Saturday, January 23, 2016

Policies starting with “Here's how” or “Thou shalt?”
Ali Winston reports:
Oakland’s City Council on Tuesday approved the formation of the Permanent Privacy Advisory Committee to develop developing policies for the use of surveillance equipment by city agencies. The committee will build on the work of a temporary predecessor which last year developed regulations for the curtailed Domain Awareness Center and a helicopter-mounted infrared camera purchased by the Oakland Police Department.
Read more on Reveal.

Can't we all just get along?

“We don't know how to run OPM so we're going to transfer all that ignorance to a new bureaucracy. Making government bigger always makes us feel more important.”
Pentagon to take over control of background investigation information
The Defense Department will take over responsibility for storing sensitive information on millions of federal employees and others from the Office of Personnel Management and the government will create a new entity to oversee background investigations, Obama administration officials announced Friday.
… A new entity to be called the National Background Investigations Bureau will take over responsibility for conducting background investigations government-wide.
… The new bureau, to be headed by a presidential appointee, will take over OPM’s Federal Investigative Services branch, while the Pentagon will take over the information technology aspects.

Another look at Facebook's plan for world domination?
Inside Facebook’s Ambitious Plan to Connect the Whole World

(Related) Another global strategy.
Netflix in India: Will It Be a Blockbuster?

Research tool or entertainment? (Does Facebook care?)
How to Search Facebook – and Find Just About Anything!

For the Gaming Club. These are the games your parents played.
100 Classic Atari Games Headed to Steam
The company on Thursday announced plans to release 100 of its classic games — including Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Tempest, Warlords, and more — as a single PC title with new features and multiplayer capabilities.
… Perhaps most exciting — you will, for the first time ever, be able to challenge other Atari fans from around the world, and compete for bragging rights on Steam Leaderboards.
… We haven't heard too much else from Atari recently, but the company several years ago teamed up with Microsoft to bring eight of its classic games to the Web for free in HTML5. Head over to the Atari Arcade to brush up on your Asteroids, Centipede, Combat, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Yars Revenge, Pong, and Super Breakout skills before Atari Vault drops later this year.

(Related) This is what you sickos play.
'Exploding Kittens' blows up on iOS, with Android coming soon
The iOS release costs $1.99,
… The physical version of Exploding Kittens still holds the record as the most-funded game in Kickstarter history, with $8.8 million pledged by more than 200,000 backers when the campaign ended on Feb. 19, 2015.

For my students with a future.
Google Is Teaching a Free Online Course
Google engineers are sharing their knowledge through a new online course.
The class, on education website Udacity, will focus on deep learning, a machine learning technique that makes use of multiple layers of neural networks in order to better understand data sets.
The three-month course, which requires about six hours of work per week, are comprised of four main lessons that teach students the benefits of deep learning systems and train them to build their own learning models. Students will also learn how to use TensorFlow, the open-source machine-learning software that Google uses in its own products.
The class is not for beginners, as Udacity recommends students have at least two years of programming experience and some basic machine learning knowledge beforehand.
Students can start the course whenever they please and complete it at their own pace.

All the help they can get…
Quick Tips You Can Use To Make a Better LinkedIn Profile

My weekly entertainment.
Hack Education Weekly News
Via Politico: “Even as the contaminated water crisis still rages in Flint, Michigan, Superintendent Bilal Tawwab says district officials are already preparing for an influx of young children entering school in the coming years with developmental, behavioral and cognitive challenges related to high levels of lead in the city's water supply.” [If there is funding available, we'll assume the worst?” Bob]
Via the Coursera blog: “Starting today, when you enroll in certain courses, you’ll be asked to pay a fee (or apply for Coursera’s financial aid program) if you’d like to submit required graded assignments and earn a Course Certificate. You can also choose to explore the course for free, in which case you’ll have full access to videos, discussions, and practice assignments, and view-only access to graded assignments.”
Via The Guardian: “In the library in the gym, Big Brother is coming to universities.”
… And to make that crystal clear, here’s a press release rewrite via Campus Technology: “Toshiba Intros Surveillance Education Program.”
The NYT’s Natasha Singer takes a closer look at ed-tech funding, noting that “Despite the volume of novel products aimed at schools, the biggest investments are largely going to start-ups focused on higher education or job-related skills – businesses that feed a market of colleges, companies and consumers willing to spend to promote career advancement.”

Global Warming! Global Warming!
Blizzard warning updates: Thundersnow and near-blizzard conditions as white stuff piles well past one foot

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