Thursday, November 07, 2013

I could not believe it! (and I was right) chief resigns amid Web site glitches
… Apparently, Trenkle's resignation isn't directly a result of the bungled Web site, but rather a management restructuring within the department, according to information sent to CNET by CMS.

If the headline involves the NSA tapping thousands of phones, we go nuts. Millions of lost records? No big deal.
This morning, an excited tweeter urged people to nominate Adobe’s breach to the Guiness Book of World Records because it reportedly involved 150 million user names and hashed passwords.
I responded that there was already a breach on the books involving 150 million – the Shanghai Roadway D&B Marketing Services Co. Ltd breach, so at 150M, the Adobe breach wouldn’t be the biggest/first.
Then I noticed that currently lists the Adobe breach as 130,000,000 and not 150,000,000.
Twenty million here…. twenty million there. When we get into such staggering numbers, are we losing our sense of the importance of every individual’s data?
In the meantime, I’m trying to determine if anyone’s analyzed the data dump to see how many unique records were actually in there.

Dilbert illustrates one of the reasons employees like BYOD

Privacy tools
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“It's not creepy, it's a valuable service.” Caller ID plus MugShots
Google to display Google+ photos of your callers
… Google engineering director Attila Bodis announced in a Google+ post late Tuesday that the photo feature is part of the new Caller ID found in the latest flavor of Android. Once the feature launches in early 2014, Android users will be able to see who's calling them, and vice versa.

Well intentioned, no doubt. Any reason not to mention it?
Philip Janquart reports:
Kaiser intentionally performed HIV tests on thousands of health plan members without their consent, alleges a class action complaint filed in Clark County Superior Court.
Lead plaintiff Mary E. Benton claims Kaiser instituted a new protocol in April 2013 that required members between 50 and 65 to receive Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) screening as part of their routine care.
Read more on Courthouse News.
[From the article:
R. Travis Jameson, attorney for the plaintiff, told Courthouse News that discovery has yet to be conducted and that he could only speculate on why Kaiser implemented its policy, but that letters issued to his clients indicate the policy was introduced in conjunction with the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (PSTF).
According to its website, the PSTF is an independent panel of non-federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine comprised of a collection of physicians, nurses and health behavior specialists. The group, in part, makes "recommendations that are relevant to implementing the Affordable Care Act," or Obamacare.
"The task force's claim is that through the [Centers for Disease Control], they want to identify people who may be HIV positive, but are unaware.

The French Courts don't really care how difficult(impossible) it is to implement their ruling. Google is not French, therefore Google is 'le dog dodo.' Since Google controls their search algorithm, it should be possible to flag most searches for these images and return a “you should read this” article containing the facts and the Court's warning: “Don't mess with us or we'll lock you in the Bastille.
Not surprisingly if you’ve been following Max Mosley’s fight to remove embarrassing photos of a private sex party from Google search results, he has gotten a French court to order Google to filter results so those images don’t show up in its results worldwide. Google says it will appeal the ruling as requiring it to set up a “censorship machine.”
The pictures, taken without Mosley’s knowledge or consent, were published in the now-defunct News of the World in 2008. Mr. Mosley subsequently won a defamation suit against the paper for their story characterizing the party as Nazi-themed.
Read more in the New York Times and on Reuters.
So if on January 1, an army of bots uploads re-named pics to a gadzillion sites that allow Google to index their pages, Google will be responsible for paying 1,000 euros per image found in their results. [Got that Google haters? Bob] That doesn’t strike me as fair, even though Google already has its own image-matching search engine and would presumably be able to run the nine pictures in question against images it might index.
But do we want France’s decisions to be worldwide and to impact what we can see or read here? My first reaction would be “Hell, NO!” but perhaps we should think about about what we might want if we were in Mr. Mosley’s shoes, as I suggested back in 2011.

If our dogs can be this capable, why can Congress (collectively) reach the same level?
Research – canine companion is capable of reaching toddler-level cognition and language acquisition
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 6, 2013
TIME – article by John W. Pilley: “When people ask me how smart my dog is, I say that she has about the intelligence of a toddler. Chaser is a 9-year-old border collie who knows 1,000 words, but any dog is potentially capable of reaching toddler-level cognition and development, including learning the basic elements of language. Thanks to her language learning, Chaser has been called “the most scientifically important dog in over a century” by Duke University animal-intelligence researcher Brian Hare. Language learning is an interesting test of animal intelligence because it requires unconsciously grasping a series of concepts in much the same way that children do as they advance from wordless babbling to complete sentences. For me, the most crucial common characteristic of dogs and toddlers is that they both learn best through play. I made games and other playful interactions with Chaser the basis of an ongoing conversation, speaking to her throughout the day in simple words and phrases just as I would to a toddler. Our language games revolved around finding, chasing, fetching and herding her toys — behaviors that released her instinctive drives as a border collie. Instinct-based play gave the toys value in Chaser’s mind, and that in turn gave value to the words — proper nouns and common nouns, verbs and even prepositions, adverbs and adjectives — I spoke to her in connection with the toys.”

Blockbuster throws in the towel
Blockbuster has admitted defeat in the DVD-rental business.
Parent company Dish announced Wednesday that it will shut down all remaining company-owned Blockbuster stores in the United States by early January 2014. The closure will affect around 300 remaining retail outlets as well as the company's distribution centers.
The Blockbuster By Mail service will be cut off in mid-December. Only franchised and licensed stores in the US and abroad will keep their doors open.

Perspective (and an interesting chart.)
Android’s adoption rate is unprecedented in tech history
… With 1 billion activations in just five years, Android has been adopted by more people at a faster rate than any other technology in recent history, including iOS, Facebook or Symbian. Technology Review’s chart follows below.

Proof that technology ruins everything... (but it does explain ‘the scream’ by edvard munch)
art x smart adds 21st technology onto famous masterpieces

I know several people who should be cartoons... (Android App)
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