Had a great time at the Salt Lake City SWUG last week and wanted to say THANK YOU to all who attended. I'm already looking forward to my next SWUG. But before that, I need to get my stuff together for Techorama in Antwerp in three weeks.

 

I've got a few long links to share today, so set aside some time for each. The last two are fun ones though, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

 

Northrop Grumman can make a stealth bomber – but can't protect its workers' W-2 tax forms

At first glance, you might think this is an example of a company not protecting their data, but that's not the case. Northrop outsourced their tax portal to Equifax, meaning there is a lot more to this story than just blaming Northrop.

 

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

I'm a fan of data mining, and I've been shopping online for decades. I never once thought to myself that the online markets could be manipulating the pricing. Makes total sense now. But I still got a great price on those ten pounds of nutmeg.

 

The Myth of a Superhuman AI

For anyone worried about the machines rising up to kill us all, this article gives hope.

 

Who is Publishing NSA and CIA Secrets, and Why?

With all the recent hacks and leaks, I've been wondering what the bigger picture would look like. I never thought it would be the result of bragging.

 

Here’s Why Juicero’s Press is So Expensive

At first, I thought this story was funny, now it's just sad to think about how much money has been wasted on something that nobody ever asked for, or wants. I can't imagine spending $400 for a juice machine, and a $35/week subscription on top of that. That's  over $2k in juice money in the first year. If you know of someone spending that much money on juice you should smack them in the mouth and then teach them how to make their own juice for a fraction of the cost.

 

Unicorn Startup Simulator

Okay, I was a bit harsh on the juice folks in the last link. So, here's a link to help remind us all how difficult it is for a company in the Valley to succeed.

 

Hilarious Sayings That Don’t Make Sense Translated

Because I enjoy languages, and infographics, and apparently the name Juicero is Russian for "to hang noodles on the ears."

 

At the SWUG last week in Salt Lake City the museum had this relic outside of our room:

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