The one good thing about cyberattacks

Originally posted on Fortune Tech: Technology blogs, news and analysis from Fortune Magazine:

…is that they cause more investment in cybersecurity.

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FORTUNE – The normally humdrum world of IT security is heating up, and not just because of comedian Stephen Colbert’s controversial closing keynote at last week’s RSA Conference.

Why? As the number of large-scale cyberattacks grows, so does the number of innovative startups developing new solutions to thwart those attacks. Venture capitalists are taking notice: In 2013, they made a total 123 investments in security-focused companies, up 108% from the year before, according to research from AGC Partners.

Then there are the recent exits, like FireEye’s (FEYE) $1 billion acquisition of computer forensics firm Mandiant and VMware’s (VMW) bid to buy mobile security player AirWatch for $1.5 billion. The IPO market is also healthy, with newly-public security companies like Palo Alto Networks (PAN), Proofpoint (PFPT) and Barracuda Networks (CUDA) all showing steady…

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Plans for Smudge Comics Arts Expo 2014

Originally posted on G. E. Gallas:

Related Posts: Plans for SPX 2013 and Plans for APE 2013 .

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Illustration from Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias.

For those in the Washington, D.C. Area/Maryland/Virginia, please come visit me at this year’s Smudge Expo in Arlington, Virginia!

What? Smudge Expo: A Comics Arts Expo

When? Saturday, March 8th from noon to 6 p.m.

Where? Artishpere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22209

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Review: Do Hard Things

Originally posted on Musings From Neville's Navel:

do-hard-thingsMost people don’t expect you to understand what we’re going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don’t expect you to care. And even if you care, they don’t expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don’t expect it to last. We do.

A generation stands on the brink of a “rebelution.”

Do Hard Things is the Harris twins’ revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.

Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life. Then they map out five powerful ways teens can respond for personal and social change.

One of my…

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My sh%# don’t stink…literally!

Originally posted on Somebody Slipped Me A Mickey™:

One of the weird side-effects of taking massive doses of antibiotics is…your shit don’t stink – literally. I guess I never noticed the times I’ve been on them before – or perhaps I’ve never had so much at one time. Which is basically a testament to how – even now, when they say antibiotics are not as effective – they can kill off just about “anything,” living in your gut.

I know this might be “TMI,” but I gotta say – I’m loving this part. I can go into any restroom and never have to worry that the next entrant will pass out. It’s one of the happy side effects of my innards exploding.

I’m happy to say, I finally get to meet with the surgeon on Friday to schedule my appendix and cyst removal surgery. Can’t wait to have this all done. To roto-rooter my second chakra & perhaps…

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Capitalism, What a Concept!

Originally posted on Pilant's Business Ethics Blog:

Reading a newspaper i464Capitalism, What a Concept!

If you read the story below you will discover that large corporations are receiving enormous sums of money from state and local governments. Apparently, free market neo-liberalism is good for the common folk like us but we must not speak the dire word, competition, when it comes to large corporations. After all, why should a multi-national organization with billions of dollars in resources do the hard thing like compete in a free market when they can milk state and local governments?

So, it is neo-liberalism for us and corporate welfare for them. Can you say, “Hypocrisy?”

What does neo-liberalism for us mean? It means depressed wages, direct competition with workers in undeveloped nations, continued decline in what we can expect in terms of education and any other government benefit, and that we will be forced into ever more dire circumstances of economic insecurity.

What does neo-liberalism mean for multi-national…

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