NSA Data Center Brings Concerns Over Security and Privacy and Jobs
Extremely unlikely that these jobs will go offshore:
1. Even unclassified government contract jobs go require citizens or green cards. Classified jobs require citizenship.
2. The Salt Lake City area is lower in cost compared to alternative areas.It already gets companies that want cheaper workers, but needs them in the US.
Building a Better Tech School
I would suggest tech schools should follow the Co-op model pioneered by the University of Cincinnati (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooperative_education). It provides students experience in their fields of study, as well as extra funds.
Navy To Deploy Lasers On Ship In 2014
To quote Hyman Rickover, "Fish Don't Vote!".
H-1B Cap Reached Today; Didn't Get In? Too Bad
The University of Cincinnati Engineering College and several other Engineering Colleges have, for the last century, used the Co-Op model. In this system, students alternate school terms with work at companies. It is generally paid, and is in the student's area of study. It is fairly common in Engineering schools, especially in the Midwest USA.
Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid
The idea of building Solar Power Satellites, where solar energy is produced in orbit and beamed back to earth as microwaves, has around since the 1970's. Using spaced-based resources, like an asteroid, is likely to reduce the costs substantially. For more, check-out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space-based_solar_power.
Sharks Seen Swimming Down Australian Streets
That's nothing. We've had Bull Sharks in Minnesota! (http://www.nokomiseast.org/yard/light/creeksharks.html)
Bill Calls For Wi-Fi Base Stations In All Federal Buildings
Actually, the Government will pay for this. The money will come out of the "Federal Buildings Fund". It is collected from "rent" the GSA is paid by Federal Agencies that use federal facilities.
Developing StarCraft 2 Build Orders With Genetic Algorithms
This is not necessarily original. Douglas Lenat used EURISKO (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurisko) to win the Traveler RPG (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traveller_(role-playing_game) "Trillion Credit Squadron" championship in the early 1980's. Lenat got the attention of DARPA and later formed the company CyCorp (http://www.cyc.com/).
Hacker Business Models
White Hack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_hat) versus Black Hat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_hat).
Denver Airport Overrun by Car-Eating Rabbits
Ferreting! Even if the ferrets don't catch the rabbits, the scent will often chase the rabbits away.
iPhone vs. Android Battle Goes To Afghanistan
A big plus for Android is that there is already a "hardened" Android system available, the Raytheon Android Tactical System (RATS) :
More Than 10% of Mozilla Bug Finders Refuse Cash
If one were to find the bug in the course of one's job, the employer may not allow you to accept a cash bounty. This is certainly the case in the US Federal Government, as well as many Federal Contractors.
Canadian Libraries Want $300,000 To Buy Games
Libraries as Babysitters is not a new thing. It has been going on at least since the 1980's. Google 'unattended children in library' for more information.
Health Care Reform
If you get a chronic condition (MS, Diabetes, etc.), you will regret your catastrophic insurance choice. Your routine, non-covered expenses will go through the roof. It will get worse if the condition is such that you have problems working full-time, or you lose your job, etc.
YouTube To Kill IE6 Support On March 13
YouTube is increasingly becoming an important tool, especially in marketing and training. For example, search for "PMP Certification", "ITIL", "iso 9000" on YouTube. Not to mention any number of technical skill areas.
Fingerprint Requirement For a Work-Study Job?
And now for the rest of the story:
$4,400/Yr. Coders May Work On Dept. of Labor Project
I would urge US slashdotters to call or e-mail your Congress-Person. If this is really true, it is a violation of US Federal Contracting standards. Generally, Federal IT contracts specify all workers on the contract to be either US Citizens or Permanent Residents.
Nuclear Reactors As Art
What might be another example of "Reactor Art", or at least "Nuclear Fuel Cycle" art, is the AREVA Funky Town ad:
More broadly, Royskopp used this sort of "Engineering Diagram art" in their "Remind Me" video:
Both were done by the same company, H5
Western Union Proposed Computing on Tap in 1965
People forget that remote computing, and even rudimentary "Cloud Computing", was started back in the 1960's. I can remember in the 1970's doing work on GEISCO computers. At a time when the smaller "mini-computers" cost over $100K (1970's dollars), it was common for smaller companies to make use of GEISCO and other computer time sharing services.
Turning Classic Literary Works Into Games
An even better subject for a Steinbeck game would be "Grapes of Wrath". It could play well as both a historical learning game, and as a current events social commentary game.
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