I'd like to know what your reasoning is? I think we are simply witnessing the movement of certain base-level IT services into the commodity space. This has happened in many other industries once they become mature. For instance, unless you have some critical, unique, proprietary capability, you probably farm out your manufacturing. Why have capital equipment and specialized employees unless they are going to be utilized 100% of the time? A well-run contract manufacturer will be doing just that. The same thing is happening with IT. Why run in-house email or public-facing services? If the internet is down, you won't be getting email anyway, and no one will be able to see your web page. If you have multiple locations or telecommuting employees, you are already at the mercy of internet speeds and availability. Certain services are mature, and unless you have some specialized need "the cloud" works just as well or better than your in-house solution.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the ranking of UK universities. The REF replaces the older Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which happened every four years. The last RAE was 4 years ago, and the current REF is just finishing. Established academics have to submit 4 research outputs since the last RAE / REF. These are usually papers, but can be other things (systems you've built and so on).
The REF is a really big deal in UK universities, because it directly impacts the availability of research grants. The CVs of individual researchers are taken into account, but the REF / RAE score of the department is the biggest factor. If you have 4 papers in top-tier publications (conferences or journals, depending on your field), then it's very easy to get hired in the run up to the REF, because a lot of second tier universities are looking to find people who will bump them up the rankings.
Conversely, if you don't have the 4 publications (or other impressive things), then it's very hard to get a tenured position, but if you're not averaging one good paper a year then there's probably something wrong with you as a researcher: part of the point of publicly funded research is that the results are communicated to the public, and if you're not doing this then you're not keeping up your end of the deal.
Neither has called me on my cell phone, no have I seen an increase in solicitation or scam calls.
It's a security feature.
I know it is not in our DNA, but seriously - this time - read TFA. They guy was taking tennis lessons at a school his child does not attend. He had been warned previously not to park his car on the tennis court and charge. He did it again, and so they got fed up and called 911.
All that said, his intent was to steal a lot more electricity - he just got caught after only 20 minutes of charge time. Intent is important. The whole "5 cents" part of the headline is stupid and deliberately misleading.
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There are numerous other examples. The interesting behaviour of sizeof() when you have a class and a variable of the same name is one of my favourites.
And what's more likely: a hacker gains access to my email and bank account, or a hacker bypasses the bank's "security" entirely and has access to EVERYONE'S bank account?
Well, based on the torrents of spam that I get from friends and relatives hijacked accounts, I'd say pretty darned likely.
The largest in the US with 20% of the market, Comcast/NBC/Universal, is. Time Warner/Road Runner, #2 with 15% of the market, is. #5 is Cox, and they also are known for producing content.
The keygen would still work, plus Google will let you print out one-time use codes that you can keep in your wallet. I have had to use those before. Google will also let you set up a phone number that it will ring with the code - and naturally your desk phone at work sounds like a pretty good candidate.
Google and Facebook offer simple two-factor that works with any cellphone capable of SMS. Facebook also has a keygen built into their smartphone app. I wish everyone did this.
or are you saying without the content that traffic would somehow magically exist.
I don't know if it is "magic", but we did a pretty good job of routing around the lack of content with p2p. We'll fill up the pipes one way or another - they might want to reflect on what a wonderful thing Netflix has done: getting people to actually pay for content again.
Well, you were stealing.
Ultimately, Sgt. Ford did make the decision to pursue the theft charges, but the decision was based on Mr. Kamooneh having been advised that he was not allowed on the property without permission.
I know it isn't fair to read TFA, but there you go. The man was warned previously by the school that he could not park his car on the tennis court, and he did it anyway. I'm no lawyer, but I'm pretty sure I could find some statutes that he violated.
Now multiply $5 by the number of people willing to steal power and you see why we need to crack down. Same reason you give $100 fine to someone for littering. It's way disproportionate, but if everyone does it we have a big fat mess.