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How the TSA Plans On Inspecting Your Monkey 114

The uncertainty of what might happen to your service monkey at an airport security checkpoint won't keep you awake at night anymore, thanks to the TSA. They have issued an easy to follow list of how they will ensure your helper monkey won't go all Planet of the Apes on your flight. Some of the security techniques used to make sure your primate is not a terrorist include: "Security Officers will conduct a visual inspection on the service monkey and will coach the handler on how to hold the monkey during the visual inspection. The inspection process may require that the handler to take off the monkey's diaper as part of the visual inspection."

Comment My first job out of college (Score 1) 178

was working for NYS OMH (Office of Mental Health) as a programmer at one of the facilities. I worked there for 5 years before I was layed off in 1991. I saw more corruption and incompetence in those 5 years then the rest of my career. Completely turned me off from unions. No one there was ever fired even when caught red-handed. They were allowed to resign.
Java

Sun's Project Darkstar Game Server Platform No More 82

sproketboy writes "Project Darkstar, an open source software platform from Sun labs that simplifies the development of horizontally scalable servers for online games, is being discontinued as of the Oracle acquisition. This project, mentioned a couple of years back on Slashdot, was a unique concept for building an application server specific to on-line gaming. Sadly they were so close at version 0.9.11 (which is still very stable). Hopefully the open source community can get involved and help continue work on this project."
Businesses

Former Exec Says Electronic Arts "Is In the Wrong Business" 180

Mitch Lasky was the executive vice president of Mobile and Online at Electronic Arts until leaving the publisher to work at an investment firm. He now has some harsh things to say about how EA has been run over the past several years, in particular criticizing the decisions of CEO John Riccitiello. Quoting: "EA is in the wrong business, with the wrong cost structure and the wrong team, but somehow they seem to think that it is going to be a smooth, two-year transition from packaged goods to digital. Think again. ... by far the greatest failure of Riccitiello's strategy has been the EA Games division. JR bet his tenure on EA's ability to 'grow their way through the transition' to digital/online with hit packaged goods titles. They honestly believed that they had a decade to make this transition (I think it's more like 2-3 years). Since the recurring-revenue sports titles were already 'booked' (i.e., fully accounted for in the Wall Street estimates) it fell to EA Games to make hits that could move the needle. It's been a very ugly scene, indeed. From Spore, to Dead Space, to Mirror's Edge, to Need for Speed: Undercover, it's been one expensive commercial disappointment for EA Games after another. Not to mention the shut-down of Pandemic, half of the justification for EA's $850MM acquisition of Bioware-Pandemic. And don't think that Dante's Inferno, or Knights of the Old Republic, is going to make it all better. It's a bankrupt strategy."

Comment This would have been a great idea 10 years ago (Score 1) 155

So now they are asking us to pay for something that is now free. I'm sorry you didn't realize your business model was f'ed up 10 years ago when you decided to give your product away for free. The horse is already out of the barn on this one. Nice try. Now go back into your office and think of something else.

Comment Payroll Systems are easy (Score 2, Interesting) 418

I really can't believe this story. I wrote a integrated Payroll/HR application in 2 years (plus received a US patent for part of it) myself for a major steel corporation in the early 1990's using Clipper! It did all timecard entry, had user-defined union rules, and tax rules. It did taxes for US & Canada plus 21 states. All user defined and maintainable. Printed laser MICR-checks, W2's, direct deposit, retirement and pension calcs, etc. etc. etc. It was used for 15 years until the company was bought out. How fraking stupid are these people? As a side note. You have NEVER felt pressure as when 2000+ United Steel Worker checks are wrong and you don't know why! (It was (L)user error)

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