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From: ftth8/11/2012 10:22:50 PM
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[OT] Olympics: different ways of looking at medal counts and statistics:
medalspercapita.com

Pretty interesting. Has historic olympic data as well.

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To: Frank A. Coluccio who wrote (41253)8/11/2012 10:56:07 PM
From: pltodms
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Hi Frank, I hope I am not straying to far afield with this reply.

"Cross-training for other positions within the existing employ, as a prelude to, or substitute to layoffs, is something I've given a fair amount of attention to, ... But we don't see very much of this today."

This is where social policy has to play a role to protect the citizen from predatory interests. The rational for government is to provide a fair and just system with a judiciary, police force and an army that upholds and enforces the rule of law to protect the citizen from internal and external predators. The question, is maximizing his/hers freedom to live a fulfilled life happening today under current policies?

It appears to me that the policy over the past number of decades has been to atomize the citizen, let them fend for themselves in an unfettered global market, and leave it to the discretion of powerfully global (not national) business interests whose goal us to maximize short term profits. Every thing else will take care of its self, so the story goes.

The direction to atomize can be a positive evolutionary direction (with the right policies) of a healthy market economy with the help of ICT, the catalyst. A more efficient marketplace where opportunities for the majority of citizens to migrate from working for the owners of capital to that of becoming independent entrepreneurs may be one direction the future will take. Think of the artisan of the past only in much more interconnected world, not a small locality, i.e. village, town. [this not an original thought.]

What will it take to change the policy in place today that has taken the mantra of unfettered capitalism and small government to where we are at a point where we have an unprecedented open door policy for lobbyist to write our laws? [and government is not getting any smaller] For example, is the Greenspan/Bernanke put** helping our economy or just helping the special interests that our politicians are beholden to for their next job?

This issue is too complex to address in a few words, only a small part of the whole. And that part may be incorrectly seen based on biases. Certainly I do not have the breadth of expertise to think that I have answers. I can only say with confidence that things can get better only through civil discussion. Not polarized camps shouting at each other, which unfortunately is the situation we find ourselves in. We, coming from a science perspective, should be more resistance to that kind of behavior.

** This is not the only factor that exemplifies the policy in question. Even if it plays a minor role, it is on the table as potentially one of the influencing factors with some nuanced underpinnings.

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From: Frank A. Coluccio8/12/2012 10:27:43 AM
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Another explanation of Cloud Computing (yes, oh hum, but) with interesting side notes:
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What is cloud computing? Amazon, Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox explained
C|NET | August 10, 2012

m.cbsnews.com

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To: pltodms who wrote (41255)8/12/2012 1:00:47 PM
From: Frank A. Coluccio
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Hi pltodms,

As the prosecutor is wont to petition, "Your Honor, the defense has opened the door to this line of questioning ..."

And indeed, I did. Guilty as charged. But, you're also right in suggesting that this is off-topic for this forum, although I fully appreciate your observations and comments, nonetheless.

FAC

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From: Frank A. Coluccio8/12/2012 2:16:09 PM
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Infographic: How the Internet looked in 1996 and how it looks now?
by Swati } December 7th, 2011

This interesting infographic by OnlineUniversity.net takes a looks at the incredible changes that the Internet has undergone from 1996 till today.

Cont.: buzzom.com

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From: Frank A. Coluccio8/12/2012 3:45:49 PM
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The Google Fiber Threat

July 26, 2012 | Jeff Baumgartner | LightReading

Article and an interesting video that appears, in part, to be hinting at Google's future role:

lightreading.com;

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To: Frank A. Coluccio who wrote (41259)8/12/2012 8:58:58 PM
From: pltodms
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"The Google Fiber Threat"


How about the Apple threat.


In recent CR interview of Sorkin, Sorkin brought out the "crazy" idea of one thing Apple can do with its $117 Billion in cash. Buy Sprint and enhance its network to support the last mile.

Charlie Rose - Andrew Ross Sorkin
charlierose.com

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From: Frank A. Coluccio8/12/2012 10:44:59 PM
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Why do first base coaches in baseball carry stop watches?

In major league baseball games, I have noticed that the first base coach routinely has a stop watch. Why? What in the world is he timing? How long it takes the first baseman to chew a pack of sunflower seeds? Seriously - why?

askville.amazon.com

(scroll down to Dave McKay explanation)
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From: Frank A. Coluccio8/13/2012 1:54:37 AM
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Smart Grids Pose Security Risks, Says Analysis by Intel Unit
By Debra K. Rubin, with Platts | August 08, 2012

This article originally appeared on Engineering News-Record.

Extract:

Smart-grid metering was vulnerable, says Dan Rueckert, associate VP for compliance, security and risk at consulting firm Black & Veatch.

"We've advised some utilities to stop metering activities until systems are upgraded, and we have stopped a few projects until it was done," Rueckert says. "There are a lot of checks and balances."


Complete: greensource.construction.com
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fac: the article should make it clear that the smart grid proper extends well beyond residential distribution systems, and includes the surveillance and supervision of all aspects of the gross electric grid, including generation, transmission, distribution, and the control rooms and data centers where each of the latter are managed or converge ...

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To: Frank A. Coluccio who wrote (41262)8/13/2012 2:41:13 AM
From: LindyBill
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I know I would not want my meter on a smart grid system, and neither should anybody else.

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