March is here, and I can only hope that means the worst of winter snow is behind us. I’m looking forward to getting the fire circle operational again. It’s amazing what a little bit of yard work can do to help alleviate stress. Burning things while sipping scotch helps, too.

 

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

 

Experiments, growth engineering, and exposing company secrets through your API: Part 1

For the 1% of people out there that know how to capture network traffic *AND* analyze what is happening, you have a lot of value to offer software companies.

 

California bill aims to strengthen data breach notification law

I do wish that we had some GDPR-type support at the federal level. It’s beyond time for our government to step in and help protect data privacy for all citizens.

 

Plain wrong: Millions of utility customers’ passwords stored in plain text

As I was just saying...

 

Rotten Tomatoes Bans User Comments Before Films’ Release

I’m a bit surprised this was even allowed, but this won’t stop the trolls. I’ve seen similar issues at conferences where you are allowed to rate sessions and speakers despite not attending the session itself, or watch it later.

 

America’s Cities Are Running on Software From the ’80s

Easily the least surprising headline of 2019.

 

China banned millions of people with poor social credit from transportation in 2018

Maybe instead of denying these citizens access to transportation, they should force them all to travel together. I’m certain Fox would purchase the broadcast rights to “Big Brother Airlines.”

 

Microsoft starts rolling out ability to turn photos of table data into Excel spreadsheets

While I love this, the part of me that cherishes data quality just died a little bit inside.

 

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