Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The IRS Needs a New IT Infrastructure

Hard drives at the IRS have an insane failure rate. I think the only logical thing to do is stop hiring to backfill positions, giving bonuses, awards, cash prizes, having giant galas/parties for IRS employees and instead, use all of that money to upgrade the apparently incredibly out of date and vulnerable IT infrastructure at the IRS. Around 30 hard drives have failed at the organization -- and that's just at the level of senior leadership that Congress had questions for!

Not only that, we need to fire everyone who was responsible for acquiring these IT assets and everyone who didn't follow the proper back up protocols. Those exist for a reason; they exist just in case your organization receives a shipment of almost 30 [and growing!] faulty hard drives so that you don't lose years of institutional knowledge at the flip of a switch.

We probably also should mandate that the IRS print everything off in triplicate and give a copy of the files to someone more responsible until we've determined how many faulty hard drives and servers they may have acquired. Who knows what critical information might be on a hard drive, ready to fail at any moment!

Friday, July 4, 2014

New Basic Rules, A Quick Note

The new D&D Basic Rules are posted.

I expect I'll do a full read over the weekend and give you a lot more insight as I go. But, just after skimming the opening [which I'll re-read again], one thing stands out to me as kind of... awkward. Especially given the reason we moved AWAY from 3.5/3.0 to the 4E model was to fix the very problem.

Go read The Wonders of Magic section.

Though, the section on the Wonders of Magic makes me leery for our brave non-magical people. All of their examples are ways adventurers are screwed without their magical helpers. You need clerics or you will DIE. You need bards or you will be OVERWHELMED. Without wizards and druids everything is TEN TIMES WORSE. Even if everything is more balanced, someone may have wanted to say something about warriors and paladins being a protective shield in front of their more vulnerable members, just so it didn't seem like the warriors were just sort of there for other people to be awesome around.