Returning to the original thread, I've noticed that the Web is crowing
over the fact that Watson is running under Linux. (01)
On Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM, Peter Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Thank you, Bill.
> I concur with Bill Andersen that this spun-off conversation about the
> military or politicians should be taken elsewhere. So, please.
> The subject is "iBM Watson on Jeopardy" and that's a fascinating topic
> ... continue on that by all means.
> Thanks & regards. =ppy
> Peter Yim
> Co-convener, ONTOLOG
> On Feb 13, 2011 7:56 AM, "Bill Andersen" <andersen@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Ahem... Anyone in this conversation been in the military or have credentials
>in military history? One good reason I'd rather not see this conversation on
>ontolog. Another is that it's way out of scope and bordering on political -
>and those of you who know me know you don't want me to go there.
>> So please take this somewhere else (but include me - I'd love to get into
>> On Feb 13, 2011, at 8:18, "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Vincent and Rich,
>>>>> That is also true of people. As the saying goes, generals are
>>>>> very good at fighting the last war, but not the current one.
>>>> If that saying were true, there'd be ZERO
>>>> national security - for any country.
>>> You need to study military history. The leaders who win
>>> are the ones who can innovate to meet changing conditions.
>>> But most leaders in every field aren't innovative -- they
>>> just repeat what worked last time.
>>>> we are buying a bunch of F-35's to fight international terrorism.
>>> That is comparable to the French building the Maginot line after WW I.
>>> It's a hugely expensive waste of money on systems that would have
>>> been useful in the past.
>>>> I'll just repeat one of my earlier statements: "There are lots
>>>> of sayings among us which should be relegated to the past -
>>>> and left there - where they belong..."
>>> You can repeat that, but it won't make it true.
>>> A better guideline is one of my favorite quotations from
>>> Alfred North Whitehead:
>>> "Every great truth is only half true."
>>> That means that every proverb, principle, or ideology has
>>> to be re-evaluated in terms of current conditions in order
>>> to determine which half is appropriate.
>>> The most dangerous offenders are politicians who repeat
>>> half truths until they make the voters believe them.
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