Feeds

Will he bomb? Kissinger keynotes CA World

So you are paying too much for middleware...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Indicted (albeit only by Christopher Hitchens) war criminal Henry Kissinger is to keynote Computer Associates CA CA World 2003 in Las Vegas in July, speaking on the subject of "Lessons for a rapidly changing world."

Old Henry certainly knows a thing or two about changing the world rapidly, having facilitated the invasions of Cyprus and East Timor, overthrown the Chilean government and paved Cambodia. Given the enduring nature of these achievements he should be able to tell the audience a lot about the continuing reverberations of sudden, drastic change.

If he can remember, that is; we seem to recall at least one effort to extract him from his lair for testimony was stymied by his claimed inability to contribute any recollection of value to the investigation. And in any event, as we understand it you're safe from extradition in Vegas so long as you don't run out of money, which is probably not a danger Henry faces.

What pithy thought can he contribute to the IT wars, however? Will IBM's high command be woken one day by the sound of bombs? Or will HP tanks mount a surprise invasion of Compaq's HQ? (This happened already - Ed) Not that there's much about the world these days that isn't a worry, but it's a worry.

Our own favourite Kissinger cautionary tale concerns his time rearranging the world for Richard Nixon, and it is the madman theory of diplomacy. Kissinger claimed to pitch himself as sane, rational and reasonable, but the boss... Oh, there's really no telling what the boss might do if riled. This is actually a pretty neat way for someone who claims himself to be civilised to rattle the world's biggest pile of sabres without doing something as overtly distasteful as rattle them directly himself, and Nixon was indeed a most excellent madman character.

If you're paying attention no doubt you'll have noticed this approach apparently operating in this rapidly changing world today. The differences, as we see it, are that there seem to be rather more potential madmen than in the good old days, and that it's often rather difficult to identify which is the mad one, and which the sane. ®

Related links:

A few bookmarks on Henry's glittering career

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher
Run whois google.com or whois microsoft.com. We dare you, you PIG◙◙◙◙ER
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.