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Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 289

by chipschap (#49359539) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

There is no law regarding sending classified materials to a nongovernment email server.

Huh? You can just forward classified material to non-secure servers outside of a classified network? I think not!

Besides, the classified materials she had access to are not that important anyway.

As Secretary of State she would have access to incredibly sensitive material.

Comment: Re:Wait... what? (Score 1) 228

by chipschap (#49340113) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

Truman had to make the toughest decision any human being was ever called upon to make. It's easy to criticize in retrospect. He called it "a decision that would challenge the wisdom of Solomon himself." (approximate quote)

Was he right? Was he wrong? I think he did the best he could. Say what you want about his advisors, what information he had or didn't have, and so on, but in the end history would hold him and him alone responsible, and he knew it.

I would have hated to have been in his shoes.

Comment: Re:Wait... what? (Score 1) 228

by chipschap (#49340077) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

Norway, Sweden, Canada, etc., are not super-powers and don't have the same world role, like it or not.

Can the US be a better place? Absolutely. That's what we have to work for. America espouses high principles and when we don't live up to them that's a problem.

But is the US the worst place around, or even a bad place, as things go? Answer for yourself.

Let's try to build up the US, by making it better and striving toward those high principles that we ought to not just espouse but act out. But let's not just blindly tear the US down.

Comment: Re:How fucking tasteless (Score 2) 339

by chipschap (#49333403) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

Truman had to make one of the toughest calls ever made in human history. It's easy to second guess today. But put yourself in his shoes. I believe he weighed the information that he had and made the decision that he thought best, knowing full well that history would both praise and condemn him.

No one could possibly be happy about the deaths at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But no one is happy about all the lives that WWII claimed before that time and would have claimed had the war gone on. Paul Tibbets, the pilot of Enola Gay, famously said (rough quote) "I deeply regret the loss of life, but I do not apologize."

This was/is not a simple issue with a simple answer.

Comment: Re:Woohoo! Call off the Apocalypse! (Score 1) 283

Can't we at least celebrate some progress? No, the job isn't done, not at all, but can't we be happy that we're at least moving a little in the right direction?

I'm not saying there's no problem any more, of course there is, but why does everything have to be 100% gloom and doom and disaster and condemnation?

Comment: Re:I know it is a bit late in life... (Score 4, Insightful) 186

by chipschap (#49212601) Attached to: Number of Legal 18x18 Go Positions Computed; 19x19 On the Horizon

I'm bad at Go (about 19k AGA, which is quite bad), but I really enjoy it. The Go community differs radically from the chess community. My experience (yours may vary) is that the Go community is more supportive, understanding, and genteel. There's a lot of tradition and protocol in Go and I think it means something.

You can be a clueless beginner (the writer raises his hand), go to a club (or online) and almost always find someone willing to give you a teaching game. If there is a club in your area, meeting some other players is a giant plus, but there are many great online sites.

I play for fun, which is the best reason, and I enjoy it immensely. Will I improve? Of course. Will I ever excel? No, but that's not the point for me.

Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 1) 251

by chipschap (#49182719) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Yes, there are many stereotypes and the stereotype today seems to be that all white males are evil and ought to feel bad and guilty just because they are white males. As someone who tries hard to do the right thing and treat everyone the right way, I resent that stereotype, and that's true even though none of us are perfect and none of us succeed 100% of the time.

The study quoted may well be valid, but if the motivation was another case of "proving whites are bad" then it raises real questions.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 110

by chipschap (#49161791) Attached to: Ultra-Low Power Radio Transceiver Enables Truly Wireless Earbuds

Maybe you think so. But my remarks were pretty straightforward. Especially compared to true audiophile nonsense, the kind where the listener thinks he can hear the purported acoustic qualities of Monster Cable.

I said that fit is important for isolation. I said that headphones sound more open. I said that some earbuds are decent.

Is that pretentious? Or is it that I used the word "audition" --- which is the right word, but whatever?

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 110

by chipschap (#49160163) Attached to: Ultra-Low Power Radio Transceiver Enables Truly Wireless Earbuds

I've auditioned some pretty amazing earbuds. Admittedly, they don't stand up to something like Sony Professional headphones, but there are some good ones, superior to numerous trashy and even mid-range headphones.

With proper fit (referring generally to tip size) earbuds will give a LOT of acoustic isolation, enough to make them really dangerous if walking or jogging in any kind of traffic. I've never gotten headphones to isolate as close to 100% as properly fit, well-designed earbuds.

Of course, earbuds have issues. Sound stage can be one; you don't get the openness you get with headphones or of course speakers. Hearing damage can be another if you don't use them sensibly. Sanitation, too, if you don't wipe the tips with a little alcohol after use.

Comment: Re:Start with these (Score 1) 698

To the OP: I don't have advice on what to put in your videos, but I can only say that when my time comes, I hope to have a fraction of the courage, grace, strength, and selflessness that you do.

Your greatest legacy will be in the memory of the person that you are. Just by making your posting here, you've changed people for the better. I know you have changed me and I thank you for it. Perhaps the words are trite, but you're what I think of when I think of "hero" or "real man."

You're leaving an indelible gift behind, the gift of having helped others.

Comment: Re:Well someone has to do it (Score 4, Interesting) 347

by chipschap (#49142237) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

I was a technically literate manager, having done lots and lots of programming myself. My job was simple: run interference with the client so that my team stayed funded. The team was very happy to let me do that job, which required a lot of travel and unpleasant politics.

In turn I trusted the team. I asked them for realistic estimates to give the client. If the team thought they weren't going to make it on time, I asked them for a heads-up as far ahead as possible, and I would take the news/new estimate for the client. I did not criticize the team, either to them directly or to the client.

They knew they were asked to do their best but software being what it is, they were not held to preliminary estimates. (The only issue was with downright incompetence or negligence, which was very rare.)

It's interesting that I was considered a good manager by the staff and the client, but not by my own management, who said I wasn't hard enough on the staff. Well, sorry, I got results and I kept us funded.

So, was I a "useless manager"? I hope not. I didn't produce anything tangible, and that bothered me, but I hope I played a useful role.

Comment: Re:cost analysis (Score 1) 87

by chipschap (#49122685) Attached to: Can Tracking Employees Improve Business?

A corollary sort of thing happened where I once worked. There had been a major change of upper management, and they "fixed" a bunch of things in the way that executive management sometimes does. A year into it we were asked to provide a memo telling executive management how things had improved, even though things had degraded so much that anyone except out-of-touch executive management couldn't possibly miss it.

When we told them the truth, they replied, "This isn't what we asked for."

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