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Comment: Re:Parallel Construction. (Score 1) 223

by PPH (#46823529) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips


It relieves the police of the need to manufacture a plausible reason for the stop. So they won't have to reveal that cell phone feed from the NSA that gave them the details of the drug delivery.

Sure, there are measures the police can use to identify the source of an anonymous 911 call. But these would only be used in the event someone might be abusing the system. There would be no need to investigate the source of a call giving a valid tip, so they wouldn't. Likewise, there would be no investigation of a non-existant 911 call.

Comment: Re:$2 Billion (Score 1) 269

by PPH (#46808369) Attached to: Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

The other interesting thing to think is protect against what...

Transient overvoltages. Basically, equip power systems with high performance surge arresters, lightnig arresters. These will shunt high voltages that could damage expensive equipment and cables to ground.

EMP would stil knock the power systems down. Breakers would trip and the lights would go out. Probably for days. But if equipment damage can be minimized, the its pretty much just a case of restarting things.

Blast damage from a low altitude hit isn't a utility problem. No sense in resoring power to a smoking crater. You isolate the damaged areas, get the lights back on elsewhere and cary on with what's left.

Comment: $2 Billion (Score 1) 269

by PPH (#46805531) Attached to: Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Isn't that much when you consider all of the nation's electric utilities. It'll be interesting to see how Congress spins this: As a requirement to be imposed upon each utility as a part of their normal maintenance and reliability obligations. Or as Impending Doom, requiring the immediate transfer of federal funds into the coffers of the nations' utilities. Including the investor-owned outfits.

I'm placing my bet on the "Doom" option.

Comment: Re:Cross training (Score 1) 225

by PPH (#46795803) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

I don't know about where you work, but where I work, people actually talk to each other

In a large organization where its not possible to talk to everyone informally. And if some dev sitting in a corner downloads his/her favorite framework, nobody will know. Until the dependency lists are compared and someone finds out that this person went off on their own.

Don't get me wrong. I have no problems with the informal processes if you work in a tiny shop (maybe a dozen developers). But you aren't likely to have a 'devops' position. It will be a part time task of one of the devs. Or the admin person who does the job for all systems (devel, test, production).

But if you are installing stuff, even on your own workstation, you are doing an admin's task. And that means understanding the impacts of your actions upon your and your group's work product. At some point, your company might be asked by a customer to adopt some sort of process standards (think SEI-CMM, ISO 9000, etc.). That will either mean a manual process you must follow to make changes to the development/test/deployment environment. Or turning that responsibility over to a person assigned to to so (that means turning your workstation admin over to them). And I imagine that if the response to this is, "I don't wanna!", the boss will quietly show you to the door.

Comment: Re:Architects (Score 1) 182

by PPH (#46795681) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

it was wilful cutting costs by simplifying the design by the contractor.

Was the building not built per the drawing? If this is the case, the building inspectors should have caught it and it was their error. If LeMessurier failed to specify structural details accurately or allowed the contractor to pressure him into an inadequate design, it was his (the engineer's) error.

The first version always gets thrown away.