Build Droids Instead Of Death Stars

“Don’t Come To The Dark Side: Acquisition Lessons From A Galaxy, Far, Far Away” (.pdf) is a brilliant commentary on military acquisitions, through a Star Wars filter. Written by an Air Force acquisitions specialist for a defense acquisitions periodical.

Sample: More than one writer inexplicably complimented Vader’s leadership style, conveniently overlooking his use of telekinetic strangulation as a primary motivational approach.

Default password on hotel safe – Boing Boing

This is annoying as hell. There is no reason a “default password” should persist once a guest has entered a locking password. If the guest forgets, the hotel should have a physical key (in a secured place) that can be used if necessary; but a default password that any chimp can guess is ridiculous.