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A cautionary tale about the dangers of keeping everything in the Cloud

Posted by Anton Aylward

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/apple-cloud-burst-how-hacker-wiped-mats-life-20120806-23orv.html

"Once the hacker gained access to Honan's iCloud account, he or she
was
able to reset his password, before sending the confirmation email
to the
trash. Since Honan's Gmail is linked to his .mac email address,
the
hacker was also able to reset his Gmail password by sending a
password
recovery email to his .mac address.

Minutes later, the hacker used iCloud to wipe Honan's iPhone, iPad
and
Macbook Air remotely. Since the hacker had access to his email
accounts,
it was effortless to access Honan's other online accounts
such as Twitter."

Every new technology has people, the pioneers, who buy into the vendors hype ... and pay a price for that.

We should learn from them.

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Naval War College uses Russian software for iPad course material

Posted by Anton Aylward

http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20120305_6368.php

GoodReader

The Navy's premier institution for developing senior strategic and
operational leaders started issuing students Apple iPad tablet
computers equipped with GoodReader software in August 2010,
unaware that the mobile app was developed and maintained by
a Russian company, Good.iWare, until Nextgov reported it in February.

OK so its not news and OK I've posted about this before, but ...

Last week I was reading another report about malware and it stated that most malware yamma yamma yamma had it origins in the USA. No doubt you've seen reports to that effect with different slants.

So the question here is: Why should software produced in the country where there are more evil-minded programmers be superior to software produced in Russia?

Congressman blames U.S. unemployment crisis on iPad

Posted by antonaylward

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/apple/congressman-blames-us-unemployment-crisis-on-ipad/9968?tag=nl.e539

In it U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr (D-IL) blasts Apple and Steve
Jobs claiming that the iPad is responsible for killing thousands of
American jobs.

Jesse Jackson i Almedalen 2011

Image by Socialdemokrater via Flickr

In the rambling manifesto Jackson claims that the iPad is to blame
because it enables anyone to easily download books and newspapers. Thus
everyone who works at bookstores (i.e. Borders) or the publishing
industry will lose their jobs to workers making iPads in China.

Over the top?

Well, he is a politician.

However, there is this:

Yet, last week, the president met with eight CEOs such as the heads of
Xerox and American Express to ask what he could do that would give them
confidence to invest in the United States. But these are precisely the
wrong people with whom to consult and the question is precisely the
wrong question. They are the wrong people because they have benefited
enormously from offshoring and from the distortions built into the
global system. Their interest is not the same as that of the United
States but rather that of their shareholders and, in some cases, of the
authoritarian governments of the countries to which they have moved much
of the production capacity. The question is wrong because rather than
trying to bribe them the president should, a la The Godfather, be making
them "offers they can't refuse."

In South Carolina, Governor Perry emphasized that he would make
Washington disappear from the lives of the people in his audience. That
did not strike me as the comment of a person using all his power to find
jobs.

But think about it for just a moment. There will be no more significant
fiscal stimulus for the economy. The emphasis is all on debt reduction,
cutting expenditures, and retrenching. Not only will the federal
government be cutting back, but the state and municipal governments are
already slashing and burning. All of this will result in further job
reduction, less consumer spending, and declining stimulus which in turn
will lead to reluctance on the part of business to invest. In these
circumstances, the only possible source of jobs is a reduction of the
trade deficit.

He or she who wakes up to this fact first is likely to be the next president.

That's my emphasis in red.

These executives are responsible to the shareholders, though the board.  If the economic climate and system of taxation - that is the employment costs, make it favourable to employ foreign workers rather than American workers than that is what these people will do.  If they do otherwise then they are clearly not acting in the best interests of their corporations and will be dismissed and replaced by someone who will.   This is basic corporate economics, and any politician who fails to recognise it may popular for crowing about "America First" but is displaying woeful ignorance.

The other way to look at it is that US workers have priced themselves out of the market.

Dwight D. Eisenhower photo portrait.

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A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953

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