I’ve been involved in standards work since the late 1970s, and I’ve always viewed the primary objective as interoperability. Interoperability demands unambiguous specifications (as much as humanly possible) and verifiable conformance – preferably machine-verifiable. A standards body creates a spec and defines conformance criteria; people implement that spec and test their implementations for conformance. That’s…Read More Musings on standards
The Guardian has a report on an incident in which an Israeli officer emptied his automatic rifle into a wounded thirteen-year-old girl. His explanation (over the radio): “This is commander. Anything that’s mobile, that moves in the zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed. Over.”Read More "Even a three-year old needs to be killed"
Back on November 5th I blogged about the likely consequences of the “perfect storm” of the trade deficit, budget deficit, and oil prices, particularly the collapse of the dollar. Others have the same idea. In today’s Boston Herald, Stephen Roach, the chief economist at investment banking giant Morgan Stanley, waxed apocalyptic: “To finance its current…Read More Economic `Armageddon' predicted; film at 11
A synopsis of the last few days…. On Friday we flew from Boston to Seattle for a weekend with Chris and Celeste. On Saturday we drove down to Renton to ride the Spirit of Washington train over to the Columbia Winery for lunch. Then on Sunday we went up to the Joe Bar for coffee,…Read More West coast travel
During the recent US election campaign, the issue of American’s attitudes towards evolution popped up again. It’s usually presented as “X million Americans don’t believe in evolution…”, with the corollary at election time “…and they all vote Republican”. As I was dozing on the flight from Boston to Seattle on Friday, I found myself musing…Read More Americans, evolution, religion, and post-modernism
The Swift Report: Christian Gamers Resurrect Christ–and Profits–in Global Video Game Market : “…with expectations high for Gibson’s movie-to-game gamble on The Passion, the question on analysts’s minds: What Would Jesus Play?” (Via Sully, who seems to have been taken in by it.)Read More OK, it's a spoof – but a nice one
When I first started reading science fiction back in the early 1960s, it seemed that all future cities were either shattered dystopias or cool, automated Jetsons-like worlds. This account seems typical: “Just swipe a prepaid card through a stanchion in front of an empty waiting vehicle, punch in the destination number, take a seat in…Read More Building sci-fi?
We’re about to depart on a typically complicated trip. This one involves flying to Seattle for the weekend, then going down to Silicon Valley for a couple of days (work – for me, anyway); then down the coast to Carmel Valley for Thanksgiving, and home via San Jose. And, mirabile dictu, all of the flights…Read More A triangular route
In a couple of weeks I’ll be heading back to my birthplace for a Jini Community meeting. It should be a lot of fun…. Nit-pickers will notice that although the graphic shows West End tube stations, the the earlier, misleading graphic has been updated. The original version is still to be found on Jini.org. Graphics…Read More Travel plans (slightly updated)
Herewith a collection of the most ill-defined terms in the computer business today. I’ve chosen them because in the last few months I’ve encountered at least two WILDLY incompatible uses of each one of them – often many more! policy virtualization agent edge web service solution service architecture SOA Anyone like to suggest a few…Read More Humpty-Dumpty on IT