Is it Lebron James or Michael Jordan? That is the question of the day. But it’s been talked about in sports circles for several years now. Perhaps in the context of whether or not Lebron could be as good of a player as Jordan, but it certainly has been a topic. And now, we are debating it. A lot of Lebron haters will tell you that it’s about the number of championship wins that you have. And they might be right. But I think there is a mountain of other statistics that should be considered in this debate as well. Is this all too premature? After all, Lebron is still playing in the league. Is it fair to label one of them the greatest player of all time, if one is still active in the league?
I’d like to start this post by getting my biases out there. I have been a basketball fan for years, but Jordan was a little ahead of my time. Not completely though. I was old enough to watch the tail end of his career and understand how great of a player he was. That being said, I’ve been watching Lebron for many years now and I like him in this debate. Let’s start off by talking about championships as that seems to define greatness to many. Lebron has only won three championship titles. Part of the reason he went to Miami was to see if he could win some titles. … Read the rest
What is this Ransomware Attack Everyone is Talking About?
I’m sure by now everyone has heard about the ransomware known as WannaCry that hit yesterday. It is estimated that it hit at least 57,000 people. What I’m unclear about is whether or not that’s the number of people that paid the ransom. Or just the number of computers/people it attacked. Either way, that’s an incredible number. Especially when you consider how much money was being asked for by the attackers. But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me first start by explaining what ransomware is. Essentially, it is software that can take over or block certain aspects of your computer system. That is, until you pay the ransom. Ransomware seems to be gaining popularity lately.
And why is that you ask? A hacker can take over the files on your computer, and not release them back to you until you pay their ransom. And the ransom seems to be relatively low in price. In yesterday’s case, it was only $300 to start. What is interesting is that if you don’t pay the $300 within a set amount of time, the ransom will double. Continuing until you give in. Also making it an urgent request. Pay now or else. I’m sure in many cases, people feel like they don’t have any other option. So they pay the ransom, to get their files back. In some cases, however, that doesn’t always happen. You’re then left without the money that you started with, and then without your files.… Read the rest
Facebook Removes Images Citing Hate Speech. Do you Agree with the method?
I read an interesting article today, about Facebook content and it lead me to think about censorship. Or at least what we think is ok to say in society. What are your limits when it comes to posting on social media? Do you encourage your followers or friends to comment on your posts? Or do you even care? Or are you like me, and you just fly under the radar? Recently, an American woman posted an image on her Facebook account that said “Men are Trash”. I’m not going to get into the specifics of the message just yet, but Facebook removed the content. Deeming it to be in contravention of their own policies. Which leads me to wonder what one can and cannot say on social media?
Not only did Facebook remove the content, they have qualified it as hate speech. Hate speech!? Are they for real? I am not saying that I agree with that statement. For one, its extremely stereotypical, but at the same time, it’s an opinion. And perhaps one that is coming from some experience. I have met many men who I would deem “trash”, so am I not allowed to say that on social media? Is it the generalization that determines it’s hate speech? If I wrote “Bob is Trash”, would that be ok? (Note, I don’t know any one named Bob) I guess I’m just trying to understand what the issue is.
Microsoft is getting into the game. I should preface that statement. Or maybe just qualify it. They’ve always been in the game, no doubt, but their products haven’t always been the best out there. Yes, they are functional and used by many, but they can be buggy, to say the least. While I won’t get into it too much, but right now, I’m currently having a problem with Microsoft Office being compatible with an Adobe program that I need for work. They just don’t play nice. And maybe in my case, it’s more of an Adobe issue than Microsoft, but both aren’t giving me much confidence. Back to Microsoft. They have some things going on right now. Putting them into the game.
What do I mean by “game”? Well, they have made some efforts to improve their products more recently. And at least stay on top of some changes, but now they’re going even farther. Microsoft just wrapped up its two day Build conference, giving us a peek into what we can expect for the rest of the year. So what exactly is that you ask? The first feature that they uncovered is the ability to move from one device to another and pick up with where you left off. Sounds pretty simple, and something that some other companies have been doing for years now. Or at least, that’s how I look at it. Which is good news for Microsoft. At least putting them in the same ring as their competitors.… Read the rest
Virtual Reality Therapy More Effective For Managing Pain?
Virtual Reality is seen as a way to submerse yourself into another “world”. Maybe as a way to disconnect from your own existence and temporarily become part of another. Virtual reality, however, is being used to treat pain. There are several studies reviewing this theory in both the United States and Canada, but the bottom line is showing that virtual reality is more effective at relieving pain than something like morphine. If this turns out to actually be the case, this is a huge breakthrough in my opinion. The question I have is how will it be used and by whom? Will I be referred to someone specializing in VR in order to treat the pain? Or can it be self-managed?
Regardless of what the answer is, I can only see the benefits of this. With more and more people being prescribed medication to kill the pain, this seems like an amazing alternative. As I’m not a medical professional myself, I am going to avoid getting into a lot of detail around how or why this works. But it seems like it provides a distraction to the patient during those pain periods. Researchers developed an environmental therapy known as SnowWorld to help patients who have been burned during skin grafting treatments. What is interesting to me, is how we can trick our minds into believing that we are somewhere else, in order to minimize the pain. How can this be possible?… Read the rest
Apple Acquires Beddit Because They’re Concerned About Your Sleep
Apple is extremely concerned about your sleeping habits. So concerned, in fact, that they have acquired the company Beddit. Beddit offers a sleep tracking app and additional hardware to help you understand your sleeping habits. But is this something that consumers will want? Especially since it requires additional hardware. Which is available for sale in the Apple store for $149. Which raises the question of whether or not you want to spend that kind of money in order to improve your sleeping. If I just look at it from a financial perspective, then I’m going to say no. But someone very close to me always reminds me that you can’t put a price on health. And getting enough sleep is paramount to being healthy.
Money aside, I actually think this is a good device. I personally am not a fan of wearing my Apple Watch to bed in order to track my sleep. Further, I’m not a fan of sleeping close enough to my phone so that it can detect my sleeping habits. I tend to flail around when I sleep, or so I’ve been told. This is definitely something that I’ve done my entire life, but it hasn’t changed as an adult. Which could leave me throwing my arm against a wall/headboard or hitting my boyfriend in the face. Yes, all scenarios that have occurred without a watch on my wrist. So I’m not a fan of that option. I also used to sleep with my Fitbit on to see how I was sleeping, and I found that my Fitbit would often come off. … Read the rest
Back Off or Watch Your Back: Is This What Trudeau is Saying to Trump?
Is Donald Trump against a wall when it comes to Canadian lumber? The answer might be yes. And while I recognize that this topic itself is pretty boring, it speaks to a larger issue of American-Canadian relations. I wrote a previous post about how I think that Justin Trudeau is doing what he needs to in order to keep the peace. Which I think is commendable. But, I think deep down he’s extremely ruthless. There are many people (mostly Canadians) who don’t like him. They don’t think he’s qualified to run a country. But in light of certain events south of the border, I would argue that any one could do it. Trudeau, however, had the benefit of being the son of a former Prime Minister. In many ways he was groomed into this roll. People don’t like him because he’s a bit too laid back.
Which gives off the impression that he is a push over. While I don’t know for sure, my guess is that he has some pretty sneaky moves up his sleeves. It’s almost like a mother bear protecting her cub. She will go bat-shit crazy at anyone trying to mess with the cub. In this case, the country is the cub, and Trudeau is the mama bear. So what is happening now you ask? Well, Donald Trump is knee deep in trade concerns. And on one hand, I can understand that he wants to support American made products in order to help the economy. … Read the rest