2017 Prediction: Reduced Encryption Technology

After the dust settles on the 2016 Election, several things will happen in 2017 that will impact Information Technology:

  • Legislation will be signed into law that will weaken or reduce the use of encryption.
  • Legislation will be signed into law that will have the effect of curtailing the effectiveness of the GPL license.
  • Most of the gains made with open source, open access platforms, scientific and technological publications will be reversed or hampered through legislation and international business policies.
  • Software developers will face acute constraints on their practice of software development as a result.

Regardless of who wins in November, these changes are inevitable in 2017 – 2020. I’ve provided no supporting evidence for these claims. Simply observing a range of statements by prominent persons and perceive an oncoming and inevitable shift in policy regarding information technology and those who practice in the field.

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Computer Security Reminders

How Security Experts Are Protecting Their Own Data web link

Summary

  1. You really shouldn’t do anything you expect to be private or sensitive on a computer. Home computers are machines for convenience … sorry. Professional computers are a bit different.
  2. I am a professional Microsoft expert, but you shouldn’t use Microsoft technology for anything involving security. E-mail, files over the internet.
  3. Internet Security Programs and Anti-Virus don’t really protect your computer. Problem is, many Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware programs have security bugs themselves.
  4. You should still install Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware solutions because they automate the knowledge of security experts enough to be helpful despite not being 100%.
  5. Always backup your data. Never know when a virus/malware will wipe you out.
  6. Always use ad blocker technology when surfing the general web. Don’t use ad blockers if you are using a “throwaway” computer (from a security standpoint), you get more convenience.
  7. Distrust email, instant messages, web posts on your feed from unknown sources until you’ve verified the source.
  8. Do not assume any operating system (Linux vs Mac vs Windows) is more secure than the other. On the other hand, Windows tends to be less secure. On all systems, it takes just 1 security hole.
  9. If you run a Linux server, the responsible thing is to scan Linux for viruses. Linux may not get infected itself, but it can be a transmitter of viruses to less secure Windows machines.
  10. Diverse technology infrastructure makes it harder for security issues to propagate throughout the entire landscape of connected machines and devices. Mix up your OS, CPU, and hardware types.
  11. Try to surf the web inside a virtual machine. I admit, this is one of the most inconvenient security practices. Difficult to do consistently.
  12. Really good advice: 3 separate computers if you can. #1 online sensitive stuff (if you must) like banking/shopping, #2 social media, news, etc, #3 risky things like reading email, attachments, downloads.

Star Wars Tusken Raiders Never Had Better Aim than a 65-year Old Northern Virginian

A fast-moving aerial vehicle whirrs about. No one’s inside it, it’s a robot flying machine. A highly practised sharp-shooter takes aim, with one shot, removes the aerial curiosity from the sky. Sounds like a scene from The Phantom Menace during the race in which post toddler Anakin Skywalker takes first prize. Yet, life is getting closer to art.

65-Year-Old Woman Shoots Down Drone Over Her Virginia Property With One Shot

Driverless Car Adoption Will Be Slow

I am very interested in driverless cars. I think traffic will move faster and more smoothly with them than without. A big problem for today’s cars on busy streets and highways is when cars entering an on-ramp start braking. When that first car brakes, it starts a chain reaction of glacial traffic movement. Combine on-ramp braking with off-ramp traffic mergers and you get more braking that sustain glacial traffic congestion.

Driverless cars can solve that. Vehicles would merge lanes at a sustained speed in synchronous order. The reduction or elimination of braking would spur fluid and continuous traffic flows. The result is you arrive at your destination earlier.

That is one of the big promises of driverless cars. The catch is writing software for a car in which the safety of people are on the line, in real-time, is different than writing programs to be shown on a computer monitor. Continue reading

NASA Research Open for Access

Finally. Pursuit of new horizons in science, engineering, and technology never ends. Prior, quality research is a significant starting point to strengthen new research outcomes. A young person somewhere will access this over the Internet and one day have a huge impact on society. Another person who has a lifetime of experience in various fields will find that answer they need to turn many false starts into a worthy solution to the challenges of the modern world. Open access makes this possible for more people.

http://m.slashdot.org/story/315075/outstanding