Monday, October 03, 2016

For my IT Governance students: Can we design an election system that works?
The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete

Suddenly (after a few decades) we are learning how to use “new” technologies!
Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life
Over the past four years, readers have doubtlessly noticed quantum leaps in the quality of a wide range of everyday technologies.
Most obviously, the speech-recognition functions on our smartphones work much better than they used to.
   Machine translation and other forms of language processing have also become far more convincing
   Then there are the advances in image recognition.

Rather than raise my taxes to pay for a parking lot, they raise my taxes to pay Uber to drive commuters to the train?  Either way I get no benefit from my tax dollar. 
How Uber Plans To Conquer The Suburbs
With a pilot program in Summit, New Jersey, the ride-hail giant is looking to replace commuter parking lots.
Summit, New Jersey, a bedroom community to New York City, will begin subsidizing Uber rides for residents traveling to and from the local train station starting Monday — a move the town initiated to avoid building a new parking lot, a multimillion-dollar effort

Oh look!  Lawyers have value!
When it comes to game hacks, never underestimate the value of a lawyer power up
Although Pokémon Go’s popularity continues to wane, the mobile game’s recent battle with PokéVision – the third-party Pokémon locator site – provides us with an important lesson on how the “game hack” can be a major threat to a game developers’ business and a high risk endeavor with significant legal consequences for game hack developers.
The innocent cheat codes of the Nintendo 64 era are child’s play compared to the highly sophisticated bots and game hacks of today’s mobile and online gaming era
   For those considering making a living out of creating “game hacks” – proceed with caution.  Creating a game hack exposes creators to significant legal risks.  Recent lawsuits show that one simple game hack bot for a game with a monthly service fee can yield a lawsuit with over a dozen viable legal claims and the potential to permanently shut down the “game hack” business.

Will this spread to other large tech companies for similar reasons?
Exclusive: EU wants Google to stop anti-competitive Android practices, fine expected
EU antitrust regulators plan to order Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google to stop paying financial incentives to smartphone makers to pre-install Google Search exclusively on their devices and warned the company of a large fine, an EU document showed.
The document, running to more than 150 pages, was sent to complainants last week for feedback.
   The regulators also want to prevent Google from forcing smartphone makers to pre-install its proprietary apps if this restricts their ability to use competing operating systems based on Android.

All that stuff that no one reads until after the event?
National Security Archive Cyber Vault Project Library
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Oct 2, 2016
Beta Edition, via the National Security Archive – “The Cyber Library contains all primary-source materials gathered by the Project across the full range of cyber security issues.  New materials will be added on a regular basis. The [content] isting is chronological.  To search for specific items, use [the search engine provided].

Oh goody.  Now I can watch all the political ads I might have missed.
Political TV Ad Archive
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Oct 2, 2016
Via Internet Archive – “The Political TV Ad Archive collects political ads in the 2016 election.  In addition to tracking airings across key primary states, the collection includes ads that may air elsewhere or exclusively on social media.”  Searchable by sponsor, keyword or candidate.

For my students.
Open Culture – Master List of 1,200 Free Courses From Top Universities
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Oct 2, 2016
“For the past ten years, we’ve been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,200+ courses from top universities.  Let’s give you the quick overview: The list lets you download audio & video lectures from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford and Harvard.  Generally, the courses can be accessed via YouTube, iTunes or university web sites, and you can listen to the lectures anytime, anywhere, on your computer or smart phone.  We haven’t done a precise calculation, but there’s about 40,000 hours of free audio & video lectures here.  Enough to keep you busy for a very long time.”

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