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Comment Re:It's getting scary (Score 1) 150

erm... Your first-order estimate is fine. Now look at the second-order equation:

What do people do when they are on a fixed salary? They look for extra income, especially when they have an inflated sense of self-importance. Whether doctors, politicians, or other government officials - they get bribed by whomever can benefit: namely drug manufacturers (doctors, dentists, health workers of all ilk), lobbyists and big businesses.

There's also the fixed salary but then putting doctors onto fixed schedules where they have to see 1 person every 15 minutes. Or 10. Or whatever the performance standards are nowadays for your health facility of choice (really the health 'provider' which is the insurance company, not the facility itself).

You cannot create a system which cannot be gamed.

This world continues its downward spiral into insanity.

Comment For the Love of Mike: Add Dates AND VERSIONS!!! (Score 1) 211

Whether on StackOverflow,, or ANY OTHER WEBSITE OR ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTATION, please for the sanity of everyone involved clearly state up front:

1. what date it is now, when you write it
2. what version of the immediate software (API, etc.) and supporting software (language, runtime and OS at minimum!)

These will help the rest of humanity to understand the context in which you're proposing your documentation, question, or solution. If it is on a wiki, then create a new page for the new version and leave the previous one(s) up!

Thanks, people!

Comment Re:Turning back the clock (Score 1) 205

I think you've got it right - for some ideal world lacking other impetuses.

A more interesting question in my mind is: how to predict business' push for one type of app over the other(s)?

Microsoft is in some respects falling by the wayside, so they've jumped on the subscription bandwagon for applications - not just support/service - which seems to contradict all of their previous practices as they nix MSDN subscriptions and forbid Windows versions of some Xbox games...

Concurrently Google has been removing many services people like and charging more for things like map-related services while they play around with YouTube and other websites many netizens seem to love. But they're also pushing their own OS, browser, and now hardware...

We live in interesting times, my friend.


Comment Re:Do sport fans age out? (Score 1) 304

> without resorting to violence

From paralyzation and death from "accidents" for participants through nigh-typical gameplay, to soccer hooligans and riots when men's college, national, and international teams win (or lose!), to a figure skater having a competitor's leg(s?) broken...

I think you can see the violence inherent in the system.


Comment Re:JAVA could be great if it lost weighrt. (Score 1) 371

You can thank the SpringSource people for that xml configuration POS.

They even thought they'd make their own version of Rails (even they already have SpringMVC) and came up with Grails - which is actually much, much worse than you might expect when it *cannot* produce a stack trace less than 150 lines long, and it makes all the problems with all of their other frameworks (which Grails relies on, even though it is rumored to have been based on Groovy) that much worse - imagine the lack of implicit configuration and frameworks you've experienced so far, except that *if you're lucky* you get less informative error messages than you've seen before. Typically instead of that something simply doesn't work as you would expect and you have to research it for a couple hours (or in the case of one of my colleagues, a couple WEEKS) to figure out why it doesn't work. And then use Groovy to change class behaviour to work around SS's POS.

Yeah, like that.

Submission How do you give feedback to Companies who don't want any?

PurplePhase writes: I've noticed over the last few years that more and more companies are buying into as a way of doing online job search and applications. But why don't any of them realize that that website doesn't actually work? Not only does it fail often (just this morning I tried uploading a resume — which it refused to do from Firefox, then the 'Resume' block disappeared from the process so I can't try it again?!!?), but there is no way to give any feedback — there is no Contact Us, no Report Bug, no simple 'feedback' button anywhere while applying for a job. Not only that, but many companies' websites don't actually have ways to give them feedback either about their websites nor about the fact that they're using tools like Taleo (who seems to be trying a LinkedIn by offering For example, try finding any email or web form to submit to give feedback to — should I call a bank branch to find out how to submit an application??

Yes, others say to take your business elsewhere. Fine, but that isn't a solution in many ways as the "I'm not doing this in protest" numbers don't add up (search for: Ender's Game movie).


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