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Comment Empowerment. (Score 1) 180

The problem usually comes down to personal empowerment. Perks such as free food and other niceties while are perks comparing one company to an other. But the real issue is allowing employees to have control of their work and their careers.
People have different motivations. Sometimes it is just financial substantial raise, enough to change their quality of life. Sometimes it may just be less of a raise and changes in title where they may have will have more say in how things are done.
Promotions need to mean different responsibilities, responsibilities that are more unique to the organization, not just adding more work, or attending more meetings.
An environment needs to be made, so someone can feel comfortable expressing their ideas and know that they are considered fairly.

Comment Re:really... (Score 1) 591

I really don't get that statement as well.
If it was received by some supernatural source, from an all powerful and all knowing being... Why would it feel bound to use newly generated paper. If it was all knowing, it would create the book outside of space time, when it felt making it a book it would.

That is the problem trying to compare Science with the Supernatural. If you have an effect said to be created from a source that cannot be measured so, your attempt to measure probably will not come with good results.

Now if you look at the article in terms of more of a scientific point of view other than a way to bash a religion. But the fact that they probably used an old empty book create it, or the fact the much if Islam is from Christianity and Jewish religions as well, you may expect it was parts to be already written.
 

Comment Re:Actually, the common saying... (Score 2) 335

My experience was quite the opposite.
Before plug and play you had to adjust the dip switches on the cards. Then they worked extreamly well. After plug and play we needed more complex drivers that caused bugs and random failures over time.
What made it worse were all the hardware companies who bent backwards to make win-hardware where they took such functionality away and relied on windows to do all the work.

After windows was released I needed to switch to an external modem just to have it work reliability.

Comment Re:Use-case? (Score 1) 160

The direction that a project is going, is further away than where you want it to go.

Lets consider Android vs. GNU/Linux (Now I personally hate calling Linux "GNU/Linux", but I need to differentiate it ). They both use the Linux kernel, but the rest of the Operating systems are very different.
Android was forked so it can better suit a mobile system market. GNU/Linux was more towards the server and workstation.
As Android uses more direct frame-buffer technology, GNU/Linux focuses around X windows.
Android doesn't need to detect every piece of hardware, GNU/Linux does.
Android expect more gestures for its control, GNU/Linux is more keyboard and mouse.

Now on the BSD level. That is mostly server vs server, so the needs are not as large. However there is a fair amount of discussion on how defaults should be setup, what type of hardware should be supported, as moving to a virtual environments how many tasks needed to be running optimally....
 

Comment Re:couldn't hurt (Score 2) 264

When they moved off hieroglyphs, I expect the reasoning was more political than an actual analysis of the benefits of changing.
You know that getting taken over by Rome stuff. Having the population and demographics shifts where people from other cultures gets integrated in the culture where some of their ideals and values get moved in.
Now there was probably some level of communication loss by leaving the hieroglyphs, that its alternatives never really did pick up. Now as time goes on perhaps we should allow some changes, and get out of Victorian values in literacy.

Comment Re:couldn't hurt (Score 1) 264

Except for the fact that illiteracy rates are at an all time low.
Back in the good old days when people weren't interested such stuffy formal books, they just decided that reading wasn't for them, so they never learned. Yes emojis are silly, and are used in informal methods. But for the most part they used for fun. If I get an email from my boss and it has emojis on it, it means it is informal communication, as he is just joking around. However if it is more of a formal request there are no emojis, so it means it is strict business.
When we live in a world of unprecedented mass-communications as I expect even this silly post is being read across the world, having new tools to express themselves in a concise way format is useful. Heck books often have pictures too. Not so much in formal literary books, but in instructional books, children books, and are you really going to open up a can of worms and say comics are just kids stuff.
Sometimes we just need to lighten up, and realize not all communication needs to be strictly formal.

Comment Re:Aaaand *NOTHING* happens to them... (Score 1) 122

You want to find the scape goat for a security glitch.
Who is at fault?
The guy who coded it?
What wasn't it double checked?
Was the product rushed out?
Was the product used for its original use?

Making it a licensed profession will not improve quality, it will make sure programmer salaries stay high (a good thing), but also reduce startups and new ideas.
Now it may be more prudent to have the software certified as secure from an outside certificate who isn't paid by the software maker, that will analyze the software on many fronts including source analysis.

Comment Re:Aaaand *NOTHING* happens to them... (Score 1) 122

It isn't the software that is the danger point. It is piss poor management culture in health care.
Granted medical software is decades behind the time compared to other sectors. But it is because health care management culture just doesn't get IT.
There are doctors with their ego, who think med school makes them qualified in all things.
Then you get higher ups in the business areas who need to pick and choose the fights with the doctors because most of the stuff they want is purely stupid or unreasonable. Plus these guys have their ego to contend with.
So they compromise. Now don't get me wrong knowing when to compromising is a good thing, however when it becomes your management bread and butter it creates solutions that everyone dislikes.
IT in health care is compromised because leadership just makes compromises with everyone.

Comment Re:Whoever pays the bills (Score 1) 154

Often the Rouge deployments is due IT not being responsive enough or letting other departments behind while focusing more on others.

Those IT Guys they don't like us Sales folks, the engineering groups gets all the new technology while we get this old stuff. Well we have a budget we will subscribe to this web site that does what we wanted and tried to request for software for year, but was ignored by IT.

Comment Re:Whoever pays the bills (Score 4, Insightful) 154

Of course it is easy to show how blind management is, However it IT guys are not blame less.
IT has a history of the following bad behavior, that would make management want to find a way to slim its IT Staff.
1. Personal pet projects: This is often a business related project, however there are alternatives that may work better, however it IT worker is too emotionally interested in keeping it going, then giving it up for a better solution. Hanging on to the couple features that has that the others do not.
2. Attempts to make you "Irreplaceable": Sure that program your infrastructure you support is impressive, and perhaps no one else currently will want to touch it with a ten foot pole, and it is your baby, that is keeping the organization running. However in case of accidental death or injury the company is in a bad place, so they will want a better solution. And BTW just because people don't want to touch it, if they have to they can and will be able to maintain it, no matter how hard you make it.
3. Failing to project in the future: If they move to a cloud service, then your job is antiquated. However have you been future proofing yourself. Realizing the role you need to take after that particular feature moves away?

Now I am not trying to blame us IT guys for every stupid business decision... However you need to realize our personal bad behaviors do get noticed up, and influences business decisions.

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