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California Moves To Block Texas' Textbook Changes

Lt Wuff Re:Fight them (857 comments)

I think I know some of the things that the ACTUAL founding fathers thought about the value of religion in politics.....because they actually said them..
And while they were Christian, they certainly give me them impression that the role of god in government was ziltch.

"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."

--The Writings of Washington,

"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."

--Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.

"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?"

--Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.

"Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ."

--James Madison, America's Providential History, p. 93.

"When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgements for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good."

--James Monroe made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress, November 16, 1818.

"The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth."

--Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.

"I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man."

--Alexander Hamilton, Famous American Statesmen, p. 126.

more than 4 years ago
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Black Box in Speeder's Car Helped Conviction

Lt Wuff Re:Not even remotely comparable (864 comments)

Wrong wrong wrong! A seatbelt does in fact help other drivers
true accidents (I'm also an EMT)
--low speed (5mph) side impact that tossed the driver to the right ...no seat belt...hangs on to the bottom of the steering wheel turns, car strikes another car in oncoming lane (no serious injuries but lots' of autos (yes "s"!!) damaged.
--low (20mph) speed rear impact, driver pushed back into seat and then forward by the impact, out of position to control the car (the breaks or steering wheel) run into car crossing intersection.

True, neither driver was really "at fault" but both would have avoided off loading their hardship onto other people if they had just been in position to control their cars.

And to address your second part, your personal choice to wear or not wear your seatbelt is tired to your insurance company's responsibility to have to pay your claim. Many insurance companies tie their rates to a promise to wear your seatbelt (I do... as does everyone I know in the public safety business). If you check a box that says that you refuse to use your seatbelt (remember, it's your personal choice) then they can change you a higher rate because, odds are, you are going to cost more to treat after your accident.

The people on Slashdot should be good enough at physics to know that only a freaking idiot doens't wear a seatbelt because it's a personal choice....it's about as smart a choice as walking at night with sunglasses on. There just isn't a reason.

more than 11 years ago

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Investment Banks Dishonesty wasn't Limited to the Mortgage Crisis

Lt Wuff Lt Wuff writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lt Wuff writes "Back before Siri, voice recognition was either exciting or awful. Dragon Systems, which when you really break it down, was a mom and pop organization, was changing all of that. When they got ready to really hit the big leauge, they sought the advice of the Goldman Sachs becasue, at the time, Goldman Sachs was considered the professional standard it finaincal advice. Goldman set up a corporate takeover by Lernout & Hauspie without telling the husband and wife founders of Dragon Systems that Goldman had pulled out of investing in L&H because they knew that the company was cooking it's books. In hte end, Goldman Sachs pocketed 5 million and left the James and Janet Baker with nothing.
Seems about right..."

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Lt Wuff Lt Wuff writes  |  more than 11 years ago About 80% of the developers work that I test is broken or a lie and the other 20% is coded against specs so comically badly written you would think the analysis who created them got their degrees in marketing.

Of course most of the time the higher-ups decide that something is an 'emergency' so it gets to skip my already cursory testing groups regression suites and go directly into production. Normally it's things like "I need to change the color of the following screens" or "We are going to increase the field length for claim codes" which should get tested, but are fairly low risk so I don't stress.
Of course sometimes they come up with real fun stuff like "We're going to drop the following tables out of the database right now because we need to import some make/model information that we have had since last month and we are a little tight on space.....but no one thinks that table is even used anymore"

Those are the days that I just shut my door and yell "Fuck" anytime the knob moves or someone knocks..

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Lt Wuff Lt Wuff writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Lord help me!! Dev managers just don't seem to understand that each 'quick-fix' that get's pushed into production is not just a 'testing issue' but a sign that the developers wrote bad code or maybe, just maybe the testers would have found the issue if the specs had been ready BEFORE the code was delivered vs. 2 days into testing.

Grrrr....

It's been a long morning already

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Lt Wuff Lt Wuff writes  |  about 12 years ago Why won't people write specs? I just don't get it. People claim that it's because they're saving time by skipping the spec-writing phase. They act as if spec-writing was a luxury reserved for NASA space shuttle engineers, or people who work for giant, established insurance companies.

The software is ALWAYS going to have a specification...the choice is if it's going to be written or just sitting around in some developers head.

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