WHOA Newsletter - 09/25/06

WHO@ Newsletter

September 25, 2006

If you're in the Pittsburgh area, I'll be speaking at Indiana University this evening - it's open to the public. Email me for details.

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .What next? Plays in alien speak?

'2 b o not 2b?'
Education chiefs may turn Shakespeare into text speak so children can relate to it.

The Department of Education has issued guidelines to schools to be more creative. They are even backing the scheme to take a new approach to plays by the Bard.

Classic lines such as "To be, or not to be?" would be revamped into "2b o not 2b?".

Sean Dickinson, headteacher of Park Community School in Havant, Hants, said: "The core issue with Shakespeare is that it's become dull.

"Using technology like text messaging is one approach to fuel expression and creativity."

Colin Chuter, of Priory School, Portsmouth, said: "Children can lose their way, and this is one way of combating that."

According to The Sun Lindsey Lovett, 15, said: "I think it's a great idea. Shakespeare is well out of date."

But Mark Courtice, director of the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, said: "If you just said to young people, 'Here's Shakespeare as text', it might confuse them."

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Couple fight back, collect $2 mil. - 09/25/06
When Fran and Casey Gaik got a barrage of harassing e-mails, found they had been put under surveillance and discovered their Oak Brook house had been entered while they were away, they couldn't exactly call the cops.

Criminals flock to the Internet, survey finds - 09/25/06
Criminals are increasingly trying to trick citizens into giving them their bank account details, according to a survey published on Monday which showed such "phishing" attempts almost doubled in the first six months.

Facebook changes spark criticism, controversy -09/25/06
Unless you’ve been living on the moon for the past year, you’re quite aware of the online stalking phenomenom known as Facebook. The Palo Alto, California-based Internet group, which consists of high school and college students, will be undergoing some changes.

Internet crime to hit homes hard - 09/25/06
Home computer users are now the favourite targets of hi-tech criminals, reveals research.
The report by security firm Symantec found that cyber criminals are targeting home PC owners because they are the easiest to catch out.

Dog has his day after an online death threat - 09/22/06
A student appeared to be responsible for an online threat to kill a lecturer's pug dog, a United States university says.

Did you really just press 'reply all'? Beware the perils of misdirected mail - 09/22/06
IT'S BECOME the most feared and shocking four-letter word in the modern world - SEND.
Whether it's by text, blog or email, every one of us has composed and written an electronic message in anger, confusion, or even just in error and, to our horror, watched it dispatched to the wrong person.

Man Allegedly Stalked Couple with GPS Device - 09/22/06
Stalking is illegal but it's easy, especially if someone's determined to find you.

Educator sues teens over page on MySpace - 09/21/06
Accusations that two 16-year-old students cyber ambushed their assistant principal have landed their parents in legal trouble, highlighting what has become a new battleground for student-educator animosity.

Internet theft scam warning - 09/21/06
POLICE are warning of an elaborate internet scam that has already stung three people in the Wheatbelt. It is happening all over the world, and police know a Russian syndicate is behind it.

EarthLink Wins $11.6M Judgment Against Spammer - 09/20/06
A Nevada-based company accused of sending out millions of unsolicited e-mails touting mortgage deals has been ordered to pay $11.6 million to Atlanta-based EarthLink Inc. The total came from U.S. District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr.'s Aug. 31 order awarding treble damages arising from a 2004 case filed by the Internet service provider against a company called KSTM LLC.

Fashion labels sue Ebay over sales of fakes - 09/20/06
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/69f7381a-48cc-11db-a996-0000779e2340.htmlThe luxury goods industry’s determination to stamp out counterfeiting has led to Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior Couture suing Ebay, the online auctioneer, for €37m ($47m, £25m).

Free anonymising browser debuts - 09/'20/06
Web users worried about privacy can now use a modified version of Firefox that lets them browse the net anonymously.

Ebay Profile: Time to Move Away from Ebay - 09/19/06
This is the story of a man who had traded stamps, first day covers and postcards on eBay since October 2000. He asked me not name him other than by his nick name, GeeBee, due to recent email abuse he’s received which will be explained later.

Computer hacking: a growing concern among college campuses - 09/19/06
A different higher level of education was recently introduced to the college curriculum, but students and faculty aren’t reaping its benefits.

Cymphonix Undoes Anonymous Activity - 09/19/06
Recently, users have been getting a raft of new tools and services that could prevent IT departments from monitoring their Internet activity. Today, however, a vendor released a tool that could let IT strike back.

Code cracking is the new pot of gold - 09/19/06
IF YOU think the password protection on your MS Word file is keeping it safe from prying eyes, chances are you're wrong. The time it takes to crack password-protected Microsoft Office files has tumbled from a 25-day average to a matter of seconds, thanks to a decades-old code-cracking technique that until recently was not viable.


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