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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

wmelnick Re:Can't offer much (509 comments)

There is a not a single language used in the last 30 years that is not still being used somewhere. There are many businesses out there still running on RPG, COBOL and FORTRAN. If that person is good at what he knows, he will always be able to find a job. It may not be a "sexy" job to the 20-something crowd, but if he had a family, a job where his coding skills are appreciated, that only demands 9-5, is probably far more attractive to him anyway. I have seen many people throughout my career move into companies like that and be perfectly happy when I switched over to management instead.

about a year ago
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Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

wmelnick Re:Specialty Software (953 comments)

It's called OpenEMR.

about a year ago
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Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

wmelnick Re:Certification (953 comments)

They still can get the money for meeting Meaningful Use which will more than pay for the upgrade, hardware and software.

about a year ago
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Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

wmelnick Re:Unplug the computer from the WWW (953 comments)

Since they are getting $42,000 from the government for meeting Meaningful Use over the next 4 years, the argument is bullshit. They can afford a new computer, new software and the tech support to install it, and still be able to pocket half the money.

about a year ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

wmelnick Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (1059 comments)

Hate to tell you this, but most of us in the top 5% started in the lower 50%. When you get out of college you take a shit job to get experience but little by little you climb up the ladder. But today there is such a sense of entitlement that everyone wants to be in the top 10% right out of undergrad. Guess what? it does not work that way. Want to make the top 10 or 5%? Sacrifice. Give up going out with your friends to work 18 hour days. Nobody gave me what I have, but I am glad that I have it and I say "screw you" to those who want to take it away from me (ie: Obama). I made the sacrifices. I could have made more money off the bat by not going to college, but I did not. I could have made more money quickly by not getting a second degree part time while I was working but I stuck it out. Now I have a nice house and a new car with a kid in college and another to follow soon. I also was smart and went to state schools so I did not have to max out my student loans. You made bad choices? Tough shit. The info was always out there but you chose to ignore it.

about a year ago
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Loss of a Single Laptop Leads to $50k Fine Against Idaho Hospice

wmelnick Re:Government penalizers doing... (188 comments)

BS - They have already gone after Blue Cross/Blue Shield and many large practices. There have been multi-million dollar settlements. This was a warning shot to smaller providers that they have to keep their patients' data safe too because many are too lazy to do so.

about a year ago
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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

wmelnick Re:Piracy = Theft Analogy (432 comments)

You should re-read the license. You absolutely may charge for GPL software. Free means the source code is readily available (free as in speech, not as in beer).

about a year ago
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Man Charged £2,000 For Medical Records Stored On Obsolete System

wmelnick Re:Single Payer Cost Board Says "No" (368 comments)

Then why did Danny Williams come to the US for his heart surgery?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Finding a Security Breach On Shared Hosting?

wmelnick Be careful! (168 comments)

If you live in the US, or your hosting is in the US, what you have done is technically cyber-crime. While I hate to say this, your best recourse is to move to another host and leave it all behind you. Should the hosting company start losing business because of you warning other users you could face all kinds of civil lawsuits and possibly even criminal penalties.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Securing a Windows Laptop, For the Windows Newbie?

wmelnick Buy a used Mac! (503 comments)

Go onto Cowboom or eBay and get a used Mac. Blizzard has great Mac clients and you will not have to worry about the viruses, etc. The upfront cost may be greater but the Total Cost of Ownership will be less. See if you can find a Mac Mini that meets the specs - any one made in 2009 or later will do as they have nvidia graphics.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

wmelnick Re:You basically just more economically said (1154 comments)

I am just about as old as you and pretty much have followed the same track. I do still use Linux as my server OS - Scientific or Centos, but I use OSX 10.8 as my desktop. It look good, it does not essentially change with each annual release, the mainstream apps I need are available and I can still do PHP/Apache/MySQL development on it. I loved Linux from the late 80s until around the release of the first Hackintosh distros when I was able to convert my Dell Vostro which had Fedora over to MacOS. It was fairly stable but the stability problems took me no longer to fix than the configuration files on Linux that I always had to tweak. Now I run a MacBook Air, and everything works well, including the unix console that I spend half my day using.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

wmelnick Re:DMCA to the rescue! (782 comments)

Actually no, since you are the one accessing it against the company policy, YOU are circumventing your copy-protection scheme and you could technically go to jail for accessing your own data.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

wmelnick Re:Perspectives (782 comments)

It is settled law that the company owns all data on its computers, email accounts etc, at least in the USA. If you are doing it at work, your employer has every right to be sniffing and logging that data, encrypted of otherwise since you are working for them and as a result you, for the time you are at work, are part of the company.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Training To Rekindle a Long Tech Career?

wmelnick Re:Be realistic (162 comments)

Depends on what you call "Elder". Those in their 60s and 70s yes. Those of us in our 40s and slighty older than us are even more screwed than you youngsters. We have paid in all our lives (25+ years) the same as those in their 70s and 80s who have gotten everything but when we get to retirement age in 15-20 years there will be nothing left for us and everything we paid in will have been sucked dry.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Long Should Devs Support Software Written For Clients?

wmelnick Re:Acceptance Testing? (384 comments)

Agreed. You cannot be expected to shift gears and look at code for free. The client write the spec or at least the majority of it. It behooves them to test the code to make sure it meets the spec when they get it. Support costs, it is not a freebie.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Long Should Devs Support Software Written For Clients?

wmelnick Stick to the spec/ (384 comments)

I write into my contracts: 1/3 due up front (agreement of the spec). 1/3 due at delivery. 1/3 due at acceptance. Acceptance is either when they sign off, or one week after delivery of product or delivery of the fix of the last bug determined between delivery and acceptance. Anything after acceptance is billable. Any "bug" that does not match the initial spec is not a bug, but rather additional work to be billed. The original spec is initialed on all pages by them Any changes that they ask for and I agree to during the course of the product being developed are added to an amended spec, sometimes gratis, sometimes at an additional cost. It is a pain, but it is the only way that these things go smoothly.

about 2 years ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

wmelnick Re:God's experiment in free will (1226 comments)

Stop reading shitty English translations. The penalty of death is for smiting your parents, not backtalking. If you kill your parents are are to be put to death. Does that maybe make a little more sense? As for Leviticus 10:9 that prohibits a Kohen (Priest) entering the part of the temple when drunk. If you are going to bash religion, perhaps you should learn a little about it first.

about 2 years ago

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