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Well, at least the EU has gotten this Internet issue right. Amazing.
Before the UK elections earlier in the month, David Cameron spoke about his desire to clean up the internet. Pulling — as he is wont to do — on parental heartstrings, he suggested that access to porn on computers and mobiles should be blocked by default unless users specifically requested access ...
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The violence continues -- as the number of shootings continues to grow and two more people killed over Memorial Day weekend in the city.
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Im from here, whats happening is the police are so to speak on strike. Friday there were 12 deaths in 11 hours the week before there were 40 in 1 week. There was an anonymous police that that spoke out and said there not patroling the streets theyre waiting for calls and even then its taking them 2 to 3 hours to respond. So its purposely done. U can gwt away with anything right now here. Theyre mad with the chief of police and the mayor because of the riots. Its fucked up here right now.
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Memorial Day breakfast, in progress. Mmmmmmm.
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We get lazy and pick up one of those big packs of bacon at Costco that's precooked. It's thin but actually tastes good. Like to put it in microwave a bit between paper towels to get more grease out though.
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Updates to operating systems or apps that create slight changes to the size and position of buttons throw me off for days.
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C was definitely on V6 when I was there in 78. 
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Art Garfunkel ;is still bitter about the way Simon & Garfunkel split in 1971, describing his erstwhile partner Paul Simon as an "idiot" and a "jerk" for ending the group and lamenting that Simon had become a "monster.
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Very interesting and very true Arts take on in it all. Yes Art was just a singer but so special especially with Paul. I always listen closely when he sings. Such a sweet expressive voice. I sympathize with Art after reading that article. Thanks for the info.
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And this is a terrible shame and waste, because this tech can bring enormous benefits even to very elderly persons, if the effort were made by someone with sufficient resources and talent to do it right. (I'm talking to you, Google.)
How can the tech industry engage the over-65s who feel devices are not designed with them in mind?
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Seeking Anecdotes Regarding "Older" Persons' Use of Web Services

http://lauren.vortex.com/archive/001103.html

Greetings. I'm seeking anecdotes regarding the use of Web services (e.g. as provided by Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) by "older" users. Keeping in mind that our memories, vision, and other key attributes typically begin to degrade by the time we reach our 20s, I'm not specifying any particular age ranges here. 

Please email whatever you can to:

experiences@vortex.com

I'm especially interested in any frustrations related to Web services that you might feel -- or have noted with relatives, friends, co-workers, or any other persons -- as you and/or they have inevitably aged.

Particularly relevant stories include age-related experiences regarding what seems to work well and what causes the most problems when you're using these systems, or when you're trying to help others use these systems (either in-person, over the phone, or via various remote desktop environments), and so on.

Experiences of the "elderly" in any aspect and how ever you wish to define this would be especially appreciated. I believe this category to be of critical importance. This rapidly growing group increasingly must deal with Web services to conduct routine affairs (for example, email or other Web-based contacts with relatives or businesses, government communications, and so on.) This is also a group that could benefit greatly from calendar systems, person-to-person chat and video systems, search services as memory aids, and social networking environments (particularly given the social isolation that is so typically part and parcel of advancing age) -- if and only if these persons are able to use these services effectively. 

I will treat all details you send as confidential unless you indicate otherwise, but the more details you can provide the more useful your information will be. Ages, background information about physical and mental states, and level of technical familiarity are some of the particularly relevant factors.

Also, information regarding the particular aspects of these services that you or those you assist find particularly problematic, would be very much in focus -- issues with fonts, backgrounds, user interface designs, stability vs. changes in interface and operational models -- and how these users are affected by these and similar issues.

Anyway, you get the idea. Again, please send whatever you feel comfortable with to:

experiences@vortex.com

Thanks very much. Take care, all.

-- Lauren --
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ACM: Privacy Behaviors After Snowden - This is an interesting article, pretty much confirming what I suspected all along. Unfortunately, ACM is making it very difficult to read. The main link leads to page in an extremely low contrast font (at least in my browser). There is a link leading to a larger PDF version, but I can't get it to embed here. So try this directly: http://m.cacm.acm.org/magazines/2015/5/186025-privacy-behaviors-after-snowden/pdf
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+Jürgen Christoffel I didn't post the problematic link, only the deeper link that seems to be OK. Thanks.
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Mozilla abandons affordable smartphone project. Follow the money.
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It makes sense to me. I used a ZTE Open C Firefox phone for a few months last year. It's not the cheapest Firefox phone--I think it's closer to $100 than $25--but it was a terrible phone. Even basic features like SMS weren't reliable. So a focus on quality would be welcome.
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I guess Charter was champing at the bit for Comcast's bid to fall apart....
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Chew's statement is one of the most moronic outbursts I've seen in some time, obviously written by someone whose bank account could easily absorb the costs of paying directly and separately for accessing every site on the Web. Mozilla is turning into a bunch of fanatics -- maybe it's a sign of desperation -- who obviously don't care what damage they do to most Internet users. These people who refuse to acknowledge that advertising pays real bills that fund real people and real systems drive me absolutely nuts. // Chew, previously at Google, left Mozilla at the beginning of April. Still, she has strong views about what the company can and should do: “I believe that Mozilla can make progress in privacy, but leadership needs to recognize that current advertising practices that enable ‘free’ content are in direct conflict with security, privacy, stability, and performance concerns — and that Firefox is first and foremost a user-agent, not an industry-agent.”  //
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Advertising is valuable, even if it's over-intrusive these days. Advertising that is based on tracking me and my purchases, however, is currently pretty worthless to the companies paying the advertisers...  

American Express, for  example, already knows I'm a loyal customer for travel medical insurance, we've discussed it by voice.  The ad companies, however, are charging Amex for bombarding me with ads for travel insurance because I recently bought some...  Can you say "beating a dead horse"?
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And this is a terrible shame and waste, because this tech can bring enormous benefits even to very elderly persons, if the effort were made by someone with sufficient resources and talent to do it right. (I'm talking to you, Google.)
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Technology Systems & Policy Analysis: Internet, Privacy, plus Other Sundry Topics.
Introduction
Lauren is co-founder of PFIR - People For Internet Responsibility, co-founder and moderator of NNSquad - Network Neutrality Squad -- and founder of the PRIVACY Forum. He created the PRIVACY Forum in 1992, and has been involved with Internet and other technology issues for over 40 years, including at the first site on the ARPANET (the ancestor of the Internet), which was located at UCLA.  Lauren is also the founder of the Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance - GCTIP.  

His focus is both policy and engineering issues related to the Internet, privacy, the interaction of technology with society, and a range of other areas..

Lauren is widely quoted regarding such matters by newspaper, magazine, and other articles.  He participates in numerous radio and television news programs, talk shows, and other venues where these important issues are under discussion.

Lauren is a member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Committee on Computers and Public Policy.

Lauren is based in Los Angeles.

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