The Benjamin Franklin Method: How to (Actually) Learn to Write

http://marketmeditations.com/benjamin-franklin-learn-to-write Well, that’s interesting. I’m not sure I’ve ever learned that way. I learned to program in C by taking a core dump of the UNIX kernel and reconstructing what the source code must have been with only the header files.  Yes I know about “The White Books”, but lets… Continue reading

How to Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs

http://www.strategy-business.com/blog/How-to-Bring-Back-Manufacturing-Jobs In many ways this isn’t just about manufacturing, though the numbers are clear there. Elsewhere there is a shortage in “cybersecurity”, which, when you look at it, isn’t so much about ‘security, per se but basic IT systems and network management. It doesn’t take a CISSP or CISA to… Continue reading

Do Algorithms Discriminate?

http://cio.ittoolbox.com/groups/general/tech-news/do-algorithms-discriminate-5766423 Personally I think this is unfair. It fails to differentiate between what I might term loaded or even pre-loaded algorithms and pure algorithms Consider, if you will a Fibonacci sequence generator. Such a sequence is defined by the formula F(n) = F(n−1) + F(n−2) Normally the seed values are… Continue reading

Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux instead?

http://www.zdnet.com/article/why-switch-to-windows-10-or-a-mac-when-you-can-use-linux-mint-17-3-instead/ This guy is obsessive about Mint! There’s a plethora of minor things in that article which show up his limited experience with Linux. Many of the complaints about Windows and the MAC are about what, to put it in a short form, involve “dumping’ users. Every Windows upgrade has… Continue reading

Death to Bullet Points – maybe

I think this is an oversimplification or over-generalization: http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/original-thinking/death-to-bullet-points-67774 Well written prose is more engaging.  It all depends on context. Are you blogging or giving a presentation? One of my complaints about many of my teachers at school was that they taught in an unstructured manner. History was the worst.… Continue reading

What’s Wrong with the Internet?

http://www.strategy-business.com/article/00311 I hate and despise articles like this for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, I hate people making money out of fear-mongering, be it racist in nature (“the immigrants are crowding us out!”), religious in nature (“the heretics, schismatics, infidels, pagans, Christians, Jews, Islams or whatever are crowing… Continue reading

Self serving ..

This http://www.eweek.com/security/fbi-chief-criticizes-apple-google-smartphone-data-encryption.html and this http://www.eweek.com/security/bitcoin-poses-danger-to-british-economy-warns-bank-of-england.html both seem very self serving, protectionist and supporting 19th century models of life against change. The FBI never really recovered from the death of Edgar Hoover, though I’m sure they still have all his files 🙂 Of course when the FBI tried converting to modern… Continue reading

Mt. Vernon, Texas, whorehouse sues local church

I don’t know how authentic this is, but it’s an interesting theological conundrum. MT. VERNON, TEXAS, WHOREHOUSE SUES LOCAL CHURCH OVER LIGHTNING STRIKE Diamond D’s brothel began construction on an expansion of their building to increase their ever-growing business. In response, the local Baptist Church started a campaign to block… Continue reading