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  • choice of words
    jreeves
    Let me be clear: I was in a fraternity. I love dirty songs and jokes. I regularly offend people with my use of language. I'm not a prude in any sense. But I still cringe to see a White House representative talking about "the baddest of the bad *sses" in such an important context. I guess we've become "Hip-Hop Nation," and there's no turning back; but there is still some room for decorum -- no, I'm being too nice here. Someone in his position, announcing such a crucial initiative, should not use that kind of language. Period. It's juvenile and embarrassing. I look forward to seeing if ANYONE out there agrees with me on this.... I kind of doubt it. Hey, you like irony? I had to censor a certain word because it's not allowed in comments. It's allowed in a White House press release and in an article about the release, but not in a comment about the article. Just kill me now.
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  • Choice of Words
    jziegler
    JReeves, Thank you for your comment. From a story perspective, Federal News Radio felt it was important to use the exact quote from CTO Todd Park. We try to avoid this language and it is very rare that we post anything like this on our website. In this case, however, we thought it was pertinent to the story. I also appreciate you following our comment policy. In this case, if you had not censored your comment, I do not believe we would have flagged it as inappropriate since it was part of the context of the story. -- Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio
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  • Re: Choice of Words
    jreeves
    I greatly appreciate your response. But I should point out that I had no choice but to insert the asterisk, because your system would not accept my post without it; so I'm not sure how you could NOT have flagged it as inappropriate, since it happens automatically. But with that said, I am fine with your automated screening of vocabulary; anyone poster can do what I did and sanitize the unaccepted words. This keeps the discussion at a slightly higher level, which makes rational discourse (vs. name calling and such) more likely.
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  • Choice of Words
    Steve T
    I certainly agree with your assessment jreeves and appreciate your post.
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  • Good luck
    Zoopy
    I was a moderately "bad a**" software developer in the private sector. Then when I came to work for the DoD, I ran into soul-killing, productivity-killing red tape for the simplest things like ordering computers, setting up a server, or trying to get backups done. I think the government would be amazed how many "bad a**" developers it had, if only it got out of our ****ing way.
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  • 6 months
    woodrobuda
    As a software engineer off and on for nearly 30 years, I must say that six months is not enough to change a culture. Innovation is about taking risks and transfer of similar technology from other disciplines that work (not a small feat). I've seen engineering process from waterfall to scrum and regardless of the methodology results don't come unless the engineer understands the problem. Understanding the problem come from understanding domain/culture. Given the layers and layers of government process, constraints and stakeholders (political, citizen, user, manager, etc - emphasis on the political) how in the world could six months possibly matter other than to make someone feel good?
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