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Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

cweditor Re:Result of shootout & escape (604 comments)

There is a continuum on a scale that goes from "I have my own rights and I don't care about anyone else" to "What the individual wants isn't important, it's only the common good that matters." Most of us dislike both extremes and find our beliefs somewhere between the two. In this case, most residents thought the emergency and very temporary needs of their community were significantly more important than their own personal convenience and voluntarily complied with a request to stay in for part of a day. Seems eminently reasonable to me, and so I find it curious to be critical of that.

about a year ago
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Sprint iPhone pre-sales will be handled online; n

cweditor Good news for me (1 comments)

Since I'm probably going to a Sprint store next week to get an upgrade of my not-working-anymore phone, and was dreading the iPhone crowds.

more than 2 years ago
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Learning Programming in a Post-BASIC World

cweditor Maybe the problem is too many choices (5 comments)

Studies show that if consumers have too many choices, they're less likely to take action than if they had fewer options. This may be the issue with beginning programming. When BASIC was one of the only languages available by default to most beginners, that's what they dabbled in. I think there are plenty of fine options available today (can't see how today's scripting languages are so much more limited in what they can do than BASIC was) -- so many, in fact, that kids are less likely to start experimenting on their own because they don't know where to start.

more than 3 years ago
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Should I Learn To Program iOS Or Android Devices?

cweditor Re:Android (403 comments)

*Some* end users don't care if a system is open or not. Others - especially those who have burned in a previous technology buy by being locked into a system that ended up too proprietary - actually do. The questions to ask: Does the closed system have enough market share & clout that you'll still get the apps you want? Is the closed system likely to be around long enough to justify your investment? Will the closed-system vendor become too tempted by market clout to make unreasonable decisions on pricing and on developers? This is a definite risk for things like overpriced products and planned obsolescence. Are there benefits to the closed system that make up for the drawbacks? (In the case of the iPhone, fans argue that the software and hardware can work better together because the environment is better controlled than any Android app on any Android device.)

more than 3 years ago
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American Airlines To Offer Wi-Fi In Planes

cweditor My last flight I wrote some scripts (303 comments)

Got a lot done and wasn't distracted by e-mail or Web surfing. I'm sure I'd use WiFi if it were available on long flights, but there's also something to be said for uninterrupted concentration time.

more than 5 years ago
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Think Secret Shutting Down

cweditor Re:Hope He Got Some Money (240 comments)

The site's lawyer told Computerworld the deal doesn't allow Apple to get the name of ThinkSecret's sources, as the company had wanted. "The First Amendment has prevailed," said Terry Gross of Gross & Belsky LLP, "and every Internet journalist should feel some strength from what's happened."

more than 5 years ago

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Tech degree doesn't mean a tech career

cweditor cweditor writes  |  about a month ago

cweditor (779169) writes "Only 26% of Americans with a four-year science, technology, engineering or math degree are working in tech jobs. So how is it that there's supposed to be a shortage of STEM workers in the U.S.? — Computerworld story"
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Mexican hotel chain outsources IT to US

cweditor cweditor writes  |  about 2 years ago

cweditor (779169) writes "Grupo Posadas has five data centers supporting more than 100 hotels and other lines of business, but it's moving almost all of those operations to a service provider in Texas. Could cloud service providers help the US become a destination for tech outsourcing instead of an exporter of tech jobs? One stumbling block: The US finds itself on the receiving end of protectionist legislation in other countries that discourages use of non-domestic IT service providers, says the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation."
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ESRI rolls out ArcGIS mapping, map services for the cloud

cweditor cweditor writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cweditor (779169) writes "ESRI formally unveiled organizational subscriptions for ArcGIS online, in beta since December. ArcGIS online now lets you turn data into a map service with or without a GIS server and adds tools for application development, including both native and HTML 5 support for Android and iOS. Free personal, non-commercial ArcGIS Online accounts continue, but only let you use map services, not create them, and don't include app dev tools."
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Agencies Use Beta Open Source Project For Public Dataviz

cweditor cweditor writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cweditor (779169) writes "Several public agencies are using the beta open-source project Weave to put data visualization and analysis into the hands of planners, community activitists and other citizens. Metro Boston's DataCommon rolled out last month, allowing users to build dataviz dashboards where mousing over one visualization module also highlights or slices data in others. Portals in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Arizona, among other places, are under development. More Weave refinements are on the way, says the project head, including real-time collaboration and connecting maps with collections of documents (whether or not they've been geocoded)."
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Air cooling planned for exascale data center

cweditor cweditor writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cweditor (779169) writes "The U.S. Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab has begun building a new computing center that will one day house exascale systems. The DOE doesn't know what an exascale system will look like. The types of chips, the storage, the networking and programming methods that will go into these systems are all works in progress. But what the DOE does have an idea about it is how to cool these systems: the Bay Area's crisp climate; that is, pulling in outdoor air."
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Corporate boardrooms open to eavesdropping

cweditor cweditor writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cweditor (779169) writes "One afternoon this month, a hacker toured a dozen corporate conference rooms via equipment that most every company has in those rooms: videoconferencing. Rapid7 says it could 'easily read a six-digit password from a sticky note over 20 feet away from the camera' and 'clearly hear conversations down the hallway from the video conferencing system.' With some systems, they could even capture keystrokes being typed in the room. Teleconferencing vendors defended their security, saying the auto-answer feature that left those sytsem vulnerable was an effort to strake the right balance between security and usability."
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Recession hits older tech workers unusually hard

cweditor cweditor writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cweditor (779169) writes "Is it really so much tougher to get a tech job if you're over 55? New government data says yes. The unemployment rate for younger workers in computer and tech jobs actually went down in 2010. But for those 55 and over, joblessness rose from 6% in 2009 to 8.4% last year — compared with 4.5% for those ages 25-54, Computerworld reports."
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US tech employment held steady last year

cweditor cweditor writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cweditor (779169) writes "Although the US economy was hemorrhaging jobs elsewhere, the number of people working in computer- and tech-related jobs last year remained almost constant in 2009 vs. 2008, according to data released yesterday by the US Census Bureau. The story wasn't the same everywhere, though, with some states showing small upticks in number of tech workers while others suffered a decline."
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The smart paranoid's guide to using Google

cweditor cweditor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cweditor (779169) writes "The more you use Google — search engine, Maps, Docs, GMail — the more information about you is stored on the company's servers. For example, if you conduct searches while logged into a Google account, its servers are storing all of your queries. What can you do about it? Some steps are common sense: Don't use GMail for any sort of sensitive messages. Here are a few additional tips on maintaining some control over your privacy while using Google, such as how to remove items in your Web history or turn off Google's Web history altogether."
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It's time to end government-funded iPhone apps

cweditor cweditor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cweditor (779169) writes "Apple's restrictive iPhone developers' license is the last straw. Why should taxpayer money be used to help one company tighten its grip on the smartphone market? Especially when Apple says its developers can't even talk about their relationship with Apple. It's bad enough when government Web sites only work on IE, but at least you're not required to pay $39.95/month to Microsoft for access. Taxpayer money shouldn't help a company with a closed system tighten its grip on the smartphone market."
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Review: 4 all-in-one energy-saving PCs

cweditor cweditor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cweditor (779169) writes "These systems cut your electric bill as well as save space. However, they're also, well, not exactly turbo-charged. Here's a look at four all-in-ones, what they're good for, how much energy they use, and which offer the most processing power."
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