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Daily Archives: August 8, 2021

Microsoft Word for Legal Professionals

Law Technology Today – Benefits of Word Processor Efficiency for Law Offices – Ultimate Tool for Creating Work Product: “As you know, legal services are typically document intensive and often, the service rendered is the document itself (estate planning documents, purchase contracts, leases, etc.). Even in practice areas where the document is not the final product (such as litigation), most of the work still involves creating documents. In view of this, efficient use of the tool we use to create documents (Microsoft Word) is extremely important. Client Service and Professionalism – The reality of our profession is that clients are often unable to judge the quality of our work simply because they lack the necessary training. Notwithstanding this fact, there is no question that consumers of legal services form opinions about their attorneys. These opinions typically have little to do with the quality of the work and a lot to do with things like responsiveness, communication and the speed with which the work is completed. Since efficient word processing significantly improves all three of these aspects, it can directly affect client relations. In addition, document appearance creates a distinct impression with the client. Sloppy document formatting, typos and other mistakes cause clients to doubt their attorney’s competence, even if the document is substantively sound…”

IPCC Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Change

AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis – “The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional… Continue Reading

Does your iPhone or iPad have Pegasus spyware? Find out for free

CNET: “Every time there’s a report about an iPhone or iPad exploit being actively distributed and used, it’s unnerving. In July, it was revealed that security researchers discovered evidence of Pegasus spyware being used on the phones of journalists, politicians and activists.  The spyware can be remotely installed on a target’s iPhone or iPad without the… Continue Reading

The state of data scientists: Overwhelmed and underfunded

TechRepublic: “Data science initiatives need a strategic makeover to break down silos, support long-term thinking and improve daily operations, according to a new survey. Three hundred data executives in the U.S. identified a wide range of problems in Domino Data Lab’s report, “Data Science Needs to Grow Up: The 2021 Domino Data Lab Maturity Index.… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 8, 2021

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 8, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and… Continue Reading

The Ethics of Data: Anonymity Vs Analytics

NISO: “We are living in unprecedented times. We walk around with powerful computers in our pockets that can track our every move. We regularly offer up our location and vital information on what we buy, watch, and read to digital global powerhouses such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon.  This data is, of course, used to… Continue Reading

Sci-Fi Guru Who Predicted Google Earth Explains Silicon Valley’s Latest Obsession

Vanity Fair – Way back in 1992, author Neal Stephenson published his breakthrough novel, Snow Crash, a cyberpunk exploration of then-futuristic technologies: mobile computing, virtual reality, wireless Internet, digital currency, smartphones, and augmented-reality headsets. The book famously opens with a breakneck car chase as the main character, Hiro Protagonist (it’s something of a satire), races… Continue Reading