Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Does it take 10 years to get through law school in Wisconsin?  Why else would these records still be online? 
Karen Herzog reports:
A database within the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School that contained Social Security numbers and name pairs corresponding with 1,213 Law School applicants for 2005-’06 was hacked last month, the university announced Tuesday.
The university became aware Nov. 3 that the database had been breached, and sent notices to those affected Dec. 6, offering them free credit monitoring for a year to help protect them against identity theft.  No other personal identification information was contained in the files, according to a news release.

For my Computer Security students.  Keep studying, Watson won’t do it all.
IBM’s Watson Now Fights Cybercrime in the Real World
Starting today, 40 organizations will rely upon the clever computers cognitive power to help spot cybercrime.  The Watson for Cybersecurity beta program helps IBM too, because Watson’s real-world experience will help it hone its skills and work within specific industries.
   Watson isn’t starting from scratch here.  IBM researchers started training Watson in the fundamentals of cybersecurity last spring so the computer could begin to analysize and prevent threats.  Now it graduates to real-world situations to further hone its skills.  Think of it as the world’s smartest intern.

No doubt this would make an amusing student debate, if I could get them to stop laughing.
Why Canceling the New Air Force One Is an Awful Idea
Tuesday morning, President-Elect Donald Trump sent out a tweet expressing dismay at the cost of the ongoing process to build a new pair of planes for serve as Air Force One.   (Perhaps not coincidentally, this was shortly after Boeing's CEO expressed concerns about Trump's trade policy.)
Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!

Trump Is Right To Attack The Cost Of Air Force One Replacement Program

Scary.  Trump the anti-geek?  (Sounds a lot like Chauncey Gardiner from ‘Being There.’)  
Here’s Where Donald Trump Gets His News
Since winning the presidential election, Donald Trump has reportedly skipped out on the majority of his intelligence briefings; this past Sunday, Trump made headlines after sharing false information blaming his loss of the popular vote on mass voter fraud — a claim previously reported by the conspiracy news site Infowars.  It’s been widely reported that Trump is an obsessive consumer of cable news — he has himself admitted to receiving at least a portion of his military advice from “the shows.”
   What we know of Trump’s relationship to the modern internet suggests the president-elect rarely browses it himself.  Trump campaign press secretary Hope Hicks told GQ he relies largely on Google News printouts from staffers and sparingly reads his own email.  And a 2007 deposition suggests that Trump doesn’t use a computer or carry a smartphone during the daytime hours, and often dictates daytime tweets to his assistants.

It’s far safer to tap Janet Yellen’s phone. 
Supreme Court Upholds Insider-Trading Convictions For Family And Friends
The U.S. Supreme Court handed white-collar prosecutors a victory by upholding the conviction of a man who traded on insider information that came from his brother-in-law.  But the court rejected the government's more expansive view of insider-trading law, sticking to a decades-old precedent requiring prosecutors to prove the tipper received some benefit -- even the intangible benefit of rewarding family and friends -- in exchange for inside information.
The court's unanimous decision in Salman v. U.S. chips away at Newman v. U.S., the 2014 ruling by a federal appeals court in New York that reversed the convictions of two hedge-fund executives who traded on information without knowing the ultimate source or whether he received a benefit for it.  When the tipper and tippee are linked by close ties of family or friendship, the Supreme Court ruled today, a benefit can be assumed.

YouTube has paid over $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone in the last year
Bolstered by music subscription revenue, the music industry is growing again for the first time in over a decade.  Last month, analysts at Macquarie even predicted that global recorded music revenues will double over the next 10 years.

Perhaps this will translate to being a good student?
In a world where the average employee sends and receives 122 emails per day and attends an average of 62 meetings per month, your boss or HR leadership simply doesn’t have the time or bandwidth to properly think through how best to deploy your talents moving forward.  Instead, we have to take control of our career planning to ensure we’re putting ourselves in position for long-term growth. Here are four ways to become more strategic about the process.

Because I love to read…
NPR’s Book Concierge Our Guide To 2016’s Great Reads
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Dec 6, 2016
What would you like to read? 309 recommended titles.  “Use the filters…to explore more than 300 titles NPR staff and critics loved this year.  (You can also combine filters!)  Want even more recommendations?  Check out our favorite books from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

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