Archive for May 2013

Going into Debt, One Penny at a Time

According to the 2012 Annual Report of the United States Mint (p. 12), in that year the cost to produce each minted coin was as follows:

One-Cent (1¢) $ 0.0163
Five-Cent (5¢) $ 0.0829
Dime $ 0.0415
Quarter $ 0.0943
Dollar $ 0.1802

Fortunately, every purchase you make of the Millard Fillmore Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set offsets the instant debt created for each penny and nickel created!

Perhaps it’s time to send pennies and nickels out to pasture with half-cents and other outdated denominations.

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DoD granting network access to Android and Blackberry… !?!?!

Multiple media outlets, including FederalNewsRadio.com and Reuters are reporting today on a DoD announcement that it has granted permission for use of Samsung’s Android Knox and Research in Motion (RIM)’s Blackberry 10 and Playbook tablets.

The sad news is that no one told any IT implementers within the DoD, so essentially nothing has changed (yet).  Use of any IT device is subject to applying the DoDs Security Technical Implementation Guides, or STIGs.  As of this writing, the STIGs needed to actually deploy these devices are not available… so they are “approved” but no regulation-compliant means to put them into service exists at this point.

Additionally, the service components (Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force) typically need to put their specific “spin” on guidance issued at the DoD department level.  This means that for most of the DoD, nothing has changed for the time being… though the department’s gears seem to be turning in the right direction.

It should be noted that use of Android on DoD networks is not really new.  A STIG for Android 2.2 on Dell devices was released in December of 2011.

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