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+Laura Gibbs What do you think of http://lore.com/? My sister +Beth Duckles is considering it for teaching in the fall.
The social network for education. Simple, elegant course management meets social networking. All for free.
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Even if you don't use Instructure, their blog is fun to read. They actually have a sense of humor - much appreciated! :-)
http://voice.instructure.com/blog/
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Electric planes!
 
MSNBC reports on a #nasaaero concept for an electric-powered commercial passenger jet taking shape at The Boeing Company. Be sure to check out the video embedded in the story.
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is it Godly?
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Kevin Kelly: So the creation of digital life was rooted in death?

Dyson: In some creation myths, life arises out of the earth; in others, life falls out of the sky. The creation myth of the digital universe entails both metaphors. ...
 
I did a long interview with George Dyson in the current Wired. We discuss the origins of software, and how a small band of geniuses 60 years ago made the system we are still using today. The two most powerful technologies of the 20th century—the nuclear bomb and the computer—were invented at the same time and by the same group of young people. But while the history of the Manhattan Project has been well told, the origin of the computer is relatively unknown.


Me: Because your father, Freeman Dyson, worked at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, you grew up around folks who were building one of the first computers. Was that cool?

George Dyson: The institute was a pretty boring place, full of theoreticians writing papers. But in a building far away from everyone else, some engineers were building a computer, one of the first to have a fully electronic random-access memory. For a kid in the 1950s, it was the most exciting thing around. I mean, they called it the MANIAC! The computer building was off-limits to children, but Julian Bigelow, the chief engineer, stored a lot of surplus electronic equipment in a barn, and I grew up playing there and taking things apart.

Me: How did the MANIAC project get started?

Dyson: The von Neumann project was funded to do H-bomb calculations. It was a deal with the devil: If they designed this ultimate weapon, they could have this fantastic machine.

Me: So the creation of digital life was rooted in death?

Dyson: In some creation myths, life arises out of the earth; in others, life falls out of the sky. The creation myth of the digital universe entails both metaphors. The hardware came out of the mud of World War II, and the code fell out of abstract mathematical concepts. Computation needs both physical stuff and a logical soul to bring it to life. These were young kids who had just come through World War II, who could repair the electronics on airplanes and get them flying the same day, and von Neumann put them together with mathematical logicians who could imagine a universe created entirely out of 0s and 1s.
http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/02/ff_dysonqa/all/1
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From my previous post, interesting bump when we switched to a Democrat as president.

How much confidence do you have in the U.S. President (Bush '03-'08, Obama '09-)?
Pew Global Attitudes Project data showing percent responding 'confidence' in 2008 when asked the question 'How much confidence do you have in the U.S. President (Bush '03-'08, Obama '09-)?' (Table)
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Interesting: Turkey's numbers are lower than those of Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon.
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Level headed debrief of the UN Security Council decision on Syria.
NOWHERE near enough attention is being paid to the way the diplomacy around the Syrian civil war is playing out. Nowhere near enough.
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crazy talk! ;)
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I can now have a synced Amazon Cloud Drive, a Dropbox and a Google Drive on my Mac. Such choices! Now where did I put that file?
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What can we learn about standardized testing from The Hunger Games?
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Good idea.
 
Tip: Create an empty Save circle to save posts for later sharing

Great G+ circles tip from +Richard Kashdan in a comment on one of my posts: "You can mark posts you are interested in by creating a new circle, called "Save" for example, and leave it empty; i.e. don't put anyone in it. You can then save a post for later by Sharing it with the Save circle. No one but you will see that you did that, but you can later go to the Save stream on the left column to get the posts that you saved."
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Yeah--mine is called "just me for saving". And I'm the only one in it.
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Very prescient and still relevant advice from Dwight D. Eisenhower 51 years ago! My previous "Threat Level" link quoted this speech. The whole speech is worth a read.
Full text and audio and video of Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address
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We've moved from the "war on terror" to "cybersecurity" as the new growth model for the military industrial complex. Wired's "Threat Level" has a good overview.
In last month’s State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to pass “legislation that will secure our country from th...
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I think the right question to be asking is, "How much should we be investing to secure our secrets and defense computer systems?" It's not $0, and it's not $1 trillion.

Take for example the Chinese missile system that poses a threat to our carrier groups (Lou Dobbs: Chinese missile poses threat to US carriers). How much should we invest defend against the threat? As we saw in Iran (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuxnet), sometimes the most effective way to neutralize a threat is covert sabotage. Rather than shoot down a ballistic missile that's closing at Mach 10, just disable the computer system or network that guides it.

Now, reverse the roles of our two countries. We have many, many weapons systems that pose a threat to China.

I agree that we should be more open about the intrusion attempts we've identified. However, note that this provides the attacker with an accurate picture of which intrusion approaches are still effective. For that reason, we can't just announce everything we find.
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A very intriguing interactive documentary
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    Physics (BS), 1997 - 2001
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  • University of Oklahoma
    IT Informatics, 2010 - present
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    Senior Analyst, 2008 - 2010
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    Technology Strategist, 2001 - 2005
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