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Comment Re:Money's happiness lasts only a few years (Score 1) 612

then they get used to the new level and need another double fix.

I've been happy with my income at every income level I've every had from south of $50k to north of $100k. I figure at $2mil I could retire and live off the investment return indefinitely. In Hawaii. Where I bought 3 acres at the bottom of the real estate market a few years ago.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Group! (Score 1) 196

Indeed, but to do that they have to *look*. They have to log in to systems and see what's there. How the nuts and bolts fit together. How the computers interact with each other across what networks.

That allows the architect to ask the right questions. Why was this set up this way. Which in turn leads to achievable architectural improvements.

Without access, the architect can only paint with broad brushes, essentially providing you the same insights any consultant could deliver in a week. That is not useful.

Comment Re:Start open from the beginning (Score 4, Insightful) 316

Day 1 is long past. You have to deal with files from other folks outside the organization. Conversion back and forth between Microsoft and Open Office is glitchy and unfortunately everybody you deal with has a word, excel or powerpoint file to give you.

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

So one guy can go into the polling place for a dozen people and nobody cares, unless one of those people shows up. Then the problem is fixed by, umm, how do you figure out which votes to pull back out of the box, mate?

The problem is fixed by finding the guy who voted falsely and throwing him in jail. It's a felony after all. In the extremely unlikely event that enough false votes were cast to throw the election in to doubt (there are no verified cases of this happening in the U.S., ever), you decertify the results and hold a new poll.

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

If you want to make the investigation and prosecution easier simply take a photo of everyone as they get their name marked off the voter list for having voted that day.

Exactly. Show up with photo ID -or- get your picture taken before you can vote. But you still get to vote either way.

Do you suffer painful elimination? -- Don Knuth, "Structured Programming with Gotos"