I think I'll drag up an old thread for those who remember it.
Perhaps we should have MJR's cat do the certifying.
Look at it this way, if MJR were to say "That fellow's OK"
no wait a minute, that too british, maybe he'd say "That
guy knows what he's talking about", or something like
that, or perhaps not quite so sexist. Anyway, you get the
idea. So we all nod our heads and think if MJR says
that it must be so.
Now MJR's cat has been round the block a few times as well,
and as a previous thread discussed, knows more about
designing firewalls than many of the people who make a
living out of that. So if MJR's cat says you're OK,
that's good enough for me. Of course you might have some
catnip secreted around your person, so there would have
to be drug tests, but they wouldn't be as stringent as
at the olympics. For example, you'd be allowed to inhale.
I seem to recall there was a MJR's cat seal of approval
for firewalls. Perhaps we can get that with a ribbon (not
necessarily once worn by the cat, but that would be nice)
on a certificate. I for one wold proudly put it on my wall.
Perhaps my own cats wold feel a bit put out, but then
they have their own professional qualifications as QA
inspectors in the local fish canning plant.
To anyone who needs a line of smileys at this point, I suggest
you unsubscribe from this list and come back when you
have been certified as not being humour challenged any more.
In short, we can certify for ethics and underlying,
immutable principles, such as the CISSP does. We
can't certify for rapidly changing technology, which is
why M$ and Novell certification is a chimera. But also
a good profit center.
Asimov wrote a great short story about this, if only I could
remember the title, but my ex roommate was the one with
the MA in science fiction.
Yes, Mark, perhaps people will wake up to the deal the big
N-1 are selling. Or perhaps not, they haven't done so in
other business areas.