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The US Economy Needs More "Cool" Nerds

opec One Example (453 comments)

Cool article. I just wrapped up work on my undergrad, music education. I spent the entire fall semester student teaching in my city's public fine arts magnet school (I teach band). These kids all had to audition into the school in specific art areas (band, strings, art, drama, creative writing, dance, ballet, etc) and their minds are all running at about a mile a minute. Even though these kids were all there for the arts, I knew that at least a few of them would end up as programmers for Google, Sun, or whatever in the future. With that in mind, I created a hybrid music/computer programming project with the free, open source program LilyPond (http://lilypond.org). With the teachers' assistance, we had 5th graders composing music by hand onto manuscript, which they then transferred into LilyPond on the computer. They were successful in producing beautiful manuscript in a computer-programming-oriented way. I had a fun, though nerdy semester.

more than 4 years ago

How To Help With a University ICT Strategy?

opec Re:Idealism blows when the rubber meets the road (149 comments)

I'm complaining about IT overreach in power. As it stands now, one over-zealous IT guy at the top is preventing the librarians from taking any steps toward rectifying misuse of technology. For example, it would help us out tremendously to switch the computers that are in unsupervised corners of the library to authenticated log-in use only (like WiFi) and allow free public access in areas that can be surveyed by library workers at all times. We want to protect the safety of our real patrons while still welcoming the general public to surf safely on the web for free. The idealistic jerk at the top is preventing us from changing anything.

more than 5 years ago

How To Help With a University ICT Strategy?

opec Idealism blows when the rubber meets the road (149 comments)

I am almost finished with my undergrad at a large public university. I worked in several of the branch libraries during my years here, including a full-time stint this summer. The computers in our library allow anyone to use one application: IE7. We have no time limit on computer usage or have any web filtering. The problems that arise from misuse of these computers from non-university community members are astounding. In just one branch library here this year alone, several incidents have been reported of non-university people masturbating to Internet porn. All incidents were reported to staff by young female co-eds, who were visibly traumatized by the experience. These kinds of folks have also brought along other problems for us to deal with: drug use and selling, theft of personal property, theft of library materials (including computer peripherals), etc etc.

With incidents like these in mind, don't let idealism confound your tech policies. Think of the people who are going to interact with the public that are using university technology. It is maddening to have your hands tied by some lofty IT person's idealistic vision of free data access for all when you're trying to deal with serious breaches of public safety.

more than 5 years ago

Keeping Up With DoD Security Requirements In Linux?

opec Re:I am surprised (211 comments)

A lot of stuff in the DoD doesn't really have the need or want to be super scrutinized. Some of the stuff that they do is as boring as public relations and kitchen supplies.

That's what they want you to think.

more than 5 years ago

US House May Pass "Cap & Trade" Bill

opec Re:Cap & Trade = Energy Rationing (874 comments)

And then the savvy businessman decided to move his profits into an off-shore tax haven. Meanwhile, the local infrastructure that savvy businessman used goes unsupported and the country rots from within. Globalism distorts your simplistic model.

more than 5 years ago

US Open Government Initiative Enters Phase Three

opec Re:Really?? (572 comments)

Your post made me shiver. Narconon? More like New-Path. I wish the dystopian futures our science fictions authors conjured up weren't coming true so devastatingly.

more than 5 years ago

Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback of Sorts

opec Kentucky meme (519 comments)

Some posters have expressed confusion as to why this kind of article was even posted on /., but I have my own theory. The editors sometimes like to force memes down the readership's collective throats and this is one of those times, although the meme in question here is a little obscure.

People here in the past have tried to argue that Kentucky in general is stuck a decade or two behind the rest of the country... And pointing out the fact that old-school IBM keyboards are still manufactured here (just a few blocks away from a large and progressive research university, which I currently attend) is trying to stoke that stupid preconception.

How many times do we need to explain to the rest of you that we are wearing shoes and we can read and are using the latest technology at the same time.

more than 5 years ago

Kentucky Officials "Changed Votes At Voting Machines"

opec Re:Election Fraud (494 comments)

LEX18 is not a newspaper. The Herald-Leader is, and their news story is here.

more than 5 years ago

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory Mission Fails

opec NASA on Twitter (325 comments)

It's kind of weird, interesting, and depressing to watch this history be made through NASA's Twitter updates:

  • The countdown has begun in California for the launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory in less than 1 hour. The stars are out tonight!
  • Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) update: Weather is perfect for launch in less than half an hour.
  • OCO launch update: Liftoff is now set for 4:55 EST. Catch it on www.nasa.gov/ntv
  • OCO launch update: WE HAVE LIFTOFF!
  • OCO launch update: We have Stage 3 ignition. The mission is off to a great start!
  • OCO launch update: We have a mission failure. Press briefing to be held at Vandenberg in approximately 2 hours.

more than 5 years ago

Satellites Collide In Orbit

opec Re:YES, they are! (456 comments)

these birds cost something in the order of $100 million each

Can we safely blame this accident on bird strikes then?

more than 5 years ago

Fairpoint Pledges To Violate Net Neutrality

opec Re:No it doesn't. (249 comments)

You can still go to Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, and Hotmail, and read your mail from those pages directly.

Apparently not.

Sixth paragraph of TFA:

AOL, Yahoo! and MSN subscribers will continue to have access to content but will no longer be able to access their e-mail through the third party Web site. Instead, Yahoo! and other third party e-mail will be accessed directly at the MyFairPoint.net portal.

more than 5 years ago

State of Kentucky Seizes Control of 141 Domain Names

opec Re:It's not that simple (505 comments)

Can anyone who has been to Kentucky and bet on the horse races tell us if they accept credit cards for wagers?

Yes. I live a few hundred yards from the Red Mile track in Lexington. The tellers and machines accept credit cards.

more than 6 years ago



Nokia Siemens Sold Monitoring Technology to Iran

opec opec writes  |  more than 5 years ago

opec writes "The BBC is reporting that the Nokia Siemens Network sold technology to Iran that would enable the regime to monitor telephone calls, text messages, instant messages and web traffic. From the article: "A spokesman described the system as 'a standard architecture that the world's governments use for lawful intercept. Western governments, including the UK, don't allow you to build networks without having this functionality.'" Experts have speculated that the sudden drop-off and slow return of Internet traffic at the beginning of the election fiasco was from authorities beginning to use their data filtering and interception technology against the opposition."
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Microsoft seeks patent for office 'spy' software

opec opec writes  |  more than 6 years ago

opec writes "Microsoft is developing Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a worker's productivity, physical wellbeing and competence. A patent application filed by the company for a computer system links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. The system would allow managers to monitor employees' performance by measuring their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure. Unions said they fear that employees could be dismissed on the basis of a computer's assessment of their physiological state.

The system could also "automatically detect frustration or stress in the user" and "offer and provide assistance accordingly"."

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