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Comment: Re:They have a point (Score 1) 286

by Bigbutt (#46779207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

It's likely I was coding before you were a twinkle in your father's eye. I've done my share of programming in the past. As a sysadmin I find I can code to my heart's content without having some project manager or manager breathing over my neck to get some buggy code out. If you had actual systems admin skills, you'd understand that we need to work together to get your code out to production as seamlessly as possible. That means working within the constraints of the environment your project is destined for. What that doesn't mean is that you can pull some Linux distro of the week out of your ass and expect it to be deployed into production without issue or complaint. Depending on the urgency of the requirement, you might get it deployed, but I guarantee you, you will be working on the next version with a supported operating system.

If you can't understand that dev, qa, and ops are a team, then perhaps you should come out of your mom's basement and check out the real world.

[John]

Comment: Re:They have a point (Score 1) 286

by Bigbutt (#46778395) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Humorously I am doing my job. My job is to ensure all the servers are patched appropriately and that the environment runs smoothly. This means regular patches, resolving hardware and software issues, working on projects to deploy new systems or apply new versions to existing systems, and of course the numerous meetings to discuss important issues.

I patch our lab environment before patching anything else to ensure production isn't adversely affected by the patches. Of course the lab can't exactly match production but we do our best. Next up is QA so incoming applications can be tested on a production like server. Next is Production once both areas are patched and standardized and no issues discovered. Finally, assuming the developers are willing to be patched, the dev servers are patched.

Now I don't always get to patch development servers in part because you're working on something or other and can't be bothered. And unfortunately there are times when you're done with a package and you present it to QA only to discover it doesn't work there. A few times because of a patch. Which means I have to break out of what I'm doing if possible (you're not my priority by the way) and patch your system so you can identify and fix the problem.

So I am doing my job.

[John]

Comment: Re:They have a point (Score 1) 286

by Bigbutt (#46778333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Seriously? You want to be involved in the patching process of all the servers? I appreciate that, but damn dude, talk about a waste of time. After a bit, getting e-mails on the patching of our 1,000 Unix systems might get a bit tedious. Especially when something breaks in production and it's traced to a patch that you signed off on. Do you really have that much free time?

See, I have no idea if a patch that appears to be necessary on my server will affect your application. So you'll get to see all the patches that I'm intending on applying. And since your environment needs to match mine... Well because your software will eventually be deployed into my environment. So I will insist your environment be as close as possible so you experience the problems before it gets into my hands. That way I'm not trying to figure out why your software isn't working or worse yet, the application guys aren't in an incident trying to figure out why the timing is off which will affect 17,000,000 users forcing a report to the FCC and an urgent change request is sent to you and your group to be worked 24x7 until the code works again.

Wouldn't you rather your server work like a production server? So when you're done with your code, you _know_ it works in production and you can move on to the next project without having to worry about being dragged back in to fix some problem?

[John]

Comment: Re:All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (Score 1) 286

by Bigbutt (#46747877) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Yea, no degree and I'm a Sr Unix Admin. I am investigating pursuing a degree, more for personal education than career advancement though. At this point, I can't see how a degree would improve my chances of keeping my job or getting a different one should this one fail :)

[John]

Comment: Re:Bloody Idiot (Score 2) 586

by Bigbutt (#46746099) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

We need an 'Anonymous Idiot' user for some folks apparently.

Post the links to proof or STFU.

Google search showed 81 people killed by vaccines in a year but hundreds of thousands are killed by Malaria in a year. Polio killed thousands of people a year. The Spanish Flu killed about 30,000,000 people.

Herd Immunity: When the English and Spanish came to 'The New World', the native populations were wiped out by Small Pox laden blankets.

Honestly, just STFU.

[John]

Transportation

New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas 269

Posted by samzenpus
from the going-my-way? dept.
v3rgEz (125380) writes "A new service, Airpooler, matches pilots with passengers looking to head the same way. Since it's not an officially licensed charter service, prices are limited to roughly the passengers' share of the gas, giving pilots a way to share the expense of enjoying the open blue and flyers a taste of their personal pilot."

Comment: Re:repeat after me (Score 2) 88

by Bigbutt (#46651663) Attached to: Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

As someone up thread said, if your model depends on ad revenue (in app ads), then Android. If it's app purchase revenue, then Apple.

Which also makes your statement true. If you're not buying apps for the Android, you have nothing tying you to the platform. If something new comes along, you'll jump to the new sparkly because you have no money invested. With Apple, you're buying apps. So you're throwing away the money you've paid.

I have quite a few apps on my iPhone that I would have more of a problem bailing on because I've paid for them vs my Android phone that I'd punt in a hot second and without a second thought. Same as the Blackberry I used to have. The benefit was the physical keyboard but other than that, no reason to keep the BB around once I got the iPhone.

[John]

Software

App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the attack-of-the-clones dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes: "An article in the Harvard Business Review does its best to punch a small hole in the startup-hype balloon. 'Encouraging kids to blow off schoolwork to write apps, or skip college to become entrepreneurs, is like advising them to take their college money and invest it in PowerBall,' Jerry Davis, Wilbur K. Pierpont professor of management at the Ross School of Business and the editor of Administrative Science Quarterly, wrote in that column. 'A few may win big; many or most will end up living with their moms.' Whether or not the unfortunate developer ends up back in the childhood bedroom, it's true that, with millions of apps available across all mobile platforms, it's increasingly difficult for independent developers to stand out. Compounding the problem, some of the hottest companies out there for developers and programmers don't have nearly enough job openings to absorb the flood of graduates from the world's universities. So what's a developer to do? Continue to plow forward, with adjusted expectations: the prospect of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg is just too tantalizing for many people to pass up, even if the chances of wild success are smaller than anyone rational would like to admit."

Comment: Re:Could it be food? (Score 1) 558

I lost a good 30 lbs when I went to Athens for a month to work (270+/- to 241). The change in timezones messed up my feeding time so I wasn't hungry during meal times. Plus hiking all over or taking metro in my off hours. Add in the number of folks who smoked (which also kept my appetite down) and it's not hard to lose a few lbs.

[John]

UNIX is hot. It's more than hot. It's steaming. It's quicksilver lightning with a laserbeam kicker. -- Michael Jay Tucker

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