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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.

5 days 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

Vanders Re:That's funny (149 comments)

The packet-switching technology was military in origin - they were seeking a new form of communication network that could continue to operate without downtime in the face of massive physical damage, like cities being nuked. Academia soon adopted the technology, and the early internet culture came from there.

No. Wrong. Stop perpetuating this myth. Please, go read Where Wizards Stay Up Late

The vague concept of packet switching was developed simultaneously both by a British Post Office engineer (which is where we get the term Packet Switching) and a RAND researcher (which is where we get this ridiculous myth). However at no point did ARPA care about building the network to survive a nuclear war; it just happened that packet switching was a good way to make maximum use of the AT&T provided switched circuits that created the backbone.

about 4 months ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

Vanders Re:Thanks for peptuating (164 comments)

I took anti-depressants for three years. My first course was Fluoxetine (Prozac to my US cousins): within a week I was a zombie. I would sit and stare at walls, or out of windows, until someone snapped me out of it.

After a month of this I was moved to Citalopram. This seemed better; there was less staring at walls, certainly. I spent over two years on Citalopram.

Then one day I stopped. It was kind of an accident; it was Easter weekend, I wasn't paying attention and ran out without a prescription to get more. So I ended up going cold turkey, which is the thing you're really not supposed to do with any SSRI.

I can tell you now, within three days I felt like I had woken up from a trance. I didn't realise it at the time, but the Citalopram made me feel like I was wrapped in cotton wool and wearing ray-bans. The feeling was exactly like the feeling of a dental aesthetic wearing off, except all over. I hadn't noticed because I'd come from Fluoxetine, which was even worse. So I thought I was onto a good thing with the Citalopram.

So please don't go around calling it a "myth". For some people, SSRI's really do have that kind of effect. In fact I suspect it's more pre-valiant than people realise, either because of long term use, because people think it's "normal", or because most people come down gradually and never really notice.

Oh and for all that, I really do believe I was much better off taking the SSRI's at the time than I would have been without them.

about 4 months ago
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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

Vanders Re:Too bad. (250 comments)

He was specific and correct based on my experience in the UK of 2007.

Based on my experience of the past 34-and-a-bit years in the UK, he was talking complete bollocks, but continue to talk bollocks. That doesn't change the reality.

about 4 months ago
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Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

Vanders Re:question objectivity (497 comments)

Has an intermediate species ever been found?

What the hell is an "intermediate species"? Just out of interest?

about 5 months ago
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Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes

Vanders Re:Good if they succeed. (132 comments)

Why not? Do you think Oracle paid their developers and managers in promises and unicorn farts? Why couldn't Oregon simply have paid for those developers & managers themselves?

The point of hiring contractors is that they're supposed to bring instant expertise to a project. If they don't actually do that, why bother with the extra expense of the middle man?

about 5 months ago
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OpenShift Now Supports Windows; GoDaddy Joins OpenStack

Vanders Re:Good space for MS to get in. (19 comments)

OpenStack isn't exactly a lightweight easy option, you know.

about 5 months ago
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FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

Vanders Re:Tempest in a tea pot (235 comments)

it's possible that the situation has improved

It has.

There are implementations of both available.

There are various incomplete reference encoders for both, but I'm not aware of a single non-alpha and complete implementation of either. vpxenc is close but lacks things like multi-threaded encoding, which will obviously have an impact on encoding speed.

about 5 months ago
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FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

Vanders Re:Thin. (235 comments)

If you know anyone who cannot legally play an MP4 video, I would like to meet them.

I've got a better question for you: why are there still people who are unable to open and play back a WebM video? What's the driver behind not including WebM support in the handful of OSes & devices that have refused so far? It isn't technical. It certainly isn't a cost issue. It surely can't be licensing. So that only leaves, what, ideology?

Are Apple & Microsoft going to continue to make their users lives more difficult because of their own ideology? Why are they doing that?

about 5 months ago
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FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

Vanders Re:Tempest in a tea pot (235 comments)

the terribly performing FLOSS codec of the day

I'm not sure which codec you're referring too, so I can't answer you there.

I guess my optimism is based on WebM being an open format, thus allowing anyone to implement it on any future platform. Unlike various proprietary formats, that won't. I mean, does your 'phone support Intel Indeo or RealPlayer G2?

VP9 doesn't even match h.264, let alone h.265

That's really odd, because the benchmarks I've seen show VP8 & h264 to be evenly matched, and no one has produced a finished h.265 or VP9 codec, so I do wonder how you think you've seen those two codecs fairly benchmarked?

about 5 months ago

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