It is this silent threat, made all the more intimidating by a muzzle of secrecy in which those involved are forbidden even to speak about computer network attacks, that Alex Cibney not just exposes but almost miraculously manages to explain in "Zero Days," a white-knuckle nonfiction thriller whose geek-speak
title effectively announces that this new threat is already here, and the world is now playing catch-up to contain it.
Such is geek-speak
, but I hope the phrase doesn't spread to other professions.
While a character in the late-'60s classic movie "The Graduate" conveyed his vital message to the film's protagonist in a single memorable word, "Plastics," Segal used geek-speak
to convey what he thinks will be most disruptive in today's advisory world:
"Moving swiftly on," he wittered in that irritating manner he adopts when attempting to rein the conversation back to geek-speak
"Remember, in this setting, there is no geek-speak
The new hires have to understand dense topics such as machine learning and Bayesian networks, geek-speak
for a complicated graphical model that encodes probability relationships among variables.
Jen Modarelli, a senior executive at the digital marketing agency White Horse, wrote in a (http://www.whitehorse.com/blog/learning-from-nordstroms-customer-tracking-misstep/) blog post that customers were also likely turned off by the letter's "geek-speak
," and that the note was note transparent enough to allow most customers to "make an informed decision about the implications of Euclid."
Like many foreigners in China, I signed up for a virtual private network, or VPN, geek-speak
for a link to an overseas server, which allows you to leapfrog the Chinese Internet and plug straight into the real thing, as if you were sitting in New York or London.
AND TRANSLATED FROM GEEK-SPEAK
WHAT ARE YOU SAVING ...?
Google blog post: "We've been working on an intelligent model, in geek-speak
* defenestrate: The original usage, dating from the 17th century, meant "to execute by throwing someone out a window." In today's geek-speak
, it means throw Microsoft's Windows out the window.
Far from geek-speak
, Kitces' blog is easy to read, at times humorous and always educational.