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Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2013 15:17:07 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: The growing culture of impatience, where instant gratification makes us crave more instant gratification Message-ID: <email@example.com> The growing culture of impatience makes us crave more and more instant gratification In the time it takes for you to read this ... oh, forget it By Christopher Muther Globe Staff / February 1, 2013 Melissa Francis has no patience for waiting - for anything. When the 26-year-old Allston barista talks about slow Internet connections, she can barely hide her disdain. Waiting a couple of extra seconds for a page to load feels like an eternity. "I'm not proud of it, but I yell at my computer when it's slow," Francis said. The demand for instant results is seeping into every corner of our lives, and not just virtually. Retailers are jumping into same-day delivery services. Smart phone apps eliminate the wait for a cab, a date, or a table at a hot restaurant. Movies and TV shows begin streaming in seconds. But experts caution that instant gratification comes at a price: it's making us less patient. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project sums up a recent study about people under the age of 35 and the dangers of their hyperconnected lives with what sounds like a prescription drug warning: "Negative effects include a need for instant gratification and loss of patience." It's not just Gen Y, of course. Anyone who's growled in frustration while a website loads or while on hold with a doctor's office knows tolerance for delay is in short supply. But impatience may be most pronounced among the young, wired nearly from birth. ... http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/specials/2013/02/01/the-growing-culture-impatience-where-instant-gratification-makes-crave-more-instant-gratification/eu5SPWCVTmFp9Nm6dUndhP/singlepage.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** One of the satisfactions of my job is that I get to see mainstream media echoing the concerns I voiced years ago. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:51:15 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Cyberbullying And Sexual Shaming Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Point with Tom Ashbrook Cyberbullying And Sexual Shaming January 28, 2013 When cyberbullying turns into sexual shaming, with one teen who decided to tell her peers it's got to stop. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," the sexually-shamed woman wore her shame with a capital A. But that three hundred and fifty years ago. The new scarlet letter is harder to shake. Digital images, sexual images, taken surreptitiously or otherwise, and posted and shared online. It's potent tool of teenage bullying, in particular. Digital, online, sexual shaming. A teenage New York high school reporter has brought it vividly, disturbingly, to the public eye. She's with us. This hour, On Point: teenage cyberbullying and the new scarlet letter - sexual shaming online. -Tom Ashbrook Guests Temitayo Fagbenle, member of Radio Rookies, a New York Public Radio initiative that helps teens produce radio stories. Her radio report, "Sexual Cyberbullying, The Modern Day Letter A" came out earlier this month. Danielle Citron, professor of law at the University of Maryland focusing on information privacy and civil rights. Author of the upcoming book, "Hate 3.0: The Rise of Online Harassment and How to Stop It." (@daniellecitron) http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/01/28/cyberbullying ***** Moderator's Note ***** Sexual images captured surreptitiosly are evidence of a crime, and it's both possible and proper that they be destroyed and that those who have them be punished. Sexual images captured "otherwise" are proof that children do stupid things. Sometimes, the stupid things children do make them the subject of ridicule. In this matter, I support abstinence. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:49:43 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: The Pentagon And Cyber Defense, Cyber Warnings Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Point with Tom Ashbrook The Pentagon And Cyber Defense, Cyber Warnings January 30, 2013 New alarms about the risk of cyber attack as the Pentagon calls for more cyber warriors. Heads-up remarks from two of America's highest-ranking national security figures recently on cyber security. First came Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, warning that the United States in vulnerable to a "cyber Pearl Harbor " - an Internet attack on infrastructure that could shock and disable the nation. Then came Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, just last week, saying a "cyber 9.11" could happen "imminently." Then news that the Pentagon is looking to sharply expand its force of cyber warriors. This hour, On Point: cyber warnings, cyber force, and cyber security now. -Tom Ashbrook Guests Ellen Nakashima, national security reporter for the Washington Post. (@nakashimae) Herbert Thompson, program chair of the RAS Conference, the world's biggest information security conference. Senior vice president and chief security strategist at Blue Coat, a web security company based out of Silicon Valley. James Lewis, senior fellow and director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. (@james_a_lewis) http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/01/30/the-pentagon-boosts-its-cyber-force ***** Moderator's Note ***** Let's see: 1. Sky-is-falling warnings concerning a subject that few voters are aware of, let alone competent to evaluate. 2. The Pentagon wants more and more money to address the "threat". 3. Yawn. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: 3 Feb 2013 08:01:06 -0500 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Dorsey) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Macmillan will sell e-books to libraries in pilot program at $25 per title Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Wes Leatherock <email@example.com> wrote: >--- On Mon, 1/28/13, Harold Hallikainen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >> With the quoted $25 cost for 52 checkouts, it's about 50 cents a >> checkout. For paper books, how many checkkouts do they typically >> get before the book needs replacement? What are the costs involved >> in handling paper books for each checkout (such as employee costs >> for reshelving, storage costs, etc.)? At 50 cents a checkout, >> libraries may be better off than they were with paper. But, as >> mentioned earlier, I don't think the licenses should expire based on >> time, just the number of checkouts. > >I would suggest that many paper books do not get checked out 52 times, >and if the same thing is true pf e-books the price per checkout goes >up quickly. This is true, but other books get checked out far more than 52 times, so it's (like purchasing physical books) a gamble on the part of the library. What worries me is that physical books can last a long, long time. A local college library has books they purchased 200 years ago, still available for reading (though not checkout). Presumably they have more than paid for themselves in that time. How can we arrange that the same thing can be possible for e-books? --scott -- "C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2013 15:31:14 -0500 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Macmillan will sell e-books to libraries in pilot program at $25 per title Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Mon, 28 Jan 2013 07:30:28 -0800, Harold Hallikainen wrote: > For paper books, how many checkkouts do they typically get before the book > needs replacement? When I was a kid borrowing books from the local public library, the newest date due was always stamped on a little glued-in form under the back cover. Those forms generally had room for four columns of about two dozen lines each, hence could hold nearly 100 due-date stampings; often, a book I was checking out had no free due-date space left, and MY next due-date had to be stamped on a freshly glued-in, new, virgin, due-date form. None of the books I borrowed was ever anywhere near being in need of replacement, so I'd infer that a book could easily go through hundreds of checkouts before reaching that sad state. But what do I know? I never scribbled in margins, or dog-eared any pages, either :-) . Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2013 16:23:32 -0500 From: bernieS <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Free or low-cost inter-NPA forwarding? Message-ID: <1DT39C.A.CPH.sbtDRB@telecom> Perhaps telecom list subscribers could offer some suggested solutions for a listener-supported radio broadcast station in with a telecom problem. Their local (212) pledge call-in number (for on-air fund drives) was just outsourced to an outfit in nearby (516), but they'd like to continue using their well-known (212) pledge call-in number if feasible. What free or low-cost options exist for forwarding thousands of listener calls without incurring per-call charges, or for inexpensively porting the (212) number to the nearby (516) location? Thanks in advance, -bernieS
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