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+ - CEO of Cybersecurity firm ScienceLogic & family unaccounted for after house ->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "County police and fire officials are investigating a four alarm fire at the Annapolis, MD home owned by Donald Pyle, chief operating officer at ScienceLogic, a Reston, Virginia based cybersecurity company that monitors networks for private and government clients, including the Department of Defense. ScienceLogic last year announced a partnership with McLean-based L-3 Data Tactics to bring “big data” monitoring to the U.S. intelligence community and government.

The Pyle family of six was unaccounted for hours after the fire, investigators said."

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Comment: Re:Where's this desire for "nice" coming from? (Score 1) 360

by McGruber (#48840199) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

How about "STEEM" (with an extra E for English)?

You should learn about the STEAM (with an 'A') movement. The idea is to add Art + Design to the equation, so that STEM is transformed into STEAM.

The idea makes sense to me, but I also see that there is an advantage of leaving the 'A' out of STEM -- having 'art' in the acronym would make it more obvious that the plutocrafts' real goal with STEM is to turn all the workers into starving artists.

+ - Tesla vs. Car Dealers: The lobbyist went down to Georgia->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) newspaper's Jim Galloway has an update on the behind-the-scenes battles over who can sell you a new car:

"Traditional car dealers are in the midst of a legal fight to push Tesla, the fledgling California electric car company, out of Georgia. Never mind that metro Atlanta is one of the hottest markets for electric vehicles in the nation. Signs point to a parallel battle in the General Assembly. Last week, the National Automobile Dealers Association began trolling for sympathetic lawmakers. While Georgia dealers say they have “no plans” to revisit an anti-Tesla bill that failed last year, Tesla is preparing a defense. It has already hired one of the top lobbying firms in Atlanta."

The Georgia Automobile Dealers Association wields considerable influence in the state Capitol; the AJC determined that the Georgia Auto Dealers Association (GADA) had made over $600,000 in recent campaign contributions to state lawmakers. Despite those contributions, a bill to boot Tesla from Georgia mysteriously died during last year's legislative session. While no legislator would claim credit for killing the bill, Galloway noted that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who presides over the Senate, drives a Nissan Leaf.

Utility company Georgia Power has invested significantly in charging stations for electric vehicles. The word at Tesla headquarters in California is that Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers drives a Tesla. Georgia Power Spokesman Jacob Hawkins wouldn’t confirm that, but said "if you come to our parking deck, you’ll see a variety of EVs. All models."

Article: http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2..."

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Comment: Re:Yahoo and HP (Score 1) 332

by McGruber (#48696111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

But, as you astutely point out, so much of the enterprise business simply can't be moved for legal reasons, or the cost to move the stuff is so immense, it would take many years of active, focused effort (and billions and billions of dollars) to move it. In my Data Center, we had a lot of the major airlines as clients as well as some of the financial and regulatory clients, so I know exactly what you mean.

You're a goner. An airline (or another of your major clients) will take over your firm.

The only way US airlines can continue being profitable is to keep lowering their costs. If taking over a supplier is what they need to do to lower their costs, then they'll do just that.

Back in 2012, Delta Airlines spent $150 million to buy the Trainer refinery in Pennsylvania. Delta then focused the refinery on making jet fuel, which flooded the marketplace with supply, lowering Delta's fuel costs by $240+ million each year!

I suspect it would be a lot easier for a Airline, which already has an extensive IT dept and CTO, to take over an IT provider than a refinery!

Comment: Re:Hmmmmm. Interesting decision history... (Score 1) 280

by McGruber (#48613487) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Why would an employer want to turn down a self-motivated candidate that spent his weekends reading documentation with a portfolio full of projects for a fresh out of college kid who spent his weekends getting drunk with a small portfolio of school projects?

The employer will turn down the self-motivated candidate whenever the employer needs a new drinking buddy.

Comment: Aircraft Carriers are already Obsolete (Score 0) 388

by McGruber (#48540217) Attached to: Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier
The summary missed the most damning part of the article:

After a clandestine meeting at a Hampton park, FBI agents say engineer Mostafa Ahmed Awwad provided four computer-aided design drawings of the Ford and described where to strike the vessel with a missile to sink it.

+ - Comedian saying 'Google it' caused Bill Cosby's downfall->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "The Saporta Report's Tom Baxter describes (http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/11/in-cosbys-downfall-a-glimpse-of-googles-awesome-power/) how the staggering power of the search engine is responsible for the overdue implosion of comedian William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Cosby) career.

The allegations against Cosby have been public since 2005 (http://www.vulture.com/2014/09/timeline-of-the-abuse-charges-against-cosby.html), when 13 Jane Doe victims testified on behalf of Andrea Constrand. However,

"it was not until someone made a cell phone video of a standup routine which a young comedian named Hannibal Buress had been doing for several weeks, that the story ignited. There was nothing new in what he said — there have even been previous comedy routines about the rape allegations — except this: “You leave here and google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ It’s not funny. That s*** has more results than ‘Hannibal Buress.’”

Somebody put the clip up on a Philadelphia magazine’s website, and a lot of people did what Buress suggested. In a cosmic piece of bad timing, Cosby’s website put up a meme generator, which allowed readers to write a headline on a picture of the star and post it on social media sites. That helped fan the now-flickering flame, which gained force as one after another woman came forward to accuse him.

Baxter also posits that "it's inevitable that there will be efforts to control access to the scattered bits of information that could create a media fire, as well as malicious attempts to strike matches.""
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