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May 22, 2007

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Haninah

The comparison to Barnett's SysAdmin is facile and just plain wrong. Barnett's idea is not for a rapid-response team of network engineers and computer programmers, it's for a rapid-intervention military force. He uses the term "SysAdmin" metaphorically: the "system" he wishes to "administer" is human societies that are not functional, at least by his definition. In fact, the biggest, glaring flaw with his idea is precisely the fact that human societies - unlike data networks - cannot be "engineered" back to health in any obvious way. This comparison does nothing but dignify Barnett's idiotic false analogy between mind-bogglingly complex systems and relatively simple ones, and gives him far more credit than he deserves.

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