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ISO/IEC quality coercion doesn’t work for software either

ISO 9000 doesn’t create quality for general management and ISO 17025 and 15189 don’t work for labs.  The authors below “conclude that ISO/IEC 9126 is not suitable for measuring design quality of software products.” The use and usefulness of the … Continue reading

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The real diesel scandal

The VW diesel deception may seem like a storm in a teacup since PM10 particles that get deep into the lungs and damage health are already at much lower levels than they used to be.  But it still adds up.  Obeying the Greenpeace corporation … Continue reading

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Readers: Edit UKAS’s Wikipedia advertisement

UKAS has not proved itself up to writing its own promotional material to the international standards required by Wikipedia.  It has displayed its bias clearly (but without stating its confidence limits, as it requires of its victims). Wikipedia warns that … Continue reading

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Will Facebook Bring Down the Government?

Gary North asks Will Facebook Bring Down the Government? “In the Soviet Union, underground literature continued to circulate, and as the technology of digital reproduction grew better, more of got circulated. (The fundamental law of economics is this: “When the price … Continue reading

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Religious and commercial coercion

Facebook is responding wrongly to misleading claims about unislamic pages.  Paul Murphy writes about it here: Over the last couple of weeks Facebook has clamped down heavily on various (around 40) counter-jihad and patriot pages. The administrators of these pages … Continue reading

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Monster Zero, ISO9001 and Workplace Environment

Amidst lots of mystic rambling to expose boredom-addicted Monster Zero, this paper, The Anatomy, Life Cycle and Effects of the Phenomenologically Distributed Human Parasite M0,  has a long section on how ISO 90001 has poisoned the workplace.  It provides a much-needed but rather debatable interpretation … Continue reading

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Taylor would have loved ITIL

Scientific management doesn’t just survive in the ISO management and laboratory standards.  Bureaucrats are also preying on the IT industry, write Dave Herpen, Taylor would have loved ITIL POSTED BY DAVEHERPEN ⋅ FEBRUARY 28, 2012   Although Frederick Winslow Taylor died in 1915, way … Continue reading

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If leadership is usually unhelpful, what of accreditation?

In his essay, Take their clothes! Bill Bonner says, “…The point is, the world needs a lot fewer leaders than it has. Most of the time, people go about their business with no need for the expense and distraction of leadership. That … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy creation agencies

Lord Clement-Jones remarked in 2003 of the dismemberment of the long-established Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS), “The suspicion is growing that the transfer plans are a pure cost-cutting measure by the Government, and yet, paradoxically, moving these laboratories to a more … Continue reading

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Regulating doctors and medical practice

The Witchdoctor’s colleague thinks “about 50%” of his working time was wasted.  This sounds to me like a more productive career than most.  For many people the work they did that was useful to others could be an order of … Continue reading

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