Online Security: Don’t Blame Apple or the Cloud

Yes there are things we need to be aware and this Slate article Blame Apple does a good job laying them out. Ironically given the title, the last sentence actually makes the case for not blaming Apple:

Apple will probably survive though. IPhones are so cool and pretty.

One commenter adds:

The thing is, I expect most people with iPhones don’t understand any of this, and use iPhones mostly because they don’t want to learn about it or be bothered with it.

Is it really that people are too lazy or is it that we teach people from childhood that it’s ok to choose the easier path. As the AI entity known as Agent Smith in The Matrix film notes there will be serious consequences for us choosing to have machines and programs do  our thinking for us.

Maybe a heavy dose of the Kobe method mentioned in the previous post is what’s needed. How would learning more about online security tools help you improve in areas you are passion about?


An Opportunity For NBA Players And Owners

With over 500 million followers and likes across the social media landscape, the NBA is well positioned to become a platform for technology innovation and education. Partnering with NSBE chapters and HBCU STEM programs and entities like Sports Technology Education @ MIT the NBA could begin in-house development of video games that would be appealing but not profitable enough for big name game development companies. MLB has gotten into the video game business(albeit for similar but different reasons) because it sees a long-term win.  In-house development capabilities would also enable the creation of apps and online services that would transform NBA Nation from a single sponsor to a thriving revenue generating network. All of these things will create an environment from which a new more representative generation of owners can emerge.  This effort could be kickstarted  with the fine that will be levied on Clippers owner  Donald Sterling!

African-American Internet Pioneer

Every visit to a web site is a reminder that the first company to register names was founded by an African-American named Emmit McHenry. From 1993 to 1999 the only way to obtain a name for a web site was through his company Network Solutions.

The company has been sold several times since then but remembering it’s ancestry is one way to inspire young people of color.