Tuesday, January 02, 2018

I don’t think I’ve ever seen these words in an initial breach announcement.
Passport System Down, Thousands Delayed At Airports Around The Country
Thousands of passengers reported being stranded at airports across the United States, in a delay that was caused because the passport system across the country was down Monday.
… According to the stranded passengers, the delay was because the computer system to check passports, operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, had failed. CBP later put out a statement on its Twitter page, saying all the airports were back online after a brief outage of its processing systems.
"During the disruption, CBP had access to national security-related databases and all travelers were screened according to security standards," it added and also said that disruption did not appear to be of a malicious nature.
… Strangely, a quite similar incident took place on Jan.2, 2017, almost one year to the date, where extensive delays were caused due to computer outage affecting customs procedures.
At the time, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were forced to process travelers through a slower backup system when the computers went down, NY Daily News said.

A big data example.
How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue
What vehicle is most strongly associated with Republican voting districts? Extended-cab pickup trucks. For Democratic districts? Sedans.
Those conclusions may not be particularly surprising. After all, market researchers and political analysts have studied such things for decades.
But what is surprising is how researchers working on an ambitious project based at Stanford University reached those conclusions: by analyzing 50 million images and location data from Google Street View, the street-scene feature of the online giant’s mapping service.

Social Media is not simple.
Over 90% of medium and large businesses have used social media in their marketing for five years or longer. Yet the CMO Survey reveals that nearly half of marketers are unable to show the impact of their social media investments. That’s why, no matter what your social media strategy is, it’s always a good idea to go back and make sure you have the basics covered. Your company may discover that it needs a strategic do-over.

It’s no longer sorting punch cards, mounting magnetic tapes, and separating six part (carbon) printed reports.
It’s going to be a Happy New Year for Artificial intelligence and robotics experts in 2018
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the buzz in the jobs bazaar as machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT) increasingly influence business strategies and analytics. Human resource and search experts estimate a 50-60% higher demand for AI and robotics professionals in 2018 even as machines take over repetitive manual work.
"Machines are taking over repetitive tasks. Robotics, AI, big data and analytics will be competencies that will be in great demand," said Shakun Khanna, senior director at Oracle for the Asia-Pacific region.


My students have the same kind of car!

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