We are a small independant software company interested in the effects of bullying and harassment through text messaging on the youth culture.
The purpose of this survey is two fold - to find out how undesirable messaging is perceived in society and to understand if technology is able to help mitigate some of the issues we suspect are out there.
The questions in the first section will be shared with the general public in an aggregated summary format to help the New Zealand community understand how text harassment is affecting society. The remainder of the information including any personal information will not be shared with anyone and will be used to help us understand whether technology is an appropriate way to deal with this issue.
If you can help, please visit www.txtsurvey.co.nz and fill in the questions. It will only take a couple of your minutes! It would be better if you had kids of your own, to make it more focused.
You can do it even if you are not in New Zealand.
Novatel Wireless Reports Record Results Driven by Strong Sales Across Multi-Pronged 3G Product Portfolio
First Quarter Revenue Increases 174% Year Over Year and 43% Sequentially
“Our first quarter performance was the best in Company history, with record sales, strong gross margins and impressive operating leverage,” commented Brad Weinert, Novatel Wireless’ acting Chief Executive Officer. “Sales were even higher than forecasted in our revised guidance due to strong end-of-the-quarter momentum for newly introduced ExpressCards and Ovation USB devices. During the quarter, shipments of the Company’s ExpressCards – the most successful new product introduction in our history – grew to almost $50 million in sales.
The product can be a success. It's actually quite good. But when you contact the Novatel support multiple times through their support forms but receive no replies, as it happened to me, then it really leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Other reports tells us that from today every current Joost user can invite an unlimited number of friends to join the service (although my Joost status still says I can invite only five people).
So if you are thinking of joining Joost, post a comment here and I will send you an invite until it opens to the public or until I run out of time.
UPDATE: Joost has announced its commercial launch, and unlimited invites available for current beta testers. But the "unlimited" is not really available now, so I've sent invites to the first five people commenting here and will send more invites as soons as I have them.
UPDATE: Unlimited invites are now available so please comment away!
You can vote for a Dell XPS 710 H2C design of your choice. Two options are available now.
You can also comment on the designs and ideas and by the looks of it people are using that forum to provide feedback for all of Dell's products, not only this design process.
Anyway, back to the competition. Read the press release find all about the Xbox 360 Pac-Man World Championship.
Drawn from the best players in the Xbox 360 regions of Australia/New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Europe and the United States, nine finalists will advance to the finals based upon the highest Xbox LIVE Arcade leaderboard scores and be flown to New York City for the finals on June 5.
I remember playing this in the arcardes, mid-80s. Good times. No worries. And Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Asteroids were the big thing back then. You can play these on-line (Asteroids, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong) to find out what was cool back in the 80s.
The story going around is that customers will be able to get a 25 Mbps option soon, up from the current maximum 10 Mbps service.
However, have you noticed how the speed has degraded in the last few weeks? I am signed up for the 10 Mbps, but I've noticed really bad times to Australia in the last four weeks. It was really good just before, and one Saturday evening all went down hill.
If 25 Mbps is coming, it would be great to at least have the current service back ot previous levels.
This is the story from last week, but of course TV3 had to put it on air, even though just yesterday the UC San Francisco declared that it is highly likely a fungus, not cell sites, are forcing the bees to flee their hives.
The government proposes to offer all citizens [...] free, high-speed broadband connectivity by 2009, through the state-owned telecom service.
Is this what we will have here in New Zealand? No, this is actually in India, where 1.1 billion people live on a rather large country.
The idea is to boost economic activity in general. The government of India plans to achieve free broadband connectivity at a speed of 2 Mb per second across the country, [with a similar goal]. Senior government officials expect to be able to achieve this goal spending only a portion of the corpus of the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).
All telecom operators contribute 5% of their revenues every year to USOF. It is estimated that the unutilised sum from the USOF has touched Rs 9,194.12 crore by March, 2007-end.
Rs 9,194.12 crore... An Indian crore is ten million - 10^7...
And here in New Zealand we are still fighting for a better infrastructure where a single dominant player has left the country's network behind the ages, impacting in the overall economical development. Let's see if things change when Telecom is split in three - one company just for network operations, separate from the others.
Note that this project includes peering, which is something we really need here in New Zealand:
The department of telecom (DoT) will be taking a series of steps to make its plans for free broadband a reality. These include, using the USOF to set an extensive optic cable network across the country, opening up the long-distance sectors to further competition, allowing free and fair access to cable landing stations, permitting the resale of bandwidth, setting up web hosting facilities within the country and asking all internet service providers to connect to the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI).
And do you think the following sounds familiar?
With international bandwidth rates in India being between two-to-five times higher than the global standards, the DoT will also go all out to break the monopoly of existing national and international distance players in a bid to induce cut throat competition in this sector. “India has only a handful of NLD/ILD operators while small countries such as Singapore and Taiwan have over 30 and 60 long distance operators respectively.
Now, if I understand what's in the Chicago Tribune, this was a private document, created on request, with no specific targets, person or location otherwise. The contents are not disclosed. For our safety?
What's next? People will have their thoughts controlled? Oh, they do this already. If you don't write what they want to read then the police is called upon?
I mean, hello, Stephen King's writing is disturbing for some people...
Now that they started this they should either let people read the essay and let us know what's so disturbing, or get off the back of this student. Otherwise is just plain censorship. Like book burning and obviously a restriction of speech.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Cary Police Chief Ron Delelio said the charge was appropriate even though the essay was not published or posted for public viewing.
Disorderly conduct, which carries a penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine, is filed for pranks such as pulling a fire alarm or dialing 911. But it can also apply when someone's writings can disturb an individual, Delelio said.
"The teacher was alarmed and disturbed by the content," he said.
But a civil rights advocate said the teacher's reaction to an essay shouldn't make it a crime.
"One of the elements is that some sort of disorder or disruption is created," said Ed Yohnka, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. "When something is done in private—when a paper is handed in to a teacher—there isn't a disruption."
Simmie Baer, an attorney with the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University, called the Cary incident an example of zero-tolerance policies gone awry. Children, she said, are not as sophisticated as adults and often show emotion through writing or pictures, which is what teachers should want because it is a safe outlet.
... a world record-setting event for television telephone voting for AMERICAN IDOL’s ‘Idol Gives Back’ two-night special charity telecast on FOX April 24th and 25th. The April 24th performance telecast included more than 70 million toll-free and AT&T SMS votes cast for the six remaining ‘Idol’ performers.
On Wednesday night, for the two-hour results show spectacular, more than 13,000 live call-center agents, across 31 separate call centers, were involved in ‘Idol Gives Back’ and a mass scale online donation system was set in place for the event.
More than 30 million viewers tune in to AMERICAN IDOL each week to vote for their favorite contestants by dialing into the toll-free telephone numbers or texting in on their AT&T phones.
Ellen DeGeneres hosted the show's live companion event via satellite from downtown Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall. The star-studded evening saw appearances and performances from stars ranging from Earth Wind & Fire and Il Divo to Kellie Clarkson, Celine Dion, Rascall Flats, Annie Lennox, Seal and Bono.
The more than 70 million calls and text messages that came in for ‘Idol Gives Back’ will be added to next Tuesday's tallies, said host Ryan Seacrest. Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones, Blake Lewis, Chris Richardson, Jordin Sparks and Phil Stacey all return for the May 2nd telecast.
This is very interesting news, but then Juha pointed out that people have been willingly downloading and using war dialers to vote for one contestant, in this case gaming American Idol with votes for Sanjaya Malakar:
... is a voluntary install designed to automate the voting process in Idol:
"Sanjaya War Dialer uses your computers modem to automatically dial the American Idol voting number over and over and over again until you tell it to stop. Automatically cast hundreds or even thousands of votes for Sanjaya with the click of a button. Make Sanjaya win and help us ruin American Idol."
The Sanjaya War Dialer has its own MySpace page where users report on their votes — 600 a hour, for some. The show’s producers are aware of this, and have been lopping off blocks of votes if they seem to be coming from power dialers, as they call them, for several weeks.
This is old news (a couple of weeks old), and I am not sure how much of this affected the latest record... But it is interesting to see the "Wisdom of crowds" being played with.