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Comment: Call me a heretic, but... (Score 1) 209

by haemish (#47578029) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

I've been involved in 5 of these ERP conversion efforts. The ones that failed used big expensive commercial products and giant teams of consultants. Hugely expensive. Kinda limping along. Both of the successes were outfits that decided to just build what they needed inhouse, skipping consultants and giant ERP packages.

Comment: Re:I'm 30 and I already want out. (Score 2) 360

by haemish (#41632165) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

I'm an inch away from 60. Happy as can be slinging code (mostly Java). I've had periods in my career where I've been up the management chain, but I never really felt alive. There's something about the magic of getting something really complex to run. Coding pays at least as well as management, especially if you're working somewhere that has Hard Problems (as opposed to just cranking out yet another form). The added bonus as you get older is that you need less sleep.

Comment: Why Doctors Die Differntly (Score 5, Interesting) 504

by haemish (#39550159) Attached to: Does Higher Health Care Spending Lead To Better Patient Outcomes?

The last months of a persons life are overwhelmingly the most expensive, but the outcomes are predicable. There was a great article in the WSJ on this called Why Doctors Die Differently - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203918304577243321242833962.html . The basic point is that doctors understand death, and when their condition makes death inevitable. They almost always opt for more life in their years than more years in their life. From a healthcare point of view, doctors have much less expensive end-of-life care.

Comment: Re:The most needed thing... (Score 1) 120

As a life-long programmer myself, I've always had great relationships with the tech writers I work with. For one, I may be excellent at coding, but I'm crap at prose, and the delicate task of writing prose that is both understandable and accurate is a truly hard skill. Programmers need to have a little humility towards, and understanding of, tech writers. The other big thing about tech writers in my career has been that if a tech writer comes to me and says "I don't know how to describe this" it occasionally means that the tech writer is an idiot, but more often it means that my code isn't as clean as needed, and almost certainly has a clumsy UI.

Comment: ZFS sidesteps the whole RAID controller problem (Score 4, Insightful) 168

by haemish (#31381962) Attached to: Wear Leveling, RAID Can Wipe Out SSD Advantage

If you use ZFS with SSDs, it scales very nicely. There isn't a bottleneck at a raid controller. You can slam a pile of controllers into a chassis if you have bandwidth problems because you've bought 100 SSDs - by having the RAID management outside the controller, ZFS can unify the whole lot in one giant high performance array.

Comment: Don't do an open source release (Score 5, Interesting) 221

by haemish (#29304983) Attached to: How To Survive a Patent Challenge?

This may be sacrilegious in this crowd, but fear of patent suits is one of the major (perhaps *the* major) reasons that many companies don't open source more software. Device drivers are one of the most common areas where this problem crops up: if they open sourced their drivers, others would have lots of material to base a patent suit on. What others don't know about, they can't sue about. It sucks, but the system is what it is.

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