Monday, June 26, 2017

This does not bode well for the next election.
Govt Websites in Ohio, Maryland Hacked With Pro-IS Messages
Several government websites in the US states of Ohio and Maryland had to be shut down Sunday after being hacked to display messages supporting the Islamic State group.
Among the affected websites was one belonging to Ohio Governor John Kasich. 
Posted on the websites was a message from a group calling itself Team System DZ, vowing revenge against US President Donald Trump.

Technology and lawyers?  No comment.
ABA – Cloud Ethics Opinions Around the U.S.
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jun 25, 2017
ABA Law Practice Division – “Cloud Ethics Opinions – There’s a compelling business case for cloud computing, but can lawyers use it ethically?  We’ve compiled these comparison charts to help you make the right decision for your practice.
Broadly defined, cloud computing (or “Software as a Service”) refers to a category of software that’s delivered over the Internet via a Web browser (like Internet Explorer) rather than installed directly onto the user’s computer.  The cloud offers certain advantages in terms of minimal upfront costs, flexibility and mobility, and ease of use.  Because cloud computing  places data–including client data–on remote servers outside of the lawyer’s direct control, it has given rise to some concerns regarding its acceptability under applicable ethics rules.
Learn more about cloud computing in our brief overview…”

What information would you expect to be recorded for each stop?  Seven states don’t record the reason for a stop, only four fail to record the race of the driver. 
The Stanford Open Policing Project
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The Stanford Open Policing Project – “On a typical day in the United States, police officers make more than 50,000 traffic stops.  Our team is gathering, analyzing, and releasing records from millions of traffic stops by law enforcement agencies across the country.  Our goal is to help researchers, journalists, and policymakers investigate and improve interactions between police and the public.”

Sounds like Economics 101 was right all along.  Will politicians lead the charge to go back to lower wages?  Will they even acknowledge this study?
Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike May Have Gone Too Far
   In January 2016, Seattle’s minimum wage jumped from $11 an hour to $13 for large employers, the second big increase in less than a year.  New research released Monday by a team of economists at the University of Washington suggests the wage hike may have come at a significant cost: The increase led to steep declines in employment for low-wage workers, and a drop in hours for those who kept their jobs.  Crucially, the negative impact of lost jobs and hours more than offset the benefits of higher wages — on average, low-wage workers earned $125 per month less because of the higher wage, a small but significant decline.

Read.  It’s something the apes (and my students) can’t seem to do. 
Project Gutenberg is the oldest digital library in the world.  You might even be reading a classic from there right now in your e-reader.
But don’t you hate how it’s formatted?
Gutenberg is a worthwhile effort, but as a true book lover you just might be turned off by the poor formatting of those old books, crippled by archaic typesets that strain your eyes.  The absence of attractive book covers might also irk you.
Standard Books promises to change all that.  This volunteer effort is bringing the oomph back to these old classics.
   Standard Books also makes browsing through the catalog easier.  It’s a clean interface with a search bar on top and a sort filter below . Click on the attractive book covers and jump to the book page.  The free download options cover all popular formats you would need today: EPUB, EPUB3, AZW3, and KEPUB for Kobo devices.
   You too can get involved.  It might make you a good reader, but it will surely make you a better editor.

I’m surprised they lasted this long.
Overwhelmed By Air Bag Troubles, Takata Files For Bankruptcy Protection
Long crippled by lawsuits and recall costs over its faulty air bags, Takata, the Japanese auto parts maker, filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S. on Sunday.
Takata is on the hook for billions of dollars to banks and automakers, which have been covering the replacement costs of tens of millions of the recalled air bag inflators.
The company plans to sell what's rest of its operations to the rival U.S. auto parts supplier, Key Safety Systems, for $1.588 billion.

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