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Comment The last thing I would connect to the internet (Score 2) 105

Ultimately it means you'll be able to find a recipe online, have the ingredient list and preparation instructions sent to your mobile device,

I already have that. Its called allrecipes ( and conveniently allows me to check off ingredients I already have. Best of all, it is free.

and your smart oven will be automatically configured with the correct settings.

My oven is a device that if misconfigured can start fires or fill the house with explosive gas. It is about the last thing I would connect to the internet, especially with Micros~1 running it.

Comment Re:Familiar jobs ... (Score 1) 139

SAN Administrators? Man you guys nned to be paid some serious $DOUGH. That shit is gnarly. An EMC (Even More Complicated) tech tried to show me mapping and zoning and my head was ready to explode after 10 minutes. I'm just a user, a low life DBA. All I know is how to set up BCV backups and restore from them. I practice that shit because my job depends on it, but everything else, no, I'll leave it to the experts.

Comment Plain old boring rules (Score 5, Interesting) 232

In about 1996, Oracle introduced the "Oracle Webserver", allowing you to serve dynamic webpages generated from stored procedures in the database. The beauty of this is that all of your website code is in the database, making it centrally managed and all application security logic is enforced by the database. The webserver is just a dumb client with no code, and has no permissions on any database tables.

In 2001, it was now a mod for Apache and as since been opensourced (mod_owa). I convinced our client try it for a central website that we were developing, as the middle tier crap they were using didn't work. That system went live 2 weeks later with a few very simple webpages. It has been in production ever since and the website has over 50k users and 20+m hits a day.

Comment Re:Waste of time (Score 2) 239

I would agree, The key point is that the NFL doesn't actually have the test results. That would imply that the refs didn't check them properly. Tom Brady probably approved the the balls because they were the way he like them, and probably didn't give a shit if they were 10 PSI or 14 PSI. Never attribute to Malice what can be explained by incompentance.

Comment How about crappy Oracle products? (Score 1) 242

Outside of the RDBMS, pretty much everything Oracle makes or buys is crap. The funny thing is, PHB's suck that stuff up like us DBA's drink beer. Then when The Shit Don't Work (TSDW), they need someone to fix it. If you can make the shit work, you can make some good money. Just be prepared to switch to the next crappy Oracle technology when the original falls out of fashion.

Comment What about landing at White Sands? (Score 1) 81

White Sands Missile Range is right next to the Spaceport America and has 4,000 square miles of uninhabited desert. The Army tests rockets there all the time, and sometimes closes highway 70 (which passes through the range) when they do. Since the goal of cheaper launch costs is something the miltary would find useful, I am pretty sure Spacex could come to an agreement to do some testing using the range. Before talking to the Army, Spacex would probably want to run several real tests at sea, where they would expect the landings to fail until wthe worked out all of the bugs with the aerodynmics, winds, etc. Not so much to ensure you can land on a ship, but to ensure you can land within a few miles of where you want to. If you can do that, there are lots of places you can land.

Comment Re:Coastal people live in their own universe (Score 2) 264

You mean like Wonko the Sane, who also lives in California? According to ancient legends, when Wonko saw instructions on how to use a toothpick on a packet of toothpicks, he became convinced that the world had gone crazy and so built the house as an asylum for it, with the insides and outsides reversed. Apparently he also received a fishbowl from the Dolphins before they left.

Comment Re:do one thing and do it well (Score 1) 156

You mean VI, the notepad for Unix? Since it is by default installed on pretty much every Unix system, including Macs, I would say it is cross platform. It is even easy to get for Windows. As far as stability goes, it has never crashed in the 20+ years I have used it on any platform. An it is easy to replace. All you have to do install another editor, i.e. sudo apt-get install emacs.

Comment Re:The driving force to open source? (Score 2) 313

I don't think the command line is an issue. I don't think instructing a user to open a terminal and issue commands is any harder than having them open regedit and add obscure keys.

The really sweet spot is a well designed GUI configuration utility which allows you to generate approriate command line scripts to allow the configuration to be duplicated. Unfortunately, this is rare in the Unix world and non-existent in Windows.

Compared to GUIs, command line interfaces are stable. I am still using commands for 20+ years ago to adminster modern systems, while the recent "upgrade" to Win7/2008 has made so many changes to the interface that it seems like I have to relearn it each time I use it.

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