Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!



FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

eric2hill A hearty meh (700 comments)

I've used FTDI products for *years* and with just a very few exceptions have had zero issues with compatibility and performance. They are my number one supplier of USB to serial chips, and I still don't have any issues recommending them. Their drivers are very stable, and they work hard to make them for every platform. If they want to go after the counterfeiters, more power to them. Filing a lawsuit against a small shell company selling back-room chips pretending to be FTDI chips won't do any good. Brick a thousand shitty chips and things might change.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Tell a Compelling Story About IT Infrastructure?

eric2hill That's not the story you should be telling (192 comments)

Like the electric company, yes, you should strive for 100% uptime. But that should be a footnote in your report. The main report should show how you have leveraged IT to lower costs in other areas, make the company more efficient, and you've improved the customer experience in a meaningful way. Stop thinking your job is to keep the computers running. Start thinking your job is to help the company run better.

What have you done outside IT today?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Any Development Shops Build-Test-Deploy On A Cloud Service?

eric2hill Re:Amazon costs are relatively fixed (119 comments)

For this particular use case scenario, it would be better to skip the EBS disks and use ephemeral disks with instances that are spawned purely for the build and test, check their results back into the build system, and self-destruct. You could even request spot instances since the workload isn't particularly time dependent.

You're right, if Amazon goes down, you're down without much recourse. But if you've designed your system to use instances that are launched on demand, you just launch them in a different availability zone and/or region. The odds that *every* Amazon datacenter goes down at the same time are extremely low.

about 10 months ago

Swimming With Spacemen In NASA's Giant NBL Pool

eric2hill Re:Having visited it as well (43 comments)

I would have just taken my shoes off and thrown them in one direction.

about 2 years ago

Gnome Goes JavaScript

eric2hill Re:They should have gone with Python (387 comments)

Just because you've seen a porn, doesn't mean you know how to be a parent.

That's brilliant.

The whole debate over who's language is better is really a moot issue. Javascript can be coded faster than C in many cases because of its' relaxed syntax and foundation primitives. C winds up running faster (all things being equal) in most cases, with a few exceptions where the Javascript RT can optimize better. In the end, you just have to use the best tool for the job.

about 2 years ago

Maker of Hackable Hotel Locks Finally Agrees To Pay For Bug Fix

eric2hill Hotel Safes Problematic Too (66 comments)

I was just in a hotel last week and had put my laptop in the room safe. I entered my 6 digit code and locked the safe. Two days later, I tried to open it and it wouldn't take my pin. I called the hotel staff and a maintenance guy came to my room with a small 10-key pad that had an LCD display. He plugged an RJ45 cable into a port on the bottom of the locking device, entered 2468#, then 1357#, and the safe opened. After it was open, it flashed LO-BAT, so that explains why it lost my combination.

If it's as easy as having one of those pin pads, why even have the safe in the room?

more than 2 years ago

Oracle's Sparc T5 Chip Evidently Pushed Back to 2013

eric2hill Re:Screw Oracle (98 comments)

The firmware thing was what caused me to start recommending other server manufacturers. The Sun hardware was actually really nice, well designed, and very stable. The ILOM was great since it was so tightly integrated with the hardware and yet completely out of band, and was included with the server at no real additional cost.

Then Oracle bought Sun and turned off firmware support unless you had an active support contract. That was a big *fuck you* to everyone who bought a bunch of Sun hardware and only kept support on a few critial units. I know firmware updates aren't free to make, but that's the price of good customer service.

Oracle, you've lost my business.

more than 2 years ago

World's First Color Moving Pictures Discovered

eric2hill Re:Much Better Video Available (105 comments)

I thought the same thing. I would imagine they already had equipment to deal with 35mm film, and it was easier to transfer it to 35mm to feed that equipment rather than retrofitting the equipment to take a larger source.

I'm surprised they MANUALLY advanced each frame through the little shutter contraption. Don't any of these guys have a bag of Legos they could automate that process with???

more than 2 years ago

Cisco Accused of Orchestrating Engineer's Arrest

eric2hill Re:I have long been annoyed by Cisco business poli (160 comments)

You don't buy Cisco because of the features, you buy Cisco because of TAC. At 2:30 AM when you have 96 phone lines down, the call center opens in 3 hours, and you're getting call supervision with no voice traffic, you call TAC. I got an engineer out of their Sydney office on the phone in 14 minutes, and we had the problem resolved within an hour. (It was a telco provisioning problem.) Having someone on hand to support a problem 24 hours a day, and a supply chain that can send a part out in 4 hours is a safety net worth paying for.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Stymies Lendle E-book Lending Service

eric2hill Re:Dear Amazon (237 comments)

Just to be clear, the Harry Potter series isn't available in eBook format. JK won't allow it for some reason.

more than 3 years ago

Are We Too Reliant On GPS?

eric2hill Re:Lucky I've got GLONASS. Pfft GPS. (325 comments)

If the magnetic poles move any farther, future generations may not be able to operate the things as they were intended. :)

more than 3 years ago

Are We Too Reliant On GPS?

eric2hill Re:Uh, no. (325 comments)

Not to be a total ass, but a map doesn't actually show you where you are. You have to determine your own location on the map.

I agree that a map won't fail in the same ways a GPS unit will fail, but your argument isn't really a fair argument. An outdoor GPS works in the rain, a map gets wet and turns to mush. A GPS takes much less room to store more map data. A GPS won't have small tears at the edges and folds.

Each method for location has its' own strengths and weaknesses. Use the correct tool for the job.

more than 3 years ago

Why the Arduino Won and Why It's Here To Stay

eric2hill Immaculate Timing (224 comments)

I literally just opened the box of my first Arduino board about 15 minutes ago. I installed the IDE, plugged it into my computer, loaded the drivers, and sent a few sample programs to the tiny board with -zero- problems.

With an out-of-the-box experience like that, it's no wonder the darn thing is so popular.

more than 3 years ago

HP Accuses Cisco of Diverting Data Center Standard

eric2hill Re:Cisco Vs. HP (47 comments)

I'm in a small (9 site) business that uses Cisco gear for all the interconnect. Cisco's have some glorious uptime, but little me has found 3 different bugs in IOS simply dealing with the day to day activities of our shop. Access lists that won't apply to a policy (standard ACL only, the extended ACL applied just fine), spurious items in the running config that change throughout the day by themselves, SIP session handling causing the call to be dropped *before it was answered*...

Yes, Cisco's have great uptime, and yes, we'll stick with them, but not because they're perfect - we stick with Cisco because of TAC. When the shit hits the fan, TAC has your back. I've never had a better experience with a technical support team than I've had with TAC. Sure it might take some time to get through to second level or even third level, but those guys know their stuff and will do what it takes to get things functional. I literally have a private IOS build sitting on my core router right now ready to go live this weekend to fix a bug.

more than 3 years ago

China Defends Its IP Practices, Says 'We Paid Up'

eric2hill High-Speed Tail? (214 comments)

Sounds more like a hooker that's double-booked to me.

more than 4 years ago



eric2hill has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?