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Startup Assembly Banks On Paid, Open-Source Style Development

Greyfox Re:How much does it pay? (32 comments)

And if you write useful open source code, you can always negotiate alternate licensing and support terms with any company that might want to use your work without having to release their code back to the community. So really, releasing your copyright to a company for an ambiguous promise of future payment is doubly silly.

yesterday
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

Greyfox Nope! (233 comments)

No wait...

Nope!

2 days ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

Greyfox You know, you SAY that... (186 comments)

But I think we all know it's going to turn out like this.

4 days ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

Greyfox Re:Style isn't even in the top 5 problems (154 comments)

That pretty well covers it. I also don't like the screen off to the side like that. I want to be able to overlay an augmented-reality HUD over what I'm looking at. That would actually be potentially useful. Having to take my eyes off what I'm looking at and glance at a screen, not so much. Hell I'd be OK with a single color pixels, if the entire lens was the screen.

about a week ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Greyfox No (135 comments)

But we could forbid the laws preventing cities from running their own. My city ran fiber back in the '90's but before they were able to act on it, the state passed a law that cities couldn't be internet providers. The law specified that individual cities could opt out of the law by passing a ballot referendum in which residents of the city vote to opt out of the law. We did that a couple years ago by a solid margin (Something like 80% I forget exactly.) The work crews were just going through marking power lines and stuff last week in preparation to start laying fiber to houses. Already Comcast and Centurylink seem to be scrambling to try to keep customers here. Other cities in the area are also scurrying to jump on that bandwagon as they're concerned they're going to use businesses and residents to mine. The benefits in the few cities around the USA that have done this are clear enough that it's obvious the anti-competitive laws are holding the market back.

about a week ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

Greyfox On Behalf of The Guys Whose Speech Isn't Free (316 comments)

*Ahem* Fuck you, David Cameron! We kicked your ass off this continent once over this issue and we'll do it again! And also Avatar was nothing both soft core furry porn! So there!

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

Greyfox You're Lucky It's the Same Langauge (100 comments)

Google thought my entire office was located in Mexico a couple months ago, so all my Google services were in Spanish. The situation seemed to resolve itself just as mysteriously as it started. I was speculating that someone was doing a BGP attack to reroute our usual traffic through Mexico so they could phish all our passwords or something.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Greyfox Can't (297 comments)

*points to the next story* Stupid virus

about two weeks ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

Greyfox Berlin (151 comments)

When the walls fell

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

Greyfox How Big a Deal If They Are? (260 comments)

How big a deal is it, really, if they are? If they were and you actually wanted people to use your API, you'd just need to publish it under a permissive license. Otherwise it'd be unlikely to ever gain any traction. Also, if an API can be copyrighted, would that make everything implemented with that API a derivative work? If that were the case, I'm pretty sure AT&T would own the copyright on all computer code for the past 4 decades. Even Windows has some UNIX heritage. The idea of Bell Labs trying to actually assert that copyright is amusing enough that I kind of hope the Supreme Court rules that way.

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Greyfox Eeh (187 comments)

Might make it to mid 60's (mid 40s now) given the shape I'm in and health history of my family. I do plan to have increasingly hazardous hobbies between now and then. Significantly increasingly hazardous hobbies. But yanno, something's gonna kill you sooner or later anyway, so you may as well be having some fun on the way out.

I think the guesstimates that some sort of immortality might be within our reach within 3-5 decades are overly optimistic. I'm also fairly pessimistic that they'd be available to everyone when they finally do come around. The top 1 to 5 percent might be able to afford to extend their lives. The other 10+ billion people will be on the planet by then will probably resent that. Should make for some interesting times that I really don't expect to be around to witness.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Next Mission: Internet Satellites

Greyfox Hmm, don't see it working (74 comments)

If you put them in geosynchronous, you're stuck trying to pull head shots off with 2 second ping times. Doesn't matter how good your auto-aim is, that's just not going to work. If you put them lower, you'd need a satellite-tracking antenna. Actually you'd probably want at least TWO satellite-tracking antennas and you'd have to dick around with the protocol so that acquiring a new bird when the old one goes behind the horizon doesn't screw up that head shot you're lining up. Long story short, satellite internet is going to screw up your head shots, and that's why Google is laying fiber instead of launching satellites. OK, they're launching satellites TOO, just not for that.

I bet you could put together a software satellite simulator to test your design for significantly less than what it'd cost to launch one satellite. The math to describe an orbit isn't particularly hard -- it's basically just trig. Put a couple dozen fake birds in fake orbit, set up your fake antennas on the ground and start pushing fake packets between them. No sense in building a rocket if that tells you it's not going to work.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Greyfox So... (282 comments)

To solve this problem we should be more accepting of solutions we don't like? Nah, I don't buy it!

about two weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Greyfox Re:This baffles me... (236 comments)

The hack is pretty much just putting the DVD in the slot and booting to it. It's just another OS install. Pretty sure you could do it with a USB memory stick as well. It pretty much comes down to personal preference, doesn't it? I've been using Linux since the mid 90's and UNIX since the late 80's. I work exclusively with free software and never purchased any OSX software. Things both Unixy and Javay always felt like second-class citizens on OSX -- directories were laid out in odd places, upgrading packages was clunky, getting X11 working felt awkward, trying to update pre-installed UNIX applications was a pain and so forth. I was maintaining this additional layer that I wasn't really using and which was getting in my way. So I decided to reformat the system over to Ubuntu.

Several of my complaints at that time revolved around Java updates for the system. I was doing a lot of Java development at the time and running on Apple software, the only game in town for Java updates was Apple and they just weren't doing them. Since then my attitude toward Java has shifted from mercenary ambivalence to outright hatred and that wouldn't really be an issue anymore. But the fact of the matter is that I'll always just feel most comfortable on a Linux system anyway.

about two weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Greyfox I've Actually Been Kicking Around The Idea (236 comments)

The surface pro looks like it'd be a halfway decent little machine once you get done wiping windows and installed Ubuntu on it. And Ubunutu looks like it'd be a halfway decent OS once you got done wiping Unity and install Enlightenment on it. I've been keeping an eye out for a possible replacement for an aging 17" powerbook, which was also a pretty decent machine once you got done wiping OSX and installed Ubuntu on it. I'd mostly be previewing videos from a GoPro, processing them minimally with Kdenlive, and uploading them to youtube. It would be nice to have a few more gigabytes of storage than the current round of tablets offer, as less than a couple hundred gigabytes starts to get cramped awfully fast when you're pushing video around like that, but I wouldn't be out more than a week or so at a time and could just sync up with a file server at the house with git annex whenever I'm home.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

Greyfox Oh YEAH! (110 comments)

Baby I am SO ready to plug my brain directly into the Internet!

about two weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Greyfox Working at Ericsson (441 comments)

I did a contract gig at Ericsson for about a year. As a white male citizen of the USA, I was in the minority in that company fir the first time in a 30 year career and it was awesome! That year I had several folks from the office over for Thanksgiving -- we had several people working contracts from overseas so they didn't have anywhere particularly else to go and a couple of them had never attended a Thanksgiving feast before. That felt very much like how people should get along -- just hanging out and having a good time without regard for nationality or sex. The office environment was much the same. It never felt like anyone was going out of the way to make anyone else feel like they fit in, but everyone just fit in. If your only experience is with US companies and their environment makes you uncomfortable, perhaps you should try a European one!

about two weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Greyfox I will mostly vote (551 comments)

For the lizards. Otherwise the wrong lizard might get in.

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 3 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  |  about 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  |  more than 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  |  about 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  |  more than 5 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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