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E-Portfolios Come of Age. Leaders vs. Managers….. Are they really different? Eight ways to kill an idea : FLIRTing with the Crowds. The Work of Jonathan Harris. Virtual Morality. Technology 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.

Virtual Morality

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. Anything goes. Although Grand Theft Auto IV allows you to kill anything that walks, you cannot (yet) sex anything that walks. The 2002 film Minority Report, based on Phillip K. . - Andrew Tuplin.

100 Free Tools to Tutor Yourself in Anything. Gartner: Loosen up on social networks, security. ORLANDO, Fla.

Gartner: Loosen up on social networks, security

--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.

"Banning access to social media from the corporate network is futile," said Carol Rozwell, a Gartner vice president. "The world we live in is digitally enabled and socially connected. " The advice reflects the transformation of the information technology world as the Internet steadily pervades more and more corners of everybody's life. Overall, companies must acknowledge that not everything is under control of their own top-down administration, said Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president of research at Gartner.

"We're moving from control to greater autonomy," Sondergaard said. He is no Pollyanna. A Video Series and Blog from Author and. Spa City fifth-graders first in region to learn on smart phones. SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Half the students in Kristin Passaretti's fifth-grade class at Lake Avenue Elementary School already stash cell phones in their lockers during the school day.

Spa City fifth-graders first in region to learn on smart phones

With the introduction of "cellular computers" to her classroom on Monday, Passaretti has a new way to bring the technology out of the dark and use it to expand her students' learning. About 23 fifth-graders and three teachers in the school are participating in a pilot program that has them using the hand-held devices -- essentially smart phones with Internet access and miniature keyboards -- that they use to find, store and share information in their science, math, English language arts and social studies classes.

The devices don't have the ability to make calls or send text messages. "They're not allowed to use (cell phones) in school. But now they can use the same type of technology and get something educational out of it," Passaretti said. "Kids want to pick them up and play with them," Passaretti said. Web development tutorials, from beginner to advanced. Museum Box Homepage. Phony Cancer Scares Debunked. 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.

Phony Cancer Scares Debunked

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. Yet most scientists aren't surprised by the result. Technology = worry Cell phone users worried about brain cancer can call on history to ease their fears. Every new technology brings worry. Related Stories. Innovate: Past Issues.

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