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It seems today is the day when everyone is putting their stake in the ground, so I thought since I have a blog, and a stake, I should put my two cents in too. First, when people ask why should we the people bail out Wall Street when they caused the problem in the first place? Well, they did, but so did the rest of us. If you took out a second mortgage to pay living expenses or to buy luxury, you were living high on the real estate bubble, you caused the problem too, and we're bailing you out. Might as well start placing responsibility where it really belongs, and take some yourself. Second, I know these Republicans are dicks, and they lied about the pretense for war, and just yesterday they admitted to discussing torture in The White House (which is worse than what Bill Clinton did in the White House). There's no reason to trust them, but I've weighed all the evidence... (more)

A Developing Country That Can Teach Hawaii an IT Strategy Lesson

IT Strategy on Ulitzer Vietnam is in the process of upgrading the entire country’s IT system. With support from organizations such as the World Bank, Vietnam is rebuilding not only physical infrastructure, but also starting from the ground up building new IT systems – including a large scale virtualization strategy. Hawaii may not be so progressive. The first line of an Associated Press story on Hawaii’s lack of a functional IT strategy goes like this: “In many ways Hawaii’s government runs its computers like the Internet age hardly happened.” (AP) The story goes on to expose Hawaii’s lack of IT policy, the fact they are using old systems, a mixture of Apple and PCs for individual users, have a 1960s version of disaster recovery (offsite physical diskette storage), and other parallels with industry that add more discouraging evidence to Hawaii’s IT shortfalls. Sens... (more)

Anup Ghosh on Cybersecurity in 2012: Let’s break the security insanity cycle

Editor’s note: the post below by Anup Ghosh first appeared on the Invincea blog and is republished here with the author’s permission. bg Prediction 2012: Hackers Will Find New Fertile Ground to Pharm Posted by Anup Ghosh on November 29, 2011 Invincea is on record that the year 2011 will go down as the year the fundamental underpinnings of Internet security fell. In fact, it is the bloodiest year on record for Internet security. Not only did we witness compromises of Certificate Authorities to forge digital certificates, the compromise of the market-leading two-factor authentication product, and SSL, but also the rise of the Hacktivist in taking down major corporations publicly. Once again, it’s that time of year where we not only reflect on the year behind us, but also contemplate what the future holds. The 2011 List In thinking about 2012, it’s worth a look-back to ... (more)

Debrief From The 2012 Recorded Future User Network Conference (Part One)

By BobGourley Recorded Future held their annual user network conference in DC 16 Oct 2012.  This post is the first of a two part debrief on the event: On The Ambiance: The event was packed. Standing room only. And it was packed with the right kinds of people. Government and Industry thought leaders, analysts and data scientists with real world responsibilities came together for a day of fast-paced sharing and interactions. It would be impossible to give justice to the many sidebar conversations: but they were all meaty and interesting since frequently the conversations were between people serving vastly different missions but sharing common needs for more insight on the world around them. This makes sharing of lessons learned, models and concepts of operation fun and mutually beneficial. And if you have an event that is both fun and mutually beneficial you have a re... (more)

Google Trekker Adds Hawaii Scenery to Street View

Last summer, Google announced a loan program for its backpack-like Street View Trekker cameras for organizations that want to help the company create imagery of interesting places. On Thursday, it launched the first collection of these images in cooperation with the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB). This is probably the ideal collection for all of us who are stuck with rain and snow right now. Google Trends says search interest in “Hawaii” has risen 78 percent in the last 30 days, which is probably a function of the weather in the lower 48. The new collection features lots of Hawaiian beaches, trails and other sights. When Google announced the Trekker loan program, it already said its first partner would be HVCB. At the time, the plan was to collect imagery from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Loa Observatory, Onomea Bay, Akaka Falls, Waipio Valley... (more)

OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in America

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of summer vacation season, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is pleased to honor the 2014 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Featuring restaurants showcasing both natural and urban beauty that attract locals and travelers alike, the complete list includes award winners in 28 states, such as Chart House Restaurant in Monterey, California, Top of Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Water's Edge in Long Island City, New York. The geographically diverse state of California handily dominates... (more)

Pearl Harbor Travel Package Features WWII Veterans and Historians

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As the horror of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor unfolded, PFC Bob Kinzler, U.S. Army, was watching the attack from his vantage point at Schofield Barracks. Radioman 3rd Class Everett Hyland was severely burned and wounded by shrapnel on the battleship USS Pennsylvania. George Brown was trapped in the capsized USS Oklahoma after it was hit by more than seven torpedoes. On December 7, 1941, these men were fighting for their lives. Learn firsthand these brave soldiers' personal experiences as they highlight The National World War II Museum's newest travel package, Pearl Harbor: America's Entry into World War II. This exclusive weeklong adventure begins on February 29, 2008 in San Diego with a visit to the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the USS Midway. The group will then travel to Los Angeles with a tour of the American Merchan... (more)

Inland Empire Public Relations Society of America to Host PRSA 2010 Western District Conference

PALM SPRINGS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/16/10 -- On April 28, 2010, leading media and industry experts from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada will meet in Palm Springs to participate in the PRSA 2010 Western District Conference, hosted by the Public Relations Society of America-California Inland Empire Chapter (PRSA-CIEC). The two-day convention provides a forum for communicators, marketing and public relations professionals to hone their skills and put into practice immediate strategies on the job and with clients. "Palm Springs in April is a fantastic location to host this event -- its great weather, and resort ambiance without 'big city' stress is sure to be a draw for attendees. The event is not until the end of April, and we're seeing registrations come in almost daily already," said Karen Bergh, President of the local chapter of PRSA which is ser... (more)

Hickam Federal Credit Union Adds Open Solutions’ Outsourced Imaged Payment Technologies to DNA™ Platform

Hickam Federal Credit Union of Honolulu, Hawaii has selected Open Solutions Inc.® Imaged Payment Technologies Group’s outsourced services to better integrate with its existing core platform, Open Solutions’ DNA™ (formerly The Complete Credit Union Solution®). Open Solutions is a leading provider of integrated enabling technologies for financial service providers in the United States, Canada and other international markets. Established in 1936 for Hickam Air Force Base, the federal credit union was founded as Hawaiian Air Depot Employees Federal Credit Union, later changing its name to Hickam FCU. Today, Hickam FCU is a community credit union with more than $431 million in assets serving the Ewa District and the island of Oahu with four branches. Hickam FCU cited Open Solutions’ integration capabilities to its existing Open Solutions’ DNA core platform as a primary ... (more)

Mitchell Releases DecisionPoint 7.2 Powered by Agile Development

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/22/12 -- Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty claims and Collision Repair industries, today announced the commercial release of Decision Point® 7.2. This latest release of the market-leading medical bill review and workflow solution for 1st and 3rd party liability claims handlers was developed and delivered using Agile Development principles emphasizing rapid time-to-market and client-driven feature development. "DecisionPoint 7.2 represents a significant change in our development methodologies that will deliver better outcomes, by simplifying and accelerating medical bill claim handling," said Dave Torrence, Mitchell Executive Vice President and General Manager, Auto Casualty Solutions. "I'm pleased with the valuable new functionality that has been added in... (more)

Warner Bros. Pictures', Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' And New Line Cinema's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey To Open In IMAX® Theatres Around The World Starting Dec. 12

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today announced that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format. The film will be released in IMAX® internationally starting Dec. 12 and domestically beginning Dec. 14. (Logo: ) "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the ideal story and visual spectacle to be experienced in IMAX 3D," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Our mantra is to support the vision of trailblazers like Peter Jackson and we're pleased that select IMAX theatres will also be play... (more)