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Comment: Contact Ethics line, Internal audit, or Corp legal (Score 2) 310

Fortune 500? Publicly traded company?

Then there is an code of ethics violation reporting mechanism. Contact them, contact internal audit, or contact corporate legal.

Reporting to the code of ethics violation provides you the strongest protection, because there is a stated policy that you cannot be retaliated against (still no guarantee that you will not be, just that it will help you in the subsequent multi-million dollar lawsuit you can bring). Make sure you mention the violation of COPPA and ask THEM to contact corp legal.

Also understand that you will not be seen as a hero. You will be branded as a troublemaker, so better be ready to switch jobs.

(Yes, I have been in a very similar position)

PS: I see some advice about documenting your interaction with the manager for the time when the shit hits the fan. Trust me, will not help you a whit if it came to that.

Comment: Objecting to InBloom or the data collection? (Score 3, Interesting) 211

by walmass (#45057411) Attached to: All Your Child's Data Are Belong To InBloom
Sorry, formatting lost in my previous post. A lot of this data is collected now and goes to the state. Is the sky-is-falling reaction due to the fact that the data will go to InBloom, a private entity?

In one scene, a teacher with a tablet crouches next to a second-grader evaluating how many words per minute he can read: 55 words read; 43 correctly.
-- This has been done since typewriters were introduced in classes

Later, she moves to a student named Tyler and selects an e-book 'for at-risk students' for his further reading. The video follows Tyler home, where his mom logs into a parent portal for an update on his status — attendance, 86%; performance, 72% — and taps a button to send the e-book to play on the family TV.
-- Supplemental reading? The only difference is, it is going to a TV

And another scene shows a geometry teacher reassigning students' seating assignments based on their 'character strengths', moving a green-coded female student ('actively participates: 98%') next to a red-and-yellow coded boy ('shows enthusiasm: 67%').
-- And kids with vision problems are also moved to the front of the class. What the point?

Comment: Objecting to InBloom or the data collection? (Score 1) 211

by walmass (#45057395) Attached to: All Your Child's Data Are Belong To InBloom
A lot of this data is collected now and goes to the state. Is the sky-is-falling reaction due to the fact that the data will go to InBloom, a private entity? In one scene, a teacher with a tablet crouches next to a second-grader evaluating how many words per minute he can read: 55 words read; 43 correctly. -- This has been done since typewriters were introduced in classes Later, she moves to a student named Tyler and selects an e-book 'for at-risk students' for his further reading. The video follows Tyler home, where his mom logs into a parent portal for an update on his status — attendance, 86%; performance, 72% — and taps a button to send the e-book to play on the family TV. -- Supplemental reading? The only difference is, it is going to a TV And another scene shows a geometry teacher reassigning students' seating assignments based on their 'character strengths', moving a green-coded female student ('actively participates: 98%') next to a red-and-yellow coded boy ('shows enthusiasm: 67%'). -- And kids with vision problems are also moved to the front of the class. What the point?

Comment: Grandma has no idea what's under the hood of a car (Score 4, Informative) 159

by walmass (#43635067) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?
but she drives it quite well and she DOES not need to know about how engines and transmissions work. Yes, it would be nice, but it is NOT necessary
You are going to lose your audience if you give them the "basic components and architecture -> networking -> software -> proprietary vs open source".

Without knowing your product, I am betting most people will use it using a web browser.

Here is an outline:

What the ERM will do for the company (I presume they already know this, so no more than a few minutes on this.
To run the ERM, we will need:
new server? (why?)
new computers? (why?)
new network? (why?)
This is how you will use it:
A
B
C

Comment: War criminals, not just islamists (Score 5, Insightful) 389

by walmass (#43002001) Attached to: Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers
Relevant bit of history: Until 1971, Bangladesh used to be called East Pakistan and the current Pakistan was called West Pakistan. Both parts together made up Pakistan, but the East and the West didn't share a common language or culture. In 1952, the West tried to impose Urdu as the sole official language, which resulted in people protesting, and dying, to protect Bangla (Bengali) on Feb 21, 1952. This was eventually recognized by the UN as the International Mother Language Day

But the attitude didn't change, and after losing an election overwhelmingly to a political party based mostly in East Pakistan, the loser from the West worked with the military to not hand over the power and instead let loose The Pakistani Army, which, with the help of local collaborators (Rajakars), killed 3 million people and raped 200,000 women in 1971. One of the stated reasons was to "Protect Islam."

Fast forward to 2012. Now there is a war-crimes trial going on for some of the top Rajakars, and like the Arab Spring, social media headed by young bloggers took a leading role in holding the war criminals accountable.

So the Rajakars, who predominantly belong to a party called Jamaat-E-Islami, are trying to inflame popular sentiment (which is overwhelmingly against them) through propaganda that all bloggers are Atheists. Their campaign is funded by huge influx of money from the middle east and a network of highly profitable businesses in Bangladesh. They own TV stations and newspapers that are using photoshopped images to show the alleged debauchery and insults to Islam of the so-called Atheists.

So this is not just a left vs. right issue as people elsewhere might interpret it. This is an active campaign for the Talibanization of Bangladesh along with a campaign to protect people who allegedly committed crimes against humanity.

The process is not to ban just rightist parties (there are plenty)--the process aims to ban Jamaat-E-Islami, which has never clearly stated that their role in 1971 (of helping with genocide and rape) was wrong, and which is headed by people who actively participated in the genocide and rape.

For freedom-loving people everywhere, this must not be allowed to stand. "Atheists bloggers" is just a red herring--don't let this cheap trick by alleged criminals muddy the water.

Comment: Are you using simultaneous voice and data? (Score 1) 347

by walmass (#42779459) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?
The patent in question is for "Side-channel communications in simultaneous voice and data transmission "

Does this apply to you? How? I run a business, and I use WiFi. I couldn't figure out how the legal threat applies to me. Can you think of how exactly this applies to you? If not, you could simply ignore the letter.

And while I am not an attorney, if you are going to get sued then sole-proprietorship is kinda risky if you have significant personal assets. Think about converting to a LLC. They can still take the company, but they can't take your house

Comment: Recent experience at IND (Score 2, Informative) 642

by walmass (#34078738) Attached to: TSA To Make Pat-Downs More Embarrassing To Encourage Scanner Use
TSA: Sir, please empty your pockets, even scraps of paper, then step into this booth and place your feet on the yellow footprints. Me: I'd like to request a patdown, please TSA: Certainly sir, please wait here. Approx 3 min wait, then someone walked over, and spent another minute explaining how he will touch my butt and pelvic area with only the back of his hand, then he proceeded to do that The actual pat-down took another 3 minutes and was quite thorough It felt a bit intrusive, but not having experienced one before I don't know if I got the new, enchanced version or not. Like parent above, this was my silent protest: let them waste time on this. I will continue to opt for the pat-down.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

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