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Comment Our IT has the formula (Score 1) 351

1. Run bit9. Intercept the output file streams of every process. If there is any match to any virus signature kill the process. When developers complain of mysterious deaths of compile/link/ processes, deny bit9 could be responsible, refuse to even acknowledge bit9 tells IT every process it kills.

2. Come up with a naming scheme that encodes OS, os vesrsion, processor name, memory, diskspace, acquisition year as an impossible to remember server names. Like CentITLinRH73_i7_256GB_4TB_2016_num[serialnum]. IT flunky knowing the machine config from name, bean counter checking inventory once year etc are very important for efficiency.

3. Change the server naming scheme every six months.

4. Insist on manager approval for every tiny IT ticket. Even if the person requesting has authority to approve identical requests from his/her reportees.

5 Configure VPN such that even people with FiOS and 75 mbps connections can not get more than 1 mbps.

Comment Re:Isn't the cloud great? (Score 2) 55

I pulled my data out of the cloud and put it on a file server. It doesn't need to live 24/7 on the Internet.

Come on, it has to be. You might not need it. But companies that index and sell information need it to be on the net and be available when their web crawler is on the prowl.

Comment Re:Using Javascript (Score 1) 139

You fail to note one important thing. By the time the code needs refactorization, you would have changed your job three times. So it is not your problem anymore.

The original code you wrote will live on, forcing companies to offer 5$ discounts to anyone willing to install flash so that your old code could continue to run. Other companies will keep using WinXP64 so that they don't have to refactor the old code.

Comment For profit prison industry ... (Score 5, Insightful) 131

Remember we are talking about "innovation" coming from for-profit prisons.

They operate on cost plus contracts, with practically unlimited access to tax payer funds. If some court somewhere rules "inmates must have access to gym equipment", they could build a 2 million dollar gym in the prison and mop up 20% of it or build 20K gym and get 20% of that. Which one would they choose?

These prison companies charge 2 $ a minute for a phone call. Yes, in this day and age of unlimited voice and data, voice calls out of prison costs the inmates or their families 2$ a minute. Do you think this new fangled tablets are going to provided to them at reasonable costs you and I pay outside the prisons? You have not seen the twinkling dollar signs in the eyes of prison management executives.

The prison companies pressure judges to use harsh prison sentences using social media and slanted local news coverage. Lobby the legislators for minimum sentencing guidelines. Encourage law suites that will increase the cost of incarceration. More it costs, more is their margin! They also actually bribe judges to be harsh. Only a few judges like the one in Wilkes-Barry PA got caught, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.

We have to outlaw private sector prisons. It is a crying shame USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world and adding insult to injury we are paying through our noses for it.

Comment I am going to start classifying ripples. (Score 2) 28

I suddenly realize there is a huge lacuna in scientific world. When I am describing the ripples, eddies, whorls and vortices of a babbling brook, I am not able to clearly communicate a vivid description of a particularly interesting eddy using a single term. All these years when the only way we exchanged information quickly was using words we did not feel the need for it. Now that cameras are ubiquitous and images worth 1000 words are easy to capture and easier to share, suddenly I feel the need to be extraordinarily precise in the descriptions.

So wait for a few days, I will upload the first batch of 100,000 types of named eddies, whirls, whorls, ripples, waves, wavelets...

Comment Re:Good job! T-mobile (Score 1) 76

You may not like what I say here, but don't blame me. Blame the people who abused the phone system.

All these years you were getting 6000$ a year worth of phone services for 288$. Were you passing it on to customers or were you pocketing it as profit? The small business people have developed a sense of entitlement. Why everyone must act deferential and accommodate small business people. No body owes you a living, Nobody owes you a profit. I don't have to put up with robocalls so that you can make 6000$ more. You are in a business do what it takes, pay the going costs. Pass on the cost to your customers or eat your losses.

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