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Comment Re:whine (Score 3, Insightful) 226

My experience on this is that you need 'DevOps' to run the development environments but you need production ops to run, eh, production.

DevOps people don't necessarily have good understanding of the underlying issues of the production environment. There are several issues revolving around this: Security, availability, scalability, etc. As an example is dev who can secure the application but not the platform (database, web servers and so on).

Good handovers between the two are the key for success. If 'DevOps' changes the development environment in a significant way this needs to be taken into account when moving the version to production. Oh, you upgraded the database in development environment? I guess that explains why RTP failed and we had to roll back.

Some changes may be very simple to do in development environment, while difficult in production environment. Need some extra disk and upgrade your database backend? Sure, just get it done in the development environment but there may some issues when doing that in production environment; you may need unacceptable amount of downtime, etc...

Comment Re: And the pilot? (Score 1) 249

I'm not sure about the currency you got there, but it doesn't really matter: 100 currency units is cheap for 3-5 hours of flying, no matter what currency! I'd have to pay almost 3-5 times more than that for flying.

On the other hand 100 EUR will get me 3-5 skydives in Europe or 100 USD will get me 3-5 skydives in US.

Submission Boeing Solid-State Laser Weapon System Outshines Expectations->

Zothecula writes: The likelihood of lasers appearing on the battlefield was boosted last week when Boeing announced that its Thin Disk Laser system had achieved unexpected levels of power and efficiency. In a recent demonstration for the US Department of Defense, the laser’s output was 30 percent higher than project requirements and had greater beam quality, a result which paves the way toward a practical tactical laser weapon.
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Submission "Jekyll" test attack sneaks through Apple App Store, wreaks havoc on iOS->

An anonymous reader writes: Acting like a software version of a Transformer robot, a malware test app sneaked through Apple’s review process disguised as a harmless app, and then re-assembled itself into an aggressive attacker even while running inside the iOS “sandbox” designed to isolate apps and data from each other. The app, dubbed Jekyll, was helped by Apple’s review process. The malware designers, a research team from Georgia Institute of Technology’s Information Security Center, were able to monitor their app during the review: they discovered Apple ran the app for only a few seconds, before ultimately approving it. That wasn’t anywhere near long enough to discover Jekyll’s deceitful nature.
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Submission Protests mounts against new surveillance laws->

An anonymous reader writes: New revelations about Ministerial orders requiring backdoors into online services in New Zealand are fueling nationwide protests against new surveillance powers to be granted to the Government Communications Services Bureau. Speaking at one large protest meeting, Kim Dotcom described the "Five Eyes" X-Keyscore surveillance system as "Google for spies". He told protesters he first noticed he was being spied on when his internet speed slowed by "20 to 30 milliseconds". "As a gamer, I noticed," he said.
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Submission RINGS propels satellites without propellants->

cylonlover writes: Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are testing a new propulsion system ... inside the station. While this might seem like the height of recklessness, this particular system doesn't use rockets or propellants. Developed in the University of Maryland's Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory, this new electromagnetic propulsion technology called the Resonant Inductive Near-field Generation System (RINGS) uses magnetic fields to move spacecraft as a way to increase service life and make satellite formation flying more practical.
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Comment Re:Issue? What issue? (Score 1) 231

This is not them asking for your account but rather asking you to AUTHORISE gawker's access to your account details.

The way I read it is that Gawker is using Facebook as authentication service. Once authenticated Gawker is authorizing you to do certain things, like post comments.

Comment Re:Foxconn made cheap motherboards (Score 1) 332

I hear you, but could you please elaborate a bit how do you draw the connection from this:

I guess that accounts for all the cheap labor.

to this:

I wouldn't believe anything Mr. Woo has to say.

If you have other reasons why you don't trust what Mr. Woo said, maybe it'd be worthwhile to air those as well.

If it has syntax, it isn't user friendly.