Or even why the sensors are needed. I worked at a gas station in the late 80s and we "sticked" the tanks each night. Looong stick (about 30 feet) w/ an inch scale on it, a little dusting of baby powder and stick it in the tank until it hits bottom. Pull up immediately, see what number is visible closest to wet line on baby powder. Write in log for manager to see in hte morning.
So this-or-that company promises you unbreakable encryption or that they won't poke their nose in your data. Do you trust them? I don't. All it takes is a little firm chit-chat from the national security agency of the country your data is hosted in, and your "safe" data isn't safe anymore.
If you really insist on putting files and shit in the cloud, encrypt it yourself before uploading it. Better yet, run your own server and provide yourself with your very own fucking cloud. Those who want real security aren't lazy and do the work themselves.
Post from open wifi from a neighbors house, or a McDonalds, Starbucks, etc.
The college I work for is in the same town as a major state university. The CompSci program at said university has *one* programming class (in Java) as part of the degree track, simply to let students demonstrate the principles they are learning in all of the other classes.
As a bonus, another state university just a few hours south of us offers a BAS degree in software development that our AS degree is a "feeder" for. 5 more semesters of programming plus project management and then a bunch of slightly useful gen-ed courses.
I'm in the same position, work in academic technology but teach as an adjunct - Linux Admin I and II, and a PHP+MySQL class.
I can generally guess at success levels by how curious a student is about how stuff works, whether they want to work ahead, or try to figure out what tool would work to solve a problem they've been thinking about.
And like you I have had student that thought since they spend 10 hours a day online on facebook, playing WoW, etc. that they should be "in computers" for a living. I've also had recent HS grads taking (and failing) the courses because their high school counselor said that there was good money to be made "in computers" and they'd be working in AC all day instead of digging ditches. These same students couldn't follow a step-by-step direction list wtihout problems.
They have already managed to preemptively warn at least one victim of a swatting attempt in Enumclaw, Washington. As a result, the police department's head e-mailed the entire department to ask any police sent to the address in question to "knock with your hand, not your boot."
The best use I ever found for the Nintendo Power Glove was jerking off, as it felt like Vader giving me a handjob. Kind of like doing it after sitting on your hand for a while, but more high tech. And best of all, that activity didn't even require turning on the console.
Dunno, I've gotten high end PPC based Macs for free, in excellent shape. Why not run Linux on 'em? Heck, I've got a G3 iMac in my garage that I use for streaming audio/tv when I'm working out there...
Or maybe have the ability to provide a "friend to the jury". Much like an opinion or statement about a case can be filed as a "amicus curae" brief (friend of the court), perhaps being able to give the jury a (hopefully neutral re: the case) expert in the field to ask questions of.
How about all the crapware/trialware you get with a new machine from Dell, etc?
It's clear that while not all muslims are terrorists, almost all terrorists seems to be muslims, how about a targeted approach. Normal people know that the problem at the moment is islam, why can't politicians see it.
By the same logic, not all humans are terrorists, but all terrorists seem to be human. How about targeting all humans for surveillance?
Oh wait, that's exactly what they wanna do...
All 3 Charlie Hebdo terrorists were known extremists and were under surveillance. The French authorities simply dropped the ball and fucked up - for lack of resources or for negligence.
They could convincingly make a case for vastly increased means of putting known terrorists under 24/7 surveillance, but the Charlie Hebdo attacks are a really poor argument for enhanced decryption powers, because the FUCKING TERRORISTS HAD BEEN CLEARLY IDENTIFIED ALREADY!
Clearly this is yet another exploitation of people's fear-du-jour to bring the world closer to a panopticon society. Me, I'm more scared of the government than muslim terrorists. 1984 anyone?
I have issues with turnitin.com as well (and I'm a teacher and work in academic technology) but mostly because instructors/institutions can force a student to give up their intellectual property in order to support a 3rd party's business model.
I've started adding a footer on my papers I submit as a student along the lines of "this paper is the intellectual property of i.r.id10t. any commercial use is prohibited"
Don't think I'll ever get anywhere because of it, but at least it makes me feel half way ok for a few moments...
Tor has something i2p doesn't: exit nodes (or outproxies, in i2p parlance). That's what keeps me on Tor, despite the fact that most exit nodes are probably ran by state surveillance agencies: I use it to throw Google and other nosy corporations off my tracks when I browse the regular internet, not to escape state surveillance or buy drugs. There's no escaping the latter anyway...
Oh come on: anyone with a passing interest in trying to get away from ubiquitous corporate and state tracking knows of i2p. It takes a minute of googling to find Tor first, and i2p second.