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Congratulations to the members of the Sound of the Eastern Shore Indoor Percussion for bringing home the gold and to the Winter Guard placing second in the Gulf Coast Color Guard & Percussion Circuit Championships. The band students traveled to Florida to contend with other local high schools in a judged competition on Saturday, April 6. Good luck to the Winter Guard members who will travel to Ohio on Wednesday of this week for a similar competition!

It’s almost Prom time, Daphne High: Saturday, April 13, is the big day! Tickets are available in Ms. Bolton’s classroom, room 130, this week as personalized bobbleheads. For cash only, tickets are priced $30 for a single, and $60 for a double. Additionally, for every rented tuxedo, Men’s Warehouse will donate $5 to Daphne High School. They also offer reasonable discounts to Trojan students.

South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) is an incubator of cutting-edge technologies. The event, which takes place every March, features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.

At the SXSWi conference this year, mobile was a big deal—which meant mobile applications and their security are high on developers’ radars.

Access Point states, “Developers need to make sure they cover one other major concern when creating a mobile app: security. Consumers need to feel and know that their information is secure at all times, and developers need to lead the charge before they ask for additional measures. Creating simple but effective security checkpoints is a must—just make sure they are not so obtrusive that your users get annoyed and are resistant to adopting your application.”

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Another point of interest at this year’s SXSWi was authentication. With all the data breaches over the last decade, the conversation to eliminate the username/password as a simple access point has begun. One painfully overlooked authenticator is the driver’s license. Gemalto presented a compelling program on why the simple plastic license needs a makeover.

Access Point states, “Developers need to make sure they cover one other major concern when creating a mobile app: security. Consumers need to feel and know that their information is secure at all times, and developers need to lead the charge before they ask for additional measures. Creating simple but effective security checkpoints is a must—just make sure they are not so obtrusive that your users get annoyed and are resistant to adopting your application.”

Another point of interest at this year’s SXSWi was authentication. With all the data breaches over the last decade, the conversation to eliminate the username/password as a simple access point has begun. One painfully overlooked authenticator is the driver’s license. Gemalto presented a compelling program on why the simple plastic license needs a makeover.

I don’t remember where I got it – a Marxism Today conference, perhaps (kids, that’s what we did for fun in the late 1970s) – but I have a strong recollection of the mood of those times. It felt like Britain was falling apart. Every week there seemed to be an IRA terrorist attack or a transportation disaster – a devastating fire in a train station, the sinking of a pleasure boat in the Thames. Whatever the cause, as soon as the surviving victims were bandaged up and rendered presentable, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher would show up at the hospital for a photo op. This filled Brits like me with a combination of rage and terror. Thus the Thatchcard: “In the event of an accident, the holder of this card wishes it to be known that he/she does not wish to be visited by Mrs. Thatcher in any circumstances whatsoever.”

I know how churlish that may sound now. I carried around a ridiculous piece of plastic announcing that if one of the leaders of the free world took the time to visit my sickbed, I wished her turned away. In my defense, in that era Britain was suffused with such intense Thatcher hatred that the enmity Obama truthers express for the president seems like a love affair by comparison.

I’d spent my elementary school years yelling “Thatcher, Thatcher, milk snatcher,” because I was one of the kids deprived when, as education secretary, she abolished free school milk. Until that policy went into effect, I’d spent every morning complaining bitterly about having to drink those odd little bottles of curdling room-temperature milk – at least that’s how it was served in my school – but that didn’t stop me from protesting the reform. And from the time I was in high school until I left Britain not long after I graduated from university, a sure-fire way – usually the only way – to perk up a protest was to start the chant to which Britons of a certain age have a Pavlovian response: “Maggie, Maggie, Maggie!, make your own bobblehead!”

Check out Elvis Costello’s performance of “Tramp the Dirt Down,” a song in which he tells Thatcher: “I’d like to live/ Long enough to savor/ That when they finally put you in the ground/ I’ll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down.”

Why was Thatcher such a hated figure? Yes, it was about her policies – privatization, the selling off of public housing, her wars against Argentina in the Falklands and against the miners and the working class in Britain – but there was something else at work. On some level she was hated because she was a woman. Between men who hated themselves for responding to Thatcher’s stern, dominatrix-like scolding (watch “You turn if you want to; the lady’s not for turning” and tell me you don’t get chills) and women who wondered why our breakthrough female politician had to be a woman like her (though we surely knew that only an Iron Lady could have smashed the mold of British politics), the fact that Thatcher was female complicated things. Even her name was a hostage to ideology: Those on the left always used a condescending diminutive – Maggie Thatcher – while her devotees on the right used the honorific Mrs. Thatcher.

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