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"Note Taking Better by Hand 
or by Computer?"

    "As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous,
and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster — which comes in handy when there's a lot of information to take down. But, it turns out there are still advantages to doing things the old-fashioned way."

People using a computer tend/try to take "verbatim" notes; where as taking notes "longhand" people tended to be more selective AND had greater retention. So students, put your laptops away. All that said, the LiveScribe pen mentioned in the article is WAY cool!"

Source: NPR - Sun—April 17, 2016

"Peace Sign ID theft.
Protect Your Fingers?"

    "The National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan claims that taking and publishing photos of subjects 
who are flashing the popular two-fingered 'V' or peace sign could lead to identify theft. It warns that fingerprint recognition technology is now so advanced that even casual snapshots can be used to retrieve fingerprint information. The report also says the technology 
is widely available and easy to use.

According to the NII, the danger lies in a combination 
of widely available smartphones with high-resolution cameras and the rising popularity of posting images 
on social websites. In an experiment the researchers were able to copy fingerprints from photos that were captured 3 meters (9 feet) away from the subject. 
That said, the fingers in question have to be in focus and the scene has to be well illuminated as presumably noise reduction at higher ISOs would destroy the fine low-contrast fingerprint lines. We would also assume that the experiment only works with high-resolution out-of-camera images. Many social media websites reduce the size and increase compression of posted images which should, with current technology, make 
it pretty much impossible to extract any fingerprint information."

Source:  Digital Photography Review
              Tues—Jan 17, 2017 | Lars Rehm  

"The Dress" confronting Domestic Violence?

    What started out as a mother in Scotland sending her daughter 
a photo of the dress she was planning to wear to the wedding became a viral debate & phenomenon that produced "more than 10 million tweets" [1] within a week and numerous cable news show segments about its color. Was it white or gold; black or blue?

    Here, however, is an example of how social media blather and babble of no real consequence can be turned into a metaphor of challenge; serve an essential purpose; and be a wake up call—dope slap?—to how many people expend their awareness, energy and concern. 

    The Salvation Army created a powerful—staggeringly simple and exceptionally compelling—online ad that features a "'woman covered 
in bruises, wearing the white and gold version of the dress—with the headline reading, "Why is it so hard to see black and blue?'"

    The simple copy that follows goes onto the mention, "One in 6 women are victims of [domestic abuse]. The only illusion is if you 
think it was her choice."

[1] Wikipedia / The Dress : Tue—Mar 10, 2015
Source: Design Taxi : Mon—Mar 9, 2015

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Look Up in the Sky! Not so fast there mister!

    In a TV Technology magazine "Letter to the Editor," Larry Barr, 
a News & Doc. Cameraman at NBC News, shared some observations about a drone test in Queens and the overexcited enthusiasm 
about their anticipated uses. 
(PS: The GPS equipped test unit crashed; and several hours passed before it was found. Luckily it landed in an empty rail yard; not 
"in the middle of a group of kids playing ball" or a pedestrian intersection.)

    Most notably during the 50th Anniversary coverage of the civil rights march in Selma, Alabama this month, CNN used extensive drone footage of the Edmund Pettus bridge.

    Barr ponders what would happen if "suddenly five or 10 drones are flying around a spot news event or a rally or a marathon." He notes, "the potential for disaster (and very costly lawsuits) is huge."

Source: TV Technology Magazine - July 9, 2014
             (Barr's full letter is at the bottom of page 4-5)
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