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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

larien Re:2 Questions (291 comments)

I'm not involved as I'm in Scotland....

1) The state legislature is run by people. People are (a) greedy and (b) want to stay in power. When car company lobby groups see potential competition, it's cheaper for them to bribe, sorry, "provide campaign funds" to a pet politician than to actually compete. Those people take the money and decry the horrible, horrible Tesla company for daring to defile the hard working people who they've been speaking to (read - taking wodges of cash from).

2)There are some reasons, e.g. here and various Google searches would give you differing opinions. Perhaps it's simply that, because of their current low sales volumes, dealerships just can't provide the right environment to sell Teslas.

4 days ago

End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

larien Re:IBM should open source it then (156 comments)

I'd have thought that OpenOffice or LibreOffice have probably over taken it on functionality on a modern OS, so there's likely little real value in it. As for running on DOSBOX or similar, why bother?

about three weeks ago

CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

larien Here we go again... (280 comments)

This will be the next global pandemic that will devastate the human population. Just like Swine flu. Just like Avian flu. Frankly, I've got less fear from these horror stories as time goes by.

And before someone points it out, yes, I'm aware the mortality rate from Ebola isn't comparable to the flu, but the overblown hype about it stands.

about a month ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

larien Re:Not a contract (226 comments)

The negotiation point is moot. There is the option for you to negotiate the terms with the ticket seller, but there is no onus on the seller to alter the terms if they don't want to.

In specifics - the advertisement to sell the ticket is an "invitation to treat". Proferring money to the seller is the "offer" and it's implicit that the offer is on the terms of sale advertised in the invitation to treat (including terms regarding prohibition of cameras/filming) and the seller accepts the offer. The buyer could place an offer whereby they offer to buy the ticket buy allowing filming. The seller can then reject the offer and/or present a counter-offer (e.g. you can film if you pay some fee to allow filming).

about 2 months ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

larien Re:Not a contract (226 comments)

IANAL, but I've studied contract law for Scotland. A contract is an offer and an acceptance, that's all it takes.

about 2 months ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

larien Re:Ticket ToS (226 comments)

You're right, it has nothing to do with copyright, it's contract law (essentially) and laws covering permission to take pictures on private land (the football stadium).

The argument from the premier league is around videoing clips off the TV and posting online which is pretty clear copyright infringement.

about 2 months ago

Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

larien Re:I don't understand how this is a "record" (84 comments)

Submarine crews generally experience surface pressures, ~1 bar. 18 metres down will be ~2.8 bar with attendant risks of decompression sickness (aka the bends) on the way up unless he comes up very slowly. This kind of thing is known as "Saturation diving and is done all the time e.g. in the North Sea for oil, often for weeks and at greater depths than Fabien is planning.

The 30 days "record" does seem to imply he's doing more than others have done which is rather misleading; it's certainly different from submarines, though.

about 4 months ago

Oracle Promises 100x Faster DB Queries With New In-Memory Option

larien Re:32TB of RAM = Everest-sized UPS (174 comments)


No, you don't use main memory as a write cache, that would be idiotic. You use it for read cache. Any updates will be written to disk (and memory) before acknowledging to the client.

In any case, it doesn't matter how good your batteries/UPS are if your server or DB software crashes for any reason and you have uncommitted writes in memory, hence why caching writes on a database is a Bad Idea (TM).

1 year,27 days

Nine Traits of the Veteran Network Admin

larien Calling foul on #2 (142 comments)

"Veteran network admin trait No. 2: If we don't know it's down, it's probably not down"

Bullshit. Well, either that or our network admins are numpties. We had a switch go down in a data hall. We knew the switch was fubar as we'd lost connectivity to a number of devices at the same time. Networks wouldn't admit a fault. We eventually got moved to new switch ports and lo, everything started working.

The usual approach to any network fault in our place is "replace your NIC". That has, in my memory, fixed maybe two faults.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Assess the Status of an Open Source Project?

larien Re:Here's how my team handles it... (110 comments)

The issue about ignoring future proofing is that you can invest a lot of time & effort integrating the tool into your environment, writing scripts etc. If that tool gets obsoleted for any reason, it can be a lot of work to switch to an alternative (this goes for FOSS & commercial software equally). You can get locked in to FOSS just as easily as with commercial, you just have a few more options available with FOSS. Some tools can be swapped in & out at a moment's notice, but if you integrate something into your way of working very closely, it can be a nightmare to unpick later.

As for modifying code yourself, that requires a whole set of skills & disciplines many admin teams don't have - I know our team/organisation would struggle with that. There are, of course, 100s of companies who are quite happy downloading source & patching/maintaining it themselves.

Other than that, there's some good advice in there. Version control & release/test cycles are key for any software product.

about a year and a half ago

Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

larien Re:I must be getting old (281 comments)

V1280s are sun4u and don't support LDOMs.

about a year and a half ago

How To Use a Linux Virtual Private Server

larien Re:Apt-get install clue (303 comments)

I've done Unix admin for years. I still find it quicker and easier to manage clusters with a GUI because frankly, they're too bloody complicated to manage effectively without one. Yes, you can automate with the CLI (I've written scripts to automate service group creation in VCS), but for a quick dive in to check the cluster status & configuration, it's usually quicker with a GUI to drill down to the setting you need.

about 2 years ago

Cisco Pricing Undercut By $100M In Big Cal State University Network Project

larien Re:Cisco what? (220 comments)

Facebook & Google have networks/systems designed to work around failure and data loss is a minor inconvenience. They expect to lose a data centre at various times and continue to Just Work. In those environments, cheap grey boxes are fine provided you design appropriately. If you are designing a critical 24x7 system which cannot spread around in the same way (e.g. financial institutions) may have different requirements.

Now, while I'm not saying that Alcatel is less reliable than Cisco, Cisco generally has the reputation of reliability (warranted or otherwise) and so commands the premium.

about 2 years ago

No Patent Infringement Found In Oracle vs. Google

larien Re:If I know my history (234 comments)

And they didn't tend to sue people about it as much as Oracle does.

more than 2 years ago

Linux 3.3 Released

larien Re:Way to go....... (314 comments)

I have, albeit with Veritas. Took about a month of restriping 20TB to change the stripe widths. Just because you don't do it, doesn't mean that others don't.

more than 2 years ago

Researchers Seek Help In Solving DuQu Mystery Language

larien Re:Perl (131 comments)

Can't be perl. It's far too readable, for a start.

more than 2 years ago

AMD: What Went Wrong?

larien Re:404? (497 comments)

Site was slow for me (not quite slashdotted), but got through OK.

more than 2 years ago

Man Claiming He Invented the Internet Sues

larien Re:there has to be some statute of limitations... (326 comments)

See Wikipedia on Submarine patents. Notably:

The ruling was upheld on September 9, 2005 by a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit under the doctrine of laches, citing "unreasonably long delays in prosecution"

So, it seems there's a chance that waiting too long can invalidate your claims.

Compare with trademark law where you have to defend it whenever it may be seen to be infringed (see the case where Hoover corp lost the right to have the exclusive rights to the term "hoover"); the same doctrine should apply for patents. Of course, the whole patent system is a mess these days as it was designed in a different age with different industries. Scrapping patents isn't the solution as they provide valuable protection to inventors who put effort into designing something, but they're horribly abused by various parties.

more than 2 years ago

Serious Oracle Flaw Revealed; Patch Coming

larien "Interlinked" databases? (100 comments)

The issue seems to be fundamentally down to someone with DBA rights on a database issuing "ALTER DATABASE BEGIN BACKUP" which then causes an "interlinked" database to also increment its SCN; anyone know what the "interlinking" is? I'm guessing DB links but it's a bit vague on details and high on the scaremongering... FWIW, the ALTER DATABASE command will require DBA rights to implement, so I'm not seeing the apocalypse that Infoworld is punting; if you've got DBA rights, you can do lots of stuff like drop user, drop table etc, etc, etc...

more than 2 years ago

Least worthy tech-world cliches / buzzwords?

larien Re:Tough one (297 comments)

At work, we're being told our website is "in the cloud". To which I respond "you mean it's on some external webhosting? Like people have been doing for over 10 years?"

"Cloud" is being attached to all sorts of things to make them sound hip & trendy.

more than 2 years ago


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