tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:/posts CRYPTOCHAOS 2017-10-01T17:19:40Z tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/1195152 2017-10-01T17:17:46Z 2017-10-01T17:19:40Z Highly recommended... NYTimes.com: Book Review - The Information - By James Gleick

Book Review - The Information - By James Gleick


James Gleick argues that information is more than just the contents of our libraries and Web servers: human consciousness, life on earth, the cosmos — it’s bits all the way down.


tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/1174193 2017-07-16T23:34:37Z 2017-07-16T23:35:24Z The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu.... Highly recommended!

“As one might gather from a painting of him scowling in a tall stovepipe hat, Day saw himself as a businessman, not a journalist. ''He needed a newspaper not to reform, not to arouse, but to push the printing business of Benjamin H. Day.''

Day's idea was to try selling a paper for a penny - the going price for many everyday items, like soap or brushes. At that price, he felt sure he could capture a much larger audience than his 6-cent rivals. But what made the prospect risky, potentially even suicidal, was that Day would then be selling his paper at a loss. What day was contemplating was a break with the traditional strategy for making profit: selling at a price higher than the cost of production. He would instead rely on a different but historically significant business model: reselling the attention of his audience, or advertising. What Day understood-more firmly, more clearly than anyone before him-was that while his readers may have thought themselves his customers, they were in fact his product.” 

― Tim Wu, The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads]]>
tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/1103460 2016-10-29T19:34:10Z 2016-10-29T19:34:10Z I agree with Owen Williams... Apple has no idea what to do with the Mac

read his entire post --> here

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/1093750 2016-09-26T19:48:01Z 2016-09-26T19:48:02Z Evan Greenberg stepping down from the board Coca Cola to focus as chief executive officer of insurer Chubb Ltd...
Greenberg joined ACE in 2001 having left AIG ( then headed by his father) at the age of 45. By 2004 he was CEO and has overseen 15 major acquisitions. In 2010 a major purchase saw ACE become one of the US biggest crop insurers wile a 2013 purchase saw the insurer become one of the major auto insurers in Mexico. It’s not yet known whether Greenberg’s move is to help with the insurance giant’s digestion, or whether it’s still hungry.
from "Greenberg gives up Coke for Chubb"
tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/1060615 2016-06-07T02:47:48Z 2016-06-07T02:47:49Z Jet Packs? Almost here due to iPhones and drones... Check out the WSJ video! ]]> tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/1010517 2016-03-10T01:17:47Z 2016-03-10T01:22:21Z Salomon Brothers... Is really gone... Wall Street greed... just goes on. (John Gutfreund Dies)

I worked at Solly starting in 1989 building the software that monitored the trading floor systems at 7 World Trade Center.   I was there during the Bond Scandal in 1991.    It was the hardest I've worked and the most fun I've had on the job.  I highly recommend you click through and read the entire article at the Wall Street Journal.   I would say that his death closes the book on an era, but after 2008 it seems like it never truly ends.

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/1001379 2016-02-25T22:44:30Z 2016-02-25T22:44:30Z "In the face of this daily siege, Apple is dedicated to enhancing the security of its devices..."
...Since the dawn of the computer age, there have been malicious people dedicated to breaching security and stealing stored personal information. Indeed, the government itself falls victim to hackers, cyber-criminals, and foreign agents on a regular basis, most famously when foreign hackers breached Office of Personnel Management databases and gained access to personnel records, affecting over 22 million current and former federal workers and family members.  In the face of this daily siege, Apple is dedicated to enhancing the security of its devices, so that when customers use an iPhone, they can feel confident that their most private personal information—financial records and credit card information, health information, location data, calendars, personal and political beliefs, family photographs, information about their children will be safe and secure...

from Apple's motion to vacate the FBI order
tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/1001211 2016-02-25T18:19:14Z 2016-02-25T18:19:14Z If the government can tell Apple to write a custom operating system for it, what else could it do?...
It is essential to this story that the order to Apple is not a subpoena: it is issued under the All Writs Act of 1789, which says that federal courts can issue “all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law.” Read as a whole, this simply means that judges can tell people to follow the law, but they have to do so in a way that, in itself, respects the law. The Act was written at a time when a lot of the mechanics of the law still had to be worked out. But there are qualifications there: warnings about the writs having to be “appropriate” and “agreeable,” not just to the law but to the law’s “principles.” The government, in its use of the writ now, seems to be treating those caveats as background noise.  If it can tell Apple, which has been accused of no wrongdoing, to sit down and write a custom operating system for it, what else could it do?

from The New Yorker - The Dangerous All Writs Act Precedent in the Apple Encryption Case

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/995541 2016-02-17T16:59:38Z 2016-02-17T16:59:38Z You should really understand what the government is asking Apple to do.... Create a back door.
Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.

The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.
from Apple.com
tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/990672 2016-02-10T21:15:50Z 2016-02-10T21:15:50Z AWS Service Terms 👉🏻 "...is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization..."

57.10 Acceptable Use; Safety-Critical Systems. Your use of the Lumberyard Materials must comply with the AWS Acceptable Use Policy. The Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat. However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/914249 2015-10-08T01:17:50Z 2015-10-08T01:17:51Z AWS Snowball - "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway." - Tanenbaum

Amazon announced it's new high bandwidth data transfer service.  Transfer up to 50 Terabytes over night.  Simply copy the data to their Snowball appliance and Fedex it back to Amazon!

Quote: Andrew S. Tannenbaum

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/905181 2015-09-15T01:05:40Z 2015-09-15T01:05:40Z Dropbox stepping on it's shoelaces tonight...


tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/896075 2015-08-21T00:39:28Z 2015-08-21T00:39:28Z "Become a Data Scientist in 8 easy steps..." - datacamp.com

Emphasis on easy...

from: datacamp.com

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/888502 2015-07-31T02:22:09Z 2015-07-31T02:22:10Z "...trying to avoid failure by out-thinking it—dooms you to fail..."- from “Creativity, Inc.”

July 30, 2015
Chapter 6: Fear and Failure

The better, more subtle interpretation is that failure is a manifestation of learning and exploration. If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. And, for leaders especially, this strategy—trying to avoid failure by out-thinking it—dooms you to fail. As Andrew puts it, “Moving things forward allows the team you are leading to feel like, ‘Oh, I’m on a boat that is actually going towards land.’ As opposed to having a leader who says, ‘I’m still not sure. I’m going to look at the map a little bit more, and we’re just going to float here, and all of you stop rowing until I figure this out.’ And then weeks go by, and morale plummets, and failure becomes self-fulfilling. People begin to treat the captain with doubt and trepidation. Even if their doubts aren’t fully justified, you’ve become what they see you as because of your inability to move.”

All Excerpts From

Cover Art

Creativity, Inc.

Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace

Category: Management & Leadership

461 Ratings

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/888500 2015-07-31T02:11:39Z 2015-07-31T02:11:39Z ‘You better think really hard about where you put your fingers on the guitar neck before you strum, because you only get to strum once, and that’s it'- from “Creativity, Inc.”

July 30, 2015
Chapter 6: Fear and Failure

Left to their own devices, most people don’t want to fail. But Andrew Stanton isn’t most people. As I’ve mentioned, he’s known around Pixar for repeating the phrases “fail early and fail fast” and “be wrong as fast as you can.” He thinks of failure like learning to ride a bike; it isn’t conceivable that you would learn to do this without making mistakes—without toppling over a few times. “Get a bike that’s as low to the ground as you can find, put on elbow and knee pads so you’re not afraid of falling, and go,” he says. If you apply this mindset to everything new you attempt, you can begin to subvert the negative connotation associated with making mistakes. Says Andrew: “You wouldn’t say to somebody who is first learning to play the guitar, ‘You better think really hard about where you put your fingers on the guitar neck before you strum, because you only get to strum once, and that’s it. And if you get that wrong, we’re going to move on.’ That’s no way to learn, is it?”

All Excerpts From

Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace. “Creativity, Inc.” Random House, 2014-04-08. iBooks.
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tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/885241 2015-07-23T01:20:09Z 2015-07-23T01:20:10Z IEEE Programming language rankings... R jumped 3 positions. ]]> tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/885183 2015-07-22T22:25:14Z 2015-07-22T22:25:14Z "... we are going to covet Chubb’s claims capability and service, which is simply renowned..." - Evan Greenberg
ACE may have been focused a little more on international. Chubb has capabilities in product that is very old and very deep. And so frankly, we actually see the product integration as very complementary and quite comfortable. For agents and brokers, they want to know that we are going to behave in the similar way. They want to know that we are going to covet Chubb’s claims capability and service, which is simply renowned. And I can guarantee you we are going to do that. And they will be leading those efforts.
- Evan Greenberg - ACE Q2 2015 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/885181 2015-07-22T22:18:24Z 2015-07-22T22:18:24Z "...this is going to be the most high class, quality P&C company in the world..." - Evan Greenberg

When you put these two companies together, everybody keeps talking about size. The size that the two of us will be. Sure, and when you look at that investor deck, that’s also true. But the more important is to me, and I don’t think this is hyperbole; this is going to be the most high class, quality P&C company in the world. Yes, we are going to be one of the top global players in the world. We are. But the quality, we will out-class everyone, if we do this right.
- Evan Greenberg - ACE Employee Call Transcript 07.02.15]]>
tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/884429 2015-07-21T16:10:43Z 2015-07-21T16:10:43Z Klang's Conjecture
About Programming (@abt_programming)
Klangs conjecture

If you cannot solve a problem_without_ programming
You cannot solve a problem_with_ programming

- @viktorklang
tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/854470 2015-05-11T16:20:52Z 2015-05-11T22:19:40Z "'If it's your decision, it's design; if not, it's a requirement.' -- Alastair Cockburn" Computer Science (@CompSciFact)

Posted at May 11, 2015 at 11:45 AM on Twitter
"'If it's your decision, it's design; if not, it's a requirement.' -- Alastair Cockburn"
tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/725586 2014-08-10T18:50:46Z 2014-08-10T18:50:46Z "People call them unicorns..." ☛ Data Scientists that is... - wsj.com
From wsj.com's article "Big Data's High-Priests of Algorithms"

"People call them unicorns" because the combination of skills required is so rare, said Jonathan Goldman, who ran LinkedIn Corp.'s LNKD +0.66% data-science team that in 2007 developed the "People You May Know" button, which five years later drove more than half of the invitations on the professional-networking platform.

Employers say the ideal candidate must have more than traditional market-research skills: the ability to find patterns in millions of pieces of data streaming in from different sources, to infer from those patterns how customers behave and to write statistical models that pinpoint behavioral triggers.

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/724786 2014-08-08T16:48:56Z 2014-08-08T16:48:56Z Great find from the DailyDot.... Live DDoS attack map

Here is a sample GIF...

Short article at TheDailyDot

Here is the live map ===>  http://map.ipviking.com/

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/703488 2014-06-13T19:27:42Z 2014-06-13T19:27:42Z What #Programmers Say vs. What They Mean...

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/677072 2014-04-14T00:24:00Z 2014-04-14T00:24:00Z "Airplane folding machine..."

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/666645 2014-03-22T16:42:30Z 2014-11-25T01:39:37Z "Daily Routine of Geniuses..." via hbr.org
  • A workspace with minimal distractions
  • A daily walk
  • Accountability metrics
  • A clear dividing line between important work and busywork
  • A habit of stopping when they’re on a roll, not when they’re stuck
  • A supportive partner
  • Limited social lives

Read the rest at hbr.org

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/665995 2014-03-20T16:40:38Z 2014-03-22T16:42:03Z "Competence Debt: ... The gap between what is in your codebase and how much of it you understand..."
Over the years I have worked on a number of replacement projects. Looking back I realize that the real motive for many of these replacements was a severe competence debt in the old system. People would claim that the old system was impossible to maintain when the real problem was that they did not understand how it worked. Yes, technical debt made things worse since the confusing code and lack of automated tests made it frustrating to understand the system.
Unfortunately, replacing a system just because the competence debt in the old one is too high is seldom a good idea. The whole project lacks meaning for the users since the new system will not give them any visible improvements.
Ironically, the process of replacing a system often forces developers to study the old system, thereby reducing competence debt in it…
Read the entire post at leanway.no]]>
tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/604137 2013-09-25T01:42:25Z 2013-10-08T17:30:33Z "Ringing alarm bells about commodity prices..." -Jeremy Grantham

Q: You've been ringing alarm bells about commodity prices. Why all the worry?

A: They came down for a hundred years by an average of 70 percent, and then starting around 2002, they shot up and basically everything tripled—and I mean, everything. I think tobacco was the only one that went down. They've given back a hundred years of price decline and they gave it back between '02 and '08, in six years. The game has changed. I suspect the game changed because of the ridiculous growth rates in China—such a large country, with 1.3 billion people using 45 percent of the coal used in the world, 50 percent of all the cement and 40 percent of all the copper. I mean these are numbers that you can't keep on rolling along without expecting something to go tilt.

via wsj.com

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/601503 2013-09-14T15:45:37Z 2013-10-08T17:29:59Z "Don't get involved in partial problems..."
Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/600057 2013-09-09T00:51:38Z 2013-10-08T17:29:35Z It's the hardware silly...
The reason so many programmers have switched to Macs over the past decade isn’t just OS X and nice third-party Mac software; Apple remains the laptop manufacturer to beat in an era where desktop computers have all but vanished in most development shops.
via al3x.net]]>
tag:cryptochaos.com,2013:Post/599817 2013-09-07T20:40:21Z 2013-10-08T17:29:33Z "What's a nintendo?..."

Mitch Lasky, general partner at Benchmark Capital and a longtime video game industry follower, said, “To quote my six year old daughter, barely looking up from her iPad: ‘What’s a Nintendo?’”

via venturebeat.com]]>