I don't know whether in each case the project goals were just too ambitious, or whether the projects were incompetently planned or managed (probably all of the above), but there seems to be systematic failure when it comes to large IT projects procured by government bodies in the UK and elsewhere.
I'd like to know if there are there any examples, worldwide, of large (say >$400m) government IT projects that are completed and have been widely judged a success. If so, what made them different?
My problem with his 'NYC cowardice philosophy' line is not that he thinks New Yorkers are cowards; rather that the philosophy as he explained it is the kind of North vs South, Coastal vs Heartland, Red vs Blue, Freedom-loving American Patriot vs Freedom-hating Liberal Commie, divisory gut-reaction that seems to cause huge groups of people who never leave their tribal bubble to think there are only two sides to an issue like this: keep things exactly the way they are or lose our freedom.
And on your last point - even assuming criminals would be more likely to use a gun during an armed robbery (highly debatable), what would be the net effect of such a law on the number of armed robberies that took place; and more widely, the total number of gun-related deaths across the nation?
And to top off your post with 'NYers are cowards'....man, the real world would be a better place if people like you spent some time outside the insular, self-affirming little world you live in.
...if the rigor, methodology and sample size is good, then it's a good study.
That's pretty naive. What about the effects of multiple publication, selective publication, and selective reporting - all common practice in the pharma industry.
And are you saying that the limit of each individual patient's wallet is a better arbiter of whether sufficient treatment has been given than a human being balancing the finite resources of the system with health equality as a guiding principle?
Reference document: LowCVP / Ricardo Report on Life Cycle Emissions of Passenger Cars - see p46.
Incidentally, I agree EVs aren't quite there yet, but as more plug-in hybrids make their way to market, and fuel prices continue to rise, I think a lot more people will consider them as a viable option for use in and around cities.
I think the reaction against some of the climate change 'deniers' posting on this thread (throwing insults at them and implying they're uneducated) is largely because of their refusal to even consider the risk that the scientific consensus might be right. Even if they have some doubt about the cause or scale of the problem, if after taking a rational look at the data and reading arguments from both sides of the debate, they still think there's no risk of serious climate problems, or nothing we can do about it, then their level of education should rightly be called into question.
Even if you're going to get 'routine' major surgery with general anaesthetic you should insist on a spinal block for pain. The anaesthetic blocks out frontal lobe consciousness and some memory formation, but other parts of the brain are going, "holy fuck, I'm being sawn in half!" which leads to major brain trauma and long-lasting problems.
Fortunately for those of us who've undergone major leg surgery with general anesthetic, I don't think there's much evidence out there of the occurrence of "major brain trauma and long-lasting problems" from not having also had a spinal block. I'd be interested to read any actual evidence you can provide to support your statement.
Quite long, but worth popping a Ritalin(TM) to read:
California’s democracy is not at all like America’s, as conceived by founders such as James Madison. The federal constitution is based on checks and balances within and among three and only three branches of government—executive, legislative and judicial. That is because Madison feared that popular “passions” would undo the republic, that majorities might “tyrannise” minorities, and that “minority factions” (ie, special interests) would take over the system. America’s was therefore to be a representative, not a direct, democracy. “Pure democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention,” Madison wrote, “and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
Hank: "Hi, can I help you?"
Customer: "Hey, yeah, I'm looking for an electric guitar - I'm sort of a prosumer."
Hank: "Yeah, I can see that......please get out of my shop...."
Seriously though, when shopping for cameras, I've found the term 'prosumer', to be a useful term describing exactly what uglyduckling describes above.