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Data Article

The first article, What Did You Think They Do With Your Data, details the controversy surrounding AccuWeather, a smartphone application/publisher that gives free weather information to its users. The controversy is that they were selling users' anonymous data to third parties without their explicit permission for extra revenue.

The second article, For $1000, Anyone Can Purchase Online Ads To Track Your Location and App Use describes how, theoretcally, it is possily for someone to exploit internet advertising in order to track down other people. The ads a person clicks on and the apps a person downloads have the potential to reveal a lot of sensitive people about people. Additionally, if a person is in a certain location for a long enough amount of time and an ad is sent their way, their location can be easily detected if the tracker has a map of loction based ads.

The final article, When You Should (and Shouldn't) Shae Your Location Using a Smartphone talks about he differen l…

Microchips in Humans

One of the positives of microchipping in humans is that its great for making the identification process from person to person much more simple. If all the identification someone may carry on their license, credit/debit cards, passports, and other forms of ID, could be tranferred to just a microchip, losing such information would not be a big possibility or such a hassle. It would just be in one place -- a chip in one's own body.
Another benefit to microchipping in humans further adds on to the said identification bonus -- it could help identify someone not only in their adult life while they're alive, but even from the day of birth to even when they are dead. Microchipping infants would help prevent parents leaving the hospital with the wrong baby. It could also prevent mix ups in funeral homes, or help identify dead bodies in disasters or in crime scenes.
A third benefit of microchipping humans is that they can help in child abduction cases, or any missing person case, really…

Technology Spotlight

An example of a computer people might have in their homes could be a video game console -- for me in particular, this is a nintendo DS. The Nintendo DS is a handheld game console with a 32 bit dual screen, the bottom screen being a touch screen that can be interacted with via a stylus. The ds is open and closable, and has to be opened to view the two screens in order to actually use the device. Next to the touch screen to its left is a directional pad, and on its right are four buttons, labeled X, Y, A, and B. Below these four buttons are a select and start button, to allow for further navigation of the information on the system. These features allow the user to interact with the game system.

At each side of the upper screen are two speakers. The bottom of the device has a volume slider, an advanced game boy card slot, and a headphone jack. A microphone is located between the the dual screens, and on the back of the device between the dual screens is a slot for game cartridges (made s…

Everyday Algorithms

1       obtain pile of pens
2       locate a flat surface
3       locate a piece of paper
4              place paper on flat surface
5       locate a trash bin
6              bring trash bin near flat surface
7       pick up a pen
8       if pen has a cap
9              uncap pen
10       else if pen is clickable
11              unclick pen
12       draw a line on the paper
13       if pen writes
14             place pen next to pile of pens
15             go to back to line 7
16       else if pen does not write
17              place pen in trash bin
18              go back to line 7