Tuesday, May 06, 2014

What I am reading 5/6/2014

The Verge - The concept cars that helped shape the future - cool pictoral.  I remember a lot of these from magazines when I was a kid.  My favorite was the Wayne Cherry Runabout.  To bad it was never built.

Sploid - Giant New Zealand Carnivorous Snails Are Anything But Slow - UUUggggh.  Nuke it from orbit.  It's the only way to be sure.

The Register - Danger Will Robinson! Beware the hidden perils of BYOD -

Some bright spark has decided it is a good idea to let users bring their own computers in to work and read their corporate emails on their own iPhones. Many employers (mine included) even offer financial incentives for staff to use their own devices to reduce the capital and support costs of owning vast collections of PC software.
The problem, then, is data leakage – regardless of whether staff members are part of some formal BYOD scheme or just using their personal device to make that last-minute tweak to a document. When data finds its way onto someone's portable device you can assume it will be accessible for ever more unless there is some way you can control what that person can do with it.

I feel the same way about BYOD as I do about the cloud.  It is just a problem waiting to happen.  Once you entrust your data to someone else you know longer own that data.  IN the case of the cloud that can be mitigated by making sure there are backups and multiple copies of important data (Because mark my words it will crash).  BYOD is far more problematic and it is just cheap businesses trading short term convenience for long term problems driving it - in my opinion any way.

The Nation - Is Bitcoin the Future of Money? -

(I)s it money? The classic economist’s definition holds that money is a store of value, a unit of account and a medium of exchange. You go to the store and find that a can of tomatoes is priced at $3—a unit of account, which the store will book as revenue once it’s sold. You take $3 out of your pocket or via your debit card—you draw down the store of value (cash on hand or in the bank) and use it as a medium of exchange. The value of the US dollar is that everyone in the United States, and beyond, recognizes the currency as fulfilling these tests of money. The dollar is valorized by the goods and services that it can buy.
Bitcoin has serious problems in all three respects.
Washington Post - How the White House helped Republicans on Benghazi -

(T)he White House unwittingly gave the matter new life by disobeying the first rule of crisis management: Get all information out there, quickly. A State Department email, made public last week in response to a conservative group’s Freedom of Information Act request, made it look as if the White House had something to hide. The email, which hadn’t been provided to congressional investigators, was from deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes from Sept. 14, 2012, and titled “PREP CALL with Susan.” Rhodes wanted her “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”

To me the problem isn't that there was a foreign policy failure.  It's the Obama administration after all.  If the policy had been a success I would be looking for the rapture to occur momentarily. And it's not the fact that the administration tried to spin the policy failure as much as possible.  That's what politicians do.  It's thae fact that a man was arrested and sent to prison in order to protect the administration.

Forbes - Putin's Human Rights Council Accidentally Posts Real Crimean Election Results; Only 15% Voted For Annexation

According to the Council’s report about the March referendum to annex Crimea, the turnout was a maximum 30%. And of these, only half voted for annexation – meaning only 15 percent of Crimean citizens voted for annexation.
The fate of Crimea, therefore, was decided by the 15 percent of Crimeans, who voted in favor of unification with Russia (under the watchful eye of Kalashnikov-toting soldiers).

Color me surprised.

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