Frans Osinga’s book on Boyd, “Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd” has been issued in paperback. Previously, it was $90 for a copy. The new paperback edition is $35.95, and is easily worthwhile at that price. Science, Strategy and War is an academic analysis of the John Boyd’s thinking and its…Read More Book on Boyd
Portuguese seafarer Christopher de Mendonca led a fleet of four ships into Botany Bay in 1522. No one noticed before because the map was oriented wrong when it was copied. This is a nice article from news.com.au.Read More Portuguese Got to Australia in 1522
I’ve been meaning to blog about “The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global ” by Fawaz Georges for quite some time. The book is a fascinating look at the internal debates of the various Jihadist sub-groups, and takes its title from an argument over targeting the “near enemy,” or local government, or the “far enemy,”…Read More "The Far Enemy"
When Larry Ellison said “We have the security problem solved,” a lot of jaws dropped. A lot of people disagree strongly with that claim. (Ed Moyle has some good articles: “Oracle’s Hubris: Punishment is Coming,” “Oracle to World: ‘Security Mission Accomplished…’“) That level of dripping sarcasm is fairly widespread amongst the security experts I talk…Read More Security & Orientation
In a jargon-rich yet readable essay, (“Cryptographic Commitments“) David Molnar discusses the assumptions that he brings to his work as a cryptographer. Its fascinating to me to see someone lay out the assumptions portion of their orientation like this, and I think readers can ignore the specifics and get a lot out of the essay.…Read More I am not a Probabalistic Polynomial Time Turing Machine; I am a Free Man!
John Robb has a fascinating post on how networked organizations learn and improve their orientation as they engage with their worlds. In “Emergent Intelligence,” Robb focuses on the Iraqi insurgency, but draws important and general lessons. He says there are five factors needed for emergent intelligence: A critical mass of participation. I’d suggest that a…Read More Emergent Intelligence
In “Six Messages From the New Bin Laden Tape,” Walid Phares transcribes, translates, and comments on the new Bin Laden tape.Read More Translation and Analysis of Bin Laden Tape
The study, which followed more than 1,300 adults over 2 years, found that those who consistently used a mobile phone or pager throughout the study period were more likely to report negative “spillover” between work and home life — and, in turn, less satisfaction with their family life. From “Cell phones tied to family tension,”…Read More Mobile Phones, Modernity, and Stress
This is a followup to Gunnar Peterson’s comments on “Epstein, Snow and Flake: Three Views of Software Security.” His comments are in an update to the original post, “The Road to Assurance:” None of these views, by themselves are adequate. The combination of horizontal and vertical views is what yields the most accurate picture. Obviously,…Read More More on Snow's Assurance Paper
Among those who understand that software is, almost without exception, full of security holes, there are at least three major orientations. I’ve recently seen three articles, all of which I wanted to talk about, but before I do I should explain how I’m using the word orientation, and the connotations it carries. As used by…Read More Epstein, Snow and Flake: Three Views of Software Security