Round 'em Up!

Figured we’d take a quick look back at what the 7CTOs blog covered the past couple weeks -- see if there are any updates on the subject(s).

The story that got the most attention in the past two weeks, by far, in online media was “Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet.” It was originally published by the not-well-known legal and security blog Lawfair. It was an alarming -- and convincing -- enough piece to grab the attention of TIME magazine, as well as a slew of other places.  

One interesting and unsettling thought was put forward by the East Coast marketing guy Jeff Rutherford, who theorized “massive cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. on Election Day in November.”  Hopefully our best talent -- federal and private -- are ahead of the “worst” talent in other countries. 

We also looked into the “iPhone Agonistes,” of whether the new AirPods’ radiowaves are going to bring about a generation of brain tumors in Apple fanboys and girls, and if it’s just a coincidence that the number of searches for “iPhone slow” peaks just about every time a new operating system and phone are released.

As it turns out, iOS 10 is causing headaches across the Apple orchard, with T-Moblie going as far as to tell its customers not to download the new system (though a tweet from T-Moblie today suggests that it’s been fixed). On the other hand, TechRadar already has a list of fixes that need to be done. Good luck.

Cathy O’Neil’s new book “Weapons of Math Destruction,” was covered two Mondays back. The article that originally ran in Salon must’ve given the book -- which explains “how big data increases inequality and threatens Democracy” -- a nice bump, because it’s now #1 on Amazon in the Technology and Statistics categories.

Last Thursday, we wrote about how machine learning is showing some human frailties, via an interview with Richard Sharp of Yieldify, a predictive marketing company. Once you start digging into it, it seems Mr. Sharp has a lot of people who agree with him.

This week, we wrote about The Guardian’s take on the inherent incongruity of “ethical egotism,” five ways technology will change the world in five years, Apple’s new Sierra Operating System, and how tech is helping us unravel long inaccessible scrolls.

We couldn’t find much more about “ethical egotism,” and think it’s a snarky play off of “ethical egoism,”one branch of a philosophical school of thought that suggests moral people will make the right choice for the greater good because the greater good is usually self serving as well (or something like that). That’s not what The Guardian is referring to, though. Not much to add on this one.

One week-plus later, the reviews for new Apple stuff are a mixed bag, moreso than usual, though still leaning positive and “Trusted Reviews” (are they?) gives it five stars. That said, we’ve heard from three friends who’ve downloaded iOS10 and found the process a nightmare. Maybe if they’d kept the headphone jack….

The lack of jack wasn’t one of the five tech game changers according to Computerworld, but even if you didn’t read the original list, you should at least check out the Forrester infographic that goes with it. Informative and a quick read, easy to intellectually digest.

This writer’s favorite article was about the University of Kentucky computer scientists who found a way to read thousands of previously indecipherable scrolls that had been carbonized in an underground library following eruption of Pompeii in 79 A.D. Doing some more digging (so to speak), I discovered that if these scrolls and books could be analyzed and reconstructed, it would be the greatest single find of Greek and Roman literature in history, ever. That’s worth rooting for….and reinforcing how exciting and world-changing technology can be.