Normal Accidents, Author: Charles Perrow.
By Kevin Craig – Systems are fundamentally made up of components or parts. A functionally related collection of components forms a unit. An array of units forms a subsystem, which all come together to form the system. An accident is a failure in a subsystem, or the system as a whole, that damages more than one unit and in so doing disrupts the ongoing or future output of the system. What systems are prone to system accidents? To answer this, two concepts need to be considered: interactiveness and coupling. more> http://tinyurl.com/o5e5gma
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Midnight Lunch: The 4 Phases of Team Collaboration Success from Thomas Edison’s Lab, Author: Sarah Miller Caldicott.
By Charles Murray – If you’re looking for ways to build a better product, then you might start by tapping the wisdom of those around you.
The 10-12 members of Edison’s team accomplished that by sharing a pool of common experience. They often returned to the lab after dinner and checked on ongoing experiments. Edison insisted that they share their notebooks with one another — the better to understand how each team member’s ideas fit in the grand technical plan. They also engaged in “midnight lunches,” occasionally working deep into the night together and in many cases following no prescribed work schedule. Edison was a proponent of flex hours long before it became a corporate practice.
Edison believed that homogeneous teams were less effective. When he was developing his incandescent light bulb, his team members included physicists, mathematicians, and chemists. He also brought in individuals with backgrounds in prototyping. more> http://tinyurl.com/ncnusok
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By Maria Bustillos – The Prism PowerPoint presentation is set to be declassified in 2036, according to red print in the lower right-hand corner of some of the slides. Eventually, it would appear, we were meant to know all this; we know it now, twenty-three years in advance of the appointed hour. And yet, most of it was already clear.
He (Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive) continued: “Also, if national security letters are used, then they can not say they have ever received them. We got one of them; they are nasty because you can not talk about having received one.”
All of this is a way of saying that anyone who did not suspect that the government would continue to use as much technology as it could to gather as much private information as it could—a rock-solid constant since the time of Hoover’s F.B.I., at least—has not been paying attention. more> http://tinyurl.com/q3f3r8e
- Does Google Have an Ethical Obligation Not to Spy? ←
- Hong Kong legal battle looms for NSA contractor, James Pomfret and Grace Li, Reuters
- U.S. Prism spying program rattles EU lawmakers, Claire Davenport, Reuters
- Big Data, Big Brother: It’s a Big Deal, James Jay Carafano, nationalreview.com
- Hong Kong May Have Been Ed Snowden’s Biggest Mistake, Dashiell Bennett, Atlantic Wire
- Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America, Daniel Ellsberg, guardian.co.uk
- Edward Snowden Is a Hero and We Need More Whistleblowers, Daniel Ellsberg, Daily Beast
- Obama administration counts 22 Hill briefings on PRISM program, Daniel Strauss, Hill
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