April, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Working with the Chaos Monkey

Coding Horror: "the best way to avoid failure is to fail constantly"


Monday, April 25, 2011

IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end

MarketWatch: "That’s a largely meaningless comparison in real terms. Exchange rates change quickly. And China’s exchange rates are phony." -- This is using the new definition of "bombshell" that includes "something so unsurprising that DeLong wrote a book about it two years ago."


In the Sorting Office

LRB: "Across the world, postal services are being altered like this: optimised to deliver the maximum amount of unwanted mail at the minimum cost to businesses."


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Today's (Needless) Hysteria: the S&P Panic

James Fallows: "What I'd really like to know is who S&P likes in the Hornets-Lakers series, or this season of American Idol."


Mysterious Pioneer Anomaly May Finally Be Solved

Discovery News: "and then, mind you, all those wonderful numerical coincidences people talk about are destroyed"


In Xanadu Did Kubla Khan a Stately PowerPoint Decree.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: "And 'mid these dynamic calls-to-action / Came a Family Circus cartoon with relevant caption."


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Service Level Disagreements

Benjamin Black: "Outages that impact large sections of your customer base simultaneously are inevitable in large-scale, shared software infrastructure. If SLAs were insurance policies, vendors would quickly be out of business."


Saturday, April 02, 2011

People in the USA are confused about the Federal Budget

Angry Bear: "Rather alarmingly the sum of median shares on the programs about which the pollster asked is 137%."