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Comment Re:I doubt it (Score 1) 157

Uhm, I don't think you read that article correctly. Oregon walked away from $260M they paid Oracle and went to the Federal Exchange. Oregon has DBs & apps (probably mostly internal) that use Oracle already, and they're getting to use them for "free" as part of the settlement for a time. They were already locked-in for many other uses, but didn't stick with them for their health exchange.

Comment Re:Scarecrow (Score 1) 260

They already charge a fee to be nearly TSA-free. It's call TSA Precheck. $75 for 5 years. You get to skip the long long and keep your belt and shoes on.

It is a huge failure as most people who don't fly regularly don't want to be bothered with the fee or the background check hassle. It takes 2-4 months to get it done ahead of time, depending on where you live and your airport, etc.

Comment Re:No worries... (Score 1) 633

While a criminal background check may prevent and remove some firearms, it won't stop things like San Bernardino. In order to stop that latest shooting, we'd need a Minority Report-style pre-crime analysis of people, which not only isn't technically possible, it's unconstitutional.

Back to your original point: California already has a system that automatically flags gun owners who commit prohibiting crimes and disarms them, the California DoJ Armed and Prohibited Persons System, aka APPS. They go after 5150s as well. However, they often overstep their bounds disarming spouses as well, until lawyers reign them back in (the firearms just need to be secured from the Prohibited Person, which can mean they just don't know the combo to the safe).

Additionally, CCW holders in California are constantly being watched by their Issuing Agencies. No doubt their IA will know very soon after an arrest and revoke their permit and secure their firearms. At a minimum, California CCW holders go through a background check every 2 years during the renewal process.

Comment Regulations and data retention (Score 1) 107

I know the industry I'm in, we have regulations which require 3+ years of data retention which "isn't providing anything useful" until it is. If we have a legal "issue" then that will extend until the legal issue goes away and the judge says we can destroy data. While we can use archive methods, sometimes the live system is really what is needed to retrieve data. It's better to just keep disks spinning than shut them down and hope they spin back up.

IT has a long tail where I work. Things are planning to last 5 years often have a good deal of life for another 2-5 years (not all, but many). The "usage" of these systems may only be once a month, quarter, or even annually, but it makes more sense than to port data over that doesn't need to be kept in the replacement system.

Many times even when we have an "official" cutoff for a system, we just power it down and let it sit in the rack until the next years' inventory, at which time it is then sent off the the auction yard (sans hard drives) to be bid on by the pallet load.

Comment Cisco is 100% performance driven (Score 3, Interesting) 139

Cisco is 100% performance driven. I wonder how much of this is just a variation of rank-based employment evaluation?

Are they just trying to keep things lean and mean? If you don't churn the bottom performers, people get lazy. Cutting 10% might catch some hard workers going through hard times (family, health issues). Cutting just the bottom 5% allows for a bit of grace, and should inspire the 6-10% to step it up. Especially if they are given their rankings, and know how close to the bottom they are - but I don't know what Cisco does there, only speculating.

Comment Re:Would that not be protected information? (Score 1) 1435

There are many things the State has that are public records, like birth and marriage records, but it doesn't mean the State has to put that information available as an entire data set. Originally California did that and learned very quickly how foolish this was because of identity fraud. Yes, the records are still public, but you have to have a valid reason to get access to them, and have to appear in person and/or have to request the information with a signed Notary Public form, etc.

Comment Re:They'll relent eventually (Score 2) 102

I'm not a lawyer, blah, blah. However, last I checked, they can't sue you for downloading, only uploading (by default, most BitTorrent clients are going to upload).

Even if they could go after you for downloading, there are plenty of Binary USENET providers that offer bundled VPN service.

Plenty of DVR solutions have been out for years which will automate downloading of all your favorite shows via USENET services. Game over for the media companies a long time ago for anyone with a technical clue.

Now that Comcast removed the download caps again, it's very viable.

The only holdover most guys have are sports, and old people want live news.

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