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Comment Re:End of open and honest? I'll disagree. (Score 2) 242

Persecuted individuals are one class, as are people who shouldn't speak on a topic because it might include privileged or sensitive information where context of a real name would cause problems. Even on /., I find myself self-censoring posts because it wouldn't be that hard for someone to figure out who exactly I am, even without /.'s complicity.

Posting to fix fat finger mod.

Comment Contracting vs Gig (Score 1) 169

Most people cannot survive running their own business, period. That said, skilled professionals who can should come out ahead doing independent contract work over full-time employment. You break even with around 1,000 billable hours in a year typically, if you can control your billing rate effectively. If you can't control your rate (or negotiate well), you end up needing to work about 1,600 billable hours to break even.

Target billing rate should be full-time equivalent salary/2080 hours*3.0, or roughly your current salary divided by 700.

Contracting of non-core functions does make sense for small and mid-sized companies. Large companies really should have in-house expertise though. When they contract the work out it is really just an MBA fantasy.

Comment Re:Is the problem part the nature of the field? (Score 1) 242

Your mindset improves efficiency and makes project execution more effective, but it likely isn't in your own best interests (and arguably not in the company's best interest either).

In my field, young engineers often avoid delegating-- thinking that they can do the task faster-- often rightly. The problem is that the strategy doesn't scale, nor does it make effective use of resources. It is much more effective for thre people to put in an extra 5 hours each in a week than one person do 10.

Where you run into trouble is when you are truly gifted and want to work to 100% of your potential. Generally speaking, it isn't worth the pain.

Things also break down where there is only one person with a specific skill set in a company. My solution for being the only Linux-savvy person in the office is to switch to Windows.

Comment Re:St Louis (Score 1) 464

St. Louis has a lot of good things going for it, but it is still a city in decline. The suburbs isolate you from some of the issues, if you live and work close by, but you lose out on all the things that the city really has to offer, and there are a lot of non-functioning aspects to deal with. General unemployment is also pretty high, although I can't speak to Tech.

Comment Re:Separate the security from the device (Score 1) 116

Everything in a hospital or modern medical office building is on the network, from access control systems to drug dispensers to refrigerators to the crash cart to the televisions to the CCTV cameras. Much of the equipment is VLAN'd, so to fully p0wn the building you would need to break through many many systems, but the reporting and auditing features pale in comparison to what the financial industry has been doing for the past three decades.

The solutions traditionally applied are defense in depth, and secondary supervisory systems that ensure inputs and actions are within a certain anticipated range and fail to a "safe" state. Redundant systems get much more ambiguous with medical equipment, and it does have a substantial impact on cost. Defense in depth from what I can tell is limited to VLANs to segregate HIPPA and non-HIPPA information, along with some of the basics on physical security.

Bottom line is the healthcare industry is about 20 years behind the times, and current "state of the art" is likely at least 10 years behind what it would need to be to be "secure."

Comment Re:The only barrier (Score 1) 116

People under 30 think they are invincible; why would they ever need to go to the hospital?

In truth, the only barriers are a few systems that have double-custody protection, and that is piss-poor protection when both systems go back to the same TER. Implanted devices scare the living shit out of me though; no fail-safe, no double-custody, etc.

Comment Still not getting it then... (Score 2) 242

The networks need to expect to lose about 20-35% of ad revenue, and work their business model around it. Making the ads "higher value" by being more targeted and invasive-- but shorter-- indicates a failure to understand the problem. TV Advertisements now are effectively worthless. While they originally banked on having an impact on 2-5% of viewers, the quantity and pervasiveness of advertising today has completely marginalized its effectiveness and it is down to *maybe* 1-2%.

If they want viewers to be "engaged" with the advertising, it cannot compete with what the viewer actually wants to see. They have maybe 4 minutes of advertisements they can cram in per hour before crossing this threshold. They can play games with mingling product placement and advertisements to increase value, but really that is it.

Good riddance.

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