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[#] Sun Aug 15 2010 18:33:45 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Aug 15 2010 2:17pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
The conundrum of data center operations:

Reliability requires redundancy.
Redundancy introduces complexity.
Complexity reduces reliability.

Gramlath says:

Solution: self-reinforcing simplicity

[#] Thu May 27 2010 22:33:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I've got one like that. It's in the back of my rack to support the back of a pile of servers that are mounted in the front by their ears because I don't have the rails for them :)

[#] Fri Nov 26 2010 21:00:42 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Ah, yeah, I could see that being annoying.

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 08:17:34 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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the waledac botnet was just killed by microsoft and some other parties...

they switched off the DNS via judge and captured the control servers...

[#] Thu Apr 21 2011 23:02:05 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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They should probably ask themselves why they're still using tape media :)

[#] Thu Apr 29 2010 14:58:25 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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I just could not turn down this deal:


Time to build a new box.  As if I don't have enough to do around here.

[#] Mon Jan 24 2011 14:42:39 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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No cats around here..I'd start sneezing if there were.  As for the dirty lens...that should make the sensor less sensitive.  I am wondering about transient voltage spikes or breakdown of the semi-conductors in the sensor.


Trust me, there is nothing more fun than getting up in the middle of the night to investigate an alarm at a remote location.

[#] Thu Feb 18 2010 16:00:28 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I just spent 5 minutes with git and already I can see how superior it is to subversion in regards to branches.

[#] Tue Mar 30 2010 12:51:00 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Is his name Mel?

[#] Fri Aug 27 2010 22:10:58 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Only one thing might be better than eclipse for writing Java, and that's JIDEA. Lispers, I suspect, don't need that Refactor menu, because they already have good language support for referential transparency, and a dynamic type system. Not the case in Java, where changing structure can cause so much carnage that in a nontrivial program it has to be automated.

[#] Mon Feb 08 2010 10:35:24 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Until now, I haven't had a need for a virtual machine, either, but the ability to test a specific OS configuration or install without having to burn a CD, boot a machine, wait to see if it works or not, is definitely a time-saver.
Since I'm the family IT-guy, I've had to do a lot of these tasks before, and this technology will definitely make it easier.

[#] Fri Feb 05 2010 15:33:41 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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have you listened to the radio lately?

[#] Fri Sep 03 2010 14:12:21 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I thought that was like weeks ago and they sold out immediately.

[#] Thu Apr 21 2011 16:22:02 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Heh. Amazon EC2 is having a major outage. It's been going on since

around 2:00am. Super major brokenness all over.

So much for elastic.

This brings to mind the recent discovery of the flaw in just-in-time assembly line production.
Just in time works just fine until japan as a whole goes off line and nobody's got any stockpile of parts anywhere in any warehouse and suddenly the entire manufacturing process of anything using parts coming from japan comes to a quick and grinding halt.

So now people are starting to rent warehouses not because they need to stockpile parts, but they need a buffer in case of disaster.
It looks like the amazon customers are learning this same lesson today.

[#] Fri Mar 19 2010 17:39:35 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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no problems apart from that its an interpreted language where everybody wants to talk away the fact that this will be slower than native code.

just because of you store a pre-parsed copy of the interpreted code, thats no compiler. No body would call the zend-cache a JIT

[#] Fri Feb 19 2010 13:57:14 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I think star trek has a history of taking real technical babble and using it (in meaningless ways) in the shows.

[#] Thu Sep 23 2010 14:12:27 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I wasn't thinking that it just seems there's an endless cycle of changes and if you fork you have to manage all that updating youself.
Where I sit (and most people aren't like this, I'll admit) I'm tired of it all, I just want it to work.

[#] Tue Jun 15 2010 00:31:55 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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why not? everything is a file. block devices are random access.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2010 12:16:12 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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HA! That's funny. I hate fk constraints almost as much as I hate
stored procedures, but try explaining to a territorial dba (read: all

of them) that their fancy dancy constraints are fucking everything up.

The funny thing is, we don't use them at $workplace, as far as I can tell, we never have. This probably goes back to the dawn of time when HJM wrote all the code and did the DBA stuff himself. So it's become standard practice here, and now the DBAs are defending it because it's become defacto standard, and they don't want any inconsistency, or extra work, or to change the status quo, and they probably realize the advantages by now.

One of the reasons why I *like* our DBAs. (Well... sometimes ;) And it goes to show: if you don't like what your DBAs are doing, the solution is simple: be the Creator.

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