top School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA
As someone who is part of the elected 'management' of a public school, I can say with some certainty, if you were request to address management in private, opposed to in a public forum, and respectfully indicate that the institution has engaged in a (potentially) illegal activity, they should sit up and take note. Especially if you recommend a simple solution to what could have been a simple mistake, you're more likely to get a positive response.
As far as explaining to non-technical people, I would recommend giving them a real-world example. Such as saying that you've locked up your house, but you leave one window open on the second floor. While it's not likely that someone could get in because it's on the second floor and there's no obvious way in, it's not a reasonable practice if you want to know that your home is secure.
top Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay
If you want people to support the metadata program and various and sundry other programs that various services and branches are or will be using, then you need for the people to want those programs. You can't just say, "It's for your own good," or "..we should support the President," and expect them to not have reservations.
How about we start by making news reporting in the US, more about actual, real, factual news, including not merely local, but national and GLOBAL news. Embedding reports with units during previous deployments has shown it brings support to our troops, if not why they are where they are. How about the US get a taste for what rough and bloody events happen in the real world? If The People want to be protected from that coming to their shores, they'll support the things that keep that away.
The People give the power, and if not done carefully, The People will take the power.
Which reminds me: We need more Statesmen, and fewer Politicians both in the US, and abroad.
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top How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?
Here's the bottom line, all social issues aside:
A Public School takes public money, is governed by people who are locally elected. They spend public money to provide the best education possible for children in the best environment they can, (in theory and often in practice.)
A Charter School in some places takes public money in others does not. They are not always governed by locally elected people. Their job is to educate children and turn a profit, they are not a non-profit organization, like a Public School.
So, when it comes to a choice between being profitable or going down the road to being non-profitable, and what level of education they will provide their children...which will win out?
Primary Education shouldn't be based on turning a profit...ever. It's always about making choices that are first and foremost, about educating children. Sometimes it's constrained by the funds you have, but the funds are not the focus.
In the history of US Primary Education, there has only been one, Privately run "public school system" that's both provided a profit and shown improved student achievement....for one fiscal quarter. After that, the improved student achievement became flat, then fell off. If privately run systems worked, turned a profit and created high student achievement, there would be a large amount of data out there about it. There isn't any. None. Public Schools would be hard pressed to fight real data. But, there isn't any, so they're fighting deep pockets of special interest groups who want to run schools and either turn a profit, or take public money and turn a profit, without necessarily providing high student achievement.
Do all Charters want to do that? No. Some have a great desire to create high student achievement. But what has and will drag them down is that they also have to create profit, because they're a business, not a non-profit organization.
top US Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Legal
I would like to be the guy getting the sales commission on the data storage that the NSA will require to hold that useless data until they determine it's really useless and then discard it....or keep it...you know, just in case.
top Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?
If you take your problem to management, you need to haul along with it the solution for that problem, and the justification.
The key to this sentence, is the justification.
You need to show, likely with dollars and cents, how much productivity is being lost because the current staff is being pulled away to deal with general IT issues. Lost productivity for the end user. Lost productivity for you, which in turn means delays and more lost productivity of other projects.
Bringing in your solution (additional staff), will keep you productive with your main focus. It will get quicker responses for general users thereby boosting their productivity, and so on and so forth.
In business, it's all about the bottom line in many respects. Something that costs you X to implement, but makes you 2X or 3X or 4X in return is an easy decision to make from the business perspective.
top Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone
I can hardly think of a better destination than a busy office tower or large apartment building. They have mail rooms. Put a small annex room on the top floor, and use the Amazon Coal Chute for deliveries from the roof - straight to the guy in the mail room. The drone can fly to a known collection of rooftop destinations with much less fuss than they would to random residences/businesses "on the ground."
I'm dubious that existing buildings would work for this 'Amazon Coal Chute' since it would require re-design to add said chute, which is construction after architects and engineers, and city planning/zoning approval, etc.. I suppose if Amazon wants to pay for all that too...
Besides, I'm not sure I've seen many 'average' apartments who have a manned mail room. Luxury places, perhaps so...
top Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone
If private organizations can't use drones to help with natural disasters, such as those in Colorado, how do you suppose this will get approved to fly near local airports and various cities and towns won't outlaw the flying of drones?
Of course, there's always the question: How do you deliver to high-rise apartments and other high-density dwellings?
top Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone
1.) What types of weather will these deliveries fly in?
2.) Will Amazon be trying to hire away remote pilots from the US Air Force, or will the US Air Force be recruiting from Amazon? 3.) You thought overnight shipping was expensive.......
Things to think about.
top Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?
If the US did this, I suspect companies would be small, and run other companies. For example: Company A would be made up of workers, direct supervisors and maybe another level of supervisors above them, keeping the bottom workers and top of this company in the 'Maximum Wage' Ratio. This company would be managed by Company B, who takes reports and consults, giving direction to Company A, providing professional resources like IT, Logistics, etc. Like Company A, Company B would have several layers, but all within the 'Maximum Wage' Ratio. However, entry level people in Company B are paid more than Top-Tier Supervisors in Company A. Two different companies, interlocking boards of directorate, but each company meets the 'Maximum Wage' Ratio.
That brings us to Company C. This company provides oversight, management and strategic planning for Company B, (which in turn gives guidance and direction to Company A.) Now, like Company B, the entry level workers for Company C make more than the top-tier supervisors in Company B. Company C is made up of what would have been the CEO, Senior VP and other VP's if Company A, B, & C were still all one big organization. but in order to not change pay rates, it simply re-organized into 3 different companies with interlocking boards of directorate, and each within the 'Maximum Wage' Ratio.
Don't get me wrong, I like the theory behind the idea. But, I'm fairly certain that US companies would come up with a way to circumvent the letter of the law and tromp all over the spirit of along the way.
top Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Pharmacies
I think I'd like to see this in my doctors office. They could employ someone to take care of that, make blood work more quick for diagnostics, and patients wouldn't have to go to yet somewhere else for blood work, then everyone waits for results. I could be wrong, but it feels like this is something a doctors office might be more well invested in for the patient. And if the cost is low enough, then perhaps it's a service they add on regularly so as to insure there's not something cropping up that goes undiagnosed between visits...since we all know that particularly men don't want to go to the doctor unless something is really wrong.
But, it goes back to doctors being more invested in patients and their positive health and less about getting as many people through the door as possible in a day. However, that's probably a whole different discussion.
top Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees
This is a very interesting topic. I find it fascinating that such a large portion of IT Workers don't have a degree, but are functioning on, and creating non-fiction technical writing that is at as much as twice the level of a BS degree is currently required to show understanding of.
This is currently an important change being made in K-12 schools today. They know what level of reading and writing that is required in the work place today, so they're beginning to gear up to produce students who should be functioning on this level of non-fiction, technical writing when they graduate. However, it makes me curious what will happen to all those students and IT Workers out there who are operating at this extremely high level of technical writing without the background that one might expect them to have. Are we just the sort of folks who are going to stick around at our current jobs and not hop around as much because we don't have that degreed background, or will we move from place to place based on much of the word-of-mouth sort of thing for work we've done before?
top How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch
Then it falls back on the consumer to stop using the service. Unused services go away and the point becomes moot. New services pop up which are 'clean' and thus the cycle starts all over again.
I like the idea of the dead-man switch. However, if the consumer does what they're supposed to, ultimately they don't win, because they have to keep switching services in this cat-and-mouse game.
top The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox
In a case like this, the key reason not to testify is that doing so will ruin your reputation and destroy your livelihood as a journalist.
Alternatively, you could try to plead the 5th, saying that by answering the question fully, you'll implicate yourself in criminal activity. This may be untrue, but if they grant you full immunity, then you can say something outlandish, like plotting to do away with someone in the midst of this. This may make your testimony suspect, but also does the same thing as the first conjecture, you run your reputation and destroy your livelihood as a journalist.
In this situation, it seems to me that your choices are to protect your source to some degree and destroying your livelihood, or you can tell the truth and destroy your livelihood.
I would ask: To what degree is the court willing to protect the innocent for telling the truth?
top Patent Suit Leads To 500,000 Annoyed Software Users
Hmm...I wonder which company Apple will be buying out next?
I wonder what'll happen to their stock share price?
top The Cognitive Cost of Poverty
This isn't actually really new news for some folks in the US. Public Educators have know this sort of thing in the form of other studies for many years.
For example, studies have shown that people who are low-income, tend to favor larger quantities of food. Middle-class/income favor higher quality foods, and when it comes to upper-income/class, they are more interested in the quality of the presentation of food.
We have long since known that low-income families have higher risks for needing additional aid in learning, because they do carry a much heavier mental/emotional burden than other families. They're constantly worried about if they'll have enough money to put food on the table, to keep the lights on, or even pay the rent. If low-income families first pay rent, food, utilities and transportation, they are in a completely different mental/emotional position than if they're worrying about one of those basic areas not being covered.
top Workers at Chile's ALMA Telescope Strike Over Working Conditions
$11.50/hour minimum wage.. That would be a great deal in the US. Still not quite as high as it should be, but much better than it is currently.
top Forrester: NSA Spying Could Cost Cloud $180B, But Probably Won't
If big business, or any sort of business, that employs cloud computing models becomes truly concerned about the security of their data, that Big Brother is getting a copy of everything, then they'll either move their data outside the reach of Big Brother, they'll encrypt everything and leave a speed bump to be overcome, or they'll embed their own personnel in the data center so they'll know when a mysterious new server shows up that's mirroring their data traffic. Or, they'll not use cloud computing on someone else's cloud, they'll have their own, run by their own data center.
Now, as for SMB, that's where you'll find a market for non-US based cloud systems, IMHO. And, being non-US, outside the reach of Big Brother, they may be willing to pay a little more, not a lot, than going rate for cloud systems that are US-based.
top Microsoft Will Squeeze Datacenters On Price of Windows Server
MS is just covering losses on their Surface, it shouldn't be a huge surprise.
top SCOTUS Says DNA Collection Permissible After Arrest
But, it doesn't get tossed out...ever, even if you're wrongly accused/arrested, or even if you're found innocent or the charges are dropped. It's now forever part of the local, state and national databases, accessible to anyone who is approved to use these databases, even things like schools, who are required to do background checks, will have access to this information.
So, if a police detective thinks you -might- be suspect in a crime, he simply has to arrest you on an unrelated charge, have you processed, then drop the charges and voila, they have your DNA for cross referencing.
Alternatively, police could arrest you for a traffic violation or j-walking, etc..they don't have to ticket you. Once you're processed, they have your DNA on file. Imagine a sobriety check point, where they require every driver to submit to a breath test. It will be much easier to say they're keeping the tube you blew into and process it for DNA because it's just part of their legitimate process and procedures.
top Swiss Referendum Backs Executive Pay Curbs
If this change on the constitution applies to those companies listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange, then we may simply see more and more companies buy back stock and go private once more, making the rules null and void, as there will no longer be public stock holders.