#155 – ADVICE TO PRACTICALLY EVERYONE): LEARN TO COOK N’ CODE – KIRBY URNER

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AAA IRBYProgramming or coding is becoming the 4th basic skill for everyone following writing, arithmetic, and reading.  This is global statement.

Coding for kids is a global industry that is on the verge of disrupting global education. And is as important as learning to cook. Continue reading

#134 – IT’S LONELY AT THE TOP! – KIRBY URNER

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AAA IRBYGiven ISO 9001:2015, we see new emphasis on executive involvement, who may even be the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) someone with lots of experience, most probably in IT, operations, legal or accounting.

Now let’s look at IT side of the risk business, where the CRO will need allies who grew up in computer science or something similar (philosophy?).  Since IT is integral to all processes and project, we think that this is where we think most risks will reside.  The CRO’s best friend may be the CEH, the Certified Ethical Hacker. Continue reading

#133 – THOUGHTS ON SMART PHONES AND PRIVACY – KIRBY URNER

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AAA IRBYAdvanced high school students are getting exposed to RSA (the first public key cyrypto system) along with their math track.  In such schools as the exclusive Phillips Academy, I’m sure they are having informed debates in their classrooms, regarding the Apple vs. FBI standoff.

I think this is important because everyone who wants privacy and to make sure that their financial, medical information, and all information is kept private should be interested in the Apple vs. FBI standoff that ended in a whimper.  All of us will be eventually become cyber experts.

They’re certainly better equipped, concept-wise, than less privileged kids who might not even get any SQL, even in all four years of high school (!). Continue reading

#131 – DO YOU PYTHON? – KIRBY URNER

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AAA - imagesIf you have visited a bookstore recently you may have noticed an explosion in Python-related titles, especially for kids.

The Python I mean is not the invasive species of the snake now eating Florida alligators, nor Monty Python the comedy troupe, but the computer language, made in Holland originally but nowadays world-owned.  Python, the language, appears to be taking over the world!   Continue reading

#127 – CONWAY’S LAW – KIRBY URNER

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AAA IRBYNot every day does one learn of a new law, such as Moore’s, so call me a latecomer in not learning of Conway’s Law until recently.

What does it say?

I’ll try from memory before checking a veridical source:  that how organizations code themselves in software has a tremendous influence on their more overt intra-human communications patterns.  Or, in other words.

“We are what dog food we eat.” Continue reading

#124 – PERSONAL RISK IN THE INTERNET OF THINGS – KIRBY URNER

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AAA IRBYLast month in this blog, I chronicled a “device failure”:  my car key broke off in the ignition.  I modeled this “exception” (to my reasonable expectations) using Python code, suggesting pseudo-coding one’s risk model as a first step in a risk assessment process. Continue reading