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Comment Re: Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 1) 244

The big difference is, if you replace the public sector Bosses, with new ones, you still can't get rid of the person. If you replace the Private sector person's boss, you can.

It has to do with ABILITY, and not DESIRE. In public sector, you can have all the desire in the world, and not be able to rid yourself of bad employees.

Comment Re:BS (Score 2, Interesting) 140

Just the other day, an iPhone user was praising SIRI and how great it was, and tried to search to see what area codes are used in San Bernadino. SIRI responded with some nonsense about not wanting to do that right now or something. I asked Google the exact same question, and got the correct answer "Okay GOogle, what are the area codes for ________"

You should try it.

Every time I use an iDevice, I have found it is just "less" than my experience on Android. Mind you, I'm not full Apple everything (AppleTV, Apple Computer, Apple whatever). I expect if you go "all Apple, all the time", it just works ... sort of. But in my world, where I can mix n match and get the same (often better) results, I'll stick with Android.

Comment Re:BS (Score 2, Interesting) 140

That is a very cool opinion from an AC. My opinion is much different.

Just the other day, I needed to read an RFID tag for an iPhone user, because my Android has that feature and iPhone will NEVER have that feature.

So, IMHO iPhones suck because even though they can, they don't. Walled Gardens and all that.

Comment Re: Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 1) 244

I once worked on a project, where the customer was quite clear about the requirements, and I created a system that fit the requirements perfectly, and probably better than intended. The problem was, they didn't like how it functioned, even though it did exactly what it was they asked for.

Basically I took a database TXT field that held a date, and converted it to a date field, so they could sort by date. But they didn't want a date field with MM/DD/YYYY (or variation of that format) they just wanted MM/YYYY and the extra DD part was ... too much data entry. They rather MANUALLY sort the data, than have to type two extra characters. I changed it back.

That person left the job, the person who took over the position loved the change, so I re-implemented it. Got paid 3 times for the job. Sometimes, people want change, but don't like it, and refuse to change, even when they want it.

Comment Re:Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 1) 244

OR, in our case, spend $150K on "Consultants" to review and document our department's recommendation and put it in a TPS Report that nobody reads. Basically duplicating what our Department recommended, because we are too stupid to know what we are talking about.

You can read some interesting anecdotes of how people get around people who have to add their $.02 worth to every decision, just to seem important.

http://programmers.stackexchan...

Comment Re:Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 1) 244

I've seen this myself. The "Leaders" who can't make a decision. The ones I've seen, are trying to avoid responsibility for decisions, and passing those off to an "unknown" committee, they can't be held responsible for the bad decisions because ... they didn't make that decision. OR worse, wait for the last possible moment to decide, and find out ... the decision was already made (incorrectly) or it was actually too late to make a difference (fix the dike after it is flooding).

I call it the "Accountability avoidance decision making tree".

As for meetings, this is my view of most of them ...

http://www.bluedogposters.com....

Comment Re: Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 2) 244

'nobody working for the govrnment has any talent'

I am a libertarian. I would not say "nobody" (an absolute) has talent. That being said, you make a strong strawman argument!

I am convinced, that that there are enough incompetent or evil people in government that it makes it impossible to dodge all the raindrops. The problem with Government Employees that suck, that are incompetent, that are evil is that it is virtually impossible to rid them from the system. They exist, they remain, and everyone knows a few that cannot be fired.

The reason you outsource in Government is so you can terminate the incompetent by eliminating the whole staff. Everyone pays the price for the bad. And in that case, it appears that "nobody has talent" because in order to function, you have to fire everyone (absolute) just to rid yourself of those that shouldn't be there in the first place.

Comment Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 4, Insightful) 244

If you outsource, you get what you pay for .. maybe.

If you keep it in house, you get what you pay for .. maybe.

The problem isn't outsourcing, it is leadership that is incapable of articulating needs correctly. Or even make a decision without having to have 18 meetings with people who don't give a rip and don't know anything.

Comment Re:Pile it on.. (Score 2, Insightful) 301

It is actually worse than this. It is like when Hillary said that all rape victims deserve to be believed, and then was asked about Bill's Alleged Victims ....

The hypocrisy is astounding. There is clear pandering to black people in the DNC, and it is revealed repeatedly in their email scandal. Things everyone already knows, but nobody really cares about. BLM protests in Milwaukee prove that it isn't about "white cops shooting unarmed black men" because the victim was a criminal, with a stolen gun, shot by a black cop, but somehow saying that makes me a "Racist" because I don't follow the narrative that the left wants to portray.

Compare and contrast what happened in "racist Texas" during the dallas shooting there, and the black guy with the riffle who DIDN'T get shot, even though a black guy with a rifle was shooting cops.

So, the cries of "racism" over every incident, regardless of the races involved, make it harder and harder to listen to anyone crying racist. Even when it is legitimate, all those fake claims are ruining it for the real victims. Meanwhile the REAL crimes in places like Chicago go largely ignored by the whole BLM movement, even though the impact is much much more involved.

While I don't doubt there are David Dukes of the world still out there, they are mostly powerless idiots, and nobody but the racebaiters with Rev in their name pay attention to.

Comment Re:How hard is it to find emails? (Score 1) 525

It's not a disqualification when there's no real alternative.

Define "no real alternative". Gary Johnson, a former governor and good guy, is a "real alternative' to both Clinton and Trump. If you are stuck voting for the Republicrats and the Demicans, that isn't my problem, it is yours.

And if you can't find an actual reason beyond "I can't vote for the other person" as a reason to vote "for" someone, perhaps you should try expanding your horizons beyond the two parties.

Comment Re:Pile it on.. (Score 3, Funny) 301

While you are correct, that those things exist, so does the wolf the boy cried over in that parable.

I realize that it works, which is why it is such a popular technique. Mentioning Saggy pants and how stupid they are, gets me labeled "racist". To which I usually respond ... "I didn't know saggy pants was genetic". If Saggy pants was genetic, I would assume it would apply more to the flat assed white people (and some Asians), but they seem to be able to keep their pants on.

But I understand why you wouldn't want to admit the Boy Who Cried Wolf applies here.

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