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Nov. 25, 2017 Uneven Sea Level Rise

On Nov. 25, 2017 NPR’s Christopher Joyce reported “The Sea Level Threat To Cities Depends On Where The Ice Melts — Not Just How Fast” about  a new study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Eric Larour thinks the sea level will rise more in some places like New York and Washington DC than others. “What happens is when you change the mass of the ice, the modification itself makes the wobble change, and this in turn changes the shape of the ocean on the Earth.” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s William Sweet said “Right here on the Severn River, we are somewhere that’s very likely to experience 25 to 50 percent more than the global average” of sea level rise.” “The land along Louisiana’s coast is sinking, for example, as are parts of the East Coast.” “So it really matters when you start planning … ‘I’m going to be prepared for one meter of sea level rise.’ Well, you might want to be prepared for four or five feet.”

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Jan. 15, 2013 STC Associate Fellows

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On Jan. 15, 2013, Society for Technical Communication Fellows Committee announced from Washington DC the latest Associate Fellows. They are Craig Baehr, Jenna Moore, Joel Meier, Kelly Graham, Mak Pandit, Marta Rauch, Mollye Barrett, Rachel Houghton, Rick Lippincott and Rick Sapir. Marta Rauch is a member of the Silicon Valley Chapter. Congratulations all!

Help celebrate by joining us on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM at the IHOP Restaurant on 4200 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara, CA 95054 (408) 980-8887. Jeff Johnson, Principal Consultant at UI Wizards will present “Designing What to Design: A Task-Focused Conceptual Model.”

Liz Fraley of Single-Sourcing Solutions talked about the upcoming TC Camp on Saturday January 26, 2013 at Silicon Valley Cloud Center, 222 Caspian Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1014.

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Dec. 13, 2010 The New Yorker

On Dec. 13, 2010 The New Yorker’s Ariel Levy wrote “Reservations” about the Long Island Shinnecock tribe’s attempt to open a casino and the effect it may have on their community.

Jonah Lehrer wrote “The Truth Wears Off” about the scientific method and how theories are challenged in that process.

Peter J. Boyer wrote “House Rule” about conservative Republican US Congress representative John Boehner’s experience growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio and in Washington DC. Missed Vietnam by that much.

John Cassidy wrote “Enter The Dragon” about how communist China adopted capitalism.

Copyright 2010 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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Oct. 27, 2009 SDF Fed Cloud

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On October 27, 2009 in Palo Alto at Tibco Software, the SDForum Cloud Services SIG presented “The Federal Government and Cloud Computing”. Bernard Golden, CEO of HyperStratus and Joshua McKenty, Technical Architect of NASA’s Nebula Project talked about the new federal commitment to cloud computing.

Bernard Golden recently spent a week in Washington, DC, meeting with Congressional Committee staff members and various Federal agencies to discuss their cloud computing initiatives and concerns. Bernard shared the status of the overall Federal cloud computing initiative, his recommendations to the groups he met with, and upcoming milestones and deliverables for the Federal cloud. He thinks Federal cloud computing efforts and commercial cloud ecosystem will integrate and both will benefit.

Golden spoke about Vivek Kundra, who became the first Federal CIO and is strongly committed to the cloud. When Kundra took over he found hundreds of data centers all over the country. He wanted not just structural efficiency but operational efficiency. On his first day he called a meeting and asked the attendees about cloud computing. When they first group said it couldn’t be done, Kundra fired them and called in the next group. Not surprisingly, they said it could be done.

Golden met with staff of congressional committee for the House Energy and Commerce. They are concerned about network neutrality now supported by FCC and how to get more bandwidth for all users.

Golden then met with staffers for the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs as well the Senate Intelligence Committees. They are very concerned about security in the cloud. Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification at the application level may not work well in the cloud. He thinks cybercrime can be fought with transparency.

Golden visited the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Government Services Administration (GSA). The GSA has an approved list that you want to get on if you want to sell software to the government. They now have App.gov, an approved cloud computing offering so all government agencies can get on demand cloud services functionality. For example, the Department of Interior can use a credit card to use Salesforce.com. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is available now and soon Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The bidding process is complex but Golden expects lots of demand.

Department of Defense is rolling out Rapid Access Computing Environment (RACE) as an internal cloud for agile computing. They see it as a faster and cheaper alternative to traditional purchasing of computing services.

Joshua McKenty told of his work as Technical Architect on Nebula Project, a Cloud Computing pilot under development at NASA Ames Research Center. He designed the service capabilities in the platform ensuring robustness, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. Nebula integrates a set of open-source components into a seamless, self-service platform. It provides high-capacity computing, storage and network connectivity.  It uses a virtualized, scalable approach to achieve cost and energy efficiencies. The fully integrated Nebula components provide rapid development of policy-compliant and secure web applications. It encourages code reuse, improves coherence and cohesiveness of NASA’s collaborative web applications. Nebula will offer cost-effective Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). As a hybrid cloud, external researchers will have consistent tool sets and high-speed data connections to collaborate with NASA.

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