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Michael Janke
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"Coming in early 2014, users who have verified their phone number and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google Profile photos display whenever they call you, or you call them (it’s great if a new friend who hasn’t been saved in your contacts yet calls you). Check your Google Account to make sure you are happy with how you appear on caller ID by Google: http://goo.gl/g9P3Bp "

And the profile photo of the Google Employee  who created this feature is:
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Not supporting old browsers, no local installs, pay-in-30 or get shut off. Abandon technically illiterate clients, clients who are assholes, and clients who are needy.

The way of the future?
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I think that +Jeffrey Hundstad will find this particularly amusing.
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DNS name collision problem with the new TLD's?

I'm not sure if this is big deal or not.
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A couple decades ago, the father of a friend of mine told me the story of the day that a landslide collapsed a mountainside into a reservoir and caused 2000 deaths. The landslide instantly filled the reservoir with rocks and debris, and caused a dam to overtop with a 250 meter wave that destroyed the villages in the valley below.  He lived a dozen or so miles downstream, and spent some days fishing bodies out of the river.

We toured the site of the catastrophe. As I recall, he explained that the landslide was predicted, and that the father-son engineering team that architected the dam disagreed on the likelihood and consequence of a landslide.

At the time I was there, 40 or so years after the disaster,  you could clearly see how the wall of water had scoured the valley hundreds of feet above the valley floor as it washed up one side of the valley and the other on its way downstream, destroying villages along its path.

The search term 'Vajont Dam' tells the story.

--Mike
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At least this was natural.  South Korea spent US$400+m on the Peace Dam, built to contain water flowing from North Korea if the DPRK let catastrophic amounts of water loose from their upstream dam.
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Is there a corollary to how we write apps and manage systems?
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"EDUCAUSE and I believe we should focus on a critical question: How can colleges and universities find ways to significantly reduce the cost of administration and the attendant IT spending that supports it?"

A former manger of mine advocated that administrative systems need to only be 'good enough', and that the focus of IT in EDU should be on academic technologies that directly impact the student experience.
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Good read. The system needs to evolve to cost less and be less brittle, and wholesale replacement by some ERP isn't going to be cheaper unless all institutions agree to operate exactly the same and few customizations are needed, and if that unlikely agreement were ever reached the existing systems could be dramatically simplified. 
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Leads a team of system administrators, DBAs, and network engineers that provide enterprise wide services to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, a state higher education system of 250,000+ students and 17,000 staff and faculty at 80 sites.

The team designs, builds and hosts 24x7 high availability and business continuity protected enterprise e-learning and ERP Web/SQL applications serving well over 100,000 students per day.

Focused the security, availability and performance of online systems and applications.