Take No Prisoners

Monthly Archives: September 2007

6 Reasons Experience is a Bogus Criterion

Have you ever been turned down from a job you could do because you had insufficient experience? It seems that the US media has latched onto the idea that Barrack Obama is inexperienced, and somehow that’s a bad thing. Telling someone that s/he can’t do a job because s/he doesn’t have the experience is bullshit, […]

Top Skills Wanted by Agile Employers

I’ve often read lists like this one, that suggest the skills IT employers want. Well, today at the Agile Vancouver conference, a room full of agile development employers was asked what they look for. I was expecting “machine learning,” “security,” “mobile applications,” and maybe “artificial intelligence.” Nope. Here is the list they gave: Understanding principles […]

8 Reasons Why Freedom of Religion is Impossible

The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights defines freedom of religion as follows: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in […]

Ron Paul Rejoinder

I figured that taking a few shots at the internet’s favorite candidate would draw some criticism, and it did indeed. Here I will address some of these criticism. First, it’s not that I’m out to get Ron Paul in particular. However, I don’t understand the enormous online support for him compared to other political candidates […]

Ron Paul’s Ten Most Disturbing Positions

The recent swell of support for US Presidential candidate Ron Paul is astounding. And I can see why: he’s anti-war, anti-torture, anti-taxes and anti-government-screwing-with-individuals. In other words, he’s not a sadistic, subhuman, nut-job radical like Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney. But when you probe a little deeper, and I just mean read the Wikipedia entry […]

Sorry, they lied. You really can’t be anything you want.

Today at the Public Intellectual, Frederick makes the point that when parents, teachers, politicians and those assholes in Hollywood say that you can do anything, they’re lying. This reminds me of the classic book Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill (decades later, it’s still a best seller). Hill studied a bunch of rich people […]

How to Read a Scientific Paper (Top Four Questions)

Do you know someone who has cancer and her treatment isn’t working? Do you know someone on psychiatric meds who is experiencing weird side effects? Do you know a business owner who’s struggling with decisions like whether to invest in high-tech equipment? Doctors are overworked and MBAs are poorly trained. If you want answers you’ve […]

Political Poetry: Freedom is Impossible

Until every citizen of a nation, is educated in the methods, their leaders can use, to manipulate their beliefs, feelings and desires, morality is impossible. Rationality Is Impossible DEMOCRACY Is IMPOSSIBLE. FREEDOM. IS. IMPOSSIBLE. Inspired by The Shock Doctrine:

Top 5 Reasons Software License Agreements are Unlawful

A Software License Agreement is a contract between a software producer and a software user that grants the user a license; an End-User License Agreement (EULA) is a Software License Agreement that indicates terms of use. EULAs are fine in principle, but the way many EULAs are written makes them legally meaningless, unenforceable nonsense. This […]