“Many people seem to think that if you talk about something recent, you’re in favor of it. The exact opposite is true in my case. Anything I talk about is almost certain to be something I’m resolutely against, and it seems to me the best way of opposing it is to understand it, and then you know where to turn off the button.”—
An interesting point. Something to keep in mind I’d think as you listen to people.
Worth reading. The company has some good points, but it brings up yet again that privacy online is exceedingly limited. Watch yourself now for the future. Even younger people who claim that those older than them just “don’t get it” will be the ones doing hiring later on. Nothing is really deleted online ever.
Companies have long used criminal background checks, credit reports and even searches on Google and LinkedIn to probe the previous lives of prospective employees. Now, some companies are requiring job candidates to also pass a social media background check.
A year-old start-up, Social Intelligence, scrapes the Internet for everything prospective employees may have said or done online in the past seven years.
Then it assembles a dossier with examples of professional honors and charitable work, along with negative information that meets specific criteria: online evidence of racist remarks; references to drugs; sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos; flagrant displays of weapons or bombs and clearly identifiable violent activity.
Borders is closing its 399 remaining stores and 11,000 employees are being laid off. In a statement, Borders Group President Mike Edwards said, “We were all working hard towards a different outcome, but the headwinds we have been facing for quite some time, including the rapidly changing book industry, e-reader revolution, and turbulent economy, have brought us to where we are now.”
In a recent study by the Governors Highway Safety Association, driving distractions such as cell phones and other electronic devices, cause as much as 25% of all US car accidents. It is common knowledge that driving while distracted is not a safe thing to do, but now we have some scientific data that goes in-depth on the topic.
Catching up to the reality already faced by many of its members, the nation’s largest teachers’ union on Monday affirmed for the first time that evidence of student learning must be considered in the evaluations of school teachers around the country.
In passing the new policy at its assembly here, the 3.2 million-member union, the National Education Association, hopes to take a leadership role in the growing national movement to hold teachers accountable for what students learn — an effort from which it has so far conspicuously stood apart.
“I have this feeling that people are going to become more and more wary of direct face-to-face attention because it will seem like its wasted on them if it’s not mediated, not captured somehow in social networks where it has measurable value. I imagine this playing out as a kind of fear of intimacy as it was once experienced—private unsharable moments that will seem creepier and creepier because no one else can bear witness to their significance, translate them into social distinction. Recognition within private unmediated spaces will be unsought after, the “real you” won’t be there but elsewhere, in the networks.”—
Ideas like this disturb me greatly. The idea that we need outside confirmation of significance to have personal meaning, if becoming emergent, I doubt now, I’ll ever accept.
If there was one thing that I was worried about the Obama Administration - and the current congress to be fair - it was Intellectual Property issues like this via Biden and others. Now, TV streams and the like are not cool, but this wording is far to over-broad.
Blackboard Inc., which makes the most popular course-management software used by colleges, announced on Friday that it had agreed to a $1.64-billion buyout by a private-equity firm, Providence Equity Partners.
The announcement came after the company said in April that it had received offers, setting off fevered speculation about the identity of its suitors. Blackboard plans to close the deal in the last quarter of this year.
Do you wonder why our economy is in such a mess? Do you wonder why the world you grew up with and thought you knew doesn’t seem to be the world you live in? Do you feel less safe today than you did 10 years ago? Do you wonder why the most powerful nation in the world still feels unsafe? Do you sometimes wonder if the nation will survive and wonder how it will survive? Are you concerned about how much foreign ownership of business there is?
These are all hallmarks of information revolutions. For example, when the printing press was introduced, Spain was the most powerful nation with a cosmopolitan outlook, support for science and exploration and unheard of wealth. Yet as that information revolution worked its way through Europe, it became economically out competed; a political, cultural, and scientific backwater. They were bested by their former colony, Holland (The Spanish Netherlands) and the little no-account island upstart country – England. Trade was almost entirely taken over by foreigners. Their gifted and brilliant finance minister Gonzalez de Cellorigo lamented,
“… there are rich who loll at ease or poor who beg, and we lack people of the middle sort, whom neither wealth nor poverty prevents from pursuing the rightful kind of business enjoined by Natural Law”[i]
An intriguing read. Well worth it I think.
I like these kinds of articles, where they delve into the deep past and bring out insights for today.
This is an interesting idea. Take a shared online space, and recreate it in the physical world, life-size. Can you imagine showing off your favorite camping, ambush, and other spots where your heroism and bravery shone? It’s a powerful idea. I wish the artist the best, but only wish that it would be in the US rather than in Germany.
“Now that the crest of hype and excitement has passed, we can look with objectiveness back on Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Without a doubt, Puella Magi made a huge splash last season, and it was at any level the most talked about show. These phenomenal shows occur once every few seasons and completely polarize the anime-watching community. “This show sucks,” gripes many, “it makes no sense. It just shows how the fanbase just gobbles up overrated garbage nowadays.” “I love the daring originality of this show!” exclaims everyone else. “This show is so deep!””—
I need to be better at this myself. I find myself linking to the originator of the piece, and not the aggregator who brought it to my attention. I’ll work to fix that.
On the events in Gruber’s piece, I agree with him that it makes little sense, but at least AllThingsD did something after it was brought to their attention. I also use MacStories - in fact I watch their RSS feed but not AllThingsD’s - and so I wish them the best in this. As Gruber said, “Reputation is not a zero-sum game”.
Interesting long term view of what happens when a single party has local control of redistricting. I think they’re right when they mention that if the current thinking holds out, the GOP will entrench even stronger where they already hold. Whatever your opinion on them, moves like this are what shows the current GOP party leadership’s acumen.
This does sound very nice. It would erase my issues with twitter clients as well, but then I would potentially need to have a set of twitter applications (Mac and iPod Touch). More potential will be great to see used where it shows up.