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Comment: Re:How do you cast a flattering light on this? (Score 2) 392

This is making the faulty assumption that Obama was able to bring those same people in to play in building the ACA website. The sad truth is that most of the feds that were involved in the development of the website were probably hired back in the Clinton era, if not back in the Reagan administration, and are so filled with hubris that they think they know better than the people they contracted for their expertise.

Imagine what it is like to come in to a project with 10+ years in building websites, just to have your professional advice overruled by someone because they just finished reading "Websites for Dummies" and so they obviously know better. Then imagine going through that at least once a week for the entire time you are on the project.

I didn't work on this project, but I was a federal contractor for long enough to be confident that a large number of the issues stemmed not from contractors working the system, nor from partisan BS, but from incompetent federal employees.

Comment: Re:HR? What HR? (Score 2) 278

by sehryan (#47657333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

How much MORE valuable is YOUR time, to THEIRS?

Let's evaluate this from the perspective of my business, since that is the thing that they and I have in common:

I am evaluating applicants, interviewing candidates, managing current employees, creating advertising, managing customer relationships, running payroll, keeping up with inventory, updating the books, and the 100s of other things that I do on a day-to-day basis to ensure that this business continues to exist. These tasks take 8-10 hours a day, sometimes 7 days a week.

They are applying for a job using an online system, which can be accomplished in less than three minutes if they already have their resume together and ready to upload.

So as you can see - from my business's perspective - my time is SIGNIFICANTLY more valuable than theirs.

Comment: HR? What HR? (Score 3, Informative) 278

by sehryan (#47656533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

I find it humorous that most of the comments are decrying the "HR" departments, when in reality a number of businesses using applicant tracking platforms are small business and do not really have any HR department to speak of.

They (and I, as I am a small business owner myself) use them so that I can 1. have one place that IS NOT my inbox to manage candidates, and 2. I can ensure that I am getting consistent info across all candidates.

And while I do not ask people to upload a resume and then fill out previous work experience fields, I can understand the necessity for such things, so that the small business owner can quickly scan over each applicant quickly, rather than trying to decode various resume layouts.

Because at the end of the day, my time is valuable, and any system that let's me spend less time doing things is going to be a boon to me, even if the downside is that I lose an applicant here and there in the process.

Comment: This feels backward (Score 2) 370

Since I heard about this ruling, I feel like this is completely backward. Google has to remove links TO the material, but the material itself does not need to be taken down. Google is just the pass thru - get the original material taken down from the site it is on, and the links that show up in a Google search disappear as well.

In the end, this isn't allowing people to have their info be "forgotten," just obscured.

Comment: Re:Why Prime? (Score 2) 298

by sehryan (#46127833) Attached to: Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

Amazon Instant Videos, which includes much better movies than are available via Netflix. $79/year breaks down to being cheaper than Netflix Streaming.

The free two-day shipping is just a perk for me. You can also share Prime shipping with other Amazon accounts, which allows my wife (and the business she runs) to benefit from Prime with no additional cost.

Comment: Re:Fucking idiots (Score 5, Insightful) 1532

by sehryan (#45000249) Attached to: U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

Task: Fund the government

House bill: Fund the government and defund ACA
Senate bill: Fund the government
House bill: Fund the government and delay ACA
Senate bill: Fund the government

The Senate (aka Democrats) seems to have no issues achieving said task. It is the House (aka Republicans) that continues to muddy the waters.

If their constituents really want ACA gone, that is fine. But this task is neither the time nor the place. The House just put 800,000 workers temporarily out of a job. You think those 800,000 people are going to care about ACA when they don't get a paycheck this month?

Comment: Re:This seems like complete insanity... (Score 2) 142

by sehryan (#43768975) Attached to: Yahoo Board Approves a $1.1B Pricetag For Tumblr

Tumblr isn't a photo sharing site, it is a micro blogging platform. Flickr has photos and I think video (upload). Tumblr has photos, video, audio, and finally text, which further breaks down in to posts, quotes, and links.

So please, tell me how a five day sprint to reskin Flickr is going to add all of those additional features.

Comment: Re:The Only Surprising portion of the revelation.. (Score 5, Interesting) 536

by sehryan (#43233509) Attached to: Declassified LBJ Tapes Accuse Richard Nixon of Treason

How is not exposing a presidential candidate's treason putting country ahead of personal and party gain? Just because he would gain politically does not automatically mean that he shouldn't do it "for the good of the country." Those things are not exclusive.

Comment: US Government (Score 2) 192

by sehryan (#43138941) Attached to: Drupal's Creator Aims For World Domination

Drupal has made huge inroads in running US government websites in the last few years. The White House, Departments of Commerce and Energy, and a bulk of the House of Representatives (most on one install, I believe) are all running Drupal, to name a few. As a former government contractor, we ended up selecting Drupal to run one of our sites for a couple of reasons.

First, Drupal can run using SQL Server on the back end. I know that sounds horrible, but for us, spinning up MySQL/Postgres was not really an option, and the .Net management systems were either too expensive or a joke in terms of features. So we got the community of Drupal on the hardware we already ran.

Second, its taxonomy features are really unparalleled, at least from what I have seen. Coupled with Views, you can create a page out of just about any combination of vocabularies. We used it to show a category of content, and then let users filter based on keywords. Think categories and tags from WordPress, but on steroids.

Now, all that being said, I hated developing in Drupal. I was able to achieve the goals for the site, including letting non-developers handle content updates with minimal support. But getting there was the most excruciating three months of my career. People aren't kidding when they say the learning curve is enormous.

Overall, I am happy to see Drupal making progress, and think it is fantastic in handling certain types of websites. But at the end of the day, I hope I never have to build another Drupal website again.

Comment: Re:Management panic in action... (Score 1) 524

by sehryan (#42989987) Attached to: Mayer Terminates Yahoo's Remote Employee Policy

I would imagine there is more overhead for remote workers than there is for in-office. For instance, our remote workers come in once every six weeks or so. That is airfare, hotel, and per diem that we are paying that we don't have to pay for in-office folks.

There is also the question of health insurance. I don't know much about this, but it seems like - if these employees live out of state from the main office - that they would need to be using a different health insurance provider than everyone else. I am assuming that would again be at a higher cost than the in-office folks.

I understand the gains of such a set up, but there are costs too, and those costs are usually come in the form of actually dollars spent. For a company whose bottom line is hurting, the juice might not be worth the squeeze.

Comment: Online Schools (Score 1) 433

by sehryan (#42420797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

As long as the online school is accredited from its regional accreditation board, then you should have no fear in attending. This goes for the online, for-profit schools.

I dropped out of college in the middle of my senior year of getting a BA in Music Education to pursue a tech opportunity. Once I settled in to that job, I went back to one of these for-profit colleges to complete a BFA in Visual Communications degree. They let me transfer over most of my credits, so all I had was a year or so of major classes to complete. Before I enrolled, I make sure it was accredited by the regional board.

So while American InterContinental University may not look sexy (and in fact, I find it slightly embarrassing), it is accredited, and I did graduate Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Visual Communications. It cost me a ton of money (much more than the not for profit schools), but I can put it on my resume with confidence that I am not going to be screened out of a job because of a lack of a degree.

And I know this for a fact because I just got a new job at a local software company. And made it to the final stretch with another software company at the same time. Neither company even asked if AIU was legit, probably because the HR manager doesn't really care. "Education listed? Check. Degree obtained? Check. Moving on..."

...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. - Fred Brooks, Jr.