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Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
And WTF to NNSA, they can't make an assessment cohesively???
The House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee has taken a step toward sanity in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. The Subcommittee is now saying that there is no more money for building plutonium pits, which are at the core of the W88 warhead that is carried aboard U.S. nuclear submarines. The Department of Energy (DOE) had planned to produce between 10 and 50 pits annually over the next four years at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Before it was made public, the Albuquerque Journal obtained a copy of the Subcommittee's report, which states that the weapon "serves obsolete Cold War concepts rather than current or future needs." In addition, DOE kept making the pits even when their viability and safety were questionable.
Early this year, POGO learned that LANL asked for 72 waivers for the pits manufacturing specifications. LANL claims everything is fine because the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) accepted all of the 72 proposed changes. Yet, sources told POGO that NNSA has no capability to independently evaluate the impact of each of the 72 waivers on the eventual reliability of the pits. For its assessment, NNSA is totally dependent on the design lab (LANL).
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ABC News writers recently demanded overtime pay for bringing work home with them—including attending to work-related email on their BlackBerries after hours. The spat between the Writer's Guild and ABC was settled (writers don't get paid for checking their email for a minute, but do for any major work commitments at home), but it brings up an important question: Where's the overtime line when we're all connected to the office via email-enabled cell
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Friday, June 20, 2008
My retort via the comments:
"The internet isn't the problem, it's just an enabler. People are the problem.
Let's not all pretend that before the internet no one ever multi-tasked, or had a short attention span. The 'net is just a convenient place to fix the blame.
There are a number of widely used internet tools that can actually help you focus more (Remember the Milk for one). I use Google Docs to help me set my weekly priorities (ala "First Things First"). I use Google Calendar to set a weekly schedule that focuses on my priorities and keeps me on track.
Those who are mentally weak will allow the internet to throw them off. Those who are strong, use it for benefit and enhancement. Look to the weak of mind and spirit and you will see the cause..."
For those who will get sidetracked, if it weren't the internet it'd be books, or tv, or magazines. It's whatever. The tool is never the enemy, it is the user of the tool, the craftsman is always to blame.
Nicholas Carr feels our Google-induced pain in an essay for the July issue of The Atlantic: The once-unified attention span has been fragmented, leading us to skim across the surface of information whose depths we'll never penetrate; or else to penetrate straight to some particular depth without passing through all the others—a journey without context or commitment. In the article, Carr asks "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" He doesn't quite answer the question, but it's a good one.
Google isn't really entitled to be the solitary villain in the piece, but because it functions as the Internet's index page it is surely the hub of our Great Distraction. Carr therefore strikes a chord (I was unable to read the piece in one sitting). Of his friends and acquaintances he writes in his essay, "The more they use the Web, the more they have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing." Of himself, he writes, "Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski."
Thursday, June 19, 2008
What are my major gripes with Google Reader Mobile?
1) I can't sort the feed items. It's newest first, and that's it. Heaven forbid I wish to read the oldest item without clicking through pages of undread items. Not like loading multiple pages on a phone is slow...
2) No ability to email the articles. If I'm using my Blackberry (because remember, the iPhone is popular to talk about, but NOT the most used wireless device) clicking on "email the item" should readily allow me to email the item.
3) No "share with note", how hard could this be? Make it happen.
4) No search. Ugh, Google, that's what you do. Let me search! If we're going to use horrible busines jargon, search is your "core competency". Right?
5) Can't look at my "Starred" items. If I know the URL of my shared items feed, I can look at that (assuming I share interesting things). But what about all the gems I have starred and not shared? Can't get to them.
There are 5 concrete ways to make Google Reader Mobile better. Do it. Do it..... Do it!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
WTF? I wonder why people HATE airlines...
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
It was may Aunt's birthday, or at least her family party, this past weekend. A number of us were able to get together and celebrate.
Some wise cracks were made as to the number of candles on the cake.
It took 10 minutes to get my cousin in the baseball hat to show me his full baseball delivery.
And I learned of a really scary way that kids are using text messages these days.
So yeah, a fun and "interesting" night.