Sunday, May 29, 2005

Not all see change in Los Alamos administration as bad

C. Paul Robinson, physicist and former Sandia National Laboratories director, lashed back Friday, saying his team was appalled at the lack of competent business practices and focused scientific direction at Los Alamos National Laboratory,...

"No wonder science is hurting. You've got scientists with no support for their work," Robinson said. "We think Sandia is a good proof test that good processes are not incompatible with good science. We know how to bring processes into being that can streamline and simplify things for scientists."

Amen—that's exactly what I have been saying for a long time. The management incompetence led by the University of California was appalling: large-scale embezzlement by employees, lax tracking of secret documents and data, and weak management vision.

The best defense UC has been able to scrape together is that private industry will scare away scientists by crimping their style. Yeah, just like at Bell Labs, IBM, Xerox PARC, Microsoft, Google, Sandia National Labs, and so forth. I don't know what's worse: that they would use such lame rhetoric, or that they would seriously expect people to believe it.

University of California officials recently have suggested that only academia has the scientific rigor and "moral strength" to watch over the aging nuclear explosives in the U.S. arsenal and objectively judge, for example, whether a return to nuclear testing is necessary.
So only Left Coast Academe has the "moral strength" to discover how to kill the entire human race faster and cheaper? Pardon me whilst I scrape my sense of humor off the walls.

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