Happy Birthday, America! I don’t care what people say, you don’t look a day over 220 years old to me. To honor you, we celebrated your birth in the same way we have for centuries: with explosives made in China. (I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth.)

 

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

 

Volvo's self-driving cars are thwarted by kangaroos

I literally did not see that coming. Reminds me of the time my friend showed me videos of Springboks assaulting bicycle riders in South Africa.

 

California invested heavily in solar power. Now there's so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it

I don’t know about you, but I’m rooting for solar power to replace much of our power needs.

 

Latest Ransomware Wave Never Intended to Make Money

Well, that’s a bit different. Not sure why I didn’t think about how a rogue state may attack another in this manner, but it makes sense. Back up your data folks, it’s your only protection other than being off the grid completely.

 

Microsoft buys cloud-monitoring vendor Cloudyn

Most notable here is that Cloudyn helps to monitor cross-cloud architectures. So, Azure isn’t just looking to monitor itself, it’s looking to help you monitor AWS and Google, too. Take note folks, this is just the beginning of Azure making itself indispensable.

 

New Girl Scout badges focus on cyber crime, not cookie sales

Taking the “play like a girl” meme to a new level, the Girl Scouts will bring us “stop cybercrime like a girl."

 

The Problem with Data

This. So much this. Data is the most critical asset your company owns. You must take steps to protect it as much as anything else.

 

Fighting Evil in Your Code: Comments on Comments

Comments are notes that you write to "future you." If you are coding and not using comments, you are doing it wrong.

 

I was looking for an image that said "America" and I think this sums up where we are after 241 years of living on our own:

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