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Comment: Re:Best money Tom Steyer ever spent (Score 3, Informative) 437

by guru42101 (#49122617) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Actually BNSF hates shipping oil. It's too high risk in terms of brand value loss when a spill occurs. Source: I work for a different Berkshire subsidiary.

Now in my own opinion. I prefer the pipeline, however the maintenance of pipes is generally crap and leaks are common. If there was a guarantee of proper maintenance then I'd be all about it vs the other available options. Perhaps this could be done by requiring an environment clean up, but we've seen how well that works in the past

Comment: Re:Tsk. And they wonder where employee loyalty wen (Score 1) 331

by guru42101 (#48979927) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM
IBM would be a lot better off if their quality of work was significantly better. We (a major US manufacturer) have IBM contractors helping us out with an Oracle eBusiness roll-out. The knowledge level of the contractors they send is well below what was promised. I work in middleware/integration and often find that I need to pull up the eBusiness API documentation because they have no knowledge of how to send standard data to the system (e.g. Shipments, Receipts, Inventory Transactions, Orders...). We've been slowly trimming down the number of contractors because it's faster for us to do it ourselves instead of fixing their mistakes. We'll do it right in 9 months versus having them do it wrong in 6 months and we spend another 6-12 months getting it to work properly. I'm sure it would help if we had better requirements (500 line estimate for max shipment notice size turned into actually being 80,000, 20,000 transactions / month from warehouse servers turned into 17 million, and tons of missing specs for required fields), but they wrote the specs.

Comment: Re:Not over the phone (Score 1) 224

by guru42101 (#48968991) Attached to: If a Financial Institution Mishandles My Data, What Recourse Do I Have?

This is very true. Them sending this information over email and unencrypted is a violation of at least one if not several federal financial privacy laws, at least from my understanding during my three year stint doing programming work for a bank.

They should send a link to activate an account. The should use various bits of personal information to verify the user (SSN, DOB...) and preferably a random confirmation code that the representative gave the customer over the phone during the original phone call.

Comment: Re:Don't most trojans already work kinda like this (Score 2) 103

by guru42101 (#48103661) Attached to: The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts
My mother had a few of those. Some coupon app on her desktop that was actually advertised by her local news station for getting an aggregated searchable list of coupons available and where to acquire them. It did what it was supposed to. It also downloaded and installed additional applications and hijacked your browser (eg: toolbar search goes to their stuff no matter which option you select, added adverts to websites, and displayed popup ads with fake warnings)

Comment: Re:It's not like they've had 5 months to fix it... (Score 4, Interesting) 89

by guru42101 (#47711969) Attached to: Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach
I know people who work there. Their only priority is profit. A few weeks ago they did the largest settlement ever with the feds for defrauding medicare. One of the higher ups in a town hall meeting about their atrocious turn over rate compared their employees to janitors. They put red tape over things that should be simple which causes employees to use improper routes to just get something working for now.

Comment: Re:Chicken or Egg (Score 1) 42

by guru42101 (#47154265) Attached to: Science Moneyball: The Secret to a Successful Academic Career

Medical / Biology has it's own author order convention. First author is generally the person that did the most work/research on the publication. Last author is the person who managed it. Second author is generally the primary grunt of work. After that is anyone else that contributed / edited, often in order of amount contributed.

Source I worked at a research hospital for several years and actually managed to snag myself a second authorship on a project.

Comment: Re:Is it really censorship? (Score 1) 166

by guru42101 (#46858607) Attached to: China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows
I'd agree that it is protectionism, but more from brain drain. It shows eccentric scientists living happily and somewhat successfully in the US. One of the main characters is of Indian descent and there are often several other Asian scientists shown in the university lunchroom.

"Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards." -- Soren F. Petersen