Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The government must really do something about this before it gets worse.
Below is the full text of the news article from Inquirer.net that I am talking about:
‘Crunch taking toll on BPO workers’ health’
By Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:11:00 03/18/2009
MANILA, Philippines – A labor study group warned Wednesday that occupational health risks in the outsourcing industry are likely to increase after the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) said companies are scaling down growth targets and hiring of new personnel, if not already laying off some.
The Quezon City-based Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) said BPO firms that shed staff tend to overwork their remaining employees.
“It has come to our attention that some outsourcing companies are already employing reduced workforce[s] while encouraging multitasking and additional unpaid work hours, which will further distress the health of the employees,” EILER deputy executive director Anna Leah Escresa-Colina said in a statement sent to the Philippine Daily Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.net).
She said last year, EILER undertook a research on call centers servicing the airline, railway, bus, cruise ship/ferry industries, and logistics, goods and transport industries.
The research, she said, found out that the occupational health risks from graveyard shifts, long working hours, very cool temperatures in work places, and high work stress due to high quotas are very serious and potentially life-threatening.
Most of the respondents, according to Colina, experienced sleeping problems, eye strain, overall fatigue, headaches, chest and back pains, voice problems and mental stress. Other health hazards were work stress, work time, and irrational behavior of customers.
“Despite such high occupational health risks in call centers, clinical services are found to be wanting especially during graveyard shifts,” she added, recalling that in 2007, a stress-induced death of a call center agent was reported in the media.
Colina also found fault in BPAP’s statement that it was still possible to earn $13 billion in revenues as indicated by the so-called BPO Roadmap 2010.
“But to be able to reach this revenue target, the right of BPO employees to organize will be effectively suppressed as only organized employees can comprehensively advance their concerns on health and safety, career paths and development, skills development, their social life, savings for their future and long-term occupation security,” she explained.
The EILER official said the BPO industry is virtually union-free because organizing in the sector is said to be covertly and overtly discouraged by the management.
EILER also said that the Department of Labor and Employment’s new Guidelines on Flexible Work Arrangements which encouraged establishments to impose forced leaves, overtime without pay, shift reduction, rotation, compressed work week and other practices could undermine the rights of workers of in other industries as well.
Monday, March 16, 2009
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The success of Barack Obama in harnessing the Internet to propel himself to the White House has generated a lot of interest in replicating the same here in the Philippines. Can it be done here? Why or why not? How can you run an Internet campaign on the cheap in the Philippines?
Find two recent news articles that illustrate the challenges posed by new technologies, particularly the Internet, to laws that currently govern intellectual property rights. Discuss in the context of the Philippines. Why are intellectual property rules/rights more difficult to enforce? Do we need new laws or rules to address these challenges? What are the policy implications?
Write a short feature article on any other ICT-related policy topic (except intellectual property rights) that interests you.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
According to Republic Act No. 8436 (R.A. No. 8436) as amended, the automated election system is a system using appropriate technology which has been demonstrated in the voting, counting, consolidating, canvassing, and transmission of election result, and other electoral process.
Assuming that government thinks like an ordinary business, this would probably mean that less man hours would be required in conducting an automated elections. However, this 2010 is too significant. Since the technology is new to the Philippines, what would be the chances that less people would actually be working on it? Probably less man hours would be required per individual, although I doubt that less people would be employed.
So many seem to scared of the system. After all, how sure are we that the data transmitted are going to be the same as the data received by the Comelec? We already know that they are crackable.
More capital and less labor? Probably not.
Jay Freeman, the developer behind the Cydia app that allows software not approved by Apple to be installed on the iPhone, has launched the Cydia Store, an unauthorized alternative online market for iPhone applications.
So what does this mean? Well expect a more adult oriented selection of third party applications that you would otherwise never see on your iphone.
The kinds of applications Apple is willing to approve for sale in its iTunes Store have been changing, perhaps due to pressure from dissident developers like Freeman. In December, Apple started allowing novelty applications, such as the Pull My Finger flatulence simulator, to be sold. It had previously rejected such apps citing their lack of utility.
Is Apple going to do anything about this? Well ,where there's money involved you bet it will.
I was stuck in the San Francisco International Terminal for 24 hours.
I had a connecting flight from Boston Logan to San Francisco, so woke up esp. early so I would not miss it. I was checked in and ready to go 2 hours before my flight. If I had no printed copy of my ticket, how did I know my departure time? The hotel had free wi-fi. I checked on-line.
(I had a rem quiz you see, and I timed my flight so that I would be in at 5am the same day that my 7pm quiz would be held. I planned to study on the plane. Ha!)
BOS to SFO: Check. I was on time and had a pleasant flight even if I was seated next to angry-sweaty- fat-guy-who-needed-a-seatbelt-extender. At least I had the aisle seat. He was stuck in the middle seat. Haha.
SFO to MNL: Not checked. I had about 10 hours fom the time I landed to the time my flight for Manila leaves. Or did I?
I met with a friend for coffee in the Financial District. (What about my luggage you ask? Tip: You can leave your luggage on the conveyer (don't touch it!) and just pick it up from the airline luggage office when you are ready.)
At around 7pm we parted ways as I wanted to go to my favorite San Francisco bookstore. I stood up at around 9pm, and went to the BART station which is connected to the airport.
I picked up my luggage from the airline office and walked languidly to PAL's check in counter. I was alarmed though. I did not see any balikbayan boxes. No Filipinos milling around. For a moment I thought I was in the wrong airport.
And then I saw the sign. My plane left at 9:05pm!!!
Lesson: Print the damn e-ticket.
Soon, with Playpower.org's vision of bringing affordable computer learning to the fortuneless for $12 a pop, kids all over can experience firsthand the perils of hunting bunnies for rations by accidentally shooting themselves. The project heads figured that with 8-bit systems already being manufactured in the developing world on the cheap, that available (albeit somewhat archaic) technology should be exploited to help educate kids. Sure, a game where you can die of cholera probably isn't appropriate for a child living in an actual cholera-ridden village, but I digress. There's always Reader Rabbit.
The project's credo that fun is learning is much easier to take in than the preachy One Laptop Per Child. I can certainly stand by a cause that values fun. And the $100 laptop program just isn't feasible--but building around an affordable system already in the mainstream is.
Just a tip for the kids: never caulk the wagon and float it! Man up and ford the damned thing.
A few days ago, during one of my mindless surfing sessions, I went to the Philippine government site and clicked on the city that I've lived in my entire life, Quezon City. It has a website, with a smiling Mayor Belmonte on the top portion. It contained the standard details with regard to the city's offices and officials, programs and policies and awards garnered. But I did learn some new things, albeit trivial.
1. I did not know there was a public library inside the City Hall compound. It has wi-fi.
2. Mayor Belmonte's late wife, was the founder of the Philippine Star.
3. Amoranto, which I only knew as the name of the stadium with the huge swimming pool, was actually a former mayor of the city.
Next time, I'll search for my barangay.
With an estimated 175 million users using facebook, the terms of service that govern members as they routinely share comments, prictures and more online and website needs is a paramount concern since it serves as the governing document that all its members adhere to. As Zuckerberg reiterated, the terms "aren't just documents that protect our rights, it is the governing document for how the service is used by everyone across the world." With the advent of "cyber communities" that people now generally participate in, protection and ownership concerns over the information posted is now becoming more important. It is this challenge, together with the vast scope of such communities that need to be addressed not only by the makers but also the users.
oddly, the interviewer went and asked about my undergrad thesis instead of how i am in lawschool...
so i explained to him what i did and my conclusion...he went and goes "parang si (insert uber popular PIL professor here) talking in the SC, did you understand her?" i felt helpless because i tried to use layman words and terms but it still seemed like i was talking greek.
in retrospect, i think i should have said that the competition in the mobile industry brought about by the promos that plagued the industry some 6 years ago should be regulated to ensure that the lines will not be congested. that's pretty simple right? but then, i think i could have also added that more lines should be laid in order to ensure that the increase in the volume of subscribers will not lead to congestion...
A few meters away from Starbucks, there are internet shops which offer each hour of internet for only 20 pesos. Or cross the street and there’s McDonald’s, which now also has a coffee shop, and free wifi (if the system is working).
It is unfathomable why still so many individuals buy that exorbitantly-priced internet hour at Starbucks when they could just buy a soy chai tea latte to go then trot off to the internet café with cheapo services, or skip to McDonald’s and get a Happy Meal toy instead. Is it because the cafés are populated with pimply teenagers screaming over DOTA? Is it because McDonald’s has Britney Spears wanting Baby to do it one more time, instead of The Ink Spots who don’t want to set the world on fire?
There must be a reason why people still buy the internet card at Starbucks, but this escapes me.
(My apologies to Kate Chopin for borrowing the title.)
I was surprised to see that the Philippines, for its history of human rights violations, is not on the list. At least the Internet is still a place for Filipinos to be free thinkers and strong activists.
This year, the notable day is due to be held on 13 March 2009. And even before that day, the campaign already went digital, mostly through social networking sites. Social network users can buy virtual red noses and upload a photo with a red nose! Comic Relief was already able to launch their pages on MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, YouTube, Flickr and Twitter.
When Comic Relief first started on BBC One years ago, television was the most effective way of engaging and mobilising people around the country," said Chris Ward, creative director for Comic Relief. "Now in the multi-platform age not everyone is going to be sat watching TV at 7pm. This is about engaging a range of audiences," he said. Already the digital campaign has seen a 100% increase in traffic to the Red Nose homepage and 40,000 have so far logged on to Facebook's bespoke page. -BBC News
Cool. Social networking sites can actually extend the lives of charities! You can even donate through their website: http://www.rednoseday.com/ At present, the Red Nose Day raises money to support long-term projects in several areas (Young People, Mental Health, Older People, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Disadvantaged Communities, Domestic Violence, People Affected by HIV, Women and Girls, People Affected by Conflict, People Living in Urban Slums, Trade) which help people to help themselves across the UK and Africa.
It's good to see that noble causes make the most out of the technological advancements.
It gives me a bad feeling whenever I see messages of friend request or comments which I failed to respond to for weeks or months already. The senders might construe it as snobbishness but really, I don’t use Friendster that often anymore and I also disabled the Friendster update function from gracing my yahoo mail account.
I am now thinking of deleting my Friendster account. But problem is some of my closest friends continue using Friendster and doesn’t have (as yet) Facebook account. Or they probably think Friendster is the Francis Magalona (bless his soul) of social network and wouldn’t dare switch.
But for those thinking of deleting social networks, blogging services, online retail accounts, etc., PCMag.com has featured steps in deleting these kinds of accounts. “How to delete accounts from any website” features details on how to leave 23 online services behind. The how-to is divided into 5 categories: (1) Social networks – Classmates.com, Facebook, Friendster, LinkedIn, MySpace, MyLife.com; (2) Online retailers – Amazon.com, Audible.com, Blockbuster Online, eBay, iTunes, Netflix, PayPal; (3) Blog services – Blogger, Twitter; (4) Sharing services – Flickr, Photobucket, YouTube; and (5) Online services – AOL/AIM, Apple’s MobileMe, Google, Windows Live ID, Yahoo.
Visit www.pcmag.com for more details.
Maria Cristina Yambot
In line with this, the environment that we see all around us has the effect on how we see this knowledge and its possible applications with technology. After all, each and every kind of technology has to be applied in society. In looking at the effect of poverty on the use of technology, we then have to see and incorporate the current practices of those under poverty that may be utilized to assist in the ease of access that would help in the incorporation of such relatively new technology into that kind of setting.
This leads me to the second effect of poverty on technology. This is that poverty somehow challenges developers of technology to create new kinds of technology that would be cheaper but could reach more people. This gives me the impression that even though poverty is by itself a terrible concept, it is nevertheless an opportunity.
This challenge likewise involves the development of technology keeping in mind what comes natural to all human beings, regardless of socio-economic status. Hence, it helps keep things simple, despite the seemingly complicated nature of technology.
Rivera, Jan Michael A.
Here in the Philippines, I have yet to hear of a person imprisoned because of a blog. Unfortunately, in other countries there are laws which could land you in prison for what you’ve posted in your blog. Thai law (lese majeste)mandates a penalty of three to 15 years imprisonment for "whoever defames, insults or threatens the king, the queen, the heir to the throne or the Regent." You might think that the law is no longer enforced, like our RPC provision against dueling, unfortunately you’d be wrong.
Last Jan. 19, 2009, Harry Nicolaides, an Australian author, was convicted on the basis of a 103 word paragraph about the alleged sexual peccadilloes of the royal family, particularly Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in a novel he published in 2005 entitled Verisimilitude. Ironically the book only sold 7 copies. Nicolaides was given a royal pardoned a month after being sentenced (he was in jail for a total of 6 months).
While most of us take our right to post criticisms against politicians for granted, next time you contemplate posting one against the head of state of another country you might want to take a moment and check their laws. You may be free to post your views in one place but the moment you step into a different soil, you have already broken the law. The lesson to be learned? This summer before you decide on your vacation destination, look through all your blogs. Now limit your self to countries on which you’ve yet to post a negative comment.
60 years from now i'll be featured in some news program as the organizer of the senior citizen teleportation travel club or something. :) a good example that learning is all about an having open mind.
2. Open the UPS of my computer
3. Turn on my CPU and my monitor
4. While waiting for the CPU to boot up, open my printer and make sure it has scratch paper in the bin
5. When the computer is open, open the web browser and check if it has net connection
6. Go to Yahoo! Mail and check for new e-mails
7. Go to Facebook and check for new friend requests
8. Go to Mob Wars and do jobs
9. Go to Mafia Wars and do jobs.
10. When the energy runs out, stare at the screen until I have enough energy to do another job.
*Rinse, repeat as needed*
To a certain extent, I would have to agree. To illustrate, one of my relatives from the province asked me what I thought of this “business proposal” she received through her e-mail which was basically soliciting funds for a start-up business with a supposedly assured and attractive rate of return. I was actually a bit saddened and in disbelief that she would have even, for a moment, considered it to be legitimate. Business proposals made by strangers through e-mail is already one big red flag by itself. Another example was my sister’s friend who had sent “load” to someone posing as my sister using another number. First of all, my sister’s cellphone is on a postpaid plan. Secondly, she has never, in their many years of knowing each other, asked for a similar favor from that friend, or even borrowed money, for that matter. We just found it a bit strange that someone like my sister’s friend, a savvy and sophisticated business person, could fall for such a crude old cellphone scam. While there are far more well-thought out and sophisticated online scams that exist, it’s rather alarming that the best of us can fall prey to the most obvious and dubious schemes.
Yahoo! created Yahoo! Safely, a website which gives advice on how a person can safeguard one’s self from becoming a victim of cybercrime. Basically, it’s nothing revolutionary and much of the tips are really just based on plain old common sense. Don’t get me wrong, though. I am far from saying that it’s always the victim’s fault. I concede that there are really some instances where not even the utmost diligence of very cautious persons could have saved us. But when we are in a position to help ourselves, then we ought to do so. For the most part, it pays to be a cynic.
There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them. Charles Caleb Colton
In the end, simplicity is king-always has, and always will be.
Placing/receiving calls and sending/receiving text messages is sought to be criminalized for both private and public vehicle drivers.
Proposed penalties are imprisonment for up to 6 months and fines of P200 - P100,000. Ouch.
There are some exemptions though – using hands-free devices and speaker phone function to make/receive calls, law enforcers while performing official functions, authorized drivers of ambulances and rescue vehicles while on duty, persons responding to emergency cases or rendering public service, and TV and radio news reporters. Thinking of faking an emergency? Shame on you.
The Philippine Chamber of Telecommunication Operators (some members include - PLDT, Globe, Smart) is supporting these Bills. I wonder what they have to gain from this. Corporate responsibility? Wow, benevolent.
Did you know that driving while on the phone is just as dangerous as drunk driving? According to Mythbusters, anyway. Drive safe, everyone.
We usually think that with the rise of websites showing our pictures, sharing messages, stories/blogs (i.e. photosharing/blogs via facebook, multiply, friendster, blogspot, etc.) we should be vigilant about being in those unwanted photos, messages, stories. You hanging out with your ex-, you looking really wasted, or you sticking your tongue on someone's throat (sorry graphic). But this makes us forget that cellphones are more likely to be used as privacy invasion tools. As was reported in Fox News last month, a reasonably knowledgeable person like your mom could fence their kids' cellphones, one's partner may peek at their partner's text messages or photos, or the government may track where a person is close to a few feet away.
A court ruling said that the government may track a person without any court ruling or warrant given that the ownership and use of the cellphone already creates an assumption of risk to be tracked. Now imagine if your weird ex-girlfriend/ overly protective parents/ stalker wants to track you? hunt you down? I tell you, one should worry about this.
Have you heard of Chaperone? A service offered by Verizon wherein they automatically tell parents that their kids are moving beyond the boundaries that they allow their kids to be in. If your mom or dad wants you to be moving from home to school only then this is a good way to make sure of that happening.
Then there is the Big Daddy software that allows someone to read compromised messages, phone contents like pictures, and even allows the person who installed it to listen to phone calls made using the phone. Now you don't need to be a spy to do this. If you have the money to buy the software then nothing is holding you back.
And have you seen Google Latitude? The Google program that tracks a person through their phone. If someone wants to know where you are then they would just install latitude on your phone. Or just sneak in a phone that has latitude on it and enable it.
Scary is it not? Well those things aren't available in the Philippines yet but who knows?
Cellphones are likely to be the most hated privacy invasion tool. Reminds me of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police.
Every Move You Make
Every Step You Take
I'll Be Watching You.
Baguilat, Raymond Marvic C. "Ice"
Craigslist is confident that it can successfully defend itself against this latest attack, and it's probably safe to assume that it can since it cannot possibly be held liable for user generated or uploaded content which it does not own. The site may possibly be a facilitator, but is certainly not the source. And basing its liability on the fact that its a medium for prostitution rings or drug traffickers means that the law will also have to punish print media, motels and nightclubs as well.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Under the new guidelines, e-money is not considered as deposits and therefore not covered by the deposit insurance of the PDIC.The new rules also placed e-money transactions as covered by the AMLA. Really? So?
My good eye glazed over in the next few paragraphs of the news report. I also have yet to read the actual BSP guidelines. Not with finals and paper deadlines looming over our heads, mine more precariously so.
A little earlier, there were also reports of moves to again (!) automate the elections. Ho-hum! Anything new?
If in the US a glitch in the electronic voting system could inadvertently spell the loss of some thousands of crucial ballots, how much more in this country where electoral fraud has reached an unprecedented level of sophistication?
Only in the Philippines can someone like De Los Angeles actually hatch and execute his diabolical plans and go around our supposed secure banking and financial laws and bamboozle thousands who are suckers for all these get rich quick schemes.
Well, there are rules and there are rules. In our jurisdiction, we actually do not face a lack of laws. What is sorely lacking is the effective enforcement of these laws.
Doesn't say much for any branch of our purported government. Doesn't say much for many of us.
Which makes me wonder about those who arent very computer savy – how do they deal with the possibility of having their information shared with the world without their knowledge?
Information is constantly sent over the internet, through internet banking, buying on Amazon, etc. What if a phishing site was able to take his credit card number? Or was able to take their log-in information and impersonate them, causing all sorts of mayhem. Is there a way to absolutely protect ourselves from such situations? Or are we doomed to live in either ignorance or fear of the evils of technology? Yes, its difficult to imagine a life separate from something that has become a part of daily life. Guess we’ll just have to deal with it.
That is why I would support the move that a universal charger be adopted. This plan basically encourages that all mobile phone manufacturers would agree to create one simple charger that would work for all type of phone. In addition, this model would be ecological meaning it can be easily recycled or reused. Mobile phone technology has indeed become more accessible and has not yet reached its full potential. Nonetheless, at this early stage, one should already be sure that the future of our environment will not be affected.
But the advocacy does not end here. Other technologies should take a look at the impact their products have affected the environment as well. All electronics manufacturers should be mindful of the goods that they produce and how they can contribute in eradicating the litter they help create.
A poor law student have to pay more for renting a computer which costs 20php per hour and for printing which costs 5php per page in order to submit a paper, than if the poor law student have to submit a handwritten paper (like in the 70’s).
A poor law student is less updated (having no cellphone, no personal computer and no internet access) when announcements by the dean, by professors and by the block president is communicated through this technologies. Especially if that announcement is “No Class Today!”
Thus, the hard life of a poor law student is made harder as the inventions on technologies progresses.
Thus, the poor law student must graduate from law school and pass the bar to be able to escape from this dilemma. Nice motivation.=)
I remember during this time, many call center companies have sprouted in the business districts of Makati, Ortigas and Libis in QC which were renowned for massive recruitment of workers usually those who were fresh from college. Many workers were attracted to these jobs because of the highly competitive compensation package that awaits the successful applicant. Some call center companies even gave signing bonuses for the new hires. Moreover, most companies have very brief hiring procedures that take only a day or two, i.e., from the time the applicant submitted his/her resume up to the time that he/she signs the employment contract.
Be that as it may, there is also a bad side to this story. Even though these companies attracted workers by hordes, they also suffered high attrition rates. This fact may be attributed to the peculiar working schedules in these companies. Almost all call center companies operate 24/7 which means that some employees will be assigned to work from 10 o’ clock in the evening up to 6 o’ clock in the morning. This is necessary because they need to approximate the working hours in western countries particularly the US where most of their client companies are located. Many call center employees cannot stand the difficulty of working in the wee hours that some of them got burned out while other got hospitalized. These are some of the hidden risks that come with working in call center companies.
I know this for a fact because just last month, my 24-year old neighbor-friend was rushed to the hospital because she suffered a mild stroke while working at 2:30 in the morning. She was assigned in the 10pm-6am shift for 3 and a half months straight prior to the incident. Luckily, my friend was able to recover but the doctor strongly advised her not to work in evening shifts anymore. But how could she possibly do that? She could only heed that advice if either the company allows her to change shifts or find another job. The second option is next to impossible at this point in time when finding a decent job may be likened to finding a needle in a haystack.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Kuya is still now in the USA, working on some papers that will evidence his relationship with his biological father, en route to a grant of American citizenship. He's been there a few months now and obviously, he is missed here. Thankfully, technology has afforded us countless means of communication - e-mail, instant messaging, SMS, MMS and VoIP.
At the end of the day, when one looks at what has become of an almost hopeless situation, you realize that it's all worth it.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Shortly after we ordered, the waiter ventured that they had free wifi and promptly gave me the password.
However, I had difficulty connecting after re-typing the password and changing the airport configuration countless times.
After we had our lunch, the waiter solicitously inquired if I already successfully connected. No, I said.
I tried again while waiting for dessert. Still no luck.
Dessert came and went but still no wifi. The bill came, and still nada.
So we just paid and left. And I thought that was that.
Days later, Dyosa and Masigasig narrated to me how they were duped into spending a considerable amount in exchange for non-existent wifi.
Turns out that they went to Starbucks, found out there was no wifi and transferred to the resto.
I agree with Dyosa that the food was over-priced considering it wasn’t exceptional, only served in huge plates to create the impression that servings were generous.
But what riles me the most is the blatant misrepresentation.
Shame on you, fakers!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Technology moves progressively. It will never move regressively. That is like its Law of Order, like gravity. But come to think of it, does technology make a hard life harder to bear and on the flip side, a great life greater? Sounds much like, the rich becomes richer and the poor becomes poorer as times go by.
I don’t know. I really don’t know.
I think Google has been customizing my search results based on what country I am at!!
This happens even if you do not select the "mga pahina mula sa pilipinas" option (who translated this into Filipino, Francisco Balagtas? and don't get me started on Facebook)
For example, I searched for "top ICT issues of the day" using google while in the Philippines and these top 3 search results come out:
ICT, Open Day, NUI Galway
- [ Isalin ang pahinang ito ]
17 Sep 2008 ... These companies will be coming along to the ICT Open Day to tell you more about ... on a number of key strategic issues, including competitiveness, ... Back to top of page. Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide ...
www.nuigalway.ie/openday/ict/jobs.html - 24k - Naka-cache - Mga katulad na webpage
SANS Institute - SANS Security West 2009
- [ Isalin ang pahinang ito ]
Legal Issues in Information Technology and Information Security :: LEG-523 ... SANS instructors are top tier on all training classes. ... LEG 523 is a five-day package delivering the content of the following one-day courses: ...
www.sans.org/securitywest09/description.php?tid=862 - 26k - Naka-cache - Mga katulad na webpage
Bremer TAFE teacher named top ICT specialist - TAFE Queensland
- [ Isalin ang pahinang ito ]
The day I can't find one is the day I retire." As well as the honour of being named TAFE Queensland's top ICT teacher, Ms Mair has won a prize package worth ...
www.tafe.qld.gov.au/about_us/news/2007110831.html - 29k - Naka-cache - Mga katulad na webpage
I asked a friend in the US to do the same and these top 3 results come out for him:
Amazon.com: Issues in Teaching Using ICT (Issues in Subject ...
Join Amazon Prime and ship Two-Day for free and Overnight for $3.99. ... This text contains a range of issues relating to the use of ICT in the classroom. .... Find our top 100 editors' picks as well as customers' favorites in dozens of ...
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Start reading Issues in Teaching Using ICT on your Kindle in under a minute. ... Order it in the next , and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. .... Find our top 100 editors' picks as well as customers' favorites in dozens of ...
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wearejustlearning.ca » ICT issues
Filed Under (Education, ICT issues, educational technology, ... I was impressed that so many gave up a day of their Christmas holidays to attend this ...
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The infamous bittorrenter has provided frugal media patrons with some 600,000 torrents since 2003, from remastered Perfect Strangers episodes to blockbusters months from their theatrical releases. Having just weathered raids by Scandinavian authorities, the site's operators were blindsided by recent charges of "facilitating copyright infringement" filed by several major American film studios, among them, Warner Brothers and MGM.
While the defendants intended the site to be something of a virtual speakeasy for file-swappers worldwide, they've since renounced their hippie culture-sharing angle in the face of a possible two years of imprisonment and millions in fines and damages.
Defendants claim that the site doesn't actually host any of the unauthorized media but simply directs its 22 million users to those files through torrent trackers. Defense furthers that since the accused merely operate the medium, they cannot be accomplices to particular acts of the site's users of which they are unaware (at least under Swedish law).
I still think the operators could have avoided this predicament had they the good sense not to christen their site an allusion to the illegal act they hoped to get away with.
Twenty five years later, and the landscape has changed. There are currently more than eight million Filipinos working overseas. Remember the 6-degree of separation theory? Well, applying the concept, how many “steps” do you have to take to connect to an OFW? On my part, one step as my brother works abroad. If I start outside family relations, it’s still one step as my best friend is a nurse about to leave for Brunei. It’s no wonder VoIP has become a big industry in our country.
As communication is very important in any form of relationship, it maybe familial, friendship or l.o.v.e. kind, and usually it is the first aspect to suffer when people are separated by distance. It is that constant need to chat and tell our family and friends about the most mundane things that happen in our daily life that make us feel connected to each other. VoIP solved the void (pun unintended) in relationships created by the mass deployment of Filipinos overseas. VoIP makes these connections easier. I know of several couples who keep their long distance relationship going by simply talking once a week. Parents who work abroad are able to be “parents” to their kids, actively participating in decisions like curfews and punishments. All these at the fraction of the cost of a regular telephone call abroad.
Some days after Kuya arrived in California, he got in his vehicle with a handheld GPS system in hand, and began the long drive to Georgia, where we had found his father to be residing prior to and since his stint in the Philippines. A few stops for food and gas later, Kuya found himself standing outside his biological father’s front door. He rang the bell and moments later, a woman came to the door. Kuya asked for his father by name, saying he was a friend and the woman replied that he was still not in and was probably just on his way home from work. She invited Kuya in, but Kuya declined politely, saying he would just be back the following morning.
To be continued.
Whether or not the Supreme Court is ready for the YouTube era is currently a subject of debate in the US because it has the potential to unsettle the way judges do their work. Meantime, it doesn’t hurt to revisit our own Rules of Court and mull on the impact of technological advancements on law and order to make the rules more responsive to the demands of the times.
I came across a class law suit designated as McElroy v. Network Solution wherein, the plaintiff in behalf of himself and those similarly designated alleges that Network Solution Incorporated, a licensed registrar by ICANN, has been committing practices of front running. ICANN was also joined as a party.
Front running occurs when a prospective registrant (customer) searches the availability of a domain name (i.e. coolname.com) in the domain name registry through the registrar (i.e. Network Solution), if the prospective registrant does not register it immediately (even within minutes) the registrar takes the searched name and blocks it, it cannot be used by anyone except if the prospective buyer or anyone is willing to buy it at a more expensive price. In the complaint the price was increased at around 200%, from $9.99 to $39.99.
The lawsuit however is likely to be dismissed as the practice of front running is hard to prove. Even ICANN in its report (SAC 24) on front running has admitted that their has yet to be substantial evidence to prove the existence of front running. I however, do not want to preclude the court decision on the matter.
Anyway, earlier I have already finished writing the article on front running. Hopefully it's going be useful and informative. Indeed, there are so many things that one could learn and through Digital I was able to write and learn more about information technology.
Baguilat, Raymond Marvic "Ice" C.
I couldn’t imagine how hard it was for other people to get a land line because ever since I could remember, we always had one. It wasn’t until competition came in that I realized how disgruntled people are with the existing telecom services. Even if they say that in the long run, competition would still benefit the consumers, for all the selfish reasons, I would rather that this big company dominate and monopolize the system because it means my parents would keep their jobs…and the perks.
For the past couple of years, I saw my mom close down one “exchange” after the other because their services were no longer needed. Again, I would like for better services, but it wouldn’t hurt if these people can also keep their jobs. For them, the cost of improved services, advancement in technology, and wireless service are their jobs. In the bigger scope of things, it would be beneficial for the public if we have more competition…but of course, in the meantime, we have these casualties who are now part of the unemployed.
My dad told my mom a couple of months back that because of the rampant “skyping” and other similar services, her department is fast becoming obsolete. She then asked him what management is thinking, he said that management would milk her department for all its worth…and then, who knows, they might just have to close her department down. That’s around 300 more people jobless.
*sigh* I do wish technology could spare the landline industry.
One of the features of this year’s CeBIT is the “Green IT” concept. The Climate Savers Computing Initiative will feature a discussion of issues relating to “Green IT”. The Initiative aims to reduce the power consumption of computers, and therefore their carbon dioxide emissions, by 50% by the year 2010, or equivalent to the annual output of 11 million cars or 10-20 coal-fired power plants. This could be reached by using more efficient components and by increasing use of power management capabilities.
The Initiative is led by companies such as Dell, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft and World Widelife Fund.
Back in 2005 when my editors went to Taipei to cover the Computex, I was left at the office to check on their updates and read their stories and download their pictures. Life is not fair. I made myself feel better by thinking that it was only the world’s second largest IT exhibit – it is not CeBIT. What a geek.
Maria Cristina Yambot
“It’s easy to feel invincible behind an LCD screen; it’s even easier if you’re behind an LCD screen in the Philippines where no has been convicted of any e-crime. Yet. It’s comforting to know that I could ‘hack’ my way out of criminal prosecution by beefing up the bank accounts of the right persons. It’s just a two-click affair. What provides the most comfort, however, is my La-Z-Boy.”