Archive for April, 2011

Stumbling Into Bad Behavior


“(…)participants who faced a potential fine cheated more, not less, than those who faced no sanctions. With no penalty, the situation was construed as an ethical dilemma; the penalty caused individuals to view the decision as a financial one.
When we fail to notice that a decision has an ethical component, we are able to behave unethically while maintaining a positive self-image. No wonder, then, that our research shows that people consistently believe themselves to be more ethical than they are. ”
in The New York Times


Jean Bartik, Software Pioneer, Dies at 86 (one of the Top Secret Rosies)


“Ms. Bartik was the last surviving member of the group of women who programmed the Eniac, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, which is credited as the first all-electronic digital computer.”

in The New York Times

“In 1942, when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. Sixty-five years later their story has finally been told.”

in Top Secret Rosies

Top Secret Rosies Trailer from LeAnn Erickson on Vimeo.

Epsilon E-Mail Hack: What You Need to Know


“Names and e-mail addresses fell into the wrong hands last week, when Epsilon suffered a data breach affecting at least 19 of its client companies. It may sound scary, but don’t panic. Here’s what you need to know about the Epsilon e-mail hack”
see PCWorld

See also:
After Breach, Companies Warn of E-Mail Fraud
Analysis: Epsilon hacking shows new “spear-phishing” risks

Tech sector faces “serious and pervasive” skills shortage


“TORONTO – There could soon be more jobs than qualified people in Canada’s information and communications technology sector.”