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Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 275

Not really any more corrupted than the for-profit space, where the proponent would build out a cost-benefit scenario that would have to demonstrate how they would leverage some advantageous market position to gain control over some consumer desire and... $profit$

In the non-profit space yo have to demonstrate that there is some unbelievably horrible outcome if the organization does not spend horrendous amounts of money on your project. In my last job the bad outcome was usually "widespread death and disease", so the BOD would pony up the dough

It is hard to call any of these interactions corrupt unless you are willing to indict most of humanity

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 3, Insightful) 275


But the Sergeant really does not want another hard drive on the existing PC

He wants to force a situation where they consider 'long term needs' and end up with multiple image processing workstations, a central server, terabytes of SAN storage and a searchable metadata database

He will only get this by killing the current system and then driving through a study on future needs, meeting current needs with an inexpensive hard drive will not procure the millions of dollars that he wants

Comment Re:Behind the times (Score 5, Funny) 86

An old COBOL programmer that I worked with early in my career described how he got tired of the keypunch operators making mistakes entering his code, so he would do the keypunch himself.

Eventually he said that he just started programming off of the top of his head at the keypunch terminal

He ended up writing most of the programs used at the local department of transportation with little or no documentation

The director allowed it and was stuck with it when he was forced to retire by the local government HR rules

He was back at work a week later as a consultant making three times what he had been at the top of his pay grade

Comment FDA Compliance (Score 1) 54

A significant amount of the effort on a medical device is the 510k submission

What is the market value of a person who is familiar with this process?

Normally it is looked at as a niche market with little demand, but it seems to me that an independent group that does 510k submission for multiple device developers would have an opportunity

Comment Re:Ha ha (Score 1) 50

I have worked at more than a couple of places where the Oracle database and application passwords were all the default from installation

It can take a lot of work to identify every dependency on the defaults once that they have been in use for a few years and way too many admins just do not want to deal with it

Oracle used to have a sense of humor about it with one of the key default passwords being 'change_on_install', now they force you into a password generation cycle at the end of any install

Moreover, never trust your users (consider admins as users), they can defeat any security scheme that you set up.

The only way to be certain is to consistently test for simple attack vectors before assuming that you have to deal with complex situations

Some admins want to spin far-out webs of security when their pants are down around their ankles, in many cases it is just so that they do not have to do their jobs

Comment Re:outbound loop... (Score 1) 16

If we are going to make additional forays into the Oort cloud, then we are going to need more fuel for the RTGs to power them.

Most use Pu 238, which is in relatively short supply. There is a current proposal to use Am (Americenium) on an interstellar probe, but I do not know if they even have a working model yet

Comment Re:Ooops, misread the headline (Score 2) 457

When Alpha was introduced they laid out thirty years of growth for the platform, primarily because they designed for the long run. When HP was replacing Alpha with Itanium, they had to suppress Alpha benchmarks because it made their 'enterprise' chip look like the garbage that it was

FWIW all RISC chips sucked at integer division, to quote:
"When integer multiplication is cheaper than integer division, it is beneficial to substitute a multiplication for a division."

Comment Re:Ooops, misread the headline (Score 4, Informative) 457

Yes, I had a couple of Sparc Stations in the 90's and admined SunOS and Solaris on those and some enterprise server systems, but

Fuck Sun, they favored proprietary server systems that lined their sales-reps' pockets with cash while the world changed around them and then sold all of their knowledge lock stock and barrel to Oracle, simply because Oracle users were their largest remaining customer base

I feel the same way about DEC, who flushed thirty years of Alpha architectural superiority down the drain because they couldn't sell their way out of a wet paper sack

We get what we deserve because we let the free market reign supreme where the most cut throated business-people win and the rest go down the drain

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981