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Comment: You can outsource the work not the responsibility (Score 1) 325

by zerofoo (#49487885) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

School districts are notorious for having just enough tech staff to keep end users functional, but absolutely no staff to "think ahead".

This district needs tech leadership that can look forward at technologies that may or may not be useful, then it needs implementation and testing staff to make sure those tech plans become reality.

I suspect this district thought they could simply sign a contract with Pearson - and like magic, the tech would deploy itself and the staff would automatically learn the tech and integrate it into the curriculum.

Our schools have moved away from iPads - management tools are sparse and the tech simply isn't that great in the classroom. We've settled on Chromebooks. The management tools are great, the devices are cheap - and Google Apps is free for schools and non-profits.

If LASD had competent technology leadership, they would have known about all of these challenges and limitations during their pilot phase - before dropping a ton of coin on a half-baked solution.

Comment: Not everything needs to be "social" (Score 1) 146

by zerofoo (#49164653) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

Google made the first step by removing the Google+ requirement for Hangouts. Splitting photos and streams is also welcome news.

I like the Google ecosystem, but not everyone wants a social "wall". Apple seems to have managed delivering core functionality without the need for social integration.

Comment: Microsoft's strength - business software. (Score 1) 175

by zerofoo (#48940407) Attached to: Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

I'm no Microsoft fan, but for years I've been questioning their insistence on competing in "consumer" level stuff. Bing, tablets, phones - none are market leaders - they are too little too late. These non-business products are simply a distraction from Microsoft's core competencies.

Their strength has been, and will always be, business. Their software is cheap-ish, and works well enough in those spaces. Sure, sharepoint is a turd, and there isn't a problem that can't be solved badly by excel and access - but businesses like that stuff.

There is no shame with taking billions of business dollars to the bank.

Comment: "Court-ordered" searches? Baloney! (Score 1) 431

by zerofoo (#48925309) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

If law enforcement wants access to encrypted data, then the court order must specify that the owner of that data must produce it (or decrypt it).

What if you lived in an impenetrable house? Could a court order force you to open the door? If so, how are encryption keys any different? Does the 5th Amendment protect physical keys? Does the 5th protect the keys in your head the same way?

Let's be honest - the complaint here is that default encryption denies access to data that, up to now, has been obtained via warrantless methods. A court can still order you to hand over your encryption keys.

Comment: All been heard before (Score 1) 598

by zerofoo (#48845851) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

When Steve jobs first left apple, we heard similar complaints of declining software quality.

Then when he returned and started the iDevices trend - we heard about declining software quality.

Then after Steve Jobs passed, we heard about declining software quality.

The bottom line is that Apple is always releasing something new - and a bit half baked. This has been going on for the better part of two decades now. If you want stable Apple products wait about 3-6 months after release before adopting.

Comment: Re:This fight is intentional - printing guns is le (Score 1) 573

by zerofoo (#48754861) Attached to: Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

Sure, the ATF could change anything they like, but are unlikely to do so without a mandate from elected officials.

An outright ban on homemade firearms would definitely trigger a SCOTUS eligible case. The ATF and anti-gunners do not want that until the SCOTUS deck can be stacked with more liberal judges.

Comment: This fight is intentional - printing guns is legal (Score 4, Interesting) 573

by zerofoo (#48747203) Attached to: Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

Most gun control laws, as currently written, are unconstitutional. The reason they have stood for so long is either challenges were not brought, or the supremes refused to hear the case.

Heller and Peruta affirmed the individual right to bear arms for the purposes of individual self-defense as well as group defense . It is legal to manufacture firearms for personal use (and always has been). Licensing and serialization are only required if you choose to manufacture arms for sale to others.

The bottom line is that manufacturing your own weapons is legal - as per the ATF FAQ:

9. May I lawfully make a firearm for my own personal use, provided it is not being made for
Firearms may be lawfully made by persons who do not hold a manufacturer’s license under the GCA
provided they are not for sale or distribution and the maker is not prohibited from receiving or
possessing firearms. However, a person is prohibited from assembling a non-sporting semiautomatic
rifle or shotgun from 10 or more imported parts, as set forth in regulations in 27 C.F.R. 478.39. In
addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and advance approval by ATF. An
application to make a machinegun will not be approved unless documentation is submitted showing
that the firearm is being made for the official use of a Federal, State, or local government agency (18
U.S.C. 922(o),(r); 26 U.S.C. 5822; 27 C.F.R. 478.39, 479.62, and 479.105).

Currently there is a very pro-gun trend throughout the country. I do not see lawmakers stomaching any more gun-control any time soon. Personally, I would like to see many of our unconstitutional gun-control laws repealed or struck down by the courts.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.