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Comment: Re:It's Not Really Oracle (Score 1) 154

by Tharkkun (#46789359) Attached to: Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

What you are really saying is that Oracle knew Oregon's exchange would be a POS before they even signed the consulting contract because of the lack of Oregon bureaucrat skills, but they took the contract anyway because they knew they could as they say MILK IT!

Since they knew full well it would fail, they would document everything to the hilt, including specific warnings, while padding up the consulting, knowing full well that they would never finish the job, but would get paid a pile of money anyway to add to Larry's billions.

Enterprise software such as the packages Oracle sells require consulting services to integrate. Period. If you try to skimp on this part why are you even purchasing such as big solution? If this were SAP, IBM or any other company the same rules would apply. It's a classic case of the government using contractors that are not qualified for the job.

Comment: Re:wtf ? (Score 1) 157

by Tharkkun (#46789281) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Newflash: The vast majority of 0-days are known in the underground long before they are disclosed publicly. In fact, quite a few exploits are found because - drumroll - they are actively being exploited in the wild and someone's honeypot is hit or a forensic analysis turns it up.

It's not that black and white. You expose the vulnerability to even more crackers if you go shouting it around like was done here.

So a few crackers start exploiting basic websites yet the responsible admins have already disabled or patched their affected websites. No ones afraid of some stupid kids but the underground mafia, such as the ones who stole data from Target are the threat.

Comment: Re:What if we overcorrect? (Score 1) 341

I recently read that at the same time light bulbs have gotten more efficient, total lighting power expenditure has gone up! Evidently, it's a combination of people using a lot more light when lighting gets cheaper to operate, and more ligthing being installed in general.

I can imagine if we start offsetting global warming we will produce more of its anthropogenic causes.

You forgot about the population of the world growing every day. Even as we reduce our time spent in the swimming pool, there's more swimmers being added every day increasing the overall draw.

Comment: Re:Demanding "safe" vaccines (Score 1) 584

by Tharkkun (#46749511) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

It's not even that she wants vaccines that are proven to be 100% safe with no side-effects. She wants vaccines that she thinks is 100% safe with no side-effects. There is already significant medical evidence that vaccines are worth the cost-benefit analysis but she just thinks that doctors and big pharma are horrible folk who just want to rip her off.

Well Doctors and big Pharmaceutical companies do want to rip people off. But that doesn't change how vaccines work.

Comment: Re:Isnt there prior art? (Score 1) 126

by Tharkkun (#46576273) Attached to: Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

Don't confuse the idea with the application. Should the person who invented automatic door opening not get a patent because people already knew how to open a door?

I ma not defending the patent troll, but you reasoning is seriously flawed, and shows an almost complete ignorance of the patent system.

The difference is that is actually technology and an invention. It didn't exist until it was created. Even then someone could create something similar and patent it themselves. In this case, the patent was filed 5, 10, 15 years after it was being used in mainstream and they have no product.

Comment: Re:ObamaCare is a Horrific Debacle (Score 1) 162

by Tharkkun (#46525411) Attached to: Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

"Fun fact: the amount of emergency room treatment went up in Massachusetts when Romneycare passed. Fewer people were seeing their doctors than prior." Nice "fun fact" but it is wrong. This has been carefully studied by many authors and ER visits went down, admissions through the ER went down, more people visited their primary care doctors, etc. Here is a good summary of a real study (not just Fox news "fun facts") with links to the actual studies:

Except these operating room visits are now covered by insurance. Instead of being uninsured and costing the state the full amount.

Comment: Re:Let's go Bayesian (Score 1) 162

by Tharkkun (#46525387) Attached to: Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

Oracle is by far and away the worst company I've ever had the displeasure of working with. Yesterday their support told me they didn't know what a "POP Email account" was and they didn't think that was supported in their product. When I forwarded them a link to a search of their support site on "POP Email account" showing dozens of articles they said they'd to escalate my ticket to the "next tier" for further investigation.

Yes, Oracle, who we pay MILLIONS of dollars a year to for our support contract has even worse support than DELL.

Exactly why are you still using POP3 in a business infrastructure? There's a reason why no one knows what it is...

Comment: Re:not inadequate experience (Score 1) 162

by Tharkkun (#46525363) Attached to: Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

Carolyn Lawson has apparently never worked a large IT development for government before.

This is a total trolling comment.

First, Oracle **is** a large IT development company and they screwed the site up....they have a (well earned) reputation for screwing up projects

IT experience? You mean has she ever hooked up a router?

She knew enough to ask questions that got her fired...and she was told to help in the cover up!

2nd, Lawson was & still is one of the few who speak out about the **actual** problems of the exchange

Companies who purchase software from Oracle also are notorious for spending the least amount of money on hardware to run the software they purchase. Companies cut so many corners and then wonder why the software doesn't work.

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold