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Comment: Re:Not at fault, but was it avoidable? (Score 1) 408 408

We only know about the accident that happened to the non-Google car. It was stopped waiting in the turning lane and someone scraped up along side it.

Two of the accidents were human drivers bumping into cars in the google parking lot. I remember when those happened a couple years back.

Comment: Re:People, not tools (Score 1) 167 167

You've got it absolutely right. It's the people that make the space, not the tech.

I currently serve on the board of directors for Quelab in Albuquerque. (We're a 501c3 org, so we have to have some formal structure.) Like you, I've been involved for about 5 years. It is ALL ABOUT the people. Get the right people in the door: they'll figure out what to do with what you've got, and they'll bring their own toys when they really get inspired.

My research for my Masters in Educational Leadership is exactly on how to create a great makerspace. I focus on community relations and social justice topics. I also blog, reflect on processes, and post occasional papers about it.

Let's get in touch.
Cameron

Comment: Re:There's a lot of stuff (Score 1) 87 87

FTA: "Their recommendations to make videos better are sound (keep them short, informal, etc.), but the overall emphasis is too much on the instruction, and too little on the student—which is where learning really happens."

It doesn't matter how good your videos look if the teacher is the one doing all the interesting work. Shift the load to the students in creative ways; they'll do the learning.

Comment: national security aspects (Score 1) 377 377

You know how the anti-piracy kill switch on Microsoft operating systems will let America turn off a country's computers? GMO foods are the same thing except America can stop your country from eating.

Zambia tried to negotiate an arrangement with Monsanto for situations where America imposed sanctions but couldn't come to an agreement so they banned GMO foods. Banning the import of GMO foods is only fair since the country can't grow GMO foods for national security reasons.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 226 226

My read of the article is that the problem with Wayland is that the devs were writing specs instead of software. There was lots of planning and no doing. Remember that originally Ubuntu was supposed to be running X-Mir by default in Oct 2013.

Those days were more optimistic times for Ubuntu and they thought they could create a new display server in a year. These days Mir and Wayland seem to be at about the same stage of readiness.

Comment: Re:iPod Classic (Score 1) 730 730

Sony sells a walkman branded mp3 player with a scroll wheel.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-NWZ...

It's not quite as good as the Apple wheel because you just press on the side of the wheel instead of spinning it. That's the only bad thing otherwise it's basically the same.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1, Informative) 35 35

Makerspaces are places where people--either the general public or a group of paying members--can gather together and make things. Makerspaces usually have an abundance of tools, materials, and places to work on hands-on projects. They typically celebrate open source, notions of hacking technology, and playful misuse of technology to do interesting things.

Think: informal, engaging, creative spaces where you can collaborate with people to make things.

Here's a blog I wrote with good pics: Quelab - a Community of Practice. Full disclosure: I'm on the board of directors at Quelab in Albuquerque. Drop by if you're in the area code.

Comment: Re:Get it FIPS certified (Score 1) 360 360

If you read the article then you'll see that the OpenBSD explicitly rejects FIPS certification as a goal.

FIPS certification is why OpenSSL includes the NSA backdoor DUAL EC pseudo random number generator. The code doesn't work but it's still included and can't be fixed. Anything which leads to an outcome like this... Disgust. Disgust and revulsion.

Comment: that's really stupid of them (Score 2) 173 173

The government already has the CIA for this stuff. It was amazingly dumb of USAID to start doing the CIA's job. The head of USAID should resign followed by a full investigation.

But that won't happen because the government has stopped caring about appearances any more.

Comment: "No evidence of abuse has been found" (Score 4, Informative) 359 359

Obviously LOVEINT is one example. But more details are coming out about how David Patraues was caught having an affair because of "metadata" collected by the NSA.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/17/4111871/metadata-helped-reveal-gen-petraeus.html#.Utlud2nfqCg

When Jill Kelley first reported getting threatening emails about Patraues, the FBI read all her emails as part of "a routine step".
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/us/from-petraeus-scandal-an-apostle-for-privacy.html

They didn't have a warrant to read her email, they just hacked into google and made a copy of everyone's email. If you report a crime to the FBI they read your email. Simple as that.

"Poor man... he was like an employee to me." -- The police commisioner on "Sledge Hammer" laments the death of his bodyguard

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