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Episode 56: A Community Rant, Plus Notes on Education and the Role of Robots

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 04/21/2020

Episode 140 - Apple Privacy, Internet of Ice Cream Things, and Asteroid Armageddon show art Episode 140 - Apple Privacy, Internet of Ice Cream Things, and Asteroid Armageddon

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Topic 1: Apple goes after the NSO Group Apple takes companies to court to prevent them from cracking into Apple phones. This touches on privacy as well as treating huge corporations as nation-states. Science fiction or reality? Links:       Topic 2: McDonald’s and the ice cream machine - update We covered the "right to repair" issue regarding McD's ice cream machines. Now the picture is a lot more complicated. You never know where intrigue can be found. We also touch on the value of service contracts and how that fits in the mix. This might also be the first use of IOICT -...

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Episode 139 - Work from Work, EV Craziness, and Apple DMV show art Episode 139 - Work from Work, EV Craziness, and Apple DMV

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Topic 1: New Fad - Work from Work Wednesdays Zooming from the office is what the NYT calls the “Worst of both worlds.”   Topic 2: Apple has killer deals with several State DMVs Apple having states pay for their tech rollout -- how much is their responsibility, when Apple controls the tech?   Topic 3: Electric Vehicles are super hot - including used. Overview   Rivian   Used EVs   -- -- -- Sponsor Note: Cisco Did you know Cisco helps Managed Services Providers directly? Know about the Cisco Partner Program? Focused on helping partners combine managed services...

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Episode 138 - Skimpflation, China's Privacy Law, and Future Hacking show art Episode 138 - Skimpflation, China's Privacy Law, and Future Hacking

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Topic 1: Skimpflation: Will this affect us? Aside from basic inflation, will the labor shortage cause this for IT services?   Topic 2: China’s Privacy Law China's new policy looks "western" at first, but is used for strick tracking of citizens. The Personal Information Protection Law allows the government to blacklist companies, including those outside the country. Will companies go along or opt out of the largest market in the world? Do providers really care?   Topic 3: Hackers are stealing data today so quantum computers can crack it in a decade It makes sense once you hear it....

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Episode 137 - Tech Nation State Companies, Facebook Facial Recognition show art Episode 137 - Tech Nation State Companies, Facebook Facial Recognition

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Topic 1: Looking at Tech Companies as nation states When one organization has so much money and does so many things that they "compete" with nation states, should we begin to treat them that way? Note that one article is from Foreign Affairs magazine. Links:     See also the book: The Big Switch by Nicholas Carr Topic 2: Using AI to parse CEO’s words Is this truly useful AI or just a faster version of the obvious? Link:   Topic 3: Facebook shuts down facial recognition Facebook is shutting down their facial recognition program - and deleting the database altogether. Have...

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Episode 136 - Trolls, Collaboration, and Robot Servers show art Episode 136 - Trolls, Collaboration, and Robot Servers

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Topic 1: Trolls Are Born, Not Made While self esteem is a factor, Internet trolls don’t have low self esteem. They have a high tendency to sadism. When mixed with high self esteem, you get a troll. Who are these people and how did they become trolls. Research gives us some insights.   Topic 2: Async Business Collaboration Models One of Karl's favorite topics! Let's focus on focus. Asynchronous communication goes a long ways to making focus possible and effective. If you can find people who work asynchronously, and give them the right tools, amazing things can be done.   Also:...

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Episode 135 - Killing IT Live - Contract for the Web, Losing AI, and Smart City Overload show art Episode 135 - Killing IT Live - Contract for the Web, Losing AI, and Smart City Overload

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This special edition of The Killing IT Podcast was recorded before a live audience in a special presentation made possible by Cisco. If you missed the “Live” portion, register at to listen to the bonus topic and receive announcements about the next Killing IT Live broadcast. -- -- -- Topic 1: After much fanfare, what’s up with The Contract for the Web two years later? Sir Tim Berners-Lee's project - The Contract for the Web - promised to encourage governments to ensure access and privacy; corporations to encourage the best and discourage the worst in people; and citizens to be both...

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Episode 134 - Slack Whacks Apple; Amazon Smacks Themselves show art Episode 134 - Slack Whacks Apple; Amazon Smacks Themselves

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Interesting tidbit of the day: Statistics Don't forget to join us for Killing IT Live - October 20th -   Topic 1: Slack upended the workplace -- and gave power to the employees Slack (and other technologies) are revealing some inner turmoil at companies such as Apple. Is this something caused by the technology, or merely revealed by the technology? We discuss culture and more. Link:   Topic 2: Amazon Copied Best-Selling Products and then Rigged their Search Result Meme for this: From the movie Casablanca . . . "I’m shocked - shocked I tell you.” Question: Even though this is...

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Episode 133 - Amazon Hands Your Data to the Government; CISA Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles show art Episode 133 - Amazon Hands Your Data to the Government; CISA Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles

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Fun question of the day . . . If you were offered the position of mayor of your city, would you take it? . . . wherein two of our hosts determine that they are two halves of a politician. -- -- -- Promo: Join Us for Killing IT Live - October 20th Info and registration at killingitlive.com No editing. No second takes. Join hosts Dave Sobel, Ryan Morris, and Karl Palachuk for this special live event. You’ll see behind the curtains as we prep and produce a live show. PLUS, we’ll stick around and answer questions so YOU can be part of the show as well. We’ll record an episode of the...

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Episode 132 - Vendor Sales, Government UI, and Instagram for Children show art Episode 132 - Vendor Sales, Government UI, and Instagram for Children

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Question of the Day: What was your first W2 job? Topic 1: Vendors Selling Around their Partners Listener Lucy asks: "Why the **** do vendors keep overlooking the sales rep who owns the customer in their Channel program?" There's natural tension between vendors and their solution provider partners. Why do we have to keep revisiting this topic? (Also, she agrees with Dave that a sandwich requires two pieces of bread.) Topic 2: Thoughts on taking UI to government activities Dominos (and other) have made some huge advancements in tracking the progress of their services. This is both a UI (user...

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Episode: 131 - AI Breaking Bad, CISA Revisited, and More show art Episode: 131 - AI Breaking Bad, CISA Revisited, and More

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Question of the Day: What is a photo? Topic 1: When AI Breaks Bad Once again we address the question of ethics and AI. From Axios: "A new report about artificial intelligence and its effects warns AI has reached a turning point and its negative effects can no longer be ignored." Have we reached the point where we should automatically look for the negative effects first? Link:   Topic 2: Let’s look at CISA . . . again. Last week we talked about the CISA advice for your customers. Here we revisit, and look at the “Low fruit” considerations that you might actually decide to adopt...

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Topic 1: Community Rant - Helping your clients with finances.

We cannot believe that there are "experts" recommending that you lower your rates, forgive debts, and be the financial support for your clients in the rough times ahead! Just because someone bought time on a webinar does not mean that you should be taking their advice.

There are ways to cut costs by offering different services. Please do not create a "loss leader" service in a recession! Cash remains king.

Please do not simply charge less and give the same level of service: That breaks the value chain.


Topic 2: Education and Online Learning - How much opportunity is here?

Sending all the student home has made clear that there are systemic problems with "universal" online education. Many students do not have the Internet connectivity or resources to simply switch to online education.

In addition, there are lots of teachers who have never used online tools to deliver education. And if all the colleges go online, they will compete in ways they have never competed before.

Yes, there's "opportunity" here, but the world is more complicated than that simple statement implies.


Topic 3: Technology after the pandemic - Robots Welcome to take some jobs

We were struck by the article below on how robots are being accepted instead of feared, at least in one specific example. There have been commentaries for years about the fear of robots taking jobs. But in this strange pandemic context, we're finding that robots are welcome to do certain jobs that humans aren't interested in doing.

Link:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/business/coronavirus-workplace-automation.html?referringSource=articleShare

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