Saturday, December 11, 2010
[Computer expert Ralph] Langer argues that no single Western intelligence agency had the skills to pull this off alone. The most likely answer, he says, is that a consortium of intelligence agencies worked together to build the cyber bomb. And he says the most likely confederates are the United States, because it has the technical skills to make the virus, Germany, because reverse-engineering Siemen's product would have taken years without it, and Russia, because of its familiarity with both the Iranian nuclear plant and Siemen's systems.I agree with Elan Journo of the Ayn Rand Institute, who ends his blog post as follows: "Is sabotaging Iran’s nuclear program enough to safeguard us? It buys us time — and that's a good thing -- but we must remember that the threat from Iran is broader than just its nuclear ambitions."
"For years, I have recommended that people keep a journal. ... It's one of the hardest things to motivate somebody to do, and yet once done, one of the most effective." -- Michael Hurd, in "Write It Down" at DrHurd
"[W]hen we feel it, in our bodies or in our investment portfolios, we have two choices: acknowledge the pain and make a change, or ignore it and hope it goes away. I'm not one for wishful thinking." -- Jonathan Hoenig, in "When a Trade Hurts, Don't Ignore the Pain" at SmartMoney
My Two Cents
Regarding Michael Hurd's advice above, I'd further recommend -- based on how social media sometimes seem diabolically designed to make people less introspective -- making such a journal entirely private. I say this even though most people do not fit into the stereotypes lampooned in the above links.
For one thing, we all are affected to varying degrees by the corrupt culture that surrounds us. For another, I think social media can make it particularly easy to fall prey to some of the thinking traps I mentioned yesterday, particularly the one I used as an example. Of course, this only appears to be a technological problem: It's ultimately a philosophical one.
Creativity makes the prosaic entertaining and profitable. Who would have imagined crosswalks could be such fun?
12-18-10: Corrected a hyperlink.