Getting KRACKed: Use WiFi? Drop everything and read this now.

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“Welcome to my nightmare…” – via krackattacks.com

Whatever you do, don’t use WiFi for a bit.  A new revelation in computer security has shown that WiFi, no matter what device, is insecure and can be hacked: “if your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected.” Enter key reinstallation attacks, called KRACK. Continue reading “Getting KRACKed: Use WiFi? Drop everything and read this now.”

Trim Tab’s Paradise Now gets acclaim

    Birmingham AlabamaBirmingham’s Trim Tab beers, including the award-winning Paradise Now – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Trim Tab Brewery took home a bronze medal this year at the Great American Beer Festival!  The festival held competitions for 161 different styles of beer.  Competition was stout – nearly 8,000 different beers were submitted by over 2000 different breweries.   Continue reading “Trim Tab’s Paradise Now gets acclaim”

Smoked ‘Ham? Unlike some, Birmingham universities aren’t buying a blanket ban on tobacco use

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The Briary, considered one of America’s best tobacconists and located in Homewood – via cityvoter.com

Tobacco products are bad for you.  In many cases, they’re bad for people around you.  But until relatively recently, few universities actually taken steps to do something about tobacco use among their communities.  In Philadelphia, for example, four universities have begun a process to ban any tobacco products from their campuses.   Continue reading “Smoked ‘Ham? Unlike some, Birmingham universities aren’t buying a blanket ban on tobacco use”

Alabama contractor, Caddell, one of six finalists to build The Wall

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Caddell has previously constructed multiple US embassies, including in Turkmenistan and here in Nepal – via Caddell.com

Who will pay for the wall might remain up for debate, but we’re rapidly approaching an answer to who will build the wall.  One Alabama firm has made the shortlist!  Caddell Construction, out of Montgomery, AL, will build two types of wall near San Diego, according to the BBJ. Continue reading “Alabama contractor, Caddell, one of six finalists to build The Wall”

Cash injection: UAB and Innovation Depot among RIS 2017 grant winners, for a total of half a million dollars!

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Image courtesy of Birmingham Business Journal

UAB and Innovation Depot have caught the federal government’s eye in the best way!  On September 22, UAB revealed that the US Department of Commerce awarded the university nearly half a million dollars.  Innovation Depot and UAB represent 2 of 42 organizations across 28 states that received funding.   Continue reading “Cash injection: UAB and Innovation Depot among RIS 2017 grant winners, for a total of half a million dollars!”

Who (or what) writes your news?

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Eliza Cassan, a character from the Deus Ex series, publicly known as the face of the media conglomerate Picus Group. Cassan is actually an artificial intelligence programmed to monitor and influence the spread of information via mass media, as well as to attempt to shape public opinion in support of the Illuminati’s goals – via thewrap.com

What if a computer created your news?  A computer that tailored its style, tone, and slant to exactly what its owners wanted?  Actually, it would look like The Washington Post, who have been running a neural network to scrape events, create articles, and publish them for over a year now.   Continue reading “Who (or what) writes your news?”

Lucky Cat Rolled Cream popped up at Saturn and Rojo last week, the feedback explains why it should have a full store

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You want this, trust me. Unless you’re lactose intolerant – via Lucky Cat’s Facebook

Luck Cat Rolled Cream is amazing and need a full store.  If you were “lucky” enough to head over to Saturn last Sunday, you already know why.  If not, follow them on Facebook to track when they’ll open their next pop-up, because you don’t want to miss this!  Continue reading “Lucky Cat Rolled Cream popped up at Saturn and Rojo last week, the feedback explains why it should have a full store”

No, really: Birmingham-Southern announces a massive tuition reduction

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Have you ever seen a more professional looking photoshop? Totally not – via James Ozment, bsc.edu, and msn.com

College tuition makes people angry.  Take a look at a graph of tuition prices over time, and it’s easy to see why!  Birmingham-Southern College takes a stand against tuition inflation, announcing a drastic published price reduction today.

Full disclosure, I study at BSC right now, it’s how I got this heads-up!

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In-depth with Quantalytix, the Birmingham startup looking to upstage a giant

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Will Bryant (left) and Chris Aliotta (right), co-founders of Quantalytix – via James Ozment

I don’t think I have ever heard of someone who thinks that reducing lending risk shouldn’t happen – certainly not since the 2009 subprime lending crisis.

I met with Will Bryant and Chris Aliotta to talk about their Velocity accelerator “graduate,” Quantalytix, and starting a tech company in Birmingham!

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