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Comment: This is going to happen in 2038 anyway (Score 1) 187

by sbjornda (#46998875) Attached to: Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?
This will happen in Jan. 2038 anyway, for many devices, because of the Year 2038 Problem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem. Anything keeping time using a signed, 32 bit integer that uses the Unix epoch of 1970-01-01 will be affected. I hope someone fixes that problem for pacemakers by the 2030's, just in case I need one.

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Comment: Pilot (Score 1) 452

by sbjornda (#46485437) Attached to: Lies Programmers Tell Themselves
This is just a pilot project. Before we start rolling it out for real, we'll make sure to create the training and system documentation, the capacity plan, the backup and recovery plan, the business continuity plan, the refresh cycle plan, the communication plan, and we'll shoot an email to the Help Desk.

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Comment: Re:CMMI is a scam (Score 1) 228

by sbjornda (#45824797) Attached to: US Requirement For Software Dev Certification Raises Questions

I would fucking kill for software developers to be licensed like an engineering displine

Out of all your rant, I agree with this. Engineering got licensing because of human deaths attributable to lack of enforceable standards. I think the same will have to happen in I.T. - some huge disaster will happen that kills thousands of people, and then the population will arm itself with torches and pitchforks and require us to police ourselves adequately and put our very livelihoods on the line each time we claim something is ready to promote to production.

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+ - You Are What Your Dad Ate

Submitted by Freshly Exhumed
Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "What a father eats before his child is conceived may influence the chance a baby will be born with a birth defect, a new study suggests. Much of the focus on how diet relates to birth has been done on moms. A father's diet before conception plays a crucial role in the health of his offspring, researchers in Canada suggest. Sarah Kimmins, a researcher at McGill University in Montreal, said the study focused on vitamin B9, also known as folate, which is found in green leafy vegetables, cereal, fruit and meat. The researchers found that the mouse offspring of folate-deficient fathers had a 30 percent increased risk of birth defects, compared to those offspring who had received a sufficient amount of folate."

Comment: Re:No, it's both (Score 4, Interesting) 275

by sbjornda (#45586241) Attached to: How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?

The Oracle Identity Manager appeared to be rolled out with default settings

Rumour within my organisation is that Oracle themselves have admitted to our architects that they don't know how their own Identity Management suite really works. They advised us to hire a systems integrator that had worked with all the pieces prior to Oracle's acquiring them.

+ - SF Commuters Stared at Phones, Oblivious to Murderer 3

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "A security camera shows a man raised a .45-caliber pistol several times and pointed it across the aisle on a crowded San Francisco Muni train, but not one of the dozens of passengers looked up from their phones and tablets until the man fired a bullet into the back of a SF State student getting off the train. "These weren't concealed movements," said District Attorney George Gascón, "the gun is very clear. These people are in very close proximity with him, and nobody sees this. They're just so engrossed, texting and reading and whatnot. They're completely oblivious of their surroundings.""

+ - Dice Ruins Slashdot-> 12

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In an attempt to modernize Slashdot, Dice has removed everything that made Slashdot unique and worthwhile and has turned it into a generic blog site. User feedback has been unanimously negative, but this is to no avail, and users will have to head elsewhere for insightful and entertaining commentary on tech news."
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+ - Microsoft Responds To Pressure Over Canceled TechNet Subscriptions->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "Microsoft's decision earlier this year to shut down its TechNet subscription service was sudden and unpopular among some of its most loyal customers. An online petition to "Continue TechNet or create an affordable alternative to MSDN" now has nearly 11,000 signatures. Today Microsoft addressed some of those concerns. No, the governor hasn't shown up with a last-minute reprieve for the program, which stopped accepting new orders on August 31. But Microsoft has made a few changes that address some of the complaints from those soon-to-be-ex-TechNet subscribers."
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+ - Amazon bundles ebooks with print copies for the first time->

Submitted by nk497
nk497 (1345219) writes "Amazon is bundling ebooks with print copies for the first time, via its Kindle MatchBook programme, admitting that "bundling print and digital has been one of the most requested features from customers".

The digital copies won't all be free — as with AutoRip, which offers free MP3s for selected CDs and records — but Amazon promises to charge no more than $3 per digital copy. The programme will apply to books bought as far back as Amazon's 1995 launch. So far, only 10,000 books are listed as being part of Kindle MatchBook, but Amazon hopes to add more, telling publishers it "adds a new revenue stream"."

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