Thursday, February 23, 2017

Big Data and the Cloud

All of these companies and organizations want people to download their "apps." Besides the obvious security risks associated with installing numerous application programs on a phone, there are other serious considerations. These programs often utilize personal location data.

So why does some company want someone to install some "app" on their phone, just so they can promote products and services? Location data is specifically sensitive. Who wants some random company, organization or individual knowing the whereabouts of their spouse or children, for example. Why would someone want some random person knowing where their wife has coffee every Thursday at 3 PM with a 92% level of certainty.

When an organization has access to this type of information, there's someplace(s) the information is supposed to go to. Who knows where the information actually goes from there. There are all kinds of advertising and promotional tools, both traditional and modern. People should consider the implications before just giving out access to their phones and tablets.

Big Data and the Cloud

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Social Networks

Some people don't realize the enormous responsibilities involved with administering a large social network site. Basically, a social network site is just a large website. It doesn't take very much capital to develop one. All it requires is hosting space on web servers that host a bunch of html files, along with the necessary administration and development.

Today's sites require minimal user authentication. Anyone can go online and open an account and fill out a profile. The companies which own these sites need to be very straight and operate with the highest ethical standards. Some form of advanced user authentication for account holders should be required, such as facial recognition.

In the more developed countries, at least, there are numerous databases with personal photographs. The pictures don't even need to be that current. Most PCs and smartphones have cameras. Someone would just need to upload a photo when they're opening an account, and the site could cross it with its database.

Unless something like this is implemented, the source of information as conveyed through a social network account is uncertain, and the reliability of information is undetermined.

Social Networks

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Temp and Staffing Agencies

Temp agencies, and probably staffing agencies as well, should be abolished. According to my experience and research, there isn't any reason why people should need to go through a third party in order to find work.

These agencies aren't regulated very much. Why is someone with a seven figure salary paying people $3.60 an hour for one day's work? This is what it can work out to when travel time is factored in. And people wonder why homelessness is a problem. In the case of temp agencies in particular, most people only turn to these for work as a last resort (when they need extra work or are stuck between jobs). There isn't a good reason for any of it.

These agencies often waste a lot of their employees' time and treat them very poorly, are unorganized and cause a lot of stress. Companies hire temporary and seasonal workers. There isn't any reason to go through temp agencies when they can hire people for a couple of days just like the agencies do all the time.

One of the reasons often cited for using the agencies is the difficulty involved with getting rid of unwanted employees. Restaurants do it all the time, it's called cutting hours. Companies probably put a lot off onto the agencies because of the lack of regulation.

Disparity is another issue. When people are stuck on the bottom like this, both the companies and the agencies can see it as a weakness.

Temp and Staffing Agencies