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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Just Brew It! This really resonates for me! (225 comments)

The phrase "technology utility player" almost perfectly describes my current role. My official job title is "Principal Software Engineer". However, I spend less than half of my time doing actual software development. I am also responsible for maintaining the Linux side of our infrastructure (it is a mixed Windows/Linux environment and IT only manages the Windows side); occasionally get pressed into service debugging low-level hardware issues in prototypes of custom boards and cables; and until fairly recently was being shipped all over the country on short notice to support product demos.

TBH I actually enjoy this kind of role, except for one aspect: I don't think management understands that everything takes longer because I am juggling so many different things. All they really see is that Project X, which was supposed to take 80 hours, takes a month or more of calendar time. Or that infrastructure issue Y goes unresolved for weeks because it isn't an emergency (yet) and never floats to the top of the priority list.

There used to be two of us "utility player" software guys here. The other one quit a few months ago, and we were not able to find a replacement with the same mix of skills. This has definitely lengthened the list of things I need to juggle.

4 days ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

Just Brew It! March != April (144 comments)

Looks like someone can't tell the difference between "March" and "April". Hint: "April" is the one that starts with an "A".

The major distros posted patches for this flaw to their repositories within a day or two of it being made public. (Not to say that it isn't embarrassing for stuff like this to make it into the codebase; but at least it was fixed quickly once it was discovered.)

about two weeks ago
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Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

Just Brew It! Incidents like this will only become more common (127 comments)

When you let someone else manage your data, you no longer control your data. That's the biggest flaw with the current "race to the cloud".

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Just Brew It! Re:Use older version.. (266 comments)

Huh. Confirmed. I had always assumed that the normal update process would bring you up to the latest point release within an LTS series. So I learned something today. OP could still install an older point release like 12.04.2 though. All 12.04.x releases are supported until 2017 AFAIK.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Just Brew It! Re:Use older version.. (266 comments)

You sure about that? The package currently installed on my system appears to match the latest one in the Ubuntu repository for precise.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Just Brew It! Re:Use older version.. (266 comments)

Well, something doesn't add up then. The OP states the bug was introduced in 1.13.1, yet my copy of Ubuntu 12.04 (which is current on patches) is running 1.11.3.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

Just Brew It! Riiight... (162 comments)

If their recent redesign of YahooGroups is any indication, this will be a massive train wreck. The overhaul of YahooGroups was definitely a case of "fixing" something that wasn't broken. I admin three long-standing fora on YahooGroups (one even dates all the way back to before the eGroups acquisition) and plan to migrate all of them off of their system. Randomly dropped members, members who want to be removed but can't be, and other stupid shit.

Replacement will be a hosted solution of my choosing, on a server I have more control over. I've had enough.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Just Brew It! Re:was a fix to make follow the specification (266 comments)

OK, I'm confused. You're saying that the specification states that the "Lock" option is not supposed to do anything?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Just Brew It! Re:Use older version.. (266 comments)

As the post you replied to indicated, Ubuntu 12.04 is supported until 2017. If this accessibility issue is as serious as it sounds, certainly it will get fixed within the next 3 years?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Just Brew It! Re:A features, an irksome burdden for most (266 comments)

X is not Windows. While I do sometimes get the annoying popup on Windows systems, I have never had that issue on my KDE desktop. Even on Windows there's a configuration option in the Control Panel to disable it. So no, it is not a "burden" to anyone, really. Unless you're using Windows (which isn't what this topic was about anyway), and are too lazy to spend 30 seconds on Google figuring out how to disable it.

I'll grant you that maybe Windows should have the feature disabled by default...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Just Brew It! Re:A few options (266 comments)

If I'm reading the description of the issue correctly, the problem is that an option that used to modify the behavior of the Sticky Keys feature now does nothing. How is that not a bug, by any stretch of the imagination?

about three weeks ago
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The Archaeology of Beer

Just Brew It! Re:But ... (89 comments)

Beer is, by definition, based on fermented grain. Sure, there are other (at times odd) ingredients involved in these ancient recipes, but at the end of the day Dogfish Head is a commercial craft brewery, and a very successful one at that. They didn't get where they are by making beers that suck. I've had quite a few of their beers, and while some definitely qualify as strange, most of them are quite good, and all of them are at least interesting.

about 4 months ago
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Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Just Brew It! Re:no (262 comments)

Modern "embedded" x86 processors generally sacrifice a fair amount of performance to meet their target power/heat numbers. Once you make those concessions, the performance gap relative to ARM narrows considerably. Furthermore, the most computationally demanding tasks in the embedded space tend to be either graphics/video (which will use embedded GPU hardware) or amenable to running on a DSP (implemented using GPU compute or dedicated DSP hardware).

about 4 months ago
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Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Just Brew It! Re:ABI? (262 comments)

ABI = Application Binary Interface. Defines the pointer sizes and conventions for passing function arguments at the object code level (among other things). The ABI determines how the compiler generates object code for function call/entry/exit, and the width of pointer types.

API defines the interfaces seen by the programmer.

about 4 months ago
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Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Just Brew It! The return of memory models? (262 comments)

This sure feels a lot like a throwback to the old 16-bit DOS days, where you had small/medium/large memory models depending on the size of your code and data address spaces. We've already got 32-bit mode for supporting pure 32-bit apps and 64-bit mode for pure 64-bit; supporting yet a third ABI is just going to result in more bloat as all the runtime libraries need to be duplicated for yet another combination of code/data pointer size.

I hate to say this since I'm sure a lot of smart people put significant effort into this, but it seems like a solution in search of a problem. RAM is cheap, and the performance advantage of using 32-bit pointers is typically small.

about 4 months ago
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Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Just Brew It! Re:no (262 comments)

For most embedded applications you're probably better off just running a 32-bit OS and calling it a day. Embedded is mostly on 32-bit ARM processors anyway.

about 4 months ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

Just Brew It! Re:Guilty and impossible to prove innocent (248 comments)

Please read the complete RSA press release and parse it carefully: https://blogs.rsa.com/news-media-2/rsa-response/

They don't deny that they entered into a deal. They deny that they entered into a deal "with the intention of weakening RSA’s products, or introducing potential ‘backdoors’ into our products". In other words, there was a deal, but they are insisting that they didn't realize at the time that the algorithm had a backdoor.

If there was no deal at all, they wouldn't have felt a need to qualify the denial with the above quoted text.

about 4 months ago
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Fedora 20 Released

Just Brew It! Re:Whoopty do (147 comments)

Ubuntu isn't even really an exception. You can still install the barebones "server" flavor, then drop whatever DE you want on top of that. Or start with one DE, then install another DE alongside it. As far as I'm concerned it is just a nit-picky detail of what they happen to promote as the default distribution image.

about 4 months ago
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OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

Just Brew It! Re:Linked article is clueless (292 comments)

I was under the impression that they were actually PCP&C designs manufactured by Seasonic under contract. But I could be mistaken.

about 6 months ago
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OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

Just Brew It! Linked article is clueless (292 comments)

The article quotes the CEO as saying the company is struggling due to "capital constraints". Then right below that, "This has been a common refrain. OCZ reports lower sales, it blames a shortage of NAND." Does the author truly not understand the difference between a shortage of cash to fund ongoing operations, and a shortage of parts?

Regardless, I don't see their departure from the scene as a great loss. Their spotty reputation for quality and customer service has caused me to avoid their products in general, and has apparently come back to bite them in the ass. The only sad part is that they might take PC Power and Cooling (one of the premier PSU manufacturers from back in the day, which OCZ acquired a few years ago) down with the ship.

about 6 months ago

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