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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Vanders Re:Australia can get it right (145 comments)

The UK moved to a fully online vehicle registration system yesterday, can't you read? They are just having some zero-day issues, as most large-scale sites do.

As other posters have already explained, online payment for your tax disc nor the website are new at all. It is also not "fully online" as you can still pay at a Post Office, with cash even, if you wish. The only change that happened on the 1st of October was that you are no longer required to display a tax disc in your windscreen.

The problem appears to be a surge in users trying to use the website for some inexplicable reason; probably a complete failure to comprehend on their part, and there are a bunch of confused people trying to renew when they don't need to.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Vanders Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

Let me guess, you haven't spent much time in the states, have you?

My ex was from North Carolina, so yeah I have spent a fair amount of time in the states. Admittedly each state is difference (same as Europe).

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Vanders Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

as an atheist, I can't imagine dating a theist. How could I respect someone who believes obvious nonsense?

My ex-wife was Mormon. You learn to get over it. I'll still invite missionaries into my house if they knock; they're usually very nice and interesting people and there's no need for me to be an ass.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Vanders Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

Like hell there isn't! To belong to any atheist community, you need to align with their dogma, have read and agree with their favorite authors, and "other thingamajigs" or you'll be ousted as a troll or worse.

Can I make a guess? You're American, aren't you?

Can I just point out that American Atheists are, uh, weird? They are not representative of 99% of the worlds Atheists.

I once met a nice girl, who had just moved to the UK from America. She told me that on her first few weeks here she wondered where all the atheists were, and it took her to little while to figure out that unlike the states, atheists did not seek out other atheists, congregate into groups, and spend all their free time discussing atheism. In fact it was quite a relief to her when she realised that atheists were everywhere but as nobody a) gave a shit b) talked about religion or lack thereof, she could just relax and go about her day without interference or having to form Atheist Defence Leagues.

For the record. Myself, personally, as a life long atheist, have never read Dawkins (because that's who you meant, isn't it?) and think he's actually a gigantic cock. I've never knowingly been a member of an "atheist community" (do they build Yurts?) and I really don't care if other atheists can agree on anything, or even if they're having pitched battles in the fucking streets. The only "dogma" I'm aware of is the rather good Kevin Smith film.

You are right about one thing: as an atheist it's not just "lack of belief in God". It's also a lack of giving a shit what you or other people think, or caring when you project your own biases and religious frameworks in a desperate attempt to make sense of it. You're wrong and I simply don't care.

about 2 months ago
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HP Buys Cloud Provider, Gets Marten Mickos To Head Its Cloud Division

Vanders Re:a blip on the way to slow death (35 comments)

Your post would carry more weight if HP hadn't already been in public cloud for nearly three years now, and weren't the largest single contributor to OpenStack. Buying Eucalyptus isn't some desperate attempt to get into the cloud market; it's a smart move to consolidate their existing position.

Don't let facts get in the way of giving HP a good kicking though. This is Slashdot, after all.

about 2 months ago
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Gas Cooled Reactors Shut Down In UK

Vanders Re:not big in UK (120 comments)

Unsurprising after the Windscale Fire that nuclear power is unpopular in the UK

Windscale was 60 years ago, in an air-cooled open loop pile who's only purpose was to produce plutonium and other nuclear isotopes as quickly as possible and damn the consequences.

Most people now don't even remember what Windscale was or even recognise the name. Out of those that do, a lot of them understand the different between Windscale and their local nuclear power station.

To the best of my personal knowledge, nuclear power is not unpopular in the UK, Windscale or otherwise. If anything the attitude appears to be "Get on and build the damn things!" and "Why are we letting the French/Chinese build them, I remember when the UK used to build things!".

about 3 months ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Vanders Re:its why devs cringe. (180 comments)

In every other language you have to put in braces to make it easier for the parser to understand you

...in Python you have to put in whitespace to make it easier for the parser to understand you.

Advantage: none.

about 4 months ago
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Print Isn't Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

Vanders Nice work chaps (56 comments)

I was glad to see them succeed, and it's an interesting mix of "old" print media, and the "new" social networking and crowd funding. Like crowd funding a new 8bit arcade game, but less hipster ironic.

Anyway, I prefer the Hobgoblin myself. Pool tables, you see.

about 4 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Vanders Re:Gigabyte G1.Sniper Audio (502 comments)

No man these are special capacitors. The dialectic is composed of pure Unicorn tears, the insulator is woven Cerberus hair, they've been dipped into a virgins tears and soldered onto the board by monks using 100% pure silver.

about 4 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Vanders Re:Creative can suck it. (502 comments)

Ditto. How the hell they managed to totally ignore A3D once they'd assimilated Aureal just goes to show how dumb they are. The Vortex AU8820 was released what, a full year before the awful EMU10k based SB Live! ? Eurgh.

about 4 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Vanders Re:Boycott Creative (502 comments)

No one should ever forgive them for what they did to Aureal.

about 4 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

Vanders Re:Cloud needs server huggers (409 comments)

Should nobody be hugging THOSE servers either?

As a former cloud administrator: no. When you have 2000 physical servers, why do you care that 50 of them are currently broken? Why would I care that the hard drive failed in one and I had to re-install it (with an identical image and configuration to the other 1999 servers)

Hell, we had servers that never worked from the day they were delivered and no one gave a shit: it went on the backlog for the DC guys to diagnose and RMA. Some of them got fixed after 6 months.

about 6 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Vanders Re:Feels Dated (435 comments)

I'm one of these irritating DevOps types.

The Dev side of me loves Ruby. It's a nice language, it's powerful, the standard library is nicely complete and there are Gems for pretty much everything I could ever need.

The Ops side of me hates Ruby. Managing all those Gems on any given server is just horrible, rbenv & rvm need to die in a fire, there are a apparently one hundred different ways to run an application and proxy requests to it, and of courses Gems exist outside of the system package manager and that's always bad.

about 7 months ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Vanders Re:whine (226 comments)

No, that isn't the idea at all. The idea is that the good developers become better developers because they gain an understanding of basic operational requirements, and the operations guys become better operations guys because they gain a better understanding of the software they're supporting.

about 7 months ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Vanders Re:Someone doesn't understand devops. (226 comments)

While I agree that some developers are cavalier with rules, consideration of resources is fundamental to writing software

There have been a number of occasions where I've had to say things like "No, you can't have 10 VMWare instances with 1TB disk and 140GB of RAM each. Because the VMWare cluster doesn't have the resources available, that's why." and "If you'd asked, you'd already know we don't have 2 DL380's with 192GB of RAM and 4TB of RAID1 disk in each datacenter. No I know you 'need' it, but it doesn't exist."

Usually the conversation then has to diverge into an overview of the concept of capacity planning and horizontal scalability.

Thankfully those kinds of conversations are rare these days.

about 7 months ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Vanders Re:This role exists in any non-software business. (226 comments)

I've worked at a Fortune 100 company

Ditto. My previous role was at HP, and our group couldn't have done the work we did in the time we had if we hadn't have used a DevOps model to do it.

about 7 months ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Vanders Re:whine (226 comments)

Developers don't know how to run a production environment.

Yes. That's the problem that DevOps attempts to solve. You're supposed to have both "Developers who do Ops" and "Ops guys who develop" in one team to do "DevOps".

If you're working in a place that's done "We'll just get the developers to do Operations" then they're doing it wrong.

about 7 months ago

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