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Sunday, November 23 2014 @ 01:13 AM CST
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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“Patents can promote innovation, but a patent is not a license to engage in deception
-FTC director of Bureau of Consumer Protection Jessica L. Rich, commenting on the first settlement with a patent "troll" See all Quotes
Latest NewsToo many IoT standards, or too few?Richard QuinnellEDN Network
November 20, 2014 - Interoperability and the easy exchange of data is a major concern in the buildup of the Internet of Things (IoT). To ensure those attributes, a set of commonly accepted standards will be needed. So, do we need to create those standards, or do we already have enough standards and simply need to pick and choose?...it may...be that there are enough standards already out there and what is needed is agreement on which set of standards are to be followed for the IoT. It is equally likely that a different set of standards will be in play for different use cases of the IoT, with applications such as industrial machinery using one set while telemedicine uses a different set. After all, if different types of applications have no need to share their data, then there is no reason to saddle them both with the same set of standards.... ...Full Story
State Council Pledges Support for Development of Cloud Computing
USITO.org Weekly November 20, 2014 - On November 15, China's State Council pledged to accelerate efforts to develop cloud computing innovation as a means of stimulating development of China's information industry.
According to an official State Council statement...China will actively support the integrated development of cloud computing, the Internet of Things and mobile internet. China will also promote online research and design in the education and health care sectors, stimulate innovation in intelligent manufacturing based on cloud computing, and deploy pilot applications to enhance disease prevention, disaster mitigation, social security and e-government.
The statement also indicated that China would support core technological R&D necessary to enable these innovations, and allow the market to play a greater role in pricing information technology products and services. ...Full Story
Interview with OpenStand Advocate Tim Berners-Lee: The Internet Turns 25
OpenStand November 19, 2014 - From the beginning, the Internet was built on a set of open development principles, that are now recognized as the OpenStand Principles. As the Internet turns 25 this year, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, sat down to reflect back on the first days of its existence. In the below video, he discusses how far web information has come, and how much more ground there is left to cover.... ...Full Story
Launching in 2015: A Certificate Authority to Encrypt the Entire Web
Electronic Frontier Foundation November 18, 2014 - Today EFF is pleased to announce Let’s Encrypt, a new certificate authority (CA) initiative that we have put together with Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, Identrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan that aims to clear the remaining roadblocks to transition the Web from HTTP to HTTPS.
Although the HTTP protocol has been hugely successful, it is inherently insecure. Whenever you use an HTTP website, you are always vulnerable to problems, including account hijacking and identity theft; surveillance and tracking by governments, companies, and both in concert; injection of malicious scripts into pages; and censorship that targets specific keywords or specific pages on sites. The HTTPS protocol, though it is not yet flawless, is a vast improvement on all of these fronts, and we need to move to a future where every website is HTTPS by default.With a launch scheduled for summer 2015, the Let’s Encrypt CA will automatically issue and manage free certificates for any website that needs them. Switching a webserver from HTTP to HTTPS with this CA will be as easy as issuing one command, or clicking one button....The Let’s Encrypt CA will be operated by a new non-profit organization called the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). EFF helped to put together this initiative with Mozilla and the University of Michigan, and it has been joined for launch by partners including Cisco, Akamai, and Identrust. ...Full Story
Experts Predict Major Cyber Attack by 2025, According to Pew
The Open Standard November 18, 2014 - The Pew Research Internet Project asked, and cyber security experts answered.
The iconic think tank has collected and parsed experts’ thoughts on the possibility of a “major cyber attack” by 2025 — and 61 percent of the 1,642 professionals interviewed said one would occur.
“By 2025, will a major cyber attack have caused widespread harm to a nation’s security and capacity to defend itself and its people?”
Pew asked: “By 2025, will a major cyber attack have caused widespread harm to a nation’s security and capacity to defend itself and its people?” The think tank defined “widespread harm” as “significant loss of life or property losses/damage/theft at the levels of tens of billions of dollars.”... ...Full Story
German e-health working group reasserts focus on interoperability
EU Joinup November 18, 2014 - Interoperability of e-health solutions is getting renewed attention from Germany’s health care organisations. Trouble with exchanging information between medical systems is hindering e-health reaching its full potential, says the Federal Ministry of Health. The ministry made interoperability a key topic at the e-health working group meeting, part of an IT Summit in Hamburg in October.
The ministry estimates that there are around 200 different healthcare IT systems in use in the country, creating interoperability barriers. In Hamburg, the e-health working group discussed the results of an e-health interoperability study. The results include a 2013 report, describing international and national interoperability e-health initiatives and good practices.... ...Full Story
Kalorama: New Consortium Will Improve miRNA Development
Kalorama November 17, 2014 - Kalorama Information believes that a new consortium will greatly enhance the use of miRNA (or microRNA). A data management organization, the RNAcentral Consortium, now offers the website RNAcentral (http://rnacentral.org) to serve as a unified resource for all types of noncoding RNA data. Kalorama says the consortium was developed by pooling information from a variety of sources, including databases and tools for browsing, contains approximately 8 million sequences and can assist companies entering the marketplace....
miRNAs (MicroRNAs) are short, single stranded RNAs that regulate mRNA expression at the post-transcriptional level. These small bits of RNA, members of a class of non-translated molecules that do not produce protein, shut off gene transcription by base pairing with the target molecules. They are now recognized as pivotal regulators of gene expression; including development, proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis and serving widespread functions as regulatory molecules in post-transcriptional gene silencing....there is great interest currently in the use of miRNAs as biomarkers for cancer and other diseases, given their involvement in cancer initiation, progression, migration, invasion and metastasis. Large data bases offer the opportunity to search out and evaluate large numbers of sequences. The detection of these sequences in plasma of breast cancer patients may provide new biomarkers for a number of different cancers, with the potential to develop and introduce novel and non-invasive screening tests.... ...Full Story
HDcctv Alliance Announces New HDCVI 2.0 Global Standard Based On Dahua HDCVI Technology
SourceSecurity.com November 17, 2014 - The HDcctv Alliance is announcing a new global standard of HD analog — HDCVI 2.0. HDCVI 2.0 is based on Dahua’s HDCVI technology. The standard aims to provide a stringent level of certification among manufacturers. Certification will ensure that all HDCVI products with certification label are completely compatible with each other. This gives users complete freedom of choice for security equipment using different brands.... ...Full Story
New OASIS Standard to Build Biometric Security Wonderwall
FindBiometrics.com November 14, 2014 - Non-profit IT consortium OASIS is developing a server-based biometric authentication standard. Industry professionals, government officials, and academics have been invited to help develop the standard as part of the Identity-Based Attestation and Open Exchange Protocol Specification – or IBOPS – Technical Committee.
The basic idea of the system they’re working on is to organize data storage by a server-based index system which, when accessed, would link to biometric identities that are not on the server. In other words, the data itself is not stored on the server, just indexed; and that index tells you where you can get the data, but that source is protected by biometric security measures. With this method, hackers could not access sensitive data by merely breaching the server.... ...Full Story
The Natural Security Alliance unveils new privacy rules around biometric security
Biometric Update.com November 14, 2014 - The Natural Security Alliance, an authentication standards association, has created a set of privacy rules that will help companies implement biometric security best practices and comply with data protection laws....The basis for the Privacy Rules can be attributed to the “accountability principle” established by the Article 29 Working Party, an independent advisory body established by the European Parliament to investigate concerns of personal data and privacy, as well as concepts around the application of biometrics from the EU’s National Data Protection Authorities....Additionally, the Alliance has developed two instruments: the certification and the mark, which ensure that products and organizations integrating the Natural Security Standard comply with the technical specifications. Certified products are deemed “genuine”, and able to communicate with other certified products as part of a genuine Natural Security environment. The Natural Security mark shows data subjects that the organizations that handle their data comply with the Natural Security Standard.... ...Full Story