It's good to be home after two weeks on the road, and just in time for a foot of snow. How do I unsubscribe from Winter?

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

Geek Squad's Relationship with FBI Is Cozier Than We Thought

If you are committing a crime, and someone finds out you are committing a crime, they have every right to notify the authorities. There is no such thing as a "Geek Squad client privilege."

 

Audit finds Department of Homeland Security's security is insecure

They literally have the word "Security" in their title. Oh, the irony.

 

MoviePass removes 'unused' location feature that tracked cinema-goers' movements

But not until after their CEO bragged about how they were tracking everyone. Stay classy, MoviePass.

 

Half of All Orgs Hit with Ransomware in 2017

Well, half of the folks that reply to this survey, sure. But clickbait headlines aside, there is one important fact in this article. The fact that paying a ransom does not guarantee you get your data. If you don't have backups, you will have problems.

 

Fake News: Lies spread faster on social media than truth does

There's a link in this article to the MIT research paper, which is a bit of a longer read, but worth your time if you are interested. I think humans have a need to be "in the know" ahead of others, and this leads to our innate desire to spread false information faster than the truth (because we assume the truth is already known, or boring, perhaps). I think Paul McCartney said it best: "Sunday's on the phone to Monday. Tuesday's on the phone to me."

 

Waymo self-driving trucks are hauling gear for Google data centers

It's either self-driving trucks, or filming for the Maximum Overdrive reboot has begun.

 

Cory Doctorow: Let's Get Better at Demanding Better from Tech

This. So much this. The world of tech advances at an accelerated rate. It's time we find a way to demand better from tech, before we dig too deep a hole.

 

LIve-action footage of me shoveling snow yesterday: