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Gary Hinson
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Cause =/= Effect
Animals like us are fantastic at spotting patterns in things - it's an inherent part of our biology, involving parts of our brains that are especially good at it. Unfortunately, while some patterns are significant, many are not, and our brains are not terri...
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Wonderfully illustrated lecture by Stephen Hawking about black holes: well worth 15 minutes in a darkened room.  The chalk board animation is remarkable.  I'm looking forward to part 2.
An illustrated companion to Prof Stephen Hawking’s first Reith lecture about black holes.
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Metrics thought for the day
Where relevant, using current business metrics (also) for information risk
and security purposes can be cost-effective if suitable raw data are already being gathered: the
additional analysis, reporting and use incur relatively little cost, especially
if la...
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"A Simple Guide to Risk and its Management" is a well-written precis of the straightforward risk management approach drawn originally from AS/NZS 4360, converted into ISO 31000, and now widely adopted and embellished by the ISO27k and various other standards. 
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Interesting BBC piece about digital signal processing of commercially-produced music, particularly volume compression (and 'the loudness wars') and a little on bit-rate compression (mostly MP3s vs 'CD-quality'). There are intriguing comments about quality differences that are so subtle that you would only notice if you were a trained listener with a studio or audiophile setup ... but most of us are a long long way from that. I guess there might be a market, though, for high-resolution high-quality versions of the things we normally listen to, catering directly to those audiophiles with more dollars than sense. I was very amused to hear mention of the revival of vinyl, since the audio quality on vinyl ranged from poor to apalling in my experience. I think back to the first record I ever bought - Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues on 7 inch 45 rpm - with probably THE worst ever example of wow in a commercial audio product. The sustained notes in one part of the song drifted by tens, perhaps hundreds of Hz due (I guess) to speed variations in the recording or record-pressing equipment ... very noticeable, almost haunting, and I am one of the least critical music listeners around. If that was intentional, it really hit the spot: I still shudder 4 decades later.

I was surprised there was no mention in the BBC piece of the compression applied when sending it to us over the Internet as a Flash file, and the inevitable quality reduction for the embedded audio clips. The stuff they were discussing when comparing treatments might have been very clear to them in their fancy BBC recording studio, but barely discernable differences emerged from my fairly typical PC audio setup.

That said, I completely agree with the point that live music is a completely different experience to recorded, of any quality. Recorded "live" productions are horrendous, in the main, but when you are literally a few feet away from the artists at a gig, and when the artists are a few feet away from you, the whole shared experience dynamically evolving before your very eyes and ears, there's something to be said for that being uncapturable, unrepeatable, a moment in time to be relived only in your memories. I'll enjoy the CD too, thanks, but I neither expect nor want it to be the same, thanks.
Trevor Cox asks whether compression can detract from our enjoyment of recorded music - does it matter that what we hear may not be the same as what the musicians heard in the studio? How important is high quality reproduction? He looks at attempts to make music recordings sound louder and louder (the so-called Loudness War) and asks whether anything is lost in the process. And he considers whether making audio file sizes smaller, so that they tak...
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Information risk and security tools
We've just completed and delivered a brand new NoticeBored awareness module for January 2016 concerning  the tools supporting information risk and security : Scope of the awareness module There are literally thousands of tools in the information risk and se...
We've just completed and delivered a brand new NoticeBored awareness module for January 2016 concerning the tools supporting information risk and security: Scope of the awareness module There are literally thousands of...
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Air Canada phone scam takes off
If someone from Air Canada calls you about a flight booking , there's a good chance it's a social engineer trying to steal your credit card number and/or other valuable info. I guess the scammers in this case might be calling people totally at random on the...
If someone from Air Canada calls you about a flight booking, there's a good chance it's a social engineer trying to steal your credit card number and/or other valuable info. I guess the scammers in this case might be call...
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Information risk and security in business relationships
When the full title for February's NoticeBored security awareness module  became unweildy, we adopted the working title "Securing business relationships". The ambiguity in that shortened version led me to ask myself: "What are we actually concerned about: s...
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Privacy wars: US v The World
Fundamentally different approaches to privacy in the US compared to most of the rest of the world, the EU in particular, are causing headaches for organizations, governments and regulators on both sides. For a while, the Safe Harbor  arrangement was deemed ...
Fundamentally different approaches to privacy in the US compared to most of the rest of the world, the EU in particular, are causing headaches for organizations, governments and regulators on both sides. For a while, the ...
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Someone ought to point out ISO/IEC 27038 to The Medical Council of NSW.  I think they will find it helpful ...
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/17/pdf_redaction_is_hard_nsw_medical_council_finds_out_the_hard_way/
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Aside from confusing C-level positions with VPs, this blog picks up on a genuine challenge: is it appropriate/necessary to have a CISO? What are the alternatives?
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We've just completed and delivered a brand new NoticeBored awareness module for January 2016 concerning the tools supporting information risk and security : Scope of the latest awareness module There are literally  thousands   of tools in the information ri...
We've just completed and delivered a brand new NoticeBored awareness module for January 2016 concerning the tools supporting information risk and security: Scope of the latest awareness module There are literally thousands...
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  • University of York
    Biology, 1980 - 1983
    General biology at first, then specialised in genetics. BSc (hons)
  • University of Leicester Faculty of Science
    Genetics, 1983 - 1987
    PhD in microbial genetics - cloning and characterising the gene coding an adhesin protein. DNA fingerprinting was invented while I was there: my role in that was negligible (a little IT support) but it was a fascinating time to be a geneticist!
  • University of Bath School of Management
    MBA, 1998 - 2000
    Two years of evening and weekend study while holding down a full-time job was tough going, but the hard yards paid off with the best information security and audit qualification I hold (!).
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Born and studied in the UK.  Worked in London, Swindon, Bristol and Brussels before emigrating to NZ in 2005.
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    Most of my time is spent researching and writing content for NoticeBored, our innovative information security awareness subscription service providing fresh awareness content on a different infosec topic every month. I also deliver CISM and CISSP training, provide consultancy support on ISO27k implementations and metrics projects ... oh and mend broken fences.
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