IT/Web: October 2015 Archives

Former NASA Langley employee pleads guilty in federal case, Daily Press

"A former NASA Langley Research Center employee pleaded guilty this week to violating a NASA regulation by allowing a foreign national unrestricted access to a company computer. Glenn A. Woodell entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor count of violating a regulation and order of NASA and was sentenced to six months probation and a $500 fine, according to a judgment order signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert J. Krask. The charge stems from Woodell allowing Bo Jiang, who worked as a contractor at NASA Langley, access to a computer of a deceased NASA employee in 2011."

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The First (Analog) Tweet From Space - In 1968

"On October 14, 1968, the Apollo 7 crew became the first to broadcast live from space. Count the characters in their message. "Keep those cards and letters coming in, folks!". 44. A perfect Tweet. In 1968."

Keith's note: NASA MSFC is blocking access to links from using a common URL shortener - in this case NASAWatch uses the same URL shortener for links sent out via Twitter. The MSFC IT people have no idea how the Internet works. I wonder what other "gambling" sites they are blocking?

Oddly this link points to "NASA's Marshall Center to Conduct Active Shooter Emergency Exercise Oct. 22". Wouldn't you think that MSFC would want as may people as possible to know that this is an "exercise" and not something else? And if MSFC is now blocking what employees can see on Twitter, they may learn to regret this given that social media is often how law enforcement and employees find out what is going on during real shooter incidents.

Keith's note: Cool stuff, eh? Yet if you go to @NASANewHorizons (the Twitter account run by NASA) you see no mention of it - and infrequent mission updates such as this engine firing. But if you go to @NewHorizons2015 (run by mission PI Alan Stern) there are more official mission updates. Stern's salary (and those of other SwRI employees) when working on New Horizons comes from NASA. Yet SwRI staff specifically block access to news media Twitter accounts such as @NASAWatch forcing additional steps to be taken to get this information - information about a NASA mission paid for with NASA money. This also makes it impossible to directly retweet these Tweets to @NASAWatch followers (over 60,000 at this point). Again, what a splendid E&PO campaign this mission has i.e. blocking news media to easy access to mission information such that it is harder to redistribute that news. Funny, Alan Stern uses his @goldenspikeco Twitter account to follow @NASAWatch.

Blocking Good News From New Horizons, earlier post



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