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+ - The Myth of Outsourcing's Efficiency

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes: Why outsourcing winds up producing cost creep over time

Outsouring over time starts to create its own bureaucracy bloat. It’s the modern corporate version of one of the observations of C. Northcote Parkinson: “Officials make work for each other.” As Clive describes, the first response to the problems resulting from outsourcing is to try to bury them, since outsourcing is a corporate religion and thus cannot be reversed even when the evidence comes in against it. And then when those costs start becoming more visible, the response is to try to manage them, which means more work (more managerial cost!) and/or hiring more outside specialists (another transfer to highly-paid individuals).

Comment: Re:Which C runtime library for MinGW? (Score 1) 215

by VGPowerlord (#49730127) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online

I'm not sure about the OP, but on my work Windows 7 computer, I have no less than 13 versions of Microsoft's C++ libraries installed.

And that's with the versions from Visual Studio 2013 not being listed in Programs and Features for whatever reason. I know they're installed as one of the programs I needed to compile requires them because they're the first versions that have C++11 support.

The point is that each time Microsoft releases a new version, the old versions also stick around. I have 4 x86 and 2 x64 versions of the Visual C++ 2008 / 9.0.x libraries for example.

Comment: water has memory! (Score 5, Funny) 278

"Hm that's a good point, let me think for a bit
Oh wait, my mistake, it's absolute bullshit.
Science adjusts it's beliefs based on what's observed
Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved.
If you show me
That, say, homeopathy works,
Then I will change my mind
I'll spin on a fucking dime
I'll be embarrassed as hell,
But I will run through the streets yelling
It's a miracle! Take physics and bin it!
Water has memory!
And while it's memory of a long lost drop of onion juice is Infinite
It somehow forgets all the poo it's had in it!" --Tim Minchin

Comment: Re:Maybe they will move to court instead? (Score 1) 137

Was the year 2003 specifically mentioned or did you just pull that out of your a... hat?

Last I checked, there have been 3 new versions of Windows since 2001: Vista, 7, and 8. If you choose not to use them, that's not Microsoft breaking the contract...

Comment: Re:Gamers are dead. (Score 1) 239

by VGPowerlord (#49570505) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

And, of course, streaming and "let's plays." Why are people sitting around watching OTHER PEOPLE play games that they themselves could be playing? But they do!

I didn't understand this around 7-8 years ago when I posted a video of the opening of a game just for the music content.

A person asked me if I'd post videos of me playing the game. I declined thinking no one would ever want to watch that sort of thing. Keep in mind, this is from back before "Lets Play" was even a term.

I look back at popular "Lets Play"ers now and think "that could have been me!"

Comment: Re:I'd settle for appropriate brightness (Score 1) 125

by kimvette (#49565827) Attached to: Smart Headlights Adjust To Aid Drivers In Difficult Conditions

Not true; the arc itself is what creates the light and if you select the correct lamp you can use the same reflector or projector headlamp to get the right beam pattern. The only difference is the old H6054 style sealed beams sprayed light pretty much everywhere but modern composite headlamp assemblies do not do this. You can even get properly designed reflector or projector assemblies and replace the H6054 with the newer assemblies and the beam pattern will be just fine.

In fact many newer cars which offer an HID option will use the same basic headlamp assembly (whether reflector or projector) with either the halogen or HID lamps; the mounting flange will change in order to accommodate the ballast + D2S/D2R lamp asembly or the H7/H4/H3/H1+holder assembly. In either case the light source is in the correct location for proper focus and collimation because it is the arc between the electrodes producing the light, not the entire gas-filled globe inside the lamp.