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Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 60

I have worked for a University in Australia and when it comes to the way they do IT, it is very similar to the way the government does IT. Basically, management hires a bunch of people into the IT department and about 70% of them couldn't get a real world IT job if their lives depended on it. The other 30% get blocked when trying to do their job ie. management asks for a solution, usually full of buzzwords and lack of comprehension, and the 30% with a clue deliver it. Management looks at that and goes, "hrmmm, yeah that's nice but we should get an external contractor/company in and confirm if that is the right solution." Of course, the external entity doesn't want to know about the existing solution so propose a new one. Management goes with it so they don't have to take responsibility if it goes wrong. The 70% get given the task of helping the external entity, the 30% look at it and go that is shit but management asks the 70% who don't want to get in trouble for saying no and say it is great and then a cluster fuck gets delivered which costs the tax payer 10 times more than it should have.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 598

The summary is so fucking stupid, I'm not reading the article.

This moron wants to change the numbers, but wants to continue to call 12:00 "midnight" and "noon"?

As an Australia, I say "Get fucked, you cunt". The fact that our Winter comes in June is completely irrelevant.

"Get fucked ya cunt!"

There, fixed it for you.

Comment Would not be too surprised. (Score 1) 89

Regardless of what I hope are typos in the summary, I recently attended a 'cloud debate'. Of course, one of the groups there was for Azure of Microsoft fame and they had I believe the Open Source director as one of the two representing Azure.

One of the things that stuck out during the debate was that he openly admit that initially, Windows instances easily made up over 70% of all instances launched in Azure BUT in the last 2 odd years, this number has flipped and Linux now represents 70% of the new instances being brought up in Azure.

Comment Re:No morals to be found there (Score 1) 170

Apple's tech approach: "embrace and fuck up"

Ahhh, it reminds me of the good old days of piracy on the open seas, when Microsoft ate Borland and Lotus and Wordstar and...

It's simple economics. Apple, like Microsoft, has a huge stable of code monkeys that they have to feed and water occasionally with Jolt cola and potato chips.

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Wait... what? They still make Jolt cola? I haven't seen that on the shop shelves for years.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 518

I guess I was just lucky to survive the dark ages before mobiles existed

And more people died back then (unpreventably) due to this, so it is an irrelevent point.

If someone could call for help and get assistance faster (greater chance of surviving), and you interfere with this, then you become liable for their death, and if you did it with knowledge and/or intent, or a legal equivalent (such as reckless negligence), then criminally liable.

It wouldn't matter if they still had a signal or not when there was an accident, they would all be to busy videoing the action with their phones to make the necessary call for help.

Comment Re:Both options kind of suck (Score 1) 34

This unfortunately is a subject I became intimately familiar with about 2.5 years ago and yes a third option would have been nice :p

Long story short, I found myself in emergency surgery with a surgeon telling me there was no way they could save my leg and that it had to be amputated. Not something you ever imagine being faced with. I woke up in intensive care with both my legs, after making sure they hadn't removed the wrong one. Turns out they decided to give it a go and see if they could save my leg anyway. (I found out later on they thought I would still lose my leg and was informed it was a miracle I didn't).

For a long time, I really wished it had been amputated. The pain was extreme, my leg was just a useless lump of scared flesh which I couldn't use for a long time, I was stuck in a wheel chair for 9 months and it took 2 years before I was to the stage when I could walk with the aid of a walking stick. Mentally and physically it has not been a fun trip.

I knew I was lucky but it was really re-enforced when I was a patient in a rehab hospital where there was another patient who did have their leg amputated as mine would have been. They were going through the exact same pain and problems as I was but minus a leg.

As other people have already commented, if it doesn't work out, you can get it amputated later but if it is your first choice, you can't go back. Yes I am still in pain and yes I struggle but all said and done, I am glad the surgeons 'gave it a go' and I did keep what was left of my leg but I can also see why this is becoming an increasingly tough decision. Especially since I was informed that 5 years ago they would not have been able to carry out the surgery they performed which did save my leg.

Comment Re:Um... (Score 1) 405

I find people like to state this as a fact, including the generation in discussion themselves. In reality though, they just know how to use the interface of the common applications but don't really understand how it works. It would be the equivalent of saying that the generation which grew up in the 80's and 90's were more technical because they knew how to use a video player.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 2) 561

I subscribe to the "Hire the best person for the position" methodology.

I manage a SysAdmin team and I will admit that 100% of my team is male but that might have something to do with the fact that 100% of the job applications I have received over the years have only been male. Other than that, 70% of my team is made up of what many of these PC groups like to call 'minorities'. My percentage comes from the simple fact that they were the best person for the job. Race, gender etc should not be part of the selection criteria and if it is, it only increases the chance it will hurt the company/organisation since you are passing by the right employee for a philosophy that dare I suggest is a form of discrimination in and of itself.

Comment Re:UCS what? (Score 1) 68

I was about to say that this sounds very much like Cisco UCS where everything is defined in 'software'. You define the template and its components and this includes things like WWN's and MAC addresses and it allows you to migrate the 'server' to different blades since it is all in 'software'.

With that said, the UCS kit we run at work doesn't have anywhere near the density claimed by HP with their moonshot but claiming they were the first to create a software defined blade chassis and the likes is not correct.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 1) 181

I have to admit I have been a bit of an on again, off again user in the past.

For home use, I have been using Opera as my main browser for a number of years. At work, I tend to use a mixture of FF, Chrome and Opera depending on what I need to do. Reading this article was a bit depressing. Hell, I am typing this reply via Opera on a Linux box.

When I did ISP tech support back in the late 90's, Opera was the browser I suggested to customers to use if they had an old machine. Back then it also fitted on a floppy disk and was faster and less bloated than the alternatives at the time.

Comment Tell me a story (Score 1) 692

I had a job interview where I was asked to tell a story. I asked for confirmation on what kind of story they were after and was told to start right at the beginning of my life, so I told them in the beginning my parents had sex at which point I was conceived then born, then grew up and was now attending this job interview.

I actually got the job.

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