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T echnology is dragging morality into some deep and murky philosophical waters, forcing us to reexamine our understanding of it as many of us choose to become actors in virtual worlds. By putting choice and consequence in closed virtual worlds where we can kill without harming others or facing punishment ourselves, we are forced to reconsider the case for moral behavior. New videogames such as Grand Theft Auto IV and online communities such as Second Life , invite an increasingly large percentage of society to participate in fantasy worlds where we are invited to experience life without rules – to be the bad guy or the sexual deviant. The implicit suggestion of these products is that, like gravity, morality does not necessarily exist in a virtual world. Morality and consequence can be switched off.
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ORLANDO, Fla.--OK, IT managers, it's time to loosen up. That's how analysts advised Gartner Symposium attendees here Monday, arguing that corporate computing departments shouldn't block social networking and that security shouldn't completely lock down communications with the outside world. And even if information technology authorities want to shut down such activity, they can't.
More Photos Click thumbnails to enlarge Hill’s teacher, Kristin Passaretti, explains to her students the quiz they’re taking on their smart phones. (ERICA MILLER/The Saratogian) Noah Hill, 10, starts up his smart phone, or “cellular computer,” in his fifth-grade class at Lake Avenue Elementary School.
The Danes, relatively inactive on the world scene since their conquest of Greenland and invention of that delightful pastry, have conducted one of the best health studies yet revealing that there's no apparent link between cancer and cell phones. Researchers at the Danish Cancer Institute (who, remember, don't want you to get cancer) followed more than 420,000 cell phone users, nearly a tenth of the Danish population, and found that their cell phone habits did not increase their risk of any type of cancer. The results were published last week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute . Brain cancers can take many years to develop. The most reassuring aspect of the massive Danish study is that some of the cancer-free subjects have been using cell phones for more than 20 years.
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LEGO Smart Creativity Contest Entry By Kay Kraatz, OCM BOCES - McEvoy Campus Materials: LEGO Smart Kit (plates: 1-2x2, 1-2x3, 1-2x4, 1-2x6, 1-4x4; bricks: 1-1x1, 2-2x1, 3-2x2, 1-1x4, 1-1x6, 1-2x3, 2-2x4, 2-2x6, 1-2x8; angle- 1-1x 4); Architect's triangular scale. This activity requires students to find smallest and largest area using: plates: 1-2x2 cream LEGO base plate, 1-2x3 red LEGO base plate, 1-2x4 red LEGO base plate, 1-2x6 black LEGO base plate, 1-4x4 green LEGO base plate. Students will... <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>