Worth Reading: Bill would surveil Americans for life

2 June 2017

The bill requires sharing of private student data among various federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, and the Bureau of the Census (this is a non-exclusive list). So an individual’s personally…

Worth Reading: We are all groot

2 June 2017

If you venture forth on becoming a programmer after reaching any kind of reasonable adulthood — i.e., gotten through college, survived the military, worked a “real” job or two — you’re used to feeling reasonably successful. Which is one of the perks of being a so-called grownup. Starting new at the very bottom of a…

Worth Reading: Nosy neighbors and cloud privacy

1 June 2017

You get your run-of-the-mill noisy neighbours – the ones who occasionally have friends round and play music a little too loud until a little too late. And then in the UK at least you get what we used to call “Asbos,” named after the Anti-Social Behaviour Orders that were introduced to try and curb deliberate…

Worth Reading: Transform your career with public speaking

1 June 2017

Don’t sit around waiting to be picked. Pick yourself. That simple, low risk step, started a journey. That little step toward fear is how I ended up here, writing this post at a bar on an international flight. Who saw that coming?! Of course, I’m glossing over a many steps in between. After speaking at…

Worth Reading: These words should be banned

31 May 2017

Client: “Our Big Data Rock Star ideated a cloud-based, scalable, native programmatic tool set that produced excellent learnings.” [Consultant]: “Well, it sounds like he took it to the next level … efforting 110% to craft a best practices, robust solution you can leverage, and it’s clearly out of the box thinking … but maybe you…

Worth Reading: Ten habits you should never take to real life

31 May 2017

Too many adults have taken a Facebook page from a preteen. The problem is not that young people will never leave their metaphoric snowflake bank or literalist university campus, it is that people never quite leave the virtual world of their social networks. So here’s a list to help keep these tendencies out of our…

Worth Reading: The future of ransomware

30 May 2017

Ransomware isn’t new, but it’s increasingly popular and profitable. The concept is simple: Your computer gets infected with a virus that encrypts your files until you pay a ransom. It’s extortion taken to its networked extreme. The criminals provide step-by-step instructions on how to pay, sometimes even offering a help line for victims unsure how…

Worth Reading: Hi gamut monitors

30 May 2017

For the last 20 years, the display industry has settled on a limited, standard range of colors, called the sRGB gamut. If the lopsided, chopped-off-rainbow-disc below (technical name: the “1931 CIE Chromaticity Diagram”) represents all of the colors that human eyes can see, the sRGB gamut is circumscribed by the little triangle in the middle.…

Worth Reading: ISO 27018 for the cloud

29 May 2017

Cloud computing technologies have revolutionized the way organizations manage and store their information. Where companies used to house and maintain their own data, a host of organizations have now made the switch to a cloud-based model due to the ease of use and cost-saving benefits promised by the cloud. But what is a cloud without…

Worth Watching: The Impact of Encryption

29 May 2017

In episode 4 the panel discusses the ever increasing pervasiveness of encrypted traffic on our networks and how that encrypted traffic impacts the services that we run today. —The Network Collective