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How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

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Mad science gone horribly, horribly wrong(or right).

So stupid it must be true.

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First off, I woke up this morning and talked to Minna and then watched Garden State. Okay, it was as fucking awesome as I heard. Kudos.

Now, on to the news. Mr. Bush said there was no need to hold any of his officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgements in pre-war planning or managing the aftermath.

Why might our president say this? Because the election was an "accountability moment". Since he was reelected, he's absolved of any responsibility for fuck-ups prior to the election. Other highlights from the article?
When asked why the administration had so far failed to locate Osama Bin Laden, more than three years after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US, the president responded, "Because he's hiding."


Yes, of course. Why didn't I think of that?

Oh, but it gets better. You all remember our friends Internap, the "market leader of... solutions that bring reliability... to the internet"? They've been doing such a fantastic job that their CEO is on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, and will be advising the government about the security of critical information.

God, I love our government.

And in closing, enjoy a cheer that is geek on so many levels: Point one four one six of a cheer.
  • The only good reason to not hold them accountable would be if they held *themselves* accountable and took appropriate corrective/punitive action on their own intiative.

    As for the internap thing, I really don't think the CEO has much to do with it. Some Slashdot comments said there was some construction going on, one of the workers probably screwed up something, or some idiot leaned back on the wall, right where the emergency power cutoff switch was. For a system that really was multiply redundant(which Internaps seattle datacenter reportedly is), it generally takes a really random, unpredictable event to bring it down.

    That said, I wouldn't be surprised if someone gets fired for causing this. Unless it was something off the wall like a squirrel finding its way in and chewing through a critical wire, theres a human that fucked up somewhere in this mess.

    Hopefully LJ, whether they stay with Internap or not, can get the funding via SixApart to set up a second server farm elsewhere. Even if they have to go with two systems half as powerful, redundant data centers would have kept LJ up, albeit responding very slowly. When you have over five million users, many of them paying customers, you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket.

    Speaking of SixApart, I'd love to have seen the looks on their faces when LJ went down less than a week after the sale was finalized.
    • "it generally takes a really random, unpredictable event to bring it down"

      And it does not bode well that this is the second time it's happened.
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