If you tell enough stories, perhaps the moral will show up.


Pick Any Two

There is the famous security story of the honest consultant offering a system to a client: He asks them to pick any two from

  • Cheap,
  • User-friendly, and
  • Secure
Reading the news today, I saw the latest idiot scheme to put every child on a secure government database, and I realised that it's the same thing.

"Secure Government Database?"

Pick any two.



Clear skies left yesterday afternoon much warmer than the morning. But this morning I was crackling through frost again -- except for a moment: as I crossed the river I felt a waft of heat and my glasses misted over.