Featured in this issue:      Emerson Network Power / Liebert Power & Cooling  |  Knovel  |  NACE International  |  Worcester Polytechnic Institute — Corporate and Professional Education Division  |  Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.  |  3M Scotchlite™ Reflective Material  |  PQ Systems  |  NDE Professionals Inc.  |  IQMS
 
23 July 2014
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No Trolls Allowed
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No Trolls Allowed
 
Companies taking advantage of a wide range of modern technology — rejoice! The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against so-called "patent trolls" — companies that buy up questionable patents solely to embroil users in infringement litigation. Most companies — even if they believe that they are acting within their rights — settle such disputes rather than subject themselves to the cost and disruption of lengthy court proceedings, enriching the trolls and giving them the resources to continue fighting, while stifling innovation in the world at large. This commentary from Economist columnist Schumpeter looks at the decision and its (sweeping) implications.
 
 
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This revealing 19-page report collects key results uncovered through an initiative to identify the vision for the data center in 2025. Read what experts are predicting about density, cloud adoption, and what it could take to power the data center of the future. Get your copy now.
 
 
 
 
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Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management (PCIM) Program
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The PCIM Program focuses on remediation technology and field techniques for carrying out integrity assessments including implementation and management of an integrity management program. Courses include Direct Assessment, In-Line Inspection, Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management, and Pipeline Corrosion Assessment Field Techniques. Register now »
 
 
 
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Power Systems Engineering — Online Graduate Degree
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Power Systems Engineering programs are delivered 100% online. All course materials, homework, and exams are available over the internet 24/7.

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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Engineering & Project Management . . .
 
 
Making the Right — or Any — Decision
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Making the Right — or Any — Decision
 
Although many management decision-making tactics will yield a correct alternative, pitfalls lurk along the way. This article describes some of them and examines their consequences. Avoid deciding simply to maintain the status quo, for example. Don't take the easy way out. Don't give up. And don't keep looking for additional solutions until the clock runs out so that you end up doing nothing.
 
 
 
 
Avoid Common Mistakes in Product Development
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Avoid Common Mistakes in Product Development
 
New product development remains an uncertain process, caught between your need to stay with techniques that you know will work and forging new paths to stay current and innovative. This white paper recommends planning a product from birth to death when possible, while avoiding common mistakes, such as not recognizing the different agendas of upper and engineering management and failing to employ creative thinking past the introduction itself.
 
Technology Forecasting & Planning . . .
 
To Kill or Not to Kill
 
People can easily steal cell phones. Their owners routinely don't even require a passcode to activate them. To thwart the thieves, Apple has begun installing a "kill" switch, allowing a person to disable and wipe a phone remotely if someone steals it. The feature has gained traction in places like San Francisco and New York, and threatens to go nationwide. The carriers, however, show less enthusiasm, citing serious unintended consequences.
 
 
 
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A Big Company Tries BYOD
 
Sometimes employees clamor for a concession that turns out less desirable than they expected. Amid employee calls to bring their own devices (BYOD) to work, this 100-year-old company began a pilot program to do just that. Management set up the necessary network infrastructure, then laid down guidelines and employee responsibilities. The experiment produced rather unexpected results.
 
 
 
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The Statistic No One Saw Coming
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Protect their future, know what you're wearing. Independent testing shows that 1 in 3 non 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material garments are not bright enough to meet relevant safety standards right out of the package, even though they are labeled as compliant.
 
 
 
 
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You assemble a group of people to take advantage of their varied and complementary skills so that your project can succeed. Yet the group's diversity can obstruct efforts to mold the people into a team. This item examines how to ease that transition, to get the most of the people in the group, and to ensure that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
 
 
 
 
The Dilemma of the Underperforming Seasoned Veteran
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The Dilemma of the Underperforming Seasoned Veteran
 
A wise manager once told me, "There is no good way to fire anyone." The problem becomes more acute with an employee of long standing who seems no longer capable of or interested in doing his job. This case study examines one such dilemma, tracing the manager's steps to a final decision. The accompanying comments display both agreement and vehement disagreement with the result.
 
Safety & Security . . .
 
Computer Law #4: All Software Contains Bugs
 
And software bugs can seriously compromise security in your company and among your customers. Although bugs can result from flaws in the software's design, more often they come from programmers' errors, an inevitable consequence of human imperfection. This author recommends creating software-development tools that act like building codes or regulations in other genres to prevent errors before they occur.
 
 
 
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I Recognize the Face
 
Password schmassword! Instead of relying on a password that you have difficulty remembering, this authentication system relies on a user-designated list of recognizable faces from obscure categories (your favorite Korean actor, for example). The computer presents a 3 x 3 grid of faces, one of which comes from your list. In one study, 86% of users — and none of the hackers — managed to log in successfully.
 
 
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NPI's curriculum is designed for developing the well-rounded Inspector. This includes: QA, QC, specific training in Non-Destructive Testing methods, and Civil and Mechanical inspection. NPI has several ASNT NDT Level III instructors and Quality Engineers that regularly conduct training. All courses have a specific body of knowledge that meets industry standards.
 
 
 
 
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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and available from IHS, this 122-page standard covers electrical insulating gloves and mitts. Composite gloves and products to be used with over-gloves are described.

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