The cloud is a fluffy concept, and takes many different forms, but basically means any computer services that are provided on systems that you access over the internet. Examples include things like gmail, dropbox, and Google docs. It can include sophisticated applications for accounting, document management, and other business processes. Other forms include just the physical infrastructure that you install and manage your own software on. The cloud can offer many advantages when used properly, but also carries risks that need to be managed.
Here are 8 things to consider when using the cloud.
Some reviewers have been critical about the movie, but my view of Bond movies is that they are more about entertainment than plot and character development.
Some elements of the movie are uncomfortably real – like its spin on the five eyes network . After I saw it I wondered what Ed Snowden would think. This is what Wikipedia has to say about Snowden’s thoughts about five eyes.
The former NSA contractor Edward Snowden described the Five Eyes as a “supra-national intelligence organisation that doesn’t answer to the known laws of its own countries”] Documents leaked by Snowden in 2013 revealed that the FVEY have been spying on one another’s citizens and sharing the collected information with each other in order to circumvent restrictive domestic regulations on surveillance of citizens.
The Intercept has a good article about the movie entitled Only Edward Snowden Can Save James Bond
From The Intercept article:
Knowing everything about everyone is actually of limited use to the good guys. But it’s hugely useful to the bad guys — be they extortionists, terrorists, or power-mad bureaucrats. And if it’s collected, somewhere, be assured the bad guys can get their hands on it.
While Bond is pursuing his super-villain, his boss M wages a losing bureaucratic war with C, who’s more of an NSA/GCHQ type. M inevitably describes the massive surveillance network that C is building as “George Orwell’s worst nightmare.” In response, C literally laughs at M’s devotion to the quaint notion of “democracy.” Subtle it ain’t, but the central point — that ubiquitous surveillance is an inevitably totalitarian tool, not just inappropriate for democratic society, but actively inimical to it — is often underappreciated in the current debate.
The movie also shows us what kind of hero we need to prevent such a dystopian future — and it isn’t Bond. It’s Q, who bears a striking resemblance to Edward Snowden.
When it comes to surveillance data, it’s hard to know who the bad guys really are. Depending on what it is used for, it can be those who should be protecting us. And if you think this information can’t get into the wrong hands, take a look at this article about the lack of security in an FBI database.
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Most businesses have a web site – or at least should have one. Many customers get frustrated or don’t take a business seriously if it doesn’t have a web presence with at least some basic information. The web site might be a basic brochure site that tells about your location and hours and what you sell, or it could be a sophisticated e-commerce site or social media platform.
Web terms will get more complex and become more important as the web site becomes interactive, sells things, invites comments or third party posts, or deals with user generated content.
Browse wrap terms – where they appear only at a link at the bottom of the page – may not be enough. Where practical it is safer to bind the user to web terms in a click-wrap agreement.]]>
The high resolution display makes things like Flipboard content, magazines and video look better than I’ve ever seen on a tablet or laptop.
The biggest headache has been getting the document management software we use at HP to work. It just isn’t designed to scale properly on a high resolution display, and took a lot of work by our IT department to make it useable. Unfortunately specialty software like that often lags behind current tech and operating systems.
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Protecting your brand with a registered trademark can reduce the chances that someone else will try to compete using a confusingly similar brand, and make it easier to stop them if they do.
Here are 10 things you may not know about Trademarks
It’s common for lawyers to have to sort out situations after the fact. This could be to document ownership of something, deal with differing thoughts on what a deal was, deal with a situation where someone has changed their mind, or enforce rights against someone who has done something improper.
While not every problem can be avoided, it is better for a business if their lawyer creates a fence at the top of a cliff rather than acts like an ambulance at the bottom.
Here are 5 examples why getting legal advice up front is best.
Articles abound today comparing the 2015 depicted in the movie to today’s world. While we don’t have flying cars, and hoverboards have not proceeded beyond some proof of concept demos, drones and flatscreens and a few other things are here.
Another prediction that didn’t come true is the quip that the justice system works swiftly in the future now that they’ve abolished all lawyers.
Wearable tech was envisioned, though, which Gartner currently places at just past the “peak of inflated expectations” on its hype cycle. If you believe wearables are just a passing fad or toys, take a look at this article entitled I’m a cyborg now and so are you. And consider that one of the panels at next weeks Canadian IT Law Association Conference is entitled “Key IT Law Issues for Wearable & Mobile Devices.” (I’m moderating that panel.)
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When a company is owned by more than 1 person, it’s a good idea to have a shareholder agreement. This becomes more important as the number of shareholders increase. The content and complexity of a shareholder agreement varies greatly depending on the business and the nature of its shareholders.
Here are 8 things a shareholder agreement can accomplish.
Windows 10 has been very well received. Microsoft has been touting its enterprise security features. Our IT Manager is impressed with the potential of its productivity improvements over Windows 8.1.
Microsoft is also transitioning its products into the cloud and into subscription models – which is where we are all headed.
Microsoft had been falling behind in a number of ways – but it now seems to be making good decisions and delivering cutting edge products.
This is good news for law firms and businesses that are for the most part Microsoft shops.
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Keeping corporate records and contracts in one place – and keeping a ticker system reminding of important dates and actions needed – makes it easier to find documents and reduces the risk that something gets missed. This simple task can save a lot of time, money and embarrassment.
Here are 5 examples of things that bad record keeping can mess up.