Posts tagged with 'Communication'

Urgency gone totally wrong

  • Posted on April 24, 2015 at 11:04 am

Every once in a while someone has a problem that needs to be fixed. Or someone wants to ask something. Often it’s just about a task, a piece of information, an appointment, or similar. What do people do then? Well, if it’s really urgent you usually resort to synchronous communication such as the telephone. You can also call it smartphone, but it doesn’t change the fact that you pick up the phone and talk to someone in real time. That’s the theory. In fact people send emails, text messages (which might not get delivered), or private messages on obscure social media platform where you log in every three months.

Stupidity is on the rise.

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Somebody is lying

  • Posted on June 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Unless you have been living in a cave (or Abbottabad) for the past decade you have probably heard about NSA’s PRISM project. The security agencies have taken the „Cloud“ to the next level in order to access communication data and metadata. This is hardly a surprise for anyone keeping track of government activities. You don’t need strange conspiracy theories to stay sceptic. Provided someone wants to listen to the communication of non-US citizens and these non-US citizens use technology hosted in the US, then accessing the data gets a lot easier. The „Cloud“ is the best what could happen to agencies.

Of course the companies listed in the PRISM slide deck know nothing about it. Firstly everything except denying will hurt your business. Secondly all you need to not know anything any more is to receive a national security letter (NSL). Once you get this letter, you cannot say what’s going on behind the scenes. Too bad. Hence I’d take everything the compromised companies claim publicly with a large grain of salt. Press releases and speeches by CEOs usually have an agenda which doesn’t necessarily has something to do with truth.

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