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Comment: Re:Murphy says no. (Score 1) 265

by bwhaley (#47434133) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

If you're building services that still require "regular maintenance windows" in 2014, you're doing it wrong.

This is a really nice sentiment but is in fact somewhat disconnected from reality.

In the web world, building zero downtime services that don't require maintenance is doable. In many enterprise IT environments with legacy or bloated software (hospitals, education, government) it's a non-starter. The staff do not have the skill, the applications don't have the support, and the political will within the organization is not there. Database migrations alone can be a major source of downtime, and that's largely true even for web services.

Comment: T-Mobile (Score 1) 305

by athakur999 (#47242687) Attached to: When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

Many of the newer phones from T-Mobile (the US version, anyway) are configured out of the box to use native IPv6. A third of their data traffic is now terminating on IPv6. They're using NAT64 for reaching hosts that don't have a native IPv6 address.

IPv6 rollout is happening, just not in the places some of us are looking.

+ - Nexus 5 Brings Holiday Cheer, Triggers New Christmas Classic

Submitted by Justen
Justen (517232) writes "My boss and I made a bet back before Thanksgiving about how many Ting customers would activate their Nexus 5 by Christmas Eve. I went with the Price Is Right newbie approach and came up with a wildly optimistic number. If I won, my boss had to do a rendition of Santa Baby for me on YouTube... It turns out, we we both completely underestimated the Nexus 5 tsunami. I won, but I was completely unprepared for how much awkward holiday awesomeness was about to be bestowed upon me... So, I thought I'd share."

Comment: Re:I keep warning you and you keep laughing... (Score 2) 231

by Red Flayer (#45330553) Attached to: How Elon Musk Approaches IT At Tesla

You're referencing a character who first appeared on the Simpsons in the 90s... before SAP software as a class even existed.

What? ERP systems have been around since the 70s... SAP released R/2 in '79. If you're talking about R/3 (when they introduced server-client architecture), it was released in 1992.

Comment: Re:Depends on the business (Score 1) 453

Today, you usually know who's calling before you answer. It may be appropriate to take a call if it's more important than the meeting. If you're in sales, a call from a major customer is probably more important than a meeting.

Sure, but not in the meeting. Excuse yourself, and explain it's an extremely important customer call that absolutely cannot wait.

And even if this is the case, you're still being rude... just with an excuse. The call may be more important to you, but the other people in the meeting? You're wasting their time.

If you've blocked out time for a meeting, don't take calls during that time. It's rude and unprofessional.

Note: This is for orgs that have effective meetings. If your meetings are generally unproductive, it may be a different story...

Comment: Is this a surprise? (Score 5, Interesting) 453

Part of the list of things I go over with my new hires is basic business etiquette. I spend at least an hour per employee on it. The most annoying thing I find is people who have a mother/father/significant other who expect them to always answer the cell phone when they call it. My experience is that a lot of people we hire have never worked in a professional atmosphere before... I'm not sure if this is because of our hiring practices, or is because of the general habits of today's younger workforce. If I am in a meeting I scheduled, and someone my rank or lower answers their phone, I almost always immediately end the meeting, to be rescheduled later. I run meetings so as to waste the minimum amount of time required for everyone; I expect the same from others. The public shaming seems to work well at my current workplace.

Comment: Write some code (Score 3, Interesting) 121

by bwhaley (#44701531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair

Come up with a few simple programming projects that students can run through. There's something magical about writing code and seeing the computer execute exactly what you told it to do. Write a Ruby Sinatra or Python Flask app and show how to access it from the command line. This will teach them what a web server is and how to write simple code at the same time.

Comment: Re:They could kepe (Score 2) 208

by Red Flayer (#44690717) Attached to: X.Org Foundation Loses 501(c)3 Non-Profit Status

Sure they are, but that doesn't stop 90% of people from filing on time, or at least filing for the automatic extension. For that matter, nearly every church in the country manages to do the same.

Actually, churches are an exception. Churches that have been granted 501(c)3 status as a church under 170(b)(1)(A)(i) are not required to file information returns with the IRS. They get special treatment.

One good reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.

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