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Misdirected Talent

If we put 50% of the money and PR talent into Covid vaccination-motivation as we currently spend on dog food or new car ads, we wouldn't be returning to the mask.




Cloud Tendrils

A recent post on Ars Technica discusses changes made by Google to links they maintain to your files stored in the Google cloud. This is the first time I've seen anything in print acknowledging that third parties can and do routinely access your cloud-based storage!

Data is often stored in the so-called cloud, supposedly safe, secure storage, by individual users and businesses with insufficient capacity on their systems to store their IP (intellectual property) locally. Many technically unaware newbies also utilize cloud storage routinely because the option to store data locally is not always an intuitive choice. Microsoft, among many others, practically mandates utilizing cloud storage as part of their Office 365 Suite. Clicking "save" will routinely send documents to Microsoft's cloud. Of course, no one would ever code that to make "mining" of your IP easier, would they?

Let's play a game. How many times will you have to say "no" to the Edge browser  when trying to set Firefox as a new computer's default browser?

I have long advised clients not to use any cloud-based storage schemes because of tier inherently insecure nature. I am appalled that most banking institutions now utilize cloud-based storage for some of their data and increasingly, along with most other businesses, are now using cloud-based applications, presumably because it lowers their overall infrastructure costs.

If you need to protect serious intellectual property such as confidential contact lists, secure financial information or other sensitive data, the best policy is to maintain a "closed circuit" Ethernet-based computing network on your own premises which is not connected to the Internet and which has no "{wireless tendrils" which can be latched on to. Even these basic precautions can be breached if someone is serious enough about getting into your cookie stash. About the best that can be done with modern technology is to make it difficult enough for hackers to break into your infrastructure that they will find an easier mark.




331 Million People Now In US

 Does that include illegals now picking fruit and vegetables, washing dishes, mopping floors and cleaning toilets? Probably and if you question a career politician caught with their fingers in the cookie jar , most will probably also insist the dead have an absolute right to vote as well.

We provide little but crowded tents for migrant kids thrown over the border fence but if higher census figures open up more places for politicians to root at the public trough, they'll count every single one!



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