patience_limited's recent activity

  1. Comment on Austria's Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has resigned a day after secret video footage mired him in a corruption scandal. in ~news

    patience_limited Link
    I'm linking the original SPIEGEL story in English. The whole thing is a horror story about just how easily independent media and democratic political systems can be undermined. Also of note is the...

    I'm linking the original SPIEGEL story in English.

    The whole thing is a horror story about just how easily independent media and democratic political systems can be undermined.

    Also of note is the presumptive, if not proven, willingness of international billionaire oligarchs to finance the current crop of neo-Nazis.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Truly progressive policies to support stable, affordable rental housing for all are a golden political opportunity in ~news

    patience_limited Link
    You can't have truly equitable housing without zoning or transit that places it near employment. That, in turn, ties into Green New Deal solutions.

    You can't have truly equitable housing without zoning or transit that places it near employment. That, in turn, ties into Green New Deal solutions.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution in ~movies

    patience_limited Link
    I really needed a break after a week of news varying from dismal to dire. This documentary was the perfect antidote - strong, gorgeous, brilliant women overcoming huge obstacles and grotesque...

    I really needed a break after a week of news varying from dismal to dire. This documentary was the perfect antidote - strong, gorgeous, brilliant women overcoming huge obstacles and grotesque invisibility to make amazing food.

    It's soul-refreshing to know that women are capable of performing in the arena of the toughest "meritocracy" out there - taste. One of the name chefs has seven Michelin stars, others are running restaurants that compete in the toughest dining marketplaces - New York, London, Toronto.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Where's the sauce? in ~food

    patience_limited Link
    It totally depends on where you are and what the local grocery stores call "ethnic". I'm in South Florida, and the local Publix chain has entire aisles devoted to Latin American, Caribbean, and...

    It totally depends on where you are and what the local grocery stores call "ethnic". I'm in South Florida, and the local Publix chain has entire aisles devoted to Latin American, Caribbean, and kosher specialties.

    But if I want Asian ingredients more sophisticated than La Choy, it's off to the enormous Chinese or Korean supermarkets, or the small Indian/Pakistani/Syrian/Haitian family grocers. There's also a global supermarket not too far away, which has fresh produce and aisles for every national cuisine you can think of.

    It's a privilege to have this vast variety of imported foods available, but I'm moving to a remote Midwestern city, where a pricy gourmet store or Amazon will have to suffice. At least I know what brands to look for, based on the selections available here.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on The Human Antivenom Project in ~health

    patience_limited (edited ) Link
    Okay, this is one of the most extreme versions of body modification I've ever stumbled across, and I've seen some doozies. Crank your immune system into immunity against the venoms of the planet's...

    Okay, this is one of the most extreme versions of body modification I've ever stumbled across, and I've seen some doozies.

    Crank your immune system into immunity against the venoms of the planet's most poisonous snakes? Sure - and possibly invent a new DSM category in the process. Friede has likely performed an immense service to humanity, but I don't know that there's any ethical way to encourage others to follow in his footsteps.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Uh, Who Decided To Let Mel Gibson Star In A Movie Called ‘Rothchild’? in ~movies

    patience_limited Link
    Can we please, instead, have Mel Brooks star in a movie called "Banon", featuring an over-the-hill drunken ignoramus who's cynically cashing in on white supremacy movements? The name doesn't mean...

    Can we please, instead, have Mel Brooks star in a movie called "Banon", featuring an over-the-hill drunken ignoramus who's cynically cashing in on white supremacy movements? The name doesn't mean anything, there are so many of them, and they're all destroying Western civilization.

    That's not a dog-whistle, is it?

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Is there an app for this? Help me fix my terrible security in ~tech

    patience_limited Link
    If you haven't implemented multi-factor authentication on your Google account (and your password manager, if you choose to use one), it's both very strongly recommended and not too challenging....

    If you haven't implemented multi-factor authentication on your Google account (and your password manager, if you choose to use one), it's both very strongly recommended and not too challenging.

    You don't need to buy Google's proprietary dongles, and in fact Google just recalled the Titan dongles. YubiKey makes great products - I've been using their tokens for years.

    I use LastPass, and I agree that its form and app fills could be smoother. Worst comes to worst, I'll copy/paste, but LastPass does make it simple to regenerate passwords, and has secure note features, as well as secure account sharing.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your 'Out of Wedlock' Kids Aren't Citizens in ~lgbt

    patience_limited (edited ) Link
    I don't think most people have a grasp of the bitter distinction between law and the bureaucracy of people implementing laws, at least until they get caught in the gears. One of the direst...

    I don't think most people have a grasp of the bitter distinction between law and the bureaucracy of people implementing laws, at least until they get caught in the gears.

    One of the direst executive maneuvers right now is the attempt to allow "religious exceptions" in all spheres of public activity - e.g. pharmacists permitted to refrain from dispensing birth control, public employees not expected to honor civil marriages, etc.

    I happened to hear a public radio broadcast yesterday, with Pastor Robert Jeffress and some other Christian leaders interviewed about how "persecuted" they felt when questioned about their honest desire to enforce religious codes regarding marriage as between a man and a woman, or refrain from providing basic women's healthcare services. They went straight to scare stories, beheadings of Christians in Islamic nations, as an "it could happen here".

    Obviously, there's some projection going on, given the discrimination and violence they encourage in their flocks. Politically organized Christians have been successfully carving out civil privileges for their public exercises of faith - taxpayer money diverted to religious charter schools, charities, and hospitals. Now, they're attempting to redesign the civil law and its enforcement more to their liking, and the courts are being packed with jurists at least sympathetic to de-secularization.

    Handmaid's Tale, indeed.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on What should be done about synonymous tags? in ~tildes

    patience_limited Link Parent
    Thanks for pointing out the Topic Log - I don't live here full-time (in the midst of a cross-country relocation), and wasn't aware.

    Thanks for pointing out the Topic Log - I don't live here full-time (in the midst of a cross-country relocation), and wasn't aware.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What should be done about synonymous tags? in ~tildes

    patience_limited (edited ) Link Parent
    Seconded. There are frequent occasions when I'm posting on topics for which there's no autocomplete suggestion. It feels as if I'm spending more time parsing the style guide and attempting to...

    Seconded. There are frequent occasions when I'm posting on topics for which there's no autocomplete suggestion. It feels as if I'm spending more time parsing the style guide and attempting to correctly taxonomize the topic than posting and commenting.

    Can we at least see the journal history to determine what correction was made, or perhaps a comment visible to the OP on the reasoning behind the change?

    I realize this creates more work for tag editors, but if the intent is that topics be genuinely keyword filtered and searchable, the education needs to be mutual.

    In the absence of standards like the Library of Congress or Usenet-style hierarchy or other formal taxonomy, tagging ought to evolve towards something that makes fuzzy search and filtering feasible, where "poem", "poems", and "poetry" provide results close to the expectations of users in other environments.

    I have a preference for building out the originally proposed nested subgroups, e.g. "biology.bacteria.synthetic", but the tag could just as easily be "engineered lifeforms", and there will always be questions about what meaning people are searching for.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on The Light vs. Dark Triad of Personality: Contrasting Two Very Different Profiles of Human Nature in ~science

  12. Comment on Who identifies project stakeholders? Here's how to find out. in ~tech

    patience_limited Link Parent
    Can you describe the people you're mentioning, who don't show up on the RACI matrices you're familiar with?

    Can you describe the people you're mentioning, who don't show up on the RACI matrices you're familiar with?

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Who identifies project stakeholders? Here's how to find out. in ~tech

    patience_limited Link Parent
    The article does mention the importance of a well-considered RACI matrix. I'll offer an example, not unlike the message board in the article, of where things go wrong. In the past year, my...

    The article does mention the importance of a well-considered RACI matrix.

    I'll offer an example, not unlike the message board in the article, of where things go wrong.

    In the past year, my (now-former, yay!) employer rolled out ServiceNow for its end-user and internal services support.

    A very ambitious manager decided it was going to be all Agile all the way, with a strictly limited budget for consulting on installation only, all configuration to be done in-house, 'cause he's an ITIL expert.

    He only defined two groups of key users for Phase I "minimum viable product" UAT - the Level 1 Service Desk and corporate office end users.

    So when Phase I rolled out, it lacked crucial features for remote office end users, field support, trainers, infrastructure and network services, DBAs, enterprise applications ...

    Moreover, the UI and other design choices in Phase I made subsequent sprints more and more ineffective.

    By the time I left, there were:

    • At least three different 50+ item single-level drop-down menus required to create a basic service ticket;
    • multiple hidden right-click menus to access crucial functions;
    • no usable search functions;
    • no reliable knowledgebase, either internal or external;
    • two developers still tied up full-time trying to keep up with bugs and requests;
    • no reliable means to collect meaningful metrics other than first-level service desk ticket closure;
    • no guardrails on ticket closure or smart logic to guide tickets to the right team;
    • no way to spawn multiple sub-tasks for complex requests;
    • still no integration with existing patch/monitor/CMDB tools (all tickets still need manual data entry and deployments);
    • no updates to the system training created for the Phase I rollout...

    And they're about to implement one-click purchasing in Phase II.

    Yes, there was a critical need for a new ticketing/purchasing system, the old one was circa 2006.

    But generating a reasonable RACI matrix at the outset to identify genuine stakeholders, gathering information (including a systematic evaluation of the works/doesn't work features and evolved UI design from the old system), getting stakeholder buy-in on what the minimum viable feature set should look like... All that would have saved a great deal of time and money.

    The crucial error was making the manager responsible for delivering the product share the role of product owner. He got to define the acceptability of his own performance, including the performance metrics, and claimed a win when the product was "delivered on time and under budget". He's now a director, despite having improved no one's satisfaction.

    Do I sound a little bitter?

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Satellite images show no major damage to Persian Gulf ships claimed to be 'sabotaged' by US officials in ~news

    patience_limited Link Parent
    You're not wrong about the Gulf of Tonkin vibe. This was pretty much the expected course of events when John Bolton became National Security Advisor.

    You're not wrong about the Gulf of Tonkin vibe. This was pretty much the expected course of events when John Bolton became National Security Advisor.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 8) in ~news