Posts Tagged ‘sloppiness’

Fighting Stupid With Stupid Only Leads To More Stupid

Kansas University professor David Guth tweets: The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you. Stupid. The Kansas Board of Regents unanimously votes to revoke academic freedom and basic right to freedom of speech. Stupid2. This is a self-serving […]

Experts in a Time of Unreason – Update

In a previous post, Experts in a Time of Unreason, I made reference to a case involving six scientists and a government official convicted of manslaughter for the failure to predict the 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people and leveled the city of L’Aquila. A year later, one of the convicted scientists, Enzo […]

Unconscious Unethical

The Johari window is well known in teaching and learning circles and can be a useful way to illustrate various cognitive limitations in thinking. Most frequently, it is used to show what attributes you and other may know about you (see Figure 1.) An individual interested in personal growth would presumably work to shrink the […]

Repeal the Wheel!

Writes Robert Samuelson in The Washington Post, If I could, I would repeal the Internet. It is the technological marvel of the age, but it is not — as most people imagine — a symbol of progress. Just the opposite. We would be better off without it. I grant its astonishing capabilities: the instant access […]

How to Experience the Dark Ages Today

This unfortunate soul found out: A man accused of desecrating the Koran was burned alive by a mob at a Pakistani police station, Reuters reported, citing police. The unnamed man was a traveller who spent Thursday night at a mosque in Seeta, in the southern Sindh province, local imam Maulvi Memon said. He claimed the […]

“If You Have The Ability to Create Your Own Currency, How Can You Ever Be Broke?”

So asks commenter, “Yavin4,” over at DemocraticUnderground.com. Let’s say that you have the ability to print your currency using your computer printer, and every merchant accepted your printouts as a valid exchange for goods and services. You need to pick up your dry cleaning? You printout a $20 bill and your cleaners hand over your […]

Good Intentions, Bad Results

In The Logic of Failure, Dietrich Dörner makes the following observation: In our political environment, it would seem, we are surrounded on all sides with good intentions. But the nurturing of good intentions is an utterly undemanding mental exercise, while drafting plans to realize those worthy goals is another matter. Moreover, it is far from […]

Tax Return Identity Theft

Tax Return Identity Theft Yet another example of “If this is how sloppy the government handles something as ‘simple’ as taxes, just think how fabulously competent they’re going to be at managing our health care.” I feel ill just thinking about it. I see only two things that can be done to mitigate this issue: […]

Winds of Change

I’ve written about Lovelock’s less than scientific handling of “climate change” in the past. Looks like he’s had a change of perspective: James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and […]

The Evolution of Software Bloat

[This post was originally made in the discussion forum for a graduate class titled “Multimedia Technologies and Design Principles”.] The evolution seems to go something like this… A great idea is hatched for a simple program to do “A”. Easy to use, easy to learn and it does “A” very, very well. Bunches of people […]