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Keith Barrett has been at 24 events

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Robert Scoble6,958,442@104987932455782713675 and I are talking about how the filters work on Facebook and why they aren't as nice to photographers as Google+ is.  Which got me a ton of questions about my feed, and what I'm seeing/learning about how the filters work and how to "game" them to get things through to more people's feeds on Facebook. I'm linking to here from Facebook, so there. This one is for the Facebook fans (or haters)2014-08-07 01:11:30140  
Andrew Pritykin1,100Join   #WDGG  for its 17th episode! A lot to discuss after Google I/o 2014! Once again for the weekly driven community show! Feel free to join in for a seat in this weeks episode or in the conversation Q&A!Weekly Dosage of Google Glass Episode 172014-07-03 02:00:0035  
Keith Barrett1,161,779I will be co-hosting on @112393161139283837416 "Weekly Roundup" with @115558779859554883235  Go to thetechbuzz.net for the live broadcast and chat roomThe Tech Buzz "Weekly Roundup"2014-06-24 00:00:005  
Keith Barrett1,161,779I'm a guest on this week's episode of @105845032738166825247 with @112727095754736043075  Twitter: https://twitter.com/GetNerdy_WithIt Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Getnerdywithit Website: http://www.getnerdywithit.com/Get Nerdy With It2014-05-28 02:00:0010  
Keith Barrett1,161,779*_This Orlando Area Glass Meet-up includes Disney World "Star Wars Weekend"_* Glass owners and enthusiasts welcome. This meet-up is all about the Disney Star Wars Weekends. The general plan is similar to previous meet-ups, and includes a mixture of dining, photography, theme park , and shopping options. Some gatherings are free, the theme park will require a ticket purchase, but you can pick and choose to attend any individual component you want *I created a quick guide:*  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CDAu5lawYKnGsHSiVvxdHvqkI3jblO9V0U-55XYbg3Y *_Note 1:_*_ I have split this event into two adjacent events. There is a separate event for the Orlando Glass Meet-up on Friday evening at BJ's Restaurant. See the link for more details:_  https://plus.google.com/events/c72tjurh0s85kqhogmvt4a6fge0 *_Note 2: This is a POPULAR event at Disney!_*_  It will be all day, probably hot & humid, and much more crowded than prior meet-ups. We need to be at the park at 8am for the opening so the breakfast has been moved to Sunday morning. We'll take breaks, but plan plan to be hot and tired by the time we close out._ *PLANNED SCHEDULE* *SATURDAY 3/16 8:00am DISNEY HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS "STAR WARS"* _(requires admission & parking)_ The entire park will be filled with costumes, photo ops, storm troopers, celebrity booths. There's also a special merchandise store, parade, and evening event. It will be a crowded day so we'll need to line up for things early. Wear sunscreen and dress lightly. *SUNDAY 3/17 8:00am - 10:00am OPEN BREAKFAST* Sassagoula, Disney Port Orleans French Quarter Resort Hotel Breakfast will be at the "Sassagoula" restaurant located in the Disney World Port Orleans French Quarter Resort hotel (2201 Orleans Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL). This does not require a park ticket to participate, and is an open area casual food court (that does offer Mickey Waffles and beignets). When you arrive at the hotel tell the security guard you are having breakfast in Sassagoula's. We'll be in a far back, corner; just look for people wearing Google Glass. There may be some treats or swag for early arrivals, and we'll likely take a group photo.  *SUNDAY 3/17 10:00am EPCOT* Some of us are planning to visit Epcot World Showcase after breakfast.Orlando Google Glass "Star Wars" Meet-up2014-05-17 14:00:0020  
Keith Barrett1,161,779The day before the Orlando Area Google Glass "Star Wars Weekends" Meet-up. This event is open to any Google Glass users or enthusiasts in the area. *FRIDAY 3/16 6:30pm - 9:00pm CASUAL DINNER, SNACKS & DRINKS* BJ's Bar & Grill. We'll meet in the bar area or outside if the weather is good. Look for people wearing Glass! http://www.bjsrestaurants.com/locations/fl/lake-buena-vista Then tomorrow it's the Glass Disney Star Wars Weekend Meet-up! See the separate event for details, and then a Sunday breakfast. https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ckgseuhb11fjg93hvgedker3bskMonthly Orlando Glass Meetup2014-05-16 18:30:007  
Keith Barrett1,161,779@115403856867272859027 and guest @105248484118148978714 will be on @100042872470152404449 tonight talking about anything that entertains them. Watch it live in Chris's stream: https://plus.google.com/+ChrisVoss1/postsThe Chris Voss Show2014-05-09 01:00:003  
Keith Barrett1,161,779Come watch @115558779859554883235 , @116594631970684887332 and @105248484118148978714  talk live (with chat room) about the week in Tech and Social Media news on @105975944519164491922 - http://thetechbuzz.netWeekly Roundup2014-05-06 00:00:0018  
Keith Barrett1,161,779Join host @115558779859554883235 and guests @116594631970684887332 and @105248484118148978714 as we talk about the last week in news on @112393161139283837416  . Watch on http://thetechbuzz.net"Weekly Roundup"2014-04-29 00:00:006  
Andrew Pritykin1,100As everyone probably knows we had a huge technical issue with this past episode. With that said we are re-doing the episode!  Join #WDGG for its 11th episode! Once again for the weekly driven community show! Feel free to join in for a seat in this weeks episode or in the conversation Q&A!Weekly Dosage of Google Glass Episode 112014-04-28 00:00:0043  
Keith Barrett1,161,779Google says they're going to extend the public @111626127367496192147 purchase period, so I'm starting another hangout so we can chat about it (or Google IO, or whatever - come say hi :-) If you're a new Glass owner comes say hello!!    #askanexplorer   https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/c3obbt5lh4j4snheu1d2idb6v1cAsk an Explorer #askanexplorer2014-04-16 01:30:0013  
Keith Achorn2,155Tomorrow Google is offering a brief window to sign up for +Google Glass. Are you considering Glass, but have a few questions first? @114375401846819599162, @105175245829173637529, and I are hosting an Open Hangout to discuss. Current Explorers are welcome to join and help answer questions, but be sure to save room for those who are still deciding. https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/76cpjit2jukgjcgvrhu1n3ftcoAsk an Explorer2014-04-15 05:00:0015  
Keith Barrett1,161,779Come watch us talk about Google Glass and the 1 day sale tomorrow with @116594631970684887332 and myself. Visit http://thetechbuzz.net for the broadcastThe Tech Buzz "Weekly Roundup"2014-04-15 00:00:005  
Disney Parks1,533,422Join us on April 10th at 1:00pm PT, for a very special Google+ Hangout On Air with Academy Award® winning composer and Disney legend Richard M. Sherman in celebration the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,”® the classic Disney Parks attraction that opened as a salute to UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and children around the world at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.   Want a chance to appear in the Hangout as a featured participant? Ask your question in the Q&A app and we may pick you!   Feeling a bit camera shy but still have a great question to ask? No problem! You can still ask it in the Q&A app or Tweet it using #SmallWorldHangout - our moderator will be asking Mr. Sherman a selection of the best fan-submitted questions during the Hangout!   Fans around the world are also invited to join the global sing-along by visiting www.SmallWorld50.com - a “global hub” of music and harmony where guests may record videos of themselves singing the classic song and create virtual “it’s a small world” dolls to benefit UNICEF.Disney Parks presents: Richard M. Sherman Performance and Q&A2014-04-10 22:00:00822  
Keith Barrett1,161,779*The 4th Orlando area Google Glass Meet-up* is planned for 4/4, and celebrates the official 2nd anniversary/birthday of Google Glass. The general plan is similar to the previous meet-ups and includes a mixture of dining, photography, Disney theme park visit and more. *_And apparently the Google Glass team has a surprise for us._* *UPDATE* It's been voiced that people are interested in a karaoke night, so we're scheduling it in for Saturday. *PLANNED SCHEDULE* *FRIDAY 4/4 6:30pm - 9pm OPEN DINNER & DRINKS* Chevy's Tex Mex. We'll start in the bar area and move to a dining table if we get enough people. Google has also provided a small surprise. http://www.yelp.com/biz/chevys-fresh-mex-lake-buena-vista *SATURDAY 4/5 8:00 - 9:30 OPEN BREAKFAST* Disney Port Orleans French Quarter Resort Hotel Breakfast will be at the "Sassagoula" restaurant located in the Disney World Port Orleans French Quarter Resort hotel (2201 Orleans Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL). This does not require a park ticket to participate, and is an open area casual food court (that does offer Mickey Waffles and beignets). When you arrive at the hotel tell the security guard you are having breakfast in Sassagoula's. We'll be in a far back, corner; just look for people wearing Google Glass. There may be some treats or swag for early arrivals, and we'll want to take a group photo. I'll also be sharing Glass news from my trip to California *SATURDAY 4/5 10:00am -9pm EPCOT* (requires admission & parking) We'll be riding rides, watching shows, having lunch, and possibly fireworks. We'll meet just in front of the park entrance turnstiles for a group photo. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Breakdown of what we did at this event* _Roughly 13 people in attendance, 8 of them Glass explorers_ *Friday 6pm-9:30pm: Dinner and drinks at Chevy's Tex Mex*. Some swag giveaways including a Google t-shirt. Group photo. *Saturday 8am-9:45am: Sassagoula* Breakfast; including Mickey waffles & beignets. More swag giveaways (thanks to +Teddy Benson ), including a Glass water bottle. Group photo. *Saturday 10:30am: Epcot Flower & Garden Festival* Cronuts!! Shopping & boat ride & group photo at Mexico Shopping & boat ride at Norway Photography at China Shopping at Germany  Turkey Legs & Glass demos at America Lunch, Shopping, photography and Glass demos in Japan. We also experimented with strange candy. Morocco music & Glass demos Adult beverages & street show in France Beer & "Word of the Day" in the U.K. Nemo & Friends, Turtle Talk, & Aquarium visit Living with the Land boat ride Cool down in Sunshine Seasons food court Mouse Gear shopping & Glass demos Left about 7pmOrlando Area Google Glass Birthday Meet-up2014-04-04 19:00:0018  
Libby Chang2,322Stanford Court is offering a free drink to any Explorers that wear Glass to their bar.  In my book, this is a great business to support :D! UPDATE:  Stanford Court is totally awesome!  Not only are they going to offer a free drink to all Explorers that show up to this event, they're throwing in appetizers!  For those of you attending, please make sure to leave some reviews.  LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!Drinks with fellow Explorers at Stanford Court2014-03-28 19:00:0057  
GDG Central Florida45First Meeting of GDG - Central Florida - topic tbd Google Developers Group - Central Florida Meet & Greet2014-03-05 19:00:004  
Keith Barrett1,161,779The broadcast and live chat room will take place on http://thetechbuzz.net I may also try to create a Hangout On Air for itThe Tech Buzz "Weekly Roundup"2014-02-18 00:00:004  
Keith Barrett1,161,779Live broadcast on http://thetechbuzz.net discussing the week in newsThe Tech Buzz "Weekly Roundup"2014-01-28 00:00:003  
Keith Barrett1,161,779*Celebrate the Holidays #throughglass * Google Glass owners, enthusiasts, and people who just want to try them are all welcome. You can come and go to anything planned. This is a casual public event with no formal representation of Google, Disney or Universal. Just Glass fans getting together. Here's our preliminary agenda. FRIDAY 12/6 6:30pm till whenever Open Dinner gathering at Chevy's Tex Mex. We'll start in the bar area and move to a dining table if we get enough people. http://www.yelp.com/biz/chevys-fresh-mex-lake-buena-vista SATURDAY 12/7 8:00 - 9:30 BREAKFAST Disney Port Orleans French Quarter Resort Hotel Breakfast will be at the "Sassagoula" restaurant located in the Disney World Port Orleans French Quarter Resort hotel (2201 Orleans Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL). This does not require a park ticket to join, and is an open area casual food court (that does offer Mickey Waffles). When you arrive at the hotel just tell the security guard you are having breakfast in Sassagoula's. We'll be in the far back, corner, so just look for people wearing Google Glass. There may be some treats or swag for early arrivals, and we'll want to take a group photo. 10:00am DISNEY HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS (requires admission & parking) We'll be riding rides, attending the stunt show, having lunch, and ending with the Osborne Lights show. We'll meet just inside the park near the turnstiles. [CANCELLED by mutual decision of group being too hot and exhausted was the 8:00pm Universal Studios Citywalk Rising Star Karaoke. Requires $16 club admission (and a parking fee if not a Florida resident)]HolidayGlass (3rd Orlando Google Glass Gathering)2013-12-07 08:30:0021  
Keith Barrett1,161,779The 2nd Orlando Google Glass gathering will center on Food & Wine at Walt Disney World. It's your chance to experience Google Glass, or share your time with other explorers. 8:30 *BREAKFAST - Disney Port Orleans French Quarter Resort Hotel* Breakfast will be at the "Sassagoula" restaurant located in the Disney World *Port Orleans French Quarter* Resort hotel (2201 Orleans Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL). This does not require a park ticket to join, and is an open area casual food court (that does offer Mickey Waffles). When you arrive at the hotel just tell the security guard you are having breakfast in Sassagoula's. We'll probably be in the back, so just look for people wearing Google Glass. I also have some unimportant swag to give away. We can also take a group photo outside before we break for Epcot. 11:00 *Epcot* We'll run over to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Requires park admission ticket purchase and $15 parking. Those that join us will eat, drink and #GlassExplore the countries of Epcot and all the festival kiosks. Free Night Ranger concerts too. *UPDATE* We'll meet in front of the fountain just after entering the turnstiles for a group photo. About 11:15. No end time; no commitments. :-) *After Party?* There is discussion that some people might head over to Universal Citywalk Rising Star after 6pm for some live band Karaoke."Glass Around The World" (2nd Orlando Meet-up)2013-10-19 08:30:0015  
Keith Barrett1,161,779Meet for lunch (and maybe things after) in Epcot at the Sunshine Seasons food court (lower level of "The Land" pavilion). Requires you can enter the park to meet up. There are many things we can try 1. Get a fast past to Soarin' (if they are available). I can ask the cast member to take a photo of us all lined up in the seating.  The same thing at Test Track is also possible. 2. No one has recorded Glass video of "Listen to the Land" or the "Universe of Energy" yet. 3. Sit in a circle and each take a photo of their perspective. We can then stitch them together later. 4. We can all play and record the "Agent P" game (formally Kim Possible). 5. We can take over the English Pub or have margaritas in Mexico. Make sure your Glass is charged up :-)Orlando 1st Google Glass Meetup (Epcot)2013-09-01 12:00:009  
Clayton Pritchard47,082Stay up to date on the schedule before and during the event at http://ioxorlando.appspot.com/ Google I/O Extended Orlando will be more than just a viewing party for Google's I/O conference in San Francisco, it will be away for you to expand your knowledge and connect with others in Orlando's tech community. Along with live-streaming the keynotes and sessions from Google I/O, we'll have local presentations on topics (both developer and business) for anyone involved in tech. There will also be plenty of free Google swag including journals, sunglasses, tumblers, and water bottles. *Basic Schedule* Wednesday, May 15th: 11AM - 9:10PM -- _Key West Ballroom, Room 218CD_ Thursday, May 16th: 12PM - 9PM -- _Pegasus Ballroom ABC_ *Presentation Schedule* *Wednesday, May 15th* _11am-11:45am_: Check-in _12pm-3pm_: Keynote live-streamed from Google I/O _3pm-3:45pm_: Networking break _3:45pm-4:45pm_: Introduction to iOS App Development & Demo (Joshua Imel & @113741874504151246177 - Teeps) _4:55pm-5:35pm_: What's New in the Google Web Toolkit & How to Get Started (@106275500228046396154 - @103959793061819610212) _5:45pm-6:25pm_: History of Social Media Apps & a Look at the Future (@114810785118202834941 & @115124864391789940258 - @108303669164547823402) _6:50pm-7:30pm_: Arduino Introduction & Demo (Harold Timmis - smARTMAKER) _7:40pm-8:20pm_: Can Google & Apple Make Nice? - iOS Integration with Google (@115765293872126151437 - Boom Consulting) _8:30pm-9:10pm_: Building an Effective Network with Google+ (@115980322864066690488  - @106226439354629484339) *Thursday, May 16th* _12pm-12:45pm_: Check-in _1pm-2pm_: Google OAuth 2.0 Introduction & Demo (@109505062501532905087 - Rapid Cyber Solutions) _2:15pm-2:55pm_: Introduction & Demo of Responsive Web Design (@102347238592428354226 - @100260643278155480141) _3:45pm-4:25pm_: Intro to Chomebooks & ChromeOS (@106275500228046396154 - @103959793061819610212) _4:40pm-5:20pm_: Google App Engine Introduction & Demo (@113165860474166006627) _5:35pm-6:15pm_: OWASP Top 10 Website Security Flaws (@116486366295744956487 - Hack@UCF) _6:30pm-7:10pm_: Google Glass Panel with @118387747425343803514, @105248484118148978714, & @102949732263460180074 _7:25pm-8:05pm_: Autonomous Robot Running on Android Demo (UCF Robotics Club) _8:20pm-9pm_: Advertise Yourself, Company, or App with Google AdWords (@115980322864066690488 - eComIQ)SMPS & ACM Present: Google I/O Extended Orlando2013-05-15 11:00:0559  
Shaun McLane18,835Open to Everyone! Come join your friends for a St. Patty's Day Eve HiRL at The Pub at Pointe Orlando.  We will all meet at The Pub, then just before 10pm, if you want to see the UFC fights, some of us will make our way down to Hooters (walking distance). The Pub will be having live music and tons of drink specials, so it should be a very affordable night with great friends!Orlando St. Paddy's Day HiRL2013-03-16 19:30:0026  

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2015-07-20 20:11:02 (58 comments, 11 reshares, 206 +1s)Open 

"Attack on Titan" Live Action Movie

Coming to the U.S.?!!!

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2015-07-27 17:35:29 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Google is dropping its Google+ requirement across all products, starting with YouTube

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"Attack on Titan" Live Action Movie

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2015-09-02 22:30:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I'm Now On Blab

I'm now on Blab at https://blab.im/keithbarrett
If you are also, please follow me so I can find you.

I'm Now On Blab

I'm now on Blab at https://blab.im/keithbarrett
If you are also, please follow me so I can find you.___

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2015-09-02 20:14:03 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

FCC's New Rules Might Ban Modification Of Router Firmware

I run custom firmware in mine for security features, so this is not good news. 

FCC's New Rules Might Ban Modification Of Router Firmware

I run custom firmware in mine for security features, so this is not good news. ___

2015-09-02 15:18:46 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I wish there was a tool where I could check off a ton of Manga/Anime I like and it makes recommendations on what else I'd like and calculates my favorite genres.

I wish there was a tool where I could check off a ton of Manga/Anime I like and it makes recommendations on what else I'd like and calculates my favorite genres.___

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2015-09-02 15:02:06 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Are Companies Digging Their Own Grave Using Indian Contracting To Layoff Technology Staff?

Opinion piece on Quora that has some good points, and some extreme points, about the #Disney layoffs.

Are Companies Digging Their Own Grave Using Indian Contracting To Layoff Technology Staff?

Opinion piece on Quora that has some good points, and some extreme points, about the #Disney layoffs.___

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2015-09-01 19:13:19 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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I've created a personalized PayPal link to make it easier for people to support my efforts: https://paypal.me/KeithBarrett


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I've created a personalized PayPal link to make it easier for people to support my efforts: https://paypal.me/KeithBarrett


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2015-08-30 19:18:06 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Banksy Builds An Adult Reality Theme Park

Lots of references to Disney in this exhibit; no foreign outsourcing attraction though.

#Disney  

Banksy Builds An Adult Reality Theme Park

Lots of references to Disney in this exhibit; no foreign outsourcing attraction though.

#Disney  ___

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2015-08-20 16:37:28 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Suit Filed Against Disney For Indian Outsourcing Layoffs

I had never heard of this person. He's filed suit against Disney for the IT foreign outsourcing layoffs this year. While this particular story sounds a bit sensationalistic, he's also been interviewed in a much better ComputerWorld story by +Patrick Thibodeau  about a suit he filed against a healthcare company in 2010 for its IT outsourcing to India contractors. In that case, it was alleged that operational costs, security violations and HIPPA violations all increased under the new staffing but were kept quiet (and all matching my personal experience and observations as well). Here's that story - http://www.computerworld.com/article/2510279/it-outsourcing/fired-it-workers-file-lawsuit-claiming-h-1b-workers-replaced-them.html

The reason I share this is that it reminded me a few years ago I was asked by senior... more »

Suit Filed Against Disney For Indian Outsourcing Layoffs

I had never heard of this person. He's filed suit against Disney for the IT foreign outsourcing layoffs this year. While this particular story sounds a bit sensationalistic, he's also been interviewed in a much better ComputerWorld story by +Patrick Thibodeau  about a suit he filed against a healthcare company in 2010 for its IT outsourcing to India contractors. In that case, it was alleged that operational costs, security violations and HIPPA violations all increased under the new staffing but were kept quiet (and all matching my personal experience and observations as well). Here's that story - http://www.computerworld.com/article/2510279/it-outsourcing/fired-it-workers-file-lawsuit-claiming-h-1b-workers-replaced-them.html

The reason I share this is that it reminded me a few years ago I was asked by senior Disney leadership to perform a security task that violated company policies and security best practices for accountability and authority (I have to be vague here because I cannot share the specifics). Simplistically; I was verbally asked in a conference call to clean up a security problem and take on-going responsibility for something I had no visibility or authority over, and had even warned the company about being a risk in the past. This vulnerability existed because of outsourcing. When I asked for specifics as to what occurred, why it could not be corrected appropriately, or a change the process so my team could be included in future monitoring or approvals to fix this those were refused. When I asked for a standard work request or even just an email showing I was being asked to do this (standard policies for accountability of time) it was refused, which was incredibly odd and the first time I ever encountered that. This situation had all the characteristics of an embarrassing security issue blowing up and being covered, which could have SOX implications. Having professional ethics, a background in security, and working with legal departments in the past, I said I was not comfortable performing this task without some evidence I was being asked to do it instead of personal initiative, so it was given to someone else. Six months later that leader was terminated and I never learned what brought this all about.

In light of recent news, looking back I wonder now what I may have almost been caught up in, and if sticking to professional and legal process contributed to my being included in the later layoffs.

#Disney  ___

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2015-08-13 15:03:03 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Satirical News on The Disney Foreign Outsourcing & Layoffs

#humor #disney  

Satirical News on The Disney Foreign Outsourcing & Layoffs

#humor #disney  ___

2015-08-10 17:06:02 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

3D Printed Medications, In Precise Dosages For Your Biology, Are Coming

http://nzzl.us/CHQHNDr via @nuzzel

3D Printed Medications, In Precise Dosages For Your Biology, Are Coming

http://nzzl.us/CHQHNDr via @nuzzel___

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2015-08-07 18:24:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

5 Things You Should Know About Opera

5 Things You Should Know About Opera___

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2015-08-06 18:11:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Law Enforcement Now Need A Warrant To Track Cell Phones

Law Enforcement Now Need A Warrant To Track Cell Phones___

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2015-08-06 16:52:32 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Disney Stock Drops 9%

Disney's announcement that cable earnings were below expectations caused a "bloodbath" drop across multiple media outlets (Times-Warner, etc.) as it sunk in that cable TV is dying. The public at large is moving to the Internet, and companies that make Internet viewing difficult or rely heavily on blocking live events like sports are going to feel it more and more.

They also stated they were negatively hit by foreign exchange rates, while being in the news last week for over-charging people buying park tickets from foreign locations, against EU restrictions.

No mention was made of the Parks & Resorts Indian outsourcing.
#Disney  

Disney Stock Drops 9%

Disney's announcement that cable earnings were below expectations caused a "bloodbath" drop across multiple media outlets (Times-Warner, etc.) as it sunk in that cable TV is dying. The public at large is moving to the Internet, and companies that make Internet viewing difficult or rely heavily on blocking live events like sports are going to feel it more and more.

They also stated they were negatively hit by foreign exchange rates, while being in the news last week for over-charging people buying park tickets from foreign locations, against EU restrictions.

No mention was made of the Parks & Resorts Indian outsourcing.
#Disney  ___

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2015-08-06 15:03:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Exploding Kittens

My Exploding Kittens game arrived. Even the box is cool.

Exploding Kittens

My Exploding Kittens game arrived. Even the box is cool.___

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2015-07-31 19:19:56 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Google Glass is back! But now it's for businesses

Google Glass is back! But now it's for businesses___

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2015-07-30 14:11:55 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

H-1B Visas Going To Outsourcers Of Indian Labor, Not Local STEM Companies Needing Skills

#Disney

H-1B Visas Going To Outsourcers Of Indian Labor, Not Local STEM Companies Needing Skills

#Disney___

2015-07-29 17:05:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I've updated my personal profile. If you're interested in hiring me or just learning more about me take a look.

I've updated my personal profile. If you're interested in hiring me or just learning more about me take a look.___

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2015-07-28 00:03:04 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Disney Offering Pension Buyouts To 5000 Former Employees

#Disney is offering a one-time pension buyout to about 5000 former employees who pensions are valued at $100k or more. The offer was made last month but the expiration deadline is next week.

Disney Offering Pension Buyouts To 5000 Former Employees

#Disney is offering a one-time pension buyout to about 5000 former employees who pensions are valued at $100k or more. The offer was made last month but the expiration deadline is next week.___

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2015-07-27 17:35:29 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Google is dropping its Google+ requirement across all products, starting with YouTube

Google is dropping its Google+ requirement across all products, starting with YouTube___

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2015-07-22 02:31:57 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Immigration Reform Oversight Mentions Disney Layoffs

C-SPAN's July 14th coverage of the Immigration Reform Oversight Hearings included a few minute discussion about the #Disney outsourcing to India.

Immigration Reform Oversight Mentions Disney Layoffs

C-SPAN's July 14th coverage of the Immigration Reform Oversight Hearings included a few minute discussion about the #Disney outsourcing to India.___

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2015-07-22 01:00:07 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Parasyte Live Action Movie Part 2 Trailer

Part 2 is coming, and I haven't even seen part 1 yet :-(

Parasyte Live Action Movie Part 2 Trailer

Part 2 is coming, and I haven't even seen part 1 yet :-(___

2015-07-21 22:27:34 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Boxcryptor's Malware-like Behavior

Boxcryptor was a simple solution for storing encrypted files on your cloud drives (dropbox, onedrive, etc). However their recent Mac releases took a bullying turn and added code that over-rides your OS and Finder Desktop settings.

Specifically; the app ignores your OS settings to not display drives on your desktop or side panel. Even if you remove them, the app wakes up every few seconds and recreates them. This serves no utility purpose except to make the app more accessible and their name more visible [Update: In a Twitter discussion, they claim it was added to address the volume of support calls claiming they can't find the app]. On their forum users were furious but initially gave them the benefit of doubt it was a bug, however their response said otherwise:

"It's a feature and apparently a bug at the same... more »

Boxcryptor's Malware-like Behavior

Boxcryptor was a simple solution for storing encrypted files on your cloud drives (dropbox, onedrive, etc). However their recent Mac releases took a bullying turn and added code that over-rides your OS and Finder Desktop settings.

Specifically; the app ignores your OS settings to not display drives on your desktop or side panel. Even if you remove them, the app wakes up every few seconds and recreates them. This serves no utility purpose except to make the app more accessible and their name more visible [Update: In a Twitter discussion, they claim it was added to address the volume of support calls claiming they can't find the app]. On their forum users were furious but initially gave them the benefit of doubt it was a bug, however their response said otherwise:

"It's a feature and apparently a bug at the same time. It is correct and desired that Boxcryptor for Mac OS X v2.1.413.617 now always ensures that the Boxcryptor volume is present on the Desktop. This should especially help users with less knowledge about Mac OS X to find the Boxcryptor volume"

This has to be either ignorant or deceptive, as these Mac OS settings are not enabled by default, so the computer owner had to explicitly change them out of a personal desire and understanding to have it be that way. Furthermore, you already have to have experience in setting up and using cloud drives, as Boxcryptor is an encryption front-end add-on, so "we know better than the users or Apple" justification is frail.  Prior versions of their product did not behave this way, If they truly needed to address a customer support issue of ignorance, that needs to be addressed with training (documentation, help pop-ups, etc), not technology.

As a security specialist I would normally advise against using any product, especially one promoting itself as a security tool, that circumvents User/OS settings and recreates pieces of itself every few seconds. This is the definition of malware; intent aside, although they disagree since no "harm" is intended (harm is in the eye of the beholder, and is my machine). It's not behavior that scales on one computer (imagine all your apps having this behavior) or for one app across an Enterprise of them.

If you think this is no big deal, remember that this is an app overriding the owner's explicit settings and in some situations (such as giving presentations to a room full of people, or screen capturing for documentation or video broadcasting purposes) there are reasons this is a headache. A cluttered desktop has also been reported as slowing down remote screen sharing in Yosemite.  Security is also about trust, and if I can't trust they'll obey system settings and avoid using malware or adware type logic, how can I trust nothing else is going on? That may not seen fair but security has absolute perceptions to maintain. And while I'm sure it would be nice for them if I gave a presentation to 100 people and their icon was on my desktop, it's not going to happen for free.

In a twitter discussion, they dismissed the suggestion of adding a GUI setting of their own to stop the behavior because their users might accidentally use it (I'm fuzzy on how you make such a judgement). Instead you are forced to perform command-line actions to hide or disable it (and could get destroyed in an update). They're official post, called "hidden settings" (to over-ride the overridden visible ones) is here: https://t.co/ojRV5ZkGwc

There are OS command line work-arounds ( https://forums.boxcryptor.com/topic/how-to-get-rid-of-the-desktop-alias ) you can also do. Regardless as I was implementing these I realized using a product produced with the ethic that it's OK to screw with me on my own equipment (even with the claim of "helping") is not worth any level of my effort, especially since it could be undone it in future releases.

You see the problem here; an individual or company is making a judgement call on the competence of some users of a single app (among hundreds), while their solution impacts the entire computer and all users everywhere. This is a training issue; not a technology deficiency being addressed. You don't want to have to set this in every app on your computer - that's why there is a central one.

Sadly instead of sharing a glowing article endorsing this product, I'm writing one on this behavior, their response to users, how to circumvent the circumvention, and alternatives to the product (after I choose one). I did tell them if they ever make it play nice with the OS again I'd be happy to revisit it. In the meantime I'm exploring other options.

+Boxcryptor ___

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2015-07-20 20:11:02 (58 comments, 11 reshares, 206 +1s)Open 

"Attack on Titan" Live Action Movie

Coming to the U.S.?!!!

"Attack on Titan" Live Action Movie

Coming to the U.S.?!!!___

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2015-07-19 05:49:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

White House Says H-1B Exploits Are "Troubling"

White House Says H-1B Exploits Are "Troubling"___

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2015-07-18 22:07:20 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

H-1B Visa Investigation News

#Disney  

H-1B Visa Investigation News

#Disney  ___

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2015-07-14 22:10:57 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

STEM Workers Continue To Be Laid Off And Replaced By Foreign Labor

#Disney  

STEM Workers Continue To Be Laid Off And Replaced By Foreign Labor

#Disney  ___

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2015-07-13 20:13:49 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Plex versus Kodi? Why not Plex AND Kodi?

Plex is a fork from the Open Source XBMC software project (which was recently renamed Kodi). Both are front-end interfaces for controlling all your TV and media viewing. Choosing between them sometimes resembled "PC versus Mac" discussions, but there are specific advantages to each.

Before I detail how I got to where I am and why, I'll describe my current setup. I run a Plex server on a Mac Mini with a connected box of disk drives. This allows our tablets and phones (plus anything having a webkit based web browser) to view content through apps or browser. I've converted most of my discs and old VHS into video files, plus have a large collection of recorded OTA (over-the-air) shows all on disk. This Mac Mini also controls one TV, while another Mac Mini controls a different TV. On the Mac Minis I'm converting them to... more »

Plex versus Kodi? Why not Plex AND Kodi?

Plex is a fork from the Open Source XBMC software project (which was recently renamed Kodi). Both are front-end interfaces for controlling all your TV and media viewing. Choosing between them sometimes resembled "PC versus Mac" discussions, but there are specific advantages to each.

Before I detail how I got to where I am and why, I'll describe my current setup. I run a Plex server on a Mac Mini with a connected box of disk drives. This allows our tablets and phones (plus anything having a webkit based web browser) to view content through apps or browser. I've converted most of my discs and old VHS into video files, plus have a large collection of recorded OTA (over-the-air) shows all on disk. This Mac Mini also controls one TV, while another Mac Mini controls a different TV. On the Mac Minis I'm converting them to Kodi as the interface instead of Plex Home Theater (PHT). Kodi operates independently from Plex, maintaining its own database of content, but all my media drives are NFS/AFP shared so Kodi is using the same source material to build its database as Plex is for its database. I add content to the drives externally to both systems, and cron jobs trigger scheduled database updates for both. The only handicap in this arrangement is that one system doesn't know to flag a show as "watched" if it was viewed in another system, however there are solutions for this I haven't implemented.

Kodi is fully Open Source, whereas Plex is increasingly walking a line of trying to be a commercial product built from Open Source, without providing that source, by forcing you into a cloud service even if you don't need it. I've been switching to Kodi as my TV interface instead of PHT for several reasons:

1. Kodi being fully Open Source has leapfrogged Plex in functionality and media compatibility. The Kodi themes look better on large 1080p or larger displays, plays video files that Plex struggles with, handles digital audio better, and their plugins are kept more current. Plex themes, remote control XML, and plugins are no longer compatible with Kodi.

2. Hulu, Netflix and other content services removed the ability for (even paying) viewers to access show episodes directly via static URL or RSS. Hulu also kept changing their API to break 3rd party clients and force you into buying Hulu+ (I was a contributor in the Plex forums keeping the Netflix plugin alive). These destroyed a Plex advantage for me of intermixing content from local and Internet sources without needing to know where that content was hosted. Now if I want to watch a Hulu show on Plex I have to go to the Hulu plugin first and browse to it; same as if I was using Kodi. Or Roku. I no longer have a reason to prefer Plex for this.

3. Kodi handles subtitles better. 25% of my library now consists of foreign language material, so this has become a problem area, even when my media is properly flagged.

4. While Kodi is a stand-alone setup per computer, it seems to take less resources in that arrangement than "Plex Media Server" + "Plex Home Theater" running on the same machine. It even seems to take less running "Plex Media Server" + Kodi, which is good because Kodi offers no web service other than configuration and remote control; and "client" apps are just players that stream locally and need NFS/Samba/uPNP access to your media. My phone gets quite warm using the Kodi Android player. Having one Plex Media Server in the house gives me a more options, including a Roku client.

5.Plex use to have a policy that using it only on your home network is free and unencumbered, You didn't need to log into their service or pay for a "Plex Pass" (a service providing a social component to your experience and allowing you to view your content on the Internet) if you limited yourself to your home subnet. They just charged you for buying their mobile client apps. I have no use for a "social component" to my media viewing, no desire to pay a service to watch my own content, or to tell an outside service what I'm watching or own (unless they pay ME for that data) so I don't use the Plex cloud service and even have all their IP addresses blocked. However they have been increasingly forcing you to log into their service in the client and server code, even for installing apps I've previously purchased, so I've been reducing my Plex clients to webkit browsers and Roku.

Cutting The Cord

Plex began as Mac OSX-only and became more visually polished than XBMC (which started on the XBOX) once the popular Aeon theme was created. I "cut the cord" (commercial cable/satellite TV cord that is) back in 2008, when I recognized Plex+Aeon could integrate all my over-the-air (OTA) , Hulu, Netflix and personal media viewing, and present it blended regardless of its source material. I was not a fan of having to know where content is hosted (is it on Hulu? My video collection? Netflix?) in order to play it. Plex had modules for viewing Hulu, Netflix, TWiT, Youtube, Joost, JustinTV, uStream, NASA, Crackle, and Comedy Central, but if you were a clever programmer you could hide them by using direct URLs. I now had 300+ TV shows to choose from, but only about 40 shows were my own videos (this was before I started saving all PVR recordings and collecting anime). You just picked the show and episode using an IR remote and it played, you didn't need to know anything else. My wife found the setup very easy to use. Almost overnight my two TVs were being run by used Mac Minis running Plex, plus my own code to keep everything automatically updating itself.

However less than 2 years later Hulu and other providers broke the ability of reaching content via direct RSS or URL, destroying some of the hidden integration we enjoyed. Plex changed to a client server model, creating the ability to view content and manage the system using web browsers. This forced us to set up a centralized server and change the Mac Minis into clients, but it also allowed us to view content on any device including iPads and smartphones. My wife does most of her viewing on an iPad. Since Plex can re-stream content, we can even watch free Hulu on these devices.
Plex added releases for Windows and Linux, although the Linux product was handicapped because there was no Silverlight for Linux (required for Netflix), however it also became incompatible with XBMC. Plugins, themes and features were now platform specific.

Then Plex made a major change; they created a cloud service. Like Hulu, it's suppose to let you socialize with friends, get their recommendations, and view your content on the Internet. And just like those features on Hulu and other services, no one uses them. They add no real value to watching your content; only the feature letting you want our content outside your home had value, and I didn't need it (I just create a VPN). As Plex expanded this service, it got more in the way of local media viewing.

Kodi implemented several of of the better features in Plex and passed Plex in terms of Plugins. It was time to re-evaluate my situation.___

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2015-07-10 19:27:46 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Florida's Odd People And News Stories Explained

This is an office building near Orlando (central Florida). I think you'll agree it resembles another building owned by someone who is constantly doing odd things and responsible for aiming behavior changing rays at the local population in an attempt to take over.

#Orlando #Disney  

Florida's Odd People And News Stories Explained

This is an office building near Orlando (central Florida). I think you'll agree it resembles another building owned by someone who is constantly doing odd things and responsible for aiming behavior changing rays at the local population in an attempt to take over.

#Orlando #Disney  ___

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2015-07-10 13:11:34 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-10 12:01:21 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

The "Disney Look" Policies

Technology is also considered a "backstage" position hidden from the public.

#Disney

The "Disney Look" Policies

Technology is also considered a "backstage" position hidden from the public.

#Disney___

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2015-07-08 06:18:17 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Be on the lookout for this feline scam...

#caturday  

Be on the lookout for this feline scam...

#caturday  ___

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2015-07-08 04:32:13 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Labor Dept investigating Disney & HCL Over January Layoffs

They are also responding to formal requests.

#Disney

Labor Dept investigating Disney & HCL Over January Layoffs

They are also responding to formal requests.

#Disney___

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2015-07-05 16:28:42 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Readers Respond To NYT Story About Disney Layoffs

#Disney

Readers Respond To NYT Story About Disney Layoffs

#Disney___

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2015-07-04 05:54:38 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Spinning Blue Ball Epidemic

WORK AROUND FOUND - See below.

Facebook appears to have made a change that is causing large numbers of people (include me) to see their cursor change into a spinning blue ball. This only happens on the Facebook desk site (no other web sites), mostly using Firefox. The ball appears when you hover over most links and cards. And the odd thing is there's nothing you can do to stop it. Reboots, clearing cache, turning off javascript .. nothing affects it.

For me it's a distraction and is making my eyes go nuts to have a constantly animated pointer.

WORK AROUND
Install the following two Firefox extensions:
UAControl: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/uacontrol/
JSFixer: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/user-agent-js-fixer/?src=search

Configure the UAControl... more »

Spinning Blue Ball Epidemic

WORK AROUND FOUND - See below.

Facebook appears to have made a change that is causing large numbers of people (include me) to see their cursor change into a spinning blue ball. This only happens on the Facebook desk site (no other web sites), mostly using Firefox. The ball appears when you hover over most links and cards. And the odd thing is there's nothing you can do to stop it. Reboots, clearing cache, turning off javascript .. nothing affects it.

For me it's a distraction and is making my eyes go nuts to have a constantly animated pointer.

WORK AROUND
Install the following two Firefox extensions:
UAControl: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/uacontrol/
JSFixer: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/user-agent-js-fixer/?src=search

Configure the UAControl extension to change the User Agent only when on the Facebook site. I made my agent "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.10; rv:38.0) Opera/1.0" (yes I changed "Firefox" to "Opera") I'm still testing this string, but in general the work-around is to change your User Agent string.


UPDATE: It's not a foolproof work-around. Some claim it works; some not.___

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2015-07-04 02:43:09 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

For #Caturday  

Cat Plays Dead When Shot with Finger Gun

via +Neatorama 
http://www.neatorama.com/2015/07/03/Cat-Plays-Dead-When-Shot-with-Finger-Gun/___For #Caturday  

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2015-07-04 02:41:53 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

These are not the pumps you are looking for

http://www.instructables.com/id/R2D2-heels/

#starwars #r2d2  

These are not the pumps you are looking for

http://www.instructables.com/id/R2D2-heels/

#starwars #r2d2  ___

2015-07-04 01:53:08 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Disney & Illusion: The Great H-1B Visa Heist

Brief article that mentioned the recent layoff news, and Disney's CEO.

#Disney  

Disney & Illusion: The Great H-1B Visa Heist

Brief article that mentioned the recent layoff news, and Disney's CEO.

#Disney  ___

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2015-07-03 19:28:33 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Is "Disney-style Layoffs" A New Catch Phrase?

Florida has more politicians pushing to expand immigration hiring than calling for it to be investigated.

#Disney #wdw  

Is "Disney-style Layoffs" A New Catch Phrase?

Florida has more politicians pushing to expand immigration hiring than calling for it to be investigated.

#Disney #wdw  ___

2015-07-02 16:16:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I was on today's ChrisVossShow

___I was on today's ChrisVossShow

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2015-07-02 16:06:30 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Grexit Includes Indiegogo

Grexit Includes Indiegogo___

2015-07-02 11:27:47 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

PLEX Accounts Compromised

This email was in my inbox this morning. I applaud PLEX for being open with their customers, they've earned more of my respect for it. However I wasn't a fan of linking BBS/forum board accounts with service accounts having PPI or PCI data (the merge even broke my access and they had to intervene), so that change made me cautious. Fortunately, I have never had a linked credit card, and the email and password on file is unique to my use of the service, so the impact to me is minimal. I was protected from the Adobe site break-in using the same precautions.


IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTICE

Dear Plex User,

Sadly, we became aware this afternoon that the server which hosts our forums and blog was compromised. We are still investigating, but as far as we know, the attacker only gained access to these parts of our systems.... more »

PLEX Accounts Compromised

This email was in my inbox this morning. I applaud PLEX for being open with their customers, they've earned more of my respect for it. However I wasn't a fan of linking BBS/forum board accounts with service accounts having PPI or PCI data (the merge even broke my access and they had to intervene), so that change made me cautious. Fortunately, I have never had a linked credit card, and the email and password on file is unique to my use of the service, so the impact to me is minimal. I was protected from the Adobe site break-in using the same precautions.


IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTICE

Dear Plex User,

Sadly, we became aware this afternoon that the server which hosts our forums and blog was compromised. We are still investigating, but as far as we know, the attacker only gained access to these parts of our systems. Rest assured that credit card and other payment data are not stored on our servers at all. 

If you are receiving this email, you have a forum account which is linked to a plex.tv account. The attacker was able to gain access to IP addresses, private messages, email addresses and encrypted forum passwords (in technical terms, they are hashed and salted). Despite the password encryption measures, we take your privacy and security very seriously, so as a precaution, we're requiring that you change your password.

Be sure to choose a strong password, never share it, and never re-use passwords for different accounts! Even better, use a password manager (1Password, for example) to manage a unique password for you. Access to your Plex account will be blocked until you do so.

Please follow this link to choose a new password.

We're sorry for the inconvenience, but both your privacy and security are very important to us and we'd rather be safe than sorry!

We will post more detailed information on our blog shortly. Thanks for using Plex!

The Plex Team___

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2015-07-02 00:52:12 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Preventing AI From Taking Over The World

The Future may Be Forbin's Colossus versus Skynet

Preventing AI From Taking Over The World

The Future may Be Forbin's Colossus versus Skynet___

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2015-07-01 23:30:49 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Always turn on tag approval required.

Always turn on tag approval required.___

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2015-07-01 23:23:46 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Apple iTunes Changes Their Logo Yet Again

First blue to red, now red to red-and-blue variant. Someone in Apple marketing needs to understand that brand recognition and familiarity is more important than "starting over" frequently. You also destroy the ability to hold a trademark doing this.  And seriously; do people think "oh it's a new color, I need to check it out"? #apple  

Apple iTunes Changes Their Logo Yet Again

First blue to red, now red to red-and-blue variant. Someone in Apple marketing needs to understand that brand recognition and familiarity is more important than "starting over" frequently. You also destroy the ability to hold a trademark doing this.  And seriously; do people think "oh it's a new color, I need to check it out"? #apple  ___

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2015-07-01 16:30:04 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Disney Quest Shutting Down

It's finally shutting down after more than 5 years of rumors. I'll miss it. I certainly have no interest in the "NBA" themed restaurant replacing it. #Disney  

Disney Quest Shutting Down

It's finally shutting down after more than 5 years of rumors. I'll miss it. I certainly have no interest in the "NBA" themed restaurant replacing it. #Disney  ___

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2015-07-01 14:55:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Skype Interview on IT Foreign Outsourcing

FOX News Miami posted their video report on the recent Catalina IT outsourcing, which includes a brief Skype interview with me about this practice.

#h1b #disney  

Skype Interview on IT Foreign Outsourcing

FOX News Miami posted their video report on the recent Catalina IT outsourcing, which includes a brief Skype interview with me about this practice.

#h1b #disney  ___

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2015-06-29 16:45:18 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Any company placing dependence on a 25 year old government program for its technology future should re-examine its long-term strategy.

Any company placing dependence on a 25 year old government program for its technology future should re-examine its long-term strategy.___

2015-06-27 13:58:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Added photos to Google+ 4th Anniversary Photowalk - Yokohama.

Added photos to Google+ 4th Anniversary Photowalk - Yokohama.___

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2015-06-27 04:45:28 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Should Foreign Outsourcing Be Held To Anti-Discrimination Policies?

Considering the importance of gay rights in our country, confirmed by our own Supreme Court, and the scale of IT Indian outsourcing and the concerns of replacing employees with it, why is this never discussed? - http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/11/world/asia/india-same-sex-relationship/

India and its largest religion have some of the strictest positions against homosexuality in the world, but companies (even in California, including #Disney  ) don't seem concerned about the support or message they send by spending millions on them. HCL for example, Disney's IT partner in Florida, has no formal policy statement I can find in their "about us" or careers section of their site on being an equal opportunity employer or not discriminating based on sex or age or religion or sexual orientation. There's... more »

Should Foreign Outsourcing Be Held To Anti-Discrimination Policies?

Considering the importance of gay rights in our country, confirmed by our own Supreme Court, and the scale of IT Indian outsourcing and the concerns of replacing employees with it, why is this never discussed? - http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/11/world/asia/india-same-sex-relationship/

India and its largest religion have some of the strictest positions against homosexuality in the world, but companies (even in California, including #Disney  ) don't seem concerned about the support or message they send by spending millions on them. HCL for example, Disney's IT partner in Florida, has no formal policy statement I can find in their "about us" or careers section of their site on being an equal opportunity employer or not discriminating based on sex or age or religion or sexual orientation. There's none on Cognizant Technology Solutions site, Disney's IT partner in California, that I can find either and if you click the "Our Views" link in their "Our Company" section ( http://www.cognizant.com/careers/our-company ) you get a 404 error.  Shouldn't we require all corporate partnerships and companies conducting business here have such policies in place with public disclosure? Even if a company has good policies, what about the country itself we're supporting? And not just India; as a nation we've been pretty vocal about China's labor practices and Russia's gay discrimination, so we should not have different standards.  A company is responsible for its entire supply chain, so why is there no outrage, protest or even discussion about a possible conflict of interest?  - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_in_India

NOTICE. I insist this be an open, mature, business/political conversation. Like all discussions involving politics, cultures and religion, people may have passionate views. Please be sensitive to this and the audience. I have zero tolerance for trolls or anyone leveraging this as an excuse to exercise intolerance, hate or throw labels or insults at people. If you have a pro or con position, please back it up with factual information or experience. If it gets out of hand I'll disable comments.___

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2015-06-26 03:30:22 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Motley Fool Investing Weighs In On Disney's Outsourcing Disaster

This was a Parks & Resorts Technology decision. I don't believe HR was happy with it either.

#Disney

Motley Fool Investing Weighs In On Disney's Outsourcing Disaster

This was a Parks & Resorts Technology decision. I don't believe HR was happy with it either.

#Disney___

2015-06-25 13:22:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Circa News Is No More

Circa News Is No More___

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