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Comment: Re:I read the Satanic Temple's page (Score 1) 1251

probably shouldn't have surfed to that URL at work though..... but their site actually comes across as quite rational and reasonable. Not what I was expecting at all.

It really comes to something when a website for a type of church can be considered NSFW. I understand though -- in my 10 years in corporate America I sure kept my atheistic head down. Nothing would have finished a career quicker than letting my screaming, wall-thumping, secretary-humping, second-wife-divorcing bosses know that I was not also a Christian.

Comment: Views, Materialized views? (Score 1) 165

by slimdave (#45623545) Attached to: Why Reactive Programming For Databases Is Awesome

The idea of embedding a calculation into the system that is automatically updated by underlying data changes -- is that not just a database view?

We use this sort of technique quite widely in a Ruby on Rails app I work on -- complex calculations such as for profitability and cash flow are defined as views in Postgres, and referenced by the app as read-only models. Thus we can: Profitability.where(product_id: 27).group(:month).sum(:value)

Performs monstrously fast, as is extremely flexible. It breaks the whole "for the love of gods don't put business logic in the database" separation of concerns idea, but we have a system to ship right now and we can't wait for RoR performance and flexibility to catch-up that much.

Comment: Not an issue ... (Score 2) 195

by slimdave (#45499609) Attached to: Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

Because only a trivially small proportion of the population cares. Few have even heard about these services.

If you care about free TV in the UK then you could start by not watching or recording live transmissions, and you then have no obligation to pay the TV license -- they only waste it on extra redundancy payments for senior managers, and politically motivated nonsense stuff like moving programming oop north.

I get by on BBC iPlayer delayed transmissions, streaming to my TV through Chromecast. Possibly ITV and Channel 4 have compatible streaming services, but sadly their programmes are not compatible with me.

Comment: Right in a kind-of way. (Score 1) 674

by slimdave (#45035187) Attached to: The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs

At the last company where I worked, word processors and voice mail systems allowed them to have zero secretaries and receptionists, as software developers had to answer the door phone and type their own everythings. Of course this did double the number of software developers they needed because they all got fuck all work done, so I guess the article's correct.

Comment: Re:Who cares what the community thinks? (Score 2) 311

by slimdave (#44907777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?

That is all true, but the days of "scientific management" are over, and research does not matter.

Managers believe that you achieve efficiency and greatness through gut feeling and tough talk and catchy slogans. They are not interested in learning otherwise, and 90% of them were never taught management, they just got promoted into it.

There are a few companies that will make sensible, evidence-based choices, but the only true fix is to work for yourself.

Comment: Re:Clinical records are hard (Score 1) 220

by slimdave (#44891885) Attached to: Abandoned UK National Health Service IT System Has Cost $16bn... So Far

I think that your response illustrates a very different approach and purpose -- in the US the computerised record is for billing, but in the UK the computerised record could simply be a description of symptoms and treatments.

There's no need for the UK to follow the medicine-as-a-profit-centre approach of the US.

Comment: Re:Clinical records are hard (Score 1) 220

by slimdave (#44885687) Attached to: Abandoned UK National Health Service IT System Has Cost $16bn... So Far

To the delight of many dubious business types, the shredding of paper is very easy though.

I was going to add that it should not be beyond moderately difficult to put in place a secure backup and audit trail, but these guys can't even get the basic system off the ground.

Comment: Re:Clinical records are hard (Score 2) 220

by slimdave (#44885639) Attached to: Abandoned UK National Health Service IT System Has Cost $16bn... So Far

Speaking as a dyed-in-the-wool data modeller and corporate database guy, I wonder what the problem would be with throwing all of that data modeling and medical coding stuff away and just letting people write into the system what actually happened, exactly as they do with paper records. Some tagging for "this was a procedure" or "this was a test", but free text the rest of the way.

At least the information would then be accessible through a computer to far-flung locations (Norwich) in case it was needed there, it wouldn't be in some doctors squashed-spider scrawl, and it would be ultimately flexible. Of course it would not be as amenable to analysis and reporting, but it would be something.

Is this failure just the result of seeking a gold-plated solution?

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