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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

Search from over a hundred HOW TO articles, Tips and Tricks


This Week I Learned - Week #213

This Week I Learned -

* Q. Does Azure Backup deduplicate data across VMs?
A. No. Azure Backup does not deduplicate across VMs in the Azure Backup vault. Azure Backup works by only sending and storing the modified blocks of protected data which means only the delta change is stored for each backup optimizing space used.

The Azure SQL Database has a DNS name which by default is blocked for access through its firewall and access has to be enabled for IP addresses utilizing (from the Internet) and/or from all services in Azure itself.

* When an Azure SQL Database instance is accessed from an Azure service the access is through the internal Azure network and not via the Internet.

* All new Azure SQL databases will be encrypted with transparent data encryption by default, thereby having encryption at rest.

* Amazon is releasing new software updates every 11 seconds

* Whatsapp has a billion active users and 57 engineers to keep it running
LinkedIn to auto-suggest content - To make updating your LinkedIn profile as easy and quick as possible, LinkedIn may suggest content for you to add to your profile. These Profile Suggestions are generated from publicly available information about your professional accomplishments like patents, publications, and certificates.

* ...the Attorney General of India, while arguing in the Aadhaar case in 2015, had denied that Indians have a right to privacy under the Indian Constitution. Usha Ramanathan - "What has happened so far suggests that they (UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India) are trying to learn as they go along"  - Bloomberg

* Any agency/entity soliciting Aadhaar information for extending a service/providing a benefit should not publically display the 12 digit Aadhaar number along with the individual's other particulars on any public domain. If it is deemed necessary to publish information, which contains individual's Aadhaar number, the same may be smduged or only last 4 digits displayed so that the 12 digit Aadhaar number is not recognizable - UIDAI website

India needs a security and privacy law: Nandan Nilekani, former chairman, UIDAI

With the Goods and Services Tax Network, due to come into force on July 1, seven million taxpayers in the country, who pay excise duty or service tax or VAT to state governments, will be on one unified platform and file all returns digitally. The latest Motor Vehicles Act has said Aadhaar is required for driver's licence. The digitisation of India's economy is going at an accelerated pace. 

Europe has evolved its data protection and privacy rules over the past 20 years. The latest manifestation is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into effect from May 2018. It actually imposes penalties on the global turnover of companies up to 4% for violations. 

We are in a world which is digitally intensive

The automobile was invented in the 19th century. The first mass production of the automobile was in 1908 with the Ford Model T. But the first mass use of seat belt was in 1959. Technology innovates and then you create the checks and balances. 

...the Attorney General has made a statement that the government is planning a data protection law before Diwali

* In Season 2, Episode 19 - "The Many Mouths of Andrew Colville" of the Elementary sitcom, a doctor in the fictional story feels justice & not the well-being of the criminal, a pre-registered organ donor who is wheeled in to the ICU was on her mind while treating the critically injured patient who is dying away - calls doctors have to take. In the same series, Sherlock has over 7 TV sets and several laptops & Surface devices in his "media room". He has a theory that listening to separate television broadcasts at the same time helps him to be a better multi-tasker.

* China Central Television's main evening news broadcast Xinwen Lianbo has a daily audience of around 135 million people, and it is also one of the most expensive shows in the world per advertising spots, with its 2013 advertising slots selling for a record of 5.4 billion yuan. The highest-rated single television broadcast in U.S. history is the 150-minute-long final episode of M*A*S*H*(which remains the sole regular U.S. primetime television series to be watched by at least 100 million viewers in the United States alone for an episode), transmitted on primetime by CBS on 28 February 1983, viewed at a peak conclusion by 125 million American viewers (or 60.2% of American households and at least 77% of the total U.S. television viewers) - Wikipedia

* Opioids like codeine attach to specific opioid receptors (found in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract), and when this happens, it effectively change the way a person experiences pain. Codeine can also affect regions of the brain that influence how a user perceives pleasure, which may result in an initial feeling of euphoria after taking the medication - Go Ask Alice!

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