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He might be. The public safety agencies proceed as
they have with more awareness of alerts and
more focus on integrating intel, getting compatible
communication systems into place, and working on
more in-mobile communication types (eg, compatible
video). We are quite mindful that we have work to
do in these areas and mindful that we must balance
our needs for Homeland Defense with our freedoms.
We are able and were working these problems before
9/11. A lot of progress is being made.
The unserious bit is the continual antagonism
of police and court systems. They are antagonists by
design, so that isn't a big deal. Vocabulary standards
to help these people interoperate (eg, LegalXML) are
being developed, and those that help the Federals
coordinate with state (eg, JusticeXML) are as well.
Again, there is possibly more humor than anything in
a thread about 'software fortresses' for business
but as Michael mentions, there are good methodologies
out there. Problem is, there are lots of human quirks
as well that get institutionalized and woe unto the
cherry designer that wades in unaware.
From: Klaus Backert [mailto:KlausBackert@compuserve.com]
just late night idea: is this "self contained, mutually suspicious,
marginally cooperating software fortresses" thing a marketing title playing
with the 9/11 aware zeitgeist?