The victims were ‘we the people’ – then T-Mobile …. Experian are the guilty ones … Can we start naming them more. Please?

Addendum ….

I received an email commenting on a number of things on this blog that I agreed with, which in turn became a blog post.

Bottom line ? I needed to get better at providing context. The context around this line comes from a hack on Experian, where 15 million records were stolen (and likely sold on the dark web).

Of course this post was written before this was published, four days later, which is a rather damning expose that T-Mobile knew that Experian was a pretty shoddy protector of our data. But all that said – the fact is that it is Experian that allowed the hack to happen, had responsibility for keeping our data secure and failed to. And yet much of the news at the time was much more about T-Mobile and little about Experian.

Since then the actual legal proceedings seem to be going at both companies, so some kind of ‘self correction’ is occurring.

 

If you don’t participate in building something … Then you are not allowed to say afterwards ‘it’s not my fault’.

Addendum ….

This is the third in a series of ‘New Rules’ posts that I started dropping into the blog, that in parallel, allowed me a small ‘doff of hat’ to Bill Maher.

Then I received an email that turned into a blog post.

Bottom line ? I needed to get better at providing context.

The context around this line comes from a personal observation that so many people complain about issues and problems around them, but do little to nothing about fixing them. This holds particularly true in politics, where I have been watching the U.S. election process unfold again over the past 6 months, with a good 12 more still to go.

I guess what I am looking for is for people to get involved. Or shut up.

Going one further, I would like people to understand the process and what is being done TO them. The ignorance is palpable.

If they put as much energy into understanding what is going on rather than spouting memes that they pick up from other equally ill informed people, we would be on the start of a new journey.

Remember the old days when you used to get onto a train – and it would take you to where you want to go – not any more – privatization they call it – keep it all competitive.

So competitive that should you get on a train with the wrong ticket – well pay a new full price – or get kicked off. 

Apparently it’s not about the people, people.

It seems odd to be acting this post knocking Virgin America in the Virgin Atlantic Lounge in SFO – but I guess the only connection between then is that ‘Virgin’ word.

EMail Received …

We’ve noticed that your Elevate points are set to expire November 30, 2015. There’s still time to hang on to them if you to do one of the following things in the next few months.

  • Grab a seat. Make sure to complete your flights within 5 days of November 30, 2015 to give the points time to post.
  • Earn points with any of our car, hotel, or airline Elevate partners. Keep in mind it can take 4-6 weeks for these points to post.
  • Buy points and top off your account.

In short, keep flying with us and earning with our partners to keep enjoying your points.

In short – rip off. I understand that miles are massive liabilities for the airlines – but even American Airlines aren’t this extreme … whatever happened to motivation?

The hard truth is that when we employ the idea of the Unicorn as a heuristic to inspire, guide, and shape our limited, priceless effort, imagination, time, and creativity, we are simply limiting ourselves to seeking magic over meaning, convenience over rebellion, riches over worthiness, myopia over a point: all that is the textbook definition of settling for mediocrity.

Here’s what the idea of the Unicorn really does: it infantilizes us with magical fairy dust thinking, focuses us on the short term, prioritizes making money over creating value, and demands that we create instantaneously crowd-pleasing blockbusters — not devote ourselves to our masterpieces.

[ Source : The Unicorn Bubble — Bad Words — Medium ]

Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler are working on models that will be competitive with Tesla on technology, and thee U.S. company will soon be just one of several players with similar offerings

… well – it depends if you think that Tesla is a car manufacturer – or battery innovator … and Volkswagen might not be so focussed on this right now ….

[ Source : Tesla Should Be Afraid of German Carmakers – Bloomberg ]

You know my opinion about Unicorns – right ? Others seem to be getting on the train …

I am back in Boulder after spending much of the last week in San Francisco at Dreamforce. I’m glad to be back, as I find the current climate in the Bay Area somewhat amusing. The tech media writes and talks breathlessly about Unicorns.  Startup employees get obsessed with valuations, rather than per share price value.

“Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway took 18 years to become a Unicorn” – good stuff – click through for the 411.

[ Source : | Bart Lorang , CEO – Full Contact]