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Comment: Re:In case you were wondering, (Score 1) 620

by bhartman34 (#49761915) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage
That's just saying that an adult that causes a child to sin is condemned (presumably to Hell). It's not specifically about child molestation, and it doesn't really condemn doing anything to children (other than leading them to sin). If a person rapes a child, does the child sin? I can't see how.

Comment: A Good Sign of Things To Come (Score 1) 620

by bhartman34 (#49761099) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage
Hopefully, this will lead to other countries, including the U.S., doing the same thing

I can't for the life of me figure out why I should give a rat's ass if two particular adults want to marry each other, as long as they're not biologically related. As Jefferson would say, it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket.

The people who should really be happy about this are the lawyers. More divorces and custody cases for them.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score -1) 557

by bhartman34 (#46932593) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked
He's the one who went there in the first place, though. And he certainly didn't come back to face the music once he realized Russia was the only country that would harbor him.

The difference between Snowden and an actual whistleblower is that whistleblowers are willing to face the consequences of their actions. The fact that people make Snowden and Assange out to be heroes makes me want to projectile vomit on them.

Comment: Re:Please tell me no one is surprised by this. (Score 1) 280

by bhartman34 (#45251237) Attached to: German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

Still, it's quite important, politically; nobody believes anything he says anymore, and certainly not denial of spying or knowledge. However, in the political world, from sovereign leader to sovereign leader, you can't just *say* the other one is lying. At least not if you're allies, even if one of them isn't taking the whole ally thing too seriously.

Well said. There's a serious credibility gap that seems to grow every day.

Comment: Re:what a joke (Score 1) 280

by bhartman34 (#45251185) Attached to: German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

Healthcare enrollment website has massive problems, well yeah, I'm sure the President knew as much from press reports as the rest of us. But I'm guessing that his subordinates at several levels down the chain were minimizing the problem so what at the level of the people directly responsible for working on the problem looked like a total nightmare was regarded with decreasing severity at each level up the chain. Like this:

webmasters: Website is fucked. Needs basic redesign that will take months to fix. direct managers: Website has major problems. Some elements will need to be overhauled. middle managers: Website has significantly underperformed. Some changes will be needed before it performs as expected. ... Deputy HHS Secretary in charge of project: Website is experiencing some customer difficulties. We are working on it but it might take a while. HHS Secretary: There have been some troubles with the website rollout. We're working on it. Should be fixed soon. President of the United States: ???

Who hasn't seen pretty much this same scenario play out in their own organizations?

The problem I have with this scenario is that this is the president's baby. I don't see why he wouldn't demand regular progress reports and/or demos to people he trusted.

I've been involved in a few website roll-outs. I've mostly done UAT testing and bug hunting. Why wasn't the site sufficiently stress-tested? Why were their multiple companies being dealt with, rather than the government simply picking a Web designer and saying, "Build this site"? And how did it happen that they picked a vendor so shady that they would hide major problems with the website rather than saying, "Look, we need more time"? It's not as if Web projects always run on schedule. The website being delayed would be the most ordinary thing in the world.

It just seems to me like the administration left it up to HHS, and HHS didn't exercise any diligence at all - let alone due diligence.

The question of whether computers can think is just like the question of whether submarines can swim. -- Edsger W. Dijkstra