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Comment: Re: Change management fail (Score 1) 59

by pla (#47578755) Attached to: Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded
Sorry but DevOps requires you upgrade all servers at the same time very fast, with no regard to individual server ordering.

Did you mean NetOps? DevOps refers to a development paradigm. If your development paradigm risks actual user-impacting down-time, you need firing ASAP.
Assuming you meant NetOps, can they live with provisioning me at least four (dev, test, UAT, and training) clones of the entire production environment? No? well then, they can make their case to the CTO whether inconveniencing them or our end users will have more of an impact on the bottom line. If the CTO says "go", hell, I'll code right in the production environment - Oh, you wanted that mortgage payment to go through this week? Bummer!

Developers should never have the power to affect end users. If they do, it represents a failure not on their part, but on the entire IT corporate food chain, all the way to the top. Choosing customer-facing downtime over a few more terabytes and VMs amounts to corporate suicide.

Comment: Re:Change management fail (Score 1) 59

by pla (#47578691) Attached to: Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded
It takes two to fail to communicate. You should not be asking questions that require a direct "yes or no" answer. In many cultures, that is considered rude.

Sorry, what part of paying you to do a job requires me to give a shit about whether or not your failed third-world culture doesn't like answering direct fucking questions?

"Rude" does not apply. Breach of contract, however, does. I just wish more companies would catch on to this before they decide to outsource, rather than paying extra for literally nothing more than a built-in scapegoat for any and all problems.

Comment: Re:No matter how common you think it is... (Score 1) 152

by pla (#47577343) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?
Many of have absolutely nothing to do with Enterprise resource planning in our day-to-day lives. A lot of us don't care about a strategic business unit. Most slashdotters are in the field of making software, not babbling almost-but-not-quite-meaningless business jargon about software.

I agree with you in general, but in this case, if you don't know those acronyms intimately, I can safely say you have zero ability to provide a useful answer to the underlying question.


As for the question at hand - They seriously use Access and Excel as the interface? Fire them now. Access and Excel have their place, and enterprise level data access ain't it. Buy a working ERP package that meets your needs, and spend your in-house development time on integrating with something that meets 95% of your needs rather than trying to bolt functionality on to a piss-poor 50% solution.

Although you might at first prefer to work with the Devil you know, the biggest problem with extending what you have now will rear its head when you try to upgrade it to the latest version, and find that virtually all your customizations have broken. Even if you pay your vendor to make those customizations, you may have somewhere to point a finger, but you can still expect months of pain telling them which parts of their own damned software they broke and need to repair.

Comment: Re:Very original (Score 1) 144

He got similar results to a $1000 product, and told everybody how to do it.

I think the problem we have here comes from the comparison to a $1000 product as little more than a red herring.

He strapped a (replacement) HEPA cartridge - A well-proven technology for removing particulates from the air - To a fan. He basically made a "ghetto" HEPA filter. I have little reason to doubt it would work.

I would, however, question how well that $1000 filter performs compared to a sub-$50 Holmes/LG/Honeywell/etc filter. If Talhelm managed to get the same performance from just a replacement filter for one of those strapped to a fan, I would expect "not at all" as the answer.

So we should certainly credit him for his real "discovery" here - That expensive consumer-targetted air filters don't do any better than the Wallyworld special. Anything beyond that amounts to marketing for his new company manufacturing something even crappier than those Wallyworld specials.

Comment: Re: Very original (Score 0) 144

Not with a fan that size. and I highly doubt that a HEPA filter and a fan works. you need significant air pressure behind the fan to get any real filtering volume.

Honestly people buying cheap pleated paper furnace filters and doubling them up over their windows will be more effective. when it can filter 50CFM then I'll be impressed. and that will be for a very small one that can barely keep up with air leakage of a tiny apartment.

Comment: Re:Very original (Score 1, Interesting) 144

Comparable particle counts HOW? right up against the filter? What about over time? Zero details except you MUST go to his workshop for $33 to find out... Fishy...

I have a rock that keeps tigers away, My most recent tiger count shows zero so it's as good as a $10,000 tiger cage.

Need real data, full information on how the test was done and for how long. Anything else is made up BS or misinformation.

Comment: Re:USB 4.x to offer signed USB device signatures?? (Score 1) 175

by Lumpy (#47574793) Attached to: "BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

All you need to do is have the USB drive mounted by a locked down device. Example, RasPi set to read only on the OS and disable everything all it does is mounts the USB drive and then offers up the contents via the network.

I dont care what you have in the USB stick it will not auto run and infect. then your can look at the contents with another pc via the network and see the real contents or even run automated tests on it before it is available to the users machine.

It is not hard to make something that will stop this crap.

Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 559

by ultranova (#47574513) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Look at it from another direction - debt can be used as leverage. Businesses do this all of the time. Since people aren't businesses, that leverage can buy a better lifestyle instead of simply improving income.

The problem is that this doesn't work. You can use debt for investment and then pay it back from the profits. You can't use debt to increase your quality of life because that doesn't increase your income, so any extra you spend today you have to make up by spending less tomorrow.

The problem with US economy - and increasingly the EU economy - is that they get this exactly the wrong way around: the Government is prevented from investing by austerity measures while households are expected to upkeep demand by going ever deeper into debt. The result is crumbling infrastructure and stagnant economy that can't recover due to small incomes keeping demand down and crippling debt eating any upward fluctuations.

At this point, it might be best to just double mininum wage, cancel all debt and nationalize any financial institutions that collapse as a result. This quagmire isn't going to dissolve until its causes - wages too low to keep up demand without going into debt - are solved and the detritus cleared.

Comment: Re:Kids (Score 1) 559

by ultranova (#47574309) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Kids are a CHOICE.

No, they aren't. A nation who's citizens can't afford to have children is doomed. And not in a generation but immediately, since said citizens have no reason to care about the future since there isn't any.

Fixing an infected tooth is a TOUGH CHOICE, but still a CHOICE.

No, it isn't. If you don't do something to it, you get blood poisoning and die. Also, constant pain is crippling.

A kidney stone is a TOUGH CHOICE, but still a CHOICE.

No, it isn't. If you don't do something to it, your kidneys will be damaged and you will die.

Life is all about choices. Make good choices early on and life is easier in the long haul. Make bad choices and then you whine about how much is wrong with the world.

Life is all about choices. You've chosen to lie to others and possibly yourself to justify avoiding responsibility for anything. And when the cumulative effect of such choices starts to show, for example in the form of economy collapsing under the weight of debt, you whine on Slashdot how it's the fault of everyone else and their irresponsible choices.

In other words, a typical Conservative who thinks the world is maintenance-free.

Comment: Re:Identifiers (Score 5, Insightful) 97

by pla (#47573629) Attached to: Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says
What's hard to understand about this, seriously?

The part where someone apparently doesn't understand the difference between a name and the thing itself, and that the thing itself doesn't always "own" its name.

Seizing Iran's TLD as part of a judgement against Iran makes exactly as much sense as seizing the assets of the Iranian American Society of Engineers and Architects, solely on the basis that it contains the word "Iran" in its name.

As TFA specifically points out, seizing ".ir" doesn't just affect the government of Iran. It affects thousands (millions?) of privately-owned subdomains. Imagine enforcing the same ruling against the US - Not just talking about ".us", but pretty much the entire set of legacy TLDs. Does it make sense that "amazon.com" suddenly belongs to some litigious asshat because of the inadequacy of US foreign policy? And as TFA also points out, ICANN doesn't even have the ability to do this unilaterally (they only directly control root server L), and trying to do so could well trigger as schism.

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