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Comment: You need more project managers (Score 2) 115

by felixrising (#47804961) Attached to: Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again
As everyone knows, when it comes to planning, you need someone to manage those plans, you need more project managers.. the more you hire the more planning will happen.. almost in direct proportion. You probably don't need experienced engineers as much as you need project managers... in fact, you might want to add a program manager to manage the managers who manage the projects.. this way many plans will be made, planning projects will be finished and the projects will happen because of gant charts. no real self respecting project can be accomplished unless you have gant charts.. and recently there have been some amazing developments in gant charts, for instance, they don't need to be waterfall.. they can in fact be other shapes too.. we're not sure what shapes they really can be, but to be safe, lets make it a waterfall so project coordinators can follow them without too much management overhead. Oh, I forgot to mention we need project coordinators under the project managers, and program managers on top of the project managers.. you know, like a waterfall.. like a gant chart that looks like a waterfall. I can feel the synergy from here.

Comment: Play hardball (Score 3, Informative) 181

by felixrising (#47708691) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem
John Oliver really said it well, explained the nature of the shake-down... these ISPs are simply being greedy and not realising that providing a quality fast connection to their subscribers is in their own interest, providing poor quality connection to services that other ISPs are providing good quality to only serves to hurt their reputation and good will with their own subscribers. If was Netflix or any of these content providers that are providing great content for the ISPs, I'd play hardball.. it'd hurt their own bottom line for a while, but if they banded together with other content providers to enforce it, they would soon have the ISPs begging.... So what would I do? Notify customers of these big ISPs that within two months they will no longer be providing the full service via that ISP.. sit back and watch the ISPs customers leave in droves.. of course, this is just turning the tables on the ISP net neutrality rules, but when the ISPs are already playing hardball and have their own man in charge of the FCC, then it's time to give them a taste of their own medicine.

Comment: Repeat! (Score 1) 194

by felixrising (#47677099) Attached to: The Billion-Dollar Website
Sounds remarkably like the Myki public transport ticketing system with it's associated blow-out to 1.5 Billion dollars Although arguably Myki downgrade from the previous ticketing system. Clearly, planning and careful tendering and contract wording are vital in these big projects to hold the winning contractor to account, no changing contractors half way through or half arsed planning phase. Maybe it's just my thinking as an engineer, but so often these projects take on such a life of their own, what is really needed is a highly skilled and capable small core team of engineers and designers who build a working prototype and are able to make well thought out fast decisions on the move, then once it's been thoroughly tested, the big rollout happens, also with their oversight, you don't need huge numbers of program managers, project managers or project coordinators and nary a MBA should be in sight, you need people with the skills and knowledge to deliver the project, driving it, and only then farm out delegation work to other teams for specific deliverables to realise the bigger project.

Comment: Not paying attention? (Score 5, Interesting) 145

by felixrising (#47660847) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution
I assume you are talking about the hardware... because once you have a "private cloud", the next step is moving away from setting up servers and configuring the applications manually, and getting into full on DevOps style dynamically scaling virtual workloads, that are completely (VM and their applications, the network configuration including "micro networks" and firewall rules) stood up and torn down dynamically according to the demands of the customers accessing the systems.. those same workloads can move anywhere from your own infrastructure to leased private infrastructure to public infrastructure without any input from you... of course, none of this is new... but it's certainly a paradigm shift in the way we manage and view our infrastructure... hardly something static or settled. Really this is a fast moving area that is hard to keep up with.

Comment: Re: Well at least they saved the children! (Score 4, Interesting) 790

I highly doubt this is as nefarious as it seems on the surface. Chances are google applies hashing to each image that passes through their servers in order to reduce duplication of stored files. Some files may have been flagged before as being child porn and they setup some alerting when new emailed images match this pre-existing hash... nothing worse than an AV signature match... Note: I'm just guessing here, but there is no way google has a team of people sitting there scanning every single email, it's all automated and we have already given express permission for google to do some content analysis on our emails, that is after all how they target advertising at us and turn a profit... gmail isn't free!

Comment: Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (Score 1) 342

I think it has very little to do with the bible, and a lot more to do with who funds their campaigns. This is clearly less about public policy and response to observations of reality and more to do with who has the most to gain out of a lack of action... hint: it's businesses whose prosperity depends on a lack of good public policy.. it's a simple business case, lobbying costs less than having to bear the consequences of good public policy.

There's no such thing as a free lunch. -- Milton Friendman