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Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:18:14 +0000 (UTC) From: John Levine <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Susan Crawford -- why USA 'Net access is slow, costly, unfair Message-ID: <email@example.com> >Even if public libraries didn't have Internet access on site, and even >if a quick-serve restaurant was the only place such access were >available in a given neighborhood, I resist the parochial notion that >children need access to the Internet to benefit from a public-school >education. In my daughter's high school, the stuff that in our day was handed out on blurry and highly aromatic dittos or mimeograph is now on the school's web site, and most of the teachers also put their homework assignments there so kids don't have the excuse of having scribbled them down wrong, and can also keep up if they're home for a day or two with a cold. I think those are reasonable uses, unrelated to cribbing papers from Wikipedia rather than the World Book. R's, John -- Regards, John Levine, firstname.lastname@example.org, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies", Please consider the environment before reading this e-mail. http://jl.ly
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:45:53 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Susan Crawford -- why USA 'Net access is slow, costly, unfair Message-ID: <20130218174553.GA31710@telecom.csail.mit.edu> On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 04:18:14PM +0000, John Levine wrote: > In my daughter's high school, the stuff that in our day was handed out > on blurry and highly aromatic dittos or mimeograph is now on the > school's web site, and most of the teachers also put their homework > assignments there so kids don't have the excuse of having scribbled > them down wrong, and can also keep up if they're home for a day or two > with a cold. > > I think those are reasonable uses, unrelated to cribbing papers from > Wikipedia rather than the World Book. Of course those are reasonable uses: it's a school web site, and that means the teachers are responsible for the content. That's not my point. Ms. Crawford's blanket assertion that "The Internet" is essential for education is akin to a child's claim that having their own car is essential for transportation, or that a class trip to Brazil is required to round out the high school experience, or that an ipod is necessary to do homework: in each case, the claim must be filtered through the screen of experience and maturity which only parents can provide. Here's an example: When my son was in high school, he was friends with two girls in his class, and their grandmother bought them a high-end desktop computer, with a 600 dpi printer and the latest "office" software, and a large, flat-screen monitor. Their grandmother had me disable the Ethernet port: the girls were never allowed to access the Internet on that computer. The machine had a DVD player that could be used to download classwork, and if the kids forgot to bring it home, then they were told to turn themselves around and go back and get it from the school library. In addition, their grandmother purchased separate computers I had donated to the church auction, one for each of them, with Linux and Internet access: not the latest, nor the greatest, but perfectly adequate for instant messenger or facetube, with separate keyboards, in a separate place so that they couldn't be used without it being obvious what the girls were spending time on. They both graduated in the top quartile of their class, and both have now finished college and are starting careers. "The Internet" is a big place: there's splashing in the wading pool, and there's swimming at the public pool where there's a lifeguard, and there's swimming in the lake with friends, and there's diving into the ocean. Each is appropriate for a different age, for different kids, and for different times of life. Internet companies may need children, but children do not, ipso facto, need the Internet. Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:31:05 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Sexy scammers entice men into stripping on webcam, then blackmail them Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sexy scammers entice men into stripping on webcam, then blackmail them Women get men to strip for them on webcam, then blackmail them with video. by Sean Gallagher Feb 18 2013 Ars Technica Police in Singapore have issued an alert citing a dramatic rise in the number of "cyber blackmail" cases being reported. But unlike many cases that target women or teenagers, this latest rash of crimes targets men through social media sites. The Singapore Police Force reports that there have been more than 50 reported cases in the last year where "foreign" women have lured men through invitations on social networks, such as Facebook and Tagged.com, into video sex sessions that are recorded for blackmail purposes. ... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/02/sexy-scammers-entice-men-into-stripping-on-webcam-then-blackmail-them/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** Nobody ever asks me to strip while I'm online. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:31:05 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Cellular data traffic keeps doubling every year Message-ID: <email@example.com> Cellular data traffic keeps doubling every year Smartphones, tablets, and video ensure continued growth in mobile data. by Jon Brodkin Feb 18 2013 Ars Technica Worldwide mobile data traffic doubled over the past year and is expected to continue growing at a similar rate due to expanding smartphone sales and video traffic, telecom equipment maker Ericsson said in research released today. By the end of 2012, global data traffic on mobile networks (not including Wi-Fi) hit around 1,300 petabytes per month, twice as much as in the previous year, Ericsson said. The chart shows an approximate doubling each year for the past few years. We've asked Ericsson for the raw data behind the report and will provide that if we get it. Ericsson's measurements come from "a large base of commercial networks that together cover all regions of the world," the report states. "They form a representative base for calculating world total traffic in mobile networks." Such measurements are not exact and have occasionally been contested. Predictions in particular can be difficult-Cisco's mobile data was recently revised to reflect a 64 percent year-over-year growth in North America instead of the 118 percent growth originally predicted. The CTIA Wireless Association reported a year-over-year doubling of wireless network traffic from July 2011 to June 2012, but a story in GigaOm said that tracking traffic over six-month periods reveals that growth slowed down dramatically toward the end of the year. ... http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/02/cellular-data-traffic-keeps-doubling-every-year/
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:31:05 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: iOS 6.1 brings back bug that gives anyone access to your contacts, photos Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> iOS 6.1 brings back bug that gives anyone access to your contacts, photos (Update) The steps are complex, but a persistent hacker could access personal data. by Chris Foresman Feb 14 2013 Ars Technica An old vulnerability in the iPhone's lock screen and Emergency Call feature appears to have resurfaced for a third time in iOS 6.1. With the right sequence of button clicking, it's possible to get to an iPhone user's voicemails, contacts, and photos-even if the iPhone is locked and password protected. ... http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/02/ios-6-1-brings-back-bug-that-gives-anyone-access-to-your-contacts-photos/
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:31:05 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Cell phone tracking system reveals how traffic jams start Message-ID: <email@example.com> Cell phone tracking system reveals how traffic jams start Drivers tracked (anonymously) in bid to analyze citywide traffic patterns. by Jon Brodkin Feb 17 2013 Ars Technica Smartphones have changed the way we drive, both by adding new distractions and by helping us get where we're going with GPS-assisted directions and real-time information on traffic jams. But what if smartphones could help eliminate some traffic jams, instead of just warning us when they exist? That's the goal of a study using cell phone records and GPS data to track drivers' movements and identify the sources of traffic. The Boston Globe described the study today, noting that MIT and UC-Berkeley analyzed the cell phone records of 680,000 Boston-area commuters through call logs, "which identify the towers used to transmit calls," allowing "the researchers to trace each individual's commute, anonymously, from origin to destination." This helped produce "one of the most detailed maps of urban traffic patterns ever constructed." ... http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/02/cell-phone-tracking-system-reveals-how-traffic-jams-start/ http://bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/02/17/traffic-which-boston-area-neighborhoods-are-blame/h5qqR3CrHDM3xCNsTqdYxH/story.html
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