Posts Tagged ‘ Technology ’

And I Thought This Was Another ‘Paedogeddon’ Article At First…

November 26, 2014 4 Comments
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Teachers should not be friends with their pupils and must avoid connecting with them online, according to new, official advice issued on Monday. But, no! Not for the reasons you might think at first: . It follows research which showed more than one in five teachers had reported having derogatory comments posted about them – from parents and children. Should this really be considered ‘cyber bullying’? Are people only to…

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”If a picture paints a thousand words…”

June 3, 2014 10 Comments
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Fay Schopen on the perils of the Internet Age: In a pre-digital age, what happened to your homemade erotica when you split was a pleasingly low-tech issue. If the break-up was fairly amicable and you were a man and a lady, the lady got to keep the sexy stuff. I don’t know why, it’s an unwritten heterosexual law – a throwback to the age of chivalry if you like. Sometimes…

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Dreamers…

March 20, 2014 5 Comments
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Peter Robinson on those irritating little things that are sent to try us… Once the transaction is complete, then comes the receipt. (And, in the case of WH Smith, numerous vouchers.) Would you ever return a coffee? How about a packet of Minstrels? Petrol? Bits of paper in my wallet right now, some dating back weeks, offer me this option. In the digital age the receipt feels like the most…

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Angela Merkel identifies Germany’s USP

December 6, 2013 6 Comments
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What do you think Germany’s unique selling point — USP — is? Most of us would think of automotive technology, dependable white goods or banking. Foodies might mention wine or wurst. Angela Merkel — and she should know — says it’s: Airtight windows. No other country can build such airtight and beautiful windows. That’s what ‘defines’ Germany for her. They triple-glaze there. And, soon, that technik could arrive on our…

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Not Really Thought This Through, Have They?

September 17, 2013 5 Comments
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Londoners will now be able to report crimes at the touch of a button, as a new crime-fighting smartphone app is launched by an independent charity. Self Evident is a free app, available for Apple’s IOS and Google’s Android operating systems, allows users to report the details of a crime direct to police. Where they’ll do…what? Guy Dehn, Witness Confident director, said: “Self Evident makes it easy for the public…

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Well, Arwa, Maybe Those ‘Old Values’ Are Natural, And The ‘New Values’ Are Unnatural?

July 20, 2013 5 Comments
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Bitcoin is not just a new way of exchanging value, it is a way of promoting new values. It is an ideological enterprise: a decentralised currency controlled not by governments or by banks but by people. Back in March, when I was still starry-eyed about the potential for Bitcoin as a force for social good, I ventured that virtual currencies were no longer just a jazzed-up form of Monopoly money…

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Yes, But, Errr, Is Anyone Doing Any Learning?

February 14, 2013 1 Comment
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It’s no secret that Facebook distracts students. Being able to interact with your friends at the click of a button is not conducive to hard-core study. And thanks to Spotted pages – university-wide Facebook pages where members can post comments about people they see in the library– it’s not just students’ close friends who are interrupting their studies. Naturally, to the progressives, this expression of ideas and opinions is the…

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Oh, Dominique, I Think You Do Know….

January 17, 2013 2 Comments
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…you just don’t want to say it out loud: A new obstacle to scientific literacy may be emerging, according to a paper in the journal Science by two University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers. Oh, really? In an experiment mentioned in the Science paper and soon to be published elsewhere in greater detail, about 2,000 people were asked to read a balanced news report about nanotechnology followed by a group of invented…

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I Can See Why It’s ‘A deeply worrying trend…’

January 11, 2013 5 Comments
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…at least, for the progressives: In these posts, teenage girls – and sometimes boys – criticize certain body types or wardrobe choices, often being ruthless in the process. Oh noes! Criticism! That means…judgement! That means…not ‘celebrating the choices of others’! Oh, quelle horreur! So, what sort of comments are we talking about? In one such post, a blogger writes with accompanying pictures: ‘Hey girls, uhm did you know – open books,…

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The ‘Mail’ – Make Up Your Mind Time!

January 3, 2013 6 Comments
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Story 1: A school which gave out iPads to every pupil in hope of improving their education has admitted that just a year later half the costly devices have been broken. Pupils said in some of the younger classes, around half the class had broken their tablet at least once, and some as many as three times. Despite the threat of confiscation after three tablets, ultimately none were taken away…

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A Follow Up…

November 7, 2012 4 Comments
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My post on Henry Porter’s article about privacy concerns emanating from the development of technology garnered a lot more comment than most. And I was reminded of that post when reading Anna Minton’s article on the SBD award: Not long ago, I was shown around an award-winning housing estate in east London, which was the proud recipient of a Secured by Design (SBD) award. The housing on the gated estate…

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It’s All Very Well To Have Concerns…

October 30, 2012 44 Comments
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…but Henry Porter seems to be too afraid of the downside to ever consider their might be an upside: At what point will the British public realise that its privacy and freedom is in mortal danger? His concern is due to the rise in ‘high-definition and facial-recognition technologies in CCTV systems’ and the potential privacy concerns they will raise. Wherever you go, someone will be logging your movements – whether…

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Coming Soon, To A Police Farce Near You?

October 26, 2012 15 Comments
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Coming Soon, To A Police Farce Near You?

The police should be given greater powers to hack into private computers in their efforts to combat cyber crime, according to a concept briefing for parliament… What..?! … by justice minister Ivo Opstelten. Oh. Whew! No need to worry that Inspector Barnaby will be typing away in his office, two-fingered, tongue poking out of the side of his mouth in concentration, trying to find his way through your folders. It’s…

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Isn’t There A Basic Flaw With This Design?

August 8, 2012 12 Comments
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Car maker General Motors says it is working on a smart phone application that will let cyclists and pedestrians automatically warn a driver once they get close. Ummm…? According to GM, the Wireless Pedestrian Detection Technology is based on Wi-Fi Direct, a computer networking standard that allows smartphones to swap information without needing a wireless hotspot to connect them. Yes, it clearly requires the driver to either be operating his…

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The Definitive Word On Twitter ‘Abuse’…

August 2, 2012 1 Comment
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John Kampfner provides it in this superlative CiF post: A tweet is more pub talk than publication. But what about the argument that it provides the oxygen of publicity that the school playground or the bar stool at the local does not? Oh, indeed. We’ve heard that one quite a lot over the last few days. It does, but only if you encourage it. Bingo! Imagine you stumble across some…

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