“Microsoft admits expiring-password rules are useless”

Computer security professionals have argued against password expiration rules for a very long time. The problem with such rules is that they result in users picking weak passwords, or writing down their passwords, or having a list of say five passwords that they cycle through over time.

https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-admits-expiring-password-rules-are-useless/

“CDC Blames Anti-Vaxxers for Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades”

As measles continues to spread in the US, the CDC has confirmed that the anti-vax movement is a significant part of the problem:

“A significant factor contributing to the outbreaks in New York is misinformation in the communities about the safety of the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine. Some organizations are deliberately targeting these communities with inaccurate and misleading information about vaccines.

CDC continues to encourage parents to speak to their family’s healthcare provider about the importance of vaccination. CDC also encourages local leaders to provide accurate, scientific-based information to counter misinformation.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/withoutacrystalball/2019/04/cdc-blames-anti-vaxxers-for-worst-measles-outbreak-in-decades/

“Lockdown – The coming war on general-purpose computing”

Way way back in December of 2011, science fiction author Cory Doctorow gave a speech at the Chaos Computer Conference in Berlin. He later turned the speech into the article referenced below. That article contains the following amazing paragraph:

“As a member of the Walkman generation, I have made peace with the fact that I will require a hearing aid long before I die. It won’t be a hearing aid, though; it will really be a computer. So when I get into a car—a computer that I put my body into—with my hearing aid—a computer I put inside my body—I want to know that these technologies are not designed to keep secrets from me, or to prevent me from terminating processes on them that work against my interests.”

Sadly, we seem to be well on our way to living in a world where technologies, wearable and otherwise, are being deployed which are designed to keep secrets from us, which are designed to prevent us from being able to control them, and which are even designed to prevent us from turning them off.

https://boingboing.net/2012/01/10/lockdown.html

“Privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court, says company breached privacy laws”

I’m not sure just how much a Canadian court can do to fix the Facebook privacy trainwreck but somebody has to try.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/privacy-watchdog-cambridge-analytica-facebook-1.5110304

“Green energy sector jobs surpass total oil sands employment”

While it has a ways to go to catch up to the fossil fuels energy industry*, green energy is gradually becoming an important part of our economy.

* note that the article is comparing green energy jobs to jobs in the oil sands. Needless to say, there is rather more to the fossil fuel industry than just the Alberta oil sands.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/green-energy-sector-jobs-surpass-oil-sand-employment-total/article21859169/

“‘A Civil Rights Issue’: Groups Hope Courts Will Toss Out First-Past-the-Post”

I’m uncomfortable with the idea that the courts will decide how our elections work. On the other hand, there’s a clear conflict of interest with having our elected representatives decide how they will get re-elected in the future.

At the very least, this court case should be interesting to follow.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/04/25/First-Past-The-Post-Civil-Rights-Issue/