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The Thermocline of Knowledge

April 8, 2011 0 Comments
The Thermocline of Knowledge

I’ve written here before about the thermocline of truth. The webcomic Partially Clips gives a different, humorous slant; click on the comic to view it in full size. ..bruce..

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The Sessions paper: an analytical critique

December 28, 2009 5 Comments
The Sessions paper: an analytical critique

Roger Sessions has published a white paper, “The IT Complexity Crisis: Danger and Opportunity” (PDF). It’s created a bit of a stir in tech circles, largely because Sessions estimates that “worldwide, we are already losing over USD 500 billion per month on IT failure, and the problem is getting worse” (page 1; emphasis in original). […]

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Book review: “Why New Systems Fail”

July 15, 2009 0 Comments
Book review: “Why New Systems Fail”

My review of Why New Systems Fail by Phil Simon is now up on Slashdot. Here’s the opening paragraph: Over the last forty years, a small set of classic works on risks and pitfalls in software engineering and IT project management have been published and remained in print. The authors are well known, or should […]

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The dangers of technological predictions

January 7, 2009 0 Comments
The dangers of technological predictions

Ray Kurzweil is a very well-known techno-futurist whose main focus has been the coming of artificial sentience.  His 1999 book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, contains a series of chapters prediction computer technology in successive decades (2009, 2019, etc.). Well, we’re now entering 2009, and it’s worth looking at his 2009 predictions (hat tip to […]

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Systems doomed to fail: ULTra mass transit

December 29, 2008 1 Comment
Systems doomed to fail: ULTra mass transit

Over at Futurismic (one of my daily science blog reads) is this post about the ULTra light transit system.  The system is quite clever and takes a demand-based (vs. a schedule-based) approach to transit. But as you watch the accompanying video, ask yourself: why will the ULTra system likely never grow beyond small, custom installations […]

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