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John Scott
powder monkey: NOUN: Slang, One who carries or sets explosives.
Interests: reading, networks, military theory
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For Want of a Patch (& a Supply Chain) My new post from CTOvision: For Want of a Patch For want of a patch the component was lost. For... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at powdermonkey
Commenting on the ‘new’ government digital service and TechFAR. Great article here: New US Digital Service Looks to Avoid IT Catastrophes Discussion by Gunner: US Digital Service is Born Steve... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at powdermonkey
Book to buy! Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness “Learning to Breathe Fire is one of those books that come along... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at powdermonkey
From my Masters Thesis, wonder how much planning went into so if NASA who has the brains about how to build build systems has a tough time getting it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at powdermonkey
The main takeaway from these systems is that they were allowed to evolve to scale versus trying to stand up a massive new entitlement program over night
More of a mess in the website, Now with copyright violations!!! Obama Administration Uses Pirated Code on per "The new Obamacare website has had its fair... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at powdermonkey
The current failure of the HHS 'Obamacare' website and healthcare portal and extreme cost of the failure (some site list $634 million) has pointed out once again the government... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at powdermonkey
AirGap! Coming out of stealth on the new company: AirGap! is focused on helping to increase both the viability and the adoption of Open Source Software (OSS) for controlled... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at powdermonkey
I was just reading through the literature on Technical Debt (see Ward's Technical Debt). I like these definitions of Technical debt (from Construx) : The first kind of technical debt... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at powdermonkey
I think we've reached the point where we can no longer have federal, defense, state or local Chief Information Officiers much less Chief Technology Officers who can't develop, inspect, compile,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at powdermonkey
Thanks to Tom Ricks for allowing me to post on his blog a short piece: If we don’t want to be like the Iranians and get Stuxnetted, take these 4... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at powdermonkey
Today's Pentagon is losing its most important battle, the one for its own future. The Defense Department's latest evaluation report on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter reveals how badly that fight is going, and why. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at powdermonkey
very interesting langauge in the new IT Reform Bill, on open source software: Sept 6, 2012, HR ___ Disscusion Draft SEC. 405. PROMOTION OF GOVERNMENT-WIDE SUPPORT FOR THE USE AND... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at powdermonkey
Stewart, I like the deputizing method for cyber attacks. Create a market based solution for the problem, post a 'scalp' price w/ associated documentation (with in a public or closed private forum) Jeffrey: this won't work at scale: "when attribution passes certain analytic tests applied not by DHS, DOD or the private sector but by trained analysts in the IC where more rigorous analysis is conducted." there just simply isn't enough trained manpower or funds ++ companies need to take more control over their infrastructure by seeing the source code in their systems versus just assuming its secure because a company said so
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Aug 12, 2012
link here: Maximize the public benefit of federal technology by sharing government-developed software under an open source license.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2012 on It's only your tax dollars at powdermonkey
Openness: Open Sourcing ensures basic fairness and transparency by making software and related artifacts available to the citizens who provided funding, consistent with the President’s 2009 declaration that “Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at powdermonkey
couldn't agree more Perry!
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2012 on Someone Doesn't like Accumulo at powdermonkey
Someone doesn't like Accumulo. And by the looks of it is very well versed in the language of open source software (OSS). Back ground: Accumulo was recently released as OSS to the Apache foundation and has to do with securoty features using a cloud architecture. What was interesting is that NSA funded, created and released it to build a community around these features that they wanted. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at powdermonkey
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Nov 16, 2011
Also to be explicit: we should excessively document successes in gov IT so that others may follow
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Mar 15, 2010
DoD open source software 2009 new guidance memo Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2009 at powdermonkey