End of the year /world post

I was writing my end of 2012 post, but someone told me the world is also ending today. So here goes-

1) More than 175,000 views in 2012 meant Decisionstats.com chugged along nicely this year as well. That makes it 5 years of being a snarky,eccentric,niche analytics blog.  Happy Birthday to you and me.

2) Thanks to people who have sponsored the server costs in the past and currently – AsterData (2009-10), Predictive Analytics Conferences (currently) and Rapid Miner (currently). Please let me know if you want to sponsor your company in a banner ad. It helps with the server and coffee /tea costs a lot, and it keeps the nose slightly up of water. I changed servers from rackspace back to wordpress.com, and discontinued the newsletter services from the service provider because of tech issues.

3) I also managed to get the R for Business Analytics book out. After two years of telling people I am writing a book (like my family, friends, assorted pretty strangers in cafe, my ex-wife’s lawyers)- I managed to write it.

So You cant sponsor an ad . Buy the book. Support Decisionstats.com

4) Enough self noise. Lets talk analytics.

1) R did well. RStudio became the most happening R startup, hiring Hadley Wickham (Santa R Package) , and further consolidating their grip on the R Developer market (estimated 30 % of 2 million devs use it) and in a fitting launch , gave us Shiny to make R a true web apps platform. SAP Hana and Oracle R entered the R services too. Oh and Revolution Analytics changed the CEO (again) – but David Smith blogs on and on. it is easier to stay President of USA than remain CEO of Revolution Analytics

(He will kill my neck if he catches me with my wisecracks)

2) SAS did well. It stuck to its guns on concentrating on thought leadership in analytics, services and solutions aimed at customers. You cant stay in business in a technology area for 4 decades without developing some iron nerves and patience. Lots of bloggers tell them what to do. They dont just write blogs, they ship code.

3) IBM did well, and became bigger. The Big Data everyone mentions  is actually referring to number of zeroes that IBM spends on acquisitions. Seriously, dude. No – they continued to change their approach by making a complete eco system on this space.

4) Google did hmm okay. Kinda disappointing. Nothing blew up. No one sued them. Fined them. Same old boring Google, same great search engine. Some things didnt change (and shouldnt)

5) Facebook went for an IPO. People got screwed. No wonder some old people get scared of IPOs.

6) Social Media grew bigger. and bigger. Caused some arrests in India. But they remain a good source of Big Text Data that waits for someone to kick marketing ass with. The USA had its four year elections which is a big driver in social media noise for the rest of the Internet /Planet. Nothing changed actually. Same old hope and change stayed the top guy.

7) Anonymous hacked websites. Julian Assange dodged the police. Bradley Manning stayed in Jail. Cyber hactivism grew stronger.  No springs in Arabia. No spring in Africa. The digital divide exists, and human beings still starve as you read this on your tablet computer.

8) I discovered Louis Armstrong and Jazz. This probably doesnt count as a top ten update. But hurrah for writing my own blog.( and yes I wished I discovered Go Down Moses before)

Did you write your own blog in 2012. No? Hmm . There is your New Year Resolution for 2013.

9 )   M121221-154520-0ainstream  media hurts so much is the reason people read poetry and technology blogs

10) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We all need a break. Enjoy yours safely.

Why Cyber War?

The Necessity of Cyber War as a better alternative to traditional warfare


By the time our generation is done with this living on this planet, we should have found a way to flip warfare into just another computer game.


  1. Cyber War does not kill people but does diminish both production as well offensive capabilities of enemy.
  2. It destroys lesser resources of the enemy irreversibly, thus leading to increased capacity to claim damages or taxes from the loser of the conflict
  3. It does not motivate general population for war hysteria thus minimizing inflationary pressures
  4. Cyber War does not divert too many goods and services (like commodities, metals, fuels) from your economy unlike traditional warfare
  5. Capacity to wage cyber war needs human resources  and can reduce asymmetry between nations in terms of resources available naturally or historically (like money , access to fuel and logistics, geography , educated population,colonial history  )
  6. It is more effective in both offensive and defensive capabilities and at a much much cheaper cost to defense budgets
  7. Most developed countries have already invested heavily in it, and it can render traditional weaponry ineffective and expensive. If you ignore investing in cyber war capabilities your defense forces would be compromised and national infrastructure can be held to ransom


Self-defence….is the only honourable course where there is unreadiness for self-immolation.– Gandhi.