SCOTUS scrutinizes CFAA in case closely watched by hacker community

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan attend the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in Van Buren v. United States, a computer crimes case whose verdict could significantly broaden or narrow the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in Van Buren v. United States, a computer crimes case whose verdict could significantly broaden or narrow the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), including whether members of the ethical hacking community could face federal penalties.

The high court’s future ruling may ultimately hinge on whether the justices agree with the U.S.’s interpretation of the statute – particularly how it defines when a person has criminally

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Magic Software Inc. Becomes a Contributing Member of IMS Global Learning Consortium, Strengthening Commitment to Serve the Global EdTech Community

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Magic Software Inc. announced that it has become a Contributing Member of IMS Global Learning Consortium, the largest and most productive non-profit collaborative advancing educational technology innovation and impact. The New York-based Magic serves education publishers and edtech companies to build their digital learning products and solutions. Besides providing outsourcing services, its cloud-based MagicBox platform allows publishers to deliver learning products for enabling remote learning to over 4.5 MM students globally.

Magic has been associated with IMS since 2017 and is now seeking to aggressively contribute to several IMS key initiatives, including Digital Credentials and Pathways, Learning Data and Analytics, and CASE Network. Magic will also contribute to project groups for Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®), OneRoster®, and other IMS standards to further develop a seamless learning ecosystem for education markets. As digital adoption is growing,

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Computer scientist and community builder

When Charlie Helms decided to major in computer science more than three years ago, he was excited for the possibilities ahead of him.

It seemed like the perfect major to combine his interests in science, math and business. It would even let him tap into his creative side.

Three years later, Helms knows he made the right choice. He’s interned with Cisco, networked with executives at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase, and in January, he’ll start a full-time job as a program manager at Microsoft.

Helms will graduate from Carolina in December, completing his degree a semester early.

“I feel like in the past three years, I’ve done so much that I feel like I’ve gotten everything out of Carolina that I possibly could have,” said Helms, a native of Spring Lake, North Carolina. “From research, doing internships, to having really amazing friendships, to traveling abroad.”

Initially, though, he

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Department of Planning, Community Development announces upcoming forums

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The Department of Planning and Community Development announces three upcoming virtual forums for the public to learn about community planning initiatives and to provide feedback on the following dates in the evening:

  • Dec. 1: Residential Design Guidelines 
  • Dec. 8: Economic Analysis of Industrial Zoning Districts; and
  • Dec. 14: Connect Arlington.

The Residential Design Guidelines aim to provide residents, architects, builders and Arlington’s development review Boards and staff with a set of best practices to guide new construction and renovations to single-family and two-family homes in Arlington’s lowest-density neighborhoods, the R0, R1, and R2 Zoning Districts. The Guidelines give designers and community stakeholders more flexibility to find creative design solutions. The Design Review Working Group, DPCD and consultant Harriman invite residents to review the Residential Design Guidelines and attend the virtual forum. More information about this project, including a link to the draft of the Residential

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How To Foster Professional Development And Community For Remote Teams

Marie Hattar is CMO at Keysight Technologies, responsible for brand and global marketing efforts.

The pandemic has completely transformed how teams work — from collaboration and communication to productivity and accountability. It’s also given company leaders the opportunity to rethink professional development for virtual teams.  

Now that we’ve moved past the crisis mode and have settled into remote work, marketing leaders need to focus on engagement and development of team members’ careers remotely. More than just virtual happy hours for team bonding, we need to ensure that employees can still learn, grow and drive their careers forward in a virtual setting. 

In this article, I’ll share virtual professional development and communications strategies to help you broaden your team member’s skill sets, increase their agility and create exciting new career challenges to keep talent engaged. 

1. Offer virtual training sessions. 

Just because your team is working from home doesn’t

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PNW gaming community highlighted at Game Awards; ‘Ghost of Tsushima,’ ‘Among Us’ nominated

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Several games from the Pacific Northwest’s development community are among the major nominees at the 2020 Game Awards, an annual livestreamed ceremony that celebrates the highest achievements in the video games.

The Bellevue, Wash.-made samurai epic Ghost of Tsushima, made by Sucker Punch as an exclusive for the PlayStation 4, is one of the most celebrated games at the show. It grabbed nods for Game of the Year, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Audio Design, Best Action/Adventure Game, and Best Game Direction. Ghost’s lead actor Daisuke Taiji, who voiced and provided motion capture for Ghost’s protagonist Jin Sakai, was also nominated for Best Performance.

Ghost has the third most nominations of any game that’s up for an award at this year’s show, behind Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II and Supergiant’s Hades. In the last year of the eighth generation of video game

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McGuire adjusts design of new North Buffalo Community Center | Local News

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A revised rendering of the planned North Buffalo Community Center, with changes by McGuire Development Co. in response to community concerns.

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An older rendering of the planned North Buffalo Community Center, before changes by McGuire Development Co. in response to community concerns.

In essence, one of McGuire’s own partners – who has been involved in the project for the past 18 months – now wants the city to block the plan.

On its other side, the developers are pulling the proposed building back from St. Lawrence Avenue by 26 feet, aligning it with the existing gym that will be retained and integrated into the project, while creating more open space and improving the transition to the adjacent homes. The team also narrowed the driving lanes, introduced an area of pervious pavers on the ground in place of a hard surface and shifted some of

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How The Crypto Community Got Divided Into Two Halves: CeFi Vs. DeFi

There are two halves of the financial system from a crypto enthusiast’s perspective — traditional finance and cryptocurrency finance. But the crypto space now has two subspaces — centralized finance (CeFi) and decentralized finance (DeFi). Here’s how the divide happened.

One of the original ideas behind cryptocurrency is to have a wholly peer-to-peer network that doesn’t need centralized intermediaries such as financial institutions. Events played out differently in reality, however.

First, there are two ways to own crypto. You either receive payments in crypto or exchange government-issued money, such as the dollar for it. Most people enter the market via fiat gateways, and that complicates things —

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Community colleges boost internet capability through network

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s 15 community colleges are upgrading to a fiber-based broadband network that officials say will allow faster internet speeds and more collaboration with other institutions of higher learning and research in the state.

The Mississippi Optical Network (MissiON), run by C Spire, already serves the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, the Stennis Space Center and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers’ Engineering Research and Development Center, as well as a number of other major institutions.

The network allows members to access speeds up to 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and share virtual resources, C Spire CEO Hu Meena said.

“MissiON allows students, researchers and others from Jackson State to use the supercomputer at Mississippi State,” University of Southern Mississippi chief information officer David Sliman said during an online announcement Thursday. “Likewise, MissiON allows terabytes of oceanographic data generated by USM and Stennis Space Center

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Howard Community College Introduces Software Development Apprenticeship


Apprenticeship program offered in partnership with NewWave

COLUMBIA, Md.—Howard Community College introduced a software development apprenticeship program in partnership with NewWave, a full-service information technology (IT), business services and data management company based in Elkridge. The program will train apprentices for positions in software development, computer systems engineering, and data engineering.

Howard Community College announces the new apprenticeship program during National Apprenticeship Week this week, a nationwide celebration in support of apprenticeships established by the U.S. Department of Labor.

“Howard Community College and NewWave’s apprenticeship program blazes a trail in the IT industry,” said Vignesh Rajan, vice president for engineering and Microsoft solutions at NewWave and adjunct professor at Howard Community College. “It gives students a chance to earn while they learn, while letting NewWave design training that gives professionals the skills needed to lead the company forward.”

Software development apprentices complete 3,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and

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