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Comment: Re:Automated test in is a minimum (Score 5, Interesting) 152

by omglolbah (#47817511) Attached to: Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

You would love the control system software we use at work... (world leading platform for the industry).

No revision control. You have 'current' revision. That is it.

Integrated code editor that has no syntax highlighting.

Patches to the system will break components that are not considered 'core'. Which forces updates of ALL components in the system. This has lead to bugs persisting at sites for years with no patch because nobody wants to fix bugs when it costs tens of millions of dollars to do so.

No automatic testing. Of anything. When we update a component everything has to be tested manually. Someone will sit for 2 weeks and check every state of GUI symbols for the whole HMI. Oh joy...

If you change ANYTHING in code, you can no longer connect to controllers to view live data. You need to do a download to the control with the code changes before live data can be observed. This means that as soon as you make changes, you lose the ability to view the old code running. There is no way to have both a 'online capable' version of the code and a changed codebase in the same control system. We operate two separate virtual environments and switch VLANs or just move a cat6 when testing...

This is for oil rig control systems. There is no automated testing of any kind, even for critical emergency shutdown systems. Every test is done manually.
The ESD systems are usually a complex matrix of casues and effects with hundreds of inputs, hundreds of outputs... This is all tested manually as the software does not support any reasonable simulation of the controller input/output systems.

Enjoy that little gem.

Comment: Re:Nonsense. (Score 4, Informative) 162

by omglolbah (#46523829) Attached to: Full-Disclosure Security List Suspended Indefinitely

Air gaps are fun.

Engineering workstation on the air-gapped system is connected to the same keyboard and monitor as an office machine.
Space constraints in the office on an oil rig.

The same engineer who went around pushing orange 'locks' in all the usb ports on the whole damn plant, including on the switches etc also created this gem.
Unlock the USb port on the KVM, add a usb stick. That way he could easily 'move files between the systems without looking for a stick'.....

You cannot fix stupid.

Comment: Re:Value (Score 5, Interesting) 253

by omglolbah (#46343741) Attached to: Blizzard To Sell Level 90 <em>WoW</em> Characters For $60

Guild Wars 2 solved this issue beautifully I felt.

When you enter a zone your hp, damage etc gets scaled to the level of the area. Only down-scaled however so you cannot just jump to high level areas immediately.

This DOES mean that your friends at higher levels can play with you though,which a bunch of my friends did. Worked great.

Sadly the game didnt really 'last' for us for a variety of other reasons.

Comment: Re:Can't imagine many will see the point (Score 1) 253

by omglolbah (#46343737) Attached to: Blizzard To Sell Level 90 <em>WoW</em> Characters For $60

I would not pay to level up an alt... but if I were to start on a new server? I actually might.

Starting out on a new server, even with heirlooms you still end up sometimes strapped for cash.
Boosting up to 90 so you have a 'money-runner' so to speak might be worth it.

Personally I've leveled up probably 30 characters since I started playing shortly after launch in EU.. I find it enjoyable compared to a lot of other time-wasters. Sometimes I just want to mindlessly derp around after a long day of figuring shit out at work.

I doubt I will make use of it, but I can see situations where I could.
Especially with the amusing exchange rate/cost of living difference between the US and where I live... 60 bucks is roughly 4 pints :p

Comment: Re:oh well (Score 1) 385

by omglolbah (#46171109) Attached to: HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

They know the exact cause of the problem, they just wont tell us.

"This is a known issue with the ProLiant 380DL G5 series."

Yet they do not consider it a production flaw or a bug, even though it will require a motherboard replacement to fix. They consider it "not our problem" so customers are left to hunt the market for refurb machines to replace em.. (we're locked into a certain line due to the HUGE costs of re-certifying the system if we change anything..)

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