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After seeing Immortal Technique at the Middle East [30 Nov 2005|02:42am]

I went to the Immortal Technique show at the Middle East in Cambridge two Sundays ago. I admit I was a little bummed to catch the poster hanging next to the doors on the way in --- it said that he wasn't coming on until 10 (or was it 10:30?!). This was at 7:30. I didn't know any of the other names and wondered about my ability to last for 2.5 hours.

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Democracy needs a new webmaster [30 Nov 2005|06:20pm]

Received in the inbox, from the government:

Dear Stakeholder:

Over the past weekend, the Environmental Protection Agency started a migration of the contents of its EDOCKET database to a Federal Government-wide database, called the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS). The Yucca Mountain rulemaking docket is included in this move.

You now must access Yucca Mountain documents through FDMS at the website: http://www.regulations.gov. Unfortunately, there are currently technical problems with that website, making it run very slowly, if at all. The new system is a government-wide system, so EPA does not have direct control over resolution of these problems. However, the webmaster for the site is aware of the problem and is working on it. If you encounter this problem, please try to access the website later. We will let you know when we become aware that the site is operating properly.

I have an idea. Let's take a small system that works, and make it part of a larger system that doesn't work.

I have another idea. Let's take the small system offline before we make sure that the larger system actually works.

"the webmaster"? I thought for sure that the executive branch had more than one of those. Seems to me that having more than one to maintain the website for all agency regulations would probably be a good idea.

I'm not sure what the FDMS actually is or looks like, but given the acronym, I take it that this was a specially designed system for the federal government, which would explain why it's not working very well. I have a final idea. Instead of using someone else's already-made document management system, why don't we invent our own? The beauties of proprietary software development. I'm making some assumptions about what the FDMS is, but I don't think I'm going out on a limb.

The rest of you will now please refer to me as Stakeholder, because, you know, I am. Aren't we all?

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