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Jan. 25, 2015 Blumbers

Sense of Community Colleges

On Jan. 14, 2015, Tom Hanks wrote an Op/Ed piece in the New York Times support President Obama’s plan to make community colleges free. Hanks attended Chabot Community College in Hayward California back the 1970s because it was free. Considering his contributions to the world it was money was well spent, but it is not just Tom Hanks that did well. I know thousands of people who benefitted from attending California’s community colleges. They learned valuable lifelong skills and more than paid back their value in taxes. Giving people access to education is not an expense, it is an investment in the future.

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Aug. 22, 2013 US Sec. Treasury Jack Lew

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On Thursday, Aug 22 2013 in Mountain View at the Computer History Museum, The Commonwealth Club hosted U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew. Steven Wright of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group welcomed the crowd and Adam Lashinsky of Fortune Magazine interviewed Lew about the Obama administration’s focus on accelerating growth, increasing job creation and strengthening the middle class by increasing investment in education and infrastructure. He talked briefly about his visit to the the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto as a way for large companies to collaborate with startups. He did not mention who will be the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

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Jun. 25, 2012 The New Yorker

On Jun. 25, 2012 The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta wrote “Paper Trail” about the battle of Amazon, Apple and publishers over control of the electronic publishing market. It signals the shift from the wholesale model publishers of selling books at a discount to bookstores to the agency model where the channel like Apple gets a thirty percent commission. In the battle over becoming the online gatekeeper controlling consumers, books seem irrelevant.

Jill Lepore wrote “Obama, The Prequel” about Obama’s family history. He said “I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.” In the worst of all possible worlds the impossible man wins.

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Jun. 6, 2011 The New Yorker

On Jun. 6, 2011 The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza wrote “Romney’s Dilemma” about how Mitt Romney’s Healthcare reform was adopted as the foundation for Obama’s plan so that Republicans would not object. After all, it was a Republican idea.

Louis Menand wrote “Live and Learn” about why college is necessary. It educates and socializes. It is necessary for a highly developed democratic society.

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Aug. 2, 2010 The New Yorker

Aug. 2, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Blame Games” about Wall Street blaming the slow economic recovery from their collapse on Obama. They fear regulation that never happened. Fareed Zakaria noted that “…Fortune 500 companies are sitting on a cash hoard of 1.8 trillion.” Do they fear a recovery even more? By pouting, if will they be missing out. They may be holding themselves back.

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “The Scales Fall” about overfishing. There are no longer plenty of fish in the sea.

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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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