Tag Results for Information sharing (5)

  1. Microsoft Error Reporting: Really A Search for Artificial Life?

    In historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto's survey book Ideas that Changed the World, there is a section entitled "Impossibilism." In it, he reviews some of the paradoxes that philosophers like William of Ockhamâ''s raised for contentious debate in the 14th century, such as â''God can order you to commit murderâ'' or â''God can reward good with evil.â'' If William of Ockham were alive today, he would probably coin something appropriate about Microsoftâ''s problem reporting. As I noted a few weeks ago, Microsoft captures and analyzes those errors that unfortunately but not unexpectedly pop up every so often, which …

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  2. FDA: Science and IT Risks Place Nation at Risk

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Science Board's Subcommittee on Science and Technology released a very worrying report late last week on the current state of science and technology at the FDA: "The Subcommittee concluded that science at the FDA is in a precarious position: the Agency suffers from serious scientific deficiencies and is not positioned to meet current or emerging regulatory responsibilities." According to the FDA, it is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, the …

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  3. What Does Microsoft Do With All That Error Data?

    On a "good" day, some 50 gigabytes of error data flows into Microsoft, according to a story in today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required). Two dozen programmers pore over the data, looking for OS kernel and or application problems resulting from design flaws, programming, errors, resource conflicts, and other sorts of programmer and designer ingenuity. Microsoft won't say where the majority of errors lie or who is at fault, nor give any details about how Vista, XP, Windows 98, Windows 95 all compare, which is too bad. Nor does Microsoft say how errors are prioritized for repair, and whether …

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  4. Be Realistic - Yeah, Right

    I was in Washington, D.C. yesterday attending a breakfast seminar sponsored by Government Executive magazine on the topic, "What Are the Essential Ingredients for a Successful Large IT Project?" The two gentlemen speaking were Randolph (Randy) Hite, Director, IT Architecture and Systems Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office and Zal Azmi, Chief Information Officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was an interesting session for a number of reasons. In this post, I'll concentrate on what Mr. Hite had to say. Hite was asked off the bat whether he thought that IT project management in the Federal …

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  5. Maybe They'll All Quit

    Zalmai Azmi, the FBI's CIO, was reported in Federal Computer Week as saying that, "Cultural differences are the biggest obstacle preventing intelligence agencies from starting information-sharing programs." He reportedly went on to say that, â''The introduction of new blood would help do things differently." Good luck. I thought that too over thirty years ago when I worked as a junior engineer in the Defense Department. I still hold that same thought today. I wonder if Azmi is hinting that there may be problems behind the scenes with Sentinel, the follow on to the infamous Virtual Case File …

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