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Comment: Re:What of the mission? (Score 1) 497

by mynameismonkey (#45091539) Attached to: Cost of $634 Million — So Far

a national transaction application that has to dip into numerous other federal data sources

This statement alone is scarier, than whatever was leaked by Mr. Snowden. Surprisingly, the President's cheerleaders — normally so suspect of government's invasions into our privacy — ignore this implication.

It needs to verify you are who you say you are, that you are eligible under the law for various subsidies, that you are covered by the regs. For this I believe it has to dip into social security and IRS databases.

Comment: Re:Not true - that is a total for _all_ contracts (Score 1) 497

by mynameismonkey (#45091495) Attached to: Cost of $634 Million — So Far
Drag your eyes to the right and note that there is a separate product/service and award date. The nature of gov contracting means there is likely a base contract, and when a new job comes up (e.g. they mod the contract and issue a new award. These are 114 separate scopes of work, separate projects. ~113 of which have nothing to do with

Comment: Re:Not true - that is a total for _all_ contracts (Score 2) 497

by mynameismonkey (#45091465) Attached to: Cost of $634 Million — So Far
I am a federal and state gov IT contractor. I am well versed in the idiosyncratic nature of implementing systems for bureaucratic applications designed by committee. I still don't doubt it could have been done for less, but I doubt it could have been done for the amounts many of the folks here think they could do it for.

Comment: Not true - that is a total for _all_ contracts (Score 5, Insightful) 497

by mynameismonkey (#45090667) Attached to: Cost of $634 Million — So Far
That figure covers 114 separate contracts (see ) Not to suggest that it still wasn't overly expensive, but consider the fact that the system is a national transaction application that has to dip into numerous other federal data sources - and has a mission criticality above and beyond facebook. Still, many of us could have done it better and cheaper, but then again very few of us would actually enjoy working for the federal government and conducting our business the way any federal contractor is required to.

Comment: No longer the largest simulated exercise (Score 1) 71

by mynameismonkey (#33725088) Attached to: Largest Simulated Cyber Attack To Date
Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but I just simulated an attack of far greater proportions. First, I simulated having the resources to simulate an attack of far greater proportions, then I simulated executing my far greater attack. If anyone is interested, the results showed that while I was adequately prepared to defend against a simulation, I need to beef up some protocols and institute some new processes.

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the pricepoint-better-be-right dept.
Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

Monty Wants To Save MySQL 371

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the take-backsies-are-hard dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It seems as if the MySQL author is trying hard to win back control over MySQL. In his blog he calls upon the MySQL users to 'Help keep the Internet free' by signing his petition. He fears that if Oracle buys Sun they automatically get MySQL which would spell doom for the project. But I have have mixed feelings with this call for help, because after all — who sold MySQL in the first place?"

Comment: Ultima Online? (Score 1) 209

by mynameismonkey (#24878539) Attached to: Buffy MMO Announced, Firefly MMO Delayed

We're going to have these shared spaces where 2D and 3D people can interact. All of this will come out in phases, with staged gameplay coming out. We're sort of blazing a path with this concept, and we're really interested in what this might mean for players of the two versions.

Maybe I'm missing something, but isn't Ultima Online available in 2D and 3D clients?


+ - Doctoring Electronic Health Records

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mynameismonkey writes "openEHR guru Tim Cook discusses why Electronic Health Record developers should use open standards in a guest blog at A Scanner Brightly. Why are so few doctors using EHR systems? And, as more and more hospital EHR systems come online across the country, what do we have to fear from proprietary databases? It's one thing to find out your social security number was stolen. Now add your mental health and STD results."


Posted by CmdrTaco
from the almost-as-cute-as-ponies-lol dept.
Buttons98 writes "Yeah sushi is TOTALLY GROSS but I found USB SUSHI DRIVES!!! that are memory storage sticks that I can use to store pictures of ponies and kittens and unicorns and all my short OC fan fiction (ryan is SOOOOOOO CUTE LOL!!!) The BEST part is that the drives are available in 32MB, 128MB :) :) :) and are shaped like little SUSHIS!!"

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side. - Han Solo