Re(1): 'The Revenge of Arithmetic', The Belmont Club, John Fernandez
So, what do you all think of the above photo. Before reading Fernandez' entry, try to track on the problems...
I am a programmer, a database analyst, and a systems analyst. Probably more one than the others, but who knows. Lately I am a VMWare guy and a server admin. Oh well. But, here is a common thread to successful process improvement via automation. Simplify, simplify, and simplify. Then build out from the most important element to the least - hopefully including the 'hooks' for expected upgrades. And, most of all, respect 'Reality'. It can really suck. And, failure is always an option. Sucky Reality and Failout love and flourish in bureaucratic complexity. See ObamaCare. See Wretchard's article. Then traverse the 12 layers of bureaucratic hell with no funding or time for lessons learned, updates, or full upgrades. Oh well...The Borg Mind is sometimes known as consensus. The Washington Post’s story described it in action: how clerks “zeroed out” waiting times because they were expected to. The more clerks zeroed out the waiting times the truer the lie became. The falsehood gained momentum till faked waiting times became the official truth. The lie became the narrative while the brute fact became a lie. If you flip enough bits at the level of the primitive, the whole system state in its entirety flips. In that vast anthill, no individual clerk could run counter to the narrative. “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated”.
But if so, why did the Borg Cube explode just now? Because there is in every system, even the Federal Government, a parallel apparatus is always in effect which one can call Reality. We forget that it exists, but it is there in the background, like some top level object to which we barely pay attention. Whenever the variance between the narrative and reality becomes too large, the narrative loses. The top level object throws an error and the narrative is garbage-collected. The Borg Cube, however powerful, can never ever beat Arithmetic. The 12 layers of the VA fought the law of addition and the law won.
I still remember the dreaded Y2K. All the gubmint flaks yammering and subpoenaing and yelling at private industry - while they kludge and klank and Borg their systems. Yowser. But that is another day