This Diplomad post was fun concerning December 7th and Pearl Harbor.
I don’t see the malevolence of Terminator, but more the “who cares about those animals” of humans. Be nice to animals now, one day we will be them.
Administration to give BP a pass on oil spill killings of protected species.
Whoops, nope, it’s wind farms that get the pass, not just anybody.
And circulating through Facebook now is this amazing kid who’s eye for projectiles is stunning!
UPDATE: How about a QOTD? From Jonah Goldberg ht Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt:
After you heard President Obama’s call for a hike in the minimum wage, you probably wondered the same thing I did: Was Obama sent from the future by Skynet to prepare humanity for its ultimate dominion by robots?
$1 billion dollars would have been saved, the website would have actually functioned (not Obamacare, but the website) and IBM would have been so crucial to government that it never would have layoffs again.
Instead Obama wanted to do it himself?
500 million lines of code and a president who’s favorite thing to do is “decree” a change.
Good luck with that. This is a big clip, but read the whole thing because he also shares some stories that show he understands how Obama could have “not known” about the whole fiasco October 1.
Going back to the development of IBM’s System/360 operation system, as described in Fred Brooks’ classic book, The Mythical Man-Month, the average programmer on the project wrote six lines of code per day. Of course, every programmer writes a lot more than that on SOME days, but on other days he writes zero lines of code, since he’s doing testing or debugging or rewriting or documenting. So for System/360, it all averaged out to six lines per day per programmer.
So let’s say that the Obamacare programmers were much better than that, and wrote 100 lines of code per day average. Let’s say that there were 1000 programmers. And let’s say that, over the three year period, there were about 660 business days. Then, with those generous assumptions, you get 100*1000*660 = 66,000,000 lines of code. It’s simply impossible to reach 500,000,000.
And yet, the 500 million figure is apparently true. I’ve heard it dozens of times in the last month, and no one is denying it. Healthcare.gov apparently really does have 500 million lines of code. How is that possible?
I get a picture in my mind of 1,000 people sitting a computers typing code, without worrying about whether or not it works. Given the size of the catastrophe, some variation of that must have happened.
More important than that, a code base that size is unsupportable. Health services is a rapidly changing field, and every time there’s some kind of process or rule change, it will take an army of programmers to make all the necessary changes in the code base. And that assumes that all the bugs have been fixed, which is far from true. Healthcare.gov will not be fully functional at any time in the foreseeable future, if ever.
Add to that today’s sympathetic NYTimes story on the debacle where no one in the White House noticed there was a “real” problem until mid October. Apparently they were far too busy not talking with Republicans about postponing the law a year which, in the end,
wcould have saved Obama’s keister. [I'm not saying it would have, as I suspect, they would not have used that extra year wisely lest any word leak out that the website was not ready for public consumption earlier.]
I do get sick of waking up to this micro conversation in my head: “Are you offing kidding me?” “Calm down, this is not a surprise” “Puppies!”
Yesterday and today’s totally unsurprising news:
UPDATE: Whoops, I almost forgot this from the Washington Post opinion page. Zimmerman thinks we should not have Presidential term limits. Why? Because it works so much better if people fear the president!!!! FEAR the president.
Democratic lawmakers would worry about provoking the wrath of a president who could be reelected. Thanks to term limits, though, they’ve got little to fear.
Secondarily he also mentions the president would then also “fear” the voters. So there’s that.
UPDATE 2: I need to step away from the nets now because we have one more…….from Kim Strassel.
Every month, it seems, brings a new story of this presidency leveling the intimidating powers of the federal government against some law-abiding citizen. Now comes a terrifying tale of how the Federal Trade Commission, a governmental Goliath, crushes an average David—because it can.
In March of this year, a small nonprofit in Cincinnati—the Music Teachers National Association—received a letter from the FTC. The agency was investigating whether the association was engaged in, uh, anticompetitive practices.
As always with Ms Strassel….read the whole thing.
The Pilgrims started out with communal property rules. When they first settled at Plymouth, they were told: “Share everything, share the work, and we’ll share the harvest.”
The colony’s contract said their new settlement was to be a “common.” Everyone was to receive necessities out of the common stock. There was to be little individual property.
That wasn’t the only thing about the Plymouth Colony that sounds like it was from Karl Marx: Its labor was to be organized according to the different capabilities of the settlers. People would produce according to their abilities and consume according to their needs. That sure sounds fair.
They nearly starved and created what economists call the “tragedy of the commons.”
If people can access the same stuff by working less, they will. Plymouth settlers faked illness instead of working the common property. The harvest was meager, and for two years, there was famine. But then, after the colony’s governor, William Bradford, wrote that they should “set corn every man for his own particular,” they dropped the commons idea. He assigned to every family a parcel of land to treat as its own.
The results were dramatic. Much more corn was planted. Instead of famine, there was plenty. Thanks to private property, they got food — and thanks to it, we have food today.