Monday, October 08, 2012

Open Question

Reverse psychology is no longer just what we have long believed.
We would do better to think of reverse psychology along the lines of reverse engineering:

Reverse engineering is the process of discovering the technological principles of a device, object, or system through analysis of its structure, function, and operation. .[1]

Reverse engineering has its origins in the analysis of hardware for commercial or military advantage.[2] The purpose is to deduce design decisions from end products with little or no additional knowledge about the procedures involved in the original production. The same techniques are subsequently being researched for application to legacy software systems, not for industrial or defence ends, but rather to replace incorrect, incomplete, or otherwise unavailable documentation.[3]n.

In the near future politicians will come to a bipartisan agreement on submarines. If the right-wingers want to maintain even a downsized nuclear submarine fleet they will have to cede something to the left-wingers.  Reverse psychology suggests what might be palatable to both wings.  The compromise helps answer this question:

When will the first JAG officer be assigned to a US Navy submarine?  The TV series Last Resort is laying the groundwork now.  Expect to see (on a popular TV series) a female JAG officer deploy on an SSN soon.  No one is being asked to agree with M.E.  Time will referee any skepticism.

Submarines are always silent and strange. 



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