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.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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