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Comment: a few things (Score 1) 284

by smash (#46777989) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

CM is there for both preventing fuck ups and dealing with them when they occur. First things first: do you have a test environment? If not, build one. Do you have documented processes? If not, document them.

Proper change management ensures that: 1. people in the group know what is going on. 2. you have a second/third set of eyes to ensure that you have both a plan, a backout plan (or plan B in case it can't be backed out) and a test methodology to ensure that a change hasn't broken things. 3. to make you think about the implications of what you are doing, and 4. that business stakeholders are informed and know how to plan around any impact both expected and unforeseen.

If you aren't doing all of those things already, sorry dude but you are just winging it. That's efficient, etc. until one day it all goes horribly wrong and you need to figure it out on the fly how to get back to normality, with unpredictable outage durations, etc. All of that should be worked out before going live with your changes.

Yes, it sounds like a lot of faffing about for no real benefit, but really, one day it will save your arse. And really, you will be surprised at just how many effects even a single change to a production system can have.

Comment: Re:perception (Score 1) 318

Actually, the total tax burden for the working and middle classes in the USA is not that different from much of Europe. If you deduct the amount that the US citizen pays for health insurance from the amount that the EU citizen pays in taxes (while receiving socialised medical coverage), it's often quite a lot more. Part of the reason that the US has what appears from the outside to be an irrational distrust of government is that they get such poor value for money from their taxes. This leads to a nasty feedback loop (population expects the government to be incompetent, so it's hard to get competent people to want to work for the government, so the government becomes more incompetent, so the population expects...).

Comment: Re:recording laws (Score 1) 788

Surely not. If the recording was illegal then it was evidence of a crime and deleting it was illegal.

If the recording was not illegal then there was no crime and no need to delete it.

At no point was deleting it the correct action. The police broke the law. They should be prosecuted for it.

Comment: Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (Score 0) 202

by Jah-Wren Ryel (#46753461) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

They stood by and watched their CEO get ousted because of a donation to a cause that the majority supported.

It is weird how so many anti-freedom people like yourself are so quick to claim majority support for what Eich did. Sure, a slim majority were anti-gay marriage back when he tried to enshrine his religious dogma into law. But the overwhelming majority did not support "the cause" enough to spend money on it. By his own actions he revealed himself to be an extremist.

Furthermore, the whole idea that being part of a majority somehow excuses a person from judgment and consequences of their actions is itself morally bankrupt. The civil rights movement was a struggle against majority opinion too.

BTW, the freedom to restrict another person's freedom is freedom in name alone.

Comment: Re:old tech (Score 1) 165

by Lord Kano (#46750207) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi


Reliving past glory.

Interest in computing history.

Some guys collect classic cars even though newer cars can get better mileage and have lower emissions.

Some people like to make their own cabinets, even though it's cheaper and easier to go to Ikea.

I collect WWI/WWII vintage guns. I have guns made as far back as 1923 even though a new AR is cheap, easy and available.


What hath Bob wrought?