IT/Web: April 2013 Archives

Judge: Chinese NASA contractor to be held till trial, Virginian Pilot

"Prosecutors argued that Jiang is a flight risk, saying he tried to leave the country abruptly after a Virginia congressman publicly identified him in connection with an investigation of NASA security procedures. Jiang worked for the National Institute of Aerospace, a Hampton-based NASA contractor. He was fired in January, two months after taking a NASA-owned laptop computer with him on a visit to China, an alleged violation of the space agency's security regulations. Jiang has admitted taking the laptop but says he had his supervisor's permission. Prosecutors acknowledged there is no evidence that Jiang possessed any sensitive, secret or classified material."

Earlier posts

NASA Internal Memo: Breach of Personally Identifiable Information Update

"As of now, there is no indication that any of the PII on the laptop has been used for fraudulent purposes as a result of this incident. However, we encourage anyone who receives a letter to take advantage of the services NASA is offering through ID Experts. The deadline to enroll in these services has been extended to May 31, 2013. Additionally, if you have registered with ID Experts and have experienced any suspicious activity, be sure to report it to ID Experts so they can help resolve it."

CASIS Media Advisory: Space, Cancer and Personalized Medicine Conference

"A live webcast of the Space, Cancer and Personalized Medicine Conference (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT) will also be available for interested media and can be viewed via link at www.iss-casis.org.

"**Please note that in order to participate in the live stream, you may be directed to download various applications. Computers with MAC operating systems will not have the ability to view the live stream."

Keith's note: If CASIS had any actual IT smarts they'd use USTREAM, Livestream, or do a Google Hangout for things like this - like everyone else does. All you need is a laptop with a webcam, a microphone, and an Internet connection. Chris Hadfield can tell them how to set this up.

Oh yes: it is really nice of CASIS to give everyone less than 24 hours notice. There is no mention of this event on the ISS National Lab page, NASA's Calendar, or even CASIS' events page Fixed.

Keith's update: This just goofy. Now CASIS tells Mac users "**Please note that in order to participate in the live stream, you may be directed to download a "Scopia" codec. Computers with MAC operating systems: restart your browser after installing the codec and use this link to join the conference: http://us.tryscopia.com/scopia/entry/index.jsp?ID=7658112" Install a codec? Yea right - what a great way to install malware on your computer.

Google Hangout anyone? Is this a taste of things to come with regard to ISS utilization - convoluted instuctions for something as simple and routine as a webcast? More inept public engagement from CASIS - all while Chris Hadfield has managed to use just about every social media platform he can think of - IN ORBIT.

International Space Apps Challenge, NASA

"The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in 80 cities around the world (in 42 countries) on the weekend of April 20-21, 2013. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with more then 150 partner organizations."

Join The Movement: International Space Apps Challenge, ESA

"In April, you are invited to join thousands of enthusiasts to invent and create applications to help space exploration and improve life on Earth at the International Space Apps Challenge. During this app-jam, participants are challenged to use freely available data and rework them for new purposes or present them in new ways."

- NASA's Inconsistent Support of the International Space Apps Challenge, earlier post
- NASA Space App Challenge Yields Real Results, earlier post
- NASA Stumbles Again When It Comes To Its Cool Stuff (update), earlier post

Keith's note: It has been a month since NASA Education AA Leland Melvin complained about lack of promotion for the Space Apps challenge yet there is still no mention on NASA's Education website. Its not on the NASA.gov calendar either.

NASA Ames Internal Memo: NTRS Offline - Use NASA Aeronautics and Space Database (NA&SD)

"Employees who are used to relying on NTRS (which is currently unavailable) may want to obtain access to NA&SD where they can find all of the information contained within NTRS, plus quite a bit more. The tradeoff is that the access to the additional content in NA&SD comes with limitations on how the information can be used and shared, consistent with existing export control regulations and laws."

- NTRS Is Online Again - Sort Of, earlier post
- NASA Blocks Everyone From Access To Everything on NTRS, earlier post


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