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Tag: Star Trek

Episode One Hundred and Eighty Two: The Starship Enterprise; How Do You Solve A Problem Like Digital? 

0.0 Sitrep A ground speed of 608 miles an hour. 31,000 feet or 9,448 meters high. 162 degrees, 9 minutes, 35 seconds east, 26 degrees 47 minutes 48 seconds south. Either 2:45pm from my departure location or 8:45pm the previous day at my destination. 1.0 The Starship Enterprise I was having dinner the other night […]

Episode One Hundred and Forty Five: Up To Code; Science Fictional Network Security; Notes on Infrastructure; Response; 2014 (5)

0.0 Station Ident 30,000 feet again, this time on the way back to Portland from the family farm. It’s inexplicably hotter in Portland than it is in Farmland, Missouri. My son is amusing himself by running around and around in circles and saying “woah!” a lot, and I’m re-reading Constellation Games and wondering when, exactly, […]

Episode One Hundred and Eleven: If You Want To Make Products; Enterprise Driven Software Development; Odds

0.0 Station Ident I’m on a bus on the way to an undisclosed for NOSTROMO BLACK. 1.0 If You Want To Make Products Then hire product people. I was thinking about yesterday’s episode[1] and the mini-rant in which I attacked Peter Levitan for suggesting that advertising agencies make hiring computer scientists and engineers a priority […]

Episode 40: IP and the Federation; A Thousand Digital Hubs In Your Pocket; Your Server Recommends

1.0 IP and the Federation Look, if Paul Krugman can write a genuine paper about the economic implications of interstellar and relativistic trade[1], then I can use Gene Roddenberry’s toy universe as a sort of gedankenexperiment about intellectual property in a post-scarcity society. Which is not always the kind of opening paragraph you expect to […]

Episode Twelve: Attention, Star Trek and Cars

1. Oh, Attention So Upworthy’s in the news for talking about a new ‘attention metric'[1] instead of pageviews/impressions/eyeballs/brain implants. Essentially, what it looks like they’re trying to do is capitalise upon the fact that people spend a lot of time on Upworthy’s site and that their content performs quite well. An engaged audience is, of […]