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  •  Off the Shelf?!??! (none)
    Off the shelf?

    Is that a joke?

    What, are they going to use Quicken?

    Proprietary software has its own share of downfalls, but I would prefer not to give would be hackers the ability to create a software sandbox in their own homes to practice attacks.

    •  Probably they mean SAP. (none)
      Or Peoplesoft. One of those ERP thingies, anyway. That's the kind of software people at that level mean by off-the-shelf.

      Which means there will be another big expensive implementation project in the FBI's future, because ERP is not just a load and go application. Especially for an organization as sure that it is unique as the FBI. There will be a lot of tailoring needed.

      But maybe this time, at least, they'll have a clue what they really want the system to do.

      Massacre is not a family value.

      by Canadian Reader on Fri Jan 14, 2005 at 10:43:23 AM PST

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      •  Man (none)
        Man, this stuff is so frustrating.

        With all the hemming and hawing about cutting costs here or increasing funding there or whatever, it sure would be nice if someone would be pro-competency.

        I hate the phrase "good enough for government work," because hell if it doesn't seem true, and hell if that isn't frustrating.

    •  slipped on the soap (none)

      "Off the shelf" brings me back to those halcyon days of ol' Ollie North...standing alone, off the shelf, losing know the rest.

      It was better than "I did not have sexual relations with that woman..." or whatever he said.

      So: with this mindset we will "rebuild" social security.


      Sorry. I just like their writing. Go read, now, how the Bush administration is on the defensive. (Whether or not it is, if we want it to be, we shall make it so.)

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