Friday, July 04, 2014

Local. If it crashed on my property, I'd keep it. Does the “Make my day” law allow me to shoot down the drone?
CBS in Denver reports:
A drone crashed into a Brighton man’s backyard and now the homeowner wants answers.
George Ray said the drone had a GoPro camera mounted on it and was videotaping over his property located off Interstate 76 near 136th Ave. early this morning.
Ray said he heard a strange sound outside his bathroom, “All I could hear was a ‘Beep, beep, beep.”
When he looked outside he saw a drone with a camera.
“What dummy would be flying around a drone at 3:30, 3:45 in the morning? It doesn’t make sense,” said Ray.
Shortly after the drone made an unexpected landing, “This is where it landed at. Apparently it crashed right here, fell to the ground.”
So here’s the kicker: the man turns the fallen drone into the sheriff’s department, who returned it to the embarrassed drone owner. But CBS reports that “Although what happened is not a crime, it is considered out of the ordinary.”
This hits all the “creepy” notes. I suppose one could argue that if he’d never known a drone was recording his property at 3:30 in the morning, there’s no real harm. But to think that your neighbor or a stranger is having a drone hover over your property and be recording it, well, how secure would you feel in your privacy? This incident highlights some of the issues concerning drones, privacy, and the need for regulations and a societal respect for privacy.

Making sure all those “Things” can exchange the data they gather about you?
Microsoft Joins The AllSeen Alliance Internet of Everything Open-Source Project
The AllSeen Alliance, the broadest Internet of Everything open-source project, today announced that Microsoft has joined the group’s multi-company effort as a Premier Member to make it easier for a broad range of everyday devices, objects and services to interoperate seamlessly and intelligently.
… The AllSeen Alliance was established in December 2013 to address a major challenge facing the Internet of Things, which according to McKinsey Global Institute has the potential to create an economic impact of $2.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion annually by 2025: Making sure smart connected devices and objects can work together regardless of brand, operating system and other infrastructure considerations.
AllSeen Alliance members are collaborating on a universal software framework, based on AllJoyn open source code, that allows devices to autonomously discover and interact with nearby products regardless of their underlying proprietary technology or communications protocols.

The NSA Revelations All in One Chart
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 3, 2014
By Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson, ProPublica, illustrations by Alberto Cairo: “This is a plot of the NSA programs revealed in the past year according to whether they are bulk or targeted, and whether the targets of surveillance are foreign or domestic. Most of the programs fall squarely into the agency’s stated mission of foreign surveillance, but some – particularly those that are both domestic and broad-sweeping – are more controversial. Just as with the New York Magazine approval matrix that served as our inspiration, the placement of each program is based on judgments and is approximate. For more details, read our FAQ or listen to our podcast. Also, take our quiz to test your NSA knowledge.

Only four?
Here Are Four Threats the Internet Faces in the Next Decade
… Here are four threats that came up most often in the report by Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie, with a sampling of responses plucked from Pew’s Internet Project report.
Threat 1: Meddling by Countries
Threat 2: Evaporation of Trust
Threat 3: Companies Control the Internet
Threat 4: Backlash to ‘TMI’

Perhaps my students will write an App to “summon” a drone to snap your picture.
Forget selfies -- make way for 'dronies'
Forget selfies. Those are so 2013.
Make way, instead, for a new way so show your handsome, or lovely, mug to the Internet -- a budding Web movement that combines high-tech geekery with the human desire to be seen.
Call them "dronies."
As personal drones find their way into more and more hands, folks have begun using the personal, unmanned aircraft, kitted out with video cameras, to add a little flare to the Internet's ubiquitous "look at me" self-shots.

Perspective. IBM used to make (almost) all the computers. Their mainframes owned the corporate world. Now their website talks about their Cloud services.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s anti-monopoly bureau has approved Lenovo Group’s proposed $2.3 billion deal to buy IBM Corp’s low-end server business.

Perspective. Unfortunately, it is hard for CEOs to fire Board members.
Boards Still Don’t See the Value of Digital
Companies across the world are ramping up their digital initiatives, according to a new survey from McKinsey, with the C-suite increasingly leading the way. “Digitization has become a critical asset in many companies’ quest for growth,” write the report’s authors, noting the increased involvement by CEOs and other top executives.
There’s only one problem. Boards don’t seem interested.
… For firms looking to make the transition to digital but lacking supportive boards, it may be time to think about replacing a director or two. Research has shown that companies that replace three to four directors every three years outperform their peers. And even a couple digitally savvy board additions can go along way toward building support for new initiatives.

Perhaps a Rose by any other name stinks? (Well, I find this interesting.)
The effect of wording on message propagation
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 3, 2014
The effect of wording on message propagation: Topic- and author-controlled natural experiments on Twitter. In Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL’14).
“How does one make a message “successful”? Thisquestion is of interest to many entities, including political parties trying to frame an issue (Chong and Druckman, 2007), and individuals attempting to make a point in a group meeting. In the first case, an important type of success is achieved if the national conversation adopts the rhetoric of the party; in the latter case, if other group members repeat the originating individual’s point. The massive availability of online messages, such as posts to social media, now affords researchers new means to investigate at a very large scale the factors affecting message propagation, also known as adoption, sharing, spread, or virality.”

Navy has its first female four-star admiral
The Navy has its first female four-star admiral.
She is Michelle Janine Howard, promoted on Tuesday to the service's highest rank. The ceremony was held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery, near the Pentagon.
… Howard has served 32 years in the Navy. She is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982.

Dilbert raises an interesting question. What is the opposite of a Turing Test?

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