Rob Enderle

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#StandWithLeslie and Obliterate Internet Trolls

I think there’s a legitimate argument for removing one category of folks from the gene pool, because they spend the little time they are given on Earth making other folks’ lives miserable. Back when I was playing MMOs, some twisted folks — known as “griefers,” would lie in wait to mug lower level characters and find creative ways to destroy the fun in a game, often eventually killing it.

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From the Olympic Non-Robbery to Ford Getting Out of Cars, to Evil NSA: A Strange Week

There were three stories that caught my eye last week that I think deserve some additional discussion. One is the alleged robbery of U.S. Olympians followed by questions of whether it really happened because their phones weren’t stolen. There may be a legitimate reason for that, and it’s one that suggests a lot of folks will be getting huge cellphone bills next month.

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The Big Tech Election Stories No One Else Is Covering

Most analysts earn their daily bread by focusing on a particular subject area and following that direction. However, I rebelled against that established pattern. I tend to look between the lines more than many of my peers do. That means when major news media outlets focus on a story, I’m more likely to see what they missed. What interests me isn’t what’s been covered but what hasn’t been covered.

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Is the Internet Turning Donald Trump – and You – Into an Idiot?

President Obama was viewed as the first techie presidential candidate when he launched his campaign, and he has been connected at the hip with Google for a large part of both terms. However, the brilliance his teams displayed with using analytics never seemed to carry over into running the country, which was disappointing. Most of the U.S. government still has systems that are decades out of date.

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Fixing Apple’s Problem

Apple last week reported earnings, and with the exception of a strong showing from the iPad Pro, the key financial metrics were all down — and for the third quarter running. So what’s wrong with Apple? The company had been growing alarmingly well until last year, but growth suddenly has become elusive. It isn’t going out of business, but it also isn’t the performance king anymore.

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Windows RIP: Thankfully It Died With Windows 8

As we approach the end of the free Windows 10 upgrades and get used to the anniversary edition, it suddenly hit me the Windows we knew died with Windows 8 — what we got with Windows 10 really isn’t what we’ve come to know as Windows. Hell, looking at Microsoft’s latest financials, Microsoft really isn’t Microsoft any more, either. Both are very different from what they were just last decade.

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Parsing the Clinton Email Scandal

I’ve been watching the Clinton email scandal closely, because I not only have been in and out of law enforcement and security for much of my early life, but also was an internal auditor for IBM and one of the leading email experts in the 1990s. I think this is the only time I’ve seen an investigator channel a prosecutor and give someone a pass without addressing why crimes were committed.

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Gun Control and Learning to Make Data-Driven Decisions

We live in an unprecedented age of information and computing power — yet whether publicly or privately, we still make decisions largely on how we feel rather than based on hard information. With this massive influx of data and computing power, when it comes to issues like global warming or gun control, we are more likely to decide based on how we feel rather than figuring out the facts.

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AI for President

Andy Rubin, Android’s daddy, last week made some interesting comments about quantum computing and artificial intelligence. The part I agree with is it won’t be long until most things we have are connected to an intelligent machine. However, when referring to something that will be far smarter than we are, the use of the term “artificial” would not just be inaccurate — it would be rude.

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