Axiom 1: The emperor, on occasion, has no cloths. Corollary 1: Emperors' political appointees are reluctant to bring this condition to the emperor's attention at each instance of occurrence due to their dependency on the emperor's good graces. Root cause: Human beings are imperfect, even the best and brightest among them; and even were they to approach perfection on any subject at any random juncture, neither conditions nor information are ever likely also sufficiently perfect to flawlessly formulate and execute their best laid plans. Commentary: Thus it has always been; thus it will always be. Implication: Be prudently wary of large and extremely complex laws, strategies, and "5 year economic (etc.) plans". Also, be extremely wary of the conceits that motivates them. Neither governments nor any other institutions conceived of man have ever been, nor will ever be, perfect. Therefore, they should be reasonably limited in scope and reach through vigorous public monitoring and judiciously enforced checks and balances within. That's what the U.S. Constitution tries to do. Recommend that we forget those principles, as we surely do from time to time at during every generation, at our grave peril. That said, every kid has to touch the burner at least once.
Assume that what you say or do in public is now, has ever been, and will always be public. That's not a new condition. Avoid doing or saying anything in public you'd be embarrassed for your Mom to find out about. Stay the hell off of "social media" sites; if you must (some employers strong arm for Linked-In), keep your footprint minimal, you activity low, your privacy settings maxed, and your ego in check. Immediately egress and abandon any "social," and every other site, that probes for information that makes you uncomfortable. Minimal internet presence is not only OK, but preferable to glaring and suspicion raising absence, because, be advised, methods for countering detection and targeting, including systemic traffic analysis, significantly include blending in with routine traffic. Although everything on the web is traceable and searchable, resources always have a pain threshold and imply a noise floor under which normal resources will not be routinely expended to engage without provocation or extraordinary need. Nothing can inoculate one from random occurrences of bad luck, malicious actors, or general misfortune; but, wise and moderate behavior reduces the odds. "Nail that sticks out gets hammered in." - Anon attributed as Japanese proverb
So, the idea is to derive requirements from actually analyzing users' business processes and information needs, and then design applications towards satisfying those? Wow. Who'd ever thunk...
Re "others claim The Early Bird was nothing more than a propaganda machine, by culling articles that painted DoD in a favorable light": Anyone who actually read the Earlybird over the years would know that this statement is patently untrue, as the service would routinely would feature articles that were unfavorable. I always thought that the reason would have to be so that readers would be afforded visibility on the range of relevant signals in the air, including the good, the bad and ugly.
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." - Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.--------- Sadly too many Americans have lost sight of the central idea that in our form of government, as articulated and defined in our founding documents, the people are conceived to self-govern through our representatives. First, we need to stop reflexively referring to our representatives as "leaders," as it inflates their already immense egos. Instead, we need to constantly remind them that they are first and foremost the peoples' representatives, and not our rulers. Unelected bureaucrats also need to be reined in, through our representatives, and reminded that they are simply appointed instruments or agents facilitating the execution of our laws. Those who forget their place, in all strata of government, need to be brought to account, either administratively, judicially, and/or at the polls, depending on the nature and severity of the breach of public trust. There needs to be a wake-up call, and citizens need to get off their dead posteriors to keep a steady strain on their representatives at all levels. ------ "It is not so much that power corrupts, but that it irresistibly attracts the highly corruptible." - Frank Herbert (Author, including "Dune" series)
On the last real Enterprise (CVN-65) flight deck, ordnance personnel wore red jerseys, aircraft maintenance wore green, fuelers purple, and crash and safety white, etc. The idea is to allow the Air Boss to ID who's where and whom at an instant to run the deck. Also Forrestall class aircraft carrier Combat Direction Centers (Enterprise was designed on a modified Forrstall blueprint) were laid out in a more or less similar horseshoe shape with the Tactical Action Officer (TAO) chair elevated in the middle looking across from the status displays, which the series bridge layout reminded me of, kind of. I'm sure that's where Roddenberry got the idea of colored uniforms to designate branch (ops blue and engineering red). Anyway, art often imitates life, and visa versa. For a command center, the Forrestall/Enterprise layout was, in my experience, far superior to Nimitz class layout for maintaining situational awareness. Ergonomics count, as we learn, forget and relearn, over and over and over.
Mostly the opposite. Too much data is more likely to obscure needed information, and much more likely to not add anything over jut enough data. Anyone who has operated in a command/information center knows that for optimal performance you want just enough of the right information flowing to the right people and no more.
Just got and used mod points a couple of days ago. Damn. Well said anyway.
What remains unaddressed is whether there was legal probable cause to detain and interrogate. Makes a huge difference.
Yepper, abso-freaking-lutely! The immutable iron triangle of cost, schedule and performance will drive outcomes every single time, and the permutations work in every direction all at once. Performance expectations (and lack of/unstable definition thereof) drive costs. Costs drive performance and schedule. Schedule (and contraction/protraction/instability therein) drives costs and performance. Unstable costs (changing budgets, delivery orders, etc.) drive everything. Everything drives cost. Costs drive everything. Over-ambition resulting from too little understanding will drive the PM to make bad assumptions and make bad decisions translated into contracts that result in outcomes they didn't expect and are only lucky if the contractor accidentally makes makes enough right decisions for the knucklehead. There was an excellent Dilbert cartoon a while back that started with "I need to know your requirements before I start to design your software," and the punchline went went something like: "can you design it to tell me my requirements?"
Just common sense, eh? Rules-of-thumb as pointers to guide good judgement are often wonderful and ever so useful, but deference to observed truth, grounded insight and informed judgment can be better, especially for people with serviceably functioning minds. Down with fanaticism in all its forms.
If you're in computer and network security (aka "cybersecurity," or "Information Assurance."), I would be weary if your online presence revealed too much, and would not be a bit concerned if it were lacking entirely. A prolific and revealing social media presence would indicate to me low awareness and/or judgment regarding vulnerability to social engineering, at the very least...and I'm a hiring manager.
I truly wish I had mod points right now.
A little sunshine may serve to wake up some of the "Critical Infrastructure" and SCADA numbskulls.
I have to admit that I'm irritated that as a US taxpayer my pocket was picked to redistribute $250 million to a company now owned by China.