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Comment: Re:Reflections (Score 1) 960

by EvilOpie (#38180232) Attached to: Why Everyone Hates the IT Department
I work at a college where a large amount of the college income comes from public funds. We have to purchase things from vendors on state contract to make sure we aren't getting ripped off. (State contract is a joke in itself that doesn't guarantee anything.) We can't just "Go to Fry's," because purchasing nearly everything has a specific procedure to follow. You had to find companies on state contract that actually sell what you want to buy. Then you had to go to management and get approval for the purchase. You had to fill out a purchase order and submit it to the company. (It basically had to be an emergency purchase to get access to the college credit card.) And then you had to wait for the product to arrive. If things went well, you'd get the item in just under a month. But then sometimes the purchasing department would get a bug up their butt and force you to go to bid anyway. Then you'd need RFPs from a minimum of three different companies, and you'd have to wait for approval for that whole process. If you were lucky, you might get something that went out to bid within (literally) six months after you tried to purchase it. Not that I'm trying to defend the IT department, sometimes you do just need to go out and get a new hard drive. But it's not always as simple as just going out to the store and buying one.
Software

The Final Release of Apache HTTP Server 1.3 104

Posted by timothy
from the people-of-earth-you're-on-your-own dept.
Kyle Hamilton writes "The Apache Software Foundation and the Apache HTTP Server Project are pleased to announce the release of version 1.3.42 of the Apache HTTP Server ('Apache'). This release is intended as the final release of version 1.3 of the Apache HTTP Server, which has reached end of life status There will be no more full releases of Apache HTTP Server 1.3. However, critical security updates may be made available."
Businesses

+ - Brad Fitzpatrick headed for Google?->

Submitted by
sootzoo
sootzoo writes "LiveJournal founder Brad Fitzpatrick, who sold his company, Danga Interactive, to Six Apart two years ago, has vested his shares, declared his boredom with Six Apart, and after weighing offers from Google and Facebook, has chosen to head to Google, a source close to Fitzpatrick says. The only reason that Six Apart management hasn't announced it, the source adds, is that they can't figure out how to spin it."
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User Journal

Journal: Captain Copyright Expires 114

Journal by Xenographic

The Canadian superhero Captain Copyright has finally expired, not due to pirates, but because "the current climate around copyright issues will not allow a project like this one to be successful." The cartoon was intended to provide an education in copyright law for children, but it became a focus for criticism when even the Canadian Library Association condemned it for lacking of balance in how it ignored issues like Fair Dealing (Canada's v

United States

+ - Navy to use dolphins for antiterrorism

Submitted by FR007
FR007 (843341) writes "Dozens of dolphins and sea lions trained to detect and apprehend waterborne attackers could be sent to patrol a military base in Washington state, the Navy said Monday. In a notice published in this week's Federal Register, the Navy said it needs to bolster security at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, on the Puget Sound close to Seattle. The base is home to submarines, ships and laboratories and is potentially vulnerable to attack by terrorist swimmers and scuba divers, the notice states. Several options are under consideration, but the preferred plan would be to send as many as 30 California sea lions and Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins from the Navy's Marine Mammal Program, based in San Diego. Site."
The Almighty Buck

California Balks At Internet Sales Tax 268

Posted by kdawson
from the what's-$2B-among-friends dept.
bob_calder writes "California has walked away from $2 billion a year in revenue by declining to get on board with a group working to standardize tax rates so a national tax on Internet sales could eventually be implemented by Congress. Supporters of the tax think they still have a chance in New York, Texas, and Florida. At the moment the largest states pursuing the Streamlined Sales Tax Initiative are New Jersey, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. California didn't want to give up its autonomy in setting taxes to a coalition of smaller states."
PlayStation (Games)

+ - Chicago gamers create Utopia on Best Buy sidewalk

Submitted by
bflora
bflora writes "Led by a tough railroad engineer named 'Angel,' fed by an investment banker who bought his spot in line, and brought together by touch football and pirated DVD's, one PS3 campout succeeded where others in Chicago failed.

Pictures and words from Chicago's weirdest PS3 release campout:
http://www.methodsreporter.com/2006/11/19/playstat ion-best-buy-ps3-release/"

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