Category: philosophy

  • On the management of the operations of information systems, or how to monitor your *aaS

    Operating any software is an expensive, mysterious, and terrifying proposition.  For most people software is an arcane craft and the people who author it are witches.  Operating software at any scale is to summon dark forces and try to harness their power as your own.  Operating software to provide it as a service requires the…

  • Does k8s encourage fragility?

    This is a question I’ve been toying with off and on since Kubernetes was made available. It goes hand-in-glove with a similar question about microservices, but I think of them as two separate questions, that happen to be related because there are loud voices urging us to deploy microservice architectures on Kubernetes, not as one…

  • Reboot

    Rebooting computers to fix them is bad, but we’ve all been trained to do it. Rebooting cultural franchises (comics, movies comic movies, etc.) is bad, but we’ve all been trained to accept it. Rebooting governments is bad, but sometimes electorates go mad and it’s the only way to restore sanity, so we’ve been trained to…

  • The mirror universe gets your product, too.

    AI personal assistants sound great, until you look at the user journeys for the evil personas – spammers; phishers; identity thieves; various fraudsters, hucksters, and grifters; organized crime; corrupt officials; zealots of various beliefs; bureaucrats in totalitarian regimes, etc. When the efficiencies gained by a technology are hard to get, understand, or use, they tend…

  • No Peace

    If you are angry at “the government” but live in a representative democracy, where you are able to participate in free and fair elections, then you are the government that you are angry at. Either you’ve made bad choices and are now being forced to live with them, or you’ve neglected your responsibilities and are…

  • The destruction of money

    Money is a created thing. We create it by issuing loans or by authorizing government expenditures in fiat currencies. But what happens then? If we can only create money, how does money not become worthless over time? Obviously, we must also destroy money. The destruction of money happens in two ways. First, a lender can…

  • Only the problems that matter

    The way I see it, survival of humanity has, since the middle of the 20th century, been reduced to three tiers of problems to solve. Tier 1 problem: how to harness solar, lunar, and geologic energy sources and convert them to electricity. Tier 2 problem: how to distribute electricity and use it for transportation. Tier…

  • Ahead of its time

    Today I learned that in 1983 I could have downloaded games into my Atari 2600 using a modem, stored them in ROM and played them off-line. In 1983. And that the company that offered that service only offered it because their original idea to allow you to download music over a modem to listen to…

  • Functionally Infinite

    “Functionally infinite” is an incredibly powerful way to tilt the field. IPv6 give you functionally infinite address space. Sovereign Currency gives you functionally infinite money. Functionally infinite electricity reshapes civilization as we know it. etc. Where is the source of functionally infinity in your problem space?

  • Autocracy isn’t socialism

    FWIW, all the people who say they are against socialism because they’ve lived under communism and their lives were hard or ruined, suffered because they lived under totalitarian autocracies. If they want to make a nuanced argument about how socialism _leads_ to totalitarian autocracies I’m receptive to unpacking that argument, just not while they are…