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Comment: Re:Happened to me in a rich area of LA (Score 1) 221

by spamking (#49355119) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House
I've lived at my current location for going on 8 years. Started out with Sprint provided wireless broadband and then had to switch to a couple of other providers when Sprint sold their spectrum to another entity. Our land line at the time was provided by AT&T, but they were using an old zip code so it actually took us a month or so to get that established after we moved in. So as you can imagine the zip code issue made trying to order broadband service from AT&T fun. At first I get told service isn't available. Then months later I'm searching again and actually schedule an install only to have it cancelled. Then I finally just give up and stick with wireless broadband, but get on a notification list of AT&T for when service might be available at my house. Last Fall I get an email notifying me that not only is broadband service available now, but my house is able to get Uverse. I asked the technician who did my install what changed with the cabling in my area to open up Uverse as an option and he didn't have an answer. Said something about reconditioning the line, but who knows. Didn't make any sense to me, but I'm just happy to have wired broadband service. Thankfully things have been pretty solid and we haven't looked back . . .

Comment: Re: Yay for "zero tolerance" (Score 1) 591

by spamking (#48959255) Attached to: Texas Boy Suspended For "Threatening" Classmate With the One Ring

There is no excuse for this kind of idiocy. When something is obviously not a threat to then treat it like one shows that the principal is an idiot. She should have confiscated the ring and told the kid to go back to class and behave. Actually a teacher should have handled it. How it ever got to the level it did is mind boggling. I know this kind of behavior goes on all the time because kids are kids. Most teachers and principals would have handled this without all the fuss, this time it was an idiot. Unfortunately you can't filter them all out, sometimes a few get through. They should fire her immediately and replace her with someone with some sense.

My wife teaches 1st grade and handles stuff on her own most of the time. Rarely does she actually have to get the principal involved. Usually by the time it gets to them they realize there is a real problem with the kid. Some teachers just don't know how to handle stuff.

Comment: Re:supposed to. Compliance orthogonal to security (Score 1) 54

by spamking (#48404207) Attached to: State Department Joins NOAA, USPS In Club of Hacked Federal Agencies

Well, they were SUPPOSED to follow the regs. Of course that doesn't mean they did. As you suggest, though compliance and security are not only not the same thing, but they are only very loosely coupled, of it all. In some cases we've had security regulations require the use of insecure methods, such as MD5. I spent 15 years doing security for small companies before I just recently started learning compliance with all of these "security " standards.

PCI is pretty good, though. It's not comprehensive, but it doesn't require insecurity.

There are many influences on these regulations that are intended to offer some illusion of security, but all they seem to do is increase the cost to meet them and decrease the quality of services Federal Agencies are charged with providing to the American public. The Agency I'm in is fully expected to meet these requirements as laid out by HITECH and Meaningful Use. However, the ROI is not remotely worth the effort. Let's spend millions meeting some requirement so we can increase our collections by some very small percentage. Spend millions attempting to meet some requirement that will never be met . . .

Drives me crazy.

Comment: Re:FISMA Security huh (Score 1) 54

by spamking (#48404105) Attached to: State Department Joins NOAA, USPS In Club of Hacked Federal Agencies

I always found it entertaining that In govt you have zero education people dictating IT and IS policies.

But it's the same way in corporate america, I have yet to meet a CIO or CTO that has a clue.

This is so true. They often ask us to interpret a policy for them and ignore it when it's an answer they don't want to hear. We (the Federal government) do a great job of setting ourselves up for failure.

Comment: Re:Hand out the PP slides after the talk. (Score 1) 181

by spamking (#46430343) Attached to: Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint

Yes. But why hand out slides? Why have slides at all? You've already learned more than the slides contain; what will slides add?

If you like notes, you were taking notes during the talk - which are more useful than slides would be.

I think most folks get more out of an interactive lecture than some death by powerpoint . . . However, providing the "slides" or whatever later can allow students/participants to compare their notes with the lecture content. I have been known to miss a few points throughout a lecture and not get them written down.

Comment: Re:critical thinking (Score 1) 561

by spamking (#40701951) Attached to: Obama Wants $1 Billion For "Master Teachers Corps"

I blame the unions. The unions get their money from the teachers.

That's a fair statement. But I'm sure some teachers couldn't tell you anything about their union or their talking points.

If the teachers put a stop to it it would halt. They do not. They say they give a shit about the kids. But that is not as important as a years pay for a few months work, full benefits for them for life and tenure.

A few month's work? That's the second time you've mentioned that. What's the deal?

You do realize that there are many teachers on 12-month contracts and that those teachers work year-round right?

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