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Tag: Yaacov Apelbaum

The Anti-Virus Virus

Another interesting observation—which is not without its irony—is that large vendors such as Microsoft are completely unaware of the malware distribution platforms and are aggressively purchasing advertising space on these sites.

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Only the Racially Pure Need Apply

On February 20, 1939, over 20,000 American supporters of the Nazi party packed Madison Square Garden in New York City. They anxiously awaited the appearance of Fritz Julius Kuhn, the newly anointed American Führer of the German-American Bund. The event took place two days before George Washington’s birthday and a 30-foot-high portrait of the first president (who was described by Fritz as the first Fascist) hung behind the podium along with Nazi flags and swastikas.

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Windows Live Credit Card Phishing

In many cases, the objective of phishing is to just recover your webmail credentials since the resale value of a legitimate web mail account on the black market can be as high as $2-$3—twice the amount one can get for a stolen credit card number.

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Mortgage Refinancing Shysters II

Now, I don’t know about most people, but I certainly don’t spend my free time posting positive comments on blogs trying to sway other readers to believe that allegations of fraudulent or contentious services are unfounded.

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It’s Good Enough for Me

I seized the opportunity to respond in kind with a rival French maxim. I quoted Voltaire: “Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien” (the best is the enemy of the good). My companion was startled and said he didn’t understand what I meant.

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Mortgage Refinancing Shysters I

In what is further proof of the principal of horror vacui, it seems that the legitimate banking mortgage industry has now given way to a new breed of entrepreneurial ventures. These con-corporations have smelled the blood in the water and are aggressively following Mr. Bigweld’s motto: “See a need, Fill a need”.

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Social Networks vs. the Enterprise

But alas, every garden has its resident snake, and such is the A grade serpent found in social network’s Garden of Eden. What many of us don’t realize is that the same characteristics that make the social networks so attractive are also their greatest limitation.

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Bells and Whistles

The car industry more than any other manufacturing sector embraced a strategy that focused entirely on building a product with the highest degree of obsolescence and greatest curb appeal. Traditional engineering principles like longevity, efficiency and environmental friendliness were sacrificed and replaced with a lot of chrome, fender size, overpowered V8 engines and pink leather.

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What’s with the Chicken?

The ceremony in which the team lead finally admits that he can’t deliver the features on time climaxes in a primeval ritual that rivals ancient Aztec human sacrifices, albeit somewhat more painful.

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The Überteam

A high performance team’s esprit de corps is derived from a strong sense of individual belonging, common culture and shared vision.

Building and managing strong development teams goes beyond simply managing developers to quarterly objectives and delivering functional products.

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