Sunday, April 15, 2012

I'm confused too, but that happens so frequently that I'm used to it...
By Dissent, April 14, 2012
If you’re not familiar with bankruptcy proceedings, you may be as confused by this breach notice by Duke University Health System as I was.
After reading it a few times, I finally thought I may have understood what happened, but then I read Jeff Drummond’s blog post as to why the DUHS never called this notice a “breach” and whether it even was a breach under HIPAA.
Go read both and see what you think. If the “risk of harm” standard is/was eliminated by the final regulations, I think this would be considered a breach under HIPAA, but as the law stands now? I don’t know.
[From the Blog:
The data is definitely PHI. However, PHI can be disclosed for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations. Why did Duke disclose this data in bankruptcy court records? To get paid. That makes it a disclosure for payment purposes, so no HIPAA breach, right?
… So, if Duke did a breach risk analysis and determined a lack of substantial risk of harm, they wouldn't have to give any notice. However, that's rolling the dice, for sure. So, I'm guessing they decided to provide the notice, but not admit that the "incident" is actually a "breach."

Oh, the horror! How will Google (market cap. $200 Billion) possibly survive? They might need to sell 50 shares of stock! Imagine the dilution on the other 325 million shares! (Why does the FCC fine like it's still 1934?
FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine on Google

“Suspicions confirmed!” If everyone understands this, who will step forward and propose a change?
"Former TSA head Kip Hawley talks about how the agency is broken and how it can be fixed: 'The crux of the problem, as I learned in my years at the helm, is our wrongheaded approach to risk. In attempting to eliminate all risk from flying, we have made air travel an unending nightmare for U.S. passengers and visitors from overseas, while at the same time creating a security system that is brittle where it needs to be supple. ... the TSA's mission is to prevent a catastrophic attack on the transportation system, not to ensure that every single passenger can avoid harm while traveling. Much of the friction in the system today results from rules that are direct responses to how we were attacked on 9/11. But it's simply no longer the case that killing a few people on board a plane could lead to a hijacking. ...The public wants the airport experience to be predictable, hassle-free and airtight and for it to keep us 100% safe. But 100% safety is unattainable. Embracing a bit of risk could reduce the hassle of today's airport experience while making us safer at the same time."

Should we follow this for its implications for crowd sourcing?
"Canada Post has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Geolytica, which operates, a website that provides several geocoding services including free access to a crowd-sourced, compiled database of Canadian postal codes. Canada Post argues that it is the exclusive copyright holder of all Canadian postal codes and claims that GeoCoder appropriated the database and made unauthorized reproductions. GeoCoder compiled the postal code database by using crowdsourcing techniques, without any reliance on Canada Post's database, and argues that there can be no copyright on postal codes and thus no infringement (PDF)."

Isn't this more than a bit disingenuous? If you didn't invest with Bernie Madoff, you wouldn't have lost money...
U.S. says MegaUpload's hosting service is no innocent bystander
… During a hearing yesterday in U.S. District Court about what should become of MegaUpload's user data, Carpathia's lawyer told the judge that the U.S. government should pick up the tab for storing the information instead of his client. Since January, when the U.S. Department of Justice filed criminal copyright charges against MegaUpload, one of the world's most popular cyberlocker services, the private firm that hosted MegaUpload's servers has preserved user data on its own dime.
Jay Prabhu, the lawyer representing the U.S. Attorney's office, said Carpathia's problems were not caused by the government. His message to the court was that if the cost of doing business with MegaUpload has gone up, Carpathia's added expenses shouldn't be thrust onto taxpayers. Later, Prabhu made comments about Carpathia and for the first time in the case it was suggested that someone other than MegaUpload's managers may bear some responsibility for the piracy that allegedly occurred at the site.
… Prabhu disputed the notion that the hosting service is just an innocent third party left holding the bag. He attacked the company's claims that managers were caught unaware by the charges leveled against MegaUpload.
Prabhu outlined how Carpathia had received subpoenas regarding MegaUpload's alleged copyright violations from the government as well those from civil complaints filed against MegaUpload. He told the judge that servicing MegaUpload helped Carpathia generate $35 million. The attorney also said he had reason to believe that Carpathia may be a target for civil litigation.
He did not accuse Carpathia of violating any criminal laws and did not identify where a civil complaint might originate.

Quite a few limitations, but I'll wager they are counting on expanding their scope soon.
April 14, 2012
EFF: Miami-Dade PD Releases Information about Its Drone Program
News release: "EFF recently received records from the Miami-Dade Police Department in response to a Public Records request for information on its drone program. These records provide additional insight into domestic drone use in the United States, and they reinforce the importance of public access to information on who is authorized to fly drones inside US borders. The records the Miami-Dade PD released include the Federal Aviation Administration-issued Certificate of Authorization (COA) to fly the MDPD drones. This appears to be the first time a law enforcement agency has made its COA available to the public without redactions. The COA and the other records EFF received show that Miami-Dade’s drone program is quite limited in scope. The two small drones the MDPD is flying—Honeywell T-Hawks—are able to fly up to 10,000 feet high, can record video or still images in daylight or infrared, and can “Hover and stare; [and] follow and zoom,” (pdf) according to the manufacturer. However, the COA limits their use to flights below 300 feet. The drones also must remain within visual line of sight of both a pilot and an observer and can only be flown during the day."

This is an interesting problem. If their terms of service had used the phrase “bringing disruption” would there have even been a question? One has to assume the 'stalker' covers his track by switching IP and email addresses so frequently that they can't be blocked.
"Rachel Marone has been a victim of cyberstalking for over 10 years. In 2011, she had a project on Kickstarter shut down because of the high volume of spam posted by the stalker in the comment section of the project. Recently, Marone's manager spoke to Kickstarter again to see how she could avoid having a new project banned if the cyberstalker showed up again. They replied, 'If there is any chance that Rachel will receive spam from a stalker on her project, she should not create one. We simply cannot allow a project to become a forum for rampant spam, as her past project became. If this happens again, we will need to discard the project and permanently suspend Rachel's account.' On her website, Marone sums up the situation thus: 'I am being told that I cannot crowdfund because I am a stalking victim. ... With so many women being stalking targets this does not seem reasonable to me.'"

Free is good, but cheaper is almost as good...
Republic Wireless Launching Large-Scale Beta Testing This Summer
The unlimited-mobile-wireless-everything-for-$19-a-month dream is a step closer to reality. Republic Wireless announced in a blog post that a new, large-scale round of beta testing will launch this summer, and if you were one of the thousands who signed up for the Republic Wireless email list, you’ll have the chance to participate.
In about a week, the company will organize everyone on the list in a “beta waves” according to letters of the alphabet, and over the course of the summer, each group in turn will be given the chance to jump in on the beta. Those who signed up the earliest will be in the first waves
… We have a healthy amount of skepticism for anything that sounds too good to be true, but Republic Wireless’ approach--relying heavily on WiFi handoff to offload traffic from 3G and 4G networks--is one being taken by plenty of other companies these days, so it’s reasonable to assume that the company has a shot. Looking at the prospect of paying $19 a month for unlimited phone service, messaging, and mobile Internet, we’re rooting for them.

Wow! A math paper my students might actually read!
"Here's a practical application for your physics education: using math to successfully beat a traffic ticket in court. Dmitri Krioukov, a physicist based at the University of California San Diego, did just that to avoid paying a fee for (purportedly) running a stop sign. Krioukov not only proved his innocence, but he also posted a paper detailing his argument online (PDF) on the arXiv server."

Might be handy...
While researching a topic, you may go through Wikipedia, Twitter, and various other websites for news, articles, videos, and images. But jumping from one site to another can easily become a time-consuming process. Here to help you by providing all the necessary search items under a single dashboard is a web service called RTBot.
  • Does not require any registration.
  • Provides various search items under a single dashboard.
  • Neatly sorts search results into proper categories.

This must be the flip side of “Online classes suck” Bad reporting? Students have to earn a state license or teachers do?
Virginia’s new high school graduation requirement: One online course
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell signed into law Thursday a bill that will require Virginia high school students to take at least one virtual course to graduate with a standard or advanced diploma.
Virginia joins several other states, including Idaho and Florida, that have adopted online-course graduation requirements in recent years.
The new law also requires candidates for a standard diploma to earn a credential in career and technical education, such as an industry certification or state license.

When I'm not teaching Math (prep for the number two job) I teach budding software engineers. That's what a “Technical” university does...
And the best job in America is software engineer
… I am grateful to the Huffington Post for revealing the existence of CareerCast's 2012 Jobs Rated Report. For it is full of edification.

Well, I think they're funny (and likely to catch the eye of my students)
I’m here to put you on to a list of Google Search pages that change the color scheme and design of your Google homepage.

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