Just how broken is it? Let's find out.
I tried creating an account early Sunday morning and failed.
I tried again Sunday evening, and it worked... on Firefox, anyway. On Chrome, logging in took me to a blank screen.
( See https://plus.google.com/u/0/113779301404424240904/posts/2mxh2wPTein )
If you try creating an account on healthcare.gov, reply here with what happened. Let's see how broken it is.
The original report of "For many employees, it has become too difficult to take time off from their day jobs to work on independent projects." can be explained well like this: people who are below average productivity in their team can't spare the time to work on 20% projects.
I don't think this is a harsh thing; it's just a fact of life.
By the way, the Google version of stack ranking (if I recall correctly from my time there) is something like "If you're a manager, and there's a guy on the team who isn't being very productive, make sure he knows about the problem, so he can do something about it."
Also not a harsh thing.
Google doesn't want to become a Cisco, where all the good ideas come from buying up little companies. I suspect that people of above average productivity at Google still have plenty of freedom to try experiments 20% time.
What has changed a bit is that since the mantra of the company became "Features, not products", those 20% experiments are almost always going to involve adding features or other improvements to existing products, not wholly new products.
And that's ok, too. There is a whole lot of room to add features and make things better under the hood.
And of course 'instantly' would be too gestapo for real life. We'd really want a grace period with escalating warnings, followed by fines, followed by pulling-the-plug.
And it'd be much better if industry came up with this on its own first. What's the state of the art?
Rackspace talks about security,
but doesn't seem to offer proactive vulnerability scanning, and if they did, they would charge for it instead of just doing it.
Godaddy seems to offer this as an extra cost
service instead of just doing it:
Here's one wordpress hosting provider that promises to install all security updates within one hour (wow):
So, industry guys, can we get our act together and offer security scans and upgrades as part of the basic service plan?
Look at the bottom Skyrim graph in
The slow frames always follow extra-fast ones. Looks like some work is being deferred past a frame boundary?!
It seems that a) Microsoft is getting quite serious about ending even any hint of support for end-of-life operating systems, and b) the era of being able to download individual fixes via the web is ending; the future is automated updates."
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It seems that the LA columnist isn't aware of the debate over software patents.
I emailed him just now explaining it a bit, linked to
(A few more emails to the guy might help drive the point home, but please don't send him hate mail, he's just a journalist trying to do his job, and vitriol would probably make him think that the Evil Conspiracy Against The Inventor was real and still active.)"
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