I have been told that some staff at UK HE institutions are creating fake IDs on Facebook and 'friending' students in order to be able to check up on their behaviour. Now, this is only 'hearsay' - I haven't seen any hard evidence, but I was told by one student that they had been emailed by a member of staff to tell them that fake IDs were being used.
I have a couple of problems with this, apart from the issue of supposedly responsible adults creating IDs on a social network and actively trying to 'friend' their students...
First of all, I want to say I like Lulu. It provides good quality printed books, which seem to be at a perfectly reasonable price, to me. The process of creating a project, uploading a 'manuscript' and designing the cover is all pretty straightforward - usually. The books arrive quickly when ordered.
However, recently I have run into two different problems with the site. That in itself is not all that annoying, these things happen. The quality of the customer support, however, is getting beyond a joke.
In the always-beta Web2.0 world, there is a tendency for sites to never be finished. But the same is true in the world of commercial software, where it is in the owners commercial interest (allegedly) to have a release schedule which provides new functionality over time, requiring upgrades and new investment in the software.
Over on this site is a lovely little tool which lets you download and use artificially generated newspaper clippings. I love it.
I decided it was about time I looked at some of the online learning materials for our Graduate Development Skills Programme. In a way, I knew it would be a bit of a mistake – but also that it would be informative.
Apparently, according to the one on IP, it is wrong to answer a question along the lines of “True/False: it always costs money to use a patented technology” with False, although the explanatory text says “It usually costs…” thus proving the ‘correct’ answer of True to be False (as ‘always’ would be required for the answer to be ‘True’).
OK, so apart from the small issue of long term forecasts getting less reliable over the last 20 years (at least, so it seems), I have a problem with the BBC’s weather charts on the Web. They used to be easy to understand, but apparently someone decided they were too complicated, so now you cannot see the temperature on the same chart as ‘general’ and, to make matters worse, this is the key to explain the colour codes used:
Although I have been aware of the DPA since the legislation was passed, and have worked in a role where I was responsible for auditing my company’s compliance (or at least my department’s compliance), I confess I had not thought about the burgeoning use of Social Media sites in the context, except in terms of how they should behave with my data.