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Comment Wat? (Score 1) 63

At one base, soldiers preferred to play mouse-and-keyboard games over a more "realistic" virtual room.

"Preferred"? I'm not sure the author of this article really understands how the military works.

Comment Re:Who would have guessed? (Score 1, Troll) 197

I wish someone could dig up some proof.

I suspect there was some proof on an insecure mail server stashed somewhere away from FOIA requests, but since but the DOJ and the major news outlets have pledged fealty to the queen, we'll never know.

Did you know that over half the people who met with Clinton as Secretary of State (excluding government employees) had donated to her foundation? It could not be more blatant. Clearly we no longer have the level of civilization where that matters.

Comment Re: Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 1) 197

I once worked on a project, where the customer was quite clear about the requirements, and I created a system that fit the requirements perfectly, and probably better than intended. The problem was, they didn't like how it functioned, even though it did exactly what it was they asked for.

Basically I took a database TXT field that held a date, and converted it to a date field, so they could sort by date. But they didn't want a date field with MM/DD/YYYY (or variation of that format) they just wanted MM/YYYY and the extra DD part was ... too much data entry. They rather MANUALLY sort the data, than have to type two extra characters. I changed it back.

That person left the job, the person who took over the position loved the change, so I re-implemented it. Got paid 3 times for the job. Sometimes, people want change, but don't like it, and refuse to change, even when they want it.

Comment Re:Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 1) 197

OR, in our case, spend $150K on "Consultants" to review and document our department's recommendation and put it in a TPS Report that nobody reads. Basically duplicating what our Department recommended, because we are too stupid to know what we are talking about.

You can read some interesting anecdotes of how people get around people who have to add their $.02 worth to every decision, just to seem important.


Comment Re:Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 1) 197

I've seen this myself. The "Leaders" who can't make a decision. The ones I've seen, are trying to avoid responsibility for decisions, and passing those off to an "unknown" committee, they can't be held responsible for the bad decisions because ... they didn't make that decision. OR worse, wait for the last possible moment to decide, and find out ... the decision was already made (incorrectly) or it was actually too late to make a difference (fix the dike after it is flooding).

I call it the "Accountability avoidance decision making tree".

As for meetings, this is my view of most of them ...

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 197

True. They are not going to shut down their services or stop paying anyone because of this. They will simply not approve any of the tools for use until then. Which means they use the old stuff, or nothing at all, until the approvals are made. Since I doubt they plan on attempting to cancel the contract, this just means that NASA is fucked and HPE puts some project management monkeys on writing the paperwork. And the approvals will eventually come, whether or not the actual issues are fixed, just so that they can make use of some of what they paid for.

I hate to be jaded about the process, but that's pretty much what is going to happen. It's pretty shitty to have a rather complicated remediation process and then have it just be an exercise in meetings and paperwork while nothing has to change.

Comment Re: Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 2) 197

'nobody working for the govrnment has any talent'

I am a libertarian. I would not say "nobody" (an absolute) has talent. That being said, you make a strong strawman argument!

I am convinced, that that there are enough incompetent or evil people in government that it makes it impossible to dodge all the raindrops. The problem with Government Employees that suck, that are incompetent, that are evil is that it is virtually impossible to rid them from the system. They exist, they remain, and everyone knows a few that cannot be fired.

The reason you outsource in Government is so you can terminate the incompetent by eliminating the whole staff. Everyone pays the price for the bad. And in that case, it appears that "nobody has talent" because in order to function, you have to fire everyone (absolute) just to rid yourself of those that shouldn't be there in the first place.

Comment Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 4, Insightful) 197

If you outsource, you get what you pay for .. maybe.

If you keep it in house, you get what you pay for .. maybe.

The problem isn't outsourcing, it is leadership that is incapable of articulating needs correctly. Or even make a decision without having to have 18 meetings with people who don't give a rip and don't know anything.

Comment Re:Apples and oranges (Score 1) 43

"Best at what?"

At allowing the human race to pass down hard won wisdom to the next generation.

" Human development was more or less the same in the last tens of thousands (since the agricultural revolution, which predated religion)"

Actually, oddly enough, no. From the Fertile Crescent (the Garden of Eden) to the Water Goddess of Bali, it is religion that enabled and sustained the agricultural revolution.

"Human progress exploded in those last few centuries."

Depends how you define progress. Those agarian feudal kingdoms were significantly more advanced in some ways than we are today.

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