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Monday, February 4, 2019

The First Live SCAM Call of 2019

Never say "Hello" or "Yes" on blocked incoming phone calls. Normally, I never answer them. When I do, I say "Speak!" For some reason, the robo-dialers don't register the word and don't connect. Here's my first live scammer of 2019. Another rule: When the caller says, "This is your oldest grandson," don't blurt out the name of your oldest grandson. Here's my masterful handling of this scam caller. Forgive my profanity at the end. To my credit, I didn't use the "F" word. Just the "S" word. Damn, I set a goal not to use profanity in 2019. Oops, that's two, counting the Damn. Eek, that's three now. WTF. Okay, here's the conversation. My rule for personal development: I don't count the number of curses multiplied by the number of people who view the following:

Yep, they're alive and well out there.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Top-10 Cyber Privateer Blogs

The last 250,000 views of this blog indicate where the world's interests lie:

Dec 13, 2010
This shouldn't be a surprise. Principle #18 is UNIVERSALIZATION, which turns out to be the basis for my current sci-fi novel.

Jul 20, 2011
Yep, humor runs a close second. Enjoy.

Dec 18, 2010, 3 comments
Also near the top of the list is a summary of my 22 principles for the perfect virus. 

Nov 16, 2011, 15 comments

Jan 1, 2011
My top-ten list from 8 years ago.

Nov 13, 2010, 7 comments
The constitution for cyber privateering. It's stood the test of time.

Mar 5, 2014
My supply chain diatribe: Why dump Huawei and Lenovo.

Oct 12, 2011, 1 comment
Sometimes I crack myself up.

Oct 4, 2013, 10 comments
One of my favorite readers is VERY INTERESTING.

Oct 20, 2010, 3 comments
Probably the real reason cyber privateering will never take off: The risk/reward equation has death as a high probability.

Monday, December 10, 2018


Un-stinking-believable the latest initiatives in the U. S. Congress, reported by the U.K.Register (read the whole story here).

  1. Senator Marc Warner (D-VA) wants to pass laws ensuring that companies do not keep sensitive data that they no longer need; and
  2. Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) would create a new Department of Education grant program focused on training students in the basics of infosec.
Heaven forbid we should let licensed and bonded cyber privateers (see my Cyber Privateering code here) REALLY stop the bad guys.

Way to go, schmucks!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hacking Bicycle Race Performance…LEGALLY

Okay, if Lance Armstrong had used this technology, he wouldn't have had to cheat in the Tour de France.

My friend of 25 years, Dr. Greg Anderson, and his partner Dale Gledhill, have patented and put into production the Nimbus Performance wristband. I daresay that if Lance Armstrong had had one of these, he wouldn't have had to cheat in the Tour de France. Right now, the BYU Football team is wearing them, and they're being used in a major study of auto-immune diseases. Time will tell, but I'm seeing results already on my bicycle.

Okay, here's how it works. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body. When they "stack" together, they don't carry so much oxygen. But wearing a pulsing magnet wristband that turns on every half hour for seven minutes, the red blood cells repel each other. Thus, they carry oxygen more efficiently. Here's my before-and-after red-cell images taken two weeks apart:

Notice the stacked cells on the left. But just two weeks later, notice the even distribution of the little oxygen-carrying miracles! I wear my Nimbus twelve hours a day. My wife wears hers at night, since the cosmetic value of the image is about zero (Women, go figure!).

So far, I've noticed three changes in my life. First, my feet don't get cold at night. I'm told that single red cells can get into the smaller veins. Second, I don't need an afternoon power nap. But the most important benefit is the third one: I don't wheeze after racing my buddies to the top of a hill on my bicycle. As POTUS might say, THAT'S HUGE! My seven-decades-old carcass blows by much younger riders as I climb the mountain to my house.

Electro-magnetic pulsing is not a new idea. My bicycling buddy Dr. Anderson has used a big pulsing magnetic boot for years for therapy on badly broken ankles. Over time, he noticed that the tissue and bone around the break were not only very healthy, but that the bone really healed fast and strong. He shared this with his neighbor, electronics whiz Dale Gledhill, and the idea was born.

This weekend, I'm flying to Seattle to help my dad celebrate his 95th birthday. Mom's alive and well at 93. So I have good genes. But Mom, Dad and I have multiple heart stents. Thank Heaven for modern medicine. I'm thinking that I DO NOT want clumps of red blood cells blocking up my heart. Dr. Anderson thinks this is an added plus. Not only can I beat much younger riders on long bike races, but my heart (which currently houses six stents) will thank me, too.

I got my wife a Nimbus because she has multiple sclerosis. It's been well controlled for over two decades thanks to (current price) $7,000-a-month pharmaceuticals. One theory on MS is that blood from the brain can't drain properly down the back of the neck. Medical tourists have been going to places like Costa Rica to have actual stents put into the back of their necks. We have not wanted to take that risk, and the Nimbus device might just solve that problem. Then again, it might not. So I'll keep giving a fortune to the pharmaceutical companies until the extensive test results on auto-immune patients are in.

The Nimbus device and charger cost a mere $249. Their website has been in stealth mode but went live today. Check it out:

Oh, and full disclosure. I am not in business with these guys. I don't have any stock. I paid full price for mine and my wife's units. The last guy I passed riding my bicycle up the hill, I said he should get used to the view. When he asked what view, I said, "My rear end."

Sometimes I crack myself up.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Trying To Infect The U.S. Government? Make Sure The Organization You Phish/Spoof Is NOT a VALIMAIL client! (Rest In Peace, Agari)

I finally found a Silicon Valley client with a taste for blood, some unbeatable IP, and DHS FedRAMP BOD 18-01 certification. My favorite line in the ad I created for VALIMAIL:  "Best of all, we don't just flag bad guys pretending they're you. We neuter them." My first ad just hit in Federal Computer Week. None of their competitors have achieved FedRAMP authorization. In fact, because their competitors expose Personally Indentifiable Information (or PII), none of them can even hope to get that certification (Rest In Peace, Agari). Enjoy: