Saturday, January 9, 2016

I'm back

Earlier, there was a not-back series. But, it's time to get involved, again.

Yesterday, I saw two attempts at taking over the machine. Now, why is this related to 7'oops7? After all, the 787 flies. Well, the whole cloud / internet is a mess. And, engineering is responsible for part of this. What ought to be done about the mess?

Too, the younger types are running after the internet of everything. They need to talk to some old fart, like myself, who sees things more clearly than their pursuit of money and fame allows them to see. Okay?

In one case, it was a survey that was presented under the guise of a legitimate company with whom I deal. Let's say the company is right in the middle of the stream. We cannot live digitally / virtually / cloudily / et-al without this type. But, they are not saints, to use one culture's view. The survey then popped up coupons, for trashy stuff. Sheesh. Of course, I did not follow the lead; til then, I had ignored this type of thing. But, this was from a core piece of the flow.

Then, later, while browsing / searching via Google a pop-up came on about the machine being in a state of a comprising nature. I happened to have the speakers on since I deigned to watch a video (crap, did not tell me anything of value, no one reads anymore? - sheesh, give me text to read) on the subject - technical, by the way. A woman's voice broke into my awareness with a supposed message of concern.

So, I have my ways and means; I got the process trashed before it could do anything. But, it gave me pause. As when one is working and focused, one does not expect that a coworker would set up an unsafe mode. Not usually. If you work in an environment that is unsafe, then process and caution will help. OSHA, for one, deals with the proper way there.

So, thanks brothers and sisters who are providing the internet. Nice job. Lots to say here.

Slogan: We stay safe as we practice safe computing. But, we, too, need to identify the idiots and not allow them to make so much money (by the way, those with the most money are, sometimes, the dumbest from one very old, and respectable, view - but, then, it is an age-old set of problems that we are dealing with here).

Remarks: Modified: 01/09/2016

01/09/2016 --

Monday, January 4, 2016

Summary, 2015

In 2015, there were 14 posts.

See Summary, 2014. The "All time" reads are the same as last year. The "Last 30 days" reads are all of this year's posts.

Top 5 posts 

Prior years: 201120122013.

See "4th December" in 2010 and "Last post for 2008" (for Truth Engineering, this same post has been popular). 

Remarks: Modified: 01/04/2016

01/04/2016 --

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mania and more

I never saw any of the these movies. And, I am starting to remember the mania at the first movie release (Star Wars). At the time, it seemed awful silly. Now, we're decades past, and it still seems so.

But, then, some made oodles of money. And, a whole lot of people have been entertained.

Soon after the original mania, a Defense Initiative got a "Star Wars" nickname. Remember that? Lots of folks were weighing on both sides of that argument. Then, the later '80s and early '90s sort of pushed that whole theme to the background.

And, now, we find that some naive views on security were way off base. The internet, for one thing, is a mess. Then, we can start to list ... (must we?). Let's just say, the cloud is muddy (no manna there).

When the first movie came out (we were all younger), I had just gone through a couple of years reading a bunch of science fiction. Of course, Asimov was high on the list of favorites. There are more.

But, I never went to a movie if I had read the book after doing it once. Like Paul Simon says, cannot beat the sweet little imagination. Hear that, Hollywood? Their quandary is that things have to rush to the bottom (real fast) in order to keep the titillation up.

Remarks: Modified: 12/17/2015

12/17/2015 --

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Quora II

Earlier, I mentioned Quora and getting involved (7-oops-7, fed-aerated, also truth engineering). Quora seems to have no end to subjects and questions. In many cases, the responses are world class.

The image is from the FEDaerated blog and from a post on Quants. I did several posts here one the subject (Quants via 7oops7).

Yesterday, I got a comment in regard to my use of "Dismal Science" with regard to Economics (shocking truth?). Of course, I had my usage (very valid extension of the meanings). And, I see that there has been a lot of discussion on the web. So, we'll be picking that up here for a theme.

While looking at the commentator's Profile, I noticed that there were tens of these related to finance, including some on financial engineering (my earlier posts). Blogs are static affairs. One writes and can look at counts. Sometimes, there are comments. But, it's one-sided. Quora is more full in that several opinions can be expressed. That is, opinion meaning a viewpoint based upon assumptions and differences in understanding.

So, expect that there will be more here that ties these two paradigms.

Remarks: Modified: 11/16/2015

11/16/2015 -- Added link to this Question: What are the most shocking truths about macro economics at the global level?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Since late July, I have been using Quora. It is a means for questions to be posted. Then, people answer. See related posts on Truth Engineering.

One answer pertinent to this blog is this: How-could-Googles-new-logo-be-only-305-bytes-while-its-old-logo-is-14-000-bytes/answer/John-M-Switlik

Also, this answer is the most read, to date.

Remarks: Modified: 11/15/2015

11/15/2015 -- Good look at the downturn (my response).

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

30-day view

From time to time, it's nice to look at what is being read and then to see where the originating source is. For us, a summary is fine. Those who commercialize want to track every little click.

On the right menu bar, we have the all-time most-popular posts listed. These are almost in a fixed-point stage. The 30-day view moves around a little more, topically.
30-day reads

Three things stood out. For one, Gab Standard (updated view) has been on the 30-day list, for some time. The original post was 2008 right about the time of the down turn. Since then, the topic has become even more compelling. Just consider, how productive is all of the hoopla concerning whether the FED will raise the rate? What is missing in all of the verbiage being thrown around is that savers are still being flayed (and, will continue to be for some time, evidently).

Then, Reasonable effectiveness is there since I have been writing more about quasi-empiricism under the truth engineering framework. I asked the question on Quora which got an interesting response from bots.

Of course, we want to talk a bit more about unknowns (thrown about by our old friend, Scott).

Remarks: Modified: 08/18/2015

08/18/2015 --

Monday, July 27, 2015

Look backs

This is a different connotation of "back" from that used in the last post (where we say that finance is more of a culprit than engineering). In this case, we are considering the eight years of blogging that have gone into this and the companion blog (truth engineering had its first post on July 24, 2007 - Truth, can it be engineered?). The first post here was in August the same year.

Both of these blogs are contemporaneous views on a subject with discussion (and opinion) thrown it. As such, they offer several threads. The one that has prime focus deals with finance and its issues (spawning off the Fedaerated blog). It turns out that the finance thread's cycle will be reset again, as we go through experiencing the after effects of choices made the past few years. One key issue is the flim-flam market view that has been so much touted and which is so exploited (because, those in control can and chose to do so). We will be going into this whole thing in more detail.


Another blog, Thomas Gardner of Salem, started in September of 2010. A blog of a similar nature just had a Blogoversary (six years).


This blog deals with oops ('oops, hoops, etc.). As such, the range of discourse is fairly broad. One key, though, is computational assists and their influences. At the beginning, the topics dealt with engineering (design, manufacture, etc.). Then, finance offered up itself (thanks) and will continue to be of focus. Why? For one, another poster boy popped up the other day (WSJ on 78-year old).

Remarks: Modified: 07/27/2015

07/27/2015 -- On CS and IQ (Quora).

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Not back IV

This is about Jim M, indirectly.

So, who is he? Well, our first post mentioning the guy was in 2009 (he did get Scott out of the way). There were a few others.

Essentially, BA let (made?) Mulally go to Ford. He is now retired. Jim M was their choice. At the time, the finance guy was running things after the hefty guy got booted for philandering.

Ethics issues? Did Jim M help?

So, now, a 30-year veteran is coming into the position to replace Jim M. Forbes said that the 787 (each of them) will have a $30M tax (the overrun spread over the number to be built). Too, it suggested that Jim M could have worked with the employees.

Jim M came from a place that made notes that stick on pads, etc. He came into an industry where there are proprietary benefits from having employees that know what they are doing.

We have not really paid attention for a few years now. There is so much to look at. Is there time? Actually, is there interest? Yes and yes. But, the review be done thoroughly.

Well, happy retirement (I understand that he'll be involved with the Board).

Remarks: Modified: 06/25/2015

06/25/2015 --

Thursday, June 11, 2015


This blog has accumulated posts since July of 2007. It has a companion blog which started earlier: truth engineering (tru'eng). Through the eight (almost) years, tru'eng allowed a more general look at the problems covered in this blog.

For both blogs, the initial focus was on product and process, from early stages all the way through (to release and support and further). At the time that this blog started, some unifying schemes were already underway; these have come a long way.

Being that the blogger has been doing advanced computational work for decades, it is nice to see the culmination of a whole lot of work even though youngsters seem to, now, benefit more through massive influxes of money into their pockets. Yet, all of that, plus the adulation of the masses, does not remove some basic problems which we will again attempt to re-introduce into the discussion.

You see, oops are all around. I have a litany (several decades in existence) that will come to fore. You might consider that its existence has fostered the appreciation of "near zero" (we'll get back to that). The reason that some oops are allowed is that the little people provide a very large buffer. Too, some things on the litany (yes) relate to means established to provide "teflon" to certain types of folks. ... But, one can say that the world has always worked thus.

So, oops? Well, from an engineering focus, we turned to finance as idiots, and their impact, seemed to abound everywhere. The blog had the original focus for two months. Then, things started to fall apart (actually, the awareness of such, since the issues were there - not seen by the experts, such as King Alan): November 2007 post. And, would you believe(?), the engineers got their act together (after marketing quit bothering them); the financial wackos are worse now.


So, let's take one example. Since the tru'eng rework addresses undecidability, we ought to go back and look at an instance where both of these blogs had a post on the same topic.
    ...7'oops7 - Reasonable effectiveness - good engineering practices can produce results without considering the issues raised here; yet, suppression and oppression of the importance of these issues (to be discussed further) does come back to bite - usually when hubris is at some unbearable height. 
    ... Truth engineering - Unreasonable effectiveness - Unreasonable comes about since there are all of these things that we can do, and that we can use to do, which come about from ways and means that are not known (whence?, etc.). Basically, we do, learn, redo, ... while cycling through knowns and unknowns (with this very large reality in which we find ourselves responding (as it wants). At one time, there was discussion of unknown-unknowns (BTW, this was a subject handled jointly, to boot), almost in a frivolous manner. Yet, if you look at the tru'eng post, we think that number-fying conquers most (if not all).  

There are many examples (two shown above) where a re-look is apropos. How this review gets accomplished is an open issue, right now.

Remarks: Modified: 06/12/2015

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