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Comment DevOps (Score 1) 315

You make it so there is only one path to production. Use CI/CD with build promotion based on criteria. Don't give anyone the ability to install production code directly. You install code, configuration, and settings the same way -- though source control

  1. developer writes code
  2. developer creates pull request
  3. request triggers a build that runs unit tests and static analysis
  4. on success, code review is performed
  5. on success, build is merged to release branch, which causes build promotion to QE environment
  6. on successful testing, artifact of QE process kicks off build promotion to staging
  7. performance tests and integration tests are run
  8. artifact of successful integration tests cause build promotion to production

If you have a process like this, it's simple and nothing gets into production that should not. This goes for configuration changes too.

Comment Doubtful (Score 2) 149

Level 5 takes full autonomy to "all driving modes." That means the car is fully capable of driving itself anywhere in any condition, from a snowy, moonlit road to an unmapped desert. It should be noted that, at this point, Level 5 is theoretical. One Audi representative went so far as to describe it as "mythical." It's unlikely we'll see Level 5 autonomous driving in our lifetimes.


Level 4 is definitely obtainable though.

Comment Re: Which is more important? (Score 2) 244

Bank infrastructure is typically less secure than Tor.

Bullshit. I have worked for three banks and they all had the best IT security money can buy.

When we are interviewing mobile developers, the ones that come from banks are the worst. They never know how anything works, they have no concept of security, certificate pinning, encryption, buffer overflows or at-rest protection of data. Inevitably the explanation is that they are given a library which "does all that for us". I am not sure what this magical library does, but blind faith is not security and doesn't lead to security. I'm very wary of mobile banking apps as a result. Ever tried to MITM a banking app? It's trivial.

Comment Re:Cheaper... For now. (Score 1) 281

While someone needs to put a stick in Intel's ass, I don't believe for a minute that this will remain a cheaper alternative, if AMD starts getting some traction.

Oh, and I didn't see anything about power usage. AMD has always sucked in that regard.

From the Ars Technica article:

IPC is interesting in that it gives a sense of how cores are designed, but workloads aren't constrained by IPC or clock speed per se; they're constrained by thermal and power constraints. And AMD compares very favorably there, too: the Intel chip is a 140W part, so can use about 50 percent more power than the AMD.


System76 Refreshes Ubuntu Linux Laptops With Intel Kaby Lake, NVIDIA GTX 10 Series, and 4K (betanews.com) 126

Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: System76 is refreshing three of its laptops with some high-end parts. The Oryx Pro, Serval WS, and Bonobo WS are now all equipped with 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake processors. In addition, all three can be had with 4K displays and NVIDIA GTX 10 series graphics too. While the Oryx Pro already had the option of 4K and GTX 10, it is the 7th gen Intel chips that are new to it. In fact, all of the company's laptops now come with Kaby Lake standard. The computer seller throws some shade at Apple by saying, "The HiDPI displays that ship on the laptops have 3.1 million more pixels than Apple's 'Retina' displays, enabling sharper text, 4K video, and higher res gaming. Beyond that, the displays give video and photo professionals the ability to work more easily with higher resolution multimedia."

Comment Re:If we only had more unions BS like this would n (Score 1) 158

If we only had more unions BS like this would not even make it to the install part unless there is a big list of things needed to fire someone / rules in place to make so that the boss needs to show that to use this to fire some takes a lot of paper work.

It's like alot of the BS metrics that just end up making people cheat the system / hurt things in areas that are not tacked.

Unions seem like a good idea for unskilled work, but not for technology workers. I am not interested in any sort of collective bargaining. If I have a device at my desk or software on my laptop that I find onerous, I can (a)disable/delete/destroy it or (b) go work somewhere else. The good thing about software development is that for every programmer worth his salt there are 100 jobs waiting.

Comment Re:Dedicated player you say? (Score 1) 69

"That means that a dedicated WoW player can now fund [...]"

When you say dedicated WoW player you mean Chinese gold farmer?

Not necessarily. I have a WoW account (not active) with over 600k gold in it that I accumulated playing it for 10+ years. I could definitely use that gold to get some Overwatch skins if the account was active. I suspect I'd need to activate the account to transfer the credits though, which is a deal breaker.

Comment Have it, probably won't keep it (Score 2) 25

I got it for the discounted AppleTV. $105 including 3 months of service for a $149 unit was a no brainer.

The service itself though hasn't been very good. Lots of streaming errors. No single-sign-on. Most of the apps that channels use for on-demand streaming don't have DirecT Now listed as a provider, so you can't use them. The only one that I've found that works is ESPN.

I really just wanted NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX streaming, but it only has one of those (ABC) that both works and supports on-demand. It's pretty damn disappointing. At the end of the 3 months if it's still the same I am cancelling.

Comment Re:Are linux adverts still bad adverts? (Score 0) 535

It clearly sounds like an advert. I've never heard of "system76" -- because they're nobody. You've always been able to get a cheap no-name PC with cheap components for less than Apple. This has been true for 15+ years.

The problem is, when you're done, you have a cheap PC with a crappy user experience. We use macOS because it's better than Windows for engineers who develop outside the Windows ecosystem, and it's better than Ubuntu for almost everyone (exceptions apply of course). I would certainly use Ubuntu before I used Windows, but it doesn't hold a candle to macOS for convenience, software availability, and general usability.

If I DID want a PC, I wouldn't get one from them anyway. I'd get a nice sleek high-quality hardware design and then put Ubuntu on it. There are PC manufacturers that make nice hardware these days.

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