Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

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.

Comment: Re:Please tell me no one is surprised by this. (Score 2) 280

by bhartman34 (#45250977) Attached to: German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

I can hardly believe that the President of the USofA will know all. Could be that it is in his line of command to know. But I would not be surprised if it was just a general 'we can spy on whomever we want' kind of thing.

I would hope that spying on another country's leader isn't something the U.S. would do as a matter of course - especially if that leader was an ally. How could something like that be done and the president not be told? It's an incredibly risky venture (as we can see now).

And spying on some Afghan village leader is just as bad in my book. Just because he is an Afghan does not mean he is a terrorist or has anything to do with terrorism.

Spying on an Afghan leader might be just as bad morally, but it has nothing like the same international diplomacy consequences.

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

by bhartman34 (#45250881) Attached to: German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010
I can buy that, but spying on a world leader - and an ally - sounds like something that could get you into a sh*tstorm of trouble. It's hard for me to believe they wouldn't have to run that kind of thing up the food chain. We're not talking about spying on some Afghani village leader here.

Comment: Re:"Stay away from PC Gaming" Really? (Score 3, Insightful) 357

by bhartman34 (#44660093) Attached to: Steve Ballmer's Big-Time Error: Not Resigning Years Ago

I had Vista when it first came out. I never thought it was total crap, but it was more cumbersome than it should've been. They screwed up the user rights. Not every little thing you do should have required UAC. Plus, while I didn't have this problem, they should've done more with hardware compatibility.

The way Microsoft has positioned Windows 8 is just moronic, as far as I can tell. One version for the desktop, one version for tablets, and don't mess with the frigging Start Menu. Seriously, how hard would that have been? Now you've got millions of users for whom Windows 8 is a joke, because they don't have touchscreen monitors on their PCs, and worse, they put out two different versions of Windows 8 for tablets, one of which is just slightly less useful than a Cracker Jack toy.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb