Friday, October 22, 2010

One must evaluate Strategy based on Actions, not Propaganda. Does anyone seriously doubt this is true?

Why Facebook Won't Stop Invading Your Privacy

Posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday October 21, @11:35AM

"Every few weeks, it seems, Facebook is caught again violating users' privacy. A code error there, rogue business partners there. The truth, as InfoWorld's Bill Snyder explains, is that Facebook will keep on violating your privacy, no matter what its policies say, what promises it makes, or how shocked it claims to be at the latest incident. The reason is simple: Selling personal information on its users is how it makes money, and Facebook is above all a business."


FTC Offers Legal Assistance Guide to Help Identity Theft Victims

October 21, 2010 by Dissent

The Federal Trade Commission has created a guide to help attorneys and victim advocates provide legal assistance to identity theft victims.

Geared toward resolving issues out of court, the Guide for Assisting Identity Theft Victims ( describes how advocates can intervene with creditors, credit reporting agencies, debt collectors, and others, as well as self-help measures that victims can take. Victims may need an advocate’s help in a variety of situations: their age, health, language skills, or income prevents them from making effective disputes; they’re being pursued for someone else’s debt; they face uncooperative creditors or credit reporting agencies; or their case is complex.

… The guide also addresses recovery from less common forms of identity theft, such as when a thief commits tax fraud, or obtains a federal student loan or medical services using stolen information.

Is this a “tenure” argument?

Judge Blocks DOE from Releasing Teachers’ Names With Evaluation Data

October 21, 2010 by Dissent

Shayna Jacobs reports:

The city cannot release the names of thousands of city teachers whose performances were rated in a Department of Education assessment until the matter is argued in court next month, a Manhattan judge ordered Thursday.

The ruling came after an emergency lawsuit was filed by the teachers union in an attempt to block the DOE from releasing “Teacher Data Reports” evaluating individual teacher performance.

The DOE apparently planned to provide the New York Post and other publications with the full reports on Thursday, but the city instead consented to delaying the release of the records after a private conference between city and UFT lawyers with Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Cynthia Kern on Thursday afternoon.


[From the article:

The UFT adamantly opposes the release of the names, claiming the data has proven to be "misleading" and "unreliable." [No indication why that is so. Bob]


Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness: How Teacher Performance Assessments Can Measure and Improve Teaching

Does this raise the punishment to the “Cruel and Unusual” level? (Does the punishment fit the crime?)

Bicycle Thief Barred From Using Encryption

Posted by timothy on Thursday October 21, @01:40PM

"A teenager found in possession of a stolen bicycle was given probation, with a whole bunch of computer-related restrictions. He wasn't allowed to use social networks or instant messaging. He wasn't allowed to use a computer that had 'encryption, hacking, cracking, scanning, keystroke monitoring, security testing, steganography, Trojan or virus software.' The kid appealed, noting that the restrictions on social networking seemed overly broad, and restricting him from using a computer with a virus was difficult since viruses and trojans and the like tend to try to stay hidden, so he might not know. While the court overturned the restrictions on social networking, and changed the terms of computer restrictions to include the word 'knowingly,' it did keep the restriction on against using any computer with encryption software. Remember, this isn't someone convicted of malicious computer crimes, but of receiving a stolen bicycle. So why is perfectly reasonable encryption software not allowed? And what computer these days doesn't have encryption software?"

Just think of it as another flavor of convergence... The Internet goes Orbital. Computer Law and Space Law merge?

Pirate Parties Plan To Shoot Site Into Orbit

Posted by samzenpus on Thursday October 21, @10:56AM

"It is almost four years ago that The Pirate Bay announced they wanted to buy the micronation of Sealand, so they could host their site without having to bother about copyright law — an ambitious plan that turned out to be unaffordable. This week, Pirate Parties worldwide started brainstorming about a similarly ambitious plan. Instead of founding their own nation, they want to shoot a torrent site into orbit."

An old industry learning new tricks? Pay attention USPS and RIAA This combines demographic and geographic data and uses the mail as a delivery vehicle.

Google Is Going Postal In Sweden

Posted by timothy on Friday October 22, @05:00AM

"Google will start to collaborate with the Swedish Postal Service (Swedish original) to sell direct marketing to small businesses, both in the form of fliers (delivered by the Swedish Postal Service) and keyword advertising in Google Search. The area of distribution for the fliers is selected in Google Maps. Google will also will provide templates for the design of the fliers. The idea was concieved within the Swedish Postal Service."

What will the RIAA do to keep this out of the US?

Google’s Piracy-Fighting Music Search Engine For Indian Users Now Live

Yesterday, the WSJ reported that Google was planning to launch a music service in India to help users search for legal online streams and downloads and fight digital piracy, which reportedly runs rampant in the nation.

We’ve just gotten word that the service is now available at

Update: official Google India blog post is up.

Currently only covering songs in Hindi, the music search engine promises that users can search for and instantly listen to thousands of full songs, which are delivered by Google’s partners in India (, saavn and saregama).

For my geeks. We can beat this in the lab, but are we ready to test it campus-wide?

Google Testing High-Speed Fiber Network At Stanford Res Halls

Posted by timothy on Thursday October 21, @05:18PM

"Google has reached an agreement to build its first ultra-high speed broadband network near Stanford University, the search giant announced on Thursday. The agreement with Stanford means the university's residential subdivision will be the first place to test Internet speeds up to one gigabit per second, more than 100 times faster than the typical broadband connection in the US. The plan is to break ground early next year."

That might just be worth $50,576 per year to have.

No comments: