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Episode 16 - Is Microsoft Your Partner Now?

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 07/16/2019

Episode 202: The Good Guys win the Cyber Wars, Scientist Using Wifi to See Through Walls, & AI and Ethics show art Episode 202: The Good Guys win the Cyber Wars, Scientist Using Wifi to See Through Walls, & AI and Ethics

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Topic 1: Score 1 for the Good Guys in the Cyber Wars In a significant development in the fight against ransomware, the FBI announces that they have shut down a notorious cyber gang after infiltrating their system months ago and secretly giving decryption keys to ransomware victims. Topic 2: Ummmm … This is Some Seriously Scary Big Brother Stuff Scientists have announced that they are able to see people through walls using WiFi technology. And not just the “heat blob” from Hollywood movies … but detailed movements and positions. On a scientific note, this is cool. On a security /...

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Episode 201: Jobs Again, FBI Crime Data is NOT Good, & First Personal Drone to be Produced by India show art Episode 201: Jobs Again, FBI Crime Data is NOT Good, & First Personal Drone to be Produced by India

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Topic 1: Sorry: Let’s talk jobs. December: Total new jobs UP 235,000. That is despite the fact the enterprise companies (500 employees+) reduced jobs by 151,000 ← Great summary stats Spotify  600 (6% of workforce) Twitter  3,700 (50% of those who lasted this long) Salesforce 7,000 (10% of workforce) Microsoft 10,000 (5% of workforce) Tesla  10,000 (10% of workforce) Google  12,000 (6% of workforce) Amazon 18,000 (1% of workforce) Oh, and . . . Apple  0 (0% of workforce) - Minor adjustments at retail locations See also the big Layoff-Tracker Service at TrueUp -...

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Episode 200: Labor Hoarding, Tech Workforce 2023, We Got the Digital Workplace Wrong show art Episode 200: Labor Hoarding, Tech Workforce 2023, We Got the Digital Workplace Wrong

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Topic 1: Small companies are “labor hoarding” while large companies are laying off. Keeping employees at any cost! Topic 2: Understanding the Dynamics of the Tech Workforce in 2023 Data Point 1: Tech Layoffs are Happening … But Not Because Tech is Suddenly Less Valuable Data Point 2: Tech Jobs are Less Attractive to Young Professionals Data Point 3: Shifting Preference for Generalists vs. Specialists … Plus a Mainstream Rise of “Business IT” Contributors Amazon layoffs delivered by email. ← Low class or just modern times? Topic 3: Cal Newport on the Digital Workplace: We...

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Algorithms in need of MGMT Training, Microsoft drops $1B on ChatGPT, & Apple to Create Their Own Chip show art Algorithms in need of MGMT Training, Microsoft drops $1B on ChatGPT, & Apple to Create Their Own Chip

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Topic 1: Algorithms Need Management Training, Too! From Wired Magazine. Human beings excel at avoiding responsibility for difficult decisions. Management and personnel decisions are often difficult. Therefore, they are great candidates for turning decision-making over to the bots. What could possibly go wrong? Topic 2: Microsoft drops $1 Billion on ChatGPT I should have bought more Microsoft stock yesterday. :-)  Looking to the true “next level” of product development. Microsoft was an early investor in ChatGPT  Topic 3: Apple to drop Broadcom chip and make their own. Is this...

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Episode 198: the Generative AI Race,  Last Pass Security Incident, and Intelligent Elevators show art Episode 198: the Generative AI Race, Last Pass Security Incident, and Intelligent Elevators

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Topic 1: Generative AI is Fun … Until the “Other” Guys Start Doing It Too China is aggressively building their own versions of generative AI platforms (with some obvious / inevitable filters) that do essentially the same thing as ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion. The question is whether they will be able to out-race us to the auto-content future … and whether that is a problem. Topic 2: LastPass - Lessons for the Channel Should we be worried? What do we expect from vendors? What’s reasonable and realistic? Is this worth discussing as a larger topic of always-on monitoring and...

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Episode 197: Military Fingerprints and Iris Scans on Ebay, the Remote Worker Whistleblower, Mab Simulates Time Travel with AI show art Episode 197: Military Fingerprints and Iris Scans on Ebay, the Remote Worker Whistleblower, Mab Simulates Time Travel with AI

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Topic 1: For Sale on eBay: A Military Database of Fingerprints and Iris Scans Great topic for ITSPs - especially as clients get rid of equipment at the end of year. Old machines of all kinds might have sensitive data. Not this juicy, perhaps, but stories like this are great for you client-facing newsletters. Topic 2: The age of the work-from-home whistleblower Why are so many remote workers deciding to squeal on their companies? Topic 3: Man Simulates Time Travel  So, what is our weekly update with AI? On the up-less existential-side, we have some fun: Time traveling with the aid of...

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Episode 196: Scammers Scamming the Scam, Episode 196: Scammers Scamming the Scam, "Luddite" Teens, and the Drones are Here

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Topic 1: Meta scamming: Scammers Are Scamming Other Scammers Out of Millions of Dollars On cybercrime forums, user complaints about being duped may accidentally expose their real identities. Topic 2: Teens are Self-Liberating from Social Media ‘Luddite’ Teens Don’t Want Your Likes Topic 3: The Drones Are Coming (to 22 Select Locations Around the Country … Within Driving Distance of a Wal-Mart) Wal-mart announces legitimate progress on rolling out drone delivery to customers in key metropolitan areas. The forecast is to expand to 34 stores in 23 cities by year end to reach a...

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Episode 195: The Bots are Here, AI Fiction Author, and Call Time on FAANG Stocks show art Episode 195: The Bots are Here, AI Fiction Author, and Call Time on FAANG Stocks

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Topic 1: The Bots are Coming for LinkedIn, Adding New Layers of Risk for Professionals and for Companies … but Especially for Recruiters Bots are everywhere on social media, and some platforms are doing more to combat them than others. Now that the bots are proliferating on LinkedIn, it’s vital for everyone to think about the layers of threat and the corresponding hygiene on the career-centric platform. Topic 2: How does AI write fiction (and online advertisements)? “Fluent BS” The term “Fluent Bullshit” was originally coined by The Verge: Topic 3: Investors Call Time On FAANG...

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Episode 194: Killer Robot Police, New Words for New Data Volume, AI Images--Good or bad? show art Episode 194: Killer Robot Police, New Words for New Data Volume, AI Images--Good or bad?

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Topic 1: Should the Police have killer robots? San Francisco approves the use of robots capable of lethal force. Is this move inevitable, or are the arguments in favor of this just rare exceptions to the rule?   Topic 2: Data Volumes are Increasing at Such a Fast Pace, We Need New Words to Describe Just How Much There Is And to absolutely no one’s surprise, businesses are struggling to afford the cost of managing all that data Data is the essential component of literally every dimension of the technology industry, and we’re producing more of it every day at literally astronomical...

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Episode 193: The FTX Contagion, Goodnight to Alexa, Amazon Replaces Recruiters with AI! show art Episode 193: The FTX Contagion, Goodnight to Alexa, Amazon Replaces Recruiters with AI!

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Topic 1: The FTX Contagion Has Affected VC / PE Firms that Invest In MSP Vendors In all the noise that’s surrounding the collapse of FTX and the impact on other crypto companies, news is coming out that several major MSP investors have also suffered significant losses. Initial statements indicate that the losses were not enough to threaten the survival of the investment funds, but that there will be implications for how they make investment decisions in the future. Topic 2: Is It Goodnight To Alexa (and other voice assistants)? Despite billions invested and many high hopes for a new...

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Quick note at the beginning: The Smithsonian will be projecting a Saturn V rocket on the side of the Washington Monument as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the moon landing. See http://www.parabolicarc.com/2019/07/09/smithsonian-project-saturn-rocket-washington-monument/.

 

As a follow-up to last week's discussion of Microsoft making changes to their partner program, we now discuss the reversal of that policy. The bigger discussion we want to have is around your long-term relationship with Microsoft specifically and vendors generally. One big lesson is that you shouldn't be angry because Microsoft is moving in a different direction. Another is that you have to decide whether your long-term trajectory is the same as Microsoft (or any other vendor, for that matter).

Related story: https://www.channele2e.com/channel-partners/program/microsoft-backs-down-abandons-partner-program-changes/

 

Next up . . . Google admits they’re listening to us. We are SHOCKED . . . (not). See https://www.businesstoday.in/technology/news/google-admits-to-listening-in-on-private-conversations-via-assistant/story/364104.html.

Two interesting points here. One: We all ignore the license agreements, but we've matured to a point where companies can be a lot more open about this. Two: While we might not have anything to hide, privacy is about simply expecting that no one else is tuning in. And of course, one more nod to digital ethics.

Is this something you can use to start a client-facing conversation?

. . . that leads into . . .

Startup "Superhuman" is doing cool, automated things with email. And that includes GPS tracking and other tools that people may not realize they are giving up just because they open email.

See https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jul/12/superhuman-offers-users-a-shortcut-to-empty-inbox-nirvana.

Dave notes that we hold start-ups and smaller companies to a different standard that big companies like Google.