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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

GerryGilmore Re:Was it really so bad? (391 comments)

Rather than burn a mod point, I'd add on to that that ANY major software project, especially one that has to integrate so many wildly different back-end systems with differing formats, standards, etc. is prone to go through shake-out periods. Has anyone here had Version 1.0 rollout bug-free, ultra-secure, fully scalable, redundant, and on-schedule? Anyone? Hands-up.....

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

GerryGilmore Re:I live in Canada (190 comments)

No mod points when I need them...Yes - the absolutely fundamental right of free travel has been violated by this "embargo" and there is zero rationalization for it remaining in place. Just a tremendous lack of courage from the political weenies...

about 2 months ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

GerryGilmore Re:Nice Synergy (347 comments)

Hold on there, big fella! Once you - as an organization - apply to the IRS for a tax-exempt status and swear under penalty of law that you are not engaging in political activity (and let's be clear - tea party organizations are by definition 100% political), then you *should* expect the IRS to come sniffing. Do not extrapolate that simple reality into "OMG - if I support X party then they're going to audit me!!!". Reality check, please....

about 3 months ago
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One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

GerryGilmore Re:In the late 70s (230 comments)

Actually, Data General had a line of card punch and reader machines (I think they were OEM'ed, though) in the late 70s. I know because I was DG Field Engineer and had to work on those during election cycles. That's why I knew what "hanging-chad" was very early in the 2000 election fru-fru.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

GerryGilmore Re:Learn how to sexually harrass (125 comments)

Just proof of Abraham Lincoln's maxim: Any man can handle adversity pretty well, but to really test a man's character give him power.

about 5 months ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

GerryGilmore Re:Actual thought process (271 comments)

Well, from my own anecdotal research I find that most of MSNBC's airtime is filled with prison lockup shows.

about 5 months ago
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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

GerryGilmore Re:At the risk of being flammed into oblivion (146 comments)

I do. The thing that you're ignoring is this: the combination of my insurance premiums through work; my employer's premiums to the same insurers; medicare; medicaid; VA and a few others dwarfs - on a per-capita basis - what anyone else in the world pays for coverage. And that coverage, in case you haven't noticed, is ridiculously complex with tremendous gaps and inefficiencies that make the whole experience much, much worse than any dealings with the IRS - and I've had a few. In each case I found the IRS to be very helpful and pleasant to deal with. As opposed to, say, AT&T...

about 5 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

GerryGilmore Re:Just think, you could have had universal health (723 comments)

Excuse me? That whole post made no sense whatsoever! How did you get health care without insurance or a very large wallet? And don't hand me that crap about ER coverage being "free". It's not! Once you leave the hospital, you're going to have to make a detour through the business office where you'll get a full walletectomy before you can leave, and if you don't have cash, you'll have the collection agency knocking at your door.

about 6 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

GerryGilmore Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

You are conflating 2 separate things: improvements in diagnostics and treatment, and access to those things. Plenty of acute care (and non-acute) treatments and tests such as CAT scans, etc have improved dramatically over the last few years, so what's your point again? Oh! Right! If the government is involved in making access to these things, it's Bad(TM). Obviously, the OP pointed out that world-wide experience shows that single-payer, universal coverage is far more efficient and - oh, yeah - compassionate than our layers upon layers of BS insurance companies and their "Utilization Review Committees", aka "Death Panels".

about 6 months ago
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Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography

GerryGilmore Re:"George Soros Institute for Economic Thinking" (91 comments)

Since you're already modded to +5 I won't bother, but - Kudos for not being one of the mindless cumwads who automatically reject anything that anyone else says just because they are associated with ${political party or person's name who we've been conditioned to hate by propagandists}. Without critical thinking, there is no thinking possible at all.

about 5 months ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

GerryGilmore Thinking of us as "resources" (323 comments)

To me, the whole concept of the former "personnel" department becoming "human resources" is a reflection of the mindset that real people with real desires to advance, and real desires to keep up with technical changes and advances, and real desires to feel like we're really contributing to the success of our company are, well, passe. In that mindset, we're all just "resources" that can fit onto a spreadsheet or HR template. A true story from my days at Dialogic - a company that made telecom gear. After finally getting management buy-in to release a Linux version, I was in a meeting with engineering management and they started wondering about getting the "resources" to do the driver and porting work. I suggested looking at working to get some input from some experienced open-source driver maintainers on a contract basis to get some of our existing Solaris versions ported. They laughed and said "Oh, we can't do that! We'll just pull some resources from our Windows team and they'll be fine." Ha! For some reason, they just couldn't grasp the concept that there was experience, knowledge and - ultimately - passion for what you are doing that translates into real achievement.

about 6 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

GerryGilmore Re:US federal government (653 comments)

Nice blanket statement totally devoid of rationality or perspective....

about 6 months ago
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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

GerryGilmore Re:ObamaCare is a Horrific Debacle (162 comments)

Besides which, what gives the Catholics the right to opt out of things they don't like? People who don't support war are "forced to pay" for it anyway. People who don't like corporate welfare are "forced to pay" for it. People who don't like government spying are "forced to pay" for it. etc. Hiding behind your religion like it's more sacred than the Constitution is what makes me, an atheist, arguably a Better American(TM) than you, so get off my lawn!

about 6 months ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

GerryGilmore Re:Death+Taxes (300 comments)

Kind of like the Walton family - yeah, they really worked their asses off to get the Walmart fortune.....Uh-huh.

about 6 months ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

GerryGilmore Re:Estate Taxes (300 comments)

I call 100% organic, dolphin-free bullshit! First, the estate taxes have a limit of, like, $5 million before they kick in so you're rant about the "middle" is just wrong/a lie. Take your pick.

about 6 months ago
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Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You

GerryGilmore Re:Broken camera (264 comments)

"You must be new here." Check my uid, Cohiba. I just have a higher opinion of the collective wisdom here, despite the outliers. :-)

about 6 months ago
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Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You

GerryGilmore Re:Broken camera (264 comments)

Look, there are always going to be abuses of ANY system, but anything that helps raise the bar of accountability is inherently a Good Thing(TM) so please stop the whining about how it's not totally perfect.

about 6 months ago
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Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy

GerryGilmore Re:True. Worst corporate bureaucracy = best govt b (172 comments)

I'd say that you're buying into the whole "governments are bad, mkay..." syndrome that affects a large swath of the population these days. In my experience, I've had great government work experiences and ultra-crappy private sector experiences and vice-versa. Perhaps the reason that government project failures get more attention is a combination of a very active propaganda machine always on the lookout for any government failure so that they can hype it mercilessly and that - overall - government projects tend to be larger. Just a thought....

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

GerryGilmore Re:Windows 7 (860 comments)

Exactly! They had a perfectly fine OS that could have been extended ad-infinitum but instead chose after a comparatively small amount of time in the market to kill it for the new, shiny, sparkly, mobile-enabled interface that NOBODY WANTS ON THEIR PC. Fine, stick W8 on your latest tab or phone, MS, but why try to shoehorn a ridiculous interface on a PC?

about 7 months ago
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Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

GerryGilmore Re:Risk? (104 comments)

I'll ignore the snark about Obama, but - trust me on this, white man - once you've watched a loved one like, say, your mother going through years and years of pain, confusion, terror and misery from Alzheimer's because there IS NO OTHER OPTION LEGALLY ALLOWED, you just might change your alleged mind on the subject. Have a nice day and I hope you never have to confront reality.

about 7 months ago

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