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The companies you mention are indeed slime. There should be laws to prevent what many of them do on a daily basis as their core business. There aren't. Yet.But oddly enough, the discussion above was very specifically about using Google tools in schools. Why would I care to bring up a very different group of companies in this context? You went seriously off-topic this time with the misdirection effort! ;-)I do bring up other companies, and often discuss in generalized...
Kinda-sorta. As alluded to above, recommendations, warnings, etc., are only effective when they're understood and adhered to. Like EricTheHalfBee, I pay a lot of attention to how this stuff works in practice. I've spent a LOT of time in schools and working with school district administration and officials, and the reality is that teachers, principals, and most administrators haven't got a clue, so they just direct students to do whatever seems the easiest.This seems...
I saw some other related articles. It feels like a kinda-sorta fix, but the problem is lack of trust, because these kinds of things keep happening. There's no way to know when the next stupid thing like this is going to happen, and there's no way to undo the data that's been gathered.The overarching problem is that pretty much ALL online companies, especially those who are dependent on data mining their customers for revenue, will keep "improving" their systems like this...
@dhowdenI'm all about ownership of my data, including music/videos, so this sounded very cool, got my interest. Then I read this:Which means it's not something I will even consider installing, let alone assisting with development.I made the mistake of installing Chrome once, quite some time ago, for the purposes of compatibility testing. Never again. It installed all kinds of crap buried in my system, and was a huge pain in the ass to remove. I hope it's better now,...
I understand the rules and the laws very well. They do not reflect the current real world scenarios.1) It's trivial for kids to lie about their age and create gmail accounts. If you know any middle schoolers, just go sit in a room full of them and ask how many 6th/7th graders use gmail. I guarantee that in most groups you'll find >50%, and it's high even among older elementary students. Kids have no clue about what they're opting into. Hell, most adults don't, you can...
Would you mind telling me what school district/city you're in? PM me, if you'd rather not post publicly.I'm very much interested in these issues, and am active in our city/district, pushing for policy decisions like this. So often, people are attracted to shiny objects like this without considering the full ramifications; in this case, the fact that our children are being relentlessly data mined behind the scenes. Here's a great article for anyone who has kids: ...
Any chance these will get transcribed and posted as combo-articles? I have no interest in the slow, inefficient and extremely linear process of listening to a podcast. Reading/skimming articles is fast and quiet. I see the value of podcasts for people who have to commute, or are otherwise unable to read the articles directly, and if the podcasts are just audio rehashes of existing articles, then certainly no need to go from one medium to another and back again. But a...
Ha, with a URL like that, I guess I could have almost stumbled across it, thanks.I am a little troubled by the "Simply sign in with your AppleID", however. Does that mean working in a lab environment with a secure, isolated network (i.e. no live connections to Apple), that we still will not be able to put an app on our own iOS devices?It's hard to know how this works without detailed specifics.
This is fantastic news! The restrictions against quickly coding something up and putting on your own device have been a thorn in my rear for many years.Do you have a handy link that details out the new policy?
I was wondering if you'd step in to comment.The obvious point being that ALL companies act with their own self interests in mind, and that's certainly true to a great extent. However, there are many companies in this world that still make money "the old fashioned way", by selling a product or service in exchange for a simple payment. Without all the behind-the-scenes data mining bullshit. In fact, I'd argue that across the world, most companies are still like that,...
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