Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.
"This diagram is also known as the decision cycle, the Boyd cycle, or the OODA cycle. It has become an important concept in business and military. According to John Boyd, decision making occurs in a cycle of observe-orient-decide-act. An entity (either an individual or an organization) that can process this cycle quickly can get inside the opponent's decision cycle and gain a military or business advantage. "
"The key is to obscure your intentions and make them unpredictable to your opponent while you simultaneously clarify his intentions. That is, operate at a faster tempo to generate rapidly changing conditions that inhibit your opponent from adapting or reacting to those changes and that suppress or destroy his awareness. Thus, a hodgepodge of confusion and disorder occur to cause him to over- or under-react to conditions or activities that appear to be uncertain, ambiguous, or incomprehensible."
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
"There are in that House many very wealthy men - men who think nothing of spending a week's pay, or a dozen of them, for a dinner or a wine party when they have something to accomplish by it. Some of those same men made beautiful speeches upon the great debt of gratitude which the country owed the deceased--a debt which could not be paid by money--and the insignificance and worthlessness of money, particularly so insignificant a sum as $10,000, when weighed against the honor of the nation. Yet not one of them responded to my proposition. Money with them is nothing but trash when it is to come out of the people. But it is the one great thing for which most of them are striving, and many of them sacrifice honor, integrity, and justice to obtain it."
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
All of our specimens are from the American Southwest and are Jurassic Age ( 140 million years old) Coprolites are from Sauropods, which were dinosaurs that were large, walked on four legs, and had a very long neck and tail. They were the largest of the dinosaurs. Some Sauropods were: APATOSAURUS, BAROSAURUS, BRACHIOSAURUS, and DIPLODOCUS, to name just a few."
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
"What is the true cost of public education? According to a new study by the Cato Institute, some of the nation's largest public school districts are underreporting the true cost of government-run education programs.
Cato Education Analyst Adam B. Schaeffer explains that the nations five largest metro areas and the District of Columbia are blurring the numbers on education costs. On average, per-pupil spending in these areas is 44 percent higher than officially reported. Districts on average spent nearly $18,000 per student and yet claimed to spend just $12,500 last year."
"For the past year or so one of the more enjoyable and enlightening television programs I’ve stumbled across is Dale Alsop’s “G.K. Chesterton, The Apostle of Common Sense” on EWTN (the Catholic television network). I note it now because according to what has been showing up on my dvr over the past few weeks it appears that the fifth season has finished running and they are currently running repeats starting with the first season."
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sir Antony Hoare, 1980"
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability
Found this quote: "The price of reliability is the pursuit of the utmost simplicity." by C.A.R. Hoare, in "The Emperor's Old Clothes" (1980 ACM Turing Award Lecture). Maybe E.W.Dijkstra said something to the same effect, if anyone knows for sure, please identify article/location? Then this: some quotes are under "Attributed", but with EWDxxx source mentioned. May I suggest: if you know the exact source, then check that source, quote EXACT, and move it to "Verified"? Leave it under "Attributed" only when you don't know where it came from. Alwin Henseler
- This page refers to EWD498 as the source of this quote, but it doesn't appear anywhere in that document. If you look at the PDF version, it's just not there. Also, a search through Google Books shows the quote missing, as well. Vocaro 01:23, 6 April 2008 (UTC)
- After further research, I believe this quote should be attributed to Hoare, not Dijkstra. Hamilton Richards of the Dijkstra Arhive dug up the following information:
- If you use the EWD Archive's "advanced search" feature to look for "simplicity reliability" with Proximity set to "sentence", you find six matches: 1304, 619, 1175, 1041, 448, and 1284 (498 also shows up, because the search index hasn't been updated since I corrected 498).
- In 1304, "The price of reliability is the pursuit of the utmost simplicity." is attributed to Tony Hoare.
- In 619, the terms appear in "the 1975 Los Angeles Conference on Software Reliability, where C.A.R.Hoare stated emphatically, that for reliability simplicity is an absolute prerequisite."
- In 1175, Dijkstra writes "computing science has very convincingly shown that simplicity is a necessary precondition for reliability".
- In 1041, "the computing science community has agreed that simplicity is an essential ingredient of reliability."
- In 448, Dijkstra quotes Hoare again, "reliability can only be achieved by the utmost simplicity".
- In 1284: 'for the sake of reliability and intellectual control we have to keep the design simple".
- Since so many of these quotes refer to Hoare, I think he is the true source of the quote.
- I don't know of a searchable Hoare web site analogous to the Dijkstra archive, but the quote in EWD 1304 comes from Hoare's Turing Award lecture, "The Emperor's Old Clothes." Originally published in Communications of the ACM, 24(2), 75-83 (February 1981), the article is reprinted as Chapter 1 of C.A.R.Hoare and C.B.Jones, Essays in Computing Science (Prentice Hall, 1989), and the quote appears on page 15.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
• re-sell individually or as a collection or as a ringtone
• post on a website for download as we are doing here
• mix into your own music and then redistribute it as your own."
"Firgelli is now offering a TV Lift mechanisms. These TV Lift systems are a Plug and Play system, with up to 36' stroke height (big enough for TV’s up to 60”, adjustable height with remote control, ideal for Plasma TV Lift /pop up monitor TV Lifts etc"
Sunday, March 07, 2010
That was seven years ago. Elsewhere that statement has been made over and over again by people who have never seen sausage made. Today we are going to Solve that Problem"
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
% cp_p /mnt/raid/pub/iso/debian/debian-2.2r4potato-i386-netinst.iso /dev/null
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