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Comment Cause?? (Score 4, Interesting) 75 75

It's great to see how you responded to the failure and got services resumed pretty quickly. However, I'd rather like to see a follow-up sometime, describing a root cause analysis. With all the clustered, distributed servers and filesystems you use today, such an outage shouldn't be possible, right?

Comment Re:Routers with VPN (Score 1) 173 173

Can't agree more. Ubiquity has some nice and easy, open gear available. To make matters more interesting, they have added deep(ish) packet inspection which allows you to see general traffic per client. So if you want to see what your son is doing without actually wiretapping his traffic, Ubiquity will tell you he spent GB on Youtube, GB on Facebook etc.

The router supports both site-to-site as well as single client VPN, so no problem dialling in from remote and get access to any and all networks in your cloud.

Comment 400V and different plug (Score 3, Interesting) 674 674

That is the easy fix. If they stick power outlets on trains that are not meant for the public, then they should ensure it doesn't work for the public. For example by using a non-standard power outlet that does not accept standard charger plugs, and perhaps by supplying some unusable power level through it. Like 400V or so. That will teach the public really quick.

Comment Goldman Sachs (Score 2) 1307 1307

When Greece joined, they claimed to have a 3% or below deficit. It turned out to be more than 15%. Goldman Sachs helped them to cook the books. So there's multiple parties to blame. Greece for weaseling themselves into the eurozone, Brussels for turning a blind eye, and Goldman Sachs for committing large scale fraud. In the end, none of the responsible people will be punished. In the end, taxpayers in Europe, both the Greek and the rest of the Europeans are holding the bag. It is by design.

Comment Brought a Tandem Non-stop to a halt.. (Score 1) 377 377

Back in the 80's I worked for a field service organisation, fixing and maintaining PDP11 and VAX systems, but also CDC-9766 removable disk systems. Big 14" removable disk packs like you see them in old scifi movies. One of my customers had a string of 10 or so attached to a five-node Tandem Non-stop system.

Each week they brought two out of ten off-line for me to work on. I cleaned the heads, then used a servo disk pack to realign those heads.
To do this, I needed to remove the control cable from the string, and plug in an excersizer. One day I forgot to pull the control cable. So instead of moving the heads of my offline drive to a specific track, I moved the heads of *ALL* disks in the string! Without the O/S knowing about it

Believe me, that will bring a Tandem Non-stop to a grinding halt. That was my last time on the floor for that customer, but I didn't lose my job. Cost? I don't know. Perhaps a weekend of data recovery for the operators?

Comment Re:Well ... (Score 1) 203 203

I mean, one option is to make it like Europe where people in important positions must give 2-6 months notice, but since I don't think that's possible in the US, 2 weeks is not a lot of time and many companies will not have anyone able to be called up to do a live knowledge transfer.

Perhaps a bit naive, but if you really have a decent relationship with the company, is there any particular reason not to inform them earlier? I'm sure you plan to give notice long before those two weeks. So if you plan to retire/move/whatever two months from now, why not tell them right there and give them those two months to plan ahead as well? Or are you afraid they will turn around and fire you on the spot? In that case they didn't deserve your courtesy to start with.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll