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"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At Healthcare.gov

MrMarket Re: Furloughed workers (346 comments)

Governments pay every Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

about a year ago
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"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At Healthcare.gov

MrMarket Re:Furloughed workers (346 comments)

do you REALLY want these people in charge of your healthcare? I don't.

Congrats you baited me. The Government is not in charge of your healthcare any more than the SEC is in charge of your stock portfolio. ACA created a regulated market for private insurance. The person deciding whether or not you get surgery is a medical director at a *private* insurance company. Not a government official. If anything, ACA made it harder for insurance companies to deny coverage for certain types of care. This Republican talking point is way over-played and not based on facts.

about a year ago
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"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At Healthcare.gov

MrMarket Re:Furloughed workers (346 comments)

Add something meaningful.

Go-live fiascos like this are quite common in the private sector. Large corporate bureaucracies can be just as bad, if not worse, than government. The difference is that this particular SNAFU is getting dissected in the press. It's a great opportunity to learn about the complexities involved when deploying large, complex, federated systems. I guarantee you there are people in the private sector pushing these articles to their corp. IT as a way to shame CIOs and CEOs into cutting the red tape, procurement hurdles, fiefdoms, and archaic development methodologies in their own organizations. If you want something meaningful from this event, learn from it rather than pointing fingers at "The Government." These are problems in most large organizations.

about a year ago
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Is the DEA Lying About iMessage Security?

MrMarket Re: Who cares (195 comments)

Political dissidents, whistle blowers... and FREEDOM LOVERS.

about a year and a half ago
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US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

MrMarket Re:Yawn (656 comments)

Mod up. He paid ultimate price for what he believed. There is not a stronger litmus test for one's character.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Is Giving Away Its Secrets By Litigating

MrMarket Re:These are secrets? (149 comments)

Marketing isn't just about how much money you throw at it - your ads have to actually be good. The WP7/Bing ads have been awful.

The product you're selling also has to be good. "Fool me once..."

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Goes Back To EPEAT

MrMarket Re:Not stupid at all (225 comments)

Not as authoritative as you thought:
"A coalition of electronics recyclers are disputing the Retina MacBook Pro's newly minted EPEAT "Gold" status, noting that the industrial-strength glue holding the battery in place runs afoul of rules designed to make computers easier to recycle. It turns out that the Gold rating was handed to Apple by none other than Apple itself, though EPEAT can require Apple to remove the rating after evaluating its assessment of standard criteria."

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Goes Back To EPEAT

MrMarket Re:Not stupid at all (225 comments)

Source:"all of Apple’s Mac line had top EPEAT ratings, with the exception of the company’s new MacBook Pro with Retina Display."

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Goes Back To EPEAT

MrMarket Re:Not stupid at all (225 comments)

"...all qualifying products." I didn't hear that future products (like additional retina screen lap tops) will be EPEAT.

more than 2 years ago
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India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France

MrMarket Re:french military victories (600 comments)

Who knew the surrender button was such a desirable feature?

more than 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On XP?

MrMarket Re:Nothing (879 comments)

Mostly enterprise planning incompetence. We have "legacy" corporate encryption and security cripple-ware that only works on XP machines... the 2-year project completed last year.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Writing Hardened Web Applications?

MrMarket Re:What the Fuck?! (333 comments)

Thank you. This thread is a pos if you are interested in learning the topic. This is why people hate nerds.

more than 2 years ago
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China's Parallel Online Universe

MrMarket Re:But it's not wrong when corporations do it! Rig (173 comments)

You want to be able to tell the New York Times, the BBC, Google, your local radio stations, Microsoft, all of the bloggers that ramble online, every book publisher, people who choose which songs to perform songs in bars (or used to be able to choose, before your illiberal Orwellian anti-freedom kicked in) ... you want to define freedom for them by denyin them choice.

Just so we are clear, the GP is saying that the companies above should have the freedom to reach their audiences and customers without being selectively blocked by ISPs.

more than 2 years ago
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How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

MrMarket Re:Why fit in? (659 comments)

He needs a mentor that can keep up with him. Rather than focusing on high school vs. college, I'd focus on finding the best possible person to set him down a fulfilling path for his life. That teacher or mentor could be in a University or high school. Putting this kid in any classroom is like handing out the keys to a Formula 1 car. You'll want to make sure that the driver can steer this mind towards reaching its full potential (both in achievement and personal fulfillment).

about 3 years ago
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Facebook Files For a Patent To Track Its Users On Other Sites

MrMarket Re:Scope and methods (133 comments)

Exactly. You can't share your Spotify tracks or Netflix que on your timeline without something that monoitors activity while you are on other sites. Not sure why everyone on here is freaking out. If you want to share your life online, you'll have to allow FB to track your life. If you don't want to, stay off FB.

about 3 years ago
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Are Google's Best Days Behind It?

MrMarket Re:Yes (283 comments)

Big market != Good business. Trading profits, IP, and making compromises on your business for access to a big market are not necessarily good business moves.

more than 3 years ago
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House Websites Jammed After Obama Debt Speech

MrMarket Re:Will it make a difference? (1042 comments)

If we keep spending at the rate we are without the revenues to support it, it'll be a much faster deline.

Fixed it for you

more than 3 years ago
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Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+?

MrMarket Re:Twitter + (456 comments)

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. -Steve Jobs

more than 3 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Coding boot camps for PHBs

MrMarket MrMarket writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MrMarket (983874) writes "I am a PHB (marketing guy) with a hobbyist-level understanding of HTML and CSS that would like to learn how to build a web application. My employer has a sabbatical program that gives us six weeks paid leave to pursue an intensive area of study. I would like to use mine to build a basic consumer web application as a way to get learn HTML5, CSS, and javascript.

Can any one suggest a coder's bootcamp for people with little to no experience? Ideally it would be a program where I could come into the program with my idea (with detailed mock ups and business requirements) and have access to classes and labs sessions to choose the framework, set up the environment, and build the application with the help of a teacher. I know that most of you learned to code by "just doing it," but I could really benefit from some structure and mentoring to accelerate the process (or at least get a jump start on the foundation)."

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Journals

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Sun Buys MySQL

MrMarket MrMarket writes  |  more than 6 years ago Sun has agreed to buy MySQL for $800 million in cash and $200 million in options. Schwartz says the acquisition puts Sun in the position to provide the only "completely open source operating system for the internet."

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Vertical Farming

MrMarket MrMarket writes  |  more than 7 years ago New York Magazine has an interesting article about vertical farming, or growing food in skyscrapers. Dr. Dickson Despommier of Columbia University believes that "vertical farm" skyscrapers could help fight global warming. The article points out other uses: growing food in close proximity to cities, recycling urban waste, growing more food with less land and resources, sheltering food from pests without chemicals, and producing energy through farming. I'm not sure about the last one, (if mass comes out, energy must go in), but what does /. think? Is this a practical endeavor, or a Utopian pipe dream?

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