Discussion Post: Week 9

Well, we’re just about done with Presentation II. What sorts of things have you seen emerging in the presentations thus far? Are there any areas in which we seem to be excelling? Just as importantly, where is there room for improvement?

We’re going to narrow our focus to technology news this week — as always, you’re free to talk about a topic beyond the issues covered in this post, you’d like to discuss something that I’ve missed. For starters, anyone familiar with Anonymous knows that the loosely-connected hacker group represents, perhaps, the most notorious collective on the internet. As just a taste of their activities, on Friday the group released what seems to be sensitive information snatched from police chiefs from around the world during the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The documents released include “internal documents, membership rosters, Social Security Numbers [sic], addresses, passwords, and other data,” according to the hackers responsible. This was apparently a show of support for the 16th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, which took place on Saturday — the fact that the IACP conference began on Saturday as well was enough to incur Anonymous’ wrath.

Facebook privacy concerns never cease, do they? The social networking behemoth is once again facing scrutiny, this time from Irish investigators who may ultimately fine the company €100,000 (about $138,000) for not complying with its country’s privacy laws. The issue appears to be Facebook’s “shadow profiles,” which allegedly hold records of everything you do on the site. The latest wave of privacy panic started when Austrian law student Max Schrems, who was writing a paper on the subject, asked Facebook to send him a copy of all data related to him. They sent him a CD with 1,200 pages of information about his day-to-day activities, from ignored friend requests to deleted (yes, deleted) messages. Schrems and 21 other students subsequently filed a complaint with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, which has jurisdiction over Facebook’s operations outside of the U.S. and Canada since the company’s international base of operations lies in Dublin. A slew of others have since requested their own data. As if that wasn’t enough bad news for Facebook, 86% of Facebook users “hate the new changes to the website,” and Google+ is maintaining its push to dethrone the internet giant. Still, it’s not all gloomy for the company, worth an estimated $82 billion: the police have been using Facebook to nab criminal suspects, and not everyone is so worried Facebook’s privacy threats. Researchers have also used Facebook as a data gold mine — most recently, we’ve found that you can learn a lot about someone’s brain structure from how many Facebook friends they have.

It’s funny how history repeats itself. In September, we talked about a dying satellite that was about to freefall to the earth’s surface. (The satellite, which was roughly the size of a school bus, apparently landed in the ocean.) It’s expected to happen again today, as Germany’s ROSAT satellite has ceased to operate as well. In years past, an average of only one satellite fell to earth each year. Still, the odds of ROSAT striking a person when it lands are roughly one in 2,000, according to the German Space Agency — leaving the odds of striking a particular individual at around one in 14 trillion — and since the earth is 75% water it likely won’t touch land at all. Still, it makes you wonder about all the other trash floating above our atmosphere. As NASA orbital scientist Mark Matney noted, “The U.S. space [sic] Surveillance Network has catalogued 16 thousand things in Earth orbit, many of them are quite small pieces of debris, but about 7,000 of those are large objects, spacecraft and large rocket bodies, we have made quite a mess up there.” Most of those 16,000 objects would likely be incinerated before reaching land, but the 7,000 with substantial mass throw the chances of debris hitting a person into question. Amidst these concerns, though, NASA is working to get the public excited about its new role, as 20 Twitter users following an earth-observing satellite’s launch will be given behind-the scenes access to the launch, and the organization is also working to extend its contract with Russia to ride its rockets to the International Space Station through 2016. NASA is also considering the development of space gas stations that would potentially help astronauts fly to much more distant locations, including other planets.

That’s enough for this week. You know the drill!

Other articles of interest:
As Libya cheers, questions over brutal Gadhafi death
Tunisia Set To Vote In First Free Elections
Tunisia vote could shape religion in public life
Hillary Clinton: U.S. will still stand by Iraq
European Leaders Push to End Debt Crisis
Police pepper spray Haka dancers at football game
Hacker develops rear window LED to send messages to other drivers
They grow up so fast: today is the 10 year anniversary of the iPod
Team won’t line up for extra point in tribute to teammate
World Series has the makings of a classic
Owners intent on spending limits
NBA lockout: Players react on Twitter
October 2011 Coding Challenge

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57 responses to “Discussion Post: Week 9”

  1. Chris Reed says :

    I am going to talk about the hacker making an led display on the back window of a car. Although I do think it is interesting, it definitely would distract from the road just like the article says. It would be really cool though, but just from the google presentations i think obscenity would happen and would definitely lead to angry drivers.

  2. jhockersmith13 says :

    I find it strangely odd how they just let satellites fall to Earth and hope they land in the ocean. The odds of it hitting the ocean area greater than hitting land somewhere but still. I wouldnt like a school bus landing on my BBQ if you know what I’m saying.

  3. kaileenkraemer says :

    Another day, another person trying to sue Facebook. The case described in the post is particularly interesting, however, considering that the records even reveal what the Facebook user has deleted. Considering how the police already use Facebook’s posts that have been made publicly available by the user’s privacy settings to investigate situations, we should be shocked that these kinds of Facebook activity reports are tracked and accessible. I’d say that it is Facebook’s responsibility to patch this issue, as a private company releasing such personal information that it does not cover in the privacy settings it provides its users.

  4. jkambic says :

    Concerning facebook privacy concerns,
    where have all of these people been for the past few years? The idea of social networking is the antithesis of privacy. Facebook doesn’t make any money by not sharing personal details with agencies (both ad agencies and the three letter kind). Is it alarming? yes. Am I unnerved by it? a bit. Am I surprised? not in the slightest.

    There seems to be an inherit level of naivety or perhaps ignorance that exists on the internet, particularly by users outside of the current generation’s 19-24 age group. If you post it to their site, on their servers using their service for which you selected the I Agree box in their ToS without reading, then they have free reign of that material.

    Privacy sadly is not a right but a luxury.

    This is why you should simply not have that many personal details shared on facebook, and be weary about what you post. Scary to me is the idea of location tracking, and the fact that with the new updates, you don’t even have to be logged in for applications to interact with your profile.

    Also, it isn’t an issue to be patched, it is an intentionally designed feature by the maintainers of the service. I’m sure from a purely user perspective they’re covered in their ToS, however with international laws governing privacy they may be in a bit of a mess, but what is a hundred grand, even a couple million in fines to a company supposedly estimated at a net worth of $82 billion?

    • meshiach0machshevi says :

      For those of you who use Facebook, assume that they are recording, retaining for ever, and using for whatever purpose they want, every bit of information that they’re physically able to collect, including when you log in, what pages you view, for how long, etc.

      A careful reading of their privacy policy reveals that it allows them to do this, regardless of what your “privacy settings” say.

      jkambic, you’re unnerved by location tracking? I said above that Facebook should be assumed to record retain and use any information they’re able to, but people don’t realize how much information they are able to collect. Most cameras with GPS capability (e.g. smartphones) put time and GPS location into metadata attached to each picture, which travel with that picture everywhere it goes (read, into Facebooks all consuming dossier when you upload your pictures). This is just one of many ways that Facebook is able to track your location.

      jkambic, it is funny in a sad way how naive people act sometimes to give all their personal information to a company whose ability to make money revolves around invading people’s privacy, check a box stating that they agree to terms of service which give them no rights, without reading them, and then years later complain about invasion of privacy. As you say, this is no bug to be patched, and we should not be surprised.

      But, people do act naive sometimes. It’s just how people are. It’s very, very easy to assume, without any evidence, that, for whatever reason, everything is all right and there’s nothing to worry about. Take for example James He, who takes comfort in two thoroughly fictional shields against personal harm.

      First, he says that “the law protects us from anyone using the data to find information on a specific individual”, which is patent bullshit; the law does squat. Second, that “it is incredibly hard to sort through the data for “information,” or useful data” which also won’t protect him; advertisers and intelligence agencies alike are spending billions of dollars hiring some of the brightest minds to work on this very thing, and frighteningly sophisticated analysis is already possible and being done. Does he have any factual basis for his false beliefs? No, it’s just comforting to believe these things, so he does. Again, that’s just how people are; we are very apt to just believe that everything’s okay.

      So what’s the solution? If anything is not the solution, the solution is not vmgray’s terrifying proposal of “ban”[ing] Facebook in Europe. Censorship is never the answer to your problems. So the real solution?

      The truth lies in the overwhelming chorus of comments saying in essense “just don’t post stuff to Facebook”, “just don’t use Facebook”. This is the real answer, and a solution which I myself personally practice and vehemently advocate.

      But there’s a certain attitude of victim blaming that troubles me. Have people acted naively? Yes. But again, we’re all human. Many were children when they joined Facebook. Facebook’s policies shift like the wind and the sand, and many people joined back when Facebook might have appeared to some (though no one should have believed it) to be a privacy preserving service.

      Moreover, jkambic’s statement that “The idea of social networking is the antithesis of privacy.”, vmgray’s statement that “if you don’t want to have stuff on the internet, don’t put stuff out there”, and bmasuoka’s suggestion to “Go back to talking to people on the phone or sending letters and pictures by mail”, completely miss the point.

      “Social networking” is not the antithesis of privacy. It is not an invasion of your privacy when you consciously decide to share information with someone who is close to you. fiddlestix22 would like some control over who he is sharing information with, and in that he’s joined by about 7 billion other people.

      Information does not automatically become public just because you send it over that thing which we know as the internet. The technology to send things over the internet to specific recipients while keeping it private from others has existed for decades.

      The choice should not be between using Facebook or going back to hand delivering dead tree letters. This is a horrible choice to feel trapped into making. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

      What we need is technology which enables people, with user experience similar or superior to Facebook, to safely share information over the internet with exactly the people they want and no one else. To share with friends and not need to worry about “the impact they will have on their social lives and furture employment”. The last year or two has been a tremendously active time in the world of development of exactly this sort of thing. Friendika, Diaspora, One Social Web, multiple different such systems are now reaching feature parity with Facebook. This is the wave of the future.

  5. vmgray says :

    People always have a complaint about something. Everyone knows that there are some risk when using social networking sites. People are constantly finding stuff to sue Facebook for. I feel that if Facebook is such a problem they could simply ban the site in their country. Anyone on Facebook knows that it keeps a record of everything because you can see old post on the side of their profile. I’ve even seen my first post lately.

    My main point here is if you don’t want to have stuff on the internet, don’t put stuff out there. No one makes you use Facebook, it’s your choice.

    • cengland42 says :

      I agree with you that if you don’t want to have stuff on the internet, don’t put stuff out there; however I do not think that banning facebook will do us any justice. We know what effects bannning something can do and since facebook has already garnered over half a billion people in its user base it wouldn’t surprise me to see something similar pop up as a result. A simple rule of thumb is don’t say anything that you wouldn’t say on the front page of a newspaper.

  6. Chelsea Berryman says :

    I hate the NBA lockout and it really just needs to be solved. Reading the posts from the players is just frustrating and sad because they are basically being told, sorry can’t play until the big boys on campus can fix their mistakes and poor choices. It all just needs to be resolved so I can watch my Celtics play.

    On a lighter note, I think this round of presentations is really encouraging and I see us adapting and adding Steve Jobs tactics for presenting and powerpoints. Looking really good.

  7. James He (@He42) says :

    Currently many advertising companies on the Internet are using a kind of interactive ad that will change based off your interests. Websites can collect data about you with out you doing anything. They can find out your name, your age, what sites you go on most frequently. There are luckily there are currently two problems with this. One that the law protects us from anyone using the data to find information on a specific individual and the other is that it is incredibly hard to sort through the data for “information,” or useful data. Maybe one day someone will figure out how to use this……. for evil.

  8. bmasuoka says :

    The concern with the Facebook “privacy” I think is a little ridiculous. I don’t get why people use facebook or any other kind of social network. Everyone knows by now that those sites save information of what people do and gather data about it. If you don’t like that then its very simple, DONT USE A SOCIAL NETWORK. Go back to talking to people on the phone or sending letters and pictures by mail. Otherwise people shouldn’t be complaining because us people have the power of what we write and post on these websites. If you don’t want anyone to know something about you or save that information about you then don’t post it!

    • jlauuu says :

      I agree for sure about the privacy issue. All people who register for a wordpress, facebook, or twitter should know what they are getting themselves into. Everyone is well aware that people can view your personal info that you personally publish. If you dont want people to see your stuff on your page, then complete block out all people you are not friends with or people who dont follow you. Itt’s very simple if you dont want people reading your stuff block others out, or just dont post anything at all.

  9. brad5627 says :

    I don’t really remember the launch of the iPod being that big of a deal. It definitely saved the company and gave them a great image that they were definitely able to bank on. I agree that, without the iPod, the world would be a wayyy different place. I don’t think there would be an iPhone and i definitely don’t think mac would be as popular as it is today without the ipod. Macs wouldn’t have the specs and usefulness that they do today. They would still be the just okay computers they were back in the day. Instead, apple is now a leader in technology and all things computer. The iPod gave them the tools (money) it needed to revamp the whole company. Love me some apple.

  10. bkershey says :

    I heard about the story of the football team not playing for the extra point to remember their injured teammate. The team had 26 points at the time, the number of the hospitalized player, so the team decided to point to the scoreboard rather than go for the point. The game wasn’t close, but in a sport that has had so many stories about high school teams unnecessarily running up the score against some helpless team, this was a case when the young men did something honorable to remember a hurt teammate.
    High school kids and/or athletes of any age have gained a reputation for not exactly the classiest bunch, but i think this story is a great example for a sport that can use one. I’m glad to see this story on the yahoo homepage to get more attention.

  11. bcozza says :

    Unfortunately, lost amid the recent and growing rash of concerns regarding Facebook’s privacy and security settings is common sense. While Facebook periodically introduces new safety settings to protect users, we – the users – are responsible ultimately for our own privacy and security, and no amount of security heralded by Facebook will safeguard users who wantonly disable protective measures and publicly share private data. Many Americans are fearful of the government watching over their shoulders or being victimized, and yet, through Facebook, they share their contact information, current location, photographs of family and friends, and daily struggles with the world. Although it is unfortunate that unscrupulous individuals prowl Facebook and the internet in search of their next victim(s), it is a sad reality, and if we wish not to be the next victim of an internet criminal, then we must use common sense to safeguard ourselves on Facebook and the internet in general.

  12. Derek Stewart says :

    I agree with majority of you; users are primarily responsible for their own privacy/security and should monitor closely what they are posting, resisting any urge to gain attention among friends for “witty posts.” As social networks becomes increasingly popular among the younger generation, I worry about the impact they will have on their social lives and furture employment. As far as the NBA lockout, its only a matter of millionairs vs. billionairs. As a pilot, I would feel much safer knowing that there wasn’t falling debris from space. According to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, there are on average 25,000 passenger flights per day in the U.S. For all we know, we could be sitting ducks! Could you imagine the catastrophe it would cause!

  13. falkhali says :

    The iPod has been a very significant device over the past 10 years. I remember buying my first iPod in 2005 and I’ve been hooked ever since. It has made me expand my music collection and tastes and was one of the reasons I began adopting a Mac instead of a PC. The iPod and iTunes have been one area where Apple has always been able to dominate and it has allowed them to move away from just selling computes, to selling awesome consumer devices.

  14. Logan Byers says :

    The Anonymous hacker “group” has been getting bigger and bigger since their infamous hacking of the Playstation Network. It doesn’t surprise me that they were able to get such information about the police chiefs. Personally, there tactics aren’t surprising or shocking. Their intentions seem to be noble, even though sometimes the consequences of their actions seem to have the opposite intended effect.

  15. fiddlestix22 says :

    About Facebook and privacy: I am little unnerved by how much information about me is now in the hands of Facebook (or Google for that matter). I am aware that I choose to use these services, but their privacy rules seem to change so rapidly I can’t always keep up. I realize the purpose of social networking is to share information with others, however, I would like some control over who I am sharing that information with. The idea of passive sharing is a little frightening, I won’t lie. Now I can’t even control when I am making posts about what I am doing. I am trying to be smarter nowadays about what I post online and who has access to it, but it’s becoming harder and harder. Though maybe I worry too much. With it becoming even easier for people to post everything and anything about their lives online (like an update for when you get a piercing), maybe my information will just be lost amid the crowd.

  16. bmonroe16 says :

    How much is too much? I think that’s the question that needs to be asked concerning Anonymous’ activities. If you want to prove a point, then go ahead. I’m even okay with it offending some people in the process. But releasing the names and social security numbers of cops that are most likely perfectly straight cops that spend their time protecting the streets of our cities? What are you trying to accomplish here? Why would anyone want to be a police officer when people are putting their financial futures and their families in jeopardy? Stop and think before you do things like that!

  17. jstraub11 says :

    I understand the privacy issue with Facebook, but my thing is, if you don’t want something out there then don’t put it. All of the information is something YOU have provided. No one is forced to use it or put anything they don’t want to. So if you don’t like it, don’t use it.

  18. Emma says :

    The second round of presentations have been a great way of seeing what everyone’s interests are and what they enjoy doing in their spare time. It seems as though everyone is getting a lot more comfortable speaking in front of the audience this time compared to the first presentations. As far as room for improvement, my largest area to improve on is projecting my voice. Although it’s a small room, it’s difficult to speak audibly for everyone and feel confident about commanding the room.

  19. rotosteckel says :

    I agree completely with bmonroe. I like Anonymous, I like that they are very in your face about information, I imagine them as a sort of boogeyman for companies and governments. However, the social security numbers went too far in my opinion. Releasing that sort of information can ruin lives. Open our eyes, but don’t dangle a carrot too good for a malicious schemer to pass up on.

    I loved the idea of being able to “talk” to the cars around you, it’s something I’ve actually thought about often (generally back when I lived in California). As others have said though, definitely a distraction to the driver. Even if you have preset messages…commence the hacking and the juvenile jokes as to why your truck is jacked up on insanely big wheels.

  20. mporter7 says :

    I feel like I should be upset with all the privacy issues that Facebook gets itself into but for some reason I’m not. One of the things that I think people forget about Facebook is that it’s not real life. Nobody has to sign up for Facebook or use it in any way. That’s why it just seems to me that if people don’t like Facebook’s privacy policy than they just shouldn’t use it. I think that massive amount of data that Facebook gathers about its users is probably more socially significant than the qualms that people have with its privacy policy. I think there is likely a lot of really interesting trends buried in the massive amount of data that Facebook has collected over the years.

  21. jordanthielker12345 says :

    I don’t think Facebook is to blame for privacy settings. Keeping track for what every user does is smart in my eyes. Should there every be a problem or a liability issue then the owners of Facebook have a record of what has transpired. It is we the users who are responsible for our actions and we should have read the fine print when signing up for Facebook. It’s just sad to see people trying to hide their information yet they put their own face and current residence for everyone to see. While there are many laws regarding privacy settings in countries, there is no reason Facebook is at fault for recording keystrokes from individual users.

  22. gregalles says :

    The guy who developed the LED for the back windshield is a genius. I have had that idea in my mind basically since I first got my license, but obviously I lack the expertise to make it a reality. So many times I have wanted to throw out a “Sorry!” when I have accidentally cut someone off, or just a friendly “Hello!” for that matter. I don’t know the legality of something like this, as I could also see it being very abused and distracting, but it’s definitely an interesting invention that could possibly see some future use.

  23. mfbecks says :

    I can’t understand why these “Anonymous” people are doing what they are doing. Do they not understand the possible outcomes for the families of these officers and those who live with the officers whose information was stolen and released? My father, an officer of over 20 years, was at the IACP conference and I pray that his information was not released. I am outraged that something like this is going on in America. These men and women, young and old all have families but they don’t cower in their basement on computers, the go out every day and put their lives on the line and give their lives should they have to protect the very people that are out trying to ruin their lives. This should have never happened and just proves that there are people out there who need to be found and stopped before something much worse is attempted and will affect us all. Anyone possibly involved with this attack needs to be found and brought to justice because this is completely over the line. I don’t understand how people can be so judgmental of these men and women who do a job that no one is ever grateful for until they need them. Everyone reads a headline on the news about an officer who shoots a 13 year old boy and goes crazy; no one reads the part of the story where the young boy had a bb gun that looked exactly like a real gun, refused to lower it and the proceeded to point it at the police. They then blame the officer for doing his job and not the parents for allowing their young son to have a toy that he should clearly not have. I don’t think that it’s fair that these people can grill officers and release their information to the public in an attempt to ruin their lives and their families lives because they think it’s funny. These people should try going to a funeral for an officer that has been killed in the line of duty and listen to the taps, the 21 gun salute, and the cries of a family that just lost their son or daughter, their husband or wife, or their mother or father, and then tell me how funny it really is. I hope that the FBI can find these criminals and put a stop to their actions because they will only get worse.

  24. Derek Stewart says :

    Hope you start feeling better Brian! Take care and rest up!

  25. jamoliah says :

    Whenever I hear about a new event involving Anonymous or another Facebook privacy case I can’t help but think how misinformed the general populous is about the security of their data. Most people to create sweeping generalizations as the what is secure and what is dangerous, which usually end up with the same logical fallacies of the perception that cars are safer to travel in than planes. In reality, merely by placing your data “out there”, whether it be Twitter, your insurance agency, or posting pictures on Flickr, you’ve already bared your chest at the world. Heck, a home computer or email address, where people feel safest, can be the easiest to gain access to. In reality, the one factor that protects people the most is the fact that most people don’t even care about your information or know who you are.

  26. shelbyfoster says :

    I don’t understand why people expect things they post on facebook to stay secret. I know no one actually reads the terms of service before clicking the “I agree” button, but that is exactly what it is there for. If you don’t want something out there for all to see, don’t put it there in the first place.
    As far as the whole Anonymous thing goes, it’s kinda hard for anyone to target them, because it is such a loose group. Basically anyone can use the title of anonymous when causing mischief, they don’t have a real set group. What was done was terrible in my opinion, but no one will actually be able to shut down the group as a whole because of this.

  27. usernamesuck says :

    Technology is every bit as important in our daily lives as food, water, and shelter. Now granted we could go without and most of us would survive (could you imagine not having power point for com 315?). Notice how I said most of us. With the 10th anniversary of the iPod, I feel our generation is sensing its age. Let me explain. When I was 3′ 4″ or so, I would blindly follow my kindergarten teacher and my fellow juice box consuming classmates in single file line to the Apple IIe lab. I feel many of you can relate, most of us did not get the space age technology of Windows 95 until a couple years after it came out. If you were to ask kids only a few years younger than us about either of these technologies they would cock their heads to the side with mouths wide open in order to show dismay and confusion. Likewise, children that are say 15 or 16 may not even recall a time before iPods. Similar to toothbrushes and hand-me downs, everybody gets them now. So, I think it is quite interesting to see how technology has changed and become instilled upon our lives over the last ten years like the iPod. One last thought, a youthful Jobs made this quote in the launch video included in the link, “We think the Apple brand is going to be fantastic……” Was Jobs a prophet?

  28. tsamadif says :

    I think everyone has done a great job so far with Presentation II. I have seen a lot of improvements in the way people are speaking. I have noticed a lot better transitions when moving from section to section in their presentations. Also, a lot more people have been using better visual aids. They have been much more demonstrative and helpful to use. This happens with a demo presentation but I believe people should use this useful of visuals for all of their projects.

  29. dparkerr says :

    Seeing as how I forgot to post last week, I would like to comment on the decline of Blackberry. I personally own a Blackberry and have owned one when it was the “in” thing to have. I am waiting for the day when Blackberry is bought out or goes bankrupt. What sets other smart phones apart from Blackberry is that Blackberry does not have a “niche” feature. The reasons consumers went to Blackberry was because its “enterprise” features, security, and BBM (Blackberry Messenger). Though now, other smart phone brands have rivaled that, the iPhone with its app store, and now messaging system, and then Android, with its open source app development store. The blackberry lacks in all of this, its app store is under developed and hard to develop apps, the company comes out with multiple lackluster phones, instead of one full featured phone. I do like Blackberry because of its keyboard, but other than that the Blackberry is un-desirable.

  30. ndirenzo19 says :

    It seems these days that police are being accused of over using force when it comes to trivial matters. The Haka dance is a pretty fierce dance that is meant to be intimidating. I found a video of the dance on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13fGHSqHTwA) and that would take me by surprise and make me feel unsafe if it was done in a public place. I think that the police were just trying to take control of the situation before things got out of hand. I know at some of the high school football games I have previously attended fights have broken out in the parking lot.

  31. aheeb says :

    This NBA lockout is getting to be a bit ridiculous. I’m not really sure why an agreement can’t be made, but I do hope that it gets resolved soon. It would be really annoying not to have any season this year.

    On a lighter note, it’s fantastic that the world series teams are so closely matched together. I’ve never been too big of a baseball fan, but here recently I have found myself tuning into some of the playoff games if I get the opportunity. Hopefully the Cards will be able to pull off a win tonight so that the series will be taken to a 7th game.

  32. melvinallen says :

    I totally agree, it seems facebook just can’t catch a break. Though I find the post very interesting, honestly, I think it’s all at the caution of the user, if that makes sense. Let’s be realistic everything can be tracked and uncovered now a days. I feel as if a person is that worried about the privacy threats, you wouldn’t have a facebook. I mean how private can a social networking site be? On another note, I feel facebook is also at fault for misleading users as far as the privacy settings are concerned. But let’s be honest how many people actually read the privacy policy before they agreed to it? I know I didn’t.

  33. burnscp says :

    There was a recent report done on 60 minutes about Steve Jobs biography. Here’s a link to it if you missed it. There’s some interesting parts to it.

  34. rachkennedy says :

    Facebook is not by any means a requirement for anyone. If you willingly sign up and put your personal information on this site, its at your own risk. Everyone who signs up for Facebook has to accept the terms and conditions. No one really reads the entire thing but you have agreed to their terms on privacy. If you don’t agree then don’t be on Facebook.

    There is a relatively new feature on Facebook to somewhat increase your security. You can now browse on a secure https connection. You can enable this through the security tab in your account settings. More info about it is here: http://www.thetechcheck.com/internet-2/have-you-enabled-secure-browsing-on-facebook/

  35. kylejnewton says :

    I agree with the above post. People complaining about facebook is silly to me. if you hate it, leave it. if you don’t, stop complaining about it! The security and privacy concerns I go both ways on. I do think facebook is flippant with how they treat people’s data sometimes, but also, I would say that if you’re uncomfortable with it, then don’t give facebook all your info and post your every move with GPS location attached to it as a status…it’s as easy as that!

  36. spkuo says :

    iPods. Wow, didn’t even know it was already the 10th year anniversary of the iPods. Although I must agree with the article. The iPods (music devices) that Apple came out with really put them “on-the-map” as the article states. It definitely saved the company from obscurity because I for one am not that interested in anything that Apple comes out with except for their music devices. Sure Macs and iPhones have their own uniqueness to it, but it just doesn’t interest me. I’m more of a Windows and Android person. Though I might have to thank my parents for giving me the iPod as a christmas present when it first came out, I mean that’s how I first came to know Apple. Even though I stated earlier I am not an Apple person, however, I do love my iPod nano (second generation). Still works like its new, small, and just plan awesome.

  37. rudyv12 says :

    One of the interesting topics going around right now is the whole “Occupy Wall street”. I think it is very interesting that the group does not have an identified leader, rather a group of radicals. They have not outlined a list of demands, but their purpose seems to be getting rid of corporate corruption. According to the official Occupy Wall Street website, occupywallst.org, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a rebellious movement “that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.” In other words, it is a large group of people that represent the 99% non-upper class. The first known instance of the movement was on September 17, 2011 when roughly 2000 people rallied and protested for economic justice in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District. Some of the group ideas need more research in determining the pros and cons to each, but the group is on a good start to getting their voices heard.

    • begardner says :

      The Occupy Wall Street movement is now in the news every day. I am noticing that the reasons are now far from noble as violence increases and protester-police clashes become a daily occurrence. The Occupy Wall Street movement will change nothing in it’s current state. Americans have long voted with their pocket books. If you don’t support a business or its practices, you take your business elsewhere. This was evident with the announcement that Bank of America was going to scrap their plans for a $5 monthly debit card fee. I can buy-in to some of the Occupy Wall Street points, however they are destined for failure, and I am quite happy with my life as a member of the 99%. It hasn’t failed me yet.

  38. vsabatel says :

    I would like to comment in the issue of privacy infringement that Facebook is being criticized for. This is a tough issue to choose sides with because there are equally as strong arguments on both sides of the issue. The arguments both sides have are simple straight-forward. For the sake of Facebook, if people don’t like the pricy settings or what Facebook is doing with their personal information, the solution is simple. Don’t use Facebook. Or, you can use it but limit the information you display so you never have to worry about it coming back to you later on. For the sake of the users, I think most people can agree that based on basic human emotion/intellect, it is wrong to record an individual’s information after they choose to delete it. I believe there is no reason for Facebook to keep records of everything we have ever done. The only reason I can think why Facebook does this is for “power” over its users, otherwise it’s a waste of storage and resources. In the end this is a very complex issue that I would like to see taken care of (Facebook fixes problems). However, I don’t think laws should be in force or any external involvement be a part of investigations against Facebook.

  39. lwinters26 says :

    One thing I have noticed in everyone’s presentations is that they all seem to be more comfortable talking in front of everyone. I am not sure if that has a lot to do with the topic and everyone has spoken about something they are very familiar with, or that we are just more comfortable because we know each other better and we have already presented once. I always think there is room for improvement though. No one is perfect and they can always make things better.

  40. han39 says :

    As we shoot tons of rockets and satellites up in the space, we probably got tons of trashes up there. I know space program is important, and that makes our life better, but now it is time to think about consequences. We fired many satellites for basically everything we use these days, such as GPS, satellite TV, satellite radio, satellite phone, and etc. We did all that and some of those satellites are broken and now it is a trash. Instead of let it floating in the space and eventually falls from sky, we should do something for it, at least for the huge ones, cut them into smaller pieces so let them burn in the sky while falling. Instead of wishing that no one gets hurt from it.

  41. robpingry says :

    I would like to commit about the joys of Halloween. What a great holiday. As I get older, it only gets better. When i was a kid, Halloween was a great time for the neighborhood and even school. We had a Halloween parade at school where we could wear our costumes to school and parade around the school for our parents and other students. I loved going to school in my costume I was always so excited. In the neighborhood, we had a big block party, the only one of the year. Me and my friends would ride our bikes on the wide open streets and our parents would bring great food, that was just the start of the fun. Halloween night was so great. We could roam the block with all my friends and get huge bags of candy. So great, when we were seniors in high school we could dress up in costume, it was a great senior tradition. now in college Halloween is a great holiday. Dressing up with your friends and acting like a complete fool is always a great time. It’s so funny to see people roaming around campus in costume. Halloween is great holiday for three separate reasons. I hope it gets better as I get older.

  42. khabenic says :

    While I do the best to keep everything about my private life, private, I understand the risks of doing Facebook. People should know that nothing that they do in the internet is private. I understand why the people of Ireland are so upset, but if it bothers them that much they should quit using Facebook. I don’t feel that what Facebook did is right, but there’s never going to be a time where you’re 100 percent safe on the internet. I personally do my best to keep anything off the internet that I wouldn’t be proud of, especially when I’m on Facebook. Once it’s out there you can never take it back.
    Once Facebook has fixed one issue concerning user’s privacy, another one is bound to arrive. That’s just the nature of the internet and social networking. No one is required to use Facebook, it’s a personal choice. I think the only way to keep your personal information safe, is not to put it out there. And if a person really is uncomfortable with how closely Facebook monitors its user’s actions, their only option is to quit using it.

  43. lopurdue says :

    I agree on many people’s thoughts about Facebook. Facebook is not a requirement for life and if you really think it’s invading your privacy, don’t put any of your real information on it or just don’t use it. Even if I put a lot of personal information on Facebook, I don’t really care them leaking out because it is not a big deal of any of them leaking out to anybody. At this point, Facebook is doing a poor job with privacy but I hope they can improve in future even though it has been this way for a long time.

  44. davidjames1187 says :

    On the discussion of facebook, I personally wish we could just take a step back in time when the site was purely designated to college students and the purpose was simply used as a way of sharing party pictures and funny jokes. Atleast that’s how I remember it being used. I understand that the company is huge compared to then, and thus how’s more control and more uses, but at the same time I wish it wasn’t so complicated and diverse. The thought of marketed advertisement’s based on your saved data actions and constant privacy issues just seems a bit ridiculous. Can we just go back to showing drunk pictures and not worrying about future employer’s or family member’s seeing it. Those were the days.

  45. Jake Gebuhr says :

    As I have said before, this Anonymous hacker group is pathetic. I hope that they are soon found and prosecuted for their theft and release of private information. They are some of the top-level of this “Occupy” stuff going on right now, which is also pathetic. What do these people stand for anyway? Make the government into Robin Hood? Take from the hard workers to give to the lazy drug addicts who claim they cannot find a job? This is all ridiculous, and hopefully it will soon end.

    Also, I have found Facebook to be a terrible privacy intrusion. I closed and deleted my Facebook a year ago because of everything it has done to me. I never posted my cell phone number, but once I had to send a private message to a fellow student I was working in a group with, giving him my number. The day after that, and ever since for the past three years, I get nonstop scam phone calls to my cell phone from “Rachel with cardholder services” trying to get my credit card number. Before they started placing ads on their site, and still continuing to this day, Facebook just takes information you send through it and sells it to telemarketers as well as criminals. Never again will I sign up for a social network online, as it is simply giving away your personal information to the world with 0 privacy.

  46. Mike Tuccori says :

    Although some (especially the police) may think differently, the hackers group called “Anonymous” actually did the police and other entities good. They are adverting to these entities that their security systems are not secure and should be stronger. This breach of the their system will allow an analyst to pinpoint where the hackers broke in, and hopefully the analyst will be able to determine how they broke in and ultimately come up with a plan to fix it. Sensitive data like SSNs should be guarded to the highest degree under the most innovative and advanced security methods and strategies. What the hackers did was prove that the police were not protecting this sensitive data under those methods and strategies, and warned them that security must be increased. Now, what the hackers do with this data is another issue up for debate.

  47. weissapurdue says :

    I wanted to comment briefly on the NBA lockout. While I prefer to watch college basketball over the pros, I was really looking forward to seeing JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore play for the Celtics this season. Having been born and raised in the Boston area, I am a Celtics fan and was pleased to see both of these guys get drafted to the Celts. Unfortunately though, it doesn’t seem like there is going to be basketball this season. The League decided to cancel all of the games through November 30 and with little progress being made, I am doubtful that there will be an NBA season. Regardless, I am really looking forward to Robbie Hummel and Boilermaker basketball starting soon!!

  48. Teju Shyamsundar says :

    The article about the Facebook lawsuit is interesting, but I don’t think that people who are frequent users of the website can criticize it. Facebook gives you the opportunity to make your posts, updates, interests, pictures, etc. hidden to anyone you want to hide your information from. Many users have trouble understanding how the privacy settings work, but spending 5 minutes trying to figure it out would probably solve a lot of problems. Just like the article said, there are many good uses for Facebook. It allows you to reconnect with people you may have been out of touch with for years, is a great advertising tool, and a good site to visit when you want to take a quick break from hours of school work. I can understand why people may be upset at the constant change of privacy settings, but all your old privacy settings never get deleted regardless of the website’s changes. It should be the user’s responsibility to figure out how to use a product, and it difficult for a complaint to be valid when all the information on privacy and account settings can easily be found by navigating through the website’s help pages.

  49. greene4 says :

    The NBA lockout has really hurt a lot of fans. I love basketball been watching it since Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, and Kukoc collaboration. Its seems as though the owners don’t even care about all the ones they have effected. Money is the root of all evil and here we see it live. They don’t realize the amount of money the players are losing to provide for their families. Even though I doubt the players are struggling, but this is their job and one thing they all can agree they love to do. I never thought that this lockout would have lasted this long. It seems unreal. Hopefully they can solve this in time so we can see a part of the season.

  50. moormanja says :

    I am going to talk about the best world series I have ever seen in my lifetime. It was unfortunate to me that the Cardinals won being a Reds fan, but every game was incredible and kept me intrigued from the first pitch to the last out, particularly game 6. This was probably the craziest and exciting games ever. Just when you think the Rangers are going to win the world series, the Cardinals came storming back and tied it up twice in the final innings on their last out. Especially after the two run home run in the 10th, I thought the Rangers clinched it yet again, but the Cardinals proved me and just about everyone else wrong. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it find a way to watch the final games, they were incredible. Congrats Cardinals.

  51. Colin Patterson says :

    I wasn’t satisfied with the result of my second presentation. I feel as though I got mixed up while giving my speech this time and repeated a lot of things that weren’t very relevant. During practice, I had it going very well, but I believe I was over-thinking too much during the presentation itself. I ended up stumbling over myself when trying to walk through the steps. I’m not quite what I can do in order to prevent this from happening again, but I don’t think I’ll be able to make that call until I can see the video of what happened.

  52. zjaw3150 says :

    I would agree that a satellite crossing paths with an aircraft would definitely be a bad day for everyone, but at this time I think that threat is incredibly miniscule. That being said, I’d like to see our planet’s space debris reduced, and I think that will be at least one of the major threats to developing a reasonably safe commercial space industry.

    I always enjoy the encouraging stories, i.e. the recent tribute by the high school team towards their teammate. It’s always good to step back and realize that a game score is just a number; in the end it’s really about maturing in character, in relationships, and in sportsmanship.

  53. jykim315 says :

    I want to talk about the Facebook privacy issue. As many social media technology arises, there are increasing fear of privacy intrusion by the ‘Big Brother’ social media companies. Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984 is portrayed as a dictator watching everyone’s privacy. Facebook, unfortunately, has potential to be the Big Brother. If you are regular user, Facebook has all personal information you posted on Facebook. Simple example is advertisement on the side of facebook page. If you ‘like’ something, your preference is saved and your saved preference is used for advertisement. Some European governments are trying to register a law against ‘like’ button That’s not scary enough? Facebook now even has technology to auto identify someone’s face on photo. For example, if you have very embarrassing photo of you on face book, you can untag your name. However, facebook system knows that you are on the photo automatically.

    Well, my suggestion for Facebook privacy issue is ‘use it responsibly.’ I remember days back when people are scared with Google’s technology that collects personal information. The technology still exists and IS collecting data from the web. Contrastingly, people forget about Google because of Facebook. Internet gives you freedom to share, but you should be responsible of your freedom.

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