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Outraged? Make a Difference

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As morally reprehensible as President Trump’s populist politics may be, his inability to take a firm, unambiguous stance against racism, fascism, and white nationalism is unforgivable. I categorically reject arguments from those who suggest subtle nuanced explanations for what I heard with my own ears and saw with my own eyes: President Trump tacitly endorsing white supremacists, neo-Nazis, extremists, and bigots. Here's what you can do about it.

Passwords: What if Everything You Know Is Wrong?

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Until a few years ago, everyone (including me) based their password advice on a 2003 paper from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with the catchy title "NIST Special Publication 800-63." The paper recommended that passwords be cryptic, contain special characters, and be as close to nonsense as possible. But they made a big mistake.

Don't Buy Tech

CMOs Shouldn’t Buy Tech, Ever!

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According to Gartner, 2017 is the year CMOs (chief marketing officers) will buy more tech than CIOs (chief information officers). This is truly unfortunate. CMOs should never buy tech, ever!

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