Jump on a mailing list, read a blog comment roll, or Twitter and you're bound to find people just flat out being nasty ... I just can't take it anymore. Looking at the ugliness that's visible from space, here's just some of the things that I've observed and learned (in no particular order) ...
- If you're new, and you dare state that in a post/comment you will be flamed by the "super-senior-jackass-know-it-all" ... guaranteed. Never admit you're "new to security"...
- Pursuant to above... Apparently newcomers are not welcome in security anymore
- There are cliques, just like on the playground in grade school, made up of people whom are too stupid to think for themselves and feel like they need to attack others who aren't like them ... I think we call those gangs in real-life.
- There are experts who teach and "experts" who would rather horde the information and call you stupid ... know to see that distinction
- Most mailing lists are at very least civil, Full-Disclosure is not one of them
- There are certain people who just need to change their name because they've managed to piss off everyone in the industry, ahem
- A few particularly big smart-asses like to hijack your blog post by starting a war in the comments section. Those are called comment-trolls and should be moderated out.
- There are actually people for whom the Mac vs. PC vs. Linux war never died ... they're like religious fanatics only worse because you can't just slam the door in their face
- No one with a legitimate column in a "real publication" has any idea what they're talking about because they're too busy trying to be politically correct or pandering to the company paying them to blog/write ... so sad
- It's safe to assume that most industry analysts working for large companies of that nature are bought and paid for to speak a certain opinion ... let's just let it go
Let me say also that if you've got an idea and someone wants to tell you that your approach is wrong, listen to them. Maybe they're right, maybe not - but in the end if you have two opposing viewpoints you can only become more intelligent by understanding both of them!
Anyway ... I just couldn't let it go anymore so ... let 'em fly.
Quick clarification: For the one on people with a legitimate column in a "real publication" ... think about all those "columnists" who wrote about how the SideKick issue was a great example of "cloud failure". Forget that it has as much do with "Cloud" as Darwin did to the Enlightenment - it was a matter of journalists writing blindly to try and attract people who then read their crap and highly broken group-think emerges. If you're a journalist you have a responsibility to triple-check your facts, make damn-sure you know what you're talking about and for Heaven's sake ... when in doubt ask Hoff (on Cloud stuff) ... Anyway - that's what I was pointing out specifically.