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  • Ebola spreads to USA

    @JohnAskew: I do find it quite stunning that medically trained doctors and nurses don't self-impose a degree of quarantine for three weeks after knowingly working with Ebola victims. 

    "I was interacting with Ebola victims last week, I think I'm not infected so I'll just go to a crowded place (bowling alley, airplane) and have fun. Is it me, or is it hot in here?"

    You shouldn't really need the CDC to tell you that you are a risk; what were you doing at medical school all that time it you don't get the basics of infection control?

     

  • Finally -- my tech prediction has come true ...

    I've been saying for a while now that what I wanted was a TV where one viewer can look at the channel guide on a tablet without interrupting a second viewer's TV watching and now it's available in the UK (may have been available in the US for a while now) with the new TV tuner adapter for the Xbox One which has SmartGlass integration for the channel guide.

    Still can't record TV yet, but surely that's the next logical step?

  • Microsoft Watch

    The trouble with smart watches will be that whenever you check for email, you'll pour your coffee into your lap.

  • Microsoft Watch

    @figuerres: or perhaps so many geeks watched Rodenberry's shows that they were subliminally influenced to reproduce what they saw ...

    If I was Rodenberry, I would have put more jetpacks in my shows.

  • Ebola spreads to USA

    , JohnAskew wrote

    This is not in the news. Why not?

     

     

    Monitoring someone as a precaution is not news, it's only news if they actually turn out to have Ebola rather than just having had contact with someone who may have been infected, but not necessarily infectious.

     

     

  • Microsoft Watch

    Of course the real question is what the API will be like, and how easy would it be to write a fart app?

     

  • Ebola spreads to USA

    @Bass: A nurse with appropriate equipment and 'following guidelines' is not the same as a nurse with specialist training -- the British volunteer who contracted Ebola in Africa and was brought home to the UK was treated without infecting anyone because the hospital that took him specialised in infectious diseases and all staff were specifically trained.

    The infected nurse in Madrid admitted that she touched her face after handling infected material. The Texas nurse may well have done something similar.  Relative to other infections, Ebola does not spread 'easily' because it is not airborne.

    So far, Ebola has affected one healthcare worker who was working closely with an infected patient -- that's not the same as a disease spreading within the public.

    'Man with Ebola-like symptoms'?  Could be anything and is unlikely to be Ebola.  Guy in Texas?  Not Ebola.

    The press likes a scare-story, this is not a scare story yet; when someone gets infected who has not been in an affected part of Africa or has not worked closely with infected patients, then it's time to start to be concerned.

     

  • No more need for developers (that means you)

    Given that even our customers have difficulty understanding their own requirements, I don't think my job is in danger just yet. 

    Horrendously complex business rules still need hammering in to shape in the white fire of our development group!

  • Most epic method you've seen?

    We have our 'state engine' method which does everything on one place -- currently 807 lines long (333 lines without all the comments and blank lines) and has a cyclomatic complexity of 141 and a maintainability index of 0.

    It also has a second method in the same class which is 925 lines (321 without comments and blanks), complexity of 244 and maintainability of 0.

    <sarcasm>But it's not like it the core functionality of the entire system or anything.</sarcasm>

     

  • Entity ​Framework/​Job Number

    We have an overblown system to generate such numbers and it's flakey, but if you are using automatic integer indexes on a database table, then just format the index once the job is saved and display that to the user as a reference after they commit their new job.

    If you try and set the number before the user commits their new job, you're in a world of pain as you have to account for simultaneous users (assuming a multi-user system) and ensure that they are not assigned the same number, but numbers are accounted for if the user cancels out of creation.