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Episode 72 - Micro-Management, Chinese Sanctions, and Trifurcation of the Web

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 08/11/2020

Episode 107 - Best Practices, Ingram/Harmony, and Water Cooled Servers show art Episode 107 - Best Practices, Ingram/Harmony, and Water Cooled Servers

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Topic 1: Should you rely on best practices? We return to the question of what ARE best practices and how you define them. But more than that, should you be following other peoples' so-called best practices? Stop leaning on best practices, and experiment! Related Link: Topic 2: Distributor Ingram Micro Buys Harmony PSA. First, do you care? Second, is this a good move? Would you be tempted to a PSA owned by one of your distributors? Related Links: Topic 3: Submerged Servers. Like, IN the water. Last year Microsoft completed a test of sealed server data centers at the bottom of the ocean....

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Episode 106 - Multicloud, Deep Fakes, AI, and More show art Episode 106 - Multicloud, Deep Fakes, AI, and More

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Topic 1: Stop Talking About Multicloud and Hybrid Cloud It's time to take this seriously and talk about Integration. As always, we take a stab at the terminology used by our industry and ponder about what's really going on. We all love jargon, but it's important to dig a little a figure out what's really being discussed. Related Link: Topic 2: Detecting Deef Fake Videos with AI Scientists developed a clever way to detect deep fakes by analyzing light reflections in the eyes Related Link: Book to note: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Topic 3: Next Up - Open AI that doesn’t...

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Episode 105 - Cops and Robots, Distributors and Bitcoin show art Episode 105 - Cops and Robots, Distributors and Bitcoin

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Topic 1: Cops and Robots Move to stop NYC police from using armed robots. Note: The police do not own any armed robots, but they do own some robots. So this is totally a preventive measure. We previously discussed the use of AI and facial recognition by police departments. The question here is, when do we begin the conversation (before or after deployment)? Related Link:   Topic 2: Is Bitcoin mining compatible with Singapore’s green initiatives? Bitcoin mining uses about the same amount electricity as Norway! Now Singapore is questioning whether this non-green factor is consistent with...

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Episode 104 - AI Mayflower, NFT Artwork, and RMM News show art Episode 104 - AI Mayflower, NFT Artwork, and RMM News

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Topic 1: AI Mayflower to Cross the Atlantic This is a recreation of the Mayflower voyage with a 100% autonomous ship. Great for research and proof of concept. The Smithsonian doesn’t talk about autonomous shipping vessels, but that might be an option going forward. There are currently very small crews on shipping vessels, but there might be some advantages with this technology. Related Link: We update our burrito bet. Topic 2: NFT - Non-fungible Token Artwork By now you've heard of NFTs, particularly artwork stored with Etherium blockchain guarantee of authenticity. Sold on Rarible.com or...

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Episode 103 - Big Tech Lobbying, Massive Security Camera Breach show art Episode 103 - Big Tech Lobbying, Massive Security Camera Breach

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Topic 1: What works, works: Big Tech Targets DC via Old-School Media Facebook, Amazon, and Google ads are blanketing inside-the-Beltway newsletters in a bid to rehab their tarnished reputations. The big tech companies are getting ready to do battle. So they need to soften up members of Congress. Here’s the interesting part: They didn’t use social media to get the job done. They used good old advertising . . . in newsletters. Of course we use this to look at the whole "Big Data vs. Congress" debate going on right now. Link:   Topic 2: Security Breach at Security Camera Company IoT...

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Episode 102 - Drone-Killing Drones and People-Saving Drones show art Episode 102 - Drone-Killing Drones and People-Saving Drones

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Topic 1: Drone-Killing Drones Great video from "Drone Hunter." AI Powered Drone captures and eliminates drones over no-fly zones, concerts, football games, public addresses by politicians, etc. Karl notes that we hope California deploys these to take down drones flying around forest fires, endangering the pilots trying to fight fires. Video here . . . scroll down a bit: Topic 2: Robots save people from drowning One bot featured in this story. But toward the end you see there are several competitors. Who knew this is a market with growing competition? And that led us to look at robots that...

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Episode 101 - State of the Channel, 3D Homes, and Splinternet News show art Episode 101 - State of the Channel, 3D Homes, and Splinternet News

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Topic 1: ChannelPro State of the Channel survey Bruised but roaring back? We you bruised in 2020? Is this a real reflection of the real channel? Or is this a sampling issue? As always, we think research is good. You just need to be careful about what the results mean. We discuss. And we give a few thoughts on eternal optimism - pro and con. We look forward to concrete house mod kits . . . and more. Related Link: Topic 2: 3D printed home. 1,500 sq feet. $299K We're not sure how much the printer cost - but the houses are serious. The story here is from New York, so the price point of $300,000...

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Episode 100 - Zoom Opens the Future, Texas Electricity, and AI Ethics show art Episode 100 - Zoom Opens the Future, Texas Electricity, and AI Ethics

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Topic 1: Zoom begins the next wave . . . getting back to the office We were impressed with Zoom's announcement of touch-free office connections for receptionist via Zoom. What other emerging technologies can we look forward to as we emerge from the pandemic? Remember: Innovation and technology both affect culture and are affected by culture. Related Link: Topic 2: Texas Electricity You heard about Texas' problem with electricity. If not, follow the link below. We're tempted to draw an analogy to the availability question regarding bandwidth. And we are reminded: All this stuff costs money!...

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Episode 99 - Nouveau Jargon and Visions of the Future show art Episode 99 - Nouveau Jargon and Visions of the Future

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Topic 1: Jargon of the Week . . . DBIO Take it apart: Digital Business Infrastructure Operations. Is this usable terminology? Just another four letter acronym? "Digital Business Infrastructure Operations (DBIO) is an end-to-end approach to delivering managed services. It spans the entire digital value chain – from the core to the edge – and is supported by robust network and security infrastructure." One aspect - building things backwards - just amounts to selling solutions instead of selling “stuff” and integrating it. That sounds like the advice for last 50 years. We'd love to hear...

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Episode 98 - Betting on Reddit Stock Tips, Apple, and the Future of Privacy show art Episode 98 - Betting on Reddit Stock Tips, Apple, and the Future of Privacy

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We cannot ignore what's going on with Reddit. This one is more "of interest" than a direct hit on topics we think you need to know about. There are many ramifications for business people, of course. And it's also a reflection of some bigger trends in society generally. We spent more time on Reddit, so this show only features two topics. Topic 1: /r/wallstreetbets/ . . . Good, bad, or just ugly? Sub Reddit takes on hedge funds. “Professional” hedge fund managers are selling Game Stop short - and the Reddit users are forcing the stock UP. They are bankrupting professionals hour by hour....

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Topic 1: Micro-Management 2020

How are managers doing in the world all-remote work? In particular, how are remote managers doing? We continue the discussion of whether we'll really go back to the office when all this is over.

One element to watch: Not all managers trust employees and believe they can be effective without true hands-on management. We cover a few stats and give our impressions of the world ahead.

Links:

https://hbr.org/2020/07/remote-managers-are-having-trust-issues

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/04/remote-work-longer-days/


Topic 2: Sanctions against Chinese companies will have echoes inside the world of technology.

As Chinese companies are sanctioned for human rights violations, our supply chain is affected. On top of that, these sactions lead to other forces in the world of online collaboration and the global inter-connected Internet. Sub-topics include human rights, cyber crime, overall regulation, and having the virtual world become the "real" world.

Links:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/us-adds-11-more-chinese-companies-to-entity-list-for-uyghur-human-rights-violations/

https://apnews.com/978f1494313a545e6e7e568e5f9782bf


Topic 3: TikTok and Bifurcation of the Internet; and maybe Trifurcation, etc.

Life after the Pandemic . . . What does TikTok mean? And does it matter whether it's owned by a U.S. company, in an inter-connected global Internet? Is TikTok any worse than Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other "western" countries just because the data goes to China vs. San Jose?

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