I suppose that I once moved from New Jersey and eventually landed in Oregon, so I shouldn’t complain when other people do as well. Go read the article.
The more interesting part is the South East. Texas is not a surprise at all, of course, since Lynn has been talking about that one for a while. The other one I note is that North Dakota doesn’t still have an inflow of people, even with the shale boom.
But it’s definitely curious to see how much of the flow is going out of the states in the North East. I would expect that this trend will continue, it’s more a question of where the next surprise will be… California, anyone?
Federal health officials are preparing to sign a 12-month contract worth roughly $90 million, probably early next week, with a different company, Accenture, after concluding that CGI has not been effective enough in fixing the intricate computer system underpinning the federal Web site, HealthCare.gov, the individual said.
Accenture, which is one of the world’s largest consulting firms, has extensive experience with computer systems on the state level, and it built California’s new health insurance exchange. But it has not done substantial work on any federal health-care program.
As Ed Morrissey says:
In other words, it’s not fixed, and the people who brought us the big faceplant can’t handle the job at all. Instead, the administration will hire Accenture, a firm that has not done any work on a federal health-care system, to fix CGI Federal’s mess. And they will get paid $90 million to do so, which will boost the overall cost of the failing portal even more.
I’ve had a hand in some industry software development exercises, and I’ve seen some very big projects go horribly wrong. One thing you don’t usually do is can the whole team and have someone else come in and unstring the spaghetti. While I’m sure there are some fed architects still in the mix, a lot of knowledge just got pushed out. Now, likely, Accenture will sub some things back to CGI, and/or Accenture will actually hire the CGI people that just got cut loose. It’s really a management shift.
But if it’s not… ouch. You can count on the fed site costing us a couple hundred million more before all is said and done. Stay tuned for the ride, and keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle. Lord knows, you don’t want to go to a hospital.
Okay, I make fun of California all the time for its whack-jobs. I feel obliged to note the types of citizen winners that live in my locale. Technically, not my locale, but when I saw the quick summary, I was convinced it probably happened just up the street.
Ryan Bensen, 40, and Erica Manley, 37, were chowing down with friends at the Twisted Fish Steakhouse in Seaside, a coastal town some 100km northwest of Portland.
Evidently a bit light in the wallet department, the pair first offered a gift card as payment for their victuals, then handed their waitress “an envelope with a question mark scribbled on it” by way of a tip.
Said envelope contained crystal meth. They hung around long enough to be arrested in place, and then the police discovered a lab in their hotel room. Maybe Breaking Bad was just a little too popular.
At least the article didn’t mention anything about having to take their kids into protective custody.
Dear, New Your Times,
Oh, wait, you didn’t read it yet?
Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service. It is time for the United States to offer Mr. Snowden a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home, face at least substantially reduced punishment in light of his role as a whistle-blower, and have the hope of a life advocating for greater privacy and far stronger oversight of the runaway intelligence community.
While I suppose I appreciate some of the information that came to light, the rest of it has seriously damaged national security, and was played by the guy who seemed to release some stuff just because he could. I’m not interested in saying that this was all for the good of the nation so that we can wonder why we couldn’t catch the next terrorists who attack the US.
So, thanks, but no.
Courtesy of John Miller at NRO, did you know that your kids need to know that business and creativity are evil? And that it comes from one of the most creativity-producing toy companies from my childhood?
Bwahahahaha! Welcome to Lord Business’ Evil Lair! Record his broadcasts in the TV studio and plot how to control the world from the office. Lever open the large door and unleash the Kragle. Trap the Master Builders in the think tank to extract their creativity. Dodge the trapdoor to avoid being sent spiraling into infinity then pull the plug on the battery and shut down the think tank before Lord Business carries out his evil plan!
You’d have to go over to the picture to get a look at Lord Business, or at least what I’m presuming to be him/it…
I’ve been down on Legos in the last few years because they’ve become models as opposed to building blocks. Most of the kits (which have always been expensive, but heck, they’re waaaay expensive now) are so molded and sculpted that kids just make the model one time and then hardly touch it after. Heck, I’d make the model they suggested, and then the next day I’d have them all tossed into a bin and I’d add to whatever I already had. The ability to make working machines and then rebuild them to be better was a driving force in me becoming an engineer. (Let’s not talk about the motorized fishing rig I used to make from the Erector Sets so that I could fish for Tinker-toy fish down the stairs. I’m really a geek.)
So what’s the message Lego is trying to get to the kids? That creativity is fine, provided it’s not used to help business be successful? That business is just inherently evil? That Lego doesn’t understand stuff about biting hands that feed it?
Or it could just be someone’s idea of a cute plan. Focus on how people can suck you dry of your creativity if you let them. Well, maybe they’ll win, and kids will grab paper bags from the grocery store and draw on the back of them. Oh, wait, we banned grocery bags, too.
I grew up thinking that I wanted to become an engineer and contribute to a company as I rose through the ranks. I’ve had a great career, and the company I’ve worked for all my life never had to remind me to not be evil, or the like. I wonder how much of what kids get these days is sinking in, and what that’s going to do to business in the future?
Years ago I went to my childhood home of Cincinnati to see the first playoff game in nearly two decades. On the first play from scrimmage, our starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, went out with an ugly knee injury, and in trotted backup QB Jon Kitna. As he led the team down for a TD, I commented to my friend: “If Kitna wins this game for us, he’ll never have to buy a drink in this town again.”
Alas, it was not to be, and I still root for a team that can’t win a playoff game (Maybe this year!), but I’ve always rooted for Jon Kitna. He came from Seattle where he was displaced as the started to Cincinnati, where he warmed up a year for Palmer, and then he moved to Detroit and than Dallas. When he started a couple games, I remember thinking that a guy from a D-II school was living the dream of almost every kid in the US: starting QB for the Dallas Cowboys. Through it all, he handled life with aplomb. I remember several stories of him bringing many players in the Detroit locker room to Christ during his tenure there, a testament to the man and to what he stood for.
So I’m equally happy to see that he gets one more shot at football, as he’s been called into emergency backup duty with Tony Romo hurting. Heck, he’s such a good guy, my wife even recognizes his name. If for some reason he gets named starter, she’ll probably watch the game.
The Dallas Cowboys have called one of their former players back out of retirement and in return he is giving away his $53,000 gameday paycheck.
Jon Kitna played for the Texan team for two years starting in 2009 but retired in January of 2012.
From there he returned to his hometown of Tacoma, Washington and became a high school math teacher and the coach of the football team.
When his former teammate, quarterback Tony Romo suffered from a back injury that will leave him out of the much anticipated game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday that decides
So, yea, he probably won’t see the field, but here he is finding time to help out at a game everyone would love to play, essentially for free, but because he can.
This is a guy who will never see the Hall of Fame unless he drops by on vacation, but he’s an example of what every football player should be, and he’ll always be one of my favorite football players.
It’s not unusual for big tech companies to make broad shifts in direction, so we all get used to seeing some form of voluntary separation notice. Some days, I do question the timing…
HP has sent its staff a Christmas missive informing them that some of them could be sacked in early 2014.
The cheery letter said that some workers will have the choice of taking voluntary redundancy. However, if too few people choose this option, HP will be forced to start getting rid of people.
Workers affected by the scheme will be particularly galled to know that CEO Meg Whitman’s basic salary (sans share options) was recently bumped up to $1.5m.
Sent on 20 December, the message used the phrase “expression of wish” in place of the words voluntary redundancy, and “workforce management update” in place of good old-fashioned mandatory redundo.
Well, Merry Christmas to you! These things are pretty typical. Hey, people, we need less of you. We’ll tell you if you fit the criteria, and if you do you can opt to leave. If you don’t take it, though, we MIGHT just can you anyway. If more people in tech knew what the Sword of Damocles was, they’d use the phrase.
Tech can be a bit odd. We focus so much on numbers, and metrics, we forget that people are still people, and hold grudges well past numbers and metrics. Sure, we have plenty of engineers (including me) who get that things can just be measured, but then we’ve hired all these perfectly normal people who have feelings and don’t consider the Zombie Apocalypse a desirable scenario, even if it’s just localized to the corporate environs.
So I wonder how the week off will be for a few of the people, who will spend it wondering if loyalty matters, and etc. and etc.