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Comment: Re:Incompetent IT in a health care industry? (Score 1) 223

by div_2n (#48989867) Attached to: US Health Insurer Anthem Suffers Massive Data Breach

It's almost always a lack of will to spend the money required or accept the pain necessary and NOT technical feasibility. If you build your systems to the strictest of standards or beyond, then you are by default in compliance with the rest.

Doing things "right" almost always gets hamstrung by the dollar figures required or by "business" push-back. "Do we really need to install IDS/IPS equipment in every little branch network we have?" Yes, yes you do if you want to prevent and catch breaches early. "What do you mean I shouldn't use my iPad pool-side while on vacation to do my work? I'm the CEO." Yes, but that guy taking pictures of your screen behind you on the balcony isn't and the guy that's going to steal your iPad while it's unlocked when you get up to get your margarita certainly isn't.

Comment: Re: What's the point? (Score 1) 175

by div_2n (#48940255) Attached to: Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

Because many corporations will not let you access corporate data (including email) outside of maybe a web front-end without having some kind of say in how your device behaves (example: screen lock settings).

This means if you want native application access while on the go for convenience, you have two options:

1. Carry two phones (personal and corporate)
2. Let "corporate tendrils" onto your personal.

It's worth pointing out that many corporations will provide a financial stipend to use your personal because that saves them money. Depending on your carrier and the size of the stipend, it could just about pay your monthly bill.

Comment: I've been on Gigabit in EPB territory for a year (Score 1) 279

Here's what I can tell you.

1. Outside of torrents, you're not going to get the full benefit of that gig for most applications.
2. Netflix is awesome with it. Load times of a few seconds for high def.
3. Hard wire anything that doesn't move often (TV/Blu Ray/PS3/Desktop/etc) and have plenty of ports around the house you can plug your laptop in just in case you feel you need more speed.
4. Use wireless the rest of the time. You seriously just won't notice that big of a difference web browsing unless you have serious interference issues although if you're gaming, you'll want to use the hard wire.

Honestly with current web applications, a gig is just about overkill. Sure that might change in the future once gig becomes more prevalent, but it's seriously overpowered for pretty much everything currently. Short of having multiple people streaming HD video and downloading/uploading via torrents, your pipe is going to be bored most of the time.

Comment: Re:Jamming unlinced spectrum is illegal? (Score 3, Informative) 278

by div_2n (#48057897) Attached to: Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

First of all, WiFi operates on UNREGULATED

This is completely and patently false. There ARE regulations on wifi. They are merely moved into the unlicensed spectrum which is NOT the same thing as unregulated. Granted, the regulations are pretty few, they are NOT non-existent.

Comment: Re:"Paleolithic diets" now vs then (Score 1) 281

by div_2n (#47756603) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

The latest research points to primarily sugar being the main problem in our diets. Excessive carbs in general seem to be likely driving a fair amount of weight and health problems and my very rudimentary understanding of the paleo approach addresses this and it's why many people on it find success -- if you're eating paleo, you aren't eating much bread, sugar, etc.

It seems to me that this transition to carb heavy diets that satiate hunger probably helped accelerate civilization -- it helped to satisfy hunger more easily and freed people to pursue activities that didn't involve hunting for food from dusk till dawn. But this came at a price -- negative health effects.

Maybe I just don't understand what paleo is all about, but trying to achieve a balance of macronutrients closer to those original diets seems like the point (or it should IMO) and not actually trying to eat foods that are 100% like what our ancestors ate.

Comment: Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 1) 441

by div_2n (#47732117) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

It's a very typical practice to have insane requirements that just aren't practical for jobs you have no intention of locally sourcing. Spend 10 minutes on a major job board and you'll find them. It will be like 6+ years experience in a product that's only been out for 6 or 7 years. They'll want someone that's an expert on three or four unrelated things that it's just not likely someone WILL be an expert on all of them -- expert in Java, SAN and Networking with 8+ years project management experience. They will post someone with CCIE level experience and be asking for someone at a CCNA level salary.

I've noticed you'll find this behavior often in older public companies that have exhausted their market growth through saturation and have made every reasonable efficiency improvement they can make without hitting salaries and cutting workforce. This is the last step of the constant drive for greater profits to appease shareholders.

Being in one of these companies at this transition period is not particularly pleasant and there's a better than good chance you'll get axed either on the front-end as they find a way to outsource your job or on the back-end as they prep the company to look more attractive to a potential buyer or after an acquisition and your job is marked as duplicate because someone from the other company is working for less and will get saddled with your work load.

Comment: Re:Pete and Repeat (Score 1) 278

by div_2n (#47656197) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Most employers only care what you've done in the last 7 years. Outside of that window, it's generally assumed that either A. The skills/tech are no longer relevant or B. If you haven't used it in the last 7 years, you probably don't remember it well enough to be relevant anyway.

Tweak your resume to highlight your skills and experience that are relevant to the job posting. Don't include anything that isn't directly related or completely awesome. I mean REALLY awesome. Like you won a prestigious award kind of awesome.

Most resumes I've seen that are excessively long would be less than 2 pages following this design regardless of the formatting unless you used gigantic fonts.

Comment: Re:Athletes? (Score 1) 146

by div_2n (#47633521) Attached to: The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

Pretty much all of the games require at least two of the following:

1. The kind of hand to eye coordination you'd need for ping pong
2. The mental concentration golfers must exert for virtually every shot (often for the entire length of a game)
3. The muscle memory necessary of any sport

That the players don't generally utilize their cardiovascular system doesn't mean it's less of a sport. I mean after all -- you don't exert much cardiovascular wise in golf or bowling.

Comment: Re:keep calm everyone.... (Score 1) 183

by div_2n (#47631841) Attached to: WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Funny enough I think "panic" is _exactly_ what frightens the crap out of governments of heavily populated and prosperous countries. Citizens acting irrationally and taking evasive actions that craters economies -- that's the stuff apocalyptic books are made of. The entire world could change in a matter of months if this hit a few major cities in America, Europe, Russia and other major nations.

People don't panic _as much_ about flu pandemics because of lower death rates and healthy folks typically only having a few days of not so great experiences but otherwise being OK. But a 50%+ death rate? That's the kind of thing that makes lots of people do very dumb things.

Comment: Keep ERP system customization to a minimum (Score 3, Insightful) 209

by div_2n (#47577341) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

I've seen companies spend ludicrous sums on TYRING to fit square ERP pegs into their odd ball shaped hole of business processes. Keep customization to a minimum. If you can't find an ERP system out of the box to do what you need it to almost completely, then building external apps to do what you want is not a bad way to go provided you have in-house talent to manage it.

Also make sure the vendor approves of what you're doing in those external apps. You might find them blaming you for system problems and not provide support when you need it most. You can bet the odds of this go up if you outsource the dev work. It's nothing for them to blame a third party they don't have a business relationship with.

Just remember -- external tools are basically external modules that are only dependent on the underlying data. As long as the database schema doesn't change, system upgrades shouldn't have any impact on your external tools.

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