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We are “digitizing” the way high school students take tests. What could possibly go wrong?

We are “digitizing” the way high school students take tests. What could possibly go wrong?

“Wait a sec,” the Edutron Systems rep interrupted, cutting off the principal of River City High, “your students still use pencils and paper to take exams!?” The rep insincerely chuckled, adding “don’t tell me you’re still using slide rules to teach arithmetic!” As shifty as the sales rep was, he [...]

Cartoon depicts what went on in the NSA’s wiretapping room at AT&T

Frontier Foundation designer Hugh D'Andrade sez, "I did a 'live-painting' last Friday at a gallery -- a mural-sized cartoon depicting the goings-on inside the "secret room" at AT&T's Folsom Street facility. My EFF co-workers created a time-lapse video with a decent ska soundtrack!" Source

A “hacker” broke into a Homeland Security Department telephone system over the weekend and racked up about $12,000 in calls to the Middle East and Asia

A “hacker” broke into a Homeland Security Department telephone system over the weekend and racked up about $12,000 in calls to the Middle East and Asia

WASHINGTON - A hacker broke into a Homeland Security Department telephone system over the weekend and racked up about $12,000 in calls to the Middle East and Asia. The hacker made more than 400 calls on a Federal Emergency Management Agency voicemail system in Emmitsburg, Md., on Saturday and Sunday, according to FEMA spokesman Tom [...]

TSA Inspector Damages 9 Planes At O’Hare Airport

TSA Inspector Damages 9 Planes At O’Hare Airport

Nine American Eagle aircraft were grounded today at Chicago O'Hare after they were damaged by a TSA inspector according to ABC News. TSA spokesperson Elio Montenegro confirmed the incident occurred when an inspector was conducting an overnight security check and decided to see if he could climb on top of parked aircraft in order to gain entry into [...]

Inside an Investor’s Mind

Inside an Investor’s Mind

Pink Box testing

Pink Box testing

Some years ago (1999′ish) I was in a job where I needed to bring in a lot of software contractors in a short space of time. As a result I ended up dealing with a good number of IT contracting agencies. To help the process I wrote very specific job / task descriptions, and sent these to all agencies. Generally I would receive [...]

Microsoft hires a hot ad agency in an effort to improve its image

Microsoft hires a hot ad agency in an effort to improve its image

WERE advertisements rather than sales the yardstick, Apple would have dominated the computer industry for decades. First there was the legendary spot “1984”, in that same year, which is often considered the best ad in history. Directed by Ridley Scott, then basking in “Blade Runner” fame, and produced by Chiat/Day, [...]

Land of the Free-ish

Land of the Free-ish

Maybe this statement isn't having the right effect on me, but I don't see a lot of the things he/she listed as bad. It's not really the typical "F Corporations" or "You're all sheep" graffiti... If I was truly free, I think I would do most of these things anyway (with the exception of "follow fashion" which I don't do anyway, and maybe "obey [...]

FREE Hannah Montana “Wake-up” Phone Call

FREE Hannah Montana “Wake-up” Phone Call

FREE Back-to-School Phone Calls from Hannah Montana As back to school season approaches, moms and dads across the country are planning to deal with sleepy students struggling with the tough transition from a carefree summer schedule to a back-to-school wake up routine. Now parents will have access to a unique solution featuring one of the year's [...]

I Kissed A Girl

I Kissed A Girl

Chinese restaurant called “TRANSLATE SERVER ERROR”

Chinese restaurant called “TRANSLATE SERVER ERROR”

I'm not sure what Chinese string this restaurateur fed to the translation software used to to generate the giant sign hanging over the entrance, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't: TRANSLATE SERVER ERROR. Ah, the special problems of translations into other alphabets. Source

Creepy intern at work… hilarity ensues (pics and vid)

Creepy intern at work… hilarity ensues (pics and vid)

This happened to a friend of mine yesterday. The forum he posted this on is "members only" so here it is. Absolutely hilarious... --scroll to bottom for cliffs-- "First off, I never thought I would be the one telling one of these stories so if you dont think this could happen to you, think again. I work as an IT Tech for a local city [...]

The Ugliest Facebook Profile Picture Ever

The Ugliest Facebook Profile Picture Ever

You must be logged into Facebook to view it: Clicky Clicky Don't you agree? UPDATE: This "vulnerability" has been fixed

Thank you, Adobe Reader 9!

Thank you, Adobe Reader 9!

Recently I wrote a blog entry about bloated software, and how much better Foxit PDF reader was than Adobe Reader. But I was using Adobe Reader 8. Little did I know how much superior version 9 would be. For starters, version 8 was a 22 MB download. Version 9 is a mere 33 MB — a whole major version up, and not even twice as big. The [...]

Dell offers computers that now include the “Windows Vista Bonus” package…

Dell offers computers that now include the “Windows Vista Bonus” package…

...the "bonus" is Windows XP Professional instead of Vista. LOL. Good for Dell. They see what customers want and they provide it. They also allow you to buy systems without any adware or trial version software on them. :) The Dell channel blog is pointing resellers to the loophole in the Windows Vista license that enables business customers to [...]

What your IT guys are really doing

The Great Office War

Denial-of-coffee attacks affect networked coffee maker

Denial-of-coffee attacks affect networked coffee maker

Now this is just funny... If you own a Jura F90 Coffee Maker, you can also buy a Jura Internet Connection Kit, which lets you program and set your coffee prefs via the network: however, its got a bunch of vulnerabilities that allow for remote denial-of-coffee attacks: Guess what - it can not be patched as far as I can tell ;) It also has a few [...]

Teens face felony charges of computer break-ins & grade changes at California High School

Teens face felony charges of computer break-ins & grade changes at California High School

A teenager faces felony charges and could spend decades in prison over allegations that he repeatedly broke into an acclaimed Orange County high school, hacked into computers to change his grades and stole tests -- all in hopes of improving his college admissions prospects, authorities said Tuesday. Omar Khan, 18, should be graduating with his [...]

CDW Study: IT Security Isn’t as Good as It Thinks

CDW Study: IT Security Isn’t as Good as It Thinks

When it comes to security, maybe the end user isn't always the problem. That's the conclusion of a study published today by technology reseller giant CDW Corp. The study notes some paradoxes between IT professionals' views on their organizations' security and their actual security status. For example, when asked if their security systems [...]

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