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Thursday, April 27 2017 @ 09:52 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.
Quote of the Day
“The simple answer is that PAX will be judged by the company it keeps
-Me, quoted in a ZDNet article about Google's new PAX defensive Android cross-license program See all Quotes
Latest NewsNISO Releases Draft STS: Standards Tag Suite for Public CommentPress ReleaseNISO.org
April 26, 2017 - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the release of a draft version of NISO Z39.102-201x, STS: Standards Tag Suite, for public comment. STS provides a common XML format that standards developers, publishers, and distributors can use to publish and exchange full-text content and metadata of standards. It is expected that this "standard for standards" will be published in the fall as an XML document marked up in the STS standard after comments on the draft version are addressed and it is approved by NISO Voting Members and by ANSI, the American National Standards Institute....Adoption of STS will offer significant benefits at every step of standards development and use,... Different groups will be able to co-publish standards much more easily, and the advantages continue through to distribution.... ...Full Story
ANSI Seeks Organizations to Participate in Development of New ISO Technical Committee on Governance of Organizations
ANSI.org April 25, 2017 - ...A newly proposed International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee, (TC) 309, Governance of organizations, focuses on the increasingly important field of governance relating to aspects of direction, control, and accountability of organizations. Governance is a crucial factor in enabling organizations to achieve goals in a professional, ethical, and legal manner....As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages organizations to actively engage in this important endeavor by participating as a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG).
TC 309 will focus on topics related to anti-bribery, conflicts of interest, due diligence, whistleblowing, compliance, remuneration structures, external reporting and more. Additionally TC 309 will be responsible for providing ongoing guidance, support and communications for the recently published standard ISO 37001, Anti-Bribery Management Systems, to promote further awareness, adoption, and revisions, as needed.... ...Full Story
5.0 out of 5 stars - One of the best action thrillers I've read in years [The Alexandria Project]
Amazon Reader Reviews April 24, 2017 - Well written action, one of the best action thrillers I've read in years! The plot never stops drawing you in, the cyberterrorism details are accurate, and the character development is perfect.
After finishing this book in one day of reading adventures, my next step is to begin to read the second book in this series. ...Full Story
ANSI Seeks Input on Proposed Revisions ANSI Appeals Procedures
ANSI.org April 23, 2017 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seeks public comments on draft revisions to ANSI’s Appeals Procedures: ANSI Appeals Board, ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR), and ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC).
The proposed revisions presented in ExSC_029_2017 are the next iteration of the proposed revisions announced in 2016 as ExSC_053_2016. Some public comments received in response to ExSC_053_2016 were accepted and incorporated by the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC), while others were not.
Public comments are invited on new revisions presented in ExSC_029_2017. For reference, ExSC_029_2017 displays the proposed revisions available for public comment and ExSC_029_A_2017, which follows it, incorporates the new revisions as clean copy. ...Full Story
HTTPS Certificate Issuance Becomes More Secure Thanks to New CAA Standard
BleepingComputer.com April 18, 2017 - Last week, the CA/Browser Forum voted to implement CAA mandatory checks before the issuance of new SSL/TLS certificates, as a measure to prevent the misissuance of HTTPS certificates.
According to CA/Browser Forum ballot 187, 100% of all browser makers and 94% of all certificate authorities voted to implement CAA mandatory checks starting September 8, 2017.
CAA stands for Certificate Authority Authorization and is a new extra field that can be added to DNS records, as approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) via RFC 6844....According to the new CAA checking procedure approved by the CA/Browser Forum, the organization that oversees HTTPS certificate issuance operations, certificate authorities (CAs) must check the CAA field in the DNS record for the domain for which a customer asks a new certificate for.
Domain owners can leave instructions in the CAA field to prevent rogue actors from requesting SSL/TLS certificates in their domains.... ...Full Story
Industrial Wireless Guidelines Technical Working Group
NIST.gov April 17, 2017 - Starting in May 2017, the intelligent Systems Division of the NIST is forming a technical working group (TWG) to develop best practices guidelines in selecting and deploying industrial wireless solutions within industrial environments such as process plants and discrete manufacturing factories. Guidelines will consider the entire wireless ecosystem within factories with emphasis on wireless systems operating on the factory floor. This includes factory/plant instrumentation, control systems, and back-haul networks.
The guidelines will be technology and vendor agnostic and will address the current needs of industry to have independent guidelines based on user requirements and measurement science research. The guidelines will be kept concise and will be targeted to the plant/factory floor for tracking of materials, observation and control of processes, improvement of personnel safety, and improvement of plant/factory operational objectives. Classes of control systems will include both feedback and supervisory forms of control....The user community and system integrators are strongly encouraged to participate.... ...Full Story
IFX Version 1.9.1 Published: Accommodates Changes in ATM Processing, Including PCI SSD Requirements and Dynamic Currency Conversion
IFXForum.org April 14, 2017 - The IFX Forum announced today that it has published Version 1.9.1 of the IFX specification. The focus of the new version is to accommodate changes in ATM processing....Release 1.9.1 includes two new features. The first introduces functionality for remote key loading compliant with the requirements recently introduced by the PCI Security Standards Council, which are to be rolled out in 2017. The second feature provides new mechanisms to support dynamic currency conversion, which provides the user of an ATM with information about the cost of a currency conversion in advance of the transaction, so that the user can choose to complete or abandon the transaction.... ...Full Story
Microsoft Closes Its Open Source Code Hosting Service CodePlex, Asks Devs To Move To GitHub
Fossbytes.com April 13, 2017 - Microsoft has announced that it’s shutting down its open source code hosting service CodePlex. The website will be completely shut down in December, 2017. The backups will be made available to the users in common, transferable formats. Microsoft has also published a guide to help the devs shift their code to Github.
In 2006, Microsoft launched CodePlex as an alternative to SourceForge. Back then, it was being seen as Redmond’s one of the biggest steps into the world of open source. But, on Friday, Microsoft announced that CodePlex will be closed down.... ...Full Story
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web, to receive the ACM A.M. Turing Award
W3C April 12, 2017 - The ACM, the
Association for Computing Machinery, today named Sir Tim
Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web and Director of the World Wide
Web Consortium, as the recipient of the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing
Award. The ACM Turing Award is recognized as the highest
distinction in Computer Science and is sometimes referred to as
the "Nobel Prize of Computing." The Award is named for the
British Computer Scientist Alan Turing who is known as the
key founder of theoretical computer science and artificial
intelligence as well as for the development of the Turing
machine, considered a model of a general purpose computer.
Sir Tim is being given this award for inventing the World Wide
Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and
algorithms allowing the Web to scale. Considered one of the
most influential computing innovations in history, the World
Wide Web is the technical infrastructure of society and has
already become the universal connectivity platform.... ...Full Story
W3C responds to UNESCO concerns about Encrypted Media Extensions
w3c.org April 11, 2017 - UNESCO recently published a letter and an article about Encrypted Media Extensions. Since we didn’t have an opportunity to set the record straight with them, we are responding here.
The spirit of the letter is anchored in UNESCO’s values and the concept of Internet Universality. We agree on the concept of Internet Universality. We even believe that those who are trying to restrict movies from the Internet are violating the concept of universality by preventing certain content from being on the Web.
We note that EME does in fact provide improvements in privacy, security and accessibility over the alternatives....
When UNESCO suggests that laws such as DMCA are against UN principles, we note that their colleagues at WIPO have been a motivating force behind such laws. We would urge UNESCO to use its own weight to insist that Member States’ laws on the Internet are always reasonable and proportionate and respectful of human rights. We are a technical standards organization but litigating the laws of a single country or many nations (like the WIPO treaty) is the role of legal advocates such as the EFF or UNESCO.... ...Full Story