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Comment Re:bad metrics (Score 1) 245 245

You want to really screw a good thing up, set up a set of rigid metrics.

Once everything gets in the hands of the bean counters, anything that cannot be quantified as a bean gets summarily discarded, whether it's good, bad or indifferent.

And it's truly appalling how many systems get set up to measure the quantity and quality of the bathwater and ignore the fact that there's a baby in it.

Comment Re:Easy trumps security (Score 1) 65 65

It's a vicious cycle though, because on the other end you have users that don't really care about security or taking the time to educate themselves to use technology responsibly. Management could push having a robust and secure product, but by the time its built, someone else will have grabbed most of the market or the market will have changed enough that your product has no where near as much potential.

A popular myth that justifies being hasty and sloppy.

Which product defined the PDA? Apple's Newton or the later-arriving and more realistically-designed (for the limitations of the day) Palm Pilot?

How about tablets? Microsoft was doing a tablet years before Apple.

Anyone remember those big-name forums that predated Facebook? I don't.

If you are lucky, being first-to-market will gain you some income, but somebody better can come along and sink you like a stone. You'll get some nice cash for a short period, they'll get a massive revenue stream for many years.

That doesn't mean that every pilot product has to be perfect, but it should mean that your plans for long-term success should incorporate the development of a professional product capable of carrying the load.

And if you're a continent-spanning bank or other long-established "respectable" business, it means that you have absolutely no business at all going for the fast-and-cheap.

Comment Re:Easy trumps security (Score 2) 65 65

I'm afraid that the appearance of working is all that people really care about.

You can sell "pretty" over functional any day, and "quick" over both, with "cheap" trumping all.

Developers cannot fix this. Not unless they get far more organized than they are now. As long as developers do what management tells them and management's values are as previously described, insecurity and unreliability are going to be the hallmarks of software.

And unreliable software is almost guaranteed to be insecure, so kiss all your private data goodbye.

Comment Re:Truth (Score 1) 91 91

Instead of "bug fixes and new features", why isn't software ever delivered with the simple truth? "Lots of new bugs."

Because it's not simply "lots of new bugs". It's a rearrangement of bugs.

All joking aside, metrics over the years have indicated that once a software product reaches maturity, the total number of bugs on file for further releases will be relatively constant.

Comment Re:There is no cure for absolute fucking stupidity (Score 2) 231 231

There is no cure for absolute fucking stupidity.

Yes, but are there any wiccan spells that can do the trick?

This is worse than useless. Computers, copiers, traffic lights, all electrical, electronic, and mechanical devices all operate because they are possessed by evil spirits bent on the frustration and injury of human beings.

Whether you employ wiccans, African witch doctors, Catholic priests or Indian medicine men, exorcising the evil that lives inside these devices will make them non-functional.

Then you'll have to call in a repairman to install a new evil spirit.

Comment Re: Not much (Score 1) 138 138

And the first thing the users will tell you is "That's great! But can you make it do this one simple thing?"

Do you even work in the IT field? This is what we call a "revenue opportunity". If they really want it, they will pay you for it.

I can tell that you don't, if you think that people want to pay for anything in IT. After all, there's millions of people in Southeast Asia who'd be glad to do the job. For wages that would starve anyone in the First World.

Oh yes, and it has to be delivered in 3 days. Because All Yo Have To Do Is...

Comment Re: Not much (Score 1) 138 138

we are talking about full integrated application suites here, not textbook examples. If you look in your industry you will probably find 10 providers that have canned applications that they are selling to your competitors. Do you have a grocery warehouse? A hospital? Do you rent cars? What about an apartment complex? I could go on and on... If you need software for one of these applications, you have no business rolling your own. You go out and get a full-on software suite that takes care of it all. You can either buy it outright or you can pay for it as a service, your choice.

And the first thing the users will tell you is "That's great! But can you make it do this one simple thing?"

Comment Re:My own experience has been... (Score 1) 138 138

...that the company will buy IT as a service from the most cost-effectiveXXXXXXXXX cheapest supplier,


And you forgot about the part where your company shows up on the evening news because all of your most critical data has been leaked to former Soviet-block countries. After a mysterious 6-hour service outage.

But it's "cost effective", right?

For the guys who collected the bonuses and bailed, anyway.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 2, Insightful) 573 573

Worse. He's claiming that AM has better sound quality than streaming.

In truth, all the songs I can remember by him weren't exactly audibly precise even on FM. There's a lot of artists I'd worry more about losing sound quality on than him.

He's not as famous or as well-played as he thinks he is, and all this is going to do is make him even less so.

Comment Re:locations.... (Score 1) 57 57

Take a look at what Hurricane Hugo did to North Carolina and where it did it.

If you come inland from Savanna, Atlanta is no further.

Besides, a hurricane doesn't need to still be an actual hurricane to really mess things up. One storm came West of Florida, went Northeast through Georgia, came out into the Atlantic, turned back into a hurricane and plowed down into Florida again.

And THAT was fairly recently.

Comment Re:No jobs though (Score 1) 57 57

Or, instead of being the perpetual pessimist about it, one could argue that it frees up resources to work on other projects which can herald new jobs.

One could argue that, but the actual state of affairs indicates that there are too many "freed up" resources already.

That's how Jeb Bush got in trouble. By intending to say that today's underemployed need to be able to work more (paying) hours. And got lambasted by Hilary who countered that there are too many people who already work multiple jobs/overtime without their work producing enough income to do anything other than tread water.

Which is the paradox of our times. They're both right, in a way.

There has never been any proof that eliminating jobs creates more jobs. Just because it worked that way in the 1900s doesn't guarantee that that's some sort of simple straight-line function. As they say on Wall Street, "Past performance is no guarantee of future results".

Comment Re: No jobs though (Score 1) 57 57

I don't know about you but most IT centers are overstaffed with clueless PC monkeys who tell you, "did you try turning it back of and on?" When I typically respond, "so the entire department should reboot their PCs because we can't access the terminal server?"

The PC monkeys are in an outsourced call center in South Asia. They've probably never seen a server.

The idealized data center these days is a dark building with a handful of cable monkeys scurrying around like rats in the woodwork. They jack boxes in and out and plug in cables and that's about it. Everything else can be handled from a remote control center.

Comment Re:locations.... (Score 1) 57 57

Only problem with NoDak is that if it gets snowed in, some type of outage can take days to weeks to get fixed if the weather is bad, and with temperatures well into the negative 40s, it takes specialized equipment to fix things. Texas and Georgia have their problems, but generally, the worst one encounters are ice storms which make an area impassible for a few days, and those are relatively infrequent. The occasional snow is manageable.

Well, the absolute worst are twisters... but that's what insurance is for.

Think again. Georgia and Texas are both hurricane targets.

A company I used to work in Florida had a hurricane contingency plan that involved shipping a trailer full of mainframe tape files up to Charlotte.

The hurricane that was supposed to hit Florida swept around an nailed Georgia/South Carolina instead. The truck with the tapes was stranded between 2 flooded-out sections of road.

Atlanta is far enough inland that few hurricanes would have enough direct force to faze it (excepting something like what Hugo did to North Carolina), but the more economical place to locate cheap data centers would be among the peanut farms of the Southern reaches of the state. Which do tend to get more hurricane-related storms.

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