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'Just Let Me Code!'

aix tom Re:"Just let me build a bridge!" (269 comments)

I agree, and that is actually a pretty good example on how it could/should work in IT also.

You have an architect or an engineer to make the general plans, then split that into chunks the individual construction workers can handle, and then let them do their job. On top of that you have some sort of infrastructure specialist, who might not know much about bridges, but has determined that there is a traffic bottleneck at point X that needs a bridge.

I would be perfectly happy to be either the architect or the construction worker in a project, but (for projects larger than a sawhorse) those two people SHOULDN'T be the same person. I that sense I sometime would also like to scream "Just let me Code!" instead of dragging me into all sorts of management meetings where people just sit around going "Say, wouldn't a bridge be nice?" First decide THAT you want a bridge, then decide WHERE you want a bridge, only then come to me to be the architect and get someone else to code, or get an architect that then gets me to code.

But in IT a lot of unnecessary overhead is caused because people call big meetings of construction workers before having even decided if they want a bridge or not.


Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

aix tom Re:The problem is... (186 comments)

But the "beauty" of sending smallpox as a weapon is that it could be done in a way that the source is unknown. Having your own samples isn't really useful for retaliations, but it could be useful for creating vaccines quickly to contain the outbreak.

2 days ago

New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

aix tom Re:Derp (164 comments)

Well, I cut down from ~50 SSH login attempts per minute some days to basically ... looks up the logs ... four such attempts last month.

What I found: No matter how secure your lock is, when you have one, big, red, secure, lock on your stuff, which people know is active, people will try to pick it. On the other hand, when there is not one, big red, secure lock, but thousands of identical looking little, grey, secure locks, and the attacker would first have to try every one of them to see which is even active, then 99.999% of the script kiddies don't bother long enough to even find the lock.

So I moved my SSH stuff to another port. Doesn't help against any "real" attacker, and doesn't really add any security, but it DOES cut down on the noise in the logs.

5 days ago

Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

aix tom Re:Pairing? (236 comments)

It is pretty hilarious however about all these kids complaining about MS Office. With the setup above MS Office is only available for Mac, for Windows 2 or 3 you would need WordPerfect instead since Microsoft had no office suite to run on their own OS.

As single applications MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint were available for Windows at that time, and even some time before that. The same way that MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint were available for Mac before. Only the "marketing gimmick" of selling all three programs in a bundle called "MS Office" was started a little over a year earlier for the Mac versions (in August 1989) as a "Limited Time Promotion" originally, before they decided to turn it into a regular product, and then also made available a Windows version of the bundle. (November 1990)

about a week ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

aix tom In related news .... (588 comments)

... Christianities next Virgin Mary will be a man.

And be ready for the 2050 Blockbuster where Evil Adele Hitler conquers Europe.

about a week ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

aix tom Re: Failsafe? (468 comments)

He. Instrument flight has improves so much that I could imagine the biggest problem might be TAXIING without windows. At least unless all airports have some sort of auto-taxi systems.

And it seems some sort of auto-taxi system was a "research project" in 2006, but I'm not aware of any planes that currently have an auto-taxi system.

about two weeks ago

Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

aix tom Re:"Good faith" (349 comments)

So "safe harbour" works basically like:

The Mafiaa is no longer allowed to extort money from you or sue you, but instead they are allowed so smash in your store legally. While the police protects them from any retaliation you might make.

Great justice system these days.

about three weeks ago

Are the Hard-to-Exploit Bugs In LZO Compression Algorithm Just Hype?

aix tom Re:Safe Buffer? (65 comments)

And to further the argument: Is a glass manufacturer lazy/stupid/careless when he sells non-bullet proof glass for $X, and not makes it a point to only sell bullet-proof glass at $X * 100?

The same way I just have to accept that the door to my balcony is not going to stop a man with a ladder and a sledgehammer and ~15 minutes time, I have to accept that "normal" computer security won't keep me 100% save, unless I invest some time and effort myself, or pay someone to do the effort, way above "the norm" to make me "saver than the norm"

about three weeks ago

Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

aix tom Re:Throttling = "less available"? (125 comments)

Hey, it gets even more fun.

DMCA = Congress = "making information less available" = Cyber-security threat.

So when do the drones start bombing congress?

about three weeks ago
top, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

aix tom Re:Geniuses??? (561 comments)

"If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?"

Because I'm a lazy-ass bastard, and not driven enough to sell something to someone (including myself) ;-)

The way I see it, there are Intelligent people that just like to hang out with other intelligent people now and then and have an interesting conversation. The same way that athletic people like to hang out with other athletic people now and then and do some sports together.

In both groups there are assholes that get a kick out of putting not as smart or not as athletic people down so they can feel superior. But thankfully, they are not the norm.

about a month ago

The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

aix tom Re:Helicopters (133 comments)

Well, having been in an (German) Army Helicopter unit the "tight interaction" between ground troops and flying units requires stuff that fixed-wing aircrafts are not really good at. They can't stand still in the air, the cant land vertically in tight spaces (without burning people with jet exhaust like a VTOL jet would) , etc...

Basically anything fast/long-range/big is usually handled by the air force planes (or helicopters), while slow/agile/close coordination with ground troops is handled by the army air corps. Usually with helicopters, although some planes are used by armies, like the Britten-Norman Defender by the British army.

about a month ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

aix tom Re:Cue Mr. Heston (216 comments)

Ah, but Mr. Heston could shoot people trying to take his gun. You could only throw your map aid/gps at them. ;-> (OK, Or possibly run them over with your car)

about a month ago

Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

aix tom Re:Really? (293 comments)

The thing is, good education focused on the right people, with the right mind for it, into people with "outstanding academic ability". On the other hand, bad education applied for a long enough time can make *everybody* turn out "dumb as a box of rocks".

"Academic Study" can improve some minds. Classical "academic study" never worked for me, for example. Short classroom-type settings never seemed to get anything stuck into my brain, so I left school and started working construction. But the "computer-tinkering" that I did in my own time and my own pace let me get enough knowledge that now 20 years later I work in IT and sometimes even TEACH CS part-time, even though I technically have no "Paperwork" that would officially state that I'm able to.

The educational system these days is no longer focused on "making people good", it's just focused on "making people look good on paper". The same way that the general economy is more about "making a company look good for the stock-market" than actually "making a company perform well in reality".

about a month ago

Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

aix tom Re:Not sure what they mean... (250 comments)

That is one of Googles great stupidities.

Just because I log in I via a French public hotspot, or a Dutch customers WLAN, doesn't mean I now magically speak French or Dutch, so why does Google switch everything to French and Dutch, despite all my OS and Browser settings still indicating German as primary language, with English as fallback?

about a month ago

One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

aix tom Re: Legacy file systems should be illegal (396 comments)

A database is something special

I basically make a "full backup" of my Oracle DBs once a week, and a "incremental backup" in the form of DB change logs every five minutes. (that is, the change logs are pushed "off site" every five minutes, of course they are being written locally continuously with every change.

The thing with backups, though, is not only to make them often but to also *check* them often. With my DBs there is a handy tool where I can check the backup files for "flipped bits" because there are also checksums in the DB files.

For my "private backups to DVD/BR" I only fill them up to ~70%, and fill the rest of the disk with checksum data with dvdisaster., for other "online backups" I create PAR2 files that I also store. With those parity files I can check "are all bits still OK?" now and then, and repair the damage when/if bits start to rot in the backup. In the 10 years I do this, with ~150 DVDs and ~20BRs so far I had 2 DVDs that became "glitchy", but because of the checksum data I was able to repair the ISO and re-burn them.

Basically, IF you go through the trouble of setting up an automated backup system either with software or with your own scripts, It doesn't add much work to also add verification/checksum data to the backup. And that goes a long way into preventing data loss due to bit rot.

about a month ago

EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

aix tom Re:240,000 jobs for robots? (171 comments)

It worked pretty well as long as there were still "new products" that could be sold, and the people building that products (cars, washing machines, TVs) where essentially roughly the same segment of the population that actually bought them in the end. Then every increase in productivity meant an increase in wealth.

Back then the economic motor was "build more stuff that people actually want to buy". which is in my opinion the only reason that can make commerce prosper.

"Make more money" and "Create more jobs" goals are in my opinion just as worthless as economic motors as the old communist "Make everybody equal" goal. Neither of those actually CREATES wealth, only building new stuff that people actually want that actually winds up in the hands of most of the populace creates wealth. The trip that most "make money" companies these days are on (produce in low-wage countries, sell in high-wage countries) will someday come to an end when the former high-wage countries collapse. It's just a matter of time and a matter of how big a bang they create when they go down.

about 1 month ago

OpenStack: the Open Source Cloud That Vendors Love and Users Are Ignoring

aix tom Re:What is the use case? (99 comments)

The thing is that it's not OpenStack *or* VMWare, it's OpenStack *and* any hypervisor you like, including VMWare if you want. It's (as far as I understand, mind) an "Application Layer" above the hypervisors.

You can have OpenStack running with VMWare, XenServer, KVM, or possibly other hypervisors, if you like. Here for example is how you could setup OpenStack to use VMWare vCenter. But at the moment I also have absolutely no Idea what I could user it for. My "classic" virtual machines do everything I need them to do. Let's see what the next decade or so has in store. ;-)

about 2 months ago

The Shrinking Giant Red Spot of Jupiter

aix tom Re:It eats smaller spots. (160 comments)

Well, there seems to be Red Spot Jr." ready to take over business from the old fellow. ..... Or maybe they do a merger later on....

about 2 months ago


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