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proXPN VPN | Get your FREE proXPN VPN account now! April 18, 2013

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A VPN virtual private network is a network that can use the internet to provide secure connections between one or more devices for data exchange. A VPN can open a secure interconnection or “tunnel” between different devices and the data that passes through the tunnel can be encrypted as a method of security so that the data passing through the tunnel cannot be read. Most often, VPNs are used to connect a companys main office with its satellite offices or its field agents. In some cases, people choose to connect their personal devices to a VPN service provider to secure their own connections with the same kind of tunneling and encryption to the general internet, keeping their banking details, credit card numbers, passwords, and other sensitive data from being intercepted, monitored, or recorded. This kind of VPN setup also affords the user an anonymous IP internet protocol address used for determining a devices location, making them appear as if in a far away location. proXPN is an example of the latter scenario, just on a global scale.

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Richard Wolff: How Class Works – Democratic Underground April 18, 2013

Posted by sandyclaus in Occupy, Politics.
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Richard Wolff is an economist who has studied class issues for more than 40 years. In this animation and audio presentation, Wolff explains what class is all about and applies that understanding to the foreclosure crisis of 2007–2011. He argues that class concerns the “way our society splits up the output and leaves those who get the profits in the position of deciding and figuring out what to do with them… We all live with the results of what a really tiny minority in our society decides to do with the profits everybody produces.” As you watch and listen, consider what we know from research about disease and illness patterns among groups with lower income, more stress, and less control of their lives. Consider how investment decisions in neighborhoods, over transportation, school facilities, parks, location of grocery stores, quality of affordable housing, etc. influenced by powerful interests, affect the quality of life for large segments of the population.

via Richard Wolff: How Class Works – Democratic Underground.

Supernova left its mark in ancient bacteria : Nature News & Comment April 16, 2013

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Sediment in a deep-sea core may hold radioactive iron spewed by a distant supernova 2.2 million years ago and preserved in the fossilized remains of iron-loving bacteria. If confirmed, the iron traces would be the first biological signature of a specific exploding star.

Shawn Bishop, a physicist at the Technical University of Munich in Germany, reported preliminary findings on 14 April at a meeting of the American Physical Society in Denver, Colorado.

via Supernova left its mark in ancient bacteria : Nature News & Comment.

 

Wait, don’t ALL heavier elements coem from starstuff?

Scooter Store files for Chapter 11 protection | www.statesman.com April 16, 2013

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NEW CASTLE, Del. — The Scooter Store, a Texas-based company that supplies power wheelchairs and scooters to people with limited mobility, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Monday’s bankruptcy filing in Delaware comes after federal agents raided the company’s South Texas headquarters earlier this year, and amid congressional scrutiny of whether TV ads by The Scooter Store and a rival company target people who don’t need scooters, leading to hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary Medicare spending.

via Scooter Store files for Chapter 11 protection | www.statesman.com.

Who will hire all the PhDs? Not Canada’s universities – The Globe and Mail April 15, 2013

Posted by sandyclaus in Academic Technology, History Job Market, Public History.
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A persistent theme in current discussions about graduate education and its outcomes is the question of whether Canada is “producing too many PhDs.” While enrollments and numbers of PhD graduates have increased with the encouragement of policy, more of these grads now struggle to find employment that matches the level and nature of their education – particularly employment in universities, as tenure-track faculty. The situation in Canada is not as dire as in the States where just this week it was reported that three quarters of faculty work as adjuncts, but accounts of under-employed PhDs working as waiters and cab drivers have become more common.

via Who will hire all the PhDs? Not Canada’s universities – The Globe and Mail.

The Morning Record – Google News Archive Search April 14, 2013

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The Morning Record – Google News Archive Search.

 

Looking into Erasure statutes… Possible comparison to Soviet encyclopedia page down at Kent with the Bering “correction” kit.

Dr Who Dalek found in pond – Telegraph April 12, 2013

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Sales executive Marc Oakland was pushing a rake around the bed of the shallow pool when he found the object with its distinctive eye stalk.

The 42-year-old said: “I’d just shifted a tree branch with my foot when I noticed something dark and round slowly coming up to the surface.

“I got the shock of my life when a Dalek head bobbed up right in front of me.

“It must have been down there for some time because it was covered in mould and water weed, and had quite a bit of damage.

via Dr Who Dalek found in pond – Telegraph.

Who Owns Your LinkedIn Contacts? – Forbes April 12, 2013

Posted by sandyclaus in Academic Technology, Politics.
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The idea that an employer might someday claim that my contacts belonged to them was more than a little unsettling. Now, a court in England has issued an order that requires an employee who resigned to start his own consulting business to turn over all of his LinkedIn contacts to his former employer – along with receipts and contracts proving that none of them became clients of his new firm.

That clarifies one legal issue in the U.K. at least: the contacts on your LinkedIn profile are more likely to belong to your employer than they are to you if those contacts are customers, employees, or vendors you did business with in your job.

via Who Owns Your LinkedIn Contacts? – Forbes.

Guantanamo Commissions Paralyzed by Data Breach | Iraq / War on Terror | FRONTLINE | PBS April 12, 2013

Posted by sandyclaus in Computer Security, Politics.
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All defense counsel representing detainees facing charges before the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay have been forced to stop work as a result of an internal data breach in the Pentagon’s computer system.

Earlier this month, a “significant amount of defense work” was lost from a common drive, along with “over 500,000 e-mails containing attorney-client privileged communications,” according to a statement from Cmdr. Walter Ruiz, lead defense counsel for the lawyer for Mustafa al Hawsawi, one of four men being tried along with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Defense lawyers also say that more recently, confidential defense files had appeared on prosecution servers, and vice versa.  James Connell, lead counsel for co-defendant Ammar al Baluchi, said that he had seen a prosecution folder on the defense counsel’s drive, but did not open the file.

Connell called the data breach, “simply the latest in a series of revelations of courtroom monitoring,” referring to disclosures in February of audio monitoring devices and controversial searches of the detainees’ legal bins.

via Guantanamo Commissions Paralyzed by Data Breach | Iraq / War on Terror | FRONTLINE | PBS.

The Economist explains: How does Bitcoin work? | The Economist April 12, 2013

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BITCOIN, the world’s “first decentralised digital currency”, was launched in 2009 by a mysterious person or persons known only by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. It has been in the news this week as the value of an individual Bitcoin, which was just $20 at the beginning of February, hit record highs above $250, before falling abruptly to below $150 on April 11th. What exactly is Bitcoin, and how does it work?

via The Economist explains: How does Bitcoin work? | The Economist.