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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

Rocky Mudbutt I never vote. It only encourages them. (468 comments)

A house divided against itself cannot stand, but a democracy divided against itself cannot do further damage. Always vote for the minorities.

about 3 months ago

US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin

Rocky Mudbutt Never attribute ... (101 comments)

Here is a textbook case of applying the Capability Immaturity Model. My suspicion is the US Marshals Service is Level 0, but for the paranoid among us, Level -2 seems reasonable.
According to CMU-SEI data, over 70% of all software organizations are at Level 1 (Chaotic) of the Capability Maturity Model. In reality many may lie below the merely chaotic, but no lower levels exist in the CMM.

This article defines and describes lower maturity levels and their associated Kounter Productive Attitudes (KPAs). Of course in the SEI's CMM, KPA stands for Key Process Area.

The 4 levels of Immaturity:

  • Level 0: Negligent (Indifference) - Failure to allow successful development process to succeed. All problems are perceived to be technical problems. Managerial and quality assurance activities are deemed to be overhead and superfluous to the task of the software development process.
  • Level -1: Obstructive (Counter Productive) - Counter productive processes are imposed. Processes are rigidly defined and adherence to the form is stressed. Ritualistic ceremonies abound. Collective management precludes assigning responsibility. Status quo "über alles" (more important than anything else).
  • Level -2: Contemptuous (Arrogance) - Disregard for good software engineering institutionalized. Complete schism between software development activities and software process improvement activities. Complete lack of a training program.
  • Level -3: Undermining (Sabotage) - Total neglect of own charter, conscious discrediting of peer organization's software process improvement efforts. Rewarding failure and poor performance.

about 7 months ago

Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

Rocky Mudbutt Down and out (653 comments)

I was the "Down" in Downsized, I was the "Out" in Outsourced. That made me down and out.
I wanted to be the "Laid" in Laid Off but but my wife gave me "The Look".

more than 3 years ago

Secret EU Open Source Migration Study Leaked

Rocky Mudbutt Re:Fraud and conflict of interest (311 comments)

And 9 MBA's can make a baby in one month. 'Course when it grows up all it can do is tell pretty lies and bankrupt the country.

more than 5 years ago

Discuss the US Presidential Election

Rocky Mudbutt Optical Scan ballots FTW (1912 comments)

I was pleased to see a choice at my polling station of mark sense optical scan ballots or touch screen machines. The paper ballot line was non-existent, and the ballot took very little time to fill in. Kind of like an SAT for housewives and working stiffs. The scanner was attended and the lady working it said it would scan "any way but sideways". That's progress!

more than 6 years ago



Physicists create model solar system with Trojan A

Rocky Mudbutt Rocky Mudbutt writes  |  about 3 years ago

Rocky Mudbutt (22622) writes "Physorg.com reports that graduate students at Rice University have created a Rydberg atom with a comma shaped wave function that mimics the Trojan asteroids associated with Jupiter. Using a linearly polarized sinusoidal electric field whose period slowly increased, the electron wave function was coerced into an orbit approximately the size of a period. Measuring this has shown that Bohr's prediction is correct, the classical and quantum descriptions of the orbiting electron wave packets match.

For the paper see Creating and Transporting Trojan Wave Packets."

Italian scientists demonstrate cold fusion

Rocky Mudbutt Rocky Mudbutt writes  |  about 4 years ago

Rocky Mudbutt (22622) writes "Here we go again. Using a nickel/hydrogen process, Italian scientists Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi of the University of Bologna generated steam producing more energy than input.
  An eyewitness report (pdf) confirms the production of steam greater than the energy supplied with no chemical process involving hydrogen. A paper (pdf) gives details on their incomplete understanding of the process."


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