Sunk asphalt

About how one can ‘invest’ over and over again, into a known sinkhole. [Below in Dutch, since that’s where author is victim [well…] of the problem in particular.]

The mantra, since the invention of cars and traffic jams: Pour more asphalt. [Tarmac for the Brits; in a couple of years, will be forced to accept coloniszation by the US anyway]
The mantra, a variant of the sunk cost fallacy..? Since each and every time [barring exceptional local exceptions], more asphalt doesn’t seem to help. It battles symptoms [of …!?] for a short while, and then the traffic jams reoccur, often worse than before. Only serious economic downturns seem to help a bit hardly ever a byte, temporarily. What reoccurs often sets new records. Road constructors support the mantra again, do their thing, and … Nothing changes, really. On the tax payers’ expense, billions are spent not solving a problem, often making it worse, and not being invested in real solutions. Yes society has chosen to act this way and not take the real, but change-means-fear-of-painful-uncertainty steps to solve the cause not the symptoms; but yes that still is Stupid of the sort that statesmen [note: as the opposite in capabilities to politicians] should rise above. But that requires balls [M/F/LBGTQ], and we’re stuck with politicians…

Oh, and also this.

When …?
[Your Blue Pill of not even bread but circuses, below; when 15sec of fame is a lot already]

OK, in het Nederlands dan, omdat gebleken is dat vele lezers in ons oh zo internationaal georiënteerde landje zich liever in een knus hoekje terugtrekken dan basis-Engels willen lezen laat staan begrijpen.

Over hoe er keer op keer op keer bergen geld in een bodemloze zinkput worden gegooid.
Met, sinds de uitvinding van de auto en van files het matra: Meer asfalt lost de files op!
Het mantra is gewoon een variant van de sunk cost fout. Omdat ie-de-re keer, hoge uitzonderingen hier en daar wellicht niet te na, meer asfalt nog nooit is gebleken ook maar een zier te helpen, integendeel. Alleen serieuze economische achteruitgang helpt een beetje, tijdelijk. Wat erna terugkomt, zet telkens weer nieuwe records. Wegenbouwers en hun hulpjes de enkele hoogleraren met onderzoeksgeldgebrek komen dan weer met het mantra aanzetten, mogen weer bos en ander groen verpletteren, en dan … niets. Op kosten van de belastingbetalers worden vele miljarden over de balk gesmeten aan het niet oplossen van files – geld dat niet in echte oplossingen kan worden gestoken. Ja de maatschappij heeft gekozen zo in de eigen sh.t te blijven wentelen in plaats van de tsja veranderen-geeft-angst-voor-pijnlijke-onzekerheid echte aanpak van de oorzaken niet de symptomen én Ja dat is de soort stupiditeit waartegen echte staatsmannen [zucht, ja hoor, V/M; maar in uiterste tegenstelling met politici, beslist ook V/M!] zouden optreden. Maar ja, politici [M/V/LBGTQ] en ballen hè?

Oh, en deze.

Wanneer toch …?
Ach, er is altijd nog:

[De Blue Pill van niet eens brood maar spelen; NYNY]

The 2000 of 2018

Because all sorts of hoi polloi pundits are out there, ‘polling’ (quod non, just repeating the meh mediocrity) for the Top 2000 of 2018 on the ray-the-ohw and elsewhere, herewith the real deal definitive Top 2000.
Which of course isn’t; it’s the Top 2282 for one thing and Definitive is slightly understating it. If you hadn’t guessed, #15 is about me.
And yes, it is downloadable in plain Excel, for your own tinker and play, in this file; checked and clean (no subversive content).
Next, a few little notes (repeated from last year):

  • “That’s odd! The usual numbers 1 to 50 aren’t where they’re ‘supposed’ to be by common standards!” Correct. Because I‘m ‘Rekt. The list is mine; why put the Mehhh songs high up there? They’re in there somewhere, but its my list, my preferences..! yes I do like some almost-forgotten songs better, sometimes much, much better, than the expired old hands.
  • Especially.. see the notes, when the clip (much) enhances the song(s). Wouldn’t that mean the song in itself isn’t fully complete ..? No, it means in (since) the age of video, songs with clips (‘integrated’) can much surpass mere songs by themselves, for a cubed sensory experience.
  • There’s more than 2000 yes. Because, already after the first 500 or so, determining the relative rankings becomes awkward. Hence, the cut-off would be random …! (why not 2048, that would make more sense in this digital (i.e., binary) age). The result is quite random in the end, too, indeed; some of the last songs ‘should’ be up much higher…
  • If you would still have some (preferably wacky) songs you miss, please do comment them to me. I’ll see whether I’d want to include them still, or not. Hey, it’s my list so I decide, geddid?
  • The actual end result order is far from definitive (sic). It depends heavily on one’s momentary temper and the memories that spring to mind like Proustian madeleines. And on one’s ability to hear quality. Such is life.
  • When dabbling with the Excel file yourself, feel free to play around with the ranking mechanism. What worked for me, was to first split the songs into bins of about 250 size (designate some song to be in the first bin that will end up being ranks 1-250, another song to bin 5, which is around the 1000-1250 mark, etc.), then sizing down bin 1 etc. to 8 smaller bins. Then, numbers 1-50 get a personal treatment one by one to their end rank, the rest gets (got) a random allocation within their bracket. After this, sort and re-apply number 1-whatever. Through this, actual intermediate bin sizes aren’t too important.

Then, as a long, very long list – I’ve cut it off a the 50 mark already otherwise it would get ridiculous…

1 Hustle Vann McCoy Yes, the original
2 Easy Livin’ Uriah Heep To power it up
3 White Room Cream Nicely powerful, doesn’t wear out too easily
4 Heart Of Gold Neil Young Hits the heart
5 Hide and Seek Howard Jones Same, if you listen well
6 74-’75 (+Video) Connells The video sublimates the message
7 Peter Gunn Emerson Lake & Palmer Just for the intro alone
8 She Elvis Costello Personal nostaliga
9 Windowlicker (+Video) Aphex Twins Incomplete, as a work of art, without the video
10 Nice ‘n Slow Jesse Green Calm down again
11 One Of These Days Pink Floyd Hidden pearl
12 Smoke On The Water Deep Purple Of course
13 Simple man Lynyrd Skynyrd For some ‘burn
14 The Man With The Red Face (+Video) Laurent Garnier Incomplete, as a work of art, without the video
15 You’re So Vain Carly Simon I think this song is about me!
16 Dancing Barefoot Patti Smith Hidden treasure
17 Right Here Right Now Fatboy Slim Oft forgotten, defined an era
18 The Great Gig In The Sky Pink Floyd Appealing complexity
19 All I Need Air Mindfulness in musical form
20 Dream On Aerosmith Heartburn
21 You Got To Fight For Your Right to Party Beastie Boys Appealing. Simply that.
22 How Deep Is Your Love Bee Gees
23 We’re So Pretty Sex Pistols
24 Dust In The Wind Kansas
25 Whole Lotta Rosie AC/DC
26 We Will Rock You Queen
27 Chelsea Dagger The Fratellis
28 I Want You To Want Me (live at Budakan) Cheap Trick
29 Tribute Tenacious D
30 Three Times A Lady Commodores
31 School’s Out Alice Cooper
32 Barracuda Heart
33 Hold Your Head Up Argent
34 Waterfall Atlantic Ocean
35 Tequila The Champs
36 Troy Sinead O’Connor
37 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
38 Saturday Night Herman Brood
39 Walk This Way Aerosmith & Run DMC
40 Spank Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne
41 Energy 52 Cafe del Mar
42 Paradise By The Dashboard Light Meat Loaf
43 Ashes To Ashes David Bowie
44 Higher Ground Red Hot Chili Peppers
45 I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton
46 Born To Be Alive Patrick Hernandez
47 A Piece Of The Action Babys, The
48 Teardrop Massive Attack ft T’Pau
49 Highway To Hell AC/DC
50 Everyone’s a Winner Hot Chocolate

See the other 2232 listings in this file.
And a pic for your viewing pleasure:

[The Smith’ Art-something; DC]

Whacking risks

Y’all remember this:

And how does that not translate directly to how risk ‘management’ is done in your enterprise ..?
Yes, whack-a-risk it is. One by one. Now that the hype about ‘cyber’ has blown over [Has it? Can we finally retire #ditchcyber ..?? We may need to party!], what will be next?
Hopefully, tackling the secondary risk of using futile methodology in risk management. Like, ‘heat maps’ (per this) or ‘evidence based’ kindergarten-big-data nonsense as is in this vast resource. The latter not dismissing the use of estimates, but putting them into perspective. And you do remember this …?
Let alone switching from 3LoD ridiculousness – as it is done today, all too often, towards actually useful organisational structures to get risks into every nook and cranny of your enterprise … I mean -managed and -resolved. Recalling this giant‘s work on that, in a sense.

[Perfect for lounging outdoors, no moles; Park Grill terrace]

Ah, the infiltration of.

Unfortunately, this is not about coffee, it’s about in-filtration.
And, supposedly, some form of exfiltration or abuse.

All about IoT – still going strong as a term, despite slowly growing out of the trough of disillusionment both qua general deployment and use of the things behind the abbrev, as qua security concerns that resurface unresolved moreover in bigger force.
Now with a side branch of the ugly duckling sibling Security getting its own term: Infiltration of Things. Nice. Certainly in reference to this recent post of ours. [Hoping that pre-publish linking actually works]

But then, we don’t need a new term as much as we need fundamental solutions for pre-existing conditions of weakness… As here, here and here, and many others before that..
Certainly this one, that also hasn’t been resolved at all. And displays only some part’lets of the very core reengineeering we need even with an e too many.

Thus, we haven’t started at all yet. But I’ll leave you with a distraction:

[Happens to be somewhat relevant, that building in the background; La Défense, appropriately]

That’s what you get …

… when you are too scared by anything new, to fully embrace it before it overruns you.
As a pointer that the arms’ race of deployment of AI in security (offense/defense) is almost lost. Depending on which side you are.

That there was such an arms’ race in the brewing, I need not repeat for y’all that paid attention, to the many news items re that in the past couple of quarters. From fundamental, policy-level discussions and debate all the way to operational stuff, the subject has been on the radar for many on many aspects.
Not that much on arms’ flipping, by the way, that is happening now in a sort of collateral-damage way. Adding to the loss of other methods there.
And now then, also here here, in the twist one sees the example of the attack side getting smarter than your defense though possible.

Wasn’t it that AI was possibly deployed by both the offense and the defense, and that the first serious entrant would win, winner takes all style?
Well, the conclusion seems obvious, qua who’s first out of the gate here. It’s over; get over it.

[ Some may suggest that maybe, some agencies may have defensive AI stuff that they keep secret as not to be outdone by AI yet. No need to remind you that security by obscurity has never worked, and may be turned against the defender, when not the methodology has been leaked long time before suitable use hopefully to all the public so secret counter-attacks on the shelf may be prevented. ]

For the moment then, as long as we last:

[Back to analog surfing / sailing, then; NYNY]