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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

bwhaley golang: iota (729 comments)

The iota enumerator in Golang is elegant and unique. Writing idiomatic Golang code is so implicit in the language itself that I've been able to easily read almost any Go code I find.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

bwhaley Re:Murphy says no. (265 comments)

If you're building services that still require "regular maintenance windows" in 2014, you're doing it wrong.

This is a really nice sentiment but is in fact somewhat disconnected from reality.

In the web world, building zero downtime services that don't require maintenance is doable. In many enterprise IT environments with legacy or bloated software (hospitals, education, government) it's a non-starter. The staff do not have the skill, the applications don't have the support, and the political will within the organization is not there. Database migrations alone can be a major source of downtime, and that's largely true even for web services.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

bwhaley Re:Puppet. (265 comments)

Puppet is a great tool for automation but does not solve problems like patching and rebooting systems without downtime.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

bwhaley Re:Murphy says no. (265 comments)

Yup. Very dependent on the business, the application, the usage patterns, etc.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

bwhaley Re:Murphy says no. (265 comments)

The right answer to this is to have redundant systems so you can do the work during the day without impacting business operations.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

bwhaley Re:I was born at the right time... (153 comments)

Yep, pretty much this. For me it was a bit later - 1980 - but we had a C64 in the house and my Dad was in a club that talked about them. He showed me some simple BASIC and set me on the track at an early age.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair

bwhaley Write some code (121 comments)

Come up with a few simple programming projects that students can run through. There's something magical about writing code and seeing the computer execute exactly what you told it to do. Write a Ruby Sinatra or Python Flask app and show how to access it from the command line. This will teach them what a web server is and how to write simple code at the same time.

1 year,25 days

17-Year-Old Girl Wins Boston TV API Programming Contest

bwhaley Re:Censorship (117 comments)

Where are my mod points when I need them?

about a year ago

Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

bwhaley Valve Handbook (522 comments)

Valve addresses this very question in the Handbook for New Employees:

Q: If all this stuff has worked well for us, why doesn’t every company
work this way?

A: Well, it’s really hard. Mainly because, from day one, it requires a
commitment to hiring in a way that’s very different from the way most
companies hire. It also requires the discipline to make the design of
the company more important than any one short-term business goal.
And it requires a great deal of freedom from outside pressure—being
self-funded was key. And having a founder who was confident enough
to build this kind of place is rare, indeed.

Another reason that it’s hard to run a company this way is that it
requires vigilance. It’s a one-way trip if the core values change, and
maintaining them requires the full commitment of everyone—
especially those who’ve been here the longest. For “senior” people
at most companies, accumulating more power and/or money over
time happens by adopting a more hierarchical culture.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Monitor Traffic?

bwhaley Re:a bird in hand (338 comments)

Completely agreed. How did samzenpus decide this of all submissions should make the cut? The submitter is clearly quite uninformed and the question is far out of line with the thinking of the Slashdot community, even if it were reasonably formulated.

Next, please.

more than 2 years ago

BTJunkie No More?

bwhaley Re:Crickets (328 comments)

I used it exclusively. For me it was the best place to find torrents that where properly categorized with many seeders and, most importantly, ratings and comments so that you could be confident in the files you were downloading. It was an aggregator of other sites so it had an extensive database. I had been using it since it's inception in 2005. I'll miss it dearly.

more than 2 years ago

Least worthy tech-world cliches / buzzwords?

bwhaley Re:First (297 comments)

Personally I don't understand all the animosity around "the cloud" moniker. We need an easy way to refer to a paradigm shift in serving computing resources. The cloud is an accurate representation of that shift. What's the problem?

more than 2 years ago

The best computer upgrade I've ever done was:

bwhaley Re:Missing option (522 comments)

That's why I got the TNT 2. Hah. I think I still have it somewhere.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Pushes For National Internet Sales Tax

bwhaley Inaccurate headline? (392 comments)

Amazon is NOT pushing for a national sales tax! This article is about Governor Haslam's agenda, not Amazon's. The headline is inaccurate and misleading.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: CS Grads Taking IT Jobs?

bwhaley Re:CS is part of IT (520 comments)

Is that really what you think IT guys do? The equivalent of fixing your car? What an arrogant statement. Like anything else, there is a spectrum of skills and job types within what you refer to as "IT," just as in any other discipline. Is the new help desk employee that resets user passwords the same role as the architect who designs redundant data centers for high availability or disaster recovery? Similarly, is the web developer who edits Wordpress themes the same as the C programmer writing drivers?

Not all programmers are high and mighty, genius computer scientists. Not all IT workers are Windows monkeys.

more than 2 years ago

Inside the Mechanical Turk Sweatshop

bwhaley txteagle alternative (267 comments)

I learned about the txteagle service this weekend at a TEDx event. txteagle crowdsources services to mobile phone users in developing nations. While these small amounts not mean much to those of us in the US, for people in developing nations earning less than $5/day it can have a huge lifestyle impact.

more than 4 years ago

As 2010 approaches, I expect the next year ...

bwhaley Re:As good as any time to make a change (444 comments)

Cool, Boulder is an awesome place to live. Been here for 8 years. Lots of work in both IT and development.. Good luck!

more than 4 years ago

Domain-Name Wars, Rise of the Cybersquatters

bwhaley Re:The way it should be (183 comments)

One could argue that this is abusing the domain name system's original intent. To continue your example, why does Ford need,,, etc? They should be using subdomains: The make and model are both instantly more recognizable, as is the Ford brand in general.

The Internet would be a better place if the marketing people would focus on marketing problems and let the technology people implement solutions.

more than 5 years ago

With regard to living in a basement ...

bwhaley Obligatory Wayne's World reference (487 comments)

Garth Algar: I mean, we're looking down on Wayne's basement. Only that's not Wayne's basement. Isn't that weird?

Wayne Campbell: Yeah, that's weird, man, that's weird. Garth! That was a haiku!

more than 5 years ago



New HIPAA modifications under the ARRA

bwhaley bwhaley writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bwhaley writes "The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, signed in to law by Bill Clinton in 1996, has shaped the security requirements for organizations that handle individual health information over the past 13 years. The ARRA "Stimulus" bill introduces serious changes and additions to the original legislation. In particular, the ARRA comes with new data breach notification requirements, additional auditing and disclosure rules, and the full wrath of the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules for business associates. Full coverage of the ARRA's effect on HIPAA here."
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