You are being monitored

Stop Press: Merkel calls Obama about ‘US spying on her phone’ AND EU to hold Brussels summit amid US spying row

The National Security Agency is monitoring YOU. You Internet activity and mobile phone use. So what next? Perhaps:

New from the NSA: Internal Patriot Discovery from MarkFiore on Vimeo.


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While everyone was paying attention to the government shutdown and the imminent default of the United States, the NSA hits keep coming! After it came out that the National Security Agency had started gathering data on US citizens’ social media accounts, it seemed that now they were watching, well . . . everything.

After phones, email and social networks, what was left to surveil? You’ll have to watch the cartoon to find out, but while I was working on this animation, the story broke that the NSA is also siphoning up your email address books, among other things.

It seems like every day there is a new story about another way the NSA is watching us. Always with a connection to a foreign intelligence purpose, of course, and always only metadata and other thingies you really needn’t worry about. Carry on.

Now there are so many of these news stories and anti-privacy revelations, they seem to be losing their power to shock. Sigh, just another way the government is watching us, that Snowden guy is old news, who cares. I only hope this cartoon doesn’t become a reality like the recent Sammy Salmonella episode. You can find more links to the stories behind the cartoon on my web site, but in the meantime, like, share, comment and be sure to say hello to Agent(s) X who are no doubt listening in!

First, there was “Total Information Awareness,” then, the “Information Dominance Center,” then PRISM, X-Keyscore and Boundless Informant.

We then used cell towers and GPS tracking, then monitored social media connections, bank and insurance information (but only metadata, of course).

Now, we unveil our most advanced program ever: “Internal Patriot Discovery!”

Data-mining has never been so powerful, and so pointed.

With I.P.D. smart-probe technology, rather than comb through personal data looking for terrorists, we look for patriots, and determine who are the terrorists by process of elimination!

And while all of our previous programs were classified, with Internal Patriot Discovery, we welcome the public.

Come, prove your patriotism by voluntarily submitting to I.P.D., so that we may eliminate you from our list of terrorists.

The Internal Patriot Discovery smart probe was designed by General Keith Alexander himself, so you can be sure it will be a perfect fit . . . for Democracy!

You can find an I.P.D. center near you and begin the quick, painless process of discovering your inner patriot!

Show the world you’re not a terrorist!

Or, if you value your privacy, we’ll be glad to send an NSA I.P.D. installation team to your home.

Either way, we’ll make it easy for you to prove you’re not a terrorist!

So make your appointment today, or better yet, we’ll make one for you!

With Internal Patriot Discovery, we’ll make America safe from the inside out!

Better hurry, the first fifty-thousand people to sign up will receive a tube of “General Alexander’s EZ-In!,” formulated for maximum smart probe comfort!

(EZ-In offer not good for foreigners, journalists or government whistleblowers.)
Originally posted to Comics on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 06:50 AM PDT.
Also republished by Daily Kos.

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I have a new site, moving the old WordPress hosted to my account with Hostgator. This gives me:

  • Unlimited email accounts (my students can have one e.g. Bill@eCollege.me)
  • Unlimited sub domains (this is a sub domain)
  • I can now have a static web page for the main site
  • I have all the features of cPanel
  • I can allocate as much space as I like
  • “We” can have as many blogs as we like as sub domains
  • Its time to get excited

 

And much much more. Taken the site to a whole new level ready to start teaching. I have registered OnlyBlogs.net (currently redirected to here)as a companion site. I have also set up a twitter account @eCollegedotme.

Please read the latest post on NowChangeYourLife dot WordPress dot com for further details or fill out the form below if you want help or want to be a helper. You can also skype me dude.starship (Ireland), please do not just ask for contact details.

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Please leave a comment below about what you would like or just your thoughts!

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MOOCs

Infographic: How Many Students Are Completing Free Online Courses?

(that are open to anyone) are more popular than Justin Bieber right now, but, as is to be expected from such a new medium, these online courses have their own share of issues. One puzzling problem is the low completion rates almost across the board. Is the lack of price causing low commitment among students? Are these courses not engaging enough? Are they too long?

MOOCs are too young to have enough real data to figure out this mystery completely. Thanks to education blogger Katy Jordan, however, enough data exists to show that it’s not about course length or number of students enrolled, as shown in our newest infographic: how many students are completing free online courses or MOOCs?

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So what is causing students of free online courses to stop short of finishing? Only time will tell. Until then, MOOCs will remain an attractive educational opportunity that few actually take full advantage of.

My view: I have done two online courses using Moodle via FÁS in Ireland,  Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word both of which have been certificated by Microsoft.  Moodle offers a structure that you complete at your own pace, there are no lectures or teachers, however online mentoring is available. There was an exam at the end of the courses taken at an examination centre. . With MOOCs you can only get a certificate of completion. I have a love of learning and if I do not learn something new every single  day I feel the day is wasted. It would be interesting to see the gender and age demographic to throw more light on this. Online courses are definitely the way forward and distance learning has been with us for some time.

Do a Google search to find a course in your country.

Source: http://www.katyjordan.com/MOOCproject.html

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Essential Free Graphics

A good graphics program is essential. Photoshop is used by all professionals and I did a free online course where I learned the essentials. Photoshop CS2 is very old but available free of charge. I use it primarily to make backgrounds transparent. I have a green studio in Second Life (dot) com which makes it easy to make a background transparent. The whole process takes minutes.

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To make a background transparent use the magic wand to highlight the colour range then create a layer. Then go back to the main layer and cut the highlighted background. Save the file as a PNG which preserves the transparency. Once I have the image with the transparency I can add it to any picture I like.

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However for everyday work I use Expression Design because it is so much easier to use. You can produce excellent graphics and manipulate  images. You can also import Photoshop. PNG files are great and hold transparency information.  I use it to create text logos and signs. It is made by Microsoft as part of the Expression Studio. The latest version is free.

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You can get Expression Design here 

If you need icons there is a good site here, Click on picture.

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talk Because I am not very good at Photoshop and Expression Design is so easy to use I import the sheet of icons as a jpgtalk copy  then cut out the ones i want. However you may want to get rid of the background so use Photoshop for that. All this takes minutes. It is worth spending time learning both Photoshop and Expression Design. A lot of my learning has taken place through experimentation.

To capture any image on your computer you can use “Print Screen” top right on your keyboard. If you want to be a bit more sophisticated download and install 4 Shared Shot  . This enables you to have control over what you capture.

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TIP: Be careful when you download and install some free programs. The only way they make money is to install add ons. These can be toolbars or set your search engine to one they get commission on. Always install using the Advanced option and deselect the add ons or search engine choice.

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If you have any questions about any of the above please fill out the form below!

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Free Stuff

Re Posted from Family Blogs dot me Family Blogs dot info is the main site.

You might be temptied to get a free site, weebly, webnode and WordPress all offer free sites and will let you register a gTLD a generic top level domain like dot com for a price. BUT you will find drawbacks. How many email addresses do you get, with forwarders? How much disk space? Can you have sub domains? You might get a dot me from wordpress like this one. i got this site to add to my SEO but the real site is Family Blogs dot info. Why? A big big reason compare the twp pictures below:

selfhostedI registerd a domain with freehosting.com to discover it did not have an up-to-dare cPanel and that half the utilities were missinng. It took nearly three weeks, a dozen emails and the threat of a court action to get it to a paid hosting like it is on today. I get 24/7 support from my service provider. Anything I don’t know about domains and servers I can find out immediately. I have been using WordPress since 2008.

FamilyBlogs.info is a web site. blog.FamilyBlogs.info is the blog in a sub domain. The blog is set up as a family blog. I do the same with IrishSecure.com the blog is at sl.IrishSecure.com this is an individual blog.

I use the connumity / family plugin on two sites GodKnows.info and SecondLife.HostsLikeMe.com . both these allow others to contribute.

A guiding principle for me isL “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will never starve.” The days are gone where techys rule the web. Millions are doing it for themselves.

You can do it. Set yourself up as administrator, practice your skills. It will take up very little of your time BUT spend some cash as FREE things should be looked at carefully.

N.B. I make graphics animations and videos. I charge €10 about $6 an hour. Below is one of my favourites. It was made on my island in Second life.

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cPanel

cPanel contains all the utilities to manage your domain. It is very easy to use. There are excellant tutorials on every aspect you need to know. Here’s an animation to give you an idea:

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There are more tutorials on Help.IrishSecure.com feel free to browse through them. Having your own domain can be as easy as a 2 minute set up of email and a WordPress blog to having a sophisticated web site that you might want at a latter stage.

Feel free to contact me on skype dude.starship (Ireland) or fill out the form below:

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Virtual Classrooms

logobookI am desperate to teach. One way will be to have a virtual classroom in second life. I found such a classroom in my wanderings. AND found a whole world of teaching at Texas State. Here is the classroom I found Set up by the look of it as a Primary School Classroom. ,> you can watch it better on this page<

But Then Dear Readers I returned a bit later to the classroom and found a techy working there. We chatted and they will be using the classroom for teacher training. Another opportunity for Avatar Creations perhaps. However I got a link to a great project they had going in 2011.

Heres An Explanation of it. Sorry about the sound:>

My next step is to visit. I have done a voice over as rhe cones don’t seem to work.

Unfortunately the cones appear to be inactive. Could be my viewer and / or might need a plugin.

HOWEVER as you can see from the first video Second Life has a great academic role to play. The construction of the virtual classroom using modern techniques and make for a truly realistic environment. What I plan is a feature not seemingly explored that of facilitating DISTANCE LEARNING. Watch this space

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Your Domain

googledudesuitPlease note all links open a new tab.

In the era of hyperconnectivity and 21st Century Networks®

both coming of age, you or your avatar [I have DudeStarship.com] or both [see IrishSecure.com] need a personal web address. . Personal Domains® are another of my companies. The advantages are manifold. You can have a community blog, this is a “blog”, where members of your family can interact.

You can create a global cyberidentity Gone are the days of a domain address being for business. Now it just got personal.

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logogoldAND HOW MUCH DOES ALL THIS COST? Well its $15 or €10 A YEAR to register a domain then $27 or €20 A QUARTER to host it. Thats a couple of bucks a week. A small coffee.  INCLUDING 4,500 templates BLOGS to come out of your ears [WordPress is the best with 61 million installations] Unlimited Emails Unlimited sub domains all on one of the fastest servers on the net [16 CPU’s Intel Xeon ] ALL INCLUDED PLUS online help [see help.irishsecure.com] PLUS ME!!!  If you can’t do it yourself, well  that’s what we encourage,  otherwise we will be happy to help. I have been at this since 2001 here is my first Business Site IrishSecure 12 years ago so I know my stuff. Charges €10 an hour first hour free. AND boy can we do a lot in an hour. There are thousands of WordPress designs available. No reason to spend a penny. The Internet is run by free stuff why not everything else too. however there is a caveat : Be warned against Free Hosting. It took me two weeks and threats of a law suit to get a domain  name servers changed from freehosting dot com. How do they pay service and electricity. Ads? Limited services? We are and will remain Ad free. Its not about making money its about making a difference. I have pet grievances like how our society is dominated by 4 big banks and I am not frightened to talk about it [see GodKnows.info ] I believe unless ordinary people have a voice nothing will change. Nowadays that voice needs must be electronic. My 19 year old daughter has a voice she showed me The Scale Of The Universe that she put up on her domain. Its free so I nicked it. This is just me. Your domain is yours to do with as you like. Except to follow the declaration of human rights. The important thing is for YOU to get a domain! AND it takes 10 minutes AND €10 .

We have online help files at help dot IrishSecure dot com feel free to peruse them. We also use Skype to help you through setting up your domain. Setting up emails takes about 15 minutes. Installing WordPress in a sub domain ten minutes.  Teaching you the basics of customization 30 minutes.  From saying “I want this domain to up and running say 2 hours. The only thing that might slow us down is your Internet Service Providers speed of updating their name servers.

So do it: Remember:>

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