Archive for November 12th, 2008

Military Ethics in Times of Change

Since everyone loves discussion of all things presidential-transition, and everybody loves training materials, I dug around a bit and managed to find not one, but two beautiful, beautiful mind-melds of the two:

For the laymen, or merely idle curious, there’s a PowerPoint presentation Ethics in a Presidential Transition Year, courtesy of the Department of Defense.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on November 12th, 2008 | Comments Off on Military Ethics in Times of Change

Spam-o-Nomics

Much of the web is a-titter over a recent study on the economics of spam. Thing is, there are a few issues with the study, and its resulting numbers, that most people are missing.

The first is that the dollar figures involved are fairly meaningless, for three reasons: one, it’s unclear what percentage of spam is made up of pharmacological sales offers, so odds are those figures are either being over- or under-estimated. Second, because the transactions weren’t actually processed, there’s no way to tell how many – and I’m betting at least a few – were fraudulent. Third, nobody knows what margins pharma-spam sales works on; 10%? 50%? Without that, it’s hard to figure out the actual profit to spammers from their activities.
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Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General | on November 12th, 2008 | Comments Off on Spam-o-Nomics