Category Archives: Soapbox

facial scans coming to an airport near you

We want to protect you from the world. I think that a lot of people want to do the right thing and protect others from bad things. Sometimes this takes shape in the form of a law or a rule that … Continue reading

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safe computing – weak case for weakening encryption

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. William J. H. Boetcker This quote has been often misattributed to Abraham Lincoln.  This is actually a very relevant thought with the respect to economics.  Indeed you cannot improve everybody’s lot … Continue reading

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The power of mathematics in government

DEBT This is a word that you rarely hear mentioned much by politicians especially if they are campaigning for office.  Oh, sure you might hear something about how they will fix the deficit.  The deficit that the other guys have allowed … Continue reading

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… and because perception matters

“I am from the government and i am here to help”                                             Ronald Reagan It has certainly been a while … Continue reading

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professionalism in IT … at the movies

My first boss was a real ball-breaker.  He had a very good idea of what was possible with computers, what the users might need and how to achieve that.   He could have literally done it all himself except there were … Continue reading

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Is Agile development the Emperors new clothes

I had the opportunity to take a class on Agile development recently, Scrum, and it was a fascinating way of doing development. I have been pretty lucky over my career that I have not been dragged through a lot of … Continue reading

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Gentlemen’s vandal

We were watching the BBC world news a few days back and it must have been a slow news day. The reporter was speaking with someone whose face was hidden. It turned out that this particular vigilante defaced buildings and … Continue reading

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high quality USB cables

He said          I don’t want a tablet She said         They are really convenient. I should probably check my wallet to see if I belong to some sort of anti-technology society. I actually … Continue reading

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Governmental picking winners and losers

I didn’t follow the most US election terribly closely but I did actually hear quite a bit about some of the proposals of the two candidates. I keep thinking that “Make America Great Again” does sound like a catchy slogan … Continue reading

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nobody’s IT is perfect – real life shopping

Have you ever made a mistake at work?  Either it is small and your colleagues rib you about it or it is bigger and the boss yells at you. What were you thinking?  Those crazy test case output went to … Continue reading

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