Outsourcing

As shown by the onion video in class, outsourcing and its effects can go beyond boarders effecting more than just the people involved. Whole economies can be devastated by work being outsourced for cheap. It can keep people who stand well below the poverty line in that same position, even though it is work that is being eventually paid in sums that could change a person’s life in one paycheck. I think for jobs that require a large workforce and labor that is not as skilled can be outsourced because economically, it is helping those who do the job make a living and those who outsource it the means to get the job done. But if its just being used in order for workers to be lazy and become middle men at their own jobs seems unfair.

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Wearable computing

With the evolution of technology and our interaction with technology, smartphones and handy computing power on the go are the future. In terms of wearable computing, I don’t see it as much as a step forward as it is a step backward. Attempting to integrate computing through what we wear such as glasses or watches is an over application of technology. It doesn’t streamline the process of using technology as much as it does complicate it. But in order to come up with the next big thing, companies are looking to expand in this generation of technology in order to provide consumers who would purchase such novelties with a product.

The benefits are that technology is available on the fly wherever you are at a moments notice. Another plus is that with wearable computing, you’re less likely to drop or leave your technology some place and forget, because you’re wearing it. The downsides though are the information that is being shared from your devices such as your location or possibly information that you may consider private that you may store on your device that could be hacked and shared without your permission. Companies such as apple have gps chips that have the ability to share information on location without the consent of the user. Although these chips are for use when authorities need to locate someone making a 911 call, the ability to manipulate such technology can be very powerful.

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Python 5

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Privacy

Pieces of information I consider private: information I keep to myself. Its impossible to trust everyone with your private information but you give it away freely when asked because it is a standard of society. Our population is too large to consider human anymore, and with social media and the ability to exist solely through the internet, people sometimes love the lack of privacy to open up. But that is their own agenda. What is private is up to you.

For the government and corporations to use the information from social media to “observe” the public is their own prerogative. Is it a violation of our rights? No, because we put that information up anyways. It is us using our free speech and the government freely viewing it. What they do from that point on becomes grey matter, especially when it comes to legal troubles for those who freely express themselves online via social media. So for anyone to use such information to intervene in the matters of other people I believe is unjust and unwarranted.

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Illegal Downloading

Firstly, I’m not going to defend illegal downloading by saying it is a victim-less crime, because it is obviously a crime. The property that is being illegally downloaded is sold by whoever created it in the first place as a source of income to continue producing whatever it is that worth illegally downloading in the first place.

But I will say that there is software that should be made free to the public, music that should be free to listen to, and videos that should be seen by the world without having to pay a dime. But that is not up for me to decide. There’s always ways to make money nowadays off popular things on the internet. Youtube has become a source of income for some people due to advertising, but still provides videos for people to watch. Open source projects help people use software that programmers have collectively improved on, to keep furthering innovation and ideas. And many artists provide their music free online (i.e. Pretty Lights, Radiohead) and allowed people to donate if they feel the music deserves it. It also jump starts getting music out there and eventually playing concerts for revenue.

I’m not condoning illegally downloading anything, but I think it is the role of humanity to keep things free on the internet that deserve to be free. Plus, if you really want to make money off what you do, think about more innovative ways to do it. You might just find yourself making a little more than you thought.

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Python 3 & 4

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Python 1 & 2

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