Does betting your pension on the rigged crap shoot called the Stock Market seem like a god idea?
Pretty damn close to the typical American. Or perhaps Fox news.
"Open the refrigerator door HAL"
"I'm sorry Dave I can't do that"
"I just want a snack"
"You've been getting chunky lately. Why not have a nice carrot stick?"
Klingons are a fictional species.
Every researcher I have met has had 30 to 49 % of grant money tagged by the university they were at for overhead such as electricity, janitors, light bulbs, and computing centers.
All of which Mexican border towns are rife with...
Or a TARDIS
Though to me it seems that if you sold used cars like you sold software you would go to prison. If you sold real estate like you sold software you would go to prison.
"Hey buddy. I'll sell you a car. Sort of like the ones on the lot, but different and better. No not in stock yet be can have real soon. We'll need some money up front. Should have it in a few days. Thanks for the cash. But we've been having some problems at the auctions. It turns out we have to hire someone to go to the auctions. To do that we'll need a bit more cash. Great news we got a great car for you! But we need to ship it. We don't want to risk damaging it. We'll need a little more cash. Darn, we forgot about the shipping insurance but hey, you already own the car so we might as well get it here. Thanks for the cash. Great news it's here! Try it out. What, it's a right hand drive? You didn't specify, sorry we didn't ask. But there are kits we can install for just a few bucks more. If you want to we can subscribe you to upgrades and maintenance for a small fee. And check out those nice new floor mats! Oh, sorry, we didn't realize it was only running on 7 cylinders. But hey, we can fix it. Sorry, the warranty doesn't cover that but we will throw in a free tank of gas. Thanks and if you tell everyone how great we are we will throw in an extra year of maintenance for free!"
Software companies are below the slimiest of used car salesmen.
What! And become a bunch of Socialists!
That would be Congress.
"This isn't rocket science. Grab example schema from a private insurance firm, adapt them to this task, and go from there."
Ummmm..... yeah. From my experience in various industries every company has their own way of doing things. Which is the best way for *them* to do so based on their goals, business processes, historical IT projects, data and schema merged in when they bought another company or were acquired by one etc. Lets not forget said schema and implementations may be proprietary trade secrets or copyrighted. In other words, good luck with that.
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Lawyers beat brilliance every time.
Finding bugs is bad for "top talented" programmers salaries. So it's best not to have people who can reallly find bugs including designing tests for deep bugs or process bugs.