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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Julie Weckerlein, a blogger for the Department of Defense, has written an amusing blog post about cybersecurity in which the HACKERS take on the DEFENDERS in a football analogy. The HACKERS try basic instrusion methods such as IP and Port scans while the defenders prepare for a "Denial of Service" play. If you are interested in the basics of cybersecurity it's an easy read.

Also of interest is another blog post by John Casseretto of Silicon Angle in which he explains why Asia, and China in particular, has become the central battlefield in cybersecurity.

by Joe Francica on 08/16 at 06:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The New York Times is building a map of places to breastfeed babies in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. If you think there should be a map of something, there probably is, or it can be crowdsourced.

- NY Times

BMW's Ultimate Drive app for Android and iPhone lets users search for, create, and share their favorite drive routes. The navigation app is less about how to get where you're going, and more like a travel guide for Sunday drives.

C|NET found adding the routes tedious and since the app is only a few days old there are few routes. The big request: uploading routes from Google Maps created on a computer. Creating routes on a phone (if they are not captured by GPS) can be quite challenging.


I saw an interesting new, low-tech crowdsourcing idea over the weekend. A while paper ad, the kind with paper strips at the bottom to tear off, was tacked to a tree on one of my favorite streets in the city. The text: "Would you raise a child here?" The rip off strips were printed half with "yes" and half with "no." Three "yes's" were gone and all the "no's" remained.

- eye witness account, Hancock St. in Somerville

Back in June for UK Bookseller's Week the Guardian crowdsourced a map of independent book sellers (and hoped reader would buy books there). It was an update of a Flickr map project from the year before.

This week we're building a tweet map of our book-buying hive mind. Just tweet us @guardianbooks with the title of the book you've bought, the name and postcode of the bookshop where you bought it and the hashtag #indybooks, and we'll assemble a map of independent action.

- The Guardian

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/16 at 03:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The New Jersey Geological Survey has started a three-year project to map all the mines and all of their features still under the homes and business in Morris County and th northern part of the state. It's funded with a $267,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant and $90,000 of state money.

The resulting database, to be created with the help of global positioning systems, is expected to help State Police and first responders in case of emergencies such as mine collapses [and to take some proactive actions with federal funds].

- Daily Record

Stockton, California port officials approved $4.5 million in port security and safety improvements, including a new mapping information-and-alert system and a new emergency-response center. A big chunk of the funding, $1.9 million, goes to LA-based NorthSouth GIS, a firm with which I'm not familiar. The funds for the GIS come from the Dept. of Homeland Securty and state bonds.


Horry County won the 2011 J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award at the 44th Annual Conference of the South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC).

Horry County won the competition’s top award for its Cemetery Project that seeks to locate, inventory, photograph, map and preserve an estimated 450 historic cemeteries in the county’s unincorporated areas — approximately one for every 2.5 square miles.  Using cutting-edge technology, including Ground Penetrating Radar and GIS mapping units, the project is the most comprehensive and pioneering endeavor of its kind in the nation. 

- SC Now

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/16 at 03:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A GIS study focussed on Los Angeles, CA revealed that the distance for patents to travel to access outpatient substance abuse treatment (OSAT) is between two and six miles. No comparison was given for English speaking clinics. Also noteworthy: private facilities are less likley to have Spanish speaking staff while those with either a state license or a higher percentage of Medicaid patients was more likely to have such staff.

-  Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention via 7th Space

A study published in BMC Public Health aimed "to investigate spatial patterns of stroke and mochardial infarction (MI) mortality risks in the East Tennessee Appalachian Region so as to identify neighborhoods with the highest risks." The results suggest neighborhoods belonging to high risk clusters of stroke and MI mortality tended to have high proportions of the population with low education attainment.

- BMC Public Health (full provisional PDF available [Yah for open access!])

Locals in New York City do not agree with the USDA's definition of a food desert. The agency feels bodagas (small stores with little or no fresh food) qualify but the locals feel they do not. The agency puts the number of people in the city within a food desert as 26,000; the city counts 3 million. The fear of the city is that when grocery store chains see these numbers they will avoid the city.

- New York Daily News

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/16 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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