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Comment Terrible analysis (Score 1) 86

Okay, here's a few reasons why this basic analysis falls short and doesn't apply a monetary valuation on the following items:
a) like someone else mentioned, Netflix doesn't materialize out of nothing. You also pay for your Internet connection (and bandwidth).
b) Err, sports anyone? This is actually the only thing stopping me since other than doing kludgey stuff with Kodi/XBMC there are no good (legal) options where I live
c) like someone else also mentioned, Netflix shows older content
d) may not matter to many of you, but for me, Netflix is not regulated by the federal broadcast authority; i.e. they can do whatever they want pretty much

Seriously, perhaps the original writer decided to write 3-4 paragraphs after googling for 30 mins, post it, await reaction from proper forums and then use that information to actually write an insightful article? I can't stand lazy journalism. and the worst is that Slashdot appears to provide a willing vehicle to crap content like that.

How does one get a gig like that?

Comment Re:My PCP has a "scribe!" (Score 1) 325

I used to run the IT department at hospital years ago. There was a sizeable budget set aside for transcriptionists, who entered written/scanned notes or recorded notes into the medical IT application. There are even managed services that offer that to hospitals which don't have their own transcription department.

Major critical piece; my director was demoted after a VPN outtage affected a lot of remote transcriptionists for almost a week and he had made the decision all by himself to do with vendor support for the VPN appliances. Things I learned don't mess with pager systems, telephone, transcription and the main medical app; everything is best effort including e-mail, Internet, Wifi, printing, etc.

Comment Re:Burnt out doc here: (Score 1) 325

I can give another perspective. I have worked with "clinical working groups" that are composed of nurses, doctors, therapists, communicate care, etc. Typically the docs and nurses dominate the conversation because they have complex and heavy workloads (not that the others don't, but I digress). It's actually very hard to get medical folks (even paid) to participate.

So every little UI, technical change, login process, etc get debated for a LOOOOONG time when finally there's finally consensus or quorum on what the decision is made. 90% of the time it's what the doc wants in the various settings; emergency department, general practice, palliative care, etc.

When the change is implemented, half of the people who clearly stated that they wanted something done one way, have had a change of heart or argue that this is not what they wanted. Documentation, sign-offs, mock-ups be damned. "This is not I what I signed off".

When it actually makes it to larger pilot group, we get feedback from one extreme to another. Even when we have colleagues from the same docs AT THE SAME INSTITUTION IN THE SAME DEPARTMENT.

At the core is patient safety and the crazy checklists that come with it. The best thing to do is to pass those check lists to someone specialized (i.e. not a doc or nurse); like a medical cleric (or like someone else mentioned, a scribe).

TL;DR; Everyone has an opinion and every doc appears to have their own preferred way of doing things. This is not unique to the medical field. I see that in CSRs as well.

Comment Re:comparison (Score 1) 135

They're releasing it because it has no commercial value. Probably costs them more in energy doing all the compression and decompression than it would to just put more storage in their datacenters. Nice technically, but the niche of useful applications is probably pretty small.

That's a very valid point; what's the cost in cpu-power versus storage costs?

Now, the issue is that storage is permanent, in the sense that you're using your disk/SAN/tape storage space with the file. Compression happens only once, the quicker decompression only happens when someone accesses it. So the 22% storage savings of JPGs across TBs may be worthwhile.

It's not totally clear how much of their space is being used up by JPGs? Also tiered storage may have been an option? Generic compression using already established libraries for other file types, etc, etc.

Comment That's a very smart thing to do (Score 2) 39

I've worked on a bunch of contract at various levels of government and I'm always shocked to see how belligerent and protective departments or groups can be with their code and applications. There's been so many times when I get hired to do something that after spending a day or two there, that I discovered that another department has done the exact same thing. What follows is my recommendation to leverage what they have in-house already rather than whip something up. What always follows after is weeks of chatter and the eventual escalation to the board/CIO/CTO/CEO to make things happen. 90% of the time they tell me to go back to my original work order and get it done as they initially requested. Good money for me, but what a waste.

Case in point, the "communications" department wanted to refresh the staff directory with more helpful information and include (for who wants to) include their Twitter/LinkedIn/geocities/etc links. We get hired to do this for them. HR has a full-fledged table that we need to do nightly imports and THEIR OWN Web Application (and a dormant web-service to call). What would be a simple DB extend by adding a couple of other linked tables, becomes a duplicate because the HR folks have their own IT department and don't want to play nice with corporate. $10k vs $50k.

Comment Re:Presenteeism (Score 1) 629

You are absolutely correct; it's the only way they can measure easily: your attendance. Timelines, deliverables, e-mail replies, etc are the other easier ones. Determine the quality of work, leadership, innovation, efficiency, etc need proper analysis and most managers are not able to do it.

I'm finding more and more job descriptions explicitly stating that they expect the employee to be on site and working the regular schedule.

I currently have a handful of people reporting to me and I have no issues of allowing them to work a day a week from home. I do it myself. Only time when I can get some peace and quiet to get proper work done. Life is too short, commutes are too long, and don't have budget to give people raises.
I do get the occasional comments about my team and I just ignore those.

Comment Was I the only who noticed ... (Score 1) 961

... that the journalist contact Adams a day or so after his father passed away for a story?

As distasteful Adams comments may be about wanting people dead, it's completely inappropriate to hassle someone who just his father pass away? He's mourning and probably not in a good place.

I'm sure Adams had his PR person filter the request, but still, give the guy some time!

Comment Re:Default ding. (Score 1) 361

Heh, I was referring to Project Management, as the "new line of work".

You're right though, I have about 8 outlook rules that make it very simple. I only really care about what 4 or 5 people have to say, the rest is just noise or done on a best effort basis.

When dealing with PMs I usually have one rule; one reply every four hours in an eight-hour shift, during one of my three e-mail checking windows.

Some people I reply at the end of the week, setting a delay to send the message at 5pm Friday when I know they have skipped work early.

Comment Re:Default ding. (Score 1) 361

If you don't have the skills to route my daily BS update somewhere more appropriate then your inbox maybe you should look for new line of work.

Project Management?

Seriously, one could make the argument that for a comprehensive communication skill-set, knowing who you should be engaging is as important as the actual message.

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