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The number you have dialed is not in service

Here’s a quick assignment for the Boston Globe about polling. As more people drop landlines research firms are having a difficult time gathering data. Laws prevent auto-dialers from calling cell phones so pollsters are having a difficult time creating scientific … Continue reading

08. February 2016 by John W. Tomac
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Digital Devils

Hackers have identified the weakest link in every companies IT security protocols–the people. Scammers are infiltrating companies’ networks and payment systems by manipulating rank-and-file employees. Experts call this social engineering fraud and it relies on crooks tricking employees who just … Continue reading

03. February 2016 by John W. Tomac
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Shake It Up

Here’s another assignment for Scholastic Teacher. This month, the magazine offers all kinds of ideas for shaking things up your classroom this winter. Read about them here.

01. February 2016 by John W. Tomac
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Shining some light on the fine print

Solar panels have gotten dramatically cheaper in the last few years. One reason for the fall in price has been the creation of tradable Renewable Energy Credits. Every time a solar panel or wind turbine feeds 1,000 kilowatts of electricity into the electrical … Continue reading

19. January 2016 by John W. Tomac
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Lockdown

Farms have a security problem. Crops, livestock and equipment–all worth a lot money–spread out across big pieces of land in relatively remote areas make them the targets of thieves. Successful Farming has put together a list of the latest security devices and … Continue reading

07. January 2016 by John W. Tomac
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Retirement Made Easy

As we swing into 2016, Money has a suggestion for simplifying your retirement savings game. Forget about the complicated portfolio, just two index funds and a bucket of cash is all you need to make it through the back nine.

04. January 2016 by John W. Tomac
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Broadcasting Laws

Here’s a quick assignment for The Wall Street Journal. The omnibus spending bill before Congress is expected to include a provision that allows broadcasters to own more than one television station in a market. The legislation, which reverses an FCC decision made … Continue reading

15. December 2015 by John W. Tomac
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