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Comment: Re:Government takes control of something (Score 5, Insightful) 175

by squidfood (#37803032) Attached to: Feds Take USAjobs.gov Back From Monster, Performance Tanks
Let me fucking ask you something. What's more slow, unresponsive, and costly for any large company:

1. A single, unified intranet with various services and uniform oversight.

2. A patchwork of outsourced-to-the-lowest-bidder Daily-WTF worthy enterprisy "commerical" websites for every separate service (HR, Payroll, Benefits, travel, documents, petty cash etc. etc.). Because that's my reality in the system. Uniform interface? Uniform security policy? Uniform uptime? Try three-times daily outage notices from one-system-or-other, weekly password resets (every one with different rules), piss-poor interface design, etc.

It's not about size-of-government or any other libertarian bullshit fantasy; even a government shrunk by 90% would still need these services. It's the constant drive to privatize these functions driven by the "ooh, the private market is magic and never does anything wrong" mantra that leads to this ugly, wasteful, and inefficient patchwork. Inefficient government? No, it's a government that only gets exactly what this idiot-driven free-market religion allows it to pay for.

Comment: Re:Who cares who made it ... (Score 3, Informative) 240

by squidfood (#36390908) Attached to: Homeland Security Running NBC-Owned PSAs

Alternative IF NBC wrote the script and the government found it to be accurate(*), then fine.

No, maybe not fine.

Fine is: Government wants to produce a message. Government writes the message. Government puts production services out for bid, NBC is best by fair assessment (not just on price but possibly quality services). Video is made.

NOT fine is: Message is essentially a corporate message from NBC following NBC interests, so they give/donate/underbid their services in such a way that their corporate message is being sent and endorsed using the government as a mouthpiece.

Comment: Re:obviousness (Score 1) 219

by squidfood (#36028980) Attached to: Woz and the RCA Character-generator Patent

My own favorite case of proving non-obviousness to myself...

Old mathematics joke: A famous mathematician was lecturing in class: "It is obvious that X..." He paused, stared at the board in silence for a minute, then walked out of the room without a word. The students looked at each other and shrugged. Twenty minutes later he walked back into the class: "It is now obvious that X..."

Comment: Re:Brilliant! (Score 1) 300

by squidfood (#35856524) Attached to: Armenia Makes Chess Compulsory In Schools

Some of the most inept people I know are serious chess players. How many of them do you know? They spend all their time studying chess, when they could have spent their time learning something useful.

Exactly. My father grew up in that neck of the woods. Basically, every male he knew wasted college/early 20s sitting in Cafes playing chess. It was his generation's WoW. He was a dammed good player, but one thing he told me, many times, was that he regretted the hours of his life wasted on chess. Of course, that was *after* he'd taught me the game...

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.