By Bruce R. Copeland on May 12, 2015
Tags: agile, engineering, information, software development, technology, waterfall
By Bruce R. Copeland on May 04, 2015
Tags: automation, backup, firewall, headless, information, internet of things, linux, raspberry pi, security, technology, ubuntu, update, usb, wireless
Most Raspberry Pi users find it easiest to begin with the basic Raspbian linux distributions available from the Raspberry Pi Federation. However I’ve been using diverse unix/linux systems heavily for more than 16 years. Currently all the computers in my company run either Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. It is significantly easier to administer systems that mostly utilize the same packages and tools. Also the Ubuntu long term support (LTS) feature has been invaluable on several past occasions when we were involved in complex projects and wouldn’t have had time to upgrade other shorter-lived distributions nearing their end of life for security support. Ryan Finnie has recently provided a nice build of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for Rasberry Pi. So it made sense to start with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my new Raspberry Pi […]
By Bruce R. Copeland on September 09, 2009
Tags: actuarial, competition, costs, data management, health care, insurance, market, oversight, privacy, statistics, universal standards
I support health care reform. However I have reservations about the current health care reform package slated for vote in the Senate (as well as other health care reform proposals on Capital Hill from both parties). It’s not that I believe the bald-faced lies which reactionary conservative are leveling. Rather my lack of enthusiasm stems from the fact that none of these packages really address the critical underlying problems in our health care system—overly high costs and comparatively poor outcomes. I think many other Americans have the same reservations. So, what is missing?
Our health care problems are fundamentally data management problems. The first problem is that we do not have sufficiently comprehensive data on health conditions and costs. The second problem is that we have not had any MEANINGFUL actuarial oversight of health insurance companies for 25 years. These are data collection and analysis failures, and we MUST fix them if we are to fix our health care system.
We will not understand why our health care is so expensive and our outcomes so relatively poor until we begin collecting and analyzing comprehensive health data. Likewise we cannot expect meaningful competition in health insurance markets until consumers know the cost risks […]
By Bruce R. Copeland on February 16, 2009
Tags: blog, cms, editor, information, joomla, modules, openid, template
A few things have however been headaches. The default Joomla 1.5 Syndication module doesn’t allow customization […]