Monthly Archive: December 2017

We’ve won on so many fronts, but we’ve also …

We’ve won on so many fronts, but we’ve also lost our way. It would have been unthinkable and scandalous even a decade ago for a presenter at a Linux conference to use Powerpoint on Windows, but you only have to count the Macbooks at a modern Linux conferences (even among the presenters!) to see how many in the community have lost the very passion for and principles around Open Source software that drove Linux’s success. A vendor who dared to ship their Linux applications as binaries without source code used to get the wrath of the community but these days...

The implication is that the [US] government can use …

The implication is that the [US] government can use its legal authority to secretly ask a company for technical assistance, such as building an encryption backdoor into a product, but can petition the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to compel a US-based company if it refuses.In its answers, the government said it has “not to date” needed to ask the FISC to issue an order to compel a company to backdoor or weaken its encryption. The government would not say, however, if it’s ever asked a company to add an encryption backdoor. A spokesperson for the Director of National Intelligence...

I divide my officers into four groups. There are …

I divide my officers into four groups. There are clever, diligent, stupid, and lazy officers. Usually two characteristics are combined. Some are clever and diligent — their place is the General Staff. The next lot are stupid and lazy — they make up 90 percent of every army and are suited to routine duties. Anyone who is both clever and lazy is qualified for the highest leadership duties, because he possesses the intellectual clarity and the composure necessary for difficult decisions. One must beware of anyone who is stupid and diligent — he must not be entrusted with any responsibility because he will always cause only...