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What To Expect With Windows 9

attemptedgoalie Make the server version look like a server. (535 comments)

Windows 9 will be interesting, and will break all kinds of things like every other upgrade does.

But Server 2012 is unusable. R2 improved it, but they clearly hate their customers.

1. Why does a Server install have boxes called "this PC" to click on. Just bring back "My Briefcase" and get it over with you lazy pieces of crap.
2. Why does it have a snazzy new front end that then puts back up screens we had in Windows 3.1?
3. I will cut the bitch that decided to use URLs for error messages, but not have them as active links so you could follow them.

I wasted hours of my life trying to make .Net3.5 install on 2012 because a vendor swore they wouldn't support R2, but had to have 3.5. I finally just did R2 and told them it was that or no .Net. If Microsoft didn't want me to install .Net 3.5, they shouldn't have made it the top feature in the list to install. Hide it. Make it separate. Something. But top in the list, incapable of installing saying it can't find media no matter what you do with copying files locally, powershell/DISM/whatever? Bite me you no-testing-code-shipping pieces of crap!

But I'm not bitter.

3 days ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

attemptedgoalie Re:COBOL (385 comments)

For what it's worth:

I work in the power industry. We are upgrading to the very latest version of the application we need to operate our power plants.

It is COBOL throughout.

The vendor is taking away access to the source code soon, as the version that replaces this one will be Java. By Java, they mean all the COBOL code wrapped in Java.

So, a major application for use in the power industry will be COBOL until at least 2030.

Our COBOL devs make nearly six figures. And after our salary review is done, will get some serious raises.

They're all in their late 40s-50s. We have no COBOL people in the pipeline.

about two weeks ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

attemptedgoalie Are there rules for retention and resale? (108 comments)

Is that police department going to find a new revenue source by selling license plate and location data to somebody else who will correlate and sell location likelihood information to businesses/marketing companies?

Is that police department allowed to tag me in their system even though I wasn't under investigation, but passed their camera? Then, do they get to keep that info forever? What happens if I'm accidentally put on the no-fly list, I mean watch list, I mean...

These guys can't be trusted to type my license plate correctly, now they get permanent location, tracking and correlation? No.

I'm no Luddite, but this stuff and its related capabilities makes me want to go live in the woods. I'm sick of this.

about three weeks ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

attemptedgoalie I used to teach Linux. (402 comments)

My students hated that I made them learn vi. Why? Because if the graphics subsystem failed, or they had to go to single user mode, they had vi.

If they made it through my class alive, they could use whatever they wanted.

about a month and a half ago
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Oracle Buying Micros Systems For $5.3 Billion

attemptedgoalie There is a bright side (71 comments)

At least Oracle is cheap.

oh, right.

Bastards. I am sitting here rebalancing my vmware cluster to pull more cores out of Oracle so we can license less. Will it run slower? Yeah. But will we save six or seven figures a year? Yep.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Tell a Compelling Story About IT Infrastructure?

attemptedgoalie Give them the numbers. (192 comments)

Hi there, in the month of April, this is what we saw:

1. 248,000,000 spam killed at our outer gateway that never made it to employee inboxes.

2. Major security announcements verified in April: Heartbleed, we use our scanning tools and have verified that we have no exposure to this issue.

3. No down time in messaging, payroll/HR/Finance systems.

4. Moved 250 separate pieces of code into production across various systems.

5. Completed IT installation at new facility X.

6. Etc.

Give them numbers that don't mean a lot, but show that stuff is happening.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

attemptedgoalie I have a number of them. (114 comments)

NetApp

- Command Line in cDOT is pretty useful, I script a ton of things due to this.
- OnCommand System Manager has problems, it even lost functionality in the move from the non clustered OnTap to clustered OnTap. (easy to fix on their end, just a lack of attention to detail) But when you have 30+ filers across a dozen sites, it's all well organized. I'd like to see better performance, but it does 90% of what I need.
- The old FilerView worked for a small shop, but having all filers in the same interface is mandatory when you have as many as we do.

Isilon
- The web interface is pretty in OneFS7, but working with fileshares is kind of icky. When you have something that scales to 20-40PB, you'll have a few fileshares. And every time I have to work with one, it's not a great experience.

Violin
- My old 3000 series had an excellent interface, but it's limited since it's straight SAN, no CIFS/NFS. But fully HTML5, fully rearrangeable.
- The 6000 series interface is supposed to be a tremendous upgrade. I have one in a box waiting for me to get to our DR site to light it up, so hopefully soon I'll know more. But this has been my favorite interface so far.

Nimble
- I don't use this one weekly, a different admin works on it, but it seems pretty straight forward.

DataDomain
- Same as above. It works. Nothing to write home about.

FusionIO
- Big whoop. We're actually going to put Pernix in front of our FusionIO cards and stop using their interface as Pernix has so much better functionality and integration with vCenter.

PureStorage
- I don't own this, we are about to do a POC. But it seems pretty nice from the sales pitch/demos.

If you want to see a decent layout, NetApp's onCommand System Manager does a good job.

If you want to see excellent non-Adobe flash functionality, Violin.

Hope that's useful.

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

attemptedgoalie Because he's in Omaha. (390 comments)

There's like 40 people there, so who's going to jump him?

OK, seriously though, he's loved in Nebraska. I love Cherry Coke. It's my only vice. I've lived in a lot of places, but never could get Cherry Coke in a soda fountain/McDonald's/whatever.

While in Omaha/Lincoln, I was able to get it everywhere. Because Warren might drive through.

about 6 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

attemptedgoalie How soon before your video is used to locate me? (921 comments)

How soon before your video capture of me is online, and can be found via an image search?

I may not have the expectation of privacy from these things and other cameras, but surveillance cameras aren't posting their content online. These things (Glass/Cellcams) are designed for that.

In the past somebody could say they thought they saw me somewhere. Proper authorities could take that info and request surveillance from the site.

Now, somebody doesn't care about who they're recording, and I'm in the background. Now I'm tagged forever in that geolocation at that time. I'm not cool with that. In the past that was info down the memory hole. Now it's there forever, and I have no control over it.

about 7 months ago
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Lawmakers Out To Kill the Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

attemptedgoalie We shouldn't waste our topsoil and water for cars. (314 comments)

Every dime "invested" in ethanol from corn/soy should be redirected into battery technology.

If we could put a minor hybrid assist in every car that provides say 5 miles on electric, it would improve efficiency for at least all the idle time at stoplights and such.

Get a decent transmission/battery for school buses, mail trucks, and other constantly running vehicles and knock off an additional chunk of wasted fuel.

about 9 months ago
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HP's NonStop Servers Go x86, Countdown To Itanium Extinction Begins

attemptedgoalie Re:Not so fast. (243 comments)

And yet ABB won't port their HP-UX app over. We use MicroFocus on UX, so it should be easy.

But no.

about 10 months ago
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HP's NonStop Servers Go x86, Countdown To Itanium Extinction Begins

attemptedgoalie Not so fast. (243 comments)

Until there is a supported COBOL environment in Linux, HP-UX on Itanium will be around for a long time.

I work in the power industry, and we use some very specific applications that are only available on HP-UX and AIX. HP-UX is by far their largest install base.

These apps are used by the power plants/coal mines for everything. As you'd expect, there are very few applications that are certified for use by the power industry that meet the regulations. The one we use will begin supporting LDAP instead of NIS next year.

There's no incentive for new players in this software market due to the small number of potential customers and the massive trust curve they'd have to meet to make somebody switch.

We're one of the reasons there's a pretty long road map for Itaniums and HP-UX.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair

attemptedgoalie Teach them *about* Unix, Cobol, Oracle and SAP (121 comments)

There are a million web people.

If you can dig in and work your way into a position that supports and codes for these kinds of environments, you're likely to have a job for 40 years.

Yes, mobile devices are shiny.

But you need big telecom, big transaction processing and big power to make that happen. And that happens on big systems.

I know my department has a number of DBAs/developers that will be retiring over the next 5-10 years. There are no competitors for our business systems due to the regulatory framework, so it will be maintenance and upgrades. Maybe a migration from Oracle to SAP and back, depending on the management regime.

Something to throw out there.

1 year,22 days
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My SSID Is...

attemptedgoalie Exactly what I do. (458 comments)

It is polite to advertise that you're using RFspace.

Then if my neighbors just can't get theirs working, they know at least the first person to ask about which channel not to use on theirs.

I have enough other security features on mine to keep the normal riffraff out.

If somebody wants in, they'll get in, but they'll stick out pretty badly in my neighborhood. "Wonder why there's a doughnut truck out front with a satellite dish on top"

about a year ago
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NHTSA Gives the Model S Best Safety Rating of Any Car In History

attemptedgoalie Warren buys a new Caddy every year. (627 comments)

And then auctions it for charity, and buys another one.

I seem to remember he always gets a great novelty plate like "Thrifty" or something.

about a year ago
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Lead Developer of Yum Killed In Hit-and-run

attemptedgoalie Re:Had a bicyclist blow through a red-light today (413 comments)

If a car blows through an intersection, and a cop sees it, it's ticket-time, and probably an arrest.

if a bike blows through an intersection, and a cop sees it, I doubt they'd expend the effort to track the bicyclist down.

I didn't say that all cyclists are bad. I said this one was.

about a year ago
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Lead Developer of Yum Killed In Hit-and-run

attemptedgoalie Had a bicyclist blow through a red-light today (413 comments)

All the cars stopped. The people walking in the crosswalk were nearly drilled by some jerk on his bike. Just kept riding, then rode through the next red light.

They want full access to the roads, taking a whole lane? Fine. Then they need to meet all of the same rules we do.
- No rolling red lights.
- No cutting between cars in their lanes.
- Turn signals
- Etc.

about a year ago

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Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 Released

attemptedgoalie attemptedgoalie writes  |  about 5 years ago

attemptedgoalie (634133) writes "Microsoft has released Windows Server Update Services SP2. Link here

Adds support for Windows 7 clients, and can be integrated into Server 2008 R2.

Resolves IPv6 addressing issues when referencing 40+ character long addresses. So far it doesn't look like anything exciting beyond SP1, but I won't know until it's finished installing. :-)"

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