Brian Reed has recently joined BIT as a Software Engineer. He will be working with the development team that develops and supports DOE .Net applications.
Brian grew up in southeastern South Dakota and attended Elk Point-Jefferson High School. After four years of college at the University of South Dakota, he moved to Hokkaido, Japan to study at Otaru University of Commerce for one year. After returning to the United States, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Computer Science. After graduation, he started his own web design and hosting business called Prairie Portals.
Brian enjoys a number of hobbies, including hunting and fishing, but most of all he enjoys volunteering his time. Brian volunteered his time every summer to help the city of Jefferson, SD put on a city-wide summer festival. His responsibilities as a team member organizing the event also included creating and maintaining the event website. This past year he also helped build a human foosball arena.
Kaitlyn Martinez started her journey at BIT as an intern in January, 2013. She was hired on full-time in May, 2013 as a Web Developer and has since worked in Aberdeen while her husband finishes his education at Northern State University.
What’s she up to now? For the past few weeks- exploring Europe!
The “One Hander” Bit is an interesting contraption, designed to teach neck-reining or for use when direct-reining is not only unnecessary, but in fact undesirable (for example, in events such as roping). The mouthpiece is adjustable, with a rotating port that screws into and out of the rubber-covered cannons, thus changing the overall width. Bit guards are built in. The shanks have a spring-loaded design which slows the action and absorbs some of the force of the reins, thus making the bit milder than it might otherwise appear at first glance. The shanks also bend in every direction, so that pulling laterally really results primarily in a backward force on the bit (thus rendering direct-reining a fruitless task). It is therefore impossible to pull the mouthpiece off-center in the mouth, and the bit is very forgiving of mistakes made by the rider’s hands, either from pulling too abruptly or pulling unevenly. My mare in the video was only flinging her head because I was using more force on the bit than I generally do in order to better illustrate its action.
This is a cool little bit: certainly not appropriate for all circumstances, but nice to have around for use on the right horse and right situation. It’s also fairly collectible, being hard to come by since the company producing it was disbanded.
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- Quite simply, if you don’t need to post your email address, don’t! Be especially careful when posting to forums, Facebook, or even LinkedIn profiles. Although including your email might make it easier for users to connect with you, it also makes it easier for spammers as well. In addition, consider the content you share.
Pay attention to the subject line.
- Phrases such as “Click here!” , “Once in a lifetime opportunity!” or anything that includes a spastic number of exclamation marks in the subject line (aside from a few overzealous coworkers you may have) warrants a reason for concern. Sometimes, some of these “great opportunities” are worth missing. Especially if they involve spam.
Do not reply.
- Remember those pesky telemarketers or unrelenting salesman? Once you answer the telephone or answer the door, they know you are home… And they will be back. The same goes for spammers. Once you reply to a spam email, you just have confirmed for the spammer the legitimacy of your email address.
Do not unsubscribe.
- Although this may seem like a logical reaction to receiving spam, its repercussions tie in heavily with the previous point. If you aren’t sure of the legitimacy of the company to begin with, there is no guarantee that this request won’t be used against you. Once again, this could be another ploy to confirm the legitimacy of your email address.
Tuesday, August 18th
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The rush to digitize the deaths has become easier to get someone malicious minds alive is declared dead by the authorities. Something that showed computer specialists last week for its annual meeting in Las Vegas.
“This is a global problem,” said computer security specialist, Australian Chris Rock, during his presentation entitled: “I’ll kill you”.
According to research by Rock, the process of declaring a person officially dead involves getting a death certificate, for which a doctor fill out a form and a funeral home another.
Once the forms are registered online, a certificate stating the legally deceased is generated.
But a fatal flaw in the system is that people can easily be presented as actual medical or funeral directors, Rock showed the surprised audience.
Doctors who practice general medicine often do not bother to create accounts online portals dedicated to enter information about deaths. So a candidate for ‘virtual murderer’ can take advantage of this vacuum to steal the identity of a doctor only have access to your name, address and license number, all elements that are easily accessible on the Internet.
Then, thanks to records also available online, is easy to invent the cause of death using language and appropriate referrals, careful to mention that yes causes that could justify an autopsy.
“Kill whoever you want”
It is also easy to “borrow” the identity of a person responsible for a funeral. In that case the necessary information is also available online.
In the case of Rock, created a website for a non-existent funeral and used to support your request for an account director. Two days later they confirmed that they had approved the request.
With those two elements, deaths may be registered in the real world. “You could kill whoever you want,” Rock told AFP after the presentation.
Even easier is to obtain birth certificates for babies exist because for registering births only a physician and parents is needed.
“Once you sign up as a doctor can not just kill someone, but even declare a birth,” said Rock.
When these virtual babies reach adulthood their hackers creators could use them to get loans, equity securities exchange or even open bank accounts.
The chilling possibilities are raised by Rock in his book “The harvest of babies: how virtual babies become the future financing of terrorism and money laundering”.
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