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+ - Bridgestone - IBM case->

Submitted by Dainutehvs
Dainutehvs (936606) writes "Business Insider reports that Bridgestone is suing IBM over a poorly designed, implemented, tested and delivered computer system. Total cost of the system was over 75 million USD. Bridgestones complaint http://www.scribd.com/doc/185845048/Bridgestone-IBM-lawsuit-redacted-complaint reports the drama which started to resolve in year 2005 when they started set of projects to replace its legacy Customer Order Processing System which is written in COBOL "to better serve its customers, to better integrate and standardize systems across multiple locations, and to replace aging systems as necessary to position itself for growth". Disaster took place 7 years later — during first 6 months of 2012. According to Bridgestone — IBM was providing "outdated", "unsuitable" and "non-standard" solution design, assigning personnel to the project who lacked the represented expertise, experience, and qualifications and delivering mission-critical work product that was defective, or carried unreasonable risk of failure. Bridgestone also states that IBMs WebSphere Process Server was not the appropriate middleware for the design solution because it added too much unnecessary complexity and instability to the solution when better IBM middleware products were available and should have been used on the project.
IBM is defending vigorously stating that Bridgestone have only to blame themselves. During project Bridgestone had management problems (replaced CIO 6 times during project), took bad decisions (insisted on "big-bang" go-live, insisted on scheduled go-live date regardless of IBMs urges and written warnings and they gave IBM a release). According to IBM — Bridgestone had tried several times with other vendors and failed to upgrade its system and IBM was the only vendor to succeed in completing the upgrade to SAP."

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Comment: Attention economy (Score 4, Insightful) 228

by Dainutehvs (#42576675) Attached to: Facebook Testing $100 Fee To Mail Mark Zuckerberg

I like the concept. Actually I think it is brilliant. There are gazillions of things that fight over our attention every day just as we open our eyes. We live in constant noise of commercials/e-mails/calls/banners/meeting-requests/u-name-it. And the most efficient way to reach a person is to be loud. And annoying. And it costs virtually nothing. And intermediaries - ad agencies etc. are those who take the most advantage and profit from this mess. But with this concept - everybody can charge for for their attention Directly . Maybe mr. everybodys attention starts to be Valued . IIn that case it would be like giving the power back to the people!

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+ - Microsoft to keep control of two Zeus botnets->

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Dainutehvs (936606) writes "Eweek reports that Microsoft won a court order on Nov. 28 to allow the company and its financial-services partners to continue to administer command-and-control servers for two Zeus botnets that had been shut down by the company's legal and technical campaign in March 2012. Do You think it is fair? Speculations what on earth will they do with those poor infected machines..."
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+ - Is China's Political Model Superior? 6

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "As the leader of world’s most powerful electoral democracy and the heir apparent to its largest one-party state meet at a time of political transition for both, Eric X. Li, a venture capitalist in Shanghai, writes in the NY Times that the West’s current competition with China is a clash of two fundamentally different political outlooks. The modern West sees democracy and human rights as the pinnacle of human development while China sees its current form of government merely as a means to achieving larger national ends. "The American Federalists made it clear they were establishing a republic, not a democracy, and designed myriad means to constrain the popular will," writes Li. "The political franchise expanded, resulting in a greater number of people participating in more and more decisions. As they say in America, “California is the future.” And the future means endless referendums, paralysis and insolvency." China is on a different path. Its leaders are prepared to allow greater popular participation in political decisions if and when it is conducive to economic development and favorable to the country’s national interests. The fundamental difference is whether political rights are considered God-given and therefore absolute or whether they should be seen as privileges to be negotiated based on the needs and conditions of the nation. "The West seems incapable of becoming less democratic even when its survival may depend on such a shift," concludes Li. "History does not bode well for the American way.""

+ - Life after software development ?

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An anonymous reader writes "I've been writing database apps for various industries as the senior developer or tech lead on a given project for most of the past 20 years. The last few years have become particularly taxing as I struggle to reiterate basic concepts to the same technically illiterate managers and stakeholders who keep turning up in charge. While most are knowledgeable about the industries our software is targeting, they just don't get the mechanics of what we do and never will and after so many years, I'm tired of repeating myself. On top of this, I've spent the last decade watching with an ever increasing sense of despair as blogs like Slashdot become filled with stories about billion dollar IP legal fights, heavy-handed bullying from the world's largest IT corporations, media companies running rampant and unopposed, and government after government looking to regulate and monitor anything with an electronic pulse, and track anyone within range. I need a break. I need to walk away from it, and want to look at doing something that doesn't focus heavily on the IT industry day in, day out. The problem is I'm locked to a regional city and I've just spent the majority of my adult life coding and have no other major skills to fall back on. While I'm not keen on remaining in front of a screen, I wouldn't be averse to becoming a tech user and consumer, rather than a creator. Are there similar Slashdotters out there who have made the leap of faith away from tech jobs and into something different? If so, where did you end up? Is there a life after IT for people who are geeks at heart ? Apart from staying in my current job, is there any advice for someone who can't really risk the mortgage and kids education on a whim?"

+ - Skynet->

Submitted by Dainutehvs
Dainutehvs (936606) writes "The Atlantic has published an excerpt from David Weinbergers new book "Too Big to Know". Weinberger gives examples of large data amounts around and difficulties makes using these data . For example, Johannes Kepler examined the star charts and somehow gasped that if the planets orbit the Sun in ellipses rather than perfect circles, data starts making sense. It is unlikely that someone can comprehend big amounts of data that todays science produces and make astounding discoveries like Kepler did as it is simply beyound capabilities of human brain. So how can we deal with it?
Hod Lipson and Michael Schmidt at Cornell University designed the Eureqa computer program to find equations that make sense of large quantities of data and it looks like the results of programs work are impressive. So are we (humans) moving away from being primary interpretators and analysts and move to working on algorithms that look for sense in world around us using more capable devices than our brains? One thing is to suck at Jeopardy, another — loose the dominating role in science."

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+ - Fermi Lab May Have Not Discovered New Particle->

Submitted by Dainutehvs
Dainutehvs (936606) writes "Do You remember article in slashdot "Fermi Lab May Have Discovered New Particle or Force" and quite a few slashdotters being skeptical aout it. They might be right. Another team has analysed data from the collider and come to the exact opposite conclusion about whether it hints at a new particle. Read more in NewScientist's website http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20564"
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