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Thursday, April 24 2014 @ 07:26 PM CDT
Friday, January 10 2014 @ 01:47 PM CST
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Ask someone of a certain age today how politically engaged they think young adults are, and they’re likely to respond “not very.” And in fact, the current U.S. political system is dysfunctional enough that someone of any age could be forgiven for simply turning away in disgust. Of course, that does no one any good. Or, as we used to say back in the 1960’s, “If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.”
All of which makes me happy to bring your attention to a Web site called Ideas Today, Politics Tomorrow, for which my daughter Nora is a staff writer. She writes primarily about foreign affairs, and like everyone else at the site (including the founders), she’s unpaid.
Tuesday, November 02 2010 @ 12:01 AM CDT
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Better run for cover . . . it's Election Day in the USA
Heaven help us all (all us Americans, anyway) — it's election time again. That means we've once again descended into a morass of partisan invective, not to mention lies, damn lies, and (of course) statistics. Except that this election year it seems that everyone is behaving even worse than last time, when everyone acted even worse than the time before, when, well, do you sense a trend here?
One hallmark of this year's political "discourse" (to abuse a term) has been the number of astonishingly angry and ill-informed accusations made by some candidates against their opponents (and others). Nothing unusual about that, sad to say. But what is different is the degree of acceptance, and even approval, exhibited by many voters that in earlier years might have rejected these candidates as well as their statements.
Monday, September 27 2010 @ 12:03 AM CDT
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Have you discovered The Alexandria Project?
Page through a major newspaper (remember newspapers?) today like the New York Times, and you’re likely to run into two enormous ads, one by Google (almost two full pages) and one by AOL (a full two pages). Leaving aside the irony of Google advertising in a form of media that it has almost competed out of existence, there’s something potentially transformative going on here that’s worth exploring.
Thursday, May 21 2009 @ 05:52 AM CDT
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Saturday, July 26 2008 @ 05:14 AM CDT
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Ever since Steve Jobs addressed the adoring crowds at this year's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, the press, Apple fans - and most especially, Apple investors - have been concerned over the state of his health. The reasons are obvious: Five years ago, Jobs announced that he had been diagnosed, and cured, of a rare and happily less pernicious form of pancreatic cancer (the more common variety is almost never discovered before it has become incurable). And, when Jobs took the stage this June, he was far thinner and more haggard than he had ever looked before.
Since then, although rumors have swirled, Apple has refused to state whether or not Jobs has had a recurrence of his cancer - or disclose any meaningful details at all. Even on calls with securities analysts, Apple's response has only been that "Steve's health is a private matter."
Thus you might think that if you were a journalist, and you got a call from Steve Jobs yourself, giving you, and you only, the private scoop on the status of his health, you might feel like a pretty lucky guy, and take that news to the public within whatever constraints you had agreed to with the Apple CEO. Or would you write a different story entirely, and bury that news in the penultimate paragraph of a long story, and write at length instead about how stockholders were entitled to know the news that you had just buried?
With that lead in, you can guess which way New York Times business page columnist Joe Nocera called the coin toss. So here's the good news about Steve Jobs (up front), and the bad news about a Journalistic decision.
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April 24, 2014 - The International MVNOx Association (iMVNOx), a trade association for the MVNOx ecosystem, announced its official launch...The iMVNOx began its pre-launch period in September 2013 with the engagement of Founding Partners (Preiskel & Co., Mi-Pay, Informa, Millennial Mobility, MVNO Dynamics and Red Dawn Consulting) and Founding Members (Now Mobile, Phone Co-op, Voiamo, I-New, iCard, Cognatel), along with Strategic Alliances (Gr82Tlk, Baker&Mckenzie, Analysis Mason, Infonics, Jawraa, and Virgin Management); The iMVNOx Founders Society (as they are collectively known) have been working together to build the governance and membership structure, as well as raise the profile and bring on board new members across the MVNO ecosystem globally.... ...Full Story
NIST Seeks Applicants to Join Forensic Science Committees
NIST Techbeat April 24, 2014 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting applications from members of the forensic science, criminal justice and academic research communities to serve on a new organization whose goal is to develop national standards and guidelines for forensic science practitioners and improve forensic science in the United States.
NIST is seeking more than 600 experts from the forensic science, criminal justice and academic research communities to serve in the new Organization of Scientific Area Committees that will develop national standards and guidelines for forensic science practitioners and improve forensic science in the U.S.
The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) will include a Forensic Science Standards Board, three resource committees, five scientific area committees and 23 discipline-specific subcommittees. NIST needs more than 600 subject matter experts to fill the open positions. Nearly 400 applications have been received since the process opened on April 11.
The organization is part of NIST's commitment to support forensic science through an initiative launched in partnership with the Department of Justice in February 2013. The department established the National Commission on Forensic Science, whose membership was announced in January 2014, to provide policy guidance to the U.S. Attorney General and help set priorities for forensic science research.... ...Full Story
Launch of ‘Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada’ (CARIC)
DPN April 23, 2014 - The highly-anticipated Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) has been launched....A joint initiative of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and CRIAQ, CARIC is a national research and technology network that unites stakeholders from industry, universities, colleges and research institutions; bringing together the best of the entire Canadian industry to identify strategic aerospace technology areas and facilitate collaborative research and development. The network's model is based upon that of CRIAQ, which was unanimously recognized by the aerospace industry as a best practice for collaborative research in Canada.... ...Full Story
NIST Removes Cryptography Algorithm from Random Number Generator Recommendations
NIST Techbeat April 23, 2014 - Following a public comment period and review, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has removed a cryptographic algorithm from its draft guidance on random number generators. Before implementing the change, NIST is requesting final public comments on the revised document, Recommendation for Random Number Generation Using Deterministic Random Bit Generators (NIST Special Publication 800-90A, Rev. 1).
The revised document retains three of the four previously available options for generating pseudorandom bits needed to create secure cryptographic keys for encrypting data. It omits an algorithm known as Dual_EC_DRBG, or Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator. NIST recommends that current users of Dual_EC_DRBG transition to one of the three remaining approved algorithms as quickly as possible.... ...Full Story
The Personal Connected Health Alliance Launches with Goal to Improve Health and Wellness through Connected Technologies
PCHA.org April 22, 2014 - The Personal Connected Health Alliance, an international non-profit organization established by Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS to represent the consumer voice in personal connected health, formally launched today. PCHA will build upon the global reach, leadership and resources of its founding organizations, to ensure that personal connected health technologies, such as smartphones, mobile apps, sensors and personal health tracking devices, are user-friendly, secure and can easily collect, display and relay personal health data. The Alliance's work will generate greater awareness, availability and access to plug-and-play consumer-friendly personal health technologies that empower people to better manage their health and wellness, anytime and anywhere, in an increasingly connected world....The mission of PCHA is to promote the adoption, standardization and appropriate regulation of personal connected health devices and systems in order to empower individuals to better manage their health and wellness from anywhere, at any time, with stronger links between consumers, their social networks and providers. Additionally, PCHA aims to nurture the technology ecosystem necessary to facilitate “big data” in healthcare. PCHA will continue to develop and publish industry standards for interoperability of personal connected health devices, via the Continua Design Guidelines and certification programs.... ...Full Story
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The Apache Software Foundation Announces 100 Million Downloads of Apache(tm) OpenOffice(tm)
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Apache OpenOffice is the leading Open Source office document productivity suite, available in 32 languages on Windows, OS X, and Linux. OpenOffice includes a word processor ("Writer"), a spreadsheet ("Calc"), a presentation editor ("Impress"), a vector graphics editor ("Draw"), a mathematical formula editor ("Math"), and a database management program ("Base"). As Open Source software, Apache OpenOffice is available to all users free of charge; the C++ source code is readily available for anyone who wishes to enhance the applications....Official downloads at openoffice.org are hosted by SourceForge, where users can also find repositories for more than 750 extensions and over 2,800 templates for OpenOffice.... ...Full Story
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TechPageOne April 18, 2014 - Open source, cloud computingAs cloud computing matures, the early stages of open cloud standards are taking shape – partly in response to IT’s concerns for increased security and lockout prevention. Alternately, the discussion continues around whether open source is the answer, especially given the number of firmly entrenched closed cloud players including Amazon, Google and HP....We’ve identified six standards areas that could influence the future of open-source cloud computing:... ...Full Story
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W3C.org April 17, 2014 - The Math Working Group has published two W3C Recommendations
* XML Entity Definitions for Characters (2nd Edition). This
document defines several sets of names, so that to each
name is assigned a Unicode character or sequence of
characters. Each of these sets is expressed as a file of
XML entity declarations.
* Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) Version 3.0 2nd
Edition. This specification defines the Mathematical Markup
Language, or MathML. MathML is a markup language for
describing mathematical notation and capturing both its
structure and content. The goal of MathML is to enable
mathematics to be served, received, and processed on the
World Wide Web, just as HTML has enabled this functionality
for text.... ...Full Story
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Language," along with "XQueryX," an XML representation for
XQuery, both as W3C Recommendations, as well as the "XQuery 3.0
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