Spent the weekend making feijoada to have for the Big Game this past Sunday. If you found the game, commercials, and halftime show to be boring, I wanted you to know I had 7 different parts of a pig in a stew over rice. In a way, we are all winners.


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


"5,000 troops to Colombia"? Nation responds to Bolton's note

Weekly reminder that when it comes to data security and privacy, our elected (and appointed) leaders provide the worst examples of "what not to do."


Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs

One of the perils of automation: when you make a mistake, it affects thousands of objects. Whoops.


Rethinking Informed Consent

"…the important questions aren't around how our data is used, but where our data travels." Yes, so much yes to this. It’s time we all understand how our data is being used.


Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them

I don’t understand how Facebook is still in business. What does a company have to do to be shut down these days? At this point, Zuckerberg could club a seal on Pier 39 and no one would care.


An 'acoustic fingerprint' should keep Alexa from waking during Amazon's Super Bowl ad

I was wondering about this, and why my Alexa seemed to be ignoring the television. Now I’m wondering if someone could hack my device to have it ignore, or redirect, other commands.


Gym Class Is So Bad, Kids Are Skipping School to Avoid It

Interesting data here, trying to correlate increased gym time with student disciplinary actions. Setting that possible correlation aside, the current structure of PE classes is, indeed, horrible.


Data is expensive

"...more data isn’t always better." Wonderful post from Seth on the cost of data.


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