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Comment: Re:I will invest in that. (Score 1) 167

by ERJ (#47530905) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
I don't disagree with your premise. Long term strategic planning is something that is very lacking these days. That being said, you can't just say "it will work out" which is kinda what Amazon seems to be doing. Retail is a hard game. Sure Amazon has other things brewing but their bread and butter is retail. Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Google, they can get away with doing heavy R&D and having some bad quarters but in retail you really kinda need to stay at least a bit profitable.

Comment: Unlikely to last (Score 5, Insightful) 118

by ERJ (#45894375) Attached to: Dallas PD Uses Twitter To Announce Cop Firings
Although I do think it is a good thing in that it helps strengthen the community support and trust of the police department I have a feeling that it will end at some point in the near future with a lawsuit....maybe I am just jaded but there is a reason that corporations tend to keep these details silent and have created the (poor in my opinion) rules around providing only the minimal amount of employment information after an employee is let go.

Comment: Re:There is Oracle, and Oracle consultants (Score 1) 275

by ERJ (#45585657) Attached to: How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?
Baloney...well, mostly baloney. There are times when it makes sense to do things in house and there are times where it very much does not make sense. Why hire full time employees for project management, development, QA, etc for an 12 month project? Does you organization have the expertise to run such an effort? What do you do with everyone once the project is over? Yes, you will want your own technical staff to be part of the process. Yes, it may make sense to do the maintenance / support in house. Yes, you should never do time and materials but instead fixed bid with penalties (this does mean you will need to have a very good spec up front). Yes, you should get several bids and do your homework on the companies providing the bids. However, none of this precludes using an outside contractor.

Comment: Re:Fix HD First (Score 1) 559

by ERJ (#45223583) Attached to: 4K Ultra HD Likely To Repeat the Failure of 3D Television
Sorry, you have things very wrong. 18Mbps MPEG2 is not very much bandwidth for 1080i60 or 720p60. It is quite compressed. I work in the video broadcast industry and the providers, if they are using MPEG2 video, typically push the HD video around at 100Mbps or higher for the core feeds. Not that 18Mbps HD video is bad...with the right equipment it actually can look quite good. But it is lossy. Bluray usually uses H.264 at 40Mbps, i.e. a significantly better algorithm for bandwidth / quality, at twice the data rate and even that is somewhat lossy.

Comment: Go to your ISP (Score 4, Informative) 319

by ERJ (#45109241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?
The nature of a DOS attack (overwhelming your bandwidth / router with traffic) means it pretty much has to be handled upstream. Your ISP should be able to filter the traffic at their routers where they have the bandwidth / processing power to do so. Even if you get a super router it doesn't change the fact that they are using up your bandwidth with dud requests.

Comment: Hard hack? (Score 1) 390

by ERJ (#44384889) Attached to: Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks
I appreciate that what they are doing is scary but the video doesn't seem to indicate what they had to do in order to get that level of power. It seems that they have wires hooked up between the laptop and dash so, for all we know, they could be feeding bad sensor data into the computers. Is there things that could be done to mitigate the risk....sure. But if that is really how they are messing with things (by tearing apart the dash and rewiring everything) it would seem cutting the break lines would be nearly as dangerous and a lot easier.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 223

by ERJ (#42876437) Attached to: What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring
From Wikipedia:

EMC Corporation is an American multinational corporation that offers data storage, information security, virtualization, and cloud computing products and services which enable businesses to store, manage, protect, and analyze massive volumes of data. EMC's target markets include large FORTUNE 500 companies as well as small business across various vertical markets.[2] It is headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

EMC Page

They did 20 billion in revenue last year so they are not exactly an unheard of entity....especially with the large amount of IT folk that frequent slashdot.

Comment: If they offer IPv6...go ahead (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by ERJ (#42670445) Attached to: UK ISPs Respond To the Dangers of Using Carrier Grade NAT Instead of IPv6
If, and only if, they do offer IPv6 services to their customers than I am pretty cool with this. Realistically IPv4 is done. There is no real other option for the ISPs than to move to this type of setup for backwards compatibility and push IPv6 for full compatibility.

Comment: Re:Why drop functionality? (Score 1) 199

by ERJ (#41470303) Attached to: Google Docs Ditching Old Microsoft Export Formats On Oct. 1
In a wonderful, magical world of perfect programmers that would be true. Unfortunately, regressions are reality. Maybe google is changing their export class interfaces, or they looked at the fact that you can support docx format back to Office 2003 and decided the maintenance / QA effort was not worth it.

Comment: Server side software (Score 4, Interesting) 192

by ERJ (#41363227) Attached to: Yahoo Excludes BlackBerry From Employee Smartphone List
We run a small business and I can say that our IT group was quite happy when we moved away from blackberry devices. Not because of the phones themselves but instead because of the server side software. It is very likely things have changed since we stopped using their phones but I can tell you that we would be constantly losing device sync between the server side and the phones and would have to manually resync the connections. If that software is still in use I can see how companies the size of Yahoo would want to not have to support the additional infrastructure that is needed for the blackberry devices.

Comment: Re:Not Regulated... (Score 1) 281

by ERJ (#40366245) Attached to: Testing for Many Designer Drugs At Once
Ultimately, an employee on drugs is a liability to the company. Whether that be due to dangerous situations that drugs can introduce (i.e. fork lift driver under the influence) or simply that the employee could be arrested for possession, it is not unreasonable for a company to proactively setup a certain standard when it comes to drug use.

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