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Comment Re:What of the mission? (Score 1) 497

a national transaction application that has to dip into numerous other federal data sources

This statement alone is scarier, than whatever was leaked by Mr. Snowden. Surprisingly, the President's cheerleaders — normally so suspect of government's invasions into our privacy — ignore this implication.

It needs to verify you are who you say you are, that you are eligible under the law for various subsidies, that you are covered by the regs. For this I believe it has to dip into social security and IRS databases.

Comment Re:Not true - that is a total for _all_ contracts (Score 1) 497

Drag your eyes to the right and note that there is a separate product/service and award date. The nature of gov contracting means there is likely a base contract, and when a new job comes up (e.g. healthcare.gov) they mod the contract and issue a new award. These are 114 separate scopes of work, separate projects. ~113 of which have nothing to do with healthcare.gov.

Comment Re:Not true - that is a total for _all_ contracts (Score 2) 497

I am a federal and state gov IT contractor. I am well versed in the idiosyncratic nature of implementing systems for bureaucratic applications designed by committee. I still don't doubt it could have been done for less, but I doubt it could have been done for the amounts many of the folks here think they could do it for.

Comment Not true - that is a total for _all_ contracts (Score 5, Insightful) 497

That figure covers 114 separate contracts (see http://usaspending.gov/explore?tab=By+Prime+Awardee&fiscal_year=all&idvpiid=HHSM500200700015I&typeofview=transactions ) Not to suggest that it still wasn't overly expensive, but consider the fact that the system is a national transaction application that has to dip into numerous other federal data sources - and has a mission criticality above and beyond facebook. Still, many of us could have done it better and cheaper, but then again very few of us would actually enjoy working for the federal government and conducting our business the way any federal contractor is required to.

Comment No longer the largest simulated exercise (Score 1) 71

Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but I just simulated an attack of far greater proportions. First, I simulated having the resources to simulate an attack of far greater proportions, then I simulated executing my far greater attack. If anyone is interested, the results showed that while I was adequately prepared to defend against a simulation, I need to beef up some protocols and institute some new processes.

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

Monty Wants To Save MySQL 371

An anonymous reader writes "It seems as if the MySQL author is trying hard to win back control over MySQL. In his blog he calls upon the MySQL users to 'Help keep the Internet free' by signing his petition. He fears that if Oracle buys Sun they automatically get MySQL which would spell doom for the project. But I have have mixed feelings with this call for help, because after all — who sold MySQL in the first place?"

Comment Light pollution is fixable (Score 4, Insightful) 612

If we could start getting in the habit of focusing our lights down through the use of hoods and lamp covers we could probably make fast, cheap improvements on this problem. Light is wasted going up, with the exception of cool satellite shots showing the Earth at night. I for one would love to be able to see more than magnitude 1 and brighter stars from my rooftop in Brooklyn.

Comment Ultima Online? (Score 1) 209

We're going to have these shared spaces where 2D and 3D people can interact. All of this will come out in phases, with staged gameplay coming out. We're sort of blazing a path with this concept, and we're really interested in what this might mean for players of the two versions.

Maybe I'm missing something, but isn't Ultima Online available in 2D and 3D clients?


Submission + - Doctoring Electronic Health Records

mynameismonkey writes: "openEHR guru Tim Cook discusses why Electronic Health Record developers should use open standards in a guest blog at A Scanner Brightly. Why are so few doctors using EHR systems? And, as more and more hospital EHR systems come online across the country, what do we have to fear from proprietary databases? It's one thing to find out your social security number was stolen. Now add your mental health and STD results."

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