Hmmmm, a “possible” Chinese spy caught at Mar-a-lago – really?

So, does this not sound like a diversion tactic to anyone else? Anyone? Anyone….

What spy, with the deep pockets of a nation-state who can afford to have and use highly sophisticated spy craft and all the tools that go along with that – why would one make such a loud ruckus while carting around clumsy tools?

Did anyone notice the other real spy, the quiet one that was able to slip in and out with the better tools while the loud and clumsy “possible” spy was apprehended? Anyone?  Anyone… 

Now, with some hesitation on my part, there may not have been another one (spy, saboteur, whatever…) – that day…

It is just that, the various hats I’ve worn have been making me cringe inside.

My strategic brain is screaming, really, no one is making comments about this being a diversion?

My national security intelligence brain is screaming, come on, why not use an old tried and true ruse to get the better ‘spy’ inside with. i.e.: micro-recording devices, using microwave burst technology – designed to destroy itself after a certain amount of time. And other high tech tools such as bug size recording (audio & visual) devices (not roach size but fly or flea size) at their disposal.

My cyber security brain is screaming – really, bringing in malware on a USB drive (I believe that is what it was if I’m not mistaken). As if this woman was going to get close to a computing device to plug it in – but then again, it is Mar-a-lago, where many people with money and their flock come and go.

So, if there was a spy infiltrating that resort, how do you sweep it? How much manpower do you allocate to sweep? When do you sweep it? Do you allow the president, who with a small brain overrules everyone around who would know better, to continue going to the resort?

Then there are other questions, such as, who else had legitimate access to the resort and turned by greed to perform nefarious deeds. What about individuals who for various reasons were coopted (blackmailed/threatened) to do black deeds at the resort.

There are many, many, many things wrong with this picture and we have an individual sitting in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave who seems to be oblivious to real world activities, needs and demands.

A real spy could have easily gotten access, what is a $250,000 membership to a nation-state actor with deep pockets, over the past couple of years. Hey, the president who did not give up his investments and businesses as he should have, did tell the world, his resort is open for membership and business is booming…

What do we do as a nation for security when the top individual invites the world in the front door.  It is like watching a Vampiric horror movie where the unwitting home owner tells the vampire, sure, come on in for a drink….

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Authoritarian Leadership, Quest for Power & Discrimination – China, Russia, Turkey (America?)

This is a food for thought article that will be TL;DR for many out there…

The world of leaders, today – 2019!

Russia, China, Turkey – these are countries that want to and are actively banning dissenting voices. These countries want to control their societies so there are no threats to the government’s strong arm of control over their citizens.

This is when you know leaders of various countries are in trouble. The government starts implementing more control over the press. These governments start controlling what their citizens can say, when they can say it and where they can say anything.

There had been a point in time when I wanted to go visit these countries but that was prior to these control over citizens being put in place. Now, no real desire to do so any longer.

For example, Russia – I’ve written about this in the past, outside of my previous intelligence and cybersecurity work (complete separation between previous work and personal discussions). SORM, its full name is ‘System for Operative Investigative Activities’ and is basically interception of voice and data through all the various networks. It is something Russia implemented in the mid-90s, originating from the FSB (formerly the KGB). This set of regulations under SORM covers everything from credit card transactions, telephone calls, internet activity, etc. And to make it worse, the FSB and the government has been expanding this ever since. If you are an ISP (internet provider), you have to have an FSB compliant box “on your site” that all of your data goes through. Guess what else. All that data goes through an FSB entity in order to archive, cherry pick whatever is needed and to filter what is “not good” for the government, err, Russia. If businesses did not comply and install the device, they were blocked from doing business. Now we have Russia upping the ante and starting to actually block VPNs (virtual private network) who do not agree to censor traffic across/through their VPN system. There are numerous outlets to read up on this, no matter your political stance.

And China, everyone by now is aware of the Great China Firewall.  No matter where you stood in China, everything, everywhere was being filtered AND acted upon to impart the ‘great’ communist party loyalty that everyone must comply with.  Sure, China wants to be capitalistic and make money and be a power house on the world stage. But! China also STILL wants to be a communistic system and FORCE everyone to kowtow to the party line. Look at the Uighurs (Uyghurs or one of the several other ways it is being spelled) – they are being wiped out, systematically. And some would say that they are being wiped out – genocidally. Entire communities of Uighurs have been razed to the ground and replaced with more modern high rises, with many of those Uighurs being placed in “Education” camps, to, ahem, “improve the economic and education levels” of those members. You can also do your own research (which I very highly recommend you do) to find material on what is happening in those Uighur areas – there are also a lot of Uighur refugees in America and other countries. China is becoming like the movie GATTACA where you are tracked at all times and the government knows everything about you…

Turkey, what I can about Erdogan? He is a dictator, clear and through. He is making the country more religious every week. He is trying to still further strengthen his power base and be President for life, outside of the previous term limits. He too is looking to control his people.

The bottom line is that these three countries and others as well, i.e.:

  • Brunei and their new Sharia laws – where gays and adulterers ‘can legally’ be stoned to death
  • Malaysia and their Sharia laws – the government is looking to get tougher on gays there as well and it is already brutal

I happened to latch on to the gay topic above because this is a pet peeve of mine. There are many of us who are very tolerant of people enjoying the lifestyle they believe they want. It is not up to us to control someone else’s personal life – it is none of our business and should be none of yours. It is not harmful to you and please do not insult the rest of us by saying that it creates emotional and mental turmoil and distress – that will not fly. We are grownups (right?) and can handle keeping our noses out of someone else’s personal lifestyle.

But, controlling the people of a country… This has always been a disturbing path to follow. No one wants to engage with or partner with or visit a country where the citizens are dictated to as to:

  • who they in turn can associate with (check out China’s ‘social credit system’) – you can be docked points for the bad people you associate with (or jay walk or spit on the streets or use too much toilet paper) and with enough docked points, you cannot take plane flights anywhere among other things
  • what they can say about their leaders or their government – dissenting voices are knocked down, publicly – in Russia, people are ‘accidentally’ shot down by mysterious forces… or the dissenters can have chemicals thrown into their faces or somehow be ‘legally’ sentenced for tax fraud…
  • where they can go and how many can get together at one time in one area – yeah, Russia and China put size limits and area restrictions on this for their people – and it is worse than the regulations we Americans have to deal with
  • what the people can write, in books, magazines or newspapers – it has to all be glowing lies or B.S. (errr – dang it, sorry, personal content) commentary that those government figures/entities can smile about

No one in the free world wants to part of a society where the leaders only want to gain power, gain more power over time and grab more power – solidifying their choke hold on and over the people of the country. And it goes on. Yet the police and military forces that the leaders control just stand by. There have been instances where the military would step in wrest control from authoritarian leaders and then let the people vote for new leadership AND actually relinquish control to those democratically elected officials.  Now. Now that does not seem to be happening, it is as if the military leaders have become brain dead and, pardon the technical term, stupefied – unless these military leaders have been bought and paid for and these military leaders have no spine or morals or ethic foundation to lead from. It kind of happened in Turkey in 1980 where the military lead the country for several years.

Now don’t get me wrong, America has some kind of leadership issues of our own that is simply baffling to understand. We have our own moral and political compass to correct and our ship really, really needs to be up-righted…

Note: I do not use the term United States any longer due to the fact that we have too much division throughout the country where a sizeable number of people just do not want to see other people in this country gain more power and more equality – those people being discriminated; non-whites, women, immigrants and gays.

This is where it is baffling to me. Instead of coming together as a whole nation and working on solving issues of (small list here):

  • droughts,
  • small towns dying due to young people and others leaving for better opportunities,
  • loss of manufacturing & mining jobs due to technological advances,
  • improving education (as long as the effort does not involve Betsy DeVos – bad choice for that role),
  • improving workplace equality – many, many people know this is wrong and that if a man and a woman are doing the same job and they have the same educational/work experience – it should be a no-brainer that they should be paid equally (however, if one of them is an under-performer, man or woman – that person should be the low earner)
  • having better leaders – this country does NOT need more leaders that only want to have a “good ole boys” club and exclude others (see the discriminated list above) or leaders who want to line their own pockets with ill-gotten gains (ask the congressman who was doing insider trading ON White House property) for themselves and their family and friends

So, where are we headed as a race of humans? Are we headed into a disappointingly dark future of one where leaders continue to gain power and control and lord it over others? Or those leaders who “want” to attempt to gain such power (America – Trump)… Ask:

  • Venezuela’s Maduro if he gets enough to eat or if his people were/are starving during these bleak times there).
  • Russia’s Putin how much money he continues to rake in as possibly the wealthiest ‘voted in’ leader in the world – how does a president become a billionaire (unless they win a huge lottery)? And how much physical force he is going to continue to exert just to remain in power (same goes for Turkey’s Erdogan)?
  • China’s Xi JinPing and his attempts to reach around the eastern hemisphere and gain more power and influence, such as creating man-made islands in the South China Sea (SCS).
  • Or, not to forget – the murder of Khashoggi allegedly under the direction of Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, who, again, allegedly to silence Khashoggi…

We simply have too many people in multiple countries around the world who are somehow blinded (or fooled) by their current leader as to how really beneficial that leader is, for everyone…

What kind of future do you want to see? One where medical care is available to everyone, regardless of their social economical stance in society? One where children can go to public schools with decent and up to date system to enhance learning (books that do not have whitewashed history and technological tools) or colleges where students of all levels can get in without bribery? One where needed medicine costs a paycheck?

I am not talking about a Utopian society, just one that makes sense – where people treat each other with civility and common courtesy rather than those full of greed and low moral compasses who want to step on the backs of everyone else, just to gain a 3 second advantage at any cost. Look at the current president of America, where that individual believes that others should abide by the law, yet, yet – he should be excluded from such plebeian exercises…

We should be building upon progressive and liberal platforms that were starting to take root, platforms that also had some conservatism in them. Platforms that were and are socialist as well, which many people seem to forget and just take for granted; socialist programs such as fire departments – they help everyone. Same as with police departments and school systems and hospitals – do people really want to return to the dark days of when they were not? We live in a new time, not the old days of the pathetic class system of race, gender and money – we live in a time that should be about inclusion and growth.

Leaders have to help people and help people grow together – not be authoritarian leaders who want to control every aspect of your life; from the people you associate with, to the religion you practice (for those who believe in that higher power), to even what kind of music you can hear and what kind of movie you can watch (these leaders want to protect your soul and moral compass, right….). What is wrong with helping others to grow? Absolutely nothing at all, it should be an enriching event for everyone.

Go and check out Eli Pariser’s book – The Filter Bubble. You don’t have to read the entire book, just the first few chapters and you will have a better understanding of the filter bubble so many people find themselves. If only we could get more people out of their highly restricting personal filter bubbles and expand their enclosed ‘worldscape’, we might grow better and faster as a global community.

 

 

Give the President the $5.7 Billion and Let Him Stew On It Not Being Enough…

Hmmmmm, after seeing this drag on and on and ON AND ON….. we may as well just take that $5.7Bn out of White House reserve or travel or entertainment funds (something close to the White House, rather than from other areas that need it such as Puerto Rico) and let this current Presidential office holder have the money.

And no more.

Why did I say that last line there, well, because $5.7 bn will not go very far in building a wall, a fence, a barrier, a striated blockage whatever he deems to call it.

That small amount will only put up a VERY small portion of any kind of fence. There are many, many other cost factors to consider:

  • Contractor total cost, not just what the initial bid is for
  • Materials – concrete, steel, iron, electronics, sensors
  • Time – this ALWAYS increases – significantly in some geometric fashion
  • Lining the pockets of some buddies of whomever…

So, yes, cost overruns will just take off because of all the hands in the pot and this current presidential office holder just wants to state that he, and he alone, obtained the money from congress AND the American public to pay for a ‘wall’.

The problem is, that money will be a waste. Why? Because smugglers and people who come across the border illegally will build tunnels or use ropes to cross the fence – before the border patrol can arrive, in many cases, to catch them. The amount of captures/stoppages is paltry compared to what is interdicted at ports of entries.

The wall is not enough. That amount of money is not enough, it will be a waste but the problem is, this current office holder in the White House will continue to throw a temper tantrum until he gets his baby rattle, errr, his way.

So, sure, give him that $5.7 bn ONLY, no more, then, “if” and I mean a BIG “IF” he is still in the White House, he will truly (said with a bit of tongue in cheek there due to his level of intellect) discover that that $5.7 bn is a drop in the bucket – and a wall is not sufficient, nor will its efficacy be enough – better technology to aid the border patrol members is what is needed…

Me wife and I were discussing this last night and I have to agree with her. Too many people are suffering (financially, mentally and even physically) because of Trump. While we are in a shut down mode, it means (not if) that we have;

  • terrorist issues that could be missed
  • oversight of fraud in multiple areas of the American economy is missed
  • food and drug mishaps will occur because of furloughed staff and
  • etc., etc., you get the drift of this

We are simply starting to lose too much employee integrity, employee health, government AND corporate stability and the ripple effect is spreading to more and more areas of the American economy – costing us more and more revenue losses and the integrity of the American psyche.

Lastly, I am willing to bet that trump does not know where the moniker of “make america great again” originated – Ronald Reagan’s campaign…)

Cloudacademy New Musical Intro – FOR EVERY BLOODY LESSON!

Warning, this is TL;DR material who do not wish to spend time reading.

UPDATE: Feb 17, 2019: Hmmm, it appears they ‘did’ modify that, what, 10 second musical intro to only play at the beginning of each section of a course rather than at the beginning of each lesson. However, if your course has 20-30 sections, it can still be highly, highly annoying and irritating. They would be better off making it a setting for customers to disable at their leisure, instead of being forced into listening to for each section (some of you may like that but the rest of us do not)… You try listening to these lessons with ear buds on when you’re away from home and on your laptop or tablet – and you forgot to mute the volume for the next new course section. See how well you like it when that blaring musical intro hits your ear drums (hint: it is ‘not’ at a lower volume)…

Feb 7, 2019: Okay, those irritating musical intros (maybe not for everyone but many of us do not want them) – they are still there, for “for-every-blasted-lesson“. And there is no option for us to disable them or turn them off. For me personally, there are other companies out there to gravitate to that I have already recommended to members of my various circles. Oh well, maybe a drop in membership will correct that but it may be too late in losing me and others in my circles as customers. See, the primary gist of the matter is that CloudAcademy believes it to be a very nice gimmicky action to promote their company. But, this specific item is promoting the company in the wrong direction…

Jan 23, 2019: Well, let me correct that last update. Recently, I went back in to do more studying (as if it ever stops) and imagine my surprise (horror) to see that each lesson of each course was back to playing that musical interlude, again!!!! Very annoying – I had to reach out to them in reply to one of their emails to say “Hey, after running into these constant musical interludes, I may “NOT” be returning to this site and making recommendations to my circles; cyber security peers, cloud engineers/developers and CIOsof ‘not’ using these courses with these multiple useless, musical, advertising distractions…

UPDATE: Oct 28, 2018 it seems that one of two things occurred: a) cloudacademy removed that annoying musical intro for every lesson, for everyone or b) they turned it off for my account only…?? not sure which but I am a much happier camper, especially having to also deal with Verizon FiOS issues I had to finally write about and publish {we should not be getting pixelation & drop outs over fiber, especially for 980 Mbps line speeds}.

Well, I have seen and heard some pretty annoying and distasteful things in the past, especially on the telly where you get this “annoying”, “unwanted”, “so-called musical intros” – the kind of thing that makes people change channels as fast as possible or leave the room.

Which then puts the individual into a negative state of mind so as to:

a) stop watching / listening

b) stop recommending something to friends and loved ones

Well, much as it pains me to say so, Cloudacademy.com has gone into that category. Originally, I was going to do this blog in all red but did not want to have any readers suffer…

Not sure why Cloudacademy.com thought these cute, wonderful, musical interludes were going to be a winner for them as a marketing ploy/brand. It’s not. Even if it is “only about 5-7 seconds” – it is unwanted.

When I heard it for the first time, after they went live recently – I about jumped out of my chair. And my laptop volume was not turned up loud – that music simply OPENED. UP. LOUD. as a FRIGGIN’ DEFAULT!!!! So now, whenever I start a lesson, I have to make sure that the FRACKING (replace the letters RA with U [have to be politically correct you see]) volume is turned off. FOR EVERY LESSON!!!!  Yes, I am teed off, can you tell…? This is, for me, primarily in the AWS courses but the musical intro is in other platforms as well as I checked a few (Google, Azure, etc.).

WE. DO. NOT. NEED. THAT. INTRO. MUSIC. ON. EVERY. BLASTED. LESSON!!!!

And, you cannot pause it to turn the volume down.

AND, you cannot skip it, aaaarrrrggghhhhh…….

 

Okay, I’m back – I had to calm down for a bit.  Yep, that is how aggravating it is…  NO MUSICAL INTROS, return to that state.

In the meantime, it seems I am just going to have to step away from this site and simply use competitor sites until cloudacademy returns to silent lesson intros…  That is all we want, some quality content, decent instructors, content that is thorough AND timely that we can focus on – WITHOUT this cute new musical intro in EVERY. BLASTED. LESSON!!!!

If not, I’ll just stop using them and recommend to my networks and acquaintances to go elsewhere. Easy.

Not quite sure how many other users out there like that musical intro – cloudacademy should do a poll to find out about it…

 

Note: This all originated Sunday / Mon (Oct 22nd) when I wrote to their tech support with the following:

In attempting to go over some course material, nothing plays in firefox!!!! That ‘NEW’ very annoying cloudacademy lead in on EVERY. SINGLE. COURSE. plays for sure but then we get a rectangle at the top left corner of a dark video screen and then nothing.
I have logged off and on the course.
I have gone to other courses on the site – same problem.
I have gone to other sites and their material works….
On cloudacademy, we get that white outlined rectangle in the upper left corner of a dark screen, then the title page of whatever course we are looking at and that is where it stops. The title has a gray tint to it but no controls to do anything….

One of their tech support responded & stated he could not replicate it. So I did more digging (being a very long time IT person myself) – I figured, hmmm, it might be firefox since it works well in chrome & IE (the annoying music still played as well).

But today, I saw that firefox has a new update, ver 63 – so, again – I figured I’d update that browser.

It did resolve the non-playing, grayness and lack of video controls but it is still acting up. It is not firefox or my laptop (alienware, i7-7820 / 16 GB DDR4 RAM / 8 GB GDDR5 video  Win 10 pro and an SSD).  As you hover over a course to play, that desired lesson starts blanking out and then fluctuating (you have to either refresh the page or kill the tab). This only occurs with firefox – so some setting was tweaked at cloudacademy that pertains to firefox but not to other browsers. Nope, not going back to cloudacademy with my findings, I can do without the aggravation.

This is now a moot point for me, I likely won’t be on the site until they get rid of that musical intro for every lesson…

 

Troubleshoot Microphone Errors in Rosetta Stone – Brown University

Troubleshoot Microphone Errors in Rosetta Stone by Stephanie Obodda 2018-07-04

— Brown University

Hmmmm, I was attempting to aid students/folks who have problems getting their head sets with microphones to work properly by adding a compliment for Stephanie & the CIS IT Support team posting Stephanie’s article and including what kind of head set I use for Rosetta Stone.  But it may take a day or two (or a few…) before it is visible, if it appears at all – there are 0 comments on the site.

The article is @: https://ithelp.brown.edu/kb/articles/troubleshoot-microphone-errors-in-rosetta-stone

The school (or author) provides a list of head sets:

 List of recommended headsets: Altec Lansing AHS302i, Andrea Electronics NC‐7100, Califone 3066‐USB, Logitech USB 350, Logitech USB 250, Logitech ClearChat Pro USB, Logitech H330, Logitech Premium Notebook Headset, Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB, Microsoft LifeChat LX‐3000, Plantronics DSP‐400, Plantronics DSP‐500, Plantronics Audio 500, Plantronics Audio 470, Plantronics Audio 645, Plantronics Audio 655, VXI Talk Pro USB‐100, VXI Talk Pro USB‐200

Note: Rosetta Stone also provides more information about their Recommended Headset Microphones and Vendors

 (I had to write another comment on the site “if” it gets posted to inform them that the link of “Recommended Headset Microphones and Vendors” they provide to students is an old, dead link that no one verified…)

My additional info is that VTIN HC head sets with microphone also work successfully – it is a head set with a 3.5 mm jack that plugs into:

a) a connector with a USB connection on it for PC use or

b) smart phones / tablets via the 3.5mm jack without that connector piece

The VTIN HC head set, even though it is not one of the ‘recommended head sets’ above, works for me for Russian and Chinese language refreshers on my PC.

Macy’s – Poor Customer Service Staff – Parking

Very disappointed.
Last weekend, we (customers) were told to take our store receipt to the 2nd floor validation machine to show proof of shopping at Macy’s in order to get a parking validation.
I was at one register (Macy’s @ Pentagon City, VA) when a Macy store cashier was telling her customer at the other register to do that process.
So, politely interrupting, I repeated it back. And she said yes.
Well, my wife and I and two other pairs of couples also showed up after being told the same thing. It did not work.
I called for assistance and the woman (mall parking assistance) said to take the receipt and parking receipt to the parking garage attendant to get it validated.
Well…. the parking garage attendant said we actually have to have the Macy store cashier “stamp” the parking receipt in order to get validation.
While at that attendants’ gate, I looked over at the next attendants’ gate and saw one of the same couples at the 2nd floor validation machine having the VERY SAME discussion with their garage gate attendant.
It appears WE ALL ENDED UP PAYING FOR OUR PARKING VALIDATION!!! Because we did not want to cause more mass confusion by backing up at the gate area to go back inside the store to have the Macy’s store cashiers PHYSICALLY STAMP the garage parking tickets.
What a very disappointing experience it turned out to be the others and myself. Not a good image.

Microsoft Banning Speech & Pix in Multiple Microsoft Products You Buy (rent)

Well!  I was somewhat surprised to learn over the past couple of days that micr$soft (yep, I used a lower case ‘m’) is going to start banning speech (“offensive language” & pix) in their products.  Hmmm, it may not strictly hobble free speech but come on…!

Following are only two articles I took a look at.  Remember folks, go out and do your own research {and not at sites that delve into conspiracy plots} AND then do your own deep thinking, analysis of what you turn up.

Microsoft to ban ‘offensive language’ from Skype, Xbox, Office and other services

Microsoft will ban ‘offensive language’ and ‘inappropriate content’ from Skype, Xbox, Office and other services on May 1, claiming it has the right to go through your private data to ‘investigate.’

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3264658/privacy/microsoft-to-ban-offensive-language-from-skype-xbox-office-and-other-services.html

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs @ https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/03/28/microsoft_services_agreement_bars_offensive_language/

While I also use, ahhh, colorful language at time, I don’t use it as a frequent, ummm, addition to my soliloquies (talking from a soapbox) or conversational speech. But when the urge strikes me, I might include a somewhat salty comment to the sentences I use. I am not going to write or (should I ever need to) talk to my computing devices and have a censorship algorithm constantly ticking in the back of brain:

  • “Oh no, don’t use that word in your fu_ _ing, errr, freaking paper!”  or
  • “Wait, Wait! Don’t say that rather dastardly, distasteful phrase to the old lady sitting in her living room in her church outfit as she uses Skype!”   

 What is going on here? Is micr$soft starting to go beyond its social charter of trying to police the speech, written or spoken, across the globe for all the individuals who use any of the microsoft products…? Have we hit that breakpoint where we’re starting to be controlled by ‘big brother’?

It looks like two consenting adults, taking selfies (of a certain flavor and certain body parts) and attaching them to hotmail, ahhh, outlook live, could be banned from using micr$soft for the foreseeable future. Is this the start of a dystopian future where corporations, not government mind you, start forcing you to comply to using civil, puritanical, 1950’s speech patterns? Wait a second, someone at micr$soft might actually believe we are living in Mayberry (remember Andy Griffith, of course you do, right?) and requires the rest of us to use that kind of language gosh darn it!

Some of us cannot believe that we are at this point of when we get angry, umm, annoyed and curse out loud because someone cut us off in freeway traffic and the person who cut you off, did so with 2 inches of clearance. Of course, even the lil’ ole man in his suspender outfit with white socks in sandals is going to curse loud and large (if he doesn’t have a heart attack).

Is this going to stand? Are corporations going to legally be allowed to dictate what kind of language we use in software products and communication devices? Are couples not going to be able to take porno…., dang, adult video and share it online with other like minded adults?

And as in that CSO article, offensive language is vague depending on who you are talking to. Take the U.S. Marines (yes, I am a former Marine), are corporations going to ban the language they use in communication over software/communication products? That will be rather interesting as Marines have been using salty language since the mid 1770s (born in 1775).

In case you do not read the CSO article, here is another snippet from it: another portion states that Microsoft “may also block delivery of a communication (like email, file sharing or instant message) to or from the Services in an effort to enforce these Terms or we may remove or refuse to publish Your Content for any reason.”

 Now, you tell us, are you willing to risk any important communication you use not being delivered because you used some salty language (or attached a salacious pix to it for the other consenting party) in it…?

It may stem from: FOSTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) combined with SESTA (Stop Enabling Sex-Trafficking Act) but we do not yet know at this point exactly why.  So, go and read up on FOSTA/SESTA as well.