Saturday, September 01, 2012

I want one! (for my Ethical Hackers of course)
"It seems Russia's defense ministry doesn't trust Google's tablet computers: a new Android device presented to a top Russian government official boasts encryption and works with software and a global positioning system made in Russia, the AFP reports. The OS has all the functional capabilities of an Android operating system but none of its hidden features that send users' private data to Google, addressing concerns that data stored by Google could slip into the hands of the US government and expose some of their most secret and sensitive communications. Two versions of the tablet will supposedly be made — one for consumers and one for defense needs."

Who knew?
"Quebec police are on the hunt for a sticky-fingered thief after millions of dollars of maple syrup vanished from a Quebec warehouse. The theft was discovered during a routine inventory check last week at the St-Louis-de-Blandford warehouse, where the syrup is being held temporarily. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, which is responsible for the global strategic maple syrup reserve, initially kept the news quiet, hoping it would help police solve the crime quickly."

Clearly TV over a cable owned cable is different than TV over an Internet cable! Thanks for clearing that up lawyer guys...
Broadcasters Defeat TV Streaming Service
A federal appeals court is dealing a death blow to an upstart service that streams broadcast television over the internet, ruling that ivi Inc. is not a cable system and therefore is not protected by the Copyright Act.

We've know this since the late 1960's, but every so often we need to remind ourselves. (Yes, before the personal computer and the world wide web)
Working From Home? You’re a Better Worker
If you’re a U.S. worker, there’s a 10 percent chance that you work from home at least once a week, and a 4.3 percent chance that you work from home most of the time. And if you’re one of those working from home, you’re likely a more productive worker, at least according to a study recently published by Stanford.
… During the 9-month study they found:
  • A 12 percent increase in productivity for the at-home workers. Of that increase, 8.5 percent came from working more hours (due to shorter breaks and fewer sick days) and 3.5 percent came from more performance per minute. The researchers speculate this was due to quieter working conditions.
  • No negative spill-overs to the control group stuck in the office even though they had communicated that they wanted to work from home.
  • A 50 percent decrease in attrition among the work-from-home group.
  • Substantially higher work satisfaction as measured by a survey among the home group .

Almost every teacher I know already has the guts of a book. Clean it up, add an intro and make some cash!
I’m sure that more than a few of you readers have a half-written book or useful guide you’ve put together to help people learn something. You’ve probably wondered if it would be possible to make money off of your book, or at least gain some exposure, by selling it as an eBook on Amazon.
Well, the idea isn’t as far-fetched as you might imagine. As long as you have already created something worth reading, the process of getting it into Amazon as an eBook isn’t that onerous. We’ll take you through the basic steps today and you can be selling your eBook in a few days. It’s easy!

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