Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dreamforce & My Reminiscences on Marc Benioff

Today's Wall Street Journal story on Marc Benioff (page B3, read it here) prompted me to muse on my old friend Marc Benioff (see my story here). I'm feeling downright nostalgic!

Maybe you'll understand better why I put Marc on my Cyber Privateering Fantasy League team (see the posting here).


Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Russians Are Better Chess Players Than I Am!

On July 24th, I predicted that the Russians would retaliate for sanctions against them for their Ukrainian adventures by hitting the vulnerable U.S. power grid (see my article here). Silly me. If we muck with their economy, they want to less-than-subtly muck with ours (see Friday's New York Times story here). Like the apocryphal Willie Sutton quote, "You go where the money is." Silly me. The U.S. power grid is several steps down on Russia's hit list.

To quote one of the smartest people I know:
"It could be we're developing a kind of warfare like 17th & 18th Century privateering."
Yet another nod that it might be time for licensed and bonded cyber privateers?

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Patent that Hacked Wall Street

You've seen the billboard:

Here's an interview with the Christopher himself. Enjoy!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Afternoons With Larry Ellison

Given the publicity surrounding Larry Ellison and Oracle, the introspections of this "old, bold gunslinger" turned into a 4200-word homage to "the smartest man I've ever known" (and the captain of my Cyber Privateering Fantasy League). Read it by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Data Exhaust: Predicting Midterm Election Shenanigans

Here it is, seven or so weeks before the midterm elections, and I was curious what the "twitterverse" shows. Based upon the organization and vitriol of almost every social media pundit besides Sentator Ted Cruz, it would appear that the Democrats are winning the battle of whipping their base into a frenzy to keep the Senate. My prediction, this far out, just looking at the numbers, indicates the Senate will probably be close to a 50-50 split. I figured I'd put this in writing now, and live with the consequences, come what may. Here's my map of the twitterverse:
Certainly, something might happen in the next few weeks to dramatically sway voters one way or the other. Call it gamesmanship, media bias, guerrilla warfare by either the DEMS or the REPS, you name it. But given the element of sheer desperation from the DEMS, I predict some serious pre-election shenanigans. Question is, will they backfire?