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Episode 105 - Cops and Robots, Distributors and Bitcoin

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 03/30/2021

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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:

https://link.wired.com/view/5e3f0a597e553f71453d575ddurk4.17ax/3469246b

 

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 their go-green policies.

Meanwhile . . . Bank of America says there’s no reason to use Bitcoin. Ethereum has more features. And Ethereum is easier to manage if you’re interested in De-Fi (decentralized finance). BofA released a report last week entitled “8 Dirty Little Secrets of Bitcoin.” See the slideshow link below.

Related Links:

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/cryptocurrency-blockchain-environmental-impact-singapore-14385104

https://www.coindesk.com/bank-of-america-defi-potentially-more-disruptive-than-bitcoin

https://www.thinkadvisor.com/2021/03/22/8-dirty-little-secrets-of-bitcoin-bofa-securities/

 

Topic 3: Tech Data-Synnex merger - Does this matter to IT consultants?

Tech distributors Synnex and Tech Data are merging. Karl is surprised this took so long. But, in the big picture, does this affect you?

SaaS companies have been taking distributors (and partners) out of the equation for many years. The cloud is moving servers into data centers, who frequently bypass distributors. Cloud services are more effectively sold by Sherweb, AppRiver, Intermedia, Pax8, etc.

Were you surprised? Give us your feedback.


Related Links:

ChannelE2E Announcement re: Synnex / Tech Data Merger
https://www.channele2e.com/investors/private-equity/synnex-tech-data-merge/

CRN Slideshow re: D&H Response to Synnex / Tech Data Merger
https://www.crn.com/slide-shows/channel-programs/d-h-co-presidents-on-standing-out-amid-the-tech-data-synnex-merger-we-are-like-evolution-versus-revolution-

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