Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I guess it was politically embarrassing to mention this. Bad news is better later? Let's ignore the warnings from experts and cross our fingers? Which common political strategy were they using?
White House, HHS warned about ObamaCare website in March, documents show
The Obama administration was warned as early as March about potential risks with the implementation of HealthCare.gov, according to documents released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Monday night.

Obsolete media decides to charge more – hoping that will drive off more customers? (I had to Google for this article)
Denver Post will implement metered paywall Dec. 2

About time.
The Tradeoffs in Google's New Crackdown on Child Pornography
… Today, Google and Microsoft announced they are taking technological steps to make the Internet less hospitable to child abusers. The news comes after more than 300 people were arrested worldwide last week—and 400 children rescued—in one of the largest-ever crackdowns on child pornographers. It also comes months after the U.K.’s Prime Minister David Cameron called on the search engines to do more to obstruct child pornographers.

Worth reading.
Haulin' Data: How Trucking Became the Frontier of Work Surveillance
… Over the next few years, it will become mandatory, by law, for all American truckers to carry a tracking device, an electronic on-board recorder (EOBR), in their vehicle.
… Truckers are on the forefront of workplace surveillance. With the availability of cheap sensors and hypercompetitive companies seeking to maximize their profits, any human action done on the clock may become subject to increased scrutiny and what will probably be called optimization. If you want to see the future of work, take a look at IBM’s efforts around call center workers or the battle over electronic armbands at Tesco in Ireland. It’s not that data hasn’t always been used in corporate decisionmaking, it’s that it’s possible to capture so much more now. With more data, comes more control.

Reluctantly and with plenty of 'spin.'
Court order allowing NSA data collection program revealed
The Obama administration released a trove of newly declassified documents related to the National Security Agency's surveillance activities on Monday, including what appears to be the original secret court ruling authorizing the massive data collection program.
The ruling by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was among hundreds of documents released by released by James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. The documents also reveal the NSA's violations of court-ordered limits of the program.
The 87-page opinion, signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, then the chief judge on the secret surveillance court, authorized the NSA to collect of e-mail metadata and other Internet communications. However, the section describing the metadata to be collected was blacked out.
… "With previous releases, the government has posted the documents to its Tumblr, IContheRecord, claiming that the disclosures were spurred only by President Obama's directive to declassify information and 'the interest of increased transparency.' Thus far, they've neglected to mention they were also under a court order to do so," the EFF said.

It's a start.
Google finishes 2,048-bit security upgrade for Web privacy
… The Net giant has secured all its certificates with 2,048-bit RSA encryption keys or better, Google security engineer Dan Dulay said in a blog post Monday. Certificates are used to set up encrypted communications between a Web server and Web browser.
… Google has been aggressively moving to stronger encryption because of U.S. government surveillance by the National Security Agency. [Nonsense. Think about it. Bob]

(Related) It's about time. Is this cheaper than securing the links, as Google did?
Yahoo to encrypt all users' personal data
The internet provider said it had taken this step after allegations the US government had secretly accessed users' data without the company's knowledge.

We call it Data Mining, but then we don't bill by the 30 hour day... Still, an article worth reading.
Legal Search Science
Legal Search Science is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice concerning the search, review, and classification of large collections of electronic documents to identify targeted information for use as evidence in legal proceedings. It is a subset of the field of Information Science concerned with information retrieval and the unique problems faced by lawyers in the discovery of relevant evidence. It is also a subset of the legal field of electronic discovery and engineering field of Big Data search software. As such, it is an interdisciplinary field combining law, technology, and science.
Most specialists in legal search science use a variety of search methods when searching large datasets, referred to here as a multimodal approach, but primarily rely on supervised or semi-supervised machine learning (a type of artificial intelligence (AI)) using an active learning approach. I refer to this as AI-enhanced review or AI-enhanced search. In information science it may be referred to as active machine learning, and in legal circles as Predictive Coding.

If you were going to do it anyway.
Sprint, Best Buy give students a free year of talk, text, and data
Hey students, your report card can now earn you a free cell phone plan. Best Buy and Sprint announced Monday that they've teamed up to offer free unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data, for one full year to students.
It works like this: Head to Best Buy between November 18 and January 4 and buy a new feature phone or smartphone at the Student Activated Price (the average phone price is $530), and activate it on a Sprint Unlimited, My Way plan. You'll need to pay for the cost of the phone, plus a $36 activation fee, taxes, and any other applicable fees.
Next, go to Sprint's student verification site within 14 days of your purchase to prove that you're a current student. One you're verified, your account will be credited for one year of unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB per month of data if you buy a smartphone, which Sprint says is a $70 per month value.

...and everything is for sale? No freebies? No Open Source? Will Google pay me to look through all the options?
– Discover, purchase, and share educational apps, books, and videos easily with Google Play for Education – a new online destination just for schools. Browse content by grade, subject, or standard including Common Core. Purchase via PO with no credit card required. Distribute apps instantly via the cloud

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