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Understanding the Many Factors that Determine Prison Sentences

Posted on · On July 18, 2016, former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced  to 46 months in prison for repeatedly illegally logging into the Houston Astros’ computer database. When the news broke reaction was swift – and surprising. As the scandal was already well documented, many skipped taking Correa rightly to task for what he […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Police Protection Act and Astros Hacker Sentenced: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. On this edition, we discuss: Gov. […]

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Making Sense of the Astros Hacking Story

Posted on · The story dominating attention in Major League Baseball this past week has been the revelation that some unnamed members of the St. Louis Cardinals’ front office staff are under federal investigation for allegedly hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros. The system — dubbed “Ground Control” — contained proprietary statistics, analysis, scouting reports, […]

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Third Houston Hackathon Brings Designers and Programmers Together to Improve Life in the City

Posted on · This weekend (May 16-17, 2015) programmers, graphic designers and other multimedia professionals will participate in the third City of Houston Hackathon. Now, the word “hack” might conjure something negative, but — as organizer Jeff Reichman tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty — the purpose is to bring together dozens of the city’s creative professionals to find ways […]

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How Vulnerable is the Oil and Gas Industry to Cyber Attacks?

Posted on · The annual Energy Security Council conference kicks off in the Woodlands today. The event will focus on security for the oil, gas, electricity, power, pipeline, transmission and service sectors. Then, on Wednesday, leading cyber security analysts will gather for the Secure World conference in Westchase. There’s also the annual Cyber Security for Oil and Gas […]

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How Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks are Houston’s Energy and Healthcare Companies?

Posted on · Tomorrow the Greater Houston Partnership holds its annual Cybersecurity Forum. It’s a gathering of experts and business leaders to discuss how agencies, businesses and organizations can protect themselves against cyber attacks. Since last year’s forum, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, released a new set of cyber standards – guidelines […]

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Corporal Punishment, Cybersecurity and Turning Recycling Trucks into Art: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Posted on · The case of NFL star Adrian Peterson being accused of child abuse has brought the topic of corporal punishment to the minds of the nation and many in Greater Houston. Many have criticized his alleged actions — but plenty have defended him saying they were also hit by their parents growing up. On this edition […]