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Comment: Re:It's Not Really Oracle (Score 1) 140

by gtall (#46787985) Attached to: Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

Yes and no. If you aren't careful, you'll wind up with a dirty snowball which wasn't so much designed as it was congealed. Modularity will not save you. If your site won't scale, then you are going to need a new design.

I agree with starting small though, as long as the tradeoffs are understood and management doesn't cough up a hairball when a redesign is necessary.

Comment: Re:Crapware (Score 1) 140

by gtall (#46787805) Attached to: Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

My only experience with Oracle is with Oracle forms. I've done some extensive work with Java in the past, it is really breathtaking how badly Oracle can design interfaces using it. It is as though they absorbed all of Sun's expertise in interfaces and puked it back out with their own special distaste for useability.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1542

by gtall (#46768769) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Bullshit, the U.S. military doesn't need that many small weapons, the Army is under 400,000, the Marines under 200,000, the Air Force doesn't count unless you want to count the purses they carry, and the Navy is small (the Marines being part of the Navy). Count that against the millions of small gun owners who would rather their kids get nailed by an idiot with an AR-15 than give up their right to bear arms.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1, Flamebait) 1542

by gtall (#46768707) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

You point to a bigger issue, strict Constitutionalists in the U.S. believe the Constitution brooks no amending, somehow it was born of immaculate conception and henceforth shall remain ever as is until fossilized. This would of course take the U.S. back to the 1700's and deprive them of their automatic weapons which are needed for hunting small woodland creatures and to defend their property against the hobgoblins of their imagination. Last we heard, automatic weapons were useless against hobgoblins but that argument doesn't appear to carry water with the Libertarians.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 2) 1542

by gtall (#46768615) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

And to pretend that the Founders never intended the Constitution to be amended is silly since we have an amendment process. Why would they do that? I'll tell you why. They weren't stupid enough to think that the way the Constitution was written in that time and place would suffice over the centuries. They were building a nation to endure over time, not some brain-dead, still-born corpse of nation that would immediately start rotting. Their examples were the extant countries they saw in Europe.

Comment: Re:This happened to my wife (Score 2) 629

by gtall (#46754819) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Nested in the bowls of the White House, and Evil Presence plotted an atrocity on the sainted American people who would never think to hide their income. He theorized, he inspected the tax code with a malicious mind bent on Total Domination. Let the American People eat IRS Death he sang to his sycophantic followers in a speechifying voice.

What kind of moron are you? Is it not possible the IRS was just following the law that Congress had passed and, given the death of tax money to cover the U.S. debt that Congress has rung up, decided to shake the pockets of the sainted American people for some missing nickles. Then Congress, realizing they themselves were the idiots involved, waxed poetically and hysterically in front of the Klieg lights and television camera about what an abomination this was, the Republicans only too willing to attribute it to the the Evil Obama.

Get a grip, try the little yellow pills this time.

Comment: Re:Another thing (Score -1, Flamebait) 135

by gtall (#46754797) Attached to: U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

You heard it first here, folks. ShieldPuppy says we're all gonna die, all is woe, repent Ye and face damnation. The man knows the future, he's even from the future and thought so much about it he came here on Slashdot to inform us all of our fate, which is not good. A cave-dwelling existence is our ultimate destination, there's no escaping his analysis, he alone among us knows.

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 4, Insightful) 584

by gtall (#46746039) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

And we have studies detailing the risk for vaccines and none of them implicate autism. The woman refuses to accept them. This is akin to the World Trade Center nutjobs who claim a conspiracy...which would only involve several hundred people who all managed to keep their mouths shut due to some mystical influence from...choose your hobgoblin: The Illuminati, the Jews, the Government, the Man, the Aliens, the Republicans, Ronald MacDonald, the Gecko on the insurance commercials, Gordon Gekko, former President Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Sasquatch, etc.

The woman is either a liar or too dim to understand the implications of what she's saying. In either case, she's a menace to the other dimbulbs who believe her and society which relies on vaccines.

Comment: Re:see where your taxes go (Score 1) 322

by gtall (#46739837) Attached to: IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

It isn't illegal, it is part of the tax code. And they cannot shuffle profits made in the U.S. to offshore accounts, especially given the current lack of funds in Washington and the political hay that could be made cracking down on them...except they cannot. A congressional committee had Apple's CEO in front of them to explain it to them. He did. They wrote it into the tax law and it became part of the playing field Apple and the rest must play on.

Congress is the problem. And don't even think to complain about lobbyists, it is congresscritters that have sold their own votes. They are to blame, companies compete wherever their competitors choose to compete.

Comment: Re:see where your taxes go (Score 3, Interesting) 322

by gtall (#46739805) Attached to: IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

Nice fairy tale. The IRS had their budget cut and the chances of being audited is the lowest it has been in years,

Now, you probably think this is a good thing, except that the sainted American people will do anything to cheat on their taxes. Whether you like it or not, much of higher and lower education rely on taxes, as does most fundamental research. But Congress has been cutting that as well because research grows on trees, right.

And the problem isn't with the IRS, it is with the tax code. Congresses and Presidents have written that. The last simplification happened because Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan agreed to simplify it and rammed it through Congress, although it took them several years. The current crop of congresscritters cannot agree on where the sun rises, good luck in simplification.

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.