Daily Archives: Friday, 19-Oct-2012

TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports

Okay, those body scanners that have received so much derision are coming out of major airports and being moved to smaller airports. In the major airports they are being replaced with new and improved scanners that don’t rely on X-rays. This way fewer of us will get cancer from them. Of course the TSA won’t admit to that.

The TSA says it made the decision not because of safety concerns but to speed up checkpoints at busier airports.

via TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports – ProPublica.

Of course you did, TSA. You would never consider our health or privacy. Would you?

URL: http://www.propublica.org/article/tsa-removes-x-ray-body-scanners-from-major-airports

A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior

After reading about Minnesota banning free, online courses that are not approved by the State Board of Higher Education I checked out Coursera to see if there were any free online classes I might benefit from. Maybe this Duke University class, A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior? I know I could use some pointers in this. Anyone interested in taking it with me?

URL: https://www.coursera.org/course/behavioralecon

Minnesota bans Coursera: State takes bold stand against free education.

Dan brings this to my attention, Minnesota is not allowing Universities, Colleges or other degree granting institutions to offer their residents free online classes unless they first jump through a few hoops and pay a registration fee.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the state has decided to crack down on free education, notifying California-based startup Coursera that it is not allowed to offer its online courses to the state’s residents. Coursera, founded by Stanford computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, partners with top-tier universities around the world to offer certain classes online for free to anyone who wants to take them. You know, unless they happen to be from Minnesota.

via Minnesota bans Coursera: State takes bold stand against free education..

It seems that the state of Minnesota wants the degree granting institutions to be approved by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education first so that Minnesota residents can be assured they aren’t wasting their time. When pointed out that the classes were free George Roedler, manager of institutional registration and licensing at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, stated, “We don’t want them wasting their time either.” However Facebook and WoW seems to not be a concern on that part.

URL: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/10/18/minnesota_bans_coursera_state_takes_bold_stand_against_free_education.html

Interviewing Job Candidates

We are looking for someone like me to do my job at another data center we own and I’m currently covering in addition to my own data center. I am being asked to screen some of the applicants. The other day I talked to one candidate in a phone interview that I was told to go ahead and schedule an in person interview with since he was local.

Me: “There is absolutely nothing in your resume that tells me you can do this job.”
Him: “But I can learn!”

I went ahead and did as I was told and scheduled an “in person” interview with him for today at 1:00. He just called my boss to cancel. I was surprised he had accepted the invitation.

Something I’ve learned from moving from job to job, even if you have been unemployed for a while, if you aren’t qualified for a job don’t take it. You won’t be happy, they won’t be happy and your resume will suffer from the experience.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
~Norman Vincent Peale