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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

lionchild Precedent Law (323 comments)

I'm guessing that if currently Federal court precedent that says you cannot compel someone to give up their lock code for their cell phone or other account, is the same law that will allow a student to keep from giving up their social media or other pass codes.

Regardless of your standing, you can always invoke the 5th Amendment in the US, protecting themselves against self-incrimination.

about two weeks ago

10 Years In, Mars Rover Opportunity Suffers From Flash Memory Degradation

lionchild Learning Curve.. (105 comments)

This is an interesting event. Failure of the flash memory can only really be overcome by either replacing it or having a secondary flash that's on standby, syncing up periodically so that it has much less wear on it, so you can extend the mission by switching over to the backup/secondary flash memory. However, this would add precious ounces to the payload, thereby requiring more fuel, etc.

about 1 month ago

Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

lionchild Capital and Investment (454 comments)

I tend to agree, the issue in the Tech Industry isn't as much the shortage of workers, as it's much more a shortage of the Industry to pay a wage for the worker they want. In lieu of that, the Industry isn't as willing to invest in it's Human Capital, expanding training and skill sets. They're afraid if they train you, you'll go find a better job. Well, if you don't train them, what if they stagnate and don't go find a better job?

If you aren't challenging your Tech Workers, then they want to move on, to avoid being bored, to find a new challenge. But if you train them, invest in them, they become invested in their company, and if they're challenged, they're just too busy and too happy to think about if the grass is greener on the other side of the street.

There's a reason that H1B workers strive to be great English speakers. English is the language of business, and it's still where people want to move towards to be successful. If we cultivate a culture of Tech Workers to move a long...then companies become a Journey, not a Destination. Would you rather work for a company who is the proverbial Wilderness, or the Promised Land?

Invest in Human Capital. That's how a Company is built that becomes a Destination, and not just a Journey to something better.

about 2 months ago

Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

lionchild Evolving world... (481 comments)

There are a good deal of "common sense" things that haven't seemed to soak into younger generations. Things that someone born in the 70's, 80's and 90's would likely have been exposed to and had been "taught" to some degree or another. The Police force has changed. The same cop may not patrol the same neighborhood 4 or 5 days a week. When they did, they got to know the neighborhood. They knew it's people, who "belonged" there and who didn't. Many lived not-too-far away and lived in a similar neighborhood. The Police and the people understood one another, had common ground. It seems that balance has changed.

If it's not going to go back to something like that, then our youth probably do need to be "taught" how to interact with these authority figures who aren't from their neighborhood, don't know them from the drug-dealer down the street. Until we sort out how to make the Police more local to any place it protects, make them feel like neighbors, then we're not doing the right thing unless we teach the youth how to properly interact with Police, without disrespect for either party. Remember: In the same way a Fireman runs into a burning building; this Officer is going to be running towards the gunfire if there's trouble, not away from it like the average youth on the street.

Bottom Line: If our Police aren't going to also be our neighbors, in our neighborhoods, then we need to re-learn out how interact with them.

about 2 months ago

Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

lionchild Re:We already have laws to cover this (301 comments)

Many states have a "Sunshine Law" which requires all public documents to be available for public review upon request. 99% of what police officers do is covered by this. Exceptions are often made for many items related to personnel records, things with specific safety implications (such as public school safety plans), records dealing with minors, and so forth. However, if something doesn't fall under a specific statue covered in the "Sunshine Law" then it's considered a public document if it was obtained through public funding.

So, if the data on police body cams was made possible by public funds, stored on servers purchased with public funds, then they are more than likely going to be subject to "Sunshine Law" information requests. This is the same law that keeps City Councils from hold closed meetings and passing city ordinance outside of the view of the public, or our state lawmakers to do the same. The laws are typically boiler-plate and very broad, the exceptions very narrow.

All of that being said, I can imagine that a new addendum is made for body cams, though not likely for dash-cams. Such as when police enter a private residence, video of open, ongoing investigations, videos dealing with minors, etc..

It's a brave new world. We need to temper our need for transparency, with the fact that our police officers are human; they will make mistakes, just like every citizen will make mistakes. It's the unintentional mistakes that we need to be able to roll back the clock on, to a time before when our whole life was televised on social media...when people actually forgot a stupid, unintentional mistake.

about 3 months ago

The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

lionchild Shocking?! (180 comments)

Hold on a moment, let me find my surprised look. I have it around here somewhere. Oh! Here it is. *GASP!* Say it isn't so!

I'm not certain why this is at all a surprise to anyone. Perhaps the app was poorly named, perhaps it should have been the Gossip app instead?

about 3 months ago

Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

lionchild US Reality (336 comments)

Let's take a realistic approach to what will happen: Who can provide the FCC the most economic encouragement to go their way? That's the way they will good.

"It'll be good for the economy," they'll say. The fact they have a new summer retreat on Martha's Vineyard will have nothing to do with it. "Don't worry, we won't let the gap between 'normal' speed and 'high-speed' be very big," they'll tell us. While many people are still waiting to get the minimum of 4 Mbps that qualifies as 'broadband.' by their rule.

It's just the way it will likely be, so we should get used to it, or we should choose to elect people who still listen to the will of the People, who are Statesmen and not Politicians, and have a backbone to do what's right, regardless of whether that's blue, or red.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

lionchild Windows Option? (334 comments)

I know you're very keen on the idea of moving away from Windows. However, it seems like your family may at least be used to that version or installation of it. As a result, you may be causing more trouble than you want by giving them a new interface that's more foreign than what they have now.

Therefore, I might suggest a $45 option to "harden" a Windows installation: Faronics: Deep Freeze. (http://www.faronics.com/products/deep-freeze/standard/)

This program will let you get their existing PC setup in that perfect state you want it in, then 'freeze' it in place. If they get a virus, spyware, malware, etc.. The solution is simple: Reboot. Upon rebooting, the PC -always- reverts to the state you froze it in. Their document storage space they can read/write and things stay there, but if a program is installed, *poof* it's gone.

While it might not be a perfect solution for you, you'll be able to make a yearly trip to do updates, or use 'normal' PC remote control methods to run updates and re-Freeze the system.

At any rate, something to consider.

Good luck, either way!

about 4 months ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

lionchild Still waiting for the base of 4/1. (533 comments)

So, I live in the suburb of Kansas City, the eastern side, where perhaps we'll dream about getting Google Fiber in 2016..201, 2018..who knows. Our density isn't as great as the other places they're working. However, I do have Fiber to the Node with AT&T. But, their 'entry level' is still only 3Mbps/768Kbps, not actually 4Mbps/1Mbps.

I can get faster speeds, I know the copper to my home will support 64Mbps at my distance. However, those tiers are above the basic service. So, I'm still waiting for the "basic broadband" to catch up to this mythic 4/1 we're supposed to get. So, I'm guessing if they push to a 10Mbps minimum, I might get something like 6/2 as the base. So, I'm going to throw in with increasing the base.

On the Info-Highway, like when in air-to-air combat: Speed is Life.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

lionchild AT&T DSL/Uverse Data Limits (355 comments)

The thing to remember about AT&T's DSL and Uverse data limits are that data coming down AND data going up count against that cap.

So when you download that 4GB movie file, it counts, but when you use Dropbox or Carbonite, those uploaded files/data count against your cap too.

about 5 months ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

lionchild Administration after the Death of the Password. (383 comments)

So, if we kill the password, the foundation on which we have security built now, what does administration look like after that? If we use biometrics, do we turn that over to security, so they can verify your identity? If your fingerprint/retina pattern isn't working, does that mean it's almost always faulty hardware?

It's got to be well thought out to replace something that's just about as intrinsic as the on/off button.

about 6 months ago

IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

lionchild Why is this news? (265 comments)

I'm not exactly sure why this is really a news thing. It took up two lines of text, and was about a guy who did something malicious, on purpose, was caught and pleaded guilty. Let's replace IT Pro with some other profession...with say a teacher. They know they're being let go, so they dip all the keys and answer sheets in ink, rendering them useless and remove covers from textbooks. They get caught / found out, admit they did it, they go to jail.

I just don't get why this is really news-worthy.

about 8 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

lionchild Seroius Answer: LTO6 (983 comments)

Considering that you've got to be running something larger than your average desktop PC to hold that much data, I'd consider looking at a tape library like this:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/app... ($3750)

8 slots for Ultrium 6 tapes, non-compressed will hold 20TB, 50TB if you can get decent compression...which I'm guessing you might not. I think tapes can be found for just under $65 each, depending on how you shop them.

I guess it depends on how many tapes you want to back up to after that.

about a year ago

School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

lionchild Getting Management's Attention (417 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

lionchild Support comes from the people. (510 comments)

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.

1 year,10 days

How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

lionchild Public vs. Charter (715 comments)

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.

1 year,17 days

US Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Legal

lionchild The Real Winner... (511 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

lionchild Problems and Solutions (383 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

lionchild Re:In all seriousness.. (397 comments)

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...

about a year ago

Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

lionchild In all seriousness.. (397 comments)

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?

about a year ago


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Posting to threads..

lionchild lionchild writes  |  about 11 years ago

It's interesting. I start looking back through my various posts of the last year or so, and realize that I see a trend in what I see there. For the most part, it would seem my comments are either unwanted, or unappreciated. At least that's what I gather from the time folks waste using their moderation points to list me as 'redndant' opposed to elevating those comments that are better than mine.

There are times when it's obvious someone is a 'Troll', however, it's always easier to destroy and break things down than it is to build them up.

Perhaps it's better just to keep my mouth shut and let others simply wonder if I'm an idiot, than to open my yap and remove any doubt.


Meta Moderating..

lionchild lionchild writes  |  about 11 years ago

Holy crap! Today I got a stack of 'Troll' comments to moderate. Only 3 weren't... I hadn't been doing any meta moderating, but I thought I needed to do my duty today. Wow, can I pick'em.

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