Wow, what a cautionary tale you've told, Chuck. I can't believe people can get away with this type of thing! Well, I guess I can believe it, seeing how sophisticated and clever data thieves can be. It's a shame you lost your data again, but it's definitely good you shared your story to create awareness of this type of thing.
I did not pay the ransom, Rob. I had the last one-and-a-half years of my stuff backed up, so I didn't lose that. But I did lose everything before that. Some of my earlier back-ups -- on flash drives and even CDs -- were lost last year when my basement flooded. I was in the process (a very slow process, for me, at least) of "re-backing" them when this happened. There were several lessons in this for me, but one of the more important ones is to find a cloud-based way to back up my data.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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