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Thanks to the FCC and Tom Wheeler for supporting local choice and broadband competition. https://takeaction.withgoogle.com/open-internet-g
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Remember Plaxo.com?  I didn't realize they were still in business.
However I was looking through my spambox and saw a message from them.  I logged in and yuuup... I still had an account.  I deleted the account. How sad.  They are the myspace of business social networks.
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Ung.  But not for $10/mo.  Srs?

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Dear RedHat / CentOS / Fedora:

EL7... how did this happen?

EL6 was a nice, relatively clean server OS. 

EL7 seems to be trying to be a laptop Linux.  The networking (network manager) and service control (systemd) come out of the box set up for laptops.  Everything is dynamic and changing out from under me.

I don't want anything to be "dynamic" on a server. I want to configure it once and leave it.  (actually I want Puppet to do that, but you get  the picture).

If I disable any of this dynamic crap or use the command line nothing goes well.  Its as if they don't want the server market any more.

Do they think ServerFault.com is going to run on laptops with a wifi connection?  No, it's not.  It runs on servers with networks that god-help-me don't move around.

Is this why people are moving to CoreOS?  I hear it uses SystemD but I can't believe they've added all these laptop / desktop features that make it difficult to use as a server operating system.
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Also, for good measure I add NM_MANAGED=no to each of the interface files in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-*

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Converting from CentOS6 to CentOS7 has convinced me that the authors of systemd are trying to kill me.

I like the theory of systemd.  I liked it when it was called launched and smf and implemented by people that fucking understood Unix and implemented it cleanly.

Ha ha, only serious.
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If booting faster isn't really important, then it really has no value.

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Sadly, I know of some enterprises where the goal for deploying critical Windows patches is 180 days or more. Those considered non-critical can wait for a year or more. I wish I was joking. :(

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I've corrected people's misconceptions about this a number of times. This is a good report about it all.
In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald’s coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention. It turns out there was more to the story.
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Thanks for this, it was interesting to learn about it from various sides. I have my own opinion now as a result of the facts, which is better than before when I had my own opinion without any facts. (My opinion didn't change, though.)

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever
http://apple.slashdot.org/story/15/01/28/053227/apple-posts-18b-quarterly-profit-the-highest-by-any-company-ever

That's PROFIT, not revenue!

What would I do with $18B if you had it?

1.  Buy SpaceX and send myself to mars.
2.  Find every pundit, blogger and lopsa-tech mailing list member that mocked the iPad as "stupid" and "destined to fail" and send them Glitter-by-Mail.
3.  End 10% of the world's "extreme poverty" (http://www.visionofearth.org/economics/ending-poverty/how-much-would-it-cost-to-end-extreme-poverty-in-the-world/)
4.  Issue a one-time dividend to all shareholders with a note attached saying, "Aren't you glad you didn't invest in IBM?" (actually... I think that would only be $3-4 dollars per share.)
5.  Buy every company that "almost bought Apple" when they were nearly bankrupt in the 1990s.  HP, IBM, and others were rumored to do this. All of them would have basically shut down the company or failed to do what Steve and Tim were able to do.


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jmcbain writes: Yesterday, Apple reported its financial results for the quarter ending December 27, 2014. The company posted $18 billion in profit (on $74 billion in revenue), the largest quarterly profit by any company, ever. The previous record was $16 billion by Russia's Gazprom (the largest natu...
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I was so hopeful when they refreshed UFS in Panther. It's been so much more solid than pretty much anything else below ZFS/XFS scale. But they never did anything with it.
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The 7th Principle actually means more than that, but I appreciate the thought. Amused that they used the Canadian UU logo.

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Today's Get Fuzzy reminds me how hilarious it can be to work with someone that is very literal.

I once had a coworker that delayed a project by nearly a week because no work could proceed until we agreed whether we were using a "bug tracker" or not.  You see, if it was a "bug tracker" (he asserted) then we weren't allowed to file feature requests in it.  And, in fact, we weren't allowed to have a "closed as won't-fix" status because "Just because we've decided NOT to fix it, doesn't mean it isn't still a bug."

We eventually accommodated him by changing our terminology.  It was now an "issue tracker" which could contain both "bugs" and "feature requests" and when we decided "won't fix" it wouldn't be closed, but it would be moved to a special queue and left open.

I told this story recently at my new place of work and a coworker asked, quite seriously, "why did you permit this person to continue living?"

As I said... HILARIOUS!

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"Well, this isn't a FAQ, it's a FQA". Frequently Questioned Answers.

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As Google abandons its past, Internet archivists step in to save our collective memory.
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The technology in libraries when I was a kid included such things as card catalogs, gluing numbers on the spines of books, and so forth.

Librarians learned how to do these things. A librarian I knew taught me how to use a special glue to attach numbers to spines correctly. I remember the librarian in my elementary school physically dismantling a card catalog drawer in order to fix the little springy thing in it.

There is newer technology, but librarians now don't prize understanding the details of what they're doing with newer technology.

There were horrible catalog systems in the early days of putting them on computers, and they're still awful. But librarians who knew what was possible and what was not with card catalogs, and would never have let a cabinet maker do a crappy product, are not in a position to tell the vendor, "no, that's a crappy system; come back with one that works well."

Part of the problem is Programmers' Disease, in which the programmer of the system thinks, "I used a library once" and figures they know everything they need to know about cataloging.

Another part is Solutions' Vendor Disease, in which the "solutions vendor" writes a comprehensive inventory, catalog, and circulation system. (Ever notice how in traditional libraries those were three entirely separate things?) Yes, a combined system can be nice, but in the early days Programmers' Disease combined with Solutions' Vendor Disease to produce occasional catalogs that would not show books if they had been checked out, or which listed books in the catalog when they had been ordered from the publisher but not even arrived.

Librarians somewhere along the line started "relying on vendors", when they used to include experts in the technology, and could tell cabinet makers, this is exactly what we need.

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The gmail editor has a menu near the To:/CC: spot and another one at the bottom right.  For things like "pop out the editor" I always guess wrong which it is in.

Is there a mnemonic to help me remember which menu has which features?

And... is the fact that I'm seeking a mnemonic a sign that this was badly designed and should be fixed?  (I'll answer this question myself: Yes.)
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I think the use of the term "heiroglyph" is spot-on.

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TXT me a verification code:
When my bank txt's me a verification code it is 6 digits.  Really?  I bet 3 digits would be fine.  4 would be good security theater.  6 is long enough that the entire code doesn't show up in my "notifications" screen on the phone and I have to unlock the phone to see the last digit.
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My gripe is apps and webpages that break copy-and-paste for password fields.
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    SRE, 2013 - present
  • Google
    Computer System Administrator, 2006 - 2013
    7 years of feeling like "the new guy that is still trying to figure out how to fit in."
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    Director of IT, 2004 - 2005
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    System Administrator, 2000 - 2004
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    MTS-1, 1994 - 2000
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