I am just taking a stab in the dark here as I don't really know, but maybe there are a lot of "MS Stack software" developers in the home of MS. If they got a ton of them already in town why import more?
Absolutely correct. I work in Seattle on FreeBSD, and there are plenty of places looking for employees (Amazon, F5, Isilon, etc.) with a Linux/BSD background. If you want to work on the "MS Stack" you are more or less going to be looking for a job a Microsoft. The market here is completely saturated with Microsoft employees who are looking for a change of pace. They actually do have 6 years of experience developing on frameworks Microsoft released 5 years ago.
Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records: The maps, purchase orders, maintenance contracts, technical specifications, usage policies, access procedures, data retention policies, installation instructions, device configurations, interconnect details, and other public records requests for the wireless mesh network installed in the second half of 2012.
Obviously these are all things they should have right? I've been fighting with the police department for months, and the best I've gotten is a picture of a crumpled up printout of a low resolution map of the system. You'd think there would be source files for that picture right?
There is clearly a coverup going on here, but the police aren't going to talk about it. So I went to the IT and Finance people. Well, I got back quite a few interesting records from them! For example, this project included $9795.19 RADIUS server. On what planet does a RADIUS server cost that much? It turns out to be a $1000 dell server running FreeRADIUS. Even that is overkill.
Another interesting feature, is the camera aspect you brought up. There are already 36 high-res pan tilt zoom cameras on this network, and there is enough bandwidth for them to add over 1600 more. In addition, they significantly overpaid for the cameras by not properly following their own bidding process rules.
There are real problems with this project and most of them are not related to surveillance. Even when it is just a small blogger investigating, it is the Seattle Police Department's responsibility under Washington state law to turn over copies of records requested. Hopefully The Stranger article will bring enough attention to this problem to encourage the Police department to do the right thing, obey the law, and release the records to anyone who asks for them.
Um, no. IRS Publication 17 doesn't agree:
Bribes. If you receive a bribe, include it in your income.
They DO have a working tracking system for both letter sized mail and packages. You just have to build your own interface, all they do is upload a file with scans to your FTP server. They give quite a bit of data on a letter, here is an example from a mailpiece I sent a few weeks ago. It was scanned five times over two days, and they will send scans as frequently as once per hour.
Oh, and the example I provided was a First Class letter. Tracking cost me nothing more than printing a barcode on the envelope before dropping it in the mailbox. Too bad they don't provide an easy way to use this service.
Hey, at least you aren't at that other state university. The one that uses microsoft hosted outlook. If you want an unreliable, insecure, windows only email solution with the same privacy implications as hosted Gmail, Try Outlook Live!
Oh, and just to clarify, this is not an option offered by the university, this is the only option.
An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"