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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

LessThanObvious Re:Did anything improve? (241 comments)

Unfortunately, parents and educators think pointing a clicking around an iPad is the same as giving students a foundation in technology. I'd like to see a vast world of resources available to teachers to stream educational content. Kids having access to the internet in the classroom is not going to provide the benefits that are assumed.

5 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

LessThanObvious Re:Microsoft and redundancy (271 comments)

Agreed impossible to determine. MS is certainly bloated some for good reason like having defined processes. The question of staffing can only be approached after figuring out projects and business segments where they have no business even being involved should be eliminated completely. It's OK to dramatically shrink a business to focus on proven profit driven priorities and realistic strategic growth segments. They can't chase mobile/cloud initiatives to compete at any cost. MS doesn't have fans so making assumptions about adoption of services is foolish.

4 days ago
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Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

LessThanObvious Larry Page, the danger of good intentions (186 comments)

When Google started, we trusted the company because they didn't have adds on the main search page. We supported them because they were the underdog and Yahoo was too commercialized. I believe Larry Page had good intentions. Then the inevitable need to drive revenue comes to the forefront and targeted advertising takes center stage. The goldmine of user information is harvested. Larry Page, I believe does not see the evil. The power that comes from from mass information collection will always be misused. Larry Page, maybe you actually want to save lives by mining health data, but truly those with a pure profit motive will misuse the information to the detriment of us all. In Google you helped create a monster. Now do the right thing and keep the monster out of our personal lives.

about three weeks ago
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Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

LessThanObvious Re:Time to Legislate Data Mining (162 comments)

Criminalizing the collection of the data isn't going to happen. It should happen, but the political will isn't even close to being there. The supreme court ruling in the Smith case set a precedent about protection of information shared with a third party. (Your bank transactions, your credit card transactions, your Facebook account, your phone calls metadata) Many states have their own more restrictive laws, but at the federal level you have almost no protection of anything shared with a third party. We need to redefine these relationships, redefine what we consider a reasonable expectation of privacy, redefine who can share, sell and collect personal information. We would need to define a persons accounts and activities as being private as extension of ones self. We say "my bank account", "my credit card", "my email", we as Americans do not think of these accounts or our lawful activities in those accounts to be public. It should be a crime to purposefully disclose information about customers when the information disclosure is not a functional requirement of the service provided. I hope all you Big Data marketing fucks die of ass-cancer.

about a month ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

LessThanObvious Over-hyped issue (265 comments)

I've been working in high tech for 15 years and from what I see there is virtually no discrimination. Nobody cares about race or gender. Sure there are some jobs naturally draw more men due the physical demands, which sometimes discourages women from the entry level jobs (cabling, rack-and-stack, desktop support) that can lead to more advanced IT work. That aside when I look around I see plenty of women in engineering. As for racial minorities, it's certainly about participation rates and not hiring practices. Schools are generally bad at exposing students to technical skills and opportunities. If anyone wants to be an engineer, the best thing is you don't need anyone's permission. If you develop the skills and seek the education the opportunity is there. The hard part is that no one is going to tell you how to get there. You have to self-motivate, you have to figure it out for yourself. You have to try things and find the specific skill set that you are suited to master among the skill sets that are in demand in the market. There are complex social issues that go into the participation rates only some of which society is likely to change. We must also accept that free will is always going to create statistical anomalies. The big name high tech firms are like the finish line of starting a tech career, they are not the gatekeepers of who starts or finishes the race.

about a month ago
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Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

LessThanObvious Re:Nothing new to see here. (209 comments)

The unfortunate part is that $5 million isn't going to change anything. I surely support any effort to reform campaign finance and undermine the political influence of megalomaniacs like the Koch brothers. $5 million delivered into the right hands could get a bill introduced, but the only way it will work is if our representatives truly believe that not one of them who votes no will be reelected.

about a month ago
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A Year After Snowden's Disclosures, EFF, FSF Want You To Fight Surveillance

LessThanObvious Encryption isn't privacy (108 comments)

That is exactly right. The push to encourage encryption does not solve the issue. De-funding and dismantling the NSA and taking back our freedoms through clear legislation is the only way to get what we deserve as a nation. Encrypting ordinary communication beyond simply using SSL/TLS is like bowing down and saying you don't expect the first amendment to protect you. When the teeth are gone from the fourth amendment the first amendment losses it strength as well. The moment we start editing our communications to keep our privacy, real freedom is lost. That said if you want to say anything private and keep it private strong encryption and a low profile are the only means to assure such privacy.

about a month and a half ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

LessThanObvious Resources well used (213 comments)

I am certainly glad to see my tax dollars spent on worthy high tech and expensive efforts by the Secret Service and NSA. They should continue to spend with no concern for rationality. If you don't want to pay $100 billion a year to watch what people are doing you clearly have something to hide. The Tea Party should also continue hate big government, but also support unlimited spending on anti-terror efforts. #snark

about a month and a half ago
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In First American TV Interview, Snowden Talks Accountability and Patriotism

LessThanObvious Thank you Edward Snowden (389 comments)

Snowden, You stood up and did what was right even at the cost of your own freedom and safety. You'll probably die in jail or or with a CIA goon's icepick in your kidney, but thanks for what you've done. We've become a nation of pussies who won't stand up for much and barely know what our rights are let alone display any courage to lift a finger to protect them. The loss of liberty is worse than the threat of terror. I hope to god we realize that as a nation and stop pissing on the rights our nations founders would have died to protect. I only wish anyone with any political clout or media presence would actually go on record, get loud and take a stand and acknowledge that Snowden is a whistle-blower not traitor and that it is not OK for us all to sit passively in silence while our hard won civil liberties are washed away.

about 2 months ago

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