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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Minwee Re:Are you still partying like its 1999, or what? (287 comments)

I've heard that story before. I once started a job and was told "Sure, this system is a bit touchy, but don't worry about a thing, it's being replaced and won't be needed after next month." My new coworker pointed out that he had been told the same story a year and a half earlier when he joined.

A year later the power supply on the single main server running dontworryitwillbereplacednextmonth blew out and we needed to replace it. Only it ran a very specific version of Netware with a highly specialized database product that nobody knew how to work with any more and even though we had backups it was still next to impossible to even reinstall the base operating system on anything but the original machine. We wound up checking eBay for an exact duplicate of the dead server, raced out to the next city to buy it and then just swapped the hard drives, powered it up and hoped for the best.

It worked, and a quick meeting was held in which my team stressed just how lucky we were to be able to recover from this and that we needed a real solution that didn't involve waiting until next month. The CIO listened to this,nodded his head and suggested that we should try to buy two more replacement servers just in case it happened again.

Another year later, when the company was finally bought up and the office closed down, dontworryitwillbereplacednextmonth was still happily running in the corner of the server room, waiting for a new application that would do everything that it did.

Any month now.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Minwee Re:Are you still partying like its 1999, or what? (287 comments)

It got very tight sometimes and when someone made a copy of a file without checking the size, it filled the filesystem and the server fell over. That particular outage cost several million given what the server did.

At this point, or better yet several months before you get to this point, it's a good idea to volunteer the information that additional disk storage would cost only several thousand and prevent these kinds of problems.

Depending on what the server really does, a complete spare system ready to take over in the event of even the smallest failure also looks like a good investment. Don't let the business wait until they lose several million before spending a hundred thousand to prevent it.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Minwee Re:Nonsense (287 comments)

Somehow reminds me of that joke where initially there's just one worker, then layers and layers of staff are added to manage that worker, then finally the worker is fired for underperforming. Can't find it on Google or Bing though for some reason.

That's because the worker was really an ant..

2 days ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Minwee Re:And they've already stopped (289 comments)

That's about $29,000 more than OpenSSL receives every year, and still $22,000 more than they received this month when the entire world realized that they had been freeloading and scrambled to make themselves look good by making one-time donations.

4 days ago
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Minwee Re:Vice and Frodo 64 (165 comments)

I use Vice on my desktop computer and Frodo C64 on my Android phone. Accordingly, I don't need an extra gadget to play with my Commodore 64.

I was about to say something nice about the Android port of Frodo and how great it was that the developer must have finally figured out how to swap disks without entering 'LOAD"*",8,1' and had a keyboard that looked even vaguely like the original but...

No. Never mind. It's still nice to have but bordering on unusable for anything complex.

5 days ago
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Minwee Re:old tech (165 comments)

Nostalgia used to really mean something, but nowadays it's just not the same.

5 days ago
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Lucas Nussbaum Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

Minwee Re:Debian is teriffic (28 comments)

Debian is like your sysadmin. You only really notice it when something goes horribly wrong.

5 days ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

Minwee Re:"Blood Moon" (146 comments)

Won't you feel silly when all non-basic lands turn into mountains tonight.

5 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Minwee Re:where is the controversy? (640 comments)

"He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved." - Psalm 104:5

"The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises." - Ecclesiastes 1:5

So the Bible teaches Newtonian relativity. Where's the conflict?

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Minwee Re:Not the first time this has happened (640 comments)

One of those actresses recently won a lawsuit against the director for doing so

The lawsuit is over, but I'm still waiting to see the director brought up on several charges of attempted murder.

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

Minwee Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

sex in a classroom sounds like illegal activity to me.

It's also a good way to lose your job as a teacher.

about two weeks ago
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Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

Minwee Re:SPF.. (83 comments)

Really legit mailing lists should be rewriting the sender headers to reflect that the mail has been redelivered by the mailing list, the only difficulty this would cause is when users try to reply directly to messages rather than forwarding their replies to the list itself.

There really ought to be a better way to handle this.

And it really should be implemented properly everywhere. Oh, and I want a pony too.

about two weeks ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

Minwee Re:So.... (172 comments)

The difference is that the Land Rover has more hours in service than the F35.

Probably more hours in flight too.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Minwee Re:Homeopathy Works (408 comments)

Exactly. A friend of mine is such a homeopath.

And a friend of mine is a bartender. The only difference is that the medicines she dispenses actually do something.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Minwee Re:Not going to work... (408 comments)

That's fine.

Selling little bottles of very expensive water with labels that very carefully imply that they do, indeed, cure diseases (while legally not saying anything of the sort) to people who don't know any better is what gets people up in arms.

But selling little bottles of expensive water in a way that carefully implies that they do, indeed, cure social problems (while legally not saying anything of the sort) seems to be totally okay with everybody.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Minwee Re:Homeopathy doesn't work that way (408 comments)

Mandrake, have you never wondered why I drink only distilled water, or rain water, and only pure grain alcohol?

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Minwee Re:If this were the US.... (408 comments)

The term you are looking for is "Faith-based economic policy".

about two weeks ago

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