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Comment Re:It might be an unpopular opinion... (Score 1) 822

That's not really a big deal. His celebrity and age combine to give him tremendous earning power if the US were to welcome him back with open arms.

Obviously yes, any of his assets that have been seized he should get back, but a couple of hundred thousand dollars in lost income would be nothing compared to the book deal he could get and the speaking fees he would get and all of that sort of thing. He could probably make all of his lost income back in a month of speaking fees if he was free to travel anywhere.

Comment Own your own adds (Score 5, Insightful) 731

If you want an add to appear on your page take ownership of it. Host it as an image file on your own website that you control and you are responsible for.

Anything else, we intend to find ways to block it, because we have learned the hard way that you cannot trust advertisers to not infect your system with malware (not always intentionally, but lets face it, that's a big source of failure).

Comment Re:Already? Windows 8 Rls 2012, Windows 8 2015.. (Score 1) 1009

It's not so much normal, I don't there is a 'normal' for major OS releases from microsoft, but 2015 is definitely reasonable.

Microsoft needs a deep pipeline for their products and they need to start taking about them early so developers have time to try stuff out. It's just not realistic to try and write the next Windows mostly in secret and behind NDA's and then land it on everyone's door step a month or two before release.

If they are going to talk about it in April and then maybe release in 2015, well truth be told that's probably not fast enough, but I'm not sure you can be expected to make it work much faster.

Comment Re:Skydrive is changing name? When? (Score 1) 133

Metro is not the official name anywhere, it's just an internal codename that has clung to life.

I was meeting with an Intel Premium partner company a little while ago and they were 'not allowed to discuss' things as 'haswell' or 'broadwell' or the like, even though everyone knows what they mean. They're technically intel codenames and you're supposed to call them '4th generation' and '5th generation' on all the promo materials, same sort of thing. Internal codenames need not be trademarked.

Metro is officially the microsoft design language, and windows store style apps use the design language.

Comment Re:Saw this earlier (Score 1) 894

I guess they will start siezing wood furniture from Ikea now, since,, you know, wood is an agricultural product.

It's also a good reminder that you should never take anything you cannot afford to lose through US customs. Electronic equipment is (sometimes understandably) under fairly constant scrutiny, and like hand crafted musical instruments, any sort of custom electronics part could easily get destroyed.

It's worth constant reminders that you cannot ever trust US customs.

Comment Re: No dude... (Score 1) 199

Those have been able to build out of much smaller systems over time though.

And lots of them don't work right away... if ever. I wouldn't count delta and their half a million flyers a day (so presumably half a million reservations a day) as a shining example of a successful system. They've had a new system for a year and it still breaks constantly.

Banks yes - but then how much money are we talking about spending on IT. If you spend 500 million dollars to do a project that's going to cost a billion, and then it doesn't work you shouldn't be surprised. That doesn't mean it was easy - to the contrary it was much bigger and more expensive than you anticipated.

JP morgan spends ~ 2 Billion dollars a year on IT (http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/it-business/3342035/jp-morgan-overhauls-global-it-with-agile-development-and-automation/).

Comment Re:No dude... (Score 1) 199

Well kinda, they need to interact with many dozens of insurance companies potentially, but ya, that they undershot capacity is a huge problem (and it's possible the there are capacity issues with the databases they need to talk to but don't control). With an MMO you just sell less copies until you have servers, with a website.. you don't really have that option.

Comment Re:No dude... (Score 4, Insightful) 199

There are so many websites out there that do far more complex operation, and they seem to have very little problem.

Not really at least not that worked at this scale from day one. The closest you're going to get to needing to support millions of unique users on the first day, and hundreds of thousands simultaneously are things like MMO launches and WoW expansion packs or something like google+. And most of those can scale by replication and sectioning people off so it's highly parallel, or are built on already substantial infrastructure. If you crunch the math, there were only 90 days from launch to end date, and you need to enrol about 25 million people or something in that time (the uninsured who don't live in states with their own exchanges), so the daily load is actually quite high, particularly with a large number of people hitting the site to browse and decide. It's also quite likely that they gambled on more states setting up their own exchanges... and lost.

The backend of games and google+ of those is trivial compared to healthcare.gov, which not only needs to talk to databases from federal agencies, but it needs to connect to dozens of insurance companies with multiple sets of rules and regulations. Sure an MMO needs to do math, but one designer with no technical training can decide what equations to use and if they get it wrong no big deal. When you're dealing with money - and we're talking about healthcare that's going to be worth a couple of hundred billion dollars bought through this site, even a 1% error rate is going to cause no end of problems.

is that it's a simple matter of input from the user, and then a matter of storage of that input, and maybe some calculations along the way - all very basic stuff for today's world.

Input from the user that needs to be checked against multiple databases that aren't yours, that have private information in them. Then talking to multiple insurance companies in multiple jurisdictions with slightly different rules etc.

I'm not saying that excuses about 2 months of failure, but one should not assume this is a simple project, that they somehow did not realize that this would require probably 10x the server capacity they had is a complete failure. But other projects that are huge and stable have spent a lot more than 500 million dollars to get to that point, over a lot of years. These guys were trying to solve a problem no one else has ever had to solve on this scale. That they didn't recognize that is pathetic, but we shouldn't suppose this is an easy project.

Comment Re:Mod Parent Down (Score 1) 141

I can't speak to the job sites in the US, but here we have recruiters coming to classrooms, and indeed.com seems to be working quite well as an aggregator.

I think we've got about 35 new engineering positions a month in the city I'm in, of 400k people. It sounds to me like you're searching wrong. At least assuming you have an actual engineering degree, and not a technician diploma or a degree in physics - those guys are screwed.

>A 70k job without benefits in Boston or Silicon Valley is basically equivalent to a minimum wage job in other parts of the USA. You can live on it, but its got no future.

70k starting salary for an undergrad is pretty good anywhere. Even in the valley.

And as I say, we're not even a great school. Good schools you've actually heard of can command much more.

>Cool, temporary worker, I don't have to provide benefits

Good luck trying that in canada.

Comment Re:Mod Parent Down (Score 4, Interesting) 141

I'm in canada, and we can't keep our engineers bottled up. Their 3rd year co-ops started paying more than starting faculty positions, so we had to change the rules and forcibly limit them to about 26 an hour.

Our graduates are going all over in canada and the US, starting salaries 70-80k. And we aren't a particularly spectacular engineering school. Electrical, mechanical, I don't know about civil, computer and software. (I've never had anything to do with the civil people as I'm in CS and our cross courses that I have been involved in are only with the others).

If you can't find work either people don't think your degree is legit, or you're doing a terrible job presenting yourself. Hell, our graduates who can barely communicate in english are getting great jobs.

Comment Re:oh boy... (Score 2) 230

Bill Gates, I think somewhere in his brain he wants to be altruistic for some philosophical reason, but his charity really just pumps M$ products and tries to make teachers be paid by performance.

And you know, curing polio, fighting AIDS, TB and malaria, etc.

Lets not leave out the the stuff that saves hundreds of thousands of lives a year.

Comment Re:Second one? (Score 1) 214

Or that someone was throwing him a freebie job until another one opened up (and they could hopefully find someone better for this one).

Scenario: We have a clusterfuck. And need a new person to head it. But we have no idea who it is.

So we hire some guy who's a business CEO and economics type - clearly completely wrong for the job - but not 2 months later he gets a job suited to the CEO/economics type - as an economics advisor. And we spent the time he was 'in charge' hiring someone who appears to maybe have been exposed to IT projects before.

It solved the theatre problem of needing someone new right away, give him a cushy job for 2 months while the real job you wanted him for became available, and gave you time to find someone who might actually be useful.

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