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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

AK Marc Re:Legacy Systems. (124 comments)

Yes, it's so unfair to be blamed for monumentally poor management of a project.

It is when the same incompetence in the private sector isn't condemned.

about an hour ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

AK Marc Re:The only solution... (159 comments)

Was the baby a citizen? I thought the rules were any legally-born child (not to an illegal entrant) was a citizen. And that was another reason they kicked them out more recently. But those rules also changed between your time here and mine. I just didn't follow too closely, as they didn't affect me.

2 hours ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

AK Marc Re:Legacy Systems. (124 comments)

You'd never see that if Mobile did a new middleware upgrade that wasted $300M and never worked.

And the issue here isn't Lockheed Martin's incompetence in delivering the contract, but the Government's in poorly managing a vendor.

The hypocrisy is that the government is always blamed.

3 hours ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

AK Marc Re:The only solution... (159 comments)

From your link:
"MSM [gay males] accounted for 52% of all people living with HIV infection in 2009, the most recent year these data are available"[snip]"and 63% of all new infections"

So it isn't hard to extrapolate and guess that some date before 2009, the "gay male" segment was below half (as now, it's almost exactly half), but the gay male segment grew faster than others recently to overtake it.

The last time I had looked, straight people still lead the gay-male category, but it has been a few years. And its still more non-Black than Black, but it was more white than non-white when I last paid attention.

I don't check the statistics on an annual basis to see what the trends are. None of those results affect my behavior.

4 hours ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

AK Marc Re:The only solution... (159 comments)

Since then, they changed the rules to throw out pregnant tourists. The TB test may have started out as prevention at one point, but at this point in time, it's about costs only.

4 hours ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

AK Marc Re:Legacy Systems. (124 comments)

GAAP requires private companies to respond to FOI requests?

No, it's properly documented for the annual report, but listed as "one time write-off", often as part of an acquisition cost, with insufficient details to determine the actual cause. And when the company turns a multi-billion dollar profit, you can lose $300M on a single project without bankrupting the company.

4 hours ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

AK Marc Re:The only solution... (159 comments)

Statistically, AIDS is mostly a disease of straight white people.

4 hours ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

AK Marc Re:The only solution... (159 comments)

They don't want to keep the disease out. They want to keep people with TB out of the health care system. If you were diagnosed as a tourist, they'd throw you out. If you are diagnosed as a prospective migrant, they throw you out. If you are diagnosed as a resident, they treat you. It isn't about the disease, but the treatment costs.

5 hours ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

AK Marc Re:The only solution... (159 comments)

When you only talk in sarcasm, you say nothing. Your opinion is only as valid as the justifications you can make for it. Apparently, that's nothing. So we'll treat your opinion with all the respect you deserve.

5 hours ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

AK Marc Re:Coming to a plane journey (159 comments)

If it can be spread by infected fluids flung, then the next biological war will be fought by soldiers throwing infected water balloons at each other.

5 hours ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

AK Marc Re:Let's just hope... (159 comments)

Fill water balloons with infected water. Throw it at riot police.

There are piles of ways to deliver things that aren't "traditional".

5 hours ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

AK Marc Re:Let's just hope... (159 comments)

Ebola isn't airborne, but there could be an airborne delivery mechanism created. Cook up 3 gallons of Jello. Spread lots of Ebola in it in the final cooling stages. Put that Jello in w warhead. Launch it somewhere. When it explodes, the Jello will act as a protection for the more delicate virus, and the infected Jello "dust" could be airborne transmission of Ebola.

I'm not saying it would work. I'm saying that unusual low-tech solutions can have unexpected results, and I wouldn't want to bet everyone's safety on the musings of some nay-sayer on the Internet.

For every advance made, there were always people who claimed it was impossible. Even after the commercial Tesla S release, people were still insisting it was "impossible" to make a car with the released specifications and price. I wonder how many would die from EVD while claiming it was impossible.

5 hours ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

AK Marc Re:Legacy Systems. (124 comments)

Delays and mismanagement is standard for any large enterprise. The only difference is that corporations have more legal room to hide their mistakes.

5 hours ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

AK Marc Re:ads (162 comments)

Yes. Like TV is "free" with ads that take lots of space. Thankfully, the TV content makers don't make TVs and stereos, so we still get "mute" buttons. With Android, the ad maker is essentially the device maker (via the O/S), so they did leave out the common "mute" button, as well as any easy way for it to be emulated.

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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

AK Marc Re:Did anything improve? (285 comments)

How do you plan to measure this, exactly?

You don't measure it "exactly".

What are you demanding be measured? You measure enjoyment of the subject, and some general (low pressure, and non binding) tests on subject matter.

Come on, people. Science works. Things that work are...testable. If you're advocating some educational strategy, but reject the notion that it's testable, you're rejecting basic science.

I think you are confusing things. What are you wanting to test? The end of the year, high-pressure tests to measure "understanding" of the material, even if it crushes the spirit of the students?

You'd happily harm the education of the students, so long as it gives you a number that makes you feel better?

If that describes you, kindly keep your hands off education policy.

I think you are the one that needs to keep your hands off education.

Oh, and if you think what I suggested isn't "testable" then you are dumber than the chair I'm sitting on. I can think of 100+ ways to test it. They just don't work well as mass standardized tests given every quarter.

3 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

AK Marc Re:lol (665 comments)

There are a large number of proven false flag operations, but even suggesting it's possible is insane? By that measure, rainbows are insane. I can't see one now, so they are obviously uncommon enough that anyone who claims to see one must be lying, right?

3 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

AK Marc Re:Did anything improve? (285 comments)

How was your childhood where at age 5 your idea of nirvana was hookers and coke?

Most children are naturally curious. Feed that curiosity in a fun way gets much better results than desks, "teaching" (that's really lecturing) and worksheets. Even if the rote memorization and stiffling environment will raise performance the next quarter. When the schools follow the corporate model of "next quarter" results, then the schools will fail. 6th grade is for making the best 25 year old possible, not the best 7th grader possible.

3 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

AK Marc Re:Did anything improve? (285 comments)

Why do you require some increase in a number of some multiple-choice test to consider it's success?

The number-1 predictor of student achievement is "how much they like school". If students hate school, they hate learning, and grow into dumb adults for whom everything is "hard". But students that like school, even if they don't learn much in any particular year, will associate learning with fun, and will continue to do so long after school is done.

3 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

AK Marc Re:lol (665 comments)

Unless it was done as a false flag action to blame on the separatists and rally the world to Ukraine's side.

3 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

AK Marc Re:I don't see the problem. (665 comments)

There's a reason the USSR state propaganda device was called Pravda. Go on, look it up, unless the Russian's edited it first.

3 days ago

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Bullied student punished for recording incident

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 3 months ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Whether it's the fact that it's a "disabled" student with ADHD, or the wiretapping was done with an iPad, stupid overreacting authorities, or bullies, this has Meme written all over it.

A 15 year old student was feeling bullied. He reported it, but nothing was done. He was being bullied in class time. So he recorded it on his school-provided iPad, provided because he has ADHD. When he took an incident to the school authorities, he was ordered to delete the file, the police were called, and he was arrested (and convicted) though one source indicates the charges were dropped and another indicates he was convicted, but overturned on appeal. . The charge was disorderly conduct, but he was also formally accused of (but not charged with) wiretapping violations."
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Loan Google Glass and Google will brick them remotely

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Now, as those lucky enough to be given Explorer status will begin to receive their Explorer Glass devices, some may be surprised to find that, in a possibly un-Google-like manner, the company has written, Do not “resell, loan, or transfer” language in the user agreement.

So what will the penalty be if you fork over the $1,500 and then decide to pass your brand new device on to someone else? The company says they can remotely turn your device into a fancy-looking forehead ornament."

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Software developer Bob outsources own job and whiles away shifts on cat videos

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes ""All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually".
When a routine security check by a US-based company showed someone was repeatedly logging on to their computer system from China, it naturally sent alarm bells ringing. Hackers were suspected and telecoms experts were called in.
It was only after a thorough investigation that it was revealed that the culprit was not a hacker, but "Bob" (not his real name), an "inoffensive and quiet" family man and the company's top-performing programmer, who could be seen toiling at his desk day after day and staring diligently at his monitor."

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Slashdot Poll

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Where do you live
1) USA
2) non-USA North America
3) South America
4) Europe
5) Africa
6) Asia
7) Australia/South Pacific
8) Other (Sealand, moon, Antarctica)"
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Last Chance to Save Buckyballs/Zen Magnets

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Comments close today on the magnet ban. The CPSC doesn't have to follow submission preferences, but it helps them stand up to the "you killed my kid" mothers who fed their children magnets until dead to say "the democracy chose to allow you to protect your own child". And yes, my attention was drawn to this by Zen Magnets who sent me an email about this issue, indicating that the last day for comments is today (well, will be by the time most of you read this)."
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