If you have to hunt rats; what’s the right choice of weapon? Probably the air-rifle. The AK-47 could do the job, but it would be inefficient; the amount of energy in each round would be a vast over-kill; accuracy and ricochets in confined spaces would also be a concern. You’d choose the right tool for the job and make sure it’s the right tool.
Continue reading Killing a rat is easier with an air rifle than an AK-47
Every decision involves an element of risk; you might lose your job and not be able to pay back that mortgage that you’ve signed up for. The cascading effects of that are hard to imagine, so you may naturally veer away from the hard decisions but you can’t articulate why. Some decisions need to be emotionally led; but others aren’t or shouldn’t be.
Continue reading The battlefield of decision making
I’ve recently had the pleasure of being involved in the aftermath of a penetration test on a fairly low-key web based application (it was government sponsored; and they quite rightly wanted to test the application for vulnerabilities) during the trial phase and subsequently trying to deal with the recommendations. Some of the previous penetration tests that we’ve undergone seemed quite amateurish in comparison to this one; the disclosures, where appropriate, were very detailed and comprehensive.
Continue reading The pain of evolving standards
Everyone has a gut feeling about things; we seem to be hard wired to make snap judgements about events and things. Evolutionary biologists would probably say that this harks back to when we were hunter-gatherers and had to rapidly make a judgement as to whether something was a threat or not.
Continue reading Examination not justification
It’s a similar story every time; you bootstrap a product or start a project and you’re optimistic that this time you’ll be doing it right; you’ve learnt the lessons of previous failed projects that you’ve been involved in and you’re convinced that this time it will all run smoothly and things will turn out swimmingly.
Continue reading Failure is inevitable; suffering is optional