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Comment Re:Livescribe (Score 1) 364

Livesribe is cool, just make sure your professor doesn't ban recording devices.

My favorite feature is being able to play back what I was writing while listening to a lecture. This reignites the creativity I had in class and gives me pause to pose questions.

However, don't rely on it alone. Have a scanner on hand also, not everything will get posted online. Just be sure to keep all your material for each class, chapter or section in a convenient location so study time will be easier. If your school uses a blackboard system, it will go offline when you need it most, so keep your stuff local.

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Submission + - Why We Should Teach Kids How To Hack (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: With all the news and stories coming from recent the Black Hat and DEF CON conferences last week, hacking is top of mind and a hot topic as of late. Wade Williamson has written an interesting piece on why teaching kids to hack is a *good* thing, and becoming increasingly important. He argues that the more that we understand about how the bad-guys operate, the better off we will be to defend against them--and that we should start 'em young.

From his column: “Of course the idea of teaching someone how to hack almost always generates a negative visceral reaction, because the assumption is that you intend to teach someone how to become a criminal. I’m certainly NOT arguing that we raise a generation of cyber-criminals. However, an understanding of hacking no more makes a criminal than an understanding of karate makes someone use the discipline maliciously. Either skill has the potential to be misused for bad things, but likewise, each skill can also make the student better prepared if and when bad things happen."

A hacker’s mentality is needed in order to provide good security, he argues. Adding that, “without such skills and experience it’s hard for security teams, much less a consumer, to be anything more than a foil for marketing departments and one more sitting duck for the bad guys to hit.”

Comment Re:Migrate! (Score 0) 432

What did it cost you to move you and your family from the continental US to Alaska?

  - Not much.

  How much energy was required?

  - Quite a bit.

And what's different about the area around what's now your home since you took up residence there?

  - http://www.adn.com/2011/12/20/2226475/deaths-of-alaska-ringed-seals.html
  - http://www.adn.com/2012/04/07/2411798/city-inches-closer-to-the-seasonal.html
  - The cost of living is outrageous.
  - Still don't need an air conditioner!

Now multiply that by 7 billion. Well... you did say *everyone* should migrate, right?

  - No, I didn't suggest "everyone" migrate, that was your assumption.
  - Things change.
  - You either adapt, die with dignity or die crying about it.
  - You don't like the heat, move.
  - You don't have easy access to food, water and jobs - move to where it isn't so hard to compete for resources.
  - Don't sabotage a future generation.

Comment Migrate! (Score -1, Troll) 432

I moved to Alaska several years ago. After three winters, I am acclimatized. For instance, when it gets up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit I am strolling around in shorts and a t-shirt. Trying to survive shifting climate is something life has always done. Those who migrate and adapt survive. Those who nuke themselves deserve what they get - just leave the rest of us out of it.

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