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Episode 51: MSP Legislation, Covid-19, the Economy, and Robot Bosses

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 03/17/2020

Episode 54: 3D Printing To the Rescue; Selling Today; and Telemedicine show art Episode 54: 3D Printing To the Rescue; Selling Today; and Telemedicine

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Episode 53: Corporate Winners; Uber vs. L.A.; and Episode 53: Corporate Winners; Uber vs. L.A.; and "Life After" Robotics

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Episode 52: Women on the Web - and Life After Covid show art Episode 52: Women on the Web - and Life After Covid

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We have a special guest this week - Marie Rourke, Channel Chief Chief Channel Strategist at WhiteFox Marketing Inc. So after our catch-up on what we're doing under quarantine, we jump in. Topic One: Tim Berners-Lee’s Open Letter on the Role of Women on the Internet Tim Berners-Lee is widely regarded as the creater of the World Wide Web. Link: https://webfoundation.org/2020/03/web-birthday-31/ He pinpointed three areas that cause women harm. The first is access. The second is online safety. And the third area that requires attention is gender discrimination that arises from bad...

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Episode 51: MSP Legislation, Covid-19, the Economy, and Robot Bosses show art Episode 51: MSP Legislation, Covid-19, the Economy, and Robot Bosses

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First, a note from listener Chris. Issue clarification Link:    Topic 1: Louisiana Secretary of State on Defining MSPs We do a little analysis on Dave's interview on his Business of Tech podcast. What consitutes “malpractice” for an IT service provider? “If self-regulation doesn’t work, the government will step in.” And, of course, how will legislation define MSPs and MSSPs? Link: Topic 2: COVID-19 and a Possible Recession I'm not any of us understands what's going on with the Covid-19 virus or with the economy. But there definitely appears to be a connection. We analyze...

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Episode 49: State of the Channel, a Dubious Award, and Low-Code Development show art Episode 49: State of the Channel, a Dubious Award, and Low-Code Development

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Episode 48: Cloud Neutrality, Evil Tech Companies, and the Speed of Innovation show art Episode 48: Cloud Neutrality, Evil Tech Companies, and the Speed of Innovation

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Episode 47: The Fragility of Big Data; a Challenge to CompTIA; and 3D Printing a Building show art Episode 47: The Fragility of Big Data; a Challenge to CompTIA; and 3D Printing a Building

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Topic 1: Performance Artists Games Google Maps We start out a bit light hearted here - but it also shows the fragility of our systems. A performance artist in Berlin demonstrated the fragility of the Google Maps system we all rely on by dragging 99 cell phones to fake a Google Maps traffic jam. Our spin is that this is funny but also has some lessons for all of us on big data and how pretty much anything can be gamed. Relevant Link: Topic 2: CompTIA Lobbying - But Are They Representing Their Members? Listener Keith alerted us to this one. Legislation working its way through the Washington...

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Episode 46 - Ransomware Brings Politicians After Managed Service Providers show art Episode 46 - Ransomware Brings Politicians After Managed Service Providers

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Episode 45: Shifting Retail, Hand-Scanning, and Some Positive AI Stories show art Episode 45: Shifting Retail, Hand-Scanning, and Some Positive AI Stories

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First, a note from listener Chris.

Issue clarification Link: 

https://www.informationweek.com/cdc-plagued-by-virus-of-a-different-strain/d/d-id/1051659

 

Topic 1: Louisiana Secretary of State on Defining MSPs

We do a little analysis on Dave's interview on his Business of Tech podcast. What consitutes “malpractice” for an IT service provider?

“If self-regulation doesn’t work, the government will step in.”

And, of course, how will legislation define MSPs and MSSPs?

Link:
https://www.mspradio.com/podcast/mon-march-9-2020-an-interview-with-louisiana-secretary-of-state-kyle-ardoin/


Topic 2: COVID-19 and a Possible Recession

I'm not any of us understands what's going on with the Covid-19 virus or with the economy. But there definitely appears to be a connection. We analyze a bit for the IT consultants out there.

Link:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-06/the-u-s-may-already-be-in-a-recession-thanks-to-coronavirus


Topic 3: Robots aren't taking our jobs, they are becoming our bosses

An interesting twist from The Verge. AI without humanity can be very stressful. We speculate on what this means and where we're heading.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/27/21155254/automation-robots-unemployment-jobs-vs-human-google-amazon


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