Monday, December 13, 2004
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Well, I had no idea he even had a blog; some fan I am, huh? Anyway, Penn talks about the time the TSA guy grabbed his groin. Man, he's always nearly been my hero, but I may have to promote him now just on the basis of this quote:
Well, it's not really the right word, but freedom is kind of a hobby with me, and I have disposable income that I'll spend to find out how to get people more of it.
Update: how old is that post anyway? Jeebus
Thursday, December 02, 2004
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Found on Virginia Postrel's blog which you should be reading daily. There's even a link over there <=== on the blogroll. Off you go.
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Monday, June 28, 2004
Lee loves him, of course, which is one of the reasons why I have to thwack Lee in the back of the head every now and then.
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
- The New York Times > National > 9 / 11 Panel: U.S. Must Focus Intelligence
- The New York Times reports that the 9/11 commisioners themselves state that there is no substantial disagreement between their views and the publicly-stated view of the Bush administration vis-a-vis ties between al-Qaeda and Iraq.
- The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed-Columnist: The Zelikow Report
- It turns out that the rhubarb was engendered not by an official commission judgement, but rather by a leaked interim memo prepared by the commissioner's staffers. Let me repeat that: it wasn't the commission's judgement at all.
Amazingly enough, the commission is distancing itself from the report by saying they don't get involved in what their staffers do in their spare time. I'm just boggled that they'd let that get out and be attributed to them. "Nonpartisan" my rosy red butt.
Friday, June 18, 2004
Thursday, June 17, 2004
US President George W Bush has still insisted Saddam Hussein had a relationship with Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. Offering no evidence of this at all. (It's true, because I say it is, syndrome. If you repeat it enough people will start to believe.)
But he said his administration never asserted that the former Iraqi leader had a role in the 11 September 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, Which is news to me, as I remember fingers being pointed quite pointedly.
The funny thing is, Osama Bin Laden has been quoted several times, as disliking the Secular Iraq regieme. Although I'm sure he *would* take money from anyone.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
And now they can't pin Iraq with Al-Queda for 9/11 either.
So I think it's time to face facts. The US government *IS* lying to you.
Really this shouldn't be any suprise to anyone. (Arms for hostages, "I have no recollection of that", "I am not a crook", etc etc etc)
Now maybe the US government should try going after the real terrorists of 9/11, instead of giving them breathing space, and commiting the vast majority of their resources to Iraq.
Don't get me wrong, Saddam Hussein wasn't a nice guy, and the world will be a better place without him, but none of the reasons for going into Iraq are true.
Maybe the US would be better suited trying to bring Bin Laden to justice, instead of faffing about in Iraq ?
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004
They say Mr Bush's policies have made the US more isolated and less safe, and damaged its standing in the world.
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Mark my words, young man.
Thursday, May 27, 2004
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There's nothing quite as mad as a mad Englishman, don't you know, and boy am I glad you're on my side of the conflict.
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
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Thursday, May 13, 2004
As far as point #2, I'm just ... boggled. I don't have any grand sweeping suggestions for how to solve the whole problem; I only have the observation that we can't go backwards but must push forwards through victory or else we can look forward to a never-ending succession of 9/11s until we are all under Shari'a law (or dead). I don't advocate genocide. I am absolutely opposed to genocide. Genocide is bad, mmkay? Am I making it absolutely clear that "killing them all" is a bad idea?
The problem is I don't know what else we have as options. Although I thought last year that President Bush was the right man to drive us through to victory, I'm not entirely sure anymore. He seems to be disengaging, and whatever momentum the "democracy building" process might have had seems to be dissipating with each day. Perhaps it's because Iraqis aren't capable of self-government (which is just a stupid theory on it's face, not to mention revoltingly racist). Perhaps it's because things are actually going okay but our overwhelmingly "Anybody But Bush" media are determined to establish that Iraq is the new Tet. Perhaps it's because the President's team didn't have a contingency plan in case the Iraqis didn't all fall over themselves welcoming back Chalabi.
The only thing we have going for us is that the United States military forces are on the ground and are in charge. There is no more resourceful, adaptable, admirable collection of citizens anywhere in the world. As always, there will be some criminals in any group that size, but the armed services are so much better than any other group we could have in place that there's no question about letting them leave before they're done.
So how do they get done? The Marines in Falluja have bottled up al-Sadr quite effectively, and Iraqi forces are taking more control of the situation there. Hooray! A small pocket of "victory" there in the Sunni Triangle. Except, of course, that the Iraqi military forces there include quite a number of ex-Baathists; Saddam's general officers seem to have just hopped over to a new flag and off we go. How can we not be conflicted about that?
The civilians in Najaf are demonstrating, demanding that the militants get the hell out of their neighborhoods and go the f*ck home. Hooray! There's no "but" here; the Iraqis are doing what they ought to be doing, what we would be doing if it was happening in our neighborhoods. An untrammeled victory for the forces of liberal democracy (small 'l', small 'd').
Iraq is a country the size of California. What the hell else is going on over there? Where did the 3ID and 4ID go? They're not even peripherally in the news. I'm quite confident they're not sitting around with their thumbs up their butts, but I have no idea what they're doing. I hope, whatever it is, that it's a good thing.
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
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"The Department of Defense (DOD) has been relying increasingly on computer software to introduce or enhance performance capabilities of major weapon systems. To ensure successful outcomes, software acquisition requires disciplined processes and practices. Without such discipline, weapon programs encounter difficulty in meeting cost and schedule targets. For example, in fiscal year 2003, DOD might have spent as much as $8 billion to rework software because of quality-related issues.$8B isn't much to the DOD, but it's a lot of money to everybody else.
GAO was asked to identify the practices used by leading companies to acquire software and to analyze the causes of poor outcomes of selected DOD programs. GAO also was asked to evaluate DOD's efforts to develop programs for improving software acquisition processes and to assess how those efforts compare with leading companies' practices."
What does the GAO recommend? Let me grab a highlight:
Software developers and acquirers at firms that GAO visited use three fundamental management strategies to ensure the delivery of high-quality products on time and within budget: working in an evolutionary environment, following disciplined development processes, and collecting and analyzing meaningful metrics to measure progress. When these strategies are used together, leading firms are better equipped to improve their software development processes on a continuous basis. An evolutionary approach sets up a more manageable environment - one in which expectations are realistic and developers are permitted to make incremental improvements. The customer benefits because the initial product is available sooner and at a lower, more predictable cost. This avoids the pressure to incorporate all the desired capabilities into a single product right away. Within an evolutionary environment, there are four phases that are common to software development: setting requirements, establishing a stable design, writing code, and testing. At the end of each of these phases, developers must demonstrate that they have acquired the right knowledge before proceeding to the next development phase. To provide evidence that the right knowledge was captured, leading developers emphasize the use of meaningful metrics, which helps developers, managers, and acquirers to measure progress. These metrics focus on cost, schedule, the size of a project, performance requirements, testing, defects, and quality.So agile software processes work? Wow! Who'd a thunk it! I am so tempted to print this out, highlight a few key paragraphs, and send it along to a number of deserving clients.
In a review of five DOD programs, GAO found that outcomes were mixed for software-intensive acquisitions. The F/A-18 C/D, a fighter and attack aircraft, and the Tactical Tomahawk missile had fewer additional cost and schedule delays. For these programs, developers used an evolutionary approach, disciplined processes, and meaningful metrics. In contrast, the following programs, which did not follow these management strategies, experienced schedule delays and cost growth: F/A-22, an air dominance aircraft; Space-Based Infrared System, a missile-detection satellite system; and Comanche, a multimission helicopter...
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Wednesday, February 25, 2004
I'm left wondering with statistics like these :-
According to an ICM poll in January 2004, Americans believe in the supernatural (91%), an afterlife (74%), "belief in a God/higher power makes you a better human being" (82%), God or a higher power judged their actions (76%), and perhaps most tellingly "would die for their God/beliefs" (71%).
what the actual number of people interviewed was ?
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
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The American manufacturers are wining about dollar/yen rates etc etc.
"Frankly, it's time (for Japan) to get off the 'We're going to export everything we make to somebody else'," said Rick Wagoner, GM's chief executive.
Here's an idea you GM, make your cars better. The reason you're losing out to the japanese is that your cars are crap. Ask anyone. It may not be a popular opinion, but that doesn't make it untrue.
Stop whining, and get your arses in gear, and make better, more reliable cars.