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Comment Boston is a clusterfuck of separate services/DBs (Score 1) 159

Boston's system does not show a flow through the system, because there is no system. Every department in the city has its own computer system, and it appears they've refused to unify them or link them together.

Essentially, your ticket with CC is closed when it gets entered into a department's worklog. Whether it actually gets done or not, you have no idea.

Comment Boston has an app like this. It's useless. (Score 5, Interesting) 159

Boston has had an app like this; it's called "Citizens Connect."

Essentially, it's a very half-assed ticketing system. You open a ticket, and that's it - you can't provide any further information, or challenge a request, or re-open it. There is only one action city worker can do - "close" the ticket. About the only thing they got right was not forcing people to select a category; a team of staffers handle that.

What people quickly discovered was that city workers would just close tickets, regardless of whether the work actually got done or not. So, what you saw increasingly were tickets that said "STOP CLOSING MY REQUESTS WITHOUT FIXING IT."

That beats Cambridge, MA's system, which has horrendously poor geotagging and only accepts requests in a few limited, narrow issue categories.

I have three or four of these apps for the various cities I spend time in now. It's stupid. There is a national service set up, but cities don't like it because it provides a lot of reporting to the public. City workers don't like Joe Q Public seeing how long requests take to clear and stuff like that. Makes 'em look bad....

Comment Re:Oh, bullshit (Score 1) 478

Actually, you won't meet emissions standards without adding a urea tank to process the exhaust on the way to the tail pipe. It isn't magic to take out NOx, it's just that marketing doesn't want to explain why people need to buy another consumable, and have the tank refilled every 8 to 9 thousand miles or so.

Comment ad hominem (Score 1) 688

This seems like a dig at Sarah Sharp, implying that she hasn't contributed anything, and further implying that one's argument is wrong or unworthy if you haven't contributed work. This is basically ad hominem. Whether someone has contributed work is irrelevant to whether their argument is sound or not.

Comment Re:How it should be (Score 1) 688

Sadly I predict that many comments here won't get that. They will instead call him a pussy because he couldn't stand the heat, and acted like a girl by leaving. Let's see if I'm right.

If people sling misogynistic, sexist comments like that at him, then I'd say he was absolutely right.

Referring to women's genitals or their gender to insult a man is doubly sexist and inappropriate.

Comment I already switched to BSD (Score -1) 927

The tone of Linux kernel mailing list really is atrocious, headlined by the Chief Asshole, Linus. In my company, I find qualified women put bring out better behavior in men. However, Linux is and always be about the survival of those who can kowtow best to Linus, his flatterers willing to endure the abuse. It gives us the unique product we have today. The Linux kernel, matched with that wonder, systemd. I switched to NetBSD 2 years ago.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan