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Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

bhartman34 Re:On the other hand... (557 comments)

He's the one who went there in the first place, though. And he certainly didn't come back to face the music once he realized Russia was the only country that would harbor him.

The difference between Snowden and an actual whistleblower is that whistleblowers are willing to face the consequences of their actions. The fact that people make Snowden and Assange out to be heroes makes me want to projectile vomit on them.

about 3 months ago
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Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

bhartman34 On the other hand... (557 comments)

I tend to think that Snowden's probably just not that bright, and Russia was the only place he could escape the consequences of his actions.

about 3 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

bhartman34 Re: I'd say this solidly confirms... (482 comments)

I have no issue with ignorant people. Ignorance, in and of itself, doesn't hurt anyone else.

Besides, this isn't ignorance. When you're provided the information, and you still reject it in favor of your own fantasies, you've moved from ignorance to obstinacy.

about 6 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

bhartman34 I'd say this solidly confirms... (482 comments)

... my "people are idiots" theory.
Can we just take all the anti-vaccine people and put them on an island, and wait for them to die out? Antarctica is a research area, right?

about 6 months ago
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Astronomers Discover Largest Structure In the Universe

bhartman34 Re:Somebody didn't study astronomy (143 comments)

We only can only observe part of the universe anyway, right?

about 9 months ago
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Astronomers Discover Largest Structure In the Universe

bhartman34 Could it be the multiverse that's uniform? (143 comments)

If there's structure everywhere we look in the universe, maybe it's the multiverse that's uniform. (Disclaimer: I'm not a scientist of any type. I'm just thinking out loud here.)

about 9 months ago
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Astronomers Discover Largest Structure In the Universe

bhartman34 Re: And I should care? (143 comments)

If I only had mod points for you. :)

about 9 months ago
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German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

bhartman34 Re:Please tell me no one is surprised by this. (280 comments)

Still, it's quite important, politically; nobody believes anything he says anymore, and certainly not denial of spying or knowledge. However, in the political world, from sovereign leader to sovereign leader, you can't just *say* the other one is lying. At least not if you're allies, even if one of them isn't taking the whole ally thing too seriously.

Well said. There's a serious credibility gap that seems to grow every day.

about 10 months ago
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German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

bhartman34 Re:what a joke (280 comments)

Healthcare enrollment website has massive problems, well yeah, I'm sure the President knew as much from press reports as the rest of us. But I'm guessing that his subordinates at several levels down the chain were minimizing the problem so what at the level of the people directly responsible for working on the problem looked like a total nightmare was regarded with decreasing severity at each level up the chain. Like this:

webmasters: Website is fucked. Needs basic redesign that will take months to fix. direct managers: Website has major problems. Some elements will need to be overhauled. middle managers: Website has significantly underperformed. Some changes will be needed before it performs as expected. ... Deputy HHS Secretary in charge of project: Website is experiencing some customer difficulties. We are working on it but it might take a while. HHS Secretary: There have been some troubles with the website rollout. We're working on it. Should be fixed soon. President of the United States: ???

Who hasn't seen pretty much this same scenario play out in their own organizations?

The problem I have with this scenario is that this is the president's baby. I don't see why he wouldn't demand regular progress reports and/or demos to people he trusted.

I've been involved in a few website roll-outs. I've mostly done UAT testing and bug hunting. Why wasn't the site sufficiently stress-tested? Why were their multiple companies being dealt with, rather than the government simply picking a Web designer and saying, "Build this site"? And how did it happen that they picked a vendor so shady that they would hide major problems with the website rather than saying, "Look, we need more time"? It's not as if Web projects always run on schedule. The website being delayed would be the most ordinary thing in the world.

It just seems to me like the administration left it up to HHS, and HHS didn't exercise any diligence at all - let alone due diligence.

about 10 months ago
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German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

bhartman34 Re:Please tell me no one is surprised by this. (280 comments)

Who the hell would want to spy on Obama? He isn't exactly hot grits...

I can't really imagine the NSA spying on him, but I could certainly imagine political enemies wanting to do it. :)

about 10 months ago
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German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

bhartman34 Re:Please tell me no one is surprised by this. (280 comments)

I can hardly believe that the President of the USofA will know all. Could be that it is in his line of command to know. But I would not be surprised if it was just a general 'we can spy on whomever we want' kind of thing.

I would hope that spying on another country's leader isn't something the U.S. would do as a matter of course - especially if that leader was an ally. How could something like that be done and the president not be told? It's an incredibly risky venture (as we can see now).

And spying on some Afghan village leader is just as bad in my book. Just because he is an Afghan does not mean he is a terrorist or has anything to do with terrorism.

Spying on an Afghan leader might be just as bad morally, but it has nothing like the same international diplomacy consequences.

about 10 months ago
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German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

bhartman34 Re:Please tell me no one is surprised by this. (280 comments)

I can buy that, but spying on a world leader - and an ally - sounds like something that could get you into a sh*tstorm of trouble. It's hard for me to believe they wouldn't have to run that kind of thing up the food chain. We're not talking about spying on some Afghani village leader here.

about 10 months ago
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German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

bhartman34 Please tell me no one is surprised by this. (280 comments)

This isn't a surprise, right? I mean, what are the odds that the NSA would spy on a leader of another country and the president of the United States not even know it's going on? It sounds laughable to me.

about 10 months ago
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Steve Ballmer's Big-Time Error: Not Resigning Years Ago

bhartman34 Re:"Stay away from PC Gaming" Really? (357 comments)

I had Vista when it first came out. I never thought it was total crap, but it was more cumbersome than it should've been. They screwed up the user rights. Not every little thing you do should have required UAC. Plus, while I didn't have this problem, they should've done more with hardware compatibility.

The way Microsoft has positioned Windows 8 is just moronic, as far as I can tell. One version for the desktop, one version for tablets, and don't mess with the frigging Start Menu. Seriously, how hard would that have been? Now you've got millions of users for whom Windows 8 is a joke, because they don't have touchscreen monitors on their PCs, and worse, they put out two different versions of Windows 8 for tablets, one of which is just slightly less useful than a Cracker Jack toy.

about a year ago
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Texas Poised To Pass Unprecedented Email Privacy Bill

bhartman34 Re:Texas leads the way, again (262 comments)

I think you're going to need a different example. That's Kansas you're thinking of, not Texas.

Perry has stated his disbelief in evolution (which is reason enough to want him gone) but Texas itself still teaches it.

about a year ago
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Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Re-offend

bhartman34 Re:Beware of sampling bias (187 comments)

Men who were in the lower half of the ACC activity ranking had a 2.6-fold higher rate of rearrest for all crimes and a 4.3-fold higher rate for nonviolent crimes.

My math may be off, but I don't think it is higher for violent offenders, if I'm reading this sentence right.

Rate * normal for non-violent offenders = 4.3
Rate * normal for all offenders = 2.6
Rate * normal for violent offenders = X


(4.3 + X )/2 = 2.6
4.3 + X = 5.2
X = 5.2 - 4.3

X = 0.9

about a year ago
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Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Re-offend

bhartman34 Re:Targeted Rehab or Targeted Parole (187 comments)

Regardless of whether this is a bad idea or not, how is keeping someone who fails this test incarcerated "political"? It seems to me that if the test is the basis for parole or release, that's the opposite of political. That's based on science. Whether it's based on good science is another question, but it's certainly not based on, "Keeping you locked up will look good to my voters", or "Giving you early release will look good to my [other] voters".

about a year ago
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Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

bhartman34 Re:Pigs in space! (425 comments)

LOL. :)

about a year and a half ago

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