You will never find a more wretched hive of ponies and buttercups.

The Best of The Week

Cloud Computing is the latest trend in the world of computers. The term refers to where computation is done. The Cloud is this thing, somewhere out there, on which your programs run - you don't need to know where exactly, but don't worry, it's out there alright. You also don't need to worry about whether there's enough resources or how you're going to manage those resources. The Cloud is this layer of abstraction that hides away all that dirty work; you just give it your program and it'll worry about finding the resources to run it. Sounds great doesn't it? Well, this wouldn't be a Terrifying Tech Tale if there wasn't something amiss.

Fundamentally (and by that I mean at the very core of the whole computation process), there isn't anything particularly new about how a Cloud is set up. Traditionally (and really presently, as many entities are still in the process of migrating to the Cloud), an entity (be it a company or otherwise) would maintain a data center filled with…

NOW who can beat the peddler man?
Most everybody should.
To beat him all around the town
Will do him lots of good.
A bright canary yellow
Is surely very cruel and
A most dishonest fellow.
Let's wait, and catch him that peddler man;
And let's select the words
Most fitting to rebuke him well
For selling painted birds.
Let's chase him up and down the town,
And chase him sidewise, too;

Apocalypse 2020: Node-by-Phone

I'm typing this on my phone because there is no internet. Something to do with the bushfire that's burning in the paddocks between the Canberra airport and the Queanbeyan sewerage treatment plant 15km away from me. This also means no reQuest updates tonight because that would involve typing html formatting on my phone, and I'm not into masochism.

The week began with a bang. Lots of bangs. Hail-the-size-of-golfballs kind of bangs. Across Canberra cars…

News for Noders

January 1: Gregorian New Year.

January 1: ReQuest 2020 begins!

January 24: Happy Birthday Silverai_me!

January 26: Happy Birthday Segnbora-t!

January 31: ReQuest 2020 ends.

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December 1: Iron Noder has ended, and the initial results are in!

December 12: Happy birthday to horacetheclown!

December 22: Happy Hanukkah!

December 23: Happy birthday to Nemosyn!

December 25: Merry Christmas!

Get ready for reQuest, coming in January!

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November 1: The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1: Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5: Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11: Veterans Day in the US.

November 28: Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27: Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: Please join us in celebrating The Culture of Fear: The 2019 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.

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September 7 С днём рождения, Stasik!

September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

Septemaaarr 19 Talk like a pirate day.

September 25 Happy birthday Templeton!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!

October 1: get ready for The Culture of Fear: The 2019 Halloween Horrorquest!

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