Why are glasses so expensive? The eyewear industry prefers to keep that blurry – Los Angeles Times

Eyewear is a near-monopolistic, $100-billion industry dominated by a single company. That’s why 1,000% markups for frames and lenses are commonplace.

Source: Why are glasses so expensive? The eyewear industry prefers to keep that blurry – Los Angeles Times

I have had to wear glasses for the better part of my life, and not just because I sat too close to the TV. I have often wondered why in the hell glasses were so expensive, citing that the cost of the lens to correct severe eye problems were to blame. While, yes, thick corrective lens with automatic sun blocking abilities should probably not be cheap, these lens are produced on an automated machine and should not be nearly as expensive as they are. This piece in the Los Angeles Times puts the problem under a better lens.

Office Depot fined millions for tricking customers into believing their PCs were infected with malware

What does the average person do when their computer starts behaving oddly? If their PC is getting slower, or they’re being pestered with an excessive number of pop-ups?… #FTC #malware #OfficeDepot

Source: Office Depot fined millions for tricking customers into believing their PCs were infected with malware – HOTforSecurity

This is hysterical, while this service may have started out as a good idea, it quickly becomes a cash grab for greedy executives. This is another ‘buyer beware’ story, similar to many cautionary tales that can be told by the ‘victims’ and former employees of Best Buy’s “Geek Squad”. The difference with this story is the happy ending of Office Depot being fined for deceptive business practices – making their customers believe that large amounts of malware damage was done to their computers in order to collect huge fees for repars. I hold nothing against a company trying to make money, but a company that lies to its customers to do so, needs to pay up.

Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years

Source: Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years — Krebs on Security

Source: Some 2000 Facebook staff had access to millions of Facebook users’ passwords… stored in plaintext

I am running a bit behind on sharing this, but I have seen several different stories on this report, so it bears sharing. The issue at hand is that Facebook staff had access to user’s passwords for years – because they were stored in plain text, meaning they was no attempt to protect this information as it was stored on Facebook’s system. (As a side note, while other networks may have been caught doing the same thing, the stories only discuss Facebook, so we will focus on them.) What is worse – Facebook treats the situation with such indifference, “only staff had access to these passwords”, as if that is somehow suppose to make this situation all better. The source stories are referenced above, it does not look like Facebook is about to communicate out the lack security to affected users, and you can protect your accounts by turning on 2 factor authentication on your account.