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I have been a tester, manager, automator, and release angineer for over 15 years. Working in Windows, *nix and distributed environments I've come in as the first part of QA and built groups or joined existing groups. I like process and am an evangelist for process improvement. I also dabble in tool smithing, while I am not a great coder I stick with it and have built up a nice array of tools over the years in Perl, Ruby and PowerShell. I automate when I can now, as that is my prime passion, and I wear all kinds of hats doing whatever is needed but always handling code from test to production.

I have many interests in cooking, reading, home improvement, MakerSpaces and many more. You'll find me on many SX's here.

I currently work for NaviNet as a Software Engineer in Test II


Nov
28
comment What process have countries followed when creating constitutions?
How about I mention that while Washington was at the Constitutional Convention he was not the writer of the US Constitution which was written by committee and with the contributions of others that exceeded Washington's. With that said, many countries write Constitutions in a manner to keep power or to prevent those who were toppled from regaining power. It takes time to write a Constitution after a revolution, and usually that time is not peaceful.
Nov
27
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Nov
26
comment Did the fights in the Ip Man movie series actually occur in real life?
Asking about the historical accuracy of action movies usually ends up in the realm of fiction, this might need to be moved.
Nov
23
comment Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
@Barry I think you need to separate out the actions done by the US on our own, like Vietnam where the President sent troops on the ground against those like Korea, the Balkans and Kuwait when we worked with the UN, NATO or other countries and didn't formally declare war. It's definitely a grey line that politicians love to blur.
Nov
23
comment Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
@T.E.D. True but we were more acting with NATO as far as I remembered and it wasn't really "the US was going to war" moment. A good point though.
Nov
23
comment Did the The Fiend/Monster with 21 Faces produce mass hysteria in Japan?
If this sort of thing was true then you might have the same effect with the Sarin gas poisonings in the Japanese subway system. Does it change societal behaviors? Maybe, but long term or not I don't know, I think that gets into sociological studies.
Nov
22
answered Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
Nov
21
comment Where can I find information about prior Israel/Gaza conflicts?
I doubt you will find a bipartisan source, but for a collection of actions you'd probably be better off performing some Google searches as there probably isn't a collection about them that won't be biased one way or the other
Nov
21
comment Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
While the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, if memory serves me correct, was faked and got the US into Vietnam it still only gives the President 90 days before he needs to go to Congress for a formal declaration. Is it like it used to be? No. Has the War Power gone away from Congress? No, but times have changed.
Nov
20
comment Underground Tunnels in New York City and Boston
There are still lots of tunnels in Boston and NYC, what specifically about them are you looking to find out about?
Nov
20
comment Did the The Fiend/Monster with 21 Faces produce mass hysteria in Japan?
What sort of mass hysteria? In the US during the times of the Tylenol poisonings there was a lot of public concern and products came off the shelves, not sure if what occured is mass hysteria or not. Other than the fact that the "crime-free" Japan myth was dispelled I am not sure what you are looking for here.
Nov
20
comment Credibility of “Mao: The Unknown Story”
Mao, being a controversial leader, will have books written about him that typically have a bias one way or another. I have read a few of them, and there is a slant on them all. Sources are useful in providing information, but any source can be misused, taken out of context or abused so no matter how much you cite if you improperly use a source it's not the source's fault but the writer. The information can be authentic just not accurately portrayed
Nov
15
comment After the American Civil War, which states had the most problems with rejoining the Union?
Usually your answers are very thorough, I don't see how this answers the question about the difficulties the states might have had in rejoining during unification. I also wouldn't consider North Carolina a border or peripheral state...
Nov
15
comment Is history always written by the victors?
@T.E.D. Never said hate, just no interest. Next time I am in the library maybe I'll leaf through a copy and see what its all about.
Nov
15
comment Early instances of bacteriological warfare
@DVK well it was a virus...good thing a Mac integrates with alien technology
Nov
15
comment Is history always written by the victors?
@DVK At one point that is how the Reconstruction was taught, it was 'the "North" that came down to "teach the immoral white southerners" how to co-exist with the now free Negro.' Often glossing over the fact that discrimination and prejudice against blacks was already well entrenched in the North but never spoken of
Nov
15
comment Is history always written by the victors?
I think I am one of the few History majors to have never read Zinn or have any interest in it, other than everyone else has read him.
Nov
11
comment Did the Founding Fathers of the USA really make a distinction between a Republic and a Democracy (and despised the latter)?
@JakeJ Slogans in the 1920's were all over the place, you had a rising Socialist party and many American patriots, especially war veterans were vocal about how the US was. It was the roaring 20's and the excesses were keeping Americans employed, for the most part. It's possible the speech happened, I have not watched the video but you have to remember the Founding Fathers used Democracy and Republic as they understood it at the time, and definitions have evolved since then. I suggest looking at how the words were defined in the 18th C.
Nov
11
revised Did the Founding Fathers of the USA really make a distinction between a Republic and a Democracy (and despised the latter)?
edited title
Nov
11
comment How did the monks whose job was to copy books react to Gutenberg's printing press?
While I agree with the answer, the Church liked to control how the message was sent and many services for Churches in Western Europe were in Latin (which only monks and priests were learned in) which the general populace did not understand you should flesh this out more and provide some sources and you'd get more votes on the answer.