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Comment Re:Aaaand *NOTHING* happens to them... (Score 1) 122

You want to find the scape goat for a security glitch.
Who is at fault?
The guy who coded it?
What wasn't it double checked?
Was the product rushed out?
Was the product used for its original use?

Making it a licensed profession will not improve quality, it will make sure programmer salaries stay high (a good thing), but also reduce startups and new ideas.
Now it may be more prudent to have the software certified as secure from an outside certificate who isn't paid by the software maker, that will analyze the software on many fronts including source analysis.

Comment Re:Aaaand *NOTHING* happens to them... (Score 1) 122

It isn't the software that is the danger point. It is piss poor management culture in health care.
Granted medical software is decades behind the time compared to other sectors. But it is because health care management culture just doesn't get IT.
There are doctors with their ego, who think med school makes them qualified in all things.
Then you get higher ups in the business areas who need to pick and choose the fights with the doctors because most of the stuff they want is purely stupid or unreasonable. Plus these guys have their ego to contend with.
So they compromise. Now don't get me wrong knowing when to compromising is a good thing, however when it becomes your management bread and butter it creates solutions that everyone dislikes.
IT in health care is compromised because leadership just makes compromises with everyone.

Comment Re:Whoever pays the bills (Score 1) 154

Often the Rouge deployments is due IT not being responsive enough or letting other departments behind while focusing more on others.

Those IT Guys they don't like us Sales folks, the engineering groups gets all the new technology while we get this old stuff. Well we have a budget we will subscribe to this web site that does what we wanted and tried to request for software for year, but was ignored by IT.

Comment Re:Whoever pays the bills (Score 4, Insightful) 154

Of course it is easy to show how blind management is, However it IT guys are not blame less.
IT has a history of the following bad behavior, that would make management want to find a way to slim its IT Staff.
1. Personal pet projects: This is often a business related project, however there are alternatives that may work better, however it IT worker is too emotionally interested in keeping it going, then giving it up for a better solution. Hanging on to the couple features that has that the others do not.
2. Attempts to make you "Irreplaceable": Sure that program your infrastructure you support is impressive, and perhaps no one else currently will want to touch it with a ten foot pole, and it is your baby, that is keeping the organization running. However in case of accidental death or injury the company is in a bad place, so they will want a better solution. And BTW just because people don't want to touch it, if they have to they can and will be able to maintain it, no matter how hard you make it.
3. Failing to project in the future: If they move to a cloud service, then your job is antiquated. However have you been future proofing yourself. Realizing the role you need to take after that particular feature moves away?

Now I am not trying to blame us IT guys for every stupid business decision... However you need to realize our personal bad behaviors do get noticed up, and influences business decisions.

Comment Re:Ulterior motive implied (Score 2) 198

I think a key motive is simple.
Try to get people from using cheap Walmart wi-fi routers and get something more reliable.

Because most people will blame their ISP or website if their wi-fi sucks.

With a good connection that means more you tube and allows Google to implement more streaming type services.

Comment Re:It seems most do not (Score 1) 95

Dr. Who universe is very complex, so most issues get explained away.
However they often are full of Easter eggs of the past shows. From doctor 11 showing an out of date library card from the 1960s with doctor 1 face.

But they don't always (but sometimes they do) explain the change in the quality of effects over the years.

Comment Re:It seems most do not (Score 1) 95

Continuity value comes up only after we moved to a world of real time access of shows.
The original Star Trek and Early TNG were meant to be seen weekly. So a lot of the events in the past most people didn't notice much, as red shirt Joe, wasn't the focus of the show just a body to get killed off, so he can be there the next week and most people wouldn't know or care, because he is there just to push some buttons while an other star is off on an away team.

Then with personal video recording to binge streaming we catch these problems now as we are seeing show for show and over many times so we can connect a bit more to the acting of the minor actors. We no longer had a week of real life to forget. So these problems now are apparent to even the not so die hard fan.

Modern shows tend to put more care in continuity then before as it counts more, and sometimes turns a minor character to a star.

Comment Re:Didn't Like Eich (Score 4, Insightful) 187

It use to be as a C level employee your political views outside your business goals, didn't matter. Now we are like oh no! CEO/President of organization X has a political view opposed to mine, this means we can't like anything he does.

Politics don't matter, it is just the media and the population trying to pidgin hole people in nice boxes, and get angry when some just don't fit.

The evangelical christian democrat. The atheist republican. Just because you get a particular job title, why should our views on unrelated to their jobs really matter?

Comment Re:Had ex-employee leave me for six figure COBOL j (Score 1) 86

So a business decision.
Spend a million dollars for a new system or keep 10 COBOL developers at 100k each for a year?

We are getting to a point where things are crossing over and it is getting cheaper to migrate.
Open Source Database engines, Cheap cloud computing solutions, programmings languages that allow for more rapid design... BPM, CRM, and a whole set of Alphabet soup solutions available canned to replace those custom jobs... It is a different world out there, and they are tradeoffs with some major problems, but changes none the less and expecting to stick on COBOL unless you are planning on retire in a few years is a loosing battle.

Comment Re:MicroFocus has been trying for decades (Score 5, Informative) 86

Micro Focus is playing a last man standing strategy. Their company focus is based on keeping companies on the legacy systems for as long as possible. The problem is, most companies have some sort of migration strategy in process, or at least on the pipeline, the cost of operating these legacy environments and handling business changes are started to exceed the cost of maintaining it. As security concerns, changes in business processes, customer expectations of promptness, and connectivity with newer tools become prevalent. Staying on the mainframe, and using old tools or upgraded version of such tools, with a bit of polish to make it appear more modern, is just becoming more of an effort to keep going, the it will be to start over again.

So they are in business because most of their competition changed strategies or went out of business. However dealing with them, I can tell they are feeling the pain, as they are now bossing around their customers, giving them more expensive contracts thinking that they are stuck. (I recently gave them a snub at my current employer, by replacing their tool that they though was vital to the institution, with about 500 lines of python code and 24 work hours, because they were asking too much for license fees). I really don't trust them as a company, they are rather low life.

Now they are the last man standing, in a world where they are needed less and less.

Comment If they don't replace they lower the value. (Score 3, Insightful) 414

Economics 101.
Supply and Demand: If Demand stays constant and supply goes up, cost for services go down.
So during the late 1990's we had a High Demand for Tech, and at the current supply, tech workers were getting exceptional pay and benefits. Then during the Clinton Administration they opened the H1B1 for tech workers, because they saw this as a permanent increase in demand, and wouldn't meet supply in the near future.
However after Y2k settled down and a new infrastructure was setup demand settled (The tech bubble pop), however there is now a glut of tech workers, and H1B1 and the new infrastructures allowed for outsourced IT services. Thus so many tech workers, caused the salaries of tech workers to plummet.

Now technology demand is going up as the Y2k infrastructure is approaching 20 years old. So IT worker salaries are on the rise.... H1B1 increases will cause a drop in salaries, so many tech workers will leave work, as the lower salaries will not be acceptable.

However if a company is trying to stay competitive, and they find if they layoff their local workforce, and hire H1B1 for half the price, then they can make up for the cost of high turnover.

Comment Colleges need to stop building new buildings. (Score 1) 274

Almost every college is crazed with the idea of building new buildings. Even if the average occupancy during peak times is about 20% for the buildings. If there needs to be new technology, then refurbish existing rooms for less, vs building a new building.

Alumni, do not donate when your school is trying to get funds to build a new building!

Comment Re:Why do this? (Score 4, Interesting) 112

There has been too many competitors offering to pay out the contract in order to switch to their plan.
So what happened is that they lose customers in the long run. As people switch plans to adjust to what they want.

Getting rid of the contract will allow people to change their plans in the same company, vs losing a customer.

God doesn't play dice. -- Albert Einstein

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