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Author: Jean Johnson

Cybersecurity—Everyone’s Responsibility

Cybersecurity—Everyone’s Responsibility

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. President Obama identified digital infrastructure as a strategic national asset, and cybersecurity as “a necessity for both businesses and consumers.” Further, “every American has a stake in security our networks and personal information.” Coming of age when “lock your door” referred to a physical door (on the house or the car), it was somewhat overwhelming to learn that I now share personal responsibility for Read more [...]
Carmageddon—A Highway Maintenance Non-Event to Replicate

Carmageddon—A Highway Maintenance Non-Event to Replicate

In a world of highways, accidents, and traffic jams, praise for a highway maintenance event is rare. Carmageddon is the ‘code name’ for the first phase of a CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) project to add a single carpool lane to a 10-mile stretch of I-405. For LA, this project required the unthinkable—scheduled closing of a freeway from Friday to Sunday.  Carmageddon 1, as this non-event is dubbed, was completed 17 hours ahead of schedule. Some credit for Read more [...]
Standards, Consensus, and the 80/20 Rule

Standards, Consensus, and the 80/20 Rule

A standards geek knows that “consensus is general agreement—not necessarily unanimity.” Recently, a NEMA member commented publicly on standards development, collaboration, and the “80/20 rule,” which generally states that: 80% of effects are generated by 20% of causes, or, conversely, that 20% of effects are generated by 80% of causes. For standards development, the NEMA member observed that “…an inordinate amount of time goes into what to do with that Read more [...]