Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Overlooked Influence of Kathleen Sebelius - Scientific American

The head of Health and Human Services oversaw a pandemic flu response,
the expansion of Medicaid—and, yes, the flubbed Obamacare Web site
rollout 




The Overlooked Influence of Kathleen Sebelius - Scientific American



Her real stamp, however, may be her behind-the-scenes work. She helped
stitch together a complicated patchwork of states’ needs and
infrastructures to make health care reform work at the state level.
Separately, she helped craft deals with Republican officials in
GOP-controlled states including Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and Arizona to extend Medicaid coverage to their poorest citizens after a 2012 Supreme Court decision decreed that that provision under the new health care law would be optional for states.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Turnitin Webcast - IRAC, Therefore I Write

Turnitin Webcast - IRAC, Therefore I Write



The law student's tool of IRAC
(Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion) can also help undergraduates of
any discipline to thrive both analytically and academically. By
utilizing the IRAC model, a student can address the Issue ("Is the
source valid?"), the Rule ("Is there a reputable origin validating the
writing?"), the Analysis (a weighting of the source and competing
sources), and whether the Conclusion (validity based on due diligence
research) is proven.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ours is Better Than Yours | A\J – Canada's Environmental Voice

Ours is Better Than Yours | A\J – Canada's Environmental Voice



Special preview from the SHARING issue: Consumers are escaping the
stresses of ownership and rediscovering the value of communal stuff. 



As the sharing economy builds steam, collaborative consumption is
becoming the name of the game instead of individual acquisitiveness. In
their 2010 book, What’s Mine Is Yours, Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers
describe three distinct ways of participating in the sharing economy:

1)
product service systems, which facilitate the sharing or renting of a
product (such as car sharing);

2) redistribution markets, which enable
the re-ownership of a product (Craigslist); or

3) collaborative
lifestyles, in which assets and skills can be shared (coworking spaces).



Product service systems, which is the focus of this article, have
thrived with the advent of “peer-to-peer” (P2P) platforms that bring
together individual owners and renters (such as room rental sites like
Airbnb, or miscellaneous sharing sites like NeighborGoods), and
“business-to-consumer” (B2C) services where coop, non-profit or
for-profit firms rent products to members (like BIXI bikeshare or
Zipcar). But it’s not just physical stuff that is being shared; it’s
also peoples’ time. Sites like Kutoto (or TaskRabbit in the US) allow
unemployed or underemployed people to bid on tasks their neighbours need
doing (the most popular of which is assembling Ikea furniture).

Bitcoin finally pays off -- in secure cloud storage | Encryption - InfoWorld

Bitcoin finally pays off -- in secure cloud storage | Encryption - InfoWorld



Bitcoin may finally be coming into its own as a cryptocurrency, despite the implosions of several online exchanges and the IRS regarding the digital cash system as property, not currency. But the real value of bitcoin may reside with other applications for its underlying algorithms.

A
startup named Storj.io has hatched one such idea: use the blockchain,
or the ledger of bitcoin transactions distributed across computers that
interact with bitcoin's network



MaidSafe, another decentralized data store platform with its own attendant cryptocurrency, Safecoin.

Microsoft Cortana vs. Apple Siri vs. Google Now: An early look at how Cortana stacks up (hands-on) - CNET

Windows Cortana vs. iPhone Siri vs. Google Now: An early look at how MS Cortana stacks up (hands-on) - CNET

Getting the Most Out of Post Formats: Quoting in Style — Blog — WordPress.com

Getting the Most Out of Post Formats: Quoting in Style — Blog — WordPress.com

Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support | Microsoft windows - InfoWorld

Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support | Microsoft windows - InfoWorld

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What is a Data Lake?

What is a Data Lake?:



The data channels with unrecognized value include social media, clickstream data, sensor data, server logs, customer transactions, videos, and more. In a rapidly growing world of big data and growing sources of information, this category is likely to increase exponentially.



The data lake concept has been gaining popularity in the last 8 months with applications coming from Howrtonworks and Cloudera. Lowered costs of storage, and Hadoop's ability to store more data types at scale made the idea increasingly tangible. Concepts for use cases in financial services are still underway, but it's easy to see where it might aid application in risk analysis and fraud analysis by identifying patterns and building profiles of customers and clients likely to cause or experience issues.
Using call center notes, detailed web log information, cookies, tweets, and branch and ATM information (all largely unstructured data) a bank could use the lake to ID customers and better understand behaviors. For example, are they showing signs of closing their account, notable life changes, or interest in new products?

Friday, April 11, 2014

John Resig - Write Code Every Day

John Resig - Write Code Every Day



  1. I must write code every day. I can write docs, or blog posts, or
    other things but it must be in addition to the code that I write.
  2. It must be useful code. No tweaking indentation, no code
    re-formatting, and if at all possible no refactoring. (All these things
    are permitted, but not as the exclusive work of the day.)
  3. All code must be written before midnight.
  4. The code must be Open Source and up on Github.

French employers agree to ban company email after work hours | The Verge

French employers agree to ban company email after work hours | The Verge



Four French trade unions and employers' federations have reached a truce
over a much-discussed issue in the modern workplace: the slow creep of
email and other online distractions outside traditional work hours.
French newspaper Les Echos reports
that after months of negotiations, the groups signed a legally binding
agreement that among other things would require workers to disconnect
digitally from work during the rest periods already mandated by law.
That means that for 11 consecutive hours each day and a minimum of 35
consecutive hours a week, they won't be checking company email or
working on projects remotely. 

Man who introduced serious 'Heartbleed' security flaw denies he inserted it deliberately

Man who introduced serious 'Heartbleed' security flaw denies he inserted it deliberately



Dr Seggelmann, of Münster in Germany, said the bug which introduced the
flaw was "unfortunately" missed by him and a reviewer when it was
introduced into the open source OpenSSL encryption protocol over two
years ago.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

8 countries you won’t believe have it backwards on birth control - Salon.com

Supporters of the ruling said it would transform the lives of millions of poor Filipinos trying to avoid pregnancy.

Most women in the world have access to birth control without a prescription, according to a 2012 study by the Oral Contraceptives Over-the-Counter Working Group.

Here’s a look at the eight most surprising nations that require a prescription, along with their birth rates and rates of abortion:



8 countries you won’t believe have it backwards on birth control - Salon.com

Monday, April 07, 2014

Tamil Fiction: Pachai Kiligal: Paavannan

பச்சைக்கிளிகள் | திண்ணை

ve Sabanayagam 80: Pazhamalai: Literary Events in Tamil nadu

பார்த்ததில்லை படித்ததுண்டு | திண்ணை



பிப்ரவரி மாதம் (16) விருத்தாசலத்தில் நடைபெற்ற திரு வே.சபாநாயகத்தின் 80வது
அகவை விழாவை முன்னிட்டு வெளிவந்த மலருக்கு எழுதிய கட்டுரை. கவிஞர் பழமலய்
முன்னின்று நடத்திய விழாவில் திரு.வே.சா.வின் நண்பர்களும்
, மாணாக்கர்களும், எழுத்தாளர்களும் பெரும் எண்ணிக்கையில் கலந்துகொண்டனர்

Ka.Na.Su: Saa Kandasamy: Annam Events: S Shankaranarayanan

நிகழ்வு பதிவு அன்னம் விருது பெறும் எழுத்தாளர் எஸ்.ஷங்கரநாராயணன் | திண்ணை



விழாவில் க.ந.சுப்பிரமணியம் பற்றிய சிறப்புரை ஆற்ற வந்திருந்தார் மூத்த எழுத்தாளர் சா.கந்தசாமி. 



சிறகு இரவிச்சந்திரன்

Kushwant Singh: Books and Life: Memoir and Reviews

அஞ்சலி : குஷ்வந்த் சிங் – வண்ணமயமான வாழ்க்கை | பதாகை

3quarksdaily: The Winners of the 3QD Politics & Social Science Prize 2014

3quarksdaily: The Winners of the 3QD Politics & Social Science Prize 2014



nine finalists:

  1. Top Quark, $500: Kenan Malik, In Defense of Diversity
  2. Strange Quark, $200: Filipe Gracio, Democratic Austerity: Semi-sovereign states, semi-sovereign peoples
  3. Charm Quark, $100: Philip Cohen, State of Utah falsely claims same-sex marriage ban makes married, man-woman parenting more likely

Beware: The cloud's Ponzi schemes are here | Cloud Computing - InfoWorld

Beware: The cloud's Ponzi schemes are here | Cloud Computing - InfoWorld











The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has shut down a worldwide pyramid scheme
that falsely promised fast gains to tens of thousands of
Asian-American, Hispanic, and foreign investors from cloud computing
services. The companies in question, WCM and WCM777, allegedly raised
more than $65 million over the last year. They did this by promising
people they could double their money in 100 days by investing between
$399 and $1,999 in cloud services.



The WCM entities used some new money to pay older investors, like a good old-fashioned Ponzi or pyramid scheme.
They also spent funds on two California golf courses and other
properties, as well as to play the stock market.

How advertising cookies let observers follow you across the web | The Verge

How advertising cookies let observers follow you across the web | The Verge



Back in December, documents revealed the NSA had been using Google's ad-tracking cookies to follow browsers across the web, effectively coopting ad networks into surveillance networks. A new paper
from computer scientists at Princeton breaks down exactly how easy it
is, even without the resources and access of the NSA. The researchers
were able to reconstuct as much as 90% of a user's web activity just
from monitoring traffic to ad-trackers like Google's DoubleClick.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Game of Thrones Is Back. Here’s How to Get Ready for It | Underwire | WIRED

Game of Thrones Is Back. Here’s How to Get Ready for It | Underwire | WIRED

Wanna Build a Rocket? NASA’s About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code | Enterprise | WIRED

Wanna Build a Rocket? NASA’s About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code | Enterprise | WIRED



Forty years after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, NASA open sourced the software code that ran the guidance systems on the lunar module.



In 2005, marine biologists adapted the Hubble Space Telescope’s
star-mapping algorithm to track and identify endangered whale sharks. 



NASA has run a technology transfer program for over 50 years. It has given us everything from the Dustbuster to Giro bicycle helmets to “space rose,” a unique perfume scent forged in zero-Gs.



DARPA published a similar catalog, making it easier for entrepreneurs to get ahold of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s code too. 



The idea to help hackers and entrepreneurs push these ideas in new
directions — and help them dream up new ideas. Some code is only
available to certain people — the rocket guidance system, for instance —
but if you can get it, you can use it without paying royalties or
copyright fees. Within a few weeks of publishing the list, NASA says, it
will also offer a searchable database of projects, and then, by next
year, it will host the actual software code in its own online
repository, a kind of GitHub for astronauts.

The secret life of a food stamp | Marketplace.org

The secret life of a food stamp | Marketplace.org



47 million Americans living near the poverty line have received their
monthly allotment of food stamp dollars—on average, about $130 per
person. 



officially known as an Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT card



Last year, a record $76 billion flowed from the U.S. Treasury to
peoples' food stamp cards. That money then flowed into the revenue
streams of more than 240,000 stores across the country, all of which
have been approved by the federal government to accept food stamps,
officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or
SNAP. You can look at SNAP as a government subsidy with two lives.
First, low-income people enrolled in the program get financial help to
buy food. Then, when they swipe their EBT card at the check-out counter,
the government pays that store for that food—which is, of course, being
sold at a profit.




When Walmart announced disappointing profits and store sales last
quarter, company executives blamed bad weather and the reduction in SNAP
benefits that went into effect in November 2013, after an economic
stimulus bill expired.




This story is Part I in a collaboration with Slate 





 

Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes : NPR

Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes : NPR



Televangelists have a choice when they deal with the IRS. Some, like Pat
Robertson and Billy Graham, register as religious organizations.
They're exempt from most taxes but still must file disclosure reports
showing how they make and spend their money.



The top three religious broadcasters — Christian Broadcast Network,
Trinity Broadcasting Network and Daystar Television — are worth more
than a quarter of a billion dollars combined, according to available
records.



The IRS has a definition of a church, called the "." Among the criteria:
regular services, Sunday school, ordained ministers and a regular
congregation. But it rarely enforces the 14-point test anymore and, in
fact, has never challenged Daystar's claim to be a church.



As part of America's commitment to religious freedom, anyone can start a
church, start preaching and passing the collection plate. They are
presumed to be a church by the IRS — no questions asked.



Paul Streckfus, a tax attorney who edits the , believes the IRS actually likes having an excuse for not bothering churches.



"The churches don't like it. They can scream and yell quite loudly and
get Congress members' attention. And so the IRS not only doesn't like
the churches to be mad at them, but doesn't like Congress to be mad at
them."



Seven years ago, the Senate Finance Committee six high-flying
ministries. Two cooperated; four provided incomplete records or refused
altogether, citing church privacy rules. Daystar was not among them.

The committee looked at
pastor Bishop Eddie Long, and noted that he made trips in a
church-leased jet to Las Vegas and Caribbean resort islands, and had a
Rolls Royce and a Bentley.



"Before the crucifixion, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of an
ass. And to see people traveling around in Bentleys seems to be a waste
of the resources that could be used to help people in need and to win
converts,"




Japan's obsession with centuries-old bourbon says a lot about the country's culture | Public Radio International

Japan's obsession with centuries-old bourbon says a lot about the country's culture | Public Radio International



"Even though they may have never experienced a particular era, they've
developed a keen interest and strong nostalgia for things they never
experience first hand and that's part of what leads them to such
obsessive, interesting and focused pursuits,"



Smithsonian Magazine: How Japan Copied American Culture and Made it Better

Thursday, April 03, 2014

New Themes: Dynamic News, Ubud, and Bridger — Blog — WordPress.com

New Themes: Dynamic News, Ubud, and Bridger — Blog — WordPress.com



Dynamic News by ThemeZee is a responsive, multipurpose blogging and magazine theme with bold colors and fonts. When you first activate Dynamic News,
it functions as a blog theme. However, you can configure it to look
like a magazine theme by using its magazine page template, featured
content slider, and custom widgets.

Indian students shine at NASA's Design contest

Indian students shine at NASA's Design contest



Reports said that NASA had received about 600 entries from across 18 countries and Indian students managed to grab 12 prestigious 1st prizes at the NASA Space Settlement Contest competition.

About three dozen teams from 12th grade and below were sent by India.

CraftBoston Spring Show Information

CraftBoston Spring Show Information



Location:The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02216
Phone:(617) 266-1810
Dates:Friday, April 4, 2014 - Sunday, April 6, 2014
Friday April 4, 2014 10am - 7pm

Saturday April 5, 2014 10am - 6pm

Sunday April 6, 2014 11am - 5pm


General Admission: $15

Senior Citizens: $13

Students: $12

SAC Members: $7.50

Children 12 years and under: Free 



PARKING


Limited on-street parking is available in the South End.

Some patrons may have luck finding parking on Tremont Street and Dartmouth Street.

Please remember to carefully check street signs for resident only parking.




Atelier 505 Garage

505 Tremont St. - entrance at 12 Warren Ave.

Phone: 617-262-8426

Open 24 hours
Daily Rates: $20-$24

Max Height: 84"

Driving Directions: Adjacent to the Cyclorama is the Calderwood Pavilion at The Boston Center
for the Arts. There is an indoor parking facility underneath the Calderwood Pavilion, with
the garage entrance on Warren Avenue.

0.05 miles from the Cyclorama




Stanhope Garage

60 East Berkeley Street

M-T: 6am - 11pm

F: 6am -10pm

Sat & Sun: 8am - 11pm

Daily Rate:$12

Max Height: none. open air lot

Driving Directions: Approach one way from Arlington St. on Shawmut Ave. The lot will be on the right side.

0.26 miles from the Cyclorama




126 Dartmouth Street Garage

126 Dartmouth Street

Phone: 617-266-9046

Open 24 hours

Daily Rates: 3-10 hours $30

Max Height: 76"

Driving Directors: From the Cyclorama head southwest on Tremont St.
towards Waltham St. Turn right onto Dartmouth St. Destination will be on
the left.

0.4 miles from the Cyclorama




131 Dartmouth Street Garage

131 Dartmouth Street

Phone: 617-723-1488

Open 24 hours

Daily Rates: 3-10 hours $23-28

Max Height: 78"

Driving Directors: From the Cyclorama head southwest on Tremont St.
towards Waltham St. Turn right onto Dartmouth St. Destination will be on
the left.

0.4 miles from the Cyclorama




Garage at 100 Clarendon Street

100 Clarendon St.

617-275-0151

Open 24 hours

Daily Rate: 2-10 hours $30

Sat. & Sun. BCA validated rates: $17

Max Height: 84"


Driving Directors: From Cyclorama head northeast Tremont St. toward
Hanson St. Turn left onto Berkeley St. Turn left onto St. James Ave.
Take 1st left onto Clarendon St. Destination will be on the right.

0.42 miles from the Cyclorama


 

The People’s Programmable Robot - SD Times: Software Development News

The People’s Programmable Robot - SD Times: Software Development News



The Poppy Project is an open-source humanoid platform with child-sized proportions, designed by the Bordeaux, France-based Flowers Laboratory, in conjunction with the  Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation and ENSTA ParisTech.
What began as a research project to study human development and motor
skills evolved into Poppy: a humanoid platform consisting of an
open-source Python library and framework along with 3D-printed modular
hardware, designed to provide an affordable and hackable robot for
science, education and art.



Filling the gaps: Microsoft contest locates new prime numbers - CNET

Filling the gaps: Microsoft contest locates new prime numbers - CNET



for decades, individuals and teams have strived to find ever-larger primes.

The largest known prime thus far is 2^57,885,161-1, which is a 17,425,170-digit number. The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers a $150,000 prize
to anyone who can discover a prime more than 100 million digits long
and a $250,000 prize for one more than a billion digits long.

Westford students' App wins Verizon's 'Best in Nation' - News - Westford Eagle - Westford, MA

Westford students' App wins Verizon's 'Best in Nation' - News - Westford Eagle - Westford, MA



The team created a working prototype of the app Tactillium, using a free program called Unity 3D. The app creates 3D simulations of equipment, different chemicals and
reactions that occur in chemistry experiments, such as simulating flame
tests and adding together chemicals in a beaker. A group of Westford Academy students have made plans for a new app that helps children learn chemistry using a 3D simulator.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Savvy Tech Innovator Who Invented "This===>"

Twenty-Two-Year Old Entrepreneur Finds Internet Riches | New Republic

Scott Hanselman's Complete List of Productivity Tips - Scott Hanselman

Scott Hanselman's Complete List of Productivity Tips - Scott Hanselman

Microsoft shows off Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 - CNET

Microsoft shows off Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 - CNET



Belfiore also introduced a differentiated element to Cortana: the
ability to ask less factual, and more socially applicable questions. For
example, Belfiore set a reminder to ask his sister about her new dog,
meaning whenever he is texting her or talking to her on the phone,
Cortana will know to fire off the reminder.



He showed off three such apps
-- Skype, Hulu, and Facebook. Cortana was able -- through voice
commands -- to start a Skype call, add a video to a Hulu Plus queue, and
launch a specific friend's Facebook page.

Being busy vs. being productive

Being busy vs. being productive