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Comment Don't tell me, let me guess.... (Score 1) 114 114

Some government dimwit is going to cry over "chronic under funding" leading to this whole mess. Just like when the Amtrak train flew off the tracks. Never mind that the guy was driving the train at TWICE the speed he should have been. Noooooo....more money...that's what we need. Yeah, that'll fix everything.

When are people going to realize that more money is not the solution. The solution is to get rid of idiots that cannot/will not enforce policies.

Comment Re:What we are wresting with is... (Score 1) 398 398

You can look like your boss without having the same skin color. You can dress similarly for example.

Alcohol can be a problem if you don't partake. I don't drink either and it causes me to avoid social situations where I know that everyone is going to get smashed. If that's what it takes to get ahead then i guess I just won't get ahead. I prefer to be judged on what I do from 9-5 not 6 til closing.

Comment Re:What we are wresting with is... (Score 1) 398 398

If we are talking about having a certain percentage of blacks or hispanics or woman as a quota then, yes, we are talking about lowering standards. Because it, by definition, will exclude candidates that would otherwise be accepted. It means that you have to look further down the quality rankings to find someone that fills a given quota.

It is also discrimination against while males. But that conveniently seems to be missing from the conversation.

Comment What we are wresting with is... (Score 2) 398 398

idiots that suggest there is a "diversity problem" in the first place. All this does is exclude better qualified candidates by lowering the entry standards by requiring a certain percentage of this or that group.

Here is a radical notion....if you want a job go out and fucking earn it. Go to school and get a degree so you can show potential employers that you have the skills necessary to perform the work. Get someone to proof read you resume so that it isn't full of spelling and grammatical errors. Show up at an interview dressed professionally. Ease up on the neck tattoos and body piercings. Show the interviewed that you want the job not that you are entitled to it.

Realize that in Corporate America if you want to get ahead you have to fit in. Fitting in has nothing to do with skin color or gender. It has everything to do with looking and acting like the bosses do. If that's not your thing then work for a small company. If that's not your thing either then work as a contractor or start your own business.

Comment Here's the problem... (Score 5, Interesting) 391 391

Robots do increase productivity. Often it opens up jobs in higher skilled areas, like QA people that check the jobs that the robots do to ensure quality. We see this a lot in the Auto industry.

The problem is what happens to the lower skilled people that get displaced by the robots? They may not have the skills, or the aptitude to learn those new skills, to do the new jobs that the robots make available. Now you have a bunch of people that used to be productive that are now unemployable.

What do we do with them? Sure, some of them might be old enough to retire. What about the person that went to work for GM right out of high school? Now they are 40 or 45 with no real skills other than what they learned on the assembly line. They probably earned a pretty good living on the assembly line. Now they are unemployed with no college degree.

Whose responsibility does it now become to support these people? The company? Not bloody likely. They put the robots in to save money. Robots don't get sick or go on maternity leave or get pensions or 401K matching. The government? Society at large? Who knows.

Comment Re:Same old same old.... (Score 1) 140 140

If anyone wanted to launch a terror type attack there is bugger all the TSA or Homeland Security or anyone else could do to stop it. That is the nature of Guerrilla type tactics and one of the reasons they are so effective. The only way you could stop it is to screen every single person that came into the USA every day. Not to mention everyone that is already living here. It is an impossible task.

The fact that it has not happened does not provide evidence that one has been stopped. It may make you feel better to think that all of these government agencies are preventing attacks but the facts do not bear that out.

Just take a look at Israel. They have been dealing with suicide bombers since the 70's. Their security is much, much tighter than ours in the USA but still people blow themselves up in crowded shopping areas and kill innocent people. All they can do is try to minimize the damage.

Comment Same old same old.... (Score 5, Insightful) 140 140

This is the same tired argument used by the government to "protect us" against "terrorists". And thus the birth of the TSA and Homeland Security. Another bloated bureaucracy that has been an abject failure by every measure. Billions of taxpayer dollars wasted every year and the "war on terror" is no closer to being won than the day it started. Kind of like the war on poverty, but that's another topic for another day.

I don't trust the government having this information and I sure don't trust them to secure it. Just ask the 21.5 million people that had their personal information stolen from government servers recently at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Vulnerabilities on those systems were known since 2007 and yet nothing was done to fix it. As usual, the initial breach was downplayed and otherwise covered up.

So by my count the government:

a) ignored reports that the data was vulnerable
b) did nothing to protect it
c) lied about the true scope of the attack and
d) tried to cover it up after the fact.

And I'm supposed to trust these clowns to have encryption back doors so they can snoop around with my private data? Not bloody likely.

Comment Re:Workday learned their lesson... (Score 1) 184 184

I agree with you but have you seen Workday? It's pretty slick. From the demos I have seen speed is not an issue. I believe much of what they do is in memory so I'm sure that speeds things up.

Full disclosure - I work on one of those "on premise" systems. We use SQL for everything. I'm not trying to sell anyone on Workday. It's a nice product but it certainly has its limitations.

The point of the original post was to point out that Oracle has screwed over its own customers (not to mention partners and competitors) many times over the years. Ellison is a greasy, slimy sociopath. Bill Gates isn't much better...but I digress.

Comment Re:Workday learned their lesson... (Score 1) 184 184

Well, I believe the reasons were two fold. One was to escape the clutches of Oracle (and IBM and Microsoft for that matter). The second reason was to create a system that was highly configurable. Workday does not come with any native capability to customize the application. This is in contrast to Oracle and SAP, which do allow you to add your own bolt on customizations to the delivered code line.

I believe there are now ways to customize Workday via third party extensions but not directly. Workday believes that the high degree of configurability lessens the need to inject your own code. Personally, I believe that it is a limitation. But their customers don't seem to mind.

All cloud products come with their own sets of limitations and compromises. Each customer just has to weigh them and come to their own conclusions.

Comment Workday learned their lesson... (Score 3, Interesting) 184 184

All of the Workday executives are former PeopleSoft executives. PeopleSoft (now owned by Oracle after a nasty takeover battle) is a great product but it has a fatal flaw - nearly all of the critical components are controlled by someone else. Database (either Oracle, SQLServer or DB2) is owned by someone else. Middleware (WebLogic) is owned by someone else. Reporting (SQR and Crystal Reports) is owned by someone else. Hardware is owned by someone else. Operating systems are owned by someone else.

Workday, starting with a clean slate, decided that they wanted to control everything. So they used an object oriented open source database. They own and control every layer of the software stack. They, since it is cloud based, control the hardware.

This gives Workday a big advantage when it comes to supporting the software. There is only one configuration to support. Oracle and SAP and others have hundreds of combinations of database, hardware, operating system, etc. to support.

Oracle has typically been able to use its stranglehold on the database platform to force customers do this or that. But they can't do this to Workday or its customers. And this has Oracle scared shitless.

Oracle is rushing to get cloud based products to the market. I don't know that Oracle is trying to strong arm their customers into using those new products but it is not without precedent.

What I do know is that internally they have this philosophy known as TOTO (Turn Off The Oxygen). That is how they destroy their competition. Their hope is to TOTO on Workday until they run out of money and fold. They know that Workday is operating at a loss and that their stock is trading at insane P/E levels (2650 as of Fridays close). Oracle will give away their cloud offerings if they have to. It's a waiting game and Oracle has the cash to wait it out.

Comment Isn't this obvious? (Score 1) 185 185

Tim Cook doesn't give a shit about minorities or women for that matter. The reason he is saying this is so there there will be more programmers in the pool to choose from. More programmers means that Apple and others can get away with paying lower wages, since there will be more qualified candidates to choose from. It's the same reason that they all support more H1-B visas - flood the market with programmers and drive down salaries.

Just like everything else in business, it's all about the money.

Comment Re:Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395 395

I believe that Blackberry has something similar to this. It allows you to separate business from personal data. So if the phone is lost or stolen the company could wipe the business half without touching the personal half. I haven't used it personally but it sounds like a good idea in theory.

Comment Good riddance (Score 1) 395 395

I remember going into one place a few years ago and if I wanted to use their phone system I had to sign up for a training course. A training use a fucking phone. I told them no thanks...catch me on my cell.

If someone wants to get in touch with me then send me a text...or hit me up on Skype. If I'm available I'll answer right then and there. If I don't answer right away it means I'm busy and I'll get back to you when I can. Simple. Calling me out of the blue imposes your schedule on me.

Part of the problem is the anonymous robocalls. If I don't recognize the number I'm not picking up. If you don't leave a message then I know you are a pest and I'll block your number.

Next up, email. Biggest time waster in corporate America.

Some people manage by the book, even though they don't know who wrote the book or even what book.