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Software Security Is Improving: Veracode Report

We’re headed into the Thanksgiving holiday so let’s end on a positive note.  The press release for this Veracode report is headlined “73 Percent of Retail Applications Contain Security Flaws, but Only a Quarter Are Fixed” which is the type of clickbait that headline writers love.  But the report actually finds that security practices have improved in recent years.  It also finds much greater use of microservices architectures and open source libraries, which will make some tech geeks happy.

 

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Amazon Offers Virtual Health Care Service

November 23, 2022

Amazon is no model citizen (see its history of union busting and employee injuries) but they at least try to look responsible. The latest effort is a virtual health care service called Amazon Clinic, which will “message-based virtual care” for more than 20 non-emergency health conditions such as allergies, acne and hair loss. It will complement, and perhaps help to gain approval for, Amazon’s proposed purchase of primary care providing One Medical.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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