Daily Archives: January 24, 2009

A digital Pearl Harbor?

Conficker — the most recent pandemic in cyber space — is said to be connecting machines, at home, office and campuse, into botnets controlled by masters spread throught cyber space.  One consultant describes the potential of conficker as:

“If you’re looking for a digital Pearl Harbor, we now have the Japanese ships steaming toward us on the horizon,” said Rick Wesson, chief executive of Support Intelligence, a computer security consulting firm based in San Francisco.

More later…

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Policy in the Margins

Jim Wooten notes that projects funded in tough times should be “marginally useful”:

Times are tough. People are out of work. Don’t take their money and buy them toys, and don’t take it to spend on programs that are marginally useful.

So, do marginally useful policies succeed?  If not, why do we support iterative policy adjustments when they do not succeed?  Do marginally useful policies represent a border area between public success and public failure?

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