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Thursday, September 03 2015 @ 12:13 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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“Open standards are simply better for developers
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Latest NewsNISO Launches New Primer Series with the Publication of Primer on Research Data ManagementPress ReleaseNISO.org
September 3, 2015 - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has launched a new Primer Series on information management technology issues with the publication of the first primer on the topic of Research Data Management. Two more primers on the topics of Understanding Metadata and Linked Data for Cultural Institutions, respectively, will be released in coming months, with additional Primers to be published periodically.
The primer on Research Data Management provides an overview of how data management has changed in recent years, and outlines best practices for the collection, documentation, and preservation of research data. The importance of creating a data management plan (DMP) before beginning a research data project is emphasized. Crucial questions regarding how the data will be managed are answered ahead of time in a DMP, thus making it easier for the researcher to collect and document the data properly for future use and reuse. Creating research data that is easily reproducible and transparent is the ultimate goal, and following the guidelines in this primer can help educate researchers to ensure their data is available for others. The differences between publishing papers and publishing datasets and the citation challenges the data community are working on solving are also discussed... ...Full Story
Munich Linux councillor: 'We didn't propose a switch back to Windows'
The Inquirer September 2, 2015 - ONE OF THE CITY COUNCILLORS behind the alleged "Bring Back Windows" letter to Munich City officials has told The INQUIRER that she has no desire to see the city migrate back to Microsoft.
Munich spurned Windows for its own version of Linux, known as Limux, and recent reports suggested it is once again getting high-level calls to trash the experiment and get back to the old days.
The story, which has been circulating for the past week or so, is based on a memo sent by two councillors from the city which appeared to request consideration of a return to Windows.
But in an email to The INQUIRER, one of the authors, councillor Sabine Pfeiler explained, "Our letter 'Notebooks und Tablets für den alltäglichen Gebrauch tauglich machen!' was not aimed to criticize the use of Linux in Munich....
Pfeiler denied that there was any kind of consensus towards a complete reverse migration,...
As for Munich, the story of one city's attempts to go open source seem to come up for review by media once per year, and from the response we've had, it looks like it was another storm in a teacup.... ...Full Story
LibreOffice 5.0 and Microsoft Office 2013 Full Comparison
Softpedia September 1, 2015 - The latest LibreOffice 5.0 is out for some time and it looks like the feature parity with Microsoft Office 2013 is now a lot better. The official wiki from The Document Foundation that shows off the differences and similarities between the two office suites has been updated, and it paints a pretty accurate picture of the progress that's being made.... ...Full Story
20 Nations Reach Agreement on UN Cyber Code of Conduct
USITO.org Weekly August 31, 2105 - 20 countries, including China, Russia, U.S., U.K., France, Japan, Brazil and Korea, have reached an agreement on a preliminary Code of Conduct for cyberspace, and submitted the relevant document to the General Secretary of the United Nations (UN) in time for this fall's General Assembly session.
According to the Global Times, the document indicated that all countries must use cyber technologies for peaceful purposes -- countries shall not use cyberspace to attack other countries' nuclear power sites, banks, transportation, water supply systems and other critical infrastructure, and shall not implant any "back-door" programs into IT products. The document also called for collaborative combat of cyber attacks and hacking. According to a Russian presidential special representative for international cooperation in the field of information security, there are close to a million attacks every week between China and the U.S.
Once passed by the UN General Assembly, this international Code of Conduct for cybersecurity, which was initially proposed by China and Russia with support from the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICs, will be a voluntary, non-binding document. ...Full Story
Dietary supplement companies collaborate to form a new trade association: Coalition for Supplement Sustainability
Coalition for Supplement Sustainability August 28, 2105 - Leading dietary supplement brands and ingredient manufacturers have created a collaborative team, forming the Coalition for Supplement Sustainability (CSS). The group is a new member-driven trade association established to maintain sustainable, independently verifiable and transparent standards across the entire supplement supply chain. Originally known as the Non-GMO Dietary Supplement Working Group, the group has now formalized as a stand-alone trade association.... ...Full Story
UK launches its next OGP Action Plan
EC Joinup August 27, 2105 - Open policy making, Open Data and international cooperation are three pillars that UK Minister for the Cabinet Office Matt Hancock wants to be included in the 2015 UK Action Plan, according to a speech given by the minister to mark the launch of a new Open Government Partnership (OGP) action plan (Transcript is accessible on the gov.uk website).
The UK joined OGP in 2011 and implemented its first Action Plan for 2012- 2013 and is currently implementing its second plan for 2013-2015....Citizen participation is also on the agenda with a clear focus on increasing people’s involvement.... ...Full Story
Lafayette Triumphs (Five Stars)
Amazon customer Reviews August 26, 2105 - Smart, sharp, technical, topical, political, amusing book I devoured in a few days. Fun flashes of the past (like a reference to Butch Cassidy and Sundance), great turns of phrase (like "Pox News"), themes that struck chords in a guy with a growing pate (like me), and effective and believable computer buzz that braids with political intrigue and chess-like strategy. Romance, book-writing subplots, and threatening moments (of kidnapping and disappearance) add spice to a tasteful mix. I look forward to running into Frank again. ...Full Story
Open data critical success factors strongly dependant on context
EC joinup August 26, 2105 - It's not a given that an open data initiative will become successful. Only a limited number of datasets are actually used, user support is limited, and the generation of value is seldom demonstrated. A group of researchers from the Netherlands, Sweden, Greece and Austria have identified 64 critical success factors for the publication and use of open data. They found, however, that the criticality of these factors depends considerably on the context of the initiative.... ...Full Story
Government seeks open standards feedback
Government [UK] Computing August 25, 2105 - The government has launched a consultation on how best to proceed with several open standards proposals that will support inter-connected systems and more cost efficient digital transformation across Whitehall.
Under the consultation process, which is open until September 14, individuals are being asked to sign into the government's Standards Hub to provide feedback around user needs, the best available open formats and wider potential problems concerning three key proposals.... ...Full Story
ICANN Website Breached, Passwords Obtained by an Unauthorized Person
CircleID August 24, 2105 - Usernames/email addresses and encrypted passwords for profile accounts created on the ICANN.org public website have been obtained by an unauthorized person, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announced Wednesday night. According to ICANN, there is no evidence that any internal ICANN systems were accessed without authorization. "While investigations are ongoing, the encrypted passwords appear to have been obtained as a result of unauthorized access to an external service provider."... ...Full Story