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Comment Not unique to IT (Score 5, Insightful) 378

In a large organization, I see other folks behaving the same or worse as IT managers:
- Human Resources, ever try to reason with one of them that their policy needs to reviewed or does not help in attracting talent?
- Finance; yes, once I have the PR, the sole source agreement, the market analysis, I'll get a PO and the invoice will be paid in six months after the vendors berates and tells me that they'll never do business with us again
- Legal or Privacy department; seriously, never ever try to disagree with them or propose a different point of view
- Researchers; full of primadonnas; the leadership is even worse ...

The article is BS; most of the items could apply to any other area or field

Comment Re:Dear Harper (Score 1) 561

No man, I don't vote Liberal or Conservative, and you're confused.

The Liberals FEDERAL governement committed to Kyoto without provincial backing. I suggest you add a "Fuck you, Mr Chretien" as well.

At this point, I rather see the Armed Forces getting something. I take it, you never served? We have crap resources compared to poorer nations. Hard to be a peacekeeper when you spend six hours maintaining your vehicle for a two-hour trip.

Comment All the best ... Not much of show (Score 1) 142

Kudos to them for organizing this, but this looks like an affair that could be held in a school's gym or a local legion. Half-dozen vendors and the same number of presentations.

I loved my c64 and even though i have the time to kill, i will most likely not cross the gta to make it to mississauga.

May have been better if this was a larger retro-computing thing ...

Comment Re:Pretty common (Score 1) 264

Very good observations.

You're 100% correct on the budget. There's no incentive to save money. If you don't spend it all, you would be penalized by having the amount deducted from your operating budget. Everyone around January there would be a mad dash to think of ways to spend/waste money. Couldn't give raises or performance bonuses to my staff though. I certainly could burn money on consultants though ...

I hear your dilemna about taking that hefty paycheque and the potential guilt. One of my motivating factors to work in government is to keep people honest, because at the end of the day I'm a taxpayer as well. It's certainly not to be rich. If I was a government agency hiring someone, I'd rather hire someone like you over 99% of the folks I've encountered and you would be much better value for my tax dollar.

Comment Re:Pretty common (Score 1) 264

It's crazy, I know. I work in government as well, although not defense.

The reason for the prices and the hassle is that the 3rd party in question is contracted to provide the service. They have assurances that the work will be done at a certain level, and more important the contract will have clauses for liability. They in turn will have to have certain items in stock (which costs money), have the qualified staff on call (which costs money), and have the proper insurance in place in case something goes wrong (which costs even more money).

While you were probably more able and more responsive, the truth is that it would have made the brass nervous and set a dangerous precedent. I'm sure they've done their checks on you and that sort, but there was probably no binding contract that governed your activity related to that HW replacement.

80% of the activity at the government is CYA.

Comment Mod Up! (Score 1) 542

Yeah, it was nice of the "journalist" to tell us about his personal millionaire experience and the book he's now selling to talk about it (probably burnt all his cash). Those "paragraphs" are all I personally want to know about this topic.

The ET "analogy" also bothered me.

Comment Re:Article Inaccurate (Score 1) 163

True, some corps (at least ours) only care about BBM, this is why we got the BB to begin with. If they're not offering it on the Playbook as a standalone soon, then they may as well not bother.

And you're right, it didn't say anything about e-mail. That's not a good omen either.

To be honest when I think of BB, BES = BBM = e-mail. Regular unsafe e-mail doesn't even enter in the picture. That's 95% of its use in our org.

Comment Re:Umm.... (Score 1) 163

You're being a bit harsh to the guy; he's got a valid point. RIM should have the resources to this. Yeah, they got this new OS, new hardware and a ultra-secret secure messaging system. Isn't it all documented; at least internally? Then they should be able to build it. They promised that the device was capable and that it was coming.

Maybe not two months for an independent firm to build, but certainly RIM should have been able to do this themselves in a year.

Comment RIM is hopeless (Score 1) 163

Honestly, I put up a semi-brave fight in controlling the inflow of iDevices into our org because the security functions and management were weak. In hindsight, I was stalling for the Playbook to come and save the day.

The Playbook is a piece of shit, and mostly due to the lack of e-mail support. The fact that a subsquent release still won't have this, shows me that RIM has no fucking clue.

Thanks to them, I've had to re-evaluate our approach in regards to iDevices and put the controls in places. Stuff that I could have dodged had RIM not been as arrogant and actually listened to their clients and looked at what made the iDevices so appealing.

Anyways, the things we put in place for the iDevices will serve us well, but it's things that wouldn't have been necessary if I could use the same operational model with the BB. And to be honest, I no longer care. Heck, I even have an iPhone as my main phone now. Working on a pilot to give staff the option to use personal smartphones in a controlled manner. So the BB days are numbered in our org.

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