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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Livius Re:Reputation (21 comments)

No, they go one better - be the most *expensive* bid, thereby convincing clueless MBAs of the superiority of your product, and then proceed to overcharge, delay, etc.

Car analogy: They sell you the most expensive car ever. Then tell you the engine costs extra. And then tell you the petrol tank is extra. And by the way don't put regular petrol in it, only aviation fuel. And isn't that logarithmic-scale odometer so much more science-y than those other brands of cars?

2 minutes ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Livius Re:They always told me I was so smart... (70 comments)

Trying to tell other people they are wrong all the time is a liability. Telling people, "I am smarter than you, so you are wrong" is a liability.

I'll have to take your word for it; I wouldn't know since I never did any of that.

about half an hour ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Livius Reputation (21 comments)

I don't know if Oregon's suit has merit or not, but that sure sounds like my employer's experience with Oracle.

about half an hour ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Livius Re:They always told me I was so smart... (70 comments)

I figured out I was smart as a kid.

I also figured out that intelligence was a liability, and I've still seen very few environments where that wasn't true, and all of those only well after childhood.

1 hour ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Livius Re:No Kari??? (270 comments)

Bear in mind that, besides over-representing and under-representing (false dichotomy fallacy), there is a third possibility, known as reality.

1 hour ago
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Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

Livius Re:Securing the Internet of Things is easy (69 comments)

It's not easy, since "Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era" means exactly the same thing as "Securing Networks".

4 hours ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Livius Re:No Kari??? (270 comments)

We need way, way, more women like her on TV.

Yes, let's over-represent a minority group on purpose.

yesterday
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Livius Re:Agile can fuck off. (236 comments)

I've also worked in places where Agile was a stultifying cover story for "actually waterfall but that doesn't sound as cool so we'll never admit it".

That's my environment. They've stopped trying to say 'Agile' with a straight face.

2 days ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Livius Re:By that logic... (334 comments)

They enjoy being hypocrites.

2 days ago
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Book Review: Social Engineering In IT Security Tools, Tactics, and Techniques

Livius Re:Why dignify it as "social engineering"? (45 comments)

It's a useful distinction to make, so there should be a term for it.

Of course, that term should on include the word 'engineering', since it has nothing to do with the correct meaning of the word 'engineering'.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Livius Re:Pick a different job. (533 comments)

Unions exist because in general an employer, especially a corporation, has far more bargaining power than the worker.

Unions, regrettably, are a terrible solution to the problem, because unions abuse their bargaining power at least as much as any other quasi-monopoly.

Sadly no-one has the courage to stand up to them and try to come up with a solution that could actually work.

2 days ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

Livius Which part is new (179 comments)

... in this so-called 'new' research?

Because, except for part about giving up hope based on one example in another species, medical science has known all of this for decades.

2 days ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Livius Re:'probing' customers (246 comments)

Hang on a minute - where does Comcast recruit from?

3 days ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Livius Re:Just doin' business (246 comments)

Because sales, particularly if an employee's performance/compensation is based on it, becomes predatory, and is the opposite of jobs described as technical support or customer service.

Because some people don't understand that no means no.

3 days ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Livius Re:Just don't deal with Americans (246 comments)

And to make it worse, outside companies that enter the US market are corrupted by it.

3 days ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

Livius Re:nuke it in orbit... (116 comments)

Because species that diverged genetically several billion years ago will physically closely resemble each other.

3 days ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Livius I'm shocked! (181 comments)

In the absence of governments preventing them quasi-monopolies will act like quasi-monopolies?

3 days ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Livius Re:How to cripple a city (473 comments)

Usually the law *requires* you to drive at a safe speed, and if everyone is exceeding the speed limit then not keeping pace is an unsafe speed and illegal.

3 days ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Livius Re:Why speed only a little? (473 comments)

With this in place, and with computer reflexes why not speed like a maniac?

Because unlike speeding by 5 or 10 km/h over the speed limit to keep pace with the flow of traffic, excessive speeding is actually dangerous.

3 days ago

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