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

bad-badtz-maru Re:Legacy Systems. (144 comments)

I love this:

>> Searching for records first goes to the "safe" side. If no records found use legacy system. ...as if the system consists of a single query, so the solution is simply to scan the new system and then the old system. Versus the reality of ten bazillion queries and thousands of database tables.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

bad-badtz-maru Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (354 comments)

You do understand that the number of titles currently available via (legal) streaming is far, far less than the number of titles available via shipped plastic?

about 2 months ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

bad-badtz-maru Re:Controversy? (215 comments)

I have no idea what "AAA" means in video game context, either. I am not a gamer. I know plenty of geeks that don't game.

about 3 months ago
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US Wants To Build 'Internet of Postal Things'

bad-badtz-maru Re:That number can't be right... (113 comments)

It's just for a "study", aka a way to funnel govt money into the private sector.

about 3 months ago
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US Wants To Build 'Internet of Postal Things'

bad-badtz-maru Re:Not Qualified (113 comments)

No, they are not qualified, and the project wouldn't be done internally. The USPS is a treasure trove of outsourced, poorly-implemented half-done years-late projects, such as Flats Sequencing System and eInduction. The whole entity looks like a gigantic money funnel to companies like Northrup and Accenture.

about 3 months ago
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US Wants To Build 'Internet of Postal Things'

bad-badtz-maru Re:The biggest problem with the Post Office can't (113 comments)

And it's these 400 customers who demand delivery tracking. USPS performance is inconsistent across facilities and they are always pulling tricks like "unload incoming bulk mail and let sit for 2 days before doing an inbound scan". Those 400 customers want to know why a percentage of their multi-million-dollar bulk mailing arrived in the mailbox after the sale was over. That's what drives the tracking initiatives.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

bad-badtz-maru Re:Bye bye Silverlight (202 comments)

You complained a year ago about a choice Netflix made five years ago? Wow, you've got the pulse of technology.

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

bad-badtz-maru Re:My biggest gripe (338 comments)

USPS has the APIs but they are so obtuse and FIPS-standards-laden that the USPS points you to Indicia or Pitney Bowes if you ask about implementing the API.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

bad-badtz-maru Re:Microsoft the Old Dinosaur (294 comments)

..."thousands of bugs" he says, on the heels of a fairly large remotely-exploitable openssl security hole. Go OSS!

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

bad-badtz-maru Re:Apply to jobs (451 comments)

You disagree that many, if not most, organizations are plump with multiple layers of ineffective management?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

bad-badtz-maru Re:Apply to jobs (451 comments)

At 42, I can tell you it gets worse. The idiocy of management is boundless, as is their energy in pushing their ideas and their inability to absorb any information.

about 6 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

bad-badtz-maru Re:cache is invalidated. See programming 201 (695 comments)

Yes, I've had the misfortune to hear countless client complaints resulting from their failure to lower the TTL well in advance of a planned DNS change on a key host.

about 7 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

bad-badtz-maru Re:ps - performance good because pdns & mysql (695 comments)

In summary - once the DNS information is changed in the database, the DNS server continues to serve out stale information for the next 10,000+ queries.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

bad-badtz-maru Re:Ubuntu Studio (299 comments)

Mod up!

about 8 months ago
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Airgap-Jumping Malware May Use Ultrasonic Networking To Communicate

bad-badtz-maru Re:BUNCH OF CRAP !! (265 comments)

Are you paying attention? We're talking about usable output above 22k. A 3dB rolloff at 15k is going to be what at 22k?

about 10 months ago
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Airgap-Jumping Malware May Use Ultrasonic Networking To Communicate

bad-badtz-maru Re:BUNCH OF CRAP !! (265 comments)

But what's the upper frequency cutoff of the speaker?

about 10 months ago

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