Saturday, October 10, 2015

Amid nuke debates, Iranian president says 'L’shanah tovah!' - CSMonitor.com

Amid nuke debates, Iranian president says 'L’shanah tovah!' - CSMonitor.com: "As Jewish communities worldwide prepared to welcome the New Year of their religious calendar, two presidents offered salutations on social media: Barack Obama of the United States and Hassan Rouhani of Iran."



"Israelis, however, were left “bewildered” by what to make of Rouhani’s tweet, posted early Monday, which reads “May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect and bring peace and mutual understanding. L’Shanah Tovah.”"


Processing a Rant - The Daily WTF

Processing a Rant - The Daily WTF: "Guidelines are better than checkpoints. A lot of organizations use process to control their employees. “You must do this, and you must do it this way.” Compliance is enforced, sometimes with a carrot, usually with a stick. This grows from bureaucracy, which itself grows from a fairly natural need to ensure consistent performance regardless of which “human resources” are involved in an effort. Bureaucracies don’t care if they turn into a Harrison Bergeron dystopia where performance is consistently poor- just as long as its consistent.

The purpose of a process is not to ensure compliance. It’s to provide a well-paved path that guides your developers to success. Which brings us to our penultimate point.

Processes should grow from institutional best practices. While you can certainly learn from other organizations, and trade magazines, and articles like this one, the only people who know how to do what you specifically do are the people who do it- you."


Justice Department plan to free thousands of inmates is just the beginning - CSMonitor.com

Justice Department plan to free thousands of inmates is just the beginning - CSMonitor.com: "The bill seeks to make prisoners’ sentences more proportionate to their crimes, chipping away at "tough on drugs" measures now deemed excessive, and would outlaw juvenile solitary confinement."


Saturday, September 26, 2015

FDA is making old drugs expensive to get them in compliance

"The FDA grants market exclusivity to companies that are willing to take "grandfathered" compounds into compliance with their current regulatory framework, and that's led to some ridiculous situations with drugs like colchicine and progesterone."

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8174724

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Opinion: Why we should not fear a world of ‘universal encryption’ - CSMonitor.com

Opinion: Why we should not fear a world of ‘universal encryption’ - CSMonitor.com: "Therefore the “universal encryption” narrative isn’t a realistic prediction at all; it’s just a dystopian fantasia meant to scare politicians and voters. Nor is the government “going dark”; rather, it’s enjoying a Golden Age for surveillance, and that Golden Age isn’t ending any time soon – even if there will also always be some companies offering end-to-end encrypted services to those who value security as a feature more than those other features.

And that’s the key: People will always want and need to treat different communications differently, using different types of services with different types of features. Just as in the real world, where we keep some letters in a permanent file while other things we would only say in a whisper that’s never to be heard again, so, too, in the online world do we use Twitter for one kind of communication, Gmail for another, and Whatsapp for another, balancing features like accessibility and security and searchability and cost accordingly.  "


Teen arrested for allegedly having nude photos of himself on his phone - CNET

Teen arrested for allegedly having nude photos of himself on his phone - CNET: "Because the law viewed Copening as an adult perpetrator, the charge for him was sexual exploitation of a minor (also him), a felony."


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Washington Arrests Foreign Soccer Officials: Arrogant America Punishes and Sanctions the World | Cato Institute

Washington Arrests Foreign Soccer Officials: Arrogant America Punishes and Sanctions the World | Cato Institute: "Moreover, punishing foreigners creates future risks. Doing so works in America’s favor only as long as the U.S. is the dominant force on earth. Americans might rue the precedent set by their own government in a world where power is more equally distributed. Someday Americans might get indicted by other nations for “crimes” committed in the U.S."



Most of the alleged crimes involve foreigners acting overseas."

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Robert Anderson sees homeless people as individuals, not problems - CSMonitor.com

Robert Anderson sees homeless people as individuals, not problems - CSMonitor.com: "Typically, homeless shelters require that residents already be off drugs and alcohol, having completed a treatment program. Anderson and his colleagues worked to establish what they called the Homeless Outreach Team. They based their approach on the philosophy that housing is a basic human right, even for those still abusing alcohol and drugs."


Cybersecurity pros slam threat information-sharing bills - CSMonitor.com

Cybersecurity pros slam threat information-sharing bills - CSMonitor.com: "The signatories of the letter take issue with the potential privacy implications of the bills. "The bills weaken privacy law without promoting security," they said in the letter. "


How shoes that grow could help change the lives of children in poverty - CSMonitor.com

How shoes that grow could help change the lives of children in poverty - CSMonitor.com: "This idea inspired The Shoe That Grows, a sandal that is designed to last a child five years. The shoes come in small and large so that with just two pairs, children can have shoes on their feet from age 5 to 14 years old."



"Four sets of snaps, two on each side, allow for adjustment of the width, while another snap at the toe can change the length. The soul is made from compressed rubber while the straps are all leather. The show can also be tightened or loosened around the ankle with a buckle, like many sandals."