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Comment: Re:Governmental ?? (Score 1) 111

by Reziac (#47965799) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

I don't know anything about Alibaba as a company, or about their stock arrangements. But I do know that over the years the website has worked to become more buyer-friendly and to earn buyer trust. My main concern about this is that they don't go overboard with growth and ruin what so far seems to be a good thing.

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 2) 376

by sycodon (#47956991) Attached to: Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

They have repaved the road in front of my subdivision 3 fucking times in the last ten years.

The water Department has torn up the street in front of my house twice trying to fix a water leak.

Every time there is a thunderstorm the power goes out.

Where is Augustus when you need him?

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 376

by sycodon (#47956975) Attached to: Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

Government makes a mess of a program
Government make s a website that touts the success of that program.

Do you see where I'm going here?

After all the lies (go ahead...deny they told us lies) do you really have faith that the stuff they are telling you now is true?

Comment: Re:Known for a long time (Score 1) 218

by Reziac (#47954451) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Absolutely true. Canids and felids in particular hunt more for sport than for food. Wolves have been observed having all sorts of fun killing an entire flock of sheep. Foxes hunt and kill mice and birds without eating 'em. And I used to have a cat who did nothing but hunt gophers all day long; within 3 years he'd completely exterminated them in my neighborhood.

Incidentally my neighbor runs a twice-weekly foxhunt, tho the usual quarry is coyotes (mostly chasing, they usually don't shoot 'em). The local coyotes have gotten so into being chased by dogs that they come down to the kennel the night before a hunt and get the dogs all riled up and ready to go.

Comment: Re:Recent claims by whom? (Score 1) 218

by Reziac (#47954405) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Female dogs that have never had pups will often kill puppies. Presumably fewer of someone else's offspring means more resources when you have your own.

[This is a consistent enough behavior that I warn clients in no uncertain terms to never ever leave the new puppy alone with the adult dog, most especially the spayed female adult dog.]

Comment: Re:Business IT is Boring...and that's good. (Score 2) 271

by sycodon (#47950055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

Umm...80% or more of code running businesses today is not hosted on a webserver.

All the things he mentions, including the web, are a thin veneer of cool on a core of mundane.

Things like your paycheck, 401k, benefits, scheduling, purchasing, sales, repair, shipping, renting, inventory, routing, tracking, etc. etc. etc. are all done on fairly large computers running dull code like COBOL and even FORTRAN. They may have Web interfaces built with all these wizbang thingies, but the real work happens in legacy systems that are solid as a rock because they don't change technologies every three years to something cooler than what they have now.

People are always available for work in the past tense.

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