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Comment Re: Time to switch (Score 1) 213

A single Exchange server should scale to 500 users pretty easily -- at $35 month, you're making a $175,000 commitment or $525,000 over 3 years. The office and Exchange licensing for on-prem isn't $525,000.

Seems that you'd spend that $175k/year just on your administrator, let alone also the actual hardware, power, data center space, etc. And you get server storage space too with OneDrive for Business and the user can manage their own permissions. Then it also includes Office suite plus user options to install on their personal computers and mobiles devices. Skype for Business works even if other things do work better, you have it also for everybody in the company. Add in that it is probably all tied into most business' volume licensing they are already getting.

Comment Re: Sour the milk (Score 1) 213

HIPAA compliance needs a plan, confidentiality, and custody. Using cloud anything where the host can see what is going in, out, through, or stored in their own systems is not HIPAA compliant in regard to PHI. Can anyone see data that is being sent or stored in Office365 that is not explicitly allowed to do so by the patient? If that answer is yes then Office365 isn't complaint.

The answer is yes, but why let the law we are discussing stand in the way when you can post an unseasoned falsehood and get modded up instead?

The answer is that I work at a hospital that is using Office 365 for all employees and there are others I know of in the area also. Microsoft's Office 365 is HIPAA compliant and for cloud services they are more willing to sign off on those business agreements and HIPAA forms than others. The only issue was that their mobile Outlook app was not HIPAA compliant because it stored the password someplace it shouldn't. That was fixed a while back. Please AC, can you just stop trolling us? It's not like you even need to hide your identity on /. to spread false MS information.

Comment Re: Time to switch (Score 1) 213

Also - putting all your docs online is a risk - it means that M$ can read all your documents and get access to all your business strategies.

We've looked at cloud services and do use Office 365. One thing that Microsoft really stands out from many of the other cloud services is their willingness to sign business agreements as well as HIPAA agreements and follow those regulations as given to them by our legal. It seems that they'll sign off on what we require of them and be up and running using their services before any of the others, including smaller application vendors activity trying to sell us their wares, can hash out the agreements and sign a contract.

Comment Re:Gen X was the same (Score 1) 214

people were spending 6 months to a year at a job and then looking for something else

Are you talking a McDonalds job, or an actual job? My personal experience doesn't support that view, if you are talking about actual jobs.

It does mine with the .com boom and the companies that survived it. Amazon pretty much thrives on short term employment now averaging about 18 months. The thing is that its about padding your resume till you finally get a job you want to keep.

Comment Re:Gen X was the same (Score 2) 214

I think we even pioneered it. Late 90's up to around 2001 and then starting in 2003 people were spending 6 months to a year at a job and then looking for something else

Hardly. The reason the 50's are looked back so fondly on is because there was increasing labor wages and much job jumping to be done to get an effective raise. It was like a decade long .com boom.

Comment Re:Make America Great (Score 1) 619

inflamed tensions with Russia

Wait, I thought he was a Russian stooge. So difficult to keep up with this stuff.

Well, I'm actually still watching this. Ever since Trump got into office, I've been saying that if he really was a stooge of Russia, or just easily manipulated, you'll see two things: 1) Increased hostilities between USA and Russia; 2) easing of American economic sanctions on Russia. Let's not kid ourselves, Russia does not want to be buddy buddy with the USA, they want to be our counterpart. They are building up their sphere of influence and allies and desire to restore the world to a cold war version of the original 1st, 2nd, and 3rd world description. Russia will get a lot of status in being the nemesis of the USA. Economic sanctions hurt them and they would probably want them opened up, but I have read things saying even that can be used by them as they now control their nation because they control all domestic production. There are no outside sources to destabilize their control. They'd more than likely just settle for being able to export but not import goods.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 177

If an employee gets sick too much to their likings, they just fire the employee and look for a new one.

It costs up to 1 year of a typical employee's wage to replace them, on board them, train them, and integrate them into the local system. Your idiotic approach is based on very poor understanding of how much it costs to deal with people.

He must be a manager.

Comment Re:Is it marketable? (Score 1) 198

The reason our parents could afford a house on a working class wage and we cannot is simply that we earn less than they did. Yes, I'm not kidding here, in buying power we're worse off than our parents were. Well, most of us at least. A select few are actually better off. Then again, it's that select few that probably don't even notice it.

I won't argue that the current generation doesn't earn less than the previous, but there is a bit more to housing than that. Housing coasts have gone up relatively also and there are multiple reasons for that. First, houses are bigger with more features than earlier generations, especially if talking my grandparents or farther back (50's or earlier). "Middle class" housing from that time period not only would not be acceptable to the average family these days, but probably wouldn't even but up to code. You had families of four or five in two bedroom houses the square footage of some living rooms I've seen. Go back to the 40's or earlier and you had shotgun shacks the like that were considered "middle class" back then. All that housing has been torn down and replaced with larger versions stuffed with appliances (which allows for less time homemaking that allows a two paycheck family). Then that housing that is in places that have jobs are getting so expensive because so many people want them, while housing in rural areas is not growing in worth because people aren't moving there because there are less jobs and living situations. The old industry could deal with small pools of slightly skilled workers producing simple products, while the current economy is seemingly demanding large pools of highly skilled workers capable of producing expensive products.

If I wanted to move back to where I grew up, I could just write a check for a house in my old hometown. I might even find a job, but it would require the one or two employers in the area needing my skill set, and few options except waiting for a spot to open up for me.

Comment Re:One semester (Score 1) 178

Part of me is jealous that you got to skate by, and part of me is grateful that schools like yours exist to distinguish schools like mine.

Wait till they start telling you about all the late nights playing video games and the drunken parties every weekend.

Still, pretty much universities already know what the title says and the early morning classes are the ones that you can show up for, get your syllabus, and have all the reading and homework written down for you to do on the first day of class. Then you can pretty much work on your own as these topics are usually the introductory ones that aren't too hard to learn. If you can sit down with a book and learn from it, you can pass these classes unless the teacher throws in attendance as a requirement (which plenty of them do).

Comment Re:Not exactly direct evidence (Score 1) 156

Or gravity doesn't act the same over longer distances, thus there appears to be "unexplained" attraction. So yeah, either gravity is different to what we think, or dark matter exists. This "evidence" seems to suggest either option.

Ya, but if gravity is different, to fit the current observations, it would have to be so different that nobody has been able to come up with even theoretical set of rules that it would describe how it works, and it would probably have to be non-isotropic and turn out to have some sort of polarity like magnetic force.

Comment Now We Have Phones! (Score 1) 40

These days, any cutting down on personal use of computers or phones just means employees will spend more time on their personal cell phones. Telling them they can't use cell phones will just typically be ignored or result in them using their work computers against policy. Either way, it's just going to cause headaches for the managers because they aren't going to use either against an employee unless they want them fired and need a policy to present as a clear cut reason, which hits morale of all the other employees because everybody is doing the same thing that other person got fired. Policy comes up for review and probably gets reversed till the next person gets fired and the cycle repeats.

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