Tuesday, March 31, 2009

SPARTA rebranded as Cobham

As of today, my employer, SPARTA, Inc., will be doing business under the Cobham brand. More specifically, it will be known as "SPARTA, Inc., doing business as Cobham Analytic Solutions."

My new email address is the same as the old, with "Cobham" substituted for "SPARTA". Telephone remains the same.

More about Cobham.

Jim Horning
SPARTA National Security Sector
Cobham Analytic Solutions
710 Lakeway Drive, Ste. 195
Sunnyvale, CA 94085



Friday, March 13, 2009

Visualize a trillion dollars; visually compare bailouts.

A trillion dollars.

How various bailouts and other government budgets compare.

It's not so long ago that I was told, "It takes a very big company to lose a billion dollars." Times have changed.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Barbara Liskov wins
A.M. Turing Award

ACM has just announced that Barbara Liskov is the winner of this year's A.M. Turing Award, widely considered to be "the Nobel Prize of computing."

I am especially pleased at this award. Barbara is not only a wonderful person, she is the one who introduced me to the concept of abstract data types, and her student, Steve Zilles, introduced me to algebraic specifications. These ideas had a major effect on my professional career.

News coverage.