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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 EA makes a lot of games (Score 1) 106

Comparing EA and Rovio is silly. Rovio has one product and a couple of other tiny ones. An accurate comparison of Rovio would be to one of EA's development studios, not to all of EA itself.

260 people is a ton for a studio. Even if you look at the really big studios working on the really big titles for EA and Activision, it is usually only a couple hundred people at most. That's to produce things like Battlefield (and it's associated engine, which is quite advanced) not to produce a silly mobile game where you fling birds at pigs.

It sounds like Rovio had way more people than could be useful.

Comment Have you? (Score 1) 252

That describes none of the grocers I shop at. Most of them have the cheese up front with the deli. The trend seems to be various cheeses at the deli you can get sliced, and then a separate display of a bunch of other block cheeses you can browse. As I said, they like to locate the deli up front.

Milk varies. At Safeway it is directly back from the deli. You have deli, liquor, bakery, milk heading back in a straight line. At Sprouts it is at the other corner of the store, as far away from the deli as it could be. At Target, it is in the front, along with the other refrigerated foods (meats, produce, cheese, etc).

Most places seem to lay their stores out based on themed isles. A given isle will be devoted to like items. So you walk along the isles until you find what you are after, then walk down one to find the item you want.

Comment No, it really isn't (Score 1) 253

Comcast are real dicks about their cap in many locations. My boss got charged $10 for going over his 300GB cap. That is a stupidly low cap and a stupid high charge (only gets you 50GB more). On my Cox connection, which is a similar speed, I get a 2TB cap (and no overages charges if I exceed it).

While data caps are needed to keep people playing nice, since all network resources are shared at some point, Comcast are real jerks about it and keep the caps very low, and charge a stupid amount for overages.

If it was about limiting use thy'd do it like Cox. With Cox, when you exceed the cap nothing happens, it is a soft cap. Depending on how much and how often, they may call you and yell at you. Particularly if you have a lower tier service they'll call and encourage you to move up to a higher tier one (which has a larger cap). They reserve the right to cancel your service if it becomes a problem, but I am not aware of this happening in any cases.

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 Because most gun control people are strange (Score 1) 685

For a great many of them, the motivating factor isn't making society safer. It is not a reasoned position of "Firearms cause too many injuries and deaths, however research indicates that by implementing X, Y and Z controls we can reduce that number significantly and thus we should to make things safer. Usually it is an emotional "Ahhhh! Guns are scary! I hate guns, I hate the people who like guns, get rid of them!" type of reaction. They've done little to no actual research and study on firearms (or other weapons) and just want it to all disappear by magic.

Unsurprisingly this leads to a lot of bad and ineffective laws.

Also for some it is a statist type of position: They want more weapons control because they believe the government should have more power. It again isn't about safety, it is about control. They want the government to have all the guns.

Hence you get things like trying to ban Tasers and other laws that vilify less-lethal weapons as much or more than firearms. It seems strange from a public safety standpoint, but you have to understand that for those behind it, public safety isn't the concern.

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