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Topic # 11858 15-Feb-2007 12:31
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From another forum, but I am sure he's a Canadian Citizen:

Gotta go. Black helicopters flying low now...





Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

I'm in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this.

How is it that Radio Shack has my address and telephone number and  knows that I bought a TV cable from them back in 1997, and yet, the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born and on what date.

For crying out loud, do you guys do this by hand?  My birth date, you have on my social insurance card, on all the income tax forms I've filed for the past 30 years, my health insurance card, my driver's licence, on  the last eight bloody passports I've had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill out before being allowed off the planes over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable census forms that  are done at election times.

Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother's  name is Yvonne, my father's name is Frank and I'd be absolutely astounded  if that ever changed between now and when I die! Man!

I apologize, Mr. Minister.  I'm really ticked off this morning.  Between you an' me, I've had enough!  You send the application to my house,  then you ask me for my freakin' address.  What is going on? You have a gang of Neanderthals workin' there?!  Look at my damn picture.

Do I look like Ben Laden?  I don't want to dig up Yasser Arafat, for crying out loud.  I just want to go and park my butt on a sandy beach. And would someone please tell me, why would you care whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days?!  If I ever got the urge to do something weird to a chicken  or a goat, believe you me, I'd sure as hell not want to tell anyone! Well, I have to go now, 'cause I have to go to the other end of the  city and get another bloody copy of my birth certificate, to the tune of  $60!

Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot  to assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day??

Nooooo, that'd be too easy! You'd rather have us running all over the place like  chickens with our heads cut off, then find some bozo to confirm that it's  really me on the stupid picture - you know, the one where we're not allowed to smile?!  Hey, you know why we can't smile?  We're ticked off!

Signed - An Irate Citizen





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Reply # 60895 15-Feb-2007 14:04
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Well, it could be worse..

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Reply # 60902 15-Feb-2007 14:24
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Yes James could be running a governemnt dept. Unbelievable as it sounds, that would in fact be worse

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  Reply # 60910 15-Feb-2007 15:01
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There is something seriously wrong with our government. "We can't afford tax cuts because we need to waste every cent we can get hold of"

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  Reply # 60969 16-Feb-2007 01:01
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zomg that is so damn infuriating. I'm really quite annoyed after reading that. I've seen so many CRM solutions on source forge I really can't be bothered counting them.

No bit of software is worth $54 million dollars. I don't care how much you hype it up. Do a keyword search on www.sourceforge.net for 'CRM'. This is the results ya get:

Searching projects gives 312 results

312 results for CRM software for FREE and the goverment pics one that costs $54 millions? Bah! I need a drink.

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  Reply # 60977 16-Feb-2007 07:19
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weblordpepe: zomg that is so damn infuriating. I'm really quite annoyed after reading that. I've seen so many CRM solutions
 on source forge I really can't be bothered counting them.

No bit of software is worth $54 million dollars. I don't care how much you hype it up. Do a keyword search on www.sourceforge.net for 'CRM'. This is the results ya get:

Searching projects gives 312 results

312 results for CRM software for FREE and the goverment pics one that costs $54 millions? Bah! I need a drink.

It certainly is wasteful, but lets not forget that even an open source solution cannot be implemented for free within an organisation either.

The cost of software can be a very insignificant part of many projects, despite it being central to that project.

But yeah.. give another company 10% of that and see what they come up with...







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  Reply # 60991 16-Feb-2007 09:06
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I'm not an expert in software projects but the original Computerworld article says this is the total project cost. It would therefore include years of scoping out their requirements, right through the development to migrating existing systems and training tens of thousands of staff in using the system, and probably includes ongoing running costs as well. Even if the software itself was free (and I doubt any free software would do the job) it would likely still cost many millions of dollars.





(I'm not saying others couldn't do it for less, I'm just saying there's a lot more to it than just the cost of the software)




 

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  Reply # 61039 16-Feb-2007 18:26
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Oh yeah HmMmm spose Undecided

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Reply # 61103 17-Feb-2007 22:12
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Kudos to that dude.

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