Oh Equifax…Y’all Sooooo Dumb, Dumb, Dumb, Dumb, DUMB; it’s Maddening…

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Ok. Here it goes… The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has completed and released their report regarding the huge 2017 data breach and information leak of Equifax, the world’s largest credit monitoring company, and yes, it’s equally as stupid and enraging as anyone with a functioning brain thought it was. Why? Because of the company’s sheer laziness and arrogance, they failed to  install a simple, basic security patch to their database that would’ve prevented the data breach. DEAR. FREAKING. GOD! When anyone complains about updating their computers or smart devices, remind them of this.

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Wow. Even Homeland Security Wants You to Disable Java…

For the past several days, there has been genuine concern about Java’s state of security. And why, you ask? There was this whole vulnerability thing that affected close to a billion computers, and even Apple went as far as to removing any and all Java plugins from its OSX web browsers. Apparently, the message got sent to some higher-ups in the country, as now even the Department of Homeland Security has delivered a special message to the public, and I paraphrase as it would sound in come summer action blockbuster film: “SHUT IT DOWN; SHUT JAVA DOWN, NOW”!   Continue reading “Wow. Even Homeland Security Wants You to Disable Java…”

China’s Dilemma of New Construction vs. Architectural Legacy/Heritage

The art and method of reusing building materials from older buildings for newer building is nothing new; the Romans harvested construction materials from older structures to build new monuments, just as later Roman monuments were harvested for new construction in medieval times.  This strategy, from the “pro” side, of considering the “design-science of the life of buildings” rather than just the “art of building” was a suggestion of futurist Steward Brandt.  A problem, the “con,” that could arise from that is the structures that could have been deemed culturally and historically significant were razed for the sole purpose of new construction.  Granted, the importance of historic preservation may or may not have been as important then as it is today, but now it has become a legitimate alternative, guideline, and preference in architecture.  Unfortunately for China, according to an article in Architect: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects, they may have fallen into the “con” category.

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