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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

Greyfox Re:Implement locally? (133 comments)

There is no situation I could be in where an incoming call is important enough to warrant my immediate attention. There's a guy at work whose wife is expecting a baby, I assume he's made arrangements for immediate contact. Maybe his wife should have a talk with him about working for a company that lets him work from home.

The old asterisk voice menu system I used to run was pretty good at shutting down telemarketers and robocallers while still letting legitimate callers through. I don't think it'd be so easy to implement on an android phone, although it really should be. Maybe that phone Canonical is working on will have more open standards, but I'm not holding my breath.

yesterday
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

Greyfox Kentucky (120 comments)

If you live outside of Kentucky you might only know them for their derby. What many people don't know is that Kentucky also makes some of the finest jelly around, and that many stores outside the state carry it. So if you've never had the experience, you should pop 'round to your local grocer and ask about Kentucky jelly today!

3 days ago
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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

Greyfox "Fewer crossbar resources"? (145 comments)

What kind of talk is that? We need to come up with some decent excuses for why Nvidia can't access the last 500M of RAM! I'm going to suggest that it's global warming! The video card was designed for a room temperature of less than 80 degrees Fahrenheit but ever since global warming, room temperatures have been warmer than that!

4 days ago
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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

Greyfox Yup (110 comments)

If they think the threat is designed to secure passenger/crew compliance for another 9/11 style attack, yeah, I think they would shoot down a civilian aircraft if it didn't respond to their orders. Of course, passengers and crew these days expect any such threat to result in another 9/11 style attack and have proven repeatedly that they will beat the shit out of and quite possibly kill anyone trying to pull shit on their airplane. So the fighter jet is still just multi-million-dollar dick waving. It's probably more to let terrorist organizations know that we will shoot a plane down if we have to, rather than because we expect that we'd actually have to.

4 days ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

Greyfox Yeah (307 comments)

I reckon that might go a ways toward explaining why the company's doing so badly.

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

Greyfox I Don't Know What You're Talking About (322 comments)

I'm sorry, sir, I don't have a social media account by that name. The one you're looking at was probably created by the FBI to catch pedophiles.

about a week ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Greyfox Re:I have grown skeptical of these experiments. (219 comments)

Good thing he didn't figure it out. Dying from radiation poisoning from all those stray neutrons would have been a bummer! Especially when you're sitting on a pile of freshly-transmuted gold (Which would also have a pretty short half-life IIRC...)

about two weeks ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

Greyfox No Headshots From Mars (104 comments)

90 minute ping times will kill your head shots. All the people in the Mars cities are going to have to log into the Europa WoW servers.

about two weeks ago
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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

Greyfox Re:Saudi copes with low prices for at least 8 yrs (141 comments)

I remember when those fuckers (OPEC) were terrified to let it go over $25 a barrel. It's not "low" now. It's just low enough to fuck over the competition from fracking wells in North America. Maybe if they keep it where it is for two or three years, the current round of investors in North American fracking companies will lose a fuck-ton of money and be a little more shy about investing in the technology next time OPEC lets it spike up.

They let it run a little too long this time, though. Hybrids and electrics have had a chance to get a foothold in the market, and some people are already starting to think about how pure electric vehicles and ones with fuel cells could potentially change how electric grids work. It wouldn't take a very big push for countries to start adopting electric vehicles powered with Clean Atomic Energy. And that'll plunge us into the next ice age lickety split, once global warming starts to reverse. Hah, didn't see THAT coming, did you?

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

Greyfox Blah Blah Handwave (121 comments)

Reaper carrier signal.

about two weeks ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

Greyfox Wot? (227 comments)

Kind of like Galactic Civilizations III? I'd guess they'd better hurry if they don't want Sid Meier to steal the wind from their sails.

about two weeks ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Greyfox Re:I have grown skeptical of these experiments. (219 comments)

I thought about that as well, having done a similar exercise in a similar training. It's pretty rare that a team encounters a problem that only one member of that team can solve. I stayed on a project from 2000-2005 and got so familiar with the code base and the capabilities of my team that I could estimate the times pretty accurately based on the team member doing it. The manager could ask me how long something would take and I'd say "About 3 days for me, or about 2 weeks for John." Those numbers could easily be reversed if it was a piece of the code I hadn't looked at very much and John had. Sometimes they'd still elect to have John make that change, if I had several tasks that needed to get done, but it was pretty easy optimize the team's performance by mostly keeping them in the parts of the code that they knew.

Were there any tasks that only one person could have achieved? Very few, really. There was some work around making the code more stable that I ended up doing. That involved changing how the code was launched, building the code base with electric fence and using a a debugger to find the locations of core dumps. I feel like that's stuff any programmer can do, but the rest of the team didn't seem to have any experience with that process. But agile is also willing to accept a half-assed job if a half-assed job meets the needs of the business. It really doesn't matter to agile if someone on the team gets pulled in every weekend because the program can't run without constant hand-holding, as long as the business' needs are being met.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Greyfox Yeah (562 comments)

Just ignore that bit about being secure in your papers and possessions! The Government should be able to take what it wants, for your protection!

about two weeks ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

Greyfox Re:Time to abandon normal phones? (217 comments)

I run some software on my android phone that sends calls with numbers not in my contacts list straight to voicemail. If they're important enough, I'll call 'em back. Most of the time they're some very-low-quality recruiter or the newspaper asking me to pay to have them litter in my driveway.

Back in the ol' Landline days, I ran a SIP gateway that went to an asterisk system. It would always ask you to press 1 if you weren't a telemarketer and 2 if you were. Option 2 would politely tell you to fuck off. I never got a telemarketing call after that. I'm guessing the VRU confused most of the robo-calling software they used. After a while I got fancy with it and installed SIP software on the cellphone I was using at the time. So if my phone connected up with the wireless network, it would register with the asterisk server and the asterisk server would ring the phone. If the phone was not available because I was away from the house, calls would go straight to voicemail. If you were on a whitelist, the asterisk system would ask you to hold on and then dial out over VOIP and connect the call to my cell phone. The software on my phone now works pretty well but I miss the power I had with Asterisk.

about two weeks ago
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Micromax Remotely Installing Unwanted Apps and Showing Ads

Greyfox So (50 comments)

Has anyone ported cyanogenmod to the phone yet? That's my default answer to the heaping helping of unwanted crap that always seem to get bundled with my phones.

about two weeks ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

Greyfox Reportedly (141 comments)

Google is now working on a version of Glass that won't get you punched in the face when you wear it in public.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Poll: Preferred Method of Shuffling Off This Mortal Coil?

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Greyfox writes "1) Autoerotic asphyxiation "accident".
2) Old age.
3) Immediately after yelling "Hey Skeeter! Hold my beer and watch this!"
4) On the toilet.
5) Other (describe below.)"
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Harold Camping: World to End Friday

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Greyfox (87712) writes "Oh noes! Harold Camping says the world is going to end Friday! And I'm all out of Kool Aid from the last one! Guy's got to give us more warning! Ok! You guys know the drill! Give away your worldly belongings and get ready to be whisked away to Heaven! Unless you're a heathen, then you can just go about your business!"
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Detergent Phospate Ban Leads to Dirtier Dishes

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Greyfox (87712) writes "A couple months ago I moved into a new house, and almost immediately noticed that the dishwasher was not working as well as the one in my last place. I thought I might have to replace it, but it turns out that the problem is a quiet phosphate ban for dishwasher detergent in 17 states. Rather than mix two formulas, the detergent manufacturers just switched over to phosphate-free detergent for everyone. No phosphates for you! The lady in the story mixes her own detergent now, but I'm finding that a quarter cup of vinegar every now and then seems to do the trick. Glad I didn't replace that washer."
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USA Authorizes Killing of US Citizen in Yemen

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Greyfox (87712) writes "According to this bit at the ACLU (Among other places,) the Obama administration has authorized the killing of Anwar al-Alwaki, a Muslim cleric who has allegedly been up to all sorts of shenanigans. The ACLU glosses over those shenanigans and waves their hands vaguely, but they do raise an important question, exactly how many and what sorts of shenanigans must you be up to before someone puts you on a list of people who should be killed?"
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The Environmental Impact of Printing an Email?

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Greyfox (87712) writes "Lately I've been seeing the obnoxiously smug "Please consider the environmental impact before printing this Email" in the signature of a number of people who send me email far too regularly. This really makes me want to print their email, cut out the signature, and start making a "Please consider the environmental impact before printing this Email" rug out of signatures and tape. But it got me wondering, what exactly IS the environmental impact of printing their email? And what is the environmental impact of their sending me their generally useless trivia at all? I googled around a bit but couldn't find anything useful. Could someone point me to a study on this?"
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Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Greyfox writes "According to This CNN Story, a new "Hitman" scam is circulating around the Internet. In a nutshell the scammer says that the person being email has a contract on his life but offers to spare him if he pays the scammer a large sum of money. Investigations are difficult because most of the scammers are believed to be in a different country."
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Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Greyfox writes "According to the metro news, a student in North Carolina has been suspended for his religious beliefs. Those beliefs? That global warming is caused by the decline in the number of pirates and therefore followers of the religion should wear full 'full pirate regalia' to combat global warming. The school insists that the student's suspension had 'nothing to do with religion and everything to do with his refusal to heed warnings about wearing pirate costumes to school.' But isn't that like saying that suspending a student for praying at lunch had nothing to do with religion and everything to do with praying at lunch?

I'm sure this is just another case of the Administration attempting to suppress global warming-related speech!"
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Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Greyfox (87712) writes "According to this Macworld article, EVE Online is to be ported to Intel OSX. CCP will be using Transgaming technology to make it happen and the game will have full parity with the PC version when released."
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Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Greyfox (87712) writes "A few years back I tried to sell my manager at IBM on the idea of sending me to the Linux Beer Walk on the company dime. Well he wasn't particularly keen on the idea for some reason but I'm working at a new company now and am set to try again! However... there doesn't seem to be a Linux Beer Walk that I can pitch anymore! Whatever happened to that event and will there ever be another?"
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Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Greyfox writes "Our good buddy, Ted Stevens has introduced S. 2686: Communications, Consumer's Choice and Broadband Deployment act of 2006. I haven't yet read the entire text of the bill but the summary makes it sound surprisingly clueful from "The Internet is not a dump truck" guy. There's probably some nastiness hidden in the bill text though. Notably, it looks like the bill could make your ISP have to pay into the universal service fund, it seems it will probably give the FCC the authority to mandate that hardware implement and respect the copyright protection flag and there's the usual stuff about preventing child pornography."
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Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Greyfox writes "Hey, remember that woman who certified the Florida results in the 2000 election, thus comitting our nation to 8 years of being run by a retarded monkey? Well she's back and up to her usual shennanigans, winning a nomination to run as the Republican canidate for a Senate seat in Florida. Ms. Harris leads Tom DeLay and Scarface Al Capone by a narrow margin in terms of popularity and GOP leadership is concerned that her presence in the election will motivate a large turn out of Democrats for this ultra-important mid-term election. The GOP went so far as to withdraw backing of Ms. Harris in this election, which she responded to by ponying up $10 Million of her own money to run her campaign. She still won handily, possibly due to high amounts of toxic mercury in the Florida water supply, possibly due to the fact that the Republican party could only mobilize a chimpanzee against her in this primary. And the chimp only got 42% of the vote.

Ms. Harris goes on to face Democrat Bill Nelson in the election, which she is expected to win by a margin of 2000 or so. Pat Buchanin is expected to take about 2300 votes in the election. Ms. Harris is also expected to fire four entire groups of campaign staffers between now and the election in an attempt to get rid of the Democratic spies in her campaign. Toxic mercury and all that.

If I may take a moment to deviate from my usual balanced and fair reporting of the news to briefly voice my personal opinion, if Ms. Harris wins the general election I will personally feel compelled to drive to the home of every Democrat in the state and put my foot up the ass of any of them that didn't actually turn out to vote in the election. Fair warning."

Journals

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How To Jump Out of An Airplane

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  about 2 years ago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QgG4hwKbH4 Pretty much like that.

http://youtu.be/ZHdsUICa7zY Eeh, not the best exit but in my defense it was the first one where I've been "on my own" at the exit. All previous times, someone's been holding on to me.

The second video is my 10th jump. I'm running out of levels to fail, though! I'm much rather take it slow and be sure I have it right than rush through the program.

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Jmeter Does Not Have Access to Environment Variables?

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Maybe not, but if you "set > workspace/job.properties" and pass your Job Path in to jmeter as a property, you can read the damn things back out with a beanshell sampler later on. Handy for grabbing variables from your Hudson parameterized build. Just don't forget to define JobPath as ${__P(JobPath,)} in your user defined variables.

import java.io.BufferedReader;

String response = "";

try {
      BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(new FileReader("${JobPath}/workspace/job.properties"));
      String nextLine = in.readLine();
      while(null != nextLine) {
              String[] keyval = nextLine.split("=");
              if (2 == keyval.length) {
                    vars.put(keyval[0],${__eval(keyval[1])});
              }
              response = response + nextLine + "\n";
              nextLine = in.readLine();
        }
} catch (java.io.FileNotFoundException e) {
        response = "Unable to locate properties file for environment; using defaults.";
}

SampleResult.setResponseData(response);

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Emacs ruby-mode font locking

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 4 years ago

If you want ruby mode to do syntax highlighting, make sure to have (global-font-lock-mode 1) before you load the ruby mode library. This will save much misery.

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Obama Needs to Bring Chicago to DC

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Invite the top Democrats in for a spaghetti dinner and give them (verbatim) the Al Capone teamwork speech from "The Untouchables." Baseball bat at all. You know the guy he stops at when he gets to the end will feel pretty damn uncomfortable...

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My Regime

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 5 years ago In a number of posts I've talked about my regime. When I become Dictator for Life (through an open election process) things will be run a bit differently. I thought I should get this all down in one place so that people will not be confused about my regime's stances on various topics.

My regime would bring back impaling. It worked for Vlad the Impaler -- in the height of his reign you could leave a bag of gold on the street and no one would touch it. They were afraid of being impaled. I'd get rid of most victimless crimes, and would need to work out for the rest of them where exactly the impaling would start. Drunk driving, I think, would be an impalable offense. Murder and rape, definitely impaling there. Monetary fraud etc... impaling... Needless to say the prison population in my regime would be a LOT smaller.

My regime would require mandatory reversible sterilization of all citizens at puberty and a license in order to reverse it for breeding. After all, currently you need a license to buy a car or a gun but any jackass who can figure out how to stick a penis in a vagina can make a baby with no government regulation. Needless to say, breeding license applicants would need to demonstrate financial stability and a degree of minimal competence for parental obligations.

If you're not breeding, gay marriage will not only be legal, it will be mandatory. This will encourage people to be competent enough to pass the breeding license exam and everyone else will be happy with it. Or else...

My regime would mandate samurai honor code for corporate officers and public officials. Bring dishonor to your office via fraud, ineptitude or corruption and you will be allowed to kill yourself, or you'll be impaled. The events of the past few years make it painfully clear that this is necessary.

My regime would ban organized religion except for the state-sponsored one, which would involve Smurfs. Non-smurfy behavior will be punishable by impaling. Heresy will be punishable by feeding the offending people to Garganel.

Oh yes and my regime will have public health care. My regime would not tolerate insurance companies feeding on the corpses of my citizens, no. My regime puts its citizens first and will work to insure their well-being. Any other attitude would be completely non-Smurfy.

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Trend in the IT Industry

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 5 years ago I was just talking to a fellow I worked with a couple years back. He was (somewhat) forcibly retired from the company he worked for after 35 years of service to them. It wasn't a performance issue, rather he was "retirable" and the company was downsizing. They lost a lot of very specialized knowledge when they got rid of him, from a project that was a pretty big component of their sales process a few years ago.

There's a trend in the industry to treat employees as hot-pluggable resources. One person is viewed as just as good as another with no consideration of experience or ability. If you can get rid of one person and load twice the amount of work on someone else in his team (And let THEM figure out how to complete it all on time) that does fine.

This makes the industry a shitty place to work, drives the more experienced people out of the market and encourages the 90s style job-hopping that let a lot of people with no business in the industry inflate their salaries to outrageous levels without actually doing any work. I've had to clean up after a few of those people.

It takes a while to learn a job and the business practices and processes of the company you're working for. From what I've seen, most people need three to six months to get comfortable in the environment and learn their way around a code base if they're programming. After that the productivity goes up dramatically. The current practices of the industry makes for a lot of turn-over before you hit that point and views someone with years of experience in that position as being easily replaced by a fresh college graduate. This, in my view, is a mistake.

So what to do about this? I think eventually the market might sort this out. If it's a bad thing, I think that any company that comes along with different attitudes could end up out-producing and out-maneuvering its more clueless competition.

If anyone works for such an enlightened company I'd love to hear your views on the subject. And... um... are you guys hiring?

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Greyfox's Solution to The Health Care Issue

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 5 years ago New Law: No member of the legislative, judicial or executive branches of the US government may enjoy any federally funded health care plan that better in any way than the plan of the lest privileged United States citizen.

That ought to sort things out pretty quickly.

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Oh For Fuck's Sake

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  about 6 years ago Just arm Franken and Coleman with bricks and lock them in a room. The one that emerges should get the senate seat.

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Worst President Ever

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 6 years ago I really wish Nixon had lived to see this administration. I think he died feeling really bad and thinking he'd be remembered as the worst president ever, and after this he could say "Well... you know... I may have been bad but at least I wasn't that guy!"

To be fair to the Bush administration, they were left holding the bag that was started in the 80's when the Reagan administration started deregulating everything. And to be fair, the Clinton administration continued that trend. And hey, imagine our surprise when, realizing that they were no longer accountable to "laws," companies victimized the American people. Had Congress noticed, in the past two decades that lenders were coming up with new and elaborate schemes to treat the American people as their personal piggy banks, perhaps the trend could have been reversed. They were too busy whoring out the law to the highest bidder. More than enough blame to go around, here.

Meanwhile, when corporations couldn't meet their unrealistic growth goals to keep their stock prices propped up, they had to resort to their own shenanigans. Even after we noticed that, we didn't do much about it. That would have required evil regulation. God forbid we have that, we much prefer the current system where companies regularly sacrifice their own employees to the god of the almighty profit.

No the Bush administration is simply the poo cherry on a giant turd sandwich that has been years in the making. Had things gone just slightly differently they would only be remembered as a mildly ineffective and inept administration. But as they say, the buck stops at the top no matter how much you might try to point the finger of blame elsewhere. You can say "But... it wasn't my fault!" That's OK. We'll blame you anyway. Nixon would be happy to know that he'll go down in history as the second worst president ever.

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Who Gets Pardoned Before W Leaves Office?

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 6 years ago Hey everyone! Write down your predictions for who Bush pardons before he leaves office!

I think the first guy on the list is Ted "Series of Tubes" Stephens.

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Who the Fuck is Cerberus and Why Should You Care?

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 6 years ago http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerberus_Capital_Management

Bush cronie John Snow and Chrysler? No matter how much bleach we apply to this administration's taint-stain of failure and ineptitude, I don't think we're ever going to get it clean.

Question is, does Bush bail out the auto-industry because he gives a damn about all those workers who are going to lose their jobs, or to help his former cronie recoup his losses and jettison the company?

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On The Erection Of Imaginary Structures

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 6 years ago I was listening to NPR on the way in to work today and they were talking about how justice in Afghanistan is still largely handled through tribal councils rather than the shiny new judicial system that we've put in place over there. That got me thinking about how difficult it is to erect an imaginary structure. A judicial system is an imaginary structure that people agree to respect. If the system is overly flawed, ineffective or even if people are just not comfortable with it, its chances of survival are low.

The judicial system in Afghanistan probably closely resembles ours back when the country first started out. We've had a couple hundred years to tweak our system and adapt it to our needs. The problem in the case of Afghanistan is that a parallel structure exists which people are more comfortable with, and so people continue to prefer the tribal councils over the one we've put in places. If the judicial system we put in place is to survive, it will most likely need to integrate the tribal councils in to its functioning in some way. If people are willing to use it then it can improve to meet the specific needs of the Afghan population. We should not be surprised if their judicial system ends up looking nothing like ours.

Countries are not the only places that have imaginary structures, though. I've worked for a lot of different companies over the years, and they all have their own way of doing things. The internal processes and procedures of a large company also comprise an imaginary structure. A structure which is nearly impossible to change. Most people don't look at the structure as a whole and instead prefer to keep their heads down to stay focused on their own job. I think that companies that encourage this behavior miss out on a lot of productivity that could be obtained from people actually working together. They often call this understanding the big picture.

Unfortunately the big picture is remarkably complex. What we need is a way to break this picture down in to understandable chucks which we can look at individually. Those chunks could be then used to build the big picture. Or perhaps just "a" big picture, after all a company is also just a bite-sized chunk of the big picture that is our society. In that context, perhaps we could apply some of the concepts of object-oriented programming and design patterns to corporate (or international) process. After all, each team has some inputs and some outputs. What happens inside the team is not really important as long as the outputs happen in an expected time after the inputs.

If the inputs and outputs of each team in the company are documented and understood by all the team members and all the people that team interacts with, things become much more orderly. Ask any person what their job is and what is expected from them and they will actually be able to tell you. It is then up to the lead of that team to insure that the team is adequately staffed to do all the work assigned to the team.

Could this process be applied to the Afghan justice system as well as to a business process? Certainly one of the problems facing the new judicial system which we've put in place is that many Afghans do not know anything about it. Like our business process, the Afghan courts have inputs and outputs. The ultimate goal of both is produce something of value for the people involved. Broken down in an understandable fashion makes it easier to tweak any little piece of the puzzle that doesn't quite fit correctly. Both systems should be allowed to evolve toward perfection.

Now if only I could find a company that's willing to let me experiment on them with my "object-oriented business process." Or a country willing to let me experiment on them with an "Object oriented judicial system." Hmm...

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Aspiring Expectations

Greyfox Greyfox writes  |  more than 6 years ago Folks,

The charges leveled against Illinois Gov. Blagojevich could not have come at a better time for the Democratic party. Since the election of Obama there has been an unprecedented optimism about our political system. To hear people talk, the moment Obama takes office magical fairies and unicorns will fly out of his butt and fix the economy, global warming and our political system.

The accusations against Blagojevich should go a long way toward restoring American cynicism toward its political system. We are forcibly reminded that politicians are by nature corrupt and inept. This is because humans are by nature corrupt and inept. When someone is elected to office they do not shed their humanity. They and their opinions do not become any wiser or smarter than the people that elected them.

Which brings us back to Obama. The hype has taken on a life of its own. Obama is not the second coming of Christ. No magical fairies will be appearing to magically fix everything when he takes office. What Obama needs to accomplish will take a tremendous amount of work and no small amount of time.

If the hype had continued to grow, it would have resulted in a lot of disillusionment of a lot of Americans. We're not well-known for our patience or our attention span, after all. This good old fashioned corruption scandal is doing a wonderful job of shutting down the hype machine. This may actually give Obama the time he needs to demonstrate some actual results, since all the USA's problems will not be magically solved the moment he takes office.

Ultimately we need to realize that our leaders are only human, and we need to make it difficult for them to abuse their positions. We should not tolerate a culture of corruption and ineptitude when the fate of our nation is at stake. I am hopeful that Obama realizes this and will use his mandate to push real reforms to our system.

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