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  Re: The Officer Who Posted Too Much on MySpace 
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We must fight spam for the same reason we fight crime: not because we are naive enough to believe that we will ever stamp it out, but because we do not want the kind of world that results when no one stands against crime. Geoffrey Welsh =========================== See the bottom of this issue for subscription and archive details and the name of our lawyer, and other stuff of interest. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 14:32:36 -0800 From: John David Galt <> To: Subject: Re: The Officer Who Posted Too Much on MySpace Message-ID: <grb90k$bal$> wrote: > In a discussion of this issue on the roads newsgroup, several people, > apparently journalists, were all for this sort of information > sharing. They claimed it was "public" years ago and "public" today > and computerization is irrelevent. I disagree. Years ago adverse > information would lay in the bottom of a single filing cabinet, hard > to find, hard to access, and hard to transmit. Computers have changed > all that and that MUST be considered in public policy and privacy > today. > > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > IANALB ISTM such databases would be sued out of existence in short order. What databases? There aren't any databases for the purpose of ratting out people like that officer. Would you ban sites like Facebook from archiving old messages? How about Google Groups, which maintains the former DejaNews archive of Usenet posts? Here's a little perspective. I suggest that anyone who wants to play the fictional-persona game do his posting under a pseudonym, and on an Internet site that will hide his identity (or doesn't know it). I also suggest that anyone reading posts that may have been made anonymously/pseudonymously, take them with a grain of salt, at least. ***** Moderator's Note ***** Although it's actually fairly hard to hide from a professional investigator's search, and almost impossible to conceal one's online identity from a government investigation, it _is_ relatively easy to conceal your identity from the kind of casual searches done by HR departments and hiring managers or headhunters, which last only until they realize that it's actually hard work and very time consuming: there are, for example, at least three different people posting to Usenet as "Bill Horne". With the economy in freefall, and corporations able to pick the best of the best talent while keeping an electronic eye on every employee, some Internet users feel it is becoming a wise precaution to hide their identities. There _are_ ways to do so; even to the extent of "going dark" and vanishing off the net entirely while carrying on electronic communicaitons within a limited circle of trusted friends. Programs like W.A.S.T.E., which broke new ground by showing what is possible, have whetted Internaut's appetites for access to online discussions and debates while still preserving anonymity. In the future, parents having "the talk" with pre-pubescent teens will have to include cautions about the dangers of public displays of affection - not only with other people who may not be the best choice down the road, but also for ideas and convictions which may not stand the test of time. Bill Horne Temporary Moderator ------------------------------ Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 02:27:50 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <> To: Subject: Highest crime rate in L.A.? No, just an LAPD map glitch Message-ID: <p062408d9c5ff5068ece3@[]> Highest crime rate in L.A.? No, just an LAPD map glitch The department's online map incorrectly showed many crimes downtown -- near City Hall and the police station -- when its 'geocoding' software couldn't interpret the true address. By Ben Welsh and Doug Smith April 5, 2009 Los Angeles Times On Monday it was a grand theft auto and two robberies, on Tuesday two more robberies and four aggravated assaults. By Friday the toll had risen to 39 major crimes. And, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's website, that week late last month was pretty typical of the mayhem around the corner from City Hall. Since the inception of the LAPD's online crime map three years ago, the 200 block of West 1st Street has consistently shown up as the most likely place in Los Angeles to be victimized by crime. But don't believe everything you read on the Internet. The spot, directly in front of the Los Angeles Times and a block from the new LAPD headquarters, is actually quite lawful. Behind the apparent enigma is a case of virtual unreality. The crimes reported there were real, but they actually happened somewhere else. The only thing they had in common was an address that proved impossible for a computer to find. The distortion -- which the LAPD was not aware of until alerted by The Times -- illustrates pitfalls in the growing number of products that depend on a computer process known as geocoding to convert written addresses into points on electronic maps. In this instance, is offered to the public as a way to track crimes near specific addresses in the city of Los Angeles. Most of the time that process worked fine. But when it failed, crimes were often shown miles from where they actually occurred. Unable to parse the intersection of Paloma Street and Adams Boulevard, for instance, the computer used a default point for Los Angeles, roughly 1st and Spring streets. Mistakes could have the effect of masking real crime spikes as well as creating false ones. ...,0,5966285.story ***** Moderator's Note ***** On first glance, this seemed unrelated to telecom. Then, I wondered if the E911 system relies on this or a similar technology to map telephone customer's addresses to route-finder software in emergency-response vehicles. Comments? Bill Horne Temporary Moderator ------------------------------ TELECOM Digest is an electronic journal devoted mostly to telecom- munications topics. It is circulated anywhere there is email, in addition to Usenet, where it appears as the moderated newsgroup 'comp.dcom.telecom'. TELECOM Digest is a not-for-profit, mostly non-commercial educational service offered to the Internet by Patrick Townson. All the contents of the Digest are compilation-copyrighted. You may reprint articles in some other media on an occasional basis, but please attribute my work and that of the original author. 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