Thursday, November 26, 2015

Searches, Stacks, Slack, the workplace chat as search tool

Accused Mastermind of J.P. Morgan Hack a Product of Israel’s Internet Underbelly WSJ

Snapchat’s lackluster ad business threatens $16 billion valuation Reuters. Valuation being more an art than a science…  

Super Searcher Tips & Tools 

“STACKS is an extensible social media research toolkit designed to collect, process, and store data from online social networks. The toolkit is an ongoing project via the Syracuse University iSchool, and currently supports the Twitter Streaming API. Collecting from Facebook public pages and Twitter search API are under development. The toolkit architecture is modular and supports extending.”
 You can cite this repository: Hemsley, J., Ceskavich, B., Tanupabrungsun, S. (2014). STACK (Version 1.0). Syracuse University, School of Information Studies. Retrieved from DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.12388

Malcolm is different. His intelligence has light in it. I often disagree with him. We don't see eye-to-eye on tax, I'm suspicious of the TPP, I believe the sale of Darwin's port to the "private" company of Chinese government billionaire Ye Cheng was unwise and the approval of Adani's coal mine shocking. There is no moral case for coal. Why Malcolm Turnbull will be our longest-serving PM since Robert Menzies
Breakfast in the Ghost Village

Slack hits 1 million users logged in at the same time
Slack, the workplace chat tool that’s been exploding in popularity, has just reached a new milestone: one million users being singed into the service at the same time. 

Aaron Smith: “The internet is an essential employment resource for many of today’s job seekers, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. A majority of U.S. adults (54%) have gone online to look for job information, 45% have applied for a job online, and job-seeking Americans are just as likely to have turned to the internet during their most recent employment search as to their personal or professional networks. Yet even as the internet has taken on a central role in how people find and apply for work, a minority of Americans would find it difficult to engage in many digital job seeking behaviors – such as creating a professional resume, searching job listings online, or following up via email with potential employers. And while many of today’s job seekers are enlisting their smartphones to browse jobs or communicate with potential employers, others are using their mobile devices for far more complex and challenging tasks, from writing a resume to filling out an online job application.”

The internet is an essential employment resource for many of today’s job seekers

The Hill:  IRS Problems Extend Far Beyond its Commissioner, by Brandon Arnold (National Taxpayers Union):

Facebook told by Belgian court to stop tracking non-users
 A court has given Facebook 48 hours to stop tracking people in Belgium who are not members of its social network.
Inside Pumpkins Warning off Bad spirits

Governments must step up R&D in frontier technology
A breakdown of patent data in the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015 puts the United States, Japan and Korea far in the lead in a new generation of “disruptive” technologies in advanced materials, health, and information and communication technology that have the potential to displace existing processes. Korea, in particular, has made great strides in these fields recently.
The Innovation Imperative – Contributing to Productivity, Growth and Well-being

“When addressing threats emanating from the Islamic State (IS), numerous strategy and operational considerations arise that might be of interest to U.S. policymakers, especially in the wake of the deadly November 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris IS activities and U.S. and coalition party policy and operational responses are an amalgam of complex , and at times competing , challenges." CRS – The Islamic State — Frequently Asked Questions: Threats, Global Implications, and U.S. Policy Responses,  John W. Rollins, Specialist in Terrorism and National Security. Heidi M. Peters, Information Research Specialist. November 19, 2015.

Outside Shapes of Fear

Twelve of Australia's most notorious hackers

Hackers hackin' Aussie Shoppers $1.4 Billion

Welfare cheats costing Australia almost $5 billion: report

Taxpayers have funnelled more than $1 billion to 15 private colleges found in breach of government regulations this year but legislation aimed at fixing the rorted training scheme is ­delayed in the Senate.
The Australian Skills Quality Authority yesterday revealed that five more colleges had failed compliance audits, as part of a regulatory crackdown driven by a blowout in the government’s student loan scheme $1bn sting in vocational training college rort 

The Commonwealth welcomes the agreement that was reached at today’s Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) which will give effect to a merger between two of Australia’s most important law enforcement and criminal information agencies – CrimTrac and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).