Angela B.

Angela B.

Digital Marketer, Developmental Editor for Memoirs, Screenwriter & Book Marketer. Currently considering law school.
Interested in secure, accessible websites, web apps & best cyber security practices

Location West Coast, United States. Ethnicity: 3rd Generation Mexican-American

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  • Thank you for this course. It turned out to be much better than I had anticipated.

  • @CassandraMisciagna In the US, it is estimated that currently there is a 200,000 person shortage for cyber security jobs. As one might expect, there is a 0% unemployment rate for those who work in cyber security as opposed to other technical fields, like programming. Understanding the shortage of cyber security workers helps make sense of why everything is so...

  • The UK is currently trying to implement new laws governing the security of IOT devices. As far as I know, they are the first country to do this.

    Mandatory IoT Security in the Offing with U.K. Proposal https://threatpost.com/mandatory-iot-security-uk-proposal/152217/  

  • Since no one answered my question around legal issues for making apps, I found this video that answered some of my questions. I still am looking for answers on the legal issues around putting your app on google play and the apple store (not an apple user). I believe this is particularly important because I don't want to create an app and have it not be allowed...

  • @JavierMaura War isn't quite that simple. There are a lot of other factors and relationships to keep in mind. For example, China owns a lot of US debt. Though the US might have a larger military, China could easily crash the US economy by pulling out their investment. Military force is not everything. In fact, it is the absolute last solution to any...

  • @DanaB @RaniaBouzekraoui Well, I used some artistic license with that statement. I knew that the rate failure was quite high, but I was slightly off on the actual statistics. After I wrote that comment, I looked up the failure rates of campaigns and I got a lot of articles saying it is currently around 63%. This means that close to 2 out of 3 campaigns end...

  • @JavierMaura I don't question the facts that you mentioned. However, the writing on this subject is unclear and can have many ambiguous meanings because of its lack of specificity. Is the battlefield the author referring to North Korea or another country? It is not clear. She could be referring to a number of battlefields and without reference to which one...

  • I have the worst memory of peoples heights, especially men. The only height factor I can ever remember is if someone is particularly tall or short. I always believed this was some sort of personal memory problem of mine.

  • This film “The Square” directed by Jehane Noujaim won 3 Emmy awards and a Golden Globe Award but only made $124,224 at the box office on a budget of $ 1.5 million for production. Yes, Boyhood was more successful at the box office, but I am not sure it won any significant awards. You decide which is the better film or project.

    Budget $1.5 million
    Box...

  • I saw a presentation on an app which focuses on voluntary payments for creative/art performances. The CEO who was "pitiching" the app said that so far, the venues who have used the app for voluntary payments, ended up making at least 20% more than they would have if they had charged for the performance. It sounds revolutionary and perfect. Those who can't...

  • I thought this recent article might be pertinent to this section.

    "Netflix Crime Series Have More Negative Depictions of People of Color Than 5 Other Top Networks"

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/netflix-crime-series-have-more-negative-depictions-of-people-of-color-than-5-other-top-networks/ar-BBZe3o0

  • Interesting. I wonder if this works in other situations in real life. If you are carrying an unusual object, people will have difficulty remembering you.

  • All the streaming movie platforms invest in producing new content for their platforms because they want viewers. The only streaming show I have regularly watched is "Lisa on Demand" on Youtube. I am not sure if Youtube is paying to produce the "shows" they are promoting for their platform. I have also watched the show "fleabag" which is on another platform.

  • I went to a digital conference where a woman from NPR gave a talk. NPR is very interested in Alexa and its ability to get people to listen to NPR podcasts.

  • Let's break the following down.

    "While there is a clear power asymmetry in conventional battlefields"

    What battlefields is the author refering to here?

    " in which only a few superpowers possess certain key military equipment"

    Context is of great importance in statements like this. The author does not name what battlefields she is referrring to,...

  • The highlight of this section is the use of the word asymmetrical.

  • Angela B. made a comment

    I just looked at Artsy for the first time. My first thought is that it seems as though an art website would invest heavily in the design of the site, but the site it rather simple. Not being a visual artist, but a person who enjoys veiwing art I am not impressed. A professional artist could probably figure out what they like through the site, but the average...

  • @DanaB Germany has the world's strictest laws on privacy regulation for internet users. Internet privacy laws are basically nonexistent in the US, China and many other countries.

  • Youtube was also created by an all male team. Maybe women are simply unable to create large, succesful social platforms due to their gender.

  • Normally, I don't like to discuss politics but the recent event of Trump specifically threatening to destroy Iran's cultural heritage sites and the response of Iranians on twitter is a perfect case study for this section. Iranians tweeted pictures of their cultural heritage sites and reasons why losing them would not accomplish anything good, thus creating...

  • In the US, there are consultants you can pay to help you with your pre and post campaign. I would recommend hiring one. I am not sure about international crowdfunding campaigns though.

  • I have read statistics that say up to 90% of crowdfunding campaigns fail to reach their goal.

  • This is true. Social crowdfunding is a way to attract more stakeholders in a given project be it a film, book or technical product in development. Crowdfunding is about making connections with similar minded people who would naturally have an interest and wish to join in on your project. However, crowdfunding is fornulaic. You can't just jump in and hope for...

  • Angela B. made a comment

    IOT are a huge security risk. If people knew how risky they actually are, no one would use them. I think government offices in the US have some sort of legal regulation ban from using them because of this, and if they don't, they should.

    https://threatpost.com/hacker-leaks-more-than-500k-telnet-credentials-for-iot-devices/152015/

  • I will be perfect for this role.

  • I am going to be blunt. When white men or men of different ethnic backgrounds are the only ones and the main ones creating large scale digital platforms. The results are what you expect. They create war. This is why it is essential that all technical teams are gender and ethnically diverse of people of all different backgrounds, not just the groups in power....

  • This is the logical conclusion that many people mistakenly made. However, there is a lot of evidence that says digital platforms actually make people worse at interpreting science. In the US, there has been a huge controversy over vaccinating children for chicken pox. Interestingly, it is mostly the upper class and wealthy who believed that they did not need...

  • I believe that social platforms trap you, your interests and education. They prevent you from moving on and from growing socially, emotionally and educationally. You can easily stay stuck in a big or small bubble with a handful of interests and never seek to know anything different. The social media platforms actually shape you, your interests and your life.

  • I think it would be interesting to hear different perspectives on this subject. One from a group of teens who have never experienced life without the many social and digital platforms and then from a group of older people who clearly remember what life was like before GAFA. Perspective is everything.

  • Major recording labels tend to give artists extremely bad financial contracts/deals for the music-art that they personally produce. The major recording labels are completely heartless. This is the biggest and most important issue if you are a recording artist, your contract. I don't know how entertainment attorneys can sleep at night. The contracts in the...

  • Here is an article on the effects of social media for teens.

    "Since 2010, depression, self-harm and suicide rates have increased among teen boys. But rates of major depression among teen girls in the U.S. increased even more — from 12% in 2011 to 20% in 2017. In 2015, three times as many 10- to 14-year-old girls were admitted to the emergency room after...

  • For some reason, this time was the year of the spider bites for me because I actually got bit on two separate occasions after this. I believe I must have built up an immunity to spider bites, because the other bites only caused very mild reactions and lasted a much shorter duration. In fact, the secondary bites, though toxic were barely noticeable to me.

  • Angela B. made a comment

    Didn't know that the Gila lizard was toxic. Is it deadly if one bites you?
    I watched this video on this guy who started injecting himself with snake venom. He has been doing it for 20 years and looks 20 years younger than his actual age. Scientists are now studying him. I think there is something to taking venom for health.

    I got bit by a common spider in...

  • This course is depressing in its shallowness. Yes, there has been great advances in entertainment and the arts, but there has been an even bigger increase in the many serious negative consequences of social media. The latter is what we should be looking at. One could argue with every advancement there are positive and negative consequences. If we dont start...

  • It seems to me that social media platforms and GAFA have a strongest usage in developed countries and in particular the US. Even in the UK, people don't use social media to the same extent as Americans with the one exception being Facebook. Even though its not a social platform, I want to include whatsapp ( which is owned by Facebook) because it is used so...

  • In the unusual case that someone questions my claim that cyber security costs ten times as much to implement after a site has been built versus being implemented from the beginning, check out this article. I didn't even get into the other costs of not having adequate security on a site.

    Equifax Settles Class-Action Breach...

  • I would love to hear other people's opinions on the technical aspects of what upgrading/expanding healthcare.gov would have required.

  • This is an important issue in the US and probably elsewhere. Should a woman who has been abused and then "snaps" and injures her boyfriend because of all the abuse she has endured be treated as a victim or a perpetrator in court? In the US, what she will be perceived as during court sentencing varies by region and the culture/laws established in the area. Of...

  • I would like to know what kind of servers healthcare.gov uses. And I forgot that more people would mean larger databases, but this shouldnt cost more than possibly a couple hundred million. However, its possible that this estimation is on the high side, so it could have cost even less to build and store information for larger data bases. I believe this is it...

  • The only issue I believe there is with having more users for a site than one had expected is bandwith which is a super easy fix anyone could do. But then I read about how you might need to "balance the load" by sending different requests to three different servers, so that there is no interruption in service for sites with a lot of traffic. All this would...

  • Hmmm, everyone likes to use the word "passion" which is not an official word one would use o in a business course or test. I think peopke are "sucking up" to a pre-recorded video someone made on business several years ago. A lot of treating AI as a real person in this course.

  • Wikipedia says that "In August 2014, the Office of Inspector General released a report finding that the cost of the HealthCare.gov website had reached $1.7 billion"

  • In response to this statement, "Delays in establishing regulatory guidelines". What regulartory guidelines does this refer to ? Guidelines for the website? This would make sense as to why the online system was delayed. But there were plenty of regulatory or common sense/ best practices that have already been established for websites, government information and...

  • @FlorianB Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I am just glad people in this course are not entertainment lawyers. Also, I doubt anyone in this course has ever even taken one theater, acting, performing or screenwriting course in their life. The #metoo movement would not have happened with the people in this course. Many people are arguing for the...

  • Officially, there has only been one civil war in the US. The second closest thing to a war that has happened in the US, in my lifetime, would be the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. I am not completely sure how it was solved with the exception of a lot of arrests, but afterwards there were a lot of community meetings( dozens or maybe hundreds) on how to...

  • Though I am still working my way through the material, I’d like to thank you both, Paolo and Federica, for this course. It was well structured, organized and informative.

  • One of the people indicted by the ICC was a well known singer and composer. I suppose musicians and singers can go either way. They can help or they can hurt others. Until I read this, I always assumed that music helped people too.

    https://news.un.org/en/story/2006/09/192452-rwandan-singer-accused-using-music-incite-genocide-goes-trial-un-tribunal

  • @SheilaBransden There is a video from 2011 on this issue. Someone had predicted this event would happen.

    At 6:31 seconds in the video The Daily Show
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXARDOeSDyg

    CNN
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ecqMwLjTqQ&t=2s

  • @CarolineHurley The journalist Glen Greenwald either writes or tweets on the implications of using drones. I have read some writing by him on the ethical issues around drones.

  • @GloriaMiqueles I wish there was more reporting on the conditions in jails and detention for women in South America.

  • How do you effectively communicate with underpaid children? That someone would say profiting off children is good communication is unbelievable.

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  • None of the actors in the movie were paid very much, including the one famous actress who starred in it. She is quoted as saying it actually cost her money to be in the film. The film made a $40 million profit. I suspect people watched the film for all the wrong reasons. The film is about the 'winning of poor white people'. In the US, there is another term,...

  • The Forbes winning UX website in the link is not https compliant.
    I could spend all day pointing out the many sites that aren't, but seeing how it is a website devoted to teaching about UX and its also a Forbes winning website, the fact that it is not ssl compliant has a special irony.

    Does this say something about the company or about a Forbes winning...

  • Useful infograph

  • Helpful article.

  • Awesome

  • There are actually a lot of companies that are similar to Airbnb. I had thought Airbnb was the only company that rented out people's homes. There are some home rental companies that are even older than Airbnb. Yet, Airbnb has managed to dominate the online marketing sphere. This is probably the most significant achievement by the company. By dominating the...

  • I saw a talk from one of the CEO's of Airbnb. He asked the hundreds of members of the audience to take out their smart phone, unlock it and give it to the person on their left. The audience was aghast. That's how hard it was trying to pitch Airbnb to people in the beginning.

  • In the US state of Oregon, we had a new state gov health care program simiar to HHS. The tech company Oracle ended up getiing sued by Oregon for failing to finish the project. Oracle actually countered sued Oregon claiming it was Oregon's fault they were unable to complete the health care system. A compromise was reached, millions of dollars later. It was such...