Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You
A house divided against itself cannot stand, but a democracy divided against itself cannot do further damage. Always vote for the minorities.
US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin
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.
Boeing's CHAMP Missile Uses Radio Waves To Remotely Disable PCs
If they were, I suspect the electromagnetic pulse would be reduced by the shielding. Controlling emissions also controls ingression.
See Emission Equipment Selection Process for an overview of how NATO buys hardware.
Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?
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".
Secret EU Open Source Migration Study Leaked
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.
Discuss the US Presidential Election
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".