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Negotiations and Lovesongs: Introduction

April 16, 2008 1 Comment
Negotiations and Lovesongs: Introduction

[Copyright 2008 by Bruce F. Webster. All rights reserved. Adapted from Surviving Complexity (forthcoming).] Two disappointed believers, Two people playing the game. Negotiations and love songs Are often mistaken for one and the same. — “Train in the Distance”, Paul Simon I used to have arguments with Carol Teasley, one of my mentors, regarding software […]

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The Wetware Crisis: the Thermocline of Truth

April 15, 2008 28 Comments
The Wetware Crisis: the Thermocline of Truth

[Updated 09/12/13 — fixed some links and added a few.] [Copyright 2008 by Bruce F. Webster. All rights reserved. Adapted from Surviving Complexity (forthcoming).]   A thermocline is a distinct temperature barrier between a surface layer of warmer water and the colder, deeper water underneath. It can exist in both lakes and oceans. A thermocline […]

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The Wetware Crisis: the Dead Sea effect

April 11, 2008 98 Comments
The Wetware Crisis: the Dead Sea effect

[Updated (09/12/13): Fixed or removed some broken links; updated some others.] [Updated (06/16/08): Here’s a real-world project review memo, written several years ago, that described (among many other things) the Dead Sea effect.] [Note: some of you have asked about the Cutter IT Journal article that Ruby Raley and I wrote. It’s now online here […]

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The Wetware Crisis: TEPES

January 10, 2008 14 Comments
The Wetware Crisis: TEPES

[Copyright 2008 by Bruce F. Webster. All rights reserved. Adapted from Surviving Complexity (forthcoming).] In my forthcoming book, Surviving Complexity, the very first section is called “The Wetware Crisis”. This is a greatly expanded look at a problem that I first discussed in print twelve years ago in the late, great BYTE Magazine, namely that […]

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