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Protest in London

In London, students protested a proposed (and passed) tuition increase from 3,290 pounds to 9,000 pounds.  Riots are scary things…  One student was beaten and bled from his brain.

Here is the link

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December 10, 2010 Posted by | news | , , | Leave a comment

Study + iPhone = Unlocking the secrets of happiness

Got an iPhone?  Want to contribute to a scientific study on the nature of happiness as related to day dreaming?

If so, you could install this application and follow the instructions.  Your results will be sent to psychologist researchers at Harvard to help scientists study the nature of happiness.

For more background info, check out this NYtimes article

 

November 18, 2010 Posted by | news | , , | Leave a comment

Facebook Messages?

Mark Zuckerberg is on the move again.  This time with a project called Facebook Messages, which is an apparent evolution of e-mail.  F.M is a progressive application that is based on the communication of today, AKA text messages and “instant-transit” avenues and make it more in-key with the Generation Ys and Millennials who have become accustomed to these types of instantaneous communications.  Facebook Messaging took 15 months and 15 engineers to develop and is Facebook’s biggest project thus far.

Zuckerberg did add, “This is not an e-mail killer,” Mr. Zuckerberg said, adding: “We don’t expect anyone to wake up tomorrow and say they are going to shut down” their current e-mail accounts.”

An interesting concept that has potential, judging from how successful Facebook messaging was in killing other messaging formats like AIM and iChat.

November 16, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment

Facebook now covered under US “Freedom of Speech”

This just in: Facebook material has just been voted in, by a “federal agency,” to the realm of protected articles under freedom of speech.  This includes negatively phrased posts, statuses, etc, and criticisms.

This Mashable article details an incident involving an employee who used her own computer and time to put a disgruntled post on Facebook regarding her employer, whereupon several other coworkers joined and voiced their opinions.  The employee was terminated by her employer, however the National Labor Relations Board declared that firing the employee was a violation of labor relation laws that allow employees to talk about things such as wages and workplace conditions.

This obviously doesn’t include every instance or posting, but is, in my opinion, a step towards making online communities more American, freedom-friendly venues.  When you need to get something off your chest, shouldn’t you be able to do it via your virtual voice channels if you so see fit?  I see the answer as a clear yes.  They are, after all, an online extension of the social interactions that take place in person every day.

On the flip side, the internet is written in pen, not ink (great quote from the Social Network- go see it!!) and though something may not be illegal, an online action still usually carries some form of consequence.

November 9, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

BP Does It!

Apparently, BP has capped the oil leak.  Like a Soda Bottle?

new york times story

July 16, 2010 Posted by | news | Leave a comment