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Comment: Re:More trusted third party foolishness (Score 1) 69

by technology_dude (#47239863) Attached to: Transforming the Web Into a Transparent 'HTTPA' Database
This may be out there in left field but what if: It is, I think, a fact of life that everybody is going to have an internet connected device of some sort and bandwidth will continue to be mostly sufficient. What if a protocol could be developed so that the contents of packets were encrypted by default and the location of the encryption key or some other permission approver was part of the packet. If the sender had to be verified (tracked) the location of the key or approver would be checked. Let's say we had white lists on our mobile device and the mobile device IP address was in the packet somewhere. I login to my healthcare website, the website contacts my mobile device and since they are whitelisted, they can decrypt the packet contents. Basically, your data would be your data and you would only release to those you wanted to have it. If you did not have someone in your white list and it was important to you, maybe they could, gasp, call you? I'm not sure the analogy would hold up but it would be similar to a door entry system but you have total control over the database of people who can enter.

Comment: Re:Can be nice (Score 1) 470

by technology_dude (#33898988) Attached to: IT's Last Hope — a Job In the Boonies?
Please take his advice. I park my truck on the street with the doors unlocked. It takes me three minutes to drive my truck to work. I can make it on a bicyle in about 10. We are not now and probably never will be on any terrorist target list. We know and talk to our neighbors, all up and down the street. Stay where you are, you'd hate it here.

Comment: Re:And technology? (Score 1) 325

by technology_dude (#33874720) Attached to: What Tech Should Be In a Fifth-Grade Classroom?
I think the technology in the fifth grade classroom should be that that makes the teacher more efficient. Blackboards are not very efficient. Interactive white boards with good software enables a teacher to reuse material and capture what has worked. It also allows the lesson to be multimedia in presentation which has been shown many times over to be more effective. Embed a flash video into a presentation that a teacher who is very good at what they do has designed and shared. This enables good teaching talent to be available to a much wider audience. Classroom response systems will cut the time spent grading tests in half. It also lets you test "on the fly" to see if the subject matter is sinking in. So the answer IMHO, is to make the teacher more efficient, reclaim teaching time, and use proven material available from outside the district.

+ - Opinion on registration key database

Submitted by technology_dude
technology_dude (1676610) writes "I enjoyed the recent posts on password databases and would like to know if there is a popular database for keeping software serial numbers and registration keys. A version with a Windows Mobile sidekick like KeePass has would be excellent."

+ - HP to acquire 3com for $2.7 billion

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An anonymous reader writes "HP and 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) (“3Com”) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase 3Com, a leading provider of networking switching, routing and security solutions, at a price of $7.90 per share in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $2.7 billion. The terms of the transaction have been approved by the HP and 3Com boards of directors."

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