Sunday, May 25, 2014

“We're here. We have the tools and we know how to use them.” The problem is they are still thinking like pre-internet strategists – “What's nearby so I can begin my conquest of the world?” In the Internet Age, everything is nearby.
D. Frank Smith reports:
Colleges have consistently been a prime target for hackers. In 2013, the University of Wisconsin sustained up to 100,000 hacking attempts each day, according to The New York Times. And research released May 20 by the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council shows that the education sector topped the charts in a survey of security breaches across seven industries.
The survey analyzed digital security breaches in which records were illegally obtained. In the education sector, 73 percent of breaches resulted in stolen records.
Read more on EdTech.

Another risk from the Internet of (Hackable) Things!
Smart TVs Are A Growing Security Risk: How Do You Deal With This?
… If you have a Smart TV, then yes, it can be hacked.
The good news is that it isn’t a rampant phenomenon… yet. The day is soon coming, however, when you may need to install anti-virus and anti-malware software onto your TV to keep it safe.
… What is a Smart TV? James was pretty thorough with his Smart TV overview which also explains whether or not you should even purchase one. Long story short, a Smart TV is the hybrid child of the television and the computer. It can browse the web, install and run apps, respond to voice commands, and more.
Again, let me restate: Smart TVs are not inherently compromised in terms of security. You only need to worry if you have a Smart TV that actively uses the Internet.

Californians are about to collide with the Internet of Things! I've been thinking that this is the electronic equivalent of having a chauffeur. Have we skipped over the electronic butler and maid because cleaning a house is more complicated than driving on California highways? How about e-Gardeners and all those other Downton Abbey characters?
California Will Allow Self-Driving Cars on the Road This Fall
Be prepared to see driverless cars on California roads after Sept. 16. That's when the DMV will allow self-driving cars to begin testing on public roads. The move comes two months after California held public hearings on the technology.
In order to test self-driving cars companies must apply for a permit and purchase a $5 million insurance bond. If any of the cars get in an accident, it has to be reported within 10 days. Additionally, researchers have to report if the car's self-driving functions are turned off for safety reasons.

This article nicely summarizes my concerns. Now we can pay into another fund that will never get spent for its intended purpose.
FCC gets approval for plan to subsidize fast rural internet access
At long last, the FCC can move forward with reforming its rural connection subsidies for the broadband era. A federal appeals court has upheld the agency's Connect America Fund after challenges from smaller carriers, which were worried that the shift from subsidizing phone calls to fast internet access would hurt their bottom line. Their arguments were either "unpersuasive" or were blocked from legal consideration in the first place, the court says.
The fund still faces criticism from those worried that the $4.5 billion in subsidies will hike phone bills through growing fees; there's also concerns that the occasional fraud seen in existing programs might carry over to Connect America.

Coming soon to a state near me.
Kentucky Wins Hemp Seed Release from Federal Government

Something to amuse my students?
Learn New Words With The Collins Twictionary [Weird & Wonderful Web]
New words are being invented all the time, both online and offline. The Internet is responsible for a host of new words and phrases, many of which end up making it into dictionaries.
Having previously looked at 10 Internet phrases we would like to see die in a fire, it’s high time we balanced things out with a look at a collection of new words currently vying for inclusion in the next Collins English Dictionary.
The Twictionary is Collins’ attempt to utilize the power of Twitter to decide which Internet-originated words should make it into the twelfth edition of the Collins English Dictionary.
[My Favorite: Adorkable – Dorky in an adorable way.

Once again Dilbert connects on many levels.

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