I guess there’s always mid-term elections?

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions narrowly approved the nomination of Betsy DeVos Tuesday for secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED). The committee voted 12-11 to approve President Donald Trump’s pick to head the ED, splitting along party lines.

via ED Secretary Nominee Narrowly Wins Committee Vote — Campus Technology: All Articles

Data, Caregiving, and the Ethical Control

Now is the time to keep 2 sets of “books”. One is the source of record, and the other you give out to the Steel-heeled thugs (purged of all the elements they seek). Good luck sorting out that Big Data.

random data from a tumored head

This was in response to the tweet pushing Fascism and the Caregiver.

It makes sense, doesn’t it? Those of us with the responsibility of managing large quantities of the personal data of other people constantly think about control. We have legal and ethical requirements to control access, to establish and maintain limits, and use best practices (such least privilege access).  Whether we are talking about the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA),  Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), or any of the dozens of other federal and state privacy laws.

We also have the responsibility to encourage use of the data, but always appropriate use. Use that adds value to the lives/livelihoods of those we serve…

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please read: A Few Notes on Gaslighting – tressiemc

A few million (mostly) women in the U.S. and abroad marched yesterday. They marched to protest various forms of oppression, symbolized in a new presidential platform that involved explicit racism, …

Source: A Few Notes on Gaslighting – tressiemc

Gaslight is a movie where a husband tries to convince his wife she is crazy. He goes to great lengths pulling pranks, telling lies. So that’s the pop culture reference intended whenever anyone uses that term. The problem is it isn’t a pop-cultural problem. It’s a dominant culture problem. And the people in power, the dominant culture see fit to use this technique in order to get their way. Whether it be just to maintain the status quo, or to gain advantage, gaslighting in the press/media is a favorite old saw, a bad habit the demagogues and their toadies fall into, and get good at.

ProtonMail, it’s time has come.

ProtonMail launched its own .onion address to fight censorship and DDoS attacks, as well as to increase its users’ security and privacy.

via ProtonMail Over Tor Can Now Increase Privacy, Security, And Censorship Resilience — News Tom’s Hardwar

I cannot wait to try out the free version of ProtonMail over Tor using their .onion address. This is a great combo I think for anyone trying to secure their email communications. And pretty straightforward in getting it up and running. It’s interface is as easy to understand as Gmail, but way more secure from end-to-end.

Yeah, I’m a hafta opt out of that,… (overdraft “protection” racket)

Fifteen months after Minnesota-based TCF Financial revealed it could face legal action from federal regulators related to alleged unfair and deceptive overdraft practices, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finally taken legal action against the bank. The CFPB on Thursday announced its latest effort to rein in financial institutions using illegal and abusive overdraft policies to…

via CFPB Says TCF Bank Made Millions From Misleading Overdraft Practices — Consumerist

Proud to announce I turned off the overdraft protection where I bank. They keep wanting me to sign up for it again. But I refuse. I wonder “why” they could feel the need to keep pestering me about it everytime I login to their website? Hmmm.

Go, go, Gogia! (from the Messy Thinking Blog)

I originally created and published A Little Bird Told Me: Maximizing Your Learning on Twitter in 2015. The one page list of strategies was my first ever pinned tweet. It has been one of my more successful online endeavors, capturing thousands of views and hundreds (maybe close to a thousand if you count across platforms) of downloads. Instructors […]

via A Little Bird Gets a New Look (Visual Article Series) — Messy Thinking

I know Educause and others like to put out the 7 things you should know about “X”. This is a little more concrete about using Twitter for Education. Kudos to the revamp tho’, a one page PDF is sometimes all one has time to glance at when it’s the start of the semester.

New SSD format showing promise

MyDigitalSSD shows Boost and claims it as the world’s fastest portable SSD. The drive ships with two Samsung mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 and delivers a fast, flash-based backup destination for any USB-enabled device.

via Meet Boost, MyDigitalSSD’s Fastest Portable SSD From CES 2017 — News Tom’s Hardware

I’m seeing a trend now that started back in June with my last trip to Japan. I visited a number of “camera stores” in Kyoto and Tokyo. I was interested in see what was the state of the art in USB removable flash storage. That’s where I saw the Samsung USB 3.1a high speed interface T3 flash drive. I had for the first time realized that some manufacturers were even making “native” interfaces using Thunderbolt/DisplayPort connectors in order to get past the limits of USB3 interfaces. When I read the packaging (which was impossible because I don’t read/speak Japanese at all) as near as I could tell speeds were touted as ~2X faster than USB3. Which made me begin to think this drive was faster than most people’s internal hard drives (unless they had an SSD already installed). An external drive faster than the typical internal hard drive, puts us into a new era. I say that also because just a month after coming back from Japan this announcement from Samsung:


The UFS card format is brand new and a higher speed competitor to micro SDHC. To date there are a number of technical classifications for speeds of micro SDHC UHS cards used for video capture. Video camera owners are big on expecting flawless data rates and video capture at high rez without any losses. The UHS classification helped buyers compare/contrast guaranteed throughput versus cost and choose accordingly. The new UFS format cards change the interface/transfer speeds enough that you are seeing not only really large capacities (256GB for a start, the size of an internal hdd) and very high speeds. I vaguely remember ~300MB/sec. for the UFS cards. That is as fast as a SATA SSD! Between the Samsung T3 and Samsung UFS memory card format from this Summer 2016, the peripheral memory formats are now faster than the old HDD or SATA HDD drives people are buying today. The add-ons you would buy to help migrate documents/music/photos off of one computer to another is higher performing/maybe even bigger in rare cases than the main storage of your laptop or desktop computer.

I want to know what happens if someone actually designs a computer “around” these new peripheral storage devices? What if your computer didn’t come with a hard drive? What if you used a single storage device over and over again as you move from computer to computer? Better yet what if you did a Windows-to-Go style format on your storage device so that it carried Windows10 on it, along with all your apps and all your storage. All you do is just keep moving up the food chain of desktop/laptop/tablet or whatever. Just keep moving the storage. That’s a bit of a shift and makes you feel, really feel your data, your OS your computer IS the storage and your data is YOURs. It doesn’t belong to whomever has your computer, or who you donated it to, because your computer is the OS, apps, data all on the removable memory storage you choose to buy. This makes me look at computers (and what I would call a computer) differently.

Educational Research in the real world

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen The book “Urban Myths about Learning and Education” by Pedro de Bruyckere, Paul A. Kirschner, and Casper Hulshof ends with a section on why myths in education are so pervasive and stubborn. One of the most remarkable examples was drawn from Farhad Manjoo’s book True enough: Learning to live […]

via Will the educational sciences ever grow up? —

I like the theme here of devaluing all evidence in order to pick/choose the evidence that supports your ideas. It’s absolutely true what we see in the public sphere has been taking place for quite some time in the Academic Sphere (though thankfully not across the board). I read an article about a month ago maybe on this same blog about statistical methods. It all hinged on use of “discipline specific” ways of analyzing data that was for most intents and purposes ALL qualitative. Which begs the question, what effect is being measured?

Apple’s first original documentary ‘808: The Movie’ now available for Apple Music subscribers — From: 9to5Mac

The original documentary ‘808: The Movie’ which covers the history and broad influence of Roland’s TR-808 drum machine is now available for Apple Music subscribers. more…Filed under: Apple

via Apple’s first original documentary ‘808: The Movie’ now available for Apple Music subscribers — 9to5Mac

Excellent News! I had heard this documentary was coming for a while. And I had recently watched a PBS series called “Soundbreaking” which devoted a segment to the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. Looks like it’s now finished and ready for viewing.