The Largest Open Goal In Cyber Security

1000 words, 4 minutes. “But how was one to explain repeated instances of derisive laughter at melodramas and films that hardly set out to be funny?” - Prof. Eric Rentschler1 Out of place laughter is an anarchist in the dark. Someone who refuses to let the film cast its spell. Imagery is important. Moving or still. Whether it be religious iconography, depictions of national myth, a coat of arms, a rallying military standard, your company’s brand, or something as incidental as clip art. »

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

950 words, 4 1⁄2 minutes. “Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” - Victor Hugo. This is the second of two posts on strategic software. The first explained what it is, what it does, and where to find it. Now I’ll tell you why it’s an idea whose time has come. I’ll tell you why it will be more powerful in some respects than traditional politics and how it will come to shape the world. »

The Age Of Strategic Software

1300 words, 5 minutes. “Whatever happens, we have got the Maxim gun, they have not.” - Hilaire Belloc. Once upon a time software was just for counting beans. It counted more beans faster and cheaper than anything else. Then computers became personal, then portable, then pocketable. All sorts of different kinds of software were created to serve the people and help them do their jobs better. Everyone became more productive. »

Beating The Samson Option

1300-1600 words, 6 1⁄2 to 8 1⁄2 minutes. “He grasped two pillars of the temple and bowed himself with all his might” - Judges 16:30. Introduction This post is about online services which rely partly, or wholly, on user-contributed content. It’s about what happens to that content if those services close. I’ll examine the constraints and motivations of the parties involved. I’ll then present a solution to the problem of what I call content custodianship. »

Winning Systems & Security Practitioners 6. Final Remarks

550 words, 2 minutes. Final Remarks “All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved” - Sun Tzu. This is the 6th and final post in a short series on winning systems for security practitioners. The first post feels like a while ago already, about 6000 words or 25 minutes. Those minutes haven’t been wasted. »