One of the few individuals I have real respect for
He still sends out his monthly email newsletter, and it's still valuable reading for any technical professional.
Infosec veteran Bruce Schneier has said he'll step down as a "special advisor" to IBM's security business to, in part, focus his time on teaching the next generation of security pros. Schneier said he also wanted to focus on work with nonprofit projects including Tor and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), where he is a …
Takes time for the little people too. I sent in a link of some minor relevance on a topic he was blogging about and got an unexpected but very nice personal reply from the the man himself.
I've read a few of his book and have kept up with the blog for a very long time. He's someone who talk with authority on a difficult subject without the bullshit and obsfucation of so many others.
Not something the manager that decides on his RA thinks about.
RA is all about budget, and a decision taken by people that does not need to be replaced by a sophisticated AI system. A single Excel spreadsheet is enough to replace most of those decision makers.
"A single Excel spreadsheet is enough to replace most of those decision makers."
The difficulty is in creating a spreadsheet that makes decisions largely on targets to achieve personal bonuses while ignoring any (IBM or customer) business consequences.
As soon as anyone created such a spreadsheet and the creator realises how little compassion, empathy, customer satisfaction and business focus is involved, they lose all motivation to remain at IBM...
I believe they tried something similar with an earlier version of Watson and it had to be shutdown after spewing reams of ideas on how to remove senior IBM management as quickly as possible while avoiding any excessive involvement of law enforcement...
Typical acquisition: keep the former execs on in a consultancy role for a time while you integrate the staff, then they cash out and move on.
Between BT buying up Counterpane and now IBM with Resililent, I doubt he has to worry about the next grocery tab. Good luck in your next gig, Bruce.
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