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Thursday, February 24, 2005

In Croydon, south London, the trash barrels (УbinsФ in the UK) are fitted with RFID chips. For now the goal is to monitor how many are emptied and how many missed. But there is fear: what if someone hacks the system and figures since one house has had no trash for a while, it might suggest the residents are on vacation (УholidyФ in the UK) and thus ripe for a robbery? ThatТs only part of the concern. Apparently officials have suggested that in time the chips may keep track of the amount of trash. That might lead to better management practices. How would that work? Some type of weight sensor on the chip?

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sun CEO Scott McNealy last week announced new programs to insure todayТs students have what it takes to develop on his companyТs platforms. Sun will make Solaris software development tools and training programs available, offer collaboration through the existing Sun Developer Network, and providing special offers for third party discounts. Speaking at the Sun Education Conference he also highlighted the hot and non-hot in education. The not hot include: textbooks, overcrowded classrooms, proprietary software stacks. On the hot list: Web-based training, online classes and open source projects.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Perhaps IТm a bit behind, but if you want ad-free and cookie-free Google, you can have it. Daniel Brandt uses GoogleТs own API to provide a Уscraper.Ф He feels every search engine provider should provide such a tool to Уgive back some of what they stole from us.” The website has been up for two years and open source to build your own has been around for about a month.Brandt expects Google to take legal action against him. That ok, according to him, as the legal issues on both sides need to be nailed down.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/23 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

ChoicePoint allowed УthievesФ into its database. ThatТs pretty much the news. But the subtle geographic story is that only California has a law that requires companies to inform consumers in the case of such a Уdata leaks.Ф That meant that when the company sent some 350,000 letters to California consumers, the news media and perhaps the public figured the problem was Уonly in California.Ф Some suggest the company suggested that was the case, too, though IТve not found evidence of such a statement. So, now, when 38 attorneys general of other states are forcing disclosure to those affected in the rest of the country, itТs clear we need to rethink such laws. On the other hand, I suppose itТs a feather in ChoicePointТs cap for knowing the law in the Golden State.

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/23 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

A short УodeФ to GIS appeared in a southern California and mentioned Roger Tomlison (oops) and only one GIS company, ESRI. The article runs down the history from Tomlinson, through the US Census use of GIS, to ESRI, to today where use is not hampered by cost (so the article reports) or technical skill. “They don’t need to be program savvy,’ said Steve Trammell, a corporate marketing representative for ESRI. “We’ve got grade school kids that are using our software for mapping projects.’” In another article from the same paper the story of how money raised from a cigarette tax is distributed with the help of GIS highlights a familiar challenge: using ZIP Codes to map data cause some misrepresentations.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/22 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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