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Episode 79 - Dark Web Arrests, Underwater Servers Update, and Microsoft RMM

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 09/29/2020

Episode 115 - Sharing your Bandwidth and Serious AI Questions show art Episode 115 - Sharing your Bandwidth and Serious AI Questions

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Topic 1: Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors. Amazon introduces "sidewalk" network sharing. This feature is ON by default. At this point, Amazon's new mesh network sharing is experimental. How do you feel about that? Is this OK from Apple but not from Amazon? Read in Ars Technica:   Topic 2: The Era of the Digital Leash is well on its way. Now add some AI analysis. Bosses putting a 'digital leash' on remote workers could be crossing a privacy line. We've reported about watching both students and employees. Now we find this constant monitoring moving...

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Episode 114 - Google's MUM, 911 Drones, and Ethical Obligation show art Episode 114 - Google's MUM, 911 Drones, and Ethical Obligation

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Topic 1: Google Replaces Bert with MUM At I/O 2021, Google introduced MUM — Multitask United Model. According to Google, this new language model is 1000 times more powerful than BERT, the search engine they released in 2019. MUM is coming to Google products sometime in the future. Note: BERT = Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers. Did BERT change your life two years ago? Will you actually notice the move to MUM?       Topic 2: Drones as first response to 911 calls. The Chula Vista police drones can now cover 100% Of of the City For Emergency Calls. And they...

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Episode 113 - Cryto Currency Insanity, and Video Cards that Aren’t Graphics Cards show art Episode 113 - Cryto Currency Insanity, and Video Cards that Aren’t Graphics Cards

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Topic 1: Does the obvious stupidity in the Crypto-verse help to increase or decrease the adoption of crypo currencies? A bit of crypto news this week. But on the serious side, what does this activity mean? Elon Musk makes fun of crypto currencies and the market goes wild (down). Dogecoin created as a joke. Now it's going crazy. Then two winners created a spinoff coin because “people seem to like dogs” and became millionaires.   Topic 2: Ann Arbor to Launch Autonomous Shuttle Service October 11th But there's one already operating in Fairfax, VA. We have some questions about the...

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Episode 112 - AI in the Military, Colonial Pipeline, and Discriminatory NDAs show art Episode 112 - AI in the Military, Colonial Pipeline, and Discriminatory NDAs

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Topic 1: Military practices controlling hundreds of robots and drones at once - with AI Like it or not, AI is coming to military operations. It might be cheaper, but is it safer? But is the reliance on AI a problem? Links:     Topic 2: What can we learn from the Colonial Pipeline hack? How should companies respond? And are there real consequences for companies that get hacked? We discuss. Topic 3: Proposed law says discriminatory behavior should not be subject to non-disclosure agreements. Is the NDA … too much? Ifeoma Ozoma is a technology policy expert with experience leading...

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Episode 111 - Hacking Waze, Cookies by Drone, and Discussing Diversity show art Episode 111 - Hacking Waze, Cookies by Drone, and Discussing Diversity

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Topic 1: Burger King diverts McDonalds customers - via Waze This one is kinda cool because it's so sneaky. With just a taste of big data. When people are close to a McDonalds billboard and headed toward a restaurant, Waze lures them off to a Burger King instead. Just sneaky, or actually immoral? Link: Topic 2: Girl Scout Cookies by Drone Not a burrito or pizza. But it's pretty cool to get your cookies by drone. Makes us ponder: Are there things you would actually pay a premium to get via drone? We're thinking yes for cookies, and probably no for a ream of paper. Link: Topic 3: Basecamp...

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Episode 110 - Hacked Ice Cream Machine and Right to Repair show art Episode 110 - Hacked Ice Cream Machine and Right to Repair

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Topic 1: Hacked Ice Cream Makers at McDonalds A very strange right to repair! If you buy an expensive machine, do you have the right to buy a third-party add-on that makes it work better? Topic 2: EU looking to regulate “High-Risk” AI High risk determined in two steps by considering whether it may cause certain harms and, if so, the severity of the possible harm and the probability of occurrence. Possible damages include - death of a person - damage of property - systemic adverse impacts for society at large - adverse impact on financial, educational or professional opportunities of...

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Episode 109 - Offensive Tech Jargon, Facial Recognition Update, and Geo-Location Ethics show art Episode 109 - Offensive Tech Jargon, Facial Recognition Update, and Geo-Location Ethics

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Topic 1: Racist (and other offensive) Tech Jargon Words matter. The most obvious example is "master/slave" but there's plenty of other insensitive terminology around. Remember, these terms might make sense to you, but you clients may hear it and wonder exactly what you're talking about. Link: Topic 2: Facial Recognition Update. Facial Recognition has evolved considerably in the pandemic. It has been banned in a few places. It has been regulated a bit at the local (not federal) level. Amateurs are now getting in the game (e.g., Used to identify police during protests). And the police have...

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Episode 108 - AI on Fiverr, Millions of IOT Devices Compromised, and More show art Episode 108 - AI on Fiverr, Millions of IOT Devices Compromised, and More

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Topic 1: Will Bots Take Jobs? AI Robots are coming for your jobs! Or - in a much more realistic interpretation, they are coming to reduce the amount of mundane process work that humans do so they can focus on interpersonal stuff that robots can’t do. We take a mostly positive spin on this one. Related Link: Topic 2: 100 Million IOT Devices Compromised Scary fact: As the number of deployed devices continues to grow exponentially, the size of these incidents will also continue to grow. This will also have an effect on our liability insurance and state/provincial legislation. Related Link: ...

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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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Topic 1: 179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

"Operation Disruptor" is an unprecedented international law enforcement effort, stemming from last year’s seizure of a popular underground bazaar called Wall Street Market. This more than a US-centric law enforcement effort since the dark side of the Internet is international. So, this was a major, successful, multi-national undertaking.

Clearly, this is something you should be talking to you clients about. They don't need the details, of course, but they need to know that the threat is real!

https://www.wired.com/story/operation-disruptor-179-arrested-global-dark-web-takedown/


Topic 2: Microsoft’s underwater server experiment resurfaces after two years.

Turns out, dunking data centers is a great idea! About 1/8th as many failures, compared to data center up here with oxygen and temperature variations. It's also a good test for data centers in space or on other planets.

Next up: Placing data centers offshore . . . near you.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/14/21436746/microsoft-project-natick-data-center-server-underwater-cooling-reliability


Topic 3: Microsoft Lighthouse: An RMM.

We tackle this straight on. Does the new MS Lighthouse with MSP dashboard compete with you? Or is it simply competing for your attention and money?

Announcement: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/small-and-medium-business-blog/announcing-microsoft-365-lighthouse-for-managed-service/ba-p/1698181

Note, also that T-Mobile is offering Microsoft 365 and support services.

https://www.bloomberg.com/press-releases/2020-09-21/t-mobile-gets-down-to-business-for-small-business-launches-new-small-business-plans-with-microsoft-365

And HP is offering managed services . . .

https://www.channelpronetwork.com/news/hp-introduces-subscription-hardware-and-services-program-smbs

And Lenovo is offering managed services . . .

https://www.channelpronetwork.com/news/lenovo-introduces-microsoft-365-managed-services-smbs

Should you be afraid? Energized? Should your clients be warned about these changes? We discuss from many different angles.

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Sherweb's Accelerate 2020 offers a comprehensive online program to help you gear up for the future of managed services. Industry experts will deliver thought leadership sessions and hands-on workshops on sales, marketing, financials, strategic business planning and customer engagement. Also available will be 1:1 meetings and fun virtual networking.

Want to stay relevant in a disrupted world? Join us from anywhere on October 21st and 22nd. Registration is open at accelerate.sherweb.com.

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