Weekends Reads 020218: GDPR, taxes, and security

The regulatory environment for brands and retailers that do business online is getting stricter thanks to regulatory changes in Europe with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as existing regulations in th ompanies that adapt quickly can turn these changes into a competitive advantage. —Christopher Rence @CircleID

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in May 2018, and with it, a new set of tough penalties for companies that fail to adequately protect the personal data of European users. Amongst those affected are domain name registries and registrars, who are required by ICANN, the global domain name authority, to list the personal information of domain name registrants in publicly-accessible WHOIS directories. ICANN and European registrars have clashed over this long-standing contractual requirement, which does not comply [PDF] with European data protection law. —Jeremy Malcom @EFF

Security is always changing and failure always exists. This toxic scenario requires a fresh perspective on how we think about operational security. We must understand that we are often the primary cause of our own security flaws. The industry typically looks at cybersecurity and failure in isolation or as separate matters. We believe that our lack of insight and operational intelligence into our own security control failures is one of the most common causes of security incidents and, subsequently, data breaches. — Aaron Rinehart @opensource.com

The most important fact about Wannacry is that it was an accident. We’ve had 30 years of experience with Internet worms teaching us that worms are always accidents. While launching worms may be intentional, their effects cannot be predicted. While they appear to have targets, like Slammer against South Korea, or Witty against the Pentagon, further analysis shows this was just a random effect that was impossible to predict ahead of time. Only in hindsight are these effects explainable. —Errata Security

Companies that manage to pay lower taxes — or no taxes at all — by exporting profits to friendlier locales claim that such moves are legal. While, indeed, no CEO has ever been jailed for it, many see the dodge as a hateful, immoral state of affairs. There should be a way… —Jean-Louis Gassée @MondayNote

In our conversations with those currently using GPUs for large-scale training (often with separate CPU only inference clusters), we have found generally that there is great interest in all new architectures for deep learning workloads. But what would really seal the deal is something that could both training and inference at a lower price point than high-end graphics cards. It is for these reasons that early interest was piqued around Graphcore—and could very well explain why big name investors have approached the company (instead of the other way around). —Nicole Hemsoth @The Next Platform

This is a data-driven guide to writing a resume that actually gets you hired. I’ve spent the past four years analyzing which resume advice works regardless of experience, role, or industry. The tactics laid out below are the result of what I’ve learned. They helped me land offers at Google, Microsoft, and Twitter and have helped my students systematically land jobs at Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and more. —Austin Belcak @Free Code Camp

The telecoms community knows that service providers are in a tough position these days. Pressure from increased competition and OTTs, ever-growing demand from customers and a strong trend towards consolidation have all cast a shadow of unease over the market. This has caused a trickle down to affect vendors across the industry. Many telecom equipment vendors and SPs have posted revenue declines in 2017 – all while demand keeps rising and needs continue evolving. —Sigal Biran-Nagar @ECI