How To FIx Healthcare.gov: Go Open-Source!
Am I the only one that thinks things have gotten a bit hyperbolic. I hear a lot of non technical people talking about how "bad" the architecture is.
This is a new product and has more users a few weeks in then most of the big boys had in over a year.
We are not selling a iPhone or a plane ticket here. This is a complex infrastructure with lots of back end interactions. The front end is fairly modern. They haven't gotten around to minimizing and consolidating the JS files, but that will come I'm sure.
I've gotten through the sign up process, they added some stuff to do some ad-hoc shopping. I've seen much more dragging of feet by supposed enterprise players. What are we 20 days into this enormous platform? Most of the people complaining don't even need the damn thing because they already have insurance.
At the end of the day the exchanges are not even selling insurance. Insurance companies are doing that. It's like using googles shopping feature. Ultimately the insurance company is Amazon.com. If you need the insurance you'll go directly to the person selling it. Hell we probably should have started with the exchanges being nothing more than a fancy craigslist.
People who need insurance because they are sick or scared will get it. They will get the subsidies etc. The vast majority of these so called "healthy young" are just declining insurance through there employers. They just have to fill out a bunch of paper work with their HR department.
At the end of the day healthcare.gov is something to help people get insurance. The subsides and the new rules are what will get it for them.
With Microsoft Office on Android, Has Linus Torvalds Won?
"Since Microsoft has a very vague idea of what users want" ... BS
Do you own a truck? If you don't and don't want one you wouldn't tell Ford and Ram(Dodge) what they should put in their trucks.
Excel is the Grep\AWK\Sed of the enterprise\business world. Not all of it, but a large percentage. The fact of the matter is there is a whole lot in your life that was built with the assistance of Word, Excel, and hell even PowerPoint. You think the construction company that built the building your in uses VIM to manage there shit.
Slashdot in general does not get this. I'm sure there are plenty of desktop support guys on here who do. Google docs is great an I use them all the time, but it's a tinker toy to some of the more advanced features in Excel that most people haven't even heard of.
Throw together a pivot table with a slicer and then see me in the morning. Take a look at stock symbol DATA for tableu...there is a world outside of compilers, web servers, and VIM people.
You can't tell me you haven't heard a iPad guy tell you he wishes he had Excel on there.
MS has done okay with the XBox. I think the phone and tablet is a catch 22 for them. If they don't do it people will wonder why. If they do people will wonder why.
Full-Size Remote Control Cars
I wouldn't be surprised if UPS would be interested. Trucker gets tired just hand off. No more potty breaks etc.
I'm interested in the security and reliability of the connection. Cloud cover, overpasses, etc etc. Although I suppose you could combine a little auto driving in there like auto breaking and dealing with being cutoff. I don't think you could react fast enough remotely...plus if you wrecked the impact is less for you so you might get lazy.
Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive
I know we all hate MS here, but doesn't it worry you that you can't have a product name with the word Sky in it.
I mean if MS renamed themselves to SkySoft or something maybe...and even then...
Seems like we just gave this company a bunch of free publicity that wasn't actually being harmed. Was anyone confused by the names?
Anonymous Source Claims Feds Demand Private SSL Keys From Web Services
Have they been asked? Do they keep a copy?
The Pentagon's Seven Million Lines of Cobol
Regardless of your political leanings this is a job that the private sector could handle way way better. It is super hard to create a good software shop...let alone being the military.
We use paycor and we have good to great IT in general. We could program a pay app, but why the hell would we? Is pay schedule really that complicated....if it is why not simplify it...a great opportunity for reform.
Microsoft To Add Ads To Smart Search
from you, but not from the masses
The Smart Grid Has Arrived
CNBC asked a bunch of kids if they wanted glasses or least wanted to try them. Some CNET guy was there.
All the little kiddies raised there hands. Then told it was 1500 bucks they lowered them.
I think cost is its biggest problem. Everyone who sees the videos thinks it is cool..everyone will use them why they drive or walk around town. They will probably take them off when they sit down at the bar.
Researchers Analyze Twitter To Find Happiest Parts of the United States
Seems like an easier data set to parse and a bit more truthful. You can tweet how happy you are, but at the end of the day your taking pills for depression your are not(of course excluding certain medical conditions). L.A. and other areas might be exposed for people seeming to be happy, but ultimately not.
Hacker Bypasses Windows 7/8 Address Space Layout Randomization
would a secondary dedicated IP stack work. Hardware wise could we tell the CPU that a byte or range is where stack is and fault if its written twice...write once or clear.
Hacker Bypasses Windows 7/8 Address Space Layout Randomization
Are we ever going to fix the real issue? You generally use one to start horking the stack and then get the CPU to jump to some address. Then these protections come into play.
I get the feeling people have just given up versus trying to change compilers and hardware to protect the stack. I should be able to keep writing into an unprotected char array and never come close to some instruction pointer shouldn't I. Is it too much to demand?
Barracuda Appliances Have Exploitable Holes, Fixed By Firmware Updates
So the tech note mentions that this is only accessible from a small subset of ips...WHAT IPS!!!!!!
At least it doesn't sound like a zero day so we have time to get it patched. Since we block the management ips from our firewall it sounds like this would only effect attacks from within your network.
Security Expert Says Java Vulnerability Could Take Years To Fix, Despite Patch
Why exactly do we need applets on joe smoe's machine? If your a corporation enable it.
Sure there is this plugin and that to accomplish this...time for FF, Chrome, and IE to build this stuff in and make it off by default and super simple to address. Of course you've got grandma on IE 6/7/8, but even then MS could put out a patch that just turns off applets. The next time IE starts up it ask the user. Group policy would override.
Ask Slashdot: What Practices Impede Developers' Productivity?
What a developer thinks, but not what managers who actually sees the forest through the trees think.
The guy who knows what he is going off and does his thing. No one meets or talk. Developers later finds out someone else was doing the same thing or solved the same problem.
Meetings can increase productivity if they have a point, use some kind of software to manage work originating from (like Trello), and have general rules.
You can take my daily standup meeting from my cold dead hands.
Bad meetings are just that. It's like people who hate government not being good at running a government. Since you demise them so much you probably go in with a super negative attitude about them. You doom yourself and your team to fail. I've seen meeting make measurable improvement, watch the meeting stop happening because of it, and then watch it revert, rinse repeat...not a horrible approach at the end of the day. Syssies with developers, developers with qa, etc. etc.
Productivity claims are just people bitchin...and a lot of it has to do with the simplicity of the product, users, and other measurements. You go into companies with lots of complexity, legacy overhead, needy clients, and you'll end up with low productivity.
And oh yah, don't capitalize meetings. It only shows your immaturity. Claiming that other people don't know what they are doing and that you do is also pretty cocky...I'm sure you know everything right? Come on slashdot stop being so reactionary.
Marketing is the only group that are bigger divas then developers these days. Relax your not nearly as smart as you think you are...you are just used to people telling you are because you like math.
IE Flaw Lets Sites Track Your Mouse Cursor, Even When You Aren't Browsing
I want this patched, but I'm very curious as to how this really compromises anything.
I can see how it can affect virtual keyboards. Who exactly is this market? People using IE and using Virtual keyboards for security reasons? Can we have a slashdot poll of virtual keyboards users and there favorite browser.
It says these ad sites are using the data. What exactly does this give them...maybe the fact that I click the start button at 10:01 A.M. every day? Otherwise it is just random X,Y coords without knowing what app has focus.
Laser Fusion Put On a Slow Burn By US Government
Besides being an ugly word it is imposing a sort of emotional response to something that is more practical and dare scientific.
At the end of the day we have created fusion. Most of it came through bombs, but from a scientific standpoint we know about fusion.
This is about creating a clean, reliable, cost effective energy solution.
There should not be hard feelings or even a feeling of failure. The idea was sound enough to look into. Maybe it's just not practical. No use throwing good money after bad or crying over spilled milk.
Will Microsoft Dis-Kinect Freeloading TV Viewers?
"Just when you think the cable TV viewing experience couldn't get any worse..."
I have DirectTV which could be considered cable I suppose. I also have Netflix, Hulu Plus, and a Roku box with some other stuff. My DirectTV box supports Youtube for that occasional time I want to watch Gangam style on the big screen.
I have a DVR and I love my cable "experience". My box has a basic search, but it's good enough. It records fine. I get all the shows just fine. I rarely get weather issues and never get "buffering..." messages. Add in ondemand.
Lets not confuse experience with price. We have also become a super cheap bunch. The same person that lays down 2k for an Apple laptop will complain about 100 dollar cable bill. I've spent more on dinner for a few friends then my cable bill. To bad we can't pipe our cable in from China huh?
At the same time people love their fast Internet cable modem...at this point about the best we got. Fiber at the kind of scales we need it is just not practical...and honestly coax could rival it as we move more and more spectrum to the cable modem.
What I don't understand is why Netflix doesn't offer a premium service. Offer me a 50 dollar a month plan and get the good stuff and get it faster. The real question, are our cheap asses willing to pay for what we want or not?
All that said this Kinnect thing is stupid and would never fly...and probably just someone trying to get on slashdot.
To Mollify Google on Moto Patents, Apple Proposes $1/Device Fee
How about Google just asking Apple to not charge Samsung a billion dollars and call it even.
Microsoft Releases Windows 8
Seems unrelated, but guess what software changes and evolves. The biggest reason to upgrade to windows 8 is that 8 is higher than 7. People still running XP are like people running a linux kernel 2.4 because 2.6 doesn't really have anything you need...of course it doesn't...its about the long term aggregation. XP doesn't run IE 9...why we have so much IE 8! Just upgrade already or buy a new machine or whatever...just do it. Yah your 1997 honda civic might run "fine", but I bet it has a tape player.
Having an OS that can run well on a tablet and well when in traditional PC use is going to be hard and it's going to take a few versions for anyone to get right.
MS is NOT apple. They don't need people standing in line on release day clapping at one another to be successful. No one gives a crap about some big line outside of a Best Buy. MS will sell this OS just like Windows 7....slow and steady. Apple wishes they sold even a fraction of the number of Windows 7 licenses of anything. Windows 7 = 670 million total, Ipad = 84 million.
This idea that Windows 8 is going to be Vista is sort of silly. Enterprises will likely have a Software Assurance or whatever MS is calling it these days and so the upgrade is just a matter of when not if.
Windows in the home? Windows in the dorm room? Harder to predict, but probably less often, but not less. You might get an Ipad every year and a PC every three. I ain't paying thousands more for a damn silver laptop I use every 3 months...some shitty 500 dollar Acer ultra book will do just fine. For the college student maybe a Chrome book is good nough.
MS is essentially the new IBM. They will come up with new products and people everytime will try and compare them to Apple...and everytime it will be for a different market no stupid day trader or CNet reviewer will ever understand. You never see "DB2 10 wil be a SQL Server 2012 killer"
p.s. If I hear another the "ribbon" in office is worse I'm going to shoot someone. The ribbon is better, if you don't think so your just old and stubborn. Your probably reading this in Chrome...u see a file menu? Even the three line menu is just a vertical ribbon. If your in FF do you see a file menu? Why do you think FF feels clunky? Techies love to hate Windows new GUIs and so there will be Metro haters...MS is smart enough to not care about techies and haters, but to care about average users.
Criminals Crack and Steal Customer Data From Barnes & Noble Keypads
Why are they storing CCs plain text on the terminals. Do they really need anything other than the last four digits...or can they store them encrypted locally or even better on a server.
The question is did they realize this threat and ignore it? Could they have forced their software vendor to fix it? Did they just not want to spend the money? If they didn't see the risk why?