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Comment: Re:Good if they succeed. (Score 3, Insightful) 132

by TENTH SHOW JAM (#46413635) Attached to: Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes

No. It sounds to me like there were competent contract managers who simply asked for things to work out of the box like the sales droids said they would. When they failed that test, then they applied the stick to the carrot.

Oracle (Bless their little hearts) got a bit peeved that they would now have to earn their money rather than just grab the money and run. Things came to a head. Some negotiation happened and a way forward was worked out. Oracle will get paid when they deliver a product that meets a defined level of quality. In exchange, Oregon will lower the level of quality appropriately.

This sort of thing happens all the time in government contracts. I get to deal with these things reasonably regularly. When money is tight, even governments expect value for money. The IT firms sometimes have some adjustment to do.

Comment: Re:Two Flavors (Score 2, Insightful) 249

by TENTH SHOW JAM (#45850581) Attached to: Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

Where oh where are my mod points.

In the end it is all about communication. A person who makes communication easier is an asset to any project. If they are called a manager, whatever. I know I will listen to colleagues as they discuss their issues, and watch the light bulb moments as people answer their own questions by listening to themselves.

A good manager will run interference for the team and make sure they are supplied with what they need to get the task done.

Comment: Re:No... (Score 5, Insightful) 252

by TENTH SHOW JAM (#45741031) Attached to: Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch

Each phone has an IMEI burned into it's hardware. This IMEI and the phone number are transmitted to the cell tower every time you communicate. All IMEIs for a given carrier are whitelisted. What the system does is remove the IMEI of stolen phones from the whitelist. A hacker would have to change the IMEI of the phone to another one on the whitelist. This may be trivial or hard based on the hardware, but such systems have been active in Australia for 20 years now, and the market for stolen phones is still non existent.

Comment: Re:Simpler explanation (Score 1) 63

by TENTH SHOW JAM (#45664475) Attached to: Nokia Still Experimenting With Android Smartphone

MSFT can't afford to abandon the entry level market. All those low end phones that teenagers can afford on their prepaid plans all being loaded with Android. Later getting enough money for a plush smartphone.

Go with the platform and apps they know OR buy into an unknown platform and hope it's better than the one they are used to.

Why are ipod touches relatively cheap?

Comment: Re: couldnt agree more (Score 2) 343

by TENTH SHOW JAM (#45478807) Attached to: Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

Coca Cola. A beverage. Quality is mistaken for consistency. Penfold's Grange. A beverage (Australian Shiraz for all those not willing to do the footwork) Quality places it at the top of the market for beverages.

Nike. "Everybody wears Nike" until you actually look at people who take their sport seriously. And then there are a plethora of shoe makers who offer custom fit shoes. Then it comes down to "Nike is worn by newbies, and people who are sponsored by Nike"

Ford. You buy Ford if you can't afford Aston, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari, etc etc

All examples of MBAs providing us with mediocrity when there are people out there trying to provide excellence...

Comment: Re:Intentions (Score 2) 229

No. There is a simple mathematical way. To register a copyrighted work should cost a dollar in the first year. Every man and their dog can register that. It costs double that on year 2. After 10 years it's costing you $1000 ish to own the copyright. So you had better be making more than that for it to be worthwhile. After 15 Years, it's costing you bucket loads.

You can keep paying for the long tail, but now it becomes a business decision over whether you keep a copyright or not. Disney can keep Steamboat Willie indefinitely, if they can afford it.

Comment: Re:Florida (Score 3, Funny) 238

by TENTH SHOW JAM (#44233073) Attached to: Florida Law May Accidentally Ban Computers and Smartphones

By my reading of the summary, it seems to me that a coin (which can be used in the noble game of Two up) would be considered a "Device that can be used in Games Of Chance."

Not only have they banned computers. They seem to have banned currency. I wonder how they will pay the police to police this.

Lend money to a bad debtor and he will hate you.

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