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Voicemail has its uses, for example, when one won't be able to pick up the phone for awhile, but needs to relay a message immediately, or when other forms of communication are not possible, i.e. e-mail or texting is inconvenient or irrelevant.

However, I still usually end up ignoring it, thus rendering most of the pros as moot.

(1) Oct 10, 08 - 11:18 AM

On the subject of high school friends, just because you're different, doesn't mean you can't be friends.

(0) Jun 17, 07 - 11:41 PM

Pi is wrong.

Well, actually, maybe it would just be better to use what is currently known as 2*pi. I've always thought it would be easier if sine and cosine had periods that were just pi, not 2pi.

So should pi be 6.283185...? Should pi be the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its radius, instead of diameter? If so, it would take about 50 years for this to gain any momentum in the mathematical community.

(0) Apr 20, 07 - 1:07 AM

On MySpace and Online Safety

Monday, June 26, 2006 | 3:29:26 AM
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Awhile ago, I put forth my view on MySpace from a web design standpoint. This will overview why myspace is not inherently bad.

You may have seen it on the news: Woman Raped by Man She Met on MySpace, Man Robbed by 14- and 15-year-old Girls He Met on MySpace, but is that really because of MySpace?

All personal information is optional. It's not necessary to put your name, age, location, income, favorite movie, job, school, and favorite type of smoothie. Would you just give out your social security number? Sure these pieces of information aren't as telling on their own, but by putting the pieces together, dedicated people can find out a lot of information.

So maybe you didn't put your city or true age on your profile. What if you put up a survey that asks your western and eastern astrological sign and your school. You've just given off enough information to guess age and city. Typing your full name backwards or with your nose, etc. just revealed your last name. Now they can try to look you up in the phone book. The problem is, people may not realize that they're giving this much information away.

You know the password request information on e-mails? "What's the name of your first pet?" Well, someone can start a conversation, lead it into animals, and stealthily ask that question. One probably won't remember that they put that question up. Now this social engineer has access to someone else's email.

That seems like a digression, but it's the same principle. People need to realize that trivial information in the hands of one that is dedicated can reveal too much information.

Now, is that the fault of MySpace? No. It's the same idea that follows when parents (who take no notice to the ESRB) blame video game developers that their 7 year old son is playing Grand Theft Auto. People need to learn to accept blame rather than rely on a scapegoat.

Now the educational section. How to have a safer myspace.

  1. Make your profile private.
  2. Don't accept friend request from strangers.
  3. Don't send any personally identifyable information to the internet in (public) blogs, bulletins, and in the public profile.
  4. Don't go over to the house of a person you just met online last week.

The reward of making new friends is accompanied by the risk of getting hurt. If you break these rules and wonder why you are the victim of robbery or rape, don't blame MySpace.

3 Comments

  1. Chris Monday, June 26, 2006 | 3:47:29 AM

    Good. I agree and find it completely stupid how adults try putting the blame on these problems on Myspace. it's their own fault. They don't NEED to have a Myspace. Just ignorance...

  2. Pluto Monday, June 26, 2006 | 6:34:38 PM

    Heh, you should submit that to The Californian; they might pay you nicely for it.

    I never would've thought about that "What is the name of your pet?" deal... Even though I've been extremely cautious (or so I think) about my information, I'm going to pay even more attention to what I say. I hope nobody has my information now.... *gazes down at the copyright, i.e. your first and last name*

  3. Ryan Monday, June 26, 2006 | 9:53:32 PM

    Well, if I get raped or something by a stalker because of that, then I'll blame myself for putting it there. I'm not going to blame my server or anything...

    I'm taking responsibility for my actions! (Hopefully it won't ocme to that, though)

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