Early this year I attended a telecom trade show and listened to “an industry expert” present a plea for wider broadband deployment. Boy, what a disappointment. The speech was littered with jargon and errors. The words bit and byte were used interchangeably (an error by a factor of ten) when describing data transmission speeds. Vendors’ raw bandwidth claims were misinterpreted as net (an error by a factor of two to ten). Vendors’ dishonest 4G claims were accepted at face value (the UMTS and HSDPA wireless protocols are not 4G — an error by a factor of at least ten), etc.. I left before “the Expert” ended this comedy of errors, or the dreaded word “methodology” was repeated more than a dozen times.

expert-definitionSo much for “industry experts”. How about experts at the retail level?

It gets worse. At least the audience within the industry should be clued-in enough to smell a phony. Pity the poor shlub in a retail store.

Last week I removed three botnet droppers and one nasty rootkit from a client’s sick Windows 7 PC. It was “protected” (if you can call it that) by McAfee Total Internet Protection. When I bluntly told him that McAfee antivirus programs are junque, he protested, “But I paid $100 for it!”. Why had he bought it? “The store salesman said that it’s the best antivirus program on the market.”

It’s no surprise that a salesman is not an expert. Some “industry experts” are just as clueless.

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© Russ Bellew · Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA · phone 954 873-4695


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