“And Android has seen a number of these updates since its first release in October 2008. These updates have caused Android to mature quite rapidly, and the system is now considered to be quite compatible, functionality-wise, with iPhone, while offering low-level capabilities like multitasking that the iPhone lacks.”—Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows: Need to Know: Google Android
We often wonder why adolescents openly post lots of very personal information online. There is a risk involved we tell them. What if a future employer searches the internet for this information and finds pictures of parties or other less favourable stuff?
In a video I watched today the speaker had a very interesting view. In the Netherlands, he said, people don’t put curtains into their living room windows as if to say ‘see we haven’t got anything to hide’. Even if everyone can look into the living room of others no one would do so in the Netherlands besides tourists. It’s common sense that you don’t look into other folks’ living rooms, common sense and etiquette.
When young people put their personal stuff online they do this first and foremost to show it to contacts within their social circle which means their friends. Of course they know everybody could see it but they know only few would be interested.
Doesn’t this also mean, the speaker asked, that we need a new kind of etiquette? Shouldn’t it be common sense that we don’t look into personal information meant for friends if these are strangers to us? This then would also apply to staff managers who search social networks such as Facebook to peep into potential recruits personal information. Or, the speaker then asked, do they now send private eyes to find out about applicants for a job?
I agree very much with this view of public and private. But there is a major problem as the following example shows. It is common sense that taking someone else’s stuff without asking or paying is theft. Nevertheless this does not seem to apply for many folks when it comes to software, music and movies readily available online. It is easy to do and so they download whatever they get their hands on. Same staff managers will most likely continue to search the net for clues about past sins of applicants for jobs ignoring common sense and etiquette.
Right now there isn’t any such etiquette when it comes to public and private information. It’s time we had one.
Seems like publishers see ebooks no different from printed books. Ebooks as part of the integated model have to add up with hardback and paperback editions. Publishers use this to justify pricing ebooks nearly the same as printed books. To me that’s crazy. New authors are well advised to publish their books without a traditional publisher. They can have much higher margins.
For example, video games make certain things easy. A video game is a complex simulation, and in a lot of the educational games you get simulated science experiments [that] make kids feel as though they’re discovering something. One of the things that happens in a simulated science experiment is the values come out right, so the experiment isn’t botched; the data isn’t corrupted.
How many physics experiments did you do, or chemistry, where all that was just thrown down the drain because it was contaminated? You didn’t learn anything. So you went back to the textbook and saw how it should have been done.
No, in a simulated experiment, you always get a result that’s smooth. But what you don’t learn is the resistance of nature. You don’t learn that, in fact, things do get contaminated and that the real does have that resistance to you and the real has that roughness and that that’s what science is about. It’s grappling with that real, which is really one of the first things a scientist needs to learn.
That’s very true and I have to say to me all these games where you have to find out things about chemistry, do virtual experiments and so on are mostly time wasters. Many of these games remind me of Myst. To me these games don’t hold much appeal. I don’t see them as great learning experiences.
“The features of its [ScrollMotions] iPad deal with publishers include applications to let students play video, highlight text, record lectures, take printed notes, search the text, and participate in interactive quizzes to test how much they’ve learned and where they may need more work.”—Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals For iPad - WSJ.com