Vandelay Industries Newsletter – July 24, 2019


Dear Ben,

This is the first edition of the weekly newsletter we will be sending out.  The hope is to give you a couple of interesting tidbits related to technology in your industry, maybe a bit of a light hearted story here and there, and in general something you otherwise wouldn’t have known.  We absolutely respect your privacy and if you have received this newsletter and don’t wish  to  receive any additional, it’s as simple as un-subscribing!

Thanks for taking  a look, and hopefully you find something of  interest!

Ben Hardt, President, Vandelay Industries.

This Can’t Be Right!

FaceApp aging application questionable!

Security professionals have uncovered some less than ideal portions of the EULA (End User License Agreement) for the viral app “FaceApp”.  The app shows users what they might look like at different ages based on photos users upload to the FaceApp servers.  And therein lies the problem!  According to this article InfoSecurity Article

“To make FaceApp actually work, you have to give it permissions to access your photos – ALL of them. But it also gains access to Siri and Search….Oh, and it has access to refreshing in the background – so even when you are not using it, it is using you,” tweeted technology author Rob La Gesse, who warned users who have installed the app to delete it.”

Ouch.  One of the SUREST ways to avoid issues like this is to be wise about your use of technology, but have you ever actually READ one of those agreements?  You’d be actually old, instead of just looking old from the app by the time you finished.

Pertinent to…  Nothing!

Disneyland tracks guests.  SHOCKER!

I have a good friend that works at Disneyland, and she said it’s been surprisingly quiet after the major launch of the new Star Wars themed Galaxy’s Edge attraction earlier this summer.  I think everyone, including me, assumed Disneyland would be a madhouse after Galaxy’s Edge opened, but apparently that’s the problem!  Everyone expected madness and stayed away, and it’s actually a fantastic time to visit!  

In preparation for what they expected to be record attendance, and to keep things moving along inside the park and at the rides and attractions, Disney has some pretty cool tech they use to track guests.  Disneyland Tracking Tech.  I don’t know if I agree with the article’s author when he says 

“At a time when Facebook Inc., Google and myriad other technology companies are getting hammered over consumer privacy issues, Disney is running the happiest police state on earth.” 

I do agree that they are at least as good as those others about mining and using data.  But then how did they underestimate attendance so grossly???  Hmmm….

Concierge Healthcare

What would you choose?

In this article from The Hartford, we read a story about why concierge healthcare might be a great idea for some.  It costs more for patients, but there are times when it could be worth it.

My belief is that in a few short years, there will ONLY be concierge healthcare and public healthcare.  This is not a political position, but a business one.

Here’s the real question:  If concierge is going to be the norm, why not get a head start?  If you can be better as a healthcare provider now, and offer services and care that no one else does, when everyone else starts to, you’ll have a head start.

Not Surprising

Medicare overbilled by more than $30B 

Patients exaggerate.  Apparently so do Medicare billing groups, at least according to this article Overbilling.  Medicare has long delayed taking actions to actually recover overbilled revenue from the insurance companies.  This has resulted in a tax burden to the US taxpayer, not only as we pay for those overbilled amounts, but for the as yet ineffective attempts to recover them.  The losers in this battle aren’t insurance companies or the government, but taxpayers themselves.