about an article on the proper methods of making moonshine.

Dumbass.

[John]

about a month ago
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Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

Bigbutt News for Nerds? (173 comments)

I'm not sure that the FDA recalling a Homeopathic "remedy" that claims to hold no antibiotics which actually does due to the manufacturing process, and could kill people who are allergic to penicillin is really a technical article that "nerds" would be all that interested in.

Well other than the numerous chuckles at 'homeopathy' :shrug:

[John]

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Bigbutt Re:Fast, Cheap, High Quality (370 comments)

Yea, I was going through Computer Learning Center back in the 80's. Couldn't even get a glance from IBM but the person with a 4 year degree in Animal Husbandry got an offer. Even though I did much better in the classes and even taught one session for extra credit.

The degree doesn't matter as long as it's a degree.

[John]

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

Bigbutt Re:You're getting old? (218 comments)

WTF. While I'm not a professional developer, I am a Unix Admin. Everyone says I should (at a few weeks from 58) be in a management or engineering position.

I've tried the management classes to see how things are done. My manager insisted I at least put in the effort. It was quite beneficial in helping me understand what my manager goes through, but I (and my manager) realized I was not cut out to be a manager. (And this was after being a team lead in other companies).

As to being an engineer, it really requires a different mindset I guess. The engineers I've dealt with are supremely arrogant and have either no idea or have forgotten what it's like in the trenches. I almost feel like it's my job to stay where I am in order to help make the disasters work (we almost have to reengineer the deployments in order to get it working in production).

Humorously, because of my skillset and interest in being a sysadmin, I've had our monitoring group come to me twice asking me to switch positions, engineering has asked me to move to their team twice, and networking has asked me to join them 6 times now. I suspect soon I'll be asked to move into a Tool Makers group to manage the script and documentation environment.

[John]

about a month ago
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Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

Bigbutt Re:Hide in plain sight (147 comments)

Sysadmins can work in a big company and still be 'Small Time'. We're fairly small but automation and documentation lets 5 admins manage 1,200 systems.

[John]

about a month ago

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You Wouldn't Download A Car?

Bigbutt Bigbutt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bigbutt writes "It appears that the background theme that plays on DVDs during the anti-piracy advertisement was for a specific audience. When the author heard it on a DVD he rented, he realized it was being used well beyond the original contract. He's now suing for a million euros."
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Reasons for the username

Bigbutt Bigbutt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across The 8th Dimension

I'm a fan of Christopher Lloyd, have been since Taxi I guess. His character in Buckaroo Bonzi was John Big Booty "Big Boo TAE". They were all "John" something; John Big YaYa for example. So when I created my account, I created "BigButt" as a fan tribute sort of account.

That's not to say I don't have a big butt, certainly it's smaller now.

It's also why I sign off as:

[John]

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