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USA TODAY: France bans work e-mail after 6 p.m.


France bans work e-mail after 6 p.m.

France already has a 35-hour work week, and a new rule is designed to make sure that it doesn’t start shading toward 40 hours because of work-related e-mail. The Guardian reports that the rule forbids workers from checking their phones or computers for work stuff after 6 p.m., and it forbids employers from pressuring them to do so. The move apparently doesn’t affect all workers in France, but it does cover about 1 million workers in the tech industry — including French employees of Google and Facebook. At Fox Business, a U.S. labor expert finds it hard to believe the IT industry can manage such a draconian shut-off time. “There’s always something going wrong off the clock — when a computer goes down, it doesn’t go down between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.”

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I wonder how early you can start.

UMaine Cyber Defense Team Qualifies for the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

On Saturday January 25, 2014, the University of Maine Cyber Defense Team qualified to compete in the 2014 Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition which will be held March 14-16 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. The field consisted of 14 teams competing for 9 spots in the Regional Competition. The 9 teams that qualified were (in alphabetical order):

Alfred State University (NY)
Champlain College (VT)
University of Maine
Northeastern University (MA)
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
Syracuse University (NY)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
UMass Boston

The University of New Hampshire will also be in the NECCDC because they are
hosting the competition this year.

The competition was very spirited and the schools not making the cut were:

SUNY Buffalo
Pace University (NY)
Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
US Military Academy West Point (NY)
UMass Lowell

The UMaine Cyber Defense Team was represented by

Captain Benjamin Grooms (Computer Engineering Major)
Co-Captain Kyle Ossinger (Computer Science Major)
Albano Drazhi (Computer Science Major)
Theodore Farnsworth (Computer Science Major)
Jacob Figg (Mechanical Engineering Major)
John Woodill (Mechanical Engineering Major)

For the NECCDC the above 6 will be joined by Taylor Newton an Electrical Engineering Technology major. It is worth noting that team members come from several different departments and show that cyber defense skills can be found in many different places.

The University of Maine achievement is especially noteworthy because UMaine does not have a formal program in cybersecurity, while 9 of the 14 teams competing (including 4 that did not make the cut) are NSA/Dept. of Homeland Security National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.

Much credit goes to the students who volunteered their time and to the assistant coaches: Sean Lyford, John Poulin and Lucas Wood, who helped the team get ready for the Qualifying Round.

The Qualifying Round requires judges not affiliated with the cyber defense team to be present during the 8 hour competition. UMaine is very grateful to William Quintana (Bath Iron Works), Ted Ropple (Bangor Savings Bank), Aubrey Smith (Entrepreneur) and Randy Smith (Jackson Lab – retired) for serving as judges and for their service on a day when the weather was not cooperating.

For more information about the NECCDC go to


The University of Maine – UMaine News – 2013 Distinguished Maine Professor and Presidential Award Winners Named

The University of Maine – UMaine News – 2013 Distinguished Maine Professor and Presidential Award Winners Named.

Dr. George Markowsky, 2013 Presidential Outstanding Public Service and Outreach Award

George Markowsky joined the University of Maine faculty as the first chair of the Department of Computer Science in 1983. He serves as associate director of the School of Computing and Information Science, and is a cooperating professor in the School of Policy and International Affairs, and in Mathematics and Statistics. Markowsky’s extensive public service record is testimony to his ceaseless vision in advancing people’s knowledge outside the classroom. He has provided leadership in the promotion of the computational sciences, providing outstanding, dedicated professional service to UMaine and the state. Markowsky has organized countless activities to promote the many facets of computer science and its importance to modern society. His vision of exposing students to the latest advancements culminates in events that raise student aspirations and public awareness. Those events include the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, a game programming project for first-year computer science majors, and the 2008 Green Supercomputing event. Markowsky’s service and outreach go far beyond campus, including his advocacy for the importance of university research in the state’s economy as a member the UMaine Faculty Five in the 1990s. Also during that time, Markowsky was founding president of the Maine Software Developers Association, which became the trade organization for all high-technology companies in the state called TechMaine. Currently, Markowsky serves as president of the Bangor Foreign Policy Forum and serves on the Maine Advisory Board for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. In 2010, Markowsky received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership and Outstanding Contributions in Cybersecurity Education from the World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing. Also that year, he received an honorary degree from the Ternopil National Economic University for his work in establishing the American-Ukrainian School of Computer Sciences and Technologies and for his role for establishing a municipal area network in Ternopil, Ukraine.

UMaine’s COS 125 Game Exhibition on TV

Yesterday, my COS 125 Introductory Programming Class had a very successful Game Exhibition. We received TV time from two stations. You can view:


to see the event.

Markowsky Quoted in BloombergBusinessweek

Tom DeMark’s Numerology Lures Investors; ‘Wielding Thor’s Hammer’ – Businessweek.


“There’s a golden ratio mania, and most of it isn’t based on any kind of fact,” says George Markowsky, a computer science professor at the University of Maine, who holds a Ph.D. in mathematics. Markowsky wrote a paper in 1992 rejecting most of the claims of the golden mean believers.

“It’s amazing to me that adults take this stuff seriously,” he says.