Discussion Post: Week 7

Well, I’m sure we’re all aware of the obvious story this week. Feel free to further discuss that development and related details as you continue to prepare for Presentation II over this long weekend.

Those of you involved in aviation have undoubtedly been following the airline scares over the course of this week. On Tuesday, airport security in Salt Lake City arrested a passenger with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag. On Wednesday, a similar incident occurred in Seattle. Neither of these, however, compares to what happened in New York on Tuesday, when the Transportation Security Administration detained a man carrying multiple prohibited weapons. During a routine screening, TSA officials spotted four sets of brass knuckles, two stun guns, and — of all the things someone could take on a plane — a sword. Yet, even that may pale in comparison to the revelation that a keylogger virus has infected the U.S. Air Force drone fleet and is tracking every keystroke its operators input. Military sources don’t believe that the information is being sent to an outside source, but they have been unable to permanently exterminate the virus despite numerous removal attempts. Regardless of the keylogger’s presence, the drones are still being used for missions, so every one of those mission commands is being recorded, even if they have not yet been relayed to a remote hacker.

A great deal of news media remains on the recession and the unemployment crisis. A recent report suggests that Americans as a whole are currently relying on government benefits even more than they were during what some have termed the depth of the recession. President Barack Obama has largely blamed Republicans for the high unemployment rate, particularly challenging Congress’ inaction and representatives’ role in the partisan political struggle. In the meantime, protests by a loosely organized group called Occupy Wall Street have intensified over the past three weeks, spreading across the country thanks to posts on Twitter and other websites. Occupy Wall Street was, at least in part, an effort formed in response to government funding for failing banks and misconduct by major American financial figures. Obama has worked to convey his sympathy for the protesters, saying that many have experienced the same frustrations and that the protests may be developing into a larger political movement. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has further suggested that those protesters are especially angered by the high unemployment rate and government efforts that are “not relevant to their lives.” Many Republicans, on the other hand, have called for the protests to cease, saying that they are orchestrated distractions from the Obama administration’s failings and that they are disrupting both legitimate business efforts and day-to-day activities (such as driving through now-obstructed roads). In particular, Herman Cain, who has gained significant ground on his GOP rivals during the past few weeks, has been very critical of the protesters, saying that they are essentially asking the government to take money from those who have been successful and give it to those who complain. He went on to call such behavior “anti-American” and “anti-capitalistic” and to tell the protesters, “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” Regardless of your views on the protests and who is really at fault, it should be noted that the average length of individuals’ unemployment is the longest that it has been in 60 years, despite the recent addition of over 100,000 new jobs. Still, with the holiday season on the horizon, retailers recorded strong September sales, and investors are looking ahead to quarterly reports to project how the economy will move from here.

On a related subject, it’s worth continuing to examine the 2012 presidential campaign. Let’s start with an interesting note on polling practices: Obama, in recent months, has fared poorly when pollsters have compared him against a generic Republican candidate (recent polls show his deficit at 4-6%), but not so poorly when they specifically ask potential voters whether they prefer him or an individual Republican candidate, such as Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, and so forth — in fact, Obama leads most Republican candidates, and only trails Romney by 2-4% depending on the poll, which is within each poll’s margin of error. The reason for that dramatic shift is apparently because a “generic Republican” is a better candidate than any specific Republican. When asked about a generic candidate, voters tend to either choose the candidate they most prefer out of all possibilities or cobble together traits of their “ideal” candidate in that category, even if such a candidate does not exist in the race. It probably doesn’t help the non-generic Republican candidates that their debate audiences have been drawing more attention than they have. Notably, during the last primary debate on Sept. 22, audience members booed a soldier who, via YouTube, identified himself as gay and asked about the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy related to homosexuals in the armed forces. Several weeks later, candidates are still being asked about that reaction, as well as their responses to the audience’s behavior. In the past week, Romney has dealt with renewed concerns about his positions on social issues. Romney, a member of the Mormon faith, has been criticized in the past for not uploading conservative values and has also faced scrutiny from Christian voters in his party. While he has worked to emphasize his stance on fiscal policy, his rivals in the primary are increasingly demanding a response about his social views, as well. Another potential challenger, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has once again declined to mount a White House bid in 2012, disappointing some donors and Republican leaders who have been unhappy with the current field. Perhaps that is a strategic political move on his part, given that some analysts foresee a particularly aggressive set of campaigns over the next 13 months. Even outside the White House, though, this could become a very important election given the power at stake. Not only will a number of Congressional seats be up for grabs, but holding even a slight majority just became even more advantageous given Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid’s controversial use of the “nuclear option” on Thursday night which cast aside years of Senate precedent.

Just because it’s nice to end on a lighter note — and because the athletic entertainment industry is such an important aspect of our national culture (i.e., I’m a sports fan) — let’s talk a bit about some of the playoff developments over the past week. The two winningest teams during the regular season, the Phillies and the Yankees, were each eliminated in decisive Game 5 battles, leaving Detroit, Texas, Milwaukee, and St. Louis in the League Championship Series (LCS). Despite the high level of competition, the real star of the Division Series may have been St. Louis’ “rally squirrel,” which ran across home plate in the middle of a pitch during Game 4 in St. Louis, allegedly disrupting Philadelphia pitcher Roy Oswalt’s concentration. (The pitch was called a ball, despite Oswalt’s and Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel’s argument that the tiny mammal disrupted play and the pitch shouldn’t count.) The squirrel subsequently clambered into the stands, dashing through several rows of fans before disappearing under a set of benches. It has not been seen since. In any case, the Cardinals proceeded to win Game 4 by a score of 5-3, forcing the series back to Philadelphia for a fifth and final game. Ironically, officials and some players also struggled to corral a squirrel before Game 5 in Philadelphia despite the many states separating Busch Stadium and Citizens Bank Park. That squirrel was caught before game time, but the Cardinals nonetheless stunned the Phillies in a 1-0 shutout. Some have blamed Philadelphia’s elimination on “divine squirrelvention.” At least it was more fun to watch than the disintegrating NBA season, right?

Other articles of interest:
Ohio player pricks foes in handshake line, forces tetanus shots
ESPN drops Hank Williams, Jr., Hank claims he quit with his ‘rowdy friends’
Be careful, college conference jumpers
“Simpsons” Inked for 2 More Years
Secret panel can put Americans on ‘kill list’
Suspected domestic abusers go free as Topeka city, county officials bicker over funds
Gov. Jerry Brown signs Dream Act for state’s illegal immigrants
Yemen’s Saleh says will step down in coming days
Beating Butter: Denmark Imposes the World’s First Fat Tax
Man ditches plane into ocean off coast of Hawaii after running out of gas
Quadruple Rainbow Photographed for First Time
Got clothes? Designer crafts garments made of milk
Water in the Earth’s oceans may have come from Space
Cloning offers hope from stem cells
Why do Hispanics live longer, on average? They smoke less.
New ‘Electron Superhighway’ May be the Future of Quantum Computing
iPhone 4S Launch Day Preorders Sold Out at Online Apple Store
Steve Jobs’ Estranged Father Never Got Phone Call He Waited For
Jobs Family Statement: ”Steve Died Peacefully”
Steve Jobs’ virtual DNA to be fostered in Apple University

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51 responses to “Discussion Post: Week 7”

  1. James He (@He42) says :

    My opinion on steve jobs dying is “it is a shame and terrible tragedy that he died, but it is a shame and terrible tragedy that anyone dies.” Either there will be more supporters of apple or apple will lose more stock because of this event. I am sure many companies will take advantage of this situation and
    use Steve Job’s death as a marketing advantage. What changes will we see in the future for apple? Will Tim cook live up to Steve as the new CEO of apple?
    Only time will tell.

    • cengland42 says :

      I think we can all agree that Steve Jobs was an influential person in our lifetime, a man who symbolized the Apple company and brought back some legitimacy to the company. I find it pedantic that people disregard him as not engineering the projects but he did manage the company well in the last decade. It’s debatable how certain technologies would look today without his influence, but in the end I agree with you. It’s a shame that he died as it’s a shame that the world loses any iconic figure. Jobs was someone people could aspire to and learn from in a positive way.

  2. han39 says :

    Death of Steve jobs was a dramatic event. Its timing was perfectly good to cover up the disappointment of the iPhone 4S. I know that jobs could not choose when to die but, it looks like the Apple take advantage of his death. Jobs was the Apple to some people’s prospective and himself might thought so. After death of major star player in the IT, Tim cook is new CEO of the Apple. Some people is disappointed to the cook already since the iPhone 4S, but it is a just beginning of his term so he might need more time to get things in order and run the company as his way. After few years, we will see the Apple was a Jobs himself or not.

    • begardner says :

      I think the disappointment in the 4S was solely based off of the speculation that preceded its launch. Apple never promised a brand new phone, and why would they? It is unreasonable to expect them to revolutionize the phone every year, as that pace eventually becomes unsustainable. And from the business side of things, they had no reason to introduce a completely new phone, the one they had out was still selling like wild. And the fact that the 4S set a pre-order sales record goes to show that people weren’t too disappointed in it. Apple as a corporation, exists to make money. If they can make money while spending less on development, it is a win for them. Anyways, this is the year of the software. I would bet that next year will see a revolutionary design, probably containing 4G.

  3. tgoe1 says :

    Though I’m not a Mac or tablet user. I can easily describe the impact that Apple, spearheaded by the late Steve Jobs has had on the world we live in today. Jobs, through the ipod, changed the world of portable music offering “a thousand songs in your pocket”, and with the introduction of the iTunes store online, and followed years later with the smartphone AppStore; completely revolutionized the online song and application selling industry. Though Steve Jobs has past away, the impact he made through his ingenious products, creativity, and knowledge of technology, has and will continue to change the world we live in today.

  4. dparkerr says :

    The Simpsons was basically my childhood growing up. I remember every day after school was over with I would look forward to watching the 5:00 and 6:00 episodes of The Simpsons and because there were so many seasons of it I would never have to watch a rerun. The most lucrative part of watching was probably avoiding my mother who banned me from watching it. This is what made it so fun. Seeing that The Simpsons has inked another two season deal makes me very happy and I hope it entertains future generations as well as myself with its stupid yet between the lines controversial and thought provoking humor. I do agree that the voice actors may make a large sum of money and that could be cut, but I also agree with Shearer’s option of getting some revenue from the billions of money Fox brings in from outside sales of DVDs and miscellaneous items. I hope that in time The Simpsons series will be on as long as people want to watch it.

  5. Logan Byers says :

    It was sad to hear of both the death of Steve Jobs and of Al Davis, the Oakland Raiders owner. Both were critical to the development of their respective areas, with Jobs leading the innovation over the past decade and Davis helped create the league that spawned most of the AFC teams. It was shocking hearing about the deaths of both.
    The timing of Jobs’ death, since it had only been a couple of months since he had a stepped down as CEO, plus the fact that this class focuses on his presentation skills definitely added to the shock.
    With Al Davis, it brought to light a lot of what he had truly accomplished as a football icon. Personally, I had only heard of Davis as the owner of the Raiders, one of the dirtiest, nastiest, toughest (and sometimes lousy) teams in the NFL. Since then, his legacy as a coach, commissioner of the AFL, and football pioneer have definitely changed my opinion of the often despised Davis.

  6. thecatherinesondgerath says :

    As a future educator, I have been following news updates about the Alabama immigration law and found the following article US asks court to halt Alabama’s immigration law.
    illegal immigration has become a huge issue in our country. Especially when it comes down to US tax dollars being spent on educating the children of these illegal immigrants. Some argue that “it is not the child’s fault” but does that justify using our tax money to educate them when we could be improving the education of our citizens?
    This law that Alabama passed has greatly decreased the number of illegal immigrants in their state. The law makes it illegal to give a ride to anyone who cannot prove they are a US citizen and requires schools to properly register every student, not allowing them to attend school until they have proven their legal status.

  7. gregalles says :

    What a crazy week in the world of airport security it sounds like. I feel like no one can be that stupid and arrogant to legitimately believe they can get onto an airplane with that stuff in tow. As for the keylogger that cannot be removed, either bravo to the person behind writing that virus, or a huge boo on the computer security experts with the Air Force. I find it hard to believe that they haven’t been able to remove it, and I feel that should be a huge priority for them to take care of.

    Getting my iPhone 4s in 4 days now, we’ll see how this one stacks up against the previous 4 iPhones I have owned. Excitement is in the air!

  8. Chris Gerber says :

    Quite a crazy week all around. I learned things about Steve Jobs that I didn’t even know about when he was alive. I had no idea that he had 33 patents; and the majority of them all brought huge profits! Lets see, the first mac, ipod, ipad, iphone…you could go on and on honestly. Everyone has used one of his products before which I find quite incredible. As for the hack in security this week, all I can say is wow. Computer security experts in our armed forces let this get through which on a larger scale, could have brought terrible destruction. If you’re a terrorist and get ahold of top secret material relating to unmanned drones in Iraq and Afghanistan, you are at quite an advantage. Knowing where drones could strike and possibly even turning the drones against the mission; this was a real wake-up call.

  9. rudyv12 says :

    It has definitely been a crazy week. I was unaware of the airport incidents until now and it definitely comforts me a little bit to see that airport security was able to prevent something serious from occurring. At the same time, it is a bit nerve wrecking since I fly constantly for interviews or visiting family. As for the hack of security, it is amazing to see what people are capable of as well as how vulnerable everyone or anything is. Since the drones have been affected, they should be used as dummy drones maybe to misdirect whoever had planned on using the information attained. From a coding aspect, it is amazing how people decrypt or infiltrate network systems. From a civilian standpoint, it is scary what could have been/be done with the information attained.

  10. falkhali says :

    Although I never liked any of the animated sitcoms that air, I’ve always loved the Simpsons. I’ve been watching the show since I was in middle school and I absolutely love it! Although in more recent years I haven’t been watching it as much, I still don’t mind sitting down for an episode when it comes on TV. I’m sort of happy that the show will still go on for at least another 2 years, but the question is how long can they keep it up? I never liked shows were after a few seasons it loses its spark and stops becoming entertaining. I always thought that shows should stop while they are ahead, and I don’t know if the Simpsons are there yet. Some say the Simpsons died off years ago, but recently it has gotten a lot better almost returning to it’s roots. Either way, I hope that the show runners and producers decide on an ending date, and not wait on the network to cancel the show for them.

  11. bkershey says :

    The baseball playoff run has certainly made a surprising impact considering how uneventful the season appeared in the late summer months when no races were apparent. But what this season has once again shown is that the payroll rankings don’t directly represent the final season results. Teams have adapted scouting techniques and coaching by the use of statistics to the point of leveling the playing field. What the have payrolls do for teams in New York, Chicago, and Boston allow is for more mistakes, most teams have some large, extravagent contracts, but those large market teams allow for the teams to replace their costly mistakes with even more costly replacements.

  12. brad5627 says :

    Well, I’m involved in aviation and have been living under a rock the last few days… The first article linked says that nationwide 800 firearms have been intercepted in people’s carryons… in 2011… Seriously? That is completely absurd. Why does anyone think that’s a good idea? Everyone in the world knows about 9-11 and terrorism and hijacking and someone is gonna have the brains to bring a gun, loaded or not, in their carryon. I can’t fathom why someone would do that… The only assumption could/should be that they’re planning to take over the aircraft by force. People can’t possibly be surprised when they’re apprehended. They should also be tried for being morons. The guy with the stun guns and such going to paris… wth. But… Kudos to TSA and the Port Authority for catching those things before they were gotten on the plane and potentially thwarting a terrorist attack… I appreciate all TSA does and I couldn’t be happier going through security at airports because it’s there for the safety of everyone, and I like safety.

    • meshiach0machshevi says :

      “the only assumption could/should be that they’re planning to take over the aircraft by force”. This assumption is absurd.

      If you want evidence of the intention of at least the vast majority of people who bring guns onto airplanes, look no further than the shear number. It is beyond preposterous to imagine that 800 people were trying to hijack US passenger aircraft in 2011. Indeed, since 2001, there have been exactly 2 attempts at attacks on US passenger aircraft (both, incidentally, were thwarted by the vigilant Americans, not the TSA or any other government agency).

      By the way, every study ever done on TSA effectiveness has shown that the TSA has laughably low rates of finding in people’s luggage the things they’re supposed to be looking for. If the TSA has confiscated eight hundred guns, that means that several hundred or even thousand more have evaded their notice (and none of those people used them to try to hijack the airplane; go figure).

      Why do people bring guns onto airplanes? Because they didn’t know or forgot that they had them or that they’re prohibited. Silly, absent-minded, a ridiculous mistake? Sure. Unrealistic? Not at all.

      Take myself as an example. I like to travel with a knife (one of those multi tools with a pliers, knife, and assorted other tools; it’s a tremendously useful thing to have), and so I usually put one in my luggage when packing for a trip. When traveling by airline, I put it in my my checked luggage. Twice, I have absent-mindedly carried a knife onto an airline flight in my carry-on bag. Again, silly, absent minded? Sure. But it’s actually a rather easy mistake to make. Incidentally, neither time did the TSA spot it 🙂

      It completely boggles the mind why some people are so worried about terrorism in the face of a total lack of any terrorism problem.

      Also, rachkennedy:
      Perhaps, rather than blaming your extra 20 minute wait on some innocent lady just trying to go about her business and get from point A to point B, you could blame it on the government agency with such a stick up their butts that they will hold up a big line full of people, not satisfied with the effort that that lady made to facilitate their suspicionless search of her personal effects because she chose the *wrong size* of *clear plastic bag* (god forbid!).

  13. jamoliah says :

    It seems that since Steve Job’s death every magazine or tabloid I look at has included an article on how he has affected “everyone’s” life. This “everyone” is generally the magazine’s audience, which has included Purdue students, Americans, small town residents, and more. I don’t mean to insult, but to me that type of exaltation seems to be more than over the top. Surely Steve Jobs has accomplished a lot and depending on who you asked he might even be viewed as inspiring, but I think it should be left at that. He was only a man, nothing more…

  14. Jillian Straub says :

    I find it really unbelievable that people still try to bring things like guns on to planes; and scary at the same time. I have three very close family members that will all be flying in the next month; I like to think that airport security is better than ever but you can’t help but worry still when people are still trying things like this.

  15. spkuo says :

    Steve Jobs’ death, I didn’t even believe it at first. I woke up Wednesday morning and was doing some research for class when on the sidebar of the website I was one had a small headline that read: Steve Jobs died. My initial reaction was like…”yeah right, there’s no way…” But, curiosity got the best of me so I just typed it into google and tons of articles came up announcing Steve Jobs’ death. Of course death is a part of life and everyone dies, but I was still shocked when I found out. My brother was showing me the Apple stocks today and had told me that the stocks were increasing after Jobs’ death. I thought he was kidding because after Jobs’ death, the stocks dropped a little bit, however, from Jobs’ death till now, the stocks have gone back up and seems to still be increasing. I guess we’ll have to see what happens next. If the stocks will keep increasing or will it reach a turning point and go downhill from that when other companies try to use Jobs’ death as a marketing advantage. Who knows…

  16. rotosteckel says :

    Steve Jobs – I’ll admit, I was also a little dumbfounded when I first heard about his death. It seemed like only yesterday that he went back to Apple, so we assumed that he was once again (reasonably) healthy. It is always sad to lose a human life, but I have no doubts that Steve Jobs will be (and is) receiving the “post-mortem rock star treatment” where the individual is glorified beyond what they could have humanly been (think Elvis Presley). I’ve come across an article stating that Jobs used a loophole to get a liver transplant before other people on the waiting list. That would normally be something that people would get into an uproar about (since we’ve all been brainwashed to wait in lines since Kindergarten), but I guarantee you that it will be fairly forgotten in a generation. (http://digitaljournal.com/article/274846)

    Occupy Wall Street – It saddens me to hear about the raids in Boston. It seems as though the police forces have decided to use the cover of night to “deal” with the protesters, which would also happen to be the time of day where the video that many of the protests have constantly streaming to the internet would be at the worst quality, making it hard to determine what was happening. The phrase “Protesting overseas? Democratic! Protesting in America? Un-Patriotic!” comes to mind. (http://weknowmemes.com/2011/10/protesting-overseas-democratic-protesting-in-america-unpatriotic/) There’s also a new (separate) “group” being formed calling themselves the 53%. These are the people who are working multiple jobs to put food on the table and a roof over their heads, basically working their tails off to live the “American Dream”, trying to live with the (usually sucky) hand of cards that a risky and irresponsible financial system has dealt them.

  17. shelbyfoster says :

    As far as the story about the man ditching the aircraft near Hawaii, I would really like to know what the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) says in their report. From the information given, it seems that there was some terrible planning involved, unless there is something I am missing. On a trip like this, he most likely needed a 45 minute reserve of fuel to make the trip legally, and the planes maximum range (1955 miles) wasn’t even long enough to make the trip (2,300 miles), let alone have enough fuel to fly an extra 45 minutes. It is possible that the aircraft has been modified and fitted for long-range tanks, but I find it odd that there is no mention of that in here.

  18. mfbecks says :

    I think that the article about how the “player” from the Ohio high school pricked the fingers of an opposing team during the post-game handshake is horrible. Why would this kid, who hadn’t even got off the bench and into the game, have any reason to inflict pain the opposing team, that his team beat 26-0? I just don’t understand kids these days in high school and why there are so many problems. Are parents not teaching their kids any morals at all? The article went on to say the family hired a lawyer to defend their son. I can’t believe this, what do they plan on teaching their son about life by trying to defend his atrocious actions? I believe that the kid regardless of age should be punished; he should clearly no longer be able to participate in his high school athletics along with any criminal charges that are brought up. He has tarnished the name of his high school along with his own sportsmanship and the values of his teammates. I believe that a lot of the problems of today’s teens goes back to their parents who clearly do not make enough time to pass on proper morals or values and obviously don’t care enough to try and guide them down the right path.

  19. bmasuoka says :

    With the passing of Steve Jobs it has actually had somewhat of an impact on me everyday. The reason being is that I own a MacBook, iPhone, iTouch(however I never use it anymore), and the iPad. I am always on these everyday, checking news, facebook, texting, etc. Now ever since Jobs has died I can’t happen to think about him everytime I use an apple product now. People can argue that he didn’t do anything for apple or that he got to much stardom. However, you can’t argue that he did save apple from falling into bankruptcy years ago and HELPED create and make innovated ideas for all the apple products. Now I hope that apple will stay successful for the years to come so I am still able to use there products everyday like I do now.

  20. bcozza says :

    Throughout this past week, the ever-growing Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City and the copycat demonstrations forming in cities across America have garnered increasing attention. Although I strongly believe in the demonstrators’ rights to protest and appreciate their concerns, their lack of a clear and unifying message concerns me. Without a common purpose, I fear that those lured to demonstrate solely by the opportunity to be publicly disobedient are hijacking the legitimate and sincere concerns of the protests’ founders. Certainly, history affords many accounts of formal disobedience that resulted in considerable good, such as the fight for civil rights in the 1960’s. However, organizers such as Martin Luther King, Jr. labored to unite demonstrators across the South behind a shared and dignified pursuit of equality. Unfortunately, the absence of a similarly charismatic leader and correspondingly clear message from the Occupy Wall Street protests undermines their credibility and diminishes support for their cause.

  21. rachkennedy says :

    It still surprises me how people cannot seem to follow the TSA’s guidelines. Going though airport security is never a fun experience, but if you think about it, they could be a lot more harsh than they already are. There is no way that the passengers who tried to bring weapons into the airport didn’t know the rules. Even though the TSA doesn’t catch everything, (I unknowingly made it to London with a large pair of scissors in my carry-on and upon my return home they were confiscated) there is still no reason to test the eyes of the officials. Trying to get weapons through security never results in anything good and everyone in line behind you is affected. I was held up in security this summer because the lady in front of my had a gallon sized bag for her liquids instead of a quart sized bag. Something as minimal as that tagged an extra 20 minutes on my wait in line. I can only imagine the frustration of the people in line behind the culprits mentioned in the articles. Thankfully, I’m a flight to California away from elite status, hopefully the frequent travelers stick to the rules and make going though security a breeze!

  22. ndirenzo19 says :

    As the NCAA football conferences are changing this year it seems like many of the teams are going to have a hard time adjusting. Teams like Nebraska get used to certain styles of play and are often thrown off when they go up against something different. These teams also become very familiar with the teams they play in their conferences year after year, so entirely changing conferences leads to six or seven games against teams that you may have never played before. While changing conferences is beneficial for these teams in the long run, the next three to four years are going to be tough as they get adjusted to different styles of play and the new teams on their schedules.

  23. jmbalser says :

    I simply cannot believe that both the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees got knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. The Phillies had the best record in baseball during the regular season and somehow lost to a team that barely made it into the playoffs, thanks to the collapse of the Atlanta Braves. However, nothing made me more ecstatic as when the Yankees lost to the Detroit tigers. I saw this for multiple reasons…..the first being that I am a Boston Red Sox fan. My favorite team in the MLB is the Chicago Cubs which is in the National League, however, my favorite AL team is the Red Sox. The second part that I liked about the Yankees losing is that everyone seems to think that the word baseball goes hand in hand with the Yankees. But the Florida Marlins have a won as many World Series titles in the past decade. And the third part of the Yankees losing is that they chose to sit the majority of their starters which lead to a loss (and a Red Sox loss) that allowed the Tampa Rays into the playoffs instead of the Boston Red Sox. So as far as I am concerned…the YANKEES STIIIIIIIIIIIIINK!!!!

  24. brianbritt says :

    Occupy Wall Street: Steckel, Brad (Cozza)

    It’s an important week of news… let’s chat, shall we?

    James (He), your point is well-taken about the nature of humanity itself. As Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1789, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I think this connects well to the comment James (Lesniowski) made about Jobs only being human, just like the rest of us. Still, as Cody and tgoe1 noted, he was definitely an iconic figure who held a significant influence over the development of technology — just like Al Davis, his presence transformed the daily lives of millions of people, like Logan and Brian indicated. That does help to explain why it’s so hard for some to believe that Jobs is gone, as Pearl and Steckel put it. The more of an influence that someone had on your life, the harder it is to imagine a world without that presence. Jung, I see your logic about Apple using Jobs’ passing to their advantage. It’s a little morbid to think of a strategic death for a business, but I get what you’re saying. Still, as Chris’ comments indicated, it does mean that Jobs won’t be adding to his set of 33 patents for Apple, so even the biggest conspiracy theorist would have a difficult time finding much “strategy” in the long run.

    Perhaps it’s an odd connection, but The Simpsons has also exerted a profound influence on many viewers. Those of you who are fans, think about how much time you’ve spent watching the show over the past few decades. (For some of you, the show may be older than you are!) It certainly changed the landscape of animated series in the U.S. with the sort of humor that you described, Derek. Really, that alone makes it important. It’s remarkable that The Simpsons has maintained such a long run, given that an incredibly small number of shows survive a single decade, but that just goes to show that it has a special sort of spark, Faisal.

    Catherine, I’m glad you brought up the immigration issue. I actually meant to add it to this week’s blog post myself, but that story got lost in the shuffle. It’s certainly a controversial issue. A lot of people wholeheartedly agree with your viewpoint, given the taxpayer dollars involved in supporting those who don’t pay taxes because they’re here illegally. On the other hand, others have made a historical case about immigration in the U.S. to challenge immigration laws, adding that those who would deny benefits to the families of illegal immigrants are heartless. (Actually, I referenced that particular quote as well as one rebuttal in a previous blog post.) It’s a thorny topic, to say the least. Both sides have valid points to make, but national policy doesn’t work in such a way that both sides can be right.

    It’s terrifying that people would think they could board a plane with luggage like that, isn’t it, Greg? People can be rather frightening sometimes, Jillian, particularly when you look at the stat Brad (Johnson) provided about the 800 firearms. Everyone makes mistakes, like Rachel mentioned, but unless you’re one of those few individuals who is authorized to test whether airport security is up to snuff, there’s no reason to try to slip something by the TSA. Then again, if the pilots themselves are making catastrophic errors, like the one Shelby mentioned, then perhaps it doesn’t much matter what passengers are doing. The virus is a pretty wild development, too. Given that our computer scientists have been unable to remove it, as both you and Chris noted, I’m not sure how much I trust their claim that it’s not transmitting any information. It makes me wonder whether they fully understand the way this virus works, if they’re really so baffled by why it won’t go away. Rudy, you have an interesting thought about feeding false information to the virus. It doesn’t sound like that’s what the military is actually doing, but perhaps that’s an idea they ought to consider.

    Bryce, it’s certainly surprising how the end of the season turned the whole playoff picture on its head. The comebacks by Tampa Bay and St. Louis — or, depending on how you look at it, Boston’s and Atlanta’s collapses — were both monumental swings of historic proportions. (I sometimes check coolstandings.com, which ESPN uses to project the likelihood of making the playoffs; St. Louis, for one, was given a meager 1.1% chance just a few weeks before they clinched the NL Wild Card.) As if that wasn’t enough, Joel’s right to mention that the first round shredded the two favorites. It’s exciting to see the underdog succeed, but it’s also been funny to see how sports commentators have been reacting. (In particular, I’ve noticed a strong bias toward east coast teams in ESPN commentary over the past few years, and now their staff looks like they don’t know what to make of this.)

    On the football end of things, I was shocked by the finger-pricking story as well, Michael. It’s horrifying to think that a high schooler would do such a thing for no reason at all. I don’t know what conclusion to draw about the next generation or about the state of morals in our society in general, but that story sickened me on multiple levels when I read it. That’s the sort of thing that took some of my attention away from the conference shifts, although that’s certainly a big issue as well, ndirenzo19. With all the money at stake for these colleges — and, subsequently, funds for students and campus resources — these conference realignments have huge implications far beyond the athletic realm. It will be interesting to see how everything plays out, both for the teams on the field adjusting to new play styles and the colleges off the field chasing the almighty dollar.

    It’s curious to see how protests are treated in the U.S., Steckel. Part of the issue is that, since our political system is a representative democracy, where multiple viewpoints are constantly being posed, it’s easy to see different groups disagree over whether a given protest is righteous or detrimental. We don’t treat the outcome in the same way that we would if, say, it was a protest against a dictatorship, in which case a larger portion of people are naturally inclined to agree with those who are standing up to the more powerful regime. I suppose that’s just a matter of psychology. With that in mind, it seems like we have some disagreement here about the protests, as Brad seems a bit more skeptical than you, Steckel — and that disagreement is a good thing, since it indicates that there can be disagreement. In other societies, dissent is often met with bloodshed. Whether or not you agree with the protesters, it’s at least comforting to know that people can speak their minds without fearing for their lives.

    I like what I’m seeing so far this week. Keep those comments coming, people!

  25. kylejnewton says :

    I was definitely sad to hear about Steve’s death. I wasn’t near a news source when it was announced, but I got several texts from people who knew my love for Apple and Jobs very quickly after the news was released. This continued into the next day and as I had a chance to get on the computer I saw facebook was absolutely FLOODED with posts about his death. He was obviously a very influential figure to our generation simply based on the fact that we were users of a lot of the products that made Apple what it is today and Steve Jobs who he is today as well. I am looking forward to the release of his Biography which was pushed up to October 24th. No matter how you feel about Jobs as a person, you can’t deny the impact he had on technology and if you haven’t touched, heard about or seen one of his products in the last 24 hours you’re likely living under a rock. He’ll definitely be missed and I really empathize with his family and children who lost their husband and father when he was only 56. My parents were born in 1955 just like Jobs and I can’t imagine losing one of them right now.

  26. jordanthielker12345 says :

    I’d like to go back a bit on the news category and discuss the drone hacking incident. I am actually quite shocked that the fleet of drones affected by the virus are still operational. I realize it would be expensive to change out all the UAV’s computing chips but I think it is well worth it. An unknown computer virus from an unknown source can be dangerous in the sense that if the virus isn’t relaying information for copying purposes then an alternate mission was designed for it. I feel like referencing Terminator and how the machines turn on the human race. If the virus is self-activated on a timer then at a specified time embedded in the code the virus could theoretically take control of the UAV and gain access to its weapons load. With that in mind, the targets could be anyone. A scary concept but if someone has the capability to hack into a secure Air Force fleet of drones then the source could take control with the same virus.

  27. mporter7 says :

    I think the current race for the republican presidential candidate is very interesting. Unfortunately I was not able to see the latest debate. I like that there seems to be a decent variety of candidates. As for the statistic about the generic republican candidate, I think is a very telling poll. Obama has been dealing with a lot of criticism lately and I think a large portion of Americans would like anyone thats not Obama in the White House. I think there are some very generic republican candidates in the runnings right now but I think at this point we need politicians who are not generic. Generic politicians are the ones that got us into this mess. Obama ran on a platform that hailed him as a new kind of politician. However, love him or hate him, I think Obama is a pretty generic politician. This country needs people in from both parties who are less interested in politics and more interested in doing what is best for the American people.

  28. khabenic says :

    I don’t have a lot of extra time to watch the news, so I look forward to the discussions posts of the week so I can catch up on some events happening in the world. I was shocked as well as saddened to see the amount of airline scares that have happened recently. I’m one of those people that are terrified of flying in general; I can get on a plane, but I can’t stop thinking that the plane will inevitably crash. Silly I know, but never the less, I don’t need any added stress by worrying about someone bringing a weapon on the plane to potentially harm people. Like I said, it too just saddens me. I thought that we as a country might be past incidents like this, but I guess we are not. In reality, I know that there’s always going to be someone out that that’s unhappy with us, I guess I’m just tired of seeing them convey that unhappiness by killing innocent people.

  29. usernamesuck says :

    Remember when businesses and citizens had to pay their own bills? Neither do I, at least in my lifetime. Americans rely on the government too much. I would like to think that our founding fathers would turn over in their graves if they saw how the near ideal government has been manipulated by politics. Politics are simply terroists just operating within the confides of how they interpret the law. It would be nice to be so naive as to think that all of our elected leaders were angels and had no hidden, pocket lining agendas. Once in a while, someone steps up, tells it like it is, and is subsequently destroyed because people would rather live in an illusion of tickled ears and idiocracy (and handouts). Other times politics simply point fingers………cough, cough. It is a broken system. These things have a way of resolving themselves I feel, but probably not until I repay all my federal student loans and bail out some other “too big to fail” company.

  30. Jake Gebuhr says :

    All of the recent talk about this Occupy Wall Street group, as well as their infiltration in more than 900 other cities worldwide this week, has become ridiculous in my opinion. Many Conservatives are painting this group as the “tea party of the Liberals”, but this is totally incorrect. Has anyone from a Tea Party protest ever gone to the bathroom on a police car? Does the Tea Party collect in large parks and smoke marijuana while having sex in the open? Does the Tea Party make accusations that “the Jews were responsible for controlled demolition of the World Trade Center”? This group is a classic example of a cult-like conspiracy theory group. It is fairly clear that our government does have massive problems, and Capitalism has problems as well. It can lead to plutocratic government control, but these folks have established what is basically a religion – they have crafted a fictional complete story based on a few conspiracy theories and they believe deeply in it. They mainly just believe what they are told by someone they see as intelligent. Well, some of them. The rest are just out to make a name for themselves, smoke drugs, or act like hippies from the 60s (which includes all of the above). Look at the group behind these protests – the infamous “Anonymous” hacker group that has caused failures of big online sites and tried to hack into numerous government computer networks like the CIA, FBI, etc. Anyone who looks at these self-righteous kids as “excellent, intelligent role models” is just not thinking for themselves, nor thinking at all. I will leave it at that.

  31. Derek Stewart says :

    Personally, I am shocked that anyone would ever walk into an airport carrying those weapons; what were they thinking? I am glad to see the TSA did detain these people, preventing them from boarding the aircraft. As a pilot, this makes me feel better about the improved security measures airports are taking to make flying a safer environment. I have never owned an Iphone but desperately want one. For those of you who have previously owned an Iphone or have bought the new Iphone 4S, is it worth getting? Should I wait for the Iphone 5? What is different about the new phone compared to previous versions? As presentation two approaches, I am interested in seeing what everyone presents on. I think this will be the most difficult speech for me, simply because we have to demonstrate how to use something which will be difficult to manage while trying to stay engaged with my audience.

  32. kingkyle35 says :

    After just finishing up my Presentation II I have some advice for those who still have not…

    Most of my comments said I did a really good job of explaining technical jargon to my topic. Dont forget, although you may think you are using a common term, not everybody has had the same experience and schooling as you. And when you are explaining these terms, talk slower. Letting the information have time to sink in with your audience is best practice.
    The use of the visual aid is your best friend here. For my speech, I utilized handouts of a diagram that clearly explained my topic.
    And lastly, when possible, explain your demonstration with pictures/diagrams. Being only a 4-5 minute speech, there is not much time to have lengthy explanations when a visual can sum it up in a matter of seconds.

    best of luck to all!

  33. lopurdue says :

    First of all, I would like to talk about Steve Jobs. It is really sad that we lost him. He is one of the most successful visionary businessmen in the world. He did not have a great amount of technical knowledge but he still managed to come up with the iPhones. He found what people need the most and eliminate what people don’t need. This sounds really easy but as I have learned in CIT, finding business(product) requirement is by far the hardest thing to accomplish. I am not sure when the next visionary leader will come for Apple.

    Secondly, Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City has lost its significance now. It was a great activity at first but it is just going the wrong way and people have not yet noticed that. What I can see now is just a lot of people polluting the environment at Wall Street trying to accomplish nothing. What else can be done to solve this issue? We are still looking for it.

  34. Emma says :

    One of the articles was about how scientists might have found an explanation where Earth’s water may have come from. That’s incredible! They used a powerful telescope that found a comet which contains a rare type of hydrogen that matches the hydrogen in the Earth’s oceans. Although this finding doesn’t directly affect anybody’s daily life, it’s an important piece of the mysteries of the universe. I think it’s fantastic that technology is advanced enough to build telescopes that can pick up comets that are located over one million miles away.

  35. paulglab says :

    The air force base in Nevada that was infected with a keylogger is an interesting story. They found out that it was just a virus to steal gaming passwords. It makes me wonder who made such an elaborate virus that was good enough to infect an American air base. It makes me wonder if our information that is stored in government databases are really safe or not. If that virus had been made for taking over the drone system, imagine the power the controller would have had. You could start World War III with that.
    This also makes me wonder how the base was even infected at all. Where did this virus come from?

  36. stlbirds says :

    Fall baseball is great. This year has been an exciting one for all of the teams in the postseason. Even the week before leading into the postseason was crazy. With the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Rays making great comeback to win the wild card of there leagues. It has been and exciting postseason with the 2 best teams in baseball getting eliminated. I myself am a cardinals fan and it has been an exciting past few weeks.

    Hank Williams Junior was great for Monday Night Football. After hearing his song at the beginning of the game got you excited to watch the game. Sure he made some controversial political comments. I believe that Hank went about it well with an apology and saying that it was great fun writing those songs.

  37. weissapurdue says :

    I wanted to talk briefly about the drone system that was infected by a computer virus. I’m currently enrolled in a Network Security course and to me it’s unbelievable the wide range of new ways hackers are infecting various systems. Security has become a hot topic over the last year or so as more and more attempts are being made to breach data centers that contain personal data. Now, not only must we be weary of data center breaches but also breaches of national defense security. While the drone systems were infected with some sort of worm, I won’t be surprised if hacker groups such as Anonymous find more ways to infiltrate other vital systems.

  38. jkambic says :

    Concerning the use of key-loggers on United States Military Drones,
    I find this both remarkable, and a matter of progression in warefare that was predictable. As the military has become more dependent on leveraging technology to gain an advantage, it’s logical that enemies of the state would use this same tactic as an attack vector. What is so alarming is that this is more or less a proof of concept. It is assumed that there was a way to attack them because they are at their core as much digital as mechanical, but this is a (all things considered) more benign example of what could be done. A keylogger may be capable of leaking intelligence about the drones and how they are controlled and where they are operating, but that’s just the gateway for more sinister ends. Imagine if someone was able to intercept and manipulate commands sent to the drones, and activate its weapon systems. This rouge drone could then be used to make attacks on unauthorized targets, even civilian targets, all under the guise of being U.S. initiated. Even if it came out later the attack was contrived and not a U.S. operation, damage control would be mitigated by International outrage over the incident. The damage would be fairly irreversible and could instigate backlashes from any number of U.S. enemies.

    Scary stuff.

  39. moormanja says :

    Ever since the conference realignments have happened, I knew most of the teams that moved wouldn’t be ready for the different type of football style they are about to play. When I watched the Nebraska/Wisconsin game, I knew Nebraska wasn’t ready for Big Ten football and I was right. They got killed on the field. Now with all of the teams that are moving to the SEC from the Big 12 or possibly going to the ACC or PAC 12 they have to learn how to play a different style of football. So for the teams that are about to leave, you might want to reconsider the move if it is just about the money or getting your school into a bigger conference.

  40. jykim315 says :

    It was very shocking and scary when I first read about the key-logger virused military drones. As far as I know (I might be wrong), control stations for UAVs are not connected to the internet. They are connected to the inter-military network and it is theoretically almost impenetrable with virus. According to other new sources, the virus may have transmitted through USB memory drives used by military personnel. Pentagon will never tell us exactly what happened, but, no matter what has actually happened, it is serious security issue. A programer who is seating behind computer can sell those information or use to harm civilians or international relationship. Pentagon has not announce plan for future airforce fighter after F22, but many people suspect that next airforce fighter plane will be unmanned drone. I hope US military find solution for this virus issue before they develop any heavily armed military drones. I am so glad that cold war is officially over. If this happened during the cold war, misuse of a single military drone could bring doomsday for mankind.

  41. vmgray says :

    It was sad to find out that Steve Jobs died. I honestly didn’t follow his life a lot until this class. It’s kind of weird knowing that the genius behind some amazing pieces of technology is gone. It was also very awkward knowing that we are reading a book about him in class. I believe that he will forever be one of the greatest presenters of all times. Even though he is gone, I know that he will be remembered. I know that recently the new IOS launched and every on my twitter timeline was talking about it. People are still making photo shopped pictures of him on Facebook.

  42. Colin Patterson says :

    Steve Jobs did a lot for the world of technology. He created a simple way for anyone to use computers. For this, he is a great man because computers all too commonly become complicated for anyone to use. Apple has made it their standard for anyone to be able to easily use it, but this limits customization.

    Although Jobs will be missed by Apple fanatics, his legacy and his way of thinking will continue past his death.

  43. kaileenkraemer says :

    I give my Presentation II on Tuesday, and I am pretty nervous for it as of now. There is so much I want to talk about for my demonstration, but I am trying to figure out how to fit it all into the time constraints without leaving anything out to unintentionally confuse my audience. I think my visuals will really help explain my topic, however, so at least I have that as an advantage. They are bound to keep my audience paying attention and trying to figure it all out, at the very least.

    I couldn’t help but notice the article about The Simpsons being renewed for two more seasons. I am incredibly excited about this, because I have read articles recently that made it sound like the series was done. I’m glad that the memorable characters of The Simpsons are still not a thing of the pastt!

  44. fiddlestix22 says :

    I was shocked like most were when I heard Steve Jobs had passed. I’m not a big Apple or Mac fan, but I still recognize Jobs as an influential figure. Though I knew about his health problems I guess It was just hard to fathom such an iconic figure passing. I am curious how Apple will fair in the future without Jobs. Though he had resigned, he still had the connotation of being Apple’s lead man.

    I also give my presentation on Tuesday and I am worried that I will have too much to say! I have already had to cut out quite a bit and may have to cut out more. It’s harder than you think, to say what you want to say within 4 to 5 minutes and have time to explain visuals.

  45. Shawn Farrington says :

    I’d love to see Cain win the presidency, being from Purdue and all. I haven’t been up on the candidates as well as I should be, but for some reason I don’t see Obama winning a second term. The Republican party has so much fire and momentum that it really wouldn’t matter which conservative wins, as long as they get one man in there so they secure the office. I feel like It’s the entire Republican party vs. each Democrat as an individual.

  46. Merry Hetzer says :

    My presentation is coming up and I am nervous as well about the timing. Briefly reading other people’s comments I see a consistency in having the timing issue. I’m nervous that I will have too much to talk about or show and run out of time. So I will have to practice and possibly shorten mine considerably. Making sure that I can teach something in the right amount of time and keeping it simple enough for everyone to follow is going to be the hardest part with my subject I feel like. The presentations so far have been great and I’m looking forward to see what’s coming.

  47. bmonroe16 says :

    In response to the article about airport security and the keyloggers, computer viruses will eventually be the target of terrorists attacks. As technology continues to grow throughout the United States, it becomes more necessary to have it. This means that taking out one system may hurt us more than losing lives. If our technology was destroyed, it would put them at a huge technological advantage.

  48. davidjames1187 says :

    I will be giving my presentation 2 on Thursday, and unfortunately I still feel very nervous about presenting still. I have a great idea of how I want the presentation to go, but without using a bunch of excuses, I’ve literally had very little time to practice thus far. This time of the semester has been overwhelmingly packed with projects and exams, but I imagine that I will get some late night practice way to close to the due date. But that’s college I guess. I think one of my biggest concerns is how to simplify the demonstration to keep the audience interested but at the same time not being too vague.

    On the lighter note topic, I personally hate baseball. I would rather watch paint dry than be subject to suffering through a baseball game. So I can’t wait for the baseball season to end so I can be better entertained by basic programming. I will however say, that the rally squirrel did capture my interest for about 20 replays.

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