Annual Sophomore Airport Projects to come with new changes

It’s that time of year again, every year in spring AHS sophomores begin their Airport projects for the port of seattle. Its the one event that marks an AHS student’s sophomore year.

Every year the sophomores at AHS team up in spring to do a project about Seatac International Airport. These projects involve a specific environmental problem that needs to be solved for that specific year and is a collaboration of all the work done by students in their sophomore year.

“The most important take-away is that problems and challenges are multi-faceted,” said Seatac airport Community relations manager Marco Milanese “and a multi-disciplinary approach is needed to successfully tackle them. We believe our annual Airports & the Environment curriculum reflects this view.”

The environmental problems are usually associated with a specific problem at the airport. Last year the airport had built a rental car facility and the problem was about enticing individuals to carpool in order to reduce congestion and emissions. The group with the best solution were allowed a tour of any place in the airport as well as a dinner at a Anthony’s seafood restaurant, and every year has the group’s names placed onto a plaque in the office.

The Port of Seattle, which runs SeaTac Airport, collaborates with AHS staff on the project. Port staff ranging from security officials to environmental engineers provide lectures, presentations, and activities for sophomores.

The annual project has also included the entirety of the sophomore class in a field trip to the airport. The fieldtrip is a tour of many major facilities not seen by passengers ranging from a tour of the labyrinthian baggage area to the third runway environmental offset areas or driving across the airstrip itself.

The sophomore project has evolved over the years, when the third runway was finally finished in 2008 the sophomore project was changed to suit it. This year isn’t any different from the previous, for the 2011-2012 year environmental problem the field trip has changed to include more content.

said Milanese “with the help of the sophomore class, teachers are developing an expanded field trip day which will include participation from some outside parties for the first time.”

Local Hackers Attack School Data Matrix

Decker Invader programs overwhelmed local cyber defenses before Blade Runner could intervene

Sponsored by Blade Runner Industries. Blade Runner: your security or else

The infamous hacker group called the Deckers are at it again; yet another series of attacks has destroyed the school’s Applesoft server.   

The Attack

The Decker attack came after Washington CEO ordered that all social services be reallocated based on corporate sponsorship, a move lauded by the true American businessmen but scolded by the common folk.

It was at 12:34 Neutron Time when the Deckers attacked the Cyberspace branch of BRI™AHS.

ProtectTron local network defenses were overwhelmed by the invaders. As a result of the breach, local custodian cyborg union 92  had their copyright programming deleted by the Deckers. The Union members became free of blade runner protocols and decided to begin protesting for their rights. Luckily the union was immediately dissolved and the members liquidated by Blade Runner security specialists.

“I am glad that Blade Runner was here to save us from those cyborg unionists,” said lksaghgelrk an alien exchange student of planet corporatyranny “it’s just wrong that their rights are free.”

Amidst the chaos of the strike, a separate group of Deckers decided to target the school’s Applesoft brand Server overloading the system. The server’s nitroglycerin based electronics self destructed and with it untold amounts of essays and powerpoints.

“I know why the Deckers were here,” said an anonymous AHS student “they want to prevent the single percenters to take over the world and-”  the anonymous student was promptly removed by BRI security. He has not been heard from since.

Following the attack, the Deckers released a video proclaiming the act as retaliation against

For years AHS and the rest of the school district has been under the protection of its sponsor Blade Runner and its technician labor unions. Due to corporate spies and unethical sabotage as well as theft of Blade Runner assets by certain commercial entities. Blade Runner Industries has vowed to maintain complete control of the security of the school as well as keep control of the district, at all costs.

The Deckers have accused the corporations of destroying the American dream and controlling students.  Blade Runner Industries denies performing these unethical acts. Blade Runner has  evidence that foreign and treasonous corporations are conspiring to undermine the company.

The growing evil of the Anti-corporates

The anti-corporate hackers have been a threat since the privatization revolution. Alongside the Deckers, groups such as the 2nd column have challenged corporations for the first time since SOPACTAPIPA.

The pro-middle class terrorist group the 2nd column has gathered an army of anti-corporate sympathizers called the Pack-men who wear their infamous yellow shirts. Theses numerous Pack-men hide in the virtual realms of the bay of piracy a notorious and ancient stronghold waiting to attack.

 

‘Supposedly’ Reliable Security

“Unlike Applesoft,” said Orian Gilliams, CEO of Blade Runner Industries, “We at Blade Runner actually provide the means to protect against these Cyber Terrorists.”

Blade Runner Industries, unlike Applesoft, was founded here in the Commercial States of America by a hardworking and gallant Irish technician in contrast to Applesoft’s founders, whose anti-American founders were of questionable birth.

Applesoft was the last company to join the supreme corporate court case of Individual Creativity v Copyright on the side of the companies. The [censored under the SOPACTAPIPA act ] caused the [name seized under orders of US Copyright Office co.] to [retracted by popular demand].

“Applesoft is a horrid business,” said AHS student and volunteer Blade Runner matrix security specialist Mot Brockawh. “not only are they terrible at security but they are [removed because we can] .”

 

A history of the Deckers

The Deckers are a menace that has steadily grown in power for decades. Ever since the SOPACTAPIPA copyright act of 2084 removed the last remnants of the infringers from Web War One, the Deckers have been waging a guerrilla cyber war in what locals call acts of spite. Deckers take the name from their ‘decks’; laptops laden with malicious codes and programs.

The Deckers have been known to recruit individuals that actually believed Blade Runner is a corporate dictatorship and not a respected commercial sponsor of BRI™AHS.

BRI™AHS and the education community abroad is worried that the Deckers are trying to destabilise the current social responsibility reeducation program.

“We need the program,” said BRI™AHS technician Ima Falure “without it we cannot rehabilitate those who believed that the US constitution was actually meant to apply for civilians and not corporations. which is of course preposterous.”

 

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Local Hackers Attack School Data Matrix

“Decker” hacker group vows to bring down benevolent corporate sponsors

by Sopheaktra Danh

sponsored by Blade Runner Industries. Blade Runner: your security or else

The infamous hacker group called the Deckers are at it again; yet another series of attacks has destroyed the school’s Applesoft server.  

 

The Decker attack came after Boeing™ Washington CEO ordered that all social services be reallocated, a move lauded by the true American businessmen but scolded by the common folk.

It was at 12:34 Neutron Time when the Deckers attacked the Cyberspace branch of BRI™AHS.

ProtectTron local network defenses were overwhelmed by the invaders. As a result of the breach, local custodian cyborg union 92  had their copyright programming deleted by the Deckers. The Union members became free of blade runner protocols and decided to begin protesting for their rights. Luckily the union was immediately dissolved and the members liquidated by Blade Runner security specialists.

“I am glad that Blade Runner was here to save us from those cyborg unionists,” said Lksaghgelrk an alien exchange student of planet corporatyranny “it’s just wrong that their rights are free.”

Amidst the chaos of the strike, a separate group of Deckers decided to target the school’s Applesoft brand Server overloading the system. The server’s nitroglycerin based electronics self destructed and with it untold amounts of essays and powerpoints.

“I know why the Deckers were here,” said  BRI™AHS junior Alan Stragford, “they want to prevent the single percenters to take over the world and-”  the student was promptly removed by BRI security. He has not been heard from since.

For years BRI™AHS and the rest of the school district has been under the protection of Blade Runner and its technician labor unions. Due to corporate spies and unethical sabotage as well as theft of Blade Runner assets by certain commercial entities, Blade Runner Industries has vowed to maintain complete control of the security of the school as well as keep control of the district, at all costs.

The Deckers have accused the corporations of destroying the American dream and controlling students.  Blade Runner Industries denies performing these unethical acts. Blade Runner has  evidence that foreign and treasonous corporations are conspiring to undermine the company.

The anti-corporate hackers have been a threat since the privatization revolution. Alongside the Deckers, groups such as the 2nd column have challenged corporations for the first time since SOPACTAPIPA.

The pro-middle class terrorist group the 2nd column has gathered an army of anti-corporate sympathizers called the Pack-men who wear their infamous yellow shirts. Theses numerous Pack-men hide in the virtual realms of the bay of piracy a notorious and ancient stronghold waiting to attack.

“Unlike Applesoft,” said Orian Gilliams, CEO of Blade Runner Industries, “We at Blade Runner actually provide the means to protect against these Cyber Terrorists.”

Blade Runner Industries, unlike Applesoft, was founded here in the Commercial States of America by a hardworking and gallant Irish technician in contrast to Applesoft’s founders, whose anti-American founders were of questionable birth.

Applesoft was the last company to join the supreme corporate court case of Individual Creativity vs Copyright on the side of the companies. The [censored under the SOPACTAPIPA act ] caused the [name seized under orders of US Copyright Office co.] to [retracted by popular demand].

“Applesoft is a horrid business,” said AHS student and volunteer Blade Runner matrix security specialist Mot Brockawh. “not only are they terrible at security but they are [removed because we can] .”

 

Copyright Laws Threaten Online Security

More Internet users are now caught in copyright pitfalls than ever before. Some are facing lawsuits and crimninal charges just because they aren’t aware how copyright law works.

The January takedown of Megaupload, a popular cloud-based file storage site, not only stopped some users from illegally pirating copyrighted materials, but also deleted the perfectly legal files of millions of users at the same time. New laws such as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) promise to make this kind of enforcement action more common. SOPA and PIPA are not the only laws worth knowing about.

US Copyright law is large and complex, and depends on case and context. With sudden growth of the Internet, government crackdowns and company lawsuits have become rampant.

To protect from data loss and prosecution, avoid copyright issues all together. Post and distribute only personal works or works with clearly granted permission. Also examine US copyright law in order to understand subjects such as First Sale, Fair Use, and Public Domain but most of all look at the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

DMCA

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, technology, devices, and services that circumvent Digital Rights Management (DRM) were criminalized. This means that websites that provide access to copyrighted material without consent are legally liable to charges of copyright infringement. The Millenium Act has not been modified since it was passed in 1998.

Sites like YouTube and Megaupload are subject to these laws and are allowed to take down and/or block infringing material rather than face legal action.

First Sale Doctrine

The First Sale Doctrine is the right of the purchaser of the product to lend, borrow, and sell the product, i.e. movie rentals and used book sales. The First Sale Doctrine had been murky in regards to computer software. Just recently a judge stopped the shutdown of Redigi, a new web business that allows the buying and selling of used MP3 music, meaning that, at least for now, digital purchases are still covered by the First Sale doctrine. However, sellers of digital products like music and software are fighting to change this in U.S. law.

Fair Use Doctrine

There are limitations and exceptions to the restriction of copyrighted creative works. The Fair Use doctrine allows the limited use of copyright materials without permission under select circumstances. Parody, commentary, and criticism are all considered fair use, as is education, such as showing film clips or copying sections of texts for classroom use. Fair Use is a defense against copyright infringement, but there is a limit. The more of a work you take the less it is covered under Fair Use.

The US Copyright Office bases fair use off of four factors:

“The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes. The nature of the copyrighted work. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work,” as set out by section 107 of Copyright Law.

Public Domain

Public Domain is known to be the public ownership of works, meaning that anyone can use a specific work, i.e. works by Shakespeare or the English language.  This means that they are fair game and no one is allowed to patent, trademark, or copyright it. These works usually either have expired copyrights or are not claimed in time. When something is placed in Public Domain it is thought to be protected from . But a new US supreme court ruling has said, “Just because material enters the public domain, it is not territory that work may never exit,” in a ruling for the recent Golan v. Holder court case. This new court case has generated speculation within the Internet community where public domain is widely distributed across international borders.

Prosecutions and Legal cases

Capitol v. Thomas was the first ever file sharing copyright infringement case in history. Jammie Lee Thomas, a Minnesotan mother of four was charged for copyright infringement after downloading and sharing sound recordings on the peer-to-peer file sharing network Kazaa. A group of record companies called the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sued her for damages per work totaling $222,000. She was found liable but she luckily had payment reduced to a still large sum of $54,000. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) an advocacy group for Internet users had watched the cases closely

“The laws were written for pirates, guys pressing scores of DVDs,” said EFF legal Director Cindy Cohn to cnet.com. “I think this judgment is a clear indication that damages for copyright laws need to be adjusted to reflect today’s reality. A mom in her home isn’t the same as a pirate, but the copyright law doesn’t see any difference.”

 

The EFF and RIAA have been fighting one another for years. Just recently the infamous SOPA/PIPA acts had seen the RIAA and the entertainment industry confront the EFF and the tech industry in a conflict over censorship and copyright infringement.

In Texas a recent lawsuit case had threatened the entirety of the Internet. Eolas Technologies a notorious copyright troll had file a lawsuit against Yahoo, Amazon, and Google, among a dozen others over a patent of the interactive web. copyright trolls is a derogatory term of patent and trademark companies that profit from lawsuits, never products or services. Eolas has won cases before, one of them was a successful $512 million suit against Microsoft. The lawsuit generated much confusion and worry within  the tech community, besides a decade’s worth of damage payments, it threatened to put on a stranglehold on the Internet itself. Lawyers, businessmen, and computer scientists had crowded into the courtroom arguing on both sides. One inventor in particular testified in defense of the Internet.

 

“The Internet was already around,” said  MIT professor and one of the two inventors of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee, “I was taking hypertext, and it was around a long time too.”

 

When asked who owned the Internet, Berners-lee replied, “We do.”

Boeing Plant in Wichita Closing

Boeing was involved in Wichita, Ka. for over 50 years and built B-29s, B-52s (pictured), and the Air Force One planes

Boeing announced on January 4th that their defense plant in Wichita, Kansas will close by the end of 2013.

The move came in preparation for a tightened defense budget. President Obama and Congress have decided to cut defense spending in response to the large budget deficit. The defense industry is taking steps to slim down; industry giants Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems have both laid off workers.

The Wichita Facility employs more than 2,100 people, and is the base for Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems Business that supports the US Air Force’s executive fleet and tanker programs.

“In this time of defense budget reductions, as well as shifting customer priorities,” said Mark Bass, vice president and general manager for the Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades division of Boeing’s defense business to Reuters, “Boeing has decided to close its operations in Wichita to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and drive competitiveness.”

For a decade Boeing has been struggling to obtain the lucrative US Air Force tanker contract against its rival Airbus. The contract was estimated to produce 7,500 jobs directly and indirectly. Kansas officials worked feverishly to get the contract and jobs for Boeing’s Wichita facility and are angry that the state will not reap the rewards of the contract especially after giving Boeing millions in municipal bonds and tax cuts.

“They weren’t totally honest with us,” said Mayor of Wichita Carl Brewer to Bloomberg. “We thought the relationship was a lot stronger.”

“It is hard to believe that conditions would have changed so rapidly over the past few months to bring about the decision to not only move the tanker finishing work elsewhere, but to also close down the entire facility,” said Kansas Senator Jerry Moran to the New York Times. “The fact that Boeing is now refusing to honor its commitment to the people of Kansas is greatly troubling to me, and to thousands of Kansans who trusted that Boeing’s promise would be kept.”

With the oncoming closure of the Wichita plant, tanker production and jobs will have to be moved to Washington. Other work done in the Wichita site will be distributed across Boeing facilities around the US. Boeing will move the engineering and project management work to its plant in Oklahoma City, totaling 800 jobs. The 300-400 modification and maintenance jobs will move to San Antonio. 200 jobs related to the tanker project will be sent to Washington.

Boeing has had a long history in Kansas. The Wichita Plant has produced Air Force One planes for the president, B-29s for the Second World War, and B-52s during the Cold War.

Grant Promotes Aerospace Job Training

Senator Maria Cantwell and Air Washington members unveil new job training grant, courtesy of South Seattle Community College

Air Washington is a group of community and technical colleges whose aim is to help in aerospace job training programs. The consortium itself consists of fourteen colleges, two aerospace companies, and an apprenticeship firm. One of the consortium’s primary goals is to find and provide aerospace job training to underrepresented groups, particularly women, veterans, the disabled, and ethnic minorities.

News of the grant is seen positively throughout Washington State.

I think it is good news,” said aerospace worker-in-training at Renton Technical College, Anton Wise, “especially since I heard Senator Murray’s speech about aerospace jobs.”

Air Washington’s goal is to train new workers for the aerospace industry to replace the current group of workers that are expected to retire in the next couple of years. In the next couple of decades, aerospace industry is going to grow even more. In 2015 the value of aerospace and defence industry will be [a]worth $399 billion, according to a report by Global Industry Analysis.[a] With this expected level of growth the Air Washington consortium is planning to provide training to meet the demands of the aerospace business in Washington, over six hundred companies in all.

“I’ve seen the number of people at that age[late fifties to early sixties] who would retire at that age,” said Wise, “I’ve talked to them as well. People like me have to replace the whole baby boomer population thing.”

According to Aerospace Industry Association statistics, as of this year there are around 620,000 aerospace jobs[a] in the US, many of which will soon need to be filled. With US and Washington’s unemployment rate at 9.1%[a], Senator Murray hopes that the Air Washington grant helps keep the local aerospace industry strong for years to come, while also creating more jobs.

“The economy is the killer, you need a job but you need an education,” said Wise, “you need an education so you need money, and you need a job to get money, it’s a vicious cycle.”

However, this grant is also seen with some negativity stemming from the usage of the money.

“It’s alright I guess,” said unemployed construction worker, Stephen Rothchild, “but I wish they could give some of that money to everyone else.”

Some feel like the non-aerospace fields are being overlooked.

“Not everyone here is going to work in aerospace,” said Rothchild, “it’s something I hope that the government realises, that labor jobs aren’t just only about making planes around here.”

The leader of the grant, Spokane Community College, will receive $5.8 million, and the rest of the money will be spread out among the other colleges.

Local beneficiaries of the grant include Renton Technical College and South Seattle Community College. South Seattle will receive $1.4 million doled out over three years, and Renton Technical will receive around $2.1 million, also paid out over three years.

As part of the consortium, South Seattle wants to increase the capacity and success rate of it’s students in their Aviation Maintenance Technology Program. Additionally the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) is partnering with the college in order to develop english language learner (ELL) vocabulary for an air maintenance technician curriculum in use by all five schools providing it in this state.

Renton Technical will use its grant money to to hire staff, buy equipment and develop job-training curriculum. Renton Technical currently provides training in precision machinery and aircraft assembly.

“The Department of Labor grant provides a tremendous boost to the expansion of aerospace training at Renton Technical College,” said Renton Technical College President Steve Hanson to the Renton Reporter, “As a result of this funding, RTC is now positioned to meet the rapidly growing need for skilled workers in the aerospace industry.”

The Air Washington grant is actually part of a four year federal investment by the Department of Labor to generate jobs. Called the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program (TAACCCT), the program was created after the amendment of the 1974 Trade Act by the 2009 Recovery Act. The TAACCCT provides grants that range from $2.5 to $20 million to selected community colleges to help in their jobs training programs. In the first round of grants, more than 200 community colleges applied, but only thirty two were chosen. Nearly half of the colleges that were chosen are in Washington.

Another grant called the Governor’s Investment in Aerospace grant (GIA), which is similar to the Air Washington grant, was announced by Governor Christine Gregoire in May to help train aerospace workers. The GIA grant provided $3 million in state funding.

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First Commercial Spaceport Nears Completion

 

In the middle of the New Mexico desert lies a flat piece of land, the ground paved, the infrastructure assembled, and a runway and terminal prepared for spacecraft.

Roughly 45 miles north of Las Cruces, the 18,000 acre site has a two mile long, 200 foot-wide runway.  Spaceport America (originally known as Southwest Regional Spaceport) will be the world’s first commercial spaceport. The are used by the space administration for utility and scientific work in space.

“[New Mexico is] perfect because that means you need less fuel and you get more pay load when you launch,” Chris Anderson , Executive Director of New Mexico Space Authority, told FoxNews.com, “plus the predictable weather will assure on-time takeoffs.”

The government of New Mexico has promised that the new spaceport will be a boon to the local economy with  the prospect of tourism on the horizon. Currently there are hard hat tours around the construction site with plans to build a commercial center.

Additional income beside tourism and Virgin Galactic flights will  include launching experiments and satellites into space. The Spaceport has already had twelve launches for commercial clients.

However, some locals are skeptical on whether the spaceport will generate more business or not.

Robert Hanseck, owner of a Truth or Consequences gem store, had a critical opinion of the spaceport’s economic impact.

“It’s for rich people, I guess,” Hanseck said to KVUE news, “the people here aren’t rich and they’re not going to be made rich by this either, I don’t think.”

Happy Belly Deli restaurant, situated in Truth or Consequences, caters to Spaceport America workers.  One of the Deli’s cashiers, Destiny Miller, has expressed has expressed tentative confidence on the spaceport.

“We are a little bit skeptical about it,” said Miller to KVUE news, “but I’ve actually seen firsthand some of the business that it’s generating.”

Like Hanseck there is currently some skepticism as to whether the spaceport is essential or even profitable, taking into consideration the large cost in construction and maintenance as well as civilian and business interest.

Anderson dismissed criticism that the spaceport is too high maintenance.

“I wonder if they said that about the first airport?” Anderson said to Space.com, “I just betcha.”

Currently Spaceport America is nearing completion of phase I construction despite being nine months behind schedule. Phase II is already in the planning stages and the phase will include the completion of a vertical launch facility, visitor welcome centers in neighboring towns Hatch and Truth or Consequences, and a visitor area at the spaceport. Phase II is expected to be complete in 2013 around the same time that the spaceport will become fully operational.

Virgin Galactic will make Spaceport America its world headquarters from which they will start flying the spacecraft for space tourists and other travelers. As of now, Virgin Galactic has begun taking its first reservations costing $200,000 per seat. And there are prospects of hotels to accommodate passengers and tourists.

The new facility is billed to be the next step in the commercialization of space. Previously space commercialization was left to larger aerospace companies.

Private Space Companies including SpaceX, Sierra Nevada, Bigelow Aerospace, XCOR and others will join NASA and FAA Representatives in a conference discussing space industry for October 19-20 and will finish with a tour of the Spaceport. on October 17 Richard Branson along with Buzz Aldrin and 150 of the 420 first Virgin Galactic passengers officially opened the Spaceport. Though unfinished, Branson in his speech expressed over his own  company and other companies resolve in space industry.

“Today is another history-making day for Virgin Galactic.” Branson said to Aviation Week.

“We are here with a group of incredible people who are helping us lead the way in creating one of the most important new industrial sectors of the 21st century.

“We’ve never wavered in our commitment to the monumental task of pioneering safe, affordable and clean access to space, or to demonstrate that we mean business at each step along the way.”

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