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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best Customer/Donor Relations Management Software for Non-profits?

BigVig209 writes: I am a fundraiser for a public university in the Midwest, and I have mostly used the Raiser's Edge by Blackbaud. I believe this question was asked of the Slashdot community in 2009, but, considering the developments in the industry, what are the best donor relations management software solution on the market today?

Submission + - Bus firm owner charged with harassing customers (

BigVig209 writes: The owner of a bus company that shuttles students between college campuses and the Chicago area has been charged in Lake County with Internet harassment stemming from disputes with customers who had complained about his company's services.

Dennis Toeppen, 50, was arrested last month in Champaign after a former customer complained to authorities that Toeppen had posted lewd statements about him and another customer to the online forum Reddit.

Submission + - Illinois hacking competition draws cybersecurity sleuths of tomorrow (

BigVig209 writes: Computer programming has long been a hobby of Iraq War veteran Eric Kelly, but it wasn’t until this past weekend at a hacking competition that he realized how good he was.

“It was more of a confirmation: ‘You can do this, buddy,’” said Kelly, who wants to pursue a career in cybersecurity after placing 11th at the Cyber Aces [Illinois] State Championship (held) at Moraine Valley Community College (this past) Saturday.

Saturday’s program was one of seven state championships organized by Cyber Aces, a nonprofit dedicated to discovering and developing talent for the Internet security industry.

Submission + - Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois employs white hats so bottom line won't be red (

BigVig209 writes: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois employs white hats so the bottom line won't turn red (from embarrassment). From the article, "The Chicago-based parent of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois has its own small team of hackers who spend their time poking, probing and trying to break into the company's systems, looking for problems before someone else does."

Submission + - Healthcare organizations under siege from cyberattacks, study says (

BigVig209 writes: A new study set to be officially released Wednesday found that networks and Internet-connected devices in places such as hospitals, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are under siege and in many cases have been infiltrated without their knowledge.

The study was conducted by Norse, a Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm, and SANS, a security research institute. In the report, the groups found from September 2012 to October 2013 that 375 healthcare organizations in the U.S. had been compromised, and in many cases are still compromised because they have not yet detected the attacks.

Submission + - Datawind not blowing smoke - $38 tablet coming to the U.S.

BigVig209 writes: In a follow-up to story submitted by symbolset back on May 4, 2013, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that London-based Datawind it will begin selling its $38 UbiSlate tablet computer in the United States early next year.

"The $38 7-inch touchscreen UbiSlate 7Ci tablet runs on Google's Android 4.0 and features a 1-gigahertz, single-core processor. It has 4 gigabytes of storage with microSD card slots for additional storage. The 7-inch display offers a resolution of 800x480 pixels."

The specs are not the greatest, the fastest, the most powerful, but, for under $50, they're still pretty good, no?

Submission + - Intel buys into e-text books buys Kno

BigVig209 writes: "Intel Has Acquired Kno, Will Push Further Into The Education Content Market With Interactive Textbooks"
TechCrunch is reporting that Intel has purchased e-textbook publisher Kno for an undisclosed sum. (

According to a blog post by John Galvin, GM of Intel Education, "The acquisition of Kno boosts Intel’s global digital content library to more than 225,000 higher education and K-12 titles through existing partnerships with 75 educational publishers. Even more, the Kno platform provides administrators and teachers with the tools they need to easily assign, manage and monitor their digital learning content and assessments.

We’re looking forward to combining our expertise with Kno’s rich content so that together, we can help teachers create classroom environments and personalized learning experiences that lead to student success. Check out the Intel Education newsroom for ongoing updates from Intel." (

Submission + - Mauritanian Cracker scoops up 15,000 Twitter logins (

BigVig209 writes: Spanish newspaper, El Pais, (original in Spanish), is reporting that someone hacked into Twitter and stole the user credentials for over 15,000 users. Quoting a story on GigaOm,, the attack may have been made through a third-party application. According to the story in El Pais, the majority of exposed accounts are from users in Turkey.

Comment Acquire actual 501(c)(3) status (Score 1) 178

Reglue, as it is organized today, cannot succeed or sustain itself much longer.

How is it organized? Who runs it?

When did it begin operations? How was it founded?

Who is on the board of directors? Who is on the board of advisors?

Your website sort of addresses some of these questions, but it is not clear when the organization was necessarily founded nor who currently runs Reglue.

If you are in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status, where are you in that process and when do you anticipate receiving your determination letter? Which organization is currently serving as your fiscal agent in order to allow you to accept charitable gifts?

Also, Reglue must get a 501(c)(3) designation if you want it to survive and grow. If I was an institutional funder, I would be suspicious of the fact you have been operating since 2005 and still need an outside organization to be your fiscal agent. For one or two, possibly, three years, that is okay but eight years? That length of time creates questions about the management of the organization and its competence.

Comment Re:Nonprofits use more than grants for sustainabil (Score 1) 178

What emes said.

The vast majority of non-profits in the United States rely on individual donations. Giving USA estimated that $298 billion was donated in 2011, and individuals were responsible for $217 billion, 73% of all philanthropic giving in the U.S.

Donors want their contributions to make a difference in addressing the cause they care about. That is why giving in the last decade has focused more and more on restricted, project-specific funding.

Non-profits must cultivate individual donors who believe in the organization's mission and want to address the same issue. And, while doing so, they must also communicate with their donors and stakeholders that general operating costs are essential to the sustainability of the organization.

Like someone above already mentioned, it is really hard to achieve your goals and accomplish your mission if your organization cannot afford to keep the lights on.

Submission + - Video game creator Eugene Jarvis is Player One (

BigVig209 writes: "The Chicago Tribune has done a really nice profile on Eugene Jarvis, President of Raw Thrills, a.k.a. the man who invented Defender.

"Jarvis was born and raised in Silicon Valley.... Jarvis, who is responsible for a remarkable number of gaming innovations and an absurdly long list of successful titles stretching four decades...[has] witnessed (or had a hand in) a number of pivotal moments in the history of the medium.

Scrolling games, for instance. Jarvis pioneered scrolling. (Which is like being the first guy to say, "Hey, what would happen if we added pages to this stone tablet?") Also, dual joysticks — he created dual joysticks.""


Submission + - FTC Strengthens Children's Privacy Protections Online (

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today updated the privacy standards that protect children's privacy online. The new rules say companies must gain parental consent before collecting a kid's geolocation data, photos, and videos. It also broadened existing language to include third parties and companies that collect data on users across multiple websites. 'While the new rule strengthens such safeguards, it could also disrupt online advertising. Web sites and online advertising networks often use persistent identification systems — like a customer code number in a cookie in a person’s browser — to collect information about a user’s online activities and tailor ads for that person. But the new rule expands the definition of personal information to include persistent IDs — such as a customer code number, the unique serial number on a mobile phone, or the I.P. address of a browser — if they are used to show a child behavior-based ads.'

Submission + - Senator Introduces Bill to Study Impact of Violent Video Games (

seepho writes: Senator Jay Rockefeller (D — WV) has introduced a bill directing the National Academy of Sciences to lead an investigation to determine what impact violent video games have on children. Senator Rockefeller commented, "Recent court decisions demonstrate that some people still do not get it. They believe that violent video games are no more dangerous to young minds than classic literature or Saturday morning cartoons. Parents, pediatricians, and psychologists know better. These court decisions show we need to do more and explore ways Congress can lay additional groundwork on this issue. This report will be a critical resource in this process."

Submission + - Most Kickstarter Projects Fail to Deliver on Time 1

adeelarshad82 writes: A recently conducted analysis found that out of the top 50 most-funded Kickstarter projects, a whopping 84 percent missed their target delivery dates. As it turns out, only eight of them hit their deadline. Sixteen hadn't even shipped yet, while the remaining 26 projects left the warehouse months late.

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