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Comment That's Not DevOps (Score 1) 226

While I'd argue that any good developer should have more than a passing understanding and empathy for operations, what is being described here is not DevOps. Let's steal a definition from Wikipedia: DevOps (a portmanteau of development and operations) is a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and information technology (IT) operations professionals. DevOps is a response to the interdependence of software development and IT operations. It aims to help an organization rapidly produce software products and services.

DevOps is NOT A ROLE. DevOps is a methodology concerning increased communications between development and operations. For example, DevOps tools may help coordinate software releases across environments -- e.g., helping to ensure that the same software is deployed in the same way in Dev, QA and Production, thereby avoiding potential issues created due to different configurations or dependency combinations. Going the other way, a system monitoring tool which collects information on software failures may be augmented so that IT can choose to collect more detailed information (e.g. stack traces or memory dumps) and have all of that data attached to a bug report published into the developers' bug tracking system. Analytics are a growing area of interest in DevOps, facilitating the collection and consolidation of product and feature usage, making that available in a consumable format for business analysts.

That's what DevOps is in an established organization. It's a Really Good Thing, and once you've experienced it, it's hard to work anywhere that doesn't take DevOps seriously.


Submission + - captured by domainsquatter

kreegee writes: "One or two hours ago, the german domain-registry denic seems to have made one big mistake: it allowed an owner-change of — it know belongs to some "M. Rusteberg" which uses it to display another search engine. (looks like a scam)"

Submission + - Microsoft offering free Vista "test drive"

Aryabhata writes: "ArsTechnica reports that Microsoft recently unveiled a new web site called "Windows Vista Test Drive," designed to allow business users, consumers, and the merely curious to find out what running Microsoft's latest operating system might be like, without actually having to install it.
The web site requires Windows 2000 or XP, Internet Explorer 6 or 7, and Microsoft's Virtual Machine Remote Control (VMRC) Advanced ActiveX control."
United States

FCC Nixes Satellite Radio Merger 277

a_nonamiss writes "Doesn't look like Sirius and XM are going to merge any time soon. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Logically, I know that competition is a good thing for consumers, and monopolies are generally only good for companies. Still, I don't like having to choose a car based on which satellite radio service comes pre-installed, or considering whether I'd rather have Howard Stern or Oprah, because there is no practical way to get both. Frankly, it's probably all this exclusivity that has caused me not to purchase either system." From the article: "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin told reporters after an FCC meeting that the Commission would not approve a merger between satellite radio rivals Sirius and XM Radio... When the FCC initially licensed the two satellite radio companies in 1997, there was language in the licensing barring one from acquiring control of the other... Even if the FCC were to have a change of heart..., it would still have to pass antitrust scrutiny by the Department of Justice."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PS3 In Stock; Possible Sign of Weaker Demand

freshmoon7 writes: Sony's Playstation 3 game console can be found in over one half of video game retailers, according to a new report, while Nintendo's Wii game machine can be found in a few stores, a sign that demand may be weakening. A report from American Technology Research said on Monday that 58 percent of the 150 stores that it surveyed had Sony's next generation game system in stock, while only 3 percent had the Wii, Paul McNealy of American Technology research said

Submission + - Scientits Say Don't Ignore Geothermal

anthemaniac writes: Geothermal energy is overlooked as a cost-effective and clean supply of energy and could be the source of 10 percent of our electricity needs by 2050, MIT researchers say. From the article: 'Unlike conventional power plants that burn coal, natural gas or oil, no fuel is required. And unlike solar power, a geothermal plant draws energy night and day.' Declining oil prices in the mid-80s slowed interest in geothermal, but it's time to take another look, the researchers say.

Pentium 4 631 Overclocked to 8 GHz 271

Andreas writes "There are always those who are willing to take things one step further than others. A group of guys known as OC Team Italy is one of them. They recently pushed an Intel Pentium 4 631 to over 8000MHz using an ASUS P5B with modified voltage regulation and liquid nitrogen. Overclocking is cool and all, but this extends beyond what some would perhaps call useful. Still a milestone though."

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